Stan Lee, the comic book genius who made Marvel comics an industry standard, died on November 12, 2018, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 95.
He was born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, in Manhattan, the older of two sons born to Jack Lieber, an occasionally employed dress cutter, and Celia (Solomon) Lieber, both immigrants from Romania. The family moved to the Bronx.
Lee, who began his career as a comic book writer in 1939, helped launch the Marvel Universe in 1961 and co-created the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, the original X-Men and many other immortal icons. Lee’s Marvel creations are credited with advancing the art form of comics, by introducing heroes with real world flaws and problems. His style of crafting comics was also innovative, with him penning a story outline, which artists like jack Kirby and Steve Ditko would then drawn, with Lee (and later others) going back and filling in the dialogue.
Fans have been delighted by his frequent cameo appearances in various movies and TV series based on Marvel characters. Ironically, his last film appearance was in the animated DC Comics movie ‘Teen Titans GO! To the Movies’. Reportedly, he has filmed additional cameos to be inserted into future films. He also recorded a part for the Disney XD series ‘Avengers Assemble: Black Panther’s Quest’. Prior to his film cameos, Lee often narrated animated Marvel television shows like ‘Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends’ and ‘The Incredible Hulk’.
Lee is survived by his daughter Joan Celia “J.C.” Lee as well as a younger brother Larry Lieber, who also worked for Marvel. His wife, Joan, passed away in 2017.
CBS All Access has set phasers to funny with the announcement today that they’ve given a two-season commitment to Star Trek: Lower Decks, an animated comedy from Emmy Award-winner Mike McMahan. The show, which will be produced by CBS Eye Animation Productions, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment, will follow the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least-important ships. CBS Eye Animation Productions is CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm.
Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout and Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and Katie Krentz of Roddenberry Entertainment will serve as executive producers alongside McMahan, who is best known for Rick and Morty and has written the upcoming Harry Mudd-centric installment of Star Trek: Short Treks. Aaron Baiers, who brought McMahan to the project, will serve as a co-executive producer.
"Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: ‘I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end,” executive producer Alex Kurtzman said. “His cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed. He’s brilliantly funny and knows every inch of every Trek episode, and that’s his secret sauce: he writes with the pure, joyful heart of a true fan. As we broaden the world of Trek to fans of all ages, we’re so excited to include Mike’s extraordinary voice.”
“As a life-long Trekkie, it’s a surreal and wonderful dream come true to be a part of this new era of Star Trek,” executive producer Mike McMahan said. “While Star Trek: Lower Decks is a half-hour, animated show at its core, it’s undeniably Trek – and I promise not to add an episode at the very end that reveals the whole thing took place in a training program.”
Trek fans will recall that in 2011 McMahan launched a Twitter account where he posted episode plots to a fake season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Simon & Schuster subsequently hired him to write a readers’ guide to a fictitious eighth season of TNG titled Star Trek: The Next Generation: Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season. Beyond his Trek credentials, McMahan recently served as head writer and executive producer on Adult Swim’s hit animated series, Rick and Morty, and co-created Hulu’s animated alien family show, Solar Opposites.
Star Trek: Lower Decks, in addition to being CBS All Access’ first animated series, represents the latest expansion of the Star Trek franchise on CBS All Access, also currently home in the U.S. to the Star Trek: Discovery, returning with season two on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, and Star Trek: Short Treks, a series of four short stories tied to Discovery and the overall Star Trek universe. CBS All Access also recently announced plans for a new, as-yet-untitled Star Trek series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard.
Netflix announced on October 12, 2018, that it had canceled two of its Marvel Universe series, Iron Fist, & Luke Cage. Both shows will not see a third season. Creative differences were cited as the reason for the Luke Cage cancellation.
Netflix is the only non-Disney owned company currently producing MCU series. This is due in large part to Netflix’s unparalleled commitment to the Marvel community, as the ambitious slate of interlocking plotlines proves.
The third season of 'Daredevil' was released on October 19th. Time will tell if Disney's upcoming streaming service, which will include Marvel universe shows, takes a bite out of Netflix's slate of MCU programs.
Actor Scott Wilson, who played Hershel Greene on the AMC series 'The Walking Dead', has died. His passing was first reported on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Though a cause of death was not immediately released, it now appears that Wilson died from complications from leukemia.
Wilson’s Hershel debuted on ‘The Walking Dead’ during Season Two and appeared in 30 episodes, into Season Four.
Wilson had been active on the convention circuit and was even slated to appear at Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta later this month. At New York Comic Con’s ‘Walking Dead’ panel, it was announced that Wilson would return during the ninth season. It is now unclear whether or not he had already filmed his scenes.
Other than ‘The Walking Dead’, Wilson is best known for appearing in the 1980 psychological horror movie ‘The Ninth Configuration’. He also appeared in such classics as ‘In the Heat of the Night’, ‘In Cold Blood’, ‘The Great Gatsby’, ‘The Right Stuff’, ‘Twilight Zone: The Movie’, ‘Dead Man Walking’, ‘Pearl Harbor’, and many more. Prior to ‘The Walking Dead’, Wilson appeared on ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigations’ for several years. And afterward, he appeared on ‘Bosch’, ‘Damien’ and ‘The OA’. He also reprised the role of Hershel on the ‘Robot Chicken: Walking Dead Special’.
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