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The Red Skull as Trump

The Red Skull is a villain.  That is clear.  In both the comics and in the movies, Johann Schmidt is a follower of Hitler and later a leader in the international terrorist organization known as Hydra. Recently, a clever artist has taken to editing existing images of the Red Skull (and other bad guys), and adding in the literal words and tweets of President Donald Trump.  Following the tragic and hateful events in Virginia on August 12, 2017, we see Trump’s words as spoken by a fictional villain with a racist past: …ON MANY SIDES–!#PresidentSupervillain pic.twitter.com/nXhVTNexEm — Pres. Supervillain (@PresVillain) August 12, 2017  

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Gamora of Infinity Watch and Guardians of the Galaxy

Gamora was created by Marvel writer Jim Starlin in 1975. Gamora  first appeared in Strange Tales #180 (June 1975). Gamora is the adopted daughter of Thanos, and the last of her species (Zen-Whoberis). Her powers include superhuman strength and agility and an accelerated healing factor. She also is an expert fighter, being able to defeat almost anyone in the galaxy. Her sometime lovers include  Adam Warlock and Nova.   Gamora has worked with Adam Warlock’s Infinity Watch team but is best known as a member Guardians of the Galaxy. . Zoe Saldana plays the character in the 2014 live-action film Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Gamora and Angela Gamora-


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Defenders Comic to Feature Netflix Characters


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Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist…we know all of these characters from decades of excellent Marvel Comics titles, and, more recently, as the heroes (and also the anti-heroes) of the collaboration between Marvel Studios and Netflix.  With Marvel and Netflix bringing these characters together as the new Defenders on the small screen, the comic books Marvel publishes are also emulating this lineup of heroes with the new Defenders comic book title “The Defenders.” UrlPreviewBoxAs As long-time comic book fans know, the recent successes enjoyed by Marvel in movies and television have led to changes in how characters and teams are portrayed in the comics.  Tony Stark in the comics, for example, has developed a smart-ass personality to match the Robert Downey Jr. version of Tony Stark from the movies.  Prior to the movie successes of Iron Man and the Avengers, Stark was a rich, drunk playboy with a serious side to how he interacted with other characters.  Now, in the comics, a lot of the serious side is gone, as the comic book character channels Downey’s take on the character. The Defenders show, as noted above, features Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist (and probably will also show the Punisher, Patsy “Trish” Walker, and others), is another example of how Marvel changes the comics to fit their TV and movie universes. The original Defenders boasted a powerful lineup including: Hulk, Dr. Strange, Namor the Sub-Mariner, the Silver Surfer, Valkyrie, and Hellcat, among many others.  Wait…HELLCAT? That is Patsy Walker, who is also in the Jessica Jones TV show….hmmmm…. The new Defenders show should be interesting, even though it will not feature the classic, comic-book lineup of Defenders heroes. The new Defenders comic drops on June 14, and is written by Brian Michael Bendis, who is known for good dialogue and great character development. Art is by David Marquez.

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Jessica Jones GIFS and Dark Humor

Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter   Jessica Jones’ Twitter account posts some videos and GIFS of rather dark humor (have you seen the show?  It is all dark humor, when humor appears), that pretty well encapsulate the personality of the title character of Jessica Jones, played superbly by Krysten Ritter.  Below are some embeds from the @JessicaJones twitter feed. Jessica Jones and her employability skills. Quick question for you. pic.twitter.com/oXZLpPk8dV — Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) May 28, 2017 Jessica Jones and her “liquid dinner.” Friyay. pic.twitter.com/3rVqj4ZNil — Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) May 27, 2017 “Classy” date night with Luke Cage. It’s hard being this classy. pic.twitter.com/BGsmfbTVV0 — Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) May 5, 2017


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Patsy Walker and Hellcat History

Patsy Walker/Trish/Hellcat (played in the Netflix series by Rachael Taylor) started out in Marvel Comics in Miss America Magazine #2 (Nov. 1944) as a teen humor/teen romance comic, and was popular enough to be published throughout the Golden Age into the Silver Age of Marvel Comics. Patsy became a superhero in Avengers #144 (Feb. 1976) when she became Hellcat. As Patsy Walker, she appeared in Fantastic Four Annual #3 (the wedding of Reed and Sue), which introduced her officially as part of the Marvel Universe canon. As Hellcat, she has been with the Avengers, the Defenders and other groups. She frequently teams up with She-Hulk as well. They also like to go out for drinks on occasion. Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter



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Superman #10-In The Name of the Father-New Release November 2, 2016

The newest Superman #10 features the Man of Steel, his son, and Batman and HIS son hitting your local LCS on November 2, 2016.   Superman #10 Cover (2016) Superman #10-“IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER” part one! For the first time, the Man of Tomorrow and the Boy of Steel team up with the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder in a father-son adventure you won’t want to miss! Damian Wayne has been hearing a lot about this mysterious new Superboy, and now’s his chance to find out who he is…


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Female Superhero Team-Up Possibilities on TV?

Who wants to see more of these powerful female superheroes?  DC’s television universe is rife with strong female characters, including, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Speedy (Willa Holland), and Hawkgirl (Ciara Renée).  With the tv shows Supergirl, Arrow, Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow increasingly involved in cross-over stories, fans can only dream of some potentially exciting team-ups.   Some ideas and images to whet the imagination are next… Possible Birds of Prey Team including Supergirl, Black Canary, Speedy, and more…


Marvel’s Contest of Champions Comics and Games -A History

    Marvel’s  Contest of Champions  Comics and Games -A History   In Marvel comics lore, the term “Contest of Champions” is a significant title and is also an example of how Marvel returns to the well of creativity by tapping into an old idea to create new stories and adventures for their fans.  As of this writing, Marvel has produced three separate Contest of Champions comic book limited series, and one very popular game, called, rather unsurprisingly, Marvel’s Contest of Champions.   The first Contest of Champions series, published in 1982, is unquestionably the most important of them all, as this was the first time Marvel published a limited series (also known as a mini-series) of comics with a unique title and a limited and pre-determined number of issues.  This Contest of Champions ran for three issues and featured multiple Marvel heroes and characters from across the Marvel Universe.   Contest of Champions #1 (1982) The plot of this story-line was an excuse to bring together various Marvel characters together to fight each other.  The set-up involved two powerful beings, the Grandmaster and Death, placing a bet with each other for the life of another Elder of the Universe, the Collector.  They each selected a team of heroes and set them to fight each other, and the winner won the life of the Collector. So basically, we had two bad guys gambling for the life another bad guy, using good guys as pawns in their vicious little Marvel gambling game.   The Grandmaster’s team was made up of Captain America, Talisman, Darkstar, Captain Britain, Wolverine, Defensor, Sasquatch, Daredevil, Peregrine, She-Hulk, the Thing, and Blitzkrieg. Death’s team line-up included Iron Man, Vanguard, Iron Fist, Shamrock, Storm, Arabian Knight, Sabra, Invisible Girl, Angel, Black Panther, Sunfire, and the Collective Man.   As mentioned before, this was the first of Marvel ‘s limited series, a concept that has turned out to be very popular.  The most recent examples of these limited series includes the Secret Wars titles (1984-1985, 2004, and 2015), and Original Sin (2014).   In 1999, Marvel also published a Contest of Champions II mini-series, but this was not an actual sequel to the original, since it did not continue the Grandmaster/Death wager.    Contest of Champions #1 (2015) A new Contest of Champions began in 2015, and did feature the Grandmaster and the Collector pitting Marvel heroes against each other again as part of a wager.  This series places the captured heroes on a portion of Dr. Doom’s Secret Wars Battleworld they now called Battlerealm.  The prize for the winning bad guy this time is an item called the Iso-Sphere.   In 2014, Marvel and Kabam games released a massive multiplayer online role-playing game online (and for Android and Apple IOS) called Marvel: Contest of Champions.  Marvel Contest of Champions Game Logo What began in 1982 as an experiment in publishing for Marvel has developed into a popular heroes vs. heroes fighting contest and game, and to think it all started with a little wager between a couple of powerful super-villains.  By the way, the first Contest of Champions comic series is pretty good reading!


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James Tynion IV Comicography of the Batman Books

James Tynion IV Comicography of the Batman Books     Batman and Batman-Family related comic books and comic book runs written by James Tynion IV. Tynion (born December 14, 1987 in New York City) is a writer for DC Comics and is best known for his work writing various Batman titles.  Though he was born in New York, he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he attended Marquette University High School. Tynion studied Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, where he met comic book writer Scott Snyder, who encourage Tynion to write for DC Comics. Tynion began writing back-up stories for the New 52 Batman series, beginning with Batman #8 in 2012. His best-known story arc to date was the Batman Eternal series, which began in 2014. His most recent (2016) work is the re-launch of Detective Comics #934 (with the series returning to the original numbering which had been stopped with the advent of the New 52 in 2011).  This issue is a part of the DC Comics “Rebirth” reboot.   Detective Comics #934-Bat Signal Batman Books by James Tynion IV Detective Comics #934- (2016-Ongoing Series) Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-6 (2015-2016) Batman and Robin Eternal #1-26 (2015-2016) –written along with Scott Snyder, Tim Seeley, Steve Orlando, Genevieve Valentine, Ed Brisson, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly Batman Annual #4 (2015) Batman Eternal #1-52 (2014-2015) NOTE: This was a weekly series written with Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley, John Layman, and Kyle Higgins, 2014-2015) Batman #0, 8-16, 18-25, 28, 35-39 (2012-2015) Batman Annual #3 (2014) Red Hood and the Outlaws #19-28, Annual #1 (2013-2014) Talon #0-14 (2012-2013) Batman and Robin #23.2 “Court Of Owls (2013) Batman and Robin #23.3 “Ra’s al Ghul” (2013) Detective Comics #0, 12, 19 (2012-2013) Batman Annual #1 (2012) -Co-written with Scott Snyder