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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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Filed Under: , , Category: Archie, News

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

Ask Chris #276: Menace To The Justice Society

Ask Chris #276, background art by Mike Sekowsky

Q: Why is the Justice Society of America of such fundamental importance to the DC Universe? -- @M_Morse

A: I've been doing this column for a pretty long time, and almost every week, I get a question like this one, where the question itself assumes a pretty specific premise. Sometimes, they go as far as actually answering the question before the end of the sentence, making my part in the whole thing pretty irrelevant --- like, say, "who is the dreamiest guy and why is it Batman?" --- but sometimes, it's that premise that grabs my attention more than what's actually being asked.

All of which is just a longwinded way to say that I'm not sure I can really explain why the JSA is a fundamental part of the DC Universe, because I'm not actually sure that they are.

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Luna Attempts Career Advancement in Outer Space In ‘Luna The Vampire’ #2 [Preview]

Luna the Vampire #2

So here's what you need to know about Yasmin Sheikh's Luna the Vampire: She's a vampire who lives in outer space --- technically in Monster Space --- and she flies around in a spaceship shaped like a coffin. That's it.

Okay, so maybe that's more like all I needed to know, because coffin-shaped spaceships are, as it turns out, exactly my jam. Really though, that's only one panel in the upcoming second issue, in which Luna heads to her soul-crushing retail job. The good news is that there might be a promotion in her future, but the bad news? There are, of course, hijinx. Check out an exclusive preview below!

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Filed Under: , Category: IDW, Previews

Take A Tour Of Belle Reeve With ‘New Suicide Squad’ #17

New Suicide Squad #17, DC Comics

With a big-budget movie about their villainous hijinx hitting screens just around the corner, DC seems pretty keen to get people hyped up about the Suicide Squad, and you have to admit that publisher is doing everything it can to get people to jump on. There's the New 52 run ready to go, reprints of the classic '80s series in paperback --- all the way up to the original Deadshot miniseries --- and the next issue of the current New Suicide Squad series sees a new creative team kicking things off with a tour of Belle Reeve prison, so that we can all get on the same page with how this stuff works.

The team in question is Tim Seeley and Juan Ferreyra, and in New Suicide Squad #17, they've hit on a pretty interesting way of explaining the concept for new readers that hasn't actually been done before: Task Force X is franchising. Check out a preview below!

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Battle Royale at Hogwarts: The Wide-Eyed Optimism And Ludicrous Violence Of ‘Hunter X Hunter’

Hunter X Hunter, Yoshihiro Togashi

Other than my deep and abiding affection for Sailor Moon and my more recent, in-at-the-ground-floor love of One Punch Man, quite possibly the best superhero comic on the market, I'm pretty notoriously late to the party when it comes to manga. It's something that I've been trying to fix lately, diving back into a few older series as I try to catch up with the current stuff, and while there's a ton of stuff that I love enough to shout about it to anyone who will listen, it also sometimes feels like I'm sitting down in 2016 to write a piece about this great song I just heard, "Gangnam Style."

So forgive me if that's the case here, but for real, do y'all know about Yoshihiro Togashi's Hunter X Hunter? Because even though it started in 1998, I've just been getting around to it over the past month, and it's one of the most fun, ridiculous, and ludicrously violent comics I've ever read.

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IDW Launches A Kickstarter For The ‘TMNT: Shadows Of The Past’ Board Game

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past

There were a lot of great announcements that came out of last year's San Diego Comic-Con, but the one that I was most excited about by far actually wasn't a comic this time. Instead, it was Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, a board game from IDW designed by Kevin Wilson, with contributions from TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman, writer Tom Waltz and editor Bobby Curnow. And ever since that announcement, I've been wondering when we'd get to see more.

Today, IDW Games launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund production of the game, with the finished product scheduled to deliver in July of this year --- and with 22 days left, they're already halfway to their initial $250,000 goal.

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Press Gang Announces ‘Sun Bakery’ By Corey Lewis, Calling It ‘A One-Man Shonen Jump’

Sun Bakery by Corey Lewis

I don't want to call it a comeback, but Corey Lewis is set to have a pretty interesting year. Not only is he providing art for IDW's GI Joe: Deviations, in which in which he's given Cobra Commander the most sinister redesign in years, but today, Alternative Comics launched its new Press Gang imprint by announcing Sun Bakery, a bimonthly anthology series from Lewis that they're describing as a "one-man Shonen Jump," debuting in April.

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