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Batman, Spider-Man kiss for magazine’s Comic-Con/Pride issue

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With Comic-Con International and San Diego Pride on the calendar this month, Pacific San Diego magazine decided to combine the two major events for the cover of its July issue. The result, as you can see, is a new take on the famous kissing scene from 2002′s Spider-Man, with Batman replacing Mary Jane. The accompanying banner reads “Heroes Welcome.”

“As Pride and Comic-Con descend upon San Diego, the time has come to reveal the truth: all heroes are welcome, even when they’re kissing their boyfriends,” David Perloff, the magazine’s publisher and editor-in-chief, told Fox 5. He also writes an imagined conversation between the two superheroes.

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Punisher & Red Hood get bloody in ‘Super Power Beat Down’

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If you’re unfamiliar with Machinima’s “Super Power Beat Down” short films, they’re essentially those “Who would win in a fight?” fan conversations brought to life — Wolverine vs.  Predator, Captain America vs. Master Chief, and so on — with the winner determined beforehand by vote. The latest installment is billed as “the bloodiest battle yet (and make no mistake, it is bloody, so consider yourself warned.)

Created by Bat in the Sun Productions, “Red Hood vs. Punisher” opens with Frank Castle in search of Jason Todd (who’s wanted for murder, aggravated assault, B&E and … disturbing the peace). Twenty seconds into the short, Frank finds his target — or rather his target finds him — beginning a pretty brutal, and well-choreographed, fight that continues for nearly three minutes.

I won’t say who wins, but you likely already have a good idea.

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Marvel-designed Brooklyn Nets mascot won’t return next season

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Bad news for fans of the BrooklyKnight: Grantland reports the Brooklyn Nets mascot won’t return next season, and is likely headed for mascot limbo. “We put a lot of effort into the BrooklyKnight,” the team said in a statement, “but we’ve decided to go in a different direction.”

The current mascot is the result of a 2012 consulting deal with Marvel, which designed a basketball-themed superhero in a metal mask and shield. As the BrooklyKnight’s Instagram shows, the Marvel connection continued to play a role in his appearances. In addition to photos of the mascot with Nets fans, there are shots of the “official superhero of the Brooklyn Nets” at New York Comic Con 2013, posing with cosplayers and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. convertible.

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SDCC | MAC to offer sneak peek at ‘Simpsons’ cosmetic line

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Last year MAC Cosmetics used Comic-Con International to introduce Archie’s Girls, a makeup line inspired by Betty and Veronica. But this year, Marge Simpson gets her turn in the spotlight.

Announced in May on Twitter, the Simpsons collection — released in celebration of the animated series’ 25th anniversary — officially arrives online Aug. 28 and in stores Sept. 4. However, according to Pret-a-Reporter, there will be a one-day sale/sneak peek on July 26 at the MAC Cosmetics store in San Diego’s Gaslamp District (234 Fifth Ave.).

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NFL bans ‘Shredder’ and ‘Bane’ face masks

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In late February, the NBA asked Miami Heat forward LeBron James not to wear the black protective face mask that drew comparisons to Batman and Bane. Now the NFL is making its own move against masks with similar comic-book parallels

NFL Network reports the league will ban non-standard/overbuilt face masks in the 2014 season, saying they aren’t up to safety standards. That means Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck will have to say farewell to his “Shredder Mask,” which he named because of its similarity to the one worn by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain. So too will Raiders rookie Khalil Mack, who wore a similar design in college.

And no Bane masks, either. According to NFL Network, four players last season wore what will soon be considered illegal face masks.

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War Machine really hates his job

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Considering James Rhodes’ impressive resume and references (Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, the President …), to say nothing of his multibillion-dollar armor, you’d think he would have a pretty great day job. However, as the video “War Machine at the Office” demonstrates, he faces many of the same problems other nine-to-fivers do: boorish co-workers, an insufferable boss and a troublesome photocopier.

On the plus side, he is, quite literally, a war machine, and is better equipped than the rest of us to handle that daily grind …

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Batman’s Tumbler forced to drop out of Gumball 3000 motor rally

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If everything had gone as planned, sometime Wednesday a street-legal replica of Batman’s Tumblr from Christopher Nolan’s movie trilogy would be crossing the finish line in Ibiza in a triumphant conclusion to the Gumball 3000.

Unfortunately, those plans went awry before the annual 3,000-mile motor rally even got under way last week in Miami Beach, Florida.

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NSFW Spider-Man statue removed after arousing complaints

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Sometimes your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man can get a bit too friendly. Case in point: the sculpture of the wall-crawler by Eunsuk Yoo that was (ahem) erected last year at the Lotte Shopping Center in Busan, South Korea.

As you can see from the decidedly not-safe-for-work photos below, courtesy of Kotaku, Peter Parker’s spider-sense isn’t the only thing tingling. However, despite the seemingly unmissable presence of Spider-Man’s amazing friend, the sculpture apparently dangled above the mall’s playground and rest area for about a year before it drew negative attention.

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Heroes keep an eye on Toronto from neighborhood watch signs

lamb4Toronto residents may have noticed a host of classic heroes, from Wonder Woman to Astro Boy to the Fantastic Four, are now protecting the city’s streets. At least that’s what many of the neighborhood watch signs insist.

According to CBC News, an artist calling himself Andrew Lamb has “hacked” as many as 70 of the signs, pasting over the familiar houses-with-eyeballs icons with the even more familiar figures from comic books, television and movies (Mr. Rogers, Cliff Huxtable and Dale Cooper, among them).

“I walked by and thought those signs would be much better with a superhero up there,” he told CBC News. “The first one was a splash page — a common thing in comic books, a bunch of superheros popping out at you. Then came Batman and Robin, RoboCop, Beverly Hills Cop, and then it snowballed.”

Lamb acknowledges his project is “technically illegal” — he’s received just two vandalism complaints — but he doesn’t believe it’s “ethically or morally wrong.”

You can see more photos of his handiwork below, and on Lamb’s Instagram account.

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The Mountain of ‘Game of Thrones’ Hulks out for kid’s birthday

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As fans of Game of Thrones can attest, Icelandic actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is an imposing figure. Standing at 6 feet 9 niches tall, the professional basketball player turned strongman competitor turned actor made his debut two weeks ago on the hit HBO series as the fearsome Gregor Clegane, aka the Mountain. And with Sunday’s episode, his impact was truly felt (by some more than others).

But Björnsson has a softer side, one the people of Westeros will never see: For a 3-year-old’s birthday party, he fulfilled the child’s wish to meet his favorite Marvel superhero by having himself airbrushed to look the Incredible Hulk.

Unfortunately, as you can see in the video below, the sight of a real-life Green Goliath was a little too much for the birthday boy …

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Real-life superhero team purges roster, adds fitness requirement

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Being a real-life superhero just got a little more real for a couple of Seattle-area vigilantes.

Famed costumed activist Phoenix Jones, founder and leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement, disbanded the group in late May only to reform it days later — only with more attention paid to the physical fitness of the budding vigilantes. In a recent interview with Seattle’s KING 5 TV, he said the area’s superhero community had become watered down by by an influx of new members, some of whom employed unethical tactics — carrying illegal weapons or refusing to give police their identities — or weren’t so “super” when it came to physical exertion.

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You too can shoot 12-foot flames from your wrists like Pyro

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This undoubtedly should be prefaced with the warning “DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS AT HOME,” but considering it’s billed by U.K. garage inventor Colin Furze as “DIY X-Men Pyro,” that would be useless. So, yes, the manic mind behind those automatic Wolverine claws and Magneto shoes is back, this time with a device that will permit you to shoot 12-foot flames from your wrists, because … what harm could come of that?

Here’s hoping Furze follows that quickly with DIY Iceman or DIY Storm to diminish some of the damage this will very likely cause.

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Watch UK inventor walk on ceiling with DIY Magneto shoes

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Colin Furze, the high-energy U.K. garage inventor who just last week unveiled his fully retractable Wolverine claws, has now turned his attention to another mutant: Magneto, the Master of Magnetism.

While Furze hasn’t figured out how to bend metal with his mind or hurl enemies with the wave of a hand (not yet, anyway), he has devised a magnetic shoes that allow him to walk on the ceiling. (OK, maybe he’s more Lionel Richie than Erik Lehnsherr.)

“Magnetic shoes, something it seems only NASA has done before me,” Furze writes. “Not even Ian McKellen used real ones in the X-Men films. I may not be controlling metal with my mind, but being ‘Magnetic’ is close enough for me.”

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Mad inventor creates fully automatic Wolverine claws

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Just in time for the premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past, high-energy U.K. garage inventor Colin Furze has created fully retractable metal claws that will undoubtedly make him the envy of every Wolverine fan, and the prime suspect in countless watermelon stabbings. While we can take issue with his “adamantium” claim in the video below — unless he’s also invented that metal alloy in our universe –  there’s little denying the claws are pretty amazing.

They’re 12-inch stainless steel blades activated by a Spider-Man-like palm trigger and powered by a compressed-air system housed in a backpack. Furze also shot a video that explains the entire process. Watch both below.

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Smell like retribution, redemption with ‘Pretty Deadly’ perfumes

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, the company that’s created fragrances inspired by Hellboy, Irredeemable, Grendel and even Neil Gaiman, has now turned its attention — and its nose — to Pretty Deadly, the mythic Western created by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios.

The new line of perfume oil blends includes Alice, The Reaper of Cruelty, described as “Bourbon geranium emboldened by the rich scent of aged patchouli, the sweetness of peach, raspberry leaf, and bourbon vanilla, surrounded by a butterfly swarm of spicy carnation and Italian bergamot,” and Ginny, The Reaper of Vengeance, characterized as “Sharp tobacco flower and white cognac, a thin layer of smoke, and dusty black pepper pierced by the amber of her eyes.”

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