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Oct 2, 2009
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“Iron Man” writer: Disney, Don’t ‘castrate’ Marvel heroes


Comic book artist Bob Layton co-wrote Marvel Entertainment’s iconic Iron Man titles in the 80’s, with partner David Michelinie. The duo recreated Iron Man’s Tony Stark into the alcoholic and playboy businessman that caught on notoriously well with readers.You have to wonder what the reaction will be in the Disney cafeteria to creative types like Layton. So Reuters reporter Eric Yep asked Layton, who now works freelance, what he thinks about the putting the House of Mouse in charge of the Hulk and the Human Torch.

I would hope that while some of Marvel’s library lends itself naturally to Disney’s sensibilities, they’ll be wise enough not to castrate the entire cast of characters in some blanket policy.

Fears for Spider-man’s manhood aside, Layton remained concerned about the comic book industry’s woes and afflictions.

It’s no secret that the distribution system in comics is basically a monopoly, although no one has the balls to call it that!

Oct 2, 2009

Comics could go mass market with Disney-Marvel

BANGALORE (Reuters) – The wall-crawling superheroes and caped vigilantes of Marvel Comics will soon overrun the streets and take to the skies in the more sedate precincts of the Magic Kingdom.

That might not be a bad thing for comic books.

The $4 billion acquisition of Marvel Entertainment Inc <MVL.N> by media giant Walt Disney Co <DIS.N> announced on August 31 could give the publisher a real shot at expanding its niche comic book business to one that has broad, mass-market appeal.