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Friday, July 26, 2013

Avengers 2 Villain & Partial Plot Revealed At SDCC!

Avengers Age of Ultron banner
While DC, Warner Bros., and Zack Snyder made their huge announcement about the Man of Steel sequel that caused a lot of excitement at the San Diego Comic Con recently, Marvel had exciting news of their own that caused quite a stir as well. Judging from the banner above you can already guess what the news was.

And it's true! At the SDCC, director Joss Whedon showed a video that included snippets from the first Avengers movie while the camera rounded around a shiny metal surface. Most in attendance thought the visual was an extreme close up of Iron Man's helmet, but when the shot pulled back, fans were delighted to see the head of one of Marvel's most iconic villains, Ultron, instead! The video then ended with the banner you see above.

Ultron imageWhile those in attendance who were not familiar with the comics may have been scratching their heads wondering why this teaser was met with such enthusiasm, the news makes perfect sense for fans of the comic books. Actually, some had even called that Ultron might be the next villain as soon as Marvel and Disney confirmed an Ant-Man movie was to take place.

How is this so? It has everything to do with the fact that Henry Pym created the artificial intelligence that would become known as Ultron. And, of course, this artificial intelligence starts thinking on its own and develops its own ambitions and goals, which includes killing off his maker.

This fills in quite a bit of gaps, while leaving some questions as well. With this news, it seems that we can expect at least a cameo of Ant-Man in Avengers 2 or a nod to the character, most likely at the end.

We can also safely assume that the Avengers team will mainly be facing off with the chaos that Ultron creates in Avengers 2. However, will this lead to Ultron creating the Vision to destroy the Avengers and finally confirming that the Vision will finally get his onscreen debut? 

Regarding the recent news that Vin Diesel has met with Marvel behind closed chambers it does seem to lean towards that way. Especially, when Vin Diesel tweeted some clues after the meeting about his possible role in Avengers 2 [read about Vin Diesel Avengers 2 tweets], as well as a recent interview on MTV.

Or, could the Vision be saved for Avengers 3 like Thanos will now most likely be?

When asked about his meeting with the mighty Marvel, Diesel mentioned that Marvel had 8,000 characters. He then mentioned that there's actually two Visions, and one was created by Ultron and the other created by Proctor in an alternate universe.

Okay, with over 8,000 characters, now why would Vin Diesel drop knowledge on the Vision, and why was it the only character he mentions in the interview out of the 8,000 characters Marvel has in its aresenal?

Hmmmmm...but, this also leads to the question of how is the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver going to fit into all of this? 

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Superman and Batman Will Meet In Man of Steel Follow Up Movie!

Superman Batman Logo image

Well, it seems that DC/Warner Bros. announced at the San Diego Comic Con that the follow up movie to Man of Steel will be a...can you guess? No, it's not Justice League. It looks like DC Comics two greatest superheroes will collide in a team up in 2015.

I debated pretty long about even writing about this news, considering DC/Warner's wishy-washy minds when it comes to their plans for their comic book movie properties. At first, they confirmed a Justice League movie to answer the success of Marvel/Disney's Avengers last year. Then they changed their tune and said a Justice League movie will depend on the success of Man of Steel.

Now that Man of Steel has proven successful with a world wide box office gross of $635,827,010 so far, it seems the DC Comics and Warner Bros. camp are once again changing their minds. So, even though the idea of Superman and Batman coming together in a movie is awesome, I wasn't sure if this was just another cry wolf.

However, Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel, has confirmed at SDCC that these two legendary heroes will meet and fight each other on screen. He also said, “Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world.” 

It seems that Zack Snyder will helm this legendary bout that's expected to come out in 2015, but considering DC/Warner's recent history of twiddling their thumbs and changing their minds as much as a little kid does when it comes to what he or she wants to eat, I ain't holding my breath.

What is pretty solid is that the actor and star of the Superman reboot, Henry Cavill, will reprise the role of Superman. He'd be an idiot if he didn't, but it isn't certain if Christian Bale will reprise his role as Batman or not. The actor of the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy has expressed time and time again that he has no wish to don the cowl again for a Justice League movie, so it's expected Christian Bale's tune won't change for a Superman Batman movie either. Besides, Snyder did mention "new Batman" in his statement at the San Diego Comic Con recently.

However, the Dark Knight Rises did hint to the changing of the guard at the end. Perhaps, Warner Bros. has planned that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will step in as the new Batman, even though it seems that the movie studio as well as the actor has claimed otherwise. So, what's on a lot minds is the question, who will be the new Batman?

It also looks like Christopher Nolan will have very little involvement in the follow up to Snyder's Man of Steel, and Zack Snyder has already confirmed the project is in pre-production already. Writer of Man of Steel and co-writer of Nolan's Batman trilogy, David S. Goyer, has the daunting task of coming up with the script for this Superman/Batman movie which is yet to be titled.

So far that's good news. They have a writer, director, and star actor, Henry Cavill. It's also reported that actress Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Laurence Fishbourne (Perry White), and Diane Lane, who played Martha Kent, are already on board for the project.

It very well may seem that is going to happen! I surely hope so. It would be amazing to see these two iconic comic book characters go at it on screen!

So, while we were expecting and hoping for a Justice League movie in 2015, we may get a Superman/Batman movie instead. Talks of a Justice League film has that particular movie pushed back to 2017. I just hope that DC/Warner doesn't get cold feet yet again. Right now is the time to strike on a shared DC universe on the big screen. Marvel has already paved the way with the Avengers, but will DC and Warner Bros. be able to tackle the extremely delicate project of Batman and Superman sharing the screen together? What do you think?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

NewKadia $50 Give Away In August!



That's right comic fans! You read the title correctly!

The awesome folks at NewKadia will be giving away $50 dollar gift cards the entire month of August for their customers. Not just once or twice or three times. Every day in the month of August.

So here's how it works a little: 

Those who have placed an order with Newkadia between Jan 1, 2008 and July 25th of 2013 are automatically entered.

Each day a name and email address will be posted on their site. If it's your name and email posted on the site, you must email them at GiftCardPromotion@NewKadia.com to claim your gift card.

That means everyday, someone has the chance to win a $50 gift card to purchase some excellent comics. No purchase is necessary also.

If you have never bought from NewKadia, you can just send them an email with your name and email address. Just send ONE email to enter in the give away. If you send them more than one, you will be disqualified. 

However, if you're a serious comic collector, you know you have some pretty nice comics on your want list. Recently, NewKadia just got in some major key issues.

Amazing Spider-Man #1 cover image
Amazing Spider-Man #1-75 is now in stock. I doubt they'll be in for long. These always go pretty fast.  Check them out by clicking this link here

I believe I saw an ASM #3, first Sandman and a #6, first Lizard in stock! There's also quite a few issues from the Amazing Spider-Man 1-10 range. Amazing Spider-Man #1 was up there for a little bit! They go fast!


X-Men #1 cover
X-Men #1-100. No, not the 1991 series. The original series. I know there's some regular readers of Total Comic Mayhem gunnin' for X-Men key issues. A $50 gift card could help scratch off some X-Men key comics from that want list. The X-Men comics also go pretty fast like the Amazing Spider-Mans as well. 

Click right here to check out what X-Men key issues they got left in stock to keep a close eye on. I did see X-Men #1 still in stock at the time of this writing.

Of course, there's a lot more key issue comics at NewKadia other than Amazing Spider-Man key issues or X-Men key comics. They've got tons of comics.

Remember, no purchase is necessary. For more information, visit the contest rules page at NewKadia and read carefully. 

It doesn't hurt to try and you may be one of the lucky ones in the month of August! Besides, $50 worth of FREE comics is never a bad thing.

Good luck all, and be sure to spread the word about this!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Amazing Spider-Man #15 CGC 4.5

I've always liked Kraven The Hunter ever since I first read the 6 part story arc "Kraven's Last Hunt" that started in Web of Spider-Man #31 and spread across Amazing Spider-Man and Spectacular Spider-Man comic titles back in the day when I use to ride my skate board to the local comic shop downtown. Back then it was the only comic shop in my city and the surrounding cities and it was tiny. I mean, tiny, and all they sold were comics. No toys, no action figures, no statues, no t-shirts...just comics. Oh, and baseball cards, too!

I do believe it was this cover that sparked my interest in the character. I remember flipping in the back issue box and this cover just jumped out at me. I bought it to find out what the hell was going on, read it, and loved it. Then I back tracked all the way to Web of Spider-Man #31. 

That story-arc is still, probably, one of my favorites concerning our favorite Webhead, and I've always thought Kraven was pretty bad ass in this story. That was my first introduction to Kraven.

Years later, when I started taking comic investing a lot more seriously, I would always keep my eye out for the first appearance of Kraven. I'd walk in and immediately check the All-Star wall for it. You know, the All-Star wall that every comic shop has...that wall loaded with vintage...sometimes really important vintage...comic books? Unfortunately, they'd never have it. 

So I checked a few more local places. One place had it, but it wasn't in the minimal condition I was gunning for, which was a Very Good. Finally, I just said screw it and searched for a copy on ebay.

As you know, I try not to buy unslabbed comics on ebay for various reasons I detailed in my earlier post on my Giant Sized X-Men #1 that luckily came back a nice solid Near Mint. However, you may also know that CGC graded books on ebay are pretty pricey as well.

So I settled on this CGC 4.5 (Very Good Plus) Amazing Spider-Man #15. It was in my budget, and it wasn't too long after I'd bought a CGC 9.4 Star Wars #1.

To be perfectly honest, though, I was just happy to finally have the first appearance of Kraven. I'd been obsessing about it forever. When I got it, I was smiling like a kid who had just got out of detention. 

This issue also has the first mention of Mary Jane Watson as well as the 2nd appearance of the Chameleon just to add more uhmphf to the silver age key issue status. 

So why this comic? There's no movie that Kraven will be in, and it's not like it has the very first appearance of Mary Jane. It only mentions the character.

Well, besides liking the character of Kraven, silver age amazing Spider-Man comics are continually going up. Even on the mighty flea market that is ebay, ASM comics are getting more and more expensive. Especially key issue Amazing Spider-Man comics. 

And most importantly, I didn't have to worry about what grade it would come back from CGC!

On the hunt for key issues of Amazing Spider-Man comics? Be sure to visit the link to see my list of the top important ASM key issues. You can also see more comics from my vault by clicking this blue link right here.

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed it and share this with your fellow comic fans as well.


Sunday, July 14, 2013

Strange Tales #126! First Appearance of Dormammu Located!

Strange Tales #126
First Appearance of Dormammu
Published Nov 1964
Writer: Stan Lee
Artist: Dick Ayers
Cover Artist: Jack Kirby 

High Grade Key issue located:

ebay - Apparently a CGC graded copy for the first appearance of Dormammu is no easy find. Even harder to locate for higher graded CGC copies. Nevertheless, a VF/NM CGC 9.0 Strange Tales #126 has been located on ole ebay. The price is a bit too pricey, but the seller has left a "best offer" option on the listing. It never hurts to try to haggle!

WHY THIS ISSUE?

Dr. Strange movie! It has been revealed by The Latino Review that one of the main villains for our Sorcerer Supreme will in fact be The Dread Dormammu! If you don't already know, The Latino Review has been a pretty accurate source when it comes to leaking info about who, what, when, and where in terms of comic book movies.

Part of Marvel's Phase 3, Dr. Strange will open up Marvel's cinematic universe, further expanding it and adding new characters to enter into their tie-in world. Obviously, Dr. Strange will touch upon the magic side of Marvel Comics. 

Right now, there's been no official confirmation from Marvel about Dormammu, but the Latino Review did make the call on Thanos being in the Avengers. Look what happened to Iron Man #55 (first appearance of Thanos) after they were right and the character did show up at the end credits.

Right now Strange Tales #126 is still a bit of a sleeper, but many are soon catching on. The first appearance of Dormammu is getting a slight kick in demand but nothing that has made it sell above Overstreet guide values. 

Yet! Much like the first appearance of Dr. Strange in Strange Tales #110, I think Strange Tales #126 will start selling over guide once it's officially confirmed that Dormammu is the main villain in the Dr. Strange movie.

As you can see from the CGC copy on ebay I've located, overzealous sellers will start pricing this comic higher. Whether it sells for those prices is a different story.

The only problem is finding high grade CGC copies of this silver age key issue comic. There seems to be a few unslabbed copies out on the market, but very little high grade CGC copies are for sale. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Vin Diesel In Avengers 2? Jeremy Renner Possibly Out!

Latest news is that Vin Diesel has met with Marvel and teased that he may join the Marvel cinematic universe. But whom and which movie.

As we've learned from Mr. Diesel, he uses facebook a lot to tease his fans. In fact, his facebook fanpage team put up a pic of Vin Diesel altered to look like the Vision not too long ago. This stunt was used to try to attract those over at Marvel.

Needless to say, it worked. After leaving the meeting, Diesel possibly revealed which movie and whom he'll be playing with a picture and a caption.

Vin Diesel in front of Avengers 2 pic"Marvel meeting today…     Only the people in the room can tell you what was discussed…
P.s. Thanks to Our page, for pushing to make it happen…
you know I get tunnel vision with my work…
and after that meeting today… wow!"

Possible Clue #1: Picture in front of Avengers #2 comic cover. It could be possible that Vin Diesel's is hinting at his character may be making a cameo in the Avengers 2 sequel.

Possible Clue #2: Diesel made reference to his facebook page and used a bit selective wording in his caption - "tunnel vision". 

Although a few have speculated that Vin Diesel just may be playing Giant Man or Thanos, the long-running speculation of the whole Vin Diesel Vision thing seems even more likely.

It's also a good possibly that his character just may replace Hawkeye all together. Jeremy Renner has expressed dissatisfaction with his role as Hawkeye, which upset those at Marvel/Disney. To Total Film back in August of last year, Renner said:

Hawkeye in Avengers pic
"For 90% of the movie, I'm not the character I signed on to play," says Renner, before homing in on the decision to have Hawkeye brainwashed by Loki from the get-go. "It's kind of a vacancy. [He's] not even a bad guy, because there's not really a consciousness to him." 

He also added: "To take away who that character is and just have him be this robot, essentially, and have him be this minion for evil that Loki uses... I was limited, you know what I mean? I was a terminator in a way. Fun stunts. But is there any sort of emotional content or thought process? No."

Apparently, Renner forgot what happened to Edward Norton after butting heads with those at Marvel on the movie Incredible Hulk. But, to be perfectly fair, Renner's comments were pretty accurate and his character in the Avengers was the weakest link and highly bland. Perhaps, his comment convinced those at Marvel as well.

I still think that it really boils down to Hawkeye not getting his own solo movie, in which Renner had possibly hoped for when signing on. After all, he is a pretty bankable star and playing a character that is fifth fiddle just may be what's really irking the movie star.

Even Scarlett Johansson had pushed for a Black Widow movie not too long ago as well, which was declined, so I can imagine that Renner also had high hopes for his character as well. 

Honestly, I could care less whether they give Hawkeye the axe in the upcoming Avengers 2. The character barely impressed in Avengers, and I'd much rather see other Avengers characters get their shot, like Black Panther, or characters that could be visually stunning like Ant-Man and The Vision.

With Joss Whedon announcing that Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch will be in Avengers 2, recently re-confirming it after Bryan Singer and Fox Studios also cast the character to be in the upcoming X-Men Days of Future Past, it's an extremely high possibility that the Vision will get his due on screen. After all, the Vision and the Scarlet Witch are romantically linked in the comics.

The only thing we really know is that a Marvel role possibly awaits Vin Diesel. However, Vin Diesel as the Vision? I think he would be perfect for the role of Vision, and Marvel and Disney just may agree as well. 

What do you think?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Funny Comic Book Pics


Recently a friend and college classmate in my graphic design studies posted a pretty funny picture that someone had manipulated from an old Batman comic panel to match his or her sense of humor. This gave me the idea to find and share some in this post.

All it takes is a little twisted and perverted mind to get the humor in these comedic works of art. But, some of the funny comic pics haven't been manipulated at all. That's right! Some were in the actual comic and had no intention of being funny during the time it was created.

WARNING: Those who are uptight and way too serious for their own good with no sense of humor can be easily be offended and suffer from bouts of anger or high blood pressure. If you have these symptoms it's advised you stop reading. This post is also not for kids!

Batman smacking Robin image
This is the pic that my buddy Dana posted on her facebook and I thought it was great. For one, I'm a fan of all those bands, Rock N' Roll and Metal in general. 

Two, I wouldn't say I'm the biggest Robin fan, so I thought it was funny to see Batman giving him a smack. I believe the actual art is from a real comic book panel, but not the bubble words obviously. Thanks, Dana, for posting this! I would actually choose Megadeth over Slayer or Metallica. *SMACK*


JLA funny panel
LOL! No wonder there were suspicions about Batman's sexuality with a panel like this one. This panel was obviously not meant to be funny, especially in the context that we see it in today. I believe this panel was unaltered.

Joker funny panel pic

Batman funny panel
This, as ridiculous as it is, was not an altered panel. It absolutely wasn't. 

It's actually from Batman #66, and the writer for some reason decided to use the word "boner" instead of error or mistake or screw up.

This issue had the Joker using the greatest mistakes in history as inspiration for villainous crimes to commit in the present. The Joker's goal throughout this issue was exactly trying to force Batman into a "boner". Well, okay, real translation meant a mistake, but we have a meaning for that word and most of us all know what it means today.This hilarity was found at Comicbooktidbits.com.

See what the Comics Code Authority did to the Joker back then! They said he couldn't be a homicidal maniac, but he could be a clown trying to give guys boners.

Superman funny comic picture
Of course, not even the Man of Steel, Superman, is immune to having at least one funny comic book panel that wasn't meant to be funny. At least, intentionally funny.

This panel is the original and unaltered, and, of course, a kid reading this comic back then wouldn't get the hilarity behind the unintentional humor, but I'm afraid we do. Or, at least, my super, potty brain does.

Yikes! Lois? Supes even has that suspicious I'm about to get in a jealous rage face going on there. Okay, that's my imagination running a bit too far there.

Daredevil funny image
Now onto Marvel. Daredevil being a bit norty? 

The bubble words has obviously been altered on this panel by someone out there with a sense of humor. Despite this panel being totally politically incorrect and sexist, I still got a pretty good chuckle out of it. 

Come to think of it, the panel would've been even funnier if the characters were reversed.

cap funny comic panel
Cap? You command us to what? Well, he is Captain America after all. And they say comics is kids stuff.

Obviously this panel wasn't meant to be funny. Didn't anyone from the editorial staff at Marvel back in the day catch this...err...boner before it went to the print press? Obviously not! 

Maybe it was the same writer of Batman #66 who also did this issue.

Robin funny comic book panel
And speaking of Batman, we're once again back to the Caped Crusader, in which Robin is giving us a whole new meaning to the word Dynamic within the title Dynamic Duo in this panel. 

Poor Batman and Robin, getting picked on all the time, but that's what happens when you become campy like they did during the silver age.

Go, Robin! Go, Robin! It's your birthday!

He truly is the Boy Wonder! And I can truly say it's no wonder why I never really followed Robin all that much in the comics.

X-Men comic panel.
To the regular eye this panel would seem pretty mundane, nothing really funny about it, but take a closer look. Did you notice it? I'm not sure whether the art team meant to be funny or if this was a slip up, but those aren't pliers that Marvel Girl is giving Beast. Yikes! 

Avengers funny comic panel with Hercules, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch
Hahaha! Do I even really need to comment on this one here? LOL, I really didn't think so.

Want some more funny comic book pics and panels? Just click here and you'll see a bunch.

Hope you enjoyed this and got some good chuckles and laughs like I did! Be sure not to follow Captain America's command to wank before Joker makes you commit a boner. And watch out for Robin. He's just waiting to expose himself. See ya next time here at Total Comic Mayhem. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cool Superheroes List of The 80s! The Females!



Want to know what cool superheroes came out during the 80s? Well, you've come to the right place. Below is a list of some of the most popular and coolest superheroes that made their introductions into comics during the 80s. We're starting off with the ladies first, and then the dudes.



RAVEN

Raven image
Created by Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez, the comic character and well known Teen Titan made her comic book debut in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980.  

She is an empath with the ability to teleport and control her "soul self" to fight or observe anywhere away from her body, but these are not her only powers. Raven is half human and half demon, which means she possesses quite a few. Wow, I guess she gets her looks from her mother's side, no?

The character of Raven, according to Marv Wolfman and George Perez, was based on the comic character The Phantom Stranger. She holds team affiliations with both the Teen Titans and the Sentinels of Magic.



STARFIRE

Starfire pic
Another superhero that made her debut in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980, the comic character of Starfire was also not surprisingly created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. A native of the planet Tamaran in what is known in the DC Universe as the Vegan system, Starfire is of royal blood and in line to be Queen and ruler of her homeworld.

Like most Tamaraneans, Starfire can absorb ultra violet radiation and convert it to energy for flight. She can also produce starbolts with that same energy and has superhuman strength.

When creating the character, Perez admits to getting a visual cue from a type of Red Sonja in outer space look. She is a known member of the groups Teen Titans, Outsiders, Justice League, R.E.B.E.L.S, and the Red Hood and the Outlaws.  

In Comics Buyer's Guide's 100 Sexiest Women in Comics, Starfire ranked 20th, and rightly so!




 DAZZLER

Dazzler image
When it comes to cosplay, I often wonder why more don't dress up as the comic character Dazzler. I always liked her in the X-Men comic books during the 80s.

Dazzler is another graduate of 1980, making her first appearance in Uncanny X-Men #130. Created by Tom DeFalco and John Romita Jr., Dazzler is a mutant who can convert sound vibrations into light and, of course, focused energy beams that cause a wide array of damage. 

She has a pretty cool real life origin to the creation of her character. The character was originally a project commissioned by Casablanca Records in the mid-to-late 1970s to be a cross-promotion in the mold of the rock n' roll band KISS, who had two successful comic book tie-in super-specials by the end of 1977. Marvel Comics would develop a singing superhero, while Casablanca would produce a singer. The two companies would then work with Filmworks and produce a tie-in motion picture; Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter wrote a treatment for the project.

Although Dazzler has been affiliated with a wide array of teams, she is most notably an X-Man. [You can check out more X-Men key issues by visiting the link]. 



JUDGE ANDERSON

Judge Anderson imageThe Judge Dredd comics can't all be a sausage, testosterone fest now can it? Of course not!

While most mutants in Dredd's futuristic world are often walking around with three legs or arms, Judge Anderson lucked out. The blonde bombshell is a psychic and also has telepathic powers as well. She is a member of Mega City One's Psi Division and has become such a popular supporting character Anderson was spun off into her own comic series.

Created by Brian Bolland and John Wagner, Judge Anderson was modeled off of Debbie Harry, the famous singer of the rock band Blondie. Her first appearance was in 2000AD prog #150.



SHE-HULK 

She-Hulk image
Bruce Banner has a cousin? The angry, green, rage monster does in fact and her name is Jennifer Walters.

Good thing for Bruce and the Hulk, because Jennifer also happens to be a skilled lawyer as well. Well, on second thought, it's not like the Hulk really needs a lawyer.

Anywho, it seemed that a big bad, crime boss had it out for Jennifer Walters and shot her. Seriously wounded, Bruce Banner was lucky to around that day and had the same blood type. It's this blood transfusion that turned Jennifer into the Savage She-Hulk.

Although, her solo series was short-lived, She-Hulk does have an impressive resume. She has been a member of the Avengers, The Fantastic Four, The Defenders, and S.H.I.E.L.D.

This strong, jade, beauty was created by Stan Lee and John Buscema. Her debut was in The Savage She-Hulk #1 in 1980. 
 

VINDICATOR (Heather Hudson)


Vindicator Heather Hudson picture
Not an overly popular character, but the character of Vindicator first made an appearance in the X-Men comics. The first Vindicator wasn't Heather, but was her husband James at first.

Former leader of the Canadian team Alpha Flight, Heather is a highly capable fighter who was trained by both Wolverine and Puck in hand to hand combat. Her suit first manipulated electromagnetic energies, but later got an upgrade to manipulate and control geothermal energy. Because of this, she can melt rock and manipulate the lava, create jets of lava blasts as well as jets of hot and cold water. Her suit can also absorb heat to power it up, create a personal force field, and allows her superhuman strength and speed.

Created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, the character of Heather Hudson first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #139 in 1980, and there's no doubt that Vindicator is one hot female superhero. 


KITTY PRYDE (Sprite/Shadowcat) 

Kitty Pryde pic
One of my personal favorites and another cool character from the X-Men comics is Kitty Pryde, also known as Shadow Cat. This brunette cutie is a mutant and has the amazing ability to phase and become intangible.


She can phase her body through any solid object. However, she cannot breathe while inside a solid object, so she has to hold her breath until she passes through it.


Kitty Pryde was the youngest member to ever join the X-Men team. She was created by John Byrne and Chris Claremont.

John Byrne drew the character based off a younger version of Sigourney Weaver (weird), and used the actual name of Kitty Pryde from a former art school classmate in Calgary for the character. 

Her character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #129 (1980), but didn't officially join the team until #139, where she took the codename Sprite. Later, in the coming of age mini series Kitty Pryde and Wolverine 1-4, she takes on the name Shadowcat when she matures from a young girl to a young woman.

Kitty Pryde's character will be in the new X-Men Days of Future Past movie coming out next year. 


ROGUE

Rogue art
One of the most popular X-Men characters to come out during the 80s is the southern belle, mutie Rogue. With the ability to steal ones life force, psyche, and powers with a single touch of flesh, Rogue is a female badass with southern charm and actually permanently stole Ms. Marvel's powers. However, brilliantly created by Chris Claremont and artist Michael Golden, Rogue's mutant powers are a curse and the sole reason for her feelings of isolation and angst from the lack of human touch.

Making her debut in Avengers Annual #10 1981, Rogue started out a villain and adopted daughter of Mystique. The picture is of Rogue in her 80s costume. It happens to be my favorite costume of hers, and hardly anyone ever cosplays this version (hint, hint, hint!). 

Rogue, played by cutie actress Anna Paquin in the original X-Men movie series, will return for the movie X-Men Days of Future Past next year also.


ELEKTRA

Elektra art imageWho doesn't love assassins, especially hot, raven-haired female ones with ancient Japanese Sais and a belt in kicking much butt? It's no wonder this Greek hottie became such a popular character in the Marvel Comics universe and why even the blind Daredevil couldn't resist falling for her. Hey, who can resist a female who gives you a good whompin' every now and then?

Created by legendary writer and artist Frank Miller, Elektra made her first appearance in Daredevil #168 in 1981. Yep, she is a bronze age comic superheroine.  

Despite her highly panned movie, starring Jennifer Garner, this character is still amazingly popular and one of the most over-cosplayed female characters like Emma Frost and Rogue.
 

EMMA FROST (The White Queen)


Emma Frost pic
Much like Rogue, Emma Frost started out as a baddie and a telepath known as the White Queen for the Hellfire Club in the X-Men comics. This sexy, blonde vixen also shares the same debut as Kitty Pryde, first appearing in Uncanny X-Men #129 in1980.

Even though she started out as one of the X-Men's most dangerous foes, Emma Frost has become a central character and leader for the X-Men. Her popularity is enormous, and like Rogue, she is one of the most over-cosplayed comic characters out there.

Emma Frost was played by January Jones in the movie X-Men: First Class, but the character won't be returning for the sequel, X-Men Days of Future Past. She is another creation of the famed creative team of Chris Claremont and John Byrne! Emma Frost made my top list of female superheroes.




THE HUNTRESS (HELENA BERTINELLI)

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The second Huntress, Helena Bertinelli, is based on the Helena Wayne (yes, Bruce Wayne's daughter) character that first bore the name. Regardless, Helena Bertinelli is not the daughter of Bruce Wayne nor hold any relation to him. She is, in fact, the daughter of a major crime boss in Gotham.
After seeing her family gunned down in a mob hit (very Punisher-esque), she vows to take revenge and put an end to the mafia once and for all. Well, she is surely dressed for it. Actually, jokes aside, she is a highly trained hand to hand combatant.  

This raven haired beauty was actually first introduced in her own mini series called Huntress in 1989. She was created by Joey Cavalieri and Joe Staton. The character is pretty popular and often cosplayed. The Birds of Prey Costume team in the bay area did a pretty impressive version of the Huntress

Cool Superheroes List of The 80s! The Guys!


Welcome to the second part of the Cool Superheroes List of The 80s? In the last post, we just finished with the ladies, and now we're gonna find out some of the coolest superhero guys that made their first appearances in this decade. If you missed Part 1, don't worry. You can click the link to read it and navigate your way back to this post. Enjoy!



CYBORG

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Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, the character of Cyborg is one of the few African American superheroes in comics, but that mere fact alone doesn't make him cool or interesting.

He's an interesting character because of his origin, and he's cool because he's got enhanced mechanical prosthetic limbs that can make him kick much butt. Cyborg also has enhanced intelligence as well.

What I liked about his origin was that it veered from the typical African-American stereotype. Cyborg, Victor Stone, was not born in the Ghetto or from it like many of his African-American comic book counterparts. His parents were actually scientists that used Vic as a test subject for intelligence enhancement experiments that raised his IQ level to super genius levels.

When an experiment in dimensional travels goes terribly wrong, Vic is horribly mutilated. To save his life, his father outfits him with experimental enhanced, mechanical  prosthetic limbs and body parts. Not only do these mechanical replacements save his life, but they enable him with superhuman strength, speed, stamina, and flight.

Vic is horrified with his appearance, but later grows to accept them with the help of his team mates The Teen Titans, learning rapidly how his new powers can help bring good to the world. Cyborg debuted in DC Comics Presents #26 in 1980.  




DEATHSTROKE: THE TERMINATOR

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Who doesn't love an assassin and mercenary?

Another creation by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Deathstroke: The Terminator is another super villain who plays at the whole anti-hero concept in comic books at times. 

Introduced as simply "The Terminator" in the New Teen Titans #2 in 1980, Slade Wilson quickly became a main antagonist for the Teen Titans. However, due to fans loving his badassness, Deathstroke often walked the fine line of villainy and hero, often teaming up with the group against mutual threats.

Enhanced with the strength of ten men, heightened speed, agility, reflexes, and stamina, Deathstroke is Captain America gone wrong. He can use 90% of his brain, is a tactical genius, and also has an effective but limited healing factor.

What isn't cool about Deathstroke and Slade Wilson? For the record, Deathstroke: The Terminator appeared before James Cameron's movie the Terminator, as well as Marvel's version of the character - Deadpool - whose name is exceptionally close (Wade Wilson) and also happens to be a mercenary.




 GRENDEL

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Debuting in 1982's Comico Primer #2, the creation of Matt Wagner - Grendel - was an indie sensation that became quite popular during the 80s and 90s.

Grendel did the Godfather concept for comics, taking a villain and making him the hero of the story. Hunter Rose, the first Grendel, was a ruthless assassin who would eventually take over New York City's organized crime. Actually, the character never stops being ruthless. You can be certain a character is pretty hardcore when he or she kills someone they knew from childhood who recognizes them.

Yes, Hunter Rose did that to conceal his secret identity. Grendel is a pretty cool concept and definitely was different than other comics at the time.



VENOM (EDDIE BROCK)

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The first appearance that I remember all too well and even linked this character and first appearance comic issue to my fascination with comic investing. It's true.

Back in the day, I bought Amazing Spider-Man #300 for a buck. It was in the back issue box, and Mr. Todd McFarlane had yet taken off. I bought it solely for the cover and artwork.

It seemed that issue and the character of Venom took off pretty soon after. Like many comic characters that start off as villains and get super popular, Venom later became an anti-hero of sorts, walking the fine line between villain and hero.

He is one of the coolest and creepiest comic characters from Marvel to come out during the 80s. His first appearance is in Amazing Spider-Man #300 published in 1988. Venom as Eddie Brock was created by Todd McFarlane.



TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES

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I remember first hearing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1as kid from a friend back in elementary school. He showed me the comic, and I looked at it and went, "Lame!"

After a while though, I gave in and started reading them. I wasn't the biggest fan, but I did wind up enjoying the comics from time to time. Who would've thought that four turtles mutated by alien ooze would become so popular?


In actuality, the TMNT idea came from a humorous sketch by Kevin Eastman. Both Eastman and co-creator, Peter Laird invented the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to be a parody of Daredevil, New Mutants, Cerebus, and Frank Miller's Ronin. 

Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael debuted in 1984, the same magical year that Van Halen's Jump was released as well. 
  

FAUST


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The 80s was a great time for indie comics and creators. My brother was really into Faust. This title created by Bay Area comic artist and creator, Tim Vigil, was probably the only comic my brother really collected. Well, that and Cry for Dawn.

Faust is a straight up horror comic and pretty gory with explicit sex scenes and nudity as well. I remember reading it for the first time and was just blown away. While I thought the claws was totally influenced by Wolverine, Faust used those claws exactly the way we wanted to see Wolverine use them but never did.

The series came out in 1987 and is definitely for mature audiences. It's gritty, dark, but insanely good. Forget the Walking Dead, you want a good horror comic? Check out  Faust: Love of the Damned.

Oh, and if you're from the Bay Area like me, go see Tim Vigil. He's usually at the Bay Area comic conventions. He'll be a Stockton-Con, and he's a really great guy.


JOHN CONSTATINE

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Created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben, John Constantine is a different kind of magician in comics. He's not the usual Dr. Strange and is portrayed as more a working-class "occult detective".

The chain-smoking Constantine first appeared in The Saga of the Swamp Thing Vol 2 #37 in 1985 and was modeled off of Sting from the rock band The Police. Written as a supporting character, John Constantine became hugely popular and was given his own title in Hellblazer. Hellblazer has been the longest continuously published title by Vertigo/DC. 

The comic character is known for his sharp cynicism and ruthless cunning, tricking demons as well as the First of the Fallen himself. Now, it that doesn't give you a cool badge, I don't know what does.

In 2005, John Constantine was featured in his own movie, simply titled Constantine. He was played by actor Keanu Reeves.


NIGHTWING (DICK GRAYSON)


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The character of Dick Grayson might not be from the 80s. He's actually a golden age comic character, as well as his former superhero identity - Robin!

Nevertheless, when Dick Grayson finally decided to hang up his mantle as The Boy Wonder, he was soon revamped into the character of Nightwing. Dick Grayson as Nightwing made his first debut in the comic book Tales of the Teen Titans #43 in 1984 and has become quite the fan-favorite ever since. I definitely think he is much cooler and a lot more interesting on his own as Nightwing than he was as Robin, Batman's famed sidekick.


LONGSHOT

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I've always liked Longshot, and I first saw him in the Uncanny X-Men comics that I grew up reading. He always had this sort of innocent, child-like quality that was endearing, and his chemistry with Dazzler made it all that much better.

Although an X-Man for a brief while, Longshot is not a mutant. He is actually a artificially engineered humanoid with the power to defy probability, called his "luck power", and has hollow bones that make him extremely light. I always thought that would be a cool power to have.  He is from the Mojoverse, a universe ruled by the media obsessed Mojo who had enslaved Longshot and his other artificially engineered humanoids to participate in gladiator-type entertainment. 

By the time, Longshot meets the X-Men, he has amnesia and cannot fully remember who he is. Longshot was created by Ann Nocenti and Bay Area artist, Arthur Adams! The character first appeared in his own Longshot mini-series in 1985.
 
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