George Barris, creator of the original Batmobile and many other iconic TV cars, has died

George Barris (Photo: Comic Book Resources)

Comic Book Resources broke the sad news today that the great car customizer George Barris, who created the Batmobile for the 1966 "Batman" TV series, has passed away.

Barris died early this morning at his home. He was 89 years old.

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Fantastic marching band performance of superhero formations

This week, Michigan State University's Spartan Marching Band paid tribute to Marvel superheroes.

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Western superheroes as Malaysian puppet art


I have no idea what this thread on a Malay web forum is all about, but the depictions of Western superheroes as Wayang Kulit shadow puppets are incredible. It's the work of Fusion Wayang Kulit, per photos in the thread: here's their Facebook page.

Our objective is to revive this Malaysia traditional culture by merging it with fusion element & enhancing it with various multimedia components.

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Mattel hired women to design these action figures for girls


The DC SuperHero Girls line is aimed at 6-year-olds and the look great. Mattel designer Christine Kim says the action figures are were designed by women for girls, not by men for boys. Read the rest

Create 12 different action-packed comic books with The Superhero Comic Kit


See sample pages from this book at Wink.

Calling this book a “kit” might be an exaggeration, but The Superhero Comic Kit does pack a lot of fun into its inviting, oversized pages. The front section has instructions on how to draw various superheroes and villains, as well as how to draw sound effects (yes, there’s a way to draw the sounds that bring superhero comics to life!). Then comes the exciting part where you get to make your own 8-page comic books out of the characters you just learned how to draw, with some prompts to help get your creative fuel pumping. Once you’ve completed one of your stories (there are 12 in total), you can pull it out of the book, fold the pages along the fold lines, and assemble your unique comic book before showing it to the world. The back of the book has two pages of stickers – sound effects and superheroes/villains – to embellish your work. This is a great gift for any creative kid who likes to draw and make up stories.

The Superhero Comic Kit by Jason Ford Laurence King Publishing 2015, 60 pages, 11.5 x 16.8 x 0.5 inches (paperback) From $14 Buy one on Amazon Read the rest

Zeroes: it sucks to be a teen, even with powers

Scott Westerfeld's YA canon is huge and varied, from the Uglies books to the excellent vampire parasitology book Peeps to the dieselpunk Clankers trilogy, and the new one, Zeroes, breaks new ground still: it's a collaboration with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti about teens with powers.

How to make a Man of Steel burger, and other superhero recipes


Fans of DC Comics greats like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash will love this superhero recipe book full of more than 50 fun snacks, meals, desserts, etc. Enjoy tons of easy-to-make themed treats like Batarang Crackers and the Boy Wonder BLT. Each dish is photographed in a fun way with various action figures or cut-outs to represent the characters. This book would come in handy for any birthday or theme party. There are even stencils and cut-outs included in the book to help you along your way. I tried a few of these and found them super easy to make, even though I'm a bit of a novice in the kitchen. One such success that I had was with the Plastic Man Cheesy Fettuccine. The recipe was simple enough, with a sauté of red and yellow peppers, shredded string cheese and pasta. My kids couldn't get enough of it – superheros to the rescue! – Matt MacNabb

Official DC Super Hero Cookbook by Matthew Mead Downtown Bookworks 2013, 128 pages, 8 x 9.2 x 1 inches $13 Buy one on Amazon

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Superhero portraits in the style of Dutch masters


Parisian photographer Jackie Tadeoni Sacha Goldberger created this wonderful series of superheroes (and Snow White!) as subjects of Baroque Flemish portraits. Read the rest

Where to get that “Bruce Lee as a DJ” t-shirt Tony Stark wore in “Avengers”

Robert Downey wore it well as Tony Stark in “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and you will, too. Read the rest

WATCH: Fantastic Four as a direct-to-VHS trailer

The fine folks at Vulture took clips from the doomed Roger Corman Fantastic Four and made a retro-style trailer. ICYMI, here's what they're parodying: Read the rest

Classic superhero bodies photoshopped for believability

I love the "reverse Photoshopping" of these comics -- digitally adding normal physiques -- as performed by The group says it wants to call attention to bodies so far out line with those of most Americans.

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Star Wars and Bat-signal crayons

Crayontastik melts down "reputable brand crayons" and recasts them in new forms, like this Star Wars set and these Bat-signal crayons. Read the rest

Strong Female Protagonist Book One

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, several years' worth of the wonderful webcomic Strong Female Protagonist has been collected in a book called Strong Female Protagonist Book One, and the story is now available in a single, powerful draught. Cory Doctorow reviews a comic that has a lot more to say about justice than the typical superhero story.

Holy Robin!

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Captain America in a turban

Vishavjit Singh, a Sikh cartoonist, spent a day in NYC dressed as Captain America in a turban. (Photo above by Fiona Aboud.) Over at Salon, Singh posted some of what he learned from the experience. Below, a bit of that and also a video of the superhero in action. Read the rest

Stan Lee on superhero science

Premiering on PBS next Tuesday, Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle is a three-part series about the history of comic book heroes and their impact on culture. There's also a hardcover companion book, titled Superheroes!: Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture, featuring full color art and interviews with Stan Lee, Michael Chabon, Grant Morrison, Adam West, and dozens of other icons and insiders. In the above clip from the PBS documentary, Stan Lee talks about the science of superheroes. Read the rest

Wonder Woman, live action (very) short film

"Wonder Woman," a live action short by Rainfall Films. "It's a scant two and half minutes, but in the end, it's one hundred and fifty seconds of pure fantasy, where I get to consider the two sides of my favorite warrior: a crusader in man's world, and a paragon of virtue told through Greek mythology," says director Sam Balcomb. Read the rest

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