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Comics A.M. | Rare Superman comic stolen from Canadian store

Superman #3

Superman #3

Crime | A rare copy of 1939’s Superman #3 was stolen from Happy Harbor Comics in Edmonton, Alberta, sometime in the past week. The comic was displayed high on a wall, and when owner Jay Bardyla went to show it to a customer on Wednesday, it was missing. This issue would be worth $30,000 if it were in mint condition, but Happy Harbor’s copy had tears and other defects and was priced at $2,000. Bardyla and his staff are keeping an eye on comics sites and other comic shops to see if it turns up. “To my knowledge there’s not another copy of Superman #3 kicking around Edmonton so if it shows up at another shop, pawn shop or a flea market … hopefully if they see it they’ll let us know,” he said. [Global News]

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Mark Ruffalo and Jon Stewart argue Hulk vs. Superman


When Avengers: Age of Ultron star Mark Ruffalo stopped by The Daily Show Thursday night to promote his new film Infinity Polar Bear, an argument unexpectedly broke out … over who would win in a matchup between Superman and the Incredible Hulk.

For host Jon Stewart, there’s no contest: The Man of Steel would clearly triumph, at least if we’re talking about a standing high jump (which probably isn’t what most fans think of when they hear “Superman vs. Hulk”).

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Grumpy Old Fan | Can DC’s ‘Divergence’ be ‘definitive’?

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We’ll see

We’re in the second week of what I suppose I should call “Divergence,” because “Not the New 52″ sounds a little too cute. Last week was the first proper look at the new Superman status quo, and this week features the first full issue of the new Batman. For the most part, the new directions and relaunches I’ve seen have been pretty intriguing. However, underlying them is the age-old issue of maintaining a character’s core attributes.

I’ve talked about this before in the context of honoring a character’s creators. William Moulton Marston wanted Wonder Woman to have a very specific social-justice viewpoint, and to a certain extent Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster had a similar goal for Superman. Nevertheless, the two characters ended up developing in different ways.

Marston’s creative voice was never really duplicated, so Wonder Woman became just a bit more generic. Meanwhile, Superman’s multimedia success resulted in a number of new influences, which eventually helped transform Siegel and Shuster’s creation into an Establishment figure. Of course, subsequent shifts in society generally and comics particularly would push back, as with the Green Lantern/Green Arrow stories and Jack Kirby’s Jimmy Olsen in the ‘70s to the more socially conscious Wonder Woman stories in the ‘80s, ‘90s, and ‘00s.

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Hyundai calls in the Justice League for new Grandeur TV spot


Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has nothing on this Hyundai commercial, which brings together the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight and the Fastest Man Alive to sell the new Grandeur. Oh, and save lives. Probably.

Debuting earlier this week in South Korea, the TV spot depicts a city under attack and a woman running through a parking garage as the structure crumbles around her. She’s met by Batman, Superman and The Flash — an “unexpected lineup,” the voiceover says — whose primary concern may be what they can do to get her into this Grandeur today (or Azera, depending on the market).

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Harley Quinn and Joker get their own ‘LEGO Dimensions’ pack


Following the debut Wednesday of the new LEGO Dimensions trailer, we now get a look at seven of the team packs and fun packs teased in the gameplay footage — including The Joker and Harley Quinn.

Developed by TT Games for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the Disney Infinity-style “toy-to-life” game will launch Sept. 27 with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle minifigures and the Batmobile. Players will then be able to purchase of additional fun packs and team packs, containing LEGO sets that they’ll build into characters, vehicles and devices that they’ll be able to introduce into the game with the Toy Pad.

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Superman soars into ‘Grand Theft Auto V’ in this PC mod


Rockstar North’s Grand Theft Auto V reached a couple of milestones this week, with shipments of the action-adventure game approaching 52 million, and the introduction of its first Superman mod.

A mere five weeks after the game was released for PC, one enterprising player created his first mod, replacing one of the three protagonists, Trevor Phillips, with the Man of Steel. While it’s not a complete conversion, it does feature a costume-clad Superman who can punch and kick cars across the street and even take flight. He may want to work on that landing, however.

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Mego World’s Greatest Superheroes vans hit the road again

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Following the announcement last month that it will release a reproduction of the classic Mego Batcave playset, Figures Toy Company has revealed it will roll out the Mobile Bat Lab.

Better still, it’s the first in a series of vehicles that will include the Teen Titans van, the Superman van and the Gotham City Police van, each accompanied by an exclusive 8-inch figure. No word yet whether we should expect the Joker Mobile, too, but here’s hoping …

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Sideshow’s introduces its ‘Superman: Red Son’ statue, comrades

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Sideshow Collectibles returns to the alternative reality of the 2003 miniseries by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett with its new Superman: Red Son statue.

The first in a new collection of “Premium Format” (that is, “non-articulated”) figures based on the Elseworlds comic, the red- and gray- clad Man of Steel stands 25 inches tall atop the symbol of the Soviet Union. Wonder Woman and Batman figures will follow.

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Is GM’s Camaro Krypton a ‘Batman v Superman’ special edition?


General Motors has filed two trademark applications that have car-industry websites speculating the company may be rolling out an automotive tie-in to the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

GM Authority was the first to pick up on filings by the Detroit giant for “Krypton” and “Camaro Krypton,” for “motor and land vehicles.” While that blog and others note that krypton is the name of a chemical element, the capitalized version is more widely associated with the home planet of Superman.

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Shelf Porn | A video tour of Paul’s collection


Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! We’ve got something a little different today, as Paul Aponte from the podcast “Funnybooks with Aron and Paulie” shares his collection via video, rather than still images. Watch Paul introduce his collection of Superman stuff, action figures and more.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here, you can find details on how to do that at the end of this post.

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Comics A.M. | Archie’s Paul Kaminski joins DC Comics

Paul Kaminski

Paul Kaminski

Publishing | Paul Kaminski, Archie Comics’ executive director of editorial since 2012, has left the publisher to become an associate editor for DC Comics’ Superman Group. Kaminski joined Archie in 2007, editing such titles as Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and The New Crusaders. [Twitter]

Museums | The reason the Cartoon Art Museum is vacating its current location is familiar to San Franciscans, says curator Andrew Farago: “The price per square foot is going to more than double, and that’s just not viable for us. The landlords are giving us what considerations they can, but ultimately it’s a business decision.” The museum will remain open in its current location, on Mission Street, until June 28; a new venue has not been found yet. [SFGate]

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Photos of newborn superheroes will melt even a villain’s icy heart


When the call went out at BoredPanda for readers to submit “a cute photo of your baby showing their (or their parents’) true nerdy colors,” I’m not sure anyone was prepared for the avalanche of adorableness about to be unleashed. Because, honestly, how could you be ready for an actual Baby Groot (who probably won’t be dancing for several months yet), or a pint-sized Ninja Turtle, complete with pizza slices?

While I’ve spotlighted many of the superhero-themed photos, the BoredPanda thread also features plenty of babies representing Harry Potter, Star Wars and video game fandom.

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‘Batman v Superman’ trailer gets a retro makeover


If you had hoped against all hope for a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer that wasn’t utterly bleak, you have my condolences. However, YouTube user Bobby Burns has found a way to make the footage a little bit lighter: just add Adam West and Christopher Reeve.

For his parody of the Warner Bros. trailer, Burns retains the sound from the original, but replaces the footage with scenes from the Reeves Superman films and the 1966 Batman movie. Sure, the voiceover is still pretty grim, but it’s difficult not to smile at the Caped Crusader running to dispose of an enormous bomb …

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Timm’s ‘Justice League: Gods & Monsters’ inspires action figure line


Bruce Timm’s Justice League: Gods & Monsters, the direct-to-video animated feature the re-envisions Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman in a darker, alternate universe, won’t just spawn a comics prequel. The DC Universe Original Movie has inspired a line of action figures as well.

DC Collectibles has unveiled a first look at the 7-inch figures from the first wave, arriving this fall: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (although in Gods & Monsters, none of them is the hero fans have come to know). As you can see in the images below, each features interchangeable hands, while Batman also comes with an alternate, unmasked head, and Wonder Woman with her sword.

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Office workers brighten drab walls with Post-It superhero murals


The vibrant colors of superhero comics are one of the things that make them memorable, and a group of employees wanted to put some of that on the walls of their office — without getting into trouble for painting or damaging them.

Enter Post-It notes.

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