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‘Archie Vs. Predator’ #1 doesn’t fall prey to one-off gag

avp coverWell, Archie Meets The Punisher no longer seems that weird of an intercompany crossover, does it?

In Archie Vs. Predator, the unstoppable killing machine of the sci-fi horror franchise that’s previously taken on such comic book tough guys as Batman, Tarzan and Judge Dredd sets his triangular laser sighting mechanism on all-American teen Archie Andrews.

The title, and the premise it suggests, is this comic’s very best gag. Really, the only thing funnier than the thought of an Archie vs. Predator miniseries is knowing that it actually exists.

But is there anything to it, beyond the central joke that’ so wonderfully told on artist Fernando Ruiz’s cover to the first issue?

Surprisingly, yes.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Little Archie’ cartoonist Dexter Taylor passes away

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The Adventures of Little Archie #37

Passings | Dexter Taylor, the longtime writer and artist of The Adventures of Little Archie, has died at age 84. He began working for Archie Comics in the 1950s, first in the production department and then as an assistant to artist Bob Bolling on Little Archie before taking the reins on the title in 1965. His run continued until the series ended in 1983. “The first day I came to work at Archie Comics I met the nicest, most helpful, friendliest and honest person: Dexter Taylor,” Victor Gorelick, Archie’s longtime editor-in-chief and co-president, said in a statement. [Archie Comics, Den of Geek]

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New ‘Attack on Titan’ 3DS game trailer spotlights combat, locales

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Atlus USA has debuted a new trailer for Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains that highlights combat and locations for the Nintendo 3DS game.

Announced early this month for release in May in North America, Europe and Australia, it’s an enhanced version of the Spike Chunsoft game previously available only in Japan. In Humanity in Chains, players defend the Walls as one of the characters from the hit anime, or they can create their own. They’re also able to transform into a Titan for short periods.

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Ty Templeton in ‘critical but stable condition’ after heart attack

Ty TempletonWriter and artist Ty Templeton, known for his work on The Batman Adventures, Batman ’66 Meets Green Hornet and his own Bun Toons, is in a medically induced coma after suffering a heart attack.

“The plan is to take him off both the sedatives and the ventilator tomorrow,” his wife, colorist and letterer KT Smith, wrote overnight on Facebook. “[…] He is in critical but stable condition. His location will change in the next few days depending on his condition.”

Inducted last year into the Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame, the 52-year-old Templeton has a long list of credits that also includes Simpsons Comics, The Batman and Robin Adventures, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Star Trek: Mission’s End and Spider-Man/Human Torch. An Eisner nominee and Shuster Award winner, he’s known in Toronto for his writing and drawing classes “Ty Templeton’s Comic Book Boot Camp.”

Smith encouraged well-wishers to email Templeton, saying, “I will make sure he sees them when he is able.”

Real-life Kamen Rider patrols the streets of Japan

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Japan’s Chiba Prefecture may have its Batpod-cruising Chibatman, but now Fukuoka Prefecture can lay claim to a real-life Kamen Rider.

Although he isn’t a household name in the United States, the motorcycle-riding superhero created by remains wildly popular in Japan, 44 years after his television debut (the latest incarnation of the franchise, Kamen Rider Drive, in which the protagonist travels by car rather than the signature motorcycle, is currently on the air).

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‘Arkham Asylum’s’ Joker comes to life in new Sideshow statue

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Following a little tease last week, Sideshow Collectibles has debuted its new Joker statue, the first in a collection based on the hit 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum.

Standing 24 inches tall, the “Premium Format Figure” (translation: “zero points of articulation”) is decked out in a recreation of his purple pinstripe suit and brandishes the “Ace of Spades” revolver in his right hand. The Sideshow-exclusive version includes “a swap-out laughing portrait” (below) for that extra-creepy touch.

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These homes’ big selling point? Ninja Turtles-themed bedrooms

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Forget location, location, location. When it comes to selling homes, the real secret may be Turtle Power.

To help entice families to one of its new developments in Clavering, a village in Essex, England, Weston Homes has called in Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael.

Buyers who select a house in St. Catherine’s Grange before the end of next month can great a free Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed bedroom. Presumably, it will be a child’s room, but we’re not judging. You’re among friends.

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This 4-foot animatronic Hulkbuster will destroy us (or our wallets)

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Clearly learning nothing from Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s cautionary tale about technology gone wrong, Comicave Studios has unveiled its 4-foot-tall animatronic Hulkbuster figure. Yes, animatronic.

As you can see in the video of the prototype below, the quarter-scale collectible features armor that automatically opens to reveal Iron Man inside.

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Carlos Magno’s journey to Archaia’s ‘Lantern City’

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Frequently spending 12 to 13 hours a day to produce two pages, Lantern City artist Carlos Magno devotes a lot of his attention to detail. It’s readily apparent in every panel of the upcoming steampunk series from Archaia.

Part of a broader multimedia property that includes a novel, an app and a planned television series, Lantern City centers on Sander Jorve, a family man who seeks to improve his lot in life. When his activist brother-in-law convinces him to infiltrates the ranks of the brutal Guard, Sander is set on a dangerous path.

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Who is ‘The Flash’s’ Eobard Thawne? Ask Google Translate

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The time travel, multiple speedsters and alternate timelines on The CW drama The Flash may be enough to confuse even some longtime comics readers. If you’re square with Harrison Wells and Eddie Thawne but can’t quite figure out Eobard Thawne (just play along, please), I suggest you consult Google Translate.

What? Where else would you turn for superhero comics minutiae?

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Comics A.M. | Artist stands by controversial ‘gun culture’ cartoon

The Milt Priggee cartoon as the center of the controversy

The Milt Priggee cartoon as the center of the controversy

Political cartoons | Cartoonist Milt Priggee stands by his editorial cartoon, which appeared in the Kitsap (Washington) Sun, depicting a recently slain toddler as an angel and “America’s gun culture” as the devil. Priggee and the newspaper’s editor have come under fire from the public and from the grandfather of the 2-year-old, who accuse him of using a tragedy to score political points. Priggee said his goal was to get people to think critically about gun culture: “A cartoon is a simple machine to make the reader think, not joke. It’s not a comic strip, it’s not entertainment, and this is where newspapers have fallen down. They have not taken any kind of opportunity to educate the public because a lot of times people come to an editorial cartoon and they say, ‘Well there’s nothing funny about this. Why is this in the newspaper?'” [MyNorthwest.com]

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Brad Bird’s 1980 pencil trailer reveals ‘The Spirit’ movie we could’ve had

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Decades before Frank Miller’s adaptation of The Spirit landed with a resounding thud in theaters, a group of young filmmakers that included Brad Bird, Gary Kurtz and John Lasseter hoped to bring Will Eisner’s crimefighter to animated life. Now, thanks to producer Steven Paul Leiva, we finally get a glimpse of what could’ve been in a 1980 pencil test “trailer.”

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3A Toys introduces its next 2000AD figure, Robo-Hunter

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Robo-Hunter will follow Judge Death as the second 1/12th-scale collectible figure in 3A Toys’ new 2000AD line.

Based on the cigar-smoking, renegade robot-tracking bounty hunter introduced in 1978 by John Wagner and Ian Gibson, the Sam Slade figure is equipped with a blaster, his Robo-meter Cutie and his Cuban cigar bot Stogie.

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Quote of the Day | Mark Evanier on Jack Kirby

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“Over the years, when he heard somebody liked other artists more than his work, he was really non-competitive. The thing, though, that I think a lot of people never got about Jack was that Jack wasn’t really competitive with most other comic book artists, because in his mind, they had a different job description. When John Buscema sat down to draw an issue of Fantastic Four — and, actually, nothing I’m about to say is knocking John Buscema in any way, or any of the artists I’m going to mention here — his goal was to do an issue of the Fantastic Four. When Jack sat down to do an issue of Fantastic Four, in his mind his job description was to create a new universe, three spinoffs and take comics to another level.”

Mark Evanier, discussing The King during the “Jack Kirby Tribute” at WonderCon Anaheim

Note:  The original version of this post misattributed the comment. It’s been edited to correct that, and to provide a fuller quote.

Wonderfully gritty photos capture the daily lives of superheroes

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For his humor-tinged series “We Can Be Heroes,” Dubai-based photographer Martin Beck focused not on the costumed do-gooders who get all the glory, but instead the ones who are simply going about their lives, some working just to get by.

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