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Marvel and Nickelodeon/Viacom Among Top Licensors in 2004

An upcoming study from License Magazine notes that Marvel Entertainment and Nickelodeon were two of the top licensors in 2004, based on the strength of such properties as Spider-Man, Dora the Explorer, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Marvel’s licensing brought in $4 billion in retail sales, while Nickelodeon licenses brought in $4.75 billion.

Comic Giants Interviews Russ Heath

Comicon.com’s PULSE News “Comic Giants” feature has just published an interview with Russ Heath, best known for his variety of western and war comics produced during his 60-year career. Heath is currently drawing Howard Chaykin’s Legend mini-series for DC Comics.

Dick Giordano Interviewed

Longtime comics creator and editor Dick Giordano has been interviewed at Comicon.com’s PULSE News. Giordano has been active in nearly all aspects of producing comics since the early 1950′s and has been a prominent figure at Charlton, DC, and Marvel comics throughout his decades-long career.

Marvel Plans to Send "New Avengers" to US Military

According to a story in USA Today, Marvel Comics will be distributing one million copies of a special edition New Avengers comic book to forces serving in the United States military worldwide. The first 150,000 copies of the print run will go to troops stationed in the Middle East. A special reception at the Pentagon […]

DeMatteis & Ploog Update on "Abadazad," "Stardust Kid"

Writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Mike Ploog have updated Newsarama.com on their upcoming Stardust Kid comic book mini-series and the planned series of Abadazad novels coming from Disney’s Hyperion Books imprint. The Stardust Kid is a five-issue mini-series scheduled to debut in May, and the Abadazad novels should be released by spring 2006.

"Howl's Moving Castle" English Website Opens

The English website for Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle has been opened. The movie will debut in the United States on June 10, 2005. (via Nausicaa.net)

Romano Scarpa 1927 - 2005

Disney comic book artist Romano Scarpa passed away on the morning of April 23 at the age of 77. Scarpa wrote many of the Italian Disney comics from 1953 to the 1970′s.

Disney's Feng-Shui Adventures in Hong Kong

An article in the New York Times Business section talks about the various concessions to local customs in the opening of their Hong Kong theme park (free registration required). The park is scheduled to open on September 12.

From Toontown to "Sin City"

The New York Times has published an opinion piece by critic A.O. Scott that suggests that Who Framed Roger Rabbit was the forerunner to the current Sin City movie and Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle (free registration required).

$90,000 "Peanuts" Comic Strip Flushed by Naked Woman

A news report from Springfield, OR, reveals that a naked woman tore up an original Peanuts comic strip and flushed it down her toilet. The strip was owned by her neighbor, who believed it to be worth as much as $90,000. No motive was discerned by the police, and the strip was not recovered. (Via […]

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