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Speed Dating in the Marvel Universe [Original Art]

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It's a sad fact of a super-hero's life that saving the world doesn't leave a whole lot of time for a social life. Time and time again, relationships have been ruined when super-heroes have chosen "fight then team up" over "dinner and a movie," and actually starting a relationship is even worse

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10 Years of Joe Quesada at Marvel: A Timeline

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This week marks Joe Quesada's tenth anniversary as Editor-in-Chief (and now Chief Creative Officer) at Marvel Comics and there is most definitely cause for celebration. It's been a pretty great decade for Marvel if you reflect upon the assortment of engaging stories, creative risks and majo

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Marvel Hires ‘xXx’ Screenwriter for ‘Iron Fist’ Film

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Deadline reported Wednesday that Marvel Studios has hired a screenwriter to begin work on a film based on the Marvel Comics superhero Iron Fist. Rich Wilkes, best known for creating the "xXx" movie franchise, will draft the story of Dani

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The 10 Most Amazing Exercises From ‘The Mighty Marvel Strength And Fitness Book’

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In the 22 years that I've been reading comics, I've built up a collection with some pretty weird stuff in it: A pristine copy of "Godzilla vs. Barkley" (in which Godzilla rises from the ocean to do battle on the court with a 300 foot-tall Sir Charles), a copy of "Rock Reflections of a Super-Hero," even the two comics about Prince that Dwayne McDuffie wrote back in the early '90s. But of all the weird ephemera I've got laying around, this is one of my favorite pieces:
The Mighty Marvel Strength and Fitness Book!

Released in 1976 by writer Ann Picardo and artist Joe Giella, the "Strength and Fitness Book" was an attempt to whip the ever-widening youth of America into shape by illustrating simple exercises as performed by everyone's favorite Marvel heroes. The end result wasn't just an exercise manual, and it's every bit as strange as you'd expect from something called the "Mighty Marvel Strength and Fitness Book," which is why I've gathered up my ten favorite pages!

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The ABCs of Mediocre Marvel Villainy [Art]

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"There are no bad characters, only bad creators" is a saying that's been making the rounds for decades in the superhero comics business. I suspect it's often not true, but whoever said that must have been prognosticating the excellent work of Kyle Starks, who demonstra

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‘The Handi-Cats’: A Marvel Comics Homage about Disabled Superhero Cats Fighting the Oil Spill [WTF]

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As someone who runs a comic book website, I get a lot of press releases, and I consider myself pretty battle-hardened to the incredibly bizarre things that come out of the world of comics on a daily basis. But

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Does the Potential ‘Green Lantern’ Trilogy Spell the End of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool?

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Who would win in a fight, Wade Wilson or Hal Jordan? Although we may never see the two battle it out mano a mano, it seems that two Hollywood film studios could be going to war over the presence of Ryan Reynolds

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Forget a Hulk Movie: Make a She-Hulk TV Series

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In the past decade, we've seen that comic book movies, even relatively obscure comic book movies, have the ability to transcend their genre and be very impressive films, while making boatloads of sweet, sweet money for their creators. Still, not all comic book characters auto

ComicsAlliance vs. Marvel’s Greatest Vampires

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Whether they're bloodsucking fiends or sparkly prettyboys, everybody loves vampires, and that's a fact that Marvel seems fully aware of given their plans to pit the creatures of the night against their band of merry mu

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PokeMarvels: 11 Pokemon/Marvel Comics Mashups

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A close reading of Marvel's recent "Siege" event revealed a very unique structure underlying the story: the whole thing read a lot like a giant Pokémon battle between superheroes and supervillains with Asgard as the arena. Just imagine Thor and the Sentry stored inside Pokéballs, waiting in Captain America and Norman Osborn's potion-lined pockets and the whole thing totally just works. That, combined with the recent announcement that "Pokémon: Black" and "Pokémon: White" are poised to hit retail in spring of 2011 ensures both properties are weighing heavily on our hearts, minds and souls.

This realization led assistant editor/Photoshopper Caleb Goellner and I to a most interesting question: What if the Marvel Universe merged with the Pokémon Universe? Keep reading for our picks of 12 PokéMarvel Mashups!

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