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Conan the Barbarian rights change hands again

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Cabinet Holdings has acquired Paradox Entertainment Inc., which owns the rights to the Conan the Barbarian, Solomon Kane and the rest of the Robert E. Howard library, as well as role-playing games like Mutant and Mutant Chronicles.

Paradox founder Fredrik Malmberg, who left the company a year ago to focus on film production, is the president and CEO of Cabinet Holdings. He produced 2011’s Conan the Barbarian movie and is overseeing the upcoming Legend of Conan.

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WWE’s Stardust insults, challenges ‘Arrow’ star Stephen Amell

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Stardust may have lost his match last night on Monday Night Raw, but that didn’t keep the WWE’s resident supervillain from continuing his recent Twitter war with television superhero and longtime WWE fan Stephen Amell.

After kicking off his pre-match ritual by leaning over the guardrail and hissing in the face of the Arrow star, Stardust (aka Cody Rhodes) was unsuccessful in his bid to defeat the high-flying Neville. Of course, if you take commentator JBL’s word for it, Stardust’s poor showing was due to being embarrassed “right out here in front of his nemesis, the Arrow.”

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Darth Maul has his revenge with this Play Arts action figure

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For fans who still have room on their shelves — and many in their wallets — after ordering the Darth Vader, Boba Fett and Stormtrooper figures, Square Enix has revealed the next release in its Star Wars Variant Play Arts Kai line: the 10-inch Darth Maul.

Although the design isn’t quite the radical departure we saw with the earlier reimaginings, it’s a pretty striking figure — one that comes complete with three pairs of interchangeable hands, dual lightsaber, split lightsaber, blade attachments and display stand.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition has arrived

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Following a week-long buildup, Samsung this morning officially debuted its Galaxy S6 Edge Iron Man Limited Edition, a collaboration with Marvel to celebrate the “technological innovation and creative visual storytelling in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

As expected, the smartphone goes beyond a mere red-and-gold color scheme; there’s an Iron Man helmet etched on the back, a wireless charger designed to look like an arc reactor, 64GB of storage, and customized software with new icons and fonts.

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Spider-Man is the life of the party, until he knocks himself out

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Not even The Daily Bugle is immune to the financial troubles facing the newspaper industry, so it’s perhaps no surprise that Peter Parker has been forced to look for other, more reliable sources of income — namely, children’s birthday parties. However, as this video demonstrates, he may have been better off sticking to photojournalism.

Oh, it starts out well enough, with Spider-Man offering fist-bumps to receptive party-goers before launching into crowd-pleasing backflips. However, the wall-crawler quickly learns he can’t do everything a spider can, and knocks himself out cold on the floor. Although the children appear to think it’s all part of the act — note the birthday boy poking and kicking at him — thankfully a couple of adults realize that patented Parker luck has struck again.

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‘Arkham Knight’ debuts ‘Batman Beyond,’ ‘Dark Knight Returns’ skins

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Just in case franchise fans needed any more incentive to preorder Batman: Arkham Knight, Rocksteady Studios and WB Games are offering one more enticement: the “Gotham’s Future” Skin Pack, featuring the costumes from the animated Batman Beyond and the seminal comic miniseries Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.

On the opposite end of the timeline, an in-game skin based on Batman’s 1939 debut is being offered as part of the Serious Edition comic bundle.

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Store Tour | Page 45 in Nottingham, England

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Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them; think of it as the retailer version of Shelf Porn. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit FindAComicShop.com

For this week’s store, we take our first leave of North America to discover England’s Page 45, 9 Market St., in Nottingham. We spoke with co-owner Jonathan Rigby.

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Count the kills in this ‘Murderers of Marvel’ infographic

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While the Avengers are doing everything they can to save people on screen, comic readers know that superheroes have gotten their hands bloody more than a few times. But for everyone with a strong opinion on killing in comics, now you have some official numbers to back up your argument in the form of a handy “Murderers of Marvel” infographic from the UK’s Morph Suits.

The makers of licensed Marvel body suits and other cosplay aides put together a rundown of who has killed whom in the Marvel Universe, ranking the guilty from merely Dangerous to straight up Lethal. While you may quibble over some of their picks (Captain America is listed as killing Harry Truman, but at the time Truman was a zombie, so it’s debatable), the whole exercise is worth a gander. Check it out below.

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WeLoveFine debuts Spider-Gwen hoodies, leggings and more

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Spider-Gwen — an alternate universe take on Gwen Stacy where she, not Peter Parker, receives powers from a radioactive spider — was an overnight sensation after debuting last year in Marvel’s “Edge of Spider-Verse” #2, in large part due to the stylish (and notably practical) costume design by artist Robbi Rodriguez. In what feels like a natural next step, that design has inspired a new collection from fashion-forward, genre-centric clothing merchandiser WeLoveFine (as modeled by Meredith Placko and Michelle Nguyen in the above photo), consisting of hoodies, leggings and even a Spider-Gwen-patterned cardigan.

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The Fifth Color | A-Force and ‘Your Universe,’ an owner’s manual

aforce_americaSorry for the absence, but I’ve been doing a lot of traveling, in and out of the country this month, which has taught me a valuable lesson: the English language makes no sense.

English is complicated, difficult to learn for non-native speakers (and heck, even some native speakers!); it’s a mishmash of other languages just kind of thrown in a blender with a hope for the best. It’s amazing it’s gotten us so far, but it’s also easy to see why communication gets so tangled up between people when the words we use can be so imperfect.

Take, for example, that English doesn’t have a standard plural for “you.” In the United States, we have regional forms of a plural “you,” but there’s not a standard one taught that I know of. That makes direct speech all sound personal, when the speaker might be generalizing more to a group rather than than the person sitting down to read this right now (hi, Mom). I can say something like “You read comics” and, for the most part, be correct; if you’re visiting this site, you probably read comics in one form or another. But if I say “You also watch Game of Thrones,” that’s a lot more hit-and-miss.

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Dark Knight vs. Mutant Leader in epic action figure box set

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Mezco Toyz first teased a recreation of the epic Gotham Junkyard showdown from The Dark Knight Returns in February, but it can soon be yours, in a deluxe package that will debut in July at Comic-Con International.

The toymaker has begun accepting preorders for the One:12 Collective limited-edition Dark Knight Returns Deluxe Box Set, featuring two 6.5-inch figures, each with more than 30 points of articulation: a “battle-damaged” Batman, with torn costume, an exclusive head sculpt, alternate hands and “Knock-Out Foam” that fits over his opponent’s face; and the Mutant Leader, with “dirtied-up” paint, alternate hands and a crowbar accessory.

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Tintin is often knocked out but never motion sick, study finds

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Despite suffering a staggering 244 health issues over the course of his nearly five-decade career, Tintin has demonstrated an “almost superhuman” resistance to trauma.

That’s the conclusion made by a group of physicians from the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Atlanta following a detailed analysis of 23 of the boy reporter’s 24 adventures.

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First Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics names finalists

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The shortlist has been announced for the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics, named in honor of the influential comics and animation writer who passed away in 2011. The first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity was bestowed in March.

The 10 finalists for the kids’ comics award were selected by three judges: Kids Read Comics co-founders Edith Donnell and Dan Merritt, and ROBOT 6 contributor Brigid Alverson, who also edits the School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids blog.The winner of the inaugural award will be announced at the Kids Read Comics festival, held June 20-21 at the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan. The finalists are:

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Jim Lee debuts SDCC-exclusive Batman BlueLine Edition figure

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DC Collectibles has revealed its Comic-Con International-exclusive pencil-deco BlueLine Edition Batman action figure, designed by Jim Lee.

In a video that premiered this morning on USA Today, the DC Comics co-publisher unboxes the collectible, which will be available in two versions: the standard $40 package, which includes and exclusive print by Lee; and the $300 limited edition of 150, each of which comes with a signed original sketch by the artist (he’ll draw 50 each of Batman, Harley Quinn and The Joker).

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Samsung’s Iron Man-edition Galaxy S6 Edge arrives next week

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A mere week after tantalizing fans with an image of the glowing box, Samsung has unveiled a new teaser for the Iron Man-themed special edition of its Galaxy S6 Edge, accompanied by the words “Coming Next Week.”

The shadowy image provides a slightly better idea of what to expect when the smartphone arrives: It’s, of course, red and gold, and — like the glowing box — boasts an image of Iron Man’s helmet. We’ll have to wait a while longer to find out whether it features its own J.A.R.V.I.S.

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