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Criminals may be a superstitious, cowardly lot, but with this new Batman rain gear, they’ll also be dry. Dry and adorable.
There, Washington Shoe Company and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, you’re free to use that for the ad campaign for the new Batman rain collection. It’s a heck of a lot better than “April Showers Bring Batman Powers.” (Psst. Batman doesn’t have any powers. Also, that phrase would only make sense with someone like Aquaman. Possibly. But there’s probably not a big demand for Aquaman rain gear …)
Anyway, the collection, geared toward kids and juniors, features umbrellas, boots and raincoats — the latter of which comes with a removable cape with glow-in-the-dark Batman emblem. You can see more photos at the link.
Variety reports that Supergirl is leading the charge as Warner Bros. Consumer Products teams with mid-range department store chain J.C. Penney for a line of clothes sporting the familiar “S” shield for girls ages 8 to 12.
Gymnast and five-time Olympic medalist Nastia Liukin is lending her name to the brand, called Supergirl by Nastia, and will serve as its spokesperson. The 20-year-old Liukin lives in Plano, Texas, headquarters of J.C. Penney.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Supergirl by Nastia is an extension of Supergirl Jam, the all-girls athletic competition and music festival launched four years ago by Warner Bros. This month the studio launched the Nastia Liukin Supergirl Cup, which honors young, rising female gymnasts.
The line, expected to be the first of several new products tied to the superheroine, will be priced between $20 and $38, and debut in stores on July 20 — in time for back-to-school shopping season.
The retailer will support Supergirl by Nastia with ads, direct mailings, social media and nationwide appearances by Liukin. And, hey, who knows? Maybe DC will even bring back Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade or introduce another age-appropriate comic featuring the Maid of Might.
Skate-and-surf apparel company Airwalk is working with Marvel on a new line of clothing featuring the publisher’s characters.
Women’s Wear Daily reports that new line, debuting this fall with the “Marvel x Airwalk” logo, will include clothing, footwear and accessories for men, women and children. There will be three different collections targeting boutiques, specialty shops and high-end department stores, and mid-tier retailers.
Sneaker Files has mock-up images showing a flowery X-Men hoodie, tee and sandals, a Silver Surfer design, and the above Captain America set, in which the stylized Airwalk logo replaces the traditional “A” on the character’s mask.
Looking for a good snowboarding jacket? Want to wear something that shows your reverence for the underground comics movement? Or at least for Mr. Natural? Then behold: Burton has just the thing for you:
Check out the print by cartoonist Robert Crumb. A prominent figure in the 60s and 70s counter culture, Crumb is world-renowned for his subversive voice and controversial artwork. We’re only producing 500 pieces in this print, and shipping it in a black bag so you can look sketchy when taking it to the register. Beyond that, the Burton Restricted Dyer Jacket keeps riders like Mikey Rencz and Mark Sollors dry and warm when rooping around the British Columbian backcountry with the help of a hopped up DRYRIDE Durashell™ 2L fabric and strategically placed expedition weight Thermacore™ insulation.
I have no idea what that last sentence means, but I assume it translates as “keeps you warm.” The whole thing costs between $250-$270, depending on how much Thermacore you stuff it with I suppose (found via Mike Lynch).
Bloomingdale’s is teaming up with DC Comics to offer high-end clothing and accessories in its stores nationwide this holiday season. Bloomingdale’s will launch the line with a series of customer events on Oct. 14, including the one in San Francisco with James Robinson I mentioned last week.
Items they plan to carry include T-shirts, socks, scarves, tote bags, wallets, ties, cuff links and pocket squares. Per the press release, the DC Comics collection will range in price from $30 for a pair of Psycho Bunny socks to $225 for a JACK SPADE tote. The above Batman shirt retails for $62. That’s more than I’d probably pay for a T-shirt, but I’m guessing I’m not the target audience here.
You can find more shirts here. And I’ve posted pics of some of the other items after the jump …
Universal Designs has released more information and few more promo images for the replica Dark Knight Motorcycle Suit that Larry Young linked to a few months back. According to the press release, the suit includes “a full-leather jacket that includes lightweight interior lining, as well as molded-leather and Kevlar armor sections; pants that include heavy-duty, four-way stretch Spandex inserts and CE-approved armor; authentic gloves and boots that replicate the amazing on-screen design.”
They only plan to create 1,000 of them, and they cost $998. You can order one — and check out all their Dark Knight-themed merchandise — here. It’s pricey, but takes cosplay to a whole other level. More promo images and a video of the suit can be found after the jump.
Want to declare your love for superheroes and graphic design programs in one fell swoop? No problem! Chop Shop’s Filter Heroes T-shirt has what you need. I’m particularly impressed by Halftone Pattern Maker. That’s a rather unique super power. (found via Comics Alliance)
Welcome to Send Us Your Shelf Porn and again, no we are not changing the name. We like it. So there.
Anyway, a few weeks ago we featured the growing collection of a devout Batman fan. This week we’re looking at the other end of the DC stable, by way of confessed “Superman fanatic” Paolo Valente.
Just how serious is Paolo’s Kal-El jones? Click on the link to find out …
I’m not sure how I feel about this: Vans Shoes has, according to the Los Angeles Times, teamed up with legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb to release special edition footwear with some of his more famous characters emblazoned on them:
Four different R. Crumb shoes are due to hit store shelves on Oct. 1; two in the Vans Classics collections — including the Mr. Natural deconstructed SK8-Hi pictured above ($60) and a classic slip-on featuring Fritz the Cat ($52) — will be available through regular Vans vendors.
Two additional higher-end styles (using suede and leather) will be sold through Vans Vault accounts; a “Modern America” Chukka boot ($95) and a “Keep on Truckin’ ” Authentic ($90).
I hate to sound like a grumpy old man here or accuse Crumb of being a sell-out — if this deal nets him much-earned coin or helps him bring his work in front of the eyes of younger consumers, more power to him. I guess I’m just a bit surprised that someone who’s been as protective of his material as Crumb has been (t-shirts and Devil Girl candy bars aside), not to mention bitter toward those big-industry types to tried to ride on the R.Crumb gravy train, would join forces with an international clothing firm like this. But perhaps that just underscores my own naiveté and half-baked assumptions. (found via Tom)
The shirt itself doesn’t harm anything by existing. I don’t object to it any more than I’d object to seeing a T-shirt featuring Jenny Sparks, the Engineer, and Swift that says “I love to see women in Authority.” It’s a cute idea. I do have serious problems with it being alone in that article. Well, not alone. It’s on display with some heart pendants featuring Spider-man/Gwen Stacy and Spider-Man/Green Goblin (which I predict will be a surprisingly good seller) and lip gloss tubes featuring unrecognizable characters kissing. And that begs the question… Where are the female superheroes in this superhero merchandise aimed at female people?
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iFanboy.com is selling limited edition shirts with the above famous quote from everyone’s favorite Watchmen anti-hero on them for $15. The shirts went on sale last night, and as of this morning less than 200 of the initial 250 are left. So order one quick if you want one.