Independence Day. That time when Americans come together to celebrate our liberation from Great Britain, barbecue, and contemplate the depths of our disgrace.
That last one has been a little easier to process thanks to Fox's Animation Domination High-Def, also known as ADHD, who've taken the theme song from the vintage Captain America animated series and replaced the lyrics with some shameful statistics collected from the CIA's World Factbook.
Q: Aside from Superman and Captain America what hero is the most fitting representation of The United States? -- @white_dolomite
A: You know, just before I sat down to write this, I was reading some Judge Dredd comics and thinking about how fascinating the idea of Dredd as this distinctly, explicitly American icon, covered in eagles and flags and badges and guns and riding on a motorcycle that is also covered in eagles, flags, badges and guns is when you consider that he's a view of America created by people who aren't Americans. There's a lot that goes along with that, and it's fun to think about when you're reading through those stories and figuring out what defines them.
But when you get down to it, that doesn't mean that he's the best representation of the good ol' USA. Assuming you mean "hero" as in "protagonist" and not just as in "masked crimefighter," then the answer's easy. The quintessentially American comic book character is Scrooge McDuck.
It’s Independence Day in the USA, and the ComicsAlliance staff has the day off. As such, here’s a special compilation of all the patriotic pin-ups and other pieces of art that we feel are distinctly American enough to spotlight on the fourth of July. Check out some excellent visions of your favorite superheroes in the red, white and blue (and sometimes yellow – somehow it works) and enjoy the holiday.
It's Independence Day in the USA, and the ComicsAlliance staff has the day off. As such, here's a special encore showing from last year's gallery of especially patriotic superhero art to honor the Fourth of July, updated with all the patriotic pinups that we've spotlighted elsewhere in the last year. Check out after the jump some excellent pin-ups of your favorite superheroes in the red, white and blue (and sometimes yellow - somehow it works) and enjoy your holiday.
Nowadays movie spoilers are impressively oppressive on social media and other channels of communication, but as a kid in the '90s I only knew of three quick ways to intentionally spoil movies for myself. Drugstores had surprisingly plot-filled movie tie-in coloring books, bookstores had early movie novelizations and comic shops straddled the fence with one-shots or miniseries directly adapting a given blockbuster. By the summer of 1996, I was a self-spoiling sixth grade junkie, but for whatever reason my incredible desire to see Independence Day on opening night gave me pause when I finally found Marvel's ID4 adaptation. Before the movie came out I simply couldn't bring myself to read Will Smith welcoming me to Earth in a word balloon.
Artist of DC Comics' Batman Beyond Unlimited, Vertigo's American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares and a ComicsAlliance favorite from way back, Dustin Nguyen released this characteristically excellent pinup of The Joker and Harley Quinn in honor of America's Independence Day celebratio
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 community of costuming that exists today and cosplay communities such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero
It's Independence Day in the USA, and the ComicsAlliance staff has the day off. As such, here's a special encore showing from last year's gallery of especially patriotic superhero art to honor the Fourth of July. Check out after the jump some excellent pin-ups of your favorite superheroes in the red, white and blue (and sometimes yellow - somehow it works) --
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