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A Masterpiece Of Duck-Based Adventure: Why Don Rosa Is One Of Comics’ Greatest Living Creators

Uncle $crooge by Don Rosa

On the short list of comic book creators responsible for genuine masterpieces of the medium, Don Rosa's name is pretty darn close to the top.

Born this day in 1951, Rosa is best known as the most popular writer and artist of Disney's Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge for thirty years, including the Eisner Award-winning Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, an adventure story that spans seventy years in the life of the Richest Duck in the World, but that's just the tip of the iceberg. In his time on the Ducks, Rosa was responsible for over 80 stories that include some of the best comics of all time, as well as an ongoing fight for creator recognition and control over his own work.

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The Batman 66 Episode Guide 1×28: The Pharaoh’s In A Rut

Batman 1x28: The Pharaoh's In A Rut

The 1966 Batman television show was one of the most successful and influential adaptations of comic books to mass media of all time. Over the course of three seasons and 120 episodes, the series became a cultural force with its unique combination of tongue-in-cheek humor, thrilling superhero adventure and celebrity guest stars, and shaped the way the public would view the Caped Crusader for the next five decades. Now, in the midst of a well-deserved renaissance of the show, ComicsAlliance is proud to present The Batman ’66 Episode Guide, an in-depth examination of every single adventure, arch-criminal and deathtrap cliffhanger of the series.

This week, it's the return of the Batusi when Batman goes undercover to foil King Tut's plan... disguised as Bruce Wayne?!

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Batman And Robin Take A Trip To Space In Jiro Kuwata’s Final ‘Bat-Manga’ Story [Preview]

Bat-Manga by Jiro Kuwata

Next week, DC will begin the final two-part Bat-Manga story that Jiro Kuwata created for Shonen King, and he's going out as wild as he can with a tale of the Dynamic Duo being kidnapped by aliens. Check out an exclusive preview, and don't forget to read right to left!

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Mondo Releases A Die-Cut ‘Superman: The Animated Series’ Soundtrack Album For San Diego

SupermanDisc

Remember how last year at San Diego Comic-Con, Mondo released an amazing vinyl soundtrack album for Batman: The Animated Series that was actually shaped like a Batman symbol? Remember how much you --- and by "you," I mean "I" --- wanted that thing, even though you --- same deal --- do not actually own a record player? Well, get ready to want again.

This week DC and Mondo announced that they are following up the B:TAS album with this year's offering, featuring the theme from Superman: The Animated Series on a die-cut disc shaped like Superman's emblem, complete with a screenprinted S on the b-side. I'm going to go ahead and assume that in this case, it stands for Hope They Don't Run Out While I'm Waiting In Line.

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Ask Chris #246: Sympathy For The Joker

Ask Chris #246, Joker art by Andy Kubert

Q: I feel like The Joker is a very unsympathetic villain. Does he have any sympathetic qualities or moments? -- @DonNohVarr

A: Huh. Well, I've got some good news for you, Don: I'm pretty sure that you're not supposed to find the Joker to be a very sympathetic villain. I mean, he's literally an evil clown that murders people with knives and poison, and that may actually be the least sympathetic sequence of words in the entire English language.

But that actually does raise a pretty interesting question: If there's really nothing sympathetic about the Joker, then does that actually make him a better villain than characters that you do sympathize with? Unsurprisingly, I'd argue that it does, but let's see if we can't figure out why.

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Fan-Built Lego Scrooge McDuck Money Bin Is Three Cubic Acres Of Amazing

LEGO McDuck Money Bin by Dennis Steppe

I'm a person who loves Scrooge McDuck, who ranks in at #4 on ComicsAlliance's official canonical list of the greatest comic book characters of all time, and I'm someone who has a huge amount of affection for Lego, the single greatest construction toy to ever come out of Denmark. Dennis Steppe, however, has put my passion for both of these things to shame with his construction of one of the coolest fan-built LEGO creations ever: A massive, incredibly detailed recreation of Uncle Scrooge's money bin.

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The Transformed Man, Act 11: Remain In Light

Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye vol. 5

I've never liked the Transformers. The franchise didn't get its hooks into me as a kid, and while I've tried to give it a shot as an adult, it never really clicked. But now, with a recommendation from almost everyone I know and a well-timed Humble Bundle sale that left me with three years worth (and counting) of IDW's More Than Meets The Eye and Robots In Disguise comics, I'm going on a quest to see if these comics can turn me from someone who has never cared at all about Optimus Prime into someone who uses words like "Cybertron" and "alt-mode" with alarming regularity. And Primus help me, it's working.

This week, we finally learn the shockingly tiny secret of Ultra Magnus!

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Watch Grumpy Superman Yell At The TV In The New Clip From ‘Justice League: Gods And Monsters’

JLGAM

We're getting ever closer to the premiere of the new Justice League: Gods and Monsters animated movie at this year's San Diego Comic-Con --- and its release on video shortly thereafter --- and I'm not sure that I've ever seen Warner Bros. go as hard at promoting one of their DTV releases as they are with this one. And it makes sense that they would, too; as the product of legendary animator Bruce Timm, who co-wrote the story with Alan Burnett and provided new designs for all the characters, Gods and Monsters is definitely something for fans to be interested in.

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On The Cheap: Dogs And Cats Are Living Together And IDW’s ‘Ghostbusters’ Is 50% Off

Ghostbusters, IDW

A few months ago, I picked up the first volume of IDW's Ghostbusters ongoing, and pretty quickly realized that it was going to be one of those comics that I had to stop myself from just buying all at once, because otherwise I was going to blow through it all at and then be sad that there wasn't any more to read. That's how it became one of the comics that I get myself as a reward, a little treat to get me through the day. I hit my deadlines, and I get to buy some Ghostbusters comics.

You, on the other hand, should just go ahead and buy them all at once, because there's never been a better time to jump in. Almost every part of Erik Burnham and Dan Schoening's run is on sale at Comixology with the collections at 50% off, and if you love Ghostbusters as a movie, I can pretty much guarantee that you're going to love it as a comic, too.

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Creators Of ‘Homestar Runner’ Crack Open ‘Two More Eggs’ with 40 New Shorts for Disney XD

TwoMoreEggs

Today, Disney XD debuted Two More Eggs, a new series of 40 short cartoons by Mike and Matt Chapman, alias the Homestar Runner creators the Brothers Chaps, airing both on television and at Disney XD's Youtube Channel. And if the first three are any indication, they're going to be exactly the kind of weird that H*R fans want to see.

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