Too bad they never made an X-Men movies in the seventies: As The Beat notes, Rick Veitch could have totally played Wolverine. If Clint Eastwood were unavailable, of course.
All of Africa…?: I’m torn by The Source‘s mention of “The Batman of Africa” in this announcement, as it plays into the Africa-as-a-country-rather-than-a-continent stereotype (note all the other Batmen are referred to as the Batmen of specific countries). On the other hand, up until recently there was only one Batman, making him the Batman of the whole world. And then we have to consider the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh, a non-Bruce Wayne Batman who was also the Batman of an entire planet. Hmm…
“Good god! You’re calculating-”: Ryan North’s T-Rex does the math on the “EXPECTED REAL-LIFE BATMAN GENERATION RATE.” No one tell Batman how low the odds of generating a Batman actually are, as it could really screw up his whole world-wide franchising Batman, Inc. plan.
“But by the beard of ‘Uncle Elvis’…”: Michael Cavna of The Washington Post explains why DC was right to bring back the letters pages. One element I liked was the goofy punning letter page names that say “correspondence” and “Suicide Squad” at the same time, like, I don’t know, Deadman’s “Dead Letter Office” or The Spectre’s “Aiiieeeee-mail” or whatever. If I reall, new titles generally held some sort of reader-submitted suggestion contest in order to come up with a good name. I’m going to start thinking of a letter column name for the new Red Lantern monthly right now (Blood-puke-o-grams? Red Letter Letters? Rage, Rage Against The Dying of the U.S. Postal Service? Hmm, this might take some thought…)
That’s a hell of an 88th birthday present: Stan Lee, the elder statesman of super hero comic books, just received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There were a plenty of stories in the mainstream and comics-specific media about this, but I’m going to link to this one on CNN.com, because it refers to Lee as “Spider-Man’s ‘dad’” in the headline. What does that make Steve Ditko? Spidey’s mom?