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A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

Z is for Zatanna

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Zatanna is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

She’s a magician both on stage and in real life. Like her father before her, Zatanna is a skilled and power magical user.

She’s one of the most powerful sorceresses in the DC universe, and she was born with the magical aptitude in her very blood.

Zatanna has always seemed like a woman of mystery and illusion. I’m a fan of magic, and I was definitely a fan of Zatanna as a little girl seeing her debut as an illusionist on Batman: The Animated Series.

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Magic packs a punch!

She’s skilled as a stage magician, training with her sleight of hand tricks. I’ve always loved that she’s more than just her innate magical prowess – she’s a sorceress, yes, but she’s a magician and a showman.

She’s a bit of a flirt, both live-action and animated, with Batman, Superman, even Constantine. She’s also quite mischievous when it comes to her friends, using enchantments to spice up the lives of her allies.

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Time for a magic show!

I love that she casts spells by speaking backwards! It’s actually a tribute to her father – speaking backwards when casting. It kills me that she speaks backwards as easy as she speaks forwards.

Zatanna’s definitely my favorite sorceress of the DC universe. She’s fun and she’s flirty, and she uses her hat as a dimensional portal. She can do so much more than pull a rabbit out of her hat – Zatanna is SUPER awesome!

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Zatanna is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

Zatanna appears in several series of the DC animated universe, including Batman: The Animated Series, the web series Gotham Girls, and Justice League Unlimited.

She makes a cameo appearance in Batman Beyond. Zatanna appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. She appears in the Young Justice cartoon series.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

Y is for Yellowjacket

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Yellowjacket is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

The moniker of Yellowjacket is used by several characters in the Marvel universe.

Dr. Henry “Hank” Pym is the first to take on the codename Yellowjacket, and he’s also been known as Ant-Man, Giant-Man, and Goliath.

Rita DeMara is the second Yellowjacket, debuting as a supervillain and later becoming a superhero.

Recently, Yellowjacket was introduced in the Marvel cinematic universe with this iteration of the moniker being the film’s antagonist, Darren Cross, a protege of Hank Pym.

I will admit that my only real exposure to Yellowjacket is the recent Marvel movie Ant-Man, which I loved! It was interesting to learn that it was a title that has been used by several characters – superheroes and supervillains alike.

Yellowjacket made his animated debut in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes when Hank Pym suffers from a personality disorder and turns into a new vigilante.

 

Y is for Yuriko/Lady Deathstrike

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Yuriko/Lady Deathstrike is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

Lady Deathstrike is a supervillain in the Marvel universe – a foe of the X-Men, especially Wolverine.

I remember seeing her on the small screen of my living room as a kid, thinking that she was evil for sure, but such a badass!

She was transformed into a cyborg by Spiral and the “Body Shop” using alien technology of Mojo’s dimension. She has superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, and agility.

Deathstrike’s skeleton has been artificially laced with molecules of adamantium, rendering her skeletal structure practically unbreakable. Her fingers have been replaced by five 12-inch long adamantium claws replacing each finger of each hand.

She’s got Freddy Krueger beat hands down when it comes to having knives for fingers!

Lady Deathstrike appears in the two-part episode “Out of the Past” of the X-Men animated series.

Deathstrike makes an appearance as an antagonist in the “Hulk vs. Wolverine” segment of the animated film Hulk Versus.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

X is for Professor Xavier

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Professor Xavier is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

To me, Professor X is a pillar of the mutant community – a calmness that belies such unending power. He’s seen things, done things – and his experience and life choices have made him a leader among mutants.

He’s not my all-time favorite of the X-Men, but he’s there – always striving to do what he believes is right. Like most people, even Professor Charles Xavier can make bad decisions for the right reasons.

Professor X is among the strongest and most powerful telepaths in the Marvel universe. His telepathic abilities include mind reading, memory manipulation, mind control, astral projection, and offensive psychic attacks.

Xavier appears in the X-Men animated series. He appears as a regular cast member in the animated series X-Men: Evolution. Professor X appears in Wolverine and the X-Men.

 

X is for X-23

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X-23 is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

She is a female clone of Wolverine – gaining all his abilities, such as a healing factor and superhuman strength, senses, speed, agility, and reflexes.

She also has retractable adamantium-laced bone claws in her hands and feet. Recently, X-23 (Laura Kinney) succeeded her “father” in adopting the mantle of Wolverine.

X-23 was created to be a perfect killing machine – working as a capable assassin for years.

Personally, I’ve only ever seen X-23 on her brief appearances in animation. I haven’t really got a feel for her personality, but she is more than just a clone of Wolverine – she’s her own person.

She was created for a specific purpose, but she makes her own fate.

X-23 appears in the cartoon series X-Men: Evolution and the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

W is for Wonder Woman

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Wonder Woman is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

It’s the Amazon princess! Diana of Themyscira is a warrior princess and a demi-goddess – rooted deeply in Greek mythology.

She’s been depicted as strong, vulnerable, compassionate, intelligent, headstrong, willful, and innocent throughout her inked life. Wonder Woman is a pop culture icon that stands side-by-side with Superman and Batman.

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This is gonna hurt! Are you ready?

Her superpowers are blessings from Olympian goddesses, including strength, speed, agility, durability, endurance, and reflexes. Wonder Woman is ageless! She’s a master at hand-to-hand due to her Amazonian-training.

She along with Batman and Superman are considered DC comics iconic superheroes or the World’s Finest Team (or the World’s Finest Trinity). For several years in the 1950s, the only three superheroes to have their own comic book were Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

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Now, who’s the damsel in distress?

She’s beautiful and powerful – Diana of Themyscira is more than a pop culture icon. She’s been a role model to little girls and young woman for decades – on par with Batman and Superman in power and popularity.

I love Wonder Woman – from the campy Lynda Carter TV version to the innocent animated Diana of the League. She’s always been the epitome of gender equality and justice for me – standing and fighting with the “boys” of the League.

She doesn’t take crap from anyone – male or female – and some of her villains are straight from the Greek pantheon , which makes my inner Greek mythology nerd squee!

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Check out this lasso!

I’m SUPER excited about the live-action solo film Wonder Woman that is set to be released in 2017. However, I have yet to see Gal Gadot’s depiction of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is her first live action theatrical film appearance.

She was first added to the DC animated universe on Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Wonder Woman appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice.

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Wonder Woman is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

She stars in the animated feature film Wonder Woman. She appears as a main character in Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Wonder Woman appears in several direct-to-video DC original animated films, including Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Justice League: Doom, Justice League: The New Frontier, and Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

V is for Vision

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Vision is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

I was only recently introduced to Vision through the Marvel cinematic universe, specifically the film Avengers: Age of Ultron.

So I researched him, learning that there are actually multiple superheroes who share the title of Vision in the Marvel universe. The first Vision was simply an alien – an alien from an alternate dimension.

The second Vision is the one portrayed in the 2015 film Avengers: Age of Ultron, and he is the Vision that I want to say most people envision as the Vision. He is an android and a member of the Avengers – he was created by Ultron to use against his creator, Dr. Hank Pym.

The Vision is every bit like a human being, but he is constructed of synthetic materials. He has superhuman agility, intelligence, strength, and stability. He has the power of flight, shapeshifting, density control, mass manipulation, intangibility, and solar energy projection.

The third Vision is the time traveler previously known as Iron Lad, who is fused with the operating system of the second Vision.

He appears in The Avengers: Earth Mightiest’s Heroes cartoon. Vision will appear in the upcoming third season of Avengers Assemble. The first Vision appears in the direct-to-video movie Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow.

 

V is for Vixen

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Vixen is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

Vixen is a badass! She totally put a dent in my lil shipper heart as a little girl watching Justice League Unlimited, but she was awesome every time she was on the Cartoon Network animated series.

Her powers are SUPER sweet! Her primarily ability is to mimic the abilities of any animal that has ever lived on Earth, and she possesses a healing factor. She can fly like an eagle; she can use the strength of an elephant; she can run like a cheetah. She can wall-crawl like a spider, and she can regenerate like a lizard.

Vixen wears a mystical artifact called the Tantu Totem, a fox-head shaped talisman given to her ancestors by the African trickster god Anansi. Having ties to African folklore, Vixen is even more awesome! She’s definitely a favorite of mine.

Vixen appears numerous times in Justice League Unlimited, and she appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Vixen stars in the web series Vixen on the CW SEED, and subsequently appears in the episode “Taken” of the current season of Arrow.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

U is for Union Jack

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Union Jack is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

I knew nothing about Union Jack before I started stitching him, but I found out he (the first incarnation) actually appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger (not utilizing the Union Jack identity).

Union Jack is a superhero that has had three incarnations: two of which were from the Falsworth bloodline, James Montgomery and his son Brian, and the current incarnation named Joseph Chapman.

James is a superb athlete with expert hand-to-hand combat skills, espionage training, and he is pretty handy with a handgun and a dagger. Brian has the ability to project bolts of magical lightning along with supreme athleticism and hand-to-hand combat expertise.

Joseph is highly skilled with a knife and handgun, and he’s a skilled martial artist and hand-to-hand combatant with mystically enhanced strength, speed, and endurance.

In Captain America: The First Avenger, James Montgomery Falsworth is a member of an elite special unit of Allied soldiers formed in World War II known as the Howling Commandos. His name and alias is actually the name of the British super soldier from WWI.

 

U is for Ultragirl

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Ultragirl is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

I knew nothing about Ultragirl before I started stitching her – Marvel? DC? I didn’t know!

Ultragirl is a Kree superhero in the Marvel universe. Ultragirl is Suzanna “Suzy” Sherman, derived from her Kree name Tsu-Zana.

A mutant Kree or possibly Kree-human hybrid, she has superhuman strength, reflexes, stamina, durability, healing factor and can fly and see full-spectrum energy patterns.

She was actually an inspiring model until she unexpectedly grew inches taller, acquired the body type of the average bodybuilder, and developed superpowers. Mourning her future modeling career, Suzy began to envision using her Ultragirl persona as her ticket to fame and stardom.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

T is for Thor

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Thor is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

The Mighty Thor! I will be honest – I was not very knowledgeable about the comic book God of Thunder until the movie came out back in 2011.

I’m kind of a mythology nerd – especially when I was a kid, but I never really connected the Norse mythology’s deity to the comic book Thunderer (being without comic books related to Thor). However, he has become near and dear to my heart.

Not only Thor himself, but the world and characters of Asgard have been revealed to my eyes like dimensional rifts in the sky.

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How about some thunder!

Thor’s long-lived and physically the strongest of the Asgardians. He’s boisterous, and he’s a warrior through and through.

He’s an Avenger, a founding member to be exact, and Thor is capable of great feats of strength. He can only wield his mighty hammer, Mjolnir, if he is worthy of its power.

With Mjolnir, Thor has more than super strength, speed, and endurance. He can manipulate the weather and electricity, transport through dimensions, and last but not least – FLY!

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I have the POWER!

Thor stars as main cast member in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Avengers Assemble. He appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and the animated series Guardians of the Galaxy.

Thor appears in the animated films Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, and Thor: Tales of Asgard. He appears in the direct-to-video short film Hulk vs. Thor, and he makes a brief appearance in Planet Hulk.

 

T is for Terra

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Terra is from fangirl stitches’ girl power superhero comic book alphabet.

Now, the Terra that I know is not this particular Terra (Granted, the Teen Titans cartoon portrayed Terra as more a tragic heroine rather than an irredeemable villainess – but she is definitely depicting Tara Markov’s Terra). This is Atlee, the third Terra, who is introduced in Supergirl #17 (January 2007).

Apparently, Atlee (Terra) is a member of an alien race called Stratans who live below the Earth’s surface in a massive subterranean cave called Strata, which is actually the empty spacesuit of a long dead cosmic extraterrestrial. She possesses a rare mutation granted by a unique ore called “quixium” that grants her the earth powers she wields.

I didn’t know about any other Terras before I stitched her – I was curious if this character design was an update or if she was a completely different character. She’s still Terra, she’s still DC, but she’s not the Terra that I’ve known, which is still SUPER cool!

So many code names are reused – sometimes to continue a legacy, and other times simply because some powers are so similar. Regardless, I’m pretty impressed by this Terra – she’s a peppy nerd, who’s completely innocent about surface life and whose love for “pop culture” knows no bounds. She’s not broody and somber like the original Tara.


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