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Welcome to the latest and greatest Super Blog Team Up. This time out we are looking at Image Comics which just celebrated 30 years of publishing great creator owned comics. Today, I’m celebrating by featuring Killer Walking Dead Cakes!

 

Walking Dead Sugar Sculpture

Help! Zombies Are Escaping From My Walking Dead Comic!

This amazing Walking Dead sugar sculpture was made by Anne Heap from Pink Cake Box.

 

Walking Dead Sugar Sculpture

This Walking Dead sugar sculpture features a Walking Dead comic book with zombie hands reaching out from inside it.  This makes it look like the zombies are escaping from within the comic.  The stand which is holding the comic book off the ground is designed to look like blood.  The cake stand is covered with artwork from the Walking Dead.

 

Walking Dead Sugar Sculpture

Here is the cover of the Walking Dead comic.

 

Walking Dead Sugar Sculpture

Here is the inside of the Walking Dead comic.  Since the Walking Dead is a black and white comic, the artwork here is also black and white.  This picture has a great view of the three zombie hands.  You can see where they have touched the comic because they left blood finger prints.

Daryl Dixon Wacky Wobbler Cake

Daryl Dixon Wacky Wobbler Cake

Funko, the king of bobble heads, makes a Walking Dead: Biker Daryl Wacky Wobbler .  It features Daryl Dixon one of the most popular characters on The Walking Dead.  Vanessa’s Cake Designs decided to recreate this bobble head in cake and the end results in amazing!

 

Walking Dead Cookie

The Greene Family Farm

Ready to have your mind blown?  The terrific piece of artwork you see on the stand is a cookie.  This stunning Walking Dead Cookie was made by Michelle from FROSTING – Cakes & Cookies

Michelle’s hand painted cookie features The Greene Family Farm.  The farm is the main setting for Season 2 of The Walking Dead.  In real life the farm is in Senoia, Georgia which is about an hour from where I live.

 

Walking Dead Cookie

The most amazing thing about Michelle’s cookie? The size!  It is much smaller than it looks in the first picture.  I have no idea how Michelle made such an amazing detailed painting on such a tiny cookie.  

Lori Grimes Cake

Lori Grimes Standing At Her Grave

 Carolina Lara created this cake called Lori Standing at her Grave.  

 

Lori Grimes

The likeness to Sarah Wayne Callies, the actress who played Lori Grimes, is wonderful.

 

Lori Grimes Sculpture

The dress that Lori is wearing is her wedding dress.  Rick sees a vision of Lori in her wedding dress at her grave site in at least two episodes – The Suicide King and Home.

 

Lori Grimes' Wedding Dress

The sign behind Lori reads “It’s so easy to do the wrong thing in this world. So if it feels wrong, don’t do it, if it feels easy don’t do it, don’t let the world spoil you. GOODNIGHT, LOVE.” These were the last words Lori said to her son Carl.

 

Lori Grimes Statue

 

Carol Peletier Cake

Carol Peletier Inspires You To Never Give Up!

Carolina Lara also created this amazing cake.

 

Carol Peletier Sculpture

The Walking Dead is about how people respond under unbelievable pressure.  Carol is one of the main characters in the Walking Dead TV show.  As the series has progressed, she has discovered her inner strength.

That’s why Carolina Lara included the quote:

 

You fight it.

You don’t give up.

and one day

you just

CHANGE    

 

The quotes comes from the episode Indifference.  It is one of the last things Carol says to Lizzie.

Carol is portrayed differently in the comic and TV show.  From Wikipedia: “In the comic series, Carol exhibits a neurotic, self-centered, and naive demeanor. Throughout her time in the comics, she grows increasingly unstable, to the extent of self-destruction. The television show differs in these regards, as she is shown to be a stern, pragmatic, and compassionate individual who has been gradually building inner strength.”  Wikipedia has a wonderful quote by Executive Produce Scott Gimple about this. “[Carol] was strong all along. The apocalypse didn’t make her strong. The apocalypse made her show herself that she’s strong”.

 

Carol Peletier Statue

The likeness of Melissa McBride, the actress who plays Carol Peletier on TV, is wonderful.

Here are more close-ups of this stunning cake:

 

Carol Peletier

Carol Peletier Quote

Carol Peletier

Gravesite

Gravesite

Two Skulls

Sophia Peletier's Doll

 

So many great movies & TV shows feature little nods to fans called Easter eggs. Why should they have all the fun?

 

George Perez’s X-Men

Welcome to Super Blog Team Up!

This time your favorite bloggers and podcasters have teamed up to say THANK YOU to the beloved comic book creator George Perez! Late last year, George announced the heart breaking news that he was dying from cancer.

For decades, the X-Men have been Marvel Comics best selling line of comics, so I wanted to focus on the time George Perez teamed up with Chris Claremont and Terry Austin on Uncanny X-Men King Size Annual 3.

Between the pages is a pop culture cake blog, So, in addition to featuring stunning artwork by George and Terry, I’ll be mixing in some astonishing X-Men cakes and wedding cake toppers.

This is the first image of the X-Men in this comic book, and it is such an attention getter.  It is an action scene with seven different characters and each character looks perfect. The focal point of this panel is Colossus battling the robot. Those two characters are the largest and take up half the panel. The further we get from these two, the smaller the characters are. Cyclops and Banshee (in the control room) are the smallest. Terry Austin is one of the best inkers to have ever worked in comic books. Here, he and George Perez are a dynamic duo. The danger room’s walls look almost featureless while the control room is filled with machinery.  Colossus and the robot are metal and shine. Even Storm’s cape has texture.

 

Storm Cake

Storm Cake

Carla Puig made this amazing Storm Cake for Cake Con International.  This is Carla’s 3rd X-Men themed cake for CCI.  In previous years she has made stunning cakes featuring Mystique and Magneto.

One of the reasons that super hero comic books made such great source material for movies and TV shows is that they contain so much action. The irony is that comic books are static images that don’t move, so the artist has to create a sense of motion. 

On this page, George uses motion lines to show the action. Each of the six main panels have motion lines. The motion lines beneath Storm look like air because she is flying. The panel where Nightcrawler is falling up, George puts the sound effect balloon inside the motion lines. The panel after that, he chooses a simpler motion line to show debris bouncing off Colossus. On this panel and the last panel, he uses two motion lines to show things ricocheting. 

 

Gambit and Rogue Wedding Cake Topper

Gambit and Rogue Wedding Cake Topper

This marvelous Gambit and Rogue Wedding Cake Topper was made by Genefy Playground. Gambit and Rogue are one of the most popular couples in Marvel Comics.

These four panel of Scott and Ororo talking is my favorite sequence in the whole book. Having just two people talk to each other for multiple panels is really hard to make visually appealing. By adding, the sequence of Scott taking off his visor and putting on his glasses, these panels really grab your attention. I really like the second panel where Scott is really concentrating to keep his eyes closed after taking off his visor.

 

Hulk vs. Wolverine Cake

Wolverine vs. Hulk Cake

This amazing Wolverine vs. the Hulk Cake made by Sirac Cicek.  

George Perez is master story teller. Ignore the words on this page and just look at the eight panels. They tell you everything you need to know about what is happening. My favorite panel is the 3rd panel where Storm is looking at her plants. If you look above Storm, you’ll see Arkon in the skylight.

 

Black Panther and Storm Wedding Cake Topper

Black Panther and Storm Wedding Cake Topper

This adorable Black Panther and Storm Wedding Cake Topper was made by Little Vows.

I chose this splash page because it includes two of my favorite things that George Perez’s draws – architecture and pages with tons of characters. There is so much on this page. An elaborate hall with an ornate ceiling, columns, and a stairs case, statues, countless warriors and the X-Men.

The layout of this page is amazing. The X-Men are in the middle of the page. The glow around them and the smoke behind them draws your eyes to them. This is the least detailed part of the page. All of the details surround the X-Men. 

George picks a unique camera angle for this page – from the top of the stairs looking down. This works extremely well because the top two thirds of the page are the statues, columns, archways and ceiling. The architecture isn’t cluttered, so you can see how breathtaking it is. The bottom third of the page is claustrophobic because it is filled with tons of warriors. Making it so crammed makes the architecture stand out even more and gives a real sense of danger because the X-Men are so out numbered. 

Terry Austin, who inked this annual, is one of the greatest inkers to ever work in comics. This page is a perfect example of why. There is so much detail on this page, yet ever single line is PERFECT. I cannot image the work, skill and attention that goes into inking a page like this.

 

Dark Phoenix Cake

Dark Phoenix Cake

This amazing Dark Phoenix Cake was made by Massimiliano Colla for Cake Con International

This two page spread is amazing! It consists of twelve panels. The top row is six panels. Each panel switches the focal character and switches the camera placement. Some of panels are close-up and others are more distant. These panels ratchet up the tension… so the middle row is a single panel fight scene. I gave up counting the number of characters in this panel. There has to be a least 25 characters. George, Terry and the colorist Glynis Wein all do amazing work on this panel.

The bottom row calms things down. It has two panels of characters talking, a panel showing that the fight is still going on, and two panels of a character walking down stairs and being followed by Nightcrawler. 

If you’ve never read Uncanny X-Men King Size Annual 3, you are in for a treat. This is Chris, George and Terry all at the top of their game. This issue runs between 16 & 60 dollars depending on condition. It is also reprinted in Uncanny X-Men Masterworks Volume 4 and X-Men Epic Collection: Proteus. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and will come back tomorrow for more amazing pop culture cakes and cookies. For more Super Blog Team Up, please check out:

The Superhero Satellite: PEREZ 

Source Material:  Brave and the Bold #1-6

The Telltale Mind:  Future Perfect – Hulk: Future Imperfect

In My Not So Humble Opinion: I-BOTS from Tekno Comix

Dave’s Comic Blog: George Perez’s Fantastic Titanic Firsts

Comics Comics Comics blog (JJG): Justice League of America 200 and discovering George Perez

*51:  JLA/Avengers: It Had to be George

The Daily Rios: A George Pérez Celebration #2

RAdulich in Broadcasting Network: Comic Stripped: Logan’s Run

 

Guerilla Marketing

Welcome to Super Blog Team Up.  This time out, we are looking at comics with gimmick covers.  Instead of covering a die cut, chromium, glow in the dark cover, I decided to look at my favorite cover gimmick of all time – Gorillas.  If this is your 1st time visiting Between the Pages, this is a pop culture cake blog, so I’ll also be serving some yummy cakes that you don’t want to monkey with.

My husband loves baseball. One thing I’ve learned from him is that analytics plays a major role in managing and coaching baseball teams.  Long before the Oakland A’s, DC Comics was the king of analytics. DC Comics had two comics books, Showcase and Brave and the Bold, which were just for trying out concepts.  Justice League, Suicide Squad (originally a war book), Flash, Green Lantern, and Aquaman all had to pass their try outs before getting their own titles. The original Suicide Squad didn’t make the cut.

While doing analytics on which comics sold better, DC Comics noticed a bizarre trend. Comics with gorillas on their cover sold better than comics which didn’t have gorillas on them. Because of this, DC Comics did two things – they published a ton of comics with gorillas on them and they created a bunch of characters who were gorillas.

For this post, I’ve picked a bunch of great gorilla covers from the 1950s up till now.

 

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Monsieur Mallah monkeys with the Doom Patrol.

 

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Here he is menacing those meddling kids.

 

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I don’t know if the Ultra-Humanite is a gorilla or an ape. But he is too well know to leave out.

 

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Planet of the Apes Cake

Here is the first of four cakes I’m serving today. This terrific Planet of the Apes cake was made by Jatt Gourmet in Mexico City.  This awesome cake features Dr. Zaius who was sculpted from fondant.  The cake itself was a lemon cake with a lemon crème filling.

 

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This is such an eye catching cover. I really like Hawkman on the bird swing.

 

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A rare issue where Supergirl was hanging out with the Justice League.

 

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This groovy cover is the perfect example of what I’m talking about.  If you saw this on the newsstand, it would be really hard to pass it up.

 

King Kong Cake for Broadway Musical

I’m not sure if King Kong is a gorilla, but I couldn’t pass up featuring the king of the apes.  This wonderful cake was made for the cast of the Broadway musical of King Kong.  It was made by Jean Schapowal, from Cakes With Character, to celebrate the 100th performance.

 

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JLApe was a crossover with ape versions of the Justice League.

 

Donkey Kong Cake

Wow! I can’t tell if you are supposed to eat this stunning Donkey Kong Cake or play it!  It looks more fun than the arcade game.

Dirk from Cakez ‘n’ Fun made this geektastic Donkey Kong Cake for the Game On Cake Collaboration.  This cake collaboration tries to bring those video games that we loved as kids to life as sugar art.

 

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Grodd is so popular that he has been in the live action Flash TV show.

 

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Celebrating your 25th anniversary? Invite a gorilla.

 

King Kong Cake

This lovely King Kong Cake was made by Jessica Atkins from Rosy Cakes as part of the Cakes From Middle Earth collaboration.  Cakes From Middle Earth is a Sugar Art Collaboration done by thirty one talented cake decorators and sugar artists from New Zealand who have joined together to celebrate the film works of Peter Jackson.

 

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There were two monkeys in Superman comics, but they weren’t gorillas.  Beppo the super monkey was a monkey from Krypton and one of Superboy’s pets.  Titano was a chimpanzee who transformed into a King Kong knock-off with kryptonite eye beams.

 

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You know what is better than gorillas? Gorillas drawn by Jack Kirby. Kamandi had tons of them.

 

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A classic cover.  Kamandi fights a gorilla over Superman’s costume. 

 

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Scooby-Doo meets Angel and the Ape.

 

 

 

Super-Hero Satellite: 70s-80s Photo Covers

https://charltonhero.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/super-blog-team-up-chromium-the-great-photo-cover-swindle/

 

Chris is on Infinite Earths (Blog): Adventures of Superman #500

http://bit.ly/AdvSup500

Chris is on Infinite Earths (Podcast): Episode 33: Team Titans #1 (1992)

https://www.podbean.com/eu/pb-wh7un-d061a0

 

Comic Reviews by Walt: The ’90s Revisited: Shiny Covers

https://comicreviewsbywalt.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/super-blog-team-up-the-90s-revisited-shiny-covers/

 

Source material: Spider-Man Torment (issues 1-5) by Todd McFarlane  https://www.spreaker.com/episode/21862584

 

ComicsComicsComics: Daredevil 319-325 Fall from Grace

http://comicscomicscomics.blog/2020/01/22/superblog-teamup-chromiun-daredevil-fall-from-grace

 

The Telltale Mind (Geoff) – Worlds Collide – The Intercompany Crossover

http://thetelltalemind.com/2020/01/22/worlds-collide-the-intercompany-crossover/

 

DC In The 80s – Justin & Mark’s most memorable DC “gimmicks”  

http://www.dcinthe80s.com/2018/03/super-blog-team-up-january-2020-edition.html

 

Comics In The Golden Age – Fawcett’s Mighty Midget comics

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/comicsinthegoldenage/episodes/2020-01-22T03_00_00-08_00

 

Unspoken Issues – Darkhawk #25 

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/21862604

 

Dave’s Comic Heroes Blog – Connected Covers – New Teen Titans 37/Batman and the Outsiders 5

https://davescomicheroes.blogspot.com/2020/01/batman-and-outsiders-meet-new-teen.html

 

When It Was Cool – Polybags!

http://www.whenitwascool.com/superblog-team-up-polybag-it

 

Pop Culture Retrorama – Glow In The Dark Covers

https://popcultureretrorama.com/2020/01/22/super-blog-team-up-chromium-glow-in-the-dark-covers/

 

In My Not So Humble Opinion – Force Works #1’s Pop-Up Cover

https://benjaminherman.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/it-came-from-the-1990s-force-works-1-3

 

Black & White and Bronze Comics Blog – Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine 1968.

https://blackwhitebronzecomics.blogspot.com/2020/01/super-blog-team-up-shades-of-gray.html