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Chris O’Donnell Still Has His Robin Costume From ‘Batman And Robin’ [Video]

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Team Coco

Once a Robin, always a Robin.

You'd think NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O'Donnell would want to forget his time as the not-really-a-Boy Wonder after the dismal reception his last movie in the role, Batman and Robin received (though we here at ComicsAlliance have a real soft spot for it). Yet O'Donnell still has the costume he wore in the 1997 film, he said in a recent interview on Conan. Hear it from the man himself in the clip below (skip to about 1:24 to get to the Batman talk).

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1966 Batman Valentines Are The Purest Possible Expression Of Romance

1966 Batman Valentines, via Mark Anderson

I think it's been well established over the years here at ComicsAlliance that the purest and most beautiful way to express your love for another person is by saying it with Batman -- and apparently, we're not the only ones who think so. Thanks to the indispensable Mark Anderson, a cartoonist whose Andertoons blog is an endless source of comics ephemera, we can now have a look at a series of bizarre Valentines from the late '60s, inspired by the Batman TV show!

It's not just the Caped Crusader himself, either. It's probably to be expected that you'd get the Boy Wonder involved, but special guest villains like Zelda the Great are in there, too, and if you've ever wanted to see the romantic side of the Penguin, folks, you are in luck. Check out a few of our favorites below!

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The 10 Greatest Batman Stories By Uncredited Creator Bill Finger

Batman by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, DC Comics

This Saturday, February 8, marks the 100th birthday of Bill Finger, one of the true unsung heroes of comic books. In the decades of his comic book career, Finger was one of the most prominent writers of the Golden and Silver Ages, contributing to characters like Superman and Green Lantern, but it's his role as the co-creator of Batman where he made his biggest impact as the man directly responsible for Batman's costume and origin, as well as co-creating characters like Robin, the Joker and Catwoman  -- and he did it without ever receiving credit on the printed page.

So to honor the occasion, we'd suggest that you take a little time this weekend to sit down and read through some of Finger's stories to see just how much he shaped one of the greatest characters of all time. And to help with that, I've rounded up ten of my favorites from his work on the Dark Knight. These are Bill Finger's Best Batman Stories.

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Ask Chris #179: The Jimmy Olsen – Robin War!

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Why is it that Robin has endured as Batman's teen sidekick, but Jimmy Olsen hasn't as Superman's? -- @doubting_tom

A: I don't know why, but for some reason, I got a lot of questions this week about sidekicks in general and Robin in particular, but this one stuck out for a pretty obvious reason, which is that I really, really like to talk about Jimmy Olsen. It's weird, though, Tom, because you're absolutely right: As much as I might love the guy, he's often ignored in and minimized in superhero stories, something that doesn't happen a lot to someone who was once a fixture of the cast who was popular enough to hold down a solo title for 150 issues. Meanwhile, we're up to our pointy bat ears in Robins, ex-Robins, dead Robins, potential Robins and Future Robins. It seems a little imbalanced.

But at the same time, there's definitely a logic to it, and there are a lot of reasons that those two characters have ended up how they did. It has to do with when they showed up, the role they fill in the story, how they've changed over the years, and the idea that maybe Jimmy Olsen isn't really a sidekick at all.

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Watch ‘Teen Titans Go!’ Producer Aaron Horvath Draw Robin In A Flash [Video]

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Warner Bros. Animation

Over the past few months, Warner Bros. Animation has been taking to Instagram to give fans a speedy look at the skills of the folks working behind the scenes on Cartoon Network shows like MAD. Today, CA's been given a first-look at WBA's latest "WBA Quick Draw" video that sees Teen Titans Go! Producer Aaron Horvath jam on a fun Robin sketch based on the character design by Dan Hipp. The timelapse-y nature of the clip makes it easy to observe one of our favorite talents in animation at his drawing board (or, in this case, Cintiq). See Horvath in action after the cut.

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Watch Three Guys Dressed as Spider-Man, Batman and Robin Fight MMA Style, Because Why Not?

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So this is just weird. A video has popped up online of an MMA style fight -- in a ring and in front of an audience, with announcers and everything -- between three guys dressed as Spider-Man, Batman and Robin. I have no idea who they are or where this takes place. All I can tell you for certain is that, for whatever reason, it was a two on one fight, with the Dynamic Duo taking on Spidey, but Spider-Man still manages to beat the hell out of both of them. Seriously, it's just weird.

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‘Teen Titans Go!’ Pop! Vinyl Figures Coming From Funko In February

Funko Pop Vinyl Teen Titans Go

Funko's just about ready to take fans of Cartoon Networks' DC Nation series Teen Titans Go! on a guided tour of Jump City with new Pop! Vinyl figures of Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven, Robin and Starfire due out in February.

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Figures Toy Company Reveals Its Mego-Style ‘Batman ’66′ Line

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Figures Toy Company

The Mego-meisters at Figures Toy Company have been making 8" action figure waves with their faithful recreations of vintage Batman toys, but this week's image rollout hits like cartoonish onomatopoeia reading "Rad!" A new line consisting of Batman, Robin, Riddler and Joker figures is set to arrive in April, sporting all of FTC's Mego-like style and some very modern touches -- and that's a good thing. After all, these Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin and Cesar Romero likeness seem a bit more accurate than what Mego might've manufactured four decades ago.

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Link Ink: The ‘DC Universe Online’ Holiday Event, Iron Man’s Sailor Moon Henshin And The ‘Adventure Time’ Happy Meal

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DC Universe Online

Welcome to Wednesday's Link Ink. Click through for your midweek fix.

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Funko To Vinyl-ize The Uglydoll x DC Comics Collaboration With New Figures In 2014

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Funko/DC Comics/Uglydoll

If you thought the Uglydoll x DC Comics collaboration was going to stop at plush versions of Babo as Superman and Ice-Bat as Batman, prepare for plastic. Funko will be bringing vinyl versions of Uglydoll characters decked out in DC superhero costumes into the fold in 2014. First up? Ice-Bat as Batman, Babo as Superman and Wedgehead as Robin.

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