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History of Black Panther Explained!

With Chadwick Boseman bringing Black Panther to the screen in Marvel's movies, it's time to learn the strange history of comics' first black superhero.

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Iron Man 3 Heartbreaker Giveaway

We're teaming with Sideshow Collectibles to offer you the chance to win your very own Iron Man 3 Iron Man MK XVII (Heartbreaker) sixth-scale figure by Hot Toys.

Batman 1x15: The Joker Goes To School

Batman 66: Joker Goes To School

This week, the Joker launches his most convoluted plan yet: Poisoning the minds of America's youth... at Dick Grayson's high school!

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Vote on the Best Web-Threads

We're asking you to vote for the best superhero costumes of all time, starting with riffs on the classic Spider-Man costume.

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Color Theory & ‘The Dress’

"The Dress" confounded a lot of people, including color artist Nathan Fairbairn, but as an expert he's better equipped than most of us to decode those mysteries!

Hold Onto Your Butts, Hot Toys’ Hulkbuster Figure is Here

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This morning, Hot Toys formally unveiled the Avengers: Age of Ultron Iron Man Hulkbuster sixth-scale figure. As arguably the most anticipated collectible from the series, fans had been salivating and speculating for months about what to expect. Judging from the announcement, those expectations will be met, and then some.

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Bookscan: Women and Children Were The Big Comics Moneymakers in 2014

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Sisters, Raina Telgemeier

Brian Hibbs has put up his great yearly analysis of the Bookscan numbers over at Comic Book Resources, and they reflect a change that's slowly dawning on many people in comics right now: books for women and children are where the money is. Nine of the top twenty books sold and tracked by Bookscan last year were by women, and twelve of the top twenty were books for kids.

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The Great Super-Costume Poll: Bat Pals

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Costume design is one of the great strengths of the superhero genre, a way to establish distinctive visual shorthand for a character and reveal key details about concept, purpose, and personality. But which is the best superhero costume of all time? This month, we’re asking you to decide, by voting up your favorites and voting down the rest. When we have your votes, we’ll compile a list of the greatest super-costumes of all time.

In today's poll we look at some of costumes worn by the members of notorious loner Batman's extended bat-family, including the recently revamped Burnside take on Batgirl, the original Robin design first worn by Dick Grayson, and the same character's much later Nightwing costume.We haven't included the Nightwing costume with the fringe, as we're pretty sure that costume isn't going to win any polls.

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Marvel’s ‘Daredevil’ Reveals First Photos of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin

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Netflix will next formally turn its attention to the release of Marvel’s Daredevil, now that Season 3 of House of Cards fell on us this past weekend, and what better way than to introduce us to a figure more formidable thank Frank Underwood? Meet Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, and Marvel debuts its first official photos of the new Kingpin!

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Nilah Magruder’s ‘M.F.K.’ Wins First Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award

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Last weekend, the Long Beach Comic Expo presented the first annual Dwayne McDuffie Diversity Award, named for the late writer whose career was marked by a commitment to creating a more diverse cast of characters and creators in both comics and animation. Actor Phil LaMarr --- best known to superhero fans as the voice of Green Lantern on Justice League cartoons produced and frequently written by McDuffie --- served as MC for the event, and the ceremony included speeches from creators Reginald Hudlin, Denys Cowan, and Charlotte Fullerton, who is also McDuffie's widow. It was Fullerton who announced the winner: Nilah Magruder, nominated for her webcomic, M.F.K.

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FOX’s ‘Lucifer’ Casts Tom Ellis in Title Role

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DC’s foothold in the TV game got exponentially bigger with the potential for yet another Arrow spinoff for The CW, but FOX too is making strides toward its comic future. Following the pilot greenlight of Neil Gaiman Sandman spinoff Lucifer, FOX has appointed Rush star Tom Ellis as our new Prince of Darkness.

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Marvel and Sony Have Reportedly Found Their New ‘Spider-Man’ Director

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Last year, back when it still seemed possible that Sony may try to continue their Amazing Spider-Man reboot and before they teamed with Marvel to relaunch Spidey in a new film series that will connect with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ScreenCrush Editor-in-Chief Mike Sampson and I put together a list of ten directors we thought could save the Spider-Man franchise. One name we both immediately thought belonged on the list was Drew Goddard, the man who directed The Cabin in the Woods and was then slated to direct the Amazing 2 spinoff The Sinister Six.

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Joe Casey And Jim Mahfood Are Doing A ‘Miami Vice’ Comic Book And It Looks Bonkers

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Licensed comics are a strange beast, especially when they're adapting movies or shows that never had anything at all to do with comics. I mean, there was a Scarface comic with a pretty great creative team a few years ago that was based on the idea that Tony Montana survived the end of the movie, which, just in case you haven't seen it, is both extremely improbable and also contrary to the entire point of the film.

Sometimes, though, you get something that sounds so awesome that it's hard to believe that it's really happening.

Which brings me to the fact that Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood are doing a Miami Vice comic.

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Comics, Everybody: The History of Black Panther Explained!

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The Black Panther movie is only three years away (unless Marvel moves it again), and rumor has it the character may debut in a cameo in Avengers: Age of Ultron this summer, played by Chadwick Boseman. That makes this the perfect time to break down the character's history in the recurring feature we call Comics, Everybody! Cartoonist Chris Haley of Let’s Be Friends Again and colorist Jordan Gibson are your patient guides to the story of comics' first black superhero, created in the pages of Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966.

Whether you're new to comics, new to the world of Marvel's heroes, or a long-time fan looking to re-familiarize yourself with the eccentricities of superhero continuity (or maybe engage in some hardcore nitpicking), we hope you'll enjoy this special tribute to the sometime king of Wakanda. (What-kanda? So glad you asked...)

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Dani Moonstar, Samus, Stryfe, Madoka Magica & More

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Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions.

In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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