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Witty superhero business cards perfectly sum up iconic crime fighters

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Many comic book crime fighters are content to let a pile of unconscious criminals be their calling card. Maybe a few of them affix a note to one of the hog-tied bad guys, but that’s about it. But what if superheroes had business cards like every other working person? A batch of superhero business cards have appeared at 123 Print’s blog; a team of designers at the UK company created a set of business cards for Marvel and DC heroes, each one customized to the hero’s personality and line of work.

The business cards feature a lot of graphic design innovation and specific references. Daredevil’s is done in braille, Captain America’s touts his World War II history, Green Arrow’s addresses his signature weapon and Spider-Man’s incorporates the hero’s agility in a surprising way.

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Happy birthday, Superman!

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Art by John Byrne, from “Time” magazine

Since his debut nearly 78 years ago, Superman has had a handful of different “birth dates,” including Dec. 1 and sometime in October, but Feb. 29 — Leap Day! — is the one that’s more or less stuck. It’s the date longtime Superman editor Julius Schwartz settled on, and the one mentioned both in the celebrated 1985 story “For the Man Who Has Everything” and in Time‘s 1988 cover story.

And it’s the date DC Comics has embraced (although not always consistently in its books), and is celebrating this year with a 65 percent-off sale on select Superman digital collected editions.

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Artist offering $5K reward for stolen Bill Sienkiewicz Batman art

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Original Batman artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz has been stolen. The unidentified thief reportedly tore open the package carrying the art, while it was being shipped to a client in France.

Chicago-based artist and art dealer Sal Abbinanti informed CBR of the news, and noted that he’s offering a $5000 reward for anybody who’s able to return the piece.

Take a look at Sienkiewicz’s stellar work below:

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Crash leaves ‘Deadpool’ comics strewn across highway

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A collision this morning south of Columbus, Ohio, involving two semi trucks left a lane of interstate closed most of the day as workers cleared debris — including hundreds of comic books — from the highway.

As you can see from the images and video, Deadpool, Vol. 9: Institutionalized was among the casualties.

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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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