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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.
This week’s store is Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop, located in Kamm’s Plaza, 17462 Lorain Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio. We spoke with store president John Dudas.
While offering an update on the delayed Two-Face action figure, DC Collectibles debuted a first look at two more entries in the DC Comics Greg Capullo Designer Series: The Flash and Survival Suit Batman, based on the designs by the acclaimed Batman artist.
Set to arrive in the second half of 2016, they’ll join a lineup of figures in the Designer Series that already includes Batman, Nightwing, Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, The Riddler, Talon, Mr. Freeze, the Red Hood and Thrasher Suit Batman. Oh, and of course Two-Face, which is targeted for release in December.
In Dragon Ball Z, two characters can fuse, creating a single being with their combined powers and attributes. But what would happen if fusion spilled over into other universes — like, say, those of Marvel and DC Comics?
French artist Pierre-Marie Lenoir has a pretty good idea, which he explores in a series of illustrations called “Fusion” that merges DBZ with some well-known comic book heroes. Whether it involved a Fusion Dance is anybody’s guess.
The end of August also marks three full months worth of DC Comics’ line-wide relaunches. Naturally, the highest-profile of these are in the Superman titles, featuring a depowered and spiritually depantsed Man of Steel; and in the Bat-books, where a buff, mohawked James Gordon is the new Dark Knight. The two main Green Lantern books are also going through status quo upheavals, as Hal Jordan has gone off the reservation with a stolen power-ring prototype, while John Stewart, Guy Gardner and a handful of their colleagues have been hurled into parts unknown. (I’d say more, but it’d spoil the latest issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army.)
While I’m not exactly getting tired of these various plots, I am starting to wonder how long they can each be sustained. That, in turn, reminded me of similarly dramatic storylines that played out over much longer periods of time. I’ll be discussing a lot of storylines today, from the Silver Age to the present, and I’m sure I haven’t listed every possible one. (Spoilers: I won’t have time to get to a “dead and revived” list.) Some of these arcs were planned with endpoints, and some reverted to “normal” thanks to external factors. However, each tested the limits of readers’ tolerance for change.
After releasing Pop! and Dorbz collectibles based on Batman ’66, Funko has tuned back in at the same Bat-time, same Bat-channel with Vinyl Idolz figures from Vinyl Sugar inspired by the classic television series.
Arriving in October, the collection features 8-inch versions of Adam West’s Batman, Burt Wad’s Robin, Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl and Cesar Romero’s Joker, with the Clown Prince of Crime most closely resembling his TV counterpart. Still, there’s something almost charming about the Boy Wonder’s glassy-eyed stare.
Kia Parsons wanted a traditional wedding cake, with sophisticated flowers and beads. However, her husband-to-be Billy Bunning envisioned something more playful that would reflect his love of comic books. Their compromise is pretty inspired.
Designed by Julia Baker of Tier By Tier in Milton Keynes, England, the beautiful four-tiered cake is all business up front, precisely how Parsons imagined. But in the back? Fondant curtains are pulled back to reveal tiers representing Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America.
As hundreds gathered Wednesday outside of Baltimore to say farewell to Leonard Robinson, better known as the “Route 29 Batman” or the “Baltimore Batman,” 370 miles away, another Caped Crusader was keeping one of his promises.
Robinson, a Baltimore businessman who dressed as Batman and visited children’s hospitals in his replica of the Batman ’66 Batmobile or customized black Lamborghini, was struck by a car and killed Sunday night on his way home from SummerFest in South Charleston, West Virginia. Before he left that event, however, Robinson had a lasting impact on at least one little boy.
If you already own Sideshow Collectibles’ Batman: Arkham Asylum Joker statue, and have the Arkham Asylum and Arkham Knight versions of Batman preordered, then your bank account must be as impressive as your shelf space. If that’s the case, you’ll likely want to make room, and possibly dip into savings, for this 33-inch Arkham Knight statue.
Forget Christian Bale and Michael Keaton: For a generation of fans, Kevin Conroy is Batman. Over the past 23 years, the actor has voiced the Caped Crusader in more than 30 projects, ranging from Batman: The Animated Series to Justice League: Doom to Batman: Arkham Knight — and he’s not about to allow Donald Trump to lay claim to the cape and cowl.
Campaigning over the weekend at the Iowa State Fair, the presidential candidate took groups of children a ride in his $7 million customized helicopter. Asked by a 9-year-old boy whether he’s Batman, the Republican frontrunner now famously replied in a husky voice, “I am Batman.”
The game may be called Batman: Arkham Knight, but never forget that Gotham is The Joker’s city. And with a new PC mod, the Clown Prince of Crime is taking it back.
Created by Tchi6, the mod allows gamers to play as The Joker as he appears in flashback early in Arkham Knight — as a ball cap-wearing, Hawaiian shirt-clad rogue in his prime. The mod uses the character animations from the Red Hood DLC, which is why young Mr. J suddenly has all those badass moves.
Inspired by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump’s joking proclamation that “I am Batman,” ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! brought together audio of the presidential candidate and footage from Batman: The Animated Series to see what he would be like as the Caped Crusader.
This is why the Dark Knight flies in his own personal Batplane.
The Transportation Security Administration confiscated four batarangs (interestingly, in two different styles) from a passenger at Boise Airport in Idaho, along with an array of other interesting items from passengers across the country, according to the official TSA Blog.
Even if you don’t care for the characterization of Batman’s greatest foes as foul-mouthed, trash-talking, crotch-grabbing street criminals, you have to appreciate the impressive (and hilarious) lyrics in this gangsta-rap parody “Straight Outta Gotham.”
I mean, come on, it drops a reference to actor Frank Whaley and the 1994 comedy-drama Swimming With Sharks. That has to count for something. But, seriously, this video is great — and definitely not safe for work. Or for home, if you have impressionable children that you would prefer didn’t embrace F-bombs (or, for that matter, the erratic filmography of Frank Whaley).
Lenny Robinson, who made international headlines three years ago as the “Route 29 Batman,” was struck by a car and killed Sunday night outside of Hagerstown, Maryland. He was 51.
A Baltimore businessman, Robinson owned a replica of the Batman ’66 Batmobile and a customized black Lamborghini, and visited children’s hospitals dressed as the Caped Crusader. He was propelled to fame in March 2012 after he was pulled over — in full costume — by police in Silver Spring, Maryland. The video of the traffic stop became an Internet sensation.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump has billions of dollars, a customized helicopter and jet, and an affinity for emblazoning his logo on any flat surface, but over the weekend he demonstrated he’s no Bruce Wayne.
While appearing Saturday at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Trump revealed his secret identity — an amateur move. It wasn’t the $7 million helicopter with ‘TRUMP” plastered on the side that gave it away, or the red ball cap with “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN,” but rather the candidate himself: He confessed to being Batman.