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Happy Birthday Wolverine!

On July 30th, 1974, Wolverine made his first full appearance in Incredible Hulk #181. How did the guy with whiskers on his mask become the epitome of toughness?

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Humble Bundle Offers Music Comics

The latest Humble Bundle features comics based on music, including The Wicked + The Divine, Phonogram, Nowhere Men, Hip Hop Family Tree, and more.

‘Fantastic Four’ Clip: Watch the Team Make History as They Enter a New Dimension

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As skeptical as many fans rightfully have been about Josh Trank’s reboot of Fantastic Four, there’s something sort of appealing about the film’s aesthetic and tone from the various teasers and trailers. In keeping with 20th Century Fox’s recent X-Men films, Fantastic Four looks as though it walks the line between the fun, vibrant world of the MCU and the grittier, stylized approach of Zack Snyder’s DCU.

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‘Wonder Woman’ Begins Shooting This Fall, ‘Justice League’ Starting Next Spring

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Warner Bros.

Warner Bros. definitely has a more prolonged shooting schedule than Marvel’s films, though with only Man of Steel to show for their efforts, it remains to be seen if this works in their favor. The studio has lined up schedules for two of their next superhero films, with Wonder Woman heading into production later this year and Justice League following early next year.

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Jena Malone’s Secret ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Role Revealed

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When Jena Malone was spotted on the set of Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman, the rumor mill kicked into high gear. Was she playing a hero? A villain? A new character? And established character? Anyway, everyone eventually decided that she was playing the new Robin, but it turns out that the internet was (surprise, surprise) very wrong. A new report claims that the Hunger Games star will be playing one of Batman’s most famous allies, just not the one we expected.

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A Career Of Heroic Proportions: Celebrating the Art of Chris Sprouse

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When I hear the word "superhero," the image that pops into my head looks an awful lot like the way Chris Sprouse draws his characters. The clean lines, the heroic proportions, the larger-than-life action and adventure that go along with it, those are all things that Sprouse has mastered in a career that spans three decades.

Today, July 30, marks his birthday and that means it's an even better time than it usually is to celebrate his work.

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The Craving For Organic Connection: Ray Fawkes Talks ‘Junction True’

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Take the "bald journo in the dirty cyberfuture" of Transmetropolitan, take out the aggro and the orange, and center the story on his desire to please a woman --- a woman who wants, with elegant refinery, to dominate him --- and that's Junction True. In this technorganic near-future, there's... a process that's available, for those who really want to commit to the dom/sub bond. It's dangerous. It's illegal. It's what they want.

ComicsAlliance spoke to Ray Fawkes, who wrote the script for artist Vince Locke, about some of the decisions that went into his creative process.

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Disney Releasing a 12-Disc Hayao Miyazaki Blu-ray Box Set in November

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Studio Ghibli

Hello, movie fan. Have you started assembling a holiday wish list for the year 2015? Well, you can start right now because a Blu-ray box set assembling the collected works of legendary animation director Hayao Miyazaki is on the way and you’re definitely going to want this one. In addition to every feature film he has directed, the set will also include various special features as well as Miyazaki’s early television work.

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‘Southern Bastards’ #10 Rejected From Apple Store, Likely Over Sex Scene

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Apple has rejected issue #10 of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour's Image Comics series Southern Bastards from its store, and odds are it isn't because of Latour's widely shared essay about the Confederate flag in its back matter.

The likely reason is an explicit sex scene that opens the issue. In virtually every previous case of Apple rejecting specific issues of comics, it's been over sexual content, not language or violence. (The one possible exception is the Johnny Ryan library of comics. It's hard to know where the offense was there.)

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‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 3 Adds Constance Zimmer; Another Evil S.H.I.E.L.D. on the Way?

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Marvel / ABC / Lifetime

Haircuts are great, but Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. just stepped up Season 3 production with an UnREAL twist. House of Cards and Entourage alum Constance Zimmer will square off against Coulson and his Secret Warriors as a brand-new Season 3 threat, but is another rival government agency pulling the strings?

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Square Enix Play Arts Black Widow Comes In From the Cold

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Marvel

I'll admit, when Square Enix hinted the Black Widow would be joining its Marvel Variants line, I was a bit concerned. The Variants line is filled with some fairly radical redesigns of familiar characters, and some of the artistic choices made for the DC Variants line's female figures left little to the imagination. However, once I saw the prototype at SDCC this year, I was actually excited to see the final version. The Black Widow on display there wasn't quite as massive a departure as some previous Variants figures had been, and showed a lot of unpainted promise for the final release.

This week, Square revealed the fully-painted prototype, and the images (courtesy of ToyArk) show off a Black Widow that's actually really close to her comic book counterpart. Only Iron Man, Spider-Man, Venom and Thor have been shown off in this form to this point. Each of those is still immediately recognizable, but share some influences that are instantly noticeable as Play Arts style. The new Black Widow, while proportionately rocking some Taylor Swift legs, doesn't appear to look that drastically different from iterations of her design that we've seen in her comic book past.

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The Best There Is At What He Does… But What Does Wolverine Do?

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On July 30th, 1974, Wolverine made his first full appearance in The Incredible Hulk #181, and comics history was forever changed. For some reason. Somehow, a funny-looking, funny-talking, pint-sized, hairy Canadian, who literally scratches people, became one of the most popular characters in comics. How did the guy with whiskers on his mask become the epitome of toughness?

Created by Len Wein and John Romita, and brought to life by Herb Trimpe, Wolverine could have easily become another throwaway character. With his bright yellow-and-blue costume, he looks at least as ridiculous as every other one-and-done character, save for the arresting hook of those razor-sharp claws.

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