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Sep 23 2014

DC’s Saturday Evening Post

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Norman Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post covers are some of the most iconic magazine covers of all time, and have been emulated the world over for decades now.

Here’s a new, rather good entry in the Post-cover variant genre with artist  Ruiz Burgos inserting DC heroes and villains into the covers instead of picturesque families and such. There’s Superman, Zatana, Joker and Harley and Wonder Woman, which you can check out below. There’s also Poison Ivy, but I couldn’t feature her because she’s prettttty much all the way naked in her cover.

But yeah, cool project and I definitely hope to see more. Continue Reading »

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Sep 23 2014

Super Second-Shot: Comic Characters That Deserve Another Chance Vol. 1


The world needs ditch diggers too, and that’s equally true in the multiverse.

Unfortunately for every Invincible we have a Marrow. For every Onomatopoeia we have an Effigy. Zoidberg bless the comic-creating guys and gals who try their darndest to bring to new blood to our four color ink world. Evolution is the key to survival and we should all be thankful to these artists for trying to bring something…ANYTHING…new to our miles and piles of tried and true comic series without having to slap Bat, X, Spider, or, now these days, Lantern on it.

Success, like with most things in life, is rare, though, and usually these capes get hung up relatively soon. Like it or not, these early retirements are usually warranted. It ain’t easy to make the Fantastic Four, otherwise everyone would be doing it. Most pioneers bit a lot of dust before seeing Oregon. That’s the trade-off for trailblazing and whether it’s right or wrong, it’s true.

But that doesn’t always mean it’s fair.

Sometimes lead is turned into gold, but, unfortunately, not everyone is there to bask in its glow. Occasionally truly great concepts emerge from the dust, but are still too obscured to get noticed. Blame the fans or fates, the problem still persists. So today I’m going to highlight some characters that deserve a second chance at the spotlight. These are some of the better bulbs that unfortunately burst a bit too briskly, and I hope revisiting them today makes somebody notice.

Ready? Set? Go again. Continue Reading »

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Sep 22 2014

Ancient Mayan Batman

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Well, I saw this floating around the internet all weekend, and needless to say I didn’t want to be the only pop culture website NOT to post this awesome picture of ancient Mayan armor Batman, so here we are.

Sadly no, this wasn’t dug up in some ancient Mayan ruin somewhere, proving the existence of a time-traveling, real-life Batman, rather it was part of an art project to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the character. Mexican artists were given a bust of Batman to decorate how they wished, and one, Kimbal, came up with this version.

[via Neatorama]

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Sep 22 2014

More Superheroes in the Wild

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A few weeks ago we featured a few prints from a “Superheroes in the Wild” series from Benoit Lapray, and now it appears he’s back for more. The images are made using a combination of real-life landscapes, and either cosplayed or animated superhero figures. I genuinely can’t tell which, if any of these, involved a live model in a live environment, or if they’re all just photomanipulation. Though that doesn’t make them any less cool.

Check out the full series below, and based on how popular it’s been, I wouldn’t be surprised to see even more of these pop up soon.  Continue Reading »

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Sep 19 2014

Little Magneto Will Bend Your Heart

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Kids in costume? It used to be called Halloween, but now it’s “cosplay” and has taken over this site, for I don’t know, six years now. It’s nice to see that little kids are carrying on the tradition of dressing up as superheroes from when I was a kid, though my homemade Wolverine costume with pencil claws never looked as cool as this.

This girl’s name is Monk. Her costume is called Monkneto. This picture is amazing. This is all your really need to know.

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Sep 18 2014

Batman: Assault on Arkham Reminds Us that Villains Can Be Cooler than Heroes

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I’m sure everyone’s aware by now that DC puts out excellent animated straight-to-DVD films on the regular, and I’m assuming you’ve watched every last one. Why wouldn’t you? They’re awesome. Go do that if you haven’t. Wikipedia’s count is twenty one of these gems –twenty five if you count the Batman: The Animated Series features- without a genuine stinker among them. That’s an exceptional accomplishment any way you look at it.

So by now the big question is which one is your favorite? I was noticing a slight downturn in quality in the recent films. Justice League: War kicked off DC’s New 52 in the animated realm and left a bad taste in my mouth with its meatheaded Superman, comedically naïve Wonder Woman, and Michael Bay take on Darkseid. Son of Batman wasn’t really my cup of tea either. Neither film were terrible, but I just am not a fan of those storylines or the way they were handled.

I wasn’t expecting too much from Batman: Assault on Arkham, but any trip to the fictional sanitarium is one worth taking and who doesn’t love the concept of the Suicide Squad? Not only did this film -which takes place in the universe of the beloved Arkham video game series and follows the exploits of a team of villains- kick every kind of ass, but it may actually be my favorite out of all of DC’s current run of animated films. Score one for the bad guys. Continue Reading »

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Sep 15 2014

Defending the Rotten: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Did you know that the Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the only recent Spider-Man film that was deemed rotten from!? I’m sorry, but did everyone somehow miss Spider-Man 3 from Sam Raimi? This injustice has sparked a new idea for a continuing post that I’d like to start – Defending the Rotten. I started looking for other filmson RT that may have missed the “certified fresh” ranking and found that there are plenty that didn’t make the cut. The most recent Spider-Man outing is definitely one that is due for some justification.

If you haven’t gathered by now, I tend to defend the films and television shows that I favor. (as we all do in one way or another) I never ask for anyone to buy into my BS nor do I expect you to, but maybe, just maybe, you’ll read these posts and look at the films a little differently. Again, I can’t fathom how this film was ranked lower than Goth Spider-Man and now I’m about to tell you why.

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Sep 11 2014

Badass Superhero Themed Beers

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What’s better than drinking? Drinking with your favorite superheroes, of course. While you can’t actually do that, you can pretend to with these superhero themed beer bottles from artist Butcher Billy. Here’s what he has to say about crafting this collection:

“This collection of design concepts gather a distinctive line of heroes, antiheroes – or not heroes at all – that have in common a certain way of not being exactly the role model for your kids. Yet they’re in the pages of comics in your local book shop. These characters are the ones that enjoy a pint or two at the local pub before saving the world or – very often – making an even bigger mess. Like it or not, they are the interesting ones, not to mention the most fun. Because no one ever made superfriends by drinking milk.”

It is indeed the type of characters that would probably throw back two or three or twenty of these, and you can check out close-ups of them all below: Continue Reading »

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Sep 05 2014

Marvel’s Anti-Bullying Covers

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Marvel has a new anti-bullying campaign going on right now, which is taking the form of alternate cover variants across a few of its series.

Above and below we have Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America and the Incredible Hulk all taking on bullying in some form or another. Mostly by talking to the bullied kids, rather than beating the crap out of their bullies. Though Cap seems like he’s about to.

It’s a rather touching series (my favorite is above) and you should check out the others; Continue Reading »

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Sep 03 2014

Cosplay of the Day: The Littlest Nightcrawler

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I think it’s safe to say that cute kids can dress up as literally almost any character these days, and it’s still going to be cute. This used to just be “Halloween,” but now with the advent of cosplay, the costumes get more elaborate and less generic, firmly fixed in established pop culture franchise. Cosplaying parents want their kids to be the talk of the convention, so this is how we get blue children like the one above.

This took place at DragonCon, and though I don’t know the name of the kid or the photographer, I think it’s safe to say he stole the show. I imagine his little teleport explosions are very small.

Photo credit – Amy Radcliffe

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Sep 03 2014

It’ll Never Be a Movie: The Superior Spider-Man

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by Jake Thompson

I should start off with a spoiler warning here. Though if you’re somewhat into the Marvel universe, you probably already know a bit about the strange twist of The Superior Spider-Man comic book series. However, if you’d rather your Spider-Man remain ‘Amazing’, you may want to think carefully before reading on.

Okay, so….

Peter Parker is dead. Sort of. Old, frail, but still brilliant Otto Octavius devised a clever scheme to save his own skin – by switching his and Parker’s brains. This resulted in poor little Peter’s demise, and Otto becoming Spider-Man. It all sounded like a bit of a stretch, even for Marvel. But The Superior Spider-Man is pulled off exceptionally well. This whole new side of ‘Peter Parker’makes things very interesting, and pretty dark at the same time. But as cool a story as it is, there are some aspects that are sure to stand in the way of any attempt to translate into live action. And hey, maybe that was the point.

Firstly, ghost Peter! I admit I’m glad Parker’s still around in some form, because it didn’t take long to miss his sense of humour. He’s represented as a ghost no one can see or hear, not even Otto. Though he does act as his silent conscience in a desperate attempt to maintain Peter Parker’s image (and relationships). If this were done in the world of Sam Raimi, or even the quirkier new vision of Marc Webb, it would just come off as laughable. It would be like that time Edward’s ‘ghost’came to warn Bella not to ride motorbikes. And see, already we have Twilight comparisons. So no good live action potential here. Continue Reading »

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