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A Timeline Of Upcoming Superhero Movies

Following the massive successes of the Spider-Man, Batman, Avengers, and X-Men franchises, studios Marvel and DC Entertainment have announced as many as 40 upcoming superhero movies to be released over the next six years ...

Marvel Reimagines Green Goblin As Left-Handed

NEW YORK—In a month that has already seen several key changes to popular comic book characters, publisher Marvel Comics revealed Monday that a new version of Spider-Man archenemy the Green Goblin would be left-handed.

Batman Turns 75

Sunday marks the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in DC Comics. Here is a timeline of important events in the evolution of the Caped Crusader from comic book hero to billion-dollar franchise

Superman Turns 75

Superman’s legacy began 75 years ago this month with his first appearance in the inaugural issue of Action Comics, and continued last weekend with the release of the blockbuster film Man Of Steel.

Comic Book Movies Dominate Summer Box Office

With The Avengers having taken in $1.5 billion worldwide, and the final installment of the Batman trilogy due in theaters this month, movie companies are rushing to option more comic book properties.

'Dark Knight Rises' Opts For Lighthearted, Cartoonish Tone

'It's Fun, Like A Comic Book,' Says Christopher Nolan

HOLLYWOOD, CA—Stating that "the time has come for a tonal shift" in the blockbuster series, director Christopher Nolan announced Thursday that the forthcoming Batman film The Dark Knight Rises would take a lighter, more humorous ton...

'Family Circus' Creator Dead

Bil Keane, whose comic strip The Family Circus has appeared in newspapers since 1960, passed away last week at the age of 89.
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Comic-Con Survival Guide

San Diego Comic-Con is expected to draw more than 130,000 fans to Southern California this year to participate in cosplaying, attend panels, go to film screenings, and learn more about their favorite series. Here are some tips for surviving the four-day conference:

  • Start planning early. Book your hotel rooms far in advance, since any concierge would absolutely relish turning away a pleading Iron Man.
  • Take out cash before entering the convention hall to avoid long lines that could result in human interaction.
  • It’s impossible to see everything in the limited time available, so plan on hitting only your top 60 or 70 booths selling charcoal drawings of Ka D’Argo from Farscape.
  • Turn in dirty syringes for clean ones at any of Comic-Con’s many needle-exchange stations.
  • Put some thought into your Q&A questions to increase your chances that celebrities will want to hang out with you afterwards.
  • Panel attendees should be forewarned that Emperor Palpatine is hesitant to discuss the Naboo conflict.
  • Stay safe. As you leave the convention center each night, make sure you aren’t being followed back to your hotel by Bruce Campbell.
  • Remember: Comic-Con isn’t just for comic book fans. But unfortunately, they’ll all still be there.