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What You Might Have Missed In DC’s January 2017 Solicitations

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Every month, comic publishers release their solicitation announcements to provide information to readers and retailers on comics that are coming out in three months’ time, but there’s so much information dropped at once that a lot can slip through the cracks.

This month in DC's January solicitations, we've got some surprising guest stars, some surprising guest artists, and the debut of one of the most ambitious books DC has published in a decade.

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DC Reveals Art And New Details For ‘Kamandi Challenge’ Tribute To Kirby [NYCC 2016]

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A while back DC announced plans to revive Jack Kirby's Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth in January in a form that, to say the least, is a little unique. It's called The Kamandi Challenge, and the idea --- loosely inspired by 1985's DC Challenge and its game of storytelling hot potato --- is that the twelve-issue series will feature a new creative team, randomly paired together from a list of twelve writers and twelve artists for each issue, each picking up the story where the previous team leaves off.

It's an interesting way to mark the 100th anniversary of Kirby's birth in 2017. In advance of New York Comic-Con, DC has revealed a first look at some of the artwork from the series, plus new details of how the creative teams will approach the story.

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Electric Bluegaloo Interlude: Pulp Heroes, Part Two

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Of all the strange transformations Superman has undergone in his 78-year history, none has been quite so derided as the year where his familiar costume and powers were replaced with a blue and white "containment suit" and a tenuous relationship with electricity. But that raises the question, was it really all that bad? Two decades later, we want to find out, so ComicsAlliance is taking a look back at the Electric Blue Era of Superman to find out not just what worked, but if anything worked. This is... Electric Bluegaloo.

This week, we finish the 1997 annuals with more letters about how much readers hate the new costume, a guest appearance in this column from Mike W. Barr, and the shocking return of... Super-Chief?!

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DC Revives Round-Robin Storytelling Series ‘DC Challenge’ Featuring Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth

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In the mid-eighties, DC Comics tried a bizarre experiment known as the DC Challenge, a story told by twelve different creative teams over twelve comics, with the catch being that each issue would end on a cliffhanger that the next team would have to get themselves out of. Announced at Emerald City Comic Con, DC is reviving the series in the form of Kamandi Challenge, thirteen creative teams over twelve issues telling one complete story with the classic Jack Kirby character, Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth.

The original DC Challenge featured the likes of Elliot S! Maggin, Mike W. Barr, Dave Gibbons, Gene Colan and so many more legendary creators. and featured the additional caveat that they could use any DC Comics characters, except ones they were currently working with elsewhere. The series culminated in a jam-packed final issue which was divided among six of the previous creative teams.

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ICYMI: A Classic DC Character Returned To Form In ‘Secret Six’ #12

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Gail Simone’s return to Secret Six in The New 52 has gone by without much notice. As good as it is, there hasn’t been as much of an outpouring of love and support as the previous volumes received. Yet with classic Secret Six characters like Catman and Black Alice mixing it up with New 52 creations such as Strix or Porcelain, it’s still just as good as you remember.

And hiding in plain sight the whole time was one character that readers know only too well from an earlier DC era. In the book's most recent issue, by Simone, Dale Eaglesham, Tom Derenick and Jason Wright, we fnally saw him spring back into the form we know and love.

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Best Abs Ever (This Week): An Appreciation Of Male Comic Book Eye Candy

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In the process of writing my article about muscles vs curves, and how the big dudes of superhero comics typically fail to represent the tastes of most androphile women, I gathered a collection of images and recommended artists from my correspondents that illustrate the sort of art they'd love to see more of -- but which there's sadly very little of compared to all the T&A fan-service targeted at straight men.

I had far too many recommendations to put in the article, so I've compiled the collection (and a few personal favorites) into a very special one-off post. The collection includes pin-ups, fan art, sketches, and some traditional superhero art from artists who aren't afraid to put a little male eye candy in their work!

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Alpha Flight Of Fancy: When Will Canada’s Great Creators Get A Crack At Canada’s Greatest Super-Team?

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Canada is comics’ secret super-power. As far back as 1938, when Toronto-born Joe Shuster created Superman with Cleveland’s Jerry Siegel, Canada has been a vital partner -- a Wild Child to America's Sabtretooth. (Age of Apocalypse version.)

”We have so many great artists and writers to choose from, it’s such an embarrassment of riches,” says Ty Templeton, a writer and artist who has worked for most major publishers and on most big name characters, and who knows just about everyone in the business. When he says Canada's creative community boasts an embarrassment of riches, he knows what he's talking about. So on this beautiful and proud Canada Day, we at Comics Alliance have to ask; why hasn't a Canadian creative team ever taken on Canada's best-known superhero team, Alpha Flight?

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Iron Man’s Origin is a Secret Kieron Gillen & Dale Eaglesham Will Tell in May

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Marvel Comics sent out this teaser image for what's presumably a new storyline in Iron Man, the relaunched Marvel NOW series written by Kieron Gillen and currently drawn by Greg Land. Also illustrated by Land, the teaser suggests there are things Iron Man fans still don't know about Tony Stark's past despite the fact that he's appeared in comics continuously for 50 years, which will doubtlessly cause some consternation amongst the prodigious editors of the "Origin" section of Iron Man's Wikipedia entry...

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Marvel Fan Expo Canada Roundup: ‘Alpha Flight’ Ongoing, ‘Destroyers’ And Brian Wood Coming In 2012

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Marvel Comics let loose a few key announcements at Fan Expo Canada this weekend, including the news that Fred Van Lente and Kyle Hotz were teaming for the five-issue Destroyers series, that Brian Wood would be writing an unspecified project for Marvel in 2012, and that Van Lente, Greg Pak and Dale Eaglesham's Alpha Flight has been upgraded to an ongoing...

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Link Ink: ‘Captain America’ Gets Canada-Themed Variant, A Batman T-Rex and ‘MAD Magazine’ Does Angry Birds

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Conventions: Fan Expo Canada 2011 attendees will be able to get their hands on a new Dale Eaglesham variant cover for Captain America #1 featuring Canada's most prominent Marvel heroes sporting appropriately decorated shields...

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