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Zadzooks’ Gift Guide: Comic book- and cartoon-themed gift ideas
Superman: Exclusive Edition (Hot Toys, $209.99) The one and only true movie Man of Steel comes to three-dimensional life with this 12-inch doll bearing the likeness of the late Christopher Reeve. Features of this high-end collectible with 30-points of articulation include his signature form-fitting blue-and-red costume with logo (accurate to the 1978 film), cape, red boots, three pairs of interchangeable hands (fists, open palms for flight and relaxed palms), a chain tethered to a chunk of green Kryptonite, and a detailed display diorama (with translucent figure mounting pole) duplicating part of the Fortress of Solitude. The best part of this piece is that a portion of the price will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
The Batman Files (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $100) Historian Matthew K. Manning unmasks one of the world’s greatest detectives and controversial vigilantes by revealing the private files of Bruce Wayne files that were to be shown only to his successor. This hardbound, oversized scrapbook features a padded cover with a magnetized bat logo that contains its 308 full-color pages. Just some of the historical resources found within include blueprints of the Batmobile, files from Arkham Asylum on many of its most famous inhabitants, schematics of the Batcave, childhood photos, lots of handwritten notes from Wayne, and details on a workout regimen and diet that can transform the reader into the next Batman. Loaded with gorgeous color illustrations highlighting years of artwork culled from the DC Comics‘ archive, the book’s only miscue is maintaining the scrapbook illusion a little too well and never crediting the artists for their contribution. I would love to see an index so pieces from legends such as Brian Bolland, Mike Mignola, Jim Lee and George Perez could be identified. Still, “The Batman Files” makes an incredible gift for the serious fan of the Caped Crusader.
Darth Maul with Mechanical Legs (Sideshow Collectibles, $324.99) Anyone who read Dark Horse Comics’ anthology book “Star Wars: Visionaries” ($17.95) will remember Aaron McBride’s standout story “Old Wounds,” about the return of Darth Maul and his hunt for an older Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tatooine. Well, Sideshow has immortalized this bionic version of the Sith Lord with a museum-quality piece limited to 1,250 pieces. This 2-foot-tall gem is individually hand-painted and crafted in a mixed-media format featuring a polystone body, fabric costume (with removable tunic to reveal the villain’s intricate chest tattoos) and Maul’s signature dual-blade lightsaber that actually glows red (three AA batteries and AC adapter included). The head sculpt (with grown-out horns) also perfectly captures the likeness of actor Ray Parks, who portrayed Dark Maul in the “The Phantom Menace.” This rare vision of evil would be appreciated by any older “Star Wars” fan.
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About the Author
A graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in communications, Joseph Szadkowski has written about popular culture for The Washington Times for the past 17 years. He covers video games, comic books, new media and technology.
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