So you shopped extra hard during the weekend after Thanksgiving, taking advantage of both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (we hope). You nearly finished all of your Xmas shopping early this year and were feeling pretty good about yourself. Then you realized that you had forgotten to get a gift for that special comic book nerd in your life (that’s okay, everyone always forgets us).
Never fear. Pop Mythology is here with suggestions for some quick, last-minute gifts that will ensure the superhero-loving geek you love (even if that geek is yourself) has a very Merry Christmas indeed.
For fans of superhero comics, you really can’t go wrong with a superhero comic. My Life as a Weapon by Eisner Award-winning writer Matt Fraction and artist David Aja was one of the most critically acclaimed titles of the year and aims to do what Year One did for Batman. This collected volume will be sure to please any superhero lover.Buy This
In this work of non-fiction, journalist Tea Krulos documents the so-called “Real Life Superhero Movement” around the world. This is a title we reviewed very enthusiastically earlier in the year and it would be a good pick for superhero nerds who are interested in the real-world applications of superhero iconography.Buy This
This toy makes me wish I was a kid again. It makes flashing lightning effects and crackling thunder sounds to make your kid feel like the son of Odin himself.Buy This
Never mind Thor. It’s no secret that Loki is the most highly-desired male character from the Marvel movies right now. The real secret is that this cologne is the key to his success with the ladies (and the guys). “Made to Rule” is the fragrance’s tagline. Which gender you rule with this is entirely up to you *wink*.Buy This
Now imagine if you could combine the seductive charisma of Loki with the irresistable charm of Tony Stark? Put on this shirt, practice some of your witty one-liners and you’re all set!Buy This
Because girls are geeks too. These officially licensed DC Comics tights are certified geeky and cool.Buy This
Very cute iPhone covers, though the only caveat is that they might go down better with kids or teenage girls than adult fans. Which one to choose? Try to subtly find out which heroes your person loves best! Or maybe go with Captain America and/or Spider-Man since theirs are the next big superhero movies coming up.Buy This
Get ready for X-Men: Days of Future Past by rewatching this superior sequel to the disappointing first Wolverine movie. It’s kinda like Wolvie’s Superman 2 in which he loses his powers and falls in love.Buy This
This is way awesome. It’s classic Monopoly, basically, but instead of buying property (who cares about property, anyway?) the race is on to procure real wealth: collector’s edition of classic Marvel comics.Buy This
GameFront.com calls this “a fantastic game, and one that is worthy of the Arkham legacy.” I’ll give you a better reason to get it: It’s Batman.Buy This
If you’ve got a bigger budget to work with, DC Collectibles has been putting out these clever statues that reinterpret popular female DC characters in the visual style of bombshell pin-up girls from the 40s and 50s. Beautiful, impressive stuff. The Poison Ivy one is my favorite.Buy This
Again, a pricier option, but if you can afford it, this gorgeous room mural is a spectacular 10.5 feet wide, 6 feet tall and makes the ultimate gift for any Batfreak.Buy This
So that makes twelve specific suggestions but here’s a thirteenth alternative option.
If you can’t make up your mind or are short on time, just get your comic nerds gift certificates and let them decide. Get instant delivery by e-mail with this gift certificate from Simply Superheroes where your beloved geeks can choose from an array of superhero-themed gifts.Buy This