This is part of the LA Times 2021 Gift Guide. See the Complete Guide here. If you make a purchase through one of our links, LA Times may receive compensation.
While superhero films have slowly returned to theaters this year, television has continued to hold our collective attention as many of the trendiest films debuted on streaming services. New comic book heroes and returning childhood favorites have ushered in a resurgence of superhero, sci-fi and fantasy franchises in pop culture – all of which add up to a multitude of opportunities during this season of gifting.
All Miracles: A Journey to the End of the Greatest Story Ever Told
For those looking to read every Marvel comic book ever published but can’t find the time, consider All Miracles: A Journey to the Ends of the Greatest Story Ever Told. Writer Douglas Wolf has not only read over 27,000 issues of comics published since 1961, but he also realized the ever-expanding universe as one interconnected story. The book is suitable for fans of Marvel, as well as those who just want a deeper understanding of its place in the spirit of the times.
US $ 28 | ? Buy here
Han Cholo’s He-Man Battle Ready Enamel Pin
For those enjoying the two new He-Man animated series (or feeling nostalgic for the original Masters of the Universe because of them), consider the Han Cholo He-Man Battle Ready enamel pin. There is nothing that says, “I’m ready to take on this day,” like He-Man, armed with his power sword, as he rides into battle astride the War Cat.
12 USD | ? Buy here
Stormtrooper Hip Bag by Herschel Supply Co.
For a member of the Galactic Empire who loves to discreetly translate Star Wars love into everyday looks, consider the Herschel Stormtrooper Hip Bag. The color and design are subtle yet recognizable and nothing beats the trendy functionality. The Hip Backpack is a great accessory for exploring the Black Spire Outpost in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, or for daily activities.
US $ 37.99 | ? Buy here
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Lego R2-D2 set
For the Star Wars fanatic who is as passionate about tinkering with droids as Anakin Skywalker, consider the Lego R2-D2 set. Yes, Anakin built C-3PO, not Artoo, and this Lego set is good for someone who can point out that little thing. and enjoy constructors consisting of intertwined plastic bricks.
USD 199.99 | ? Buy here
Marvel Warrior’s Path
For those whose interest in comic book martial artists was sparked by watching Shang-Chi, consider The Warrior’s Way. This guide to “The Most Powerful Marvel Masters” offers an introductory overview of characters including Shang-Chi, Iron Fist, Electra, Daredevil, and Psylocke. The book’s character briefs cover history, fighting styles, rivals, and more. It’s best for readers who are interested in facts before diving into specific storylines.
US $ 25 | ? Buy here
Marvel Unlimited Subscription
For fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, consider a digital subscription to Marvel Unlimited. The MCU movies and TV shows aren’t really direct adaptations of certain comic book storylines, but TV shows like WandaVision have shown sleuths to unpack a lot of Easter eggs. There are so many stories to explore with your favorite characters in anticipation of the next MCU movie or TV series. The digital subscription to Marvel Unlimited offers readers access to over 29,000 issues of classic favorites, digital originals and new books as early as three months after their print release.
$ 69 per year | ? Buy here
Puzzle Mondo’s Masters of the Universe: Skeletor, consisting of 1000 pieces
For those who love iconic villains, consider Mondo’s Master of the Universe Skeletor puzzle. It may not be as difficult as conquering the Castle of the Gray Skull and taking over the universe, but the 1000-piece puzzle is no joke. Plus the art is fantastic.
20 dollars | ? Buy here
New Era’s Morphin Power Rangers Cap
For those who can’t help but hum a certain tune after hearing the phrase “Go, Go Power Rangers,” consider the New Era Morphin Power Rangers Cap. Inspired by pop culture, this version of 59Fifty’s signature slim-fit cap features the face of the original Megazord as well as dinosaur-themed Power Coins. (Insert a guitar riff.)
US $ 36.99 | ? Buy here
Graphic Novel Nubia: Real One YA
For those looking for new Wonder Woman stories while celebrating a character’s 80th birthday, consider Nubia: The Real. A graphic novel by L.L. McKinney and Robin Smith tells the story of a young black superhero who comes to his senses to save his friends. Nubia may have super powers, but she still needs to navigate everything to do with being a black teenager in America, including racism, harassment, and police violence.
US $ 16.99 | ? Buy here
Skybound ‘Invincible’ T-shirt
For those as passionate about public health as they are about their love of superhero cartoons, check out the Skybound vaxxed & feel Invincible T-shirt. This T-shirt featuring Mark Grayson, also known as Invincible, from the comic-book animated series, marks one important way ordinary people can be superheroes and help their community – through vaccinations.
US $ 24 | ? Buy here
Smashbox’s Be Legendary Anti-Hero Lipstick
For a makeup wearer who rooted for Task Force X during Suicide Squad, consider the Smashbox Be Legendary Anti-Hero Lipstick. From Harley Quinn-inspired reds to Mongal-themed purples, this moisturizing lipstick will leave a lasting impression whether you’re filming Starro or enjoying a night out in the city.
US $ 24 | ? Buy here
Star Wars: Galactic Baking Cookbook
For the Star Wars fan who is into themed parties and movie nights, consider Star Wars: Galactic Baking. From Day of Life Pies to Dagobah Swamp Pies, this intergalactic baking cookbook is packed with recipes perfect for humans who can explain key events from Tatooine, Endor, Hoth, Jakku, and Coruscant. Don’t worry, Star Wars: Galactic Baking has recipes for all skill levels.
US $ 19.99 | ? Buy here
Star Wars Labyrinths Workbook
For those who want Star Wars to be a little more interactive, consider Star Wars Labyrinths. Labyrinth Master Sean S. Jackson brings locations from Endor to Jabba’s palace to life in beautifully illustrated designs, each with a specific mission. Each maze in the family book contains additional notes and hidden activities.
US $ 14.95 | ? Buy here
William Shakespeare’s Avengers: Complete Works
For the Avengers fan who you’d like to be more interested in the Bard’s work (or the Bard fan you’d like to be more interested in The Avengers), consider William Shakespeare’s Avengers: The Complete Works. Author Ian Dosher has reworked the familiar Avengers films into a format that Shakespeare himself could be proud of. You know what they say: all MCUs are a stage and all superheroes are just players.
US $ 34.99 | ? Buy here
Anthology “Wonderful Women of the World”
For Wonder Woman fans interested in real-life superheroes, the Wonderful Women of the World is the place to be. Edited by Lori Hulse Anderson, this illustrated anthology features 23 women who represent the spirit of Princess Themyscira Diana, aka Wonder Woman, including Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Marsha P. Johnson, Greta Thunberg, Serena Williams, and Malala Yusufzai.
US $ 16.99 | ? Buy here