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The Genius of Dave Stevens

Rocketeer creator Dave Stevens left behind an amazing legacy of stories of high adventure, romance, and action, which still look innovative and beautiful today.

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Should You Be Reading ‘Wytches’?

Wytches is a horror comic from writer Scott Snyder and artist: Jock that follows a family fleeing a troubled past, only to discover more sinister forces.

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Noir on Fire in ‘Wolf’ #1

Wolf #1, by Ales Kot, Matt Taylor, and Lee Loughridge, opens with a beautifully striking image that offers a promising glimpse of the series to follow.

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Gene Luen Yang Talks ‘Superman’

Superman writer Gene Luen Yang talks about taking on the world's first superhero, collaborating with John Romita Jr., and the changing dynamics of his cast.

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New Comics Recommendations

ComicsAlliance staff recommendations for new comic books and graphic novels on sale this week, including Diary of a Teenage Girl, Daredevil, and Sex Criminals.

‘Arrow’ Star Stephen Amell Hilariously Shoots Down Classic Oliver Queen Goatee

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Sporting a brand-new comic-friendly suit in Arrow Season 4, as well finally assuming the moniker of Green Arrow, Stephen Amell will take the CW character ever-closer to his DC roots by the fall return. That said, Amell hilariously refuted a suggestion that we’ll ever see The CW’s Oliver Queen sporting the comic character’s famous facial hair.

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Magnetic Press Announces 10 New Titles To Kick Off Second Year

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Basil & Moebius. Art by Dave Dorman.

In its first year, Magnetic Press made quite a dent, earning two Eisner nominations for Tony Sandoval’s Doomboy and Dave Dorman’s Wasted Lands Omnibus. Magnetic is heading into its second year with some big followup plans. The publisher announced Wednesday that it will launch 10 new titles --- a mix of original graphic novels, reprint material and what looks to be monthly comics, though Magnetic hasn't made entirely clear what the formats for each book will be.

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CBS ‘Supergirl’ Casts DC’s Hilariously-Named Reactron

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Its pilot already more or less out there, Supergirl seems to be establishing a campier comic presence than either its Arrow or Flash predecessors on The CW, understandable with a character as lighthearted and positive as Kara. Cue the DC-iest DC-named DC villain of all, as Supergirl will take on Chris Browning’s armored “Reactron.”

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Marvel Announces Abnett & Ross’s ‘Hercules’; Is He The Bear Hero We Deserve?

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Hercules is getting another shot at an ongoing solo title this winter, courtesy of the creative team of writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross. Debuting in November, the new series positions the hairy-chested demigod as a hero trying to recapture the glories of his past as a celebrated champion (not the glories of his past as a celebrated Champion). The series also sees Herc with a militarized new look courtesy of Ross.

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Batman and Batman Argue Over Who is the Darkest Knight in ‘Lego Dimensions’ Trailer

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Upcoming collectible toy video game Lego Dimensions has already promised a wealth of crossover potential with the likes of Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle starring alongside each other in an adventure that spans (almost) all of Lego's properties. While we've been focused on characters from Back to the Future, Scooby-Doo and Portal joining the fray, we almost forgot about the idea that many of these characters exist in different forms within the Lego Universe already thanks to the Lego Movie. TT Games hasn't forgotten though.

In the latest trailer for the developer's new flagship Lego title, we get to see a multitude of familiar faces from all ranges of Lego lines, but it's the chance meeting of DC's Batman and Wyldstyle's former flame, Batman, that gives us the clearest idea of what to expect from the upcoming action game. The lines between realities have been blurred beyond recognition, and now Batman and Batman will have to figure out which Batman is the Batman-est Batman to don the cape and cowl.

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Ahead Of His Time: The Genius of ‘Rocketeer’ Creator Dave Stevens

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Today marks the birthday of Dave Stevens, who is, without question, one of the greatest artists in the history of comic books. Best known for creating the Rocketeer --- and for the sexy, pinup-inspired art that made him a fan favorite and helped spark the revival of interest in Bettie Page --- Stevens had a career that was marked by amazing projects, including work doing storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark and the music video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller," two of the biggest pop culture phenomena of the '80s. It's in comics, though, that he made his biggest mark.

Tragically, Stevens died in 2008, but he left behind an amazing legacy of stories of high adventure, romance, and action, which holds up over thirty years later as innovative, compelling, and absolutely beautiful.

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New ‘Walking Dead’ Season 6 Photos Confirm Comic Characters and More

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The Walking Dead Season 6 served up a side-dish of new details alongside the Comic-Con 2015 trailer, including the additions of Ethan Embry and Nurse Jackie alum Merritt Wever in a comic-adapted role. Now, new photos confirm Wever’s role as Alexandria doc Denise, also illuminating Embry’s adapted character and more.

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Monstrous and Macabre: Should You Be Reading ‘Wytches’?

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When you look at the sheer range and number of original stories being told in comics form today, it's hard to imagine a better time to be a comics reader. Online and in print, from all around the world, artists and writers are telling stories with their own voices and styles, and there's so much to choose from that it's sometimes difficult to know what to read next. With Should I Be Reading... ?, ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today.

Wytches is a horror comic from writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock, with colors by Matt Hollingsworth, published by Image and debuting in October 2014. The series follows a family that relocates to escape the trauma of a troubling past, only to discover that there's something far more sinister lurking in the woods by their new home.

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Korean Job Video Gives Rare, Brief Glimpse Behind the Scenes at Hot Toys

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Typically, we only get to see the end result of the effort sculptors and designers at Hot Toys put into each of the figures the company releases. As the company is overseas, getting a look behind the scenes is rare. Sometimes Hot Toys will share a quick pic on social media of an in-progress sculpt, but for the most part, we're all in the dark about the creative process in the studio.

As one of the more secretive companies in the game right now, it's a big deal whenever we're given a peek behind the curtain. Such is the case with this brief YouTube video from The Story, a Korean news channel which featured an interview with Hot Toys' president, JC Hong. Originally released back in April, the video is only just now making the rounds, but still offers a small glimpse at the work and process each of Hot Toys' incredibly accurate and pricey figures goes through.

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Noir on Fire in Kot, Taylor and Loughridge’s ‘Wolf’ #1 [Review]

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Wolf #1, written by Ales Kot with art by Matt Taylor and Lee Loughridge, opens with one of the most beautifully distinct images I've seen in a comic this year: a man on a hillside overlooking LA; the buzzy glow of the city's lights just visible in the distance; the man is singing a blues song, Robert Johnson's Hellhound on My Trail; also, he's on fire. It's a haunting image, all the more because of the complete lack of explanation. “How do you feel about myths?” reads the single caption, and there's something genuinely mythic about these opening pages. This image of a burning man, picked out in flames of unnaturally bright orange by colorist Loughridge, is eerie, primal and immediately iconic.

These pages set the tone for the rest of the issue, and most likely the series to follow --- and even if the rest of the issue's sixty-something pages never quite match the highs of these first few images, it's a promising start.

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