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Bow Ties are Cool

  • National Tuxedo Day: Bat Family (New Earth/Prime Earth)
Today is National Tuxedo Day (10 October) and no family looks cooler in a tux than the Wayne Family as the above photoset proves.

Image Source:
  • Bruce Wayne: Batman #613 by Jim Lee (Center)
  • Damian Wayne: Batman and Robin Annual #1 by Ardian Syaf (Upper Right)
  • Dick Grayson: Grayson #9 by Mikel Janin (Upper Left)
  • Duke Thomas: Batman #2 by David Finch (Middle Left)
  • Harper Row: Batman and Robin Eternal #7 by Álvaro Martínez (Lower Middle)
  • Julia Pennyworth: Batwoman #3 by Steve Epting (Lower Left)
  • Kate Kane: Detective Comics #856 by J.H. Williams III (Lower Right)
  • Luke Fox: Batgirl #45 by Babs Tarr (Middle Right)
  • Tim Drake: Batgirl #8 by Talent Caldwell (Upper Middle)
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Some highlights from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Gallery, published by DC Comics, 1996. Pin-ups by:

Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding

Eduardo Barreto

Walter Simonson

John Byrne and Walter Simonson

Tom Mandrake

Steve Crespo and Rudy Nebres

Jim Calafiore and John Dell

J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray

Sal Velluto and Mark McKenna

Mitch O’Connell and Rick Taylor

So here’s a weird thing I came across in a Twitter search: apparently, plans for followups to All-Star Superman were originally more concrete than previously imagined. 

Grant Morrison spoke a few times about planned spin-offs over the years, made up of three two-issue series with “some unusual artists who’ve never drawn the character before”. One, Superman vs. Satan!, would have starred “early Superman, who just lifts trucks and who can be hurt by a bursting shell…young, angry Superman” in his first year in Metropolis. The other, Son of Superman, would have showed the successor to Superman hinted at by All-Star’s final issue teaming up with Batman’s son, which would “take that whole thing with the old Super Sons stories and update that, make it modern and have the son of Superman and Batman. The first page would be Superman and Batman shaking hands and saying, ‘Congratulations old friend. We’ve stopped all crime.’” And finally, Men of Tomorrow would have been “a huge, generational Superman Squad cosmic epic”.

Obviously, these never quite materialized as originally imagined; Superman vs. Satan! eventually became his run on Action Comics, while Son of Superman morphed into The Just in Multiversity.* But I just learned from an old CBR article that at the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con, Paul Pope mentioned that there had been a plan at one point for him, Richard Corben and J.H. Williams III to work on a “third year of ‘All-Star Superman’”, later saying on Twitter that “Morrison and I were going to do a Forth World ‘take’ on All-Star Superman, I would’ve drawn it in Quietly’s style.” So I suppose the plan was that the three of them were going to do those spin-offs; I have to imagine Williams would do the Superman Squad story, and if I had to bet, I’d guess we’d have gotten Pope on Super Sons, and Corben on the early Superman. It’s probably for the best it didn’t materialize given the eventual allegations against Pope and how that would’ve tainted the work in the long-term for many, but it’s interesting to know that the process may have been much farther along than originally believed. I also could swear I recall having once heard about a writer’s name being tossed around at one point to succeed Morrison on the book before that became an obvious impossibility (I thought it might’ve been Kurt Busiek, but Mr. Busiek himself corrected me on that one); that sound remotely familiar to anyone?

* Since Men of Tomorrow never happened, I wonder if it might one day emerge in another form like the previous two, especially since I maintain it’s likely DC will want Morrison to do some kind of All-Star related project next year.

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Photo by Kimberly Butler/Vertigo. Sandman image by J.H. Williams III,/Vertigo

Happy Birthday, Neil! (Not Neil Young, although his birthday is two days from now) Neil Gaiman was born 57 years ago on this date, which is surely something to celebrate. As the weather gets colder and the days get darker, it’s a good time to say how much we appreciate everything Neil Gaiman has done to make life in general a little spookier. On this day, we tip our hat to you and we hope the changing leaves of the Hudson Valley are more beautiful than they are here in DC.

Love,

Intern Holly

P.S. Links to some of our Neil Gaiman coverage are here, here and here.

anonymous asked:

Hello, I have some slightly stupid questions that I'm a bit embarrassed to ask about but here goes nothin. I'm a bit new to the comic scene and as an LGBT member I wanted maybe participate this June but I'm not sure where to start? Is there a master list for characters sexuality? Or even good series list? Also I've heard there's like a ton of different universes for certain comics, does that affect sexuality? Is it alr

Heya, they’re not stupid questions and please always feel free to ask us for help…also the comic scene is pretty hard to navigate

Here’s our masterlist and our tags page (i think the tags page has more characters) with the characters sexuality.

Different universes do affect sexuality mainly straight main ‘verse characters are written as lgbt+ in other verses (we have them on our tags page as marvel (other earth) dc (other earth)).

Reccomendations:

bolded italicised author name means they’re lgbt+

current ongoing comics

Marvel

  • America by Gabrielle Rivera (3 issues) *latina lesbian main character

DC

  • Batwoman Rebirth by Marguerite Bennett & James Tynion IV  (2 issues) *jewish lesbian main character
  • Detective Comics Rebirth by James Tynion IV  (22 issues) *batwoman has a significant role + bi rep + trans woman rep
  • DC Bombshells by Marguerite Bennett (95 issues) *no-one is straight

Indie

  • Freelance by Andrew Wheeler & Jim Zub (2 issues) *gay main character + poc boyfriend
  • Jughead by Chip Zdarsky (14 issues) *ace main character
  • Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis & Noelle Stevenson *lesbian couple + trans woman rep
  • Motor Crush by Brenden Fletcher *black lesbian main character
  • The Wicked and The Divine by Kieron Gillen (28 issues) *no-one is straight + trans woman rep + poc rep

For more, checkout out ouron-going section

past comics

DC

  • Midnighter (2015) by Steve Orlando *gay main character
  • Midnighter and Apollo by Steve Orlando *gay couple
  • Batwoman by J.H. Williams III
  • Batwoman: Elegy by J.H. Williams III and Greg Rucka (det comics #854-860)
  • Catwoman by Ed Brubaker (vol. 3 - 2002-08) *selina’s protege holly (2nd catwoman) is an openly lesbian character w/ significant role.
  • Catwoman by Genevieve Valentine (the new 52 ) *bi main character + american japanese girlfriend (3rd catwoman) (#35-46)
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer by James Tynion IV & Ming Doyle (13 issues) *bi main character + black boyfriend
  • Secret Six by Gail Simone (all volumes) *latina lesbian and her pansexual girlfriend, with other lgbt characters including a genderfluid black person in the last volume
  • Shade, The Changing Man by Peter Milligan and Chris Bachalo (1990-96) *tackles loads of trans issues and generally gender and sexuality issues

Marvel

  • X-Factor Vol. 3 by Peter David (2006-09) *latino bisexual character with his non identifying male partner (rictor and shatterstar)
  • World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey *black lesbian couple
  • Young Avengers Vol. 1 by Allan Heinberg and Vol. 2 by Kieron Gillen *gay couple in both volumes plus a latina lesbian and a black bi boy introduced in vol. 2 (they all have significant roles)

Indie Comics

  • Kevin Keller by Dan Parent *gay main character

For more check out our tags page (top right corner has ‘search’ function and we have all the comics we reblog on there under ‘comic book’)

Detective Comics (1937-2011) #859

“A cadet shall not lie, cheat or steal, nor suffer others to do so. I’m sorry, Sir, I can’t. I’m gay.”

This sequence hurts. It really hurts on a level that I simply don’t reach with the vast majority of comics. This one gets me though, and it’s all because of Kate’s expressions, her hesitation. And her honor. It’s astounding what a cord this reaches.