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Hey folks, Harry here...   with a glimpse at a couple of things I received from Marvel at BUTT-NUMB-A-THON.   For quite a while, it looked like we were going to have some awesome exclusive footage, but the only stuff that was ready to go was what was shown at Comic Con - and they felt if they didn't have the new   wow, it would be best not to interrupt the flow of features...  and I absolutely agreed.   But they did surprise me with a couple of gifts, which I'm sure were meant to share with you.


The first thing I have to show you is the cover to the "Birthday Card" that Kevin Fiege sent with these two gifts.   I really hope that's the tone and look that Joss Whedon is aiming the AVENGERS with!  But it could have zip to do with the film production... in fact it was a cover to a comic, that I missed, but it is cool looking.




Next - I have one of the original Cast & Crew posters made by the great Olly Moss.   There were only 100 of these printed, signed and numbered.   This represents the only one not owned by a member of the cast or crew.  #93:



The last thing is Kevin Feige's favorite piece of Captain America Concept Art, which was done by the great production illustratrator, Ryan Meinerding.  I love that this is in black & white.   The artwork looks great in the frame at my house, I need to break out my NIKON and do a real professional shot, but for now - this is what I have to show...   Enjoy:


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  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST




  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    very cool

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    very cool

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:01 p.m. CST

    Fuck Kevin Fiege

    by TenderBranson

    Really starting to not like this guy.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:03 p.m. CST

    that last one is just awesome

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    might have to copy that

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:06 p.m. CST

    ill give one buck to anyone who can identify the girl on the back of the mag

    by Hey_Kobe_Tell_Me_How_My_Ass_Tastes

    minus .99 for shipping and handling and $14.00 for expecting anything

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST


    by ltgalloway

    Cool stuff! On a different note, I have to object to the font choice you're using though Harry. It looks like a form of Comic Sans and it hurts me to read it. It's a minor complaint though. I do like the majority of improvements on the site as of late.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Harry, that Avengers image has nothing to do with Whedon

    by cookepuss

    That's the cover of Secret Invasion #6 from 2008. Notice how Cap's costume is actually not the one from the film, but the one that Steve Rogers' former partner Bucky now wears as Cap.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    That's Bucky-Cap in the top illustration...

    by Chewtoy

    So it's from current comics continuity, and likely has nothing to do with the film. Nice image though. They're all pretty cool, but I'm still not digging movie-Cap's helmet.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    @braindrain - Do you mean the top piece?

    by Brick_Walker

    Its Gabriel Del Otto.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    The other stuff is cool

    by lead_sharp

    And as good as that Avengers image is (and has already been pointed out) it's one of the covers to Secret Invasion (that's Bucky as Cap' A).

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 8:48 p.m. CST

    I'd like to aim the Avengers at your grammar

    by SprechenZatoichi

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 9:04 p.m. CST

    The first one is a Secret Invasion promo piece

    by runawayboulder

    by Gabriel Dellotto (sp?)

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Really Harry? Comic Sans?

    by MrBoinfoint

    Please tell me this isn't the new look for the site. On Subject: Yeah that Pic of Bucky Cap, Iron Man and Thor is (I believe) from a mini-series that just recently came out. Pretty freakin' sweet tho.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Somehow, comic sans seems PERFECT for The Harold

    by ReportAbuse

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:08 p.m. CST

    Tone? I can't tell shit for tone from those pictures

    by coconutgroves

    Seriously, give me some stills instead.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Harry - you just got owned by rsanta74

    by coconutgroves

    Busted hoss - that pic ain't a production image. That's pretty lame to pawn it off as that.

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:13 p.m. CST

    The first pic MIGHT have zip to do with the movie?

    by DoctorZoidberg

    Ya think?

  • Dec. 16, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    The "new wow" ?????

    by HalJordan2814

    Where does Harry pull these lame expressions from anyway? Next time, don't even bother posting crap like this. Because it IS just that.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    COMIC SANS!!??!?

    by boyalien

    Dude. Srsly. Fuck that shit. What are you, 12?

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Comic Sans

    by leisuredrummer

    Kinda fits with the whole comic themed post.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 1:27 a.m. CST

    Ryan Meinerding, the master

    by LowDevil

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 1:44 a.m. CST

    Secret Invasion & Cap

    by THX1968

    Yeah, that first piece is totally a Secret Invasion piece, as a matter of fact, I believe it is from the cover of issue #6. I'm in the process of taking Marvel to task. Most of the "product" is crap. And I do not say this lightly, because Marvel basically shaped my childhood just as much as Spielberg and Lucas did. It is very important to me, and they are rushing things just a bit. I don't need to see this stuff that badly if it is all going to be sloppy horseshit. I'd rather not see it at all. Warners and DC are much more careful with their properties. It may have taken forever to make a Green Lantern movie, but I bet it will be worth the wait. The only thing Marvel has going right now that has any promise is Captain America, and I say that only because of Joe Johnston. Marvel is treating their characters in movies exactly the same way they treated them in the books during the 90's. Badly.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 4:07 a.m. CST

    Sorry Harry, no winged helmet and cap wings.

    by Se7en

    And Thor is bearded. Only look that sticks with the source material is Favreau's Iron Man.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 5:14 a.m. CST

    Wow, now Marvel is sending comic sans as "birthday cards"?

    by HollywoodHellraiser

    Either Harry knew and still trying to make Marvel look good after they assfuck his bud, JonFaverua or the he just don't know shit about comics?

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 6:07 a.m. CST


    by Carl XVI Gustaf

    So you're saying the Green Lantern trailer looked better than the one for Thor? Just asking.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Marvel's Thor has had a beard for 25 years

    by rev_skarekroe

    Well, off and on. I think Simonson was the first to draw him that way back in the mid-80s. And he looks way cooler with it, so there.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Dawn Treader review?

    by Sith Witch

    Harry, I'm dying to know your thoughts on Dawn Treader! Thanks in advance...

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 10:30 a.m. CST


    by deelzbub

    sounds like we are cut from the same cloth. 70's Marvel was like religion for me coming up. So the ret-cons (starting w/ Danny Ketch and then the clone saga) always read like BS to me.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    I would pay good money for that Thor poster.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    that moss poster rocks

    by krod


  • Dec. 17, 2010, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Thor poster = win

    by time2323

    Reminiscent of the wonderful Saul Bass. Great Stuff.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    That Thor poster is so fucking cool.

    by Losers_Game

    Seriously. I'm trying and utterly failing to come with how fucking rad that is.

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    That Meinerding pic is the shit!

    by Triple_J_72

    I'd like to see that one with the "616" Cap. Y'know, the Cap with the wings on his head. ;-)

  • Dec. 17, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Just awesome

    by blueant

    Looks just like a vintage WWII vintage photograph my Grandfather might have had.

  • Dec. 18, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Actually, that THOR poster is so fucking Saul Bass...

    by BurnHollywood

  • Dec. 18, 2010, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Thor poster sucks

    by redkamel

    It has nothing to do with the feel of the film. They just took the same style they would use for a detective film, a western, or a 70's exploitation film and applied it to a popcorn superhero film. The work is great, its just the subject is not the right one. Why didn't they make that for True Grit?

  • Dec. 18, 2010, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Thor poster

    by oisin5199

    Might be wrong, but it actually reminds me of Orson Welles' ShaeMacbeth, or some 1960s or 70s Shakespeare film.

  • Dec. 18, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    One thing that must change on this new layout

    by Teddy Artery

    That "Reply to Talkback" button should be flush right... and maybe 75% of it's current size. Way too big, Harry.

  • Dec. 18, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Also, it's a real annoyance having to pick

    by Teddy Artery

    each post to view them, and it's another unnecessary annoyance even having to choose the "+ Expand..." button on the top. Where is the commonsense usability in these 'improvements'? Not happy with the decisions made here.

  • Dec. 18, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by Teddy Artery

    It might make sense to indent the 'expanded' text below the individual posts. The severe purple-blue color and the white make readability a real chore.

  • Dec. 19, 2010, 12:01 a.m. CST

    God, this layout is terrible.

    by Teddy Artery

    Maybe someone needs to look into the very basics of UI usability. Any of the people working here familiar with the work of Richard Saul Wurman? His mission in life is to present information in a graphically sensible way so it illuminates rather than obfuscates. We're just getting obfuscatory design mistakes in the new AICN.

  • Dec. 19, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST


    by Tristan

    Barbara Stanwyck

  • Dec. 19, 2010, 9:52 p.m. CST

    teddy artery

    by batzilla

    Is right! This new site sucks ass. Horrible, horrible design! And what is UP with the giGANTIC "Reply to talkback" button?