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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 04/ 3/2010

5 HOT LINKS: Of Marvel's iPad app & Neal Adams's new Batman

By Michael Cavna

Catching up to five of our fave links of the week...

1. "APP-TAIN AMERICA": On the cusp of lines snaking around Apple stores on Saturday -- in search of the (allegedly) mighty mighty iPad -- Marvel Comics drops news of its new iPad app. According to Marvel, the app will feature more than 500 of Marvel's "greatest comic books" -- with titles ranging from the Spider-Man and X-Men debuts "to modern classics like the debut of Red Hulk, Jonathan Hickman's acclaimed Fantastic Four run [and] Joss Whedon & John Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men." Program note: Marvel worked with ComiXology to create the app, of which the New York Times's David Pogue wrote: "The Marvel comic-book app is brilliant in its vividness and panel-by-panel navigation."

2. THE BAT LIGHT BECKONS: DC Comics says it's official: The legendary Neal Adams is back in action to draw Batman this summer. The creator reportedly will work on "Batman: Odyssey," a 12-part miniseries launching in July. DC says Adams "will write and pencil the entire series" and will "ink the first two issues." As for Adams, he says of the new gig: "Have comic books always been this much fun?"

3. "ARCADE" FIRE: TIME magazine has opened the voting for its 2010 Poll of the people you think are among the year's 100 most influential. Such celebs as Lady Gaga and Conan O'Brien are currently jockeying for the top spot, but not so many spots down -- and ahead of Barack Obama -- have been the "Penny Arcade" guys, Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik. Also polling in the top-40 were Neil Gaiman and Seth MacFarlane. Program Note: And speaking of "Penny Arcade," watch this space soon for our interview with Mike Krahulik.

4. FROM WHOM THE BLOG TOLES: So many staff political cartoonists have turned to blogging in recent years -- be it out of necessity, creativity or some mix of both. In the past coupla years, Comic Riffs has discussed the benefits of doing so with such noted cartoonist-bloggers as David Horsey Mike Thompson and Drew Litton. Jumping into that online fray this week has been The Washington Post's own Tom Toles -- who is blogging about his cartoons and offering a "sketchpad" that's a sneak-peek at his process. Comic Riffs eats up these how-the-cartoon-sausage-was-made blogs by political cartoonists, so we encourage you to check out Tom's takes.

5. ANOTHER PINK SLIP DRAWN: And speaking of political cartoonists: 'Riffs was bummed to hear that the Daytona Beach News-Journal has laid off veteran editorial cartoonist Bruce Beattie, who had been on staff since 1981. The move came as the News-Journal cut 10 percent of its workforce. Beattie has been syndicated by Creators Syndicate (prior to that, he and I were cartooning colleagues at Copley News Service), and he is a past president of the National Cartoonists Society. (He also drew the comic panel "Beattie Blvd." for 11 years.) The most recent cartoon posted on Beattie's News-Journal page is from March 28.

By Michael Cavna  | April 3, 2010; 8:30 AM ET
Categories:  Geek Buzz, The Comic Book, The Political Cartoon  | Tags:  Batman, Bruce Beattie, David Horsey, Daytona Beach News-Journal, Drew Litton, Jerry Holkins, Marvel Comics iPad, Mike Krahulik, Mike Thompson, Neal Adams, Neil Gaiman, Penny Arcade, Seth MacFarlane, Tom Toles  
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So Disney owns Marvel Comics, Steve Jobs is the largest stockholder in Disney, and now Marvel Comics rushes out an app for the new Apple iPad. Well, duh.

Posted by: seismic-2 | April 3, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Not buying an app to read the funnies...

Posted by: schafer-family | April 4, 2010 6:04 AM | Report abuse

Neal Adams working on a Batman series is very big news - I don't pick up many new comics, but if ever there was a pairing to pull me back in, that would be it.

Posted by: BlogintoMystery | April 4, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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