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These ‘Dragon Ball Z’ costumes just solved your Halloween dilemma

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If your plans for dressing as your favorite Dragon Ball Z character for Halloween began and ended with an orange T-shirt and an excessive amount of hair gel, you may just be the target audience for these new masks and costumes from Japanese retailer Gee! Store.

Officially licensed, and incredibly faithful to the blockbuster anime franchise, these latex masks of Goku, Piccolo and Frieza make dress-up easy. To complete the look, Gee! is also selling matching costumes. Hey, who said dressing up had to be difficult?

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Grumpy Old Fan | ‘Crisis’ at 30, Part 10

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Thirty years ago, after almost a year of preliminaries, and longer than that in planning, DC Comics put an end to its infinite Multiverse. It happened as the final page of Crisis on Infinite Earths #10 — which hit the direct market during the first week of September 1985 — exploded into a cosmic whiteout, deliberately echoing the “destruction” of Earths-One and -Two in Issue 4. That cataclysm included (metaphorical?) black smoke billowing into panels and then dissipating into nothingness, but here the panels themselves shattered under the fury of the final battle between the omnipotent Spectre and the power-hoarding Anti-Monitor.

Issue 10 had a heck of a cliffhanger is what I’m saying.

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Photographer captures home life of Spider-Man and Silk

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The life of a superhero isn’t all action, as photographer Dai Sugano shows in these images that depict Spider-Man and Silk in their down time, doing utterly ordinary things. (Although how the wall-crawler gets the cereal through his mask is likely pretty extraordinary.)

Sugano, who works for the San Jose Mercury News, photographed cosplayers Saul Cervantes and Jare Longacre (boyfriend and girlfriend) ahead of this weekend’s San Jose Wizard World Comic Con.

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‘Aliens: Salvation’ receives a welcome resurrection

27salvationIt would be an exaggeration to say Dark Horse saved this 22-year-old Aliens one-shot from obscurity by re-publishing it in a slick, if slim, new hardcover, although it’s tempting to do so, if only for the play on words.

In reality, re-releasing Aliens: Salvation in this nice, standalone, bookshelf-ready format probably has as much to do with putting out one more book with Mike Mignola’s name on the spine as making sure that one of the better-looking, more idiosyncratically designed Aliens tie-ins is readily available.

The fact that it’s back in print and on shelves this week is more important than the how and why of it, though.

It’s penciled by Mignola, who also drew the original cover as well as what appears to be a new one (in his current, even more stripped-down style), from a script by Dave Gibbons. It’s inked by Kevin Nowlan, colored by Matt Hollingsworth and lettered by Clem Robins.

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This ‘butt-kicking’ wheelchair Hulk cosplay is simply incredible

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Eric Levine originally planned to transform his nephew’s wheelchair into an AT-AT Walker from Star Wars for TerrifiCon. However, when 11-year-old Ellijah Davila decided he’d rather go as the Incredible Hulk, his uncle leaped into action. Butt-kicking action.

An optician from Keene, New Hampshire, Levine doesn’t have a background in costume design, but he told the Keene Sentinel he wanted Elijah’s outfit to be “the Hulk with butt-kicking action.” After researching materials that he could turn into legs to attach to the wheelchair, Levine settled on foam and PVC pipe, and went to work.

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Comics A.M. | ‘The Killing Joke’ reigns in bookstores once again

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Graphic novels | BookScan’s list of the Top 20 graphic novels sold in bookstores in August is an eclectic mix of old and new, superheroes and other genres. The top seller, for the second month in a row, is the deluxe edition of Batman: The Killing Joke, with hardy perennials Fun Home, American Born Chinese and Watchmen all making the charts, probably because of school assignments. Manga does well, with the two most recent volumes of Naruto, two volumes of Attack on Titan, the first two volumes of Tokyo Ghoul and the seventh volume of Monster Musume all making the cut. Phoebe Gloeckner’s The Diary of a Teenage Girl also charted, as did the first volume of Saga and the 22nd volume of Fables. [ICv2]

Passings| Underground artist Stephen “The Pizz” Pizzuro has died at age 57. Pizzuro, who described his work as “Lowbrow,” started his professional career as an artist for Rat Fink Comics before moving on to do album covers and, later, gallery art. [Hi Fructose]

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Adorable, fuctional BB-8 is this year’s must-have ‘Star Wars’ toy

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Of all the Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys that go as part of the Force Friday avalanche, this will be the one on every child’s — and every other adult’s — holiday wish list: a tiny, functional BB-8, controlled using an app-enabled smartphone and a wifi signal.

It was created by Colorado startup Sphero, which we first mentioned in April. Billed as “the closest we get to an actual droid,” this BB-8 responds to pre-set commands — “patrol,” for instance — but the company advertises that it possesses an adaptive personality “that changes as you play.”

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DC Super Friends kids area to debut at Six Flags Over Georgia

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Six Flags Over Georgia plans to introduce DC Super Friends, the first-ever DC Comics-themed zone for kids, featuring Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn.

It’s part of a larger rollout of DC attractions first announced last year for Six Flags’ 18 theme parks across North America. The other new additions include The Joker roller coaster at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, California; Justice League: Battle for Metropolis at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Illinois, and Six Flags Mexico in Mexico City; The Riddler Revenge, Catwoman Revenge and Harley Quinn Spinsanity at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas; and Superman the Ride at Six Flags New England in Agawam, Massachusetts.

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Woman puts her cheating ex’s custom Batman SUV up for sale

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The end of a relationship can be both an emotional and a financial strain, as couples often must untangle who owns what: y’know, the new television, that old sofa, the Batmobile … Oh, yes, for one Batman fan, the break-up is about to cut especially deep.

A woman in suburban Detroit is selling her ex’s Dark Knight-themed 2007 Dodge Nitro on Craigslist, saying, “Cheating boyfriend thought he was Batman.”

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Flintstone House up for sale for a lot more than two Bronto-Burgers

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Man, inflation sure has increased to absurd amounts since the Stone Age.

The Flintstone House — a uniquely designed single-family home in Hillsborough, Calif. so named for its Stone Age-style design and interiors based off the renowned “Flintstones” animated series by Hanna-Barbera — is up for sale and can absolutely be yours, but you might need to put in some extra time at the quarry. The reported price for the admittedly incredibly constructed home is $4.2 million dollars. Again, dollars, not clams.

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Raphael, Slimer and other ’80s icons reimagined as classical sculptures

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Inspired by the Hellenistic period, ceramic artist Brett Kern has focus is ample talents on a series of sculptures of pop-culture characters in a parody of the classics. But these aren’t just any characters, they’re beloved ’80s icons: Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Slimer from Ghostbusters, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Alf from, well, Alf (also, Melmac).

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USPS celebrates ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ with limited edition stamps

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The United States Postal Service gets into the holiday spirit with the Oct. 1 release of A Charlie Brown Christmas-themed Forever stamps. Though it may seem like they’re arriving a bit early, especially given the anti-commercialism themes of Charles Schulz’s animated special, the timing is a deliberate celebration of the strip’s Oct. 2 1950 newspaper debut.

Featuring ten images taken directly from the special, the limited edition release will be available as 20-stamp booklets.

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Red Robin joins Kotobukiya’s ARTFX+ Batman Family

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Kotobukiya is rapidly assembling an entire Batman Family, today adding Red Robin to its series of DC Comics ARTFX+ statues.

Standing more than 7 inches tall, Tim Drake is depicted in his New 52 costume, complete with utility belt, chest harness, segmented cape and jetpack (note even the Teen Titans logo on the shoulder pad).

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‘Star Wars’ characters enjoy a vacation in these fun portraits

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Beyond a couple of forays into dangerous bars, and Anakin and Padme unwatchable getaway to Naboo’s Lake Country, the Star Wars films haven’t offered much of a window into the characters’ leisure time. Granted, conquering galaxies and toppling evil empires doesn’t leave much of an opportunity for play.

And that’s a shame, really, because seeing how a Sith Lord or a Jedi Grand Master unwinds — does Darth Vader prefer chamomile to help him relax? — might provide insight into the characters. That’s where artist Kyle Hagey comes in, with this terrific series of images depicting Star Wars characters enjoying their down time.

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Getting that Joker Halloween makeup just right is no laughing matter

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With Jared Leto’s Joker likely poised to be the Halloween look for guys this year — seriously, there are going to be at least three Jokers, and (still) two Spartans, at every party — Wholesale Halloween Costumes has released a helpful tutorial to show you how to get the hair and makeup just right.

Of course, the undeniable tricky part is the body art, which isn’t covered in the video. For that, all of those trick-or-treat Jokers may be to count on the steady hands of their own Harley Quinns.

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