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Comic Heroes Issue 32

Essential reading for life-long fans and newcomers alike, Comic Heroes is the only magazine dedicated to all things comics - everything from graphic novels through to the films and videogames they inspire. It features the best in creator interviews, chats with the stars of blockbuster movies plus comprehensive reviews, as well as practical advice for aspiring writers or artists.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
Back issue only

in this issue

1 min

In the current climate, comics offer us the perfect escape from the maddening world we live in. With blockbuster movies hitting our screens it is an easy world to dip into or fully immerse yourself in. This issue, we’re taking a leaf out of DC’s book and concentrating our efforts on Women In Comics, it’s a movement that sees writers and artists attempting to get a fairer spread of representation into our marketplace. You can read about Wonder Woman’s beginnings and the struggles of female characters and creators alike over on page 34. What’s more, John Romita Sr talks about the origins of Gwen Stacy and MJ and how they both stand the test of time in Spider-Man’s life. Chris Claremont talks about the power of women, and his efforts…

5 min
mind the age gap

“GENERATIONS DEFINITELY HANDS OFF TO MARVEL LEGACY. THE CHARACTERS’ EXPERIENCES IN GENERATIONS WILL INFORM SOME OF THE CHOICES THEY GO ON TO MAKE” The House of Ideas is known for pushing boundaries and going the extra mile when it comes to their stories. Some are viewed as controversial; their new arc spins out of the ideas of Secret Empire, a currently-being-published arc by Marvel that has certainly garnered some attention. From the creator that brought us Ultimates, comes a new generation… We spoke to writer Brian Michael Bendis and executive editor Tom Brevoort about the development and changes that Generations brings with it. Generations actually spins out of Secret Empire. Is it unusual to have an event book that stems directly from another event book while that first event book is still…

4 min
beano goes online

“A TOP-GRADE CGI ANIMATED SERIES IS DUE TO DEBUT LATER THIS YEAR ON THE CBBC CHANNEL” Celebrating its 80th anniversary next year, the quintessentially British comic brand The Beano is expanding into digital platforms and TV at an unprecedented rate… but has pledged that the weekly physical product will remain core to its business. The Beano is the UK’s longest-running comic, having launched on 30 July 1938, and it’s the home of long-standing classic strips including, of course, Dennis The Menace, The Bash Street Kids, Roger the Dodger, Minnie The Minx and Bananaman. Ahead of the anniversary, Dundee-based publisher DC Thomson has been busy launching a raft of new media projects… which might conceivably raise fears for the print title from those who remember The Beano’s equally venerable stable-mate The Dandy. The Dandy and…

2 min
tell-all takei

“MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE CAN SERVE AS A CAUTIONARY REMINDER OF OUR PAST LEADERS’ MISTAKES” Executive Order 9066 is a part of American history that’s often forgotten or swept under the rug, but George Takei is going to tell his story of the events in an upcoming graphic novel. Takei has signed a deal with IDW Publishing to produce an autobiographical comic on the Japanese American internment camps during World War II, the book will be created with Takei’s guidance, working as a narrator he will share his family’s experiences. He hopes that through his book, he can inspire people and encourage positive change. George Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the TV and film series Star Trek, where he portrayed the character from 1966 to 1996. Today, he…

2 min
girl with the comic book

The novel is a worldwide bestseller. Were you thinking about that going into the project? Sylvain Runberg: No, I never thought about that aspect during writing. In 2010 I talked to Dupuis about my desire to make an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s novels, and they were already successful. I already had in mind what I wanted to do during this adaptation through these main characters, Lisbeth Salander, Mikaël Blomkvist and Erika Berger, and the themes that interested me in novels: the new rise of the Far-right politics, feminism, the media. And more generally, I write above all for myself, without thinking of the readers. It is for me the only way to honestly approach a narrative. Are there any advantages that the comic medium has over novels? What will the comic…

1 min
hitting it out the park

29 years is a long time in comics. Matt Wagner created the first Mage series, The Hero Discovered, back in the 1980s, and its sequel, The Hero Defined, only came out at the end of the 1990s. Now, 18 years after the second volume, 2017 sees the release of Mage: The Hero Denied, a 15-part series published again by Image that will wrap up the creator’s tale of Kevin Matchstick. Launching with a zero issue at this year’s San Diego Comic Con in July, Wagner gave a few extra details to us when we spoke to him back in May. “It takes up about ten years after the conclusion of The Hero Defined. Kevin’s at a very different point in his life...but then the same dark forces arise to once again draw…