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This guy is writing a song for each of the 700-plus Pokémon

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Although Jacob Newman can’t catch all of the more than 700 species of Pokémon, he can write a song for each of them. Or so he plans to.

The 24-year-old folk punk artist, aka Jacob Norman Chainsaw-Arm, already has a good start, as he’s released a digital album called 100 Songs for 100 Pokémon, which contains tributes to the likes of Bulbasaur, Pumpkaboo, Charmander and Ivysaur (arranged according to Pokédex numbers, naturally). Just 600 more to go!

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Face front, True Believers! There’s now a Marvel credit card

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It’s not a Merry Marvel Marching Society membership card, but this new Marvel credit card may be as close as you’re going to get.

Partnering with Synchrony Financial, the company has introduced the Marvel MasterCard, available in five designs: Marvel heroes (the Avengers, Spider-Man and Guardians of the Galaxy), Iron Man, Spider-Man, Captain America’s shield, and a more subdued gray version, featuring icons of some of the characters.

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‘I Grew Up Star Wars’ photo site will take you back to childhood

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If you’re old enough to have seen the original Star Wars trilogy in theaters the first time around, and to have owned — and, gasp, even played with — the Kenner toys before they became collector’s items, I Grew Up Star Wars will hit you right in the nostalgia.

It’s a website that collects photos, primarily from the late 1970s and early ’80s, from the early days of Star Wars fandom, documenting that unfettered joy of finding the Millennium Falcon under the tree, and that twinge of envy at your friend’s birthday party.

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Someone built a life-size ‘Star Wars’ AT-ST, and it’s amazing

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You really have to question the thinking of the Galactic Empire’s engineers, who designed enormous AT-AT walkers that can be tripped up by tow cables and a planet-destroying Death Star that can be destroyed by a lucky shot from a single X-wing.

Such is the case with the two-legged All Terrain Scout Transport, which embarrassingly met its match in the Ewoks on Endor. However, as unsteady as it may be, you have to admit it looks really cool. So, obviously, if you saw an AT-ST in your neighborhood, you’d want a closer look, right?

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Fan’s amazing LEGO Batcave has everything Batman could need

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There’s no denying that LEGO’s recently released Batman ’66 Batcave is amazing, but this fan build by Dan Glasure is, well, something else entirely.

Looking not only to different incarnations of Batman’s secret lair but also to other fan interpretations, the brick enthusiast spent two months creating a highly detailed Batcave that fills a vertical space (most models are horizontal), as if wedged into a chasm between massive rocks. There are platforms for the Batmobile and Batwing, an armory, a crime lab, a massive waterfall, and lots and lots of bats. However, that barely scratches the surface.

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Batman merges with ‘Star Wars’ for one amazing helmet

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The Dark Knight and the Galactic Empire come together in this one incredible helmet, created for a good cause.

Sanctioned by Lucasfilm, the Biker Scout Helmet Project invites prop makers, effects artists and cosplayers from across the globe to design custom Star Wars Scout Trooper helmets, to be auctioned for charity. What you see here is Julian Checkley‘s Batman-themed “Wayne Industries (Applied Sciences Division) Advanced Pursuit Helmet,” which organizers say “blew us away.”

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Batman fan transforms his Mitsubishi Lancer into the Batmobile

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After spending more than two and half years and $2,800 on modifications, one Batman fan has unveiled his own Batmobile. Well, it’s actually his family’s Mitsubishi Lancer, but it definitely screams “Batman.”

The black compact car belongs to 48-year-old Scott Russell of Johnstone, Scotland, who definitely has an eye for detail: Bat-symbols grace the wheels, grill, headlights and headrests, with a much larger version stretched across the doors. The Dark Knight himself keeps watch from the hood.

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Comics A.M. | Collection of rare DC comics goes on display

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Exhibits | The media got a first glimpse Wednesday in London of the “Impossible Collection (DC Chapter),” which features more than 1,000 DC classics, including the first appearances of Superman (Action Comics #1) and Batman (Detective Comics #27). It will go on a worldwide tour later this year. The collection is the property of Ayman Hariri, the son of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, and it didn’t take him very long to amass it: He stared collecting after his father was assassinated in 2005, inspired by a drawing his father had done of Superman. [Reuters, The Upcoming]

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With an Aquaman board, this surfer rules the seven seas

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Aquaman has spent the better part of three decades as the butt of jokes, but the tide seems about to turn with the character’s appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and subsequent Warner Bros. films. Perhaps hoping to catch that wave, one Redditor created his own trident surfboard to go with his orange-and-gold Aquaman attire.

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Supreme Court nominee sold his comics to pay for law school

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Few would argue that Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, isn’t qualified for the job. After all, he served as a clerk to Justice William Brennan, worked as a federal prosecutor, and now sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. And, it turns out, he’s a one-time comic book fan.

“He put himself through Harvard Law School by working as a tutor, by stocking shoes in a shoe store, and in what is always a painful moment for any young man, by selling is comic book collection,” Obama said this morning during a Rose Garden ceremony announcing Garland’s nomination. “It’s tough. Been there.”

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Li’l Spider-Man learns a valuable lesson: Don’t sneeze into the mask

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Despite facing regular threats from such deadly foes as Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and the Lizard, you have to imagine it’s the everyday concerns that trouble Spider-Man most. Like, where to get his costumes cleaned without giving away is identity, or what to do when he has to sneeze while wearing the mask.

It’s the latter problem that defeats the pint-sized Spider-Man in this video before he can even swing into action. Laughed at by the very citizens he planned to protect, the littlest wall-crawler can only pull at his mask and whimper. Spider-Man no more …

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Student builds 21.6-foot wooden ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn’

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We’ve seen giant-robot devotees in China construct life-size Transformers out of car parts, but now one college student has built an enormous Gundam from wood.

The 21.6-foot replica of the titular mecha from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is a year-long project undertaken in Shandong Province, in eastern China, by a graduate of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

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Batman fan turns a spare room into his own Batcave

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When Batman fan Darren Wilson wanted somewhere to display his $21,000 collection of comics memorabilia, he looked no further than a spare room in his house. However, he didn’t just leave it as any old room.

The 46-year-old sculptor devoted evenings and weekends for the better part of 18 months transforming the space into his own version of the Batcave, complete with papier-mâché stalactites and a faux water pipe running through his “subterranean” lair.

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Terrific ‘Star Wars’ snow sculpture is ‘an evil Mount Rushmore’

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When nearly 18 inches of snow fell earlier this week on Rochester, New York, Rebekah Ford didn’t complain. Instead, she built a monument to the villains of Star Wars.

Carving a snow bank into a sculpture that one person likened to “an evil Mount Rushmore,” Ford paid tribute to Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and a Stormtrooper. “When Rochester gives you snow,” she wrote, “JOIN THE DARK SIDE.”

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Rare Spider-Man comic sells at auction for record price

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A rare near-mint copy of Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the 1962 debut of Spider-Man, sold at auction Thursday for $454,100.

Heritage Auctions said that’s the most ever paid at public auction for a Spider-Man comic (as The Associated Press notes, a near-mint copy of the same comic reportedly fetched $1.1 million in a private sale in 2011).

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