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Bizarro Back Issues: Batman Dominates ‘The Olympic Games of Space’ Because Of Course He Does (1958)

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A few weeks back, I talked about Superman's ill-fated trip to the Interplanetary Olympics. In that story, the Man of Steel claimed that he could've won if he wanted to, but let's face facts here: When it came down to it, Super

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Bizarro Back Issues: Spider-Man Beats Venom With Beach Nudity (1989)

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When I was a kid, I had a paperback called The Very Best of Spider-Man that I read until the binding wore out. Looking back, I might take a slight issue with that title, but it really was a pretty great selection of stories that had a huge impact on making me a fan of the character: "Whatever Happened to Crusher Hogan" is still a favorite to this day, the heartstring-tugging "The Kid Who Collected Spider-Man," and, probably most importantly, "The Final Chapter" from Amazing Spider-Man #33, which still ranks as the single best comic Marvel ever published.

And then there was the one where Spide

Bizarro Back Issues: The ‘Rainbow Doom’ of Superman (1955)

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DC's Silver Age comics get a bad rap sometimes. A lot of people look back on them as silly artifacts of a time when comic book stories were knocked out over lunch hours by people who thought catering to an audience of children meant that they didn't have to make the effort actually make sense, and while that's certainly the case for a few of them, that really sells things short. Thes

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Bizarro Back Issues: Ghost Rider Fights All of the Avengers, And Wins (1981)

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My favorite thing about the new Avengers movie is how well it took the separate stories and elements of movies like Captain America, Thor and Iron Man and blended them into one big story. It worked so well that I almost wished they would've been able to just go ahead and bring in every Marvel Movie, if only for a few

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Bizarro Back Issues: Robin, Batgirl and the Devil-Worshipping Ghost of Benedict Arnold (1975)

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Batman's villains are unquestionably the greatest bad guys in comics. The best of them are compelling, complex characters in their own right that can work in a variety of stories, and even the second-stringers tend to be, at the very least, visually interesting

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Bizarro Back Issues: Superboy Becomes a Super-Man (With Sex) (1977)

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As much as I tend to enjoy Superboy stories for their sheer kookiness, I've never really been a big fan of the concept. For the most part, they tend to just be standard Superman stories with Metropolis swapped out for Smallville and a slightly different girl with an alliterative name giving him a headache. Occasio

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Bizarro Back Issues: Avengers vs. X-Men… vs. Evil Time Traveling Wizard Magic (1985)

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This week, Marvel kicked off a big ol' fight between the Avengers and the X-Men in the appropriately named Avengers vs. X-Men. But while the current event promises to be their most important conflict ever, it's hardly the first time those two teams have met up with each other. They've been teaming up,

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Joker Commits Moon Crimes in ‘Public Luna-Tic Number One’ (1969)

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Saying that the Joker has done a lot of weird stuff in his time is putting it pretty mildly. From trying to patent poisoned fish to serving as Iranian ambassador to the United Nations, the dude has been up to some pretty strange stuff. But never, in a 70-ye

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Link Ink: Hot Toys’ ‘Arkham City’ Prototype, Comics on iTunes and Superman Sings

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Toys: Hot Toys is teasing prototype pieces for its upcoming 1/6 scale figure based on Batman: Arkham City.

Thought Pieces: Tom Spurgeon and others ponder the future of comic book back-issue sales.

Digital: IDW is currently offering its selection of

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Bizarro Back Issues: Donald Duck and the Tear-Harvesting Christmas Witch (1948)

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Last week, I mentioned that Lost in the Andes, Fantagraphics' amazing new book Donald Duck stories by Carl Barks, had one of the weirdest Christmas stories I've ever read. And for me, that's saying something: Christmas comics are one of the few things I go out of my way to collect regardless of who the creators are and who puts t

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