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Playing Cards and Comics: Brawl in the Family Playing Cards by Matthew Taranto

“Brawl in the Family” Playing Cards (Bitf Cards) were created by the American comic artist and writer, Matthew Taranto. The deck is some type of by-product of his parody comic strip dedicated to adventures of many famous Nintendo characters that have appeared in the Smash Bros games.

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“Brawl in the Family is a comic strip centering on Kirby and by extension, many famous Nintendo characters that have appeared in the Smash Bros games. There are cameos from other titles as well. The strip began as a series of doodles during one of my many art history classes in college. I was bored one night and doodled up six comics, then put them online on a message board on IGN. From there, people seemed to enjoy them, so I put them up at a few other locations, such as Game FAQs. It began as a comic about the Kirby characters, but once I added the Smash Bros cast (and Kirby’s interaction with them), the scope of the strip expanded significantly.

Most of the characters in Brawl in the Family are parodies of characters that are the property of their respective copyright owners (mostly Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Masahiro Sakurai). This is a parody strip. I did not create the original characters, merely these bizarre interpretations of them.” ~ Matthew Taranto

The comics happened to be so popular that Matthew was able to collect $ 276,502 on Kickstarter (November, 2014) for publishing books with his comics.

The deck: 52 playing cards + 2 different Jokers. Poker size. All faces of the playing cards are custom. Playing cards were printed on cardboard and have some kind of “embossed finish”. Tuck cases are glossy (slightly).

Brawl in the Family Playing Cards: Tuck Case

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DeviantART: Daredevil Playing Cards by Hannah Friederichs

Hannah Friederichs (AgarthanGuide) is an American artist. She has created several subject playing card artworks. Themes are quite different. Styles are also quite different. The only common thing is her “portrait” approach. But one way courts aren’t always bad 🙂

This post is devoted to her Daredevil playing cards. These are some type of fan art made as playing cards… like her other playing card artworks.

© Hannah Friederichs 2015

Daredevil is a fictional superhero brought by Marvel Comics. The character was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett. His first appearance can be found in American comic book, Daredevil #1 (April 1964).

Daredavil is a lawyer, Matt Murdock, in his daily life. Living in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle. The radioactive exposure takes his sight, but heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability and gives him a type of sonar which acts as his vision. The superhero fights against his many enemies.

Netflix (an American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to viewers) hired Drew Goddard (an American film and television screenwriter, director, and producer) to create web television series devoted to the hero in December 2013. All episodes of the first season premiered on April 10, 2015. The series reveal Murdock’s early days fighting crime, juxtaposed with the rise of crime lord Wilson Fisk. The style of Daredevil was slightly changed – no red tights this time.

“I started with the card dedications given to Fisk and Daredevil and went from there.  I considered expanding it and adding a bunch of other characters, but – no plans as of yet.” ~ Hannah Friederichs

The Jack of Hearts is Daredevil (Charlie Cox). The King of Hearts (senior person?) is his friend and partner in his law firm, Franklin “Foggy” Nelson (Elden Henson). The Queen of Hearts is the secretary for Murdock’s law firm, Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll). The Queen of Diamonds is Fisk’s love interest, Vanessa Marianna (Ayelet Zurer). The King of Diamonds is Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). The Jack of Diamonds is Fisk’s right hand man, James Wesley (Toby Leonard Moore).

Daredevil Playing Cards by Hannah Friederichs: The Jack of Hearts and the King of Hearts

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DeviantART: DC Comics Playing Cards by Andrew Amiya

These are several playing card artworks designed by an American artist, Andrew Amiya (Barracuda9999), for his client preparing a playing card deck devoted to DC Comics heroes. Artworks were created with marker, ink, colored pencil, and gouache. There is no information about its production. Each card features a character from DC Comics Universe.

© Andrew Amiya (Barracuda9999) 2009

The Seven of Clubs – Solomon Grundy

Solomon Grundy is a zombie supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. Initially he was an enemy of the Green Lantern.

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DeviantART: Joker by Dave Kramer

This is a Joker playing card executed as the Ace of Spades. It is designed by the American artist, Dave Kramer (Indytoo). It is obvious that his inspiration comes from the DC Comics Universe.

© Dave Kramer (Indytoo) 2010

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DeviantART: Batman Playing Cards by Thomas Hope

These are Batman playing card artworks created by a British artist, Thomas Hope (Mr Hope or misterhope). Such a funny project dedicated to Batman. Traditional suits are substituted with coins, paws, icicles, and leaves.

Batman is a fictional superhero created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger for DC Comics Universe.

© Thomas Hope (Mr Hope or misterhope)

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Batman Playing Cards: COINS

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DeviantART: Homestuck Playing Cards by Tegan

These playing card artworks are created by a Canadian artist, Tegan (TeganNobody), and dedicated to characters form Homestuck.

Homestuck is a webcomic* written, illustrated and animated by Andrew Hussie. It is the fourth overall webcomic published on MS Paint Adventures (the collection of webcomics written and illustrated by Andrew Hussie). The comic uses a combination of static images, animated GIFs, instant message logs, Flash animations and games created in HTML5. It has over 6,000 pages! The series centers on a group of teenagers who unwittingly bring about the beginning of the end of the world through the installation of a beta copy of an upcoming computer game.

© Tegan (TeganNobody)

The King of Diamonds – Dave Strider

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Playing Cards and Comics: Notations #2 – DC Comics

AQUARIUS POSTERS decided to pay their attention to DC Comics and released a new set of playing cards dedicated to comics of this company. All decks include 52 different images dedicated to appropriate heroes. Poker size and linen type finish.

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