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The bell's already been rung

An Open Letter To Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara About Layoffs, Zack Snyder, and Donuts from a very disgruntled former employee. [more inside]
posted by ZeusHumms on Aug 12, 2016 - 88 comments

A Playlist From Another Dimension (Or Is That Demention?)

io9's Katharine Trendacosta has succeeded in creative crowdsourcing again (previously), by asking "What's Your Favorite Science Fiction Novelty Song?", and she got enough suggestions to assemble a 30-song Spotify playlist*
(Actually she got a couple hundred. There are more that didn't make the spotify list in the follow-up post; just scroll down** for things like The Doctor Who Time Warp, Captain Picard's Let It Snow/Make It So and the highlight of the Buffy Musical Episode [BUNNIES!]) [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on May 9, 2016 - 61 comments

oh my god i hope he only saw the sfw version

How did Superman even find my Deviantart? (SL Imgur album)
posted by Uncle Ira on May 2, 2016 - 28 comments

Grant Morrison's Superman

"This is the most convoluted middle finger to Man of Steel ever written, and it took 20 years to get there."
posted by Ipsifendus on Apr 28, 2016 - 71 comments

Superman v. Capitalism

The question “why does a superhero exist?” is easy to answer nowadays: to fight super-villains, or more recently, other superheroes in brattish fits of pique. But, as mentioned, “superhero” is derived from “Superman”, ditto “super-villain”; neither concept existed when Superman first appeared. The first enemy Superman would fight with abilities more than those of ordinary men would not appear until Action Comics #13; until then, Superman fought miscreants with no more power than afforded humans in the real world. ... This hardly seems fair given his non-“super” opposition, but Shuster and Siegel provided a perspective that more than made up the difference to themselves and their readers: class & oppression.
posted by Alterity on Apr 25, 2016 - 40 comments

Kill the tyrant Kal-El before his rise to power

Everything you never suspected about the perils of raising a young Clark Kent. [SLTumblrFanfiction]
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia on Apr 4, 2016 - 49 comments

I got a little stoned, smoked some weed, put on the Superman costume.

'Superman,' The Inside Story
posted by ChurchHatesTucker on Apr 2, 2016 - 44 comments

Zap! Pow! Movies grow up!

So, over the next few months, if you pay attention to the trades, you'll see Hollywood misunderstanding the lesson they should be learning with Deadpool. They'll be green lighting films "like Deadpool" - but, by that, they won't mean "good and original" but "a raunchy superhero film" or "it breaks the fourth wall." They'll treat you like you're stupid, which is the one thing Deadpool didn't do. - Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn on the success of Deadpool. And indeed the film prompted much speculation as to what R-Rated superhero movies could be made. Warner Bros, about fifteen minutes later: "Here's an R-rated superman movie!"
posted by Artw on Feb 24, 2016 - 198 comments

The Trouble With Superman

He’s boring; he’s unrelatable. He wears his underwear on the outside. But is that the real problem of Superman? It’s a problem that has less to do with the character himself and more to with DC Comics, which found itself stuck with a flagship character it thought needed fixing. In trying, it broke him nearly beyond repair. [more inside]
posted by 1970s Antihero on Feb 8, 2016 - 154 comments

Murphy Anderson Comic Book Artist R.I.P.

Murphy Anderson, long time artist for DC Comics has died at age 89. Anderson began his career at Fiction House in 1944 and then drew the daily Buck Rogers newspaper strip for two years. He began his long career at DC comics around 1950, he drew covers and stories for their science fiction and superhero comics and enjoyed stints on drawing costumed heroes like The Spectre and Hawkman. He was greatly admired as half of the "Swanderson" team when he inked Curt Swan's pencils on Superman. [more inside]
posted by marxchivist on Oct 23, 2015 - 7 comments

Outerpants included

The entire 1982 DC Comics Style Guide is online and amazing
posted by Artw on Aug 26, 2015 - 72 comments

“Black and blue, God versus man, day versus night.”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice [YouTube] [Trailer #1]
posted by Fizz on Jul 12, 2015 - 198 comments

Hollywood has only produced exceptions by accident

Hollywood & the 'Comic-Book Movie' and part 2
posted by shakespeherian on May 24, 2015 - 22 comments

The Last Mechanical Monster

The Mechanical Monsters was the second in a series of Superman cartoons produced by Fleischer/Famous Studios in the early 1940s. The Last Mechanical Monster is a webcomic by Brian Fies* that is a sequel of sorts (starting here, with a recap of the cartoon here), set over 60 years later as the now-elderly inventor defeated by Superman is released from prison and returns to his old lair and his old tricks... reconstructing one of his 'monster' robots (and with no Man of Steel in sight).

It's nominated for an Eisner Award (previously) for Best Digital/Web Comic, competing with previous winner Bandette by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover, Failing Sky by Dax Tran-Caffee, Nimona by Noelle Stephenson, and The Private Eye by Brian Vaughan & Marcos Martin. [more inside]
posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 25, 2015 - 28 comments

"Man of Steel" has 99 problems, but he just solved one.

What if Man of Steel was in color? (SLYT)
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Apr 24, 2015 - 65 comments

Profile: Gene Hackman

"'I'm not that kind of guy. He was a physical man,' Hackman said of Popeye [Doyle] in the Ebert interview. 'We had to go back and re-shoot the first two days of scenes because I hadn't gotten into the character enough. I wasn't physical enough.'" (Steven Hyden's piece on actor Gene Hackman at Grantland.) [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 28, 2015 - 40 comments

The best catwoman cosplay ever

Superheroes and other pop culture icons photographed in the style of Flemish paintings, by Sacha Goldberger (previously known for his true superhero grandmother Mamika, who is also featured in the superhero series).
posted by elgilito on Nov 18, 2014 - 16 comments

Read a pristine copy of Action Comics #1 online, starring Superman!

There are a ton of free sources of Golden Age comics (Comic Books Plus, Digital Comic Museum, Fury Comics, and more scans on Archive.org, to name some of the major sources), but Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) has recently posted a very significant issue in near pristine condition: Action Comics #1, with the first appearances of Superman, Louis Lane and Zatara, which was recently auctioned off for a record-breaking $3,207,852 USD. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 27, 2014 - 19 comments

Chronologies of design: Iron Man, Superman's shield, Wolverine, Dr. Who

HalloweenCostumes.com sells, well, costumes. But they also have made some interesting infographics over the years. The first few were what you'd expect, Halloween statistics (direct link to the long, long image), but later they got into the "evolution" of super hero designs, costumes and logos, from Iron Man's suit (image link), Superman's shield (image link), Wolverine's costume/image (image link), the look and some facts about Doctor Who (image link), and even a character map of interactions in Alice in Wonderland (image link). [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 6, 2014 - 27 comments

Hitting does not solve everything

Cultural Lessons of 2013: Thor is the new Superman
posted by Artw on Jan 3, 2014 - 137 comments

Suckerpunch

Wonder Woman will be finally be appearing on the big screen, though not in her own film. Instead she'll appear in the untitled Batman vs Superman movie set to open in 2015 that will be directed by Zack Snyder. The character will be played by actress Gal Gadot.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 4, 2013 - 200 comments

Übermensch

The 5 Ugly Lessons Hiding in Every Superhero Movie (SLCracked)
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Nov 14, 2013 - 75 comments

Hands up and touch the sky

Starships were meant to fly.
posted by Sokka shot first on Oct 27, 2013 - 61 comments

Erik Gunden, voice of Bat-Mite, has left the building

R.I.P. Lou Scheimer - Mr Filmation - an Emmy and Grammy Award–winning American producer of cartoon and live TV - has died. He was a co-founder of Filmation, a company known mostly for minimally-animated but US produced cartoons (often with reused backgrounds) and a small cast of stock voice actors (including himself) that dominated the airwaves for decades . [more inside]
posted by Mezentian on Oct 20, 2013 - 38 comments

SLPBS:Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

Here's a would-be documentary miniseries that PBS has buried in a single 3-hour bloc. It conatains the perspective that has been lost in all of the reimaginings and reboots durinng the last 15 years. It will broadcast in repeats during the nest 2 weeks, or you can watch it online.
posted by vhsiv on Oct 17, 2013 - 21 comments

Look! Up in the YouTube!

75 Years of Superman in 2 Minutes (SLYT) supervised by Warner Animation's Bruce Timm (YAY!) and Man of Steel's Zack Snyder (no, he doesn't ruin it).
posted by oneswellfoop on Oct 15, 2013 - 27 comments

The Phantom Zone

"In comic books, as in the moving image, the frame is the constituent element of narrative. Each page of a comic book is a frame which itself frames a series of frames, so that by altering each panel's size, bleed or aesthetic variety, time and space can be made elastic. Weisinger and Boring's Phantom Zone took this mechanism further, behaving like a weaponized frame free to roam within the comic book world. Rather than manipulating three-dimensional space or the fourth dimension of time, as the comic book frame does, The Phantom Zone opened out onto the existence of other dimensions. It was a comic book device that bled beyond the edge of the page, out into a world in which comic book narratives were experienced not in isolation, but in parallel with the onscreen narratives of the cinema and the television. As such, the device heralded televisual modes of attention." - Daniel Rourke on Superman's Phantom Zone (well, kinda...)
posted by artof.mulata on Sep 11, 2013 - 10 comments

A first look at Man of Steel 2, through the eyes of a fan

As soon as it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman in the sequel to the Superman reboot, twitter-ers were a-flutter with jokes and bemoaning the choice, and YouTube user started putting together a Man of Steel 2 Comic Con Teaser Trailer, in the style of the original Comic Con MOS audience recording. YouTube user soylentbrak1, aka "Steve," recently released a slightly longer, cleaner version of his fan-made trailer, pulling from 20 different video sources, including features of the rumored role of Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor . If you like that sort of thing, soylentbrak1 also made a Mad Max: Fury Road trailer and over 100 other short clips in tribute to films, franchises, and dreams of what could be.
posted by filthy light thief on Aug 28, 2013 - 132 comments

Russo Swerve

Chris Sims' amazing pitch for the Superman/Batman movie: "A dang BOOM TUBE opens up, and who comes out? Every Superman and Batman we’ve seen in mass media for the past thirty years." (previously)
posted by kittensofthenight on Aug 11, 2013 - 78 comments

The Hound of Steel

Superman's dog: A history.
posted by Artw on Aug 8, 2013 - 41 comments

"I have no reason to expect compensation"

How DC Contracts Work. Mark Waid, author of Superman: Birthright (drawn on heavily for the recent film Man of Steel), "explains how professionals are generally compensated for working on company-owned characters".
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 25, 2013 - 46 comments

San Diego Comic-Con Memories: more than just comics

If you look at the attendance of San Diego Comic-Con, you'll notice that it started shooting up in 2000, you might be tempted to think it was because Hollywood finally found Comic-Con. But you'd be wrong, and you'd be overlooking decades of movie promotions, from the first Superman trailer and the Alien promotion in the late 1970s, to the (mostly) cult films featured in the early 1990s. io9 has some images from the early days, and you can spend hours (or days) perusing through Comic-Con memories.
posted by filthy light thief on Jul 20, 2013 - 29 comments

World's Finest

DC has uploaded tons of DC Nation animated shorts to YouTube Including My Little Pony creator Lauren Faust's Super Best Friends Forever (previously). Not yet included: Robert Valley's super awesome 70s Wonder Woman.
posted by Artw on Jul 15, 2013 - 24 comments

Regarding Clark

"No one gets what’s special about Superman. ... What’s special about Superman, is that his parents didn’t f*cking die." Max Landis rants about Man of Steel and superhero movies.
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jun 24, 2013 - 236 comments

Another "All Red Kryptonite" Issue!

Green, red, blue ... pink ... it's all crap.
posted by mrgrimm on Jun 24, 2013 - 43 comments

Now With More Pixar

Character designer veteran Phil Postma has a blog, Minion Factory, where he often likes to explore the possibilities of Pixar-like reinterpretations of such things as Superman, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Pulp Serials (and much, much more).
posted by Atreides on Jun 17, 2013 - 28 comments

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a messiah figure!

Although the new Superman movie by Zack Snyder (previously) has put off critics with its appropriation of 9/11 imagery and riled fans with its revision of the superhero's moral code, Warner Bros. Studios is hoping Man of Steel will win over the Christian market. In interviews, Snyder is talking up "Christ-like parallels" in his reboot of the character created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. For those who'd like something more theologically grounded, the studio's marketing department is offering sermon notes entitled "JESUS - THE ORIGINAL SUPERHERO" [PDF] by Dr. Craig Detweiler, M. Div., and organizing free pastor screenings through faith-based PR firm Grace Hill Media. They aren't the first, however, to notice similarities between Jesus and Superman (among other popular cultural figures).
posted by Doktor Zed on Jun 14, 2013 - 220 comments

“I’m done reading these. I thought you might like ’em.”

A lovely recollection of pop-culture mentors, and finding culture pre-internet. "Uncle Mike didn’t play D&D; paintball battles in the Everglades were more his thing. But for the next few years he kept passing along books he’d finished, including 1984’s Dragons Of Autumn Twilight. The first installment of the D&D-based Dragonlance series by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, it’s by no means a classic in the genre. But it helped solidify my devotion to what would eventually be called geek culture. Back then, the term would have been meaningless to me. And it would have made my macho Uncle Mike laugh his ass off."
posted by ThatFuzzyBastard on May 31, 2013 - 17 comments

New Wave Super Friends

The Post-Punk / New Wave Super Friends by Butcher Billy. [Via]
posted by homunculus on May 15, 2013 - 35 comments

Doomed Planet. Desperate Scientists. Last Hope. Kindly Couple.

The 75 greatest Superman stories of all-time: 75-26, 25-1 - celebrating the 75th anniversary of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's debut of the character in ACTION COMICS #1. Everything you need to know about Superman in four panels. The Actual Best Superman Writer Ever Happy Anniversary Lois Lane. The $130 Check That Bought Superman.
posted by Artw on Apr 18, 2013 - 19 comments

The Changing Face of Superman

A poster showing the evolution of Superman, 1938 - 2013. It covers the big guy's appearance in comic books, live-action, animation, Elseworlds and other comic book variations, and marketing and promo images.
posted by marxchivist on Feb 19, 2013 - 55 comments

Super No

Superman is a good guy. More than that, Superman is the best guy. Created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1932, he's the archetypal superhero, a man of enormous power who places himself in service to the powerless. To borrow a famous phrase from the 1940s Superman radio serial, he stands for "truth, justice and the American way". - Why Orson Scott Card isn't the right man to write Superman. [more inside]
posted by Artw on Feb 14, 2013 - 255 comments

Viva La Superpants!

In defense of Superman's underpants
posted by Artw on Dec 7, 2012 - 114 comments

Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!

Via io9: "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]
posted by zarq on Nov 25, 2012 - 28 comments

Alan Moore and Superfolks

In 1977 Dial Press of New York published Robert Mayer’s first novel, Superfolks. It was, amongst other things, a story of a middle-aged man coming to terms with his life, an enormous collection of 1970s pop-culture references, some now lost to the mists of time, and a satire on certain aspects of the comic superhero, but would probably be largely unheard of these days if it wasn’t for the fact that it is regularly mentioned for its supposed influence on a young Alan Moore and his work, particularly on Watchmen, Marvelman, and his Superman story, Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Alan Moore and Superfolks: Part 1: The Case for the Prosecution, Part 2: The Case for the Defence, Part 3: The Strange Case of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore.
posted by Artw on Nov 18, 2012 - 37 comments

With great powers comes great responsibility

Undecided on election day? Sat through all the debates and still not sure who's right and who's wrong? What you're really looking for is an endorsment by people you can trust completely, you can look up to, true heroes? Well, J. Caleb Mozzocco has taken the trouble to interview a representative cross section of superheroes and is starting to see a pattern. [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Nov 6, 2012 - 35 comments

When you live in Cleveland it's hard to transcend

"From off the streets of Cleveland" goes the tagline for American Splendor, but in fact, from 1972 to the end of his life, Harvey Pekar lived in nearby Cleveland Heights. Much of that time was spent inside the Cleveland Heights Library.

On October 14, a memorial and statue honoring Harvey Pekar's work will be dedicated inside the library, "Harvey's first love and second home". [more inside]
posted by Herodios on Oct 9, 2012 - 22 comments

I have no idea how these people got their dogs stuck in their superhero TV show or why.

The television program Adventures of Superman aired in first run from 1952 to 1958. When it ended, producer Whitney Ellsworth -- not that one -- sought to produce a follow-up series, The Adventures of Superpup. The show concerned an anthropomorphic super dog, Superpup, whose secret identity was mild-mannered reporter Bark Bent. (Bark was assisted by ace reporter Jimmy Olsen, who was now a mouse hand puppet living in Bark's desk drawer.) Naturally the producers cast little people in dog masks, as one does. [more inside]
posted by ricochet biscuit on Sep 27, 2012 - 30 comments

It's a bitter acknowledgment of unrealized dreams

"Superman Returns 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.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Sep 2, 2012 - 144 comments

Polygonal Portraiture

Liam Brazier uses geometric shapes to create neat illustrations of pop-culture icons. [more inside]
posted by quin on Aug 13, 2012 - 5 comments

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