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Old 11-15-2016, 04:46 PM
 
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Thanks for posting the link to that article! What a sad story. It sounds like Mr. Ditko went the way of Dave Sim, who slowly went off the rails toward the end of Cerberus the Aardvark's run (to the book's detriment).
Yeah, that's a great article. I admit I haven't followed Ditko's post-Marvel career. Since he was work-for-hire, I was wondering how he got by (and "incorrectly" assumed he still got royalties for various things). Then we got to the bit about a certain check having "too many zeros." So obviously the ol' guy's taken care of, to some degree.

Sim's story is also an interesting one. He was the first guy to offer the trade editions ("phone books," as he called them back then) of Cerebus directly to readers and shops by mail order, a brazen move that pissed off the distributors. But Sim did quite well for himself.

Bone creator Jeff Smith's also done quite well, and getting his creation reprinted by Scholastic was no doubt a fine payday — the same for Wendy & Richard Pini, after Marvel reprinted Elfquest in color.
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Old 03-13-2017, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Finally watched this.

Meh. Marvel's most mediocre movie to date.

Nothing in it was outright bad. Nothing in it was spectacularly good. Just ... whatever. The director seemed to devote all the love and attention to the special effects rather than the story. Mads Mikkelsen and Rachel McAdams were criminally under-used.

This movie needed 20 minutes fewer special effects and 40 minutes more actual story.
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Old 03-13-2017, 04:10 PM
 
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I don't believe you, Mark. I think the movie's Groundhog Day-styled ending gave you a stiffy.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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The visuals were really good. I wish I had seen it in IMAX. Benjamin Cumberbatch looked exactly like Dr. Strange. The story/plot wasn't mind blowing at all. Mainly I think it's because it's hard to fit in all the details of the comics into a short origin film. Also, the main villain, Kacilious (sp?), got hardly any screen time. Also some plot holes, but overall it was still enjoyable.
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Old 03-13-2017, 07:18 PM
 
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The visuals were really good. I wish I had seen it in IMAX. Benjamin Cumberbatch looked exactly like Dr. Strange. The story/plot wasn't mind blowing at all. Mainly I think it's because it's hard to fit in all the details of the comics into a short origin film. Also, the main villain, Kacilious (sp?), got hardly any screen time. Also some plot holes, but overall it was still enjoyable.
A lot of what makes Strange Strange was jettisoned in favor of making the Doctor more generic. Doing away with the incantations made him more generic. Making his powers look like the same abilities wielded by others of his ilk made him more generic. Turning the Eye of Agamotto into an Infinity Gem made him more generic, too. And then they used the stupid Jedi master-padawan-Jedi-Sith motif, and it had no place in this movie.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:00 AM
 
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I don't believe you, Mark. I think the movie's Groundhog Day-styled ending gave you a stiffy.
Hm. Bill Murray as Doctor Strange? Yeah, I'd watch that.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:03 AM
 
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A lot of what makes Strange Strange was jettisoned in favor of making the Doctor more generic. Doing away with the incantations made him more generic. Making his powers look like the same abilities wielded by others of his ilk made him more generic. Turning the Eye of Agamotto into an Infinity Gem made him more generic, too. And then they used the stupid Jedi master-padawan-Jedi-Sith motif, and it had no place in this movie.
Wow. I agreed with everything you wrote. This is a first!

This movie had a very "manufactured" feel to it. No craft at all. This movie seemed designed by committee, not crafted by an artist.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:38 PM
 
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Wow. I agreed with everything you wrote. This is a first!

This movie had a very "manufactured" feel to it. No craft at all. This movie seemed designed by committee, not crafted by an artist.
We're on the same page! Holy Bat Committee!
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:59 PM
 
Location: SC
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Won't say anything about the movie itself except that changes were minor and reasonable, that it was visually stunning, and that Cumberbatch NAILED IT!

Instead, I want to say that I was a huge fan of his comic book series, from both the 70's-80's, and the 90's reboot. I also liked the Defenders. Stange was a useful character to the Marvel writers because he was their eternal deus ex machina--whenever reality altering events would take place, Strange would fix it, and cast a spell so that no one remembered.

He was never the most popular guy on his own because the story lines were surreal, esoteric, and not for everyone's taste. I never thought that in my lifetime they would make a good adaptaion (the 70's attempt at a TV series as laughable). But they did, and although I am not a 3-D fan, I ended up seeing it in 3-D by accident, and that is THE way to see it.

Make Mine Marvel.
This is exactly why I avoided it until I got the Blu-Ray a couple days ago... I was blown away... I'd never been a Strange fan, I'd never been a Cumberbatch fan. I am now.
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Old 04-04-2017, 03:04 PM
 
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This is exactly why I avoided it until I got the Blu-Ray a couple days ago... I was blown away... I'd never been a Strange fan, I'd never been a Cumberbatch fan. I am now.
Check out Cumberbatch in Sherlock if you really want to see him in his element.
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