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  1. Wear This Superhero Cologne to Cover Up the Stink of Your Manly, Heroic Angst

    "My parents are dead, but man do I smell good!"

    Sadly, these superhero colognes exist only in the mind and the concept art of web design company Animink. But can any of us really be said to exist? The cosmos is so unthinkably vast that all human experience is only a pinprick within its cavernous emptiness. If we have no effect at all on the darkness around us, can we really claim to be at all? Who are you? Who am I? Who is Batman, and what does he smell like? Rancid sweat with slight undertones of leather and sweat, right? It has to be gross.

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  2. Hijab-Wearing Superhero Fan Draws Herself As Various Comic Book Characters

    And it was good.

    "I am a Muslim girl (who wears a hijab) and I prefer to wear long/loose things that go below the butt" writes Tumblrer Nora. So when Nora participates in the Draw Yourself Challenge, those are the duds her chosen superheroes wear as well. The result is pretty dang nifty. It might be a day early to start flipping one's lid over America-related stuff, but that flag hijab makes me want to do a dance.

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  3. Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Captain Atom’s Atomic Ensemble! Part 1

    Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

    For generations, humanity has been fascinated by the power and destructive force of atomic weapons. Tapping into this, multiple comic book publishers have featured heroes who have taken the name Captain Atom. You may know about Nathaniel Adam, the DC Comics hero who wields incredible quantum power. But what about the versions that preceded him? Let's take a look at the history of the heroes called Captain Atom, and a few related characters, from 1948 up to 1987. 

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  4. Gorgeous Superhero Watercolors To Class Up Your Living Space

    Why Not Do It With Some Style?

    Only some of these paintings are available to purchase as prints on artist Blule's website, but she does also have a print of Little Red Riding Hood where the hood is the wolf's corpse. I feel the need to point that out, because... Little Red Riding Hood where the hood is the wolf's corpse. C'mon. Never has a watercolor been so metal.

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  5. In Which Janelle Monáe Inspires Kids To Become Their Own Superheroes [Video]

    We Can Be Heroes

    I imagine that for many of you, this will resonate as strongly as it did for me. In this music video for android superstar Janelle Monáe's cover of David Bowie's "Heroes," bullied school kids find strength in comic books, which inspire them to become caped crusaders of their own. If you can make it to the end without getting misty-eyed, you are tougher than I. On a side note, I would absolutely read a comic book in which Janelle Monáe fights crime. (via io9)

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  6. These Illustrated Superhero Silhouettes Shed Light On Origin Stories

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    Superhero origins are often frightening or humbling, and I think that's what we love about them. We love the idea that an ordinary human being can become something extraordinary. We love the idea that even gods and aliens can find kinship with humanity. I see those qualities reflected in Khoa Ho's "Superheroes - Past/Present" poster series, and I admire how simply that effect is achieved. Click through for a sampling of his work. Prints are available at Hero Complex Gallery.

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  7. Whoops: SELF Magazine Criticizes Cancer Survivor Running Marathon In Tutus She Sells For Charity

    Marathon runner Monika Allen was overjoyed to find out SELF magazine wanted to use an image of her from a recent race. After all, it would help get attention for her sale of tutus, the proceeds of which go to Girls on the Run, a charity aimed at promoting exercise and confidence for young girls. But then the magazine was published and she realized the clipping featuring her likeness wasn't a positive mention at all.

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  8. The Scarlet Pimpernel and What Superheroes Owe to Baroness Emma Orczy

    The Escapist : The Big Picture : Scarlet Unity - What Assassin's Creed and Batman Have in Common
    You'd think after discovering that Alexandre Dumas was multiracial years ago, I'd have learned to assume less about the writers of historical adventure novels, but I had no idea that The Scarlet Pimpernel was written by a woman. Or narrated by a woman! They left that out of the Broadway show and illustrated book retelling of the Looney Tunes adaptation that were, uh, my only experiences of the story as a kid. Here's to reading the original! Previously in Badass Women in History

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  9. Superhero Origin Stories Are Less Tragic When Their Parents are Jerks

    Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

    To be fair, Batman's origin here doesn't just have to do with the disposition of his father, but I think we'd also feel less bad for him if his parents were the sort of people you wouldn't want to share a restaurant with.

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  10. Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – The Flash Legacy!

    Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

    This week, CW released photos of actor Grant Gustin in his costume as the Flash, the scarlet speedster superhero soon to star in his own live-action series. You're all likely chatting about what you think about the suit and whether it looks like a cool, sleek costume or something that is sure to chafe a man regularly running faster than sound. In any event, it seemed like a good idea to look at the character's comic book counterparts. But we can't just talk about Barry Allen, the version of the Flash who will star in the live-action show. Barry's great, but he's just one part of a long legacy of lightning-themed champions of justice. So let's look at the history of the heroes called Flash (and some related characters).

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