Stan Lee Will Be Inducted into the Visual Effects Society Hall of Fame!

Stan Lee Will Be Inducted into the Visual Effects Society Hall of Fame!

Can you imagine some of the biggest comicbook movies of
today without computer generated visual effects? We can point to The Amazing
Spider-Man
(1978) series starring Nicholas Hammond, the 1990 Captain
America
movie starring Matt Salinger, or even Lou Ferrigno in the classic Incredible
Hulk
(1978) TV show for some prime examples.

These shows and films employed the most creative special
effects of their time to bring these beloved comicbook characters to life on
the big and small screens. They made ole’ webhead look as if he was climbing up
a wall. They transformed puny Doc Banner into the towering green goliath of the
Hulk. They returned Captain America’s red, white, and blue shield to his hand
after he lobbed it at a villain.

When you compare these past, more simple feats to the modern visual effects of Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), where Peter Parker dangles on the side of an invisible jet, or Avengers: Infinity War (2018) where Thanos throws an entire moon at Iron Man, you can see that special effects have come a long way in the years since.

Some would credit the current boom in superhero movies to
the modern technological advancement of visual effects. Stan would often say
that the technology has finally caught up to the storytelling. To go even
further, others might acknowledge the imaginations of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve
Ditko, and countless others for dreaming up such fantastical worlds and characters
as almost a challenge to visual effects inventors and artists to bring these
ideas to life.

It is in this spirit that we are proud to relay that the Visual Effects Society (VES) has announced that it will be posthumously inducting Stan Lee into the Visual Effects Society Hall of Fame along with other entertainment giants Walt Disney and Stanley Kubrick.

“Our VES honorees represent a group of exceptional artists,
innovators and professionals who have had a profound impact on the field of
visual effects,” VES Board Chair Mike Chambers said. “We are proud to recognize
those who helped shape our shared legacy and continue to inspire future
generations of VFX practitioners.”

Stan was no stranger to the VES. He was honored at the 10th Annual VES Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

At the time Stan said, “As a writer there is nothing more
rewarding than to see your creations brought to life on the screen and I am
indebted to all of the incredibly talented artists who have contributed to my
projects. Visual effects have played a pivotal role in the ongoing success of
Marvel’s characters and allowed fans to experience their stories in an entirely
new way. It is truly a great honor to receive this award from the Visual
Effects Society.”

Stan was always awed and fascinated by visual effects and
how they brought scenes he only thought possible in four-color comicbook panels
to live-action blockbuster movies. We can’t think of a higher honor for Stan
The Man. EXCELSIOR!

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Kevin Smith Has the Power! (Of Grayskull)

Kevin Smith Has the Power! (Of Grayskull)

BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL! HE-MAN IS BACK! For those of you who didn’t know he was gone, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe was a wildly popular animated television series that ran from 1983 to 1985. The series was based on an even more popular action figure toy line that first debuted a year prior in 1982.

Masters of the
Universe
was the first syndicated show to be based on a toy line, as
opposed to the other way around. It soon became a common way to advertise to
kids, by having a fun and colorful animated series to go along with the little
pieces of muscular plastic.

The series followed Prince Adam, who lived on a planet known as Eternia. As the series opening title sequence explained, whenever Prince Adam holds the Sword of Power up in the air and declares, “By the power of Grayskull! I have the power!” he is endowed with “fabulous secret powers” and becomes He-Man, the most powerful man in the universe. Do you think they say “power” enough?

The cast was filled out with classic supporting characters such as the Sorceress, Man-At-Arms, Orko, Teela, and He-Man’s trusty Battle Cat, formerly known as Cringer. Together they fought the evil Skelator and his main minions Beast Man and Mer-Man to thwart their plans of conquering Castle Grayskull and gaining access to the source of He-Man’s power.

The TV series ended after two seasons and 130 episodes but continued on in reruns until 1990. There were short-lived revival series in 1990 and 2002, but while the toy line has continued on, the show mostly remained dormant… until now.

It was announced at Power-Con 2019 that Kevin Smith will be executive producing and showrunning a direct sequel to the original series for Netflix called Masters of the Universe: Revelation. Powerhouse Animation (Castlevania) will be handling the anime-style animation.

In addition, it looks like Smith will be bringing a group of friends along to get in on the staff writing fun, starting with his Fatman Beyond co-host, Marc Bernardin, as well as Supergirl writer Eric Carrasco, Tim Sheridan (Reign of the Supermen), and Diya Mishra (Magic: The Gathering).

The official synopsis for the show reads as follows:

“A radical return to Eternia, Revelation is a direct sequel series to the classic era of Masters Of The Universe. Featuring fan-favorites He-Man, Orko, Cringer and Man-At-Arms, the story pits our heroic warriors and guardians of Castle Grayskull against Skeletor, Evil-Lyn, Beast Man and the vile Legions of Snake Mountain! 

But after a ferocious final battle forever fractures Eternia, it’s up to Teela to solve the mystery of the missing Sword Of Power in a race against time to prevent the end of the universe! Her journey will uncover the secrets of Grayskull at last. This is the epic He-Man and The Masters Of The Universe saga fans have waited 35 years to see!”

Consider us intrigued! We hope Kevin Smith finds a way for Stan Lee’s Masters of the Universe character Standor to cameo in the series!

May he have the power!

-Steve V.

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Don Cheadle Picked A Funny Favorite Avengers: Endgame Scene

Don Cheadle Picked A Funny Favorite Avengers: Endgame Scene

 

Don Cheadle Picked A Funny Favorite Avengers: Endgame Scene

Don Cheadle’s favorite Avengers: Endgame scene is a pretty good one.

MCU actor Don Cheadle has been an integral part of the ridiculously successful franchise since May 2010, when he replaced Terrence Howard as Tony Stark’s best friend/sidekick James “Rhodey” Rhodes in Iron Man 2. Howard left the role on bad terms, creating an opportunity for another actor to step in.

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Marvel Comics Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Special D23 Cover

Marvel Comics Celebrates 80th Anniversary with Special D23 Cover

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Marvel Comics was built by the luminous likes of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, John Buscema, Gene Colan, and countless others. The House of Ideas turns 80 this year, and to celebrate, Marvel is releasing a special comicbook titled Marvel Comics #1000.

The main story in issue #1000 will be written by scribe Al
Ewing (Immortal Hulk, 2000 AD), but will
feature work from a plethora of Marvel Comics mainstays and celebrity guest
contributors such as Chris Claremont, Neil Gaiman, Walt Simonson, Kareem
Abdul-Jabbar, Jason Aaron, Adam Goldberg, Rob Liefeld, Brad Meltzer, Roy
Thomas, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Gerry Conway, Peter David, Erik Larsen, George
Perez, and so many more that we can’t list them all out here.

Disney’s D23 Expo, happening August 23-25 in Anaheim,
California, just so happens to be holding a special panel to commemorate
Marvel’s milestone. The panel, titled Marvel’s 80th Anniversary,
will be hosted by current Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski and long-time
Executive Marvel Editor Tom Brevoort. The two will take a walk down Marvel
memory lane Saturday at 5:30pm on Stage 28.

In addition to the presentation, Marvel has announced that
everyone in the panel’s audience will receive a free copy of Marvel Comics #1000 that will feature a
very rare event-only variant cover. The gorgeous cover features Mickey Mouse
handing a birthday cake to Marvel heroes Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, Black
Panther, Iron Man, and Captain America with Marvel history Easter eggs filling
out the entire background.

The cover was drawn by artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man) with colors by Edgar Delgado (Star Wars: Darth Vader). Ramos tweeted, “This is a milestone cover for me.” He continued by instagramming a number of photos chronicling the process of creating the cover, discussing his inspiration in the caption:

Marvel Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski also tweeted some comments, saying:

“Such a beautiful cover by @humberto_ramos & @delgaduck! Look at all the Marvel history included in the artwork!! Honored to be able to give this special version of Marvel Comics #1000 to the fans who join our 80th Anniversary panel at D23 on August 24th. Hope to see you there!”

We’ll definitely be in attendance for Marvel’s 80th
Anniversary panel to snag one of these beautiful variant issues of Marvel Comics #1000!

EXCELSIOR!

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‘Nuff Said! Stan Lee’s Unmistakable Voice

‘Nuff Said! Stan Lee’s Unmistakable Voice

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Stan Lee had a distinct voice. In fact, many fans were first introduced to Stan when they heard his voice on animated shows such as The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends in the early 1980s. Originally, the public first heard The Man’s dulcet tones on the highly collectible Marvel Merry Marching Society recording The Voices of Marvel from 1964.

Many
others recall thinking they heard Stan’s voice, then they’d then turn around to
see that yes, it was actually Stan Lee who stood right there behind them,
speaking with his unmistakable cadence. This was the most common way Stan would
be recognized before he became the face of Marvel film cameos in the early 21st
Century.

Voice casting directors loved Stan Lee’s voice. Every year, Stan would have voice-over sessions booked throughout his schedule. His voice-overs have appeared in nearly twice as many titles as his numerous film cameo appearances, in everything ranging from animated shows to video games, to prime time animated comedy shows like Robot Chicken and The Simpsons (twice!). I had the privilege of joining Stan for many of these recording sessions over my years working for him.

Stan came to these sessions with only the few pages of script
that he reviewed once or twice in hand and proceeded to blow these directors
away. To quote the ever-humble Stan himself, “Damn, I was good, wasn’t I?” Very
good. He often completed his lines in half or one-third the time scheduled for
him to do them. He acted each line with verve and vigor, repeating lines
without prompting, until the director called cut. After two to three takes, the
directors had exactly what they wanted from Stan, and more often than not they
stuck with the very first take (Stan nicknamed himself, “One-take Lee”). Only
occasionally would a director have to give direction, and Stan would take the
direction perfectly, and re-deliver the line exactly as asked. In a word, he
was a natural.

When he had the pleasure of working with other voice actors,
say Seth Green, Mark Hamill or (almost) the entire cast of The Simpsons, they were equally impressed with Stan’s talent, and
of course thrilled with the privilege to record with Stan. This was rare,
however, as getting Stan’s busy schedule to match up with the many voice actors
called in for various parts was difficult, to say the least. Stan did enjoy
working with other voice actors when he could, as he fed off their great
performances and in turn gave them great lines to work with in response.

Although Stan is no longer here to do more voice work or appear in cameos, his voice has been preserved for posterity on dozens of shows and games. HERE is a link you can reference to track down the many projects Stan has provided his distinct voice talent for.

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