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Most of us have warm memories from childhood of jumping from chair to chair, or running with a towel tied around our necks, pretending to be a superhero. Artist Jason Ratliff captures that feeling of boundless imagination, and an undeniable sense of nostalgia, in his new series of prints “Super Shadows.”
If Marvel Studios executives are wondering where to take Captain America after the upcoming Civil War, they need look no further than this incredible — and incredibly bloody — LEGO stop-motion short, in which the Sentinel of Liberty faces off against hordes of zombies. Nazi zombies. Gun-wielding, tank-driving Nazi zombies.
This “Absolut x Marvel” line isn’t real, but part of me — the large part that likes vodka, comic characters and graphic design — desperately wishes it were.
It’s a concept by Indonesian designer Krizia Soetaniman uses the iconic Absolut bottle as a vessel for minimalist, yet instantly recognizable, portraits of such Marvel characters as Wolverine, Spider-Man, Venom, the Hulk and, yes, Iron Man.
Beast Kingdom Toys has managed the seemingly impossible, creating a super-deformed Captain America action figure that resembles Chris Evans, yet isn’t creepy. I say that with the knowledge that this collectible possesses eyeballs that can be moved, which in itself is extremely creepy.
Artist Skottie Young has been drawing Marvel characters as little kids for quite a while now, as variant covers and also in the pages of comics like the Secret Wars tie-in Giant-Size Little Marvel: AVX. Now Gentle Giant Ltd. is creating statues of some of these lil’ characters based on Young’s renditions, starting with Captain America.
The sculpt was revealed initially in San Diego this past summer (along with Iron Man and Thanos) and really captures the whimsical nature of Young’s artwork. It can be preordered on Gentle Giant’s site and retails for $65.
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Beau Coffron takes brown-bag lunches several levels beyond peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
Perhaps better known as Lunchbox Dad, the married father of three makes healthy lunches fun for his kids with imaginative, playful nods to Big Hero 6, Finding Nemo, Captain America, The Muppets and much more.
Talented U.K. designer Rob Lafratta, who once tackled minimalist Ninja Turtles, has created a wonderful series called “Really Super Mario vs. Really Super Wario” that’s pretty much what the title suggests: illustrations of the beloved video-game plumber and his arch-nemesis depicted as famous superhero/supervillain pairings.
Lafratta gives us the mustachioed rivals as everyone from Superman and Lex Luthor to Wolverine and Sabretooth to Wonder Woman and Cheetah.
Captain America and Iron Man stand for a lot of things: freedom, heroism, snark, avenging. Now we can add one more to that list: skincare.
A Japanese cosmetics company named Isshin-do Honpo created face masks modeled after the First Avenger and the famous genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist that not only allow you to cosplay as the Marvel Comics heroes but also clean your skin as well.
Each pack comes with both masks and costs only $27, allowing you to properly choose whose side you’re on in preparation for the release of “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6, 2016.
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.
Square Enix has debuted the first official photos of its Variant Marvel Play Arts Kai Captain America, seen last month in prototype form at Comic-Con International. As with other figures in the series, the design is a bit of a departure from what we’re used to seeing in comics or on screen, with a lot of body armor. Cap’s signature shield also receives a makeover; notice the grooves, raised stars and the addition of what looks like bolts.
The New-York Historical Society will explore the history of superhero comics, and the city’s importance “as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology,” in an exhibition called “Superheroes in Gotham.”
“Comics are a huge cultural force, but few remember their New York roots,” Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, said in a statement. “’Superheroes in Gotham’ will immerse visitors in the early days of comics and their evolution, so they can learn more about the genesis of their favorite characters, encounter new voices that continue the creative tradition today, and perhaps see aspects of their own neighborhoods imaginatively captured on the page.”
Artist Clementine Campardou challenged herself to paint a new picture each day that she’d share through an e-newsletter “Colour Up Your Day.” Over the course of two years, she’s produced more than 500 paintings, mostly beautiful watercolors, featuring an eclectic mix of subjects, ranging from birds and flowers to movie characters and superheroes. A lot of superheroes.
Superman, Wonder Woman, Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Supergirl, Gambit — they’re all there, in some cases multiple times, alongside the likes of Goku, Totoro, R2-D2, Astro Boy and Ken from Gatchaman. Oh, and Prince.
German graffiti artist Rene Turrek, who last month showed us how to unleash an angry Hulk from within a BMW X6 simply by adding water, has turned his attention to another of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes: Captain America.
Using a thermochromic paint layer applied over his original artwork, he’s transformed a Lamborghini Gallardo into what he’s dubbed “The First Avenger.” Exposed to warm water, the car’s seemingly standard paint job gives way to Captain America and an appropriately star-spangled motif.
After countless defeats at the hands of his arch-nemesis over the past 75 years, The Joker finally discovers the secret to defeating the Batman: more firepower. Or does he?
In this amazing stop-motion short, created by counter656 over the course of 20 days using nearly 3,500 images, S.H. Figuarts versions of the Caped Crusader and the Clown Prince of Crime go at it, mano a mano, until the supervillain calls in the big guns — a trio of Gundams.
LEGO has added one more item to the rapidly growing list of must-have exclusives from Comic-Con International: the Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Sam Wilson Captain America minifigure.
However, you won’t simply be able to walk up to the LEGO booth and buy it. No, USA Today reports the limited-edition figure is one of the toymaker’s giveaways; winners will be drawn each day during the July 8-12 convention.