Higher Res: Marvel’s new Animated Spider-Man

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Spider-Man is getting back to his roots in a new animated TV series.
   "Spider-Man is the biggest action hero in the world. He is an iconic 
character whose duality  makes him both relatable and  aspirational for 
the  Disney  XD  audience,"  says  Marc Buhaj,  senior vice president, 
programming and general manager for Disney XD.     He promises "a fresh 
take on a beloved classic that will engage both new and existing Spidey 
fans with its compelling drama, exciting action and the signature sense 
of comedy."

  More about the next Spider-Man series here:  Exclusive: New ‘Spider-Man’ animated series coming in 2017

Saturday Morning Cartoon Challenge

CoverImage-790x428   As a few of you know, I was born in 1970. Saturday morning cartoons were already of, almost any American kid’s childhood. Until a few years ago it still was. I will admit that there were a few shows I would watch and enjoy. Once the tradition died, though, there was this gaping hole. Sure I could go out and play, or work on a “Honey-Do” list, but damnit if I didn’t miss those damn shows.

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#DC / #Marvel #MashUps: Ben Reilly, the Blue Beetle

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My 1st design for Ben’s outfit.
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The 2nd design, closer to Ted’s costume.

   Before we had the awesome Jaime Reyes take up the mantle of the Blue Beetle, I had an idea for a Marvel / DC crossover. In my version I had envisioned that Peter Parker’s clone, Ben Reilly, instead of dying, would have been presumed dead after an apparent self-sacrifice to save New York. He believed that he was a dead man until he woke up in a new world, a new reality, the DC universe. He felt that he should lie low and give up the mask for a while.

   After years of making a quiet life, working for Kord Industries, and becoming a fan of several of the heroes of his adopted dimension, something tragic happens. Ben sees the news about the death of Ted Kord and finds out that Ted was the Blue Beetle. Ben wanted to discover what had happened to his former boss and created a new outfit as an homage to Ted’s costume.

   Ben Reilly became the Blue Spider.

Trolled by Newsarama on my RSS Feed

   Well, to be honest it wasn’t Newsarama’s fault. It was a shocking jump from the RSS feed to the page though. I’ll endeavor share that experience here 😉

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So I am tired and I see Captain Marvel with her old hair style and new outfit. I am intrigued.

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Amazing Spider-Man: All New, All Different

Your friendly neighborhood just got bigger.
Your friendly neighborhood just got bigger.

   I have not been a reader of and Spider-Man title for a very long time. Sure I checked out the Octavius books from time to time, that was just a cursory curiosity. This cover has piqued my interest and will be something that I check out for sure. Let’s see how “All New” and “All Different” Marvel can be.

A more detailed look at Peter's new duds.
A more detailed look at Peter’s new duds.

Tokusatsu, the Birth of this #Geek

Ultraman   There comes a time, a moment in our lives, where the currents of what makes us us guide our development. I was born in May of 1970 and I don’t remember much about that. No my earliest memories are of two shows that, unbeknownst to me, would chart my course to Geekdom  to this day.  These shows were “Johnny Sokko and His Fling Robot”, and “Utraman”. They were poorly dubbed Japanese imports and they captured my undivided attention.

Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot   No, my friends, Bat-Man, Spider-Man, nor Captain Kirk ushered me into the Age of the Geek. Star Wars was but a mere glimmer in George Lucas’ eye. It was Ultraman, and what I called “Bucket-Head Ultraman”! Apparently Johnny Sokko and His Fling Robot was too difficult for me to say way back when. I have no idea of the time line but these Tokusatsu shows [Tokusatsu (特撮) is a Japanese term that applies to any live-action film or television drama that features considerable use of special effects (tokusatsu literally translates as “special filming” in Japanese)] left an indelible mark upon me that I still wear proudly to this day.

   These two titles can be found on Hulu. While I own the Ultraman series, Johnny Sokko just doesn’t hold up for me as well, but that is OK. Old Bucket-Head Ultraman helped me find my path in life and even Geeks leave some of their loves behind in order to grow and move on. If you are in the same boat or would like to check these titles out simply click the above graphics to go to the series pages on Hulu. I hope that you enjoy them ^_^

Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with you.

Marvel’s Secret Wars (2015)… Wake Me Up When It Is Over.

   If you are following, or attempting to follow, the current Secret Wars on the insane melting pot called “Battle World” then you understand the need to just shut your brain off and hit cruise control until the end is nigh. Too many domains, too many tie-ins and way too damn many Manhattans. Check out the above video to catch up on the geography of Battle World. I was looking forward to the new Secret Wars but I am thinking that the final outcomes will be more interesting that following the story as a whole. I will admit that I am falling behind in my weekly reading, including Convergence, but the sheer number of new books, new stories, and new realities are taking their toll on this haggard old geek.

Getting Caught Up: Secret Wars (1984)

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   YouTube user, ComicIsland, tells the tale of the original Secret Wars. This wasn’t Marvels first cross-over event but it was the one that became the template for all cross-overs. Click on the image above for the jump to the video page.