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]
" Martinez is a toy-animating
super hero created by Seanan McGuire
, a.k.a. Mira Grant
. Over the past six years, McGuire's "Velveteen vs.
" story cycle
has been released gradually on LiveJournal
, achieving a dedicated following thanks to the story's overall emotional complexity. As fantasy author Tanya Huff
has written, "Velveteen is about a young woman who fights crime in a pair of rabbit ears in much the same way Buffy was about a girl who killed vampires. That being, not so much." [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]
♪ "Believe it or not, I'm walkin on air.
I never thought I could feel so free....
Flying away on a wing and a prayer,
Who could it be?
Believe it or not, it's just me." ♫ [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 Flying Man.
A short film about superheroes, criminals, and the idea of justice.
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
, the voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man from 2007-09 for the TV series The Spectacular Spiderman reads a whole bunch of 60s Spider-Man Image Macros
(Bleeped Audio) (Know Your Meme
Ultraman Hit Song History Legend Hero Hen
and Ultraman Hit Song History New Hero Hen
are two 45 minute commemoration compilations of theme songs and clips of the Japanese tokusatsu
that were put together for the show's 45th anniversary. If you're pressed for time, you can just watch the original theme song with English subtitles.
You know how it feels when you're trying to cross the street and a driver comes through the intersection as if you’re not even there? Like he’s muscling through with that big box of metal as if to say, “Hey, get out of my way, you little flesh-and-blood weakling!”
Wouldn’t you just love to have a superhero sweep down, stand up to the jerk behind the wheel, and block the car so you could cross safely?
Enter Peatónito, the masked Mexican defender of pedestrians!
: "The first nine Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer Studios from 1941 to 1942 are a wonder of animated retrofuturism, giving us a peek into a world that not only had a flying superstrong protector, but also filled viewers' heads with dreams of autonomous robots, comet-controlling telescopes, and machines that could shake the Earth. These films are in the public domain and have been available on the Internet Archive," but now Warner Bros. is releasing them (remastered) on YouTube. The first short, "Superman"
(also known as "The Mad Scientist,") was nominated for an Academy Award. Also see: The Super Guide to the Fleischer Superman Cartoons
. Find links to all nine episodes and more inside. [more inside]
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]
The science of Aquaman (previously: 1, 2)
is far from perfect, yet its flaws don't diminish the film's impact. Its greatness originates in its respect for Superman's decency; in Routh's graceful, almost balletic incarnation of the character; and in Bryan Singer's decision to express the hero's goodness in a cascade of iconic images as beautiful as superman himself--challenging us, daring us not to fall in love with him." A video essay from Matt Zoller Seitz and Kan Cancelosi about Superman Returns.
Poor Martian Manatee Hunter never gets any love from the mainstream.
Deviantart contributor Joel Micah Harris has created a series of pictures of superheroes as manatees. [more inside]
Superhero Typographic Classifications:
"The most distinguishing factor of any font is its characters. Hidden beneath these characters, each typeface also has character—its own unique characteristics. However classified this information may seem, when used correctly, typefaces often speak to us more powerfully than the words that are written with them."
This fanart piece of Disney Princesses as superheroes
inspired a group of cosplayers to make it real
. Their latest group shot at San Diego Comic-Con
features new faces: Jane, Nala, Merida, Giselle, Cinderella, and Wendy. [more inside]
When Captain America
throws his mighty shield, all those who chose to oppose his shield must yield. Doc Bruce Banner, pelted by gamma rays, turns into The Hulk
; ain't he unglamorous? Tony Stark
makes you feel; he's a cool exec with a heart of steel. Cross the Rainbow Bridge of Asgard, where the booming heavens roar, you'll behold in breathless wonder the god of Thunder, mighty Thor
. Stronger than a whale, he
can swim anywhere; he can breathe underwater and go flying through the air. [more inside]
(Warning: Contains spoiler-ish references to scenes from recent Marvel superhero movies, movies not yet made and movies we WISH would happen)
The new Avengers movie is a hit with fans
and the box office
. Hollywood is taking note
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]
Your television program is keen. The greatest thing is the theme song. Could you please tell me which opera your theme song is from.
Yours truly, Barbara L., Long Beach. Calif.
So begins one of the many missives
written to Batman and catalogued in Bill Adler's 1966 book, Funniest Fan Letters to Batman
. Featured in this week's episode of WireTap
) where you can hear some of the letters read (starting around 15:20).
, starring Natalie Kim and Trevor Zhou, is a new webseries about a couple ordinary, mid-level superhero fraternal twins, Karin and Kai, who are always at odds with each other. When we meet this brother/sister duo, it seems they've fallen on not-so-super times. Can they become awesome again? Here's episode 1, SuperTwins Super Losers?
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]
Superherodom after 40.
A series of paintings by Andreas Englund. Coral cache here
"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]
Artists lovingly take on costumed heroes: Gregg Segal follows superhero impersonators home to get some great shots of crime-fighters doing chores
). Mark Newport knits super hero costumes
, when he is not trying to be the official knitter of the NFL. Meanwhile, Rafael Bastos creates minimal super hero costumes
out of household objects (use a few laser pointers
to become Cyclops!).