Tag Archives: Superman

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Cap’s mighty shield forces the World’s Finest to yield: “Batman V Superman” to open March 25, 2016

As the old Captain America cartoon theme song goes, “when Captain America throws his mighty shield, all those who chose to oppose his shield must yield…” In this case, it was announced today that Warner Bros. has chosen to “yield” and move the opening of  the “Man of Steel” “sequel,” “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” to March 25, 2016. It was originally going to open on May 6 of that year, pitting it directly on the same weekend as “Captain America 3.” A lot of people…

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Anthony’s miscellaneous comics picks for September 2014

Here’s what’s of interest from various comic companies for September. IDW Full solicitations are available here. Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #4 (of 6), $4 The Powerpuff Girls, vol. 2: Monster Mash TPB, $18 Rocky & Bullwinkle: Moose on the Loose TPB, $18 Boom Studios Full solicitations are available here. Steven Universe #2, $4 Lumberjanes #6, $4 Image Full solicitations are available here. Copperhead #1, on sale Sept. 10, $4 Oddly Normal #1, on sale Sept. 17, $3 Comic strip compilations Superman: The Golden…

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What superheroes influenced Clark Kent to begin his superhero career?

Among the lesser things debated about last year’s movie “Man of Steel” was a scene where a young Clark is wearing a red towel, pretending to be a superhero like many young children. However, various people asked: if Clark’s the world’s first superhero, then how can he pretend to be a superhero as a kid? And if so, what hero was he emulating? I’ll look at each era of comics, but my overall answer is that while Clark’s the first “real world” superhero, there were various (in-universe)…

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Keith White

Minorities in cartoons: Keith White

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Keith White, a minor supporting character in the Superman comics. Keith first appeared in “Superman: Man of Steel” #1 in 1991, and was created by Louise Simonson. Keith was introduced as a young boy sent to live in a Metropolis orphanage after his mother, suffering from AIDS-related complications, was unable to continue caring for him. One day, while wandering underground, Keith was caught and kidnapped by “Underworlders,” genetic experiments-gone-wrong (long story) who were living underneath Metropolis. Telling Keith they were…

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The title of “Man of Steel 2″ is… “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”?!

News came earlier yesterday of the official title of the “Man of Steel” sequel. And that title’s not “Batman vs. Superman,” but… “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” No typo there… they really went with that as the title. To outline my issues with it (besides sounding like the bizarre sort of title one would see for a “Transformers” movie): The heavy talk about the film already assumed it’d be “Batman vs. Superman”; seems odd to run counter to that by dropping the “s” in…

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Minorities in cartoons: Dave Stevens and Tina Ames

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is another two-fer: Dave Stevens and Tina Ames, who (as far as I can tell) hold the distinction of being the first recurring African-American characters in Superman comics. Dave first appeared in “Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane” #106 (November 1970), while Tina first appeared in “Lois Lane” #114 (September 1971); both were created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Werner Roth. Astute readers may recall that “Lois Lane” #106 is one of the most (in)famous issues in Lois’ Silver/Bronze…

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Why did Clark Kent move from Smallville to Metropolis?

Over the years, DC Comics has published some stories showing how Clark Kent moved from his childhood hometown of Smallville to the big city of Metropolis. But why did Clark choose Metropolis? Why not Chicago, or Gotham City, or Kansas City, for that matter? Granted, with Clark’s super-speed, he could work in Sydney, Australia if he’d wanted, while still living in Smallville. The most frequent reason given since the 1950s has been that Clark moved to Metropolis in order to go to Metropolis University, where…

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Anthony’s DC Comics picks for July 2014

Here’s what’s of interest from DC Comics for July. Full solicitations are available here. Comics Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet #2, on sale July 2, $3 (digital-first) Batman ’66 #13, on sale July 23, $3 (digital-first) Adventures of Superman #15, on sale July 30, $4 (digital-first) DC Comics Presents: Batman Adventures #1, on sale July 30, $8 Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5, on sale July 2, $3 (digital-first) Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #2 (of 6), on sale July 2, $3 Trade paperbacks Showcase Presents…

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How Lois Lane met Clark Kent

Valentine’s Day is this week, so I thought I’d look at one of comics’ biggest romances, which of course would be the romance of Superman and Lois Lane. In light of that, and since comics love to pretend they’re showing major character events “for the very first time!” in various reboots, I thought I’d take a look at the comics’ major depictions of Lois and Clark’s “first meetings.” Golden Age/Earth-2 “Action Comics” #1, published in 1938, doesn’t show any elaborate first meeting of Clark and…

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The Beatles in cartoons

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ American debut on the “The Ed Sullivan Show.”  The Fab Four have appeared in or been referenced in various cartoons and comic books. Like the multitude of “(example) in cartoons” post before this one, I’ll list a few examples (of many) of the Beatles’ cartoon references… The Simpsons The Simpsons has referenced the Beatles pretty often. Among other instances, the “Be-Sharps” episode’s a thorough parody of the Fab Four, while Marge was said to have been…

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