Since the dawn of time, mailaway action figures have been a staple of the scene. That is, if you consider the dawn of time to be the day Kenner started releasing Star Wars figures. Though the trend has died down significantly in the era of the Internet, exclusives are still a very important part of toy collecting. As one of the final companies to offer mailaway incentives, the now defunct ToyFare magazine was one of the last bastions of trend.
Say what you will about the Wizard magazine empire, but for a long time, it's brand of geek culture coverage was all many of us had. ToyFare in particular was a great place for collectors to see what was coming, learn the history of industry, and to see how the sausage was made. What made the magazine even more special were the brand partnerships that allowed ToyFare to offer a variety of different collectibles based on Marvel, DC, animation and indie comic characters. Plus, you didn't have have cash and a dozen UPCs to send in to get your hands on something as rudimentary as a William "Refrigerator" Perry figure.
It’s no secret that Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman is the big stepping stone that will take audiences into the larger DC superhero movie universe. After all, that title promises a fight between the two most popular superhero movies of all time and a dawn of justice. This is going to be the movie that introduces the Justice League and cameo appearances by Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ezra Miller’s Flash have been poorly kept secrets for months now. However, the details of how the two heroes figure into the plot have been revealed and it is probably not what you think.
Seemingly taking a cue from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, the latest promo art for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (be sure to take a break to catch your breath every time you say that title) is also adorned with graffiti. According to the official plot synopsis released yesterday, Batman and Superman aren’t just fighting — they’re at war. And these new promo photos definitely encourage that idea.
Wayne Boring was born on this day in 1905, and though his name isn't often trotted out these days when comic fans make "all time greatest" lists, he played a hugely important role in the development of the DC universe, and created a look for Superman that would define the character for the post-war generation.
Superman would have entered the public domain last year if Congress hadn't extended copyright protection more than fifteen years ago. For now, and possibly forever, DC has the exclusive rights to profit from the character --- but that happily hasn't yet stopped artists from paying tribute with their own fan-made, not-for-profit works. Among those works is artist and animator Stephen Byrne's awesome nine-page silent story starring his modern makeover versions of DC's 'Trinity', Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.
The redesigns started out as a pin-up that proved especially popular on social media earlier this year. Byrne decided to turn the pin-up into a story, and has been posting the pages online as he completes them, with the final page going up just this past week. The story has a surprising twist in the tale that you're unlikely to see in an official Superman comic. And we don't just mean Batman using a gun.
It’s no secret that Hollywood has a hard time embracing older women (related: this brilliant Amy Schumer sketch), but there’s one who will never have to struggle to get work: Wonder Woman. The immortal superhero has been alive for centuries (depending on which origin and continuity you prefer), and in case you were worried that the new Warner Bros. iteration of the character would try to make her more human, you needn’t worry anymore.
How are you feeling today? Pretty good? Do you have a warm feeling inside, a calmness and lack of worry, an inexplicable sense of contentment? If you answered yes, it's not a coincidence, it's not random chance: it's a miracle. Miracle Monday is the official holiday of Superman, celebrated on the third Monday in May and introduced in the 1981 prose novel Miracle Monday by Elliot S Maggin.
To help celebrate this worthiest of holidays, we have collected a series of images from throughout Superman's history that are iconic, classic, inspiring, moving, or which just encapsulate some portion of the spirit of Superman.
ScreenCrush editor, comic-book lover, and undiagnosed masochist Matt Singer is systematically watching every single (American) comic-book movie ever made in the order in which they were released. This week in The Complete History of Comic-Book Movies: This looks like a(nother) job for Superman.
If you fancy yourself a fan of Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Killian Plunkett's Superman: Red Son, or you know, socialism in general, then Sideshow's newest premium format figure collection just might be the one you're looking for.
Many of comics’ most popular heroes have been around for decades, and in the case of the big names from the publisher now known as DC Comics, some have been around for a sizable chunk of a century. As these characters passed through the different historical eras known in comics as the Golden Age (the late 1930s through the early 1950s), the Silver Age (the mid 1950s through the late 1960s), the Bronze Age (the early 1970s through the mid 1980s) and on into modern times, they have experienced considerable changes in tone and portrayal that reflect the zeitgeist of the time.
With this feature we’ll help you navigate the very best stories of DC Comics’ most beloved characters decade by decade. This week, we’re taking a look at Lois Lane.
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