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Comic Con 2011 Toy Exclusive Update by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 08, 2011)
The San Diego Comic Con is ripe with freebees, t-shirts, and of course exclusives. There are always tons of exclusive toys and we here at Mania like preparing you for the Con. Last week, we brought you our 2011 SDCC Survival Guide. A few weeks before that,

San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide 2011 by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(July 01, 2011)
Your weekly Toy Maniac is switching hats this week to bring you his annual San Diego Comic Con Survival Guide. As a participant of Nerdvana now for the fourth straight year I have learned a trick or two. Much of this information will be the same as the pre

CARS 2 Enjoys Fast Start by Jarrod Sarafin, Editor
(June 27, 2011)
Since opening in theaters in November of 1995, Pixar has enjoyed eleven consecutive #1 openings with the premiere of every one of their animated adventures. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to any that they’ve upped that score to an even dozen. Despite

8 Final Cosplay Pics from Wizard World Philly by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(June 24, 2011)
This weekend, in the city of brotherly love, Wizard World Philadelphia landed. Despite the convention lacking a real comic book presence (Marvel and DC were absent), the Cosplayers were out in droves. Mania photographers, Robert Trate and Kimberly McCall,

9 More Cool Cosplay Pics from Wizard World Philly by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(June 22, 2011)
This weekend, in the city of brotherly love, Wizard World Philadelphia landed. Despite the convention lacking a real comic book presence (Marvel and DC were absent), the Cosplayers were out in droves. Mania photographers, Robert Trate and Kimberly McCall,

10 Geeky Cosplay Pics from WizardCon Philly by Robert T. Trate & Kimberly McCall, Columnist & Photographer
(June 21, 2011)
This weekend, in the city of brotherly love, Wizard World Philadelphia landed. Despite the convention lacking a real comic book presence (Marvel and DC were absent), the Cosplayers were out in droves. Mania photographers, Robert Trate and Kimberly McCall,

Freakiest Green Lanterns Ever by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 15, 2011)
One of the great things about the Green Lantern Corps is how many Lanterns are out there. That proves a godsend for artists and writers to stretch their creative wings and show us just how funky the DC Universe can get. You can pop them into the background

Best Stan Lee Cameos by Rob Vaux, Writer
(June 02, 2011)
Stan Lee is the perennial face of Marvel Comics, and at the tender age of 88, he shows no signs of slowing down. A tireless ambassador for the coolness of comics, his enthusiasm and sense of fun have guided generation after generation to the characters he

Best Superhero Origins Stories by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 30, 2011)
Comic books exist as living documents, with details that shift and change according to the sensibilities of the era. A less generous term might be “royal mess:” new writers eliminate old details and sometimes recreate entire characters from scratch, le

A Report on the 2011 Motor City Comic Con by Tim Janson, Columnist
(May 15, 2011)
The Motor City Comic Con, Detroit’s oldest comic book convention, now in its 22nd year, took place this weekend in Novi, MI. The three-day event is part comic con and part media event as the show always features a diverse cast of guests from current and

The 5 Best Smallville Episodes Ever by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 12, 2011)
After ten long years, Smallville is finally hanging up the cape. The durable series saw its cast outstrip their Kansas beginnings, and touch upon every corner of the Superman universe in the bargain. Along the way, it buried a number of other superhero sho

Mania Interview: Walter Simonson by Kurt Anthony Krug, Writer
(May 11, 2011)
Walter Simonson actually began work on one of his Thor stories nearly 14 years before he took over the Marvel Comics series. “The Surtur Saga,” which ran through Thor No. 349-353 (although seeds were planted when Simonson took over with No. 337), actu

Top 10 Thor Toys by Robert T. Trate, Columnist
(May 06, 2011)
The God of Thunder finally comes to Earth with the movie Thor. Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Larry Lieber breathed comic book life into this mythological character back in 1962. Since then, there have been plenty of t-shirts, posters, and toys. With the Thor m

Mania Review: Thor by Rob Vaux, Mania Critic
(May 05, 2011)
If you were betting on a weak link in the Marvel franchise, Thor seemed like safe money. Though popular with the fans, he possessed an elaborate mythos that might confuse the common moviegoer, and a home base in the mystical Asgard that just cried out for

10 Most Accurate Onscreen Superheroes by Rob Vaux, Writer
(May 05, 2011)
We’ve all accepted the notion that superheroes in the movies and on TV will be subject to a certain amount of creative license. The filmmakers have their own contributions to make to a heroic image, and while a small part of us dies every time some Holl

Reminiscing on Spider-Mans Rainments by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(April 27, 2011)
There are certain touchstone moments in human history that cut us to the very core. Those moments which can be recalled with stunning clarity and accuracy… the assassinations of JFK or John Lennon. The Challenger explosion or the fall of the Berlin Wall.

We’re Sweet on Sweet Tooth by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(April 20, 2011)
Everybody loves a good post-apocalyptic tale. Whether it’s the Walking Dead with it’s zombies and gore, Planet of the Apes with a cautionary tale of social commentary, the wastelands of Mad Max or the strange world of science and sorcery that is Thund

The Top 10 GREATEST What If…? Stories by Kurt Anthony Krug, Writer
(April 20, 2011)
As mentioned in last week’s list about What If…?, it was a series conceived by writer Roy Thomas in the late 1970s, with Uatu the Watcher showing readers what would’ve happened in an alternate reality if a key event went a different way in the mainst

Be The Thor Of Your Store
(April 15, 2011)
Hey Mania! We’re not sure if you heard, but Thor’s hitting the silver screen on May 6 and he’s partnering up with 7-11 so you can become the Thor of Your Store--all you need is your smartphone. First, download the free Slurpee iPhone App and text “

Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(April 13, 2011)
To the surprise of absolutely no one on the face of the planet (especially those who read Captain America #615.1), Marvel Comics recently announced that Steve Rogers will be donning his old red, white and blue togs again, just in time for his big-screen de

The Top 15 What If? Stories That Actually Occurred in the Mainstream Marvel Universe by Kurt Anthony Krug, Writer
(April 07, 2011)
What If…? was a series conceived by writer Roy Thomas in the late 1970s with Uatu the Watcher showing readers what would’ve happen in an alternate reality if a key event went a different way in the mainstream Marvel Universe.

Can Geoff Johns Save Aquaman? by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(April 06, 2011)
Ahhh, Aquaman. The Dweller in the Depths. The Sea King. The most maligned do-gooder to don tights outside of Squirrel Girl. And hell, Squirrel Girl probably gets more respect than Aquaman. Much like the Canadian rock group Rush, Aqauaman seems to be e

Where Have All the Cowboys Gone? by Chad Derdowski, Columnist
(March 30, 2011)
Well, we certainly won’t be the first to voice our opinion about this topic. We aren’t likely to be the last either. But hey, isn’t that what the internet was created for? Outside of porn, the sole purpose of the ‘net is for geeks to complain ab

A Fistful of Lois-es by Rob Vaux
(March 28, 2011)
With the recent announcement that Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane in the new Superman movie, we’re all abuzz. As one of the most famous girlfriends in pop culture, as well as an iconic character in her own right, she presents a daunting challenge fo

Scarlet Has Us Seeing Red by Chad Derdowski, Comic Expert
(March 23, 2011)
Imagine losing the person you love violently and unexpectedly. It’s not a new scenario for fans of superhero comics and pulp fiction; it’s actually a fairly routine beginning to an origin story. It’s the type of thing that happens every day, whethe

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