KIERON DWYER -- YEAH, THE STARBUCKS GUY --
TAKES ON MARVEL'S AVENGERS

So, George Pérez is gone, off to the wilds of Florida. And now Alan Davis has left, too, leaving Marvel Comics' "Avengers" in the hands of penciller ... Kieron Dwyer? The guy who got into the fight with Starbucks? How did that happen?

"I had to fight Alan Davis to the death in a gladiator style face-off," Dwyer told the Comic Wire on Saturday. "It was grueling, but not as much so as facing all the Pérez and Davis fans who were initially peeved at the news that I was coming aboard! Sheesh! A lot of the wary ones seem to have been appeased by the promo art, thankfully. It's going to be a fun assignment and I look forward to working with Kurt on the book for a nice long time. Unless Alan rises from the dead to take me on ..."

BILL MORRISON BEATS THE BONGOS,
TALKS SIMPSONS COMICS, 'ROSWELL'

When it comes to the Simpsons' cartoon show, surprise guest stars have become something of the order of the day. But this August, comic book fans of the Bongo Comics' Simpsons books get a taste themselves, when Garth Ennis and John McCrea take on the Springfield crew in their own inimitable style.

"At Bongo we're fans of various comic creators in the industry," Bongo head Bill Morrison told the Comic Wire on Friday, "And when it comes time to plan the next issue of 'Treehouse of Horror' we throw names around of people we'd like to work with. A couple of years ago Garth Ennis' name came up ..."

'DENNIS THE MENACE' CREATOR KETCHAM DEAD AT 81

Hank Ketcham, creator of Dennis the Menace, died Friday at his home in Pebble Beach, California from heart disease and cancer. He was 81 ...

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