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The Joker gets the last laugh with these adult-size Underoos

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The age-old question of whether The Joker prefers boxers or briefs is answered with the new wave of adult-size Underoos. (Ever the trickster, the Clown Prince of Crime is apparently a boxer briefs kind of guy.)

The Joker men’s set is joined by Supergirl, Deadpool, Robin, Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman, and BB-8 for women. There are also Civil War Captain America and Iron Man boxer brief sets for boys.

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Comics A.M. | Tracing Batman and Robin’s history of gay subtext

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Comics | In an excerpt adapted from his new book The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture, Glen Weldon delves into the long history of the gay subtext in the relationship between Batman and Robin, noting that it’s been there from the Boy Wonder’s 1940 debut: “Remember: Queer readers didn’t see any vestige of themselves represented in the mass media of this era, let alone its comic books. And when queer audiences don’t see ourselves in a given work, we look deeper, parsing every exchange for the faintest hint of something we recognize. This is why, as a visual medium filled with silent cues like body language and background detail, superhero comics have proven a particularly fertile vector for gay readings over the years. Images can assert layers of unspoken meanings that mere words can never conjure.” [Slate.com]

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Let Batman & Robin guard your cash with a ‘Dark Knight Returns’ wallet

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Say what you will about the aging, frail yet brutal Batman of Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, but he’d (probably) never let anyone get to your cash and credit cards. Not the Mutants, not The Joker, not even the Man of Steel. Of course if he did, say because of a bum knee or bad back, Carrie Kelley would be waiting in the wings.

That makes them the perfect Dynamic Duo to grace this (ahem) Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Dynamic Duo Wallet, featuring artwork by Miller and Klaus Janson. Of course, it would be weird if the wallet featured anyone other than them ….

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Teen Titans become Tasty Titans with these ground beef sculptures

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Kieran Gormley is the meat manager at Uwajimaya in Seattle, but as you can see from these photos, he’s so much more than that: He’s the Gauguin of ground beef, the Botticelli of burger, the Picasso of pork, the … the … OK, as you can see from these photos, he creates amazing sculptures out of ground beef and pork. And we’re thankful for it.

Recently, Gormley turned his skills to the cast of Teen Titans Go!, bringing Robin, Starfire and Beast Boy (with waffles!) to pink, meaty life. Hopefully Cyborg, who once described the hamburger as “man’s crowning achievement,” and Raven are on their way.

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DC Comics dress-up napkins will save you from a super-sized mess

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Whenever you’re wearing a crisp, white shirt it’s virtually guaranteed you’ll drip part of your lunch — marinara sauce, mustard, salad dressing, what have you. But that’s why it’s good to have friends. Super friends.

Paladone has produced officially licensed DC Comics Dress Up Napkins that will allow you to bring a bit of cosplay to the table, while saving that defenseless white shirt.

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DC Collectibles gives ‘BTAS’ Batmobile the ‘deluxe’ treatment

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In what’s shaping up to be a red-letter week for Batman toy collectors, DC Collectibles has followed the official debut of LEGO’s elaborate Batcave playset with an unveiling of its own: the Batman: The Animated Series Deluxe Batmobile.

We’ve already seen a 6-inch scale BTAS Batmobile, so what makes this one “deluxe”?

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‘Arkham Knight’ update trailer teases ‘Batman v Superman’ Batmobile

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has released a trailer highlighting the next series of add-ons for the blockbuster Batman: Arkham Knight, which includes the Batsuit and Batmobile from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The 2016 Batman v Superman Batmobile Pack will be available for download beginning today for Season Pass holders, along with “Catwoman’s Revenge,” which allows players to take control of Catwoman in a story set after the events of Arkham Knight, and “Flip a Coin,” which allows them to play as Robin as he attempts to take down Two-Face’s money-laundering operation.

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DC Collectibles pays tribute to Infantino with new Batman statues

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DC Collectibles is paying tribute to the late Carmine Infantino with the next release in its Batman: Black and White line of statues.

Revealed this morning by MTV, the Batman and Robin statues are based on the artist’s 1964 redesign of the Dynamic Duo, the “New Look” that endured for decades, across comics, live-action and animated television, and merchandise.

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Warm up for the holidays with DC Comics & ‘Star Wars’ ugly sweaters

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Ugly Christmas-sweater party season is just around the corner. People still throw those, right? If they do, Merchoid has you — and every other geeky guest — covered, in a blend of cotton and polyester.

The online retailer, which specializes in licensed pop-culture merchandise, has rolled out its nerdiest seasonal wear with ugly (but not heinous) sweaters based on characters from DC Comics, Star Wars, Adventure Time and more.

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Clash of the tartans: Kiltmaker debuts superhero-inspired line

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A century-old Scottish kiltmaker has unveiled a line of tartans inspired by Marvel and DC Comics superheroes.

It’s part of an effort by Paisley, Renfrewshire-based Houston Kiltmakers to spur interest in the traditional garments among a younger audience.

“I just did this to try and get to a younger generation and try to involve them with the tradition,” Stuart Davison, the company’s head of marketing, tells The Scotsman. “It’s a bit of an older generation thing at the moment.”

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FAN ART: Damian Wayne’s Crayon-Drawn Family Tree

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In adorable art of the day, Deviantart Australian artist slashmeanshorror drew Damian Wayne’s Family Tree as though drawn by the most-recent Robin himself.

With crayon-like art and commentary by “Damian Wayne” — for example, hilariously referring to Helena Wayne of Earth-2 as his “not really” “half-sister” — the Family Tree features almost every member of the Bat-Family throughout the ages, from all the Robins and the Gordons to the Kanes and Bat-pets.

Check out the full image after the jump.

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Artist cleverly unmasks iconic characters, from Batman to Goku

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Chicago artist Alex Solis cleverly pulls back the curtain on 16 famous characters in a series of illustrations titled “Icons Unmasked.”

Like cast members at Disney World, the pop-culture icons remove the heads of their costumes to reveal what lurks beneath. In the case of some of the characters — Batman and Robin, for instance — it’s a literal representation of their names. For others, like Kermit and the Beast, it’s a bit more playful.

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Worlds collide in these ‘Dragon Ball Z’-superhero mashups

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In Dragon Ball Z, two characters can fuse, creating a single being with their combined powers and attributes. But what would happen if fusion spilled over into other universes — like, say, those of Marvel and DC Comics?

French artist Pierre-Marie Lenoir has a pretty good idea, which he explores in a series of illustrations called “Fusion” that merges DBZ with some well-known comic book heroes. Whether it involved a Fusion Dance is anybody’s guess.

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Grumpy Old Fan | The long and winding roads (of DC’s event arcs)

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The end of August also marks three full months worth of DC Comics’ line-wide relaunches. Naturally, the highest-profile of these are in the Superman titles, featuring a depowered and spiritually depantsed Man of Steel; and in the Bat-books, where a buff, mohawked James Gordon is the new Dark Knight. The two main Green Lantern books are also going through status quo upheavals, as Hal Jordan has gone off the reservation with a stolen power-ring prototype, while John Stewart, Guy Gardner and a handful of their colleagues have been hurled into parts unknown. (I’d say more, but it’d spoil the latest issue of Green Lantern: Lost Army.)

While I’m not exactly getting tired of these various plots, I am starting to wonder how long they can each be sustained. That, in turn, reminded me of similarly dramatic storylines that played out over much longer periods of time. I’ll be discussing a lot of storylines today, from the Silver Age to the present, and I’m sure I haven’t listed every possible one. (Spoilers: I won’t have time to get to a “dead and revived” list.) Some of these arcs were planned with endpoints, and some reverted to “normal” thanks to external factors. However, each tested the limits of readers’ tolerance for change.

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Funko swings in with ‘Batman ’66’ Vinyl Idolz series

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After releasing Pop! and Dorbz collectibles based on Batman ’66, Funko has tuned back in at the same Bat-time, same Bat-channel with Vinyl Idolz figures from Vinyl Sugar inspired by the classic television series.

Arriving in October, the collection features 8-inch versions of Adam West’s Batman, Burt Wad’s Robin, Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl and Cesar Romero’s Joker, with the Clown Prince of Crime most closely resembling his TV counterpart. Still, there’s something almost charming about the Boy Wonder’s glassy-eyed stare.

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