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You Think You Know Mega Man?

Find out which popular comics series inspired the creation of the game and the bizarre history of Brazil's ideas about Mega Man.

Adventure Comics #253, DC Comics

Green Arrow Meets Xeen Arrow

W'ere surely only one or two seasons away from TV's Arrow meeting up with Xeen Arrow, the hundred foot-tall alien Green Arrow from another dimension.

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Best Cosplay Ever This Week

This week's Best Cosplay Ever showcases some of the best and brightest creations from the convention scene.

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Hands On with Avengers Playmation

Eager to learn more about Disney Playmation, we tested it out to see if the new toy line could possibly live up to Disney's lofty goals.

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Should You Check Out ‘Aquapunk’?

Aquapunk: The First Law is a space-fantasy webcomic by writer/artist Lo, about solid stone warriors looking for new purpose when they can no longer fight.

Rumor Buster: No, ‘Daredevil’ Season 2 Is Not Teasing a Gladiator Appearance

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Daredevil Season 2 production in NYC naturally has fans in a tizzy, while recent and upcoming announcements eagerly tease the 2016 future of Marvel’s first Defender. One recent suggestion making the rounds however, must be stopped. No, Daredevil is not teasing that Melvin Potter will go full “Gladiator” in Season 2, even though he certainly still could. Confused? Let us explain.

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Recognizing the Definitive Bat-Brilliance Of Dick Sprang!

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For a comic fan growing up in the '40s and '50s, one of the greatest conundrums was that of who wrote and drew the comics they loved – very few artists signed their work, even fewer writers were properly credited, and of those features that actually bore names, the credit often went to the feature's originator or the head of the studio, as opposed to the actual production team.

So, though he was the artist of that era who best captured the look and feel of the Dynamic Duo, Richard W. "Dick" Sprang spent his most productive years in relative anonymity. DC's arrangement with Bob Kane specified that Kane be the only name credited for Batman stories.

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‘Wayward’ and the Weird Mythology of Japan

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Jim Zub and Steve Cummings' Image series Wayward offers readers a fantastical tour of the imagined supernatural underworld of Tokyo, with a cast of young heroes all touched in different ways by mystical forces. It's a fantastically entertaining series that's rooted in the real mythology of Japan, thanks in part to the research of expert monster scholar Zack Davisson, who also provides back-up essays in every issue of Wayward that shed light on Japanese culture and superstitions.

Davisson has been kind enough to share with ComicsAlliance a series of slides detailing the mythological roots of Wayward's many monsters, describing where the monsters come from and showing how they've appeared in both traditional art and in the pages of Wayward. We'll let Davisson explain further, in his own words:

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Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa Announce ‘Kaiju Clubhouse’ as a Stretch Goal for ‘ABC Disgusting’

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Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa's Kickstarter campaign for ABC Disgusting has been pretty steady with providing stretch goals ever since they made their initial funding a while back, including the very tempting offer to get Pak himself to eat and drink super-gross stuff inspired by the book. Very, very tempting. Look into it.

If, however, you're not into seeing the writer of Action Comics make himself sick with a mayonnaise milkshake, there's another goal they announced today that might be a little more palatable: An illustrated chapter book about the stars of ABC Disgusting going on a hunt for giant monsters called Kaiju Clubhouse.

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Official Look at [SPOILER]’s Costume From the ‘Ant-Man’ Post-Credits Scene

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Marvel

There has been a lot of talk about the two Ant-Man post-credits scenes, specifically the one that sets up Captain America: Civil War. We talked about that one yesterday, as Sebastian Stan sought to explain a little bit about what was going on. Today, we’re going to talk about that other post-credits scene as Marvel has officially released a photo teasing a major new superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ant-Man spoilers ahead!

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War Comes Home in Vaughan & Skroce’s Allegorical ‘We Stand On Guard’

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Brian K. Vaughan’s newest series, We Stand On Guard with artist Steve Skroce, returns the writer to the realm of political allegory in the blunt tradition of George Orwell’s greatest novels. Here Vaughan and Skroce are addressing the 2003 Invasion of Iraq through a science fiction narrative. We Stand On Guard takes place about 100 years in the future when the United States invades Canada after the White House is bombed in a drone strike from an unknown source. The story jumps from the initial invasion to 12 years in the future when the United States occupies Canada and only small bands of freedom fighters struggle against the American troops.

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Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ Confirms Late 2015 Netflix Premiere Date

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Netflix

Development on the second season of Marvel’s Netflix Daredevil has somewhat overshadowed Jessica Jones in recent months, but with the latter still angling for a 2015 release, Netflix has finally stepped up to confirm our second Defender. In lieu of an official date, Jessica Jones has been confirmed for a fourth-quarter 2015 premiere .

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About Mega Man

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at Mega Man, the ongoing series from Archie Comics based on the best-selling video game series. Find out which popular comics series inspired the creation of the game, which supporting character was too racist even for America, and the bizarre history of Brazil's ideas about Mega Man, as well as several other equally interesting facts.

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New ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Pics Show Off Batman, Superman and Lex Luthor

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Following the Batman vs. Superman info dump that came out of Comic-Con, we thought it might be a while before we saw or heard anything from the upcoming superhero movie. After all, we did get an extended new trailer, new images and a new poster. But today, we have three new Batman vs. Superman pics each showing off one of the film’s three main characters: Batman, Superman and Lex Luthor.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Green Arrow Meets Xeen Arrow, His 100 Foot-Tall Alien Counterpart (1958)

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I haven't really watched any of DC's current television offerings, but to be honest, I'm actually pretty impressed with what I've heard. It seems like they're really going for it in a way that Smallville only ever did in its final season, going right to these big, weird superhero stories right out of the gate. I mean, if you'd asked me a year ago, I would've told you that there was no way we were ever going to see a telepathic talking super-gorilla show up on the CW's version of The Flash, and yet, here we are, living in a world where Gorilla Grodd is starring on a live-action TV show.

With that in mind, I'm guessing that we're only one, maybe two seasons away from TV's Green Arrow meeting up with Xeen Arrow, the hundred foot-tall alien Green Arrow from another dimension, a character who may in fact be Jack Kirby's strangest co-creation.

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