It was on April 18, 1938 that the world first discovered the exploits of Superman - the iconic creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster first hitting the public eye on the cover of ACTION COMICS #1 (cover dated June). Some four decades later, the "last son of Krypton" would come to life on the big screen with the release of 1978's Superman: The Movie, fueling kicking off another generation of heroics that caught the eye of many - myself among them. While my childhood was filled with superheroes, it was Superman that really grabbed me and pulled me into the medium where it all began - comics. Specifically, it was John Byrne's 1986 mini-series, The Man of Steel that did it (a series I've since shared with my daughters), and for the Christmas of 1987 I asked for one thing: the collected trade paperback edition, which I received and still have. Byrne's run on Superman introduced me to the countless spinoffs and made me a regular reader of Action Comics during an era where you had to buy three books (Superman, Action Comics, Adventures of Superman) to follow a complete story arc. From there I discovered the back issue bins, eventually delving into the five decades of storytelling that came before. Fast-forward another three decades and Superman is turning 80 - and as part of that celebration, Action Comics becomes the first superhero title to reach an incredible milestone - the publication of its 1000th issue. 

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Preschoolers will soon have some new rides to play with as Funrise and Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) are teaming-up for a new toy line called HERODRIVE. Making their debut at the 2018 edition of the North American International Toy Fair in New York City,  HERODRIVE is being touted as "an innovative, one-of-a-kind line that combines kids' favorite entertainment characters with fun and innovative play features to deliver the coolest vehicles for preschoolers." Racing from the starting line, the HERODRIVE DC Super Friends Collection will launch with vehicles inspired by iconic DC Comics characters such as Batman, Superman, The Flash, and more.

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Funko just continues to surprise, constantly rolling out new scales and series that you didn't expect to want or need. This week comes news that they've got an all-new line called HeroWorld, and that it's launching exclusively at Target and Target.com this month. These 4" vinyl figurines are available in five-packs and two-packs, and the initial wave features five distinct series' - DC Comics, Five Nights at Freddy's, Teen Titans GO!, Power Rangers and Scooby-Doo! Check out a preview below...

It was just within the last year or so that our daughters really discovered and became fans of Teen Titans GO! on Cartoon Network, and for me - a lifelong fan of DC Comics - it's been entertaining to see a new spin on some old characters, along with a bunch of new ones. Now, as much of the DC universe starts to cross-over into live-action film (or television), the Teen Titans are starting to feel a little left out. After all, if Aquaman and Shazam! can get their own films, why not this crew? It's pretty "meta," but that's exactly what they start to question in the teaser trailer for their first big-screen outing, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, in theaters everywhere from Warner Bros. Pictures on July 27, 2018. Take a look...

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Wednesday, January 03 2018 09:31

Scooby-Doo and Batman are Teaming Up Again...

Over the years, Batman has been known to team-up with Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. gang, a tradition that dates back to The New Scooby-Doo Movies of the early 1970s. In fact, I recall buying said episodes on VHS in the 1990s (I believe at a Suncoast or similar store in Chicago's Water Tower Place) as "Scooby-Doo Meets Batman & Robin." More recently, there was a 2011 episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold in which everyone came together in an homage to the stories from the 70s, but now they're back together again for an all-new movie. From Warner Bros. Animation and DC Comics comes Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold, arriving on DVD & Digital HD on January 9, 2018. Check out the trailer...

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As the micro collectibles movement continues to grow, one recent entrant owes a lot to the past. Back in the early 80s, a decade or so before Micro Machines did plastic miniature figures, Kenner toys released the Star Wars Micro Collection - small, diecast figures and playsets. The figures weren't articulated, and the line never caught on, but there were other diecast figures out there, and they became more appealing to collectors as time went on. This year, Jada Toys expanded their METALS Diecast series by shrinking it down. Nano MetalFigs are tiny diecast figurines from a variety of pop culture licensees. There's Harry Potter, DC Comics (perfect for Justice League), Disney/Pixar, Marvel, WWE and more - and the individual figures start at just 99 cents, making them a perfect stocking stuffer!

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