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John Paul Leon, a beloved comic artist known for his work on titles like Static, Earth X, and Batman: Creature of the Night, has passed away at the age of 49. The news was confirmed on Sunday by multiple people in the comic industry, including DC Senior Editor Chris Conroy. The cause of Leon's death is currently unknown at this time. Born on April 26, 1972 in New York City, Leon first began working in the world of illustration at the age of sixteen, with black-and-white illustrations in Dragon and Dungeon magazines. After studying under Will Eisner, Walter Simonson, and Jack Potter while at New York's School of Visual Arts, Leon's first official comic work came in 1992 in the form of Dark Horse's RoboCop miniseries.

Leon is regarded to be one of the architects of the Milestone Comics universe, providing pencils for the initial Static miniseries in 1993, which established the fan-favorite hero Static Shock. Just a few years later, he helped put his stamp on the Marvel Comics universe with the Earth-X maxiseries. His work also includes The Further Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix, Animal Man, Challengers of the Unknown, and The Winter Men. He was previously nominated for an Eisner for his work on the short story "Black Death in America '' alongside Tom King, which appeared in Vertigo's CMYK: Black issue.


In a brand-new video, Marvel Studios gives you a glimpse of what’s to come in Phase 4, including ‘Black Widow,’ ‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,’ and ‘Eternals’! We have the release dates and new title cards for the current theatrical lineup consists of:

Black Widow: July 9, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: September 3, 2021

Eternals: November 5, 2021

Spider-Man: No Way Home: December 17, 2021

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: March 25, 2022

Thor: Love and Thunder: May 6, 2022

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: July 8, 2022

The Marvels: November 11, 2022

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania: February 17, 2023

Guardians of the Galaxy 3: May 5, 2023

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Star Wars: Bad Batch confirmed to have 16 episodes by a producer, stating they have plans for a 16 episode season but have high hopes for more stories.


New Loki TV spot


DC's Stargirl from HBO Max renewed for season 3 before season 2 begins airing.



Behind Warner Bros.’ Search for a Black Superman

After enlisting Ta-Nehisi Coates to write the latest feature on the superhero, the studio is searching for its director and star as it kick-starts the next phase of its DC universe.

When Warners announced in February that celebrated author Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the screenplay and Abrams is producing, it did not address the matter of helming. But insiders say Warners and DC are committed to hiring a Black director to tackle what will be the first cinematic incarnation of Superman featuring a Black actor, with one source adding that putting Abrams at the helm would be “tone-deaf.”

The Superman film appears to be moving onto its own track and won’t be part of the universe, as of now. Sources tell THR that Coates is crafting a Kal-El in the vein of the original Superman comics and will have the protagonist hail from Krypton and come to Earth. While the story is currently being crafted and many details could change, one option under consideration is for the film to be a 20th century period piece.

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