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The First Appearance of Hal Jordan

On this day in 1959, issue #22 of DC Comics' Showcase appeared on newsstands, and with it an iconic new hero with a familiar name; Green Lantern, aka Hal Jordan.

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Cast Party: ‘Space Battle Lunchtime’

This week I'm turning to one of my very favorite indie comics of the moment, Space Battle Lunchtime, the sci-fi cooking competition comic written and drawn by Natalie Riess, and published by Oni Press.

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The End Of ‘Transformers: MTMTE’

'Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye' is the best comic book on the stands, and as it heads to an ending, it's the perfect time to look back at why it worked.

Get a Closer Look at Superman in New ‘Supergirl’ Season 2 Set Photos

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As tends to be the case with live-action superhero costumes, Supergirl got ahead of Tyler Hoechlin’s Superman suit debut with a glossy first look at the new Man of Steel posed with his cousin. Now, sneak a much more detailed peek with new Supergirl Season 2 set photos, as Superman goes up, up and away!

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Blitzway’s Ghostbusters, Storm’s Street Fighters Steal the Show at Bluefin [SDCC 2016]

Blitzway 1/6 Scale Ghostbusters

Bluefin doesn't actually develop any products of its own, but it is the chief distributor for a number of smaller companies here in the US. The likes of Sen-Ti-Nel and Hero Cross don't have a large enough footprint to display on their own, but with Bluefin acting as a host to these brands, along with Blitzway and Storm Collectibles, we're still able to get a glimpse at these wares. That's a good thing too because some of the collectibles are just outstanding.

The biggest presence at Bluefin's booth actually belonged to Blitzway, which introduced a line of both 1/6 and 1/12 scale Ghostbusters figures to the masses for the first time. We'd heard rumblings and seen some developmental teasers, but it wasn't until seeing the original four Ghostbusters in person (don't worry, 2016 iterations are in the works, too) that it really hit us. We've been without elite level figures in any scale for the 1984 film for far too long, and both of Blitzway's lines look supreme.

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Weekender: Richard Thompson, Drawn & Quarterly, And ‘The Meek’

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The weekend is here! Take a look back at what’s happened in the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Hasbro Digs Into Transformers History for Some New Figures [SDCC 2016]

Transformers Titans Return Voyager class Megatron with Doomshot

Marvel Legends and Star Wars Black Serie typically get all the headlines from Hasbro at San Diego Comic-Con, but that doesn't mean Transformers gets left out in the cold. In fact, this year, despite having a bit of smaller showing compared to other shows like Toy Fair and even 2015's New York Comic Con, Hasbro brought out some rather big guns for the Transformers line. We're not just talking about the exclusive Fortress Maximus either.

The Combiner Wars have been running through the Transformers toy line (and through the IDW comics and Machinima animated series), so it only made sense that a new Combiner would make its triumphant debut at SDCC. Liokaiser is a massive Transformer, and one that pays tribute to an oft-forgotten Japanese animated series and that will finally see the character released in the US after more nearly 20 years.

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The Hunt For The Chaos Emeralds Continues In ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Volume 3 [Exclusive Preview]

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The current Sonic The Hedgehog title by Ian Flynn, Aleah Baker and a host of amazing artists --- plus John Workman on letters! --- is one of the most fun all-ages titles on the stands right now and Archie has provided us with an exclusive preview of the third volume, "Waves of Change," which sees Sonic and the gang travelling the world looking for the mysterious Gaia Temples.

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It’s Double Trouble In ‘Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe’ [Preview]

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has defeated every foe the Marvel Universe has to offer, but her new original graphic novel asks the question, could she beat herself? This year's The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe by the regular ongoing creative team of Ryan North and Erica Henderson pits Squirrel Girl v Squirrel Girl, and every other hero is just in the way.

Every hero is in danger of getting a squirrel-sized whooping later this year, and we've got a preview from Marvel offering an unlettered sneak peek at the upcoming OGN ahead of its release in October.

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QMx Loads Up on Star Trek, Starships and Itty Bitty Superheroes [SDCC 2016]

Guardians of the Galaxy Milano Replica

Quantum Mechanix, more succinctly known as QMx, has been in the miniaturized replica game for a while, but has only recently started dabbling in the realm of sixth-scale figures. The Star Trek figures for Kirk and Spock were nice surprises at this year's Toy Fair, but QMx really rolled out the star-spangled carpet for the crew of the USS Enterprise at San Diego Comic-Con this year.

That's not to say Star Trek was the only thing on Quantum's mind this SDCC. The Q-Pop line will be expanding with a number of new pieces featuring your favorite Marvel and DC characters, particularly from the cinematic side of things. There were also a number of nice new replica ships on hand that would turn any living room or den into the perfect starport.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Photos Show Off Detective Thor’s Doodles and Valkyrie’s Sword

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Marvel really delivered the goods at Comic-Con last weekend, and while the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 footage got everyone in Hall H pretty pumped, nothing was as awesome as the short film Taika Waititi made for Thor: Ragnarok. Although that footage hasn’t made its way online (and probably won’t anytime soon), Waititi has shared a couple of pieces from the short, which shows us what Thor was up to while the Avengers were off fighting in their big Civil War.

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Rogues’ Gallery: Who Is The Avengers’ Greatest Enemy? [Poll]

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A hero is defined by their villains, and the world of superhero comic books is filled with some of the scariest and silliest bad guys around. Rogues’ Gallery aims to settle the score and determine who is the true arch-nemesis for some of favorite superheroes, and we need your help to do it!

The Avengers have a storied history and has picked up many fierce enemies over the years -- and even absorbed more than a few from other heroes and teams. The team are famous for facing the foes no single superhero can withstand, but which Avengers enemy is the greatest of them all? We need your vote to find out!

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Ask Chris #300: The Undisputed High Point Of The Silver Age

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Q: What is your high water mark for DC's Silver Age? Mine is the publication of Atom #1 in 1961. --- @batmite1

A: When you get right down to it, it's pretty difficult to separate the Silver Age from the Superman. Even when Batman was translating the era's pop-art aesthetics and biff-pow sound effects to a mass media audience on television, it was the Superman titles that were defining the era in comics, and providing some of the true high points of the era. Chances are pretty good that when you think of the Silver Age, the image you get in your head is going to be from a Superman title, whether it's the time he was walking around with a lion head, a far-future adventure with the Legion of Super-Heroes, or even the very existence of Jimmy Olsen.

But while Superman provided most of the memorable highlights of the era, there was a lot going on beneath the surface in books like Doom Patrol or Metal Men that were stone cold classics. And pound for pound, the best comic of the Silver Age wasn't Superman. It was Metamorpho.

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