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Fantastic Five: Most Underrated X-Men

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

This week we’re counting down the top five most underrated X-Men! Since 1963, Marvel’s merry mutants have gained an astonishing following by mixing the potent combination of soap opera style melodrama, the alienation of being “different”, and crazy super-powers. Then the 90s and 2000s saw an even bigger explosion in their popularity with the success of multiple cartoons and some movies you may have seen, that introduced the gifted youngsters (and oldsters) of Professor Xavier’s school to an even wider audience. But even with all that real world popularity, there are still a few X-Characters that just never seem to get the kudos they deserve. Quick apology to some of the newer X-Men: Sorry, newbies, you need a few more years of being feared, hated, and undervalued to beat these… winners?

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The Fun Will Never End: Best ‘Adventure Time’ Art Ever

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Since it’s debut on Cartoon Network in 2010 (or as a six minute pilot on the Nicktoons network in 2007, if you want to get really “um, actually” about it), Adventure Time with Finn and Jake has shown us just how much fun a human boy and his talking, shapeshifting dog can have.

The show's mix of Dungeons & Dragons style fantasy escapades, bizarre surrealism, and low-key, dialogue-driven comedy made it an immediate hit with viewers of all ages. It goes without saying that the show's inseparable best friends go on adventures (at a specific time that has been set aside for it, if the title is to be believed), but the show has proven to be about so much more than just adventure.

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Fantastic Five: Top Five Giant Monsters

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

This week we’re taking a look at some of our favorite giant monsters and kaiju in comics. Though kaiju are generally more closely associated with the silver screen and its many examples of actors in oversized suits fighting among undersized buildings, comics have an abundance of city stompers to celebrate as well. Hopefully this list will help you settle any and all future kaiju-related arguments.

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It’s Morphin’ Time: Best ‘Power Rangers’ Art Ever

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In August of 1993, the immortal words “It’s Morphin’ Time!” were first broadcast to an unsuspecting public on the Fox network. More than twenty years later, it is apparently still time to morph, because the Power Rangers are poised on the precipice of another pop-culture explosion thanks to the upcoming comic series and third major movie.

To celebrate this enduring pop culture phenomenon, we've compiled a gallery of art inspired by the show’s earliest incarnation, along with some great ideas for redesigns and updates of the classic characters.

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Best ‘Super Mario’ Art Ever: A Tribute to Satoru Iwata

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Gamers of all ages and all console allegiances around the world have mourned the recent loss of Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. To celebrate his life and work, we’ve put together this collection of art inspired by Nintendo’s most famous character and most enduring mascot, Super Mario! Leave us your thoughts or happy Nintendo memories in the comments and let us know if there are other games you’d like to see us explore in a future Best Art Ever feature!

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Gallery: Best ‘Batman ’66′ Art Ever

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From 1966 to 1989, as far as the world of popular culture outside of comics was concerned there was only one Batman, and his name was Adam West. Though the show only originally ran for three seasons before it’s cancellation, reruns of the series’ 120 episodes have been in continuous television rotation throughout the world to this day almost fifty years later.

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 many other Bat-fans from around the internet.

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Gallery: Best Pixar Art Ever

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Pixar Animation Studios' fifteenth feature film, Inside Out, opens in theaters across North America this weekend, and it's already receiving rave reviews from critics --- with an aggregate score at this writing of 99% positive on Rotten Tomatoes.

It's with Inside Out’s release and the twentieth anniversary of Toy Story in mind that we take you through a visual celebration of Pixar’s history, including behind the scenes production art, promotional pieces, and fan creations.

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Comics, Everybody: The History of The Vision Explained!

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Thanks to Avengers: Age of Ultron, the movie-going world has now been introduced to one of the stranger Marvel heroes, the synthetic android Vision, played onscreen by Paul Bettany. A sightly spooky kinda-robot with feel feelings (sometimes) and a crush on a witch, and a mechanical dad and magic babies (but not really), he's a confusing character to get to grips with, which makes him the idea subject for the recurring feature we call Comics, Everybody! Cartoonist Chris Haley of Let’s Be Friends Again and colorist Jordan Gibson are here to educate you about Vision's complicated history of upgrades, downgrades, and reboots.

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Comics, Everybody: The History of Daredevil Explained!

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Daredevil is the latest Marvel hero to make a triumphant return to the screen in the recently released Netflix series that you've probably already watched all thirteen episodes of, so he's the perfect candidate to have his convoluted history explored in the recurring feature we call Comics, Everybody! Cartoonist Chris Haley of Let’s Be Friends Again is here to educate you about Daredevil's tragic love life, colorful villains, and unlikely origin story.

Whether you're new to comics, new to 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 tribute to the hornheaded hero of Hell's Kitchen.

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