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Famed 'MAD' and 'CRACKED' magazine illustrator John Severin dies at 90

John Severin, a prolific illustrator and comic book artist who was instrumental in creating the initial look of both MAD and CRACKED magazines, passed away on Feb. 12, according to a statement released by his family. He was 90.

Along with his work with MAD and CRACKED — both of which Severin helped to found in the 1950s — the World War II veteran also worked on Marvel comics like The Incredible Hulk and Kull the Conqueror. He was also a highly regarded illustrator of several western and historical titles for EC Comics. He was still working as recently as 2003, on a limited-run series that re-imagined Marvel’s western hero the Rawhide Kid as gay. That same year, Severin also was inducted in the Hall of Fame of the Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

'A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel': EW exclusive! First look at brand new pages

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With a couple of months left before the HBO series returns and however many years before George R.R. Martin finishes the next novel, the already expansive Song of Ice and Fire universe is getting even bigger. A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel (March 27) will bind the first six issues of the comic book series by writer Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson into one hardcover volume. EW has obtained eight pages from the yet-to-be-released issue #6 of the comic book series (Feb. 29). Click through to read!

'Buffy Season 9': Joss Whedon on why Buffy is getting [SPOILER] -- EXCLUSIVE

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Any fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer can tell you that its titular heroine has faced her fair share of trials and turmoil that forced the young woman to make some very grown up decisions. But in the latest issue of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 comic series — which chronicles Buffy’s life in San Francisco after she destroyed the seed of all magic on earth at the end of the Season 8 comic — Buffy Summers will face perhaps the toughest decision she’s ever had. SPOILER ALERT for those who would rather read about it in the issue itself, “On Your Own, Part 1,” out in stores today. Seriously, what you’re about to read is one heckuva spoiler: READ FULL STORY

'Avengers vs. X-Men #1': EW Exclusive! First look at Marvel's upcoming crossover event

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The Avengers and the X-Men are the two predominant superteams of the Marvel Universe. They’re also at the center of two of the highest-grossing franchises of the decade — the five X-Men films have grossed $1.9 billion, while this May’s Avengers movie will bring together the successful Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America sagas into one franchise-uniting megamovie. So it’s perhaps not surprising that Marvel is pitting the two teams against each other. The sheer scope of the upcoming Avengers vs. X-Men is fascinating: The 12-issue series is a group effort between popular writers (and official Marvel architects) Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Jonathan Hickman, Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction. EW has obtained an exclusive look at the first seven pages of Avengers vs. X-Men #1 — you can check out the preview by clicking here — which includes a first look at the inciting incident for the superteam chaos: The return of the Phoenix Force. READ FULL STORY

DC Comics to publish controversial 'Watchmen' prequels. Will you buy them? An EXCLUSIVE first look at artwork, creative details

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Geekdom, get ready to rumble with excitement…or grumble with outrage. Or both. In an announcement sure to ignite a firestorm of fanboy passion and pique, DC Entertainment revealed today that DC Comics will publish a collection of miniseries that will expand upon the world of Watchmen, the influential superhero saga originally released as a 12-issue maxi-series from 1986 to 1987. Marked by bravura storytelling, provocative politics, and gritty violence, Watchmen is best known for deconstructing superhero archetypes embodied by cultural icons like Superman and Batman. (You can read our 2005 oral history about the genesis, creation, and legacy of the series here.) Why might the new comics be controversial? Because Watchmen’s widely revered writer, Alan Moore, who has long been at war with DC for any number of reasons, has absolutely nothing to do with them. READ FULL STORY

DC cancels six comic books, replaces them with Batman and China Mieville

Last year, DC’s “The New 52″ rebooted the company’s entire comic book universe from the ground up. The changes went beyond simple costume changes — although there were lots of costume changes, mostly of the “Let’s Nolanize this outfit! You know, armor lines and stuff!” variety. Grant Morrison reimagined Superman as a kind of Marxist superprole. Wonder Woman suddenly had an origin that actually made sense for the first time in decades. Hawkman’s origin still didn’t make sense, but now he was referred to as “The Savage Hawkman,” which is awesome. DC also led with some intriguing series that explore off-the-beaten-path subjects: The military-themed Men of War and Blackhawks, the Jack Kirby-esque O.M.A.C., and even a few African-American hero books like Mr. Terrific and Static Shock. READ FULL STORY

Sneak peek at DC's 'Batman #5': 'He'll be dead soon' -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

A shining star in DC’s “New 52″ lineup, the current run of Batman has witnessed the introduction of an entirely new villainous presence in Gotham City: the mysterious Court of Owls. Writer Scott Snyder has big plans for the Owls — they’ll be at the center of a Batverse crossover event this summer.

In the next issue of Batman, the Caped Crusader finds himself at the mercy of the Owls. Surrealism ensues. You can read the full issue when it hits stores Jan. 18th. For now, check out EW’s full sneak peek here.

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Superman #1, The Dark Knight #1, Aquaman #1: New comics reviews
Batman #1 and other new DC Comics reviews

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'Walking Dead' creator Robert Kirkman talks about his new comic, 'Thief of Thieves'

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When Shelf Life points out to Robert Kirkman that he is best known for writing comics about zombies, superheroes, and dinosaurs, the scribe guffaws. Why? “I’m laughing at the absurdity of my life,” says the man responsible for penning Invincible, Super Dinosaur, and, yes, a little post-apocalyptic zombie series called The Walking Dead.

Kirkman’s new project, Thief of Thieves, is an attempt to make his life a little less absurd. “It’s going to be very grounded in the real world,” he says of the comic, which hits shelves Feb. 8. “No zombies, no space aliens, no superheroes. It’s just going to be real human characters doing somewhat horrible things to each other.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So what else can you tell us about Thief of Thieves?
ROBERT KIRKMAN: Well, it’s a fine comic book, if I do say so myself. It’s somewhat of a crime-caper comic about a professional thief named Conrad Paulson. He is one of the greatest thieves who’s ever lived, but he’s gotten to a point in his life where he realizes that he’s chosen his professional life over his family life and greatly regrets that. He’s got an adult son who is kind of following in his footsteps but doing a horrible job, and he has an estranged wife that he is still very much in love with. Our story picks up when he is trying to turn his back on his profession and rekindle his relationship with his wife and trying to fix his son’s horrible predicament. READ FULL STORY

Sneak peek at DC's 'Superman #4': The Metropolis police ain't happy -- EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW

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The Man of Steel has not been having an easy time of it in DC’s reboot of Superman. Metropolis has been besieged by an ever-escalating series of villains and villainy, all seemingly bent on nothing other than trying to defeat the invincible superhero from the alien planet Krypton. Meanwhile, a reporter at the Daily Planet has been arguing that Supes does more harm than good. And in this exclusive sneak peek at Superman #4, written by George Perez with art by Jesus Merino, the Metropolis police want to know why TV anchor Heather Kelley mysteriously disappeared in Superman #3 — and what Superman had to do about it.

You can read the full issue when it arrives in stores Dec. 28, but you can check out EW’s four-page first look here.

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Sneak peek at DC’s ‘Superman #3′: A brief history of Superman
Sneak peek at DC’s ‘Justice League #4′: Aquaman shows off his stuff
Sneak peek at DC’s ‘Supergirl #3′: Supergirl, meet Superman

'The Avengers' movie to get four-issue comic book prelude

Marvel Comics announced Wednesday that, in the run up to its omnibus summer tentpole The Avengers, it will release a four-issue comic book prelude to the film.

Marvel’s The Avengers Prelude issues #1 and #2, written by Chris Yost and Eric Pearson, and illustrated by Luke Ross and Daniel HDR, will arrive this March, with the following two issues hitting stores some time before the Joss Whedon-directed movie’s May 4 debut.

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