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Captain America Lives On: Joe Simon’s Granddaughter On Marvel’s Films, Credits, and the Great Comic Book Creator

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The following was authored by Megan Margulies, granddaughter of the late Captain America co-creator Joe Simon.

Today Marvel Studios releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier. These movies are not only a cause for celebration by comic book fans, but also for the artists who created the superhero decades ago. In 1941, Jack Kirby and my grandfather, Joe Simon, dreamt of Captain America in an attempt to keep their heads above the turbulent waters of the comic book industry. Much to their surprise and joy, the character went on to receive worldwide fame.

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Frank Cho Revises ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ Scene To Make It Even More Anti-Superman

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Frank Cho

If you didn't know, artist Frank Cho hates Superman.

He went about proving it with a post to his blog this week in which he shared a commission for his pal who goes by the name Hawaiian Dave. It's a remix of the climactic two-page spread from Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns in which Batman and Superman have their big, final fight in Crime Alley. Cho has added in a bit of commentary, and it is anything but Superman-friendly. Check it out after the jump.

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‘Batman ’66′ Writer Jeff Parker And Artist Colleen Coover: The ComicsAlliance Interview, Part Two

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We are currently living in the middle of a renaissance of interest in the 1966 Batman TV show. With licensing deals that have taken decades to work out falling into place, we've got action figures, clothes, and DVDs are finally on the way, and at the leading edge of it all is DC's digital-first Batman '66 comic, written by Jeff Parker with art by Jonathan Case, Ty Templeton, Joe Quinones, Sandy Jarrell, Ruben Procopio and Colleen Coover.

This week, the first hardcover collection of the series is out in print, and to mark the occasion, I sat down at Portland, Oregon's Periscope Studio to talk to Parker (and special guest Colleen Coover) about their work on the series. Today, in the second half of the interview, we discussed Parker and Coover's attitudes towards the multiple Catwomen,

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Bruce Timm Returns To Batman In New DC Nation Short, ‘Batman Strange Days’

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Warner Bros. Animation

The last time Batman appeared in a Warner Bros. animated production in the Bruce Timm "style," it was in the Justice League Unlimited series, which ended in 2004.

Now, the big-eared, Timm-designed version of Batman is back in a new short for Cartoon Network's DC Nation block, titled Batman Strange Days, which finds the Dark Knight taking on Hugo Strange and a mysterious, Solomon Grundy-like giant. It looks dark --virtually black and white or sepia -- and features Batman firing a huge gun evocative of Gundam Wing's Twin Buster Rifle marked "tear gas."

Check out a handful of stills in anticipation of the short's April 9 debut, after the jump.

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New ‘Fantastic Four’ Movie Gets Its Doctor Doom In Toby Kebbell

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Marvel Comics/Warner Bros.

We've known the lineup of the titular Fantastic Four from the upcoming movie for almost two months now, but people have been guessing for some time who would play the team's arch-nemesis, Victor von Doom.

Rumors that Dr. Doom could have been a woman have turned out to just be rumors. Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has cast Toby Kebbell, who has played roles in Prince of Persia, War Horse, Wrath of the Titans and Ridley Scott's The Counselor, will be the new movie version of the masked supervillain.

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‘Captain Marvel’ Artist Filipe Andrade Returns with ‘Figment’ for Disney Kingdoms Line

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The winner of the 2013 ComicsAlliance prize for Raddest Superhero Art, Filipe Andrade draws some of the coolest pictures we've seen in recent years. His drawing style is an uncanny blend of wild, kinetic line work and fine, intricate detail, which made his stint on Captain Marvel one of Marvel Comics' best looking productions last year. We'd been wondering where Andrade would pop up next and got our answers when Marvel released its solicitations for books going on sale in June. The artist's next big gig is Figment, written by Jim Zub (Skullkickers, Samurai Jack) and inspired by the Journey Into Imagination attraction at the EPCOT theme park at Disneyworld, starring a steampunky inventor called Dreamfinder and his dragon Figment.

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New Vertigo Series ‘Bodies’ Promises Four Artists, Four Detectives, Four Time Periods

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Vertigo

DC can't get enough of the number 52; Vertigo is really into the number four lately. Not only is the upcoming quarterly anthology CMYK based on four colors, another new series, titled Bodies, will feature four different detectives solving a murder mystery that runs through four different points in London history: 1890, 1940, 2014, and 2050.

The Si Spencer-written, eight-issue series will also feature four different artists: Dean Ormston, Phil Winslade, Meghan Hetrick and Tula Lotay. They'll each be covering a different time period. The series kicks off this summer.

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Grant Morrison And Rian Hughes Team Up For BBC-Exclusive Comic Strip ‘The Key’

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The BBC

Grant Morrison is known for mind-bending dialogue and Rian Hughes is a designer often associated with logo design and fonts, but the two creators have teamed up for a completely word-free comic strip (aside from the title and credits) for BBC Magazine, titled The Key.

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First Second Announces New Graphic Novel From Andi Watson, ‘Princess Decomposia And Count Spatula’ [Preview]

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First Second

Fresh off his lengthy series of short Gum Girl graphic novels, cartoonist Andi Watson is shifting gears toward a long-form, "adorably spooky" title coming from First Second in winter 2015.

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula will follow the exploits of an overworked underworld princess who decides to hire a chef (who happens to also be a vampire) to help her achieve her day-to-day tasks. For more on Watson's take on the book and a first look at its interiors, hit the jump!

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Cree Superhero Equinox To Debut in ‘Justice League United’ from Lemire and McKone

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DC Comics

When Justice League United #0 ships to stores late in April readers will encounter a new roster of mostly familiar faces and one new hero, Equinox. A sixteen-year-old girl with powers tied to the changing seasons, Equinox is already notable ahead of her first appearance for being one of the few First Nations heroes currently appearing in superhero comics.

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