If you heard the recent NPR's Codeswitch
segment on The Green Turtle
, the first Asian superhero
created in the United States, you heard descriptions of the 1940s comic. But there's more (so much more!) online. Start with the entire run of The Green Turtle
on the amazing Digital Comic Museum
, which hosts public domain Golden Age comics
(late 1930s until the late 1940s or early 1950s). If you want to know more about Chu F. Hing, the artist behind the original Green Turtle, here's an extensively researched biography
on the astounding Chinese American Eyes blog
, which covers "famous, forgotten, well-known, and obscure visual artists of Chinese descent in the United States." [more inside]
The Interactive Marvel Cinematic Universe timeline.
Are you a fan of the Marvel Cinematic universe? Ever scratch your head over what happened when and how events in the past link to consequences in the current times? Well wonder no more! A huge fan of the Universe, Anthony Norfolk created a nice picture filled timeline to pinpoint all the important elements of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. [more inside]
DC vs Marvel: Kitchen Stadium Edition -- In The Mighty Marvel Superheroes Cookbook
, "Mighty Marvel Superheros show you how to perform heroics in the kitchen creating meals that are out of this world!" Meanwhile.... The DC Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook
simply promises "good food kids can prepare themselves." Let the battle begin! [more inside]
G. Willow Wilson
is the author of the new Ms. Marvel
series that is coming out Feb. 5th. Wired interview here.
The reboot places Kamala Khan, a shape-shifting Muslim superheroine from New Jersey at the heart of the series. [more inside]
The Problem with Wonder Woman
- An iconic DC superhero on the level of Batman and Superman, her potential remains competitively untapped. Can Grant Morrison And Yanick Paquette’s Wonder Woman: Earth One
Help? Or is Perez’ Wonder Woman
the Gold standard?
Russian born composer and pianist Sonya Belousova
has begun a new series of performances in combination with Stan Lee’s World of Heroes
titled Cospay Piano
. Episode 1 was The Walking Dead
, Episode 2 is Batman
Mr. A debuted in 1967, in the third issue of Witzend, a collection of more artistically fulfilling side projects by mainstream comics professionals led by Wally Wood. In his very first panel, the Objectivist hero addresses his readers directly, stating his case that in moral life, there are no shades of gray, only evil or good, black or white. The hero stares at us, blank, emotionless. There’s a montage around him showing that his calm face is actually a metal mask, and that evil is truly disgusting. At the story’s end, Mr. A. beats up a nasty juvenile delinquent, ironically named Angel, and then allows the kid to fall to his death from a city rooftop.
- Pat Barrett [more inside]
Comics author Grant Morrison
talked to Playboy about the Super Psyches of some of his favorite superhero characters
. (Clean interview, NSFW website)
The Passion of Dave Stevens
— The work of the late, great Dave Stevens is known to comic book aficionados in the form of his enduring creation, The Rocketeer, and to art collectors and illustration enthusiasts for his reverently retro yet brilliantly modern renditions of vintage pulp characters, science fiction adventurers and iconic superheroes. But as dedicated Stevens fans know, the artist's true passion and inspiration manifests in his seemingly countless and unfailingly exquisite renderings of the female form, most typically in the classic pinup and "good girl art" style at which he became one of the very best. [nsfw comic art]
Who is Supergirl
? It's complicated
. It's really
complicated. [more inside]
Lexi Alexander director of the so-bad
-it's-legendary Punisher: War Zone
gives an in-depth interview
with Paul Scheer (with Patton Oswalt) for his podcast, "How Did This Get Made?
" [more inside]
"I assume capes aren't functional because they can get snagged on things." A fascinating article
by Jon Ronson profiling costumed avengers in the real-life superhero movement
. Also: Why Doesn't Batman Kill?
and Teaching Philosophy With Spiderman
. [more inside]
Super style simply strikes you? Jeweler nOir
teamed up with DC Comics for a line of sparkly Superhero accessories. Wear Gotham city as a ring
or just beat Diana at her own game.
Is Batman a State Actor? Could you pass a Mutant Registation Act? Law And The Multiverse
considers legal matters in a world of capes, supes, and alternate dimensions. (via Mefiprojects
This week, the world will finally get its first look at
Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. But the most expensive musical in Broadway history has already had an epic run—battling bankruptcy, broken wrists, unruly technology, and one comic villain disguised as a Post columnist. And at the center of it all, perched over her “God mike,” is the relentless and inventive Julie Taymor. (previously)
In this issue: The floating head of Jon Postel
endows four lucky grad students with superpowers. They form Team ARIN to promote the Internet way
. Together, they facilitate transparent development processes, battle misinformation about IPv4 number space depletion, and help us all transition to IPv6!
Over at Comics Should Be Good!
Greg Hatcher outlines the history of Green Lantern to show how changes in a storytelling property eventually requires a "reboot" and why that occurs. [more inside]
Batman is dead
, joining the ranks of Martian Manhunter
(in the DCU
) and Captain America
in Marvel Universe
. Are there no other ways to generate comic book sales without killing off characters or blowing up the universe every year?
The Joker is Batman's main nemesis. Why him? Why not some other villain?
is unique among superheroes. While looking less like a superhero than any other, he may also be the most powerful.
Herbie can "fly
" by walking through air, or space
, or water
Herbie can travel through time
or through walls
(some damage occurs),
sometimes breaking the fourth wall
Herbie is the least emotional
of any super hero, and one of few words
Herbie defeats many of his opponents by looking at them
, but sometimes, he bops them with this here lollipop
Herbie's further powers are examined thoroughly at Herbie Popnecker: Examples of Recurring Themes
. [more inside]
Andre Perkowski has remixed various classic silent films, including The Bat
and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
to create a silent 1920's version of Batman: Origin Story
, Rogues' Gallery
Also: Adam West in The Dark Knight Returns
Superhero comics from the culture that invented the genre
. Check out Nagraj
, and Shakti
. The somewhat less muscular Chacha Chaudhary
. And... whatever is happening here
. Meanwhile fun British rich guy Richard Branson
brings you Indian-themed comics Ramayan 3392 A.D.
, Snake Woman
and The Sadhu
IGN's top 50 Marvel Comics covers
including this wonderful farmgirl She-Hulk
(well, she DOES have two green thumbs!), this amazing Wolverine Origins
painting, and...umm...superhero zombies?
Lois Lane. Superman dies
. Batman's back is broken
. Robin dies
. Spider-Man gets married
. But one storyline taboo, revealing one's secret identity, has never been broken with a major comic book character. Until now
(big-time spoiler alert).
Who wants to be a superhero?
. Forget Beauty and the Geek
is the ultimate reality show. Who wouldn't
want to see a middle-aged comic-book geeks decked out to fight crime? Apply now! Our safety depends upon it! (Maybe Peter Pan would be interested?)
It's 1968. Hippies are everywhere, and they're reading underground comics. Your name is Joe Simon
. You want to create a mainstream comic book with a hippie as a hero. What do you come up with? Brother Power
It only lasted two issues. Of course, it did a little better than the Black Bomber
, a white bigot who sometimes turned into an African-American superhero. That comic was never
Truth, Justice, and the Soviet Way
What if baby Kal-El's spaceship had crashed on Earth 12 hours earlier, in the Ukraine instead of middle America? The new 3-issue comic book series Superman: Red Son
envisions the Man of Steel as a good-hearted citizen of the USSR, helping to spread communism across the world. Wonder Woman is his girlfriend; Batman is an anti-Soviet terrorist; Lex Luthor becomes U.S. president. This alternate-universe jaunt is not just for fun: writer Mark Millar says
it's a timely exploration of what happens when one all-powerful country anoints itself leader of the world.
Wonder Woman to turn in her V-Card
After 60 long years of chastity, everybody's favorite Amazon (you may remember the Lynda Carter
TV show) will reportedly get it on with character Trevor Barnes in a "tasteful and peaceful" manner. Sequential Tart asks what the definition of 'virginity' is
, claiming the strong possibility that on an island full of amazons there had to be some lesbian freaky freaky going on somewhere. However, I am far more concerned if she'll suffer from the same dilemma as Superman does in Larry Niven's Man of Steel, Woman of Kleenex
. Best. Controversy. Ever.