Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!
This week we're taking a look at Venom, the most successful pairing of an angry person and hand-me-down pajamas in comics history. Whether he's been a villain, a lethal protector, or even a space knight, Venom is a character who really seems to scratch that "Spider-Man but bigger and with more teeth" itch that fans apparently have. In this video you can learn who all has worn the symbiote suit, which spin-off symbiotes have, uh, spun off, and whether Eddie Brock ever uploaded himself to the internet (spoiler: yes), plus several other equally interesting facts.
Even though Catwoman is generally considered Batman's primary love interest, Batman and Catwoman have had a pretty rough road. They haven't exactly been faithful to each other over the years, and while everyone talks about Batman's dalliances with characters like Silver St. Cloud, Talia al-Ghul and Julie Madison, no one ever really brings up his rivals for Catwoman's affection. Like, say, that time that a retired Selina Kyle was almost lured back into a life of crime by the swooning, heart-eyed King of Cats.
It happened back in 1952 in a story that just keeps getting weirder, to the point where the army of trained cats that rob a jewelry store is the least bizarre thing that's about to happen.
30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto’s account on Twitter is an… interesting place. While most celebrities use the social media platform to afford their fans a little peek into their day-to-day lives, the Academy Award-winning actor treats it as a portal directly into the recesses of his mind. And, by anyone’s measure, it’s weird in there. For instance, here’s a photo of a shard of driftwood wedged between two rocks. Why is it there? We’ll never know, though that didn’t stop nearly two thousand people from hitting the little heart-button on it. Only Jared Leto can know. Hi, Jared Leto.
But Leto diverged from his usual combination of oh-I-didn’t-see-you-there selfies and inscrutable retweets for a post pertaining to his role as the Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad film.
There have been nearly a dozen characters named Captain Marvel in the last seventy-five years of comics, but only one of them has headlined the best-selling comics franchises of a decade, and, indeed, one of the best-selling series of all time. And guess what? It wasn't the one who could make his arms and legs fall off.
The very first of these Captains Marvel debuted on this day in 1939, in Fawcett Comics' Whiz Comics #2, which was, somewhat counter-intuitively, actually the first issue of that series. The character was originally named Captain Thunder, but someone else already held that trademark. And so, in a story by Bill Parker with art by CC Beck — who would go on to become the defining artistic voice for the character — and with some hastily re-lettered word balloons reflecting the last minute name change, Captain Marvel zoomed toward his destiny in the last days of 1939 (issue cover dated Feb. 1940).
Captive of Friendly Cove by Rebecca Goldfield and Mike Short, published by Fulcrum, is a graphic novel based on the true story of British sailor John Jewitt, who lived as a captive of the Mowachaht people of Vancouver Island for three years at the start of the 19th century. The comic is largely inspired by, and draws upon, Jewitt's own memoirs of his captivity.
ComicsAlliance’s James Leask and J. A. Micheline sat down for an in-depth discussion of the book's themes, its intended audience, its treatment of history, and its representation of First Nations people. Their conversation begins with a discussion of context, and the assumptions made by the comic.
If you didn’t tune into Gotham tonight, you missed the premiere of the latest sneak peek at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — no worries if you didn’t catch it on FOX, because Warner Bros. has released the special teaser online, featuring new footage of the epic battle between Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight and Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel.
There’s no escape from all the DC TV crossover of late, with Flash-es and Arrow-s turning into Legends, even as Supergirl remains isolated at CBS for another seven episodes. We’ve heard what bosses have to say on bringing Kara Zor-El into Barry and Oliver’s world, and vice-versa, but despite a recent rumor, executive producers assure that Supergirl won’t be meeting The Flash just yet.
Last week Marvel debuted the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War, forgoing the usual mysterious teaser and “first look” images in favor of having Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans just drop the full preview during Jimmy Kimmel Live! As you might expect, the trailer broke at least one record, gathering the most views in 24 hours — for a Marvel trailer, anyway.
The Walking Dead has officially signed off 2015 by Sunday’s most recent midseason finale “Start to Finish,” but if you’re anything like us, the first half of Season 6 produced some strong reactions. Now, showrunner Scott Gimple defends the show’s credibility after the big Glenn fakeout, as well as its introduction of Negan, and what to expect in the 2016 return.
Both The Flash and Arrow will have quite a bit of ‘splaining to do in setting up Legends of Tomorrow through this week’s dual crossover, and we can officially check one item off the list. The source of Vandal Savage’s power is revealed in our first clip from The Flash opener “Legends of Today,” as outlined by our new Hawkman.