This 1991 Video of Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld Creating Overt-Kill Is Amazing

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:00 am


From Todd going on and on about what "the kids" want (while mispronouncing "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles"), to Rob promising the biggest shoulderpads ever and arguing with Todd over who draws hands better, to Stan cracking extremely lame jokes, this is the single best caricature all three of them could have conceived of each other if they tried.

I must admit I never knew that Stan Lee was the impetus behind the creation of Overtkill back in the day. Todd didn't exactly trumpet that fact once he integrated him into the Spawn universe, nor the fact that Rob Liefeld basically created the look.

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New Comic Book Day: Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 8:00 am

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To all my U.S. brothers and sisters: Happy Turkey Day! I hope yours is spent with good food and better people. This year, I'm thankful for swarms of good Bat-comics; Chip Zdarsky; Simon Spurrier still making X-books; time running out; futures ending; this gif; the Second Image Revolution and the excellence the other non-big-2 are bringing; daring rulebreakers who pronounce gif with a hard g; and comic book award season, where seemingly half of the best comics of the year have come out in the last month, including two that come out today.

In this week's comics, we try to catch 'em all in a strictly non-copyrighted way; Matt Fraction publishes a poetry book; Flash Gordon's friends do science hard; Ray Bradbury gets love from the comics world; alternate versions of clones of Spider-Man threaten to create a continuity singularity; Gail Simone gives us Larance of Arabia; and I'm going to go ahead and SPOILER WARNING Pax Americana up here.

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TR Holiday Gift Guide: Shopping for the Grown-Ass Toy Collector, Made Easier in 5 Steps

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 6:00 am


Buying toys as presents for a toy collector is hard. Believe me, I know, because I'm the recipient very often - and the truth is that unless the buyer is a fellow collector and we communicate often about what we like, it is tough to get me something I don't already have. (Admittedly, it was tougher when toys were cheaper.)

I don't know how many casual readers we have who might check in on this site just to get a sense of what toy li'l Gallen or Cousin Poe might like to find under his tree, but this list is in large part for them. Parents, friends, lovers, wealthy benefactors - if your knowledge of collectible toys falls somewhere between "fuck" and "all," yet you wish to please the plastic addict close to your heart...we have some tips.

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The Flash SPOILER Thread: Electric Vampires Are Amped-up Suckers

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm


You wanted a Flash thread, you got a Flash thread. Have at it. But don't black out, or you'll be this guy.

(Agents of SHIELD is a rerun tonight BTW.)

Batman v. Vader: Dawn of Never Getting Tired of This Headline Joke

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm


MachinimaPrime's latest Super Power Beatdown is fun - unlike so many other fan films, they spent the big bucks for great costumes (the Batsuit is Arkham game-based, but has a Batfleck-like cowl), decent effects, voice-acting that sounds about right and a definitive ending that does not cop out.

And indeed, if characters like this actually fought, it would probably be over in five minutes. So it's, like, realistic. Except for the Death Star and space Batwing and, uhhh, the Force and stuff.

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TR Holiday Gift Guide: 20 Comics-Related Gifts for All Levels of Fandom

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

WELCOME to the Topless Robot 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! All this week we've been showing you the best gifts you can buy for friends, neighbors, postmen, supers, nieces, nephews, loyal flatscans, good children, bad children, parents, teachers, coworkers, significant others and business partners. Today, we're looking at some awesome gifts for the comic-inclined in your life. We'll have gifts that are inexpensive but still great, that are good for buying in bulk for casual acquaintances. We'll have gifts that are so expensive only the truly frivolous would even think to ask for them. And we'll have everything in between.

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Gotham SPOILER Thread: Red Hair Kiddie Pepper Edition

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm


Are you just itching to talk about tonight's episode? Maybe this will plant some ideas.

It's Official: Michelle MacLaren Will Direct Wonder Woman Movie

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 2:56 pm


MacLaren, who has been rumored to be attached for a while, has directed episodes of Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The X-Files and Breaking Bad among others, and was an executive producer on the latter two shows. This will be her first theatrical feature.

Hey, the Russo brothers worked out well and they came from TV. If the goal is a shared universe, TV directors have a heads-up on that.

(I also just made a typo where I wrote "sharted universe." In the case of WB/DC, I fear that may be an honest Freudian slip. Still, no reason to dislike this choice.)

X-Men Cast Its Apocalypse...and It's the Llewyn Davis Guy?

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm


Oscar Isaac is a fine actor, and obviously an "It Guy," having also been cast in the new Star Wars sequel. But boy, is he the opposite direction from the Keith David/Dwayne Johnson fan speculation - I presume he'll be either significantly digitally enhanced, or strapped inside a giant suit of some kind.

Apocalypse really has nothing at all in common with Isaac's most famous role as folk singer Llewyn Davis, save this - as a villain, he too will ultimately never win.

For those underwhelmed by Mr. Isaac's physique, here's where there's room for hope: look at any drawing of Magneto. Now ask yourself how big Ian McKellen's muscles are. Likewise, look at Bolivar Trask in the comics, and then at Peter Dinklage. Bryan Singer may choose his cast oddly sometimes, but those choices generally don't suck.

If you disagree, have at it in comments below.

The Walking Dead SPOILER Recap - "Crossed"

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 8:00 am


'Twas the penultimate midseason episode, and all through, um, Abercrombie...

Lotsa creatures were stirring, including some zombies.

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