While top talent — as in, Moebius, Bruce Timm, Stan Sakai, just to name a few — have elevated Mattel’s Masters of the Universe toy, cartoon and movie franchise to something special, so far the closest thing a comic book creator had come to getting their own MOTU figure was sometime He-Man scribe Geoff Johns’ childhood creation Sir Laser Lot being produced. But, thanks to the magic of… being Stan Lee? Stan Lee, who has co-created scores of iconic Marvel super heroes in addition to curiosities like Stripperella — but has never had anything to do with MOTU — has received a new alter ego in the realm of Eternia by the name of Standor.
By Andy Khouri
Fangasm is a SyFy reality show which employs the standard “bunch of strangers forced to live in a house for a few weeks” format. It’s produced by 495 Productions, the creators of MTV’s exploitation hit Jersey Shore, but instead of “guidos” Fangasm is about “geeks” — which is to say in the simplest way possible, passionate individuals drawn to a deeper understanding of creative works like comic books, video games, science fiction, fantasy and related genre entertainment. The six-part series has been hyped by the network and its associated principals as this really real… thing about geeks and our culture.
In reality (no pun intended), what we casually refer to as “geek culture” has in the last 10+ years ascended from a derided subculture to a massive consumer class actively serviced by virtually every commercial sector in America, a fact that’s put an existential challenge to the nature of “geekdom,” particularly its claim to underdog status. ThatFangasm exists at all speaks to this notion of cultural currency, but unfortunately it’s the literal currency that is the most basic and base element of the entire Fangasm enterprise, which we discover is even faker than the kinds of series — to use the reality show parlance — it throws under the bus.
However, it is through Fangasm’s breathtakingly brazen expression of unreality and exploitation that we ultimately see the truth of how geek culture is understood by those to whom geeks pledge their once hard-earned allegiance, and perhaps by a generation of geeks themselves.
In what may be the last volley in what’s been a confusing and lengthy legal battle, U.S. District Court Judge William J. Martinez has dismissed Stan Lee Media’s lawsuit against Disney, in which the company named for, but which no longer has any association with, the co-creator of many Marvel Comics characters claimed copyrights to those properties.
By Joe Hughes
A few weeks back, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Andrew Garfield — who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the current Amazing Spider-Man film franchise — recounted a conversation he had with a producer, in which he wondered out loud why Spider-Man couldn’t be gay or bisexual. When this quote was mentioned to Stan Lee over the weekend at Fandomfest in Louisville, Kentucky, the 90-year-old co-creator of Spider-Man made an awkward attempt at a humorous response: “I figure one sex is enough for anybody.”
One can only imagine the mixture of ingredients that went into Stan Lee's new Signature Cologne. I’d suspect it includes hints of mustache, sunglasses, bombast, alliteration and a sprinkling of emotional strain with Jack Kirby. The 90-year-old Lee teamed with scentmaker JADS International, the same company that made last year’s series of Avengers colognes, to develop a fresh scent that actually includes “bergamot, ginger, white pepper, basil and violet, and features layers of cedar, vetiver and musk accords.”
Lee’s Pow! Entertainment took the fragrance to Wizard World Philadelphia and asked cosplayers to offer their opinions. Check out the video on ComicsAlliance!
The co-creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, among other classic Marvel characters, is developing a character tentatively called The Annihilator with an aim toward selling it to a Chinese production studio for a feature film. Lee has also working on a digital-comics superhero for India named Chakra the Invincible.
By Bethany Fong
By Andy Khouri
Sixteen-year-old Bowe Cleveland was critically injured last week when a classmate opened fire at Taft Union High School in central California. Airlifted to a hospital in nearby Bakersfield, Cleveland was put in a medically induced coma following surgery to treat the injuries to his chest and abdomen, but has since been slowly awakened although he remains in critical condition. Known to his fellow students as a big fan of Spider-Man, Cleveland’s classmates have taken to wearing Spidey shirts as a show of support for their friend while he recovers.