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With midterm elections approaching faster than most of us would like, we’ll soon be inundated by political commercials peppered with bold claims, blatant lies, ominous voiceovers and bizarre graphics. Looking to beat the rush, Jason Inman has released an attack ad targeting the most patriotic of public figures: Captain America.
Wading deep into the mud, Inman questions Steve Rogers’ Army records, his faithfulness, his dancing abilities — he even accuses him of … palling around with terrorists!
Swift-boating was introduced in the 2004 Presidential campaign; does this ad mark the debut of shield-throwing? (Wing-heading? Winter-Soldiering? Super-Soldier truthers?) And who’s this mysterious group paying for Inman’s ad?
One of the things a lot of pros like about C2E2 is the late start on Friday. It doesn’t open to the public until 1:00 pm, so creators can sleep in and recover from their trips if they want. Or, if they want to go early to set up or just walk around and visit with each other, they can do that too. It’s also helpful for press jerks taking lots of pictures. Lots. Of pictures.
I thought about this a lot, but I don’t think you can talk about Captain America without talking about… well, America. It’s in his name, he is a symbol of our country and in the best of times is taken as such through exceptional storytelling and dynamic iconography. I’m going to get out my scholarly hat and mention a couple things that won’t have much to do with comics, but hopefully will put how awesome the new Captain America movie is in some context to simmer lightly with white wine and fava beans while I go on about explosions and punching later.
But first: smart stuff! Alexis de Tocqueville was a French historian and thinker of great thoughts back in the 1800s. In his book, Democracy in America, he spoke of this country and democracy itself having a “love of physical gratification, the notion of bettering one’s condition, the excitement of competition”, and the darling soundbite of the hour, “the charm of anticipated success.” By this last phrase, we see a condition unique to the USA considering that it was uniquely founded with the notion that “everything will be better once we’re over here.” The first settlers had to get on boats and believe that when they set down in empty, foreign and cruel new lands, they were going to be as successful and as exemplary as a early Puritan settler John Winthrop put it in 1830, “city upon a hill”, watched by the world”.
A little arrogant? Yes, but comic books by their very nature speak to that charm of anticipated success that makes us U.S.A. When know Spider-Man will win the day, but how? And to what lengths will he achieve that success? Who would win in a fight, Thor or the Hulk? The excitement of competition fuels message boards to this take on these ideas. Tony Stark was able to build his suit in a cave with a box of scraps, bettering not only his own condition, but the country and the world by taking his bettered self into fighting crime for the common good.
Best of all, Steve Rogers takes Alexis de Tocqueville’s words to heart and manages to make a action film out of them, one that speaks less to what America is, but what ideals are that simply cannot be argued against.
WARNING: I don’t think I give much away as far as specific plot details but we are gonna talk some Captain America: the First Avenger up in here. There’s one reference to something said in the trailers, a brief visual from the end of the film but the anticipation of WHO WILL WIN between Captain America and the Red Skull will charm the pants off of you. Go see the movie, have a good time!
Using Comic-Con International and the opening of Captain America: The First Avenger has hooks, CBS’s The Early Show this morning profiled Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.
“Our fans are hardcore,” he tells correspondent Jeff Glor. “They’re very opinionated. They let you know when they don’t like something. At the end of the day you have to hit them with the right story, you have to back up your event and just stand on your own two feet. […] In comic books, it’s all about story. People don’t come to a Spider-Man comic book to see Spider-Man punch the Green Goblin — they go to see the journey that brought him there.”
Mondo, the art boutique of the famed Alamo Drafthouse movie theaters, sent over six new posters they’ll be selling based on this week’s big movie release from Marvel, Captain America: The First Avenger. Up top you’ll see the variant edition of one by Tyler Stout; you can see the regular one after the jump.
They also have two sets of propaganda posters, one set by artist Eric Tan and another by Olly Moss. You can find them after the jump as well. The on-sale date is as yet undetermined; watch their Twitter feed for details.
Mondo will also make its first trip to Comic-Con this weekend. They will be located in booth #433 and will release new posters, have artists signings and offer rare archival posters. All poster releases will be announced via Twitter with sale details — follow @MondoNews as they’ll announce new things each day.
Chris Evans, star of Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, appeared last night on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman to deliver the list of “Top Ten Things Never Before Said by a Superhero.” I won’t ruin it for you, but I will say that Aquaman still can’t get any love, even with the impending DC relaunch.
Captain America: The First Avenger opens July 22 nationwide.
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The limited edition fragrance is made of lemon, mandarin and coriander leaf; essential oils of landanum, violet leaves and rosemary; plus amber, leather and cedar — all essential ingredients of the Super Solider serum.
Cap is currently framing the Diesel site, which has various blog posts featuring the hero. Check out another look at the box art, drawn by Bryan Hitch, after the jump.
It seems like Marvel may have missed an opportunity not releasing Captain America: The First Avenger this weekend, what with the big American-sized holiday coming up on Monday. But then again, the pre-movie merchandising/promotional machine is in full gear just in time for the Fourth of July, so maybe there’s a method to the madness. We’re celebrating the holiday weekend with my three nephews, all under the age of 10, who made their first trip to California yesterday … and what better way to start their weekend off than to get them a Captain America ice cream cake from Baskin-Robbins?
The cake is part of a bigger menu that includes a Super-Soldier Sundae, a Hydra Force Sundae and Super-Soldier Swirl ice cream (the flavor of the month). It includes a plastic Captain America that no doubt they’ll be fighting over before the day is over (like I’m gonna let them take it home) and, as you can see above, red, white and blue icing. The thing in the back is a stand-up you can put Cap on after the cake is gone.
On the heels of Tuesday’s dossier, offering details on some of the villains of Captain America: Super Soldier, SEGA has released a second round of images and information on some of the main bosses from the third-person action game.
The art — of Red Skull, Arnim Zola, Baron von Strucker, Madame Hydra and Iron Cross — is accompanied by Brandon Gill, game director of developer Next Level Games. You can see it all after the break.
Arriving in stores on July 19, Captain America: Super Soldier allows gamers, playing as Cap himself, to engage in free-flowing combat and acrobatic platforming to infiltrate a mysterious castle and battle the Iron Cross, the forces of HYDRA and a host of enemies serving the Red Skull in an attempt to stop evil scientist Arnim Zola. The game ties into Captain America: The First Avenger, which opens in theaters on July 22.
The villains that we added to the game were chosen for a mixture of reasons.
Ahead of the July 19 release of Captain America: Super Soldier, SEGA has debuted new art and background information for some of the villains players will encounter in the third-person action game.
Tying into the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger feature film, Super Soldier allows gamers, playing as the Sentinel of Liberty, to engage in free-flowing combat and acrobatic platforming to infiltrate a mysterious castle and battle the Iron Cross, the forces of HYDRA and a host of enemies serving the Red Skull in an attempt to stop evil scientist Arnim Zola.
You can see screenshots, art and descriptions for Baron von Strucker, Madame Hydra and a sniper after the break.
Broadway | Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the retooled $75 million Broadway musical, took in $1.7 million for the week ending this past Sunday, which is above the $1.2 million the producers have indicated they need to reach to stay viable. The amount made it the No. 3 musical for the week, after Wicked and The Lion King. [Associated Press]
Legal | Robert Corn-Revere, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s general counsel, discusses the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. EMA, which sought to ban the sale of violent video games to minors. He notes that the court drew upon the history of comic book censorship in reaching its conclusion to reject the ban: “Citing the amicus brief filed by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, it noted the crusade against comics led by Dr. Frederic Wertham and observed that it was inconsistent with our constitutional traditions. The Court traced the history of censorship that targeted various media directed toward the young and held that restricting depictions of violence could not be justified under established principles of First Amendment law.” [CBLDF]
Artist Paolo Rivera shares this lovely vintage Captain America: The First Avenger poster, which he created to be given as a gift to the cast and crew of the film that’s due out later this summer.
“I was given access to a vast collection of production stills—each emblazoned with a watermark pattern of my name—from which I selected my favorites,” he writes on his blog. “All of the lettering is hand-drawn, with the exception of the small credits at the top and bottom (I ran out of steam). While I did some post-production work in Photoshop, the original looks more or less like what you see here.”
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SEGA has released the first trailer for Captain America: Super Soldier, its newly announced video game scheduled to debut in 2011, presumably around the time Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger opens in theaters.
Set during World War II, the third-person action-adventure will allow players to become Captain America as he battles the Iron Cross, the forces of Hydra, Arnim Zola and the armies of the Red Skull.