Monday, May 2, 2012
• Nearly 50,000 fans attempted to attend The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this past weekend, causing the fire marshal to cap attendance on Saturday, leaving a number of fans unable to get in. The jump in attendance from an anticipated 35,000 was more than likely caused by a massive Star Trek-related promotion.
• The Avengers’ domination of foreign film markets in the days before its May 4 U.S. opening has had an effect on another summer blockbuster. Battleship, which opened overseas 17 days ago, has only earned $170.9 million in 50 countries, with this most recent weekend, the first in which it was up against The Avengers, only adding an estimated $22.5 million to the overall total. By contrast, The Avengers has earned $218 million in just six days of release in 39 countries. Universal has said that Battleship cost $209 million to produce.
• Free Comic Book Day is now just three days away! What are your plans?
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
The first words said in comics by The Chief were, “You three are victims of a cruel and fantastic fate! I summoned you here to give you the opportunity to cheat that fate by offering you the chance to experience adventures more incredible than any humans have ever known!” He said them in My Greatest Adventure #80 (Jun 63).
Whose first line in comics was “Hello there, Superboy!”?
Glenn Herdling, comics writer
Doug Wildey (1922), comics writer and artist
Howard Cruse (1944), comic writer and artist
Jerry Scott (1955), comics artist
Debbie David (1959), comics artist
Ryan Brown (1962), comics artist
Birthdays 2 Weeks from Now
Ray Zone (1947), 3-D comics developer
Christopher K. Browne (1952), comic strip artist
Henry Vogel (1957), comics writer
Chester Brown (1960), comics writer and artist
Chuck Maly (1960), comics artist
100 yrs May 2, 1912 Award-winning Dutch comics creator Marten Toonder is born. He is best known for the features Tom Poes and Olivier B. Bommel.
90 yrs May 2, 1922 Jonny Quest and Rio creator Doug Wildey is born.
75 yrs May 2, 1937 Gerald David Music is born. As Lorenzo Music, he writes, acts, and performs as a voice artist including for Jim Davis’ Garfield.
65 yrs May 2, 1947 Psychologist, writer, and Wonder Woman creator William Moulton Marston dies of cancer at age 53.
50 yrs May 2, 1962 Artist Ryan Brown is born. He creates Hallowieners and the animated TV series Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa.
Every Wed. and Sat. California: City of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
May 4-6 Missouri: Columbia. DoDeca-Con.
May 5 Everywhere. Free Comic Book Day.
May 6 California: Los Angeles. Comic Book & Science Fiction Conv.
May 6 Illinois: Chicago. Toys, Comics & Statues Convention.
Question of the Week
What would you like to see in Today’s Comics Guide?