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Beware Forever: Read The Poem That Won Starlog’s ‘Why You Want To Meet Batman’ Contest In 1988

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Of all the strange habits that my friends have, combing through back issues of Starlog on the Internet Archive is probably at the top of the list in a walk. Occasionally, though, sifting through promo pieces for V and Alien Nation turns up something gold, which is exactly what happened this week. While reading the November, 1988 issue of Starlog, Andrew Weiss came upon a contest that offered readers a trip to London to visit the set of Tim Burton's Batman '89. All you had to do was write in and explain why you wanted to meet Batman.

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We Frantically Screencapped Every Single Frame Of The ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer For Some Reason

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A new Avengers: Age Of Ultron trailer was released on Monday night during the sport, and we shared it with you on the site already, but sometimes it's not enough to just watch a commercial for a movie you're definitely going to go see anyway. Just watching it means it washes over you, and all you absorb is a general sense of how excited you should be about this movie that you're absolutely guaranteed to watch on opening weekend. You don't get to dig deep into the minutiae of every flickering second.

So we downloaded some kind of screencapping software, scrubbed off most of the malware that came with it, and set to work slicing 100 seconds of footage into tiny slivers of information. And then we stared at that information. And then we wrote down whatever came into our heads. Because passively watching a trailer just isn't enough anymore. To really know if you want to watch this movie that you probably already booked your tickets for, you have to live the trailer.

Come live it with us.

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Is Dreamboat Actor Steven R. McQueen Playing Nightwing In ‘Titans’?

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Pretty actor/model/actor-model Steven R. McQueen has departed his role in the TV show The Vampire Diaries, where he played "pretty fella who never does anything but his sister his really into vampires," in order to... well, no-one knows what he plans to do next. But the actor has long been lobbying for the chance to bring the DC superhero Nightwing to the screen, and with a Nightwing-based Titans TV show in development at TNT, it seems likely that McQueen has landed his dream role.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec pointedly noted that McQueen would be welcome to return to the show, "unless he finally gets his wish to play a superhero and he’s unavailable." As hints go, that seems like a heavy one. But is McQueen the right heartthrob to play comics' premiere hunk?

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ In ‘Back Talk’ [#Butts]

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate says what everybody's been thinking about the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl as depicted in Erica Henderson and Ryan North's new Marvel Comics series.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Betty Cooper Sells Her Soul To The Devil To Make Out With Archie (1962)

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The last year or so of Archie comics has been defined by one thing: the supernatural. Not only did we get Afterlife With Archie, which saw Sabrina the Teenage Witch dabbling in necromancy and inadvertently bringing about a zombie apocalypse that saw Jughead ripping out throats at a school dance, but it was so popular that we got a separate ongoing series about Sabrina dealing with the Lovecraftian horrors that result from witchcraft.

To the casual reader, this might seem like it's a pretty big departure from the usual Archie storylines about sharing milkshakes and having too many dates to the movies, but those of us who really know Archie Comics know that it's been there all along. Or, at the very least, it's been there since 1962, in that story where Betty Cooper literally sold her soul to the Devil so that she could make out with Archie.

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McDonald’s Is Trying To Murder Batman Over Snapchat, And These Words Actually Make Sense In That Order

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I enjoy both photographs and reminders that our time on this Earth is fleeting and that we will all one day leave our lives, becoming as ephemeral as memories and ghosts, so naturally I like Snapchat a lot. If you're not familiar with it, it's a program that sends pictures to your friends that automatically delete after ten seconds or so, and is used mostly to take pictures of your Pokémon. That's what I do with it, anyway.

Recently, they've taken to sending subscribers ads, and last Friday, one for McDonald's popped up, with the premise that McDonald's is so good that even long-standing arch-enemies will put aside their differences and be friends -- something that they chose to illustrate by having the Joker present a smiling Batman with a balloon animal. Folks, I have read my share of Batman comics and let me tell you: No matter what you may have heard from McDonald's, that balloon is definitely filled with poison gas.

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12 Facts You Might Not Know About Batman

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As you might expect, there is nothing that upsets CA's resident Batmanologist more than someone being wrong about Batman on the Internet -- truly the greatest of sins -- so this week, we're tackling a handful of misconceptions about the Dark Knight! Does Batman really only use his money to beat up crooks without addressing the root causes of crime? Watch and find out!

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FunkyWatch: December’s Most Depressing ‘Funky Winkerbean’ And ‘Crankshaft’ Strips

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Over the past 40 years, Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean has transitioned from a gag-a-day comic strip about a high school to an ongoing chronicle of pure, abject misery. Thanks to the commentary on Josh Fruhlinger’s Comics Curmudgeon, I am now completely obsessed with it, which is why I spend a little time every month rounding up its finest examples of crushing despair.

The end of the year is always a time for reflection, and for me, that came today when I logged into Comics Kingdom and reupped for another year of the service that sends me each day's Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft strip first thing in the morning, thus ensuring that I start off each day by experiencing the worst of the human condition. So as we dive into this month's strips and all the reminders that death is the only respite from the horrors of life, keep in mind that I have once again done this to myself.

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The Batman 66 Episode Guide 1×06: Batman Is Riled

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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, the Joker launches an unstoppable crimewave that hits below the belt!

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Bizarro Back Issues: Batman’s Deadly New Year! (1972)

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Last week, one of the questions that came in for my Ask Chris column came from someone who was curious about how Batman celebrated New Year's Eve, and really, that's a pretty interesting question. I mean, we have plenty of comics, cartoons and even one goofy-ass movie about how he spends Christmas, but stories that address whether or not he watches the ball drop and toasts a cup of kindness are significantly harder to come by. Fortunately, we have Batman #247, a classic from the Bronze Age that addresses exactly this question.

As it turns out, Batman spends his New Year's Eve punching out criminals. What the hell did you think he was going to do?

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