- Comics legend Stan Lee, who was scheduled as one of the headlining guests of this year's convention, had to bow out at the last minute because of illness. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him at next year's show.
- If you've been wondering who will replace Stuart Moore as editor of Marvel's venerated Marvel Knights imprint, wonder no more: Marvel Editor in Chief Joe Quesada is taking over the line he co-founded in 1998. He will continue serving as Marvel's EIC.
- The staffers at DC Comics' sizeable booth definitely had the most patriotic garb on Wizard World's opening day. Their black T-shirts were emblazoned with the diamond Superman logo - but instead of the traditional red-and-yellow coloring, the symbol bore the stars and stripes of the U.S. flag. The shirts came from the folks at Graphitti Designs. "As soon was we saw this, we said, we've got to have it," DC spokeswoman Patty Jeres said.
- "Crow" creator James O'Barr is developing a new mini-series for DC's Vertigo imprint. Dubbed "Sundown in Hell," the title is a western that should be out this fall.
- Speaking of "The Crow," O'Barr said he's putting together a new "author's edition" collection of the classic mini-series that will feature 60 - yes, 60 - new pages of artwork.
Look for more news coverage from the first day of Wizard World: Chicago later tonight here on CBR.