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Aquaman reclaims his crown as Internet’s ‘Most Toxic Superhero’

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Sure, he’s the King of the Seven Seas, a founding member of the Justice League and, if all goes as planned, the star of his own 2018 movie. However, for the second time in three years, Aquaman is also the “Most Toxic Superhero.”

That’s according to Intel Security, which today released its third annual list of online superhero searches that are most likely to lead you to bad links, viruses, malware and websites containing malicious software used to steal passwords and personal information. The information is compiled using McAfee Site Advisor, which rates sites by risk level.

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Check out Marvel’s adorable, SDCC exclusive enamel pin set

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When it comes to comic convention exclusives, people talk about a lot of things: rarity, price, availability, etc. Now that Marvel has announced the first in their line of exclusive products available only at Comic-Con International in San Diego, they’ve added a whole new factor to the discussion: adorability.

As revealed over on MTV, Marvel is bringing a set of 28 enamel pins based on Skottie Young’s series of baby variant covers with them when they arrive at the massive show. You’re gonna have to figure out a battle plan in order to collect the entire set, though, as they’re divvied up between 4-packs, blind box 2-packs and more.

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This Asgardian Iron Man armor is better than anything Tony Stark has

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Samuel Lee of Prince Armory is behind such mind-blowing costume and armor creations as the medieval versions of The Joker, Loki and Darth Vader. Now he’s back, this time with a gorgeously detailed Asgardian Iron Man.

The one-of-a-kind suit, made from leather, with brass hardware, isn’t for sale, but he’s always willing to discuss custom orders. However, you may need to have Tony Stark-sized bank account to afford it.

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Fan recreates classic comic book covers in LEGO

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Who needs LEGO’s Comic-Con International-exclusive Superman playset when you can create your own brick homages to classic comic book covers? Well, as long as you have the creativity, and the right LEGO pieces.

Luckily imgur user Corsairsteel has both, as demonstrated in this gallery of LEGO dioramas recreating covers ranging from Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 to The Incredible Hulk #125 and Batman: The Killing Joke. Most of them even include the trade dress, word balloons and blurbs.

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Hotels are holding up new Comic-Con agreement

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The only obstacle preventing Comic-Con International from committing to remaining in San Diego through 2018 is area hotels.

According to Voice of San Diego, some hoteliers are resisting an amended contract that would ensure the same number of discounted rooms in the convention block at the same rates for the next two years.Last year, the site says, hotels committed 56,600 discounted room nights. However, Comic-Con, which attracts more than 130,000 attendees annually, could fill twice that.

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LEGO reveals ‘Batman v Superman’ Batmobile playset

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Following Funko’s Pop! vinyl two-pack, we now have a look at the second toy tied to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice — the LEGO DC Super Heroes New Batmobile.

Based on the vehicle from the upcoming Warner Bros. film, the playset will be displayed next week at Comic-Con International in San Diego, but The Wall Street Journal reports it won’t be available for purchase until Jan. 1.

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As ‘Infinity’ grows, Disney merges video game and toy units

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Disney is combining its video game and toy divisions, reflecting the increasing overlap between the two with such projects as Disney Infinity, the less successful Imagicademy and the recently unveiled Playmation.

Announced Monday, the restructuring sees Disney Consumer Products and Disney Interactive merge to form Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, overseen by the heads of the former units. Although some employees will be shifted into new roles, The New York Times reports there won’t be any layoffs.

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Stan Lee hospitalized, but out in time for ‘Ant-Man’ premiere

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Stan Lee was reportedly rushed to the hospital Sunday, but that certainly didn’t stop the 92-year-old from appearing last night at the Hollywood premiere of Ant-Man.

According to TMZ, Lee called 911 Sunday morning, complaining that he didn’t feel well, and was taken from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. A representative for Lee wouldn’t confirm the report, but pointed EW.com to the comics legend’s attendance at the movie premiere.

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This ‘Attack on Titan’ coin bank could lead to colossal savings

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Among the avalanche of Attack on Titan merchandise threatening to empty your bank account — life-size replicas of 3D maneuver gear, for instance — there’s at least one item that actually encourages you to save money. Of course, you’ll have to shell out about $207 first.

It’s Bandai’s Colossal Titan coin bank, which is just that — colossal. It’s 1/100th scale, which means it stands a whopping 23.6 inches tall, and looking as if he stepped out of Hajime Isayama’s hit manga. Aside from its sheer size, the best thing about the bank is that you insert (or remove) coins at the base of its neck — the kill spot for the flesh-eating giants.

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Funko unveils first ‘Batman v Superman’ toys

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Funko may have saved the best for last, concluding 10 waves of Comic-Con International exclusives with the debut of the first toys tied to next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

They’re a Pop! Heroes two-pack, featuring bobblehead figures of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel (the former with a Batarang, the latter in flight). Funko isn’t offering a preorder option this year, so collectors will have to wait in line at the convention, and hope supplies hold out.

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Wonder Woman joins Superman in Sideshow’s ‘Red Son’ statue line

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Although she’s been teased for months, Sideshow Collectibles has at last officially unveiled Wonder Woman, the next statue in its Superman: Red Son collection.

The “Premium Format” figure (that is, “non-articulated”) is of course based on the 2003 miniseries by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett, set in an alternate timeline in which Superman’s rocket ship lands in the Ukraine, and he’s raised to become the champion of the Soviet Union. After meeting the Comrade of Steel, Princess Diana leaves Themyscira to expand the influence of the Soviet Union.

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Batman is truly the Dark Knight with this custom medieval cowl

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The next time Bruce Wayne is hurled into the far-flung past (come on, you know there’s going to be a next time), he may want to invest in one of these: a medieval-style Batman cowl, ideal for the battlefield.

The piece was created by William Selby over the course of three days using 720 scales. There’s no word whether he plans to make the rest of the suit, but that would definitely come in handy if Batman were to come face to face with, say, this terrifying medieval Joker.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Naruto’ spinoff manga to end next week

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From “Weekly Shonen Jump”

Manga | The Naruto spinoff Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring, which is running simultaneously in the Japanese and American versions of Shonen Jump, will end in the July 6 issue. [Anime News Network]

Fandom | Rob Salkowitz presents results of a recent survey of convention-goers conducted by the online ticket platform Eventbrite. Interestingly, they found almost complete gender parity (48.9 percent female, 48.7 percent male, and 3.1 percent non-binary/other) among convention-goers in general but much bigger skews in individual categories: “Comics, toys and gaming are predominantly male, while media, anime/manga and sci-fi/fantasy fandom are predominantly female.” A typical con-goer spends between $100 an $500, with comics fans being the biggest spenders and prints and original art the most popular thing to buy. There’s a lot more detail in the article about what people like and don’t like (biggest beef: lack of wi-fi an connectivity in convention centers). The survey updates and expands on a similar survey conducted last year. [ICv2]

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Batman battles Joker (and friends) in amazing stop-motion short

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After countless defeats at the hands of his arch-nemesis over the past 75 years, The Joker finally discovers the secret to defeating the Batman: more firepower. Or does he?

In this amazing stop-motion short, created by counter656 over the course of 20 days using nearly 3,500 images, S.H. Figuarts versions of the Caped Crusader and the Clown Prince of Crime go at it, mano a mano, until the supervillain calls in the big guns — a trio of Gundams.

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Dallas retailers reopened their store — after they got married

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There were myriad questions raised Friday in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage-rights ruling, but we know the answer to at least one of them: the two Dallas retailers who closed their comic store so they could head to the courthouse were able to tie the knot.

Although they weren’t certain the justices would issue their ruling on Friday, Kenneth Denson and Gabriel Mendez, co-owners of Red Pegasus Comics & Games, decided to take a chance, and posted a sign on the door explaining to costumers that the store might open late, because, “we’re waiting at the courthouse to see if the Supreme Court is going to let us get married.” A photo of the sign quickly went viral.

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