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3A Toys introduces its next 2000AD figure, Robo-Hunter

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Robo-Hunter will follow Judge Death as the second 1/12th-scale collectible figure in 3A Toys’ new 2000AD line.

Based on the cigar-smoking, renegade robot-tracking bounty hunter introduced in 1978 by John Wagner and Ian Gibson, the Sam Slade figure is equipped with a blaster, his Robo-meter Cutie and his Cuban cigar bot Stogie.

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Quote of the Day | Mark Evanier on Jack Kirby

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“Over the years, when he heard somebody liked other artists more than his work, he was really non-competitive. The thing, though, that I think a lot of people never got about Jack was that Jack wasn’t really competitive with most other comic book artists, because in his mind, they had a different job description. When John Buscema sat down to draw an issue of Fantastic Four — and, actually, nothing I’m about to say is knocking John Buscema in any way, or any of the artists I’m going to mention here — his goal was to do an issue of the Fantastic Four. When Jack sat down to do an issue of Fantastic Four, in his mind his job description was to create a new universe, three spinoffs and take comics to another level.”

Mark Evanier, discussing The King during the “Jack Kirby Tribute” at WonderCon Anaheim

Note:  The original version of this post misattributed the comment. It’s been edited to correct that, and to provide a fuller quote.

Wonderfully gritty photos capture the daily lives of superheroes

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For his humor-tinged series “We Can Be Heroes,” Dubai-based photographer Martin Beck focused not on the costumed do-gooders who get all the glory, but instead the ones who are simply going about their lives, some working just to get by.

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Funko’s ‘Age of Ultron’ Pop! series conjures Scarlet Witch

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Add one more figure to Funko’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Pop! Vinyl series: the Scarlet Witch.

Arriving in August, long after most of the others have debuted, Wanda joins a lineup that so far features Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Ultron, The Vision, Hawkeye and Black Widow, plus the Marvel Collector Corps-exclusive Hulkbuster.

Now we’re only waiting for Quicksilver, who seems to be taking his time for once …

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First look: James Kochalka’s cover for ‘Glorkian Warrior,’ Vol. 3

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First Second has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive first look at the cover for the third volume The Glorkian Warrior, James Kochalka’s celebrated sci-fi series for young readers.

As you’re likely aware by now, The Glorkian Warrior is both a graphic novel series and a video-game collaboration between Kochalka and indie studio Pixeljam, both starring  an alien adventure who wears a laser backpack. In, the third volume, The Glorkian Warrior and the Mustache of Destiny, the hapless hero has a little company. Here’s the official description:

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Hot Toys teases ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Vision figure

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In the buildup to Avengers: Age of Ultron, Hot Toys has been wowing fans by revealing one movie-accurate collectible figure after another, from Captain America and Ultron Prime to the Incredible Hulk and War Machine. However, the company has been holding back one at least one character, whose introduction in the Marvel Studios sequel is eagerly anticipated: The Vision, as played by Paul Bettany.

This morning, however, Hot Toys unveiled a tantalizing teaser:

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‘Age of Ultron’ stars face off in Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Avengers Family Feud’

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In what very well could be a precursor to Captain America: Civil War, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes squared off against each other last night in a no-holds-barred game of “Avengers Family Feud,” with the host Jimmy Kimmel caught in the middle.

On one side, Captain America (Chris Evans), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner); on the other, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). It was a fierce battle marked by cheating, widespread confusion, malfunctioning name tags and some pretty bad answers.

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Turkish mayor faces backlash over giant robot ‘monstrosity’

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The mayor of Ankara, Turkey, has a robot problem. A giant robot problem.

Melih Gökçek, who’s been mayor of the country’s capital city since 1994, is facing criticism after unveiling a 20-foot statue of a robot intended to promote a new theme park.

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In Iraq, anti-ISIS fighters make The Punisher’s symbol their own

 

Writing for Time, Rebecca Collard examines how the iconic “long-fanged” skull logo of Marvel’s Punisher has been appropriated by Iraqi security forces and Shi’ite militia fighting against ISIS.

The use of the skull is so widespread that Italian journalist Daniele Raineri last week tweeted photos of the emblem — on a vehicle, on a flak jacket, on pouches — from several locations across the country. The Punisher may be a distinctly American creation, but the Iraqis have made his symbol their own.

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‘Saga,’ ‘Persepolis’ and ‘Drama’ among most challenged books of 2014

hc-sagaThree comics — Persepolis, Saga and Drama — were among the 10 most frequently challenged books last year in U.S. public schools and libraries, according to the American Library Association. This appears to be the most comics to make the list.

The organization released the annual findings of its Office of Intellectual Freedom as part of National Library Week. In 2014, the OIF received 311 complaints to remove or restrict materials in public libraries or in school curricula, up only slightly from the year before.

Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of her life as a child and young adult in Iran during the Islamic revolution, came in at No.2, with complaints frequently citing “gambling, offensive language [and] political viewpoint” as well as its “graphic depictions.” Although the ALA doesn’t note specific challenges, we reported last year on incidents in Oregon and Illinois.

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The guy with the Stan Lee tattoo

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Kelly Rogers and John Engle (via WFME)

With the help of tattoo artist Kelly Rogers, lifelong comics fan John Engle has spent the past year transforming his back into a tribute to the characters he loves. There, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Carnage and Venom share space with Batman, The Joker and Spawn — Engle enjoys a good intercompany crossover.

However, there was one thing missing: Stan Lee’s seal of approval. And over the weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, Engle got it. The legendary creator signed his back, just above Spider-Man (where else?), then Rogers made the famous signature permanent.

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‘Spider-Verse’ descends on Toronto in impressive cosplay team-up

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Photos by Alexa Tomaszewski

It’s not every Sunday afternoon that you walk down the street and bump into nearly a dozen people dressed as assorted Spider-characters, from Mary Jane Watson and Spider-Girl to Venom and Carnage. However, CBR contributor Alexa Tomaszewski was leaving work yesterday in Toronto — it wasn’t even a convention weekend! — and stumbled upon what could’ve been mistaken for the cast of Marvel’s “Spider-Verse” storyline.

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Iconic ‘Star Wars’ posters get the LEGO treatment

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To mark the debut today of the entire Star Wars saga on digital platforms, Lucasfilm is releasing LEGO recreations of legendary artist Drew Struzan’s posters for all six films. LEGO will have them available for attendees next weekend at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California.

The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm have a relationship that dates back to 1999, when Star Wars became the toymaker’s first licensed property. From those first few playsets, their successful partnership has expanded to encompass video games, animation, comics and even theme parks (Legoland California just last month added a massive Death Star model to its four-year-old LEGO Star Wars Miniland).

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The very first Wonder Woman sketches are up for sale

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The first sketches of Wonder Woman, drawn in 1941 by artist H.G. Peter for the superheroine’s creator William Moulton Marston, is up for sale for an undisclosed price.

Acquired originally from the artist’s estate, the sketches are made even more interesting because the page includes comments from both Peter and Marston about the design. Peter wrote:

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DC says goodbye to New York, Marvel responds perfectly

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When DC Comics bid farewell this morning on Twitter to New York City, its home since the founding of National Allied Publications in 1934, it may not have expected the touching reply from its biggest competitor.

“Thanks, NYC, for being part of DC Comics’ history for so many years,” the publisher tweeted as the last of its staff makes the move to Burbank, California. “And special thanks to everyone who’s worked here over those years.”

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