Norman Lee, comic book artist for DC and Marvel, missing and presumed dead


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Tragic news… The search for Marvel and DC comic book artist Norman Lee, who went missing last week during a snorkeling trip in the Cayman Islands, has been called off. Lee is presumed dead.

Lee was snorkeling with his wife of the eastern coast of Grand Cayman on Thursday when they were separated and he went missing approximately 250 yards off shore. The search, which was hindered by strong currents, was called off on Friday evening. It is now being considered a recovery mission.

Lee was best known for his ink work on X-Men, The Avengers, Starman, Wolverine Annual and Supergirl.

The 44-year-old Lee, a resident of Weymouth, MA, and a frequent contributor to Marvel comics such as Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man and Wolverine & The X-Men, went missing the morning of Thursday, March 5th while snorkeling with his wife near their hotel, the Reef Resort East End. About 250 yards from shore, the couple became separated, and Lee’s wife immediately filed a report upon returning to shore.

Though we initially reported a rescue operation was underway into Saturday based on a story from Boston’s WCVB, Cayman 27 (via Comicbook.com) reports that search and recovery operations began and ended late Friday afternoon.

Friends, fans and colleagues have taken to Lee’s Facebook page to share tributes to his life and work.

2015 Acura NSX to debut at the Detroit Motor Show

After years of speculation and the debut of a conceptual prototype at 2012′s Beijing Motor Show — not to mention an appearance of sorts in The AvengersAcura’s production version of the next-generation NSX supercar is finally set for an unveiling. Set to take the stage at the 2015 North American International Auto Show next month, the vehicle is the long-awaited successor to the original NSX, which ceased production back in 2005. Said chief engineer Ted Klaus of the car:

After three years of intensive development work we are excited to reveal this next-generation supercar — the Acura NSX — to the world. We’ve developed a human-centered supercar that responds to the will of the driver and that builds upon the NSX heritage.

To whet your appetite ahead of the official debut, Acura has even released a brief teaser video — offering enthusiasts an early glimpse of the vehicle and the sound of its three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit.

Check it out above and look for the NSX to be unveiled live on YouTube at 11:50 a.m. EST January 12, 2015.

Attack on Titan’s Marvel crossover also features Guardians of the Galaxy

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The Attack on Titan and Marvel crossover comic that Magazine House‘s Brutus magazine is publishing on Saturday features characters from Guardians of the Galaxy and The Avengers as they battle the Female Titan, Colossal Titan, Armored Titan, and others in New York City.

The crossover features English dialogue, but includes a Japanese translation guide. Original manga creator Hajime Isayama himself created the plot for the comic.

The comic is titled Attack on Avengers, and the full staff lineup includes:

Scenario: Hajime Isayama
Breakdown: C.B. Cebulski
Line Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
Color Artist: Dono Sanchez Almara
Assistant Editor: Jake Thomas
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Editor in Chief: Axel Alonso
Chief Creative Officer: Joe Quesada
Publisher: Dan Buckley
Executive Producer: Alan Fine

The issue also includes a short discussion with Marvel Comics Senior Vice President of Creative & Creator Development C.B. Cebulski titled “The Boom Has Landed in America. The Reason Is Because Americans Are Becoming Prisoners” that discussesAttack on Titan‘s popularity in America. Cebulski introduces the English phrase “Nothing Sacred” when discussing how major characters in the series will suddenly die. He also talks about how today’s youth in America live in uneasy times, with metal detectors at the entrances to high schools and children being banned from playing outside. He said people can feel like they are living within walled confines, and so perhaps American youths can emotionally invest in Eren and his friends’ fight with the Titans beyond the walls.

The same issue of Brutus features a cover drawn by Isayama, as well as an interview with Isayama, and a preview of the upcoming Attack on Titan art exhibit.

 

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The Avengers and other superheroes get a hilarious Hello Kitty makeover

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So Hello Kitty has been blowing up the Internets lately. First, the revelation that she may in fact not be a kitten. And then came the wave of devastation that spread amongst pencil case owners everywhere. Then came news that she might be in fact be an idol and neither a kitten nor little girl as was reported. Confused? Don’t worry.

The president of Sanrio, the company that makes Hello Kitty, decided to make things “clearer.” According to her company’s president, “Kitty is Kitty.” Wow. That’s deep. Anyway, a bunch of guys on tumblr thought it would be hilarious imagining superheroes as Hello Kitty spokespeople. Well, that’s one way to nerf Hawkeye even more. Check out the hilarity.

 

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Sailors assemble! Artist reimagines the cast of Sailor Moon as Marvel’s Avengers

 

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No one was really that shocked when Sailor Moon became a hit with its target market of little girls shortly after the anime started airing in 1992. Nor was anyone’s mind completely blown when the show started attracting older female viewers too, since its script had plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor mixed with some honestly compelling drama.

The big surprise, though, was just how many guys the show pulled in, as Sailor Moon built a male fan base of unprecedented size for what was ostensibly an anime for girls. While the central cast of five leggy ladies in sailor skirts obviously didn’t hurt, another key point in breaking down the barrier of entry for male viewers was the high quantity of action scenes in which Sailor Moon and her partners battled villains using their command of fire, thunder, and other awesome powers.

Looked at from that perspective, Sailor Moon isn’t so different from an American comic superhero team like The Avengers, something hammered home by this impressive crossover fan art.

The drawings were produced by artist Jei Shepard, who’s a fan of comics and video game originating on both sides of the Pacific. Not surprisingly, Jei, who also produces artwork on commission, lists The Avengers and the Sailor Senshi as two of her favorite ensemble casts, so she decided to combine the two. Rather than decking out the mighty men of Marvel in pleats and frills, Shepard instead chose to reimagine the Sailors as the members of the U.S. publisher’s hottest team.

Despite her crybaby tendencies, there’s no denying that when the chips are down, Sailor Moon stands up for what she believes in. Straightforward and honest, it’s easy to see why Shepard chose the series’ protagonist to suit up in this Captain America-inspired uniform.

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As the only Avenger whose superpower is “technology,” it’s obvious that the smartest of the Sailors should be the one to step into Iron Man’s shoes, so the job goes to girl genius Sailor Mercury, who’s repainted the suit to match her hair.

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Hawkeye gets a lot of flak for being one of the least intimidating Avengers. While Iron Man’s blasting foes with lasers and the Hulk is smashing them with his elementary school student-sized fists, Hawkeye has…a really nice compound bow?

Just think how much more fear the team could strike into the hearts of evildoers by replacing Hawkeye with Sailor Mars, who can make arrows out of fire.

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You could argue that since they both have green as their image color, Sailor Jupiter should be the Hulk. The fourth member of Sailor Moon’s squad is far too feminine to serve as a stand-in for the angry giant though. Not only that, she masters a number of lightning-based attacks as the series goes on, such as the Supreme Thunder Dragon, making her a perfect substitute for Thor, the God of Thunder.

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Finally, we come to Sailor Venus, who takes over for Black Widow. This is another sensible choice, as Black Widow is the only woman to fight alongside the Avengers in their recent Hollywood blockbuster, and within the Sailor Moon anime Venus is often referred to as being the most overtly feminine of the Sailor Senshi.

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Related: Jei Shepard’s Tumblr page
Sources: Kotaku JapanGeeko System
Images: Geeko System

 

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Sailors assemble! Artist reimagines the cast of Sailor Moon as Marvel’s Avengers