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The A To Z Of Superheroes

The A To Z Of Superheroes


From Ant-Man to Zenith! This A-Z looks at the best superheroes in comics, on TV and at the cinema. We look ahead to the newest films and TV shows and back at the history of the coolest comic characters.

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In the last decade we’ve seen films like Avengers: Age Of Ultron and The Dark Knight dominate the box office, Daredevil and Arrow have conquered TV and everyone is reading comics again. This A to Z guide celebrates these good times with features on the very best heroes - from Ant-Man to Zenith, by way of Batman, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Wonder Woman. Inside this mag we go behind the scenes on Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, look ahead to the year’s best films and shows and catch up with 1960s TV Batman, Adam West. Daredevil showrunner Stephen S DeKnight chats about the show’s smash success and we meet the cast of Arrow and The Flash. If comics are more your thing then we have detailed features on Superman and…

7 min.
a is for ant-man

Before the dawn of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man and X-Men were the two biggest properties to spring from Stan Lee’s prodigious imagination. And then along came Iron Man in 2008, starring the incomparable Robert Downey Jr, and all of sudden The Avengers became the most bankable blockbuster franchise spawned from Marvel Comics. But guess what? Ant?Man pre-dates them all. And this incredible shrinking man got his own movie in 2015 courtesy of director Peyton Reed, last-minute sub for fan fave Edgar Wright, who had nurtured the project for the best part of a decade before walking away in 2014. The sequel, Ant-Man And The Wasp, is due in 2018. BUT JUST WHO IS ANT-MAN? Created by Lee, his younger brother Larry Lieber and legendary artist Jack Kirby, this size-defying hero first appeared…

1 min.
they might be giants

THE OTHER FACES OF HANK PYM GIANT-MAN Tales To Astonish #49 (November 1963) Using the same science (Pym particles) that allows him to shrink, Pym is able to grow to the 12-foot-tall (and later 100-foot tall) Giant-Man. GOLIATH The Avengers #28 (May 1966) After retiring to lead a normal life, Pym returned as Goliath intially to battle a foe called the Collector, boasting the same power set as Giant?Man but limited to 25 feet and only in 15-minute bursts. YELLOWJACKET The Avengers #59 (December 1968) Out of control after a failed experiment that induces a severe personality change, the now schizophrenic Pym takes on the guise of Yellowjacket, sporting artificial wings and bio-blasters called “stingers” in his gloves.…

7 min.
exclusive: a new hope

Few characters in the Marvel Comics Universe have played such an important role as Henry Pym and Janet van Dyne, alias the original Ant-Man and the Wasp, two of the five founding members of the Avengers. In Ant-Man, film audiences are introduced not only to the crime-fighting couple, but to their daughter, Hope van Dyne. Though the character is known as the villainous Red Queen in the comics, her film counterpart looks to channel the best parts of her parents into a hero the likes of which we haven’t seen before in a Marvel Studios movie. She’s a character that the actress playing her describes as a “cold, bitter, very serious, angry woman”, who finds herself estranged from her father and is reluctantly enlisted to mentor his protégé, Scott Lang. “I’m…

10 min.
b is for batman

“THE CONTRACT PLAYER WHO CREATED THE ORIGINAL ON-SCREEN BATMAN HAS NEVER ESCAPED THE ROLE. BUT WHY BE BITT ER, REASONS THE MAN WHO NOW SENDS HIMSELF UP ON FAMILY GUY? “I WAS ABLE TO BRAND MYSELF BECAUSE I DIDN’T RESENT BATMAN,” SAYS ADAM WEST. “I’VE BEEN ABLE TO, LIKE MADONNA, KEEP REINVENTING MYSELF…” A dam West is studying the menu in North Hollywood’s legendary Smoke House restaurant, trying to give us some tips on what to eat. He’s got the choices down to the baby back ribs or the BBQ tri-tip sandwich when we’re interrupted by a fan asking for a picture. The former Batman star puts down his Corona, makes the fan give him a fist bump and gracefully concedes to the photo. “Look at that,” he says checking out the…

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five star turns

#1 THE YOUNG PHILADELPHIANS (1959) West had a small but pivotal role as Diane Brewster’s reluctant bridegroom in this big?screen soap opera about a set of socialite lawyers. West’s character dramatically commits suicide on his wedding night after a shocking impotence admission. “[Director Vincent] Sherman thought I had the emotional depth. I felt that was a nice compliment,” adds West. #2 THE OUTLAWS IS COMING (1966) As Boston magazine editor Kenneth Cabot, West heads to a lil ol’ Western town with the Three Stooges to investigate a dastardly cowboy’s plan to kill off all the buffalo. “The guys were very serious off camera,” West says about working with the legendary comedy trio. “They were very serious artists in their own way and I was surprised how quiet they were in respect to their…