John Diggle Suits Up in First Look at New "Arrow" Costume
The life of a superhero isn’t all action, as photographer Dai Sugano shows in these images that depict Spider-Man and Silk in their down time, doing utterly ordinary things. (Although how the wall-crawler gets the cereal through his mask is likely pretty extraordinary.)
Sugano, who works for the San Jose Mercury News, photographed cosplayers Saul Cervantes and Jare Longacre (boyfriend and girlfriend) ahead of this weekend’s San Jose Wizard World Comic Con.
Eric Levine originally planned to transform his nephew’s wheelchair into an AT-AT Walker from Star Wars for TerrifiCon. However, when 11-year-old Ellijah Davila decided he’d rather go as the Incredible Hulk, his uncle leaped into action. Butt-kicking action.
An optician from Keene, New Hampshire, Levine doesn’t have a background in costume design, but he told the Keene Sentinel he wanted Elijah’s outfit to be “the Hulk with butt-kicking action.” After researching materials that he could turn into legs to attach to the wheelchair, Levine settled on foam and PVC pipe, and went to work.
When redditor Crux1836 asked his son what he wanted for his fourth birthday, the boy replied, “A Thor hammer … a real Thor hammer!” And so, like any dutiful dad, Crux1836 headed to the forge, because doesn’t every father have a forge and anvil in his workshop?
As he explains on reddit, he started with a piece of steel square tubing, because it needed to be “something large enough to represent the hammer, but light enough that a 4 year-old could hold it.” He walks through the rest of the process, ending with a fantastic replica of Mjolnir that’s small enough — and light enough — for the birthday boy, but still mighty enough to take on Frost Giants.
Of all the Hulkbuster collectibles rolled out before and after the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron — and there have been a lot — this may be my favorite: the Iron Man-Hulkbuster remote-control power lamp from infoThink.
Designed to resemble the Hulkbuster’s helmet (it even says “Hulkbuster” across the back), it features five modes: Fade, Smooth Breathing, Flash, Multi-Effects and Soothing Sleep. The visor even opens and closes by remote.
Although New York City had hoped to enlist Disney and Marvel in a crackdown on troublesome costumed characters in Times Square, the police commissioner insists the entertainment giants “want no part of it.”
The New York Daily News reports that Police Commissioner Bill Bratton singled out the two companies for refusing to take action against the performers — long a thorn in the sides of local businesses and politicians — for unlicensed use of their trademarks.
Set for Nov. 12-15 — just 77 days away, the countdown clock reminds us — at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, the event features kids races, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, the Captain America 10K, the Avengers Super Hero 5K and the Infinity Gauntlet Challenge (that’s the half marathon plus the 10K).
Legal | Game company SNK Playmore has dropped its charges against manga publisher Square Enix and will allow the manga Hi Score Girl to use its characters without penalty. Last year, SNK filed a criminal complaint against Square Enix, charging that the manga, a comedy about gamers, included more than 100 instances of unauthorized use of SNK Playmore’s characters. As a result, serialization of the manga was suspended while police pursued charges against 16 of the people involved in its publication. Today, Square Enix announced that the two companies have reached an agreement: SNK Playmore has dropped its claim, and the two companies will work together with regard to sharing their characters. [Anime News Network]
Just four days before what would’ve been Jack Kirby’s 98th birthday, an exhibition opens today at California State University, Northridge that celebrates the artist’s legendary career.
Titled “Comic Book Apocalypse: The Graphic World of Jack Kirby,” the exhibit focuses largely on his later superhero and sci-fi work, from about 1965 on. “We call the show ‘Comic Book Apocalypse’ because when you’re dealing with Kirby, nothing less than the end of everything is at stake,” said curator Charles Hatfield, an English professor at CSUN and author of “Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby.”
Serialized stories can lead to a lot of stagnation. There’s only so much growth permitted for long-running characters before they escape their original purpose and risk losing those fans who fell in love with them the way they were.
After 53 years, I’d argue Spider-Man has actually regressed some, to keep his original operation. Editorial believes having Peter Parker as a married man ages him too much and limits him as a traditional superhero, so we remove some bits and try on new ones, because he has to go somewhere. Growth is longevity, after all, and changing with the times ensures a character reaches that 53rd anniversary. Aged too far, a character becomes someone else entirely and risks losing readers who miss the “old” interpretation.
Change is such a tricky thing that, when done well, should be celebrated. With that in mind, hooray for Loki!
While we know we’re not supposed to touch Lola, Funko is making it tough to resist with this upcoming addition to its Pop! Rides line.
Arriving in October, the new Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. collectible features Director Phil Coulson with his prized possession, the high-flying, flamethrowing 1962 Chevrolet Corvette better known as Lola. And, yes, Director Coulson, we realize Lola’s not just a collectible.
Every Wednesday evening for the past few months, I’d visit my local comic shop, scan the little piles of Secret Wars tie-ins stacked on the counter and flip through many of the more appealing-looking ones before ultimately setting them down, knowing I’ll get to them eventually, when they’re collected. Due to the price of almost all of Marvel’s comics, I’ve given up on reading them as they’re released, and instead wait to read them in trade.
Now I have read a handful of Secret Wars comics that I found at my friend’s apartment — the first issues of A-Force, The Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Secret Wars Journal, X-Men ’92 – so I understand the general premise of the tie-ins, if not what’s going on in the main book. The downside of reading trades instead of single issues is that you’re always one event series behind everyone else. (How about that Axis, huh?)
I mention my own buying habits here only because this week I encountered a Secret Wars tie-in that looked so good, and looked even better the more I flipped through it, that I simply couldn’t resist buying it, despite its fairly substantial $4.99 price: Secret Wars: Secret Love #1, a one-shot anthology featuring five romantic stories set in various corners of the “patchwork world” of Secret Wars. And the fact that I did break down and buy it is kind of a review in and of itself.
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When faced with a roster of characters that includes Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Storm, Scarlet Witch and Black Widow, it may be difficult to settle on just which of Marvel’s female characters is the most badass. Luckily, however, there’s a handy infographic to help you decide.
Courtesy of the United Kingdom’s MorphSuits, which previously tallied the kill counts of Marvel characters, the graphic ranks 20 heroines and antiheroines in the categories of strength, fighting skills and general “badass rating.”
More than six months after it first teased the statue, Kotobukiya has official revealed the next addition to its Marvel Bishoujo line: Lady Deadpool.
Arriving in February, Earth-3010’s version of the Merc with a Mouth stands 9.5 inches tall comes complete with two interchangeable heads (one with the mask and one without, revealing the face of Wanda Wilson beneath) and two interchangeable hands (one holding the mask).
Perhaps overshadowed at the D23 Expo by big announcements about Star Wars- and Toy Story-themed lands at Disney parks was the first ride footage from the Iron Man Experience, debuting next year at Hong Kong Disneyland.
Announced in October 2013, the estimated $100 million attraction will “take guests on an epic adventure against the forces of evil over the streets and in the sky above Hong Kong.” It will be the first permanent Marvel attraction at any Disney theme park.
Most of my childhood attempts to draw anything more than a horribly mutated flower on an Etch A Sketch usually ended in frustration, and occasionally profanity. However, Christoph Brown is a professional who’s moved far past flowers (horribly mutated or otherwise), for far more impressive and ambitious subjects. like Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.