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]
"The Harvey/Renee Index doesn’t distinguish between the different types of Renees. Any character who can be identified with one or more groups that are currently marginalized based on race, ethnicity, sexuality, or gender is a Renee. Anyone who is white, non-Hispanic, cisgender, straight, and male is a Harvey." -- Diversity in the Big Two's superhero comics being a perennial hot topic, Comics Alliance comes up with a novel way to quickly establish a diversity baseline: the Harvey/Renee index
. (Named of course for Gotham's greatest cops Harvey Bullock
and Renee Montoya
"This symposium explores the relationship of superheroes to questions of power, ideology, social relations, and political culture. It represents the first time that a political science journal has devoted sustained attention to the superhero genre as it is reflected in the pages of comic books and graphic novels, and on the big screen." -- PS: Political Science & Politics holds a symposium on The Politics of the Superhero
. [more inside]
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
Like pets? Like DC superheroes? Like Art Baltazar's artwork on Tiny Titans
and other kid friendly DC comics? Then you'll love the DC Super-Pets Character Encyclopedia
, as reviewed by J. Caleb Mozzocco for Robot 6.
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?
Who owns Marvelman? Part I
and part II
- the concluding chapters of Padraig O Mealoid's epic 16 part history
of one of comic's most disputed characters. meanwhile another hole in comics history
is about to be filled in as Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell's Zenith finally gets collected in full
This St. George's Day sees news of the next attempt
to redress Britain's superhero shortage: Englishman
, who looks like Iron Man crossed with a mediaeval crusader.
The series promises “brand new, quintessentially English characters, including Greenbelt and Dry Stone Wall”. [more inside]
For generations both societies lived apart from humanity, united in their common experience as outcasts. But as so often happens when downcast but fanatical groups find themselves in the ascendancy, today their factionalism is exposed
and the rivalry has erupted into open conflict
. [more inside]
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]
What happens when you’re a crimefighter and your sidekick grows up to be an arrogant, ungrateful douchebag? What on Earth could draw the two of you back together again?
is a new web comic from Mark Waid
(writer of Captain America
, 52 Kingdom Come
among others), creator of Irredeemable
, and ex-chief creative officer of Boom Studios) being offered via Thrillbent
, a platform he he and others
hope will revolutionise digtial comics
Waid's goal in the long run: to create a collective of new creators and industry veterans who want to aggregate their content and use the digital medium in new and different ways
. [more inside]
Texts from superheroes
. (SLTMBLR, does what it says on the tin.)
You better watch out. My dad's a superhero
! A short and sweet story from artist Jon Laing
! 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).
Andy Fairhurst uses silhouetted children to brilliantly illustrate the imaginations of Superhero Kids
. [more inside]
Not content with having re-imagined the Justice League
, Cartoonist Dresden Codak reboots the X-Men with stranger mutations and more sci-fi backstory.
"I wish there was some way I could borrow Victor Von Doom’s Time Platform and take the kids back to visit the secret headquarters of my father’s imagination, that smoky, paneled bunker of ink, conversation, bookshelves, creativity and love.
" Neal Kirby remembers his father Jack "King" Kirby
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]
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]
With Marvel Comics hinting that Black Panther
will become "American Panther"
, a typical storm
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
‘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.
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)
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?
“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
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
or the X-Men
, and there
are hundreds of websites devoted
to those characters. That is not the focus
of this site. [more inside]
You like cats. You like Marvel characters. You like Marvel characters as cats
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
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
The Brave and the Bold...Lost Issues!
- in which Batman teams up with everybody.
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
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