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Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, when you can stock up on free comics, while Tuesday was National Superhero Day, when you could’ve … loaded up on free doughnuts. But today? It’s Batman Day. Apparently.
Sure, DC Comics long ago established Feb. 19 as Bruce Wayne’s birthday, and then just last year declared July 23 as “Batman Day” as part of the promotional celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. However, this Batman Day is set aside to honor the anniversary of the character’s debut in Detective Comics #27, covered-dated May 1939.
When her high school was failed by an “awful” prom theme — “Sweet Dreams (or Candy Land)” could only be the work of Ra’s al Ghul — Danielle Taylor set out to make things right … by attending in a dress inspired by Arrow.
In a Facebook post written to series star Stephen Amell, Taylor showcases photos of herself in an emerald-green gown, hood and matching sneakers (for a round of after-prom crimefighting, undoubtedly), and carrying a bow. Her friend Ashlyn, dressed in red, stood in for The Flash.
Tony Star can don Hulkbuster armor to go toe to toe with the Incredible Hulk, but what defense do baby nerds have against other green threats, like pureed peas and Brussels sprouts? If you’re this lucky little girl, you have a Hulkbuster highchair.
It’s of course the work of Tim Baker Creations, which we’ve previously spotlighted for the Groot swing and Batmobile stroller. Presented by Super-Fan Builds to Iron Man devotee Natasha Vineyard and her daughter Amelia, the Hulkbuster is made from a high chair reinforced with a steel frame, and sculpted foam.
Couples get together over shared interests, and meetings at conventions aren’t uncommon — but they can be something, special as Zen Pencils cartoonist Gavin Aung Than illustrates in this heartwarming Star Wars-themed comic.
Intrigued by the scene in Iron Man 2 in which Tony Stark cuts down drones closing in on him and War Machine using a laser fired from his glove, custom prop and gadget creator Patrick Priebe set out to make one of his own. And within three weeks, he had it, complete with working lasers, light-up palm and sound effects.
As a bonus, he can also eject spent “cartridges” from the top of the gauntlet.
With Daredevil renewed for a second season, Netflix and Marvel may be looking for a way to expand the series into a franchise. Allow us to suggest a kid-friendly spinoff, starring 3-year-old Parker as the guardian of Hell’s Preschool.
The son of John Nettles of City Light Studio, Parker is simultaneously fearsome and cute as a button as Daredevil in this terrific series of cosplay photos taken by his father.
The new trailer for director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot featured humor, Doom, the Baxter Building and Marvel’s First Family using its powers, but it suffered from a serious lack of H.E.R.B.I.E. However, that regrettable oversight has been remedied in this fan-produced parody, which pairs the soundtrack from the trailer with footage from the Fantastic Four’s assorted (and also mostly regrettable) animated series.
Clearly, the absence of both a robot sidekick and scenes of The Thing kicking sand at a foe indicate Fox has no idea what it’s doing with the property.
The time travel, multiple speedsters and alternate timelines on The CW drama The Flash may be enough to confuse even some longtime comics readers. If you’re square with Harrison Wells and Eddie Thawne but can’t quite figure out Eobard Thawne (just play along, please), I suggest you consult Google Translate.
What? Where else would you turn for superhero comics minutiae?
With the help of tattoo artist Kelly Rogers, lifelong comics fan John Engle has spent the past year transforming his back into a tribute to the characters he loves. There, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Carnage and Venom share space with Batman, The Joker and Spawn — Engle enjoys a good intercompany crossover.
However, there was one thing missing: Stan Lee’s seal of approval. And over the weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, Engle got it. The legendary creator signed his back, just above Spider-Man (where else?), then Rogers made the famous signature permanent.
It’s not every Sunday afternoon that you walk down the street and bump into nearly a dozen people dressed as assorted Spider-characters, from Mary Jane Watson and Spider-Girl to Venom and Carnage. However, CBR contributor Alexa Tomaszewski was leaving work yesterday in Toronto — it wasn’t even a convention weekend! — and stumbled upon what could’ve been mistaken for the cast of Marvel’s “Spider-Verse” storyline.
Passings | Michael S. Bradley, owner of Collectors Kingdom in Huntington Station, New York, has died at age 48. The comic shop was destroyed in a fire in January, and Bradley, who had no insurance, lost all his stock. An IndieGoGo campaign to revive the store failed to meet its $25,000 goal, and Bradley’s last post on the store’s Facebook page thanked his customers and said he was “blessed to be allowed to be [the store’s] guardian.” He was rushed to the hospital on March 21 and passed away on April 6. No cause of death has been released. [ICv2]
Fifty fans will get a chance to relive a bit of superhero-movie history at Niagara Falls.
Superman II star Margot Kidder will return to Ontario in June for Niagara Falls Comic Con, where she’ll pose with fans in a special photo op near the Table Rock Welcome Centre, the setting of one of the 1980 film’s more memorable scenes. Presumably this time she won’t take a leap into the Niagara River.
Fandom | Rob Salkowitz writes about the controversy over this year’s Hugo Awards nominations and the “Sad Puppies” slate, and how skirmishes such as this are further fueled by the media: “The net effect of this, as observed by commentator Ezra Klein, is the politicization of just about everything, dragging a lot of randomly hostile and belligerent people into conflicts that don’t really concern them, but in whose outcome they have been persuaded they have a stake. Media outlets profit, but fan culture, which at its best unites people from all demographics across the political spectrum in their enthusiasm for creative works and community, is the victim.” [ICv2]
“We have great faith that our state’s leaders and legislators will, eventually, do the right thing for all Georgians,” organizers wrote in a statement. “Legislation that hurts one of us, hurts us all.”
It took a lot for Bruce Wayne to become Batman: a lot of money, a lot of training and a lot of determination (or, y’know, obsessiveness; potato, po-tah-to). However, if you’re not the sole heir to a multimillion-dollar fortune — at least $682 million of that would go toward the mansion, Batmobile, gadgets and, yes, butler — you can at least become Batman-like.