! Be moved by his brief-yet-poignant award-winning animated film The Right Time
. Be charmed by his commissioned portraits of couples and
. Be inspired by his loose and fresh superheroes (Batman
)! And it wouldn't be Tumblr without an appearance by Sherlock Holmes
(not that one).
Their universe-wide reboot only weeks away, DC Comics has released 52 new logos for their books
; they've been met with some praise and much griping
. But what makes a good superhero logo?
Maybe the design history of Daredevil
), The Hulk
), The Atom
, (parts 2
), World's Finest
, ), The Legion of Superheroes
) or Superman
can shed a clue. [more inside]
“Rac Shade was born on Meta, an other-dimensional world that is linked to Earth by several junctures known on Meta as the “Unseen Ways”. Metan priests and doctors decided that young Shade was overly emotional and had him subjected to the Metan “confirmation” process, wherein a “holy surgeon” operated on Shade’s brain with the “sacred laser”.”
(I'm surprised they didn't use a Cat-Scan or a Markov Chain.) An entry from "DC Who's Who"
, a tumblr blog of scans from the 1990-1992 "Who's Who in the DC Universe"
and NOT including any influential American bureaucrats or lobbyists (NOT THAT DC) or any Scottish Australian rockers (NOT THAT AC/DC). More on "Shade the Changing Man"
and other characters from his book: Kathy George
and American Scream
The Brave and the Bold...Lost Issues!
- in which Batman teams up with everybody.
They've been rumoured to be an item
for some time, but in X-Factor #45 Rictor
, formerly of X-Force (the most 90s comic of all time), finally kissed
- giving the comics world two more confirmed gay superheroes
and making the X-Men Universe Relationship Map
out of date (Shatterstar creator Rob Liefeld
has however vowed to undo it
). Meanwhile over at DC flagship title Detective Comics is now fronted by the new lesbian Batwoman
- ironically a character who was introduced to make Batman seem more hetro
- The next Superman movie will be ignoring 2006’s Superman Returns, something that has been suggested by comic book writers when asked how to save the franchise
. Mark Millar
has his own idea of what Superman needs: Mark Millar
Who watches The Watchmen
? Kevin Smith
has, Dave Gibbons
has, Alan Moore won't (Gibbons hopes he'll watch the DVD), and if Fox has its way
maybe YOU won't either.
Election day 2006 - Whose side is your favourite superhero on?
"The Spirit of Vengeance, Ghost Rider is the ultimate protest voter. He always votes against the incumbent and anyone who endorses helmet laws. Vengeance is his." [via
"And on the rare occasion when nonwhite heroes were included, names like Black Panther and Black Lightning telegraphed the difference"
(NYT). Nonwhite and non-traditional superheroes aren't new, but a "lesbian socialite" Batwoman
is. How about "The Great Ten," a "Chinese government controlled superteam"
also to be featured in the ongoing "52" Series
from DC comics (an alternate superverse bereft of A-league stars like Batman and Superman)? When I was a kid, it was pretty shocking to know of at least one gay superhero
(and a Canadian to boot), but I wasn't aware that there were actually so many
. Of course, the irrepressible Stan Lee
claims he created the first gay superhero in the persona of Pvt. Percival Pinkerton
. (Previous mefi discussion of Pavitr Prabhakar, the "Indian Spiderman" here