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Comics A.M. | Retailer criticizes Marvel’s prostate cancer awareness variants

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Retailing | Retailer Robert Scott of Comickaze Comics in San Diego, California, criticizes Marvel’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month variant covers as a poorly conceived gimmick, noting that they’re not a fund-raiser — no money goes to any cancer charity — and don’t even do a good job of raising awareness. Not only that, but he says the minimum-order requirement means that some retailers won’t be able to order them, and many of those who do won’t be able to donate their cut of the proceeds to prostate cancer causes. [ICv2]

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SDCC: NASA introduces Rocket Raccoon & Groot patch in honor of space exploration

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It’s safe to say Rocket Raccoon and Groot have made their way into the mainstream consciousness. Considering their obscure comic book origins and minimal status in comics until the 2014 film, it’s happened pretty quickly. Now, NASA’s getting in on the love.

NASA is honoring the characters’ greatness with a special Rocket Raccoon and Groot-inspired patch, being given to employees who worked on the International Space Stations’ National Laboratory in 2016. Take a look at the patch below:

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Comics A.M. | How to enjoy Comic-Con without a badge

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Conventions | There’s still plenty to do in San Diego this week, even if you don’t have a Comic-Con badge. A local news station runs down the options, from events that anyone can enjoy with minimal effort to the hard-core nerd stuff. [KPBS]

Political cartoons | The cartoonist Faro, who’s from Nice, pens an anguished explanation of why he will not do cartoon memes about tragedies any more: “At a certain point, one must know when to stop, and I am not convinced that my fellow citizens — yes I am both a press cartoonist and from Nice — have the heart to appreciate these digital or paper mournings one more time. And I am not speaking of those who take a risk in trying to find humor in a similar situation. I have a hard time understanding the practice of producing the official logo of carnage and then seeking to pass it on in posterity while these innocents pass over to the other side.” [The Huffington Post]

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Fan-made Disney Infinity figures give X-Men characters a ’90s spin

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Sadly, the Disney Infinity line of games has been cancelled, which unfortunately means — along with any planned games — proposed character designs from fans will never be manifested. One of those fans is artist Hector Moran, who conceived ’90s-inspired designs for several Disney Infinity figures — even creating a Deadpool figure for himself.

While it’s extremely unlikely that Disney would’ve picked up these designs anyways, it’s still amazing to see Moran’s work on Marvel’s Mighty Mutants, including Wolverine, Beast, Cyclops, Gambit, Jean Grey, the Sentinel, Rogue, and Storm, all based on the classic Jim Lee designs from the ’90s comics.

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Are you worthy enough to make your own Thor’s hammer?

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Does it really matter whether you’re worthy to wield Thor’s hammer when you can simply make one of your own?

Instructables contributor Tom Howbridge offers a step-by-step guide to creating the legendary Mjolnir from steel pipe, a wooden post, metal clothes rail and nylon cord.

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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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Spider-Man ARTFX+ statues will include Spider-Gwen, Miles and more

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When Kotobukiya debuted its upcoming Spider-Man ARTFX+ statue this week, it was only the beginning: The Japanese collectibles manufacturer doesn’t just plan to showcase Spider-Man, but also his amazing friends (as well as an enemy or two).

A teaser for the upcoming ARTFX+ collection features the wall-crawler, of course, but also Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Venom, Agent Venom, Spider-Man 2099 and Carnage. The concept art for the series is by Stefano Casali, with sculpts by Junnosuke Abe.

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Kotobukiya thwips up a new Amazing Spider-Man ArtFX+ statue

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For those yearning for the days of a classically-costumed Spidey, look no further than Kotobukiya’s new Amazing Spider-Man ArtFX+ statue to satisfy the nostalgia. Based on the original red and blue (with black webbing) costume, the statue presents Spider-Man in a crouching pose, ready for web-slinging.

Standing 3.35 inches tall, the statue is currently available for pre-order over at Kotobukiya’s website — where you can check out previous installments in the line, including Batman, Spider-Gwen and Magik statues, among others — for $59.99 USD. The Amazing Spider-Man ArtFX+ statue goes on sale in December 2016.

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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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Loot Crate recalls Infinity Gauntlet oven mitt that needed a Safety Gem

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To the surprise of many of us that believe in the power of the Infinity Gems, Loote Crate is recalling its Infinity Gauntlet oven mitt because of reports from customers who say the mitt can’t withstand the heat of an oven.

The genre movie and comics gear manufacturer issued the announcement of the recall in a press release, saying, “…we believe it’s possible some of the oven mitts sent in your Loot Crates will not withstand the high temperatures stated in the Loot Crate magazine and may pose a safety hazard, including a risk of burns. Please IMMEDIATELY STOP USING THIS PRODUCT AND CAREFULLY SECURE IT FROM USE BY OTHERS.”

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This Baymax will be your Imperial Stormtrooper companion

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On a scale of 1 to 10, we’ll rate this Big Hero 6/Star Wars cosplay a 10, naturally. How could you not?

The work of Benito Garcia of Wetworks SFX, the Baymax/Stormtrooper mashup is so perfect — and perfectly adorable — that you have to wonder why someone didn’t attempt it before — you know, beyond just cute illustrations.

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Spider-Man swings aboard Disney Cruise Line

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Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will head out to sea as Disney Cruise Line overhauls the Disney Wonder this fall, adding a Marvel Super Hero Academy.

A licensing deal with Universal Studios prevents the Marvel characters from appearing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, leaving Disney to stake out new territories, such as its cruise line. The flagship Disney Magic introduced its own Marvel’s Avengers Academy in 2013without the wall-crawler — providing a children’s activity center designed to resemble the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier.

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Captain America Chair Cape lets you sit like the Sentinel of Liberty

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Entertainment Earth has unveiled a new Captain America Chair Cape that’ll be sold as a convention exclusive at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego for a mere $24.99 USD.

There’ll only be 1200 of these Chair Capes sold, so if you want to guarantee yourself a cape-clad computer chair, be sure to hit up Entertainment Earth’s booth (#2343) at Comic-Con, on July 20. If you can’t make it to Comic-Con this year, you can pre-order the chair over at Entertainment Earth’s website, in the event that supplies remain after the convention.

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Hail LEGO? Captain America gets a brick Hydra shield

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You can call it a premonition or an uncanny coincidence, but we call this life-size LEGO replica of Captain America’s shield — with one minor modification — pretty spectacular.

Weeks before Marvel set the Internet alight with that big revelation in Wednesday’s Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, LEGO enthusiast Taylor Walker constructed this Hydra shield for the Sentinel of Liberty.

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Funko unveils exclusive Howard the Duck and Cosmo figures

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As if Funko doesn’t already have a firm grip on collectors, the company has introduced a new line of exclusives with a pair of Guardians of the Galaxy figures that are difficult to exist.

The Howard the Duck Dorbz and Cosmo Pop! vinyl figures kick off Funko’s Specialty Series, which will only be available through boutique retailers, specialty stores, local comic shops and select online outlets.

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