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Adam Hughes Looks Back on His Famous ‘Real Power of the DC Universe’ Poster [Interview]

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It's inspired cosplayers and artists alike, and hangs in pride of place on many comic fans' walls, yet Adam Hughes' Real Power of the DC Universe poster was originally just a giveaway at San Diego Comic-Con back in 2008. Recreating a high glamour photo shoot with DC's biggest female heroes (and anti-heroes), including Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Power Girl, Supergirl, Batwoman, and Oracle, the poster is both a great piece of work and a wonderful tribute to these powerful characters.

The poster has become a truly iconic image over the past few years, so we reached out to Hughes to find out the story behind its creation, and to learn about the choices he made --- including why Catwoman is in a black dress!

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The Great Super-Costume Poll: S.E.X.

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Today's poll is all about sex. Some superheroes are known for their provocatively sexy costumes, and because sex in superhero costumes isn't always terribly sophisticated, that often just means costumes that are revealing and/or skintight. But just because a costume is sexy doesn't mean it can't also be stylish. Here are five costumes and characters known for their eye-candy appeal.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Star-Lord & Groot, Raven, Lady Death, Spider-Men And More

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Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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Who Run The World? Girls: Nine Unbeatable All-Lady Justice League Line-Ups

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If you spend as much time thinking about comics as I do, you probably find yourself creating hypothetical-based thought experiments about super-team line-ups and such. Usually I only share them with Chris Sims, who then goes on to turn them into an Ask Chris and get paid for my idea. [cough]

But a few weeks ago, I took to Twitter to ask people who they would recruit for an all-female, seven-member Justice League. The response at the time was great, with lots of interesting variation in potential team rosters, but then the idea got a bump again when artists started posting drawings of their ideal Justice Ladies teams on Twitter and Tumblr.

I've collected nine such line-ups, including my own, which kicked everything off, but you can check my Twitter feed to see all the responses I received.

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – Superman 75th Anniversary Edition

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we've created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it's new, some of it's old, some of it's created by working professionals, some of it's created by future stars, some of it's created by talented fans, and some of it's endearingly silly. All of it's awesome. In honor of this year's 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Superman and this weekend's release of Man of Steel, we present for the second time a compilation of some of the coolest portraits of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's brilliant creation that we've highlighted in this feature over the last few years. We know it's cheating but we didn't count on going away for a month and then coming back in the middle of a big media event. All-new next week evermore.

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Ask Chris #138: Ladies Night For the JLA

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

Q: In response to the all X-Women X-Men team: Who would you put on an all female Avengers/JLA/Defenders/whatever? -- @WBXylo

A: I'm sure I've talked about this more than a few

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Olympians: Superhero Bodies and What Real Athletes Look Like

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There are certain phrases that have a special resonance for a Marvel kid like me. "Pocket dimension." "Lift (press)." "Marital status: unrevealed." This is the language of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe, and I used to pore over the pages of those little encyclopedias like I thought there was an exam coming. (I woul

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Power Girl’s Boob Window Gets Get Closed in a New Costume

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The New DC Universe continues to roll on, and today, the Source provided us with a look at another upcoming title: World's Finest, which features a cover by the legendary George Perez. Set to be released in May as p

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‘Power Girl’ Demands Your Attention with Magical Dinosaurs [Preview]

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We feel badly for not paying more attention to DC Comics' Power Girl series. As you know, we're incredibly dedicated Amanda Conner fans; so much so that when she left the book in 2010's issue #12, we became bitter and despondent that such a perfect pairin

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The Amanda Conner Birthday Pin-Up Gallery [Art]

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Brilliant artist, eminently approachable comic con celebrity and steadfast defender of Power Girl's boobs, Amanda Conner is one of our very favorite artists and today is her BIRTHDAY! In honor of this festive occasion, ComicsAlliance put together a gallery of artwork to reflect her career, which has included memorable work with characters including Vampirella, Power Girl, Catwoman, Supergirl, Painkiller Jane and many more of superhero comics' most beloved female icons. With a unique synthesis of humor, sass and sexiness, Conner's expressions of female characters are as empowering as they are endearing

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