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With DC Comics and Frank Miller once more plumbing the world of The Dark Knight Returns, it seems like the ideal time to spotlight Eddie Liu’s “Old Heroes” series.
In four paintings, the Shanghai artist imagines Batman, Superman, Wonder Wonder and The Flash in their later years, complete with gray hair, wrinkles and whiskers.
The life of a superhero is hardly a 9-to-5 affair, as you could be called out bed in the middle of the night to stop a rampaging Giganta, or have your breakfast interrupted by the Joker’s latest dastardly plot. (Does the Bat-Signal even work during the day?) So you might as well be comfortable as you stumble from the house to the invisible jet or Batmobile.
That’s where these Wonder Woman and Batman women’s boot slippers come in. They’re cozy, practical and at least moderately stylish for those trips from one disaster to the next, or for those long hours on Justice League monitor duty.
Ugly Christmas-sweater party season is just around the corner. People still throw those, right? If they do, Merchoid has you — and every other geeky guest — covered, in a blend of cotton and polyester.
The online retailer, which specializes in licensed pop-culture merchandise, has rolled out its nerdiest seasonal wear with ugly (but not heinous) sweaters based on characters from DC Comics, Star Wars, Adventure Time and more.
As a fan of Storm’s 1980s mohawk era, I wholeheartedly endorse this posters series that pays tribute to the iconic — or near-iconic — hairstyles of the women of Marvel and DC Comics.
Created by The Ninjabot, “Geeky Girls Hair” highlights the distinctive ‘dos of Wonder Woman, Gwen Stacy, Harley Quinn, Mary Jane Watson, Poison Ivy, Rogue and the aforementioned Storm, showing only their hair and accessories.
As if Vinyl Sugar’s Dorbz figures aren’t already difficult to resist — they’re downright adorable; it’s in the name! — the company has unveiled a new collectible that will melt even the coldest hearts: Wonder Woman with her invisible jet.
Mary Cotter has been a high school swimming champion, a swimming instructor and a conservationist. And for her 103rd birthday, she was Wonder Woman.
Dressed in a costume given to her by friends (complete with tiara and bracelets), Mary celebrated Monday at the Montclair Senior Center in Montclair, California, where’s she’s volunteered for 25 years. However, this superhero didn’t just sit down and soak in the attention; she served drinks as she does five days a week.
It’s not easy to feel like you could save the world when you’re not sure you can make it until lunchtime. However, these Justice League-themed office products might be what you need to power through the day. Because who doesn’t like cool office products?
Available for preorder from Icon Heroes through the October Previews catalog, there are metal business card cases featuring the logos of Wonder Woman (item code OCT152828) and The Flash (OCT152827), priced at $30 each.
As fierce as the showdown may be next year between Batman and Superman, it pales in comparison to the rivalry between iPhone and Android users. But among smartphone owners, which superhero comes out on top?
Yahoo Research posed that question — OK, and some others as well — to 1,000 smartphone users, evenly split between iOS and Android. Asked which superhero they’d prefer to be, 37 percent chose Superman, with iPhone users leaning more toward the Man of Steel; 25 percent went with Batman, who was more favored by Android owners.
Although Robert Valley’s stylish, retro animated Wonder Woman didn’t wear a jacket, if she did it would probably look a lot like this new addition to The Jacket Maker’s line of superhero-inspired apparel.
Nowhere near as flashy as the previously released Batgirl jacket — it comes with cape, gloves, belt and pouches — the $270 Wonder Woman jacket is more practical for everyday wear. Made from 100 percent leather, it features quilted viscose lining, a zipper closure and the Wonder Woman logo on the front.
The end of August also marks three full months worth of DC Comics’ line-wide relaunches. Naturally, the highest-profile of these are in the Superman titles, featuring a depowered and spiritually depantsed Man of Steel; and in the Bat-books, where a buff, mohawked James Gordon is the new Dark Knight. The two main Green Lantern books are also going through status quo upheavals, as Hal Jordan has gone off the reservation with a stolen power-ring prototype, while John Stewart, Guy Gardner and a handful of their colleagues have been hurled into parts unknown. (I’d say more, but it’d spoil the latest issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army.)
While I’m not exactly getting tired of these various plots, I am starting to wonder how long they can each be sustained. That, in turn, reminded me of similarly dramatic storylines that played out over much longer periods of time. I’ll be discussing a lot of storylines today, from the Silver Age to the present, and I’m sure I haven’t listed every possible one. (Spoilers: I won’t have time to get to a “dead and revived” list.) Some of these arcs were planned with endpoints, and some reverted to “normal” thanks to external factors. However, each tested the limits of readers’ tolerance for change.
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.”
When an annoying, if confused, Dark Knight challenged a baffled, yet patient, Man of Steel last fall in the stop-motion animated short “LEGO Batman vs. Superman,” the confrontation didn’t end well for the Caped Crusader. Not well at all.
Now, nine long months later, Tommy Williamson and BrickNerd Studios have returned with the sequel “LEGO Batman vs. Superman 2: Dawn of Justice Desserts,” which finds the World’s Greatest Detective just as we left him: stuck beneath the overturned Batmobile.
Comics | Novelist Jonathan Lethem is the guest editor for this year’s Best American Comics collection, the first to come from outside the comics realm. Series editor Bill Kartalopoulos says he was “amazing”: “He clearly knows a lot about comics and cartooning. His novels draw on his lifelong love of comic books, he’s written Omega the Unknown for Marvel, and he’s more than familiar with the historical and contemporary landmarks in comics. But as someone who’s not ‘from’ the comics field he brings an entirely fresh perspective to the material from the past year that we considered for the book. He doesn’t bring any baggage to the table about who ‘should’ be included in this volume based on status or popularity or currency. Comics can be so insular sometimes, so we’re lucky to have this kind of attention from someone like Jonathan.” [Publishers Weekly]
Artist Clementine Campardou challenged herself to paint a new picture each day that she’d share through an e-newsletter “Colour Up Your Day.” Over the course of two years, she’s produced more than 500 paintings, mostly beautiful watercolors, featuring an eclectic mix of subjects, ranging from birds and flowers to movie characters and superheroes. A lot of superheroes.
Superman, Wonder Woman, Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Supergirl, Gambit — they’re all there, in some cases multiple times, alongside the likes of Goku, Totoro, R2-D2, Astro Boy and Ken from Gatchaman. Oh, and Prince.
Entertainment Earth has expanded its line of DC Comics-themed chair capes — yep, capes for your chairs — with two new offerings: Wonder Woman and Batgirl. This adds two of DC’s most famous females superheroes to offerings that already included the previously released Batman and Superman (Silver Age) chair capes, and the Comic-Con International-exclusive Batman (blue cape) and Bizarro chair capes.