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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About Death In Comics

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Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

Halloween is known as the season when the veil between the living and the dead is thin enough to pass through, and nowhere is the barrier between life and death thinner than in superhero comics, where resurrection is just a fit of nostalgia away. Find out some useful statistics on death in comics, such as the first superhero to die, the first to be resurrected, and which character hasn't died as many times as you think, as well as several other equally interesting facts.

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FunkyWatch: December’s Most Depressing ‘Funky Winkerbean’ And ‘Crankshaft’ Strips

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Over the past 40 years, Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean has transitioned from a gag-a-day comic strip about a high school to an ongoing chronicle of pure, abject misery. Thanks to the commentary on Josh Fruhlinger’s Comics Curmudgeon, I am now completely obsessed with it, which is why I spend a little time every month rounding up its finest examples of crushing despair.

The end of the year is always a time for reflection, and for me, that came today when I logged into Comics Kingdom and reupped for another year of the service that sends me each day's Funky Winkerbean and Crankshaft strip first thing in the morning, thus ensuring that I start off each day by experiencing the worst of the human condition. So as we dive into this month's strips and all the reminders that death is the only respite from the horrors of life, keep in mind that I have once again done this to myself.

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FunkyWatch: February’s Most Depressing ‘Funky Winkerbean’ And ‘Crankshaft’ Strips

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Over the past 40 years, Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean has transitioned from a gag-a-day comic strip about a high school to an ongoing chronicle of pure, abject misery. Thanks to the ongoing commentary on Josh Fruhlinger’s Comics Curmudgeon, I am now completely obsessed with it, which is why I spend a little time every month rounding up its finest examples of crushing despair.

You might think that February might not lend itself all that well to the Funkyverse's usual brand of complete and utter soul-crushing despair. I mean at the very least, there's Valentine's Day, and we should at least get a few strips about lovey-dovey romance and happiness, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. February may be the shortest month, but that just means that Batiuk and Ayers have to work even harder to cram every ounce of existential dread into their comics -- and just in case you think I'm exaggerating, consider that DEATH ITSELF MADE AN APPEARANCE last month, and that's not even the weirdest part.

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FunkyWatch: December’s Most Depressing ‘Funky Winkerbean’ And ‘Crankshaft’ Strips

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Over the past 40 years, Tom Batiuk’s Funky Winkerbean has transitioned from a gag-a-day comic strip about a high school to an ongoing chronicle of pure, abject misery. Thanks to the ongoing commentary on Josh Fruhlinger’s Comics Curmudgeon, I am now completely obsessed with it, which is why I spend a little time every month rounding up its finest examples of crushing despair.

One of my Christmas gift this year came from devoted FunkyWatch reader and radio DJ Evan "Funk" Davies, who gave me a year-long membership to King Features' Comics Kingdom website. Not only does this give me access to an archive of high-res Funky and Crankshaft strips, but it also means that I can have those strips emailed to me so that they're the very first thing I see when I wake up every single day for the entirety of 2014. Maybe "gift" is not the right word, but "Christmas horrifying curse" doesn't really sound right. Either way Batiuk and Chuck Ayers closed out this past year with all the uplifting joy you'd expect from a month marked by bitter cold and seasonal depression. Let's get to it!

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Deadpool Annoys Cable And Takes Out Foes In New Video Game Stills, Concept Art

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Weaker first-person shooter video games can confine players to unremarkable corridors and tight environments in the name of economy, but judging from new location concept art and stills, it seems that High Moon Studios is building on the kind of sprawling maps seen in their Transformers games to deliver a suitably massive Marvel Universe for Deadpool to saunter about (and kill enemies) in...

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‘Deadpool’ Videogame To Include Cable And More Rob Liefeld Creations

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Rob Liefeld fans have even more reason to be excited about the upcoming Deadpool video game than they may have initially thought, with the revelation that another of the creator's signature Marvel characters will be showing up to co-star in the game...

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DC Collectibles Solicitations For January 2013

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A new year means new action figures, busts and statues from DC Collectibles, although official solicitation listings indicate the company will kick off 2013 with a relatively conservative amount of merchandise...

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Death-Tastic Ankh Jewelry For An Endless Night [Fashion]

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Ankh jewelry will always remind me of Death, the inescapably cute (and just plain inescapable) and always fashionable older sister of Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. Jamie Carr -- designer of Neighborhood Story and creator of a number of comics-inspired items like this Ramona Flowers hair clip -- put together this lovely set of accessories, updating Death's large silver ankh pendant into modern brass gems that could be easily coordinated with Summer-to-Fall looks (even if your wardrobe strays from all-black ensembles)...

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Best Buy ‘Darksiders II: Angel of Death’ Pre-Orders to Come With Bonus Comic From Dark Horse

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THQ and Vigil Game's Darksiders series is known for creator Joe Madureira's bright and bulky figures and an overall aesthetic that pulls straight from the longtime comic book artist's illustration work...

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Catwoman, Death and the Riddler Swing Into the ’60s with Gene Gonzales [Art]

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A great cartoonist and illustrator whom we've featured before, Gene Gonzales has been kicking out the jams lately with some inspired 1960s-inspired redesigns of Catwoman, Death and the Riddler. Gonzales couldn't have picked a better time to publish these stylish images, what with Matthew Weiner's Mad Men finally returning to AMC just the other night...

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