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Bizarro Back Issues: The Saga Of Atlas And His Incredibly Realistic Super-Powers! (1964)

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After roughly four million installments of this column, it's probably pretty clear that I have a deep and abiding love the stranger side of old comics. That's one of the reasons that we're living in the best possible time to read comics, in an era when there are folks out there with a focus on digital preservation and archiving, which has given rise to an entire cottage industry of books like I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planets, The League of Regrettable Superheroes, and Boody that put the focus on to the forgotten heroes of eras past. The latest entry into that shelf full of bizarre anthologies is Super Weird Heroes, an anthology curated by Craig Yoe, and folks, it kicks off with a doozy.

See, the book opens up with one of many heroes who took the name "Atlas." What sets this guy apart, though, is that unlike all these other Silver Age long-underwear characters all of his super-powers are real! For... certain values of real.

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Rogues’ Gallery: The Thunderbolts Top Ten Members

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A hero is defined by their villains, and the world of superhero comic books is filled with some of the scariest and silliest bad guys around. Rogues’ Gallery aims to settle the score and determine who is the true arch-nemesis for some of favorite superheroes, and we need your help to do it! But this week, we’re doing something a little different.

You voted to determine the best member of the mostly-villainous team the Thunderbolts, and we’ve tabulated the results and assembled a video counting down the definitive top 10. Did your favorite make this list? There’s only one way to find out!

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The Replacements: Hank Pym And The Legacy Of Ant-Man, Giant-Man And Yellowjacket

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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 role 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.

Hank Pym has been many things throughout his career, and he's a man of many names. He started out as Ant-Man, and shortly after joining The Avengers he became Giant-Man. He created the Yellowjacket personality after being expelled from the group, he went by his own name as Dr. Pym for a while, and he briefly adopted the codename The Wasp in honor of his fallen ex-wife, original Wasp Janet Van Dyne. This week we look at the proteges, successors, and even villains that have walked in the footsteps of Hank Pym.

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Jeff Parker: The ‘Atlas’ Exit Interview

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Four years ago this month, "Agents of Atlas" #1 hit comic shop shelves from Marvel Comics, and last week, after five series, 29 issues, two spin-off miniseries, and guest appearances in everything from "Thunderbolts" to "Marvel Adventures Avengers," the series came to an end with "Atlas" #5...

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Jeff Parker and Ken Hale on ‘Gorilla Man’ and the End of ‘Atlas’ [Interview and Exclusive Preview]

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This week, Marvel's Agents of "Atlas" get a spin-off as Gorilla Man takes center stage courtesy of "Atlas" co-creator Jeff Parker and Giancarlo Caracuzzo. Considering that the character hasn't had a solo story in about 54 years, this is a pretty momentous occasion, which is why today, I not only sat down with Parker for an interview, but managed to wrangle an exclusive with the Gorilla Man himself, Ken Hale...

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Jeff Parker Talks ‘Atlas,’ The Mad Men of Marvel [Interview]

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This week, Marvel's Agents of Atlas get a new start with "Atlas" #1, by Jeff Parker and Gabriel Hardman! If you're already a fan, then you probably know why we're so excited to have one of our favorite team books back on the stands, and if you're not...

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