On August 3, 1993, a comic came out that would prove to mark a pretty important change for Batman's gallery of foes: Kelley Puckett and Mike Parobeck's Batman Adventures #12. The story within, "Batgirl: Day One" is notable for a lot of reasons --- not the least of which that it's one of the best issues of that original run --- but there's one reason in particular that it'll always be remembered, because that issue marked the first comic book appearance of Harley Quinn.
Originally created for Batman: The Animated Series, Harley would go on to become not just a fan favorite, but the kind of character who would take a tragic, engaging, and occasionally hilarious hook and eventually become one of the core characters of the DC Universe.
We normally like to steer clear of the “trailer for a trailer” phenomena that results in photos of a 6-second Instagram video of a 15-second YouTube video teaser of an actual trailer. It’s a toxic fad in the world of movie promotion and one we hope goes away quickly, but we couldn’t resist sharing this trailer for a trailer for Deadpool. For one, it’s almost a minute long, and for another, it’s just funny.
For years, fans have been toiling away in Grand Theft Auto IV, creating homemade add-ons for the likes of Frozen, Batman, Superman, Captain America and more. However, the limitations of the previous entry became more and more obvious every year after its release. It took longer than expected for Rockstar Games to bring Grand Theft Auto V to the PC, but once the game arrived, it took little time for modders to let loose in the latest open world adventure from the fan-favorite developer. With GTA V came a bigger, more detailed sandbox to play in. The faux California setting also made it perfect for the return of Tony Stark and his alter ego, Iron Man.
Thanks to JulioNIB, Iron Man and his MK III armor can now be used to wreak havoc on the streets of Los Santos. As you can see in the video, Iron Man isn't exactly welcome in the neighborhood The Families (Franklin's former gang) calls home. NPCs react to him with the proper indignation and lack of respect. You'd think people would learn by now not to diss a man in an armored suit, but sometimes you need to earn respect on the streets. With little provocation, Iron Man lets loose on some passing cars, showing off the brute strength added to the suit to make it more than just a cosmetic upgrade.
Just over a year to the day after Guardians of the Galaxy had us all hooked on a feeling in theaters, Star-Lord and the crew are back with a brand-new beat. We’ve seen a few frames, but the first official Guardians animated series trailer brings a Galaxy’s worth of new action.
ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate turns a potentially awkward social interaction into a frankly awesome meeting of minds.
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at Boston Comic Con, and we were there to check out the show as well as capture some of the stellar cosplay on display.
Photos by Betty Felon & Lauren Moran.
The 1966 Batman television show was one of the most successful and influential adaptations of comic books to mass media of all time. Over the course of three seasons and 120 episodes, the series became a cultural force with its unique combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, thrilling superhero adventure and celebrity guest stars, and shaped the way the public would view the Caped Crusader for the next five decades. Now, in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance of the show, ComicsAlliance is proud to present The Batman ’66 Episode Guide, an in-depth examination of every single adventure, arch-criminal and deathtrap cliffhanger of the series.
This week, the first season finale begins... and the Penguin targets Alfred!
You may believe that 2005's Fantastic Four was the first time the quartet of superheroes appeared in a movie — you would be wrong. Back in 1994, cult director Roger Corman delivered his own adaptation based on Marvel’s first family, but Corman’s The Fantastic Four never made it to the big screen. It was never released on home video, either. A new mashup trailer combines footage from Corman’s lost film with the voiceover from the trailer for the new reboot, making a case for why the former should see the light of day.
The last few years have seen a number of fan-films produced by smaller production companies, for characters ranging from Black Panther to the Power Rangers. The films tend to reproduce the original costumes faithfully... before completely disregarding the original tone, style, and voice of the characters and comics in favor of gore and 'edginess'. Despite the popularity of fan films, not many of them actually tend to serve the stories they base themselves from.
But Judge Minty was different. Produced in 2013, this Judge Dredd fan-film immediately caught attention by actually proving itself to be something that fans of the serial would want to watch. Critically acclaimed and shown at film festivals throughout the year, the project was also received positively by creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra --- and it was that endorsement that led the team to set up a second fan-project, currently in production: Strontium Dog.
With Marvel and Sony’s deal firmly in place to reboot Spider-Man yet again, one of our primary concerns has always been with the possibility of having to sit through yet another Spidey origin story. But we can all breathe a sigh of relief as the writers of the new reboot have confirmed that we will not have to endure a retelling of how Peter Parker became the web-slinging hero.