Comic-book hero shirts fit diehard fans to a T
WithThor hammering the way for comic-book movies this summer, you’re sure to spot plenty of fanboys and fangirls alike wearing their geek love on their sleeve with comic-related T-shirts.
“Usually when there’s a movie about the comic out we’re always inundated with customers who want T-shirts, prop replicas — anything that has the character on it,” says Derrick Dixon, assistant manager at the Bedrock City Comic Co. in Houston.
And comic diehards such as Dan Gonzalez of San Antonio – proud owner of three Green Lantern shirts – says true fans wear classic comic-book imagery rather than the latest comic-movie poster or lead star on their chest.
“It’s like a badge of honor,” Gonzalez says.
Here are some cool Ts that reflect that passion in super-heroic fashion.
Thor (now showing)
Marvel Universe Thor Hammer ($19.50 to $23.50 at Hot Topic)
Nothing says comic-book thunder god quite like the hammer Mjolnir, which Thor wields in the splash pages and now in theaters. And nothing calls down that thunder quite like that iconic mallet on a T-shirt by Mighty Fine.
X-Men: First Class (June 3)
X-Men First Class ($12.99 at Target)
First Class is a prequel to the X-Men films about the pre-bald days of mutant mastermind Charles Xavier and his mutant safe house disguised as a “school for higher learning.” In the 1963 comic that started it all, that “first class” of X-Men included Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Marvel Girl, as shown in a classy tee by JEM Sportswear.
Green Lantern(June 17)
Green Lantern logo ($20 at J.C. Penney)
The film, starring Ryan Reynolds as the emerald hero with a power ring, will no doubt inspire a legion of Green Lantern comic fans to rock the GL crest – a simple green circle between two green horizontal bars. You can join the GL corps with an emblematic tee by DC Comics Originals.
Captain America: The First Avenger (July 22)
Fractured Shield ($25 at welovefine.com)
When Captain America throws his mighty shield, he usually breaks up the bad guys on the receiving end. A Mighty Fine Web exclusive T-shirt, however, breaks up the typical logo tee with comic-book depictions of Cap within the sliced shield. Here’s hoping Chris Evans’ big-screen turn as the Sentinel of Liberty also shatters expectations.
Cowboys & Aliens (July 29)
Space Western ($19.99 and up at skreened.com)
In this gritty adaptation of the Platinum Studios graphic novel, Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford star as cowboys facing an alien invasion in the days of the Old West. It sounds like a deranged pulp comic, which makes a good excuse to grab an equally gonzo T-shirt sporting a retro cowpoke and rocket ship.
Conan the Barbarian (Aug. 19)
$18 and up at stylinonline.com
The fantasy novel hero has swung a sword in comic books, not to mention the 1982 film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as the buff barbarian. This summer’s remake stars Jason Momoa as the big lug, but we like our Cimmerian legend from an earlier, pre-Arnie age. That’s why a tee with a nod to a late-1970s Conan comic positively slays us.
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