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The Wolverine is so Very Grumpy

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Wolverine can haz meme? Grumpy Cat says no.

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2012 Superhero Census Update

Rogue, Wolverine, Cyclops, Beast, Kitty Pryde, Namor, Emma Frost, Storm, Magneto, and other X-MenI just want to give a quick update on the status of my 2012 Superhero Census.

All of the raw data has been collected. It’s a massive amount and information and includes roughly 250 characters that appear across more than 300 individual comics.

Right now, I’m having a few associates proof the collected sex, race, and sexual orientation of all the characters. I’m also working out the best way to display the data. Once I get all the finer points ironed out I’ll publish a series of post examining the results so make sure to stay tune!

LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes

Andy Khouri's Batwoman and The Question marriage equality meme

Andy Khouri’s Batwoman and The Question marriage equality meme

Shamelessly inspired by Andy Khouri’s excellent Batwoman and The Question marriage equality meme, I’ve decided to make a few of my own.

I considered making my own Batwoman meme, but ultimately decided that Khouri’s was perfect and I should just focus on some other LGBTQ superheroes.

If you see one you like, please feel free to use it as your profile pic, pass it around, etc. If you do, a link back would be appreciated. Continue reading ‘LGBTQ Superhero Marriage Equality Memes’

Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Butterfly

First appearing in Hell-Rider in 1971, The Butterfly is the first African-American Superheroine

Nearly four years before the debut of Marvel’s Storm in May 1975, and almost six years before DC’s Bumblebee first appeared in June 1977, there was the Butterfly, the first black female superhero.

Butterfly first appeared in a back-up feature in Hell-Rider #1, published in August 1971 by Skywald. The feature was written by Gary Friedrich (Ghost Rider), penciled by Ross Andru (The Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Woman), and inked by Jack Abel (Superman) and Mike Esposito (The Amazing Spider-ManWonder Woman).  Continue reading ‘Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Butterfly’

Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Falcon

Falcon_the_first_African_American_superhero

As I discussed last week, the Black Panther debuted as the first black superhero in July 1966. However, it would be three years until the introduction of the first African-American superhero in comics: Samuel Wilson, the Falcon. Created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan, Wilson first appeared in Captain America #117 in September 1969.

When a group of men on an unnamed tropical island put out an ad for a falconer, Wilson, a social worker from Harlem, responds with his falcon, Redwing. Continue reading ‘Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Falcon’

Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Black Panther

Fantastic Four #52 (1966) by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby In observance of Black History Month, I’d like to take a little time to talk about the first black superhero.

Ascertaining the first black superhero is tricky thanks to the ambiguous nature of the term “superhero.” In 1941, the horribly offensive Whitewash Jones was fighting Nazis alongside Bucky in the pages of  The Young Allies; in 1954, Waku, Prince of the Bantu, starred in his own feature in Jungle Tales; in 1963, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos introduced us to Gabe Jones; and in 1965, Lobo briefly starred in his own series. Continue reading ‘Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Black Panther’

Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Lobo

First appearance of Lobo the first black comic heroAs promised, in honor of Black History Month, I’m back to spotlight the first black hero to star in his own comic: Lobo.

This western hero, created by writer D.J. Arneson and illustrated by Tony Tallarico, made his debut in Lobo (1965),  published by Dell Comics.

In the series, Lobo is a former Union soldier who heads west after the the Civil War. Upon being wrongfully accused of murder, Lobo sets out on a mission to fight injustice and to clear his name. Continue reading ‘Black History Month Superhero Spotlight: Lobo’

Black Superheroes for Black History Month

First Black SuperheroToday marks the beginning of Black History Month. Being as this is a comic blog, I’ll be observing the month by highlighting some of the most influential and important black superheroes in comic history. Each Monday, I’ll be publishing a different black hero spotlight.

I hope you’ll join me this Monday when I discuss Lobo, the first black hero to star in his own title.

[Update: You can also now check out my posts on Black Panther, the first black superhero; Falcon, the first African-American superhero; and Butterfly, the first black superheroine.]

Transmetropolitan: The Best Comic About Politics and U.S. Elections

Transmetropolitan Vol 1 from VertigoIn case you live under a rock, the 2012 U.S. presidential election is just one week away.

But I’ve decided not to write a long and drawn out article as to why you should vote for a candidate who cares about women’s rightsLGBT rights, and who isn’t an advocate of enforcing draconian obscenity laws (while still accepting campaign donations from porn promoters). Instead, I’d like to share a little about my favorite comic about politics and U.S. elections:  Transmetropolitan (1997-2002). Continue reading ‘Transmetropolitan: The Best Comic About Politics and U.S. Elections’

My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 1)

If the Avengers all posed like the Black WidowWith all the buzz surrounding Marvel’s The Avengers, you’ve probably seen Kevin Bolk’s Avengers Booty Ass-emble parody. It answers the question “what would happen if the male Avengers posed like the Black Widow Continue reading ‘My Favorite, Funny, Feminist Superhero Fan Art (Vol. 1)’


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