Many thanks to Chris over at Comics All Too Real for posting an alert (especially for those of us who don't frequent Marvel's Web pages) that Marvel Comics now has its own online superhero generator: Create Your Own Superhero.
So NOW there are at least THREE superhero generators online:
- Fábrica de Heróis, in Portuguese, generates heroes in the Bruce Timm animated style.
- HeroMachine, in English, a generic-style superhero generator.
- Marvel's Create Your Own Superhero
Marvel's program is VERY similar to HeroMachine, though greatly simplified. It's also (no surprise) very Marvel-centric, to the point where it's difficult to create anything BUT Marvel heroes (particularly where the mask selection is concerned -- ugh). However, in playing with it, I was determined to create a DC hero, by gosh. So, allow me to present GUY GARDNER ... in a kilt:
So there, Marvel. Nya, nya!
UPDATE: Jeff Hebert has very helpfully supplied new information about HeroMachine. Here it is:
"I've actually got a new HeroMachine 'Mini' version posted at http://www.heromachine.com/warrior-beta/.
"It's still in beta, but it features MUCH better artwork, and many of the features that people have liked in [Fábrica de Heróis]. You can now add multiple items in each slot (so you can make a sort of custom logo, for instance), scale each item, rotate each item, color the lines, move each item around on the stage by clicking and dragging, create your own custom colors, use a cool (if slightly confusing) masking feature, and apply patterns to items.
"It's really neat, if I do say so myself (and I do!), and all of these features will be making the jump to HeroMachine 3 whenever I get to that.
"I hope those of you who have disliked [HeroMachine] in the past give it a whirl, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. It's amazingly versatile, even with the relative handful of items compared with the full version."