PHINEAS AND FERB BRING IMBALANCE TO THE FORCE IN NEW DISNEY TV/STAR WARS MASHUP
By Andy Khouri
Just about one year to the day since Disney Television Animation’s Phineas and Ferb enjoyed a visit from the heroes of Marvel Comics — or an epic crossover event, if you like — Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh’ critically acclaimed and very popular musical comedy series will be the first to mashup with Star Wars since creator George Lucas’ company was acquired by Disney last year.
Premiering next Saturday, July 26, on Disney XD, Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars takes place in what the studio actually terms “an alternate universe” in which the title characters and their supporting players inhabit the iconic roles of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
For those of you unfamiliar with the harrowing legend of Phineas and Ferb, the series is one of the most unconventionally structured and idiosyncratically directed of Disney TV Animation’s current slate — which includes Gravity Falls, so that’s saying something. Each episode typically follows step-brothers Phineas and Ferb on some kind of adorably outlandish adventure — like constructing the most dangerous roller coaster in history in their back yard — while the bros themselves remain eminently chill throughout. Their older sister Candace is something of a narc, always trying to get them busted for not obeying the rules and generally panicking and freaking out constantly. But while all that goes on — and this is where it gets really weird — the boys’ pet… platypus… who is called Perry, sneaks off to pursue his true nature as… an undercover spy… working to bring down a mad scientist Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz (think Dexter from Dexter’s Lab all grown up and hilariously inept) … in a subplot that has nothing to do with what Phineas and Ferb are even doing… until they crash into each other in the end in such a way that nullifies all evidence of whatever Phineas and Ferb were doing and make Candance look insane to their mom.
Like I said, it’s wild.
Annnd here’s a look at my set of Star Wars: Knight Errant covers from volume 2 of the series (2012).
Following last week’s statements regarding the transition of the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics to Marvel, the biggest questions weren’t whether Darth Vader would meet Doctor Doom or who The House of Ideas would hire to helm its presumed projects in 2015. Many were curious about Dark Horse’s backlist — some 20 years of comic book stories by hundreds of prominent writers, artists and other creators —and the continuity they’d built outside that of the canon established in Lucasfilm’s six features and related tie-ins (those two Ewok movies were wild, man). Also in question was the future of Dark Horse Comics V.P. of Publishing and Star Wars editor Randy Stradley. Now, thanks to a response from Dark Horse, we have at least a few more answers.
It seemed like a foregone conclusion following Disney’s $4.05 billion acquisition of Star Wars owners Lucasfilm last year, but Marvel and Dark Horse Comics made it official today: The Star Wars comics franchise will move next year from Dark Horse, which has had the license for 22 years, back to Marvel, which published the first Star Wars comics when the original movies were coming out in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Knowing what to buy anyone during the holidays can make for a pretty dicey season of giving. But toy collectors with discerning tastes? That’s usually gift card territory. But it doesn’t have to end that way! We’re here to help with a guide breaking down some of the most awesome action figure and toy options for the young and young at heart (mostly the latter). Whatever your articulated plastic budget is this year, we’ve got recommendations sure to please. Hit the jump for ComicsAlliance’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide to Awesome Action Figures.
By Betty Felon
With the growing popularity of cosplay in the world of pop culture (as well as our own Best Cosplay Ever feature), the cosplay community has grown rich with costumers who specialize in creative and intensive skills, from sewing to prop work to makeup artistry, to help bring their beloved fictional characters to life. However, one cannot deny the integral role that cosplay photography plays in the cosplay community, both in properly documenting costume work and utilizing their own artistic talents in completing the transformation of bringing a fictional character to life. Going forward, this feature will occasionally spotlight a specific cosplay photographer who’s skills could put Peter Parker to shame.
Enjoy a brief interlude from the fierce torrent of critically important and hugely relevant news that comes every October 31 with this special edition of Let’s Be Friends Again in which Curt Franklin and Chris Haley imagine the Halloween costumes of our favorite superheroes.