An "X-Force" To Be Reckoned With - Marvel's Mutant Militia Turns 25
X-Men can’t live on blue-and-white jumpsuits alone. Artist Tom Kennedy has illustrated a dozen of the X-Men’s women members in his unofficial “Street Style” print, featuring fashionable civilian looks for Jean Grey, Storm, Jubilee, Kitty Pryde, Polaris, Mystique, Rogue, Dazzler, Psylocke, Emma Frost, X-23 and Magik.
Earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved considerably stricter screening procedures for refugees from Syria and Iraq seeking resettlement in the United States, despite a veto threat from the White House. It’s a controversial and highly criticized move that has further sparked the current debate on whether or not the United States should allow Syrian refugees to enter the country, but it looks like Superman has already made his stance clear — 55 years ago.
In that tradition, artist Mike “Nemo” Mendez has taken the instantly recognizable Darth Vader helmet and translated it into a Māori-style Tiki mask, as shown off on his Facebook page. It’s not the first pop culture icon that Mendez has given the Tiki treatment — he’s also constructed a Māori-style Iron Man mask.
The history of live-action adaptations of DC Comics characters goes back nearly as long as the comic books themselves, dating back to the 1943 “Batman” serial, debuting just four years after the Caped Crusader’s first comic book appearance. Of course, now there’s more live-action DC than ever, both on the big screen (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits theaters next spring) and on TV (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Gotham” and more on the way).
Thus the inspiration for an artist known by the Reddit username AshsEvilHand, who earlier this week posted an homage to DC Comics’ multiverse-melding “Crisis on Infinite Earths” storyline. Much like how that 1985-1986 miniseries by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez brought together the many Earths of the DC Universe at the time, this image imagines that the decades of DC Comics adaptations, ranging from the George Reeves Superman to the Tim Burton Batman to CBS’ upcoming “Supergirl” could somehow be tied together in the same greater fictional landscape.
Egyptian hieroglyphics can accurately be considered an early form of the type of sequential art storytelling seen in comic strips and comic books, and artist Josh Ln has drawn a very straight line between the two in his “Hero-Glyphics” series. Ln has taken some of the biggest pop cultural icons — including Spider-Man, Darth Vader and Wolverine — and interpreted them in the style of hieroglyphics; retaining the recognizable qualities of the characters but placing them in a considerably different context.
Walter Simonson has worked on a number of famous characters along with his own creations in his legendary comic book career, but he’s likely still best remembered for his legendary time on “Thor” at Marvel Comics. That’s something that’s clearly not lost on his next-door neighbor, who according to Twitter, surprised Simonson with a new addition to the writer/artist’s mailbox: Mjolnir.
Look, life can be a pretty bleak prospect sometimes and there are plenty of reminders on a daily basis of just that.
But — a man named Russell Munro made an Optimus Prime cake for his son’s 6th birthday that actually transforms from a car to a robot. By itself. Speaking authentic Peter Cullen dialogue. Based on the old-school, Generation 1 Optimus, rather than the current film franchise version that today’s kids presumably know a lot better. And oh yeah: It was a real, likely delicious cake. So maybe hope isn’t lost.
“Arrow” star Stephen Amell makes the leap — and based on the moves he showed last week, “leap” is exactly the right word — from actor and pro wrestling fan to WWE Superstar for one night this Sunday at “WWE SummerSlam,” teaming up with Neville against Stardust (who he’s sparred with over social media for weeks) and Wade Barrett.
Amell is far from the first celebrity to participate in a pro wrestling match — Jay Leno, of all people, did so back in 1998 — but the overlap between wrestling fans, genre TV fans and comic book fans have generated keen interest in the affair (along with the fact that the parkour-training Amell probably will be able to do some pretty impressive things inside the ring). With that type of interest, of course, comes a ton of fan art.
Pop-up books aren’t just for kids anymore — and if that wasn’t apparent already, a new pop-up book based on “The Walking Dead” looks to make that abundantly clear. “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book,” based on the massively popular AMC TV series based on the Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman, is set to feature five two-page spreads, described as “uniquely terrifying” and depicting “blood-drenched action,” words never thought to describe the likes of “Richard Scarry’s Biggest Pop-Up Book Ever.”
By Becca Zerkin & David Hawcock (paper engineers), Sally Elizabeth Jackson (illustrator) and Stephani Danelle Perry (words), “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Books” will focus on the show’s fearsome walkers — lots of pop-up gore potential there — and depict locations like Hershel’s farm and Terminus.
Published by Insight Editions — the same folks behind last year’s “Game of Thrones: A Pop-up Guide to Westeros” — “The Walking Dead: The Pop-Up Book” is scheduled for release on Nov. 10.
On Thursday, Salt Lake Comic Con issued a press release stating that the United States Patent and Trademark Office granted Dan Farr Productions, the company behind SLCC, the trademark for “Salt Lake Comic Con.” The press release further states SLCC co-founder Bryan Brandenburg’s belief that the trademark will “virtually eliminate this ongoing legal battle.” However, Comic-Con International fired back to state the issue isn’t finished.
In a subsequent press release from Comic-Con International, Dan Farr Productions’ trademark is clarified as a “Supplemental Trademark Registration,” which is distinguished from a Principal Register in that it “does not convey the presumptions of validity, ownership and exclusive rights to use the mark.” “As there is no opposition process for a Supplemental Registration we of course were not able oppose it, however we are engaging this matter as part of the normal course of protecting our already granted and incontestable trademarks,” Comic-Con International spokesperson David Glanzer said in the statement.
Entertainment Earth has expanded its line of DC Comics-themed chair capes — yep, capes for your chairs — with two new offerings: Wonder Woman and Batgirl. This adds two of DC’s most famous females superheroes to offerings that already included the previously released Batman and Superman (Silver Age) chair capes, and the Comic-Con International-exclusive Batman (blue cape) and Bizarro chair capes.
Hot Toys is known for its high-end, 1:6 scale figures of characters from Marvel, DC Comics and other genre properties like Star Wars and Terminator — detailed and, at frequently a couple hundred books a pop, spendy.
The Hong Kong-based collectible company is set to take its Star Wars output to a new level this weekend at Ani-Com and Games Hong Kong with a 1:6 scale Millennium Falcon on display (for exhibit, not for sale) at the show. If you’re wondering what one-sixth of the Millennium Falcon equals, according to Hot Toys on Facebook it’s 18 feet long by 12 feet wide, making it larger than some studio apartments and capable of taking out a 1:6 scale Death Star.
If you happen to be in Hong Kong this weekend and in the mood to gawk at giant Star Wars replicas — Hot Toys promises more unique Star Wars items on display — ACGHK, the territory’s largest pop culture event, runs through July 24-July 28, and the Falcon can be seen at Hot Toys’ booth (E15-16).
One of showbiz’s greatest and oddest current traditions is that whenever Paul Rudd appears on a Conan O’Brien-hosted talk show — dating back to the “Late Night” days on NBC — when throwing to a clip of whatever movie he’s ostensibly there to promote, he actually plays a scene (the same scene, every time) from 1988’s “Mac and Me,” an otherwise forgotten “E.T.” ripoff that featured heavy McDonald’s product placement.
But surely that streak would have to end with Rudd promoting “Ant-Man,” a big-budget superhero film that’s part of Disney’s massive Marvel Studios franchise, on last night’s “Conan,” right? Well, yes. And no. As seen in the clip, Rudd was able to keep tradition alive while also (kind of) giving “Ant-Man” its proper exposure.
A Stan Lee cameo has become a secondary source of intrigue in Marvel Comics-based films — when will he show up, what will he be doing and how will fit in with everything else going on? He’s able to dwell in the worlds of the in-house Marvel Studios movies, Sony’s Spider-Man films and 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises. There have even been fan theories about how he can show up in so many different places.
The UK-based MorphCostumes, who offer a wide variety of skintight superhero bodysuits, have put together an infographic documenting Stan Lee’s cameos in Marvel films, dating back to 1989’s made-for-TV “The Trial of Incredible Hulk” and finishing with “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” released this past May. This follows an earlier infographic from MorphCostumes, looking at the “Murderers of Marvel.”
Proving once again that we live in a fascinating world full of nearly infinite possibilities, here is a photograph of Michael Douglas, the Oscar-winning star of the 1987 classic “Wall Street,” fist-bumping Marvel superhero Ant-Man inside the New York Stock Exchange building earlier today.
Of course, it was promotion for Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man,” opening this Friday, with Douglas ringing the NYSE Closing Bell. In the film, Michael Douglas plays long-running Marvel character Hank Pym, the original Ant-Man of comic book lore. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang, Marvel Comics’ subsequent Ant-Man — though unfortunately, it likely wasn’t Rudd inside the costume at the NYSE; perhaps the one thing that could make that photo even more improbable. Fingers crossed that in 2016, we’ll get Doctor Strange high-fiving Tilda Swinton inside the United Nations Headquarters.