Box Office numbers: Avengers #1
Box Office numbers: Avengers #1...
Avengers is #1 at Australian box office for 2012.
The superhero brands Iron Man, Captain America, The
Hulk and Thor besting rivals from Batman, TED, James
Bond and The Hunger Games.
10 Highest-grossing films of 2012 in Australia...
The Avengers $53,339,551
The Dark Knight Rises $43,163,860
The Hunger Games $32,019,203
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 $27,850,360
Ice Age 4: Continental Drift $27,554,158
Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted $24,125,713
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $21,080,526
Snow White and the Huntsman $19,806,983
Stan Lee; Comics Legend Turns 90...
Lee, the man almost synonymous with Marvel Comics,
turns 90 Friday. Born in 1922, Lee refuses to slow
down, making cameo appearances in films and staying
active on Twitter.
Lee was born Stanley Leiber. Before Lee defined comic
books at Marvel Comics, he worked in nearly every
aspect of the comics-publishing industry. Lee began
as an assistant for Timely Comics, and his first writing
credit was for text filler in Captain America
Comics." He became Timely's interim editor the
same year, 1941.
took nearly 20 years before Lee changed the comics
landscape forever. After DC Comics created the Justice
League of America - featuring Superman, Aquaman, Batman,
Flash, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter, and Wonder
Woman -- Lee was tasked to create his own superhero
team to compete with its success.
collaborated with Jack Kirby to create the Fantastic
Four. Timely became Atlas Comics in 1951, and it was
Marvel Comics by 1961. The collaboration between Lee
and Kirby during the 1960s created a slew of superheroes
that would dominate the comic-book industry and, later,
the film industry.
spearheading Marvel, co-created Spider-Man, Hulk,
Iron Man, Thor, and the X-Men, among others, with
Kirby illustrating many of the comics.
The Avengers dominating movie-theater
box offices this year, the successful reboot of The
Amazing Spider-Man, and the forthcoming Wolverine
and X-Men productions, Lee's legacy will continue
for the next generation of comic fans. Lee -- with
his trademark signoff, Excelsior! and
humor -- made cameo appearances in The Avengers
and The Amazing Spider-Man, and he took
to Twitter to thank fans for all the birthday wishes.
Lee did not pass up an opportunity to comment on the
recent death of one of his greatest creations, Peter
Parker. Lee sent a tweet to Dan Slott, the writer
responsible for the death of Peter Parker in The
Amazing Spider-Man #700, saying, What
a gift, some guys give a nice cigar, a watch, but
no not you, I get a dead #PeterParker Thanks for the
bday wishes my friend!