Star Wars Marvel Comics Volume 1 Scans

Right after the first movie was released in 1977, Marvel published the Star Wars (A New Hope) story in the first six issues of a new series. The intent was to continue the series indefinitely with new stories not related to the film. Marvel’s run lasted 107 issues with the final comic published in 1987.

The artist on the first few books was Howard Chaykin (who revamped The Shadow for DC and made me a big fan of his work).  Some of the other artists included Carmine Infanto, Tom Palmer, Michael Golden, Dan Day, Walt Simonson, and Ron Frenz. Here’s some artwork from the series.

Star Wars #38 cover art by Michael Golden

Star Wars #38 with Boba Fett. Cover art by Gene Day

Y-wing fighter in Marvel Comics Star Wars

Princess Leia by Michael Golden

Star Wars splash page artwork by Michael Golden

Princess Leia kisses Luke Skywalker

Han Solo in Carbonite with Leai

Three ships: Luke's X-Wing, a Y-Wing, and the Millennium Falcon by Gene Day

The Deathstar explodes in this Star Wars comics adaptation

Splash panel with Darth Vader in Marvel Comics Star Wars

Star Wars Deathstar art by Howard Chaykin

Star Wars art by Howard Chaykin

Black images from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Title Sequence

Thumbnail poster for the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)These are images from the fantastic title sequence from The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2011). The dark images set the tone for a gruesome film indeed.

As for the film itself, it’s not as good as the original Swedish interpretation of Stieg Larsson’s crime novel mostly because Noomi Rapace is brilliant and it just doesn’t feel as genuine in English as it does in Swedish. Nonetheless, it works because the story is so intense and the acting by Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig is believable.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Faces from Title Sequence

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Eye from Title Sequence

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Fist from Title Sequence

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Dragon from Title Sequence

Black Widow Cosplay

Black Widow Cosplayers displaying their costumesBlack Widow is a popular character to cosplay. Her costume is relatively easy, she has power and sex appeal, and her character’s stories run deep in the Marvel universe making her an easily recognized person.

Most cosplayers opt for the sleek, black bodysuit accented with a low-hanging belt that has appeared most frequently in throughout her career, although portrayal of her live action persona in the recent Marvel movies like The Avengers is becoming more common. The latter costume kits out into more practical, military-style attire. Black Widow cosplayers most often convey her with long red hair since that’s typically how she’s worn it in the comics, although she had a very short cut for a period in the 1980s and now sports shorter hair as well with the look Scarlett Johannsen brings to the present.

I’ve always been a fan of Natasha Romanova AKA Black Widow. She is one of the most prominent female characters in the Marvel Universe and has been anywhere from a solo agent for both the Russians and S.H.I.E.L.D., a team member of the Avengers and Champions (and others), and a partner to Daredevil, Hawkeye (and others). Because she was introduced very early in the Marvel Universe  (40 years ago!), she has had a significant number of stories where she appeared as a supporting or primary character.  Here’s hoping she will get her own movie very soon!

Here are some random pictures of cosplayers that have donned the Black Widow suit both at conventions and in photo shoots.

Who wants to be a good girl anyway?

I don’t know which movie this comes from but, golly, this is adorable. Anyone know the source and the actresses?

I think every woman should have a little bad in her. Keep her friends and lovers on their toes, what say? This is a perfect preamble to New Year’s Eve. Be safe, but don’t be afraid to be a little bad, girls.

Animated Gif of classic comedy about a bad girlAnimated Gif of classic comedy about a bad girl Animated Gif of classic comedy about a bad girl

Picture of women in sexy fishnet pantyhose and heels inside Ford Thunderbird

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Cosplayers

Been a while since my last post.  But, I just got from San Diego Comic-Con 2014 and had a bunch of pictures, so I figure I might as well put them out here, starting with a gallery of cosplayers.

For those of you unfamiliar with cosplay, it’s the creation and wearing of costumes that represent popular culture figures primarily out of Japanese anime and American superhero genres. But it doesn’t have to stop there. A lot of costumes reflect characters from around the world in comics, TV, movies, and other. In fact, there’s no limiting the type of costumes cosplayers create other than one’s imagination.

The San Diego Comic-Con has hundreds of attendees that show up in a wide variety of costumes. These cosplayers range from showcasing common popular costumes (such as Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-man, Superman, Harley Quinn, and Star Wars stormtroopers) to self-created costumes. My favorites are the humorous ones, particularly the “mash-ups” (i.e., the combination of characters to create a unique and funny new character, such as Zombie Slave Leia).

Most cosplayers make their own costumes. Some are exceptionally talented both artistically and technically. Comic-Con holds a masquerade every year where cosplayers are able to showcase their creations for prizes. The Masquerade itself is pretty awkward since the cosplayers often act out skits related to their characters. The skits are usually clunky and unnecessary, unfortunately. But the better costumes are incredible and it’s nice to see the creators get a chance to show them off.

Anyway, if you get a chance to go to a comic convention or similar pop culture event, watch for the cosplayers. Some of the best cosplayers are walking down the aisles posing periodically for admiring fans.