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Spidey tries the samurai look in Tamashii Nations’ Manga Realization line

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Following up on their Movie Realization line of acclaimed “Star Wars” figures, Tamashii Nations is exploring a Manga Realization line — kicking it off with a samurai-influenced take on Spider-Man.

Packaged with two blades, a few sets of web-slinging hands, and a grappling hook and line, the highly-articulated samurai Spidey figure comes from a design by Takayuki Takeya, the designer of Tamashii’s “Star Wars” toys.

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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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‘Star Trek’ redshirt brilliantly has cosplayers ‘kill’ him, repeatedly

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Attending a comic convention dressed as a Redshirt from Star Trek is, y’know, fine but not exactly inspired. But attending a convention dressed as a Redshirt, and then posing with other cosplayers as they “kill” you over and over again? Genius!

That’s what Timothey Adam did last weekend at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle, recruiting cosplayers dressed as characters ranging from Batman and Harley Quinn to Chewbacca and the War Boys to put that Star Trek trope to the test.

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Superheroes face their archenemies in this steamy latte art

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A superhero and his archenemy go together like peanut butter and jelly or, in this case, espresso and steamed milk: One just isn’t complete without the other.

As the latest wave of superhero movies begins to wash over us, Elite Daily turned to latte artist Michael Breach to recreate a handful — or is that a cupful? — of classic pairings in his medium of choice. The results are, yes, pretty steamy.

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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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Captain America returning to Disneyland as Super Hero HQ closes

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Marvel’s First Avenger will return next month to Disneyland, just in time for the opening of Captain America: Civil War.

Captain America left the Anaheim, California, resort in October to make room for Spider-Man in Tomorrowland’s newly renovated Super Hero HQ, which houses “Thor: Treasures of Asgard” and “Iron Man Tech Presented by Star Industries.”

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Artist reimagines heroes, villains in minimalist ‘Masks’ series

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Experimenting with the iconic nature of their costumes, Ukrainian illustrator Yuri Krasnoshchok has distilled the masks and faces of numerous fictional heroes to sparse geometric shapes in a minimalist series called simply “Masks of Superheroes.”

Spider-Man, represented only by those oversize white eyes, is probably the most successful of the bunch, but most of them are almost instantly recognizable, without the aid of the characters’ names.

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Comics A.M. | Stan Lee announces final appearance in Canada

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Creators | Stan Lee has announced his visit to Fan Expo Canada in September will mark his final appearance in that country. “It’s so pleasant to go somewhere where people like you and want to hear what you have to say,” he said. “It’s very flattering. But I’m 93 years old. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to do it. I want to make this one big event.” When it was pointed out that Lee doesn’t look as if he’s slowing down, the legendary creator replied, “Well, I can’t run the marathon and win the way I used to.” Lee made his final convention appearance in Europe in 2014. [Toronto]

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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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‘Interheroes’ peers inside the stylish homes of superheroes

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We’ve seen Wayne Manor, the Baxter Building and Tony Stark’s many bachelor pads depicted in countless Marvel and DC comic books over the decades. However, in “Interheroes,” illustrator and architect Federico Babina offers a look at the stylish homes of superheroes if they were decorated to reflect their costumed identities.

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Spider-Man faces Darth Maul (again) in ‘Super Power Beat Down’

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If you didn’t quite buy the result of their original battle, “Super Power Beat Down” is back with an alternate ending to the showdown between Spider-Man and Darth Maul.

This time, it’s not only the wall-crawler who has the benefit of the alien symbiote: Here, Darth Sidious’ apprentice dips his hand into that inky pool, resulting in a whole lotta horns, and a whole lotta … tongue.

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Comics A.M. | Near-mint ‘Amazing Fantasy’ #15 could sell for $400K

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Auctions | A near-mint copy of Marvel Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the 1962 first appearance of Spider-Man, is expected to sell for more than $400,000 at auction later this month. “We think this comic has the potential to realize the highest price ever paid at public auction for a Spider-Man comic book,” said Lon Allen, managing director of the comics department at Heritage Auctions. “It could soar well past our estimate.” [Fine Books & Collections]

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Marvel Select unmasks new Spectacular Spider-Man figure

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Diamond Select Toys has teamed with the Marvel Shop to introduce the exclusive Marvel Select Spectacular Spider-Man action figure.

Standing 7 inches tall and boasting 16 points of articulation, the figure features four pairs of interchangeable hands, a camera accessory, interchangeable masked and unmasked heads, and (perhaps best of all) a bunched-up mask that Peter Parker can hold in his hand.

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Patrol the streets with style in these incredible superhero cars

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Aside from the contents of Batman’s subterranean garage, and Ghost Rider’s motorcycle-turned-low-rider, superhero vehicles are pretty rare these days. However, there was a time — let’s call it “the 1970s” — when every other costumed character seemed to have their own custom wheels, whether it was Superman’s Supermobile, Spider-Man’s Spider-Mobile or The Punisher’s Battle Van … mobile.

But if the work of WrapStyle Singpare is any indication, perhaps superhero cars are poised to make a high-priced comeback.

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Comics A.M. | Viz Media expands Walmart deal, makes Best Buy debut

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Publishing | Viz Media has struck separate agreements that will expand the number of manga titles it sells at Walmart and bring its books to Best Buy for the first time. Under the Walmart deal, bestsellers Tokyo Ghoul, Pokeman, One Punch Man and the new Naruto one-shots will be available in more than 2,000 of the retailer’s locations across the United States. Under the Best Buy agreement, two Naruto titles and Assassination Classroom will be packaged with their respective anime and featured in floor displays at 687 locations. [Publishers Weekly]

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