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‘Batman v Superman’ trailer goes retro with Adam West, Lynda Carter

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While we’ve certainly seen our fair share of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice parodies, none will likely warm nostalgic hearts quite like “Batman v Superman 1966,” a shot-for-shot remake of the trailer that uses footage from the classic Batman, Adventures of Superman and Wonder Woman TV series.

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Brilliant ‘Simpsons’ search engine matches quotes with screencaps

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While many might argue that The Simpsons has slipped in quality in recent — or, hey, maybe not-so-recent — years, there’s little denying it remains one of the most quotable series on television. Whether it’s an all-purpose “D’oh!” or the more specific “I’m a brick!,” there’s a Simpsons quote for virtually any situation.

And now you can match the those quotes to the correlating images from the animated series with Frinkiac.

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Comics A.M. | Longtime ‘Mark Trail’ artist Jack Elrod passes away

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“Mark Trail,” by Jack Elrod

Passings | Longtime Mark Trail artist Jack Elrod Jr. died Wednesday at age 91. Mark Trail was created in 1946 by Ed Dodd, who brought on Elrod four years later as a background artist. When Dodd retired in 1978, Elrod took over the comic strip, and earned many awards from environmental organizations. He also made a significant change due to reader feedback, removing the title character’s pipe after a 6-year-old fan wrote to him saying, “It is bad for his health, pollutes the air, and it is dangerous to the birds.” Elrod retired in 2014, handing over Mark Trail to current artist and writer James Allen. [Gainesville Times]

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‘Dragon Ball’ heats up festival with enormous snow sculpture

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The anime series Dragon Ball Super takes center stage Friday with this gigantic snow sculpture at the 67th Sapporo Snow Festival in Sapporo, Japan.

Drawing more than 2 million visitors each year, the event sees the city transformed into a winter wonderland with hundreds of snow statues and ice sculptures created at three sites.

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The wizarding world currency of Harry Potter decoded for Muggles

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“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is a genius at coming up with new languages, foreign lands, and unusual names. Her ability to create compelling fantasy stories is aided by the fact that she accounts for every detail. The same could be said for the system of currency she developed for the world of “Harry Potter.”

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IDW’s ‘Ninja Turtles’ board game raises shell on Kickstarter

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IDW Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, a miniatures-based board game in which players fight to save — or conquer — New York City.

The crowdfunding effort has already generated more than $167,000 of its initial $250,000 goal.

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Amazing 3D cake reveals Homer Simpson as a Stormtrooper (Mmm … cake)

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After delighting and disturbing us in 2014 with a Ralph Wiggum anatomical cross-section cake, Kylie Mangles of Letterpress Bakery kept one foot in Springfield and the other in a galaxy far, far away for a recent project: an incredible 3D cake depicting Homer Simpson as a Stormtrooper.

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This massive LEGO SHIELD Helicarrier would make Nick Fury jealous

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Last year LEGO released a 2,996-piece Marvel Super Heroes S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier playset that, while undeniably impressive, fell a bit short when came to the scale of the microfigures and jets compared to the flying fortress itself. However, a group of brick enthusiasts in Taiwan have tackled that problem head on by building their own massive Helicarrier.

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Comics A.M. | Amazon may open more than 300 physical stores

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Retailing | After opening its first physical store in November in Seattle, online retail giant Amazon is reportedly planning hundreds more. The news came from Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of real-estate investment company General Growth Properties, who revealed Tuesday in an earnings call that, “You’ve got Amazon opening brick-and-mortar bookstores and their goal is to open, as I understand, 300 to 400.” An Amazon spokesperson told Gizmodo the company doesn’t comment on “rumors and speculation.” The retailer’s Seattle store, called simply Amazon Books, stocks between 5,000 and 6,000 titles. [The Wall Street Journal]

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Tove Jansson, Carl Burgos selected for Eisner Hall of Fame

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“Moomin,” by Tove Jansson

The judges of the 2016 Eisner Awards have selected Moomin creator Tove Jansson and Golden Age artist Carl Burgos, creator of the original Human Torch, for automatic induction into the Will Eisner Awards Hall of Fame.

They an additional 14 nominees, from which Eisner voters will select four to be inducted during the awards ceremony held in July during Comic-Con International in San Diego. Those creators are:

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This Deadpool Cosbaby figure lets its cuteness go to its head

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“Cute” isn’t a word typically associated with Marvel’s disfigured Merc With a Mouth, but there’s little denying it applies to Hot Toys’ new Deadpool Cosbaby.

The Hong Kong toymaker has followed the reveal of its 1/6th-scale Deadpool action figure with the first official look at this 3.75-inch bobblehead collectible, which comes complete with its own katana.

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Make time for a ‘Doctor Who’ adult coloring book

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Rejoice, Whovians — Penguin/Random House is releasing a “Doctor Who” coloring book for adults. Finally, you can make the Tardis whatever color you want it to be.

Featuring quotes and designs from the hit BBC series, the “Doctor Who” coloring book clocks in at 96 pages. Check out a preview for the book, which goes on sale Feb. 23 for $9.29 USD, below:

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Official anime-style ‘Harry Potter’ characters are even cuter than you imagined

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While chibi versions of Harry Potter characters have been around nearly as long as the novels themselves, the illustrations have never been official — until now. Needless to say, they’re adorable.

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling have given their blessing to a line of anime-style Harry Potter merchandise, available exclusively in Japan (although we imagine enterprising fans in other countries will discover a way to conjure the products). It debuted with a pack of 12 cards/files, featuring such characters as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco and even Hedwig.

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You’ll give this life-size BB-8 floor lamp a thumbs up

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That little BB-8 desktop lamp might be perfect for a nightstand or the dejarik table of the Millennium Falcon, but it may not be the best choice for illuminating large spaces. That’s where the BB-8 life-size floor lamp comes in.

Standing 26 inches tall, the officially licensed Star Wars: The Force Awakens lamp features three lighting modes (cold white, amber and warm white), and turns on and off with a simple tap to the head.

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Batman’s final days captured in bleak, beautiful photo series

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“Bat Station,” with Ed Freeman

Travis Durden, the French artist who so beautifully reimagined Star Wars characters as classic Greek sculptures, has turned his attention to a darker subject — Batman’s eventual demise.

Collaborating with photographers who document eerie, abandoned locations across the globe, Durden used 3D software to digitally insert the Dark Knight, the Batmobile, the Batpod and his hero’s cowl into the decaying environments. “I wanted the final images as real as possible,” he explained, “as if Batman really spent time in these abandoned places.”

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