Al Plastino, the great artist who helped created some of DC’s most popular characters died last night. He was 91. Plastino had been in the media recently fighting to regain the rights to the Superman pages he created featuring John F. Kennedy before his assasination. The pages, which Plastino had been told had been donated to the JFK Library, had recently, much to Plastino’s surprise, to auction.
But Plastino’s legacy goes far beyond drawing those soon to be tragic pages of JFK. Plastino co-created with Otto Binder the original Supergirl, the cousin of Superman, who first appeared in Action Comics #252.
Plastino also created with Otto Binder the Legion of Superheroes including their first appearance in Adventure Comics #247.
Plastino also drew the daily Batman comic strip which ran in the 60s and 70s including this one featuring Batgirl and Poison Ivy which was apparently inked by Nick Cardy who just passed away a few weeks ago.
I would love to see his work on that strip collected.
Supergirl has gone through many many changes through the years and DC is currently turning her into a Red Lantern. But the sunny, confident woman who both surprised and confounded her cousin remains one of my favorite versions and that has much to do with the artwork of Plastino.
My condolences to his family.
A reader just pointed out that the cover to Ms. Marvel by Sara Pichelli seems to homage the cover of Supergirl #1 by Gary Frank from 1996.
What do you think?
Earlier this year sports clothing manufacturer Under Armour introduced their “Alter Ego” gear for men featuring logos of DC and Marvel superheroes. Now they have introduced a DC line for girl.
At the center of the collection is Wonder Woman:
But there are also Batgirl shirts to choose from:
And, of course, there is super-themed shirts as well:
It’s nice to see a Supergirl shirt that doesn’t come in pink. Although if you want something with pink you can always get this boys sweatshirt.
I’m excited to see this line expanded to girls as it reinforces the idea that in the eyes of some major brands superheroes appeal to girls as well as boys.
You have a dog. Or a cat. You like Wonder Woman or Supergirl. Two things that would seemingly be separate in your life. Well, no longer thanks to Top Paw and PetSmart which are selling pet attire and pet toys for fans of both characters.
Here’s the Wonder Dress
And in what falls under “Is it love or is it something else?” you can literally throw Wonder Woman and Supergirl to the dogs (insert own joke here, points for references to Final Crisis)
I’m sure the one above would freak these two out:
Over a few months of hearing nothing about the ESBUFFS (aka Super Best Friends Forever) there’s been two signs that the series may not be dead and gone.
The SBFF are, of course, the trinity of Supergirl, Wonder Girl and Batgirl from the fantastic animated short series done by Lauren Faust for DC Nation. Unfortunately Cartoon Network only made a few shorts and Faust then told me she wasn’t available to do more. But she also told me, “Who knows what the future holds?”
Earlier this week, DC Comics unveiled their SDCC exclusives and the SBFF were included. And then yesterday DC unveiled the SBFF Zazzle store where you can buy just about anything with the SBFF on it including mouse pads, mugs, phone cases, and, of course, t-shirts. You can get all the SBFF together. (And in different poses).
You can get 20% off everything by using SUPERHEROBFF.
So what does this mean for the SBFF. Earlier this week when the SDCC pieces appeared I put out a cry for a digital comic from DC trying to drive the demand for it. Faust told me that "there’s always a chance it could happen, BTW…
So here’s what we do. Tell DC you want a digital comic with the SBFF’s! Buy the stuff from Zazzle! And eat Burritos. No wait, do the other two things.
If they are offering merchandise there is a chance. Let’s make it into a reality!
DC has unveiled its exclusives for SDCC. You can see them all at USA Today but I’ll show the one that I’ll be getting. Oh yes, I will.
Behold the ESSBUFFS!
It’s pricey - $49.99 but I simply must have it. Of course, I’d rather have an ongoing series with these three by Lauren Faust, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. How about a digital comic? Anyone?
Today is the 80th birthday of comedian Carol Burnett. Burnett is one of the few women to headline her own variety show on television, The Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 11 years on CBS from the 1960s to 70s. Burnett has had a multi-faceted career that has also included film and Broadway. She excels at physical comedy and this skit where she plays Supergirl is a good example.
In the skit Burnett’s Supergirl is a Rule 63 Superman with a secret identity as a reporter. (A “girl reporter” which is probably not so much a hat tip to the Lois Lane book, but the role of women at the time.)
It’s a fun little sketch so take a look and, hey, let’s wish Burnett a happy 80th birthday.
A few weeks ago I told you how Fruit of the Loom was making superhero underwear for little girls. At that time it was only available on-line where it was selling out.
But today I saw the underwear on the shelf at Target
But that wasn’t the only licensed merchandise I saw. In the lingerie department there was a whole lot more.
What better way to cover yourself up then with the female Trinity?
This afghan is 45 x 60” and, as you would guess, kicks ass.
I am pleased to see that Old Navy is continuing to offer superhero shirts for girls. I stopped by one of their stores today and saw a lot of shirst on display, more than I’ve seen in the past. Here’s a look.
And I was particularly happy to see this!
In the store there is also a purple shirt with a purple Bat symbol.
You can order the ones above at Old Navy.
I’ve done a few posts on superhero underwear - for men and women. But I’ve also done posts talking about the importance of superhero underwear for little girls. Why? I’ve discussed in the past how not having toys and merchandise for little girls sets up superheroes as a “boy thing”.
Why shouldn’t a little girl who sees Batgirl or Wonder Woman on TV be able to go to a strore and buy toys or, yes, underwear with her favorite character on them? At one time years ago, as I wrote a few years ago, this was a non-issue. Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl underoos were widely available.
But for the last few years there has been a black hole when it has come to girls’ underwear. I’ve seen Wonder Woman and Batgirl undies for women in a few stores but when you hit the kids’ aisle it’s all Disney Princesses and Dora. Not that there is anything wrong with those. God knows enough Disney Princess gear has hit my home over the past years. But I would have loved to have had the option to provide my daughter with superhero underwear. My son, of course, has so many different kinds to choose from I can’t keep track of them.
But now there is an option! Fruit of the Loom has a six pack of girls underwear on line, and apparently it is so popular it keeps selling out.
Here’s a look at the female trinity pair:
There are also Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Supergirl solo versions:
I learned about these from the blog The Rock Father. Apparently I’m not the only who was writing about the lack of diversity in girls underwear.
I’m still frustrated that they are only online although the Rock Father seems to think Wal-Mart will pick them up. I’d recommend dropping a note to Target. They have a line of superhero underwear in their stores right now for women - it seems silly they don’t for little girls as well.
Blah blah blah women don’t like superheroes. Blah blah blah superhero comics appeal only to males blah blah blah.
So here we have the latest from WeLoveFine.com with some new licensed swag which seem to be designed for self-identified ladies who want to dress like their favorite superheroes, underneath their clothes or in appropriate sexy times. (You know, the whole awkward Wonder Woman/Superman thing in JL could actually make me laugh if Diana showed up in one of these).
While not quite as provocative, I’ve also
bought seen superhero themed traditional women’s underwear on the rack at Target.
These are two pieces - pants and top and list for $40.
But while the outfits above may be great for going to bed, this is the only thing that you should wear waking up.
Wake up, stretch your arms and announce, “the Dark Phoenix rises.”
DC unveiled some of the new collector items they will be displaying at New York Comic Con yesterday and some of them are great. And some of them are …
Introducing the “DC Comics Bombshells” series!
It’s not that I’m opposed to them as they look like they’ve been designed well. And I’m sure they’ll sell well. But the juxtaposition of the figues of the male characters shown, Green Arrow and Superman, who are both posed in positions of power and the two of the female trinity posed in cheesecake poses is pretty dramatic.
Frankly I would have preferred this Supergirl Bombshell piece from Cliff Chiang.
I am just going to hope they have a Nightwing statue in this line up. Please someone draw that for me.
To somewhat balance the “Bombshells” a new Talia action figure was unveiled. The only one I have is from BTAS so it will be nice to pose my little Damian with his Mom.