Not Even Superheroes Can Defeat Taxes

uuperhoeDeathIt’s April 15, the most dreaded day on the calendar here in the United States: the day tax returns are due. And no one likes to pay taxes — not even superheroes!

Here is a selection of comic book covers from the Golden Age to the Bronze dealing with rendering unto Uncle Sam. You’ll notice the frequent theme “Death & Taxes,” which I find very ironic because while no one beats taxes, most superheroes have conquered death — having died and been resurrected many times.

 

Superman + GoPro Camera = Brilliance

Check out this short film created by Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer — two directors looking for financing at their page on Patreon.

What can I say? I loved this clip. I really loved it. Thanks to a breezy sense of fun, it feels way more like the “classic” Superman we all know and love — not the alien mass-murderer he became in Man of Steel.

Hallmark Also Sold Batman Valentines

Hallmark issued Batman-themed Valentine’s Day cards in 1966 — strangely, the same year Doubl Glo released a similar set. Could you imagine two companies getting the license to manufacture the same item for the same market today?

I think these Hallmark cards are kinda lame, so perhaps National Periodical Publications (DC Comics) was unsatisfied and went to Doubl Glo? Or maybe it was simply a case of no one paying much attention to merchandising and licensing back in those days? After all, it wasn’t until Star Wars came along in 1977 that licensed merchandise became a cash cow. In 1966, NPP was probably just happy to get a check in the mail!

These great images were also compiled by Chicago cartoonist Mark Anderson, who put them on his website.

You’ll Fall In Love With These Vintage Batman Valentines!

You never can tell what you’ll discover on eBay. And, lucky for us, Chicago cartoonist Mark Anderson was exploring the online auction house when he chanced upon a bunch of Doubl Glo Batman Valentines from 1966 and snatched them up. Now he has posted them on his website for all comics fans to enjoy! Have a look:

Way to go, Mark!

ETA: It turns out Hallmark also sold Batman Valentines that very same year! Check them out!

A Little Pony of a Different Colour

This H.P. Lovecraft Mythos-inspired character looks like something straight out of a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Brony’s nightmare! The adorable little critter is called “Little Maddie — Friendship Is Maddness.”

Created by the folks at Behance, Little Maddie is said to be under development for a series of animation shorts and toys. Go check out their site, if you like your madness in cute pastel colors.

It makes me want to write a sanity-stripping short story set on a tiny New England farm and called “The Colour Out of Equestria.”

Fancy a Drink With Hello Kitty? Order a Beer!

Who says China isn’t a capitalist wonderland? The latest weapon in the Chinese economic arsenal is Hello Kitty beer.

Yes, you read that correctly: Hello Kitty beer.

Officially licensed by Japanese company Sanrio, the elixir is brewed in Taiwan by Long Chuan, and it is only available in China (for now) . The brew comes in six fruity flavors, including lemon-lime, passion fruit, banana and peach, according to Geek Tyrant.

Kotaku went as far as obtaining some of the beer and giving it a taste-test. The result? It’s more like drinking fruit juice than an alcoholic beverage. The Hello Kitty label is 2.3 percent alcohol by volume — which isn’t much, but it’s still alcohol inside a can adorned with the global symbol of kawaii (cuteness). Kotaku’s critic says:

“The lemon lime flavor tasted like a light limeade of sorts, almost losing the lemon flavoring. It was smooth and sweet, like a lime soda. It didn’t taste like beer. The lime flavor was the strongest flavor in this brew. The peach one also tasted more like fruit juice than beer. It was good, but sickly sweet. Again, you can barely tell it’s beer. The only downside to the peach was that because it was so sweet, there was this weird, almost soapy after-taste at the end of each sip. The peachy-soapy flavor does linger on until something washes it away.”

Could that “something” be the collective tears of millions of little Hello Kitty fans?