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The Three Faces Of Superboy

Over the past 72 years we've gotten three completely different versions of Superboy that actually all work. So which one works best?

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The Top Ten ‘JLU’ Episodes

Justice League Unlimited featured almost every DC hero teaming up to protect the Earth. We've picked the ten best episodes from the show's 39 episodes run.

Watch the ‘Justice League’ Come Together in the First Theatrical Trailer

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When we last left the caped crusader, things weren’t looking all that bright. Sure, he had a new super-friend in the form of Diana Prince, but Superman — the complete-stranger-turned-mortal-enemy-turned-best-friend in Batman’s life — has sacrificed his life to protect Earth (or something) and now the weight of protecting our planet rested heavily on the shoulders of Bruce Wayne. If Wayne could organize others like him, then maybe Earth could stand a fighting chance.

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Weekender: ‘On Beauty’, Kelsey Wroten, And Comics Non-Profit C4C3

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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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A New Creative Team And Maybe A New Status Quo In ‘Superwoman’ #9 [Preview]

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With everything in Superman's world so shaken up by the "Superman Reborn" storyline, it's no surprise that the effects would leak into a book like Superwoman. Superwoman, if you didn't know by now, is currently Lana Lang. That's specifically the Lana of the New 52 reality, although recent events imply that she might also be the previous Lana as well.

In any case, she's been Superwoman since Rebirth, but as of Superwoman #9, by writer K. Perkins and artists Stephen Segovia and Art Thibert, it looks like she might not be Superwoman anymore, as the new "Super Women" storyline begins.

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Explosive New ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ Teaser Gets the Band Back Together

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It’s Friday, it’s finally spring, the birds are chirping, the weather’s finally warming up, and a new Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 teaser is here to remind us that tickets go on sale todayyy! The movie finally hits theaters in May, and it looks like it’s going to be just as much fun as the first one.

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Ask Chris #333: The Three Faces Of Superboy

Ask Chris #333, background art by Babs Tarr
Ask Chris #333, background art by Babs Tarr

Q: Is Superboy conceptually better as adolescent Clark, a cloned Superman, or Superman's son? — @chan_180

A: Here's the thing about Superboy: he's one of those characters who had to happen. It's like the Royal Flush Gang, or the Wrecking Crew. Sooner or later, someone was bound to put pencil to paper to come up with a bunch of playing-card themed villains or evil construction workers who tear everything up with crowbars and wrecking balls, and if Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster hadn't sat down to answer the question of what their most famous character was like when he was a kid, someone else would've had to. It's right there.

And I think there's evidence of that in the fact that over the past 72 years, we've gotten three completely different versions that actually all work. So let's see if we can't figure out which one works best.

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In Her Element: The Art of Ramona Fradon

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Ramona Fradon is one of the greatest comic book artists of DC's Silver Age, and indeed one of the most important comics artists of all time. She was a woman working in a male-dominated industry back in what we 21st Century folks like to call the Mad Men era. As such, she hasn't always gotten the same respect as her male peers, but her work nevertheless helped built what we now think of as the language of superhero comics.

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Reinvention Is Vital: Tom Muller Goes All In On Comics Design [Interview]

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Image / Vertigo / Image / Valiant

If you've looked at a line-up of comics stacked across the shelves, either in a comics shop or in digital stores like Comixology, then you've almost certainly seen the work of designer Tom Muller. From Motor Crush to Unfollow to Wolf to the new X-O Manowar series at Valiant, Muller's work has graced the covers --- and interiors --- of some of the most interesting and visually experimental comics of the last decade.

With the increasing attention and awareness that surrounds the art of design in comics, the work of people like Muller bears investigating. ComicsAlliance spoke to Muller about his entry into comics, his current work for publishers including Valiant and Image Comics, and how he approaches each project he takes on.

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Battle Lines Are Drawn In ‘Divinity III: Stalinverse’ Finale [Preview]

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Divinity III: Stalinverse found the Valiant Universe of 2017 suddenly under the tight control of a Soviet Union that not only never fell, it expanded across the globe. Writer Matt Kindt and artist Trevor Hairsine have built a fully fleshed-out world in which every Valiant character is affected by this alteration of reality. Now, here in the final issue of the series, it's probably time to set the timeline back to the proper one, where American leaders being under Russian control is unthinkable. Of course, there are a bunch of Soviets (some with superpowers) who want things to stay just how they are.

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It’s TGIF For Spidey in New ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Poster

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If it’s been a while since the last trailer was released for an upcoming film, and the studio debuts a new poster, then chances are pretty good that a new trailer is just around the corner — at least that’s our hope after seeing this new Spider-Man: Homecoming poster, which Sony revealed this afternoon. Or maybe we have a case of TGIF-induced optimism.

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‘Zombieland’ Director Bringing ‘Archer and Armstrong’ Graphic Novel to the Big Screen

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Following recent news of Sony’s plans for a film adaptation based on Bloodshot (with the screenwriter of Arrival), comes word that another property from Valiant Entertainment has been set for a big screen adaptation: Ruben Fleischer, the director of Zombieland, has signed on to helm a film based on comic-book series Archer & Armstrong, which centers on a mismatched pair of heroes who develop an unlikely friendship.

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