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DC Comics’ King of the Seven Seas will finally get his moment in the sun with the upcoming Aquaman Premium Format Figure from Sideshow Collectibles.
Depicted holding a trident while standing atop an Atlantean-themed base, the statue comes in two versions: the classic Aquaman, with short-cropped hair, or the Sideshow-exclusive, with long hair, shaggy beard and harpoon hand. However, both boast a finely sculpted butt that would give Dick Grayson a run for his money. It must be from all of that swimming.
Chicago artist Alex Solis cleverly pulls back the curtain on 16 famous characters in a series of illustrations titled “Icons Unmasked.”
Like cast members at Disney World, the pop-culture icons remove the heads of their costumes to reveal what lurks beneath. In the case of some of the characters — Batman and Robin, for instance — it’s a literal representation of their names. For others, like Kermit and the Beast, it’s a bit more playful.
Back in the era when some of Cartoon Network’s biggest hits included Space Ghost: Coast To Coast and Harvey Birdman: Attorney At Law, even Aquaman found a second job. In 2001, DC’s King of the Seas hosted a tongue-in-cheek kids show called The Aquaman & Friends Action Hour which wasn’t exactly for kids. But until the advent of YouTube, the series never aired in America.
We stumbled upon the first two episodes alongside a few commercial bumpers starring the Super Friends cast online, and the results are an hilariously awkward trip down memory lane. Produced by Atlanta’s Wild Hare Studios (an independent contractor for Cartoon Network that also worked on series like The Brak Show and Aqua Teen Hunger Force), the clips initially appeared on the CartoonNetworkLa.com website that reached audiences in Latin America. Sharp-eared fans may recognize original Super Friends Aquaman actor Norman Alden reprising his role (some commenters have credited it to later Aquaman voice over star William Callaway, though it sure sounds like Alden to us). Check out the videos after the jump.
Northeastern University professor Mark Patterson is at Comic-Con International to talk about his experience as a real-life Aquaman, living underwater in the Aquarius lab in Florida and as part of Fabien Cousteau’s Mission 31 project. He really got into the spirit of things in San Diego yesterday as he attended the con in cosplay—as a coral polyp.
Sure, he’s the King of the Seven Seas, a founding member of the Justice League and, if all goes as planned, the star of his own 2018 movie. However, for the second time in three years, Aquaman is also the “Most Toxic Superhero.”
That’s according to Intel Security, which today released its third annual list of online superhero searches that are most likely to lead you to bad links, viruses, malware and websites containing malicious software used to steal passwords and personal information. The information is compiled using McAfee Site Advisor, which rates sites by risk level.
Following the debut Wednesday of the new LEGO Dimensions trailer, we now get a look at seven of the team packs and fun packs teased in the gameplay footage — including The Joker and Harley Quinn.
Developed by TT Games for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the Disney Infinity-style “toy-to-life” game will launch Sept. 27 with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle minifigures and the Batmobile. Players will then be able to purchase of additional fun packs and team packs, containing LEGO sets that they’ll build into characters, vehicles and devices that they’ll be able to introduce into the game with the Toy Pad.
No, this isn’t a belated April Fools’ Day joke, Figures Toy Company plans to release reproductions of not only Mego’s Batcave playset but also Aquaman vs. The Great White Shark.
They were originally released in the early 1970s as part of Mego’s World’s Great Super Heroes line of 8-inch dolls (excuse me, action figures). While I can recall desperately wanting the Batcave for Christmas one year — my brother and I had several of the DC and Marvel characters* — I can’t remember the Aquaman/shark set. But, hey, it’s a shark. What kid wouldn’t want that?
Aquaman has never led an easy life, what with the years of ridicule (thanks, Super Friends), that harpoon hand, struggling sales and brooding beards. However, this video from UCB Comedy finds the King of Atlantis at a particularly low point, even as the members of the Justice League gather to celebrate an anniversary.
But Aquaman, portrayed by comedian Alan Starzinski, isn’t about to suffer in silence; he has words for several of his teammates, particularly Batman. “Your superpowers are that you’re rich, and you’ve got dead parents,” Arthur slurs. “All of us have got dead parents, man. Superman’s got four dead parents, and I gotta dead son!”
And, uh, Barry Allen? You may want to invest in another kind of underwear …
That’s a far cry from the record $3.2 million paid in August for a pristine copy of the 1938 first appearance of Superman, but certainly nothing to sneeze at.
“High-end, vintage comic books across the board continue to show incredible market durability,” Ed Jaster, Heritage’s senior vice president, said in a statement. “The auction total, at $7.17 million, is the third-highest grossing comics auction in history, period.”
Other comic book highlights of the Nov. 20-22 auction include a CGC-graded 7.0 copy of Pep Comics #22, featuring the first appearance of Archie Andrews ($143,400) and a CGC-graded 6.5 copy of Captain America Comics #1 ($107,550).
The auction house also noted high prices paid for the first appearances of Wonder Woman and Aquaman, which it attributes to anticipation for the characters’ big-screen debuts: a CGC-graded 5.5 copy of All Star Comics #8 sold for $44,813, more than triple its list value, and a CGC-graded 3.5 copy of More Fun Comics #73 went for $38,838, 10 times its guide price.
Also of note: Bill Everett’s original cover art for 1967’s Strange Tales #152, depicting Doctor Strange and Umar, sold for $71,700, while Frank Frazetta’s 1967 cover painting for Jongor Fights Back fetched an impressive $179,250.
Aquaman may have been the most toxic superhero in 2013, but this year McAfee has decreed that Superman is kryptonite.
Hold your jokes about Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel or the New 52 costume redesign. We’re talking about the software-security company’s second annual study of which online superhero searches result in the most bad links (such as to viruses, malware and websites containing malicious software used to steal passwords and personal information).
Longtime DC Comics readers will undoubtedly recall Composite Superman, the green-skinned Silver Age villain who, dressed in a costume that was past Superman’s and part Batman’s, possessed the powers of the Man of Steel as well as those of the Legion of Super-Heroes. But how about Composite Aquaman? Or Composite Harley Quinn?
While they don’t come with superhuman abilities (as far as we know), Funko’s newly announced line of DC Comics Vinyl Cubed 2.5-inch magnetic figures that allows collectors to mix and match body parts of their favorite heroes and villains. The head of The Joker on Bizarro’s body? Sure. Robin with Harley Quinn’s arms? If you want.
DC Comics’ current publishing pattern seems to center around growing various franchises, like Batman, Superman, Green Lantern and the Justice League. Aquaman is one of the publisher’s more familiar faces, he’s rooted pretty deeply in the superhero line, and he’s even had a good bit of multimedia exposure. However, when the April solicitations came out at the end of January, I wasn’t sure the world had been clamoring for another Aquaman title.
After reading the first issue of Aquaman and the Others — written by Dan Jurgens, penciled by Lan Medina, inked by Allen Martinez and colored by Matt Milla — I’m still not entirely convinced. AATO #1 is a solid first issue, dealing largely in traditional superhero matters, but its last-minute attempt to tie into the larger DC Universe comes from out of left field, and threatens to hijack the main narrative. Otherwise, it’s a fine reintroduction which gives newcomers a good glimpse at characters who are still pretty obscure. Still, those good fundamentals will have to overcome the why-should-I-care factor.
Although the five-years-later setup of Futures End won’t be here until May, it got me thinking about a not-so-new New 52. The current comics take place some five years after Superman and company debuted — plus, apparently, a year for the face-free Joker to recuperate — so if you add five more years, it’s like double the amount of history! Well, double the amount of history that “matters,” I guess.
As I have been pretty critical of the present timeline, I’ll be curious to see how Futures End treats those additional five years. I suspect that, for the most part, they’ll be five years of “filler,” in the sense that mostly bad, Futures End-specific things happened during that time to bring DC-Earth to whatever sorry state we see in FE #1. I’ve heard that when all the New 52 books jump ahead five years (in September, naturally), they’ll reflect where their creative teams would like to take the characters in five years — but those will only be single issues, as opposed to the year-long weekly installments of Futures End. Besides, my bitter, resentful impulses remind me that it might well have been simpler just to start off with a 10-year timeline that would only have tweaked the old pre-relaunch status quo, not thrown out huge chunks of it.
This look at DC’s latest round of solicitations may be quicker and dirtier than usual, mostly because this week I thought I was going to be talking about Teen Titans’ cancellation. We’ll do a little of that this week, along with the other titles on the chopping block.
However, for a while now we’ve known that April — being the first post-Forever Evil month — will feature some big changes, and those start right here.
BY THE NUMBERS
I count 47 ongoing New 52 series, but that includes the six books canceled as of April, and it only counts Batman Eternal — which, contrary to my expectation, is not solicited as a limited series — once. Thus, if DC still wants to hit the magic number, it needs to come up with 11 new series for May.
Welcome to Best of 7, our new weekly wrap-up post here at Robot 6. Each Sunday we’ll talk about, as it says above, “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out. I should also note that we skipped last Sunday after being exhausted from all our anniversary content, so you may see an item or two slip in from last week.
So without further ado, let’s get to it …