Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

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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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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First look at Goku from ‘Dragon Ball Super’ manga [Updated]

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The first image has surfaced of Goku from Toyotarō’s manga adaptation of the upcoming Dragon Ball Super, the first Dragon Ball television anime in 18 years.

Announced this week, the manga will launch in the double-sized August issue of Shueisha’s V Jump. Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, who’s credited with the “original story and character concepts” for the new anime, also provided the manga’s story.

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Matt Fraction reflects on ‘Hawkeye,’ offers sex tips on ‘Late Night’ [Updated]

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Writer Matt Fraction appeared last night on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, where he offered sex advice from Just the Tips, the book he co-authored with his Sex Criminals collaborator Chip Zdarsky, and discussed the inspiration behind his run on Marvel’s Hawkeye.

“The book was really about what Hawkeye does when he goes home to do his laundry,” Fraction explained. “It’s like Hawkeye on his day off. To me he’s the human heart and soul of the Avengers, so it was fun to do a book like that about somebody who compulsively can’t stop helping people, even when he’s a human crap-sack tire fire of a human being. That’s on the back of the action figure: ‘human crap-sack.'”

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Go Super Saiyan in this ‘Dragon Ball Z’ hoodie

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If you’re an Akira Toriyama devotee who’s excited about the upcoming Dragon Ball Super TV anime and manga, you may as well look like it in this colorful Dragon Ball Z zip-up hoodie.

Sold by RageOn, which also offers that Pokémon duvet cover, and designed by Chelsea Heidlebaugh, the hoodie is available in sizes ranging from X-Small to XXX-Large at a price ranging from $69.84 to $78.84. They’re made to order, which means they ship 25 days after the order is placed.

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Play Arts Variant Thor is Asgard meets ‘Fist of the North Star’

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With its Variant Play Arts Kai line, Square Enix reimagines familiar characters, ranging from Darth Vader to the Dark Knight. After teasing the prototype in February at Toy Fair, the company today officially unveiled its new take on Thor, and seldom has Marvel’s god of thunder looked so pumped, so angry and so metal.

This action figure isn’t a radical departure for the character (a Dark Ages-inspired makeover might’ve been fun), but it’s definitely interesting, with bulging veins, armor for days, and a hammer that’s half Thor’s height. The swinging Mjolnir attachment and lightning effect are nice touches.

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Harley Quinn and Joker get their own ‘LEGO Dimensions’ pack

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Following the debut Wednesday of the new LEGO Dimensions trailer, we now get a look at seven of the team packs and fun packs teased in the gameplay footage — including The Joker and Harley Quinn.

Developed by TT Games for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the Disney Infinity-style “toy-to-life” game will launch Sept. 27 with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle minifigures and the Batmobile. Players will then be able to purchase of additional fun packs and team packs, containing LEGO sets that they’ll build into characters, vehicles and devices that they’ll be able to introduce into the game with the Toy Pad.

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Daredevil totally should’ve been called Batman

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I’d never really thought about it, but considering Daredevil’s blindness and sonar vision, it would’ve made way more sense for the Man Without Fear to be named “Batman.” Well, except for those pesky trademark issues, and the Caped Crusader’s 25-year head start.

Dorkly’s Andrew Bridgman makes the case in this funny animated video that finds the guardian of Hell’s Kitchen struggling to rationalize his costumed identity, only to find his shaky argument further undermined by the appearance of Ghost Rider. Sorry, Matt, from now on you’re “New Batman.”

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‘The Simpsons,’ Marvel’s Kevin Feige bid farewell to Letterman

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David Letterman’s farewell last night after 33 years on television was packed with tributes from the likes of Tina Fey, Bill Murray, Peyton Manning and the Foo Fighters. While the Simpsons apparently weren’t able to appear in person on the Late Show — hey, Beavis and Butthead pulled it off in 1996 — they did send along a clip that pokes fun both at Letterman and their own long-running series.

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Tiny Black Widow and Vision join ‘Age of Ultron’ Cosbaby series

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As promised, Hot Toys has unveiled a new wave of adorable Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby figures that not only includes the Vision but also — brace yourselves! — Black Widow.

They’re joined by 3.75-inch bobblehead versions of Ultron Prime, Ultron Mark I, Iron Man Mark XLV, War Machine II and, in the collectible set of seven, Tony Stark, holding a teeny-tiny helmet.

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