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From Black Widow to Joker, the most-Googled costumes by state

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If this map of “the most trending” Halloween costumes is any indication, Marvel Studios may want to give a little more thought to Black Widow’s place in its cinematic universe.

Produced by the website SumoCoupon using an analysis of Google search volumes, the map indicates which costume was the most-Goggled in each state. Comic-book heroes and villains were well-represented, topping the list in 14 states. Black Widow claimed the throne in four of those — Texas, Missouri, North Carolina and Wisconsin — while perennial favorites like Batman and Catwoman nabbed three and two, respectively.

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It’s Gotham on ice as hockey teams celebrate Batman

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When the Toledo Walleye and the Evansville IceMen next face off, it’ll be in a battle for Gotham City.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader, Toledo’s East Coast Hockey League team is holding a “Heroes Night” celebration Nov. 22 that will see its players don a limited-edition Batman jersey reminiscent of the classic ’60s TV costume. Not to be outdone, the visiting IceMen will dress as The Riddler (sure, Mr. Freeze might’ve been the better choice, but might not have translated as well visually).

The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game, with proceeds going to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well. A limited number of replica Batman jerseys will be available beginning Nov. 3 at the Walleye’s store.

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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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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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DC heroes juice up with French drink brand

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French manufacturer Orangina Schweppes has partnered with DC Entertainment to produce special cans for its Oasis fruit-drink brand featuring some of the publisher’s most iconic superheroes.

According to The Ephemerist, the promotion is tied to the 75th anniversary of Batman, here portrayed by Mangue Debol. He’s joined by Ramon Tafraise as The Flash, Fambougeoise as Wonder Woman and  Orange Presslé as Superman. It’s worth noting that all four heroes seem to be wearing a variation of their New 52 costumes, which don’t often appear in licensing efforts.

You can see closeups at Geek Art.

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Batgirl vs. Mr. Incredible vs. Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard

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As strange as Marvel’s recent teasers haven been, with offbeat remixes of events past, they’re nothing compared to the inter-company mashup captured Tuesday afternoon on Hollywood Boulevard.

CBS Los Angeles reports that the Hollywood Walk of Fame, long a hotbed for costumed mayhem, erupted about 5 p.m. as Batgirl struggled with Mr. Incredible in a brawl that drew in a colorful cast of characters. Reporter Suzanne Marques offers play-by-play of the video, shot by a production company that happened to be working nearby:

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Mondo celebrates 75 years of Batman with gallery show

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We’ve already seen plenty of 75th-anniversary tributes to Batman, but the year isn’t over just yet — and beginning Friday, Mondo takes its turn.

The collectible-art boutique, which in July debuted a series of Batman: The Animated Series 7-inch vinyl records featuring Danny Elfman’s theme, will celebrate the Dark Knight’s milestone with a gallery show in Austin featuring posters and original art from more than 30 artists.

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‘Can you really argue that Batman is good for Gotham?’

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John Green is the author of such bestselling young-adult novels as Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, a prolific vlogger and, it turns out, a vocal opponent of the Dark Knight.

In a recent video, titled simply “I Kind of Hate Batman,” Green makes it clear this isn’t simply a preference for, oh, say Spider-Man. No, he has serious issues with the very essence of the Caped Crusader.

“Batman is just a rich guy with an affinity for bats who’s playing out his insane fantasy of single-handedly ridding Gotham of crime,” he says. “How is that heroic? [...] Can you really argue that Batman is good for Gotham? I mean, in the Batman universe, crime is caused by 1.) evil people who just want to see the world burn, and 2.) stupid people who follow the evil but charismatic cat-persons/Joker/Penguin — God, the villains in Batman are terrible!”

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Take a look at DC Collectibles’ Jae Lee action figure line

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Jae Lee’s work on Superman/Batman has simultaneously been among the most unique and divisive of DC Comics’ New 52. After years working on Marvel’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, Lee’s return to superhero work has found a balance between iconic and creepy; while his style might seem tailor-made for the likes of Batman and Catwoman, his depiction of Superman has been both haunting and boyish in all the various main- and alternate-universe incarnations.

And now, DC is using those designs as the basis for a line of collectible figures.

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You won’t be the only one dressed as Groot for Halloween

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If there were any doubt that every party you attend this month will essentially be a forest of Groots, take a glance at Fandango’s annual survey of movie-inspired Halloween costumes, which found the breakout star of Guardians of the Galaxy is the top choice this year among men.

Maleficent leads among women, followed by Katniss from The Hunger Games, Mystique from X-Men: Days of Future Past, Black Widow from The Avengers/Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Grumpy Old Fan | Balancing out the New 52, Part 2

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Last week I laid out a lot of numbers and background on the distribution of character-oriented franchises in the New 52. (Along the way I got confused about the New 52 version of G.I. Combat; it was canceled after Issue 7, but its zero issue brought its total to eight.)

Accordingly, this week discusses whether the New 52 needs to get back up to its eponymous number of titles, or whether a smaller stable of ongoing series is a more sustainable environment. We’ll get into some other concerns as well, but the overarching question — as DC transforms its biggest franchise, the Bat-books — involves how the publisher chooses to allocate its resources.

(Because I forgot to do it directly last week, I want to acknowledge my debt to Dave Carter, who started me thinking about all this when he charted New 52 longevity in January and who, providentially, has just started listing DC rosters of Augusts past.)

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NYCC | Check out Tom Whalen’s Gotham library cards

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Speaking of Mondo, boutique mainstay Tom Whalen is exhibiting this week at New York Comic Con, where he’ll have for sale a selection of prints Batman ’66, the Universal Monsters series, The Incredibles, Ghostbusters and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. As if collectors need any incentive for buying the posters, Whalen is offering daily specials, which includes — on Thursday — a free Gotham Public Library card set with a purchase of $100 or more.

While I like Whalen’s design of the card, I appreciate his attention to detail even more: For instance, “S. Kyle” first checked out The Secret Lives of Cats on April 7, 1940, roughly corresponding to her first appearance in Batman #1; American Robins is borrowed by a succession of people — on the appropriate dates — ranging from D. Grayson to C. Kelly, and so on. He even includes Dewey Decimal classifications.

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Batman is ‘like that Naked Cowboy guy in Times Square’

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As Seth Meyers quickly discovered last night on NBC’s Late Night, Gotham City residents are really, really tired of being asked about Batman.

In an effort to get to know his audience, the talk-show host singled out Jeremy and, um, Jeremy, a pair of tourists from Gotham — yes, the Gotham City — who quickly set him straight on the subject of the Caped Crusader.

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You’ll soon be able to enter the Batcave in virtual reality

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Warner Digital Series and DC Entertainment have partnered with visual-effects company Otoy to develop an immersive entertainment experience that will allow users to explore the Batcave from Batman: The Animated Series through interactive holographic video for virtual-reality displays.

In short, that means fans will be able use devices like Oculus Rift, the Samsung Galaxy Gear VR and forthcoming “glasses-free” light field displays to step into the world of the beloved and influential 1990s cartoon.

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Fan-made ‘Nightwing: The Series’ gets darker with ‘Origins’

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The second episode of the fan-produced Nightwing: The Series will likely be bit of a crowd-pleaser, as it offers a glimpse of the Dick Grayson/Barbara Gordon relationship, and includes cameos by Jason Todd, Bruce Wayne and … well, you’ll see. However, it also tinkers with the Bat-family timeline, and seems to borrow from a still-controversial story to explain Dick’s change in identity from Robin to Nightwing. So … well, watch for yourself.

Created by Danny Shepherd and Jeremy, the Kickstarter-funded five-episode series premiered last week.

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