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Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy step out in new DC dress collection

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Looking to add a little comic-book flair to your wardrobe? Merchoid has debuted its new line of skirts and dresses based on DC Comics’ well-known characters.

The new collection features eight dresses and two skirts inspired by Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Batman and Superman.

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MAD’s ‘Goodnight Batcave’ wards off all your bad dreams (and criminals)

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MAD’s latest parody book shows us that even Batman needs to sleep — at some point.

The comedy mag has put together a “Goodnight Moon” parody book, titled “Goodnight Batman,” that follows Batman’s rounding up of criminals — Joker, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and more villains — before he (and you) goes to bed.

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Comics A.M. | Denver Comic Con expects large crowds, ‘robust’ security

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Conventions | Denver Comic Con kicks off today, with organizers expected a weekend attendance of 100,000 — a big jump from the 20,000 who turned out in 2012 for the first convention. This year’s event will also see tighter security measures, which will include the confiscation of prop weapons deemed potentially dangerous. “While we can’t discuss details, we look at different threats going on around us and we have made adjustments accordingly,” said organizer Tara Hubner, “and we will have a robust security presence on site.” [KDVR, CBS Denver]

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Who’s the best superhero? Science has the answer (and you won’t like it)

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Batman is frequently characterized as the second-smartest person in the DC Universe, with contingencies in place to take down the entire Justice League, should the need ever arise. However, a new study finds the Dark Knight isn’t all he’s cracked up to be.

Using scientific principles, students at the University of Leicester spent seven years examining the feasibility of the powers of superheroes, and discovered — to the surprise of absolutely no one — that Superman may be the “best-equipped” of them all. The Man of Steel has his “Super Flare” attack and higher-density to thank for his position as “the number one candidate for ‘most powerful superhero.'”

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Superman virtual-reality coaster takes flight at Six Flags

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Beginning this weekend, roller-coaster enthusiasts will be to dive — screaming, no doubt — into Metropolis with the Man of Steel himself on the new Superman virtual-reality coaster at three Six Flags theme parks.

The ride is described as “a fully immersive experience,” complete with six inversions and 70-mile-per-hour twists and turns. Wearing VR headsets, guests will be taken on what starts out as a leisurely journey through Metropolis, courtesy of Metropolis Sky Tours. However, just after departing the station, riders encounter Lex Luthor, who uses an anti-gravity gun and an army of Lexbots to wreak havoc, with cars, taxis and buses left floating in mid-air around the riders.

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Travel Foreman’s ‘Justice League United’ sketchbook reveals unused character designs

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Travel Foreman’s “Justice League United” sketchbook has surfaced online, unveiling some of the creator’s unused concept artwork for the now-cancelled title’s cast of characters. The alternate designs are surprisingly different from earlier designs, and offer a bold alternative to the inevitable costumes that were used for the “Rebirth” rebranding. Foreman worked on “Justice League United” for issues 11, 12 and 16 — the final issue of the series.

The sketchbook offers glimpses at unused art for characters including Stargirl,  Animal Man, Liberty Belle, Union, Hourman, Hawkwoman, Stanley (and his monster, Spot), Tomorrow Woman, Rex, Major Force, Wildcat, and B’Wana Beast.

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LEGO unveils new Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Batman & Suicide Squad sets

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The LEGO Group has announced new installments for its popular Marvel Super Heroes and DC Super Heroes toy lines. The latest additions see characters like Ben Reilly, Ghost Rider, Doctor Octopus, Blue Beetle, Killer Croc, Scarecrow, and many, many more LEGO-ified for dynamic action play sets.

Recommended for ages 7-14 (and some 8-14), the Marvel & DC Super Heroes play sets are currently on sale at Amazon and at the LEGO website.

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‘New Teen Titans’ go retro with this Mego-style line of figures

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More than a year after announcing its series of Mego-style action figures based on the classic New Teen Titans, Figures Toy Company has at last debuted Nightwing, Starfire, Cyborg and Raven.

For fans of a certain age, these will press a couple of nostalgia buttons — the toymaker’s specialty — in combining memories of Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line with those of Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s Titans of the early to mid-1980s. As one collector notes, Mego surely would’ve gotten around to the New Teen Titans … had the company not filed for bankruptcy in 1982.

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Joker ratchets up the craziness in this freaky Snickers spot

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Since launching in 2010, Snickers’ “You’re Not You When You’re Hungry” television ads have been virtually inescapable, with everyone from Betty White to Rowan Atkinson to Danny Trejo encouraging us to chow down on the popular chocolate bar. Yet somehow U.S. audiences have largely been spared the terrifying version featuring the Joker — that is, until now.

Warning: Be prepared to drop that delicious blend of roasted peanuts, nougat, caramel and milk chocolate, and flee to a space place. Preferably, somewhere with a door that locks.

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Funko unleashes an avalanche of Harley and Joker Pop! figures

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With seen plenty of Suicide Squad Pop! vinyl figures, both in the wild and in official images. However, it turns out those were only the beginning.

In addition to the standard figures, which include most of the characters from the upcoming Warner Bros. film (including tw0 Deadshots), Funko has debuted a half-dozen additional versions of Harley Quinn and the Joker, available exclusively at select retailers.

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Six Flags’ Joker ride was shut down an hour after it opened

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The Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park had to close its brand-new Joker ride on the same day of its unveiling because two passengers who were stuck on the coaster’s cars.

According to nj.com, maintenance workers worked to repair the 4D free-fly roller coaster for several hours, before Six Flags decided to close the ride for the rest of the day.

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Harley Quinn comes out swinging with new ‘Suicide Squad’ figure

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In a clear, and welcome, sign that merchandising is ramping up for Suicide Squad, no sooner did Tamashii Nations debut itsS.H. Figuarts Joker and Harley Quinn action figures than images and details have surfaced for Medicom’s MAFEX versions.

While we saw the Joker last month, this is our first look at Harley, based on the likeness of actress Margot Robbie. You have to admit, the head sculpts are pretty much spot-on.

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Armored Bat-Baby will rid the nursery of evil-doers

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Armored Bat-Baby’s parents taught him a lesson, that the world only makes sense if you force it to. In retrospect, however, they may have been talking about the Shape O Ball.

Who are Armored Bat-Baby’s parents? It’s difficult to know for sure; rumor has it their last name is Wayne. Whoever they are, they should be honored, and not with graveside oath, or a bouquet left once a year in Crime Alley. Y’know, celebrated, because they’re clearly awesome.

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Get ready, because Hot Toys is releasing a ‘Suicide Squad’ line

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You may want to start stashing away money now, because Hot Toys announced this morning it will release collectibles based on Warner Bros.’ hotly anticipated Suicide Squad movie.

Best known for its movie-accurate 1/6th-scale action figures, the Hong Kong-based toymaker has produced collectibles based on the Marvel Studios films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadpool and more. And let’s not forget the adorable little Cosbaby figures.

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Batman and Superman are meerkats in this weird Neal Adams comic

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There have been a lot of really strange Batman-Superman team-ups over the years, but I’m willing to bet this is the first time in which the World’s Finest are depicted as talking meerkats … who interrupt a 1970s-era gang fight.

Called A Heroic Journey, it’s a limited-edition custom comic produced by DC Comics for the insurance-comparison website comparethemarket.com. If you thought those costumed meerkats look as if they were drawn by Neal Adams, you’re right.

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