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Judge shuts down lawsuit over ‘Iron Man’ armor design

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A judge has ruled that a lawsuit over the design for the “Iron Man” armor — which prosecutors Ben Lai and Ray Lai say is based on designs from their independent comic, “Radix” — has no place in the Massachusetts courts.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney and Marvel are protected from the lawsuit because state-level judge Denise Casper has decided the matter doesn’t belong in the Massachusetts courts. Casper said, “…the claims lack relatedness to his state with no specific allegations tying transactions, creations or marketing to Massachusetts.”

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MTV’s 1992 tour of Marvel Comics is a mind-blowing, mullet-filled time capsule

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On February 10, 1992, MTV VJ Karyn Bryant set up shop in the Marvel Comics bullpen to get the inside scoop on how comics were made at the height of the industry boom, while also tossing to awesome new videos from Seal, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana and Genesis. Almost 22 years later, the video of Bryant’s day of picking up “Deathlok” issues and peeking over letterer’s shoulders has made its way online.

The video was uploaded by former Marvel employee Jared Osborn, who can be seen early on in the video lettering a panel featuring Nightcrawler and Wolverine. Bryant also talks to another letterer, Dave, that’s working on “Web of Spider-Man” #88 on top of his “120 Minutes”-esque workspace.

Most awesomely, Bryant gets facetime with Bob Harras, editor of the X-Men line at the time, and senior executive editor Mark Gruenwald, who talks about his groundbreaking run as writer on “Captain America.”

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Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman join forces for Jelly Belly

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Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will grace bags of jelly beans this spring with the launch of the Jelly Belly Super Hero Collection.

Jelly Belly Candy Co. has teamed with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for the series of branded bags, which will contain a mix of shimmering versions of Berry Blue, Blueberry, Cream Soda, Sour Lemon, Very Cherry and Wild Blackberry (alas, there are no new flavors created specifically for the heroes).

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Wonder Woman, LexCorp arrive on official ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ merchandise

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In addition to their previously announced line of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” T-shirts, Merchoid has unveiled several official new pieces of merchandise for the film, including a line of baseball caps and bags. This time around, the merchandise features Wonder Woman and LexCorp as well as Batman and Superman.

The new merchandise features both the logos of each respective character as well as full figure shots of the characters in action. Several of the designs are printed with a sublimated “allover” technique, which allows the design to cover the entire shirt. The designs are available in both mens’ and womens’ cuts.

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First clue hints mystery behind C-3PO’s red arm in ‘The Force Awakens’

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Tony Harris’s cover to “Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1,” due in stores February.

“Star Wars” fans have their first clue into an “Episode VII” mystery set to be explored in an upcoming Marvel comic.

“You probably don’t recognize me with my red arm,” “Star Wars” mainstay C-3PO proclaims upon his on screen arrival in “Episode VII: The Force Awakens,” leaving fans to wonder what no-doubt riveting (natch) saga could be behind the replacement part that does not at all seem like a toyetic storytelling gimmick. It is not remarked upon again in the film.

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Brighten up your comics storage with printed art boxes

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Making plain ol’ white cardboard short boxes a thing of the past, BCW Supplies has introduced a new line featuring licensed comics art.

The series debuts with colorful art by Terry and Rachel Dodson from Dark Horse’s Ghost, printed on a cardboard storage box that can hold anywhere from 150 to 175 comics (depending upon whether they’re bagged and boarded).

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Cleveland’s planned Superman monument takes a leap forward

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The design of a Superman monument planned for Cleveland’s lakefront leaped one more hurdle in a single bound Thursday as the project moved closer to reality.

The Plain Dealer reports the initial proposal was unanimously approved by the city’s Downtown/Flats Design Review Committee, and it will move on today for review by the Planning Commission.

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Batman, Green Lantern join Rugby Union’s Justice League jersey roster

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Ospreys Rugby and Connacht Rugby have unveiled their new superhero-themed uniforms, designed to resemble the costumes worn by Justice League members Batman and Green Lantern.

The Ospreys’ Dark Knight-inspired jerseys make their debut November 28 when the team takes the field against the Cardiff Blues. After being worn for two games, the jerseys will be authenticated and auctioned off for charity.

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Watch: The 75-year evolution of Batman’s Gotham City

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Perhaps no comic book setting provokes as much thought, or as much reinterpretation, as Gotham, which not only gave birth to Batman and his incomparable rogues gallery, but also numerous musings on the ever-changing nature of the fictional city.

The latest is Nerdwriter’s wonderful video essay “The Evolution of Batman’s Gotham City,” which traces the setting’s many interpretations over the past 75 years, from its earliest appearances in DC Comics titles and its redefining interpretation in Tim Burton’s Batman films to its near-destruction in “No Man’s Land” and its more grounded depiction in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.

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Kirkman and Azaceta’s ‘Outcast’ takes possession of a Toyota Scion

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After partnering with Hyndai last year for a special-edition Walking Dead Tucson, Robert Kirkman and Skybound Entertainment have teamed with Toyota for a special Scion inspired by Outcast.

Reflecting the theme of demonic possession, the Scion iA Concept will seemingly be able to operate on its own using pneumatic movements and an automated sequence of light and audio effects. That means it’ll “gyrate, smoke” and even change colors. The orange, black and green-toned car also features a “demonic spirit graphic” inspired by the comic (and, soon, TV) series, created by Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.

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Julian Assange inspires new ‘Asterix’ character

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Sure to be one of the top-selling comics of the year, Asterix and the Missing Scroll will debut next week, returning the protagonists to Gaul, and introducing a character inspired by WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.

Confoundtheirpolitix is a journalist working for the Condatum Echo, although writer Jean-Yves Ferri reveals to Agence France-Presse that he was almost named Wikilix, in a nod to the website.

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Work like a superhero with these Justice League office products

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It’s not easy to feel like you could save the world when you’re not sure you can make it until lunchtime. However, these Justice League-themed office products might be what you need to power through the day. Because who doesn’t like cool office products?

Available for preorder from Icon Heroes through the October Previews catalog, there are metal business card cases featuring the logos of Wonder Woman (item code OCT152828) and The Flash (OCT152827), priced at $30 each.

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‘Limitless’ brings comic book staple to life in awesome sight gag

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When you think about CBS’ TV spinoff of “Limitless,” comic books probably aren’t the first thing to come to mind. However, a scene from the latest episode may just change that.

During a scene where protagonist Brian Finch (Jake McDorman) speaks with FBI agent Rebecca Harris (Jennifer Carpenter), he reveals he “checked in” with everybody in the FBI field office that day by reading their lips. As he describes this to her, he flashes back to an earlier time; the audience sees the room from Brian’s perspective as he surveys the scene, and speech balloons pop up in front of everyone who’s talking. If you think it looks awesome in the photos here, you should check out the scene in motion, as the bubbles float and move with each person in the room.

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The 30-plus year evolution of Frank Miller’s Superman

DKIIIMini1200-560f23e66e7918-48458184-a409dFrank Miller will return to the “Dark Knight” world this November with “Dark Knight III: The Master Race,” the conclusion of his Batman story that started with 1986’s seminal “The Dark Knight Returns.” Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson are illustrating the main story, but fans were left wondering to what capacity, if any, Miller himself would contribute art. That all changed Monday when DC unveiled cover art by Frank Miller for “Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom” #1, an Atom-centric minicomic included with the first issue of “Master Race.” The image is highly stylized, to say the least, featuring a wrinkled, grimacing Superman with huge fists and a noticeable bulge in the red underwear region. And boy, the Internet reaction was swift. The backlash was vocal, with fans Tweeting their disapproval, jokes and comparisons to Popeye and Miller’s output to the work of other divisive artists. io9.com jumped into the mix with a post titled “DC Lets Frank Miller Draw Superman’s Penis for ‘Dark Knight III.'”

Before too long, “Astro City” writer Kurt Busiek came to Miller’s defense with a string of tweets aimed directly at the haters. “This shot of Superman says everything Frank Miller wants to establish about Superman in this world,” tweeted Busiek before going on to further drive the point home that Miller’s interpretation of the Man of Steel is completely intentional. “It’s cartooning, it’s Frank presenting an idea of Superman that isn’t sleek and pretty,” Busiek said.

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As fans mock Frank Miller’s ‘Dark Knight III’ cover, Kurt Busiek defends it

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The debut of Frank Miller’s cover for the minicomic accompanying Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 was greeted Monday with a mixture of confusion and criticism, as many fans tried to figure out what happened to the legendary artist. “DC Lets Frank Miller Draw Superman’s Penis For Dark Knight III,” reads the headline on io9.com.

But as the jokes flew on social media, Astro City writer Kurt Busiek stepped up with an alternate view: that Miller, revered for his work on Daredevil, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, knows precisely what he’s doing.

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