Marvel Takes On Comedy With "Damage Control"

As predicted by Frankie on Limited Addiction Podcast, Ep: 19,  Marvel Comics have green lit a 30 minute comedy project based on Damage Control!

Have you ever wondered who cleans up after Hulk and Iron Man battle in the streets? Well your question will soon be answered. Developed for TV by executive producer Ben Karlin, fromerly of Daily Show and Colbert Report, Damage Control follows the underpaid and overworked clean up crew on the Marvel Universe. Specializing in dealing with the aftermath of the unique fallout from superhero conflicts, they’re the ones who are in charge of returning lost ray guns to their rightful owners, help to reschedule a wedding venue after it has been vaporized in a superhero battle, or even track down a missing prize African parrot that’s been turned to stone or goo.

Introduced in 1988 and getting their first storyline the next year in Marvel Comics Presents, Damage Control has a recurring presence on the pages of Marvel Comics, and has been the subject of four limited series to date. Dwayne McDuffie and Ernie Colón created the concept. Notably, the outfit played a key role in the events of the 2006-2007 “Civil War” crossover,though they’re not featured in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War, loosely based on that arc.

Karlin will write the script for the project, which he executive produces alongside 3 Arts’ David Miner and Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb. Marvel Television is producing with ABC Studios where the company is based. Karlin’s involvement in Damage Control stems from his overall deal with ABC Studios. Many writers on the studio roster are interested in developing Marvel properties, and the comic book-based company has been very selective in the concepts that proceed to development.

Marvel TV has two drama series on ABC, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter,and a pilot for a S.H.I.E.L.D. offshoot top-lined by Adrianne Palicki & Nick Blood. Additionally, the company has a four-series superhero package at Netflix.

There is still no guarantee that we will ever see Damage Control or even a S.H.I.E.L.D. spin off on ABC but with new rumored comic based TV shows every week one can only guess it is just a matter of time.  

The Fix Is In!

Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber are back this Spring with "The Fix!" 

Comic fans will know the team up of Spencer and Lieber from the widely popular "Superior Foes of Spider-man" which wrapped up last November. In "The Fix," Roy and Mac are a pair of dishonest cops in Los Angeles and they will be going to war with a drug sniffing beagle named Pretzels. Yes, a drug sniffing beagle named Pretzels. Check out Limited Addiction #17 to hear Steve tell you about the book himself. We should expect to see the book on shelves Spring of 2016.

Here are some images and a promo from "The Fix" including a Frankly Done Network exclusive!

You can find Steve Lieber at www.stevelieber.com

You can find Nick Spencer on twitter @nickspencer

Chloe Bennet suits up for Season 3

Last season in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Skye learned her true identity and began her transformation into Daisy Johnson. Now, with the Season 3 premiere imminent on Tuesday, September 29 at 9:00 PM ET on ABC, that transformation has completed itself as Daisy gets a new tactical suit inspired by her look as Quake in the comics.

Yesterday we revealed the first photos of Chloe Bennet in the new suit, but in order to learn more about how it all came together we spoke with the series’ costume designer, Ann Foley, and even got our hands on the original piece of concept art by Phillip Boutte and Joshua Shaw that helped bring it all to life.

Foley, took a great deal of inspiration from Quake’s appearance in the comics, looking to incorporate as much as she could while also staying true to the world of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

“I think one of the most important things was that the symbol be incorporated into her costume but especially onto the gauntlets,” relates Foley. “And it’s also on the back of her suit, which was a fun little touch that we added. As far as the silhouette, we wanted to stay true to the comics and pay tribute to those original designs.

"I also wanted to incorporate the gold color that I've seen in some of the illustrations of her suit throughout the comics, which is why we wanted a nod to her tactical look from last season, so if you look at the style lines around the top of the costume, you will see that they're similar to her tactical hood from Season 2."

Throughout the first two seasons, Foley has had the chance to bring a couple of other costumes from the page to the screen with her designs for Deathlok and Agent Bobbi Morse’s tactical/Mockingbird suit, but the process of adapting something from comics to real life doesn’t necessarily take any more time than original costumes created from scratch.

“They all take about the same amount of time, I would say,” notes Foley. “It’s basically starting with the research and then continuing with the illustration process. And sometimes, depending on the schedule of the production, the time frame can be different for each costume. Some schedules are a bit more advanced than others, so we have to work around that.”

The costume designer relied on some of her staple materials in creating Quake’s suit.

"I stuck with a lot of similar fabrications that I've used in the past," she confirms. "Her suit is made out of printed EuroJersey, which works well for these costumes because it's a four-way stretch that gives Chloe the ability to move and do her stunts, just like with Mockingbird and Deathlok. But there is a lot more leather in her suit than in some of the others. And then of course there's the Gauntlet and the utility belt that she's wearing around her waist, built by Legacy Effects, that are made out of flexible materials painted to look like metal, so that she can do her action and her stunts and nobody's going to get hurt."

Chloe Bennet, who plays Daisy in the series, has taken quite a liking to the suit, according to Foley.

“Chloe looks incredible and feels empowered in it. She loves wearing her Quake costume and if she had her way, she’d probably wear it all the time.”

With all the work that went into creating the outfit, a couple of elements stand out in particular to Foley as ones she’s especially proud of in the final suit.

“I love the gauntlets and that we worked the symbol into the construction on the back of her suit,” Foley remarks. “It’s probably one of the coolest things that we’ve done so far. And the fact that Chloe is so happy with it and that she looks so kick ass in it is a real thrill! It’s great to see Skye’s progression into Daisy Johnson and the suit is just the beginning.”

Written by Marc Storm of Marvel.com

All-New All-Different Point One

With "Secret Wars" wrapping up in the next couple of issues Marvel is getting fans ready for what is to come in the aftermath of the world ending event. Marvel's "All-New All-Different Point One" will fast forward readers 8 months into the future.

See what unfolds for fan-favorite characters like Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Daredevil, Carnage, the Inhumans, and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We will also be treated with a glimpse of which "Champions" will be put head-to-head in battle. 

Arriving October 7, the on-shot preview will feature the talents of writers like Skottie Young, Charles Soule, Gerry Conway, and Marc Guggenheim in addition to artwork from David Marquez, Stefano Caselli, Felipe Andrade, Paco Medina, and many more. 

Marvel's Jessica Jones

Almost two months away from Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix we have been gifted with several pictures of the shows cast! Krysten Ritter stars as Jones, a former superhero who opens her own detective agency after an end to her superhero career. David Tennant, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, and Carrie-Anne Moss also star. Ritter was official announced as Jones in December 2014, with production on Marvel's Jessica Jones beginning in New York City in February 2015 and lasting until late August.  

All episodes are set to premier on November 20, 2015 on Netflix. 

Regrettable Superhero #3: The Bouncer

Origin

The Bouncer was originally a statue of the Greek mythological figure Antaeus (spelled Anteas in the comics). The statue had been sculpted by Adam Anteas, Jr., a descendant of the mythical Anteas. Like his ancestor, Anteas Jr. gained power when in contact with the earth, allowing him to bounce back whenever he struck the ground, and the harder he hit the ground, the higher he bounced. Unfortunately, just like his ancestor, he lost his power when out of contact with the ground.

At first Anteas Jr. had no interest in superheroics, and generally wanted to be left alone with his statues. But whenever he was threatened, the spirit of his ancestor would animate the statue of the Bouncer, and drag Anteas Jr. off on an adventure. Eventually Anteas Jr. began to seek out criminals, and fight them with the aid of the Bouncer.

Creation

The Bouncer was created by Robert Kanigher and Louis Ferstadt. He first appeared September 1944 in The Bouncer. Most notably, the Bouncer is known for being the first comic book character created by Robert Kanigher.

Powers and Abilities

The Bouncer was a statue animated by the spirit of the mythological Anteas. He had superhuman strength and the ability to leap great distances by bouncing off the ground.

Adam Anteas Jr. could also bouncing off the ground like the Bouncer, and could instantaneously summon the Bouncer to his current location whenever he needed him.

Regrettable Superhero #2: Black Dwarf!

 

Shorty Wilson, a retied pro football players decided it was time to “turn the heat on the Underworld,” to do this he takes the nom de plume of The Black Dwarf, dons a wide brimmed gaucho hat, a monk’s robe, a red lined cape, and picks up a pair of .45 automatics and three companions consisting of Nitro an explosives specialist, Fly a second-story man, and his deadly girl friend Arsenic and starts handing out a stark brand of justice.

Few foes survive an encounter with the black garbed vigilante and his three cohorts.

Regrettable Superhero #1: 711

Daniel Dyce was a District Attorney who was almost an exact twin of his friend, Jacob Horn. Jacob was in prison, but wanted to see his wife give birth, so Daniel agreed to become a prisoner while Jacob was with his wife. However, Jacob is killed in a car crash on the way to the hospital, so Daniel was stuck in jail. Daniel was able to tunnel himself free, but instead of escaping, he decided to return to his cell. Each night he uses his tunnel to go outside and fight crime, then returns before the morning. Dyce adopts the name #711, a reference to his prisoner number. After two years of adventures Daniel Dyce was killed by the mobster Oscar Jones. The hero Destiny sees this take place, and starts his crime fighting career when #711 died, replacing his feature in Police Comics.

Like many early comic book heroes, #711 did not wear a traditional costume but rather was modeled after the traditional pulp magazine heroes. He wore a green cape, a brown business suit, and a wide-brimmed fedora which cast his eyes in shadow. #711's trademark was a calling card made of a mirror with bars painted over it; when an unlucky criminal would look at the card, they would see themselves behind bars.

Following the Golden Age, many of the Quality Comics characters were purchased by DC Comics, while others lapsed into the public domain. DC has used #711 only once in their publications, a Millennium Edition reprint of his first appearance.