Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! What!?! Ox is in jail!?! The cops find him passed out drunk and we're hanging at the Parker pad all last week? Ripoff!


And with that, I'm caught back up.  I plan to maintain the one-a-day rhythm through this month before the long break for... what's that?  What's coming up?

HORRORTHON.  The tenth, that's right TENTH Horrorthon since the formation of this blog.  Oh yeah.

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Daily Spider-Bomb! A week of Peter stomping around his apartment!

I hope that's not a digital camera, Pete, lest you corrupt the memory card with your intense rays of smugness.

I think I might have to make a Halloween mask that looks like Peter right now, with the half-mask and stupid lightning bolts all around my head.

Peter's Spider-Sense is honed to detect fluctuations in his media popularity.  He must've been bitten by one of those celebrity spiders.

I am so jealous of Peter's hand right now, getting to SLAPT him on the forehead.  MJ looks on with concern, because last time he slapped his head for two hours straight.

Lots of big thinking going on at the Parker pad today.  Just look at the gestures.  Touch your face!  Now point!

I'm having a moment of sympathy for MJ right now, watching her feign interest in all this.  I guess that's why she's a successful actress.

It's an especially obnoxious Sunday recap when the week was spent pacing the room and chattering, but at least we can now muse about the upside-down sex that goes on in that house.

Labor Day bonus strip!  Four days in a row with a "Mary Jane's head in the corner" panel!  But they send her off with this sexy couch pose.  Man, she's always on that couch!

Box Office



[JPX] The movie I predicted would be a bomb is now the top grossing movie of the year (want to fight about it?).

From ew, Labor Day weekend, 2014: that time when a movie featuring an anthropomorphized raccoon and a talking tree became the highest-grossing release of the year. In its fifth weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy continued to stay in pole position thanks to weak holiday competition, taking in an estimated total of $22.2 million over the four days ($16.5 million for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) and bringing its grand domestic take up to $280.5 million. That number would have only made it the fourth highest-grossing movie at the same time in 2013 (after Iron Man 3, Despicable Me 2, and Man of Steel), but in a relatively slow year for blockbusters, it’s more than enough to grab the current brass ring from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And now that even Marvel’s long-shots are paying off big-time, we can look forward to movies featuring ever-increasingly recondite and niche comic-book characters and storylines. Oh, you thought that Howard the Duck teaser was just a joke?

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues to polish its shell with $15.7 million over the four-day weekend. That brings its total up to $166.4 million, which is somewhere in the middle of the Paramount toybox: better than G.I. Joe, worse than Transformers. Meanwhile, the YA novel adaptation If I Stay slipped only 41 percent in its second week with $9.3 million for the three-day weekend and an additional $2.3 million on Labor Day.

In third place, the boys in blue saw more green as Let’s Be Cops pocketed an additional $10.6 million. That’s a grand total of $59.7 million since the comedy’s release, which isn’t bad considering it was critically panned, its stars are “those two dudes from New Girl,” and American police forces have recently been having the public-relations goodwill usually afforded to the likes of Pol Pot.

The weekend’s two new releases were easily elbowed aside by summer’s leftovers, leaving them to fight for the scraps of fifth place. The found-footage As Above, So Below ended up rounding out the Top 5 for the four-day weekend with $10.3 million. Pierce Brosnan’s The November Man just barely missed placing, slotting into sixth with $10.2 million. The 30th-anniversary re-release of Ghostbusters scared up $2.2 million in its limited release, averaging $2,806 per theater.

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1. Guardians of the Galaxy — $22.2 million ($280.5 million domestic total)
2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $15.7 million ($166.4 million domestic total)
3. If I Stay — $11.6 million ($32.2 million domestic total)
4. Let’s Be Cops — $10.6 million ($59.7 million domestic total)
5. As Above, So Below — $10.3 million (new)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! Doc Ock goes Thok Btok!

I don't know how, but Doc Ock is a PR genius.  Even citizens cowering from gunfire have time to spare a smile.

Raise your hand if you're looking forward to the anti-Bugle backlash this is all heading towards.  Between this and Iron Jonah, Jameson will be the subject of numerous scathing headlines (the only form of justice in the Daily Spiderverse).

It's my favorite plaid-wearing agent of THE PRESS!  You can read his armband from way over here!

Because of your super-manhole powers?  You're talking gibberish, Peter.

Risking lives for a few bucks.  THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.

Jeez, Pete.  Do I hear music swelling?  Is the Doc in slo-mo right now?

Otto sure looks indignant in that last panel.  I guess nobody really wants Peter Parker around, like anywhere ever.

Funny 'Friends' reunion on Jimmy Kimmel

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

'Action Comics' No. 1, First Superman Appearance, Sells For $3.2 Million In eBay Auction



From huffingtonpost, The cover price says 10 cents, but "Action Comics" No. 1 -- the first comic book to feature Superman -- just sold for a whole lot more than than that.

In an eBay auction that ended Sunday evening, the 1938 comic fetched $3,207,852.

"The finest known copy of the most sought after comic book in the world," the eBay listing claimed. "A 1938 museum piece with PERFECT WHITE pristine pages.”

Potential buyers apparently agreed. Bidding for the comic started at 99 cents on Aug. 14, but immediately went up, up and away. Within two hours, the price tag hit $1.6 million, according to USA Today.

The comic book, being sold by Darren Adams of Pristine Comics in Washington, has been graded a 9.0 out of 10. Adams wrote in the listing that there's only one other 9.0 issue of "Action Comics" No. 1, and "this copy blows the other 9.0 out of the water."

That "other 9.0" sold for $2.16 million in 2011. Until Sunday, that was the highest price ever paid for a comic book, the Washington Post reported.

That issue had "cream to off-white" wages, Comic Book Resources noted. Adams' issue, on the other hand, has white pages.

"If anyone has ever been curious what an 'Action Comics' 1 looked like the day it came off of the newsstand 75 years ago, this is the answer," Adams wrote.

One percent of the proceeds will go to the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. That adds up to $32,078.52 for the organization, which is dedicated to the care and research of spinal cord injuries such as the one suffered by the late "Superman" actor.

Catchy song with incredibly strange video...

Sigh, it's Monday


Box Office


From ew, Disney’s Guardians of the Galaxy was the top-grossing film of the weekend, beating out a trio of new releases—and in the process, becoming the No. 3 movie of the year and the highest earner of the summer with nearly $252 million.

The Marvel Studios-produced film—starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Dave Bautista and Lee Pace—has now grossed $251.9 million since its stateside release four weeks ago, outpacing films likeTransformers: Age of Extinction ($251 million), Maleficent ($237 million), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($232 million total domestic gross), Godzilla ($201 million) and Neighbors ($150 million).

Guardians has earned nearly $500 million globally, and with upcoming releases in key territories including Japan and China, the film is poised to become Disney’s top film of the year.

“It opened within our sweet spot,” says Sony’s worldwide distribution president Rory Bruer. “It was done at a very modest budget. Our campaign was very grassroots and to open to $9 million and have the uptick that we had on Saturday night with an A- Cinema Score and very, very strong exits—people really like the film. I think it will be in theaters for many weeks to come. It’s going to have a very solid multiple.”

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The offbeat good-guy superhero flick outpaced YA adaptation If I Stay (Cinema Score: A-), which released to $16.5 million. Starring ChloĆ« Grace Moretz, the film came in just ahead of Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a comic book reboot which surprised industry analysts by being the top earner for two weekends in a row, largely by attracting kids and millennials hungry for nostalgia.

New release Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (Cinema Score: B–)—distributed by The Weinstein Company—disappointed, dropping from sixth place on Friday to eighth place on Saturday with just $6.4 million. The weekend’s third new release, Sony TriStar’s feel-good sports film When The Game Stands Tall, rounded out the top five at $8.7 million just behind Fox’s laugh-out-loud comedy Let’s Be Cops, which drew $11 million.

Here are the top five films:

1. Guardians of the Galaxy – $17.63 million ($251.88 million total domestic gross)

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – $16.8 million ($145.61 million total domestic gross)

3. If I Stay – $16.36 million (new)

4. Let’s Be Cops – $11.0 million ($42.5 million total domestic gross)

5. When The Game Stands Tall– $9.0 million (new)

The Jurassic Park dude died


From slashfilm, Richard Attenborough, the Oscar-winning director and legendary actor, passed away Sunday at the age of 90. Though the younger generation knows him for best for role as John Hammond in Jurassic Park, Attenborough has been acting since the 1940s and directed several notable films, including A Chorus Line, Chaplin, Shadowlands, Cry Freedom and Gandhi. At the 1983 Academy Awards, Ghandi took home eight Oscars, including trophies for Best Picture and Best Director. Attenborough’s other prominent roles include parts in The Great Escape, Ten Little Indians and the role of Santa Claus in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Daily Spider-Man! It's Ock-tivator week, my new favorite week ever! Read on!

"But I took this right after something interesting happened... you're right, that's pathetic."

Hahahahaha!  The Ock-tivator?  This tickles me to no end.  Peter was just handed a huge tactical advantage -- one of Spidey's arch enemies will now call him before he sets out on capers -- and somehow this registers as a loss.  Priceless.

Damn, Robbie is extremely pleased with himself over that "wanted posters" quip.  I bet he's imagining telling his wife about it tonight.

Extended inner monologue: "Shoot, if I use a common word associated with Spider-Man people will of course think I'm Spider-Man!  Gotta save this..."

"Better run!  Gotta catch a web downtown!"

"DAMN IT STUPID DAMN IT DAMN IT!"

Is this meant to be some betrayal of the heroic ideal?  Because to me it seems like the first good decision Peter's made yet.

Who is more foolish?  The fool or the fool who's needlessly running in place with his fat little legs ten feet off the ground?

"Yeah, so tired of living off of my successful wife!  The 85 bucks I make today will totally turn that around!"

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, JPX!


Bang some pots together!  Honk your horns!  Horrorthon founder and all-around decent fellow JPX is marking another year today!  I forgot to take a picture of him when I saw him a couple of weeks ago, so here's a terrifying painting of some Riverdale punks.  (It doesn't really matter, because despite being halfway to 90 years old JPX pretty much looks the same.  Jerk.)

Happy Birthday JPX!  Do fun things and buy fun things.  Take tomorrow off!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Daily Spider-Bomb! The week after that other week!

Don't fret, Spidey!  Everyone knows Spider-Sense doesn't work on "brick doors."

"But first, carry me back to my limo!  I like being carried now."

On just his third super-heroing foray, Doc Ock rakes in more cash than decades of accumulated Bugle photos.  Fortunately Peter is used to the mask concealing his tears.

There's been a rush of new characters these past few weeks, but neither Water Buffalo nor Percy McMoneypots can compare to my new favorite character PRESSton Flat-Top.  I like to imagine his coworkers told him he had to wear that checked jacket and armband back when he was an intern, and somehow the prank has lasted eighteen years.

I also like to imagine he blew a lucrative career in surveillance photos because he kept loudly summarizing events from his hiding place.  "Judge Murphy purchasing sex from some hookers!?!  His estranged wife is gonna love these pics!"

I totally believe him.  Especially if his plans revolve around double chins and nostrils.  Yeesh.

Soooo, you've got that camera that magically takes a bazillion pictures of Spider-Man all by itself and today you... what?  Forgot to take off the lenscap?

FOR FUCK'S SAKE PETER GET A REAL JOB.  AREN'T YOU A SCIENTIST OR SOMETHING?  

Sorry, got a little fed up there.  I was going to say that Peter's "good money" comment was one of the rare times he zings Jameson in an argument, and I think it's appropriate that immediately after he stands up to his crazy boss he gets shot down by the sane one.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Box Office


From ew, Holdover tent-poles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxymaintained the top spots at the weekend box office, while the new openers trailed behind. But, while it was expected that Let’s Be Cops and The Giver would open in the teens, the biggest surprise of the weekend was The Expendables 3, a franchise pic which should have easily opened in the $20 to $25 million range, but instead floundered with an estimated $16.2 million.

TMNT‘s success last weekend was no fluke and the pizza-loving heroes took the No. 1 spot for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $28.4 million from 3,980 locations. That’s a 56.7 percent drop from its opening weekend. The movie also earned $25.6 million internationally, bringing its international total to $67.5 million. It still has yet to open in a handful of key territories including Korea (Aug. 28), Spain and the U.K. (Oct. 17), and Japan (Dec. 19).

Guardians of the Galaxy, meanwhile, rocketed past the $200 million mark and earned an estimated $24.7 million—a mere 41.3 percent drop from last weekend, which is similar to Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s third weekend fall.

Let’s Be Cops (Cinema Score: B) edged ahead of The Expendables 3 to take third place across the weekend with an estimated $17.7 million. The Fox comedy opened earlier in the week and now boasts a domestic total of $26.1 million, which is not bad for a movie that cost a reported $17 million to produce. Audiences were 56 percent male and 54 percent under the age of 25. Demographic breakdowns report that 17 percent of audiences were Hispanic, 20 percent were African-American, and 50 percent were Caucasian. The movie also exceeded expectations in the West and Midwest.

The Expendables 3 (Cinema Score: A-) opened in fourth place with $16.2 million from 3,221 locations. Audiences were mostly male (61 percent) and over the age of 25 (66 percent) for Lionsgate’s PG-13 rated action pic. It’s a franchise low, and possibly too-easy to ridicule thanks to a cast that’s bursting at the seams with aging action heroes, but Expendables 3 also buckled under the weight of a leak, which led to nearly 2.2 million downloads weeks before the movie had even hit theaters.

Rounding out the top five is The Weinstein Company’s The Giver (Cinema Score: B+) which earned $12.76 million from 3,003 locations. The $25 million adaptation of Lois Lowry’s beloved novel failed to gain much traction with critics, and the opening is a little lower than The Weinstein Company wanted (they were aiming for mid-teens). It will be interesting to see how it holds up across the next few weeks.

Here’s the top five:

1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — $28.4 million ($117.64 million domestic total)
2. Guardians of the Galaxy — $24.7 million ($222.28 million domestic total)
3. Let’s Be Cops — $17.7 million ($26.1 million domestic total since Wednesday)
4. The Expendables 3 — $16.2 million (new)
5. The Giver — $12.76 million (new)

Friday, August 15, 2014

Star Wars VII villain revealed?


From indierevolver, it’s true that the main villain of Episode VII is a Sith Inquisitor. He’s tall and thin and terrifyingly creepy, with glowing red eyes to match his red lightsaber. He’s got some robotic upgrades, like Vader – but no mask. The cybernetic bits weave in and out of him. He’s got a human upper lip, a steel jaw… and the robotic hand that JJ Abrams posted an image of. As LR mentioned, we’ll see flashbacks in this movie which will show us Princess Leia as a young girl and Vader’s involvement with the Sith during his prime. This inquisitor has a fascination Vader through the movie’s timeline as well though – just look how he stares at Vader’s shattered helmet in this image:

'Babadook' trailer looks scary...

Behold the Star Wars VII Stormtrooper!



From indierevolver, The sequel Stormtrooper helmet feels like a natural continuation from the original, but there are distinct differences. The helmet is not symmetrical – there’s only one breather/vent on the bottom near the mouth, on his left side. The black “mouth” area under the white nose plate appears to be a cloth/mesh (which you can better see in the detail shot below). The eye lenses are still separate, but set into a black frame to connect them and give the illusion of one single piece.

A couple people have referred to this as a “Jungle Trooper,” but I have a few good reasons to believe that this is actually an update to the Empire Strikes Back’s Snowtrooper. This new helmet has a flared dome and a single thin horizontal eyepiece to it (as we first saw described at Making Star Wars) and appears to have a removable face mask.

As with the X-Wing that was highlighted in the Force for Change commercial, they’re borrowing heavily from the original trilogy production concepts of Ralph McQuarrie and Joe Johnston with these designs.

They’ve slowly won me over more and more with each piece of information. Shooting on film instead of digital? I like it. Rumors that Drew Struzan is doing the poster? I’m listening. John Williams scoring? Keep going. Bringing back Han, Luke, Leia and Chewie? That has to make everyone as happy as it’s made me. After seeing these designs I am even more hopeful. It genuinely feels like Abrams is approaching Episode VII in way which respects both the fans and the original films themselves.