"Justice League": Exploring How Superman Returns (Again)
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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.
I’m a bit mesmerized by this video showcasing the 3D paper sculpture of the iconic cover of 1976’s Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man by Carmine Infantino, Ross Andru and Dick Giordano.
It was created by Todd R. Reis, who’s a pro at 3D shadowboxes, using 25 laser-scan prints of a store poster replicating the original cover. The production of the commissioned work took him 50 hours, spread over several months.
Most of us have warm memories from childhood of jumping from chair to chair, or running with a towel tied around our necks, pretending to be a superhero. Artist Jason Ratliff captures that feeling of boundless imagination, and an undeniable sense of nostalgia, in his new series of prints “Super Shadows.”
This “Absolut x Marvel” line isn’t real, but part of me — the large part that likes vodka, comic characters and graphic design — desperately wishes it were.
It’s a concept by Indonesian designer Krizia Soetaniman uses the iconic Absolut bottle as a vessel for minimalist, yet instantly recognizable, portraits of such Marvel characters as Wolverine, Spider-Man, Venom, the Hulk and, yes, Iron Man.
How could Tamashii Nations possibly top its series of Meisho Movie Realization action figures that reimagines Star Wars characters in feudal Japan? How about with a Marvel line?
That seems to be what’s in the works, as a photo has surfaced of a Movie Realization Spider-Man figure on display. As you can see, this wall-crawler wears web-patterned armor and a spider logo-emblazoned chest plate, and comes equipped with a grappling hook instead of web-shooters.
A century-old Scottish kiltmaker has unveiled a line of tartans inspired by Marvel and DC Comics superheroes.
It’s part of an effort by Paisley, Renfrewshire-based Houston Kiltmakers to spur interest in the traditional garments among a younger audience.
“I just did this to try and get to a younger generation and try to involve them with the tradition,” Stuart Davison, the company’s head of marketing, tells The Scotsman. “It’s a bit of an older generation thing at the moment.”
Michigan State University’s Spartan Marching Band transformed into the Merry Marvel Marching Society on Saturday, saluting the Marvel Universe during halftime of the game against Michigan.
During the six-minute-plus choreographed performance, the band gave musical nods to Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, The Avengers and, yes, even the 1960s Spider-Man cartoon.
When Lucy Day’s car burst into flames as she rushed her injured partner to the hospital, her friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swung into action.
A bad day quickly turned worse Saturday for the Eastbourne, England, woman, who’s pregnant with her second child: Her partner Stephen Grant had cut off his finger in the lawnmower, leading Day to pile him and their 3-year-old daughter into the family Land Rover for the mad dash to the emergency room. But while en route, their vehicle caught fire, forcing them to the side of the road.
That’s when, right on cue, Spider-Man arrived. Or rather children’s entertainer Tom Roche, who was on his way to a birthday party dressed in a Spider-Man costume.
Look out, Spider-Man! There’s a new superhero in Edmonton, AB. Thanks to the Children’s Wish Foundation, SpiderMable — a six-year-old hero battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia — has teamed up with the wall crawler in order to locate the missing Oilers captain Andrew Ference (via CBC News).
In a broadcast this morning, Sgt. Steve Sharpe of the Edmonton Police Service called out to SpiderMable for help rescuing the hockey player. “If SpiderMable is out there, and you get this message, come down to the mayor’s office and be a part of that team and lead us towards safety and getting our captain back,” he said.
SpiderMable answered the cry for help and is on the hunt for Mysterio at West Edmonton Mall. After some training and the discovery of some clues, SpiderMable and Spider-Man will track Mysterio and Ference to Edmonton Valley Zoo, save the day and celebrate in the Otter Room.
YouTube singer Mr. Dooves of Triforcefilms has taken his love of Saturday morning cartoons to a new level, performing dozens of amazing covers of hit cartoon theme songs in a capella, from Danny Elfman’s “Batman: The Animated Series” to the 90’s “Spider-Man: The Animated Series.” Remarkably, he’s also a solo act, taking on a handful of different parts in order to authentically nail the sound of the original song.
In addition to cartoon themes like “Teen Titans” and “Justice League,” Mr. Dooves has tackled various video game themes, including the “Final Fantasy” series, “Call of Duty” and “Super Mario 64.” Check out a few of his covers below and over a hundred more on his YouTube channel.
Egyptian hieroglyphics can accurately be considered an early form of the type of sequential art storytelling seen in comic strips and comic books, and artist Josh Ln has drawn a very straight line between the two in his “Hero-Glyphics” series. Ln has taken some of the biggest pop cultural icons — including Spider-Man, Darth Vader and Wolverine — and interpreted them in the style of hieroglyphics; retaining the recognizable qualities of the characters but placing them in a considerably different context.
Online apparel company WeLoveFine, which debuted a Spider-Gwen collection in May, has expanded with a Spider-Verse line of clothing for men and women inspired by Spider-Man, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, Silk and even more Spider-Gwen.
Available for preorder, the collection by Catherine Elhoffer includes a Spider-Woman moto jacket, based on Kris Anka’s redesign, Silk, Spider-Woman and Spider-Gwen Dolman shrugs, a Silk open-front cardigan, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen knit sweaters for men and women, and a Spider-Gwen zip-up hoodie.
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.
In Dragon Ball Z, two characters can fuse, creating a single being with their combined powers and attributes. But what would happen if fusion spilled over into other universes — like, say, those of Marvel and DC Comics?
French artist Pierre-Marie Lenoir has a pretty good idea, which he explores in a series of illustrations called “Fusion” that merges DBZ with some well-known comic book heroes. Whether it involved a Fusion Dance is anybody’s guess.
If only Peter Parker’s painful-to-watch dance scene had instead been a dance-off against Deadpool, Spider-Man 3 might’ve been an entirely different movie. There still would’ve been too many villains, and it still would’ve starred Tobey Maguire, but, hey, you can’t win them all.
Famed Deadpool cosplayer D-Piddy, the subject of a new profile, battles Spider-Man the best way he knows how — with dance! — in this video that sees them go toe to toe, and hip to hip, on a Los Angeles rooftop. At least until things get uncomfortable …