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The Joker Bunch T-Shirt

The Joker Bunch T-Shirt

The clown prince of crime gets memorialized in t-shirt form, with this design by Demonigote and goliath72. Among the rogues’ gallery are Jokers portrayed by Mark Hamill, Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson, Joaquin Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Zach Galifianakis, Jared Leto, and the original comic book Joker.

History of Hellboy

History of Hellboy

With the upcoming release of the Hellboy movie reboot, Variant Comics thought it fit to introduce casual comic fans to Mike Mignola’s famed creation. Learn about the half-man, half-demon’s origin, powers, adventures and friends in this video.

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The Stan Lee Story XXL

The Stan Lee Story XXL

Previously available only in a now sold out limited run, Taschen is re-releasing Roy Thomas’ biographical art book about the late Stan Lee. The Stan Lee Story XXL contains lots of photographs, comic book art and facsimiles and features a foreword by the man himself.

The Origin of Marvel’s Infinity Stones

The Origin of Marvel’s Infinity Stones

Avengers: Infinity War is the climax of Marvel movies from the past decade. But the Infinity gems or Infinity stones – the MacGuffins at the center of the movie – have been around since the early ’70s. Variant Comics explains the stones’ origins and abilities.

Supervillains Supercut

Supervillains Supercut

Editor Robert Jones pays tribute to the characters who are oftentimes far more interesting and entertaining than superheroes themselves, the unbalanced, devious, criminal, and downright insane bad guys. The track is Saints of the Sinners by The Faim.

Protanopia Digital Comic for iOS

Protanopia Digital Comic for iOS

(PG-13) The future of comic books. Written, illustrated and animated by André Bergs, Protanopia is a digital comic book set during World War II. Each panel is made of layers of animated 3D models. When you tilt your iOS device, the panels’ view adjusts accordingly.

The Most Powerful Weapons in Comics

The Most Powerful Weapons in Comics

…the real answer is The Writer’s Imagination, but that’s no fun. So VariantComics ranked what they believe are the 10 most powerful weapons in comic books. Most of them will be familiar even if you’re not a comic book fan, such as the Infinity Gauntlet.

Gundam: The Origin Free Manga

Gundam: The Origin Free Manga

First released in 2001, Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin is a comic book retelling of the 1979 anime that launched the entertainment juggernaut we know and love. Now you can read its English version legitimately for free, thanks to manga publisher Comic Walker.

The Most Powerful DC Character

The Most Powerful DC Character

We’ve gotten to know the gods of the Marvel multiverse. Now Variant Comics tackles the deities of DC Comics. While Superman might be the ultimate force of good, morals mean nothing to the characters in this list.

A History of Legion

A History of Legion

FX’s new superhero show Legion is off to a promising start. If you’d like to know about the source material of this extremely powerful but schizophrenic mutant, Variant Comics has you covered. Find out about his past, his bizarre end, and some of his thousands of powers.

The Most Powerful Marvel Character

The Most Powerful Marvel Character

Thanks to Marvel’s hit movies, more and more fans are being introduced to the hyperbolic world of superhero comic books. Variant Comics gives us casuals a look at how far the dragon balling goes with this list of the Marvel world universe multiverse’s gods.

The Flash’s Fastest Moments

The Flash’s Fastest Moments

The abilities of DC Comics’ speedster go way beyond running quickly – he’s the embodiment of motion and time. That said, he is a fast runner. How fast? Faster than teleportation. Because comic books. Find out more in VariantComics’ video.

The Crow: Movie vs. Comic Book

The Crow: Movie vs. Comic Book

(Gore) CineFix compares the 1994 supernatural action flick The Crow and its source material, James O’Barr’s 1989 comic book series. While both are about coping with the loss of a loved one, the movie takes a more conventional approach to the hero’s journey.

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Spawn: The Rise of Image Comics

Spawn: The Rise of Image Comics

Imagine LeBron James, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant starting their own pro basketball league. That’s what happened with Image Comics. The rebellion did not go as smoothly as YouTuber kaptainkristian makes it out to be, but it’s still an incredible success story.

Watchmen: Adapting The Unadaptable

Watchmen: Adapting The Unadaptable

While Zack Snyder’s big screen version wasn’t exactly the recipient of fan or critical praise, Kaptain Kristian reminds us just how difficult it was to transform Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ classic comic, which took advantage of the medium in ways a film could never do.

ComiXology Unlimited

ComiXology Unlimited

ComiXology’s new subscription service lets you read the first volumes of dozens of titles from Image, Dark Horse, Fantagraphics and more (no Marvel or DC). It’s a great way to get into comics or find out which titles to dive into. It has a free 30-day trial period.

Future Quest

Future Quest

Part of DC Comics’ slate of new Hanna Barbera comics, Future Quest sees Jonny Quest, Harvey Birdman, Space Ghost and more team up in this updated take on classic characters. Written by Jeff Parker (Hulk, Thunderbolts, Agents of Atlas).

The Walking Dead: The Alien

The Walking Dead: The Alien

The prolific comic book duo Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin (The Private Eye, Barrier) bring us a touching one-shot with a small connection to The Walking Dead‘s main series. It’s about an American tourist and a dame in shining armor.

Marvel Civil War II Variant Covers

Marvel Civil War II Variant Covers

Marvel hired freehand phenom Kim Jung Gi to make a large illustration depicting its heroes fighting each other. The artwork will be split into eight and used as variant covers for the upcoming Civil War II comics, which will be released this June. Hi-res image here.

Barrier

Barrier

(PG-13) An American desperate to keep her land and a Honduran who escaped his country have a bizarre experience together. Bryan K. Vaughan (Saga) and his The Private Eye co-creators Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente weave a tale of violence, language and immigration.

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iTunes Terms & Conditions Comics

iTunes Terms & Conditions Comics

Robert Sikoryak turned the iTunes Terms and Conditions into a two-volume comic starring Steve Jobs. Each page is drawn in the style of an influential comic artist, from Steve Ditko to Allie Brosh. His Craig Thompson facsimile is freakin’ perfect.

I Thought I Told You to Shut up!

I Thought I Told You to Shut up!

David Boswell’s Reid Fleming, the World’s Toughest Milkman, was a popular comic book during the ’80s. In 1987, Warner Bros. bought its movie rights but rejected Boswell’s script. Charlie Tyrell’s feisty documentary gives us an insider’s look at what happened.

Archie & Jughead (2015)

Archie & Jughead (2015)

The new Archie comics launched to rave reviews, brought to life by Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) and Fiona Staples (Saga). Crowd favorite Jughead also has a series under Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl). Also on digital.

The Best American Comics 2015

The Best American Comics 2015

This year’s edition is packed with over 350 pages of work from established and up-and-coming writers and artists. There’s something for everyone from cheerful romance, to dark tales of woe. We rather enjoyed the chapter intros, drawn by editor Jonathan Lethem.

Marvel’s Civil War: A Summary

Marvel’s Civil War: A Summary

(SPOILERS) There are many concise recaps of the Civil War comics online, but if you want to be entertained as well Comicstorian’s summary is a great watch. Comics Explained has more details (and also the, uh, comics themselves).

Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye

Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye

The latest Minute Match-ups from YouTube member ismahawk pits that guy in purple against, well, the finest archer ever known. It’s a well choreographed and shot piece which will keep you quite entertained for about three minutes.

This Modern World Compilation

This Modern World Compilation

Dan Perkins aka Tom Tomorrow is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his postmodern political satire comic strip This Modern World by compiling every TMW strip from 1990 until this year (plus bonus art) in a two-volume set.

Every X-Man Ever

Every X-Man Ever

IGN made this polished chronological enumeration of characters who became part of the X-Men, from the fab five to the increasingly varied and confusing kids of the 2000s. Then there’s nah, that’s all of them.

The Best American Comics 2014

The Best American Comics 2014

Scott McCloud selects works from established and up-and-coming artists around the country. Whether you want a laugh, intrigue, romance, or just plain weird, there’s something for everyone in this hardcover book. (Contains adult content.)

Maddox: Spider-Woman’s Butt

Maddox: Spider-Woman’s Butt

(NSFW: Language) Maddox presents counterarguments to the outrage about Milo Manara’s now infamous comic book cover for Spider-Woman #1, the Hawkeye Initiative and sexualization in general. More here.

Strong to the Finich!

Strong to the Finich!

Los Angeles’ Hero Complex Gallery presents an artists’ tribute to Popeye, celebrating the 85th year of the spinach-eating sailor. The show features works from over 100 artists and runs 9/5-9/21/2014. Online sales start on 9/6 here.

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