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Batman tops YouTube’s list of most popular superheroes

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Despite competition from cinematic upstarts like Iron Man, Wolverine and Captain America, Batman reigns as the most popular superhero on YouTube, with more than 3 billion views of a staggering 71,000 hours of video. But the character at No. 2 may surprise fans, and undoubtedly please Marvel Studios. Verily.

That’s according to research released today by the video-sharing website as part of its “Geek Week” celebration. The breakdown is based on keyword searches since 2008 for everything from film trailers to fan originals to video-game play.

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Deadpool invades this week’s Shelf Porn

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, where we take you inside one fan’s house to check out their collection of stuff. Today’s collection comes from Sharon in Illinois, who shows off her comics, art, statues and a whole lot of Deadpool.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here on Shelf Porn, check out the submission instructions.

And now let’s hear from Sharon …

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SDCC ‘ 13 | Deadpool dances, fights his way through Comic-Con

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We’ve seen Deadpool vs. Comic-Con 2012, Deadpool vs. “Gangnam Style” and, earlier this year, Deadpool vs. WonderCon, so it would’ve been more than a little disappointing if we weren’t treated another visit to Comic-Con International by the Merc With a Mouth. Thankfully, a video was uploaded this morning chronicling Deadpool’s return to San Diego, where he crashes a religious demonstration, torments a zombie, spars with cosplayers, and dances with just about anybody who’s willing to shimmy, thrust or Dougie.

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SDCC ’13 | Marvel announces Comic-Con-exclusive merchandise

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Marvel has announced a line-up of merchandise for Comic-Con International that includes a Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. T-shirt, a Rocket Raccoon mug and, perhaps most adorably of all, Skottie Young’s Avengers movie poster (part of the Phase 1 Marvel Cinematic Universe Blu-Ray Collector’s Set) and glass tumbler.

The limited-edition pieces will be available at the Marvel booth (#2329) at the San Diego Convention Center. See the list, with images, below:

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‘Deadpool’ video game debuts launch trailer: ‘Drop the beat!’

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Ahead of the arrival of the Deadpool video game on Tuesday, IGN. com has debuted the gameplay launch trailer for the third-person shooter from Marvel, Activision and High Moon Studios.

“This is my launch trailer,” the Merc with a Mouth says in the introduction, “and research shows that trailers, dubstep and absolute chaos go together like Wolverine and bad haircuts.”

Developed for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, Deadpool is a third-person shooter in which the character — like his comic-book counterpart — breaks the fourth wall to interact with players, in between combat focusing on guns, twin swords and an expanded arsenal that includes lasers and giant hammers.

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Deadpool’s driving a taco truck to Comic-Con

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The only thing better than one Deadpool is six Deadpools, right? (Hey, I could be a Marvel editor!) And the only thing better than six Deadpools? Tacos. This summer attendees at Comic-Con International in San Diego will have the chance to buy the Deadpool Corps. wrapped in a taco-truck package at the Hasbro booth.

Marvel.com reports that the 3.75-inch Marvel Universe figures of Deadpool, Lady Deadpool and Champion of the Universe Deadpool will come with figurines of Kidpool, Dogpool and Squirrelpool, packaged in individual “taco shells” and stuffed inside a taco truck. After the con, a limited number will be available for sale at the online Hasbro toy shop.

Check out the packaging below.

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Activision debuts cover for ‘Deadpool’ video game

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Activision has at last revealed the cover for Deadpool, the upcoming video game developed by High Moon Studios and written by Daniel Way.

Arriving June 25 for or PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, Deadpool is a third-person shooter in which the character — like his comic-book counterpart — breaks the fourth wall to interact with players, in between combat focusing on guns, twin swords and an expanded arsenal that includes lasers and giant hammers.

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Conversing on Comics with Declan Shalvey

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A great artist can make readers stand up at attention, while a fast artist can make editors’ lives a lot easier. Luckily for fans and publishers alike, Declan Shalvey is both.

Taking the artistic reins on Deadpool in August, Shalvey is in the middle of an epic upward-bound trajectory in comics, drawing books for Marvel and Dark Horse. His career began with a 28 Days Later comic for BOOM! Studios, but fans didn’t really take notice of his work until he began alternating arcs of Thunderbolts with Kev Walker.

Despite its frantic biweekly shipping schedule, Thunderbolts was an ideal showcase for Shalvey’s gritty, textured illustrations (with a bounce reminiscent of emotive newspaper cartoonists). After working on that title, and its successor Dark Avengers, for two years, the Irish artist was tapped to follow after Tony Moore on Venom. But stand back: Shalvey isn’t just a superhero artist. While tackling those comics for Marvel, he also illustrated graphic novel adaptations of Frankenstein and Sweeney Todd for European publishers, and arcs of Vertigo’s Northlanders and Dark Horse’s Conan the Barbarian.

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The Marauders board ‘Deadpool’ video game

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The cast of Activision’s Deadpool continues to grow with the announcement that Marauders Arclight, Blockbuster and Vertigo are joining their leader Mister Sinister in the video game. You can see the images below, courtesy of SuperHeroHype.

Arriving June 25 for or PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, Deadpool is a third-person shooter in which the character — like his comic-book counterpart — breaks the fourth wall to interact with players, in between combat focusing on guns, twin swords and an expanded arsenal that includes lasers and giant hammers.

Developed by High Moon Studios and written by Daniel Way, the game will retail in North America for a lower-than-usual $49.99 for consoles and $39.99 for PCs.

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‘Deadpool’ video game gets June 25 release

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Fans of Marvel’s Merc With a Mouth don’t have much longer to wait: Activision has announced it will release its Deadpool video game June 25 in North America (which probably means June 28 in Europe) for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Previously, the title had been saddled with a nebulous “summer” launch date.

To mark the announcement, the publisher has debuted a half-dozen new screenshots of the game, which will retail in North America for a lower-than-usual $49.99 for consoles and $39.99 for PCs.

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New ‘Deadpool’ game trailer: ‘Let’s torch this mother!’

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Activision and High Moon Studios have debuted a new trailer for their upcoming Deadpool video game that’s probably just what fans of Marvel’s Merc With a Mouth are looking for: Breaking of the fourth wall? Check. Violence? Check. Juvenile humor? Check. A reference to Cable’s “man-bazookas”? Naturally.

But there are also glimpses of gameplay, sprinkled liberally with gunfire, explosions and bloodshed. Watch the trailer below. Deadpool will be available later this year for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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Comics A.M. | Platinum shareholders move to oust Rosenberg

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Publishing | Heidi MacDonald reports that shareholders of Platinum Studios held a conference call Wednesday, with President Chris Beall sending a letter to founder Scott Rosenberg suspending him indefinitely as the company’s chief executive officer. Rich Johnston posted the press release announcing the call, and some of the topics on the agenda were fairly jaw-dropping. [The Beat]

Publishing | Andrews McMeel Publishing and Universal UClick (which are different divisions of the same company) are collaborating on a new line of digital comics, Udig, which collects themed newspaper strips into short e-books (the one I checked had 55 comics) for $2.99 each. [Good E-Reader]

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Marvel takes a jab at DC with 53 State Birds Variant cover

Last month DC Comics announced it will celebrate the February launch of Justice League of America with a staggering 52 variant covers that not only hit that magic number but also feature the flags of each of the 50 states plus Washington, D.C., and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (better luck next time, Northern Mariana Islands). As sales gimmicks go, it’s certainly … excessive, something even the publisher seems to recognize.

Not one to pass up a chance to rib (and one-up) the competition, Marvel has now revealed Stuart Immonen’s clever — if not exactly accurately named — 53 State Birds Variant for February’s Uncanny X-Men #1. As so many Marvel variant covers do, this one features the ubiquitous Deadpool and “all 52 state birds (+1).”

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What Are You Reading? with Gardner Linn and Dave Lentz

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Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading? Today our special guests are Gardner Linn and Dave Lentz, the creative team behind the webcomic Registered Weapon — “the internet’s only webcomic starring a robotic cash register who fights crime.” They just kicked off their latest story, Case 006, on Nov. 12, and you can also download the first ten pages from their site if you prefer to read in bigger chunks.

To see what Gardner, Dave and the Robot 6 crew have been reading, click below …

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Chain Reactions | Deadpool #1

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It was a tough week here at Camp Chain Reactions, trying to pick from the half-dozen or so first issues that arrived on Wednesday. Luckily there was nothing on the ballot Tuesday that ruled against doing more than one of these roundups each week, so expect to see one or two more before Monday.

Speaking of elections, let’s start off with a book that apparently (I haven’t read it yet) features zombie presidents: Deadpool #1. Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn tag team on the writing, as Tony Moore and Val Staples provide the art. Do they do justice to the merc with a mouth? Here are a few opinions from around the web:

Kelly Thompson, Comic Book Resources: “Duggan and Posehn take just the right tack for a Wade Wilson book, coming up with an outlandish idea of resurrected former presidents out to destroy America so that they can rebuild it. Dead president zombies on the loose is a concept that effortlessly inserts Deadpool into working for S.H.I.E.L.D., of all places. The result is comedy gold. Duggan and Posehn, in addition to conceiving of a perfect plot for Wade, have a good handle on his energy and sense of humor. Not every joke lands, but the ones that do are great and the ones that don’t still make a reader groan good-naturedly. Zombie FDR making jokes about a ‘new deal?’ This is fun.”

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