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Fashion Spotlight: Hell And Back, Elemental Charms, and Mortal Spider X

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Hell And Back, Elemental Charms, and Mortal Spider X from JBaz, IdeasConPatatas, and barmalisiRTB will be for sale on May 20, 2015 only!


Hell And Back by JBaz

Hell And Back

Elemental Charms by IdeasConPatatas

Elemental Charms

Mortal Spider X by barmalisiRTB

Mortal Spider X



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Free Lego Spider-Man Super Jumper

Spend $50 or more and you’ll get a Free Lego Spider-Man Super Jumper polybag set. There’s lots of great Lego out now, so definitely a good amount of sets to choose from.

Lego Spider-Man Polybag




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Review: Silk #4

silk004There is an unfortunate bellwether of comic series facing hard times, especially those that are right out of the gates.  As opposed to running stories featuring their own heroes, there are numerous crossovers featuring other heroes or others teams.  Spider-Man has been an obvious constant with this series since its inception, but the Fantastic Four have not.  While their appearance here makes sense, one might also hope that it is not a sign of things to come for this intriguing heroine, especially as she has the potential to be just as popular as Batgirl or Ms. Marvel in the new landscape for comics.

The appearance of the Fantastic Four in this story is introduced so that Silk can learn the boundaries of her powers, with the help of one of the greatest scientific minds of the Marvel universe.  While she is busy with Mr. Fantastic, Peter Park and Johnny Storm take a moment to reconnect and talk primarily about the new heroine.  His attraction to her leads the two of them to an awkward-ish date.  There are a few moments that don’t make sense here, such as when she attacks Peter, or going dancing at a club before a date, but for each moment which misses a bit there are others which are nearly perfect.  In particular the end to their date is perhaps one of the most clever uses of the non-speaking panels in recent years.

While this issue fits with the overall approach of the series thus far, it also acts as a bit of an interlude for the series.  Instead of focusing on some action sequences, this issue is practically devoid of them (aside from one near the beginning which is kind of funny.)  Instead as before this issue succeeds by building itself in the strength of its characters, and succeeds once again.  The appearance of the F4 is a bit of a distraction but the series succeeds in finding its heart where it has been all along.  Cindy Moon is built and written as a person first and as a hero second, which is incidentally what made Spider-Man so popular so many years ago.  The formula is perfect but the question remains whether it will catch on with this title.

Story: Robbie Thompson  Art: Annapaola Martello
Story:  8.7 Art: 8.7  Overall: 8.7  Recommendation: Buy

Spider-Man Gets Animated in 2018

The_Amazing_Spider-ManThe I received notification of a release, the release isn’t exactly working, but it’s being reported all over that Spider-Man will be getting the animated treatment in 2018 courtesy of Sony. The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be writing the treatment for the film.

The film will co-exist with the live-action Spider-Man film that Sony is currently working on with Marvel. Spider-Man franchise vets Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce, along with former Sony Pictures Chairperson Amy Pascal, who will also produce the new live-action Spider-Man film.

The film will reportedly debut July 20, 2018. The live-action reboot will premiere July 28, 2017.


Fashion Spotlight: Spider Experiment, Imperial Ranger, and Springfield Comics

Ript Apparel has three new designs today. Spider Experiment, Imperial Ranger, and Springfield Comics from vale.vfKff, enerimateos, and AtomicRocket will be for sale on April 17, 2015 only!


Spider Experiment by vale.vfKff

Spider Experiment

Imperial Ranger by enerimateos

Imperial Ranger

Springfield Comics by AtomicRocket

Springfield Comics




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Around the Tubes

It was new comic day yesterday! What’d everyone get? Did folks read Convergence?

Around the Tubes

The Beat – CONsolidation: MegaCon purchased by Informa – Expect more!

The Outhousers – East Coast Comic Con Blasts Bloggers and Podcasters, Says Coverage Doesn’t Help Con – How not to make friends 101.

Robot 6 – ‘Unhealthy’ Spider-Man toys aren’t welcome in Chechnya – Well ok then.

The Telegraph – School makes annual report a pageturner by turning it into a comic book – Very cool!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Bill & Ted’s Triumphant Return #2

Comic Vine – Birthright #6

Comic Vine – Convergence: Batgirl #1

Comic Vine – Convergence: Superman #1

Comic Vine – Darth Vader #4

Comic Vine – Deadpool #45

The Outhousers – Descender #2

Comic Vine – Descender #2

Comic Vine – Howard the Duck #2

IGN – Mortal Kombat X: Blood Ties Vol. 1

The Importance of Faithfulness in Comic Book Costumes

It wasn’t that long ago that the world’s first glimpse of a new superhero costume for a live-action project would premiere in, say, the pages of a fan magazine, or even an early trailer. Now, we live in a time when every major news outlet scrambles to score the first run of such an image. The recent debuts of Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman costume from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Melissa Benoist‘s Supergirl costume from the upcoming CBS show got me thinking.

With so many examples of superhero costumes for fans to examine, which have been the most faithful to their four-color roots? And is there any connection between the loyalty of a costume to its source material and the quality of the adaptation; that is, do they go hand in hand? Let’s take a look through some of the most reverent examples and see what we can find. All of the costumes I considered for this article were from live-action projects, as animation doesn’t carry as many challenges for transitioning a costume. I also omitted CGI characters such as The Hulk and The Silver Surfer, since their creation was primarily digital.


1) Christopher Reeve as Superman, Superman: The Movie (1978): What better place to start than with an icon? While the suit doesn’t conform expressly to any one comic artist, it does replicate all the hallmarks of the widely accepted Superman look: spit curl, wide “S” on the chest, secondary yellow “S” on the cape, thin yellow belt with circular buckle, even the subtle “M” shapes cut into the top of the red boots. The thorough translation of that look, along with Reeve’s heartfelt performance, lifted Superman: The Movie to its status as both the first serious superhero blockbuster and the grandfather of the entire comic-book film landscape.

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2) Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014): Another iconic hero, another familiar costume, though perhaps not from a film afforded the same affection as Superman: The Movie. Whatever your thoughts regarding Marc Webb’s second stab at Spidey, you have to admit that the costume is hard to criticize. It’s all there, as if he just swung in from an early Stan Lee/John Romita Sr. issue: the rounded white eyepieces (not pointed; a detail that bugged me about the Raimi films), the bright blue and red in their classic configuration, even the black web-rings that encircle the web-slinger’s fingers. If anyone ever thought that the Spider-Man costume wouldn’t work on film as is, here’s proof to the contrary.

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3) Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014): A more recently created character, but another successful translation from page to screen. The Winter Soldier springs from the mind of Ed Brubaker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, complete with metal arm and a half-mask that makes him look like a Cobra trooper. The comic design of the Winter Soldier already lent itself to cinematic copy, and the recent debut of the character allowed much of the general audience to experience the character on film without prior knowledge.

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4) Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, Wonder Woman (1975 – 1979): Much like Christopher Reeve’s super-wear, this costume was a crystallization of Wonder Woman’s history of slightly modified battle attire (sometimes shorts, sometimes a skirt, etc.) by cementing the “swimsuit” style look in the public’s mind. Like Reeve, it helped that Carter was a solid physical match for the character. This is generally what springs to mind when one thinks of WW: golden tiara with red star, gold and red top, blue star-spangled lower piece, bullet-stopping bracelets and striped red boots. While the show suffered from an overabundance of camp and the absence of a generous budget, the costume would continue to appear in much the same form across multiple media formats for decades.

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5) Robert DowneyJr., Iron Man, Iron Man (2008): An instant classic. Utilizing Adi Gradov’s Extremis-era armor design from the comics (which made sense as Gradov worked as a concept artist on the film), the Stan Winston Studio delivered a detailed, believable armored battle suit that filtered the multitudes of Iron Man suits into a crowd-pleasing singularity. Bonus points for the design of the Mark 1 armor, capturing the DIY feel of a clunky, first-draft walking tank with panache. A rare example of all elements of a film working together to produce something special and unexpected.

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6) Brandon Lee as The Crow, The Crow (1994): While admittedly a relatively simple look to replicate on film, the late Brandon Lee’s striking performance leapt out from behind the rage-mime makeup to create a truly memorable character: raw, emotional, caring and vengeful. The unadorned black clothing kept the focus on the power of the character and his mission while satisfying the fans of James O’Barr’s graphic novel.

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7) Billy Campbell as The Rocketeer, The Rocketeer (1991): Such a period-evocative costume design that feels as if it could only have exploded out of the 1930s, yet Dave Stevens’ high-flying aviator first appeared in 1982. Disney’s 1991 film followed Stevens’ lead exceptionally well, nailing the thick-buttoned leather jacket, jet pack, puffy pants, boots and that Art Deco helmet that looks like Dr. Fate’s blue-collar cousin. This adherence to Stevens’ design helped the film achieve its rollicking derring-do and high adventure as an energetic throwback to the early days of cliffhanger serials.

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8) Nicolas Cage as Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider (2007): Ghost Rider’s costume design isn’t necessarily the most eye-popping, from the neck down. From the neck up, well, it’s just hard to beat a burning skull that can talk, laugh and spew brimstone. But the filmmakers did an admirable job of equipping that flaming skull with all of his comic-accurate accoutrements: lots of leather (with buttons that transform into metal spikes), a long length of lethal chain, and of course, that seriously intimidating bike. While the film may have stumbled with wild shifts in tone, the look of the main character was handled with aplomb.

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9) Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Hellboy (2004): A great example of an above-and-beyond creation of costume design. The Hellboy design team, under the direction of Guillermo del Toro, duplicated Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic design even down to the underbite that gives him that tough-guy profile. The devil’s in the details: the filed-down horns, the symbols cut into his skin, the worn duster jacket, and of course the Right Hand of Doom. The character’s relative human-like size allowed practical effects to create him believably in live-action, as opposed to Michael Chiklis’ Thing in Fantastic Four, who was rendered much smaller than his on-the-page counterpart. Coupled with Ron Perlman’s surly yet lovable performance, Hellboy translates improbably well into our world.

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10) Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach, Watchmen (2009): Aside from the shifting mask, the rest of Rorschach’s ensemble may seem a bit pedestrian. But this one’s all about the little touches: broken belt loops, old bloodstains; all the effects of an obsessive crime-fighting mission on a man without Bruce Wayne’s resources. This wear and tear, combined with Haley’s mastery of the character’s objectivist rage and bulldog tenacity, made Rorschach as much of a standout in the film as he was in the graphic novel.


Now obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list, or even particularly ranked on a subjective scale of comic-faithfulness. It’s simply my opinions regarding the examples that bridged the visual gap between comic and film in the best way. But within these picks there seems to be one through-line that pertains to the best examples: attention to replicating a character’s costume usually runs parallel to attention paid to the character’s inner workings and personality. Not always the case (Ghost Rider may be an exception) but many times a commitment to the legacy of a character’s outside equals a respect for the character’s inside.

President Obama Talks Comics. Asks Your Origin.

In an email sent to supporters, “President Obama” (in quotes because it’s not like he sends these emails), talks about growing up and his enjoyment of comic books, citing Conan the Barbarian and Spider-Man, and that every character has an origin story.

The email goes on to ask individuals to write Organizing for Action about their “origin story.”

It’s very cool to see this in an email “from” the President, but it’s SPIDER-MAN people!!!!!

Read the email below, with identifying data scrubbed.



The Parker Family Swings Into the Warzones! in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1!

This June, not even the Amazing Spider-Man is safe from the Secret Wars – and neither are you True Believers! Prepare for a seismic Spidey story the likes of which has to be read to be believed in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 – a new Secret Wars series! Dan Slott and Adam Kubert pull out all the stops on this next evolutionary step for Peter Parker.

In an interview with Marvel.com, Slott said:

Father. Husband. Hero. In that order. With great power must also come great responsibility. That’s the horse before the cart. But what happens when you have the greatest responsibility of them all? Having a great power is something you have to share with the world. But what if two people become your whole world? What then? Renew Your Vows. You do NOT want to miss this one.

Peter, Mary Jane and their daughter may not have much – but they have each other. But a new foe has taken their city by storm, its heroes falling by the dozens to this mysterious new adversary. Who is this “Regent,” who has claimed the lives of so many heroes? And what does this mean for the street-level Spider-Man?

Just how far will Peter Parker go to protect the family he’s finally gotten back? Find out when the story fans have been waiting for lands on Battleworld!

Written by DAN SLOTT
Art & Cover by ADAM KUBERT
On Sale in June!


Fashion Spotlight: Spider: The Animated Series, Wile E. Symbiote, and THE BUNNYSHER

Ript Apparel has three new designs for Marvel fans, and two for Looney Tunes. Spider: The Animated Series, Wile E. Symbiote, and THE BUNNYSHER from JozVoz, Barbadifuoco, and Fernando_Sala will be for sale on February 28, 2015 only!

Spider: The Animated Series by JozVoz

Spider The Animated Series

Wile E. Symbiote by Barbadifuoco

Wile E. Symbiote

THE BUNNYSHER by Fernando_Sala




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