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Sideshow reveals its Loki and Sylvie Fine Art Print

Disney+ series Loki brought the trickster god face-to-face with many versions of himself as he assisted the Time Variance Authority (TVA) in tracking down a dangerous variant named Sylvie. Now fans can return to the epic adventure of season 1 with Sideshow‘s new limited-edition, timed release fine art print. 

Announced during Sideshow’s Spooktacular event, the Loki & Sylvie: For All Time. Always. fine art giclée print features original artwork by popular illustrator and poster artist Jake Kontou. Inspired by season 1 of the Disney+ series Loki, this glorious fine art print gives center stage to god of mischief Loki and the anarchic variant Sylvie. Fans will enjoy the detailed, layered motifs that pay tribute to the show, including the hourglass logo and a gold marbled effect which was seen throughout the Citadel. Each editioned print comes with a Sideshow embossed Seal of Authenticity.

In accordance with TVA protocol, this print will be a timed edition, with limited availability during November 3-17.

Don’t miss out on this timeless fine art giclée print. Pre-order the Loki & Sylvie: For All Time. Always. Art Print from Sideshow for your Marvel collection. The clock is ticking! 

I Am Groot’s Season 2 gets a trailer

You woodn’t beleaf what Groot gets up to in Season 2!

Marvel StudiosI Am Groot Season 2 is streaming September 6 on Disney+ with five new shorts. Timed for National Tree Day.

The troublemaking twig returns to mischief in the second season of I Am Groot. This time, Baby Groot finds himself exploring the universe and beyond aboard the Guardians’ spaceships, coming face-to-face—or nose-to-nose—with new and colorful creatures and environments. Vin Diesel is back as the voice of Groot in five all-new shorts. Kirsten Lepore, writer/director of season one, returns in the same capacity for season two.

The supervising producer is Danielle Costa; producers are Craig Rittenbaum and Alex Scharf; executive producers are Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and Kirsten Lepore. Dana Vasquez-Eberhardt is co-executive producer.

The Kirby Estate releases a statement regarding the Disney+ Stan Lee documentary

Disney+ recently launched a documentary focused on Stan Lee and as expected its contents are rather controversial. While history will debate the absolute truth, and may never really know it, the documentary embellishes history and puts Lee front and center in the creation of everything Marvel. Unsurprisingly, that hasn’t gone over well with quite a few people. Neal Kirby, the son of Jack Kirby put out a lengthy statement regarding the documentary. Now, The Kirby Estate has released an official statement you can read below.

The newest Stan Lee documentary is another example of regurgitating falsehoods and repeating long debunked ideas into the creation of these beloved Marvel characters. Jack and Stan were an amazing team, whose combined talents ushered in an entire universe of superheroes that have inspired generations. The Jack Kirby Estate has and will continue to ensure that comic book and pop culture fans understand the importance of Jack in the creation of the Marvel Universe. This continuation to push a challenged narrative, hurts the legacy of Stan Lee as well, and continues the disregard towards Jack in the creation of these iconic characters. It truly pains the family to once again have to fight the ensure Jack’s legacy and his global contribution to the comics industry. Jack Kirby was more than an artist, he was a visionary and creative force, whose contribution to the creation of many Marvel character goes way beyond putting pencil to paper. Stan Lee will rightfully be remembered as a champion of comic books, creative powerhouse and figurehead of one the world’s most cherished brands. It is now time for the world to discover the other creative forces behind their favorite superheroes. The Jack Kirby Estate invites you to learn more about Jack’s version how how these superheroes were created and his inspiration for doing so. Jack loved his fans and creating for them was not just a job, it was his passion. There are many resources that now add historical facts that are finally changing the one-sided narrative that has been pushed throughout the years. We look forward to one day having a documentary that tells both sides of this amazing story. Until that time, we’ll continue to ensure Jack’s legacy is protected and find solace in knowing that these co-creations continue to inspired and entertain people around the world.

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Jack Kirby’s son Neal Kirby responds to the Disney+ Stan Lee documentary

Disney+ recently launched a documentary focused on Stan Lee and as expected its contents are rather controversial. While history will debate the absolute truth, and may never really know it, the documentary embellishes history and puts Lee front and center in the creation of everything Marvel. That hasn’t gone over well with Neal Kirby, the son of Jack Kirby who put out a lengthy statement regarding the documentary.

Check it out the text below and then listen to our Graphic Policy Radio episode featuring Abraham Riesman discussing the Stan Lee biography True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee.

The 13th-century Islamic poet/scholar Rumi said, “The Ego is a veil between humans and God.” In the Disney+ documentary bio of Stan Lee, the veil is lifted. Presented in the first person with Lee’s voice providing a running narrative, it is Stan Lee’s greatest tribute to himself. The literary expression of ego is the personal pronoun “I.” Any decent English or Journalism teacher would admonish their students not to overuse it. So, the challenge is extended to anyone who wishes to count the number of “I’s” during the 86-minute running time of Stan Lee.

I (000ps!) understand that, as a “documentary about Stan Lee,” most of the narrative is in his voice, literally and figuratively. It’s not any big secret that there has always been controversy over the parts that were played in the creation and success of Marvel’s characters. Stan Lee had the fortunate circumstance to have access to the corporate megaphone and media, and he used these to create his own mythos as to the creation of the Marvel character pantheon. He made himself the voice of Marvel. So, for several decades he was the “only” man standing, and blessed with a long life, the last man standing (my father died in 1994). It should also be noted and is generally accepted that Stan Lee had a limited knowledge of history, mythology, or science.

On the other hand, my father’s knowledge of these subjects, to which I and many others can personally attest, was extensive. Einstein summed it up better; “More the knowledge, lesser the ego. Lesser the knowledge, more the ego.”

If you were to look at a list and timeline of Marvel’s characters from 1960 through 1966, the period in which the vast majority of Marvel’s major characters were created during Lee’s tenure, you will see Lee’s name as a co-creator on every character, with the exception of the Silver Surfer, solely created by my father. Are we to assume Lee had a hand in creating every Marvel character? Are we to assume that the other co-creator never walked into Lee’s office and said, “Stan, I have a great idea for a character!” According to Lee, it was always his idea. Lee spends a fair amount of time talking about how and why he created the Fantastic Four, with only one fleeting reference to my father. Indeed, most comics historians recognize that my father based the Fantastic Four on a 1957 comic he created for DC, “Challengers of the Unknown,” even naming Ben Grimm (The Thing) after his father Benjamin, and Sue Storm after my older sister Susan.

Though the conflict between Lee and my father concerning creator credit gets glanced over with little mention, there is more attention paid to the strife between Lee and Steve Ditko, with Lee’s voice proclaiming, “It was my idea, therefore I created the character,” Ditko’s rebuttal being that his art and storyline is what brought life to Spiderman. In 1501, the Opera del Duomo commissioned a 26-year-old Michelangelo to sculpt a statue of David for the Cathedral of Florence – their idea, their money. The statue is called Michelangelo’s David – his genius, his vision, his creativity.

I was very fortunate. My father worked at home in his Long Island basement studio we referred to as “The Dungeon,” usually 14 – 16 hours a day, seven days a week. Most of the artists, writers, inkers, etc. worked at home, not in the Marvel offices as depicted in the program. Through middle and high school, I was able to stand at my father’s left shoulder, peer through a cloud of cigar smoke, and witness the Marvel Universe being created. I am by no means a comics historian, but there are few, if any, that have personally seen or experienced what I have, and know the truth with first-hand knowledge.

My father retired from comic books in the early 1980s and of course, passed away in 1994. Lee had over 35 years of uncontested publicity, much naturally, with the backing and blessing of Marvel as he boosted the Marvel brand as a side effect of boosting himself. The decades of Lee’s self-promotion culminated with his cameo appearances in over 35 Marvel films starting with “X-Men” in 2000, thus cementing his status as the creator of all things Marvel to an otherwise unknowing movie audience of millions, unfamiliar with the true history of Marvel comics. My father’s first screen credit didn’t appear until the closing crawl at the end of the film adaptation of Iron Man in 2008, after Stan Lee, Don Heck, and Larry Lieber. The battle for creator’s rights has been around since the first inscribed Babylonian tablet. It’s way past time to at least get this one chapter of literary/art history right. ‘Nuff said.

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