Forty-two years after Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man’s pre-MJ squeeze, met an untimely demise in The Amazing Spiderman #121, the character has… Read More
With X-Men: Days of Future Past hitting theaters this weekend and showing the world how super-cool superpowers can save the world (and also save a motley crew of friendships), now seemed like the perfect time to take a look at some lesser superhero powers. As the co-author of a book about teens with lame superpowers — The Misshapes, available in October — I wanted to see what the geniuses of Marvel, DC, and beyond came up with when they were bored and punchy. With 80-plus years of the American comic book industry available, there’s a terrible superpower for nearly every day of the week.
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It’s time we have an open and honest discussion about just how poor films based on Marvel comic-book heroes have been in the last three decades. For every decent X-Men film (not including the Brett Ratner-directed X-Men: The Last Stand, which was pretty meh), you have your Ben Affleck as Daredevil, your truly horrible 2004 Punisher (which made the 1989 version starring Dolph Lundgren look like a masterpiece), and I’m still unsure why the hell they keep beating the poor Hulk and Fantastic Four franchises to death. The kid from Billy Elliot as Ben Grimm? That just doesn’t seem right.
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At a recent “Women in Comics” panel at New York Comic Con, Alpha Girl Comics founder Amy Chu pointed out that Wall Street was doing a better job of closing the gender gap than the comic book industry. Perhaps this seems like an outlandish claim, but illustrator Becky Cloonan also revealed during the panel that, although 40 percent of NYCC’s attendees are women, only six percent of its special guests are female. This is not a negligible gap.
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Marvel, DC, and Pixar are three of the most titanic forces in entertainment, each with its own set of iconic characters and distinct aesthetic — that is, until now. Phil Postma, who runs the geek blog Minion Factory, has transposed Marvel and DC’s cast of superheroes and supervillains into Pixar’s instantly recognizable animation style. The result is a bizarro world where Peter Parker looks like the guy from Ratatouille and Magneto could have come straight out of The Incredibles. Postma has done similar work with the casts of Star Wars and Star Trek, but the comic-Pixar mashup is his most seamless yet. Take a look at the makeovers, which we discovered via io9, below.
Last month at Comic-Con, during a 10-year anniversary panel for Joss Whedon’s space western Firefly, the filmmaker was still unsure if he wanted to tackle a sequel to the third highest grossing film of all time, The Avengers. Slash Film is now reporting that fans of the superhero adaptation can stop wringing their… Read More
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock (or are absolutely in no way a geek of any kind), you know that Comic Con, the annual enormous pop-and-geek culture festival is going on this weekend in San Diego. Sadly, we can’t be there, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t glued to our computers checking out news from the front — and news there is. For everyone else that couldn’t make the festival, we’ve collected some of the most exciting news and tidbits from this year’s Con — besides the fact that Neil Gaiman is writing a Sandman prequel, of course. You already knew that. Click through to see what we’re most excited about, and if we spaced on your favorite revelatory piece of info, let us know in the comments!
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Scottish illustrator Matt Cowan — whose clever pop-culture math equations we previously featured — is back with a new poster that casts superheroes and villains from the Marvel and DC universe as elements on the periodic table, grouping them according to their powers, affiliations, and species. Explore a much larger version… Read More
In some ways, comic books would seem to be an unlikely subject for nail art — the comics world has a reputation for being nerdy and male-dominated, while nail art is among the girliest of concerns. But this is the 21st century, when everyone reads comics (and gets excited for superhero movies) and even geeks are getting into the nail art craze, the juxtaposition has actually become quite common. In this post, we’ve rounded up some of the most fun and skillful examples we could find, from Marvel and DC superheroes to Sunday funny pages favorites to indie comics with cult followings. Let us know in the comments whether you’ll be trying the sequined Avengers, the stylishly matte Tank Girl, or a different comic-book manicure of your very own.
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