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Teen Titans, GO!: The Best Teen Titans Cosplay

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Somebody’s got to pick up the mantle when, heaven forbid, the big names aren’t around anymore. That’s why the Teen Titans exist. Together, the team represents growth, learning and taking over where the Justice League leads off --- but in many ways, these heroes have surpassed the Justice League. These teenage heroes, learning to work together as a team and come into their own, provide an inspiration that is all their own.

From the Titan’s Tower to the convention floor and everywhere in between, we’ve assembled these amazing cosplays all in one place. These are the best Teen Titans cosplays.

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On The Cheap: Grab Jeff Lemire’s ‘Superboy’ And ‘Animal Man’ In Comixology Sale

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Jeff Lemire is a writer who can balance working on sensitive and thought provoking creator owned work such as Trillium and Descender with working on some of the biggest franchises in mainstream superhero comics. While at Marvel Comics he currently writes Extraordinary X-Men and Moon Knight, he had a lengthy stint at DC Comics recently, and Comixology has assembled those runs into a neat little sale.

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Ask Chris #301: Comet The Super-Horse Is None Of Those Things

Ask Chris #301, background art by Eric Jones

Q: I need a Comet the Super-Horse primer. What's his deal, Chris? -- @MagiknKitty5evr

A: All right, you might want to buckle up for this one, because Comet the Super-Horse is way more complicated than you might expect, even by the standards of the Silver Age. He has a history that literally covers thousands of years in both directions, and provided what are unquestionably some of the most inexplicable and occasionally uncomfortable moments in the 78-year history of DC Comics.

So here's where we start: His name's not actually Comet, he's not actually a horse, and if we're being honest with each other, he's only some definitions of "super."

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Last Sons of Krypton: The Best Superman and Superboy Cosplay

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Superman and Superboy represent a lot of things to a lot of people. There is, of course, truth, justice and the American way, but it goes beyond clichés. Kal-El and his youthful counterparts are enduring inspirations.

Superman has power that in theory places him above everyone else, but it's his focus on the fates of others that draws fans to cosplay as Superman and Superboy. We’ve gathered a collection of images of fantastic fans that do the majestic red and blue proud. In every form and in every fashion, these cosplayers bring the Kryptonian heroes to life in every photoshoot and convention appearance. These are the best Superman and Superboy cosplays.

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Bizarro Back Issues: Superboy And The Alien Death Wish! (1980)

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We've seen an awful lot of reboots over the past few years, and when it comes to giving a long-running character a new #1, there are a lot of choices you can make. The obvious one, of course, is to give readers a back-to-basics approach that makes things a little more accessible and lets new fans get in on the ground floor. Or, if you're aiming for the hardcore fans, you could pick something from past continuity and bring it back, casting it in a new light to reward and intrigue long-time readers.

Or, if you're Cary Bates and Kurt Schaffenberger kicking off The New Adventures of Superboy in 1980, you decide to open your first issue with some complete and total weirdness that references the obscurest pieces of old continuity and ends up with a story about an extra birthday candle, an eight year-old with a big decision to make, and a couple of aliens who long only for the sweet, sweet embrace of death.

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Bizarro Back Issues: And Then There Was The Time Krypto Got Super-Rabies (1959)

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It might be easier to visualize those stiff poses and flat coloring that make up the art, but it's that sweet, sweet dialogue that really serves as the hallmark of the Silver Age. It's all bold proclamations about whatever's happening right this very second --- often with sentences that would take way longer to say out loud than the event they're meant to be describing --- capped off by as many exclamation points as you can get away with in a single word balloon. But for all of its memorable quirks the dialogue of the era makes for some pretty fun reading.

Like, for instance, in 1959's "The Colossal Super-Dog," in which every single line in the story is the best line in the story.

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The Case For Queer Superboy [Pride Week]

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A great many LGBTQ people realize that they’re queer at a young age. Maybe it’s through childhood crushes on fictional characters or an intrinsic knowing that they’re not the gender they’ve been assigned. Many who discover their identities later in life wish they had the language and representation to understand themselves at an earlier age.

Media needs more representation of young LGBTQ kids — Lumberjanes and Steven Universe and Boy in Pink Earmuffs can’t carry that burden alone. That’s why I argue that Jonathan Samuel Kent, current Superboy and ten-year-old child to Lois Lane and Clark Kent, should be queer.

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Bizarro Back Issues: The War Between Superman And Superboy! (1963)

Adventure Comics #304

If you're anything like me you're probably a little mystified by the current state of the Superman books. As fun as those stories might be, trying to figure out how the younger Superman of the New 52 era has been replaced by his older counterpart from the previous version of DC Universe --- you know, the one who had a mullet, was made of blue electricity for a year, and once got beat to death by a bone monster --- is pretty confusing even for someone like me, let alone the more casual fans who might be drawn in by the idea of Superman punching out Rorschach or whatever else is coming down the pipe.

But that said, and comics being comics, it's not exactly something without precedent. Back in the '60s, there was a story where an older Superman showed up to meet his younger counterpart, and then immediately tried to murder him with trickery and poison. And I think it's safe to say that he didn't really think that one through too well.

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The Replacements: Clark Kent And The Legacy Of Superman

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Since the dawn of the Silver Age, legacy characters have been a staple of superhero fiction, and having a new character step into a well loved roll can open up new opportunities for writers and artists to tell different kinds of stories. In The Replacements, we'll look back at the notable and not-so-notable heroes and villains to assume some of the most iconic mantles in the superhero genre.

Today we’re looking at the brave souls who heard the call and in one way or another attempted to fill Superman’s boots. Some — much like Superman himself — are lost souls from dying worlds, some are two-bit thugs and at least two of them are pretty much The Terminator.

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Super-Pranks Of Super-Dog! (1959)

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I've been writing about weird old comics on the Internet for over ten years now, and in most cases, those stories stick out because they're built around a weird premise, or because some kind of big, strange event happens in the middle of it that comes out of nowhere. But today, I read "The Super-Pranks of Krypto," and that story's a little different.

I mean, yes, as the title indicates, it's a comic about a dog from space pulling pranks on his owner, who is also from space, but really, by the standards of the Silver Age, that's not all that strange. No, this one's weird because every single choice in every single panel that was made by the creators is the weirdest, most inexplicable choice that they could've possibly made.

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