Too early for Halloween? Never. If costume inspiration is running low this year, there's a solution right underneath your nose: in your comic books! We're taking a page from our favorite graphic novels, from Watchmen to X-men. Let your geek flag fly, and try on some of these ideas for size.
As Comic-Con continues, we're celebrating the growing acceptance of all sexual orientations in the world of comic books. After its first openly gay character — Kevin Keller — came out in 2010, Archie Comics has printed its first gay kiss. The smooch between Kevin and his boyfriend, Devon, angers a Riverdale mom in the comic, which, according to the issue's writer and artist Dan Parent, is a "playful poke" at the real controversy the Kevin storyline has caused with One Million Moms. The conservative group called for Toys"R"Us to take down a magazine that featured Kevin getting married, but Toys"R"Us refused.
This is the latest example of the genre's recent push to make comic strips and comic books more open to LGBT themes after being heavily censored by the Comics Code Authority until 1989 (not that the restrictions prevented everyone from writing about gay characters). The road to a lesbian Batwoman and a gay Green Lantern has been rocky, but let's see how homosexuality has been portrayed both positively and negatively in comics over the years.
What do you get when you mix overdramatic romance novels with Archie comic strips? Romance comics! Before teenage girls and young women could watch an episode of Gossip Girl or go online for all their pressing relationship questions like, "Was I too young for love?" they could pick up one of these juicy love-story-filled comic books for advice and entertainment.
Romance comics had their glory days during the Cold War in the US, from 1947 to 1977, and they tackled everything from marriage, jealousy, betrayal, and heartache. See some of your own love dilemmas — and some thankfully out-of-date ones! — sensationally illustrated on the covers of Sweethearts, My Story, Young Romantics, True Life Romance, My Secret Life, and more. Check out these vintage romance comics!
Holy innuendo, Batman! Back in the day, comic books were a favored form of child's play, but who were we kidding? Judging from some of their — unintentionally? — suggestive situations, it's no wonder adults collected these cartoons too. And don't get me started on the sexist lessons being taught here. In honor of Comic-Con kicking off today, check out these inappropriate and sexist vintage comic book moments!
As creator of the most well-known Marvel Comics superheroes, Stan Lee continues to be an indispensable part of the comic-book scene. So much so that he's unofficially a required cameo in the film adaptations of the Marvel characters he helped bring to life. Like staying until after the movie's credits for a superhero Easter egg, spotting a costumed Stan mingling with the Hollywood stars has become necessary viewing for fans. In the tradition of his Fantastic Four superhero team, read on for our four favorite Stan Lee cameos.
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Whether you pledge allegiance to DC or Marvel Comics, both publishers have turned out characters who fight for justice and truth. Most of these heroes were created in the 1940s and were depicted confronting the same battles and enemies as America and its World War II allies. Throughout the decades, many gained broader pop culture appeal in TV shows and movies.
Just in time for the Fourth of July, peep our list of the most patriotic superheroes, and then vote for your favorite in our superhero bracket.
When it comes to fun, playful wedding ideas, a superhero theme is every comic fan's dream come true. Whether you're hoping for simple, subtle touches or all-out comic book mania, we've rounded up creative ideas to help you channel your favorite characters. From real wedding inspiration to affordable Etsy finds, here are 20 festive ways to channel your favorite superheroes on the big day.
Strong and smart heroines are finally leading the Marvel charge: first, in an all-female X-Men comic series, and now, in two new prose novels from Marvel and Hyperion Books featuring the power-absorbent Rogue and transforming She-Hulk Jennifer Walters.
In February, Marvel and Hyperion Books announced plans to publish the female-focused fiction, and this month, Rogue Touch ($15) and The She-Hulk Diaries ($15) are finally available for preorder ahead of the titles' June 18 release.
Christine Woodward's Rogue Touch explores the challenges of everyday life and romance for Anna Marie of X-Men. Anna's touch is, of course, deadly, and after accidentally leaving her first boyfriend comatose, she flees her home. She meets a mysterious — but handsome — stranger named James, and the two embark on Bonnie-and-Clyde-esque adventures.
The She-Hulk by Marta Acosta features the Avengers character of the same name, who shares her cousin Bruce Banner's mutant transformative powers. The novel follows Jennifer Walters, as she's known in her nongreen state, and the delicate balance between her corporate-ladder-climbing career by day and justice-avenging, villain-fighting duties by night. There's also the matter of finding love, not exactly easy for a woman prone to, on occasion, becoming very big and very green.
We're excited to dig into the new female-powered superhero fiction — but before the books' June 18 release, preview excerpts from Rogue Touch and The She-Hulk at Marvel, and let us know what you think about the leading ladies of Marvel's new roles.
Female comic-book characters don't often get the spotlight they deserve — or when they do, it's a spotlight filled with suggestive poses, as we've seen in The Hawkeye Initiative. This week, women take over saving-the-world duties in Marvel's release of X-Men #1, a reboot of Professor Xavier's mutant hero squad, with a cast exclusively of the XX chromosome.
Editor Jeanine Schaefer and writer Brian Wood chose the "best of the best characters" from the X-Men universe to star in the series: Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, and Psylocke. The story begins with the team protecting a child Jubilee brought home who could make or break Earth, while contending with an alien invasion. Just another day on the job, right?
Each purchased paper issue of the book also comes with a code for a free digital edition using the Marvel Comics app on iOS and Android. Read on for an excerpt of the first issue of the all-female X-Men team.
Not only is today May 4, but it's also Free Comic Book Day — a geek extravaganza, to be sure! In case you had forgotten to prioritize a visit to your local comic book store to snag free copies of Action Time Buddies, Grimm, and dozens of others, Mr. Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, has come to the rescue to remind us all. Watch Hugh talk comics and give a quick plug for the new Wolverine film below.