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Suit up for ‘Civil War’ with Hasbro’s ‘Captain America’ toys


By the time the new Captain America movie arrives in theaters in May,  pint-sized superheroes will be able to stage their own Civil War in the backyard with this upcoming merchandise from Hasbro.

Unveiled by Yahoo! ahead of next month’s Toy Fair in New York City, the toys will allow kids to gear up for the fight between Captain America and Iron Man: There’s a Captain America Blaster Reveal Shield, which fires Nerf darts (that’s probably not in the movie); Iron Man Slide Blast Armor, which also fires Nerf darts; the Iron Man Tech FX Mask, which boasts sound effects; and a Captain America Scope Vision Helmet, with targeting scope and missile launcher.

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Comics A.M. | Ta-Nehisi Coates among Book Critics award finalists

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Awards | Adding to a list of recent honors that includes a National Book Award and a MacArthur “genius grant,” author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates has been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism for his acclaimed memoir Between the World and Me. Coates is collaborating with artist Brian Stelfreeze on Marvel’s new Black Panther series, which debuts in April. [The New York Times]

Creators | Comics-industry pundit Rob Salkowitz looks at the resurgence of interest in Jack Kirby, who has posthumously received credit (and pay) for the work he created over the years for Marvel Comics: “For decades, the story of how everyone made a fortune off the work of this visionary creator except for Kirby himself – who until his final days toiled to eke out financial security for his family – stood as one of the most egregious injustices in an industry distinguished by its ill-treatment of creative talent. Now, as we approach his centenary in 2017, the man that Stan Lee nicknamed ‘King of the Comics’ is finally starting to get his due in the wider world of art, culture and commerce.” [Forbes]

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Comics A.M. | Complete set of Marvel comics goes up for sale

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Retailing | Kansas City retailer B-Bop Comics is offering a complete collection of Marvel comics, from Fantastic Four #1 (published in 1961) through all books published in 2015, for $200,000. The set, which doesn’t include any comics from Marvel predecessors Atlas and Timely, was put together by a collector who bought most of the comics as they were released. B-Bop is offering them as a complete set until next month; if they don’t sell in that format, the retailer will offer them individually, which will probably bring in more money. The set includes between 32,000 and 34,000 comics, housed in 106 longboxes, plus some boxes of books of various sizes. [ICv2]

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This new Hulk statue will definitely smash your piggy bank


Although fans are gearing up for the release of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel licensees have yet to finish with their Avengers: Age of Ultron merchandise. Case in point: This impressive Hulk statue from Sideshow Collectibles.

Based on the Green Goliath’s appearance in the blockbuster sequel, the highly detailed statue maquette stands 24 inches tall, and boasts a body rippling with muscles … and rage. Also: purple shorts.

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What would Ms. Marvel say to Trump? Sana Amanat has an idea


Considering that Kamala Khan, the Pakistani-American teen better known as Ms. Marvel, lives just over the river from Donald Trump, there’s a chance the two could someday cross paths, at least in the Marvel Universe. If that happened, what might the young superhero say to the Republican presidential frontrunner, who’s made so many controversial statements about Muslims and immigrants.

That’s what Seth Meyers asked Sana Amanat during her appearance this week on “Late Night,” and Kamala’s co-creator had an answer at the ready.

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Dark Phoenix rises again with this fiery new statue


It’s unlikely Dark Phoenix will rise again anytime soon in the pages of Marvel comics, but the galaxy-snuffing cosmic entity is making her fiery presence felt in a new statue from Sideshow Collectibles.

The Dark Phoenix Premium Format Figure depicts the transformed Jean Grey in her red-and-gold costume, rising from a the blazing bird-like manifestation of the force that possessed her. A Sideshow-exclusive version includes a swap-out portrait of Jean Grey.

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Captain America comes out swinging in SH Figuarts’ ‘Civil War’ line


If Funko’s upcoming Pop! and Dorbz offerings just weren’t enough for you, Tamashii Nations has released images and details for the first release in its S.H. Figuarts Captain America: Civil War lineup — it’s Cap himself, of course — and offers a glimpse of what’s to come.

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Choose sides in this ‘Captain America: Civil War’ hoodie


No matter whether you’re on the run from Hydra sleeper agents or defending your childhood friend/former partner against Iron Man, you should look good doing it. That’s where this limited-edition Captain America: Civil War hoodie comes in.

Lighter and a tad less conspicuous than a full uniform, the navy blue polyester hoodie features red and white accents, with a subtle star on the front and a small shield emblem on the back. Inspired by Captain America’s costume from the upcoming movie sequel, it’s officially licensed by Marvel.

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Captain Marvel, Thanos come to life with amazing 2D body paint


A costume designer and cosplayer, Kay Pike is certainly no stranger to other people’s brushes. However, she recently took up body painting herself, with truly impressive results.

On her Instagram page, she’s shared video and photos of her first efforts, beginning with the Colossal Titan from Attack on Titan (a “Colossal effort,” Pike says), and then moving on to Thanos, Captain Marvel, Cheetara from ThunderCats and even Frieza from Dragon Ball Z.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ trailer gets the LEGO remake it deserves


Bucky Barnes never looked as adorably brooding as he does in this shot-for-shot animated LEGO recreation of the trailer for Captain America: Civil War. Who’d have guessed a minifigure could emote so much pain and regret, or display such stubble?

It’s produced by the brothers behind the YouTube channel JimA73, who clearly devoted a lot of time to the project, replicating the trailer’s settings — the staircase sequence alone! — and even adding lighting effects and moving mouths. It’s pretty terrific.

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Indie studio crafts ‘Spider-Gwen’ animated video

Art by Robbi Rodriguez (Credit: Marvel)

Art by Robbi Rodriguez (Credit: Marvel)

Independent animation company Allegra Town Studio has put together their own brief animated “Spider-Gwen” clip, making us desperately want a Gwen Stacy cartoon ASAP.

Check out their seven-second animation below.

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Happy 93rd birthday to Stan Lee


Legendary writer and editor Stan Lee, who alongside such collaborators as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bill Everett, Larry Lieber and Don Heck forged the Marvel Universe, turns 93 years old today.

To celebrate the anniversary of Lee’s birth, we once again gather some of our favorite photos of the Man taken over the past five decades or so, some by himself, others with the likes of KISS, Lou Ferrigno, Chuck Norris, Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk. Oh, and one in which Lee is wearing nothing but a copy of Batman vs. The Incredible Hulk … and a smile.

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Fundraiser launches for Moon Knight co-creator Don Perlin post-cranial surgery


Clifford Meth has launched a GoFundMe campaign in an effort to raise funds for “Moon Knight” co-creator Don Perlin, who suffered severe cranial injuries this week.

Perlin recently had surgery to treat the injuries, and had a titanium plate put in his head to stop internal bleeding. He’s currently recovering in rehab.

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Ride like Tony Stark in these Iron Man motorcycle helmets

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With a seemingly endless supply of battlesuits at his disposal, Tony Stark certainly doesn’t need a motorcycle. However, if the billionaire inventor/superhero were to hit the open road, he’d probably do so in a stylish Iron Man helmet something like these.

We’ve spotlighted several superhero-inspired motorcycle helmets, but few are quite as flashy (or as shiny) as these from Masei. With names like “Atomic-Man” and “Star Machine,” the designs probably aren’t licensed by Marvel and Disney, but they are approved by the Department of Transportation, which has to count for something.

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Deadpool takes the wheel in fun Marvel Collector Corps teaser


Deadpool’s race through a massive warehouse atop a pint-sized chimichanga truck, doing doughnuts as he goes, ends about as well as can be expected in this cute animated teaser for Marvel Collector Corps.

It’s the perfect promo for the Deadpool-focused February box, perfectly timed to coincide with the release of the eagerly awaited Ryan Reynolds movie.

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