Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012
• After a ruling against writer Gary Friedrich’s suit last year seeking revenues from movies and merchandise based on Ghost Rider, a character Friedrich co-created for Marvel, now Marvel Entertainment/Disney has filed a counter-claim against Friedrich seeking $17,000 in revenue from the writer for selling Ghost Rider prints and merchandise at conventions. In addition, Marvel is also seekng to make Friedrich stop selling any Ghost Rider products of his own creation and promoting himself as the co-creator of the character for financial gain. Following this news, a number of fans and creators have come out in various online forums in support of Friedrich, who wrote on Facebook about how moved he was by the support. He added that he plans to appeal the court’s decision.
• In other legal news, Michael Anthony “Tony” Moore, who collaborated with Robert Kirkman on The Walking Dead comics, now says that Kirkman tricked him into signing away his rights to the property. He’s suing Kirkman for breach of contract, promissory fraud, and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
Yesterday’s Panel Quiz Answer
The Composite Superman’s first lines in comics were, “Batman and Superman! My telepathic powers reveal you’re secretly Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent! Let me join you as a third partner, or I’ll expose you both!” He said them on the cover of World’s Finest Comics #142 (Jun 64).
Whose first line in comics was “Even a thunder god cannot match my great power … as you are now about to learn!!”? (Answer Monday)
Born February 11
Rich DuFour, comics writer
Jim Bradrick (1946), comics artist
Shon Howell (1962), comics editor and colorist
Born February 12
Joe Albelo, comics artist
Ken Meyer Jr. (1957), comics artist
Lou Bank (1966), comics marketer
Born 2 weeks from Saturday (Feb. 25)
Arnold Roth (1929), cartoonist
Rick Geary (1946), comics writer and artist
Phil Lasorda (1960), comics artist
Born 2 weeks from Sunday (Feb. 26)
Ric Estrada (1928), comics artist
David Boswell (1953), comics writer and artist
Karen Berger (1958), comics editor
Jeffrey Butler (1958), comics artist
This Weekend’s Flashbacks
100 yrs Feb 11, 1912 Mexican writer-artist of Los Supersabios German Butze is born.
95 yrs Feb 12, 1917 The Gumps begins, created by Sidney Smith.
55 yrs Feb 12, 1957 Writer-artist Ken Meyer Jr. is born.
50 yrs Feb 11, 1962 “Furry” artist Shon Howell is born.
Every Wed. and Sat. California: City Of Industry. Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Feb 11 Kansas: Overland Park-Kansas City. Comic Book Show.
Feb 12 Delaware: Newark. Sports Card, Comic Book & Collectible Show.
Feb 12 Nebraska: Omaha. Show.
Feb 17-19 Florida: Orlando. MegaCon.
Feb 18 Indiana: Elkhart. Wonder Woman Day & Comicon.
Feb 19 Illinois: Springfield. ComicCon.
Feb 19 Michigan: Livonia. X-trava Con.
Question of the Week
What comics movie are you most anticipating?
• A pair of animated Valentine’s specials – Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown and A Charlie Brown Valentine — air on ABC Saturday night beginning at 8 p.m. E.T.
• ABC has “Skin Deep,” a new episode of Once Upon a Time Sunday night at 8 p.m. E.T.
• Fox returns to its animation block in full force starting at 8 p.m. E.T. Sunday night with “The Daughter Also Rises” a new episode of The Simpsons with guest voices from Mythbusters Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage. At 8:30, Napoleon Dynamite has “Pedro vs. Deb,” while at 9, Family Guy airs “Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” and American Dad! ends the evening with “Wheels & the Legman and the Case of Grandpa’s Key” at 9:30.
• It’s a big night on AMC Sunday with the return of The Walking Dead at 9 p.m E.T., followed by the premiere of Comic Book Men at 10.