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With a seemingly endless supply of battlesuits at his disposal, Tony Stark certainly doesn’t need a motorcycle. However, if the billionaire inventor/superhero were to hit the open road, he’d probably do so in a stylish Iron Man helmet something like these.
We’ve spotlighted several superhero-inspired motorcycle helmets, but few are quite as flashy (or as shiny) as these from Masei. With names like “Atomic-Man” and “Star Machine,” the designs probably aren’t licensed by Marvel and Disney, but they are approved by the Department of Transportation, which has to count for something.
Deadpool’s race through a massive warehouse atop a pint-sized chimichanga truck, doing doughnuts as he goes, ends about as well as can be expected in this cute animated teaser for Marvel Collector Corps.
It’s the perfect promo for the Deadpool-focused February box, perfectly timed to coincide with the release of the eagerly awaited Ryan Reynolds movie.
Although the beats aren’t as much sick as they are headache-inducing, this Deadpool vs. Boba Fett edition of “Epic Rap Battles of History” delivers some good lines, some ranging from funny to borderline devastating.
Logan is the best there is at what he does, and what he does is … pretty nice, actually, at least when it comes to the long-awaited Wolverine sixth-scale figure from Sideshow Collectibles.
This should please longtime fans of Marvel’s hirsute mutant, not only because of the classic brown costume but also because this Wolverine doesn’t boast movie-star looks. He’s … well, let’s just say his face has character.
After last year pitting Batman against Darth Vader aboard the Death Star in a “Super Power Beat Down” that fueled countless arguments, Bat in the Sun now brings another Star Wars villain, Darth Maul, to Earth to battle Spider-Man.
The New York City setting doesn’t lend itself to the visual spectacle of, say, a moon-sized battle station, but the effects and fight choreography are most impressive. Plus, it allows for a nice surprise cameo.
In what may amount to a pyrrhic victory for opponents of the dreaded organic web-shooters, a scientist has determined Spider-Man probably can’t do everything a spider can.
In a special movie-focused issue of The Biochemist magazine, Prof. Fritz Vollrath of the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology questions how the wall-crawler can so quickly manufacture such high quantities of silk capable of not only supporting his own weight, but even stopping a runaway train.
Just ahead of Friday’s opening, Mondo Gallery has unveiled Phantom City Creative’s Spider-Gwen poster from its exhibition of Marvel-inspired artwork.
Announced last month, “Snikt. Bamf. Thwip: A Celebration of Marvel Comics” will close the Austin, Texas, gallery’s 2015 schedule with art by the likes of Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Matt Taylor, Tom Whalen, Matthew Woodson, We Buy Your Kids and more. Some of the other prints of the show were revealed last week.
The world certainly doesn’t need another Iron Man action figure — there are already more than you can count — but Hot Toys’ new Iron Man 3 Mark XXVI Gamma Armor may be difficult for collectors to pass up. How else are they going to complete that Hall of Armor?
Part of the Hong Kong toymaker’s “House Party Protocol” collection, the 1/6th-scale figure recreates Tony Stark’s Heavy Construction Suit Upgrade, designed to withstand extreme temperatures, electrical surges and gamma radiation (hence the nickname “Gamma”).
Chip Zdarsky’s Jaxxon variant cover for Marvel’s Star Wars: Vader Down #1 is so rare — retailers had to order 4,999 copies to get just one variant — that it’s sold on eBay for upward for $4,000. But now you have a chance to get your own copy for a little less, and help a good cause in the process.
Zdarsky signed his sole copy of the variant and donated it for a charity auction to help raise money to bring a Syrian refugee family to Toronto (the cover is being graded by Certified Guaranty Company). After just four bids, the price is already up to $1,500 Canadian ($1,122 U.S.).
In a Marvel Universe filled with nanotechnology, Pym Particles and unstable molecules, it was probably only a matter of time before Tony Stark turned his attention to little convertible backpacks like this one. Hey, you can only make so many Iron Man suits before that gets boring; tiny backpacks are virtually inevitable.
Comics | Benoît Peeters, a French comics writer, critic and Tintin expert, has been named as Lancaster University’s Visiting Professor in Graphic Fiction and Comic Art, characterized as the first appointment of its kind in the United Kingdom. “This professorship is a great honour for me,” said Peeters, whose works include Tintin and the World of Herge. “I want to explore the connections between the history of graphic fiction and contemporary creation, between the world of French and Belgian bande dessinée, and the world of comics and graphic novels.” [The Telegraph]
Retailing | The Philadelphia comics and art shop Locust Moon is closing its doors as a retailer so that co-owner Joshua O’Neill can focus on a different area of the business: publishing. “[A]s publishers, we’re just getting started,” O’Neill posted on his Facebook page. “[W]e’ll now be able to focus our attentions on making books full time. we’re incredibly excited about that. locust moon is not dying — it’s still just being born.” Locust Moon has already published an Eisner Award-winning anthology of Little Nemo comics, and is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of some very early “lost” Will Eisner comics. [PhillyVoice]
Marvel has announced merchandising plans for their mature TV properties, unveiling some pretty sweet “Jessica Jones” swag before the premiere of the series on Netflix tomorrow.
Some of the “Jessica Jones” apparel includes laptop sleeves, tank tops, and t-shirts, for both men and women. CafePress.com has launched an online store dedicated to the series, offering an assortment of merch for adult fans of the series and comics.
In plenty of time for the second season of the hit Netflix drama, Funko is expanding its Pop! Marvel series with four figures based on Daredevil.
The first wave of 3.75-inch figures features three versions of Matt Murdock — in his civilian clothes, in his black vigilante costume, and in his Daredevil armor — plus Wilson Fisk. Sorry, no Foggy Nelson, yet. There’s also a Daredevil bobble-head keychain.
Although the revelation that Marvel’s Iceman is gay has been widely covered in the mainstream media, it came as a surprise to the character’s co-creator Stan Lee.
“Is Iceman really gay?,” the 92-year-old writer asked BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague, who broke the news to him this morning.