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A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

S is for Spider-Man


Spider-Man is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

It’s everybody’s favorite wall crawler! Spider-Man, Spider-Man, does whatever a spider can!

Sorry, my Spidey fangirlness is tingling! I was first introduced to Spider-Man once again as a kid watching cartoons on Saturday morning – Spider-Man: The Animated Series.

Granted, that iteration of Peter Parker’s Spider-Man was a college student rather than a high schooler. Spider-Man: The Animated Series features most of Spider-Man’s classic villains, including the Green Goblin, the Lizard, Doctor Octopus, Mysterio, the Vulture, and Venom.

Spider-Man’s rogue gallery is another favorite of mine (alongside Batman’s and slowly with my growing knowledge of its members the Flash’s). Most of his villains are favorites of mine, especially Venom!


Front page news, Spidey!

I was late to the party on the awesomely styled Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon, which sadly only lasted two seasons, but I enjoyed that version of his animated self enough to purchase the series on DVD.

Peter Parker is the original Spider-Man – he’s the socially awkward teen who obtained superpowers from a radioactive spider bite. He’s the Spider-Man that I’ve known and loved since I was a child, but he’s not the only one out there.


What up, Vulture? I’m just chillin’… chillin’ like a villain.

Benjamin “Ben” Reilly is a clone and ally of Peter Parker also known as Spider-Man, (the first) Scarlet Spider, and Spider-Carnage. Mattie Franklin, the niece of J. Jonah Jameson, was granted spider powers and filled in for Peter Parker, later becoming Spider-Woman when he retook his role.

And Doctor Octavius swapped bodies with Peter Parker during the “Dying Wish” storyline, with Peter dying in Octavius’ body. Those three incarnations are only a few characters that have adopted the alias of Spider-Man over the years in the main Marvel universe.


The senses, they be tingling!

There are alternative versions of Spider-Man too! Here’s a few alternates just to start with: Spider-Ham, an anthropomorphic swine that was born a spider, known as Peter after being bitten by a radioactive swine May Porker.

Spider-Man 2099 is a geneticist named Miguel O’Hara gained his spider-like powers from a gene-splicing incident. After Peter Parker’s apparent death in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, a new character named Miles Morales takes up the mantle of Spider-Man as a thirteen year old superhero.


I can stick to anything.

I love Spidey! Maybe it’s because of Peter Parker’s awkwardness or Spider-Man’s sarcastic wit – all I know is that I love Spider-Man!

Spider-Man stars as a main character in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series and Ultimate Spider-Man. He appears in some episodes of The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and Avengers Assemble.


S is for Scarlet Witch


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

Witchy poo Scarlet Witch – she’s able to manipulate probability via “hexes,” which physically manifest as spheres or bolts. Her abilities include probability manipulation, reality warping, and chaos magic.

She’s wicked powerful and her headdress is super sweet! She’s the twin sister of Quicksilver and, in most depictions of the character, the daughter of Magneto.

Scarlet Witch has her mutant abilities, but she also has magical power. Beautiful and strong Scarlet Witch is a warrior woman. She’s been a villain and a hero – a witch in scarlet and the power behind the mutant catastrophe, M-Day.

Scarlet Witch appears in the X-Men animated series, the X-Men: Evolution cartoon, and the animated series Wolverine and the X-Men.


A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

R is for Robin


Robin is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

When I hear the name Robin – I think of Dick Grayson, the first incarnation of Batman’s sidekick. He’s the Robin that I viewed on screen time and time again as a child on my Saturday mornings.


Feet off the dash, Dick!

Granted, Tim Drake, the third Robin, was also introduced to me through animation in The New Batman Adventures, which is a continuation of Batman: The Animated Series (personally I just categorize both as Batman: The Animated Series even with the obviously changed character design), where Dick had taken the mantle of Nightwing.

The identity of Robin isn’t directly obvious on Teen Titans, intentionally never referring to his full name. However, it is heavily implied that this particular Robin is Dick Grayson during a time travel episode, where Starfire meets a future Robin who has taken on the role of Nightwing.


Now… we get some ice cream!

The Dick Grayson version of Robin appears in The Batman and Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In an alternate future story “The Knights of Tomorrow!” from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Damian Wayne acts as the new Robin with Dick as the new Batman.

My introduction to Jason Todd, the second incarnation of Robin, was with the DC original animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood.

I actually investigated the storyline before the DVD was released for mass viewing – I had no idea that he was actually voted to be killed off by the readers until then.

I had only known of him before, but the animated movie introduced him as Robin through the events of his death and flashbacks/memories of his time as the caped crusader’s sidekick.


You’re in MY way, Aquajerk!

Robin (Dick Grayson) is one of the main cast members in the animated series Young Justice. In season 2, set 5 years later, Dick Grayson as Nightwing leads the team and has been replaced as Robin by Tim Drake.

In episode 8 of season 2, a hologram computer image of what appears to portray a second Robin with features similar to Jason Todd in the Justice League pantheon for fallen heroes.

Carrie Kelly appears as Robin in the two-part non-canonical animated film The Dark Knight Returns.

Robin (Damian Wayne) appears in the DC original animated films Son of Batman, Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood, and the recently release Justice League vs. Teen Titans.

The Robin costume has been donned at various times in the main DC Universe continuity by Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne.


R is for Raven


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

I love Raven! I was a teenager when the Teen Titans animated series premiered on Cartoon Network, and I was hooked! Of course, Raven was my favorite Titan other than Robin, which is kind of obvious considering my love for almost everything Bat-related.

Raven is an empath, which is a power that I have always loved. She has the ability to sense and alter the emotions of others. In the Teen Titans cartoon, Raven has very powerful empathic and telekinetic abilities, which are fueled by her emotions.

She is the daughter of a demon father and a human mother with the whole good versus evil dynamic built into her very DNA. Raven rules!

Raven appears in the Teen Titans animated series film adaptation Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo. She appears as a main character in the animated film Justice League vs. Teen Titans.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

Q is for Quicksilver


Quicksilver is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

Super speedy Quicksilver! He’s the twin brother of the Scarlet Witch and, in most depictions of the character, the son of Magneto.

He’s quick-witted and quick-tempered, and his abrasive and impatient personality is a result of the world moving in slow motion through his eyes.

He’s kind of a hothead because of his impatience, but I like his snarky attitude and his snappy retorts. He’s a redeemable villain, and he’s a reformed superhero.

Quicksilver guest-stars in three episodes of the X-Men animated series. He is a recurring character in the animated series X-Men: Evolution. Quicksilver also appears as a member of the Brotherhood of Mutants in the Wolverine and the X-Men animated series.

Quicksilver will be appearing in the upcoming 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse with Evan Peters reprising the role.


Q is for Quasar


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

I knew nothing about Quasar before stitching her, then I learned that there were several superheroes that went by the name Quasar in the Marvel universe.

This Quasar in all her stitched glory is Phyla-Vell.

Her SUPER abilities include superhuman strength, flight, energy projection and absorption, and cosmic awareness. She can fire energy blasts and fly. She also acts like an “energy sponge,” absorbing any energy attacks directed at her and returning them as energy blasts.

Quasar (Phyla-Vell) appears alongside the other Guardians of the Galaxy in The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes episode “Michael Korvac.”

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

P is for Power Girl


Power Girl is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

Power Girl is Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr, from the world of Earth-Two. Her dimensional counterpart from the main universe, where she becomes stranded, is Supergirl.

Biologically the same person, Power Girl behaves as an older, wiser, more mature, and more level-headed version of Supergirl, with a more aggressive fighting style.

She’s a favorite of my friend, who owns a figure of Power Girl as part of her and her husband’s collection. I am a fan, but I am certainly not as big of a Power Girl fangirl as my friend.


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

She does not directly appear in the Justice League animated series or the follow-up, Justice League Unlimited, the JLU character Galatea is based on her – a clone of Supergirl who resembles Power Girl.

Power Girl appears in the animated Superman/Batman: Public Enemies film, marking her first true appearance in animation.

Power Girl makes a cameo appearance as a member of the Crime Syndicate of America in the animated movie Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, intended as the alternate reality’s version of Supergirl.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

O is for Oracle


Oracle is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

Oracle – you may know her as Barbara Gordon or Batgirl! She is super intelligent, calculating and witty. She utilizes her weapons training even as an information broker, storing a pair of eskrima sticks in her wheelchair armrests.

She’s a hacker with mad skills. Barbara is Batman’s intellectual equal and source of information – retrieving and dispersing information from private satellites, military installations, and government files.


Lovin’ the BAT necklace, Barb!

Barbara has always been a favorite of mine, whether she’s patrolling the streets as Batgirl or overseeing missions as Oracle. She’s powerful and strong, facing adversity and fighting back.

She’s an independent woman, a team leader, and a source of great intelligence. She’s bold and she’s daring, and she’s escaped the Bat’s shadow, much like other members of the Bat family.


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

Barbara Gordon appears in Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, and Justice League. In Batman Beyond, Barbara Gordon’s history is a little revised and she’s the grim Police Commissioner.

She appears in The Batman as both a young Batgirl and an adult incarnation using her Oracle identity. Barbara also appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice.

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

N is for Nightcrawler


Nightcrawler is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

He’s another member of the X-Men. Nightcrawler is a teleporter with superhuman agility and adhesive hands and feet.

His physical mutations include indigo-colored skin, two-toed feet and three-fingered hands, yellow eyes, pointed ears, and a prehensile tail.

I’ve always liked Nightcrawler. He’s happy-go-lucky, and he’s a prankster. He’s fun loving and fancy free.

Nightcrawer fancies himself a swashbuckler, always charming and gallant. He’s a jokester, and he is an extremely religious man.

Nightcrawler appears in the 1992 X-Men animated series. He is one of the main characters in 2000 animated TV show X-Men: Evolution. He is a recurring character in the 1009 animated series Wolverine and the X-Men.

A young Nightcrawler will appear in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse.


N is for Night Girl


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

I knew nothing about Night Girl before I began stitching her. Was she Marvel? Was she DC?

She’s from the 30th century of the DC universe. Night Girl is a member of the Legion of Substitute Heroes, and of the most recent incarnation of the Legion of Super-Heroes.

Night Girl (Lydda Jath) is a native to a world which is in perpetual darkness, heated by an internal power source.

She has super strength, given to her by her scientist father, but only at night or in deep shadow.

Night Girl appeared (non-speaking) in two episodes of the Legion of Super Heroes animated series, “Lightning Storm” and “The Substitute.”

A to Z Challenge – SUPER cross stitch

M is for Martian Manhunter


Martian Manhunter is from weelittlestitches’ superhero alphabet sampler.

He’s one of the seven original members of the Justice League.

Martian Manhunter is a member of the Green Martian race with a wide variety of abilities, such as superhuman strength, durability, flight, regeneration, shape-shifting, intangibility, invisibility, telepathy, telekinesis, extrasensory input, and optic blasts.


Thumbs up!

I was first introduced to Martian Manhunter on the animated series Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. His shape-shifting abilities were always interesting to me – adopting human or monstrous form, even altering the chemical composition of his body.

He was much more conservative compared to the rest of the League members – soft-spoken and gentle coupled with his love for cookies, Oreos specifically. He’s a powerful member of the League, and his abilities are similar to Superman’s powers.


I can fly… I can fly… I can fly…

He’s very serious and no nonsense in several of his incarnations, but Martian Manhunter is extremely campy in Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Can I just say that Batman: The Brave and the Bold and its never-ending campy feel is just so amazing – it so should have run at least a season more!


Say WHAT?!?

Martain Manhunter also appears in The Batman animated series and the Young Justice TV series. He appears in several direct-to-video DC original animated films, including Justice League: The New Frontier, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths, and Justice League: Doom.

Recently, the character has appeared on CBS’s Supergirl under the guise of Hank Henshaw.


M is for Mary Marvel


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

I knew of Mary Marvel, specifically her outfit, before I stitched her because I know a little about Shazam. Mary Marvel is a part of the Marvel family or rather the Shazam family.

She is the alter ego of teenager Mary Batson, twin sister of Shazam/Captain Marvel’s alter ego, Billy Batson. Like her brother, she’s been granted the power of the wizard Shazam and has to simply speak the wizard’s name to transform into the superpowered Mary Marvel.

Mary Marvel (as Mary Batson) appears in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode “The Power of Shazam!” She returns in “The Malicious Mr. Mind” with the ability to transform into Mary Marvel.

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