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Key To The Universe: A Guide To The Heroes Of Gold Key Comics

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Gold Key Comics

Thanks to their respective billion dollar movie franchises, people everywhere are familiar with the superhero universes of Marvel and DC. But the Golden and Silver Ages of comics were boom periods for the superhero genre, with dozens of publishers trying their hands at the hot new genre, including Gold Key Comics.

The heroes of Gold Key never quite gained a permanent foothold in pop culture consciousness, but they've proved surprisingly resilient, and they're about to be reintroduced once again via Dynamite Entertainment's new series The Sovereigns as well as the recently announced new Magnus series. Here's everything you need to know about the history of the Gold Key heroes.

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‘Runaways’ Meets ‘Coraline’ in Cait May and Trevor Bream’s ‘Irregular’ [Webcomic Q&A]

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It's tough being a kid. It's also tough being a kid who's considered "different." It's exceptionally tough being a kid who's being chased by a secret organization because you're considered "different" by virtue of your mythological heritage.

In Cait May and Trevor Bream's Irregular, themes of isolation and alienation bloom big as six children deemed "monsters" run away from adults who more closely fit that description. ComicsAlliance spoke with May and Bream about their webcomic, cryptozoology, and growing into one's power.

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The Russia House Of Ideas: An Interview With Russian Comics Publisher Bubble

Denis Popov / Bubble
Denis Popov / Bubble

You can't talk about Russian comics without discussing Bubble. Since its inception in 2011, this little-engine-that-could has grown into the largest comic book publisher in Russia. Shepherded by CEO/publisher Artem Gabrelyanov and editor-in-chief Roman Kotkov, Bubble has a growing stable of titles, and an influence that is only beginning to reach across the Atlantic.

ComicsAlliance spoke with Gabrelyanov and Kotkov about censorship, propaganda, and Russia/US relations, and we even got around to talking about comics.

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Jerrica And Rio Finally Talk It Out In ‘Jem And The Holograms’ #25 [Preview]

Jen Bartel / IDW Publishing
Jen Bartel / IDW Publishing

It's not all fun in the sun for Jem and the Holograms at the moment, because even though they're enjoying the sandy beaches of Hawaii, there's a dark storm clouds of emotion hovering over everyone, threatening to ruin their fun. It all comes to a head with Kelly Thompson, Gisele Lagace, W. Victoria Robado and Shawn Lee's Jem and the Hologram's #25 as secrets are revealed, but do they offer transparency or treachery?

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Screen & Page: Meet Anime’s Olivia Benson In ‘Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex’

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This weekend the live-action Ghost In The Shell film starring Scarlett Johansson hits theatres. Early reviews haven't been kind, and the audacious whitewashing at the heart of it all irritates me so much that I don't plan to see it. Instead, I decided to dive into the West's favorite chapter in the long-running GiTS franchise: Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex!

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One Exclamation Point Isn’t Enough For Peter Bagge’s ‘Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story’

Drawn & Quarterly
Drawn & Quarterly

Peter Bagge's particular cartooning style is immediately identifiable as his and his alone, signified by big expressive faces, seemingly boneless rubber limbs, hunched question mark-shaped postures, and such gag comic staples to underline emotions as surprise lines, anger-waves and floating hearts.

Despite a long, varied and successful career in comics, he's probably not the first creator anyone would expect to produce a thoroughly researched comic-format biography of American literary giant Zora Neale Hurston.

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Nun Greater: Yamino and Ash Share ‘Sister Claire’ [Webcomic Q&A]

Yamino & Ash
Yamino & Ash

Characters dubbed the "chosen ones" in their stories are always surprised at the moments when their destinies are revealed to them, but arguably no character could be more caught off-guard than Sister Claire, who was abruptly interrupted in the nunnery lavatory when a mermaid rose from the toilet. Not everyone can get a letter from an owl.

ComicsAlliance sat down with creators Yamino and Ash to discuss the zany world of Sister Claire, gay nuns, and kittens inspired by Sailor Moon.

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Ward Returns to ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ in First ‘What If’ Clip

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There’s no April Fools’ about it, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going to be a very different show when Season 4 picks up next Tuesday with “What If … ” See for yourself, as Brett Dalton’s Ward returns in the first official clip, cluing Skye in on a Hydra twist to their new reality.

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The Boys Are Back in Town With Marvel Legends’ New Guardians of the Galaxy Figures [Review]

Photography by Luke Brown, Townsquare Media
Photography by Luke Brown, Townsquare Media

With another new Marvel movie on the horizon, Hasbro has again turned to the cinematic oeuvre to provide the inspiration for its latest Marvel Legends series. Fortunately this year, the options at the cinema are more expansive than another batch of Avengers in various shapes and forms, and we've got a new Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor to look forward to watching. It's the former that inspires the first new action figure wave of 2017, and Hasbro's improved sculpting since the last film makes this collection of galactic heroes something special.

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When Everything Is Pink, Nothing Is Pink: Sarah Stern On Color And Creativity [Interview]

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Sarah Stern is an up-and-coming talent in the world of comics. She primarily provides color art for comics like Goldie Vance and Brave Chef Brianna, but she's also created storyboards for animation, and recently created a webcomic, Cindersong, which she writes, illustrates, and colors herself.

ComicsAlliance had the chance to talk to Stern at Emerald City Comicon, where we nerded out about how the heck colorists create magic on the page, and talked about fantasy worldbuilding and making friends in the comics world.

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