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Link Ink: Tons Of ‘Captain America 2′ Images, Valiant RPGs And Hello Kitty Home Safety

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Get through the middle of the week with Wednesday's links.

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Ask Chris #186: The Strange Rise Of The X-Men

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Q: Why do you think the X-Men didn't find their audience until two decades after they were created? -- @godofthunder851

A: I've got a minor quibble with your timing in this question -- it was more like 12 or 15 years, really -- but you've got an interesting point there. I think most comics readers are well aware of that piece of trivia about how the X-Men were about to get the axe before Giant Size X-Men #1 breathed new life into the franchise and set them on the path of becoming what was probably the single most popular and influential franchise of the '80s and '90s, and that's not really how things usually work. In comics, you tend to either come out of the gate to massive, enduring popularity (like Batman or Spider-Man), come out strong and then fade away for whatever reason (like, sadly, Shazam!), or just sort of flounder in the midcard. It's rare that something sticks around on the edge of being canceled for a solid decade before it finds its footing, and nobody bounced back harder than Marvel's Merry Mutants.

But really, what you're asking here is two separate questions: Why didn't the X-Men take off in 1963, and why did they in 1975? So let's look at the history and see if we can't figure it out.

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Ask Chris #184: A Brief History Of The Metal Men

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Let's say I know nothing about the Metal Men except some of their names. Should I care about those guys? -- @_lexifab

A: On the off chance that you're wondering why this is the week that people are asking about a relatively obscure team of disposable superhero robots now, I'm going to go ahead and guess that it has something to do with their return in the pages of the brand-new Justice League #28. That's a book that I approached with a whole lot of cautious optimism, because I've been a fan of those characters ever since I was a kid. One of the very first comics I ever read was that John Byrne issue where Chemo absorbed Superman and became a giant lime green Superman that shot toxic waste out of his eyes and straight up killed one of the heroes. When you see that at five years old, that's the imagery that's going to stick with you.

So yeah, I'd say you should definitely care about the Metal Men, even beyond just my childhood affection for 'em. Not only are they one of the most perfect concepts in superhero comics, but they're also one of the most interesting, on the page and behind the scenes.

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Link Ink: Victoria’s Secret Evangelion Suit, ‘Avengers EMH’ Concludes And The Wobbly Dead

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Fashion: Victoria's Secret must not-so-secretly love Neon Genesis Evangelion as evidenced by model Jordan Dunn's outfit from last week's VC fashion show in New York City, which clearly pays homage to Rei Ayanami's plugsuit.

Movies: Mark Millar re

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Helen McCarthy Delivers A Comprehensive Crash Course In Manga History

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If you're a regular ComicsAlliance reader, chances are you know a thing or two about manga, but what if you're an advisor to the president some day and you have to catch them up on Japanese comics in eight minutes in order to, I don't know, stop a volcano from erupting? Well good news! Manga expert and co-author of the stellar The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga Helen McCarthy has done the work for you as part of a history

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‘Comic Book Comics’ #6 Recalls the Rise of Digital Comics and Piracy [Exclusive Preview]

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On Monday ComicsAlliance previewed five pages from Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey's sixth and final issue of Comic Book Comics, a series distilling the most pivotal moments in sequential art history in a humorous and easy-to-digest context. In today's second exclusive preview from Comic Book Comics #6: Comics of the Future, which arrives in print and in digit

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‘Comic Book Comics #6′ Tells the Story of Comics in Comics [Exclusive Preview]

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Action Philosophers all-stars Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey have spent the better part of the past few years chronicling a concise history of the comic book industry in their appropriately titled series Comic Book Comics. Much the same way Scott McCloud has used

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LBFA Presents: The History of Aquaman Explained [Comic]

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In today's original comic, writer Curt Franklin and artist Chris Haley of the inimitable superhero webcomic "Let's Be Friends Again" sit down to do their best Wikipedia impression and explain the convoluted history of a notable comics character in a segment we call Comics, Everybody! Today's test subject: Aquaman.

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How Deadpool Became the Most Exposed Character in Comics, and Why We’re Totally Fine With It

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It's hard to remember that there was a time when even Wolverine was nothing more than just another inscrutable loose cannon known for killing, but that's exactly what he was before he gained his notoriety

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Best Webcomic Collection of 2009: Never Learn Anything From History

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The Best of 2009 continues, with our favorite webcomic print collection of the year: "Never Learn Anything from History," by Kate Beaton.

Until you have found yourself standing among a mass of people jamming up a pedestrian artery eight feet wide, with women clutching sketchbooks and talking excitedly about whether they're going to

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