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News: Blade artist revealed June 24, 2006

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Tom Brevoort has announced on his Marvel blog that fan favourite Howard Chaykin will be joining Marc Guggenheim on the new ongoing Blade series. Chaykin first came to note as the artist on Marvel's 1976 Star Wars comic, and has lent his unique style to American Flagg!, The Shadow and the controversial vampire comic, Black Kiss. As Brevoort says "C'mon–a cool, sword-and-gun-wielding guy in a leather jacket–is there a better character for Chaykin to work on?"

Brevoort also unveiled Chaykin's first take on the character;

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Here at HorrorComics.co.uk, we think that's kinda cool, a good cross between the movie blade and the original character from Tomb of Dracula. Here's hoping he has wooden knifes!

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News: Cage on Ghost Rider & Reeves on Constantine Sequel. June 5, 2006

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If Ghost Rider is a success don't be expecting Cage to be jumping on the bike again. In a rare interview he told ComingSoon.net that he's not signed on the dotted line for any potential follow-ups…

"I'm not contractually obligated to sequels on anything. I'll never say never, but I am happy that I haven't made any sequels to this point. If I do do a sequel, I'm going to have to know for sure that the script is better than the original. So I'm going to be very careful about that because I'm not eager to repeat myself."

Cage blames the special effects for the delays, stating that writer-director Mark Steven Johnson wanted to make sure they were just right, espiecially Ghost Rider's fight with a helicopter.

Meanwhile, Contstantine 2 is still only a glimmer in Keanu Reeve's eye. As he told ComingSoon, "It's kind of in the air. Maybe. I'd love to, but I don't know if the producers would want to do it… It's a long story. We've got to figure it out."

From the Vaults: Marvel’s Nazi Frankenstein June 3, 2006

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Invaders vs Frankenstein

The Invaders
Issue 31 – August 1978
Story title: Heil Frankenstein!
Reviewer: Cavan Scott

Dastardly Plot

Prepare yourself for this one. It is the second world war and the original Human Torch and Toro have flown off to investigate rumoured Nazi activity in the Swiss Alps. When they don’t return Captain America, Bucky and Prince Namor follow them into a nightmare. For in a remote and sinister castle, Basil Frankenstein, a descendant of dear old Victor has been up to the usual family business and has created a new abomination, the first of a new breed who will win the war for the Third Reich. Can Cap defeat the mindless monster and why does Basil need the Human Torch?

Vicious Verdict
It’s switch your brain off at the door time. To say this is a clichéd tale is like saying that Oliver Reed used to enjoy a little sherry at Christmas.
It’s all here, a crippled scientist, spooky castle and rampaging peasants (complete with burning torches). There’s even almost a brain-transplant. The idea of the monster forced to work for the Nazi is also quite an appealing idea. So good so far… But wait a grave-robbing minute – the Doctor needs the Human Torch’s android body so he can drain off his energy to cause the monster to grow because he can’t work out how to make his monster as tall as Victor’s? Why not use bigger bodies Basil old boy?
Complete nonsense from beginning to end and hardly essential reading when it comes to Marvel’s ongoing incarnation of the monster (although ol’ green, tall and gruesome does get a small cameo). But saying that, it’s just such corny, campy, unadulterated fun!

Favourite Frame
An army of Frankenstein’s nazi monsters rampaging through the trenches. Now that would make a scary movie…

Fashion Disaster
Any kind of Nazi uniform is pretty bad form (unless you’re Prince Harry or Paris Hilton of course), but you have to be impressed with Basil’s dashing dressing gown and scarf combo. Evil and insane he may be, but you’ve got to admit he’s a bit swank.

Terrifying Trivia
Ever worried you wouldn't know what to say if you’re freed from an airless prison? Well, according to the Human Torch the phrase you’re looking for is “Good Gravy!” Personally I would have gone for a “Thank **** for that” but I’m not 1940’s super-hero am I!

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News: Blade is back and he’s bringing some friends June 2, 2006

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Marvel has announced that Marc (Wolverine) Guggenheim is to be the writer of the new ongoing Blade title, due to be published in September.

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In an interview on Newsarama Guggenheim is quick to insist that there is to be no links to the Spike TV series, other than Blade's appearance with has evolved over time to resemble the look of the movies. However, as with recent comics featuring the character Blade will share the Dhampir-like abilities of his cinematic counterpart. In the Marvel Universe contiunity, Blade became the Daywalker after being bitten by Morbius, the Living Vampire.

In the new title Blade will be based in Manhattan and will initially act alone. While story arcs will be developed Guggenheim has revealed that the issues will be stand-alone. In his own words Blade will be produced "not as a horror book – as Blade has been done in the past, but as a superhero book with horror elements."

No artist has been named as yet, although Marko Djurdjevic will be providing the covers for the first six issues.

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Blade is not the only 70s horror icon to be returning from Marvel. At the "Mondo Marvel" panel WizardWorld: Philadelphia, the publisher announced two new titles that will come out under Max imprint, Hellstorm: Son of Satan and Zombie. Axel Alonso has revealed that their inclusion in Marvel's imprint for older readers mean that the characters will be able to develop in ways that weren't possible in the past.

News: Ghost Rider May 29, 2006

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Ghost Rider

The big news of our launch week is the release of the trailer for Sony Picture's Ghost Rider. Due to hit cinemas in the UK 23rd March 2007, the film has been written by Mark Steven Johnson, who was behind Marvel's surprise hit Daredevil, and if the trailer if anything to go by, Johnson will be repeating his trick of keeping fans happy by including a number of iconic Ghost Rider comic moments.

Nic Cage plays the biker Johnny Blaze who he sells his soul to the devil Mephistopheles to save his dying father. Years later Mephistopheles returns to claim his half of the deal, transforming Blaze into the Ghost Rider in order to defeat Mephistopheles' wayward son, Blackheart.

Surprisingly, the trailer shows much of Ghost Rider in action, or is that to try and stem the tide of internet gossip that the film, which has been already delayed for a year, is floundering. But what do you think. Leave a comment and let us know.

While the movie may have been pushed back, Marvel's hype-machine definitely hasn't with a new ongoing comic coming our way in July. Here's the official blurb from Marvel…

GHOST RIDER #1
Written by DANIEL WAY
Art by MARK TEXEIRA & JAVIER SALTARES
Cover by MARK TEXEIRA
Variant Cover by MARC SILVESTRI
“VICIOUS CYCLE”
Once upon a time, Johnny Blaze made a deal with the Devil…and to no one’s surprise but his own, he got shafted. Now trapped in hell, with the Spirit of Vengeance bonded to his immortal soul and weighing him down, Johnny may have finally found a way out. But at what cost? From the depths of Hell to the glittering spires of Heaven, the Ghost Rider rides again in his first ongoing series in nearly a decade, blazing new trails and dispensing fiery vengeance in his wake. The demonic team of Daniel Way, Mark Texeira and Javier Saltares reunite to put ol’ Flamehead back in the saddle where he belongs. Ready or not, here he comes!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99