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The Art of ‘Batman ’66′

In the spirit of nostalgic fun we’ve compiled a cavalcade of some of our favorite art from the Batman '66 comics and the creative works of Bat-fans everywhere.

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Afrofuturism and Black Panther

Black Panther and his homeland of Wakanda represent a sub-genre of science fiction celebrating African scientific prowess, commonly called Afrofuturism.

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Putting Gay Characters in Fiction

Marvel's Kevin Feige wants to find an "organic" way to introduce LGBTQ characters to his fictional world. That's not how writing works, or how progress happens.

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Best ‘Terminator’ Art Ever

Check out this gallery of greats in Terminator comic art and incredible fan art for inspiring take on the world of the T-800, the Connors, Skynet and more.

On The Cheap: The 50-Page ‘Batman Adventures Holiday Special’ Is 99 Cents This Week

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When San Diego rolls around next week, it'll be time once again for the Eisner Awards, the comics industry's second-most prestigious honor. The first, of course, is our own ComicsAlliance Memorial Awards, but for some reason, those don't get the press that the Eisners do. Go figure. Point is, DC is celebrating the occasion with a digital sale this week that seems like it's designed to remind you that they've put out a lot of award-winning comics over the past decade. But as always, that comes with an interesting problem, although it's not the one that we usually have when it comes to sifting through the dollar-book sales: In this case, it's pretty likely that you already have this stuff.

I mean, look, if you're the one person still waiting on a price drop to grab All Star Superman, then by all means, get over there, drop the twelve bucks and come back when you want to talk about how great that Jimmy Olsen issue is, but I suspect that if you're reading comics news online, then you probably already have Watchmen in one form or another. There is, however, one title, buried way at the end of the list, and if you don't have it already, it's one you need to pick up: 1994's Batman Adventures Holiday Special.

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Image Expo Unveils New Projects from Ellis, Aaron, Simone, Rucka, Wimberly, Orlando and More

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Image Comics held its now traditional pre-San Diego one-day show on Thursday at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, and unveiled an impressive roster of new titles for the coming year that includes new work by familiar names such as Warren Ellis, Jason Aaron and Gail Simone; plus an encouraging number of relative newcomers and unknowns. Check out our rundown of all the news and announcements.

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New ‘Deadpool’ Pic Shows Off the Most Comic Book Accurate Superhero Costume Yet

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We haven’t seen a trailer for Deadpool yet, but with Comic-Con fast approaching, we expect that will change very soon. What we do have is a new image of Ryan Reynolds in costume as the “merc with a mouth” and even those who aren’t fond the character have to be impressed. This is the first time a movie superhero has literally looked essentially identical to his comic-book counterpart.

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The Birth of the Marvel Machine: The Day the Avengers and X-Men Debuted

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On July 2nd 1963, the first issues of two different series hit newsstands, and launched franchises that would some day be recognizable to the entire world: The Avengers and The X-Men, the teams that would truly tie everything together and serve as the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe.

One of these books brought together the company's mightiest heroes; the other featured all-new characters and introduced the idea of mutants battling to save a world that hates and fears them.

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The Comic-Con Marketing Hellscape Has Hit Critical Mass With KFC’s ‘Colonel’s Adventure Comics’

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I think I speak for all of us when I say that the biggest problem facing the comics industry today is that there's a distinct lack of stories about fried chicken and the people who make it, but those days are finally over. Mark it on your calendars, folks: When Comic-Con International kicks off in San Diego on July 9, our national nightmare will come to an end with the release of The Colonel's Adventures, a promotional comic produced by KFC, starring string-tied advertising icon Colonel Harland Sanders.

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Power Rangers Get Extreme (1996)

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This week, Boom Studios --- which, in the interest of full disclosure, is a company I've done some writing for --- announced that they'd acquired the rights to Power Rangers with plans to launch a new series sometime this year. It's pretty exciting news, but at the same time, the news about a bunch of teenagers with (shockingly positive) attitudes coming to comics always gets me a little bit down, because it reminds me of one of the biggest missed opportunities in the history of the franchise.

See, this isn't the first time that the Power Rangers have made an attempt at conquering the world of superhero comics, and there was a time when they only made it through one issue with a story that was more notable for the books that it advertised and never came out than what happens in the issue itself. The year was 1996, the comic was Power Rangers Zeo, and the man who had the license... was Rob Liefeld.

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New ‘Walking Dead’ Season 6 Photos Look Suspiciously Like Daryl, Glenn and Maggie

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The Walking Dead Season 6 gave a us a taste of fresh hell by its Comic-Con poster and first new character image, but in the aftermath of Season 5 finale “Conquer,” did you ever ask yourself, “Do Daryl, Glenn and Maggie still look like regular, sweaty humans?” Thankfully, new images from Season 6 put to rest such nightmare-inducing queries.

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Marvel Collector Corps Ant-Man Box Proves Good Things Come in Themed Packages

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This month, the second themed box of goodies from Funko's Marvel Collector Corps is shipping out. Focused solely on upcoming underdog hero (not just in persona, but potentially at the box office as well), the Ant-Man box brings more of the tried and true Funko flavor to your home. I was a bit skeptical about this month's shipment, just as I'm skeptical about the strength of the Ant-Man feature film. I have no real allegiance to the character, but the mysterious nature of the Collector Corps schedule (boxes are revealed slowly throughout the year) means I'm subject to the possibility of a box full of goods that I may not be all that excited about.

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New ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Pics Revealed: Batman, Wonder Woman and Lex Luthor Has Hair!

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As revealed yesterday, Batman vs. Superman will have a major presence at Comic-Con. The entire cast will be there to show off new footage from the film, and if rumors are to believed, we’ll also have the new Justice League assembled on stage. But, if you aren’t going to Comic-Con this year (or you simply can’t wait another week), we have some good news for you: Warner Bros. has released five new Batman vs. Superman photos for your viewing pleasure.

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‘Rat Queens’ Snags a Full-Time Art Team of Tess Fowler and Tamra Bonvillain

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It's been a tough eight months or so for Image Comics' Rat Queens, art-wise. Artist John Upchurch was removed from the book last November after he was arrested on domestic abuse charges, and his replacement, Stjepan Sejic, has been fighting illness and was only able to draw two issues in the interim.

A Wednesday announcement from Image indicates that clearer skies are ahead, however, as artist Tess Fowler and colorist Tamra Bonvillain have taken the art reins of the series about a band of plundering adventurers full-time, starting with issue #11 in August. Sejic will remain as cover artist through issue #15. Series co-creator Kurtis J. Wiebe remains in place as writer.

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