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Listen, Bud: Nine Super-Hero Cartoon Themes Worth Remembering [Music Week]

Marvel
Marvel

When superheroes make the transition from comics to TV animation, it's always interesting to hear what kind of theme music they get. Songs with lyrics that explain who the heroes are can be fun, but they can also go awry. Instrumental tracks can be boring if you're not careful, but if they're well-executed, they can do a great job of creating just the tone you want for your cartoon.

I've put together a chronological list of nine memorable theme songs from TV superhero cartoons. Obviously I can't include them all, but I expect to see in the comments which of your favorites I've left out.

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DC Splits ‘Shazam!’ Into Two Films to Accommodate Dwayne Johnson’s Awesomeness

DC Comics
DC Comics

If you smell what The Rock’s been cookin’ (i.e. if you follow him) on social media, then you know that the charismatic and insanely busy actor recently had a very good meeting over at DC about the long-awaited Shazam movie. (No, not like that make-believe ’90s movie.) Apparently, that meeting went so well that the studio has reportedly split the film into two projects — or, more likely, they realized the error in thinking they could just cast Dwayne Johnson as a super-villain in someone else’s movie.

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Kevin Smith Will Return to Direct More ‘Supergirl’ This Year

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The CW

Two Flash episodes under his belt (jorts?) give Kevin Smith a fair shot not to have bungled 2017 Supergirl return “Supergirl Lives” next week, and it seems The CW would agree. Smith will apparently be back to direct another episode, before Season 2 is out.

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Haunted Memories: The ‘Deadman: Dark Mansion Of Forbidden Love’ Mixtape [Music Week]

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Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love is a superhero book, a haunted house story, and a romance comic. In assembling a playlist to accompany the comic, we've attempted to strike a similar balance, highlighting queer artists, and including a love song or two, while creating a spooky, haunted atmosphere. This playlist incorporates dark mansions, and perhaps forbidden love, and at least one dead man.

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‘Young Justice’ Episode Guide: Season 1, Episodes 19-20: ‘Misplaced’ / ‘Coldhearted’

Teenage 'Kicks #10: Misplaced / Coldhearted

Because you demanded it, Young Justice is returning for a third season in 2017, and that means that there's no better time to get caught up on the first two seasons.

This week, we get one of the best high concepts on the series so far, and a pretty interesting spin on a classic comic book story.

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Full ‘Powerless’ Trailer Brings DC References and Bat-Details Galore

DC Powerless Trailer Extended Batman References
NBC

We’re still not entirely certain the DC universe is built for serial comedy (any more than it was ultra-grim movies), but NBC’s Powerless is giving ample opportunity to flex that DC connection. See for yourself in a new extended trailer, and details of just how much Batman we can really expect to see in the Wayne Security world.

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‘Arrow’ Extended 2017 Trailer Teases Flashpoint Behind Laurel’s Return

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The CW

The CW already seemingly spoiled the explanation behind Arrow returning one of its biggest characters in midseason finale “What You Leave Behind,” but there’s wiggle room yet. Case in point, an extended 2017 trailer for next week’s “Who Are You?” hints at a Flashpoint explanation, along with new wrinkles to the Prometheus story.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Aquaman Minus Aqua (1959)

Adventure Comics #267, DC Comics

I've made my share of jokes about him before, but I'm really starting to think that 2017 is going to be the year that I do my best to get into Aquaman. As much as I love DC's Silver Age, he's my biggest blind spot of the entire era, and it's time to fix that. There's just one problem: I don't think I actually like reading about underwater adventure, and that's... that's gonna be an issue.

But maybe there's hope. This week, Twitter's own @YellFeat and Local Aquaman Expert Megan Nielsen alerted me to the existence of "Manhunt On Land," a story where Aquaman takes on a landlocked crime spree by loading up a pickup truck with his underwater friends and driving around with a fishbowl on his head. And it's amazing.

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Rogues’ Gallery: Superman’s Top Ten Villains

Gary Frank / DC Comics
Gary Frank / DC Comics

A hero is defined by their villains, and the world of superhero comic books is filled with some of the scariest and silliest bad guys around. Rogues’ Gallery aims to settle the score and determine who is the true arch-nemesis for some of your favorite superheroes, and we need your help to do it!

You voted to see who the ultimate Superman villain was, and we’ve tabulated the results and assembled a video counting down the definitive top 10. Did your favorite make this list? There’s only one way to find out!

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Strip Panel Naked: Music Notation as Storytelling

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It's Music Week here at ComicsAlliance, and I wanted to take some time to dive into a very particular relationship between music and comics. Comics obviously are silent, so musical numbers are particularly tough to pull off. Getting the actual sound across, the lyricism, the melody - it's a challenge.

I want to take a look at three examples of music in comics that all use a particular approach with notation. By using the staves of sheet music, and placing notes on the page, these three comics manage to provide an extra depth to their storytelling.

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