Kevin Melrose, Author at Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources

Spider-Man gloves allow people to climb walls

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Superhuman speed and strength still may be out of reach, but scientists have devised a way to scale buildings like Spider-Man.

Popular Mechanics reports that researchers have developed gecko-inspired adhesives gloves that can lift a 200-pound person up walls. Well, certain walls.

“To work, the surface you’re climbing needs to be relatively smooth; like glass, varnished wood, polished stone, or metal,” says Elliot Hawkes, the Stanford mechanical engineer who led the research team, “but you can attach and detach with very little effort, and to make [the gloves] stick all you have to do is hang your weight.”

You can see Hawkes demonstrate the gloves in the video below.

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Polish town rejects ‘half-naked’ Pooh as playground mascot

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Even as Batman, The Joker and other costumed characters fight for their place in Times Square, a certain willy silly nilly old bear has found himself banned from a playground in Poland.

According to the Croatian Times, Winnie-the-Pooh’s troubles began not with a honeypot but rather when officials in the small town of Tuszyn (87 miles southwest of Warsaw) tried to settle on a mascot for the public playground. When talk turned to A.A. Milne’s beloved character, the town council’s more conservative members protested.

What followed was the Hundred Acre Wood version of swiftboating — Poohsticking, maybe? — as he was accused of being “inappropriately dressed” and of “dubious sexuality.” Yes, during a town council meeting, that was thankfully recorded by one of the members and then leaked to local media.

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Batman and Joker take their fight to New York City Council

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Longtime arch-enemies, Batman and The Joker faced off once more on Wednesday, only this time about a plan to require Times Square’s costumed characters to be licensed.

Wearing makeup and a red suit embellished with black bats, the Clown Prince of Crime told New York City Council’s Consumer Affairs Committee that the bill amounts to “fascism.”

“I might look like a clown but I’m speaking from the heart,” the New York Daily News quote The Joker, aka Keith Albahae, as saying. “I do this from my heart and not for tips. OK, I do ask for tips. And many people are glad to give them, but this is about the First Amendment and this is about discrimination. This straight-up seems like fascism.”

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DC and Vertigo reveal Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

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DC Entertainment will get a head start on the holiday-shopping season with a seven-day Black Friday sale on Batman digital comics.

Between Nov. 25 and Dec. 1, the publisher will offer 750 Batman issues — titles ranging from Gotham By Gaslight to The Dark Knight Returns to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s current run — for 99 cents each. They’re available for purchase from the DC Digital Store, Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, comiXology and Google Play.

As that offer ends, Vertigo’s Cyber Monday sale begins, with the first collected volumes of 23 titles — from The Sandman to 100 Bullets to Promethea — available for download for $4.99. The offer is for one day only, on Dec. 1.

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Kia wheels out special Wolverine-themed ‘X-Car’

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Kia Motors, which previously partnered with DC Entertainment for a line of Justice League-themed Optimas, is now sinking its claws into Wolverine. Or rather, Wolverine is sinking his claws into a Kia.

The Korean automaker has produced a one-off Sorento that brandishes the popular antihero’s signature claws — and claw marks — to help promote the Blu-ray and DVD release of Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past in Australia. The car also will be displayed in January at Melbourne Park for the duration of the Australian Open, which is sponsored by Kia.

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Check out Geof Darrow’s take on the world of ‘Korra’

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I somehow missed that Geof Darrow, the Eisner-winning artist of Hard Boiled and Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot and creator of Shaolin Cowboy, has drawn a poster based on the fan-favorite Nickelodeon series The Legend of Korra.

Inspired by “Book 4: Balance,” the limited-edition (signed and numbered) print is colored by fellow Eisner winner Dave Stewart, and available from the Nickelodeon store for $64.99.

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DC argues Spanish soccer club logo is too much like Batman’s

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DC Comics is reportedly challenging the new logo of a Spanish soccer team, insisting it too closely resembles the familiar Batman emblem.

According to Eurosport, La Liga club Valencia C.F. sought to register a trademark for a variation of its crest, leading the publisher to file a complaint with the European Union’s Office for the Harmonization of the Internal Market.

As the website notes, the bat has been used in Spanish heraldry since the 13th century, and is part of the coat of arms of Valencia and other cities in eastern Spain. Valencia C.F. has used bats in its club logo since 1919, two decades before the debut of the Dark Knight in Detective Comics #27.

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How ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ should have ended

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After tarnishing our memories Disney classics with their sendup of the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, the folks at How It Should Have Ended have turned to Guardians of the Galaxy, offering some alternative takes that probably would’ve complicated Marvel’s plans for a 2017 sequel.

In the process, however, the video also addresses the blockbuster’s burning question: What’s with Thanos and that chair? As a bonus, there’s also a war of words between Baby Groot and Batman that goes … well, pretty much as you’d expect.

The treatment even gets a thumbs up from Guardians director James Gunn, who writes, “I love these. Having a How It Should Have Ended is better than winning an Oscar.”

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In ‘LEGO Batman vs Superman,’ the Bat-gloves come off

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Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice won’t arrive in theaters for another 16 months, but BrickNerd Studios has already envisioned the tense standoff between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel.

In “LEGO Batman vs Superman,” the stop-motion animated short by Tommy Williamson, the Caped Crusader may not be sure why he opposes the Last Son of Krypton, but that doesn’t stop him from breaking out his entire arsenal. Well, almost his entire arsenal. In restrospect, Bruce probably wishes he’d brought the Batmobile into play.

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Penguin is the city’s future in Jock’s new ‘Gotham’ promo art

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Wytches artist Jock, who earlier created scene-transition illustrations for a Gotham TV spot, returns to the city’s gritty streets for an ad spotlighting the Fox drama’s breakout character: Oswald Cobblepot, as played by Robin Lord Taylor.

“Gotham needs me,” states The Penguin, the master manipulator. “I am its future.”

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Some lucky kid is enjoying this amazing Groot swing

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If there’s a search for Parents of the Year, call it off, because we’ve already found them: The U.K. family who created spectacularly detailed Groot swing for their extremely lucky child.

According to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, it was made for an upcoming reality show called Super Fans, Super Builds, which we can only hope will provide step-by-step instructions … and a team of craftspeople to come to our homes and build it.

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The CW’s ‘Arrow’ teases Cupid episode with one-page comic

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To help promote tonight’s episode of Arrow, The CW has returned to the series’ roots, with a one-page comic teasing the search for the latest threat to Starling City, Cupid.

Debuting in the closing moments of last week’s episode, where she immediately proved her deadliness, Cupid (aka Carrie Cutter) was introduced in 2009 in DC Comics’ Green Arrow/Black Canary #15, by Andrew Kreisberg and David Baron. Kreisberg of course went on to co-create Arrow and its spinoff The Flash (although he didn’t write tonight’s episode, “Draw Back Your Bow’).

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Iron Man becomes a ‘diabetes hero’ in ‘Early Warnings’

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Iron Man is one busy superhero. After teaming last month with pint-sized heroes Blue Ear and Sapheara to educate about hearing loss and cochlear implants, the Armored Avenger is now turning his attention to childhood diabetes.

Siemens Healthcare and Marvel Custom Solutions have partnered for Iron Man: Early Warnings, an eight-page comic in which Daisy and her elementary-school classmates visit Stark Industries, where Tony Stark unveils the prototype for his newest invention: the Heath-Y-Meter, a device that glows brightest when the wearer’s body is at its healthiest.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ soundtrack is free on Google Play

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Considering the soundtrack has sold more than 540,000 copies, odds are that you already own Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1. But on the off-chance that you don’t, a digital version is now available for free to U.S. residents on Google Play. Canadians apparently can download it for 99 cents.

The soundtrack will arrive Nov. 28 on cassette from Marvel Music/Hollywood Records, available exclusively at independent retailers associated with Record Store Day. For sale through Dec. 31, each cassette will come with a digital download.

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It’s superheroes vs. game heroes in brutal fight for the Tesseract

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Putting a new spin on the Marvel vs. Capcom formula, this short from CorridorDigital pits superheroes against video game heroes when Minecraft Steve discovers the powerful Tesseract.

“In the hands of mortals, the Tesseract will only cause great harm,” Thor warns — and he turns out to be right, as what follows is a brutal, bloody brawl, involving Captain America, Wolverine, Ash Ketchum, Alyx Vance, Master Chief, the thunder god and, yes, Steve.

Poor Ash didn’t stand a chance, although Steve handles himself surprisingly well …

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