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Human Torch lights up the sky in this fantastic drone video

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This video should probably be prefaced with the disclaimer “Do not attempt this at home,” followed immediately by, “Holy fiery hell, that is awesome.”

That, in this case, is an incredible Fantastic Four promotional stunt by viral-marketing agency Thinkmodo, which attached a flammable dummy to a drone, set it alight, and then flew it into the night sky, making it appear as if Johnny Storm had appeared, in the red-hot flesh.

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Here’s how to create your own Iron Man arc reactor

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Dustin McLean of “DIY Prop Shop,” who only recently demonstrated how to create a hoverboard like the one from Back to the Future Part II, is back, this time to reveal the secrets of Iron Man‘s arc reactor. Not a working arc reactor, mind you (I’m not sure the local hardware store even carries those parts), but rather a pretty convincing replica.

The cost? About $39.

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Green Arrow and Hawkeye exchange blows, barbs in video brawl

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Ismahawk follows May’s video showdown between Deadpool and, well, Deadpool by pitting one wise-cracking comic-book archer against another in a new episode of “Minute Match-Ups.”

It’s no holds barred as Green Arrow and Hawkeye break out a variety of trick arrows — exploding, boxing glove, et al — and even resort to putdowns about facial hair and costumes. Yes, the battle is that brutal. (Be warned, however: Only one hero is left standing by the somewhat-graphic end.)

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Let Vega’s beauty intoxicate you in new ‘Street Fighter V’ trailer

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Franchise veteran Vega will return as a playable character in Street Fighter V, Capcom announced this morning with a new trailer. He’ll bring with him a slightly new look, and two fighting techniques.

Introduced in 1991 in Street Fighter II, the narcissistic “Spanish Ninja” joins a growing roster for the 2016 that includes Ryu, Chun-Li, Nash, M. Bison, Cammy, Birdie, Ken and Necalli.

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Iron Man blasts his way into ‘Grand Theft Auto V’

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Sure, Superman, Spider-Man and The Flash entered the world of Grand Theft Auto V ahead of him, but now that Tony Stark has shown up, he’s at this car-punching, repulsor ray-firing, missile-launching, high-flying best.

In the new PC mod — it’s the work of JulioNB, who earlier added the character to GTA IV — Iron Man exchanges Stark Tower for the mean streets of San Andreas, where he proceeds to wreak havoc in the grand tradition of the hit game franchise.

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‘Attack on Titan’ sales stomp past 50 million copies worldwide

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Hajime Isayama’s smash-hit manga Attack on Titan has surpassed 50 million copies in print worldwide, according to the Japanese entertainment site Eiga.com.

For a bit of context, Anime News Network notes that in April, when the 16th volume was released in Japan, that figure was at 44 million. Kodansha Comics USA, the North American subsidiary of Japanese publisher Kodansha, announced last month that 2.5 million copies of the English-language editions are in circulation (the translation of the 16th volume will be released later this month).

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Viz to release ‘Death Note’ artist’s high-end art book

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Viz Media will publish Blanc et Noir: Takeshi Obata Illustrations, the high-end art book by acclaimed artist of Death Note and Hikaru no Go.

Originally released by Japanese publisher Shueisha, the oversize book collects Obata’s work from 2001-2006, including illustrations from Death Note and Hikaru no Go. Within the silver-stamped slipcase are 132 pages of full-color art, foldout posters and artist commentary, including a “how to draw” section. There are also three double-sided laminated posters.

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‘Judge Minty’ fan filmmakers take on ‘Strontium Dog’

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The team behind the well-received Judge Dredd fan film Judge Minty is turning its cameras to another long-running 2000AD comic strip, John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra’s Strontium Dog.

“It was a chance meeting with John at a convention that got the ball rolling,” co-director Steve Green said in a statement. “After seeing Minty, John mentioned that we should do Strontium Dog next. It was only a passing comment, but we took it as a ‘direct commandment’ and began work the next day.”

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Cobra and ‘Assassin’s Creed’ join the fight in ‘Toy Soldiers: War Chest’

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As if the promise of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe weren’t enough to get you excited for Toy Soldiers: War Chest, Ubisoft has released a trailer trumpeting the addition of playable Cobra and Assassin’s Creed armies.

We previously characterized the fourth game in the Signal Studios series as an epic bedroom-floor battle imagined by sugar-fueled 8-year-old, and this announcement only reinforces that: Eight armies, made up from beloved toys (and now video game characters), battle for supremacy.

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‘Peanuts’ declares today National Franklin Day

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Peanuts is celebrating the 47th anniversary of the beloved comic strip’s first African-American character by declaring today National Franklin Day.

It’s a bit of promotion tied to the upcoming 3D-animated feature The Peanuts Movie, but it casts a welcome spotlight on Charlie Brown’s longtime friend, who was introduced by Charles M. Schulz on this day in 1968.

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Hot Toys’ ‘Age of Ultron’ Hulkbuster gets a serious upgrade

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When Hot Toys teased it had more in store for its previously announced 1/6th-scale Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster figure, that wasn’t mere marketing hype. And this morning there are photos to prove it.

The company has revealed “upgrades” to the nearly 21-inch figure that include two more interchangeable neck-armor parts that allow the Hulkbuster to be displayed in different stages of suiting up, an interchangeable battle battle-damaged chest armor plate, and improved arm, legs and feet articulations.

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These gorgeous superhero watercolor paintings make a splash

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Artist Clementine Campardou challenged herself to paint a new picture each day that she’d share through an e-newsletter “Colour Up Your Day.” Over the course of two years, she’s produced more than 500 paintings, mostly beautiful watercolors, featuring an eclectic mix of subjects, ranging from birds and flowers to movie characters and superheroes. A lot of superheroes.

Superman, Wonder Woman, Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Supergirl, Gambit — they’re all there, in some cases multiple times, alongside the likes of Goku, Totoro, R2-D2, Astro Boy and Ken from Gatchaman. Oh, and Prince.

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How tall could ‘Attack on Titan’s’ Titans really get? Not very

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The flesh-devouring monsters of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan range in height anywhere from about 10 feet to a terrifying 200 feet (in the case of the Colossal Titan). But if the bestselling manga and hit anime were bound by the rules of real-world science, just how tall could the Titans really get? Not that big, it turns out. (Whew!)

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Black Widow Play Arts figure comes out with weapons drawn

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While Comic-Con International attendees got a glimpse of the unpainted prototype at the Square Enix booth, no one had seen the completed Play Arts Variant Black Widow action figure, until now.

Square Enix has unveiled the first two official photos of the upcoming figures, but has yet to provide any details. We can see from the images that Black Widow will come equipped with (for starters) two pistols, interchangeable hands and a blast effect for her “Widow’s Bite.” Plus, whatever those spiky things are at her elbows.

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‘Ant-Man’ gets the homemade trailer it deserves

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Marvel Studios had a super-sized budget for its film about a tiny superhero, but Cinefix’s Homemade Movies cut more than a few corners for its low-cost, shot-for-shot remake of the Ant-Man trailer.

The result, which employs lots of cardboard, action figures and construction paper, is actually pretty impressive, with Ant-Man and Yellowjacket costumes that wouldn’t look out of place at a comic convention. (Seriously, Yellowjacket’s helmet is downright cool.) The jury’s still out on the soundtrack, however …

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