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Kia Parsons wanted a traditional wedding cake, with sophisticated flowers and beads. However, her husband-to-be Billy Bunning envisioned something more playful that would reflect his love of comic books. Their compromise is pretty inspired.
Designed by Julia Baker of Tier By Tier in Milton Keynes, England, the beautiful four-tiered cake is all business up front, precisely how Parsons imagined. But in the back? Fondant curtains are pulled back to reveal tiers representing Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America.
The New-York Historical Society will explore the history of superhero comics, and the city’s importance “as a creative force behind a uniquely American mythology,” in an exhibition called “Superheroes in Gotham.”
“Comics are a huge cultural force, but few remember their New York roots,” Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of the New-York Historical Society, said in a statement. “’Superheroes in Gotham’ will immerse visitors in the early days of comics and their evolution, so they can learn more about the genesis of their favorite characters, encounter new voices that continue the creative tradition today, and perhaps see aspects of their own neighborhoods imaginatively captured on the page.”
Stan Lee has been immortalized in comics, on television and film, in toys and even in the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game, but never actually in LEGO. However, a proposal at LEGO Ideas could change that.
It’s LEGO Stan Lee, a bust of the legendary writer constructed from 649 LEGO bricks. It even includes his signature sunglasses!
It might be tempting to dismiss this video of Spider-Man brawling with a guy in front of Toys R Us as a misguided viral-marketing stunt, but a quick check of the address will confirms it’s merely another day at Times Square.
There are conflicting accounts of what spurred the wall-crawler into action on Tuesday: His opponent, who reportedly works at a nearby ice cream truck, insists the not-so-friendly neighborhood Spider-Man came out swinging after being confronted about harassing tourists for tips.
It was only last year that 398 college students in London set a new a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Spider-Man, but it looks like that crown has already been snatched away.
Although there’s been no official proclamation from Guinness, The Sydney Morning Herald reports the record was broken Tuesday as part of a charity event organized by an Australian recruiting agency. Hundreds of adults and children clad as the wall-crawler filed into the City Recital Hall, where they had to sit in full costume for five minutes, in keeping with Guinness criteria.
Although this brief video from The Story Plus certainly won’t answer all of your questions about Hot Toys, it offers a fun glimpse behind the scenes of the collectible company’s production facilities.
JC Hong, president of Hot Toys production in South Korea, breaks down the laborious process of creating the often startlingly life-like action figures based on the stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Dark Knight and other blockbusters.
“It’s always a hard challenge,” he explains, “like giving birth to a new child.”
Marvel movies sure have come a long, long way. We’re currently on the brink of a third incarnation of Spider-Man on the big screen. If things had played out a little differently, however, it could have been the fourth.
Back in the early 1990s, Carolco Pictures came incredibly close to producing a Spider-Man film that was written, directed, and produced by none other than James Cameron. In the end, financial and legal troubles, among other Hollywood hooha, kept the film from seeing the light of day. Fans have known about this obscure piece of comic film trivia for decades, but new slice of nostalgia recently surfaced via Imgur brings us back to a period of “What If…,” courtesy of Stan Lee himself.
In one of Lee’s classic Stan’s Soapbox pieces from the Bullpen Bulletin section that ran in the back of ’90s comics, Spider-Man’s co-creator sings the joys of signing the deals to bring Cameron onto the film. “So you can take this to the bank, Believer,” writes The Man, “SPIDER-MAN is destined to be the biggest, boldest, baaaaadest block-bustin’ bombshell of a super hero action extravaganza ever to hit the screen!” Well, almost anyway. Read the whole thing above.
Last week, we pointed out that Wes Craig’s variant cover for The Flash #44, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Green Lantern, featured one Galactus-sized cameo. Marvel has now returned the favor with an even subtler guest appearance on one of its own front splahses.
Alex Ross’ cover for Secret Wars #8 is a gorgeous work of art, with Mr. Fantastic and Dr. Doom clashing in the middle as reality rips and explodes around them. You can see the origin of the Hulk; the death of Elektra; the birth of Franklin Richards; and even a ride with the Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt, and, oh, let’s say the Dakota Kid. Down in the bottom left corner of the cover is, of course, Spider-Man. But this isn’t a depiction of just any old “Spider-Man on a radio tower” scene, and he’s actually not alone in that image.
Wouldn’t it be nice to reinvent yourself every year? Just toss out all your old clothes, get a new job, take a new direction in life? It’s fun to think about, but really difficult to put into practice; there’s a lot of security in knowing who you are and working a job (you hopefully love) for year after year. We crave consistency but yearn for change. It’s why fiction is so important as an escape, from what comforts us. Heroes can risk it all in these huge, life-changing decisions, and we can watch from the bleachers, cheering them on or judging them harshly.
Let’s get to doing that with the latest all-new, all-different titles at Marvel, arriving in October.
Oh, man. The toughest part of these announcements is the sheer weight of information we get at once. Marvel could reveal these one at a time, but I think that would take away some of the spotlight, as one new title would be forgotten as the next new was announced. Instead, we get this 45-title avalanche showcasing a variety of new books and looks for our favorite heroes and villains, leaving people like Yours Truly to sort it all into manageable chunks. How do we parse all of this?
Congratulations, everyone! It’s a boy! Like, an actual boy: The newest actor to step into Peter Parker’s shoes is 19-year-old Tom Holland, the youngest Spider-Man yet (when cast at least, as he’ll probably be 20 or so by the time he shows up on screen).
The news has been met at my store with mixed “mehs.” Some are disappointed because Miles Morales won’t be appearing in his place, others are worried that we might have to sit through yet another origin story. Some are just put off by how young Holland looks. While there’s nothing fans can do to change the minds of studio executives, there’s still a chance that we might not have to watch Peter be bitten by a spider for any longer than an opening-credit sequence. It’s the teen years we’re really focusing on, and it can be such a sticking point with the discerning fan.
Why does Peter Parker always have to be a kid?
While those Catwoman sunglasses we showcased earlier this month are undeniably awesome, maybe they’re not quite your style. Perhaps while you’re lounging on the beach you prefer to imagine yourself in Themyscira or, I don’t know, Central City. No matter, now Sun-Staches has you covered.
The company that makes the sunglasses/mask combos has expanded its line of comic book-themed novelty eye wear to include Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Robin and Poison Ivy. (There are also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I’m not sure anyone over the age of 10 can get away with that.)
Legal | Inventor Stephen Kimble, who was dealt a final loss Monday by the Supreme Court in his years-long fight with Marvel over royalties for a Spider-Man toy, is of course disappointed by the 6-3 decision. However, he seems hopeful that there might be a legislative solution to the outdated patent law. “We can take this opinion, go to the legislators … and say, ‘Look, the court is saying that if this needs to be changed, you’re the guys to change it,’” he said. “And there is a huge body of evidence out there that this needs to be changed.” [Tucson Sentinel]
Manga | Kathryn Hemmann looks at the ways publishers courted female readers in the early days of manga, and how their strategies led to permanent changes in the comics landscape. [Contemporary Japanese Literature]
Parkour athlete Mike Wilson — better known as the Amazing Spider-Dad — made news last fall after delivering a special surprise on his son’s fifth birthday: dressing as Spider-Man and jumping from the roof of his Basingstoke, England home, as captured in a widely distributed video. His son, Jayden, was a major Spidey fan who had been diagnosed with a grade 4 brain stem tumor in 2013.
Jayden passed away last December, but Wilson is keeping his son’s memory alive in the form of an “Amazing Spider-Dad” short film. Starring Wilson, the film — sporting seriously impressive production values — ends with a similar scene as the original video, and narration with Spider-Dad crediting Jayden for his ability to perform paternal superheroics: “Whatever life holds in store for us, I’ll remember one little boy who inspired me to do great things. To help others, and surround myself with positive people.” Home video footage of Jayden plays in the midst of the credits.
Superman isn’t the only costumed hero getting his moment in Grand Theft Auto V‘s yellow sun: There’s now a Spider-Man mod that allows players to swing from building to building, killing people as they go (it is GTA, after all).
The man of (apparently) many costumes, Trevor Phillips can exchange Superman’s red-and-blue threads for Spider-Man’s, and use the grappling hook to rappel up and down walls, leap on top of cars and, yes, kill people. With great power … somethin’ somethin’.
Not even The Daily Bugle is immune to the financial troubles facing the newspaper industry, so it’s perhaps no surprise that Peter Parker has been forced to look for other, more reliable sources of income — namely, children’s birthday parties. However, as this video demonstrates, he may have been better off sticking to photojournalism.
Oh, it starts out well enough, with Spider-Man offering fist-bumps to receptive party-goers before launching into crowd-pleasing backflips. However, the wall-crawler quickly learns he can’t do everything a spider can, and knocks himself out cold on the floor. Although the children appear to think it’s all part of the act — note the birthday boy poking and kicking at him — thankfully a couple of adults realize that patented Parker luck has struck again.