From the time the Scarlet Witch first appeared in X-Men #4 (March 1964), her fictional adventures have been pretty complicated. Now a new, eventually billion-dollar incarnation of the character has debuted on the big screen in Avengers 2. But why did the Scarlet Witch get the nod for superstardom? What about her resonates with so […]
The passing of Leonard Nimoy last week was, as Lance Parkin notes, “a significant event.” Trekkers Everyone mourned this actor, and this character, by watching Wrath of Khan, taking LLAP selfies, and retweeting Nimoy’s last public words. We took a moment. The character of Spock is an icon of American popular culture. But what about […]
In a previous post, we looked at how Carl Burgos’ original Human Torch might have been inspired by helldivers at the 1939 New York World’s Fair (Unassuming Barber Shop is all about that “might”). But you can’t talk about the Torch without his elemental counterpart: the Sub-Mariner. There are multiple accounts of how Bill Everett […]
With New York Comic-Con upon us and Fantastic Four rumors aswirl, I found myself thinking about one of my absolute favorite things about the FF: The Fantasti-car. FF #1 marked the beginning of New Marvel. That book, as we know, launched what we would come to know as “Stan and Jack.” Whatever the methodology used […]
If you’ve been reading Marvel’s latest summer event series Original Sin, you know that (spoiler alert) the Watcher is dead. Uatu will no doubt return someday. Until then, I wonder how many Marvel writers are furious. I would be. The Watcher is the perfect cliffhanger. Spider-man: “Hey Shocker, this is just a run-of-the-mill bank heist, […]
In case you missed the first portion of this special two-parter, it was revealed that Batman has conquered America and has established his black Bat-capital in a cave in Branson, Missouri.
That is not entirely true, but I do hope something of the story of the Bald Knobbers (cringey name aside) rang true for Batman fans. The vigilante story is old and real in America.
Today is Batman Day. It is also Comic-Con week, meaning that local newscasts all over the country will end their broadcasts with “It’s Comic-Con week!” and proceed to show B-roll of cosplayers and grown men dressed like Doctor Who.
But look closely at that footage. There in the back, you will see someone dressed like Batman or Batgirl. And you’ll say “Cool.” After the horrible real news on every given day, Sailor Moon costumes eventually look silly. But not Batman. He has power over all the others. Why? Why did five-year-old leukemia patient Miles Scott dress up as “Batkid” last November in San Francisco? Because he wanted to hit something.
Fans of X-men: Days of Future Past excitedly point to the film’s overt “social commentary” as a major reason for its success. We always equate the X-men with these kinds of subjects – race, social injustice, politics – but why is that? Where does that stuff come from? After the success of Spider-Man and the […]
Swinging through skyscraper canyons in a red costume, Spider-Man has always been about spectacle. That simple radioactive spider bite does more than grant superpowers, it turns wheatcake-eating Peter Parker into a quippy ladies’ man in a mask. As the mod, pop Spider-Man, he defends the greatest city in the world against the most colorful rogues’ […]
Captain America has always been a story about survival. Frozen in ice for decades after World War II, Steve Rogers emerges to a world and country he barely recognizes or understands. His struggles help to redefine the America he is willing to fight for. Could such an iconic character have possibly been based on a […]
In one of his last interviews, longtime Batman artist Jerry Robinson spoke with “BatmobileHistory.com” about the origin of the Batmobile:
BatmobileHistory: Starting with Detective Comics #27, when Batman started, the design of his car varied wildly…but then in Batman #5, the design with the bat mask and roof fin appeared . . . Was there a specific origin or inspiration for that design? It’s really the first superhero car…
With the return of Jim Hammond in All-New Invaders #1 and casting rumors swirling around the new FF film reboot, the Human Torch (both versions) is being given another push. But where did he come from? In 1939, a year after Superman’s debut, Timely Comics responded with their own superhero, the original Human Torch. To […]