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Warner Bros. finds someone to take Berry’s Catwoman costume

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George Clooney’s mask from 1997’s Batman & Robin, Halle Berry’s costume from 2004’s Catwoman and Christopher Reeve’s outfit from 1983’s Superman III have been donated by Warner Bros. to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Please hold your “Because nobody else would take them” remarks until the end.

They were among the more than 30 items from 13 Warner Bros. features said to “represent significant performances and films that have been influential in American life.” Somewhere, Joel Schumacher is feeling a  sudden sense of vindication.

Other props presented Friday by Warner Bros. Chairman Barry Meyer include a Gremlin model from Gremlins 2: The New Batch, stop-action puppets from Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, and a chocolate bar and golden ticket from Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Separated at birth? Lamborghini Ferruccio and the Batmobile

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Lucius Fox may have some serious competition from English designer Mark Hostler, who created a concept car to celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of Lamborghini that bears a striking similarity to an automobile seen prowling the streets of Gotham. Or, in the words of Jamal Igle, “It’s the f*cking BATMOBILE!!!!!”

The Lamborghini Ferruccio is equipped with a 5.0-liter V12 engine featuring twin-turbochargers and a direct-injection system, although presumably it doesn’t include a mobile Batcomputer or Bat-tering Ram. Still, it’s likely only someone with Bruce Wayne’s wealth could afford it.

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Collect This Now | Red Ketchup, Commie-fighter & penguin-killer

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Oh, Red Ketchup, how do I love you? Let me count the ways.

You’ve overcome huge obstacles. The albino son of an abusive, hulking Nazi sympathizer who made you play chicken on the train tracks to strengthen your resolve, you’ve managed to channel your aggression into your job as an FBI agent, helping make the world safe for democracy.

You’re a man of action. When a star NFL quarterback is accused of dealing drugs, there’s no need for niceties. Just tackle that sucker and handcuff him right there on the football field in the middle of the game (making sure you keep the drugs for yourself, of course).

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Stan Lee demands Olympic pole dancing

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Despite recent setbacks with a pacemaker implant and a bout of flu, 90-year-old Stan Lee appears as spry, and sly, as ever. For proof, you need look no further than his most recent “Stan’s Rant,” recorded following the news that wrestling is being dropped from the Olympics. In response, Lee demands that pole dancing be added to the Games.

“They have everything else, all sorts of gymnastics,” he says. “Dancing around that pole and hugging it and swinging on it and doing all of those things — that’s like the sexiest gymnastics of all. We love it, everybody loves it! Get with it, Olympics Committee!” He doesn’t specify, so we’ll presume this Olympics discipline would be for women and men; it’s only fair.

(Aside #1: If Lee saying “pole dancing” doesn’t make its way into at least one remix, somebody isn’t doing his job. Aside #2: While Googling to figure out whether “pole dancing” is hyphenated — I swear! — I discovered there’s a U.S. Pole Dance Federation. Really. Aside #3: Robot 6 now has a pole dancing tag.)

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Captain Canuck making leap to animated web series

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Captain Canuck is already making his way toward the big screen, but he isn’t stopping there: The Canadian superhero will also star in a five-part animated web series, produced by by Toronto’s Smiley Guy Studios. An Indiegogo campaign will launch March 28 to help fund the project.

Introduced in 1975, Richard Comely and George Freeman’s hero was  Tom Evans, a secret agent who developed super-strength after coming into contact with extraterrestrials. Revivals of the title in 1993 and 2004 featured new incarnations of the hero. For the web series, Captain Canuck Inc. turned to artist Kalman Andrasofszky (NYX: No Way Home, X-Treme X-Men) to update the character.

“This is a ground-up revamp,” Kalman said in a statement. “We’re trying to take all the best elements of the classic and also layer in new elements that speak to the way hero mythology has evolved since Canuck was created in 1975.”

Kris Holden-Reid (Lost Girl) will voice Captain Canuck, while Paul Amos (Warehouse 13) will play his arch-nemesis Mr. Gold.

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Cheat Sheet | From MegaCon to ‘Wolverine’

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Welcome to “Cheat Sheet,” ROBOT 6’s guide to the week ahead. Below you’ll find a roundup for Marvel’s announcements from South by Southwest, our contributors’ picks of the comics of the week, and the top events to watch for in the next seven days.

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Comics A.M. | Judge won’t sanction lawyer in Superman battle

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Legal | A federal judge on Friday denied DC Comics’ bid for sanctions against the attorney for the heirs of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, finding that Marc Toberoff made “no deliberate attempt to mislead” during the discovery process and, perhaps more importantly, did not interfere with the publisher’s rights to the Man of Steel when he allegedly inserted himself into settlement talks in 2001. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Legal | Stan Lee will be deposed this week by lawyers representing Stan Lee Media in its multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against Disney involving the rights to the characters the legendary writer co-created for Marvel. Stan Lee Media, which no longer has ties to its namesake, claims Disney as infringed on the copyrights Iron Man, the Avengers, X-Men and other heroes since 2009, when it purchased Marvel. The long, tortured dispute dates back to a sequence of events that occurred between August 1998, when Marvel used its bankruptcy proceedings to terminate Lee’s lifetime contract, and November 1998, when Lee entered into a new agreement with the House of Ideas and signed over his likeness, and any claims to the characters. Stan Lee Media has long claimed that on Oct. 15, 1998, Lee transferred to that company the rights to his creations and his likeness. SLM asserts in the latest lawsuit that neither Marvel nor Disney, which bought the comic company in 2009, has ever registered Lee’s November 1998 agreement with the U.S. Copyright Office. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Free comics promotion brings server woes for comiXology [Updated]

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Earlier today Marvel announced at their South by Southwest panel that they would offer more than 700 first issues for free via their comiXology-powered apps on various mobile devices and via their web store. It’s a limited time offer, as the free comics popped up on the comiXology app shortly after the panel ended with plans to only be available through 11 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, March 12.

In related news, earlier today the comiXology servers crashed. In between messages about the closing party they’re hosting at SXSW, comiXology has taken to Twitter to keep people aware that they’re working on the issue and, it appears, try to lighten the mood somewhat:

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What Are You Reading? with Brendan Tobin and Pedro Delgado

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Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading?, our weekly look at all the comics and other stuff we’ve been reading lately. Our special guests today are Brendan Tobin and Pedro Delgado, who run the March MODOK Madness site. And with this being March, the madness is in full swing, so head over there to check out a lot of fun art featuring everyone’s favorite big-headed villain.

To see what Brendan, Pedro and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below.

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It’s some work, all play in this Shelf Porn office

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, where fans share their collections with us. Today’s shelves come from Tom, who shows us his home office and his action figures, trades, toys and more.

To find out how to submit your own collection, click here.

And now let’s hear from Tom …

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New Tumblr lists welcoming comics shops—but do we need it?

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Comics shops are like any other retail establishments, I guess, in that there are good ones and bad ones. The difference between comics shops and coffee shops, though, is that people seldom accuse coffee shops of being unwelcoming to women. The food may be bad, but everyone’s money is the same color to them.

Comics shops, on the other hand, have developed a reputation for being uncomfortable places for anyone who isn’t a straight white male. I used to live down the street from a place like that, and I quit shopping there because of it—but that was in 1986.

That’s why I have mixed feelings about the Tumblr Safe Spaces for Comics Fans. On the one hand, I think it’s great to have a place for people to recommend (or warn against) particular shops. On the other hand, just by its very existence, it perpetuates the notion of comics shops as unfriendly to women, gay people, and people of color, and I’m not so sure that stereotype is true any more. Are there bad stores? Yes there are, but if you look at the blog, most of the comments are positive, with people giving shout-outs to local comics shops that treat them well. I think—I want to think—that this reflects reality. I want to think that the default is a friendly comics shop with good customer service for all its customers, and that places like this are the exception. The problem is that the bad places are more visible—that photo in the link has been reTweeted and reblogged all over the place—while the good places get taken for granted. So I guess in the end I am glad that the Safe Spaces Tumblr exists, if only as a place to recognize the retailers who get it right.

From McFarlane to ‘Weird Al': Six questions with Ryan Stegman

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Thirty-six questions. Six answers. One random number generator. Welcome to Robot Roulette, where creators roll the virtual dice and answer our questions about their lives, careers, interests and more.

Our special guest today is Ryan Stegman, artist of Superior Spider-Man, Scarlet Spider, Fantastic Four, She-Hulks and more.

Now let’s get to it …

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‘Age of Ultron’ takes over comic shops — was it worth the wait?

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It’s been almost two years since Avengers 12.1, an issue where Tony Stark warned that Ultron comes back smarter each time he’s reborn. Well, Hank Pym’s robotic “son” is back again, and apparently smart enough to take over New York City and transform it into a dystopian dictatorship. The first issue arrived on Wednesday, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary and Paul Mounts, the same creative team who created that 12.1 issue — and the same writer who teased it in an issue of Avengers back in 2010.

So was it worth the wait? Here are a few opinions from the web who thought so or thought no, as the case may be:

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By the Numbers | Millions and millions of comics

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In “By the Numbers,” ROBOT 6 takes a look back at the events of the past five days … in numbers. Our starting point this week is Wednesday’s announcement that retailers ordered a record-breaking number of comics for Free Comic Book Day, an international event that will draw millions of customers into specialty shops on May 4.

However, there was another figure that’s almost as impressive: the print run for the latest volume of the hit manga One Piece.

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Mike and Laura Allred’s home ransacked, computers stolen

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Michael and Laura Allred’s home, from 2007

FF artist Michael Allred and colorist Laura Allred returned this morning from a trip to Arizona to find their home near Eugene, Oregon, burglarized.

“Just home from Arizona to met by cops,” Michael Allred wrote this afternoon on Twitter. “Our house has been broken into. Trashed. Computers gone. Monitors. And won’t know what else […] Appreciate all concerned. Teary eyes held high. Only tweeted this cuz won’t have access to emails for a while. Yay 21st Century!”

“Good will & happy thoughts are all we need,” he continued. “Main concern is getting next issues of FF in on time. Good timing with @Joe_Quinones guesting. It’s just stuff, right?”

The Allreds’ lakeside home was featured in 2007 as part of Comic Book Resources’ “Studio Tours” series.


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