You may have already noticed that I'm a pretty big fan of going really deep into the origins and minutiae of my favorite characters. That's one of the reasons that I really appreciate what ToyBountyHunters has been doing with their in-depth series on the origins of the massive, long-running Super Sentai series, the franchise that gave us the source material for our American Power Rangers. They spend a lot of time discussing the origins and development of the series, an as someone who really likes that stuff, it's fascinating.
The same goes for their latest video, the third part of their retrospective, where they turn their attention to the connection between Marvel Comics and the development of Super Sentai -- and while I already knew all about the tokusatsu series about Spider-Man -- known colloquially as Japanese Spider-Man -- there's a lot in there that I wasn't familiar with, like how Battle Fever J started out as a Captain America show.
If you ever doubt that this world might be worth saving, consider the following: There is, right now, at this very moment, an engineer and roboticist in Japan named Kenji Ishida who is working on building a full-sized, drivable car that transforms into a humanoid robot that can shoot missiles out of its hand. If that news doesn't cheer you up (and make you at least slightly terrified) then really, I don't know what will.
So here's the news: The World's Smallest Comic has been made, a strip by Claudia Puhlfürst called Juana Knits The Planet, etched onto a single human hair. It was done with a machine called the "Focused Ion Beam," which, like a very fine laser, used a tiny, tiny jet of matter to carve twelve panels at a microscopic size, in order to promote the technology being shown at the Exceptional Hardware Software Meeting in Germany.
Now here's the weird part: In order to promote this pretty awesome use of German technology for peaceful purposes, someone decided that they should make a video that is f**king terrifying. Seriously: THEY ADDED THE SOUNDS OF A CREEPY MUSIC BOX. WHY DID THEY DO THIS?
If you were wondering whether the existence of a Jem movie and an impeding Gallery Edition hardcover of The Dark Knight Returns were in fact evidence that I had gained mysterious, reality-warping powers that allow me to control the world as we know it, yes. Yes I have. I am master of reality now. I mean, how else can you explain the fact that last night, Magneto showed up to challenge Wolverine to a battle on WWE's Monday Night Raw?
Okay, admittedly: It was actually professional wrestler (and Intellectual Savior of the Masses) Damien Sandow, in cosplay, confronting X-Men: Days of Future Past movie star Hugh Jackman, who responded by busting out a pretty sweet wrestling move. Still, that's close enough, and by "close enough," I mean it was the greatest thing I have ever seen.
I'll admit that I'm not as familiar with European comics artists as I'd like to be. I mean, I've read my share of Tintin, I think Blacksad's great and I've seen my share of stuff by Moebius, but it's not the sort of thing I usually actively seek out, and I really should. Because if I did, I probably would've found out about Nicolas Bannister a lot sooner.
Bannister, a French artist and illustrator, has been doing amazing stuff for the past few years, with a friendly, cartoony style that's appealing on every level. Check out some of my favorites from his online portfolio, including his take on the cast of Harry Potter, below!
On the off chance that you still didn't think Warner Bros. was using the sequel to last year's Man of Steel to shotgun a Justice League movie franchise in an effort to keep up with the billion-dollar success of Marvel Studios' Avengers movies, here's a piece of news that should pretty much put that theory to rest: As reported by Variety today, Ray Fisher has been cast as Cyborg for the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel.
Fisher will be joining a Batman Vs. Superman cast that's already pretty stacked, with Henry Cavill and Amy Adams reprising their roles as Hopeman Superman and Lois Lane, respectively, along with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Godot as Wonder Woman.
One of the coolest things about Spider-Man is unquestionably his web-shooters, the devices that allow him to swing around the city to fight crime without having to worry about all the questionable anatomy that would be brought up if he produced webs the same way as actual spiders. They're one of his trademarks, to the point where the new The Amazing Spider-Man series of films has reverted back to the idea of mechanical ones, replacing the previous movies' "organic" web-shooters, and they're the kind of thing that it would be really cool to own in real life.
And if you happen to be Patrick Priebe, you actually do. In honor of the release of Amazing Spider-Man 2, Priebe has constructed a homemade version of Spidey's webshooter that can launch fishing line out of a wrist-mounted coil and retract it, triggered by the same motion that Spidey uses in the comics. Also, there is a brass-tipped harpoon pointed directly at his palm that is launched out with a surprising amount of force. That seems like a good idea, right?
If you want to kick off your weekend with some nice news that might just make you cry a little bit, you're in luck: Today in San Francisco, the Make-A-Wish foundation is helping a five year-old cancer patient named Miles live out a wish to become Batman. Thanks to the overwhelming support of volunteers, they've been able to send Miles on an adventure of rescuing citizens, battling supervillains and even getting the key to the city in an effort to give him the best day ever.
Even the San Francisco Chronicle has gotten into the act, printing a Gotham City Chronicle special edition that details Batkid's adventures, with stories by Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Brenda Starr and Perry White, apparently on loan to the West Coast from the Daily Planet. Check out the full page below, and get ready to awwww.
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