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Much More Than Props

I am Iron Man. I am Aquaman (and you can be too). I am Flynn (possibly NSFW). I'm Batman. We are Boba Fett. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Dec 7, 2011 - 11 comments

SuperTwins - Super Charge!

SuperTwins, 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?
posted by KokuRyu on Nov 3, 2011 - 4 comments

Your Recess Was Never Like This

Armstrong is an online graphic novel in 3 parts (with more potentially to come), each on a long-scrolling 'infinite canvas'. 1, 2, 3. It has everything, Superheroes, Zombies, Pirates, Cowboys and Cooties. Cooties? Well, it is set in a playground full of 4th graders. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Oct 28, 2011 - 7 comments

How Zombies and Superheroes Conquered Highbrow Fiction

Realistic stories once dominated American literature, but now writers are embracing the fantastical. What happened?
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 18, 2011 - 138 comments

Emma Frost can be a problem

The results of the Women Working in Comics survey are in. Meanwhile Comics Alliance has asked creators how comics can do better at female characters. (previously, previously)
posted by Artw on Oct 13, 2011 - 71 comments

We can be sheroes

Superheroes are for girls too! (sltumblr) "Superheroes aren't just for little boys. Here you'll find lots of images of little girls from past and present who also love them." We've been talking a lot about gender and comics on MeFi lately, especially with respect to superheros. Here is a tumblr full of righteous babes. [more inside]
posted by mandymanwasregistered on Sep 24, 2011 - 47 comments

Legend of the Golden Tweezers

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 (parts 2, 3, 4), The Hulk (parts 2, 3, 4), The Atom, (parts 2, 3), World's Finest (parts 2, 3, 4, 5, ), The Legion of Superheroes (parts 2, 3, 4, 5, Batman (previously) or Superman can shed a clue. [more inside]
posted by Toby Dammit X on Aug 25, 2011 - 30 comments

Contrapposto

What If Male Superheroes Posed Like Wonder Woman On The David Finch Justice League Cover?
posted by griphus on Aug 10, 2011 - 187 comments

Greetings, True Believers!

Marvel.com now has many animated series (all episodes, in their entirety) available to view online at their website including The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Superheroes, X-Men, The Animated Series, X-Men Evolution, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, and Spider-Man (1967) (Full list inside) [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 17, 2011 - 35 comments

Oh Beautiful, for Super Skies

With Marvel Comics hinting that Black Panther will become "American Panther", a typical storm of controversy and speculation has occurred over the supposed Americanization of an African character. The artists over at The Temple of Cartoon Mojo on the other hand, wondered what would happen if MORE iconic characters were made patriotic. The results range from the silly, to the utterly awesome.
posted by happyroach on Apr 11, 2011 - 79 comments

a six-issue comic with a view to introducing a new hero into an existing canon

‘Capitalists are a superstitious cowardly lot,’ Louise says. ‘This f*cker put our town out with the trash, threw us on the scrap heap. Well, the scrap heap’s got up, and it’s coming for him.’ China Miéville’s rejected pitch for a superhero for our times.
posted by gerryblog on Apr 6, 2011 - 66 comments

ACCEPT ALL CHALLENGES!

The Story So Far: Calamity of Challenge is a comic (plus ads) by Matthew Allison concerning a very different kind of superfigure: CANKOR. (possibly NSFW or at least lunch)
posted by Potomac Avenue on Mar 6, 2011 - 11 comments

Aquaman, king of the catwalk

To mark it's fifth anniversary superhero fashion blog Project Rooftop announced it's ultimate challenge: redesign Aquaman. With the winners in did they succeed in restoring some dignity to the King of the Sea after years of Superfreinds jokes?
posted by Artw on Mar 1, 2011 - 88 comments

MetaFilter: an other-dimensional world that is linked to Earth by several “Unseen Ways”

“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.
posted by oneswellfoop on Feb 24, 2011 - 36 comments

I don't like sweet things... except for her!

superharmony.com... where Love is Super
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Feb 14, 2011 - 12 comments

Independent Heros from the USA

Welcome to the International Catalogue of Superheroes. The purpose of this site is to build up a database of information about various superhero characters from around the world. For decades American comics, and especially those from two prolific publishing houses, have dominated if not the market, then certainly the public's perception of it. There are few people in the world who would not recognise Superman, Batman, Spider-Man or the X-Men, and there are hundreds of websites devoted to those characters. That is not the focus of this site. [more inside]
posted by Deathalicious on Feb 9, 2011 - 10 comments

Able to leap tall buildings

"I've always loved the music from the Saturday matinee serial, and I figured a short that was animated to this music could be a really cool piece. I designed the character mixing all the traits from my favorite Superman actors from the past, and then looked at the work of Hugh Ferriss for inspiration on the background design." - Superman Classic (yt) - A Superman fan film by disney animator by Disney animator Robert Pratt.
posted by Artw on Feb 9, 2011 - 7 comments

"Two can play at that game, Catwoman."

Kate Beaton (previously) presents The Adventures of Sexy Batman.
posted by kittens for breakfast on Jan 23, 2011 - 43 comments

Every Batmobile Ever

Every Batmobile ever (prev)
posted by Paragon on Jan 8, 2011 - 25 comments

Does exactly what it says on the tin.

Do you like Superheroes? Do you like dinosaurs? Yeah? Well, today is your lucky day, captain! Check out Superhero Dinosaurs!
posted by SkylitDrawl on Dec 23, 2010 - 14 comments

The Force of Virtue

The 99 (previously), the Islamic-inspired superheroes which have met both praise and somewhat batshit controversy, are crossing over with the DC Universe.
posted by Artw on Oct 25, 2010 - 22 comments

Catlactus iz eatin yur planetz

You like cats. You like Marvel characters. You like Marvel characters as cats.
posted by Artw on Sep 17, 2010 - 31 comments

Interesting Situations

Spider-Man snorting cocaine. Catwoman, Robin, & Batman threesome. Suicidal Spider-Man. Spider-Man & Batman hand-cuffed. Wonderwoman & wonder-hands. Italian artist Giuseppe Veneziano has a new exhibition of art on display. And it does seem to be having fun with a bunch of familiar supehero icons.
posted by Fizz on Aug 7, 2010 - 51 comments

Truth, justice, and the American way!

For your 4th of July enjoyment: 10 Exceedingly Patriotic American Comic Heroes. Given the overlap between the Golden Age of superheroes and the beginning of WWII it should be no suprise that there are so many patriotically themed superheroes. Probably the first was The Shield ("G-Man Extraordinary"), who eventually faded away to be an occasional character in Archie comics, followed by the revolutiionary war themed Minute Man. But the most enduring of all would be Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's creation Captain America, whose first comic sold just under a million copies and featured Cap doing the most patriotic thing of all: Punching Adolf Hitler in the jaw.
posted by Artw on Jul 4, 2010 - 37 comments

Fear of a black Spider-Man

Andrew Garfield is the new movie Spiderman, meaning despite internet campaigns and some lukewarm support from Stan Lee we'll never see this: Donald Glover as Spider-Man. Meanwhile the much delayed (and somewhat insane sounding) Spider-Man musical still stumbles on.
posted by Artw on Jul 3, 2010 - 46 comments

AwwwSNIKTowwww

Chirstopher Uminga (previously) and Comics Alliance Present: Comic Book Heroes With a Severe Cute Condition.
posted by griphus on Jun 10, 2010 - 47 comments

This is why Superman works alone

The Brave and the Bold...Lost Issues! - in which Batman teams up with everybody.
posted by Artw on May 24, 2010 - 39 comments

Silver Age is the Best Age

February 1966 was the best month in comics ever
posted by Artw on Apr 28, 2010 - 42 comments

Mad Man Mad Men? Namor sleeps with the fishes?

Can't get enough of the Darwyn Cooke New Frontier aesthetic? Etsy artist "Roganjosh" offers more midcentury modern superhero posters. (Mostly Marvel, though.)
posted by kimota on Apr 21, 2010 - 25 comments

Jack Kirby’s Heroes in Waiting

During the 80s comics king Jack Kirby, co-creator of the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, the X-Men and Captain America, became disillusioned with the industry and left to work for animation company , sketching out dozens of characters, work that has been largely unseen... until now.
posted by Artw on Apr 13, 2010 - 43 comments

Excelsior

The recently announced 2010 Hugo awards nominations include a semi-regular mefite appearance, a fanzine nomination for a podcast (previously) and, under Best Graphic Story, a nomination for Captain Britain And MI13 by occasional Doctor Who writer Paul Cornell - a title which, um, Marvel have already canceled. Oops. Still, you can read the first two issues of the nominated story online for free.
posted by Artw on Apr 8, 2010 - 38 comments

"Even heroes face battles they cannot fight alone"

"In the safety of The Sanctum, where they depend on each other for anonymity, superheroes unveil the personal circumstances that have led them to a life of addiction and loneliness." Episode 1: Jason's Story. [more inside]
posted by The Mouthchew on Mar 14, 2010 - 13 comments

Asylum Sideshow featuring Captain Pooty

Asylum Sideshow presents several of the most bizarre performers they could find:
The Cow Song
Miss Nude Sword Swallower
Meathead Morgue
Rappin' KT
Gumby Girl
and Captain Pooty... [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Mar 12, 2010 - 11 comments

Grim and gritty

Superhero Tragedy Porn Is Bad For Comics
posted by Artw on Mar 12, 2010 - 80 comments

Stop! Don't pass up this thread! The Flash's life depends on it!

The top 75 Iconic DC covers of all-time
posted by Artw on Dec 11, 2009 - 67 comments

Superman standing in the Neuschwanstein Castle

Superheroes in Old War Photographs. [via]
posted by Pater Aletheias on Oct 21, 2009 - 29 comments

"Magellan" by Stephen Crowley

"Magellan" by Stephen Crowley may be my favorite superhero comic on the web. The art seems to owe more to Tintin than Marvel or DC. The dialogue and plots are fun. The cast is huge, but the characters are distinctive, and generally charming. If you like Paul Grist's Jack Staff, give this a try. To start at the beginning: here.
posted by shetterly on Oct 8, 2009 - 11 comments

THIS IS WHY NO ONE LIKES YOU RICHARDS!!!

Super-Social Networking: Superhero Facebook Status Updates
posted by griphus on Oct 5, 2009 - 25 comments

Young Mutants in Love

They've been rumoured to be an item for some time, but in X-Factor #45 Rictor and Shatterstar, 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.
posted by Artw on Jul 4, 2009 - 107 comments

I shall become a bat!

Batman Logo Evolution
posted by Artw on Mar 21, 2009 - 37 comments

The World's Strangest Heroes!

With all the excitement in the air about Watchmen, let's take time to celebrate another team of heroes, a band of outcasts with unusual powers, brought together by a man in a wheelchair. Yes, of course, I'm talking about the Doom Patrol. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Feb 19, 2009 - 64 comments

Muslim Superheroes.

In an attempt (flash) to provide Muslim and Arab youth with homegrown heroes, The 99 puts out comics and builds theme parks with a twist. [more inside]
posted by gman on Feb 16, 2009 - 12 comments

It's a bird, it's a plane... its su... wait, nope not him.

Here's Razorhawk a superhero who also wrestles and makes suits for other superheroes. This is Master Legend who recently had an article published in Rolling Stone about him. Meet Superhero who patrols the streets of Clearwater, Florida in his custom Corvette. They call themselves real-life superheroes. A documentary film featuring them has the first 10 minutes free online at google video. [more inside]
posted by flipyourwig on Dec 31, 2008 - 17 comments

Batman always wins

The Top 25 Comic Book Battles, as voted on by the readers of Comic Book Resources. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Nov 23, 2008 - 142 comments

Heroes

Super Powers, winner of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short (possibly NSFW - a couple of swear words and adult theme)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 18, 2008 - 12 comments

Man of steel, woman of retcon, kid of non-existence

Superman rebooted! - 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.
posted by Artw on Sep 23, 2008 - 131 comments

No, it won't have the pirate comic...

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.
posted by Artw on Aug 20, 2008 - 109 comments

I don't think we should treat religion lightly, Mr. Gore

We've discussed what Bush and Batman have in common, but when presented with a list of quotes, can you tell which is by Bush, and which is by Batman (as played by Adam West)? It's Bush or Batman!
posted by bjrn on Jul 29, 2008 - 14 comments

You may fiddle, I may dance

Some lesser-known superheroes and their stories.
posted by Wolfdog on Jul 16, 2008 - 38 comments

"I can’t believe they included Quibble-Man but not The Human Quibble!"

The 50 top comicbook characters, according to Empire.
posted by Artw on Jul 11, 2008 - 153 comments

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