Shirts based on comics characters isn’t anything new, but Judge Dredd and 2000AD publisher Rebellion recently partnered with the U.K. T-shirt boutique Last Exit to Nowhere to produce this amazing-looking design. Although it’s based on the film iteration of Dredd rather than the comic itself, it’s still a shirt well worth owning — even with the additional expense of shipping outside the United Kingdom.
One of the funniest insults I’ve heard in recent years was Noel Gallagher’s judgement upon his brother Liam: “He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup”. The two ex-Oasis frontmen now seem to communicate purely through insults traded via interviews with the music press. One of the regular sticking points between the feuding rock’n'rollers is Liam’s ongoing preoccupation with the fashion world. Now Liam’s fashion label Pretty Green have teamed up with the UK charity the Teenage Cancer Trust to bring out a range of T-shirts featuring illustrations by Jamie Hewlett.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the X-Men, as well as the X-Men: Battle of the Atom crossover, WeLoveFine has unveiled an informational graphic by Leigh Wortley featuring characters from every era of Marvel’s mutant saga, from 1963 to the present. There are 150 represented, but considering the size of the X-universe, those probably aren’t all of them.
Clothing retailer Forever 21 has introduced Bats & Cats, a limited-edition collection men’s and women’s apparel and accessories inspired by Batman and Catwoman.
Created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the line’s pieces range from sweaters and a faux-leather backpack to T-shirts and a phone case.
“We have been enthralled with the animal emergence and took to cats, epitomizing a soft femininity and bats, symbolizing our desire for nocturnal nonconformity for an updated approach to the trend,” Forever 21′s Betsy Zanjani said in a statement. “This limited-edition line will allow our customers to discover unique and contemporary merchandise with a nostalgic charm of bats, cats and the iconic super heroes of Gotham City.”
Bats & Cats is on sale now on the Forever 21 website and at select stores.
American comics fans may have their Stan Lee, Avengers and Hellboy colognes, but now manga and anime devotees are getting their own incongruous perfume: a set of three fragrances based on Attack on Titan, which has been tearing up the charts in Japan while becoming a sleeper hit in North America.
Created by Hajime Isayama, Attack on Titan (here’s a primer) is about teenagers fighting people-eating giants, and the three scents are named after three of the teenagers, not the Titans themselves (who probably just smell like guts). Each scent is tailored to the personality of a particular character: Eren, a determined fighter with the power to turn into a Titan himself (mint and citrus with notes of spice and musk, embodying his “strong desire to eradicate giant”); Mikasa, Eren’s friend who’s just as fierce and a better fighter as well (sweet floral top notes moving to sweet and sour berry and musk — its calm femininity conceals the intense feelings she harbors for Eren, if I’m reading the Google translation right); and Levi, their squad leader, who is brave, smart and a total clean freak (soap and the calming scents of cedarwood and musk, celebrating both Levi’s fastidiousness and his strength as a warrior). The perfume costs 5,775 yen (about $58) per bottle.
This all seems tame compared to the other Attack on Titan items floating around: Fans can wear Attack on Titan tights (in two patterns, boots and belts for the soldiers, raw muscles if you want to look like a Titan), sip tea from a mug topped by the Colossus Titan, and even fix their own Titan-themed pasta and potato salad while they wait for the next episode.
Whether you think Warner Bros.’ selection of Ben Affleck as Batman is the worst franchise casting since Arnold Schwarzenegger donned blue paint as Mr. Freeze, or if, like Matt Damon, you think all of the grousing is ridiculous, RedBubble.com has a T-shirt for you!
Designed by robinzson, the shirt comes in two designs, both mimicking the logo of the 1960s TV series: “Batman: The Dark Horse RISES!,” with “Affleck” where “Batman” should be, and “Batman: The Dark Horse!,” features the no symbol. They’re $24.54 each.
Axe Cop‘s journey toward world domination continues this week with the launch of a T-shirt line at WeLoveFine.com. You can now sport the webcomic-turned-animated series by brothers Malachai and Ethan Nicolle on your torso, mashed up with A Game of Thrones, Kool-Aid Man, Super Mario Bros. and various food items, like tacos and cereal.
Check out the shirts below.
The character-specific capsule collections, each containing 30 to 35 pieces, will roll out over the next six months, beginning this month with Tweety. The final collection, based around Superman, will arrive in stores in February.
The collections, which include silk-screened T-shirts, dresses and tote bags priced from $98 to $202, will be available at online locations like Bloomingdales.com, as well as Lester’s, Singer22 and the Lauren Moshi flagship store in Los Angeles. “These iconic characters are part of my childhood and the Lauren Moshi customer can really relate to them,” Moshi told Women’s Wear Daily.
You can see more pieces from the Wonder Woman collection below.
Numerous classic comic characters have been “updated” over the decades in an effort to make them more appealing to new audiences, frequently with mixed results. But few makeovers have been as surprising, or apparently as successful, as King Features’ transformation of Olive Oyl into … well, a fashion icon of sorts.
Tall, rail-thin and large-footed, Olive Oyl looks essentially the same as she did when E.C. Segar introduced her in 1919 (a decade before Popeye debuted in the comic strip Thimble Theatre). Yet for the past decade, she’s served as inspiration for Italian designer Moschino, who’s created everything from bandanas to sweaters to jewelry bearing the character’s likeness; Spanish clothing retailer features her on nightwear and underwear, too. She even has her own website and fashion blog.
And in the August issue of Elle, there’s an eight-page spread devoted to fashion inspired by Ms. Oyl. Check out a couple of images below, and more at that link.
Warner Bros. Consumer Products shows no signs of letting up on its merchandising push for the 1960s Batman television series. And why should it? After all, fans, and companies, have been waiting for decades for Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox to sort out the rights to the campy show. Now that the two parties have reached an agreement, we get products like Diesel’s new underwear line featuring the Dynamic Duo, the Batmobile, The Joker, The Penguin and Catwoman.
They come in four designs: Batman Comic Boxer, Batmobile Boxer, Batman Climbing Boxer and Batman Enemies Boxer, each priced at $28.
Warner Bros. previously partnered with Diesel on a line of DC Comics-branded boxerbriefs, which are probably the closest fans of a certain age are going to get to the Underoos of yesteryear.
If you think those tight-fitting Superman and Batman shirts from Under Armour are crying out for accessories, allow us to point you to the sportswear company’s latest additions: UA Highlight football gloves featuring the familiar emblems of Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man and Superman (the latter in multiple flavors).
What are UA Highlight football gloves? Good question. For starters, they’re “Super-High. Ridiculously Sticky.” But wait! There’s more: “They use the same incredible CompFit technology as our game-changing UA Highlight cleats, giving your wrist super-streamlined, locked-in support. That helps with control. It also makes you feel like you can do anything out there. Now, there’re Under Armour Alter Ego ones to make your game just that much more heroic. They turn you into exactly what you want to be, every time you compete.”
So there. And they’re available for $64.99.
Archie Comics made its first incursion into the world of fashion earlier this year with a line of Mac cosmetics; now the publisher is moving on to shoes and other accessories.
London designer Charlotte Olympia has announced a new line of shoes and purses featuring vintage Archie comics and characters, including a pair of blue suede peep-toe pumps featuring Betty and Veronica that are priced at a cool $1,095, platform wedges adorned with vintage Archie pages for $1,295, and an Archie clutch purse for $1,595.
According to the Glam blog, Olympia has been an Archie fan since childhood, and the style of the comics in these products reflects the era she grew up in, the 1950s.
“When I was 10 years old, my best friend used to go to America every holiday and bring Archie comics back with her,” she told Women’s Wear Daily. “I still read them today. I especially love Betty and Veronica, they have that retro pin-up look that I adore.”
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment have teamed with sportswear company Under Armour for a line of apparel designed “to empower athletes and unleash their alter egos.” Called, appropriately enough, Alter Ego, the collection is inspired by DC superheroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
The collection expands on Under Armour’s earlier custom Gotham Rogues collection, inspired by the football team uniforms in The Dark Knight Rises, and the a limited-edition Man of Steel baselayer T.
“Superhuman feats are accomplished by athletes every day. Whether it’s achieving a personal goal or competing on the field, we wanted to enable athletes to feel like a super hero and show off their alter ego,” Under Armour’s Glenn Silbert said in a statement. “Our partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and the resulting Alter Ego collection has exceeded our expectations, and we look forward to expanding this concept, as well as our long-term partnership.”
After Hawkeye #11, I fully expect to see a Pizza Dog miniseries, if not a monthly spinoff … and even a guest spot in an upcoming episode of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Heck, maybe Marvel is just waiting until Comic-Con International to tell us one of those 2016 film-release dates already claimed is going to the dogs …
That’s just speculation, of course, but what I do know is that Pizza Dog has made his way to a T-shirt. WeLoveFine.com has a new design featuring David Aja and Matt Hollingworth’s art from that issue, in both men’s and women’s sizes. Pizza is his business, and business is good … check ‘em out below.
My grasp of Portuguese is almost non-existent (shamefully, it stretches to obrigado! and feliz natal! and that’s about it), but here’s a Brazilian company selling a T-shirt and print with a cartoon of the bard of Northampton on it. Given the appearance of V For Vendetta masks on the streets of Rio during the recent mass unrest there, perhaps this is another sign that Alan Moore is becoming something of a local folk hero there. Certainly, this design has a strong anti-consumerist message. The drawing is by occasional Mad Magazine contributor Raphael Salimena. I like it, he’s managed to get a certain Kev O’Neill quality into the inking, which is highly appropriate.