Posts Tagged ‘Spider-Man’

By Todd Matthy

In the summer of 1986, children were traumatized when Optimus Prime sacrificed himself to stop his archrival, Megatron. But it wasn’t Megatron who pulled the trigger, it was a writer named Ron Friedman.

Ron Friedman wrote Transformers: The Movie. He wrote the five-part miniseries that launched GI Joe. He is close friends with Stan Lee and helped Stan develop The Marvel Action Hour, featuring Iron Man and Fantastic Four. He has written episodes of All in the Family, Happy Days, and Fantasy Island. In addition to his writing credentials, Ron is an architect and a teacher at Chapman University.

In 2014, Ron plans to chronicle his experiences as a writer in the memoir, I Killed Optimus Prime. The book promises a fascinating look behind the scenes of the shows that defined our childhood.

I had the privilege of speaking with Ron about his career, his friendship with Stan Lee, what he thought when he first saw the Transformers, how Orson Welles became Unicron, and why he didn’t want to kill Optimus Prime.

So, to kick off the 30th Anniversary of the Transformers, Ron Friedman, the man who killed Optimus Prime.

WARNING: Some language.

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 By Todd Matthy

The subject of women in comics is a hot one. One of the sub-subjects is female superheroes and movies, specifically why there isn’t a Wonder Woman movie. The big questions are, “Why did we get a Jonah Hex movie before Wonder Woman?” ” “Why do executives think a super hero movie with a female lead is an automatic bomb?” “Why do executives think Wonder Woman is difficult?” I don’t know the answers to all of the questions. I do know we’ve gotten some answers that are B.S.

 

Female super heroes can succeed at the box office. It’s not a question of whether or not the lead is a female, it’s a question of whether the movie is good or bad. So, what’s the formula for a good Wonder Woman movie? Read below. (more…)

 

Y&P at NY Comic Con 2012: Photo Parade | Y&P.

By Todd Matthy

Dan Jurgens didn’t really kill Superman, but he did write Superman #75, the penultimate issue of the infamous “Death of Superman” storyline, where the Man of Steel fell defending Metropolis from the unstoppable monster known as Doomsday. The issue would go on to be one of the highest selling comic books of all time, spawning multiple printings, a media sensation, and creating a boom period in comics industry. So, how did this story come about? That and many other questions about Dan’s illustrious career is only one part of my conversation with writer/artist Dan Jurgens. (more…)

 

Review: Amazing Spider-Man.

By Todd Matthy

It’s the end of the year and a time for reflection. Since everybody’s doing a best of list, I decided to throw in my two cents, so here’s my best of 2011.

Note: If you’re looking for Year in Music, click here. (more…)

Today I decided to repost something. I recently made a compilation of my favorite comics from both Marvel and DC.  I’ve decided to repost the links  so you can decide which set is better. Let me know by posting a response below.
My Favorite Marvels

My Favorite DC’s

With New York Comic Con starting tomorrow I’ve decided to get into the spirit by sharing with you my favorite comics. I’m going to start off with my favorite comics from Marvel. Now just to clarify this is NOT A COMPLETE LIST but the ones off the top of my head. So, if you’ve read these, agree with me, or disagree with me, feel free to post. Feel free to post something I missed too. And if you’re heading to the show and haven’t read any of these think of this as a list of stuff to look for. (more…)

The follow articles by me are live on Metal Machine.net

Monday Morning Quarterback: Transformers # 3

Enough With Zombies!

Lacuna Coil and All That Remains Take Over Irving Plaza

Stratovarius Rocks the Nokia Theater

I’m starting to enjoy doing these. It makes me feel like a kid playing with his wrestling figures all over again. I know this weeks edition is a little late (fear not it’s not a rehash of what happened on the actual show.)  but that’s because I had a little help. This episodes hostess is Lauren Jones, and she actually contributed a few ideas to the script, including a heartfelt farewell to announcer Lillian Garcia. Pretty cool.

Check out her website, with information on her new shoe line here. Now enjoy….

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