Posts Tagged "Super Friends"

A Tale of Light and Shadow: History of the World’s Finest

Posted by on Jul 26, 2013 in Comic Art News | 0 comments

Batman SupermanA Tale of Light and Shadow: History of the World’s Finest by Jerry Whitworth

 

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, the sequel to the blockbuster Man of Steel film will feature the Dark Knight of Gotham City. Dubbed “Batman/Superman” by various outlets, few details have been released about the project save that much of the talent involved in the first film will return. Director Zack Snyder, screenwriter David S. Goyer, producer Christopher Nolan, and cast members Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) have all been confirmed for the sequel. This is not the first time a film was planned featuring the two biggest properties at DC Comics. In 2002, Batman vs. Superman was announced as a pitch developed by Andrew Kevin Walker (Se7en) and revised by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind) set to be filmed in 2003 and premier in 2004. Wolfgang Petersen (Das Boot) was set to direct and Christian Bale and Josh Hartnett to star as Batman and Superman, respectively. The plot, reportedly, featured Bruce Wayne retired some years from being Batman and having lost virtually all of his adopted family and closest friends. Torn over the grief of their deaths, Wayne is saved by new character Elizabeth Miller who later agreed to be his wife. For their wedding, Wayne approached Clark Kent (suffering himself after his divorce from Lois Lane) as his best man only for the Joker to murder Miller on her honeymoon. Finally reaching his breaking point, Wayne again dons the garb of the Batman waging a bloody war of vengeance trying to hunt down the Clown Prince of Crime leading the Man of Steel to be forced to intervene. Lex Luthor was set to appear as part of the action as Lana Lang would be introduced as a new love interest for Superman. The film would be canceled when Warner Bros decided instead to produce two separate films for the characters in J.J. Abrams’ Superman: Flyby and Darren Aronofsky’s Batman: Year One.

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Make it So: Earth Hanna-Barbera

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Hanna-Barbera JLA by Daniel HDR

Hanna-Barbera JLA by Daniel HDR

Make it So: Earth Hanna-Barbera by Jerry Whitworth

When DC Comics reintroduced its multiverse concept, fans were largely let down by what resulted. There were mostly forgotten about advents like Captain Atom: Armageddon, Countdown to Final Crisis, The Search for Ray Palmer storyline, Countdown: Arena, and Grant Morrison’s Multiversity which, save for Final Crisis: Superman Beyond, has yet to ever surface. The Young Justice television series takes place on one of the 52 Earths in DC Comics’ multiverse but have thus far remained on their own Earth and the rebooted DC Universe has generally only touched upon two Earths (a reboot that has all but deflated in its renewed interest). In essence, it was an opportunity that was wasted. Further, it appears little if anything will be done with it. As the idea was mostly dropped, several Earths were never even identified. With this in mind, consider what if one of these Earths is made home to the world of Hanna-Barbera? One of the infuriating aspects of DC Comics is its wasted potential. Comic books have become the bedrock of many successful franchises and have long acted as a promotional device for non-comic book originating material. So, it should be a no-brainer that Warner Brothers would promote their rich catalog of animation through its comic book line. As the Looney Tunes may not fit well in the DC Universe, Hanna-Barbera alternatively could fit quite nicely. This is especially accurate considering this is not exactly all that innovative an idea.

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Non-Comic Book DC Characters

Posted by on Jul 30, 2012 in Comic Art News | 1 comment

Super Dictionary

Super Dictionary

The Non-Comic Book DC Characters by Jerry Whitworth

 

Companies like DC and Marvel Comics have been around for over seventy years and have amassed literally thousands of original characters. However, for every Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man, you have dozens of characters like Odd Man, Yellow Peri, and D-Man who few are even aware of (and those few may regret having that knowledge). Despite this, when comics move to other media like cartoons, film, storybooks, and more, it hasn’t stopped companies from developing new original creations. Some of these characters catch on, like Harley Quinn (created for Batman: The Animated Series), Batgirl (created for the Batman television series), and Aqualad (created for Young Justice). More often than not, characters like Hiawatha Smith, Lightwave, and Videoman from Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, fall into obscurity. Arguably more than any other comic company, this phenomenon is prevalent with DC Comics. Sometimes, it’s out of necessity, such as the Protector’s creation when the rights to Robin were tied up or likewise for Devil Ray when Black Manta was unavailable. Other times, creators add cultural diversity, such as Conjura (often referred as a variation of Zatanna of African descent, so much so an issue of Super A reprints a Zatanna story from Supergirl #2 with Conjura drawn over the heroine) and the Latin El Dragón of the Super Dictionary. Perhaps the franchise that contributed the most to this was the Super Friends and its accompanying toyline.

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Make it So: The Return of Super Powers

Posted by on Jul 5, 2012 in Comic Art News | 2 comments

Super Powers

Super Powers

Make it So: The Return of Super Powers by Jerry Whitworth

 

Take a look at the hottest action figures of the 1980s and you’ll have a short list with G.I. Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Star Wars, Thundercats, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Super Powers at the top. A considerable difference between these franchises is virtually all of them but one has in some fashion come back into style since. The Super Powers line from Kenner was a series of DC Comics characters based in part on the Super Friends cartoon animated by Hanna-Barbera, which ran in reruns for two years before the line resurrected it, that when manipulated in some manner would perform an action (hence its title “Super Powers”). The line persists somewhat today as there was a merchandising juggernaut behind the toys in things such as stationary, apparel, and domestics to name a few that you can still find made around the world in recent history and the DC Universe Classics toyline has often had paid homage to Super Powers, so far as to even produce some of the characters developed specifically for the line. However, DC Universe Classics only scratched the surface of Super Powers.

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