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In addition to being really into comics, I’m also really into history. I like to know where things came from and how they were made. This fact about myself has resulted in my reading of quite a few comics from the Golden and Silver Ages. Nearly all were reprints, but comics of those ages none the less. Although some of the comics then may not offer us the kinds of lessons in diversity and inclusion I’m normally advocating for, they actually do give us a valuable lesson in diversity that is lacking in mainstream comics today.
The norm for decades in comics was an anthology format. Marvel Mystery, Adventure, Action, Detective, Showcase, Journey Into Mystery, Police, Crime Does Not Pay, Eerie, Creepy, My Greatest Adventure, all of these and more would offer us up multiple stories featuring different characters in each. The first issue of Marvel Comics featured the Human Torch, »
- Joe Corallo
Batman is constantly praised for having the best rogues’ gallery in comic book history. With the likes of the Joker, the Riddler and Catwoman (to name just a few), he’s got a better collection of nefarious nemeses than most other superheroes combined.
Indeed, the likes of Superman and The Flash can only dream of having quite this many attention-grabbing evildoers to face off against; while most superheroes only have a handful of truly impressive adversaries, Batman could comfortably fill Arkham twice over with his enviable assortment of enemies.
At the movies, we’ve already seen most of Bats’ main antagonists brought to life in live action form. Across the the gritty realism of The Dark Knight trilogy, the gothic landscape of Tim Burton’s films and the outright garishness of Joel Schumacher’s efforts, we’ve been treated to a bevy of Batman baddies over the years. »
- Rob Leane
As promised in my last column, this week is about bi-erasure in comics. It’s come up too often as of late and deserves its own column rather than being crammed into an already dense essay on critiques of Iceman’s coming out. It’s a problem that extends beyond the comics themselves, and has reached the TV adaptations as well.
Before diving in, I want to make sure we’re all on the same page. Bi-erasure is varying levels of denying bisexuality truly exists, whether intentional or not. In comics, this manifests itself in rewriting bisexual characters as being straight or gay, having characters tell other characters they’re definitely just gay and not bisexual despite many decades being written as straight and refusing to even entertain the idea that maybe that character would be bi, using shapeshifters to skirt around the issue of bisexuality, and that’s just a few general examples. »
- Joe Corallo
Not only does Steve Orlando’s Midnighter comic star a gay man, it tells blunt, sex-positive stories about that character. The main cast of characters in the upcoming main Avengers comic All-New, All-Different Avengers has only one white dude.
While there is still a lot of work on the road to a utopia of complete social justice, there is a trend of progressivism in some of today’s superhero comics that is impossible to ignore.
“There’s certainly a long way to go, but [the comics industry] is moving in the right direction,” said Orlando via phone interview on Oct. 23.
Books like Batgirl and Cyborg from DC Comics as well as Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel down the lane at Marvel coalesce to paint a picture of superhero comics that not only includes a solid focus on minority and women characters, but also features progressive themes concerning identity, racial justice, body image and more. »
- Matthew Petras
The Joker is about to get mightily confused.
Harley Quinn is the most searched-for Halloween costume in the Us this year, according to Google's Frightgeist.
Who is Harley Quinn? Everything you need to know about the Joker's sidekick
Fellow Squad member The Joker ranks ninth and probably won't be pleased to be beaten again by Batman, who charted fifth.
Everything we know so far about Batman v Superman: Spoilers, trailer and latest rumours
Perhaps inspired by this dress, the Minions also feature in the top ten at eighth.
Google's Frightgeist can also be set locally, »
Fire up the Bat Signal because we've found the perfect Batmobile – and it's made of 500,000 Lego bricks.
This incredible 18-foot-long recreation of Batman's most trusted companion (sorry, Robin) was created over the course of 480 hours since Comic-Con International in July.
Los Angeles artist Nathan Sawaya – who has previously made Lego recreations of famous art pieces – created this custom Batmobile brick-by-brick based off a design by Batman: Hush artist Jim Lee.
Sawaya's Lego Batmobile is heavily detailed, down to bat symbol spokes on the tires and a vivid flame shooting out of its turbine.
"It weighs several hundreds of pounds," Sawaya told Nerdist. "I ended up buying a real jack that can lift three tons' worth of weight, so I could lift it, just so I could get underneath it to make some tweaks.
"That was something new for me. I had to crawl under this whole thing, and I thought, »
Back in August we brought you details of Previews’ exclusive range of DC Bombshells wallets featuring Batgirl, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Supergirl and Wonder Woman [see here] and now we have a look at the second wave, which includes six more designs from Ant Lucia for Black Canary, Hawkgirl, Katana, Mera, Star Girl, and Zatanna.
The exclusive DC Bombshells Mighty Wallets are available to order from the October Previews catalog found in comic shops and are scheduled to ship in late November.
- Gary Collinson
I’ve said before that, despite liking to attend all flavors of fandom and comics conventions, including (clearly) the media guest-focused cons, I really love Baltimore Comic Con because it has stayed so focused on comics and comics creators. I’m happy to report that this has not changed.
I had a great time in Baltimore this year, doing some of the things that make me happiest at comic cons, like walking the exhibit hall and wandering Artist Alley to see what new things old friends are up to, meet folks whose work I know but whom I’ve never chatted with, and flip through the work of creators I haven’t ever encountered before. Amongst the fun things I discovered were this nifty accordion-style comic by Christa Cassano and Dean Haspiel; a gorgeous limited edition coloring book by Charles Vess, whose work I’ve loved for a long time »
- Emily S. Whitten
In terms of DC villains that are translated to the screen in live-action, the universe definitely has its favourites. We have seen multiple versions of characters such as The Joker, General Zod, Catwoman, Two-Face, Amanda Waller, Lex Luthor, The Penguin, and even Bane, and at least one version of such delights as Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, Deadshot (on TV), Reverse-Flash, Captain Cold and Poison Ivy.
We’ve even seen a version of the iconic Doomsday in Smallville. But the DC universe is a vast and sprawling place, with many dark, dank corners, filled with disturbing, villainous types. As DC heads toward a time of epic universe expansion on screen, we inevitably wonder who among these shadowy figures we might eventually meet.
It is clear that, with projects such as Suicide Squad on the horizon, DC is keen to shine a light on some of its darker elements. With that film alone, »
- Sarah Myles
The Gotham Girls – Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Batgirl – guest star in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12 this week, and you can check out a preview of the issue right here; click on any of the gallery images for larger versions…
An urgent cry for help sends Scooby and the gang rushing to Gotham City—but the call was made by Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy! They stole an ancient relic, and now they’re sure it was cursed. Our heroes have to join Harley and Ivy to get to the bottom of the mystery—and, with a little help from Batgirl, they just might capture the villains, too!
Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12 is out on September 23rd, $2.99.
- Gary Collinson
"Boy Meets World" babe Maitland Ward took the cosplay game to a new level at the Long Beach Comic Con with some seriously sexy get-ups last weekend. Ward became the main attraction at the Long Beach Convention Center after she strapped on a revealing Aeon Flux costume and flossed her way around the event. But if you think that's sexy you should check out her Poison Ivy and Princess Leia costumes! Marvel-ous! Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Gotham arrived amidst a ton of hoopla and promised to be a fresh look at the intervening years between the deaths of Martha and Thomas Wayne and their son Bruce’s debut as Batman. Rich, fertile territory to explore, ripe for drama. What we were offered instead, was a hodge-podge of warmed over cop retreads and overstuffed with criminals who have no business operating in Gotham during this period. You can see this for yourself on the just-released Gotham: The Complete First Season from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.
It became fairly quickly after the promising pilot episode that the series was going to pay no attention whatsoever to the canonical material published by DC Comics. At best, they borrowed names and places and affixed them to characters they wanted to use, ignoring what made them work for the last 75 years.
Gotham is a dark, depressing place, rife with corruption, »
- Robert Greenberger
Oh, Dragon Con, how I adore you! Let me count the ways…
1. The fact that even the airline losing my luggage until 3 a.m. on arrival Thursday feels like something I can roll with, since, after all, the minute I walk in I find old friends (and new) to greet me and take my mind off of things – and to commiserate, and hope with me that all of my toiletries and hand-made costume items are not lost forever in the bowels of Reagan National. Thankfully they weren’t. 2. The costumes, oh the costumes. Including my own! This year, a Harley Quinn / Jake the Dog mash-up (with hand-painted grenades, and my partner-in-crime Poison Ivy / Princess Bubblegum and bonus convertible-to-party-time skirt); Pinky from Pinky & the Brain (with my friend Chicken Boo, who is definitely not a chicken); and Helena from Orphan Black (complete with bloody fortune-teller). Great costumes I saw »
- Emily S. Whitten
Harley Quinn teams up with Poison Ivy and Catwoman today as the trio set off on a road trip across the United States in the one-shot Harley Quinn: Road Trip Special, and you can check out a preview right here; click on any of the images for larger versions…
It’s the great American summer tradition, but you’ve never seen a road trip quite like this before! Harley, Ivy, and Catwoman are burning rubber across the U.S. of A! We recommend you all stay off the roads for the month of August, just to be safe.
Harley Quinn: Road Trip Special #1 is out now, priced $5.99.
- Gary Collinson
"...as they discover a cave beneath the 'Wayne' estate..."
That idea has evolved to tell the origin stories of several Batman villains including 'Penguin', 'Riddler', 'Catwoman'...
New Season Two characters include Michael Chiklis ("The Shield") as 'Captain Barnes' and Chris Chalk ("12 Years a Slave") as 'Lucius Fox', James Frain ("True Blood") as 'Theo Galvan' and Jessica Lucas ("Gracepoint") as 'Tabitha Galvan'.
- Michael Stevens
Earlier this week, we reported that Warner Bros.' highly-anticipated comic book adaptation Suicide Squad has wrapped production, with stars Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Jai Courtney (Boomerang) stopping by a young girl's lemonade stand to help a worthy cause, on the way to their wrap party. While we wait for more footage and photos to surface as post-production gets under way, director David Ayer shared the official wrap photo from the Toronto set, featuring the entire cast and crew, on his Twitter page this morning. Stars Will Smith (Deadshot), Cara Delevingne (Enchantress), Karen Fukuhara (Katana), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flagg), Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and the rest can be spotted in the center of the photo. But as per the usual, one very important person is missing. Yes, just like previous cast photos,Jared Leto and his Joker getup are no where to be seen.
We still don't have an »
The Clown Princess of Crime Harley Quinn started off as merely the Joker’s sidekick when she debuted on popular cartoon Batman: The Animated Series in late 1992. Initially, she was only supposed to be used for a single episode, but thankfully, fans took notice though and demanded more Harley. Even more thankfully, creators Bruce Timm and Paul Dini listened and she was added to the show’s rogues gallery.
Her own origin comic would soon follow, done in the art style of The Animated Series. Entitled Mad Love, it told a story that’s a core part of Harley’s identity.
As much as the character has changed, she almost always remains a lovesick fool for the Joker. Then just a young woman named Harleen Quinzel who worked as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, she treated Joker and fell in love. Mistah J, being the evil manipulator that he is, »
- Nicole Malczan
The first photo has been released of former "The Shield" star Michael Chiklis in the second season of Fox's "Gotham". Chiklis joins the cast of the series as new Gcpd Captain Nathaniel Barnes who is introduced in the fourth episode of the new season titled "Strike Force".
The character has been described as a "law and order zealot who lands on the Gcpd like a tornado, ripping out the dead wood of Gotham’s police force."
The second season will see the return of budding villains like The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy along with the introduction of noted Batman villains like Mr. Freeze, The Mad Hatter, Dr. Hugo Strange, Calendar Man and Tigress. the new season kicks off September 21st.
Source: EW »
- Garth Franklin
St. Louis-area Movie Geeks (and TV Geeks, and Comic Book Geeks, and Gaming Geeks and Music Geeks and Cosplay Geeks, and Fiction Geeks) rejoice! There’s a new Pop Culture convention coming to town!
2015 brings in one of the Newest and Largest two day event shows in St. Louis with Gateway Geek Fest. The event is sponsored by Tm (ToyMan) Productions who also host ToyMan Toys, Comics & Con. The event runs August 28-30 and will be held at Machinist Hall 12365 St. Charles Rock Road Bridgeton, Mo with some ancillary events at the Laquinta Hotel (formerly the Wingate) 13615 Riverport Rd Maryland Hts.
With over 150 tables filled with Vendors offering items such as Comics, Illustrations, Pop Culture, Steampunk merchandise, Character Clothing, TV/Movie Memorabilia (posters – autographs), Action Figures Collectibles and Much More. Gateway Geek Fest will be held at Machinist Hall 12365 St. Charles Rock Road Bridgeton, Mo
There will be Cosplayers »
- Tom Stockman
Not another film about killer mermaids (Hi Killer Mermaids), the bewitching Siren is a modern tale of an inadvertent Poison Ivy, hiding out in her woodland cottage. Leigh (Vinessa Shaw) just can’t help herself; giving off a powerful pheromone, any man who comes into contact with her instantly, irrevocably falls in love (or lust). Enter Guy (Robert Kazinsky) a smooth drifter who seems immune to her charms.
Where this could be the springboard for an unpleasant, rapey misogyny fest or teenage dumb-athon, Jesse Peyronel’s Siren is instead a sweet, gentle love story with slowly unfolding (yet mild) action waiting in the wings. Shaw and Kazinsky are well cast in their roles, even if the latter’s American accent doesn’t always ring true (certainly more »
- Joel Harley
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