Superhero Themed TSA-Approved Combination Locks

Ummm….

Guard your luggage with the power of DC [and Marvel] heroes! This TSA approved combination lock is convenient . . . and allows airport screeners to unlock, inspect, and re-lock bags, without damaging the lock for hassle-free travel.

Yes, make it even easier for the TSA to steal all the things!

TSA Combination Lock - Batman
TSA Combination Lock – Batman
TSA Combination Lock - Wonder Woman
TSA Combination Lock – Wonder Woman
TSA Combination Lock - The Hulk
TSA Combination Lock – The Hulk

X-Men Cologne?

I haven’t been able to find a link to it online, but November issue of Previews — the enormous catalog that Diamond Distributors sends for orders to comic book stores — features Marvel comics-branded “fragrances.” At $14.95 a bottle, there will apparently be a Storm, X-Men and a Wolverine fragrances.

That’s several shades of WTF. And where’s my Ben Grim cologne?

Update:

Lisa FTW! She digs up a link to the X-Men fragrance, as well as a Hulk and Spider-Man fragrance,

Hulk smash puny Banner cologne!

What’s Next for Marvel Comics on DVD

Despite Wired’s insistence that digital distribution of comic books is non-existent, the other day I picked up the 40 Years of Avengers DVD-Rom.

On the one hand, the problem with distributing these on DVD-ROM is they use dual layer DVDs and only 2 of the 5 DVD drives I have would properly read the DVD. On the other hand, that’s balanced by the fact that there’s almost no DRM so once you find a DVD drive that works, you can copy these to an HD and archive the DVD.

Notice I said “almost no DRM.” The comics are in PDF format, so the August 1972 issue of Avenger is in a single PDF file. The only DRM restriction is that there is a watermark that appears when you print the file, and you have to have at least Adobe Acrobat 6.0 or you’ll see the watermark on the screen. You can get around that restriction by using any old screen capture program, so I’ve never understood what the point of this half-assed DRM is.

And, of course, the price is right. The DVD includes full scans of 535 Avengers comics and I paid just over $50 for it — or less than a dime per comic. Compared to alleged “bargains” like overpriced, heavily DRMed iTunes downloads, Marvel’s practically giving these away.

Apparently the previous Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men releases have done enough for Marvel and GTI to plan at least three more comics-on-DVD releases this year. Along with a DVD version of the previously CD-only Spider-Man package, a 2006 release schedule included on the DVD touts,

  • 40 Years of The Incredible Hulk
  • 40 Years of Daredevil
  • 40 Years of Captain America

Fine, but where’s my 40 Years of Iron Man?