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Spider-Man Beats the Avengers, Batman, and Superman

When it comes to dollars, it isn’t the comics that pays the bills for DC Comics or Marvel (or their parent companies), it’s the licensing of the 1000s of characters each character controls.

In May, License Global ranked Marvel parent company Disney at the top of a list of licensors with sales of around $41 billion in 2013. In contrast, DC’s parent company Warner Bros. was in seventh earning $6 billion. That’s not bad, but that’s a huge gap between the two.

Surprisingly though (or maybe not so much) Spider-Man is the strongest property according to the Licensing Letter. Spidey’s global retail sales is about $1.3 billion with the Avengers earning $325 million in 2013. DC’s Batman earned $494 million, while Superman earned $277 million.

What’s fascinating in the chart below are those earnings in the U.S. and Canada versus globally. Spider-Man and Batman are actually close for the former, and it’s the latter where the webhead takes off.

It’ll be interesting to see future reports, especially with Guardians of the Galaxy exploding this year at the box office.

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Spider-Man Swings Into the New MarvelKids.com

Marvel is expanding the ways its young fans can interact with the Marvel Universe in fun-filled new ways as it launches the enhanced MarvelKids.com. The refreshed site, designed to captivate the next generation of Marvel fans with digital products and destinations that younger fans will love, will be headlined by an all-new Spider-Man kids destination featuring games and immersive activities starring Marvel’s legendary webslinger.

At spiderman.marvelkids.com, younger Marvel fans can take on the role of Spider-Man in a variety of interactive and amazing games including:

  • Spider-Man Web Shooter – Take on the role of Spider-Man and use your Web Shooters to help defeat some of his all-time greatest rivals – Rhino, Lizard, The Green Goblin and more!
  • Spider-Man Wall Crawler – Help Spider-Man race to the top of the Manhattan skyline to defeat Vulture, Electro and Doc Ock and save the day!
  • Spider-Man Web-Slinger – Use your spider-skills to web-swing, slide and jump to avoid danger and collect coins to try to get the highest score you can!

Fans will also find an exciting web of activities including Spider-Man downloadable coloring pages, mazes, word searches and Sudoku.

In addition to the exciting games that MarvelKids.com offers, fans will also be able to watch Marvel’s Ultimate-Spider-Man video clips – including sneak peeks at upcoming episodes of the hit series Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, airing inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD.

Over the next several months MarvelKids.com will be expanding even more with a marvelous Avengers kids destination with new Avengers and Spider-Man games, a digital comics section, and more digital features featuring everyone’s favorite Marvel Super Heroes – Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and more!

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Fashion Spotlight: World Tour 1991, Vitruvian Symbiote, and Weapon X-Pendable

Ript Apparel has three awesome designs for Marvel fans! World Tour 1991, Vitruvian Symbiote, and Weapon X-Pendable from rbucchioni, Samiel, and nikholmes will be for sale on November 3, 2014 only!

World Tour 1991 by rbucchioni

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Vitruvian Symbiote by Samiel

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Weapon X-Pendable by nikholmes

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New York Comic Con 2014: Spider-Man Swings Into the Library of American Comics & IDW Publishing

The Amazing Spider-ManAdding to IDW Publishing’s ever-growing partnership with Marvel, the publishers announced at New York Comic Con they will be teaming up to bring the world’s most popular Super-Hero, The Amazing Spider-Man, to IDW’s Library of American Comics (LOAC) imprint.

The wondrous wall-crawler’s long-running newspaper strip by Stan Lee, John Romita, and others will be collected in a series of deluxe new hardcover editions that are sure to leave Super Hero fans and comic-strip collectors equally delighted. Consistent with the other newspaper strip reprints in the Library of American Comics line, each volume in the Spider-Man series will include full-color Sunday pages.

Launched in 1977, the Spider-Man newspaper strip begins with Peter Parker’s arachnid alter-ego facing off against the deadly menace of Doctor Doom! Classic Spidey villains, including Kraven the Hunter, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, and the Kingpin,  make appearances in pulse-pounding tales drawn by master Spider-artist John Romita Sr. and written by none other than Spider-Man co-creator Stan “The Man” Lee! As the series unfolds, the artistic torch was passed to Larry Lieber (Stan’s younger brother), Paul Ryan, Alex Saviuk, and legendary inker “Joltin’” Joe Sinnott. No matter the artistic interpretation on display, The Amazing Spider-Man comic strip features the kind of fast-paced action and genuine human emotion that has made Peter Parker a star in movies, theatre, TV, video games, and the comic books that started it all back in 1962 with Amazing Fantasy #15.

LOAC’s Spider-Man series is designed by Dean Mullaney and edited by Bruce Canwell, both winners of multiple 2014 Eisner Awards for Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth.

The Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1 goes on sale in early 2015, so plan a visit to your favorite comics shop or bookseller so you can enjoy the special Lee/Romita storytelling magic and learn with Peter Parker once again that, “With great power comes great responsibility”.

Preview: Spider-Verse is Here! Your New Look Inside Amazing Spider-Man #9!

The biggest Spider-Man event of all time is finally upon us as every Spider-Man from every universe unite in Spider-Verse! And it all begins this November in Amazing Spider-Man #9 – the first blockbuster chapter of Spider-Verse from the star-studded creative team of Dan Slott and Olivier Coipel! Today, Marvel has released a stunning look inside Amazing Spider-Man #9, as Peter Parker and thousands of Spider-Men and Spider-Women band together to stop Morlun and his kin from exterminating spider-powered heroes across the entire multiverse!

Alone, Morlun was nearly enough to eradicate Peter Parker. How can Peter stand against an entire family of Morluns? This deadly family stalks the multiverse, exterminating spider-powered heroes as they go. It will take the combined powers of thousands of spider-powered heroes if they are to have a single hope of survival. Even then, they may not be enough…

Who lives? Who dies? The answers are almost here. Find out when the biggest Spider-Man event of all-time kicks off this November in Amazing Spider-Man #9, chapter 1 of Spider-Verse!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #9 (SEP140823)
Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (SEP140824)
Interlocking Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP140825)
Marvel Animation Variant by JEFF WAMESTER (SEP140826)
Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variant by RYAN STEGMAN (SEP140827)
FOC – 10/13/14, On-Sale 11/05/14

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Marvel Awaits to Hear Their Fate Before the Supreme Court

Supreme CourtWhile many were focused on the Kirby case before the Supreme Court involving Marvel, there’s still a second case that could be heard before the highest court in the land.

Stephen Kimble, et al., Petitioners v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. involves toys and whether the petitioner is getting the correct royalties for the design concerning a Spider-Man webshooter toy. Law360 has an excellent break down of the case so far.

The last update for this case was on June 2, when the “Solicitor General is invited to file a brief in this case expressing the views of the United States.”

The court has been deciding some of the cases they will, and won’t, hear this session. We’ll wait and see what their decision is concerning this one.

Diamond Select Coming Soon: Mr. Fusion, Godzilla, Buddy Christ and Captain Kirk!

The future is now! By which we mean that a bunch of future releases from Diamond Select Toys are now up for pre-order from your local comic shop or specialty retailer! Although some of them are pretty futuristic, too: the long-gestating Mr. Fusion prop replica, starship Captain James Kirk, time-traveling mutant Cable… the chronal energy in this blog post is off the charts! Plus: Godzilla, Spider-Man, Buddy Christ, Mooby and Grimm Fairy Tales! Read on for details, and pre-order today at your local comic shop!

Back to the Future 2 Mr. Fusion Electronic Prop Replica

A Diamond Select Toys Release! It’s almost 2015, which means we’re only months away from inventing Mr. Fusion, the device that turns garbage into energy! Arguably the biggest technological leap between the 1985 we saw in Back to the Future and the 2015 we saw in Back to the Future II, the Mr. Fusion Home Energy Reactor is now a realistically scaled 18″ electronic replica from Diamond Select Toys, complete with a sound effect to let you know that the sealed processing unit has been opened and is ready to process household waste into 1.21 gigawatts of energy! Runs on included batteries. (Item #OCT142188, SRP: $399.99)

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Godzilla Burning Godzilla 12″ Vinyl Figural Bank


A Diamond Select Toys Release! Godzilla is more than just a giant lizard – he’s also a walking nuclear reactor! This new vinyl bank of the King of All Monsters depicts him as he appeared in 1995’s Godzilla vs. Destoroyah, when his atomic heart began to overheat. With an all-new black-and-orange color scheme, this 12-inch-tall, full-figure bank features collectible-quailty paint applications, as well as a coin slot on his back and an access door hidden in the tail. Godzilla measures 18 inches long, from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Gentle Giant! (Item #OCT142184, SRP: $39.99)

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Godzilla Classic Godzilla Metal Bottle Opener 

A Diamond Select Toys Release! From out of the burning sun it came, a monster called… Thirst! Godzilla stands ready to defeat Thirst with this 4″ solid metal bottle opener, which will pry off a bottle cap easier than Godzilla tearing the roof off of a skyscraper. When Thirst has been defeated, simply hang the King of all Monsters on your refrigerator door, using the handy magnets on the back, until the world has need of him again. Thirst doesn’t stand a chance! Comes packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #OCT142185, SRP: $18.00)

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Marvel Spider-Man Gelatin Mold

A Diamond Select Toys release! There’s always room for Spider-Man! Make your next dessert a hit with kids of all ages with this Spider-Man gelatin mold, featuring the distinctive face of the world-famous wall-crawler! Measuring approximately 10 inches tall, the plastic mold is perfect for chilled desserts, and a must for any superhero-themed shindig. Comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #OCT142190, SRP: $15.00)

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View Askew Buddy Christ Plush Doll

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the films of Kevin Smith, it’s the most marketable religious icon of all! Buddy Christ is a friend who is always willing to hear your problems, and now he’s also super-cuddly! This 8″ tall plush doll features finely stitched details, is made out of soft plush material, and will fit anywhere you want him to go, including yourbackpack. Wherever you go, he’s gonna go! Comes packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #OCT142187, SRP: $19.99)

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View Askew Mooby the Golden Calf Ceramic Mug

A Diamond Select Toys release! Get ready for a long day working at Mooby’s with a drink… straight out of Mooby’s head! The beloved fast-food mascot and children’s television icon is now a 5″ ceramic mug, perfect for hot or cold beverages. Use it for your morning coffee before your shift starts, or for warm milk as you drift off to sleep at shift’s end. Comes packaged in a full-color box. (Item #OCT142186, SRP: $14.99)

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Grimm Fairy Tales Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! They say fairy tales can come true, and now they have, with Minimates mini-figures of your favorite Grimm Fairy Tales characters! Celebrating 100 issues of the comic series by Zenescope Entertainment, this four-pack of Minimates features four fan-favorite characters: Belinda, Nissa, Sela Mathers and Red Riding Hood. Each 2-inch Minimate features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories. Comes packed in a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #OCT142191, SRP: $19.99)

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Star Trek TOS Captain Kirk Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! Joining first officer Mr. Spock, here’s the second bank in DST’s Star Trek line – Captain James T. Kirk! The stalwart captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise levels his phaser at anyone who would even think about stealing the money you keep inside this vinyl bust bank. With a coin slot on the back and an access door in the base, this 8″ bank features collectible-quality painting and sculpting. Make owning it your prime directive! Sculpted by Patrick Piggott! Comes packaged in a clear polybag. (Item #OCT142192, SRP: $22.99)

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Marvel Select X-Men Cable Action Figure

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the distant future he came, the son of Cyclops, the bane of Stryfe, the man called Cable! The founder of X-Force, Cable always comes ready for battle, with big guns and even bigger ammo, and since his debut he has loomed large in the Marvel Universe. Now, he’s the latest 7″ Marvel Select figure from DST! Wielding multiple weapons, including one that can be mounted on his shoulder, Cable comes with a detailed display base, referencing his most famous foe. Figure and base come packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for shelf reference. (Item #OCT142189, SRP: $24.99)

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Star Trek TOS NCC-1701 Enterprise Electronic Starship

A Diamond Select Release! Designed by Art Asylum! The U.S.S. Enterprise has seen more than her share of interstellar adventures over the years and now the classic starship that started it all can be yours! Featuring a design based on the digitally remastered original “Star Trek” television series, this 16-inch starship sports additional details now visible on the classic U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701! Ship includes light-up elements, sound effects and classic TV dialogue, plus a removable display stand. (Item #SEP088080, SRP: $65.00)

 

Fear of a Black Kid Flash. Not so Much a Female One.

wally westAn interesting thing happened last week when in the Teen Titans version of Futures End that a new Kid Flash was introduced in the wake of the company-wide crossover.  Or more accurately another new Kid Flash was introduced. Earlier this year some fans were upset at the long-awaited return of Wally West to the DC universe, the problem that they were upset that the character was black. While this was not too much different from some other reactions – such as the reveal that the Earth 2 Alan Scott is gay – it is interesting especially after this new female Kid Flash was released to little fanfare or reaction. No one at all seemed to complain about this new character, seemingly also taking over the role of Wally West, though the incursion was potentially just as comprehensive. After all the character is never named and could have just as likely been named Walda or Wallis as any other name (thus allowing a nickname of Wally.)

Although they are based off of general consensus and are generally pretty silly, the so-called rules of the internet cover this topic to a degree, specifically rule 63 which states that for every male character that a female version of this character also exists.  While not absolutely true, it is often the case at least with the most popular characters. Some are direct rip-offs, though very rarely does a character assume the actual identity of the character, though the new female Thor is potentially going to change this. The female characters generally are presented in one of two ways. Either they are a female character that is modified into the costume of a male hero, as in the case of Stephanie Brown in the costume of Robin or May Parker in Spider-Man’s costume, or with separate characters in obviously feminine costumes as in the case with Supergirl and Batgirl.  In these cases though the character is separate and not taking over for the main role. While this in itself could be interpreted as a statement of gender, it is still worth noting that each character has their own self and their own past.

kflashThis being the case it would seem that the problem with the case of Wally West is not that directly of skin colour but that of identity. Wally West was an established character for many, and to change something as deep as skin color for many readers meant a fundamental change for the readers. Is this fair though?  If indeed the female character had been named either Wallis or Walda (I know these are more obscure names) would that have been so easily forgiven?

Before answering that it is maybe relevant to have a look at some of the major black characters from the history of comics. A lot of the major black characters came from a time when being black was a big part of their identity, especially with the introduction of these characters in the silver age.  In the case of Black Panther or Black Lightning, there was no question about their skin color as it was right in their names. While this did not hold true in every character (such as with Falcon or War Machine) it was still a notable part of their identity. In the comic book setting where the suffix “–man” is the expected commonality, it was necessary for a time to distinguish between skin color and gender. Black Lightning is perhaps one of the worst cases of this, as for a time his true identity as a black man is hidden behind his hero facade of being a jive-talking street character. He was not allowed to be educated as a hero, instead he was forced into racial stereotypes. Still those stereotypes existed, and they were even there with other characters. If Black Panther were called White Panther instead, the main association with the color to the character would not be skin color.  Instead, someone would expect that the character has some kind of powers related to the word “white.”

There exists a lot of other names in comics to distinguish one version from another. One major example is the previously mentioned example of –girl which is used almost exclusively for female versions of male characters (with the exception of the Legion of Super Heroes characters as well as Wonder Girl), but in terms of the Flash there was already a descriptor for this difference – “Kid”.

As the character gained more depth though, he was no longer associated with his own name and instead that of another, Wally. He became a real hero in the way that real heroes do, that by association by their non-hero names is almost as evident as with their superhero names. In this way it is not possible to have a character named Batman that is not Bruce or a Superman that is not Clark. The question is though, is whether skin color and gender are so tied to those identities. It would seem as though the answer in both cases is yes, except the more so for skin color. Not all fans, but some fans are willing to make fewer exceptions for a black version of a character than for a female version, and perhaps some of this is tied to identity but some is not.

A distinguishing factor here is the previously mentioned aspect of power. Even Supergirl, who is as much Kryptonian as Superman, is never said to be able to match him in power, despite their powers having nothing to do with their specific gender physiology. Equally Stephanie Brown, for the short time that she took over as Robin was never seen as his equal, even being regarded by Batman as an unnecessary risk to be allowed to act in the role. It is thus the case that female characters rarely break the gender role/stereotype of the female gender, but it is not the case with a black character. Black versions of the white characters are usually just as strong and able at superheroics, and this is likely also part of the outrage over the characters. That in some ways the girls will never compete truly for the title, but that the black men can, and this is the true danger with a black version of a favorite character. A black character makes the original white character replaceable, while a female character only makes a lesser powerful version of that main character. In the first case fans will often reject the change, but in the second case it is more acceptable.

In light of all the commentary about the medium in recent months, be it over the black Wally West or over the comments about the new direction for Wonder Woman, it is important to note that certain aspects of the medium and their fans are still stuck with some outdated thinking.

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