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Judge shuts down lawsuit over ‘Iron Man’ armor design


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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McFarlane Toys scares up ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ construction sets


McFarlane Toys has joined forces with video game creator Scott Cawthon to bring fans collectible construction sets based on the popular “Five Nights at Freddy’s” horror franchise.

A Walmart exclusive, the first “Five Nights at Freddy’s” set — the iconic “Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza” restaurant — “features 3 figures (Freddy, Bonnie & Chica), party balloons, arcade cabinet, star streamers, happy birthday banner, party stage, decorative clouds and stereo speaker.” When placed together with the additional “Five Nights at Freddy’s” construction sets, it will build the camera map from the game.

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Spider-Man faces Darth Maul (again) in ‘Super Power Beat Down’


If you didn’t quite buy the result of their original battle, “Super Power Beat Down” is back with an alternate ending to the showdown between Spider-Man and Darth Maul.

This time, it’s not only the wall-crawler who has the benefit of the alien symbiote: Here, Darth Sidious’ apprentice dips his hand into that inky pool, resulting in a whole lotta horns, and a whole lotta … tongue.

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Garbage Pail Kids cast their vote with new presidential candidate cards


Managing to straddle the divide between timely and nostalgic, Topps has unveiled nine new Garbage Pail Kids cards featuring the presidential candidates, just in time for the New Hampshire primary. There’s a catch, however: They’re only available for 24 hours.

That’s probably just as well, though, considering that by this time Wednesday, a couple of those candidates will probably have dropped out of the race.

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Comics A.M. | Near-mint ‘Amazing Fantasy’ #15 could sell for $400K

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Auctions | A near-mint copy of Marvel Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the 1962 first appearance of Spider-Man, is expected to sell for more than $400,000 at auction later this month. “We think this comic has the potential to realize the highest price ever paid at public auction for a Spider-Man comic book,” said Lon Allen, managing director of the comics department at Heritage Auctions. “It could soar well past our estimate.” [Fine Books & Collections]

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Hasbro rolls out a ‘Transformers’-inspired album


Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron and the other robots in disguise are finally getting a soundtrack to their lives with Transformers Roll Out, the first-ever album inspired by the long-running franchise.

Announced this morning by Hasbro Studios, the collection features 10 tracks from a blend of established and up-and-coming alternative, rock and indie pop acts, ranging from Bush and Born Cages to Elle Rae and MEW.

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‘The Simpsons’ meets ‘Making a Murderer’ in this perfect parody


As our national obsession continues with Making a Murderer, Vulture mashes together the Netflix documentary series and another cultural phenomenon to come up with … Making a Simpsons Murderer.

It’s a note-perfect remix that details Homer Simpson’s wrongful imprisonment for the shooting of C. Montgomery Burns, and his exoneration 18 years later. His freedom is brief, however, as he’s arrested again, this time for the murder of Myrna Bellamy.

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Spider-Gwen swings in with her own Kotobukiya Bishoujo Statue


After a bit of teasing, Kotobukiya has officially unveiled its Spider-Gwen Bishoujo Statue.

Standing about 8.8 inches tall, the 1/7th-scale PVC statue features interchangeable masked and unmasked portraits. Although there’s not much information available beyond that, we do know that Spider-Gwen will be released in August.

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‘This One Summer’ pulled from libraries in two Florida school districts

this one summer1This One Summer, the award-winning graphic novel by cousins Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki, has been removed from elementary school libraries in two Florida school districts. One district is also pulling the book from high school libraries.

The action followed a complaint from Melissa Allison, the mother of a third-grader who checked the book out of the library at Sabal Point Elementary School in Longwood, Florida. “How do you explain to a 9-year-old the graphic things that were in this book?” Allison said.

The main character of This One Summer, Rose, is on the brink of adolescence but not quite there yet. She and her family are spending their summer vacation at a lake house, where Rose is fascinated by the lives of the local teens (one of whom is pregnant). At the same time, she’s dealing with tensions within her own family and with her younger friend Windy. The book includes some crude language and blunt talk about sex. Publisher First Second gives This One Summer an age rating of 12-18 years on its website, and a number of library review sites give it 12+ and 13+ ratings.

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Dan Hipp’s ‘Star Wars’/’Inside Out’ mash-up will tear you apart


Brace yourselves, because this piece of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” art might just touch on all of your emotions — and it also plays with some “Force Awakens” spoilers just in case you haven’t yet contributed to the film’s $2 billion box office haul.

Artist Dan Hipp has created an image that cuts right to the heart of new villain Kylo Ren, and it uses imagery from “Inside Out” to do it. If you thought this summer’s Pixar film was a tearjerker already, just wait until you see the film’s mental-mechanics applied to “The Force Awakens'” tragic villain.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Naruto,’ ‘One-Punch Man’ top book store sales

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Graphic Novels | The one-volume Naruto sequel, Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, and the first four volumes of One-Punch Man dominate the BookScan top 20 graphic novels list for January, taking five of the top six slots and making room only for Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home. BookScan tracks sales in bookstores, and the presence of not only Fun Home but Watchmen and American Born Chinese suggests that graphic novels are popping up on lots of required-reading lists for the spring semester. Three collected editions of Star Wars comics, the first four volumes of Tokyo Ghoul, and the fifth volume of Saga also made the list. [ICv2]

Passings | Linus Maurer, a professional cartoonist whose name Charles Schulz borrowed for his Peanuts character, has died at the age of 90. Maurer was a co-worker of Schulz’s at the Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis when Schulz was developing the characters for Peanuts. “Linus came from a drawing that I made one day of a face almost like the one he now has,” Schulz later wrote. “I experimented with some wild hair, and showed the sketch to a friend of mine who sat near me at art instruction, whose name was Linus Maurer. It seemed appropriate that I should name the character Linus.” Maurer started his career as an illustrator and was an art director for the McCann Erickson ad agency before becoming a full-time cartoonist, working on a number of nationally syndicated comics including Old Harrigan, Abracadabra, and In the Beginning. In his later years he was a cartoonist for the Sonoma Index-Tribune. “I feel very honored that Schulz used my name in his strip,” Maurer said in an interview in 2000. “I can’t imagine what my life would have been like if the cartoon Linus had never existed. I think we have a lot in common. We’re both philosophical and level-headed.” Maurer didn’t carry a security blanket, but, he said, “I do keep a lot of sweaters and jackets in the trunk of my car.” [The Press Democrat]

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Music legend Weird Al immortalized in new line of action figures


NECA Toys is launching a line of “Weird Al” Yankovic action figures, resurrecting the many looks of the legendary polka/parody musician.

Yankovic made the announcement over at his Facebook page, teasing one of the figures that adapts his classic ’80s look:

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‘The Wizard of Oz’ gets the Michael Bay treatment in explosive mash-up trailer


Did you ever wonder what it might be like if “Transformers” director Michael Bay helmed a classic film like “The Wizard of Oz?” Well, wonder no more!

Mashable has re-cut footage from the original 1939 film in the style of Bay’s blockbuster films. Complete with climactic music and lens flares, the mash-up trailer invites viewers to “Click your heels,” “Discover your courage” and “Follow your heart” over footage of the war between Dorothy, her friends and the Wicked Witch of the West. Oh, and there might be an explosion somewhere in there, too.

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Store Tour | Up Up & Away! in Cincinnati, Ohio


Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit

This week’s store is Up Up & Away!, located at 5885 Pfeiffer Road in the Blue Ash suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio. We spoke with owner Kendall Swafford.

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Mezco’s Green Arrow action figure will not fail your collection

Mezco’s One:12 Collective series — comprised of highly-detailed, 1/12-scale action figures — shows no sign of slowing down as Oliver Queen a.k.a Green Arrow is next in line to get the prestigious treatment.

As part of their pre-Toy Fair event, the New York-based Mezco showed off the new Green Arrow figure along with previously revealed entries in the line. While no further details for the Green Arrow figure have been revealed, if it has the same specs as the other figures in the One:12 Collective series, it will have 32 points of articulation, and cost roughly $65-75 USD.

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