Our very own Ted Alexander (manager at Midtown Comics Downtown) recently spoke with Word and Film about Comic Book Movies and Their Source Material. You can find the full story here. Read below the jump for a few of our favorite quotes:

“Something like ‘The Avengers’ happens and the type of person you wouldn’t expect in a comic book shop will come in and ask me, ‘Where do these guys come from? Where do they go from here?'” He adds: “It seems the more movies come out, the busier the store gets.”

SEE: “Captain America: Winter Soldier” – READ: Winter Soldier

According to Ted Alexander, the movie is adapted from a popular (and rather recent) Captain America storyline with the first appearance of the titular former Soviet super assassin. “Oddly enough, it’s called theWinter Soldier,” Alexander says with a laugh. “There’s two volumes, but because of the movie Marvel’s been really good about releasing all of the Winter Soldier stuff – so there’s a bigger volume that encompasses that whole storyline. It’s a little different from the movie, but if you want to know more about the Winter Soldier that’s where he’s introduced.”

SEE: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” – READ: Death of the Stacys

“There’s a trade out there called Death of the Stacys,” Alexander says, who notes it includes the momentous spidey story arcs featuring the demises of key Stacy family members. “The thing about that is that it shows the comics where they’re dying but it doesn’t show the relationship that he had with Gwen. There are a couple like the Marvel Masterworks [an imprint that publishes collections of issues from close Marvel comic book titles] that have been out and reproduce Spider-Man’s first 100 issues and they’re a good place to pick up the Gwen storyline.”

SEE: “X-men: Days of Future Past” –READ: The Uncanny X-Men

“Marvel Comics is smart … when a movie’s coming out, they reprint the collection,” Alexander notes. “But Days of Future Past has always been a collection that’s been widely available and pretty popular.”

The original Days of Future Past storyline was published under The Uncanny X-Men and featured beloved character Kitty Pryde (played by Ellen Page in the films) traveling back from a dystopian future, where mutants are threatened by mass genocide, to her teenage body in the then-present day of the early 1980s. Although, like most film adaptations, things get changed for the big screen – the past time period in the film is the early 1970s and its Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine that travels back there.

“I’m not a big fan of that,” Alexander admits. “I think they switched it because Wolverine’s a more popular character … and unfortunately Kitty doesn’t get her shining moment.”

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