Ewing's "Ultimates" Stand Guard Against Alien Empires & Cosmic Entities
At long last, Hot Toys has unveiled its Avengers: Age of Ultron collectible figure of the Scarlet Witch, Hydra operative turned Ultron ally turned one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
As with all the previous releases from Hot Toys, the 1/6th-scale action figure is “movie-accurate,” and based on the likeness of actress Elizabeth Olsen. Standing about 11 inches tall, the Scarlet Witch features 28 points of articulation, eight interchangeable hands (including some with red translucent fingertips), two power-using effects accessories, two necklaces, a display stand and, as a bonus … Ultron’s heart.
Superheroes sprang from the era of pulp icons like The Phantom and Doc Savage, and now cartoonist Chris Schweizer has some of today’s most popular costumed characters back to their roots.
In a project undertaken just for fun, the creator of The Crogan Adventures imagined some of the Avengers and X-Men as they might’ve appeared in the 1920s and 1930s in a series called “Marvel Pulp.”
Add one more figure to Funko’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Pop! Vinyl series: the Scarlet Witch.
Arriving in August, long after most of the others have debuted, Wanda joins a lineup that so far features Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Ultron, The Vision, Hawkeye and Black Widow, plus the Marvel Collector Corps-exclusive Hulkbuster.
Now we’re only waiting for Quicksilver, who seems to be taking his time for once …
The vibrant colors of superhero comics are one of the things that make them memorable, and a group of employees wanted to put some of that on the walls of their office — without getting into trouble for painting or damaging them.
Enter Post-It notes.
I’ve always been a lost cause when it comes to math and science, so usually my eyes glaze over when there’s any talk of “formula” or “coefficient.” But I perked up when at Wired.com scientist and author Samuel Arbesman took on the question of inbreeding in Marvel’s X-Men universe. (It was the X-Men part, not the inbreeding, that piqued my interest, thankyouverymuch.)
Using as a guide Joe Stone’s X-Men Family Tree, with its lines designating clones, offspring nemeses and so on, Arbesman has determined that — surprise, surprise! — “there is no inbreeding whatsoever among the X-Men.” He does, however, raise an eyebrow at Ultimate Quicksilver and Ultimate Scarlet Witch.
“Despite the clones, immortality, and occasional mind control of comic books, the X-Men lack inbreeding,” he writes, “at least according to this chart. If we delve a bit deeper though, it turns out that the twin children of Magneto do have a sexual relationship. While no children have resulted from the union of the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, this would have resulted in an astonishingly high inbreeding coefficient of 25 percent, similar to a Pharaoh.”
Welcome to a special Super Bowl Sunday edition of What Are You Reading? Not that it’s any different from a regular WAYR column, but you can enjoy it while eating hot wings while the TV is paused.
Today our special guest is biology professor Jay Hosler, creator of Clan Apis and Optical Allusions. His latest book, Evolution, with artists Kevin Cannon and Zandor Cannon, was recently released by Hill & Wang. Check out his blog for a story he’s working on about photosynthesis.
To see what Jay and the Robot 6 gang are reading, click below.