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They may not be Earth’s mightiest heroes, but they’re the cutest

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Illustrator Rocky Davies, who previously took us back to the ’80s with supervillain album covers, now delivers an overdose of cuteness with his “Kid Hero” series, depicting pint-sized versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Leonardo (of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame) and more.

I know I should probably question teeny Tony Stark’s Van Dyke, but I’m too busy smiling about li’l Nick Fury chomping on a peppermint stick.

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‘The Marvel Experience’ tour reveals character lineup

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All 13 characters have been revealed for The Marvel Experience interactive tour, and at least a couple may surprise you.

As depicted in the above image, debuted by Yahoo, the usual suspects — Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk — will be joined by Wolverine, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, The Vision, She-Hulk, Iron Fist and Black Panther.

“This is the only place you’ll see them together, and we’re proud of that,” Rick Licht, CEO of tour producer Hero Ventures, is quoted as saying. That’s in part because the film rights to Wolverine and Spider-Man are held by Fox and Sony, respectively.

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McFarlane pulls back curtain on ‘Spawn’ #248 cover process

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Counting down to the landmark 250th issue of Spawn, Todd McFarlane has given fans a glimpse into the cover process for Issue 248 — “only two more issues until AL SIMMONS returns!!” — penciled by Syzmon Kudranski and inked by McFarlane himself, which goes on sale Nov. 5.

“It’s pretty COOL to see how it all comes together,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “There’s a lot of work that goes into this comic stuff.” He also offered a reminder about the art contest for Spawn #250, noting that he’ll start collecting submissions on Nov. 1.

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Print and wear these ‘Gotham’ Halloween masks

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If you’re one of those people who waits until the day of the big Halloween party to start thinking about a costume, you should probably go ahead and print these out now: Courtesy of Fox’s Gotham, they’re paper masks of The Riddler, Catwoman, The Penguin and Fish Mooney (although they appear somewhat older than they do on the television series).

Of course, if you don’t have a party to go to, or little trick-or-treaters to escort, you could always wear these while you watch the TV show, but that’d be creepy.

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Dennis Culver breaks down the characters of ‘Breaking Bad’

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In late 2012, Edison Rex artist Dennis Culver delighted The Wire fans with his illustration gallery of 52 characters in one giant poster. Now Culver has done it again, but this time with 58 Breaking Bad characters in one poster that celebrates the acclaimed Vince Gilligan drama.

The 24-inch by 36-inch poster is available for preorder, and will begin shipping on Nov. 10.

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‘Mark Trail’ fans want more poacher-busting, less Rusty

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With its glacial pacing, signature earnestness and freakishly out-of-scale wildlife, Mark Trail is a fairly easy target for mockery, but the 68-year-old comic strip does have its fans.

Cartoonist James Allen, who worked as Jack Elrod’s assistant for nearly a decade, thought he had a pretty good idea of what those fans wanted: the occasional window into Mark’s family life (with a giant dog or goldfish, perhaps?). So after he taking over the daily strip in April, he set the khaki-clad adventurer on a course to spend a little time with long-neglected wife Cherry and son Rusty. Boy, was that so not what fans wanted.

After receiving several letters from “annoyed” readers, the Sun Journal of Lewiston, Maine, contacted Allen, who explained:

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Doctor Strange and Dormammu materialize in Mondo prints

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Could the timing be anything other than magical? Following word that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks to play Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Mondo is offering prints from the We Buy Your Kids gallery exhibit that include two downright psychedelic renditions of the Sorcerer Supreme and his classic foe Dormammu.

The two takes on the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko creations look as if they should be rendered on black velvet, which may not be such a bad idea. Each18-inch by 24-inch print is $40, with Dormammu limited to 110 copies and Strange to 125. Keep the Eye of Agamotto trained on the Mondo Twitter feed, where they on-sale time will be announced sometime today.

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Comics A.M. | Was Marie Duval the real creator of Ally Sloper?

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Creators | A U.K. researcher argues that Marie Duval was the real creative force behind the wildly popular 19th-century British comic Ally Sloper, which is largely credited to her husband Charles Ross. Duval, the pen name of French cartoonist Emilie de Tessier, drew the character at the height of his popularity in the 1860s and ’70s, but historian David Kunzle now questions what role Ross actually played in his creation. [The Guardian]

Commentary | Chase Magnett pushes back on Chris Suellentrop’s statement, made in a column about GamerGate, that comics are “a medium that has never outgrown its reputation for power fantasies and is only very occasionally marked by transcendent work (Maus, or the books of Chris Ware) that demands that the rest of the culture pay attention to it.” [Comicbook.com]

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Jock and Francavilla help Mondo celebrate Batman’s 75th

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For those of us who can’t make it to Austin for Mondo’s gallery show celebrating the 75th anniversary of Batman, Slashfilm has rounded up all of the prints and paintings on display. It’s an incredible collection of works that draws inspiration from television, film and comic books, although more the first two than the list.

However, ROBOT 6 favorites Jock and Francesco Francavilla do stick close to home with their contributions: Batman: Year One (in regular and variant varieties), by Jock; Batman & Dracula: Red Rain by Francavilla; and Batman: The Black Mirror, a collaboration between the two of them.

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Tremble in the presence of 3A Toys’ Doctor Doom figure

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything about the Doctor Doom figure from Ashley Wood’s 3A Toys, but judging from this post on the company’s production blog, that’s about to change very soon.

While we wait, however, the company provides a look at all colorways for the 1/6th-scale figure: Classic Edition, Ghost Edition and Stealth Edition. 3A’s Iron Man figures are kind of pricy, and I’m guessing these will be in the same range. Still, they’re pretty amazing-looking.

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Sideshow Collectibles adds premium art prints

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Sideshow Collectibles, best known for its premium figures, has expanded into limited-edition art prints featuring Marvel and DC Comics properties, and its own Court of the Dead.

Its Premium Art Print line debuts with Gotham Sirens: Poison Ivy by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Spider-Woman by Scott Forbes, and Kier: Call of the Forsaken Valkyrie by David Palumbo, with upcoming work promised from the likes of Ariel Olivetti, Kris Anka and Fabian Schlaga.

Priced at $79.99, each 18-inch by 24-inch print is hand-numbered, and includes a penciled artist signature and embossed seal of authenticity.

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First look at the cover of ‘Last Man: The Chase’

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First Second has provided ROBOT 6 with the first look at the cover for Last Man: The Chase, the third volume of the martial-arts fantasy by Bastien Vivès, Balak and Michael Sanlaville.

Originally published by Casterman, Last Man is an homage to American pop culture that centers on Richard Aldana, a cigarette-smoking, leather jacket-wearing stranger who enrolls in the gladiatorial-style games of a medieval fantasy world, but insists on relying on his martial-arts skills rather than magic.

First Second will begin releasing Last Man in March with The Stranger, followed in June by The Royal Cup and in October by The Chase. The remaining volumes will be published in 2016.

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‘Walking Dead’s’ Danai Gurira gives a lesson in zombie-slicing

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When The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira appeared last week on Live! with Kelly and Michael, the took a couple of minutes to show the co-hosts the finer points of zombie-killing, Michonne-style.

During a commercial break, the actress impressed the audience by demonstrating with a wooden katana how to slice a zombie in half. But then she was given a real blade. “I feel like I’m cheating on my girl here,” Gurira said, referring to her sword from the AMC drama.

Michonne, who had been without her signature weapon for a couple of episodes of the series, was reunited with it last night. Watch the video of her Live! appearance below.

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15,000 pieces of Batman memorabilia go up for auction

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More than 15,000 pieces of Batman memorabilia, from vintage model kits to 1980s action figures to kites, will go up for auction Tuesday in Manchester, England.

It’s the collection amassed over the course of 25 years by Steven Matthews, a 57-year-old hairdresser who acknowledges his interest in the Caped Crusader “quickly became an obsession.”

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Robert Kirkman shoots down ‘Walking Dead’ coma theory

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Like a particularly stubborn zombie, there’s a Walking Dead fan theory that simply refuses to die: The events of the bestselling comic and hit television series all take place in the mind of Rick Grimes, who never awoke from his coma.

It staggers to life every so often on a message board, or in a YouTube video, before disappearing, Sophia-like, into the wilderness of the Internet. However, when the theory reemerged last week, with the help of Uproxx, Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman was on hand to strike a killing blow to the head.

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