Daddy Make Me a Superhero

Various attempts to entertain my superhero-obsessed five-year-old son.

The obscurities

One of the most fun things about this art project of making superhero paper cutouts for my son are all the obscure choices he makes. You’d think a young kid would just pick the most famous/marketed stars of the DC world, with some of the less famous getting selected due to prominent placement in cartoons (like the Teen Titans or Young Justice). But not my guy, who is always surprising me with some of his offbeat selections.

(Now, if you’re a comic fan, you may be saying to yourself “Black Lightning and Stargirl, or [insert name here] aren’t obscure”! But keep in mind, my kid is five years old — and was four when most of these were picked — so he doesn’t exactly have the same level of experience with these characters as you do).

And I want to stress that he picked all of these himself. So, yes, a preschooler decided he needed The Creeper and The Demon Etrigan on his bedroom wall (he loves chanting “gone, gone the son of man…”). Honestly, if I was picking, I can’t say I’d have done many of these (maybe Captain Marvel Jr and Black Lightning). Instead, I’d probably be much more systematic with my choices, wanting to fill out rosters of each team or show before moving on to the next.

But these are fun, colourful, interesting characters that have all appealed to my kid at different times in different ways. I think that’s the biggest fun for him of this world: there’s always a new part of it and new characters to discover. So while there are still a few more significant names that I’d like to check off the list, don’t surprised when someone a bit out of left field shows up in your Dashboard. Hope you enjoy.

Archers - Team Arrow

Can’t imagine we’ll ever see a Connor Hawke or a Mia Dearden or an Arrowette on this blog, since I can’t imagine a scenario where my son would ever hear of them. But I wouldn’t be terribly surprised to see another version of Oliver or Roy show up at some point. We’ll see.

Kilowog - Green Lantern Corps

My son does like to surprise me with his random selections. I’ll admit, when I saved the source art for this one (by Marcio Takara), I didn’t really expect my son to ever pick it. I just thought it looked good. Obviously, so did he, since he doesn’t have a very deep connection to the character. Kilowog has shown up in a few episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Justice League, but never in a major way. We quit on Green Lantern: The Animated Series during the first episode because the red lanterns were too scary for him, so that’s not it. He does actually have a Kilowog toy that he found in a used toy bin one time, so maybe that’s it. But probably he just picked the big guy because he thought the picture looked cool that day.

The next Green Lantern to appear on my son’s wall will be?

Robin Paper Cutouts

I’ve actually made five different Robins out of construction paper, but the first one was hideous and is best never shown again. I wonder if my boy will ever request Damian? I know we’ll never see a Jason Todd.

Batgirl Paper Cutouts
I’ve now made four Barbara Gordon Batgirl paper cutouts for my son. Here they are presented from earliest to most recent.

Batgirl Paper Cutouts

I’ve now made four Barbara Gordon Batgirl paper cutouts for my son. Here they are presented from earliest to most recent.

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Olaf from Frozen

My sixteen-month-old son’s two favourite songs in the world (as far as we can tell) are “Let it Go” and “In Summer”. So of course I had to follow up my paper cut out of Elsa with one of Olaf. Lots of smiles when he saw this one.

I know I stretched the theme of this blog when I posted an Elsa paper cutout a few weeks ago, calling her a superhero (a claim I still stand by). But since I’m now dedicated to decorating my youngest boy’s room with Disney cutouts, I figured that rather than mix genres here, I’d start a new blog instead.

So if you’re into my art and into Disney, I encourage you to follow Disney Paper Cutouts and see the collection grow. Now, because these things take time, that will affect the amount of art you see posted on this blog, since having two kids somehow doesn’t double the amount of free time one has. Right now, the plan is to alternate between the two, so look for a new superhero in the coming week or so, then a Disney, etc. Can’t play favourites with kids (even if superheroes are my actual favourite).

Batgirl of Burnside paper cut-out
I wanted to join in on the all the new Batgirl costume fan art fun, but obviously had to join the party rather late. Let’s just say that if Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr had to create their Barbara Gordon out of paper cut-outs, they probably would’ve skimped on some of the details.
At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d have the time to give this a shot, since I make all my superhero cut-outs for my five year-old-son’s bedroom wall, and he already has a Batgirl. Plus, his knowledge of the characters largely comes from the cartoons, while this design has yet to even appear in print. So I wasn’t sure if he’d go for it. But I showed the publicity pics of the new costume to him, asked if he thought they were cool (“yeah”), asked him if he’d like one like it on his wall (“yeah”), and that was it. Just a lot of drawing, cutting, and pasting after that.
I love the new design. It’s a great look, but even more than that I love what it says about the direction Stewart, Tarr, and Brendan Fletcher are taking the character. Between the fashionable costume, the bathroom selfie, and OMG a Bat-character is actually smiling, it tells me all I need to know about what to expect come issue 35, even without reading Stewart’s interviews. This is the look of a comic that promises fun and adventure. Which just so happen to be the two main things I look for out of my superhero comics these days.
So you can bet I’ll be picking up a copy in October. (And by “picking up a copy”, I mean “pressing the download button on the DC Comics app”).

Batgirl of Burnside paper cut-out

I wanted to join in on the all the new Batgirl costume fan art fun, but obviously had to join the party rather late. Let’s just say that if Cameron Stewart and Babs Tarr had to create their Barbara Gordon out of paper cut-outs, they probably would’ve skimped on some of the details.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d have the time to give this a shot, since I make all my superhero cut-outs for my five year-old-son’s bedroom wall, and he already has a Batgirl. Plus, his knowledge of the characters largely comes from the cartoons, while this design has yet to even appear in print. So I wasn’t sure if he’d go for it. But I showed the publicity pics of the new costume to him, asked if he thought they were cool (“yeah”), asked him if he’d like one like it on his wall (“yeah”), and that was it. Just a lot of drawing, cutting, and pasting after that.

I love the new design. It’s a great look, but even more than that I love what it says about the direction Stewart, Tarr, and Brendan Fletcher are taking the character. Between the fashionable costume, the bathroom selfie, and OMG a Bat-character is actually smiling, it tells me all I need to know about what to expect come issue 35, even without reading Stewart’s interviews. This is the look of a comic that promises fun and adventure. Which just so happen to be the two main things I look for out of my superhero comics these days.

So you can bet I’ll be picking up a copy in October. (And by “picking up a copy”, I mean “pressing the download button on the DC Comics app”).

Having a leg up means less work on utility belts.

Having a leg up means less work on utility belts.