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Photographer and comics creator Seth Kushner passed away Sunday following a year-long battle with leukemia.
Celebrated for his portraits of actors, musicians and artists, Kushner is widely known for his collaboration with writer Christopher Irving on Graphic NYC, a collection of profiles of comics creators that became the 2012 book Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics.
A comics creator in his own right, Kushner experimented with, and wrote about, photocomics, and collaborated with numerous artists on his semi-autobiographic Schmuck, originally serialized on Trip City, and with George Folz on The Roman Nose. He debuted the anthology Secret Sauce just last month.
Samsung today teased an Iron Man-themed special edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone that’s so glorious the contents of the box glow, like the briefcase from Pulp Fiction. Or maybe that’s simply a marketing ploy.
As for what’s inside, we only have a Korea Times report from last month in which a Samsung executive said the phone will (of course) be red, and reflect the design of Iron Man’s armor. It’s expected to be released either this month or in June, but the teaser says only “Coming Soon.”
Expanding on its line of Underoos for adults, Hot Topic is now offering a retro-style Star Wars series featuring Luke Skywalker, Boba Fett and Darth Vader designs for men, and Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2 for women.
They’re definite throwbacks to the originals, although the Boba Fett design is significantly improved (even if the new Princess Leia set may not be quite as stylish as the old one).
It’s not only Hollywood that wants in on the superhero action — Nashville is cutting off its own little slice.
This week country music singer Brad Paisley debuted the animated video for “Crushin’ It,” which transforms some of Nashville’s biggest stars into the “Agents of Crush.” It’s a mishmash of superhero universes, with Paisley as the Iron Man parody Steel Moonshiner, Keith Urban as Captain Australia, Kenny Chesney as Agua Man, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw as the Timcredibles, Carrie Underwood as Carrie Underwoman, Little Big Town as the Guardians of the Grand Ole Opry, and so on.
Tony Stark, meet your newest — and possibly fiercest — rival: 26-year-old Xing Yile, a middle-school art teacher from China’s Henan province.
After seeing a trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Xing and some friends decided to recreate Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor. According to Business Insider, they worked for two months in an underground parking garage in Zhengzhou, assembling the 11-foot-tall replica out of more than 100 fiberglass-reinforced plastic components.
In a new behind-the-scenes video from Rocksteady Studios, developers offer a look at one of the most anticipated new features of Batman: Arkham Knight: Dual Play Combat.
As Batman, players an team up with the likes of Robin, Nightwing or Catwoman, and then switch characters during combat, with the game’s artificial intelligence taking over as the Dark Knight. In this gameplay video, Batman partners with Nightwing to clear out a warehouse filled with Penguin’s thugs.
Hot Toys has at last debuted the Avenger: Age of Ultron collectible figure so many have been waiting for: The Vision.
Teased last month, the 1/6th-scale “movie accurate” figure features 30 points of articulation, a newly developed head sculpt with detailed texture and Mind Stone, a tailored costume and cape, four pairs of interchangeable hands, a display stand and — spoiler alert? — Thor’s hammer.
Sideshow Collectibles returns to the alternative reality of the 2003 miniseries by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett with its new Superman: Red Son statue.
The first in a new collection of “Premium Format” (that is, “non-articulated”) figures based on the Elseworlds comic, the red- and gray- clad Man of Steel stands 25 inches tall atop the symbol of the Soviet Union. Wonder Woman and Batman figures will follow.
Much has been written and said about the dearth of female characters in superhero films, but I’m not sure anyone has addressed the issue quite like Agnes, an 18-year-old blogger from Hungary: She created a series of incredible portraits gender-swapping the cinematic Avengers.
For her alternate movie universe, Agnes recasts Captain America as Amber Heard, Iron Man as Kate Beckinsale, Bruce Banner as Mila Kunis, Thor as Jennifer Lawrence, Hawkeye as Shailene Woodley and Loki as Kristen Stewart.
General Motors has filed two trademark applications that have car-industry websites speculating the company may be rolling out an automotive tie-in to the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
GM Authority was the first to pick up on filings by the Detroit giant for “Krypton” and “Camaro Krypton,” for “motor and land vehicles.” While that blog and others note that krypton is the name of a chemical element, the capitalized version is more widely associated with the home planet of Superman.
Forget the Hulkbuster, forget Iron Legion, forget Iron Man Mark-whatever. Nothing Tony Stark has squirreled away in his arsenal can compare to China’s Iron Panda.
Created by Beijing artist Bi Heng, the statue of a battle suit-wearing giant panda stands some 20 feet tall and 23 feet wide, dwarfing even the Incredible Hulk, who’d probably be too busy smiling at it to care. Showcased last year at a mall in Hong Kong, Iron Panda is now apparently on display in Shenyang, China.
With the release of a new trailer this morning, WB Games announced that LEGO Jurassic World will launch June 12 in North America — the same day the film arrives in theaters.
Developed by TT Games, LEGO Jurassic World will allow players to relive all four Universal Pictures films, as even play as LEGO dinosaurs. Available now for preorder, the game will be released for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Windows.
DC Collectibles has debuted its second wave of action figures based on the upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game.
Revealed by MTV News, the figures of Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, Nightwing and Robin stand between 6.5 inches and 6.75 inches tall, and feature somewhere around 20 points of articulation, as well as character-specific accessories and (in most cases) interchangeable hands. They join Wave 1’s Batman, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, Arkham Knight and the Gamestop-exclusive Red Hood, released in April.
That recent “Saturday Night Live” parody is the closest we’re likely to get anytime soon to a Black Widow movie. However, while fans wait (and wait and wait), they can enjoy this beautiful imagined title sequence created by Christopher Haley as a final project for his After Effect class.
Set to the sound of Portishead’s “Sour Times,” the animated sequence suggests the influence of Maurice Binder and Saul Bass, with bold graphic elements in red, black and white. And Haley doesn’t stop with envisioning a cast –Scarlett Johansson is joined by Rosamund Pike as Yelena Belova, Samuli Edelmann as Red Guardian, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson and Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May — he also dreams up a premise:
Mondo is celebrating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the release of an action figure based on Kevin Eastman’s very first sketch — doodled on a napkin — of one of the heroes in a half shell.
Called, appropriately enough, the First Turtle Figure features five points of articulation, and is available in four varieties: B&W Version, which imitates the original pen sketch; Color Version With Red Mask; Color Version With Orange Mask; and the Deluxe Limited Edition, which is the B&W Version with three interchangeable heads sporting white, red and orange masks.