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The Boy of 100 Faces! A Tribute to Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen

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Zee zee zee zee! This day marks the first appearance in 1938's Action Comics #6 of an unnamed office boy who would before long go on to great heights as Superman's pal, Jimmy Olsen. While this office boy would make a handful of appearances in the Golden Age, the name Jimmy Olsen wouldn't be uttered until the advent of the Adventures of Superman radio show in 1940, in which the cub reporter was introduced largely so Superman would have someone to talk to. This version would be integrated into the comics in 1941's Superman #13, but would disappear after a few more appearances.

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Atom-Smasher Attacks in First ‘Flash’ Season 2 Clip

The Flash Season 2 Premiere Clip
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Our long national nightmare will abate this week, as both The Flash and Arrow return to the airwaves with new seasons. We’ve seen a few snippets from Barry Allen’s next big bad, but big is the name of the game in our first full clip from the Season 2 premiere, as “Flash Day” ends up interrupted by DC’s Atom Smasher.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate or Die’ in ‘Horror Stories for Cartoonists’


ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate's getting into a spooky mood for Halloween with a collection of tales sure to send shivers down the spine of anyone working in comics. Enter ye now the ghoulish garret of the freelance cartoonist... if you dare!

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‘Fear The Walking Dead’ S2 Nixes Crossovers, Promises No Retread

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Fear The Walking Dead closed out the last of its inaugural six episodes last night, much like the mothership series unfurled its brief first season, with the promise of an uncertain new direction ahead. The second season will debut as close as 2016, but producer Gale Ann Hurd promises not to cover the same ground as its predecessor, and certainly not the same cast.

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Marvel Pin Packs Return for NYCC and That’s Going to be a Problem


At San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, Marvel unveiled its first ever collectible pins. Given the Disney connection, it was only a matter of time after Marvel was acquired by the Mouse House that it too would offer its own versions of the tradable pins that had been a mainstay for Disney fans for over 15 years. Yes, pins were at Disney well before the year 2000, but the pin trading collective really only got its start during the Millennium Celebration at Disney World. Pin trading had also found its way to other geeky conventions, like PAX, where it's been steadily expanding, but now that comic cons are getting in on the fun, there's almost nowhere you can go to escape.

I promised myself (and ComicsAlliance EiC Andrew Wheeler) that I wouldn't fall prey to pin collecting now that Marvel was in on the action. I bought a few sets at SDCC, but one set was for friends who couldn't make it, and the others I thought I'd pick up for my wife. She's only ever looked at them, as they've become part of my own collection now. I have become the thing I said I never would; I am a pin collector now. I thought maybe I'd only have to deal with my addiction once a year at SDCC, but Marvel's announced a new collection of pins to debut exclusively at New York Comic Con this coming week, and that's going to be a whole new problem for me.

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The Omega Men Get A (Literal) King’s Ransom In ‘Omega Men’ #5 [Preview]


If you haven't been keeping up with Tom King and Barnaby Bagenda's Omega Men, well, you need to get on that because it's easily one of DC's most compelling comics. It's a space opera with a political twist, a story about cultures trying to conquer each other and an insurgency that's trying to resist a far-reaching government and a compelling character piece about manipulation and duty that still has time for wry jokes and fight scenes involving a giant tiger-man named Tigorr. It's got a lot going for it is what I'm saying.

Anyway, the story so far has found the Omega Men kidnapping both Kyle Rayner (after faking his death) and a space princess who turned out to be in on the whole thing, and now, as the series closes in on its forecast halfway point, they're set to ransom her back to her father. The trick is, it might all be a plot to get at the Space Pontifex. If that sounds rad, and it should, check out the pages below!

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Foursquare And ReedPOP Join Forces For A Geek’s Guide to New York Comic-Con


This week marks the arrival of thousands of cosplayers, fans, and gamma ray-fueled heroes in New York City for New York Super Week --- starting today --- and the 10th annual New York Comic Con. The city will undoubtedly be sprawling with enthusiasts of every fandom, but NYCC and Super Week festivities aside, New York is already a treasure trove of geeky gems.

To help guide you through Gotham’s geek-friendly hangouts, the folks at Foursquare and ReedPOP have joined forces to create the Ultimate Geek Guide to New York --- an infographic map that highlights some nerd-tastic, comic-centric hidden gems, stores, bars, restaurants, and museums to visit during the week’s festivities.

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Ranger Station Episode 8: I, Eye Guy

Ranger Station Episode 8: I, Eye Guy

With 800 episodes over the course of 22 years, the Power Rangers television show is arguably the single most successful live-action superhero franchise of all time, and certainly one of the strangest. Adapted from Japan's long-running Super Sentai series, created by manga legend Shotaro Ishinomori, the Power Rangers combined the giant robots and monsters of their Japanese counterpart with a completely different set of secret identities and problems, and became a pop cultural phenomenon. That's why we're looking back with an in-depth guide to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, including its source material, Kyuoryu Sentai Zyuranger, in ComicsAlliance's Ranger Station!

This week, the Power Rangers hit a nerd fair while the Zyurangers fight an actual Dracula, so I think we know who got the best out of the source material this time.

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Shawn Richison and Dino Caruso Assign a New Mission for ‘Fisk: The S.U.B.S.T.I.T.U.T.E.’ [Back Pages]


Teachers are the greatest heroes in the world --- we all know it. From Indiana Jones to the person who taught you geography, teachers are some of the hardest-working, most important people in all of our lives. Writer Dino Caruso, artist Shawn Richison and colorist Dijjo pay tribute to just such a heroic teacher with their latest, Fisk: the S.U.B.S.T.I.T.U.T.E..

An agent of the secretive S.U.B.S.T.I.T.U.T.E. organisation, Fisk's job is to protect schools from supernatural risks like alien attacks, temporal rifts, supervillain plots --- all in the guise of a substitute teacher. It's a fun idea for a series, and one that the team has launched on Kickstarter to help fund a print edition of the story. To find out more about Fisk and the heroic world of substitute teaching, ComicsAlliance spoke to the team.

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