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Anti-Islam bus ads defaced with images of Ms. Marvel

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Via Street Cred – Advertising For the People

Controversial ads on the sides of San Francisco buses that equate Islam with Nazism have been defaced with images of Marvel’s Kamala Khan, accompanied by slogans like “Stamp Out Racism.”

According to SFGate, these banners — only the latest purchased by blogger Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative — went up on buses on Jan. 9, and feature an image of Adolf Hitler and Palestinian Muslim leader Haj Amin al-Husseini, who opposed Zionism. With the headline, “Islamic Jew-Hatred: It’s In The Quran,” the ads encouraged an end to aid to all Islamic countries.

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DC solicits ‘Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle’

batman465Amid efforts by relatives and colleagues to raise money for veteran Batman artist Norm Breyfogle‘s medical care, DC Comics appears to have rushed solicitation of Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle, Vol. 1.

The 54-year-old artist was hospitalized in mid-December following a stroke that paralyzed his left side, including his drawing hand. Breyfogle has no health insurance, and his savings was eaten away by the hospital stay, leading his brother and sister-in-law to launch an online fundraising campaign to help pay for months of care and physical therapy.

To date, the effort has generated nearly $86,000 of its $200,000 goal.

Related: On Norm Breyfogle: What Would Batman Do?

DC Comics had no comment about the collection or its timing, but the blog Collected Editions notes it hadn’t part of the publisher’s 2015 releases.

No details are known beyond the Amazon listing, which specifies a 520-page hardcover, set for release on July 7 for $34.35.

A fixture of DC from 1987 to 1995, collaborating with writer Alan Grant on Detective Comics, Batman and Shadow of the Bat. The folks at Collected Editions speculate what storylines might be included in the hardcover.

Impressive video timeline documents ‘every X-Man ever’

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Much like DC Comics’ Legion of Super-Heroes, Marvel’s X-Men can seem a bit impenetrable. Readers have to contend not only with the team’s nearly 52-year history — minus that five-year period when no new stories were published — but also multiple titles, alternate universes and recons. Y’know, the usual stuff.

Luckily, IGN has produced “Every X-Man Ever,” a nearly 11-and-a-half-minute video infographic that is billed as “detailing everyone who ever joined Professor Xavier’s team of X-Men.” Naturally, that’s your cue to interject with, “But they forgot …”

If you prefer a text version, IGN has that too.

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Marvel isn’t looking to ‘align continuity’ between comics and film

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Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #7

Grumblings that Marvel alters its comics to more closely resemble their on-screen depictions date back to at least 2001, when Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely put the X-Men in leather.

With the founding of Marvel Studios and the rise of the tightly knit Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, there are increasing complaints about continuity changes perceived to be in service to corporate synergy, most recently in the parentage of Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.

But in a wide-ranging interview with ICv2.com, Marvel Publisher Dan Buckley dismisses any assertion there’s a conscious effort to align continuity — “I think people like to jump to conclusions” — while acknowledging that of course the films are going to have some influence on creators.

“We all remember picking up our X-Men books in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s,” he said. “The Professor would go in to put Cerebro on and he’d wear a helmet in a room, and whatever room that was and whatever it looked like was up to the artist du jour. But that room now, after the X-Men movie when he rolled into that big open area with the metallic globe that he is sitting inside of with the ramp, and then he puts the helmet on, you go into a Marvel comic now and that’s what that room looks like. The movie defined the mass market perception of what Cerebro looks like. The comics guys are looking at it and thinking, ‘That’s pretty cool, I think I’ll do that!’ So, to say that one medium does not influence the other a great deal would be lying.

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Original ‘hit list’ reveals a very different ‘Infinite Crisis’

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The 2005-2006 DC Comics crossover Infinite Crisis may be best remembered for Superboy-Prime’s “continuity punch,” and for a staggeringly high body count. However, it turns out that figure could’ve been a little higher, and perhaps even more controversial.

While cleaning his basement, DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio uncovered the original whiteboard pages laying out the event’s timeline, as well as a “hit list’ (below), which is exactly what it sounds like — a rundown of characters marked for death.

“Always fun to see where we started now that we know where it ended up,” DiDio wrote on his Facebook page.

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Marvel takes jab at 2013 DC with “WTD Certified” promo

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Two years ago this month, DC Comics announced that all of its April 2013 New 52 releases would be “WTF Certified,” its name for a series of gatefold covers poised to reveal surprising developments when folded out. The promotion drew some criticism, stemming from the fact that the “F” in “WTF” stands for a word you won’t find in any of DC’s superhero comics. Ultimately, while DC went forward with the gatefold covers themselves, the “WTF Certified” branding was abandoned.

Marvel showed they haven’t forgotten any of that with the release of a “WTD Certified” teaser image on Thursday afternoon, closely mimicking DC’s scrapped “WTF” logo. What exactly “WTD” stands for in this instance is unclear, though “What the Deadpool” is an easy first guess (he’s dying that month, after all). An answer should be coming soon — “WTD Certified” is tied to April’s releases, and Marvel’s solicitations for that month are likely to hit early next week. The full teaser follows below.

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Plans for a Marvel ‘Swimsuit Special’ have been (sadly) scrapped

UPDATE 1/14/2014 4:25 PM PT: Kris Anka has clarified the nature of the scrapped project on his Tumblr, writing, “The sketches I posted were not for an official project to be published by Marvel. They were for an artists’ sketchbook that Kevin Wada and myself were going to pitch to Marvel for approval. Kevin and I decided to pull the plug on this project, not Marvel. We were proud of our work so far, so we wanted to share what we had done.”


Art by Kevin Wada

Art by Kevin Wada

If you were holding out hopes for a return of the Marvel Swimsuit Specials of the early 1990s, you’re about to be disappointed: Artist Kris Anka revealed that while he Kevin Wada were indeed working on a one-shot, that’s unfortunately no longer the case.

“I write to you today with the somber news that after a few months back and forth with the powers-that-be, circumstances have arisen that have forced us to stop production on this project,” he said on his blog, later adding, “While we are both disappointed that we can no longer work on this, there was no malice behind this decision. It is what it is.”

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Todd McFarlane traces the evolution of Spawn’s costume

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Ahead of the arrival of the landmark 250th issue, Todd McFarlane has unveiled “The Evolution of Spawn,” a graphic tracing the character’s numerous costumes, from the original design to the Greg Capullo-drawn Commando Spawn to Jonboy Meyers’ upcoming interpretation.

“And if you’re doing the math, that’s 24 YEARS. TWENTY-FOUR!!!!!!!!” McFarlane writes on Facebook. “It’s cool to look back and see how things have changed since 1992….it’s hard to believe we’re already coming up on our #250th issue.”

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Sharp styles, sharper shooting in new ‘Scarlett Couture’ trailer

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Titan Comics has provided ROBOT 6 with a first look at the new trailer for Scarlett Couture, the long-teased espionage-adventure series by Des Taylor.

Originally announced for release in October 2014, the comic will now debut April 29, bringing with it a healthy dose of high-octane spy action, with plenty of high fashion.

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The unreleased ‘Final Fantasy’ comic by Busiek, Barras & Mignola

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There’s a mountain of comic book projects that were solicited, advertised and told that never saw the light of day, and now we have one more lost treasure to add to that list: a Final Fantasy series by Kurt Busiek, Del Barras and Mike Mignola.

Commissioned by the defunct Disney imprint Hollywood Comics, the story was to be a four-issue adaptation of the video game Final Fantasy IV (released in 1991 in North America as Final Fantasy II). Busiek got the job by pitching an original story set in the Final Fantasy universe, with publisher Square (now Square Enix) then shifting him over to the adaptation of the then-forthcoming video game.

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Robot 6’s favorite comics of 2014

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As ROBOT 6’s sixth-anniversary celebration winds down, our contributors look back at some of their favorite comics of 2014, from Ms. Marvel and The Multiversity to Sex Criminals and How to Be Happy.

Let us know what some of your favorites of 2014 were in the comments section.

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Preview | Degen’s ‘Mighty Star’ hits the ground in April

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Courtesy of Koyama Press, we’re pleased to bring you a preview of Mighty Star and the Castle of the Cancatervater by A. Degen, part of the publisher’s spring lineup. Collecting the webcomic that appeared on the Study Group website, the mostly silent graphic novel puts a surreal spin on the superhero tale.

Check out a preview and additional details below, and look for it in April.

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Exclusive preview | Ferrier & Neogi’s ‘Curb Stomp’ #1

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Rumors of punk rock’s death were greatly exaggerated, and here in the new year it’s coming to comics in the creator-driven miniseries Curb Stomp, from BOOM! Studios. Taking cues from the 1980s hardcore music scene and post-apocalyptic fiction, Ryan Ferrier and Devaki Neogi’s four-issue tale follows an all-girl street gang known as the Fever as they fight through the streets of a dilapidated metropolis.

Ferrier spoke with Comic Book Resources about the miniseries just this week.

BOOM! has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive preview of Curb Stomp #1 in advance of its Feb. 25 debut, along with covers by Tula Lotay and Marie Bergeron.

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Pull back the curtain on ‘Hoax Hunters’ Season 2

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Following a successful run at Image Comics, Hoax Hunters is coming back for a second season, only this time at Heavy Metal, where the series will launch the publishing company’s first comics line.

Created by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley, Hoax Hunters centers on three reality-TV show hosts who travel the country, appearing to debunk paranormal mysteries. However, they’re actually covering up the existence of aliens, monsters and other things that go bump in the night.

Ahead of the March debut of Season 2, writers Moreci and Seeley and artist Christian Dibari gave ROBOT 6 an exclusive peek behind the scenes of Issue 1, revealing script excerpts, thumbnail sketches, inked pages and the cover process.
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Preview | A sidekick strikes back in Delsante & Isaakse’s ‘Stray’

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As part of ROBOT 6’s sixth-anniversary celebration, we’re pleased to present an exclusive look at the covers for Stray #4, as well as a preview of Issue 3, currently in Previews.

Created by Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse, and published by Action Lab, Stray tells the story of the Rottweiler, the former teen sidekick to the Doberman. When his former mentor is killed, Rottweiler returns to the costumed life to try to solve the murder — but will he take up his mentor’s mantle, or follow his own path?

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