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After 23 surgeries to look like Superman, ‘Man of Plastic’ meets his Kryptonite

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Herbert Chavez, the Superman fanatic who’s undergone 23 surgeries to make himself look more like the Man of Steel, may have discovered his Kryptonite: his doctors.

Over the past 18 years, the Filipino man has spent thousands of dollars in hopes of achieving his goal — liposuction, eye surgery, skin lightening, cheek and jaw augmentation — you name it. “I hope to become the Man of Plastic,” he says.

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An 8-year-old fan wrote Steve Ditko a letter, and here’s how Ditko responded

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Steve Ditko isn’t known for being a chatty fellow with the press, but one 8-year-old just nabbed the exclusive of a lifetime.

A young comic reader named Carl runs the blog Carl’s Comix! with help from his father. Although Carl is a big fan of Spider-Man and Batman, he more frequently talks about the old-school stuff, like ’60s Flash comics and early Amazing Spider-Man stories. That’s why he took it upon himself to write to the legendary Ditko.

Carl wanted to know whether any of Ditko’s teachers made him want to get into comics, and also what he had the most fun drawing. He capped it off by thanking the artist for inventing Spider-Man. It was a fan letter anyone might’ve have written at one point or another in their lives, but Carl’s actually received a response.

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‘Mad Max’ mega-fan spends $125,000 to build his own Interceptor

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When Dale Walker first saw George Miller’s 1979 classic Mad Max, he swore he’d one day own a car just like the Interceptor. Three decades and $125,000 later, he does.

Tracking down a rough-looking 1972 Australian Ford Falcon in 2008, the Michigan man began the process of pimping his post-apocalyptic ride. The engine alone cost $12,000.

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Your Batman collection will never be as big as this guy’s

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Within just 10 years, Batman fanatic Somchai Nitimongkolchai has amassed the largest private collection of Dark Knight memorabilia in Thailand, and (he thinks) quite possibly the world.

Nitimongkolchai fell in love with the superhero after watching Christian Bale’s performance in 2005’s Batman Begins. “His acting was so good that it made me feel like Batman was real,” he told Coconut Bangkok.

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Amazing Spider-Dad honors son’s memory with spectacular short film

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Parkour athlete Mike Wilson — better known as the Amazing Spider-Dad — made news last fall after delivering a special surprise on his son’s fifth birthday: dressing as Spider-Man and jumping from the roof of his Basingstoke, England home, as captured in a widely distributed video. His son, Jayden, was a major Spidey fan who had been diagnosed with a grade 4 brain stem tumor in 2013.

Jayden passed away last December, but Wilson is keeping his son’s memory alive in the form of an “Amazing Spider-Dad” short film. Starring Wilson, the film — sporting seriously impressive production values — ends with a similar scene as the original video, and narration with Spider-Dad crediting Jayden for his ability to perform paternal superheroics: “Whatever life holds in store for us, I’ll remember one little boy who inspired me to do great things. To help others, and surround myself with positive people.” Home video footage of Jayden plays in the midst of the credits.

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This Studio Ghibli tattoo sleeve will be the envy of Miyazaki fans

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If your plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Studio Ghibli don’t include a tattoo sleeve inspired by some of Hayao Miyazaki’s most beloved films, well … then maybe you’re not a real fan.

The work of Andy Kurth of Electric Chair Tattoo in Clio, Michigan, this amazing sleeve features characters and scenes from Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.

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Dwight Howard is now ‘The Flash,’ and has the car to prove it

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Long known as “Superman,” NBA star Dwight Howard is hanging up his cape and adopting a new superhero moniker: The Flash.

This is a complete reboot, too, with the Houston Rockets center going so far as to get a Flash-inspired makeover for his 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. It has a custom paint job, logos on the hood, gas tank and seats, and special gold and red rims, at a cost of about $65,000.

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T’Challa graces the cover of ‘Time,’ ‘Wired’ in fan-made images

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You know you’ve created something special when the fanbase starts marketing for you.

Sure there’s the fans that get folks pumped up through general word-of-mouth hype and excitement, but then there are the ones who go above and beyond — fans like mechanical engineer Darian Robbins, whose mock magazine covers for Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Black Panther” film have become a viral hit.

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Chinese art teacher builds his own 11-foot Hulkbuster

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Tony Stark, meet your newest — and possibly fiercest — rival: 26-year-old Xing Yile, a middle-school art teacher from China’s Henan province.

After seeing a trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Xing and some friends decided to recreate Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor. According to Business Insider, they worked for two months in an underground parking garage in Zhengzhou, assembling the 11-foot-tall replica out of more than 100 fiberglass-reinforced plastic components.

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‘Arrow’-themed prom dress doesn’t fail this high school fan

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When her high school was failed by an “awful” prom theme — “Sweet Dreams (or Candy Land)” could only be the work of Ra’s al Ghul — Danielle Taylor set out to make things right … by attending in a dress inspired by Arrow.

In a Facebook post written to series star Stephen Amell, Taylor showcases photos of herself in an emerald-green gown, hood and matching sneakers (for a round of after-prom crimefighting, undoubtedly), and carrying a bow. Her friend Ashlyn, dressed in red, stood in for The Flash.

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In this Hulkbuster highchair, a little Avenger can face any threat

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Tony Star can don Hulkbuster armor to go toe to toe with the Incredible Hulk, but what defense do baby nerds have against other green threats, like pureed peas and Brussels sprouts? If you’re this lucky little girl, you have a Hulkbuster highchair.

It’s of course the work of Tim Baker Creations, which we’ve previously spotlighted for the Groot swing and Batmobile stroller. Presented by Super-Fan Builds to Iron Man devotee Natasha Vineyard and her daughter Amelia, the Hulkbuster is made from a high chair reinforced with a steel frame, and sculpted foam.

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Beware the Court of Owls, even at the Stanley Cup Playoffs

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Apparently not content to operate behind the scenes of Gotham City, the Court of Owls was spotted Wednesday night attempting to infiltrate the Stanley Cup Playoffs. We can only guess what the ancient cabal had planned: An assassination to change the direction of the NHL? The kidnapping of a future Talon?

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‘Star Wars’ fan creates his own working BB-8 droid

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The breakout star of the too-short teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, BB-8 made a splash over the weekend at Star Wars Celebration. However, before the little droid took the stage in Anaheim, California, one Star Wars fan had already brought his own version of the adorable little droid to life.

Much like Disney CEO Bob Iger, industrial designer Christian Poulsen looked to Colorado startup Sphero to help bring BB-8 to life. Using one of the company’s smartphone-controlled robotic balls as a foundation, Poulsen added polyurethane foam, magnets and spray paint and came up with a miniature version of the droid he was looking for.

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Photos of newborn superheroes will melt even a villain’s icy heart

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When the call went out at BoredPanda for readers to submit “a cute photo of your baby showing their (or their parents’) true nerdy colors,” I’m not sure anyone was prepared for the avalanche of adorableness about to be unleashed. Because, honestly, how could you be ready for an actual Baby Groot (who probably won’t be dancing for several months yet), or a pint-sized Ninja Turtle, complete with pizza slices?

While I’ve spotlighted many of the superhero-themed photos, the BoredPanda thread also features plenty of babies representing Harry Potter, Star Wars and video game fandom.

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The guy with the Stan Lee tattoo

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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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