Stan Lee POW! Ring

Stan Lee is one of the most heralded comic book writers of our time. He helped to define the genre. Many of the superhero characters that we love today and can’t wait to read and watch on the big screen originated from the mind of Stan Lee. He co-created characters like Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and the Avengers.

At the age of 89, Stan Lee is still in the comic book game. He not only continues to make appearances in feature films from Marvel Studios, but he also runs POW (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment. POW produced Stan Lee’s Lightspeed and that network’s reality television series Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

Right now you can score an official Stan Lee ring emballozied with the POW logo. Each sterling silver ring is part of a limited run of 250 pieces and comes in a custom glass see-thru ring display case. The ring also includes a certificate of authenticity signed by Stan himself. The sterling silver collectible ring is available now for $275. Don’t have $275 lying around? They have a non Sterling Silver version going for $45.

Super Heroic Minimalism

Super Heroic Minimalism is an awesome new Threadless T-Shirt by designer Jonah Block that features two of my favorite Marvel characters in minimalistic form. Both Spider-Man and Iron Man are represented in the design, but surprisingly missing from the print is the caped crusader aka the Dark Knight aka Batman. It looks like Threadless legal decided to tweak the design to exclude my favorite cowled superhero.

Take a look below to see the design that is currently available for sale as well as the original submitted design. And further down you’ll see Ant-Man modification that Block made as replacements for the original Batman design.

What do you think? Did Threadless yank Batman from Super Heroic Minimalism for legal reasons or because they felt it should have been an all Marvel ensemble?

In any case, if you like this one then I think you should grab it ASAP because Threadless legal could pull the design all together at anytime!

Super Heroic Minimalism is available now from Threadless for $18. Super power not included.

Super Heroic Minimalism

Super Heroic Minimalism

Super Heroic Minimalism

Super Heroic Minimalism

I Am Iron Man

No I’m not, but you can sort of be Iron Man. How? I never thought you’d ask! Easy. And the best part is that it does not involve metal or welding tools! Sound good so far? More importantly, you don’t have to have the disposable income of a billionaire to become Iron Man. Sold yet? Thought so. By now you want the newest shirt from NerdyShirts. The Iron Man inspired tee is the perfect wardrobe compliment for when you go and see Iron Man 2 a second, third, and for you uber comic geek types, a fifth time.

The Iron Man 2 T-Shirt is available now from NerdyShirts for the presale price of $14.95. See, I told you that you didn’t need to be a billionaire to be (at least sort of) Iron Man.

Iron Man 2 T-Shirt

Top 5 Movies of the Summer of 2008

As the Summer of 2008 comes to a close and all of the summer blockbusters have been released, I thought it would be a good time to dish out my top 5 list of the best movies from the Summer of 2008. What were YOUR favorite movies this summer?

1. The Dark Knight. This movie was so good, I can’t even explain it. It was a hundred time better than Batman Begins, and thats considering that Batman Begins was already a great movie. The acting was superb and the action was top-notch. Nearly every line said could belong on a T-Shirt. The Dark Knight brought a level of realism to the genre of comic book films that we have not seen in the past. Heath Ledger was insanely brilliant as the Joker. My only complaint for this film, and it is a minimum one, was that Christian Bales Batman voice was a bit overdone. 

2. Wall-E. Wow, more than half of the movies soundtrack was simply robot sounds and yet moviegoers were intrigued at the story of Wall-E and EVE. Wall-E reminds of me of the classic cartoons of yesteryear were the animation would do the storytelling. An all around fantastic film with a moral that resonates in both children and adults. 

3. Iron Man. I have to admit that I had my doubts when Robert Downey, Jr. was initially announced as Tony Starks. Seeing the movie smashed those doubts. Robert Downey, Jr. played Tony Stark to perfection. And then the introduction of Nick Fury at the end, can you spell geekgasm?!

4. Wanted. In terms of camera tricks cinematography, this is the closest thing to the Matrix, since, well, the Matrix. Angelina Jolie was made for the role of Fox and James McAvoy was surprisingly good as mild mannered Wesley Allan Gibson. If you enjoyed this movie, do yourself a favor and check out the original graphic novel of the same title. 

5. Tropic Thunder. This Ben Stiller directed action comedy flick crosses every boundary of what comedy should be. If you’re easily offended, conservative or somewhat squeamish than this movie will probably make you hate Stiller with a passion. If you are able to enjoy the degradation of others at the expense of someone else while understanding that the movie is a complete satire of nearly every respected action, comedy, and drama flick of the 80′s and 90′s, then it is a must see. 

Top 5 Comic Book Movies of All Time

This has been the summer of some very huge blockbusters, many of which were films with comic book origins. Who would have imagined that in 2008 we would see an Iron Man, Hulk and Batman movie all in the same summer.

Here, I break down for you what I think are the top 5 greatest comic book movie adaptations. I’m sure that some of you might argue that the Superman (1978) should have been on the list or that X2 should have made the cut. This is just one man’s opinions.

1) The Dark Knight (2008)

If you didn’t like this movie then you have to either be blind, deaf or both blind and deaf. The Dark Knight is now the movie that all other comic book movies will be compared to. Christopher Nolan was a brilliant choice for director, and the best choice to progress from the previously campier incarnations in the Batman franchise. But let’s not kid ourselves here, Heath Ledger stole the show and churned out the best performance. He was the Joker that we have been waiting for. Forget Jack Nicholson, Jack’s Joker has got nothing on Heath’s Joker.

 

2) Iron Man (2008)

If not for The Dark Knight, Iron Man would have gone down as the best summer 2008 movie. It was everything a comic book movie should be, action packed and filled with smart humor. Robert Downey Jr. portrayed billionaire arms dealer and playboy, Tony Stark, to the tee. Having fought his own demons in real life, Downey was a sure bet for the role. He brought a level of authenticity to the character that I don’t think audiences have seen before in a comic book film.

3) Sin City (2005)

Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City not only broke tradition by having duel directors but by being the first comic book movie (or simply movie for that matter) in recent memory to be shown [mostly] in black and white. Casting was another strong point for Sin City, Bruce Willis as Hartigan made complete sense and having Mickey Rourke as Marv was equivalent to the comic character stepping right out of the pages of the comic book. Much like 300, Sin City stuck to its comic book origins and looked and felt like the graphic novel it was based on.

4) 300 (2006)

More so than any other comic book film, 300 has to be considered the one that stayed most true to its comic origins. I’d say using the actual graphic novel as the storyboards worked out just fine. By filming entirely in green screen, the filmmakers were able to create sceneries that were epic and grandeouos in scale. Extra kudos to the cast for killing themselves in order to achieve the 300 look and feel.

5) Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 is in my opinion the best out of the three films in the Spider-Man franchise. Sam Raimi mixed in the right amount of humor to compliment the web-slinging action. The scene where Peter sings-a-long to Singing In The Rain was such a scene stealer. Doc Ock made for a fantastic villain, and one that the audience could actually sort of feel for. I did not really care for Willem Dafoe but Alfred Molina made for the perfect Otto Octavious. 

How does your top 5 looks?