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DC Pays Homage To DC With May’s ‘New 52 Hits #52′ Variants

Detective Comics #52 variant cover by Francis Manapul

In the cryptic numerology that rules the DC Universe, there is no number more significant than 52. It's been at the center of crossovers, titles, the otherwise inexplicable number of not-so-infinite Earths, and more, so naturally, when the books of the "New 52" Universe actually hit #52 this May, it's not going to go by without comment.

To that end, the 52nd issues of the surviving titles from the relaunch --- Action Comics, Aquaman, Batgirl, Batman, Catwoman, Detective Comics, Flash, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman --- will hit shelves with variant covers that homage the first issues from back in 2011. Check 'em out below, along with the original covers that inspired them!

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Filed Under: Category: Art, DC

The First Great Adaptation: Celebrating The ‘Adventures of Superman’ Radio Show

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"Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound!"
"Look! Up in the sky!"
"It's a bird!"
"It's a plane!"
"It's — Superman!"

Nowadays, those words are so inextricably tied to Superman that it's hard to imagine the character existing without them, but it wasn't the comic book page that brought them to audiences. It was the Adventures of Superman radio show, which debuted on this day in 1940 and would spend the next decade helping to shape the character and how people related to him, adding interesting twists and characters to the ongoing mythos and providing the source of genuine change in the world beyond the airwaves.

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Ask Chris #277: Where Does ‘Strange Apparitions’ Sit In The Batman Canon?

Ask Chris #277, background art by Marshall Rogers

Q: Why is "Strange Apparitions" the best Batman run? - @IanGonzales

A: See what I mean about these questions that include their own answers right there in the premise?

I have to say, though: You're not wrong. Of all the great Batman runs that have helped to define the character, the six issues that Steve Englehart and Marshall Rogers spent on Detective Comics back in 1978 stand out as one of the all-time greatest. It's intricately crafted, beautifully drawn, and while Englehart's claim that it more-or-less invented the Batman of the Modern Age might seem a little overblown at first glance, it's hard to argue that it's not at least a major part of the foundation of how the Caped Crusader would evolve over the following decade. As for just what makes it so great and why it stands the test of time, it all comes down to how they were able to build on the past while creating something that still feels modern almost 40 years later.

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Poll: Who Should Be Riverdale’s One True Power Couple?

Archie art by Dan DeCarlo and Henry Scarpelli

Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so naturally, our thoughts have turned to comics' most infamous hotbed of love triangles: Riverdale, USA! For over 75 years, that idyllic town has been built around the eternal question of who makes the best couple, but we here at ComicsAlliance are not content to merely debate. We're here to settle this once and for all.

So today, join us as we turn things over to you, the readers, to help us decide the biggest, most romantic question of all: Who will reign supreme as Riverdale's One True Power Couple?

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On The Cheap: Get ‘Shaft,’ ‘Django/Zorro’ And More In This Week’s Humble Bundle

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This week marked the release of Shaft: Imitation of Life, the second miniseries about the legendary private eye from Dynamite, and if you somehow missed out on the first series --- one of last year's best minis --- then here's a bit of good timing for you. This week's Humble Bundle features David F. Walker and Bilquis Eveley's Shaft: A Complicated Man.

But it's not alone, either. For fifteen bucks, you can grab everything that's on offer, including Garth Ennis and Aaron Campbell's The Shadow: Fires of Creation, a collaboration between Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper, and one of the most enjoyable crossovers in a long while, Django/Zorro.

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Bloodshot Takes On A Very Familiar Indestructible Slasher In ‘Bloodshot Reborn Annual 2016′

Bloodshot Reborn Annual 2016

Bloodshot is a man who has problems. A lot of problems. In the past, those problems have involved the usual thing where his body is constantly being subjected to ridiculously over-the-top trauma and the nanites in his blood that rebuild him every time, and the fact that he occasionally hallucinates a cartoon child version of himself called Bloodsquirt.

But in the upcoming Bloodshot Reborn Annual, there's a far more literal and pressing concern: A gigantic, indestructible slasher named "Jacob," who has been terrorizing a camp and needs to be taken down before he machetes any more unsuspecting teens. And yes: that's Jacob, and not... any other name you might be thinking of. Wink wink.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Superboy’s Romance With Cleopatra! (1961)

Adventure Comics #291

Every February, I like to throw a bit of a spotlight on some of the more romantic pieces of superhero comics, but with Superman, that's pretty hard to do. I mean, sure, he'd eventually settle down with Lois Lane in one of the better romance stories in comics history, but for a long stretch of his history, he did everything he could to avoid letting anybody put a ring on it. Whether it was Lois, Lana, Lori, Lyla, or even Marybelle, the hillbilly whose lack of double-L initials should've disqualified her from contention well before she was carried over the Marryin' Rock, that dude was simply --- and famously --- not interested.

What you might not know, however, is why. It turns out that Superman wasn't just trying to protect his girlfriends from those who might use them to strike at him; it was that all this time, he was still carrying a torch for his first crush: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt --- and the fact that she died in 30 BCE didn't stop them from dating for a week when he was fifteen.

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Veronica Fish Takes Over ‘Archie’ As New Regular Artist

Archie by Veronica Fish

Since its relaunch last year with a new direction and a rebooted continuity, Archie has boasted a pretty incredible roster of talented artists tasked with bringing Riverdale's favorite teenager to life. Now, after debuting on the title in its latest issue, Veronica Fish has been named the regular ongoing artist of Archie Comics' flagship title.

Fish will be joining writer Mark Waid, following Fiona Staples, who drew the initial three-issue arc, and Annie Wu, who filled in with #4's "Lipstick Incident."

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Ranger Station Episode 23: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Ranger Station 23: Itsy Bitsy Spider

With 800 episodes over the course of 22 years, the Power Rangers television show is arguably the single most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time, and certainly one of the strangest. Adapted from Japan's long-running Super Sentai series, created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, the Power Rangers combined the giant robots and monsters of their Japanese counterpart with a completely different set of secret identities and problems, and became a pop cultural phenomenon. That's why we're looking back with an in-depth guide to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including its source material, Kyuoryu Sentai Zyuranger, in ComicsAlliance's Ranger Station!

This week, one of the Rangers has to face their fears, and... wait, didn't we do this one before?

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The Unsung Hero: A Birthday Tribute To Bill Finger

Bill Finger by Ty Templeton
Bill Finger by Ty Templeton

In 1939, Superman kicked open the doors of a brand new genre, and an entire generation of young creators did their level best to shape the future of superheroes. In that spirit, in an office in New York, a 24-year-old artist brought his creative partner an idea --- a name, really: "Bat-Man." Beyond that, there wasn't much to it. The artist was toying with the idea of a blonde, lantern-jawed hero in a domino mask who could fly, but his partner saw a little more to it.

Instead of the artist's bright red costume, the writer suggested a darker color scheme, something reminiscent of The Shadow, but with a cowl designed to mimic the ears of a bat, and give him a more fearsome appearance; and instead of super-powers, he could be a man who fought crime through his own strength and wits, driven by the tragic murder of his parents to spend his life in an endless war on crime. That writer was Bill Finger, born this day in 1914, and while his name rarely appeared on the comics he created, he remains one of the most influential creators in comic book history.

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Filed Under: Category: Anniversaries

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