Catster’s 5 Favorite Comic Book Cats

Catster is celebrating National Comic Book Day (September 25) with this post about their favorite cats in comics. I had forgotten all about Streaky the Super-Cat, Supergirl’s sidekick (to mirror Superman’s Krypto)!

“Streaky was also briefly a member of the Legion of Super-Pets, consisting of several high-powered animals, including a monkey, a horse, and Superman’s dog, Krypto. Since those halcyon days, comics have thankfully found more substantial roles for cats.”

comic-book-cats-05True — like the Siamese cat from Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Dream of a Thousand Cats. It’s a story that is at once wondrous and magical, but at the same time, sad, soulful and frightening — sounds like Neil. 🙂

“The most wondrous and mystical cat on this list, the itinerant Siamese narrates a harrowing tale of love and loss. Seeking retribution against the callousness of her human owners, the Siamese goes on a visionary quest for the Cat of Dreams. The issue is an extended meditation on the question of whether cats dream, as well as the power of the imagination to create reality.”

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Family inherits man’s remarkable comic book collection

DALLAS — Michael Rorrer said his great aunt once mentioned having comic books she would one day give him and his brother, but it was a passing remark made when they were boys and still into superheroes.Ruby Wright gave no indication at the time — and she died last February, leaving it unclear — that her late husband’s comic collection contained some of the most prized issues ever published. The 345 comics were slated to sell at auction in New York on Wednesday, and were expected to fetch more than $2 million.

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Family inherits man’s remarkable comic book collection that is expected to net $2M at auction – The Washington Post.

From the deltoids up, I get it: Tim Gunn on superhero costumes.

This is probably the coolest thing ever, and I say this as a girl who grew up ever-so-much in love with Superman, and a woman whose current lifelong dream is to have lunch with Tim Gunn — Tim’s critique of different looks for the Man of Steel.

Don’t miss the earlier installments, ‘Crazy Sexy Geeks: The Series: Super Hero Fashion with Tim Gunn‘ and ‘Crazy Sexy Geeks: Tim Gunn Strikes! Part 1‘.

I always was a DC girl

coverDC Comics, that is. Yeah, I know that with X-Men and all, the past decade or so, it’s been somewhat “cooler” to be Team Marvel instead of Team DC (and yes, I just used a Twilight reference, my god, it’s taking over everything). But I grew up on Superman, on The Justice League, The Legion of Super Heroes, and last but not least, The New Teen Titans. As a kid I read them for fun, as a teen I went to comic book shops — completely changing their demographic statistics every time I walked in the door, because if there’s any place in the world that’s still a boys’ club, it’s the comic book store, or at least it was in the 80s. In college I stumbled onto Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, an entirely different kind of comic book than I’d read before, and fell in love — I still think it’s one of the best pieces of literature I ever read. And did I mention it was published by DC Comics (Vertigo)? Nowadays I’m out of the comic book loop, but my treasures are tucked away in acid-free boxes, in mylar sleeves, with acid-free back boards… as any responsible archivist would do. I haven’t bought a new comic book in years, but whenever I see a blast from the comic book past, it catches my eye.

I love to vote — in polls, on Election Day, for American Idol — so when I stumbled across The Top 75 Most Iconic DC Covers (that’s a mouthful), I was tickled pink — I remember all of these, even the ones before my time! Voting starts November 23 (this Monday). If you were ever a DC girl like me, take a look at the nominees now.

At last, Archie pops the question…

I read a lot of comic books as a kid — usually Superman, Justice League of America, that kind of thing. But there was the occasional Archie comic in there somewhere, and I’ve a confession to make: I always rooted for Veronica. Hey, us brunettes have to stick together.

At last, Archie pops the question to … Veronica!
Aug. 16, 2009, 3:56PM

Nothing like a storybook wedding, especially when it unfolds in a comic book.

Superman had one after winning the heart of Lois Lane. Spider-Man had one after webbing the love of Mary Jane Watson, though technically their marriage was erased from comic-book continuity, but still …

Now add Archie Andrews to the groom brigade. The perpetual high school student ties the knot in a six-issue story that begins in Archie No. 600, which hits comic shops Wednesday and newsstands the week of Aug. 31.

It’s a milestone that has blond girl-next-door Betty Cooper absolutely teary-eyed — mainly because Archie is going to marry her rich, raven-haired frenemy, Veronica Lodge.

So why did Archie finally choose Veronica over her longtime rival?

“If he ended up with Betty, there wouldn’t be much to talk about, would there?” asks Victor Gorelick, editor-in-chief of Archie Comics.

The story takes place several years in the future, right after Archie and the gang have graduated college. That’s when we’ll learn what life holds for Archie as well as best buddy Jughead Jones, wise-guy rival Reggie Mantle and other familiar Riverdale faces.

“It’s going to have lots of surprises and one very big shock,” Archie writer Michael Uslan teases. “It is not only going to focus on Archie and Veronica but the impact their decision makes on their family and friends. That is a butterfly effect.”

Naturally, Gorelick and Uslan want to keep mum about what unfolds in Archie No. 600 and ensuing issues, although Gorelick revealed Betty’s and Jughead’s reactions to Archie’s proposal. (“Obviously to Betty it’s kind of devastating,” he says, “and Jughead can’t believe it.”)

Uslan says he wrote the wedding story “with a sense of reality,” especially when it comes to Betty and how Archie’s choice leads her to examine her own issues and self-confidence.

“And maybe Archie doesn’t deserve her,” Uslan says. “Maybe she’s entitled to something better for her life.”

Uslan likens the Archie/Betty/Veronica love triangle to the very real breakup of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston followed by the hookup of Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

“In the day and place in which we live, it really, really could happen this way,” Uslan says.

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