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Corpus Christi now has its own Dynamic Duo

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It may be a while before fans see Batman and Green Arrow team up on television or in film, but in Corpus Christi, Texas, it’s another story.

The Corpus Christi Caller profiles Hector Peña, who for the past three months has dubbed himself the Batman of Corpus Christi — an identity he modeled after the Batman of San Antonio (yes, there is one). Dressed in a costume from Party City, the Navy veteran makes appearances at school and community events and even private parties, in hopes of sending a message to kids.

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BaneCat rises … just in time to destroy Christmas

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Some men just want to watch the world burn, and some cats … well, they only want to ruin Christmas.

BaneCat, equipped with a respirator mask, fleece-trimmed coat and Tom Hardy’s inexplicable Dark Knight Rises voice, debuted in May to menace his unsuspecting owner. (“And this gives you power over me?’) Now he’s back, with a creepy rendition of “Silent Night” and enough booby traps, pee and poop to ensure this was one Christmas his arch-nemesis would unlikely forget survive.

“Sleep in heavenly peace” never sounded so threatening.

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Christmas display reminds us once again that Batman smells

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Although “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” has been making the rounds since at least the mid-1960s, receiving the occasional boost from the likes of The Simpsons and Batman: The Animated Series, the inspired front-lawn display pictured above demonstrates the Christmas song parody is indeed timeless.

“The 7-year-old in the group got it right away,” wrote the Redditor who posted the photo.

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10 comic characters drawn in the style of 10 artists

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The comics medium allows for diverse interpretations of characters, both narratively and visually. Artist Jaakko Seppälä has taken 10 of the most iconic comic characters — from Asterix to Batman to Lucy van Pelt — drawn in the style of 10 famous artists (including their respective creators or most popular illustrators).

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Batman and Gotham rogues teach about bats in TED Ed video

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To help dispel the belief “that bats are dangerous villains,” Amy Wray and the TED Ed team turned to an expert on bats — if not on the science, then at least on the symbolism: Batman.

In this breezy and informative animated video, the Dark Knight, Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon and a handful of Gotham’s rogues — Poison Ivy, The Penguin, Two-Face and The Joker — are used to help educate about the benefits of bats to pest control, pollination and even recovering stroke victims.

“Batman might want to keep his identity secret,” the video concludes, “but a great way to help real bats is by continuing to learn about them and spreading the truth that they are real heroes — even if their good deeds are often unseen.”

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Ring in the holidays with festive comics-themed ‘ugly’ sweaters

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Your holiday sweater collection doesn’t have to be scary anymore; you can improve it with comic book-inspired designs. Once upon a time, the thought of attending an ugly-sweater themed holiday party was unappealing: The sweaters used to be legitimately hideous and tacky, with flocked teddy bears, noisy bells and glittery snow, and they were itchy and hot. Those garments of yore could be fun to wear, but I never liked scouring thrift stores and forking over cash for them.

That’s all changed, because the idea of the ugly holiday sweater has evolved. The designs are no longer what I’d call ugly, and they’re more likely to be printed on comfortable sweatshirts instead of stuffy sweaters. You can find several prints inspired by pop culture franchises and even comic books.

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Dexter faces Batman in the fan film you probably didn’t expect

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We come to expect some inter-franchise face-offs in fan films, whether it’s Batman vs. the Terminator or Batman vs. Wolverine. However, it’s unlikely anyone saw this coming: Dexter Morgan vs. the Dark Knight.

Directed by Mike Donis, “Batman vs. Dexter: Crossing Over” brings the vigilante serial killer to Gotham City to abduct Oswald Cobblepot in an effort to draw out the Caped Crusader, simply to find out whether he actually exists. It’s a solid enough premise that actually comes off pretty well, despite, as Topless Robot notes, the decidedly low production values (Batman’s costume is particularly rough, and we’re left to wonder why one of The Penguin’s henchmen is wearing a Court of Owls mask).

The roughly seven-minute short is labeled “Episode 1″ and ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, which certainly suggests we’ll be seeing more of “Crossing Over.”

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Latest ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ figures include Batgirl

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DC Collectibles has unveiled the third wave of action figures based on the beloved Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures — a wave that includes Batgirl.

Debuted at MTV, she’s joined by The Riddler, The Penguin and another Batman, this one based on his original BATS design. Announced in February, the line s0 far includes such characters Robin, Catwoman, The Joker and Poison Ivy.

The new figures, which include the pictured accessories, will be available beginning in July from DC Collectibles for $24.99 each.

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Comics A.M. | Putting ‘Star Wars’ #1 sales in historical context

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Publishing | John Jackson Miller reflects on the news that the first issue of Marvel’s Star Wars will sell 1 million copies, and notes the last comic to do so was a Pokemon title in 1999. The last direct market comic to reach that mark was Batman #500 in 1993. Miller also delves deeper into history, pointing out that Marvel’s original Star Wars #1, released in 1977, also sold more than 1 million copies, making it the first comic to reach that height since Dell’s Uncle Scrooge in 1960. [Comichron]

Passings | Maurice Tanti Burlo, editorial cartoonist for the Times of Malta, has died at the age of 78. Burlo, who used the pen name Nalizpelra, was working for Telemalta in 1977 when Prime Minister Dom Mintoff suspended a number of Telemalta staff, including Burlo, for supporting doctors, nurses, and bankers who went on strike. Burlo started cartooning to “get back at Mintoff,” and just kept on doing it; he published three books of his work and won the BPC Award in 1998 an 2002. [Times of Malta]

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‘Batkid Begins’ documentary to premiere at Slamdance

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Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World will have its world premiere in January at the Slamdance Film Festival.

The crowdfunded documentary chronicles the events behind the scenes on Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-0ld leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman. Although the Make-A-Wish Foundation expected a few hundred people to turn out to cheer on Batkid as he and Batman captured Penguin and the Riddler, the celebration drew an estimated 14,500 in the city alone. The event also captured the attention of people around the world, as more than a billion used social media to encourage Batkid; President Obama even used Vine to deliver a special message to Miles.

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First official Batmobile fetches $137,000 at auction

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The earliest known licensed Batmobile — a customized 1956 Oldsmobile 88 built in a New Hampshire barn — sold at auction over the weekend for a whopping $137,000.

As we noted last month, the vehicle has more humble origins than the iconic Lincoln Futura concept car created by George Barris for the 1966 Batman television series: Completed in 1963, it was built from the ground up by 23-year-old Forrest Robinson and his friend Len Perham simply to drive around.

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This Batman wall statue is what every Batcave needs

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You’re a huge fan of the Dark Knight, your walls covered with posters, closets filled with longboxes and shelves heavy with collectibles. But I’m betting you don’t have a wall-mounted Batman statue … yet.

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles is accepting preorders for this limited-edition 15-inch polystone statue of the Caped Crusader standing atop a Bat-Signal (with LED light) flanked by gargoyles. Judging from the description, it’s only the first in a series of planned DC Comics wall statues.

But don’t clear space on your Batcave wall just yet. It’s listed for $249.99, and it won’t ship until November 2015. So maybe you can start laying the groundwork now for next Christmas …

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It’s Batman vs. Darth Vader in ‘Super Power Beat Down’

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If as a kid — or, hell, as an adult — you ever dreamed of seeing Batman face Darth Vader in a lightsaber duel, it’s your lucky day. In the 14th episode of its “Super Power Beat Down” series, Machinima pits the Dark Knight against the Dark Lord of the Sith in a mission to rescue Superman from the Death Star.

I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say we get to hear (but not see) Oracle, and Batman delivers a couple of solid lines, including, “I’ll take my science over your magic any day.” But is Bat-tech enough to overcome the power of the Dark Side?

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Spanish soccer team abandons new bat logo after DC challenge

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A Spanish soccer club has decided not to use an updated version of its traditional bat emblem, avoiding a possible legal fight with DC Comics.

News surfaced last week that the publisher had opposedd the trademark registration by La Liga club Valencia C.F., insisting the new variation of the team’s bat crest too closely resembles the familiar Batman emblem.

But now, The Guardian reports, Valencia says it no longer plans to use the new design after DC “presented its opposition to the request.” The club emphasized “there does not exist a lawsuit by DC Comics.”

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Holy Toledo! Batman and Riddler come to blows in hockey game

Toledo's Jeff Lerg strikes a Bat-pose (via the Walleye Facebook page)

Toledo’s Jeff Lerg strikes a Bat-pose (via the Walleye Facebook page)

In somehow-fitting turn of events, Batman and The Riddler dropped the gloves in a hockey game Saturday night celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader.

As we reported last month, East Coast Hockey League teams the Toledo Walleye and the Evansville (Indiana) IceMen donned Batman and Riddler jerseys, respectively, for a “Heroes Night” celebration. Afterward the jerseys were to be auctioned off afterward, with proceeds going to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, March of Dimes and the Walleye Wishing Well.

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