New York Comic Con might still be a few months away, but Funko has just unveiled its newest exclusives tied to the event!
Earlier today, Funko previewed a DC Comics-inspired wave of NYCC exclusives which are sure to excite fans of two of DC’s biggest heroes.
Perhaps the most noteworthy collectible is the First Appearance Superman Pop! figure, which, as the name suggests, presents the character in his costume seen in Action Comics #1. This isn’t the first figure Funko has made of this Superman variant, with an Articulated Action Figure of him previously appearing in a DC’s Legion of Collectors subscription box.
The rest of the wave is, unsurprisingly, dominated by none other than The Dark Knight. Funko’s NYCC exclusives will mark the debut of the company’s 8-Bit Pop! line, with a blue-and-grey Batman figure. The wave will also include a Black Chrome Batman after a Blue Chrome variant made waves at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
For fans of Funko’s other products, the wave will also include a 4,000-piece Dorbz 3-Pack of villains from the classic Batman TV series. The three-pack will include King Tut, The Riddler, and Mr. Freeze, all of whom previously made their debut in Funko’s Articulated Action Figure line.
Speaking of, rounding out the line is an exclusive Action Figure of Batman with a blue Batmobile. This will be available in a limited run of 1,250 pieces, and comes after a Red Batmobile with Green Batman debuted at SDCC as well.
Aside from the Dorbz and Action Figure, the remainder of the figures appear to be shared, meaning they will be available in select stores during NYCC weekend. Previously announced Funko NYCC exclusives include a Zack Ryder WWE Pop!, and two new Game of Thrones Pops!.
Click through our gallery below to check out Funko’s NYCC exclusive DC Comics figures.
Next month, DC Comics will reveal one of the biggest mysteries of the Rebirth Era as the mysterious Mr. Oz’s identity will finally be uncovered in Action Comics’ “The Oz Effect” storyline. The strange, hooded figure has been a presence in the life of Superman stretching back before Rebirth and there are number of theories as to who he’s going to turn out to be. With the final revelation just weeks away, we’ve taken a look at all the available evidence so far and have a pretty good idea that it isn’t the person you might expect.
Mr. Oz made his first appearance in Geoff Johns, John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson and Laura Martin’s Superman #32, where he was seen watching Superman fight an alien invader. It was immediately established that the new character had some sort of connection to Superman through his very first lines of dialogue, which addressed Superman by his civilian name of Clark and made mention of having taught him in the past. Over the course of the arc, Mr. Oz served almost like a Greek chorus, commenting on Superman’s adventures, but the more we saw him, the more questions we had than answers, including the fact that he had someone held captive, and that he considered himself proud of Clark.
Mr. Oz next appeared in DC Universe Rebirth #1, written by Johns in a segment drawn by Ivan Reis, where he confronts the pre-Flashpoint Superman with the information that he and his family aren’t what they believe they are, and neither was the New 52 Superman who had just died. Due to the revelation in DC Universe Rebirth that Doctor Manhattan had been meddling in the affairs of the DC Universe and that Watchmen characters, themes and motifs would be crossing over into DC proper, many people believe that Mr. Oz was in fact Ozymandias. The name is an obvious connection, plus Mr. Oz is always shown to be watching multiple screens at once just like Adrian Veidt. However, he seems to have a personal vested interest in Superman that goes deeper than any professional curiosity Ozymandias would likely have in the Man of Tomorrow.
As soon as DC Rebirth was in full swing, Mr. Oz began making cameos all over the place, most notably in Dan Jurgens’ Action Comics. Here, he again served as an observer to Superman’s adventures, but also appeared to have plans of his own and a foresight to events that were coming, often speaking of how things were moving faster than even he anticipated. Until now, Mr. Oz had mostly served as someone on the sidelines, but soon he began pulling players off the board, starting with the abduction of the rampaging monster known as Doomsday.
Then things got really interesting, because Mr. Oz followed that up by kidnapping Tim Drake, AKA Red Robin. In the conclusion of the first Detective Comics arc of the Rebirth era, Tim seemingly sacrificed his life by reprogramming a fleet of drones to target himself instead of the Gotham citizens who had been tagged for death. It seemed as if he was obliterated, but in fact, he was whisked away to Mr. Oz’s lair where he was held prisoner, informed by the mysterious observer that he was reconnecting threads that should not be reconnected. Tim Drake is one of the best detectives in the DC Universe, destined to be better than Batman (if he isn’t already). Mr. Oz is apparently threatened by his ability to put two and two together, and so he took him off the board completely.
Mr. Oz had a big role to play in the Superman/Action Comics crossover “Superman Reborn,” which revealed that the fake Clark Kent was in fact Mr. Mxyzptlk who had escaped Mr. Oz’s extradimensional lair and was presumably the first captive Mr. Oz referred to way back in Johns and Romita’s run. Although he’s been popping up all over the DC Universe, it seems like Mr. Oz mainly cares about what happens to Superman which is a big clue towards his potential true identity.
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Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers took an issue of DC Comics Presents and instead made it an independent comic book story, with Superman becoming a little girl.
Steve Englehart has long been known to be a comic book creator who would stand on his principles if he believed that they had been violated. If he believed that he was being screwed around, he would not put up with it, he’d just quit. That’s why he bounced around DC and Marvel a number of times over the years and why there are a decent amount of comic book stories by Englehart over the years that ended up being written under an alias as part of an objection to how he had been treated.
In any event, the story at hand today is about an issue of DC Comics Presents that Englehart had written. The story starred Superman and the Creeper. The problem was that after Englehart wrote the story and went to get paid for it, he had learned that the editor who had assigned the story to Englehart had accidentally quoted him a price that was higher than DC’s regular rate and so they now refused to pay Englehart the agreed upon sum for the story, saying that it was a mistake all along.
So Englehart would not allow them to have the story in question. That is all fine and good, but the problem was that Englehart now had a Superman/Creeper story and nowhere to publish it, since there was only one comic book company that was in the business of making Superman and Creeper comic books.
Luckily, however, Jan and Dean Mullaney were just in the midst of launching their own independent comic book company, Eclipse Comics, and they were willing to pay Englehart the originally agreed upon rate for the story in question to help launch their first comic, the anthology Eclipse Magazine. Englehart just needed to bring in his longtime collaborator (even back then, they had already been collaborating for years), Marshall Rogers, to help turn his Superman/Creeper story into something else entirely (Englehart and Rogers didn’t use aliases for the story – they were credited as themselves for the story) for Eclipse Magazine #1.
The comic now became a Foozle story, as Creeper became a bird-like character name the Foozle and the Superman stuff in the comic was now about an adult female reporter who transforms into a super-powerful little girl.
Look at the story and see how this was clearly just a Superman/Creeper story with new names…
Rogers continued to write and draw Foozle stories for Eclipse (Englehart gave Rogers full ownership to the character) and they all spun out of a re-written DC Comics Presents story! Hilarious!
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If you spend any time on social media, you’ve probably come across a vintage-looking poster of Superman encouraging a small gathering of youth to stand up for the “All-American” value of diversity. It, like Stan Lee’s statement on racism, has been widely shared following the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Now, DC Comics has revealed the secret history of the image, the message and how they brought it back to life.
In a blog post on Friday, DC Editorial explained that the image being shared countless times on the internet is a digital restoration of a book cover distributed to schools back in 1949. DC Comics shared the image in a Tweet earlier today.
According to the post, the original image and text was printed on a 12 X 18″ brown paper book cover distributed to schools by an offshoot of the Anti-Defamation League, the Institute for American Democracy in 1949, the same year that DC (then National Comics) began publishing a series of public service messages featuring DC heroes in conjunction with the National Social Welfare Assembly.
The poster features the Man of Steel sharing a two-part message about the United States being made up of people of many kinds before emphasizing the importance of standing up for diversity.
“So… if YOU hear anybody talk against a schoolmate or anyone else because of his race, religion or national origin — don’t wait: tell him THAT KIND OF TALK IS UN-AMERICAN!” Superman tells kids in the poster. The author of the Superman’s message is unknown, but DC believes that the artwork is by classic Superman artist Wayne Boring.
But how did an obscure plain paper book cover become a timely, full-color reminder about core American values? That’s where the art team got involved.
“Earlier this year, our intrepid art team here at the DC office digitally restored the poster, offering a much larger and clearer image of this classic piece of art that embodies a core value that we as Americans hold so dear,” the post read.
While some online took issue with the limited diversity represented in the poster, many pointed out that even removing the context of current events, Superman’s message is a timeless reminder to respect and look out for one another — something that we need now more than ever.
DC Comics has digitally restored a widely-circulated 1950s-era color poster of Superman advising school kids on the importance of respecting diversity. The author of the poster remains mysterious but the publisher reports that the revamped art is believed to be created by Superman artist Wayne Boring.
Superman’s non-discriminatory address to the kids reads:
“… AND REMEMBER, BOYS AND GIRLS, YOUR SCHOOL– LIKE OUR COUNTRY — IS MADE UP OF AMERICANS OF MANY DIFFERENT RACES, RELIGIONS AND NATIONAL ORIGINS.
So… if YOU hear anybody talk against a schoolmate or anyone else because of his race, religion or national origin — don’t wait: tell him THAT KIND OF TALK IS UN-AMERICAN.
HELP KEEP YOUR SCHOOL ALL AMERICAN!”
The restored poster can be seen below with color added, brightening up the tone of the message for the children, and giving it a warmer feel.
In 1949, DC (then known as National Comics) produced this same image and text in a limited run originally for a 12 x 18? brown paper school book cover which was distributed to schools by the Institute for American Democracy, an offshoot of the Anti-Defamation League.
This was the same the year that DC worked with the National Social Welfare Assembly to publish a long-running series of public service messages using its characters in the pages of its comic books. It was part of DC’s corporate social responsibility, which would undoubtedly resonate in these modern times once again.
Dressed as the iconic character he played in both Man of Steeland Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Henry Cavill recently posed with a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of the Big Blue Boy Scout himself, Superman. Having the actor pictured with a copy of such an important issue seemingly further cements him as the definitive Superman for the DCEU.
Action Comics #1 debuted in June of 1938. While the original publication featured multiple comic book characters, including the now defunct Zatara, Master Magician,The Adventures of Marco Polo, and Scoop Scanlon the Five-Star Reporter in addition to The Rise of the Super-Man. Originally published by National Allied Publications (a predecessor of DC Comics), Action comics was started by publisher Jack Liebowitz. The initial printing of 200,000 issues sold out quickly and according to ComicsAlliance, creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were paid $10 per page which amounts to $130 for the very first comic-book superhero.
It would be interesting to learn whichissue of Action Comics #1 that’s being pictured here. A pristine copy was sold on August 14, 2014 for $3,207,852 to Vincent Zurzolo and his partner Stephen Fishler. The duo own Metropolis Collectibles in Manhattan and purchased it as an investment for their business, according to THR. Is this the issue that Cavill is pictured with?
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This could be seen as a real sign of faith from DC Comics in Cavill’s take on Superman. While the DCEU has met with some degree of critical scorn, DC comics and CCO Geoff Johns clearly have faith in this version of Superman. Cavill will return in Justice League and while fans may be skeptical, Cavill certainly has done his best to embody the role. It’s a rare honor to take on the role of an iconic character like Superman.
While it has taken some time for the DCEU to find its footing, the DCEU’s true Superman will be born in Justice League which is where you can next catch Cavill’s performance.The fact that the actor has the faith of DC Comics bodes well for the character and the path that began in June of 1938, 79 years ago.
As the “Rebirth” changes to DC’s universe continue, several of the questions posed in last year’s DC Universe: Rebirth #1 have also been answered.
But one of the ongoing mysteries is still unanswered, although the DCU is on the cusp of learning everything about it – who is Mr. Oz?
In this week’s Action Comics #986, Rob Williams and Guillem March gave readers another clue, and several of the solicitations for upcoming issues offer hints as well.
And it’s looking more and more like Mr. Oz is either someone Lex Luthor and Superman already know, or his identity is recognizable.
Who is Oz?
First, let’s review what we know about the identity of Mr. Oz from stories so far.
Mr. Oz has been tracking Superman’s movements – and other events in the DCU – since before “Rebirth” began. Introduced during the “New 52” Superman run by Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr., Mr. Oz was a mysterious hooded figure who was watching that Superman fight and implied that he “taught” him in the past. Then in Superman #39, readers learned that his name was Mr. Oz, as he mailed a blank book to Clark Kent, saying, “the future is unwritten Clark, but you and your friends will see it soon enough.”
In those early appearances, a tattoo worn by one of Oz’s followers which looked very similiar to the Nostalgia Perfume bottle from Watchmen – made readers (and Newsarama) guess that the identity of the hooded Mr. Oz could actually be Ozymandias from Watchmen. We already know Dr. Manhattan from Watchmen has crossed into the DCU, and this Mr. Oz has been shown to be fully aware of Dr. Manhattan’s existence.
The Oz character also “watches” the DCU from afar, often on multiple TV screens similar to the ones Ozymandias possessed. Oz has eyes of a hue that is similar to Adrian Veidt’s. And he has minions who do his bidding, like he’s used to being a leader, which fits Adrian’s history.
It seemed to fit.
Since those initial appearances, Mr. Oz has been collecting and imprisoning various DC characters, including Mr. Mxyzptlk (who escaped) and Tim Drake (whom the Bat-characters thought was dead, and who also disappeared from his Batman Beyond future). There are other as-yet-unseen prisoners in Oz’s cells, and when Tim Drake tried to escape in an earlier story, he was surprised by something he witnessed within the prison.
These clues brought about some additional guesses about the identity of Mr. Oz – with everyone from Superboy-Prime to Pa Kent mentioned as suspects.
Two specific things have happened this week that provide new hints about the identity of Mr. Oz.
Then Superman’s son joins forces with Mr. Oz, and eventually the Man of Steel is “crippled” by the revelation and actions of the villain.
By November, it seems like Oz’s appearance has robbed Superman of his hope. The solicitation for Action Comics #992 describes him as “faithless” and even implies he might choose to allow Earth to perish because he has a calling “in the stars.”
This doesn’t sound like a Superman who just found out the Watchmen characters are invading. It sounds like a hero whose very existence has been called into question.
From just reading these solicitations, the identity of Mr. Oz seems to be very personal, not only to Superman, but to his entire family.
Spoilers ahead for this week’s Action Comics #986.
2) Action Comics #986
In this week’s Action Comics #986, penned by Rob Williams, Lex Luthor notices that the Machinist has an “Oz” tattoo on his shoulder.
Notably, the “Oz” doesn’t look as much like the Nostalgia Perfume logo as the previous tattoo from Johns’ Superman run, but it does echo it – the logo is a large “O” around a small “z,” just like last time.
Just when Lex is considering the logo’s meaning, he’s interrupted by Mr. Oz himself.
A confrontation between Lex and Mr. Oz follows. Among the clues in the scene about Mr. Oz’s identity:
Oz is smart. He has figured out something Lex invented, something he planned. And he brags about it. So he’s also a little cocky.
Oz accessed a security grid that Lex says only he could access.
Oz has some type of heat vision. He cuts into Lex’s Kryptonian shield.
Oz doesn’t like humans very well. He says that even when Lex tries to do good, he “cannot escape the base iniquity” of his race. “All of you.”
Oz says that “soon” Lex will be gone. (And quite frankly, he kind of implies that all humans will be gone, although it’s not spelled out…)
These clues, again, don’t point toward Ozymandias. The Watchmen character didn’t have heat vision, and he certainly wasn’t anti-human. Could he have changed that greatly?
Newsarama has toyed with the idea that Mr. Oz could be Superboy-Prime, which might explain some of these revelations — particularly the heat vision. The theory about an alternate version of Lex Luthor might fit, although is hatred toward humanity would be an odd twist (as would his acquiring superpowers).
And although we’ve also shared the theory that Mr. Oz is Pa Kent, it’s looking more like Oz could be Jor-El, if these clues are any indication. And the appearance of Superman’s Kryptonian father might explain why Superman is tempted to leave for a calling in the stars.
Whatever his identity, readers will be learning it soon, as the teaser for Action Comics #987 promises “Next: Mr. Oz’s True Identity Revealed!”. The issue, which kicks off a storyline called “The Oz Effect,” is scheduled for release on September 13.
The Machinist is using mind control chips to take hold of people and animals, and cause terror and chaos in locations across the globe. When it’s discovered that the chips being used are modified stolen technology originally manufactured by Lexcorp, Superman teams up with Lex Luthor to take the villain down! But when the Machinist manages to tag Lex with a mind control chip, the Man of Steel’s ally is suddenly his enemy! And considering their already contentious relationship, is the chip really in complete control of Lex or is it merely expanding his natural resentment toward Superman?
CBR has your exclusive first look at DC Comics’ Action Comics #986, written by Rob Williams and illustrated by Guillem March. In stores August 23rd, 2017.
Action Comics #986
Rob Williams (w) • Guillem March (a)
Cover: Guillem March
Variant Cover: Neil Edwards
“ONLY HUMAN” part two! The inhumanities of Earth put even Superman’s trust to the test as he and Lex Luthor begin to see a pattern emerging that points to Mr. Oz and his agents. When Lex confronts Mr. Oz alone, one walks away changed forever.
In what amounts to a meta double dose of Superman, a new photo of Man of Steel actor Henry Cavill has surfaced, showing him posing with a copy of Action Comics #1, which features the first appearance of the iconic superhero.
In the snap, the actor is all decked out in his Superman duds, standing next to an unidentified fellow as he holds the landmark issue. (A copy sold for a record $3.2 million in 2014.) It’s unclear exactly when the pic was taken, but all signs point to either 2015 or 2016, since the caption notes that it was snapped “behind the scenes of #BatmanvSuperman.”
Cavill is set to reprise his role as Superman this fall in the upcoming Justice League movie, but fans are still in the dark as to exactly what that’ll involve. The son of Krypton seemingly met his demise at the end of Batman v Superman, and although his return has been a foregone conclusion, he’s been conspicuously absent in trailers and promos leading up to the DCEU’s big blowout.
Cavill has himself remained cryptic, taking to Instagram in July to talk about Justice League reshoots while poking fun at the furor surrounding “Mustache-gate.” (The gist: Cavill grew a mustache for his role in Mission: Impossible 6, which supposedly caused headaches during Justice Leaguereshoots that required a clean-shaven Superman. Not true, Cavill says.)
In March, Justice League co-director Zack Synder dropped a few hints about Superman’s role in the film, telling USA Today, “It’s hard to have a Justice League without Superman. That’s how I feel about it.”
He then flicked at the ending of Batman v Superman while teasing what may lie ahead in Justice League: “It was always a super-intriguing concept to me to have this opportunity to have him make that sacrifice but also have him be this, in a weird sort of way, the why of Justice League: What do you do now with him? What does the team think? What does the world need? All that comes into play. It’s fun for us but it’ll be interesting for audiences what we do with him.”
Fans will soon find out when Justice League thunders into theaters on Nov. 17.
Vero CEO Ayman Hariri has shared a photo of himself with Henry Cavill wearing his full Superman costume as seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Man of Steel.
Hariri released a photo of himself and Ben Affleck in his Knightmare Batman costume from his visit to the set of BvS last week to celebrate Affleck’s birthday. The latest photo features the Vero CEO and Cavill posing together with a copy of Action Comics #1, the 1938 comic book which features the first-ever appearance of the Last son of Krypton.
You can check it out below.
Cavill will next be seen reprising his role as Superman in this fall’s superhero epic Justice League.
Justice League stars Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Amber Heard as Mera, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko and Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
“Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.”
The rivalry between DC and Marvel has gone on for a long time. These two companies have the premiere superhero universes. Each of them have their own style and have made a place in history. Marvel and DC have shaped the cultural zeitgeist, but due to their popularity, they are in direct competition. This has been going on for quite a while, even to the point of them stealing ideas from each other and trying to copy them.
While competition and borrowing ideas may seem to denounce a negative connotation, there are several positives to such a rivalry. This rivalry is actually secondary to the fact that they both need each other to thrive. They need to have each other to continue moving forward and continue the recent superhero trend.
Here are 5 reasons why DC and Marvel need each other to thrive. Click Next to continue.