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What’s in a Name? The Disappearing Art of Titling a Comic


Probably the last thing most people consider remotely important in a comic is the name of the story in a particular issue, especially in the completely serialized world of modern superhero titles. Just give the six-issue arc a title -- maybe the name of the enemy, that's easy -- and call it a day...

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The 15 Worst Comments From Yahoo’s ‘Batman’ #1 Article


Yesterday, Yahoo! News reported that comic book collector Mike Wheat of Fairbanks, Alaska was selling a copy of 1940's "Batman" #1 (featuring the first appearance of Catwoman and the Joker) that he bought for $300 from a guy who found in a dresser that he bought at a yard sale.

This is exactly the kind of story that the mainstream media loves to jump on when it comes to comics, as it combines the "buried treasure" aspect with the "comics can be valuable!" story and a hint of pop culture relevance. But it also ran on Yahoo! News, which means that it had a comments section open to millions of readers, especially the kind who like to leave comments on Yahoo! News articles.

As you might expect, the results are magical. That's why today, I've gone through all 460 comments (and counting!) to bring you fifteen of the absolute worst!

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Fantagraphics to Reprint Floyd Gottfredson’s Mickey Mouse Comic Strips


Today's "Comics Reprint Revolution" panel at Comic-Con provided some pretty exciting news, as Gary Groth of Fantagraphics Books announced that the publisher will be reprinting a complete collection of Floyd Gottfredson's classic Mickey Mouse strips beginning in May of 2011...

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Classic Comic Ads Take You Back to the Days of Sea Monkeys


The ads sprinkled through comic books have slowly evolved through the years, as comics moved from mainstream entertainment to collector's items, the comic book audience aged, and the internet became the number one repository of obvious scams, semi-obvious scams, and products that weren't scams but also weren't anything that people would buy


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Come Here You Little Fool! And See the Romance Comic Archive


There are times when the everyday world gets too complicated and you need a little escape. Sadly, modern comics rarely provide this escape, with their incomprehensible continuity, angst-ridden heroes, and unhappy endings...

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Cinco de Mayo Luchadore Comics Special: Viva Santo!


Thanks to Dark Horse's wise decision to release "Hellboy in Mexico" on Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of Mexico's victory over the French, I've been spending even more time than usual thinking about luchadores, and it's led me to one unassailable conclusion: El Santo was awesome...

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Stan Lee Officiates Spider-Man and MJ Wedding In Awesome 1987 Footage


As Marvel prepares to officially retcon Spider-Man and Mary Jane's wedding into oblivion with Joe Quesada and Paolo Rivera's upcoming "One Moment In Time" storyline, it's important to remember a time when the nuptials of the costumed wallcrawler and his model paramour was all the talk of the morning show circuit...

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Marvel’s Old School ‘A-Team’ Comic Pities Fools, Hates Planes


This week's release of "Shotgun Wedding" may have been the first of IDW's "A-Team" comics, released to tie in with this summer's big budget Liam Neeson/Rampage Jackson movie, but it's hardly the first time that the crack commando unit starred in comics...

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The Most Bizarre Pieces of Disembodied Spider-Man Merchandise


When it comes to super hero logos, Spider-Man stands above the crowd. Thanks to his luchador-flavored wrestler mask, his face is an icon unto itself. As such, most anything with a near-oval shape provides the Web Slinger with fertile merchandising ground and boy, has it ever been farmed.

The human form finds its way into all kinds of inanimate objects thanks to the human brain's tendency to make with the gestalism, but more often than not, merchandise can afford to sacrifice a few limbs and hone in on a character's face. Assembled from around the Interwebs and the treasure trove of all things Spider-Merch that is Jon K's "Spider-Man Stuff" blog, this list takes a look at some of the Wall-Crawler's most bizarre incarnations through licensed (and potentially unlicensed) merchandise - specifically the kind that appropriates Spidey's facade disembodied style. Continue reading for a look at some of the most bizarre uses of his Spider-head, hands, legs, torso and other body parts through his history as a novelty collectible.

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Filed Under: Category: Humor, Lists, Toys, Vintage

Vintage Batman Dresses and Corsets [Girl Week]


While petticoats and ribbons might not be our personal style, we got a little excited when we stumbled across these Batman dresses and corsets at The Vintage Doctor, particularly given the general lack of comic book-oriented clothing for ladies outside of the occasional logo tee...

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