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Comics A.M. | Collection of rare DC comics goes on display

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Exhibits | The media got a first glimpse Wednesday in London of the “Impossible Collection (DC Chapter),” which features more than 1,000 DC classics, including the first appearances of Superman (Action Comics #1) and Batman (Detective Comics #27). It will go on a worldwide tour later this year. The collection is the property of Ayman Hariri, the son of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, and it didn’t take him very long to amass it: He stared collecting after his father was assassinated in 2005, inspired by a drawing his father had done of Superman. [Reuters, The Upcoming]

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‘LEGO Dimensions’ trailer takes on ‘Batman v Superman’

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On the eve of the nationwide release of Dawn of Justice, LEGO Dimensions offers its own take on “Batman versus Superman” in this latest trailer.

With the arrival last week of the DC Comics Superman Fun Pack, players can actually team up the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel to defeat the evil Lord Vortech.

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Watch: How a Batman-Superman fight would really play out

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There’s no denying the Dark Knight’s armored suit in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is really, really cool, and will undoubtedly sell tons of merchandise, but let’s face it: The Man of Steel would open that thing up like a tin can.

In fact, it’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Batman — an incredibly smart man with lots of neat gadgets who, in the end, is still just a man — could defeat Superman, or even last more than a few moments against him, at least without a heaping helping of Kryptonite. The Pivot Group puts the matchup to the test in this fun animated video that plays out six confrontations between the two heroes.

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Batman and Superman fight it out in Guinness World Records

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To celebrate the Friday premiere of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Guinness World Records has gathered some of the titles related to the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are a lot of them.

From the most voiceovers as Batman to the bestselling superhero video game to the most-portrayed superhero on television, they’ve all been recognized over the years by Guinness. (In case you’re wondering, those honors go to Kevin Conroy, LEGO Batman: The Videogame and, yes, Superman.)

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With these life-size ‘Batman v Superman’ cakes, justice is sweet

We’ve already seen life-size Batman and Superman statues, now it’s time for the life-size cakes.

In honor of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, English cake artist Rose Macefield created towering confectionery replicas of the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel for this weekend’s Cake International exhibition.

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Comics A.M. | Charting the growth of Chicago’s C2E2

Cosplay at C2E2 2015

Cosplay at C2E2 2015

Conventions | Ahead of this weekend’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, the Chicago Tribune looks at the growth, and the economics, of the convention, which last year drew a reported 71,000 attendees — about 40 percent of which come from outside Illinois. [Chicago Tribune]

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Superman and Aquaman soar into ‘LEGO Dimensions’

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Superman and Aquaman can enter the fray — and the fun — in LEGO Dimensions with a new wave of expansion packs from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

With the DC Comics Superman Fun Pack, players can introduce the Man of Steel and his wide range of powers — Flying, Dive, Invulnerability, Laser Deflector, Freeze Breath, X-Ray Vision and Super Strength — into the game. There’s also a Hover Pod, which can not only boost gameplay, but can be rebuilt into a Krypton Striker and Super Stealth Pod.

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Comics A.M. | Irving Fine, founder of Siegel and Shuster Society, dies

Jerry Siegel's childhood home (courtesy of the Siegel and Shuster Society)

Jerry Siegel’s childhood home (courtesy of the Siegel and Shuster Society)

Passings | Irving Fine, cousin of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and founder of the Siegel and Shuster Society, passed away March 11 at his home in suburban Cleveland. He was 87. Fine, whose late brother introduced Siegel to Joe Shuster in the 1930s, made preserving and promoting Superman’s ties to Cleveland a priority: During his tenure as co-chairman of the Siegel and Shuster Society, Ohio introduced a Superman-themed license plate, Cleveland Hopkins International Airport installed a Superman Welcome Center, and Siegel’s childhood home was restored. Michael Sangiacomo notes that Fine also played a key role in the plans for a monument to Superman and his creators, set to be unveiled in 2018 near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Cleveland Plain Dealer]

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Even ‘Batman v Superman’s’ watch ads are epic

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It’s safe to say you won’t see a more thrilling watch commercial than this one for Police Lifestyle’s new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice line.Yeah, I know, that’s a pretty bold claim.

Backed by a pounding score, the promo juxtaposes footage from the Zack Snyder film and closeups of the limited-edition timepieces. It will leave you struggling to resist the urge to buy a watch, and possibly punch a superhero.

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Batman kisses Superman in sweet Coheed and Cambria video

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The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel may fight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but in the new video for Coheed and Cambria’s song “Island,” their relationship takes a different path.

The video follows a Times Square Batman who meets an amateur Superman when a tourist pays them to stage a fight. However, later fists and sparks fly as the Caped Crusader leaps to the rescue of the Man of Steel when he’s harassed by a couple of unsavory costumed critters.

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Hot Toys unveils life-size ‘Batman v Superman’ replicas, more

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Following the debut Wednesday of a half-dozen Batman v Superman Cosbaby figures, Hot Toys has released photos of a massive Dawn of Justice display that includes life-size replicas of the Batmobile, Wonder Woman, Superman, Batman and Armored Batman with the Bat-Signal.

It’s from the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice x Festival Walk Mall Event being held through April 10 in Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong.

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Cuteness dawns with full ‘Batman v Superman’ Cosbaby series

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Brace yourselves for an overload of cuteness. After teasing us with photos from Toy Soul 2015 and official images of an Armored Batman and Superman collectible set, Hot Toys has unveiled its full Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Cosbaby series — including Wonder Woman and Aquaman.

Hey, you were warned!

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Happy birthday, Superman!

Art by John Byrne, from "Time" magazine

Art by John Byrne, from “Time” magazine

Since his debut nearly 78 years ago, Superman has had a handful of different “birth dates,” including Dec. 1 and sometime in October, but Feb. 29 — Leap Day! — is the one that’s more or less stuck. It’s the date longtime Superman editor Julius Schwartz settled on, and the one mentioned both in the celebrated 1985 story “For the Man Who Has Everything” and in Time‘s 1988 cover story.

And it’s the date DC Comics has embraced (although not always consistently in its books), and is celebrating this year with a 65 percent-off sale on select Superman digital collected editions.

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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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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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