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If you’re a bit nostalgic for the 1990s X-Men cartoon, you may want to brace yourself, because you’re about to be transported back to your childhood.
Joel Furtado has debuted the introduction to X-Men: Danger Room Protocols, a new animated web series that’s about as ’90s as you can get without involving Mayim Bialik. A tribute to the ’90s cartoons and comics, the biweekly series features a cast of mutants that’ll be instantly familiar to fans of the era.
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.
Sure, the live-action Jem and the Holograms crashed and burned at the box office, but fans will always have the cartoon and, now, this pretty spectacular cosplay that mashes together the 1980s original and some classic X-Men.
Based on art by Rage Gear Studios, “Jaz and the Hardlight Projections” is the work of the Skirts and Swords cosplay team and Greg De Stefano Photography, who deliver the most spectacularly ’80s display you’re likely to see this week.
Kotobukiya has recruited the Beast to join its line of ARTFX+ statues inspired by the X-Men of Marvel Now!
Based on a design by artist Adi Granov, the 1/10th-scale Hank McCoy is so highly detailed, you can practically count the strands of blue fur on his crouching blue body (if that’s the kind of thing you want to do; no judgments).
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.
Although the exclusion of Gambit seems like a missed opportunity, it’s difficult to find any other fault with these incredible X-Men playing cards designed by illustration Mark Eastwood. Well, beyond that they’re not readily available for purchase.
Remember the rumor that Marvel was going to get rid of all its mutants? Last year, there was a big fear among some fans that, due to backstage politics between Marvel and Fox, the X-Men would be “No More’d” out of existence with a line-wide reboot that would effectively replace mutants with Inhumans.
That sounds terrible, obviously, but it’s the kind of thing that nags at us when we think about film rights (as we so often do). However, while it can be fun to ponder a character’s place in a fictional universe, there’s little use in trying to discern the plans and motives (rumored or otherwise) of corporate executives. That way lies madness, Dear Reader.
Keeping the comics over here, the movies over there, and the business dealings far, far away is probably the best way to enjoy the stories. Yet, there’s no denying that mutants and Inhumans can be viewed as similar entities in the Marvel Universe — and, believe it or not, there are some decent reasons to at least readjust the X-Men’s place within in it.
Part of NBC Playground — a chance for up-and-coming comedy writers and creators to get their television pitches made to series both on-air and digitally — “Stunted” by Jeff Galante caters very much to the comic book crowd, with its pilot episode filled with comic book references, following a main character that’s would-be comic creator and featuring a music video called “Ex-Men” that has a guy cosplaying Cyclops while playing a keytar.
And yes, you read that last part right. In case you were wondering, the lead singer is dressed like Wolverine — but with a mullet. Take that ’90s Superman.
Kotobukiya continues to assemble its line of ARTFX+ statues inspired by the X-Men of Marvel Now!, adding the Soulsword-wielding Magik to the mix.
Sculpted by Junosuke Abe from a design by artist Adi Granov, the 1/10th-scale statue stands more than 7.5 inches tall on its magnetic display base. Shipping in February, Magik will join Uncanny X-Men teammates Cyclops, Emma Frost and Magneto in the ARTFX+ series.
Emma Frost’s 35-year history has been marked by a series of corset calamities, with the former White Queen routinely clad (if barely) in fetish gear, impossibly high heels and/or cleavage-exposing tops. Empowering? Eh, maybe. Dated? Probably. Impractical? Definitely.
Inspired by a recent ComicsAlliance article about the character’s wardrobe, Terry Blas has launched the Emma Frost Fashion Redesign Project, which is exactly what it sounds like: a blog devoted to fan reinterpretations of the White Queen’s look.
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?
Although some companies have had to abandon plans for licensed X-Men collectibles, Kotobukiya pushes on with the unveiling of its Emma Frost ARTFX+ statue, the second in a series inspired by the mutants of Marvel Now! (Cyclops was announced last year at New York Comic Con, and will be released later this summer.)
Based on concept art by Adi Granov, the black-clad White Queen stands a little more than 7.5 inches tall on a magnetic display stand. Kotobukiya promises the rest of the Uncanny X-Men team are “coming soon,” which should provide more fodder for message board discussions.
Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from Travis in Seattle, who shares not only his love for Batman and the X-Men, but also the love his son has inherited for comics.
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Today’s collection comes from Marshall in Washington, D.C., whose wife encouraged him to share his X-Men collection with us. He said his love for Marvel’s mutants inspired him to start a nonprofit.
“I really love to come home to this collection because it inspired my life’s work so far which was to create an international development nonprofit called Leadership Initiatives (originally called X-C.O.R.E.),” Marshall said. “Essentially we go to developing countries find a communities’ best local leaders and train them how to open and design businesses that will solve a community need. The businesses are then funded by local investors ensuring that the community is building up it’s own infrastructure instead of becoming more dependent upon foreign assistance.”
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Beating Spider-Man and Captain America to the punch, Wolverine and Thor staged their own epic crossover last night in a brewing Civil War over … musical beers and dueling mullets.
Donning wigs, actors Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth joined Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost and Bobby Moynihan for a game that’s exactly what it sounds like: musical chairs, only using cups of beer.