as complicated characters and mature themes have come to dominate
the market, scores of titles aimed at kids have vanished. superhero
comics are now an adult genre.
many superheroes from dc comics and marvel comics have made
lucrative transitions to the big screen, racking up profits that
far outweigh their comic-book sales. here are a few of the biggies,
rounded to the nearest million.
(beat lord of the rings: the two towers [$339 million] and harry
potter and the chamber of secrets [$261 million])
x2: x-men united (2003)
batman forever (1995)
the hulk (2003)
expect the parade of profits to roll on this year when spider-man 2
hits - and we do mean hits - the multiplex june 30.
a novel twist on superheros
you know that comic books are no longer kid-stuff pulp when a
pulitzer prize-winning novelist like michael chabon (the wonder
boys, the amazing adventures of kavalier & clay) and a
bestselling author like brad meltzer (the tenth justice, the zero
game) lend their talents to the genre.
comic books fueled chabon's imagination in the amazing adventures
of kavalier & clay, which netted him the pulitzer for fiction
in 2001. it tells the tale of two depression-era jewish boys who
create a comic superhero known as the escapist. in march, chabon
delighted fans by bringing his hero back in a real comic book
called the amazing adventures of the escapist, a new quarterly from
dark horse comics.
in the escapist's debut, chabon adds an amusing twist by pretending
that kavalier and clay were actual people whose superhero never
found the mass audience he deserved. various artists depict the
"master of elusion" as he looked from the golden age of the '40s to
the present, and the novelist even invents a labyrinthine history
for the character.