Carnival Avengers Captain America

The Carnival of Copyright Infringement

It’s carnival season here in the northeast.

I attended one recently that has an attraction titled “Raiders and Avengers.”  It’s an oldie but a goodie.  It used to have vaguely Indiana Jones-ish decoration on it, but in recent years that’s changed.

They painted “And Avengers” onto it and then added some Avengers paintings.


Iron Man and — Wonder Woman?!?

As if that wasn’t confusing enough branding, they don’t quite have their Avengers straight:


Carnival Avengers Iron Man


That’s clearly Iron Man. I think that’s supposed to be Wonder Woman next to him. It appears she’s clanking her bracelets together, creating a blinding spark that hides her hands.  Someone should tell Greg Rucka about this power.  Maybe he can write it into the current storyline.


The Worst Captain America Ever?


Carnival Avengers Captain America

He looks like an alien, doesn’t he? I’m guessing someone thought that by removing the “A” from Cap’s head, they might dodge copyright infringement charges? Too bad they didn’t do much with the rest of the characters.


Thor Isn’t Sure

Thor isn’t a woman, but I’m not entirely sure he’s a man, either:

Carnival Avengers Thor

Points for including the lightning.


The Dark Avenger Knight

Finally, there’s notorious Avengers, Batman and the Joker:

Carnival Avengers Batman

Batman is sporting his black and grey togs — with navy blue gloves.

That’s it. I give up.




  • Augie August 16, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I should probably confess that carnival season at this point is in the past. This was one of the first articles I wrote when developing this site, but it took me this long to publish it. Carnival season is really more of a May/June/July thing.

  • Chris Marshall August 16, 2016 at 11:29 am

    Somewhere someone is proud of their work, including Joker with orange hair.

  • Dan Condon-Jones August 24, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Maybe it’s that Joker-sequel character from Gotham?

    (And why won’t this site let you create a login without creating a blog?)

  • Augie August 26, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Hey Dan – it’s using the WordPress ID system. When you create your ID, it creates a blog for you, I guess. I need to look into this someday to see if I can add Google log-ins or Facebook log-ins or something.

  • dancondonjones August 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Don’t worry. I just googled WordPress and created an account, and going that route it didn’t make me create a blog – unlike when I did it from this page.



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