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Marvel Misses Its Mark

Despite posting strong sales gains compared to the previous year, Marvel missed its target for sales in their second quarter 2007 fiscals sales results. Despite posting a 111% increase in operating revenue to 56 million dollars and a 78.5% increase in net income to 29.1 million dollars. While licensed products and comic sales were strong, […]

San Diego Comic-Con 2007: Complete On-Site Coverage (Update 19)

San Diego Comic-Con 2007 is currently underway in sunny San Diego, California and Toon Zone News’ Karl Olson, Matt Hazuda and Alex Weitzman are on the scene. Stay tuned for continuing coverage live from San Diego Comic-Con all weekend long. Links to all of Toon Zone News’ coverage so far can be found here: TZ […]

TZ @ SDCC: WB Animation Showcases "The Batman" and "Legion of Superheroes"

The panel for Friday, July 27th at Comic-Con featured a nicely lengthy discussion of the two new seasons of WB’s currently-running comic book cartoons, The Batman and Legion of Superheroes. Both shows will be premiering their new seasons – #5 for The Batman and #2 for Legion – on Saturday, September 22. Legion came first, […]

TZ @ SDCC: World Premiere of "Superman: Doomsday"

On Thursday, July 26th, DC Comics unveiled the first in their line of direct-to-video animated features, being launched under the auspices of Warner Premiere Productions. The film in question, shown to an audience of fans almost two months in advance of its street date – September 18th – was none other than the adaptation of […]

The Secret Origins of "Masters of the Comic Book Universe"

The stereotypical comic book fan can recite lengthy histories of their favorite Marvel or DC Comics characters from memory, but often has little or no knowledge about the people who were instrumental in creating those characters. Recently, the audience for comics has grown well beyond the audience seeking serial fiction starring their favorite superheroes, and […]

"The Marvel Super Heroes": Classic Comics in Suspended Animation

Released on Region 2 DVD in the UK on May 21 were four-fifths of the classic The Marvel Super Heroes from Maximum Entertainment. Maximum had previously released two separate volumes of each of the four series—which focus on Captain America, Iron Man, Sub-Mariner and Thor—but they didn’t finish each series at the time. Thankfully, these […]

A True Super Classic: "The New Adventures of Superman"

When I first heard that The New Adventures of Superman was finally coming to DVD, I was really excited. And when I watched the two-disc set that Warners has produced, it took me back to being a four-year-old watching The Bozo Show on Tuesdays and Fridays. This new collection brings together all 36 short episodes […]

"NY Times" Lands First Image of "DC: The New Frontier"

The New York Times has profiled the direct-to-video animated movie The New Frontier (registration required), posting the first public image from the movie. In the accompanying article, writer/artist Darwyn Cooke discusses how his nearly 400-page graphic novel was condensed into a 70-minute movie with the help of collaborators such as Bruce Timm, Stan Berkowitz, Glenn […]

"Peach Girl": Tan, Blonde, and Asian! Just Like I Like 'Em...

Think back to high school, and remember how you ragged on “that girl”. You know the one. She had that look—too tan for your area, bleached blonde hair, a great athletic body… She had to be a slut, right? All the girls hated her, because they feared what she’d do to their boyfriends. All the […]

"Chevalier D'Eon" Vol. 2: The First Cut's Still the Deepest

Perhaps what I like best about the Star Wars movies is that they take place in a living, breathing universe full of intriguing detail every way you look. One suspects that fascinating characters and subplots lurk in the corners of the frame, and hopes that with each new chapter more of them will be brought […]

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