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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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Appeals court upholds Warner Bros.’ Superman rights

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A federal appeals court has again sided with DC Comics and Warner Bros. in the long-running feud over the rights to the Man of Steel.

As first reported by THR, Esq., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a 2013 ruling that the heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel relinquished their claim to the character in a 2001 settlement with DC, and therefore are not able to terminate the copyright.

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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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Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman join forces for Jelly Belly

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Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will grace bags of jelly beans this spring with the launch of the Jelly Belly Super Hero Collection.

Jelly Belly Candy Co. has teamed with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for the series of branded bags, which will contain a mix of shimmering versions of Berry Blue, Blueberry, Cream Soda, Sour Lemon, Very Cherry and Wild Blackberry (alas, there are no new flavors created specifically for the heroes).

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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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