One of the most accepted truisms in super-hero comics is that there's not a whole lot of new stuff to be found underneath Earth's yellow sun. With seventy years of heroes, villains, selfless acts and dastardly schemes, plenty of creators have come up with bold new ideas, only to find out that they were done years ago. Probably by Jack Kirby.
But that's not necessarily a bad thing. A lot of the fun of super-hero comics comes from taking those old elements and seeing a new spin on them. Whether they're obvious and intentional stand-ins -- like The Authority's Apollo and Midnighter as Superman-and-Batman -- or creations that try to slip by unnoticed, there are plenty of bootleg versions of super-heroes out there, and some of them actually become great in their own right. And those are the characters we're spotlighting today with a look at The Top Five Greatest Knockoff Characters In Comics!
In 1986, there was no better way to gain false friendship and genuine jealousy than being the one kid in class whose parents loved him enough could afford to buy The G.I. Joe USS Flagg. The massive 7 foot-long aircra
According to his Flickr profile, artist Christopher Tupa loves to make art, "especially cartoony, fun stuff that makes you smile," and with his takes on GI Joe and their never-ending battle against the forces of Cobra, he's done exactly that:
That is unquestionably the best thing I've seen all week, but it doesn't stop there: Tupa's done a ton of fantastic drawings inspired by the Real American Heroes, and they're awesome. Check out a few of my favorites after the jump!
"Cobra Wacky Races!"
"The Many Faces of Beachhead
Though rumors have circulated about a new G.I. Joe cartoon for a while now, fans weren't sure what to expect. Would it follow the "G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra" continuity and feature an animated Marlon Wayans? Would it be violent and anime-influenced like the Warren Ellis-penned "G
The 2010 International G.I. Joe Collectors Con took over Rhode Island this past weekend, prompting cosplay-minded fans to dust off their military fatigues, toy guns, and black hoods and cosplay it up as their favorite colorful Joes and Cobras.
The G.I. Joe cosplay community is one dedicated bunch, as evidenced by the wide variety of characters on display on and around the show floor. (Of cou
Earlier today, Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri declared today G.I. Joe Day in his state during a widely attended event at the Rhode Island State House. Carcieri was joined by Hasbro President and CEO Brian Goldner as he made the declaration in front of a crowd of gathered G.I. Joe fans and