Watching Larry King the other day, as I do from time to time, I saw Lady Gaga talking about how she didn't feel like she was an icon how, after she had died, she'd like to be posthumesly viewed as one, but that she didn't feel like she was one quite yet but I'm sure if you asked any of her sunglass-wearing, little monster fanbase, they would much more than disagree so that got me thinking.....do we throw the word ICON around too lightly? there's no doubt that there are MANY iconic superheroes and villains in comics today many (if not most) of whom have been around for a few decades and proved that they could stand the test of time Batman is undoubtedly the most iconic "dark hero," from his look, to his penchant for lurking in the shadows Superman and Caprain America the iconic vision of the great, American heroes- recognizable, even down to their insignias Wonder Woman is arguably the MOST iconic superheroine in the world - I mean, even my boyfriend (who knows nothing of comics) has a Wonder Woman magent on the fridge but I've also heard people reffer to Wolverine as iconic, Storm, even Iron Man so what do you all think? What makes a hero truly an iconic figure? is it recognizablitiy? extended and porlonged popularity or relevance? is that they survived and flourished over many years? Is it the costume? And who are some heroes and villains who ou would consider to be TRUE icons of comicbook history?
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One disappointment after another: that's how I feel nearly EVERY time I see a big budget, uber flashy, Hollywood take on a licensed intellectual property I have to say, The Last Airbender has me in a furious state. Avatar the Last Airbender is my favorite animated series of all time: brilliantly done, funny, exciting, everything you want from animation....and then I saw the movie what a letdown! and it's SO not the first time I've felt this way either X-Men: Origins was such a let down that it basically put a 5 year minimum ban on putting Deadpool into Marvel movies Spiderman 3 was so bad, they have to reboot the whole series Transformers 2 litterally gave me a headache in the theatre and don't get me started on X3.....don't EVEN get me started these botched attempts didn't only aggrivate me as a comic fan, but as a writer! I spent the whole time thinking "Oh please.... I could have done SUCH a better job!!!!" so, here's my question to all you creative, fan type persons out there on the Vine....which licensed movie property could YOU Have done better with? And what's your better idea? I love hearing what the REAL fans would have done if we had been in the position of power go ahead, pontificate
So, this is my first Comicvine blog and I was having a little trouble trying to think of what to write, and then it hit me- a question, one that's baffled me for years and years.........why do people love the X-Men so much??????? I have to admit, back in the 80's when I was just a Shadowpuppy, Chris Claremont's X-Men were what brought me into comics, that and my older brother's ENORMOUS collection of comics that were handed down to me. And I know a lot of people a few years younger than me were brought into comics through the X-Men animated series in the 90's, but now that we're all a little older, our horizons broadened and all that rot, and the X-Men are STILL, hands down the most popular team of heroes be them in print, on film, in a game, even as a concept. Is it a question of familiarity? Is it the outsiders-against-the-world theme STILL resonnating with all of us who started reading comics because we didn't quite fit in for one reason or another? Is it that they are just that fricken awesome? ......Is it Jean? It's Jean, isn't it? Whatever the reason, you cannot deny that they are probably the most successful comic property on the market today, and have been for as long as I can remember. I STILL love them, I STILL read them every month, but I often find myself asking (usually after a heated debate with a teenage mutant fanboy) why THIS comic? Why THESE characters? So I pose the question to you, the loving and loyal fans of the Vine......why do YOU think the X-Men are still so damn popular?