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Hot Toys debuts ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Artist Mix figures

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When Hot Toys teased Sunday that its Artist Mix Collection would be revealed “very soon,” it meant very soon — as in this morning.

The high-end collectibles company kicked off its new product line with the debut of Avengers: Age of Ultron figures by Japanese toy designer Touma.

The first series features Iron Man Mark XLIII, Captain America, Hulkbuster, Ultron Prime and two versions of Ultron Sentry. According to Hot Toys, each Artist Mix bobble-head figure stands about 14 centimeters (about 5.5 inches) tall, except for the Hulkbuster, which towers at 20 centimeters (about 7.9 inches). A deluxe set will also be released featuring the Hulkbuster and Iron Man Mark XLIII.

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Watch Chris Evans & Chris Pratt photobomb fans at Super Bowl

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Chris Evans and Chris Pratt didn’t attend Super Bowl XLIX merely to root for their home teams and settle their friendly (and charitable) wager. No, the stars of Marvel’s Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy also went to Phoenix to photobomb unsuspecting football fans.

Host Jimmy Fallon enlisted the actors for an installment of “Tonight Show Celebrity Photobomb,” in which the trio stealthily — and sometimes not so stealthily — crept up behind fans posing on the NBC Super Bowl Red Carpet. What began as simple solo pop-ups quickly escalated with the addition of stunts and props, including a seemingly innocent hoagie that Pratt turned somewhat obscene (see below).

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Chris Evans and Chris Pratt settle Super Bowl bet in heroic style

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt at Super Bowl XLIX

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt at Super Bowl XLIX

In the end, everybody won in the Super Bowl rivalry between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt. Everybody except the Seattle Seahawks, that is.

Following some friendly trash-talking online, Boston native Evans and Seattle resident Pratt settled on a wager: If New England won Super Bowl XLIX, Pratt would wear a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven, a home away from home in Boston for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo treatment at nearby hospitals (it’s a favorite charity of Evans).

However, if the Seahawks won, Evands would dress as Captain America and visit Seattle Children’s Hospital while carrying a 12th Man flag.

Evans and Pratt were in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday to see the Patriots beat the Seahawks 28-24, but the Star-Lord actor was gracious in defeat:

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Celebrate Chris Evans-Chris Pratt Super Bowl bet with charity tee

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The good-natured Super Bowl rivalry between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has moved beyond a charity bet to inspire a charity T-shirt.

As CBR noted last week, Boston native Evans and Seattle resident Pratt dug in for their own Civil War:  If New England wins Super Bowl XLIX, Pratt will don a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven in Boston, which provides a home away from home for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo cancer treatments at nearby hospitals. but if the Seahawks win, Evans will dress as Captain America and visit Seattle Children’s Hospital while carrying a 12th Man flag.

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Hot Toys debuts ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Captain America figure

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Hot Toys has revealed its movie-accurate Captain America action figure from Avengers: Age of Ultron. And, as you likely know by now, when the collectibles company says “movie-accurate,” it’s not joking around; you can count the pores on 1/6th-scale Chris Evans’ face.

Arriving in the second or third quarter of 2015, the figure comes with newly painted helmeted head sculpt, newly painted Steve Rogers head sculpt, more than 30 points of articulation, a metal shield, a helmet, magnets embedded in figure’s forearms and back for holding shield, numerous interchangeable hands, a tailored costume and stand.

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Chris Evans brings smile to young ‘Captain America’ fan with cancer

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In between uncovering Hydra plots and facing homicidal robots, Captain America took time to surprise a 9-year-old fan who’s embroiled in a battle of his own.

Kenny Botting, who underwent surgery in September for a brain tumor, has spent the past three weeks at Christopher’s Haven in Boston, which provides a home away from home for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo treatment at nearby hospitals (Massachusetts General Hospital is just next door).

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Stephen Colbert says farewell, with Captain America’s shield in hand

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Although it’s the all-star sing-a-long from last night’s final episode of The Colbert Report that’s getting the attention this morning — it involved everyone from Henry Kissinger and Cyndi Lauper to Big Bird and Joe Quesada — it’s what came afterward that holds a special place in our hearts.

Having killed his old nemesis Grimmy the Grim Reaper, Stephen Colbert discovers he’s now immortal (cue Highlander effects), a condition he finds “kinda lonely, a little snacky.” Directionless, he takes to the rooftop, shouting “What do I do know?” while holding two prized possessions that didn’t get put in his yard sale: a Sting sword from The Lord of the Rings, and Captain America’s shield.

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Photographs transport superheroes back to 16th century

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French photographer Sacha Goldberger, who previously made a splash with images of his 91-year-old grandmother as a superhero, exhibited his latest series “Super Flemish” over the weekend at the Grand Palais in Paris. As you might have guessed from the title and the above photo, the project features superheroes (and villains), Star Wars characters and other pop-culture figures — as if they were posing for Flemish paintings.

But these are indeed photographs, requiring models, costumers, hair and makeup artists and the like. And, as you can see from the gallery on Goldberger’s website, he even recruited his grandmother again. See more images, and photos from the exhibition, on Goldberger’s Facebook page.

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Underoos make a comeback, this time for adults

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The wishes of countless nostalgic comic book and animation fans appear to have been answered, because they can now purchase Underoos in adult sizes.

Produced by Fruit of the Loom beginning in 1978, the line of underwear — “Underwear That’s Fun to Wear!” — allowed children to wear T-shirts and underpants that mimicked the costumes of their favorite comic book, cartoon and movie characters, including Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, C-3PO and Archie and Veronica.

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Comics A.M. | ‘The 99′ creator on death threats, political pressure

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Creators | In a new profile of Naif Al-Mutawa, the creator of the Islamic superhero comic The 99 addresses the death threats made against him by ISIS and the fatwa issued against the animated adaptation in Saudi Arabia, and reveals he recently met with Kuwaiti police “to answer the charges of being a heretic.” Mutawa also blames pressure from “a handful of conservative bloggers” in the United States for The Hub not following through with plans to air the animated series. He said that after President Obama praised his work in 2010, attacks on him escalated in the United States, where he was painted as a jihadist “intent on radicalizing young kids to make them suicide bombers. And here [in the Gulf] I became an apostate Zionist. My mother told me growing up, be careful who your friends are because you end up inheriting their enemies. And that’s what happened: I don’t know President Obama. I’m very honored he called me out. But the hate became magnified after that.” [Al-Monitor]

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Comics A.M. | Three of Zunar’s assistants arrested

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Legal | Three assistants of the Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar were arrested last week for selling his books. They were set up near the Putrajaya courthouse, where opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is on trial for sodomy, a charge Ibrahim claims is politically motivated. In a press release, Zunar said the three assistants were “investigated under The Sedition Act, Penal Code and Printing and Press Act” and released on bail. It has only been a month since a Malaysian appeals court overturned a government ban on two of Zunar’s books. [Cartoonists Rights Network International]

Creators | Garry Trudeau discusses his portrayals of different presidents, and politics in general, in Doonesbury and Alpha House. [The New York Times]

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Comics A.M. | ‘Attack on Titan’ creator honored by hometown

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Attack on Titan, Vol. 12

Creators | Hajime Isayama’s hometown of Hita City has named him “Tourism Friendship Ambassador to the ‘Beautiful Riverside Location of Hita.'” Isayama, the creator of Attack on Titan (which describes a city under siege by man-eating giants and defended by teenagers), came to town over the weekend for a cultural event titled “Shingeki no Satogaeri” (“Attack on Returning Home”), and he mentioned in a speech that the area was his inspiration for the scenery in the manga. [Anime News Network]

Publishing | Dark Horse announced there are 500,000 copies of its Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon graphic novel in print; this presumably means that sales are in that range as well. The key here may may be that the book is available at Scholastic book fairs, where the numbers really add up. [Dark Horse]

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There are now wearable Marvel sleeping bags

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Many comics fans undoubtedly have fond memories of their superhero-themed sleeping bags emblazoned with images of Spider-Man, Batman and the Incredible Hulk. But now those seem so … 20th century. In the 21st century, we wear our superhero-themed sleeping bags.

Selk’bag, which produces “human-shaped sleeping bags,” has released a Marvel line of products that allows customers to suit up (and warm up!) as Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and the Hulk. They even come with detachable booties.

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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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Marvel titles now include Jack Kirby creator credit

kirby-marvelEagle-eyed readers may have noticed a new entry to the credits pages of several Marvel comics released this week: a line acknowledging the contribution of Jack Kirby.

All-New X-Men #33, Fantastic Four #12, Inhuman #7 and Wolverine and the X-Men #11 include the phrase “Created By Stan Lee and Jack Kirby,” while Death of Wolverine: Deadpool & Captain America #1 states, “Captain America Created By Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.” The credits pages can be found below.

Added with no fanfare, the credits follow a settlement agreement announced last month, ending the five-year-old fight between Marvel and Kirby’s children over the copyrights to 45 characters created or co-created by their father — among them, the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four.

Neither side has commented publicly on their agreement beyond the joint statement, issued even as the U.S. Supreme Court was expected to decide whether it would consider an appeal by the Kirby heirs: “Marvel and the family of Jack Kirby have amicably resolved their legal disputes, and are looking forward to advancing their shared goal of honoring Mr. Kirby’s significant role in Marvel’s history.”

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