This last year as been a fun year when it comes to being into comics for me. I got back into comics with the New 52, my best friend got into comics, and I tried out several new characters and teams that I would've never read before. Before this past year I mainly just read Batman. Nothing that wasn't Batman. Sure I had a Superman or Captain Marvel or a Justice League or Teen Titans book, but I mainly and only cared about Batman. Reading all these Batman comics seeing the "Batman created by Bob Kane". Even in the lone Superman and Captain Marvel comic I thought it was a common thing to see the creator of the title character listed. So when I started reading titles like The Flash, Batgirl, and Nightwing I never really took notice of these.
It wasn't until the death of Silver Age DC artist, Carmine Infantino, that I took notice to the created by part of the credit section. Knowing that he did created such popular characters as the modern day Flash (both Barry and Wally) and the most popular incarnation of Batgirl I had taken a strange wanting to see if he was credited. Looking at my Flash comic and my Batgirl comic he was in fact not credited. Flash listed no creators while Batgirl listed Bob Kane (though the Flash comic did dedicate the story to Carmine). I also took notice that neither were Captain Marvel's creators in the Captain's back up features in Justice League or Hal Jordan's in a old GL comic I had (though to be fair Green Lantern can be used as a rotation book). Even in Nightwing they listed Marv Wolfman and George Perez as Nightwing's creators instead of Grayson's true creators Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson.
After reading a preview for the Killer Croc villain month issue about a month ago I noticed that his creators were listed. When I picked up my villain month issues from my subscriptions I wanted to see if they gave the villain's creators any credit. They didn't truly list them except when it came to Joker and Penguin.
Now here is where I am getting at. Why not give the actual creator of the star of the book credit? Now I get that Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are under a long lasting contract that they must list the actual creators or the Siegel/Shuster family will be suing DC for everything under the sun or DC will lose rights to use Wonder Woman, but why not give this to every character you publish that star in their own book?
For the past couple days I don't know why, but I became interested in Brainiac. That guy that can never keep the same appearance in the Superman comics. It all happened on about Wednesday (so actually yesterday), I was flipping through the pages of my DC Universe Encyclopedia when I went on the page with Brainiac. For some reason he stood out to me more so I started to read more about him. Then when I was done I started to look him up on the internet. Through Comic Vine pages, Wikipedia articles, and Google Image images I realized this character can never keep the same look and this character looks like he was actually a influential villain to the Man of Steel early on. I mean I know Vril Dox was a important/influential villain, but a villain like that and that appeared so often in the old Superman comics seemed interesting. For some reason to me I have always felt like early on Superman didn't have a good or important cast of foes.
So yeah basically I am now want to become a Brainiac on Brainiac and am now in bit of a regret that I didn't put his villain months issue on my Villains Month pull list.
Captain Marvel have always been one of my favorite heroes and DC characters and with the New 52 they have brought many changes to the Marvel family. They made Billy and Freddy a bit more like punks, the stories darker, and they changed Captain Marvel's name to Shazam. Which is actually fine by me. Yeah, he'll always be Captain Marvel to me, but most already call him Shazam and the character can now have the chance of gaining more popularity since Marvel Comics won't bring in legal problems. Now I have not been reading a lot of New 52 CM (waiting till he gets his own book. He deserves one!) so don't get made if they already fixed this problem, but what will Mary and CMJ be known as?
I mean Captain Marvel Jr. and Mary Marvel both have Marvel in their superhero name and both would sound rather odd with the name changed. Not to much Captain Marvel Jr. once I think about, but Mary will be a hard one. What do you think DC will do with Mary Marvel? Will she even become a hero or will New 52's Marvel family be a sausage fest? Tell me what you think? Also tell what you think about the redesigns? I actually love Captain Marvel and Black Adam's, but I ain't digging Dr. Sivana's that much. Maybe it is because he looks less cartoony (a reason I love CM) or maybe it is because he now looks like Lex Luthor. Also do you think Mr. Mind will exist in New 52 (I sure hope so) and if so when will do you think he will appear?
OK so being a total Bat-freak I have been thinking of somethings they could do for the next set of Batman movies.
The first one would be Batman just beginning and he encounters victims of the Joker. In this movie he is trying to find out more about this clown and looks into him. Mob boss the Penguin here of this new guy and hunts him down. The Penguin thinks with this guy on his side he will be unstoppable as most of the crimes will look like the Joker has done them. Throughout the movie it is basically Bats being a detective. Another thing they could do is have Batman meet the cat burglar, Catwoman, and Catwoman will help him here and there throughout the movie. It ends with a fight scene between Batman and the Penguin and Joker.
The second would begin with updating us with what happened in the time between. So during this time Batman takes in Dick as Robin and the Joker have died (or so they believe). This make his secret lover psychiatrist, Harleen Quinzel, go out for revenge. Donning the costume of Harley Quinn she calls up college friend, Jonathan Crane, who have recently been working with fear. Wanting to try the new gas he has been producing he agrees and joins his old friend in vegence on the Bat. Batman and Robin defeat the duo and lock them in Arkham. A nice subplot for the movie would be about Hugo Strange threatening Batman on his knowlege of him being Bruce Wayne. I would say give Catwoman a cameo in this movie.
The third one once again begin with a update of what has happened. This time it is revealed that Dick has left to become Nightwing and Batman takes up Jason Todd. Jason dies whether it be Two-Face or the Joker (after all in the comics he appears out of nowhere everytime we think we have seen the last of him). Batman then takes up Tim. This time around there have been many crime with riddles attached. The riddles contain clues to that Jason Todd could be back alive. Batman and Tim goes and hunts down people in the Gotham underworld. Among the people he asks are the Penguin, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, Killer Croc, and Two-Face. Two-Face having encountered this guy before tells Batman and Robin that the man leaving riddles is the Riddler. The hunt goes on for the Riddler and Tim cracks the case of where the Riddler is at. They find his base which contains and Lazarus pit with Ra's al Ghul. Ra's tells Batman of how he can bring Jason back to life with the agreement of marrying his daughter, Tailia. Not agreeing seeing that they have orchestrated criminal acts along with Riddler. Ra's tells the Riddler to get the Man-Bat serum. He then tells Batman of the serum and how they kidnapped it's creator (Kirk Langstorm) and decided to use him against Batman if the answer he wants isn't what they want. Riddler having injects Kirk with serum unleashes him and runs off after collecting his pay while Ra's stands and watches. Batman tells Tim to go after the Riddler and stop him while he takes down the Man-Bat. Of course the movie ends in victory for the Dynamic Duo. Neither Catwoman or Dick would be in this film so they could do a movie of Nightwing and Catwoman to see what they would be up too.
Tell me what you think of the Batman movies ideas I came up with.
So with the new Superman movie coming up I have been thinking that they should use this movie as a starting point for their own cinematic universe. In my opinion they should just leave the Dark Knight trilogy and the Green Lantern movie out and start a new. Anyway here are some release years I have been thinking of. Tell me what you think.
This is the first drawing for my channel I thought I did really good on! Please enjoy and comment whether it be on Comic Vine or YouTube and tell me what you think. And if you'd like to see these videos as soon as they are uploaded please subscribe. Thanks!- Phoenix Alvarado (aka Crazy Scarecrow)
Here is the second video I have done for my YouTube channel "TheScarecrowDrawing". I do not think it turned out that well and I have done so much stuff to make the drawing better off camera if you were wondering. Please comment whether it be on this here site or on YouTube. And if you'd like to see the video as soon it is posted please subscribe. Thanks!- Phoenix Alvarado (Crazy Scarecrow)
If you do not (and about every single one of you doesn't) know I am a artist. A couple months back I opened up a drawing channel on YouTube called "TheScarecrowDrawing". For my first video I did a drawing of the Scarecrow from DC Comics. Seeing that this site is full of comic fans I thought I showcase my drawing videos on Comic Vine.
In my opinion this drawing isn't that great mainly because I was trying a new design for my Scarecrow and trying out a new pose. Please tell what you think and if you'd like to see more drawing videos of mine and don't want to wait for me to post them on here please subscribe. Thanks and enjoy the video!- Phoenix Alvarado (aka Crazy Scarecrow)
This news totally took me by surprise! My friend told me of this news and was shocked. Yeah Carmine was old and all, but you
never really expect
someone like a
family member or a celeb you really like to die. I came on here because I wondering if he was joking with me or if he really meant it. This being Comic Vine and all I thought they'd have something about it on the homepage or something. When I came on to see only news about upcoming comics and reviews I was really surprised. Surely this site would've have acknowledgement to such a person of influence on the comic world. I mean he brought back super heroes when the genre was dying with the Flash (Barry Allen). Without him creating Barry odds are Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Robin would have faded into obscurity and
Marvel would have no way have brought back their own heroes.
Also Mr. Infantino created such popular characters as Wally West, Barbara Gordon, Captain Cold, Black Canary, Elongated Man, Mirror Master, and Gorilla Grodd to name a few. On top of that he has done covers for every single DC comic book at the time he was working at the company, changed the Batman logo and his design remained until the New 52, and he was a editorial director. This man was a legend and believe he should have much more recognition on this website. RIP Carmine Infantino!