Monday, November 29, 2010

Direct Currents: Monday, November 29, 2010

The 25 Awesomest LGBTQ Comic Book Characters

Recently someone linked me to a 7 Best Gay Characters In Comics list. While the list was solid, I was inspired to compose my own list of the 25 awesomest LGBTQ characters in comic books and/or comic book themed media/adaptations.

In Praise Of: Damian Joining Teen Titans

Seriously, this is as good as Guy Gardner joining the Justice League. From the new issue of Teen Titans #89 by JT Krul and Nicola Scott, a few as-little-spoilery-as-possible highlights. As well as Damian works in Batman And Robin, he works even better in Teen Titans.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a Jewish superhero

Joe Kubert called him Ragman...

Amazing new diving suit turns wearer into Aquaman

Aquaman gets a bad rap as a useless superhero because his powers of breathing liquid, diving to the deepest depths and talking to fish are only helpful underwater. Now scientists have made Aquaman even more useless by creating a diving suit that allows anyone who wears it to share those powers.

First it was comic books, now video games

A look at Fredric Wertham's tainted crusade by George Will

Andre Szymanowicz Nails His Jump Shots of Robin and The Spirit [Art]

Andre Szymanowicz draws some quirky stuff, such as Don Draper dressed as Madman and his "Popgun"-invitee comic "Sushi Nachos." It's no wonder that he was asked to contribute artwork for "Elephantmen," too, given how animated his Batman and Spirit sketches look, even when they're covered in shadows and watercolors.

Best Art Ever (This Week) - 11.26.10

The proliferation of social media is an incredible boon for lovers of comic book art, design and illustration. Sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and other countless blogs and feeds bombard us with a ceaseless supply of artwork by professionals and fans that is variously excellent, clever, funny, innovative, and numerous degrees of awesome.

DC Variant Covers

BATMAN AND ROBIN #18 covers, J.H. Williams III’s BATMAN INCORPORATED #2 and #3, Felipe Massafera's GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD WARRIORS #5 and Sami Basri’s SUPERMAN #706.

Comic Book Legends Revealed! #288

This week, find out why DC sat on a Neil Gaiman Superman/Green Lantern story for more than a decade! Discover what significant role Ringo Starr played in Frank Frazetta's career! Also, just who came up with Wonder Woman's costume change twirl?


The Absorbascon

The Aquaman Shrine
Aquaman (Vol.6) #19 - April 1996
Aquaman (Vol.6) #20 - May 1996
Aquaman and Topo by HeathenComics
Batman: Odyssey #4 - Dec. 2010
Smallville: "Patriot"
Custom Aquaman Statue
Mera Munny

Atomic Surgery
Nightmare Island! (1952) by Carmine Infantino

Comics Make Me Happy!
JLA Overload Wallpaper

Continued On 2nd Page Following
Continued on 2nd Page Following - Before The Force, There Was The Source

Diana Prince: Wonder Woman
2007 Wonder Woman Bordered by Rafael Lam
Wonder Woman & Diana Prince Paper Dolls by Margaret Menamin

Diversions of the Groovy Kind
"The Man Who Melted Manhattan!" from Batman Family #13 (June 1977)
"The Strange Ones" from Weird Mystery Tales #24 (August 1975)

Every Day Is Like Wednesday
League Line-Ups That Never Existed (But Should Have) #7
Some of the best DC Comics covers from 2000-2008, according to DC Comics: The 75th Anniversary Poster Book

Firestorm Fan
Black Lantern Firestorm Bust
Firestorm Wallets
Firestorm Wallpaper featuring art by Ivan Reis
New Page Header Featuring the Blank Slate Firestorm

Girls Gone Geek
Thumbs Up for Young Justice

Green Lantern Butt's FOREVER!
Adieu to the Justice Society
Boys, Just Lighten Up

The Idol-Head of Diabolu
2010 The Martian Manhunter Archives Volume 8 Fan Mock-Up Cover by Tom Hartley
2010 The Martian Manhunter Archives Volume 8 Fan Mock-Up Back Cover by Tom Hartley
1992 Comics Buyer's Guide #975 Cover
Justice League Martian Manhunter Micro Bobble Head

Justice League Detroit
2010 Aquaman - Minimalismo by Rafael Lam
2010 "Minimalist Batman" by Andy Kuhn

Kingdom Kane
"The Case of the Blonde Bombshell"from Strange Adventures No. 182, November 1965

Power of the Atom
2009 SDCC Golden Age Atom Cosplay photo by Matt Kindt
2008 New York Comic Convention Damage & Liberty Belle II Commission by Dale Eaglesham

Silver Age Comics
Jor-El's Life Story

Siskoid's Blog of Geekery
Dial H for Heavy
Doctor Strangefate Strikes Back
Reign of the Supermen #35: Superman of Earth-One
Dial H for Hoopla
Reign of the Supermen #38: Super-Merman

Subject : THE SUICIDE SQUAD (Task Force X)
My "what the @#$% was I thinking!?" moments in my Suicide Squad collecting history
"Gentlemen prefer blonds", but I prefer my women to be from the Suicide Squad
When a Martian meets a woman

Supergirl Comic Box Commentary
Review: Supergirl #58
Superman #706 - Another 'Grounded' Interlude
The Essential Superman Encyclopedia

The Thought Experiment
69 Days of Wonder Woman, Day 7: Why then, o brawling love, o loving hate, o anything of nothing first create?
69 Days of Wonder Woman, Day 8: Super Dictionary, “I am against the people who make trouble.”
69 Days of Wonder Woman, Days 9 – 35
Yesterday’s News: Some cheesecake with her mashed potatoes for Noel Neill, the first Lois Lane

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