Many Capt Americas

Marvel Comics recently announced that Sam Wilson AKA the Falcon, the first African-American superhero, will be taking over the role of Captain America from his old friend and partner Steve Rogers. People are still discussing their feelings on this, how long they think it will last, and what it means for the larger picture of the superhero industry. But did you know there have been many other people over the years who have stood in for Steve as the Star-Spangled Avenger? We’re not just talking about those times that Hawkeye put on the suit for an issue.

Let’s delve into the many Captain Americas after the break . . .

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Geek fans love their mash ups and crossovers and I’m pretty sure we’ve seen a Thor/Disney princess mash up along the way, but it’s always magical when these kinds of things come true. In this case, Twitterer Daft Brian pointed out that Thor is now technically a Disney Princess thanks to the recent reveal from Marvel of a female Thor.

See the tweet after the break…

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If you didn’t watch The Colbert Report last night, you might not know that Sam Wilson will be taking over as Captain America. The news was officially announced by Joe Quesada, Marvel Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer.

For many, the news is not all that unexpected (unlike announcing that the new Thor is a woman on The View of all places).

Marvel also took to Twitter to post the first pic of Wilson in costume. You can see the full tweet after the break along with Stephen Colbert’s answer as to who should replace The Falcon.

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Yesterday, we unveiled a list of some DC Comics women who we believe have potential that should really be explored. Now we’re looking at ladies of the Marvel Comics universe. Obviously, there are already some powerful female superheroes such as Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and several members of the Avengers and X-teams. But there are still other women, good and evil, who seem to be stuck on the sidelines and really shouldn’t be.

Check out the list after the break…

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In 2011, DC Comics rebooted its superhero universe, replacing it with the “New 52″ reality. The reboot was meant to start things fresh, expand familiar characters in exciting new ways, and bring in more readers. That’s a good goal! But the reboot hasn’t taken advantage of some really interesting women who’ve inhabited the DC Universe in the past, heroic females who could truly expand the universe and reader appeal. So here is a not-nearly-complete list of just some of the cool lady heroes we’d like to see back in DC Comics in major ways (and tomorrow, we’ll look at a similar list for Marvel Comics).

Check out the list after the break…

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You read that right. Marvel revealed the news today on ABC’s The View (we can discuss that marketing choice another time) that Thor will be a woman. As series writer Jason Aaron said in the press release, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”

Marvel also released new art to give us a look at the new Thor and I gotta say, she looks bad ass.

Head after the break to read the full press release and see additional art.

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Today is the first Saturday in May and that means it’s Free Comic Book Day! Comic book retailers have close to 60 comic books they’re giving away, so make sure to head to a participating shop and pick some up.

Learn more about Free Comic Book Day after the break and even watch special messages from Levar Burton and Stan Lee.

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It doesn’t take much wandering around any Disney theme park to realize you’re surrounded by possible stories. The success of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise proved that the translation of ride to media can work. However, it’s not a method suited for every ride and movies aren’t always the proper outlet – enter Marvel Comics. They’ve worked closely with Walt Disney Imagineering to launch the Disney Kingdoms line of comics. The series will showcase adventures based on theme park lands, characters, or attractions. I have one word for this: Yay!

The first comic in the series, Seekers of the Weird, will be out in January of next year and will be five issues. A synopsis from Inside the Magic:

“Seekers of the Weird” will be the first all-new adventure inspired by Disney’s legendary – but never built – “Museum of the Weird” attraction dreamed up by famous Imagineer Rolly Crump in 1965. The Museum of the Weird was to be home to a collection of mystical curiosities said to have been unearthed from all corners of the globe, originally conceived as a spooky walk-through attraction connected to The Haunted Mansion. Crump’s innovative designs were left on the drawing board, now resurrected in comic form.

Ahhh! This is going to be so much fun. The beautiful cover pictured above was done by Mike del Mundo, and I hope they tease interior art soon.

(via Inside the Magic)

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It’s almost time for the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes video game. I know I won’t be the only one giving up a few hours (or more) playing with the blocky heroes. To help celebrate the release, Marvel’s releasing a set of variant covers by Leonel Castellani for a ton of its titles. They’ll be available in beautiful colors or in cool pencil sketch versions. The latter will be harder to find, but if you really want them, just keep an eye on eBay. I especially like the Deadpool and Loki covers!

See more covers and sketch variants after the break.

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It seems like superheroes should be above mundane tasks. Seeing them pick up the dry cleaning isn’t as exciting as watching them take out out the big bad, so it’s rarely illustrated. Artist William Wray has captured the quieter moments though. Imagine Supergirl texting or Batman and Spider-Man taking a break together or Captain America at the valet stand picking up his car. All these scenarios could happen and Wray’s moody art style gives them weight. It makes you pause and wonder what if.

See more everyday superhero paintings after the break.

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