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Even though trailers have become the hottest way to display a new upcoming film, before the internet boomed posters used to take that role. Plastered across movie theater walls, they had to encapsulate the essence of a movie in a single, beautiful, wordless frame. The posters were an artform all on their own.

Movie posters aren’t as drooled over as before, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some damn some beautiful ones. After all, the John Wick 3 poster has completely floored fans.

With such a beautiful image on the tips of our brains and fluttering our hearts, let’s take a look back at other posters that give wonderful eyegasms and other artistic feels to anyone who sees them.

Some of these designs have inspired and impressed for decades; prepare for some serious optical pleasure.  (more…)

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Both from a production and presentation standpoint, television is a very different medium from the world of comic books.  Whether it is CW’s DC-centric shows like Arrow and Flash or shows from different decades (Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman always springs to mind, for some reason), a sense of real-world practicality is usually infused to a TV production – and understandably so.  It is with this in mind, then, that the highly-acclaimed Netflix offering Daredevil tried to stay as “true to life” as possible, and this  approach extended to the titular hero’s “super” costume.  As we are now on the brink of the second season being released, the powers-that-be behind the show have chosen to share a few alternate designs they had for the “Man Without Fear.” (more…)

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For a long time, this has been the image that’s accompanied ideas of Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel in Superman Lives, the aborted Tim Burton version of the classic comic book hero. But what if there was a better look at Cage in costume? There is.

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From CBM, comes these compelling photos of Cage in the super-suit. You’ll notice the similarities between this costume and the Dark Knight’s threads from Burton’s Batman, and you’ll also notice the oddly traditional S-shield on the suit as well. The problem with seeing Cage as Superman though is that widow’s peak on top of his head which makes him look more like Superman’s dad than Superman, but other than that… Hey, it could have been worse. (See the top of this article.)

Also, one might notice that of all the concept art and prototypes to come out of the fog surround Superman Lives – Including Brainiac’s head in a jar with mechanical spider legs – this might be the most normal. Maybe there are some color shots of how the costume looks too, just waiting on someone’s computer somewhere. That would be sweet.

Anyway, what do you Bastards think of the pics?

Source: Geek Tyrant

Joe Kubert began working in comics at the age of 11 as an apprentice and continued all throughout his life — a life that reportedly ended today, according to Watchmen artist Dave Gibbons.

To many, the name is one of those bold names in the history of comic books like Kirby, Eisner, Lee, Adams, Ditko, Robinson, and others  — legends who created and perfected those things that move from the pen to the imagination with such ease and impact.

Kubert was more than a comic artist and writer though — he was a teacher and a mentor, creating the Kubert School in 1976, which has helped educate future generations of comic professionals, including Joe’s sons Andy and Adam.

That the school continues to supply the industry with a pipeline of talented artists and comic professionals who know how to do things the right way, the “Kubert way”, stands as the man’s most enduring legacy. All the pages of Tarzan, Hawkman, and Sgt. Rock that Kubert drew could one day fade, but time will still have to catch up to all of the work done by those who Joe Kubert inspired and taught and who they taught with Kubert in mind.

From Poland to Brooklyn to Dover — from Tor to PS MagazineFax from Sarajevo, and of course his work as a teacher — Kubert’s life was as full of character, vibrancy, and brilliance as his art and his impact will not soon be forgotten.

RIP Joe Kubert

September 18, 1926 – August 12, 2012

Nerd Art Stock Pile? There’s a lot of nerd art on the net. Mostly it’s fan-fiction tentacle Pr0n, but hey we’re not complaining. We see so much neato art work on a daily basis, but for whatever reason they don’t make it to the front page of Nerd Bastards. We’re either lazy, or a piece of stand alone artwork isn’t enough to warrant a full post. Mostly we’re lazy. But, who are we to rob you of this net glory? We’re bastards but we’re not assholes. So here’s a roundup of the latest Nerd Art; intended for eye masturbation purposes.

It’s a known fact that Zombies make everything better. It’s true. Such as the case with Star Wars. Just look at Billy Tackett’s one-sheet titled ‘Star Wars: A New Corpse’ (pictured above). As you can see this piece features Luke, Leia and Darth Vader in the original movie poster set up but all zombified. Don’t you dare tell me that a ghoulish version of Star Wars as depicted here wouldn’t be amazeballs?  Oh, random sick thought. Zombie Leia kissing Zombie Luke. That’s incest necrophilia. eh, still no where as disturbing as the fat on George Lucas’s neck.

Like Bill’s necro take on Star Wars? Head over to http://www.billytackett.com/ to see more of his cool artwork!

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The Secret Behind Mario’s Overalls

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Mario is one of the most recognizable characters from a videogame ever. And his signature style – red hat, red shirt, and blue overalls with yellow buttons has not changed in the last 20 years.

But, if you look back at his original design from the first ever Super Mario Brothers videogame (1985 in the picture above), you will see that the color palette is switched. Instead of having blue overalls and a red undershirt, it is reversed. So, where did that original design idea come from?

Are you ready for the secret behind Mario‘s overalls?

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BOOM – Consider your mind blown.

In actuality though, the creator of Mario, Shigeru Miyamoto has said that he clothed the character in bright red overalls and a blue shirt to contrast against each other and the background. The hat was added to avoid drawing the character’s hairstyle, as animating his hair as he jumped. But still, it can’t just be a coincidence, can it?

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It’s not often that I try to force-feed design aesthetics to you distinguished readers, but I figured that since Batman is involved, you’ll forgive me this once for not posting about breasts or how Twilight sucks.

Remember the live-action “Batman” tv show of the 60s? Remember those fabulous “POW” and “ZOINKS” screen slides that popped up during the ass-kicking scenes of the Adam West campathon? World Famous Design Junkies, with the help of friends, has collected what seems to be all of them.

Being a design blog, WFDJ concentrates on the perfectly used white space and the simplicity of the two- and three-color cards, but we nerds can revel in the campy goodness of the straight-from-the-comics fonts and the memories of the orchestra’s sharp squeal that accompanied the slides.

Here’s a sampling of some of the batcards. Visit World Famous Design Junkies for the rest!

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