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Oct. 10, 2014 | 7:21 a.m.

New York Comic Con: Batman gets his own postage stamps

Batman, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio reveal the new Batman stamps at New York Comic Con on Thursday. (Dario Cantatore / Associated Press)
In time for his 75th anniversary, Batman is getting his own postage stamps. The limited edition “forever” stamps, unveiled Thursday at New York Comic Con, chronicle the Dark Knight’s evolution, depicting Batman from four eras of comic book history — the golden age, silver age, bronze age and current era of comics. The stamps also feature Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon’s iconic Bat Signal. Check them out in the gallery above. On hand to reveal the stamps were DC Entertainment co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, whose art is used for the modern age stamps, as well as U.S. Postal Service executive vice president James Cochrane and art director Greg Breeding, who designed the stamp sheet. PHOTOS: New York Comic Con cosplay “Batman has inspired and influenced fans around the world for generations and will continue to do so for […]
July 15, 2013 | 1:26 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Predator 3D’ toy to feature fans’ decapitated heads

Comic-Con: Predator 3D (featured image)
The alien monster Predator is on the hunt for San Diego Comic-Con attendees. To mark the 3-D Blu-ray release of the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger-starring “Predator,” Fox is dedicating a jungle-themed booth to the film and its iconic extra-terrestrial. “Predator” fans will be able to purchase custom-designed mini-figurines featuring their likeness. Because what fan wouldn’t want to see his or her own decapitated head, spine still attached, being held up by a Predator? The action figures will be created using photographs of participants (taken at the booth) and 3-D printing. The figurines will be mailed to buyers after the convention. Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek. The booth will also feature a Comic-Con exclusive “Predator 3D” head as well as the opportunity to preorder the Blu-ray. The release follows last year’s 3-D version of “I, Robot.” Comic-Con International […]
June 28, 2013 | 11:34 a.m.

Exclusive: Hasbro honors ‘Transformers’ history with Comic-Con toys

Comic-Con 2013 Transformers toys Optimus Prime (featured image)
This year’s Hasbro Transformers Comic-Con toys pay homage to the franchise’s 29-year history, and Hero Complex readers get a first look at them. The three special-edition Comic-Con toy sets run the gamut of the brand’s evolution. In preparation for the brand’s 30th anniversary, one of the sets pays tribute to Transformers: Generation 1 — the original toy line that launched in 1984. The Transformers Titan Guardians action figure set features five classic characters: Optimus Prime, Megatron, Starscream, Soundwave and Grimlock. “These are five of the greatest Transformers characters ever,” said Jerry Jivoin, Hasbro’s global brand marketing director for Transformers, in a statement. Jivoin said the figures feature the original G1 colors and sculpts, based on the 1980s designs. Another toy set — Shockwave’s Laboratory — finds inspiration from today’s popular animated series “Transformers: Prime – Beast Hunters” (currently airing on the Hub network) and […]
June 14, 2013 | 3:57 p.m.

‘Man of Steel’ merchandise: Costumes, shirts, toys flying into stores

Mattel's "Man of Steel" Movie Masters figures ($14.99 each) feature an assortment of heroes and villains from the film, including Jor-El, Superman, General Zod and Faora. (Jeff O'Brian / Warner Bros. Consumer Products.)
The already-ubiquitous Superman symbol is about to get a lot more popular. Whether or not “Man of Steel” dominates the box office this weekend, the studio can probably count on it being a cash cow for merchandising. The Warner Bros. film, opening in theaters Friday and starring Henry Cavill as the titular character, is accompanied by a host of “Man of Steel”-inspired products, including T-shirts, baseball caps, action figures, costumes and Lego sets. “Man of Steel,” directed by Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”), is Superman’s first time on the big screen since Brandon Routh’s turn in 2006. Among Cavill’s costars are Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Michael Shannon as General Zod. PHOTOS: 50 images from ‘Man of Steel’ Toys and apparel are available featuring the Last Son […]
May 24, 2013 | 12:23 p.m.

Superman comic worth $100,000 found in walls of abandoned house

'Action Comics' No. 1 (featured image)
Here’s something that might make you wish you had X-ray vision. A Minnesota man found a rare copy of “Action Comics” No. 1 in the walls of an abandoned home. Turns out, the Superman comic is worth more than $100,000. David Gonzalez, 34, paid $10,100 for the dilapidated house with a torn-up roof in Elbow Lake, Minn., aiming to put his decade of construction and remodeling experience to use. While he was gutting the house for renovation, he found a comic book amid old newspapers that had been used to insulate the walls. The comic was from June 1938, and the cover featured Superman lifting a car over his head. It was “Action Comics” No. 1, which marked Superman’s first comic book appearance 75 years ago. “I knew it was worth money,” the father of four told the Minneapolis Star […]
Jan. 30, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.

‘Man of Steel’ first look: Russell Crowe gets Jor-El action figure

Mattel's Movie Masters Jor-El figure, featuring the character from the upcoming Superman film "Man of Steel." (Mattel / Warner Bros. Consumer Products)
Russell Crowe will be sporting some heavy-duty armor in Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated “Man of Steel” — that is, if a new Jor-El action figure is any indication. The Mattel figure features Superman’s Kryptonian father, but he’s not wearing the ethereal white robes of Marlon Brando’s 1978 portrayal. The toy adopts Crowe’s likeness and appears to be clad in the same alien-meets-steam-punk style shoulder armor we’ve seen in photos from the set. The figure also wears metal boots, leg armor and gauntlets over a blue undersuit. In addition to the Jor-El figure, the photo gallery above also gives Hero Complex readers a first look at figures for Superman, his nemesis Darkseid and another DC character, Vampire Batman. The Vampire Batman figure is based on the Batman vampire trilogy (1991′s “Batman and Dracula: Red Rain,” 1994′s “Batman: Bloodstorm” and 1998′s “Batman: Crimson […]
Jan. 17, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.

Eric Nakamura: Giant Robot Biennale 3 exhibition celebrates misfits

Eric Nakamura at the Giant Robot exhibit at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
The culture of cute is having a moment — more than 100 of them. Inside downtown Los Angeles’ Japanese American National Museum, the unofficial U.S. ambassador of Asian pop culture, Giant Robot founder Eric Nakamura, hovers over his empire of little people — some 100 charismatic misfits clustered in Plexiglas cases. There’s the cheery, hot-pink monster head atop an armored tank, the grimacing caramel-colored ogre with horns and the Native American robotic beast in a fuzzy bear hat. Not to mention the bug-eyed, blue octopus skewering its neon-scarlet brain with a fork. That these custom vinyl figures are being showcased so seriously in a museum setting puts an elastic grin on Nakamura’s face. “A figure show, toys, are never presented in a space like this,” he says. “It usually happens in a shop on Melrose, on a shelf. I wanted […]
July 18, 2012 | 12:27 a.m.

‘Dark Knight Rises’: Mondo’s Batman poster here today, gone tomorrow

TDKR Mondo
Hey, we love Hockney prints and Oaxacan folk art as much as anyone, but, really, is there anything that adds more character to the decor of your home and/or underground cave than a grim slice of Gotham City eye candy? Mondo is selling this Olly Moss poster (16 inches by 24 inches) for just 24 hours and the clock is ticking (the Austin-based Mondo will cut off orders at 12:01 a.m. Central Time on Thursday morning — that’s 10:01 p.m. Wednesday  in L.A.) and they won’t accept orders afterward.  Essentially it’s a limited-edition run where the size of that run is pre-determined by the fan urgency expressed within a single day. And that single day happens to be on the eve of the release of the most-awaited superhero film in history. Nicely done, Mondo, smart and savvy. We’ll be having a lot of coverage here on […]
July 16, 2012 | 9:52 a.m.

Comic-Con frenzy: Why did one Marvel issue go from $60 to $6,000?

Iron Man 55
You hear a lot of bizarre alien conversation at Comic-Con International, but the strangest one I heard this year was between a vintage comics dealer and a shocked collector asking about a nice copy of “Iron Man” No. 55, the February 1973 issue that features the first appearance of Thanos. “I’m asking $6,000 for it,” the dealer said Sunday afternoon without irony or wink. “I know that’s high — hey, that’s really high — but that’s next year’s price.” The issue was a nice one (a slabbed copy, a certified 9.6 grade in appraised condition), but that sounded like an example of galaxy-level overpricing to me. I walked over to an adjacent booth where I saw a familiar face, Ted VanLiew, the owner of the Hampton, Mass.-based Superworld. He seemed only mildly shocked by the Never Never Land negotiation and the number of zeros involved. A year or two after you could […]
May 21, 2012 | 6:43 p.m.

‘Hunger Games’: District 12 for sale

district12
The next time Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne and Greasy Sae are seen onscreen in “The Hunger Games,” they will have a new landlord — and it could be you. The Henry River Mill Village in Hildebran, N.C. (outside of Charlotte), which served as District 12 in the post-apocalyptic nation Panem in the big-screen adaptation of the book, is up for sale. The 72-acre abandoned mill town, home of fictional spots like the Hob and the area known as the Seam, is valued at more than $1.2 million. It will be sold via sealed bids through the auction house Profiles in History, with a bidding deadline of July 31. The piece of “Hunger Games” history is also the subject of an upcoming episode of “Hollywood Treasure,” the SyFy series that follows Profiles in History owner Joe Maddalena as he […]
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