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Bizarro Back Issues: Captain Marvel’s Inexplicable Visit To Columbus, Ohio (1946)

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The importance of a comic book cover can never really be overstated. It's the first thing a potential reader sees, and especially back before we had solicitations and previews, in the days of newsstands --- and sour-lookin' newsstand owners who were quick to remind you that this ain't a library --- it was often a creator's only chance to convince them to pick it up and at least check out what was inside. Because of that, there are decades of comics out there that are either so bizarre that they pretty much demand to be read, like just about every Silver Age DC book, or books plastered with over-the-top dramatic titles like "And There Must Come... A Destiny!"

In 1945, however, things were a little different. So different, in fact, that the fine people at Fawcett Magazines once decided that it would be a good idea to use that precious bit of real estate on the cover of Captain Marvel Adventures to let you know that you were about to get a story where Captain Marvel went to Columbus, Ohio. Although to be fair, they also determined that this was less important than the story about an old man who found a piece of string on the ground.

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‘Agents of SHIELD’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 3, Episodes 21 & 22: ‘Absolution/Ascension’

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Welcome back to another Agents of S.O.M.E.T.H.I.N.G., where Comics Alliance’s Special Agents Chris Haley and Ziah Grace debrief you on all the things to like and complain about in this week’s episode of Disney’s ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

For the big finale, we were treated/subjected to not one, but two, episodes! People lived. People died. People smirked. “Absolution” was directed by Billy Gierhart and written by Chris Dingess and Drew Greenberg, while “Ascension” was directed by Kevin Tancharoen and written by Jed Whedon.

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 1, Episode 16: ‘Legendary’

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In this week’s finale, “Legendary,” our ragtag team of heroes has its final showdown (or, more accurately, showdowns) with mega-villain Vandal Savage. Who will live? Who will die? Dermott Downs directed the episode; the story was by Chris Fedak and Greg Berlanti, and the teleplay was written by Phil Klemmer and Marc Guggenheim.

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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 4, Episode 22: ‘Lost in the Flood’

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It’s time for another installment of Pointed Commentary, the feature where grizzled Arrow watcher Matt D. Wilson and newcomer Chris Haley dig into the details of Team Arrow cleaning up the filthy, crime-ridden streets of Star City.

This week’s episode, “Lost in the Flood,” goes to great lengths to make sure you understand that the writers are very smart and making Biblical references to Noah’s ark. Also, Felicity gets wrapped up in a less-than-welcome family reunion. The episode was directed by Glen Winter, from a script by Oscar Balderrama, Brian Ford Sullivan and George Papp.

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Fantastic Five: Strangest Licensed Comics

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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 and pop culture.

This week we're looking at some of the most bizarre licensed properties that have ever made their way to your local comic shop!

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‘The Flash’ Post-Show Analysis Season 2 Episode 22: ‘Invincible’

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Welcome back to Up To Speed, in which Flash TV show veteran Dylan Todd and newbie Ziah Grace break down the latest episode of The Flash, dispense some Flash Facts, and talk about what works, what doesn’t, and where the series might be headed.

This week, the metapocalypse strikes as Zoom leads an army of Earth-2 metas to wage war on Central City, a familiar face returns from the dead, and another familiar face... goes the other way. "Invincible" was directed by Jesse Warn from a story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg, and a teleplay by Brooke Roberts & David Kob.

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Bizarro Back Issues: ‘Adventures In The DC Universe’ And The Foregone Conclusion Of The Flash/Superboy Race (1998)

Adventures in the DC Universe #14, DC Comics

The idea of Superman racing against the Flash is such an obvious one that there's enough stories to fill an entire paperback. It's a standard at DC, one of those big superheroic ideas that always works even when the winner is a foregone conclusion, and it's happened in pretty much every generation of superhero comics. But back in 1998, there was a variation on that story that could have only been more '90s if it had been about the Electric Blue Superman racing against the Dark Flash who turned out to be Walter West from Hypertime.

It was about Wally West racing across Hawaii against the clone Superboy in all his leather-jacketed glory. But if you missed it, there's a reason for that: It happened in Adventures in the DC Universe, a strange little late-'90s experiment with one of the weirdest hooks for a series in comics history.

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‘Arrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 4, Episode 21: ‘Monument Point’

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It’s time for another installment of Pointed Commentary, the feature where grizzled Arrow watcher Matt D. Wilson and newcomer Chris Haley dig into the details of Team Arrow cleaning up the filthy, crime-ridden streets of Star City. But for this belated installment, Agents of SHIELD recapper Ziah Grace has stepped in to take Matt Wilson's place.

On this week’s episode, “Monument Point,” Team Arrow makes some questionable choices, Felicity and Captain Lance are both going to be looking for new jobs, and a returning villain calls Thea “mommy,” which weirds everyone out. Kevin Tancharoen directed the episode, which was written by Speed Weed and Jenny Lynn.

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‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Post-Show Analysis: Season 1, Episode 15: ‘Destiny’

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The CW’s latest super-show, Legends of Tomorrow, follows Rip Hunter on his adventures through time, with a team of misfits that includes Arrow’s Atom and White Canary, both halves of Firestorm, Hawkwoman, and Flash rogues Captain Cold and Heat Wave. Arrow and Flash recappers Matt Wilson and Dylan Todd are on hand to deliver our Legends of Tomorrow post-show analysis, Stuff of Legends.

This week's episode, Destiny, includes the reveal of the Time Masters' grand plan, a noble sacrifice, a some major setup for a massive fight in the finale. The episode was directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, with a story by Marc Guggenheim and teleplay by Phil Klemmer and Chris Fedak.

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Bizarro Back Issues: And Then There Was The Time Dilton Doiley Was Possessed By A Sentient Jean Jacket (2006)

Tales From Riverdale Digest #25, Archie Comics

Last week, when ComicsAlliance launched its poll to determine our readers' favorite Archie character --- and I'm happy to announce that Jughead Jones has taken a considerable lead, narrowly beating Randolph The Kid Who Likes Anime --- I tried to mention a few things about the characters that the average reader might not know. Veronica, for instance, had a storyline where she was revealed to be the prophesied destroyer of all vampires, which is a good thing to know even if it doesn't tip the voting scales in her favor.

But there was one piece of the Riverdale puzzle that I thought I should probably elaborate on: That time that resident nerd Dilton Doiley was possessed by a sentient jean jacket. And believe it or not, it's somehow way weirder than it sounds.

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