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Top 10: Comic Book Headquarters by Jerry Whitworth

Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Top 10: Comic Book Headquarters by Jerry Whitworth

While most heroes lack a secret place to hang their hat, those that have headquarters hold the keys to a collection of their triumphs and defeats with a space to improve their derring-do. Of course, as we will discover, heroes don’t hold an exclusive market on secret hideaways. I should note, I chose to ignore cities, planets, and countries like Latveria, Atlantis, Asgard, Attilan, Themyscira, and Oa out of personal preference.

Sanctum Sanctorum

Sanctum Sanctorum

10. SANCTUM SANCTORUM

Home to the Ancient One and his servant Wong, the Sanctum Sanctorum is an unassuming three-story townhouse in Greenwich Village marked by some arcane symbol in its loft window. The building would become headquarters to the Ancient One’s protege Dr. Strange, Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme, and his Defenders. When one walks inside, however, the space is significantly more expansive than the borders seen outside. A veritably labyrinth of hallways and rooms, the structure was built atop a focal point of mystical energies that shifts with certain rooms always in the same place and others change through the passage of time. Some notable features include an expansive living room and adjoining library, a meditation room, Wong’s storage cellar, a room exclusively for the Orb of Agomotto, and a small courtyard.

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Top 10: Possible Batman ’66 Villains

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman 66Top 10: Possible Batman ’66 Villains by Jerry Whitworth

 

DC Comics’ hit digital first series Batman ’66 based on the iconic 1966 Batman television series is moving toward its thirtieth issue in the coming months. Creator Jeff Parker and a rotating cast of artists have adapted the television versions of notable characters like Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Joker, Penguin, Catwoman (both Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt versions), Riddler, Mr. Freeze, and Mad Hatter as well as television original characters like King Tut, Egghead, Louie the Lilac, Marsha: Queen of Diamonds, Siren, and Shame in that time. Various other projects would also emerge including the lost script of Harlan Ellison to bring Two-Face to the television series appearing on the printed page and crossovers came up such as a sequel to the Green Hornet television special episodes and an upcoming series with Britain’s The Avengers (with an expressed interest by the creator of Wonder Woman ’77 to also crossover with Batman). However, the series hasn’t stopped there and has also seen the likes of Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn, Batwoman, Bane, Hugo Strange, Clayface (a transformed False Face), Killer Croc, Solomon Grundy (who appeared in the Batman spin-off Legends of the Superheroes), and Lord Death Man appear in the Batman ’66 series. This, of course, poses the question of what villains could emerge next for the first time in the digital first series.

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Mutagen Mania: Make Mine Mutanimals

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Mutanimals 2015Mutagen Mania: Make Mine Mutanimals by Jerry Whitworth

 

Emerging in the current season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Mighty Mutanimals are a group of mutants formed by reporter Jack Kurtzman (a homage to Jack Kirby, whose birth name was Jacob Kurtzberg) to combat the invading Kraang from Dimension X. The team is the latest in a series of Mutanimals dating back to 1991 created for the Archie Comics’ Ninja Turtles license using mostly supporting characters developed for the toyline and adapted for the animated series. Spinning out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #19 into a three-issue miniseries, Man Ray (the model for Ray Fillet in the cartoon and toyline) investigated a meteorite in the ocean off the Amazon where he met the forest’s guardians Jagwar and Dreadmon. The meteorite turned out to be an egg containing the larvae of Maligna, the hive queen of the alien insectoid race of Malignoids seeking to conquer Earth. Meanwhile on the Stump Asteroid, Maligna sent her troops to kill Stump and Sling (operators of Intergalactic Wrestling) for aiding the Ninja Turtles against her previously in “The Final Conflict.” Stump’s employees Leatherhead, Wingnut, and Screwloose fought the foes back and, learning of Earth’s invasion, left to help their Turtle friends. The trio by happenstance touched down in the Amazon whereas the six heroes aligned against the larvae and defeated them as Maligna arrived to lead the invasion herself. As the yet named Mutanimals fought Maligna’s forces, Raphael and his ally Mondo Gecko with former foe the Kid battled the queen directly and forced her to retreat.

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Top 10: Possible Batman ’66 Crossovers

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman '66 Meets The Green HornetTop 10: Possible Batman ’66 Crossovers by Jerry Whitworth

 

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, DC Comics’ hit digital first series Batman ’66 will crossover with the Avengers from IDW’s Steed and Mrs. Peel. This follows the popular mini-series Batman ’66 Meets The Green Hornet co-produced with Dynamite Entertainment which continued the crossover from the original television series. The author of Wonder Woman ’77 has also commented on a desire to crossover with Batman ’66 (which isn’t new ground as Adam West and Burt Ward returned to their familiar roles with the Justice League of America in 1979’s Legends of the Superheroes). These crossovers may very well be a sign of things to come which prompts the question of what series could we see join the trend down the line. Lets explore some series that could fit in well with the time period and/or tone of Batman ’66.

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Supergirl: From Page to Screen SDCC Edition

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

SupergirlSupergirl: From Page to Screen SDCC Edition by Jerry Whitworth

 

Set to premiere this October on CBS, Supergirl will feature Superman’s cousin Kara (played by Melissa Benoist) following in her kin’s heroic footsteps in National City while juggling her job as the assistant to Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart), the founder of media conglomerate CatCo. As with other Warner Bros. TV programming, the series would be featured at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 where more details were revealed about the upcoming series including more characters set to appear. Lets examine some of these new names announced for live action.

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Ninja Turtles Season 5: We Want You!

Posted by on Jul 19, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Alien AttackNinja Turtles Season 5: We Want You! by Jerry Whitworth

 

For the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles‘ fifth season, the heroes are going to space to combat the likes of Lord Dregg and the Triceratons. Thus far, only a handful of characters have been announced for the upcoming twenty episode season so the door’s open for any number of past and new characters to emerge. However, as season three (and the reveals for season five) have demonstrated, there’s plenty of room for nostalgic entries such as the likes of the Punk Frogs and Mighty Mutanimals. So, lets take a look at some other alien characters that could very well find their way into the fifth season of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to come.

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Arrow & Flash: From Page to Screen

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

VixenArrow & Flash: From Page to Screen by Jerry Whitworth

 

With several studios opting out of the San Diego Comic-Con International 2015 (notably Marvel, Sony, and Paramount), arguably the biggest presence was Warner Bros. who brought teams from their film, television, and animation divisions to descend upon the event. As expected, the DC Television Universe had a strong presence as details on Arrow, Flash, Vixen, and Legends of Tomorrow were revealed. Some news to emerge include John Diggle (portrayed by David Ramsey) beginning to adopt a costume (which fans speculate to be inspired by the Manhattan Guardian), a trailer for the Vixen series (featuring Megalyn Echikunwoke as the eponymous heroine), Hawkman coming to the Arrow crossover, and the casting of Michael Ironside (V, Total Recall) as the father of Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and Golden Glider (Peyton List). Lets take a look at some of the other announced characters for the DCTVU.

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Batman Joins the Avengers at IDW

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman AvengersBatman Joins the Avengers at IDW by Jerry Whitworth

 

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, DC Comics’ Batman ’66 series will crossover with Britain’s the Avengers John Steed and Emma Peel from IDW Publishing. Batman ’66 is a hit digital first series from DC expanding the 1966 Batman television show while introducing modern day characters like Killer Croc, Clayface, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Bane, and Harley Quinn set in the time period’s mold. The series would previously crossover with Green Hornet from Dynamite Entertainment based on the original crossover in the television show while Marc Andreyko has expressed a strong interest to see his Wonder Woman ’77 comic book team with the Bat-book (Adam West’s Batman would also star in a Super Friends-inspired pair of 1979 live action television specials called Legends of the Superheroes). The Avengers, a popular spy-fi television series from the 1960s, is no stranger to comics having been adapted by Gold Key, Eclipse (from the mind of Grant Morrison), Boom! Studios (by the legendary Mark Waid), and most recently by IDW in Steed and Mrs. Peel (Marvel having the publishing rights to the Avengers name). There is also, of course, The Avengers episode “A Touch of Brimstone” which inspired the Hellfire Club in the X-Men. But beyond just being in the same time period, what similarities do the properties of Batman ’66 and Steed and Mrs. Peel share?

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Ninja Turtles Season Five: From Page to Screen

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesNinja Turtles Season Five: From Page to Screen by Jerry Whitworth

 

In previous seasons of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the series’ heroes have faced invaders from Dimension X, mutants spawned by the Kraang’s mutagen, and ninjas from the malevolent Foot Clan lead by the Shredder. Announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, the Turtles’ world is about to expand as they face new alien threats in its upcoming fifth season. Currently in its third season set to resume airing again in about three weeks for eight more episodes, the series was ordered for a fourth season last summer (reduced from 26 episodes to twenty) and a fifth season last week (also with twenty episodes). The current season has been a veritable buffet of pop culture homages to films and eclectic icons and saw the introduction of such classic characters as the Punk Frogs, Mighty Mutanimals, Bebop and Rocksteady, and Mondo Gecko. Lets take a look at what characters are in store in the show’s fifth season.

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The Ninja Turtles Come to Gotham City

Posted by on Jul 11, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesThe Ninja Turtles Come to Gotham City by Jerry Whitworth

 

This November, DC Comics and IDW Publishing are teaming up for a crossover comic book mini-series seeing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles come to Gotham City and join alongside the Dark Knight in Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The premise follows that a frayed relationship between General Krang and the Foot Clan leads to the former transporting the Ninja Turtles and their nemesis Shredder to an alternate dimension. Finding themselves in Gotham City and meeting the Batman, the Turtles have to fight their way through the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery as they try to find a way back home. Generally fighting creatures like the sewer-dwelling Killer Croc or a horde of Man-Bat ninjas, Batman must not only learn to co-exist with these new mutant guests across the rooftops of his city but deal with a handful of rambunctious teenagers that put all of his Robins to shame. Lets take a look at what this crossover could entail as these two worlds collide.

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Street Fighter × G.I. Joe Comes to IDW

Posted by on Jul 10, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

G.I. Joe Street FighterStreet Fighter × G.I. Joe Comes to IDW by Jerry Whitworth

 

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2015, Capcom’s popular Street Fighter fighting game franchise is coming to IDW Publishing in a comic book crossover with Hasbro’s popular G.I. Joe toyline titled Street Fighter × G.I. Joe. Few details are as yet known save that villainous organizations Shadaloo and Cobra would team-up and Vega and Storm Shadow will face off against each other. This is not the first time the two lines have in some fashion crossed over when in 1993, Hasbro produced Street Fighter II toys as part of the G.I. Joe line with figures made of Balrog, Blanka, Chun-Li, Dhalsim, Edmond Honda, Guile, Ken Masters, M. Bison, Ryu, Sagat, Vega, and Zangief. The following year, Hasbro used many of the same molds to make a tie-in line to the live action Street Fighter film in the same fashion to G.I. Joe (but making no reference to G.I. Joe). Lets take a look at what a crossover comic book mini-series could entail.

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Kros Comes to Kickstarter

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Kros Hallowed GroundKros Comes to Kickstarter by Jerry Whitworth

 

Coming into the comic book industry around the same time over thirty years ago, John Ostrander and Tom Mandrake would have their first collaboration only a few years later beginning a friendship and partnership that has lasted decades. Grimjack, Firestorm the Nuclear Man, The Spectre, The Kents, Martian Manhunter, and various other projects would see the duo team to produce some of their best work of their careers and the upcoming Kros: Hallowed Ground looks to be another hit for the team. The American Civil War was the bloodiest war in the country’s history and Gettysburg was its most deadliest battle. For Kros, this carnage attracted legions of vampires hungry for the spilled blood and wounded soldiers. This flood of the undead would by extension attract Kros, vampire hunter and dampyr (part-human, part-vampire with powers of the latter but few of their weaknesses), uninterested in the politics of man and dedicated to the destruction of the undead. Preliminary art released for the project demonstrates some of the Gothic influences often found in Mandrake’s art with the operatic grandeur similar from his run on The Spectre. The coloring, tackled by Sian Mandrake (Convergence: Suicide Squad, Kill the Night), features a limited color palette reminiscent of photography from the period brilliantly giving the project a feel of the past it speaks upon.

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Casting Robotech

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

RobotechCasting Robotech by Jerry Whitworth

 

A live action adaptation of the Robotech franchise seems to be something of a hot potato. In development since late-2007, the rights for the film have kicked around Warner Bros for years gaining new traction in 2013 with actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire (both co-starred in The Great Gatsby) attached to the project only for it to eventually fall through. Three months ago, it was announced Sony had acquired the film rights and a couple weeks ago James Wan (Insidious, Furious 7) was hired to direct. At this point, virtually nothing is known about the development of the film, be it who will write the script, what out of Robotech’s varied ages will be adapted (or how they’ll be structured, like if Macross will be covered in a single film or perhaps trilogy), when the film will begin shooting or premier in theaters, and what actors will be cast for what roles. However, it’s likely given the success of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy (with its sequel moved up in the MCU schedule due to its popularity) and the monumental anticipation behind Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuting at the end of this year that the film will be fast-tracked for theaters. Lets take a look at what actors could be in the running to star in the upcoming Robotech film.

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Make It So: DC Comics’ Wrestling Earth

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Justice Luchas of America by Rusty ShacklesMake It So: DC Comics’ Wrestling Earth by Jerry Whitworth

 

The history between comics and wresting was explored in the past here on Comic Art Community. Therein, the effect of wrestling in Marvel was briefly examined especially considering Fantastic Four’s the Thing who, for a time, was the world champion of the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation (UCWF). However, DC Comics’ offers a unique opportunity with its liberal use of the multiverse for creating an entire world where its characters could be adapted to wrestling. In the promotion Kaiju Big Battel, heroes and monsters battle in a ring that represents a city block as a means of conflict resolution. Such an idea is not far-fetched in comics when you consider Mojo would regularly kidnap the X-Men to perform for his audience’s amusement (which was followed in a similar vein in Intergalactic Wrestling with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). So, lets take a look at what a wrestling Earth for DC Comics could entail.

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Legends of Tomorrow: From Page to Screen

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Comic Art News | 2 comments

Legends of TomorrowLegends of Tomorrow: From Page to Screen by Jerry Whitworth

 

Rumblings of another series in the DC Television Universe beyond Arrow, Flash, and Vixen were reported in early 2015 revolving around Ray Palmer, aka the Atom (portrayed by Brandon Routh). In the months that followed, the series was greenlit and in April named as Legends of Tomorrow (with a debut date set for January 2016). For this latest addition to the ever growing presence of DC Comics on the CW, time traveler Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill) assembles a team of heroes and villains to journey through the centuries and combat Vandal Savage to prevent his destruction of Earth and the fabric of time itself. Characters like Martin Stein (Victor Garber), Sara Lance (Caity Lotz), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), and the aforementioned Atom from Arrow and Flash are set to star in the series (with cameos and guest-stars of other established characters) alongside several new faces including the mysterious Jay Jackson (played by Franz Drameh, rumored to perhaps be Cyborg). Lets examine some of the concepts and new characters of Legends of Tomorrow.

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