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Cayman Islands police end active search for comic book inker Norman Lee

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Gary Higgins/The Patriot Ledger

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service have called off their search and recovery mission for missing comic book inker Norman Lee.

The 44-year-old Lee, a resident of Weymouth, MA, and a frequent contributor to Marvel comics such as Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man and Wolverine & The X-Men, went missing the morning of Thursday, March 5th while snorkeling with his wife near their hotel, the Reef Resort East End. About 250 yards from shore, the couple became separated, and Lee’s wife immediately filed a report upon returning to shore.

Though we initially reported a rescue operation was underway into Saturday based on a story from Boston’s WCVB, Cayman 27 (via Comicbook.com) reports that search and recovery operations began and ended late Friday afternoon.

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Good news, everyone: Hawkeye is still awesome

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Man, it must be super rough to follow a creative team like Matt Fraction and David Aja. When they, along with Ed Brubaker, left Immortal Iron Fist, the vacuum of talent was really felt. Nothing against Duane Swierczynski, but it just wasn’t the same, despite Travel Foreman’s awesome art.

Aja and Fraction made their mark on Hawkeye too, as “Hawkguy” became a classic hit and a place to set a first foot into the Marvel Universe. Hawkeye being a simple character to follow (guy who shoots arrows does heroic deeds), they brought him back down to a simple storyline and singular purpose; it’s easier to relate to a guy just trying to keep his apartment building safe as opposed to unraveling the great Hickman mysteries over in Avengers. He has his faults, his close friends seem to be more human next to him (Tony Stark helping him set up his VCR is one of my favorite dialogues in the series), the women in his life seem to have a reason to be attracted to or letting go of him; this seems like someone we know.

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Marvel inker Norman Lee goes missing in Cayman Islands

Gary Higgins/The Patriot Ledger

Gary Higgins/The Patriot Ledger

Frequent Marvel Comics inker, artist Norman Lee has gone missing while on vacation in the Cayman Islands.

Boston-area ABC affiliate WCVB filed a report this afternoon about the status of Lee, a resident of nearby town Weymouth. Apparently, Lee and his wife set out on a snorkeling trip this morning from the Reef Resort East End, but about 250 yards from shore the pair became separated. Lee’s wife returned to land and filed a report late this morning. As yet, rescue workers have found no sign of the artist.

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The Fifth Color | Everyone is Spider-Man

avengers_spideyNow that we’ve all giddily watched the latest trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, we can all agree it needed more Spider-Man. Now that Marvel Studios is free to use the web-head in its ever-expanding cinematic universe, it’s kind of all you want to see, right?

Spider-Man is unique in that, despite not having the best box-office track record recently, he’s the most profitable superhero in the world. Slap his face on a lunchbox orT-shirt and it will move more cash than Batman, and that’s saying a lot. There’s something universal about the Spider-Man story (if you ignore the Spider-Totem arc — and I do); he’s not a billionaire, gifted with an Übermensch’s physique, or born into greatness. He’s just a guy who took the circumstances life gave him and set out to make a better world. He’s one of the few heroes with a full face mask that hides every element of his identity. His world is our world, in that he lives in New York City and swings by places we recognize.

And there’s nothing inherently race-specific about his story.

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Avengers assemble adorably in Hot Toys ‘Age of Ultron’ Cosbaby series

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As menacing as Ultron is in the trailers for Marvel’s Avengers sequel, in bobblehead form the homicidal robot can only scare up an “Awwwwwww.”

He joins adorable big-eyed, 3.75-inch versions of Iron Man XLIII, Captain America, Thor, Iron Legion and Ultron Sentry in Hot Toys’ newly unveiled Avengers: Age of Ultron Cosbaby Series 1. However, Ultron Prime is available only in the Collectors Set. More figures are promised in later releases (keep your fingers crossed for Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch).

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‘Age of Ultron’ trailer is even better with Spider-Man added

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The shot in the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer of the entire team leaping into action was so incredible that CBR’s Brett White wrote that the entire teaser “could have just been two minutes of this one moment on a loop and it would have still been a wild success.” (Naturally, a fan gave him exactly what he asked for.) But now someone has found a way to make that moment even more epic … by inserting Spider-Man.

The GIF is downright hypnotizing.

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Chris Hemsworth vs. Hugh Jackman in a game of musical beers

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Beating Spider-Man and Captain America to the punch, Wolverine and Thor staged their own epic crossover last night in a brewing Civil War over … musical beers and dueling mullets.

Donning wigs, actors Hugh Jackman and Chris Hemsworth joined Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, bandleader Questlove and Saturday Night Live cast members Kate McKinnon, Colin Jost and Bobby Moynihan for a game that’s exactly what it sounds like: musical chairs, only using cups of beer.

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R2-D2 turns cosplayer in these superhero illustrations

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The best of two geeky worlds collide in a new poster series by artist Steve Berrington that mashes together the beloved R2-D2 with iconic superheroes (and a couple of antiheroes).

Available for $30 each from My Modern Shop, the posters feature the beloved Star Wars droid as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, Harley Quinn, Green Lantern, The Flash and Deadpool.

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Funko announces ‘Age of Ultron’ Black Widow Pop! figure

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Despite some initial concerns among fans, it turns out that Funko will release a Black Widow figure as part of its previously announced Avengers: Age of Ultron Pop! Vinyl series.

Arriving in May, with new batons in hand, Natasha joins Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, Vision and Ultron (plus the Hulkbuster offered exclusively through the new Marvel Collector Corps). There’s still no sign of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, however.

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Hot Toys smashes in with ‘Age of Ultron’ Hulkbuster figure

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Less than a week after debuting the new Hulk, Hot Toys has revealed details of its 1/6th-scale Avengers: Age of Ultron Hulkbuster collectible figure.

Heralded at Toy Soul 2014 with a 10-foot statue, the movie-accurate figure stands nearly 21 inches tall, and features a Mark XLIII bust inside the Hulkbuster, with LED light-up eyes and arc reactor on the chest. The metallic red, gold and silver armor has a weathering effect, and more than 16 LED light-up areas located in the eyes, chest, repulsor palms, back and legs.

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This dancing Baby Groot is adorable — and solar-powered

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In the post-Guardians of the Galaxy licensing onslaught, we’ve seen a dancing Groot bobblehead, a Baby Groot that actually dances to “I Want You Back,” a “movie-accurate” Little Groot and an absolutely terrified Potted Groot, and that’s only for starters. But now we have something a little different, and a little more eco-friendly.

Entertainment Earth is accepting preorders for a dancing Baby Groot solar-powered bobble head that not only wiggles his little body but never requires batteries. Alas, it’s not accompanied by the sounds of the Jackson 5, so you’ll have to hum the tune yourself:

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Stan Lee Media asks high court to revive suit against Stan Lee

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After losing one lawsuit after another in its eight-year battle for many of Marvel’s most famous characters, Stan Lee Media is looking to the U.S. Supreme Court for a reversal of fortune.

In a filing made public Friday, and first reported by Law360, the failed dot-com asked the justices to revive its lawsuit against co-founder and namesake Stan Lee, arguing the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals erred in its October dismissal.

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Marvel debuts Faith No More’s new single ‘Superhero’

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When it came time to debut the first single from their first studio album in 18 years, Faith No More chose an unlikely venue, Marvel.com. However, once you consider the song’s title, “Superhero,” and bassist Bill Gould’s love for Jack Kirby and the Silver Surfer, it makes perfect sense.

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The world outside Waid’s window

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It was Mark Waid Week last week at Marvel, and the veteran writer penned two more winning installments of S.H.I.E.L.D. (issue #3) and Daredevil (issue #13).

For the latter, Waid and artist Chris Samnee (with colorist Matthew Wilson) poked fun at the old “loved one in danger” trope, as Daredevil fought to save Kirsten from an unknown opponent. Not only did this happen with the express acknowledgment that Daredevil’s relationships tend to have unhappy ends, it explored just who might want to abduct her, and put a couple of subplot-servicing twists on top just for good measure. Waid and Samnee have been so reliably good for so long on this title that they may risk being taken for granted, but this issue was a real treat. Done in one but with a final-page hint of future danger, Waid’s script was propulsive enough to keep the reader both involved and guessing throughout.

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Run, run, run , run Runaways!

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One of the neat things about this upcoming Secret Wars mega-super-hyper-combo event is that a lot of cool projects are coming out of the woodwork — not just to support the unfolding crash of realities, but to sneak in some books that make entirely too much sense. While Battleworld rages on, it would be ridiculous not to have a cadre of teen heroes roaming the field and making their way in the mighty Marvel manner. Since the Secret Wars themselves are happening to create a universal order on a massive scale and enforcing a set universe out of countless others, it makes sense that someone (or someones) are going to want to rebel against that universal order. Thus, the Runaways.

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