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Reading List: The Ten Essential Batman Stories

Batman: Year One, DC Comics
Batman: Year One, DC Comics

So you've decided to read about Batman! I would definitely applaud this decision, as I have spent the majority of the past thirty years doing exactly that, but I also know that it can be pretty daunting to figure out where to get started. There have, after all, been thousands of Batman stories published since he first debuted from Bill Finger and Bob Kane in 1939, and despite a few missteps along the way, he probably has more classic and definitive stories in print than any other superhero.

But don't worry, ComicsAlliance is here to help with a list of ten essential Batman stories. Read these, and you'll (hopefully) come away with a solid foundation for understanding the Dark Knight and how he works.

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Here He Comes To Save The Day: Dynamite Unveils New ‘Mighty Mouse’ By Sholly Fisch And Igor Lima

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Mighty Mouse was famously created by Paul Terry in 1942 as a combination of two of the most popular characters in the world, Superman and Mickey Mouse. Now the Mouse is back in a new series from Dynamite, written by Sholly Fisch with art by Igor Lima. The first issue, out in June, features variant covers by legendary artist Neal Adams and painter/legendary fan of old stuff Alex Ross.

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NECA’s Muhammad Ali vs Superman Captures the Greatest Fight of All Time Perfectly [Review]

Photography by Luke Brown, Townsquare Media
Photography by Luke Brown, Townsquare Media

He's young. He's handsome. He's fast. And he can't possibly be beat. Such was the opponent Superman had to face to save humanity in the classic 1978 DC Comic that pit the "Last Son of Krypton" against the original "People's Champ," aka "The Louisville Lip," aka "The Greatest," aka Muhammad Ali. Now on the verge of the 40th anniversary of the one-shot comic Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, NECA has chosen to honor one of history's greatest boxing bouts with a deluxe action figure set that captures Neal Adams' style of the icons about as perfectly as possible.

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ICYMI: The San Diego Convention Center Has Survived The Great Disaster

Kamandi Challenge #2, DC Comics
Kamandi Challenge #2, DC Comics

I've always wondered what it would be like to, say, play a Fallout game that takes place in a city where you live. I imagine it would be pretty weird to see the local landmarks of the place you grew up rendered with the age and ruin of the Great Disaster upon them, but until someone decides to set their apocalyptic fantasy in rural South Carolina, I don't think I'll ever know. I mean, if nothing else, I'm not sure you'd be able to tell.

But this week, I did have something close to that experience while reading Kamandi Challenge #2, because Peter J. Tomasi and Neal Adams have presented me with the post-apocalyptic version of a building that I'm very familiar with. So in case you missed it, the San Diego Convention Center, the home of Comic-Con International, has canonically survived the Great Disaster and emerged into a post-apocalyptic wasteland that's only slightly less hellish than the one it turns into every July here in our time.

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DC Collectibles Unloads Justice League, Super Sons, DC Bombshells and More for Toy Fair 2017

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DC Collectibles

Good gravy does DC Collectibles have a lot of new products its unveiling at Toy Fair 2017. Typically though the company waits until the event actually starts to unleash the flood gates, but hey, everyone else is spoiling collectors with an early look, so why not jump in on the fun now?

Ahead of this weekend's event, DC Collectibles has dropped a bombshell of new images for statues and figures from the DC Icons line, the DC Bombshells line, the upcoming Justice League film, and a whole lot more. Want to see what's in store? What are you waiting for then; jump on in and feast your eyes.

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Making History All His Own: Celebrating the Great Roy Thomas!

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Dedicated fan, influential creator, esteemed editor, respected historian; the legendary Roy Thomas, born November 22, 1940, has assembled one of the comics medium's most diverse and wide-ranging resumes over the course of his six-decade-plus career. From helping to establish the groundwork for organized comic fandom in the early '60s, to his much-loved stints writing many of Marvel and DC's best-beloved characters, to his modern-day work as editor and author of numerous reference works, he's long been one of the most knowledgeable and passionate voices in the industry.

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DC Reveals Art And New Details For ‘Kamandi Challenge’ Tribute To Kirby [NYCC 2016]

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A while back DC announced plans to revive Jack Kirby's Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth in January in a form that, to say the least, is a little unique. It's called The Kamandi Challenge, and the idea --- loosely inspired by 1985's DC Challenge and its game of storytelling hot potato --- is that the twelve-issue series will feature a new creative team, randomly paired together from a list of twelve writers and twelve artists for each issue, each picking up the story where the previous team leaves off.

It's an interesting way to mark the 100th anniversary of Kirby's birth in 2017. In advance of New York Comic-Con, DC has revealed a first look at some of the artwork from the series, plus new details of how the creative teams will approach the story.

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Journey To The Island Of Scars In Percy & Schmidt’s ‘Green Arrow’ #8 [Preview]

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Benjamin Percy's work on the newest volume of Green Arrow, along with artists Otto Schmidt, Juan Ferreyra and Stephen Byrne, has revitalized the character into one of the most exciting heroes in the DC Universe and made his eponymous title one of the standout comics from DC's Rebirth initiative.

Next month, Oliver Queen journeys back to the island where he first became Green Arrow, and he's bringing Black Canary with him. Ahead of the release of Green Arrow #8, DC Comics has provided a first look at the pages, as well as a variant cover by comics legend Neal Adams.

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Ennis And Braun Take Six-Pack And Dogwelder On The Road As ‘Hard Travelling Heroz’

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When Garth Ennis and John McCrea's Hitman concluded in 2001, it ended in such a way that it seemed like that would be the last we saw of the titles eclectic cast of characters. That's why it was so surprising when DC revived some of the more out-there Hitman supporting characters last year in a brand new miniseries All-Star Section Eight, which saw Ennis and McCrea return to tell new stories starring the Z-list superheroes of Hitman trying to make it in the big leagues.

Now it seems that wasn't the last we'd hear from that corner of the DC Universe either, as DC has announced a new miniseries starring Section Eight's breakout characters by Ennis and his longtime collaborator Russ Braun.

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DC Revives Round-Robin Storytelling Series ‘DC Challenge’ Featuring Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth

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In the mid-eighties, DC Comics tried a bizarre experiment known as the DC Challenge, a story told by twelve different creative teams over twelve comics, with the catch being that each issue would end on a cliffhanger that the next team would have to get themselves out of. Announced at Emerald City Comic Con, DC is reviving the series in the form of Kamandi Challenge, thirteen creative teams over twelve issues telling one complete story with the classic Jack Kirby character, Kamandi: The Last Boy On Earth.

The original DC Challenge featured the likes of Elliot S! Maggin, Mike W. Barr, Dave Gibbons, Gene Colan and so many more legendary creators. and featured the additional caveat that they could use any DC Comics characters, except ones they were currently working with elsewhere. The series culminated in a jam-packed final issue which was divided among six of the previous creative teams.

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