Q:Could Superman ever be turned into a vampire? or would his Kr-ian/sun powers just combine or short circuit the curse? or would he just explode?
Superman rebooter John Byrne had a real hard-on for the idea of Clark being extremely vulnerable to the supernatural, so it seems like a vampire bite would affect him in some measurable way.
But then again, it depends on how you contemplate vampires. Are they pure magic? Like unexplainable fairy tale Hellboy magic? Or are vampires a monster that can be explained by comic book science; like, are they carriers of some kind of virus or other genetic code that behaves and interacts with all life in a consistent, vaguely scientific way? I tend to think not, or there’d be lots of non-humanoid vampires running around like vampire dogs and vampire horses and vampire chimps. It’s like the Alien xenomorph. If a facehugger implants in a human, you get a human-style alien. If it implants on an ox, you get an ox-style alien, and so on. We don’t see this with vampires, or at least see it often, so I think it makes more sense to go with the “pure magic” understanding of them. Crucially, this provides for the possibility of a vampire kryptonian aka goth kryptonians, and that seems to entertaining a story to ignore.
But let’s say vampires are something that can be explained in a xenomorph-style bullshit science kind of way. I suppose that vampires’ vulnerability to sunlight would have to do with solar radiation, kind of the opposite of what we understand about Superman’s dependence on solar energy. In that case, it seems likely that Superman, being a living solar radiation reactor, would have some kind of resistance to whatever genetic material would be introduced via the vampire bite. That is assuming, of course, that Superman has stores of the same kind of radiation (or whatever sunlight actually is, fuck if I know), and doesn’t convert it instantly and completely into whatever proteins or enzymes or whatever it is that allows him to function the way he does — super-vitamin-D, let’s say.
So maybe Superman wouldn’t turn into a vampire, but he might at least shit himself or something.
Hey, remember the first time you saw Superman flying? It could have been in the Christopher Reeve Superman films, the Super Friends cartoon, Superman: The Animated Series, or heck, maybe even in a comic book.
Whatever the case, the reaction from kids tends to be universal: It’s the best thing they’ve ever seen. Eventually those people become grown-ups who maybe like other superheroes more or stop caring about superheroes at all, but it’s worth being reminded of the effect seeing a handsome guy in a blue suit blast through the sky can have on an impressionable mind. It’s all in the face of a 16-month-old boy seeing a scene from Man of Steel for the first time in the video after the jump.
There are a lot of toy options on the market, but only QMx has been putting a customizable word balloon spin on franchises such as Star Trek and other comics-friendly fare with its unique Q-Pop line. This month at Toy Fair, the company will officially unveil its furthest foray into the world of superhero pop culture yet, with the release of four new DC Comics Q-Pop figures. But you don’t have to wait until next Sunday to see the upcoming toys, ComicsAlliance has been provided with a first-look at an unpainted prototype of the Catwoman Q-Pop, along with color concept art of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Q-Pops are roughly 3.75″ PVC figures that stand atop special mini-diorama bases, complete with optional word balloon effect parts. The word balloons act as a dry-erase board, giving collectors the chance to personalize the figure’s dialogue with a given Q-Pop’s included marker. It’s a clever accessory that I’m honestly surprised I haven’t seen pop up until now.
By Andy Khouri
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
ABOVE: Superman and Batman playing “Superman”, by Phil Jones
Happy New Year, folks! It’s been a while since I’ve posted some process art. Above or below, I present to you my Superman Unchained variant cover. This was particularly fun to do for multiple reasons. The first, I was able to choose a Superman from any era and put him in any situation I wanted. Pure freedom. The second, I got to stretch out my coloring muscles (which is always a treat since I’m a control freak). Lastly, much like a lot of people, my love for Superman goes far back. It’s always an honor whenever I get a chance to contribute his legacy.
I also wanted to thank you all for sticking with me. I promise, 2014 is going to be an even bigger year!
By Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such asCosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
ABOVE: Superman & Batman, photographed by Edward Liu