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Title: Hollywood's Fascination with the Comic Book Superhero

Author: Dave Gieber

Movie production companies and TV have been creating feature
length movies, movie serials and TV shows for years exploiting
the public fascination with Superheroes. But as special effect
technology and costume designs became better and better,
Hollywood kicked it up a notch with feature-length high budget
productions. Superman, the Movie and the 3 sequels started in
the 1970s and the '90s and beyond brought us Batman, The Hulk,
the X-Men and the now infamous Spider-Man, to name a few. Why
all this interest in producing Superhero movies? Big bucks!! The
two Spider-Man movies alone have netted about 800 million
dollars apiece in worldwide ticket sales. That's not chicken
feed. This kind of income could not be generated without an avid
public interest in Superheroes. So if you feel you are alone in
your voracious passion for your own comic book collection, think

And now a new twist has been added. Directors, screenplay
writers, and even actors are writing for, of all things, comic
books now. Big name Hollywood writers are helping to sell more
comics. For example, Joss Whedon, perhaps best known for
creating Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has written stories for
Marvel in the series Astonishing X-Men. Back in the 90s, who
would have known that all these fan boys had been hiding in the
Hollywood woodworks waiting for comics to gain some cultural

If you haven't followed some of the comic news of the last
several months, Stan "the man" Lee has been fighting his
personal battle with His life long employer, Marvel Comics. Stan
is probably one of the most well known character creators in the
comic book industry. He has characters like Batman, Spider-Man
and the Hulk credited to his creative imagination. Seems Stan
had a contractual agreement with Marvel for 10% of any revenue
acquired by Marvel from movies and TV projects centered on Stan
characters. But apparently the high dollar superstructure of the
corporate mind doesn't want to part with all their income. Now
this is nothing new, but Stan Lee managed to win the first round
for the little guy. The judge presiding over Stan's case agreed
that Stan should receive his share of the agreed on profits. Now
maybe Stan will get his share and maybe he won't. Sounds like
Marvel will be appealing the decision. At any rate, if there
weren't big bucks involved in the production of comic book
Superhero movies, this case would not have been such an issue.

I believe the near future is going to bring many more of my
favorite heroes to the silver screen. I have already started my
own DVD collection and as more heroes get transferred from the
screen to round disc, I will continue to increase the size of my
collection. Do you think a DVD superhero collection will be
worth as much as a comic book collection in the future? Probably
not, but that won't stop me from building my collection anyway.

About the author:
Dave Gieber, a former rocket engineer, has decided to take up
residency on the Internet. He is the owner and editor of several
websites, one of which was built around one of his childhood
passions; . You can
visit here to keep up to date on the world of comic books and
comic book collecting. Feel free to sign up for my comic book
ezine at

This article was re-printed by permission.

[Note: Due to size restraint, the subjectline's title had to be truncated. Appologies to Dave Gieber. - Admin.]

Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:15 pm
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