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MOORE’S BOOKS TO STAY WITH WILDSTORM

Although
official confirmation of the deal hasn’t yet been given, Alan Moore is apparently
not jumping ship after word of an impending DC Comics buyout of Wildstorm Comics
was leaked to the press.

Newsarama, which originally broke the story as a rumor from an anonymous source
last Friday, got in touch with the reclusive Moore, who has loudly and repeatedly
stated he would never work for DC again after a falling-out with them in the
1980s.

Moore, who also has problems with Marvel Comics, has bounced back and forth
through second-tier companies for several years now, including Rob Liefeld’s
Awesome Comics, where his “Youngblood,” “Supreme” and “Glory” revivals are in
limbo after Awesome’s case of financial hiccups earlier this year. Moore had
a set of highly anticipated creator-owned series on the way from Wildstorm and
its creator-owned imprint Homage when word of the deal leaked out. Lee reportedly
flew to England to talk the situation over with Moore in-person. It seems to
have worked, as Moore told Newsarama:

“That was the first I’d heard of the arrangement, since I’d been away on holiday
for a time,” Moore is quoted as saying. “Yes, the money funding it does ultimately
come from DC, however, the deal was made and the contracts were all signed and
I’d committed to the project before this was the case, before Jim knew about
it, or I knew about it. My position is that I shall honor my commitment on the
titles and for Jim’s part of it, there won’t be any DC bullets or anything connecting
it with DC. All of my checks will be coming from Jim, and the same goes for
everybody else working on the line. Obviously, in an ideal world, this wouldn’t
have happened. But it’s not an ideal world, and it is something that I can live
with.”

Although confirmation of the buyout was expected on Tuesday, sources close
to the deal tell CBR that while the deal is still on, there are more legal details
to be ironed out before an official announcement can be made.


CAPTAIN AMERICA, BUCKY REUNITED AT TOYS R US

Captain America
fans have reason to rejoice: Not only is the Star-Spangled Avenger starring in
two monthly comics, along with regular appearances in “The Avengers,” but a new
action figure set will reunite him with his long-dead sidekick Bucky.

The two-figure pack, available at Toys R Us now, also has another feature
Cap fans will enjoy: Captain America’s regular shield. Not only has he lost
his shield in his comic (although he’s slated to get it back within the next
six months, according to rumors), the previously released Captain America figure
had a gimmicky “action” shield, instead of the classic round shield familiar
to fans.

Although this is the first Bucky figure produced, it may not be the last:
“Captain America” writer Mark Waid has talked about possibly creating a new
character by that name in 1999.

‘BLADE’
SHOCKWAVE NETS RAVES

Not only is
Marvel’s “Blade” making big waves at the box office, an online comic about the
half-vampire hero is getting all the right sort of attention.

Marvel Comics retooled their previously ho-hum Web site (http://www.marvel.com)
earlier this summer, making online “cyber-comics” one of their most-hyped features.
The cyber-comics, which are created in the Shockwave format, were named the
Shocked Site of the Day by the company that created the format, Macromedia.
The comics are also highlighted at Macromedia’s Shockrave site (http://www.shockrave.com),
which highlights notable uses of the technology.

“Blade” has been the top American box office draw for two weekends.

Marv Wolfman, the creator of the Blade character, has sued Marvel Comics,
alleging the company disregarded his rights to the character when going forward
with the film version. He and Gene Colan, who created the character for the
“Tomb of Dracula” comic in the 1970s, weren’t included in the credits of the
film until late in production, after Marvel had come under a great deal of criticism
in the press and from fans.