25 Sep, 2014
11 Sep, 2014
By Michael Kim – @michaelny11731
Hello Midtowners, this is Michael from the back issues department for this blog entry on comic books and sports. The Guardians of The Galaxy are the 2014 box office champions. With no upcoming films to give the Guardians competition in their record gross earning, the Guardians will be sitting pretty for the rest of the year. The GOTG were underdogs, B/C/D-listers in the Marvel library. They’re known by comic book fans, but questioned by the casual ones. They lacked the commercial appeal of The Avengers and other Marvel characters. The Guardians weren’t (at the time) a household name, they weren’t iconic. Producing a space adventure film made sense to keep the Infinity Gems and Thanos in the broad picture of the Marvel cinematic universe. However, to use relative unknowns as their vehicle seemed risky. Well, it seems the gamble by Marvel paid off.
The accomplishment of the film made me think of other success stories. 300 directed by Zack Snyder and based on the Frank Miller comic book series comes to mind: low budget, huge box office return. But I digress. This blog entry is about comic books and sports. If the Guardians of The Galaxy film were a professional sports franchise, they would be the Super Bowl XVLIII Champion Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League. Before Super Bowl XVLIII (48,) the last professional sports championship that the city of Seattle WA won was in 1979 by the Supersonics in the National Basketball Association (NBA.) The franchise saw some success in the 90’s with head coach George Karl, point guard Gary Payton, and power forward Shawn Kemp. The franchise came close to another championship, but lost to Michael Jordan and The Chicago Bulls. In 2006, the team (along with eventual 2013-2014 Most Valuable Player of the Year Kevin Durant) was sold and moved to Oklahoma City OK, now named the Thunder.
Your favorite comic shop retailer employees Ted (Manager of Midtown Comics Downtown), Sam (Jill of all trades at Midtown Comics Downtown and Youtube video host), Andrew (Marketing manager), and customer Gavin introduce you to the first episode in the reboot of the Midtown Comics Podcast.
In this first episode, Sam fills us in on her time at The Guardians of the Galaxy world premiere and if it lives up to the hype.
The staff talk Batman Day and the Death of Archie Andrews, give you their favorite Comic Con experiences, their favorite reads from the week, and what they’re looking forward to next week on the racks. Then, they give you their thoughts on the new Avengers status quo and how can Wolverine actually die?
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By Tom Hairston
Marvel Studios has certainly accomplished many feats that had been called impossible (or at least highly unlikely) in the short time since they started building the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It has only been a few years but people seem to have already forgotten what a huge achievement bringing several characters from separate movies together for a team up was. The mere fact that Thor and Iron Man are now household names is incredible to me. However, when it comes to Guardians of the Galaxy this is without a doubt their riskiest step yet, because although Iron Man may not have been a common name when his film was made, nobody outside of the comic book community has ever heard of Guardians of the Galaxy and it is so different from every film they’ve made so far that the average movie goer has no idea it’s even a Marvel film. Well, after seeing the movie I am happy to say that this was a gamble that paid off, big time.
10 Jun, 2014
It’s that time again. The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer, and your comic book list just keeps piling up! It’s summer, which means it’s time for new Midtown Exclusives! We’ve put together this helpful guide to showcase our new variant covers, connecting covers, and exclusive items for the next three months! Read on below for more details below!