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Monday, June 26, 2006






























And then there's this. A couple of prints done by an artist named Dave White. They were actually inspired by a line of clothing. I don't think I've ever heard of that before. Not sure why I included them, just thought they were somehow.....interesting.

O.K., I'm of the attitude that you never say die. Never give up! I REALLY want to post some more pics of the BAPE line, shirts specifically. However, I have yet to dope out this particular aspect of Blogger, i.e. why I can't post as many pictures as I like with little-to-no text without it "spilling down" into other posts. Terry?

This shirt I really like. The overlap of images give it a sense of complexity of design, despite the fact that it's really fairly simple and straight forward. The drama of the ever-lingering presence of the Hulk is powerfully-portrayed.






















This is a Silver Surfer shirt. Only problem is, a lot of Marvel fans may not even be able to tell. It's a black shirt, so they could have used silver paint, ink, or whatever they use. Why they went with blue? Your guess is as good as mine.






















I like this one, also. The image of Spidey's mask is unmistakable, yet the shirt also retains an independent style, ala "Bathing Ape." Very cool.

















What's not to like? It's Cap in your face! (Or are you in HIS face?)

Marvel Part of a Trend

Anyone who knows me will tell you I'm not trendy. I don't think I have been since high school, and it was probably questionable, then. And, I REALLY don't want to come across as some kind of shill, but I've spotted a trendy line that I actually like. For me, however, the appeal is due more to Marvel than anything.

There's a Japanese company called "A Bathing Ape" that puts out a line of clothing called "Bape" that includes shirts and shoes with Marvel characters on them. And, I don't know if it's the bright colors and glossy leather of the shoes, or the bold designs of the shirts, but it's actually a VERY nice line of apparel. The only thing that will stop me from having anything from the line is the price. I've seen some of the shoes AND shirts going on Ebay for over $100.00. OUCH! (Terry, ask Ru if she knows of this line of clothing, or anything from Bape, would you?)

I got most of the pics off of Ebay, as I found no luck finding a company site. (Anyone know if it exists?) And, hey, there's a pair of Batman shoes in there, as well! I wonder if they do other D.C. character properties...?

What I don't understand about items such as this is why they catch on BIG TIME in other countries, but not here in the good ol' U.S. of A., where such properties were born. I mean, the Marvel merchandise marketed to kids sells VERY well, here, sometimes causing it to appear that Marvel may become (or may already be) the new Disney. But when it comes to adult clothing lines sporting superheroes, there seem to be very few grown-ups who have any interest in wearing them, no matter how well-tailored or how trendy they may be.

Or, is it a matter of guts? Fear of the appearance of childishness? I see adults wearing Mickey Mouse shirts quite often. Why not Spider-Man? The Hulk? Captain America? All are very established parts of Americana, all admired and enjoyed world-wide. In fact, one of the nicest ties I have is pure silk and covered in small reproductions of key issues of Marvel Comics from the Silver Age. It is also one of the ties I get the most compliments on, from people of all ages. Yet, I wonder if THEY would wear it?