In America, July 4th is a good day to fulfill the destiny of so much combustible powder and cardboard. In Japan, however, New Year's Eve and basically the entire month of August are prime time for firework displays. It being the birthplace of Pokemon, Japan's been the host of numerous Pocket Monster-themed displays in recent years, especially as multi-break shell technology has allowed for explosive illustrations to light up the night sky. Yes, that means Pikachu's face and Pokeballs of all flavors going boom! before your very eyes.
It's Independence Day in the USA, and ComicsAlliance has put together a 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) -- including Superman, Captain America and the Strong Female Characters -- and enjoy your barbecues and Dunkin' Donuts or Baskin-Robbins or whatever it is you like to put in your mouth on special occasions