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32 Years Ago: The Mega-Event Was Born In ‘Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars’ #1

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Superhero comics had crossed over many times before 1984, with various crises on various earths and plenty of Marvel characters invading other characters' titles, but the comic that set the template for the event series as we know it today is undoubtedly Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars, the first issue of which was released on this week in 1984 (cover dated May).

The brainchild of Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Jim Shooter, the series spanned 12 issues and threw nearly every Marvel Comics character into the mix. It even started the trend of more than one artist taking on penciling duties, as Mike Zeck and Bob Layton traded off every few issues.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Bow Down To Bouncing Boy (1968)

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Ever since I wrote that Ask Chris a few weeks back about how I'd rebuild the Legion of Super-Heoroes, I've been seized with the desire to go back and re-read some of the classic Legion stories from the Silver Age, but when I sat down to do just that, I was really surprised. Not because the stories are weird, mind you -- I knew they were pretty bonkers from the first time I read them, and they certainly haven't gotten any less weird since -- but because they threw the light on one of the most grievous oversights of my writing career. See, as happy as I was with the lineup I came up with for that column, I left out the character who is unquestionably the most powerful member, the actual, official "King of the Legion." I speak, of course, of Bouncing Boy.

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War Rocket Ajax #146: Sean Howe And ‘Marvel Comics: The Untold Story’

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This week on War Rocket Ajax, we welcome Sean Howe to the show to talk about his amazing history of the people and the company behind some of our favorite characters, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story...

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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 minutes...

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Link Ink: ‘Comics Express’ Aims to Help Entertain Joplin Youth, Ancient Fraggles Return, Drink ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ Wine

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Goodness: Comics Express, a free 24-page comic to be distributed to kids and teens affected by the Joplin, Mo. tornado disaster that features talent from across the industry needs a little help reaching its fundraising goal...

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Link Ink: HBO Loves Neil Gaiman’s ‘American Gods’, Buzz and Woody Get Real and Merry Marching in Mint Condition

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TV: Fans will have to wait until at least 2013 to find out for sure, but HBO's plans for adapting Neil Gaiman's American Gods sound pretty legit -- like a $3-4 million budget per episode under Tom Hanks, legit...

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Dark Horse President Mike Richardson Discusses the Layoffs and the Future

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After the news last week that Dark Horse had laid off seven employees -- and the subsequent criticism by a former employee about several significant comics projects and delays in releasing rolling out their digital comics program -- Dark Horse's founder and president Mike Richardson spoke with ComicsAlliance about his perspective on the layoffs and the digital strategy, and his vision for the company moving forward...

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The Exit Interview: When Disgruntled Creators Speak Their Mind

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If you're a disgruntled creator, the internet in 2010 has several outlets for you to vent your displeasure. Facebook has a personal and private feel, despite being open to several hundred thousand of your closest friends...

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Preview: Dark Horse Comics’ Free Comic Book Day

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It's only a few more months until one of comic fans' favorite days of the year - Free Comic Book Day.

In preparation for the gratis comic giveaway Dark Horse Comics has provide ComicsAlliance with a look at its gold offering, the dual-purpose "Doctor Solar: The Man of the Atom/Magnus: Robot Fighter," which kicks off two reimagined titles to be launched later this summer...

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