DC Comics Gadget Decals
A fantastic gift for comic book or superhero fans, these DC Comic Gadget Decals allow the customization of any flat surfaces with iconic heroes (and a villain) in various poses (and also their well-known emblems). Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Joker feature in this set of 18 waterproof and removable vinyl stickers (of various sizes). Position as desired on clean and dry surfaces - perfect to use with computer hardware or other gadgets (laptops, smart phones, tablets etc), they can also be used where other surfaces call for a little augmentation – in the kitchen, for example. (Link opens in a new window):
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Not suitable for children under 36 months (small parts)
Batman, the crime-fighting superhero defending Gotham City, has been reinvented several times since the very first Batman story appeared in Detective Comics in May 1939 and remained popular throughout various slumps in comic book sales. During one of these slumps in the mid 60s, DC was planning to kill Batman off but, instead, a new editor (Julius Schwartz) brought in a ‘New Look’ in May 1964, making the character more contemporary, and returning the stories to their ‘detective’ origins (removing the science fiction elements prevalent in the 50s). Artist Carmine Infantino helped overhaul the series – redesigning both the Batmobile and his costume – adding the now famous yellow ellipse behind the bat-symbol. Batman’s butler Alfred was initially killed off alongside some other characters, but was quickly restored and ‘Aunt Harriet’ joined Bruce Wayne (Batman’s alter ego) and Dick Grayson in their mansion. Batman is also known as the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, and the World's Greatest Detective.
Criminal mastermind and supervillain, The Joker first appeared in the Batman comic (DC Comics) in 1940. Created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson, his very first appearance was planned to be fatal, but instead he survived to become an archenemy of the hero, Batman (though he has also fought Superman and Wonder Woman among others). Initially a psychopath with a twisted and manic humour about him, in the late 1950s he was toned down to a simple prankster before the early 1970s saw his character warp and veer back towards sadism. Commonly (though not exclusively) his back-story is that his insanity was the result of the disfigurement he sustained after a fall into a vat of chemicals (which made his skin white, hair green and lips bright red). He is not superhuman, but uses his chemical engineering brilliance to create poisons and other villainous novelty weapons (razor-sharp playing cards, deadly hand buzzers, acid-spraying lapel flowers). The 1990s provided him with a love interest and sidekick, the smitten (and insane) Harley Quinn, who falls in love with him during their sessions.
Superman was the first superhero to get their own self-titled comic book, but that isn’t where he began. Created for a short story by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster in 1933, the character was sold to DC Comics in 1938 and featured among several other stories in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. The strip was so successful, that his own title premiered just a year later in Summer 1939. He has since appeared in radio serials, newspaper strips, television programs, films, and video games and is widely considered to be an American cultural icon. Originally growing up in Kansas with his adoptive parents (after being sent to earth moments before his home planet’s destruction), Superman resolves to use his superhuman abilities to benefit humanity in Metropolis – he wears a blue costume (emblazoned with a yellow “S”) and a red cape. As his alter-ego, the mild mannered Clark Kent, who is a journalist for the Daily Planet newspaper, he can move about the city unhindered.
Wonder Woman, warrior princess of the Amazons (based on Greek mythology), and 5,000 year old demigoddess, is DC Comics superhero. Princess Diana of Themyscira in her homeland, she has the secret identity of Diana Prince in “man’s world”. First appearing in All Star Comics in 1941, she was created by the psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston and his wife Elizabeth, and was originally drawn by H. G. Peter. The Wonder Woman title has been published almost continuously (resting only briefly in 1986). The character is regarded as a feminist (and LGBT) icon, as she has been depicted consistently as a diplomatic figure with core beliefs in justice, love, peace, and equality. Skilled in strategy, hunting and fighting, she also has weapons – notably the Lasso of Truth and indestructible bracelets (and tiara).