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WONDERCON ANAHEIM REGISTRATION UPDATE
WonderCon Anaheim Registration Update

Interested in volunteering for WonderCon Anaheim 2014? Check out the easy instructions to register as a volunteer through your Member ID account on Monday, March 3.   

Follow the History of Captain America Pt. 34

Follow the History of Captain America Pt. 34

Over seven decades ago, history occurred with the debut of Captain America in 1941. 70 years later, Steve Rogers and his star-spangled alter ego have grown to iconic status, remaining a mainstay of the Marvel Universe while also expanding into the realms of television, film and more.

On April 4, 2014, the Sentinel of Liberty returns to the big screen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” from Marvel Studios. As the countdown to Chris Evans picking up the shield once more heats up, we present the definitive comics history of Cap, from his debut to the modern day.

Follow along with us weekly and look for more Captain America on Marvel Unlimited and through the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.

The death of Bucky Barnes, Captain America’s wartime partner, stood as the worst moment in the hero’s life, a tragedy he struggled for years to move on from. In 2005, that event came into sharp focus as a mysterious assassin entered Cap’s life and shattered his memories of Bucky forever.

The Red Skull possessed a new Cosmic Cube in CAPTAIN AMERICA #1, but lost it to a Russian named Lukin when an assassin’s bullet cut him down. Meanwhile, Cap experienced strange dreams of his days in World War II. In CAPTAIN AAMERICA AND THE FALCON #9, the U.S. government wanted to press charges against the increasingly-erratic Falcon, and Cap himself witnessed the birth of a new team of Earth’ Mightiest Heroes in NEW AVENGERS #1.

Cap learned of the Skull’s murder in CAPTAIN AMERICA #2, and threw down with Crossbones, now the field commander for a splinter A.I.M. group known as R.A.I.D. The Falcon’s conflict with our hero grew in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #10, and a quest for M.O.D.O.K. began while a restored Anti-Cap took center stage again through the machinations of Sam Wilson as a weapon against the Rivas drug cartel. Cap’s wartime flashbacks worsened in CAPTAIN AMERICA #3, but he flew to London to stop the city from utter destruction at the hands of his foe, Mother Night.

Finding M.O.D.O.K. in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #11, Cap realized the organic weapon didn’t recognize him. Meanwhile, the Falcon went AWOL. Lukin arrived in New York City with the half-powered Cosmic Cube in CAPTAIN AMERICA #4 while Cap battled Crossbones and S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Agent 13 sought out Jack Monroe, aka Nomad. The Sentinel of Liberty then found himself between a rock and a hard place when the Hulk sought some smashing on M.O.D.O.K. in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #12.

CAPTAIN AMERICA #5 brought memories of Cap fighting alongside the Invaders during World War II, which also revealed that the young Bucky could be as lethal as any soldier—or worse. Our hero finally dissolved his association with the seemingly-unhinged Falcon in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #13, and the Anti-Cap went on a bloodthirsty rampage, forcing Falc to go after him in CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FALCON #14, leading into the final showdown between Cap and the Anti-Cap.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA #6, Cap investigated the former castle of Baron Zemo, the original spot from where the drone plane that killed Bucky launched during the last days of the war. There, Lukin’s dark assassin almost shot the Star-Spangled Avenger until the Russian stilled his hand. CAPTAIN AMERICA #7 revealed the fate of Jack Monroe, gunned down by the mysterious Winter Soldier.

Cap’s suspicions over the Winter Soldier’s identity increased in CAPTAIN AMERICA #8, a situation that also brought much anxiety and dread to the hero. Crossbones recovered Sin, the Red Skull’s daughter, in CAPTAIN AMERICA #9, and began to “unbrainwash” her back to the side of evil. Meanwhile, Cap almost captured Lukin, but Nick Fury intervened, citing political red tape behind his reasoning.

The insane Scarlet Witch’s hexes caused a radical shift of realities in CAPTAIN AMERICA #10, creating an alternate world wherein Steve Rogers joined the U.S. Air Force after World War II, became the first man to walk on the moon, and watched as that world crumbled under anti-mutant hysteria.

Cap and Fury read a secret file that turned up on the hero’s doorstep in CAPTAIN AMERICA #11, confirming his worst fears: Bucky survived the explosion of Zemo’s drone plane and operated in the present day as the Winter Soldier, a Russian assassin.

In grief and disbelief, Cap looked around for answers in CAPTAIN AMERICA #12, but found little that made sense to him.

Read more CAPTAIN AMERICA (2004) on Marvel Unlimited!

Store Additions—February 28, 2014

, As February departs and March roars in, we’ve got a spooky storm striking! Detective Tom Fraley has finally located his killer…just in time to see him become a powerful, murderous spirit in Ghost Cop #3 by VJ Boyd, Justin Boyd, and Christian DiBari. The digital undead invade home consoles with a new 16-bit resolution: “Kill everything in sight”, in 16-Bit Zombie by Fred Perry and David Hutchison! For more old-fashioned zombie gaming, score the Ultimate Zombie Deck playing cards, with art by Brian Denham. And true connoisseurs will want the Zombie Deck uncut sheets, both in regular and signed editions!

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Find Out Who Made Marvel.com’s Top Ten Golden Age Characters List Pt. 5

Top Ten Golden Age Characters Pt. 5

All year long on Marvel.com, we’re celebrating Marvel’s 75th anniversary, and to fully appreciate the scope of that history, you need to go back to where it all began.

In 1939, Timely Comics entered the Golden Age of comics with MARVEL COMICS #1, debuting the Sub-Mariner and original Human Torch among other soon-to-be-stars and others who would be quickly forgotten. Over the next decade-plus, what would later become the Marvel Universe expanded with dozens of characters making their mark or falling by the wayside.

This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel characters to debut during the Golden Age. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!

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10. NAMORA
9. THE BLAZING SKULL
8. BLACK WIDOW

7. BUCKY
6. THE WHIZZER

5. THE DESTROYER
4. THE BLONDE PHANTOM

3. THE HUMAN TORCH

2. CAPTAIN AMERICA
First Appearance:
CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #1
Why He’s #2:
“This legendary leader made his debut in spring 1941 on a cover depicting the star-spangled super hero knocking Hitler out cold. With that patriotic punch, Captain America took charge of the fight against the Nazis and their global menace. Beneath the blue chainmail, however beat the heart of a man once deemed unfit for service. Uncle Sam’s best brains used science to strengthen Steve Rogers’ body to match the stalwart champion that resided within his frail frame. Alongside his sidekick, Bucky, and his super powered allies, the Sub-Mariner and the Human Torch, this Sentinel of Liberty fought for freedom all across the world.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight:
CAPTAIN AMERICA 65TH ANNIVERSARY #1

1. NAMOR THE SUB-MARINER
First Appearance:
MARVEL COMICS #1
Why He’s #1:
“In every way, Namor the Sub-Mariner qualifies as a true original. He existed before the X-Men, the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and Captain America. He emerged as one of comics’ first superhumans, one of the first anti-heroes, and the very first character to boast the classic super-power trifecta of strength, speed and flight, even before that distinguished character in the cape. 

“Namor made his first published appearance in MARVEL COMICS #1 in a story by writer-artist Bill Everett. The same issue introduced the world to the original Human Torch, but Sub-Mariner’s story had also appeared in a giveaway comic that never got distributed, so technically he’s Marvel’s oldest hero. 

“In what we might now call the Mighty Marvel Manner, Namor has never been a typical hero. The half-human, half-Atlantean ‘Avenging Son’ remains arrogant, belligerent, and about as likely to team up with Doctor Doom as to fight alongside the FF. From the 30’s and through every decade since he’s fought in every corner of the Marvel Universe as Avenger, a Defender, an Invader, an X-Man, and as part of both the secretive Illuminati and the manipulative Cabal. You could say the Marvel Universe was built on his broad shoulders.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Comics Spotlight:
SUB-MARINER: THE DEPTHS #1

Share your thoughts on Twitter with the hash tag #Marvel75 and keep up on Marvel’s 75th anniversary celebration at marvel.com/75

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Launch into Rocket Raccoon with Skottie Young

Launch into Rocket Raccoon with Skottie Young

Over the past five years, Skottie Young catalogued some curious flora and fauna in the merry old land of Oz with a series of wondrous comic adaptations. Now he looks to the stars.

This July, Young clicks his heels, trading the whimsical bounds of the Yellow Brick Road for the seediest dives just off Orion’s Belt when he assumes his role as writer and artist for an all-new ROCKET RACCOON ongoing series.

Though the artist continues to amass whole constellations of his iconic variant covers, Young hardly plans to mollycoddle our favorite picaresque procyonid. Rocket might be cute, but that winning smile also launched a thousand rabies shots.

“We’re not taking it Marvel MAX or anything,” says Young of the book’s tone. “You’re not gonna see any raccoon private parts. But I definitely want to play up the attitude people have come to expect and enjoy, never confusing Rocket for a cute and cuddly anthropomorphic character.”

He likens Rocket to another hard-living party animal, promising high explosives and belly laughs:

“I like that he’s got a little of that Deadpool funk to him. We’ve got a raccoon with a big gun. I think we want to make sure he shoots it some.”

But what’s a big bazooka without something to point it at? Luckily, the larger Marvel Universe offers a host of wily marauders and quivering tentacles in many shapes, colors and degrees of lechery. Readers can expect cameos from a number of recognizable aliens and an even wider assortment of new nightmares.

“Right away in this first arc, you’re going to see a character or two pop up from Rocket’s way distant past,” Young promises.

Of course, not every reunion will be a happy one. Rocket didn’t get to his current position without making a few thousand enemies and breaking even more hearts.

“I figure that a guy like Rocket, with his attitude, has swindled his way over many planets and charmed many ladies,” says Young. “He’s racked up a militia of ex-girlfriends I’m dubbing the Exterminators. They’re all fed up and they’ve decided it’s time they dish out some payback on his furry little tail.”

Luckily, Rocket continues to cultivate a rewarding friendship with his wingman, the mighty Groot.

“That’s his homie, man,” Young explains. “Groot’s gonna be there. He takes a hurting in the first issue, but we get to see how we bring him back. I don’t think you can have a Rocket Raccoon story without Groot.”

Young explains that the immensity of composing a space opera might not have hit him just yet. He’s far more invested in cartoon physics than he is with astronomy. For him, the vast canvas of space serves as backdrop to a humorous adventure steeped in character.

“I always liked characters with a bit of an edge,” he continues. “Tank Girl is a favorite. Deadpool or Lobo. They have this Looney Tunes quality. I know people are probably thinking, ‘Ew, no! Cartoony?’ but I’m not talking about the drawing aesthetics of Looney Tunes. I’m talking about Daffy Duck getting his face blown off by a double barrel shotgun. Things blow up and when the smoke clears, it’s on to the next story.

“That’s the fun of it. Get to the character first, whether he’s riding in a hot rod or flying around in a spaceship. As long as the character is first and foremost, everything else is a bonus.”

The continuing journey takes Rocket and readers through the most deranged territories of deep space, from raucous wrestling matches to creepy prison planets. Along the way, Young hopes readers will take a moment to step back and appreciate the little galactic hooligan born with a furry mask for the gold-hearted rogue he’ll always be.

“Despite Rocket’s attitude and ‘Boom! Murdered ya!’ antics he has a heart under there,” he says. “He has some things he may or may not want to need in his life. He’s going to have to examine that. When you’re believed to be the last of your kind left in this galaxy or all the galaxies, that’s something you carry with you. That plays a role in the way you operate. We’ll see him explore that a little bit.

“But ya know, right after that he’ll probably shoot some stuff.”

ROCKET RACCOON takes off this July

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ANNOUNCING A NEW SCHEDULE AND CREATOR LINE-UP FOR ‘ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN’!

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Trace the Lineage of Marvel’s Black Super Heroes

Trace the Lineage

In 1966, in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR #52 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the FF travelled to the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda where they met, fought, and inevitably teamed up with that nation’s ruler, a great warrior named T’Challa, the Black Panther.

It proved a landmark moment.

Black Panther not only stands out as an amazing character in his own right; he also claims the title of the world’s first black super hero. For the previous 30 years almost all the major super heroes had been white, even when they were robots or aliens. The exceptions might have orange skin or green, but never black.

Soldier Gabe Jones, in the pages of NICK FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOES, represented a rare example of a black character, but even he couldn’t be called a super hero. As the Civil Rights Movement reached its peak in the mid-60’s, the time for America to have a black super hero had more than come.

Black Panther answered that call and would be one of three era-defining black heroes that first appeared in the Marvel Universe between 1966 and 1972. The winged Falcon followed in 1969 in the pages of CAPTAIN AMERICA, the first African-American super hero. Luke Cage, Power Man, debuted in HERO FOR HIRE #1 in 1972 as the first African-American super hero with his own series.

For many young black readers the introduction of these characters opened up a new world.

“Seeing black super heroes made me say, ‘I knew it! There has to be Black, Asian, Latino and other heroes from all races,” says Darryl McDaniels, best known as D.M.C. of legendary hip hop group Run-D.M.C. “It showed at the time that black people were not just pimps, pushers, and in street gangs! It showed we were good too!”

“[These characters] meant a lot; they meant everything,” says DJ and rapper Pete Rock. “After seeing black super heroes like Luke Cage or Black Panther, it felt like we were a part of something. Mostly when you look at comic books you see the heroes and villains are white. Seeing the black ones felt like some sort of a unification. That’s what attracted me to Marvel.”

For current Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, the creation of these three characters represents one of Marvel’s great strengths.

“Marvel’s core philosophy is that stories should reflect the world outside our window, in all its diversity,” Alonso explains. “In the mid-‘60’s, the Black Panther stepped onto the stage as the first black super hero, capable of going toe-to-toe with none other than the Fantastic Four. In the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s, the Falcon provided Captain America with both a worthy sidekick and a tour guide through the themes of the day, most notably the Civil Rights Movement. And in the early ‘70’s, Luke Cage erupted from the cinematic tradition known as Blaxploitation to bring a new brand of super hero onto the stage, a more flawed, street-level hero. All three are very different and very unique.”

Like many ‘60’s Marvel characters, Black Panther drew inspiration from the adventure comics of the time, specifically JUNGLE TALES, a creation of Marvel’s predecessor Atlas. JUNGLE TALES actually introduced the very first regular black lead character, Waku, Prince of the Bantu, in 1954.

As Alonso says, Falcon and Luke Cage drew on more contemporary ideas. They represented the civil rights struggles of their time.

“You had so many things going on in real life,” notes Rock, “Comics took those [events] and made great stories out of them.” Rock sees Luke Cage’s bulletproof skin as a powerful symbol: “He was determined to get the job done without taking a fall.”

With the first black super heroes came other black characters. Robbie Robertson joined the cast of Spider-Man in 1967, the first African-American character in a supporting role in a super hero book. In 1968, Nick Fury faced Centurius, one of the first black super villains, in the pages of NICK FURY AGENT OF S.H.I.E.L.D. In 1969, Spider-Man faced the anti-hero the Prowler, a brilliant young black man who turned to crime out of desperation.

The Blaxploitation era of the 1970’s created a Golden Age for Marvel’s black heroes. Following Luke Cage in 1972, the horror-themed heroes Blade and Brother Voodoo debuted in 1973 in TOMB OF DRACULA #10 and STRANGE TALES #169 respectively; the scientist Bill Foster took on the mantel Black Goliath in 1975 in POWER MAN #24; and that same year, Marvel introduced the world to its first two black female heroes; Misty Knight and Storm.

Misty and Iron Fist formed super hero comics’ first interracial couple; they shared their first on-panel kiss in the pages of MARVEL TEAM-UP #65 by Chris Claremont and John Byrne in December 1977. Storm debuted a few months after Misty in GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum, but she had a bigger impact as the first black female super hero to star in an ongoing title. Storm remains a major part of the X-Men to this day.

For rapper and producer MF Grimm, the impact of these early black super heroes can’t be overstated:

“As the first few to be created and acknowledged by the public in a racially charged time and medium, they paved the way for so many more, as well as [for] black creators to find their voice in the industry,” he notes. “They have become symbolic of what we all strive to be, with attributes such as power and perseverance, as shown by Luke Cage, or the beauty and strength associated with Storm; and they illustrate a connection to heritage and pride of one’s roots, culture, and family, as with the Black Panther.”

One of Marvel’s 70’s heroes played another important role in Marvel history. The vampire hunter Blade starred in three hit movies from 1998 and 2004.

“Blade paved the way for the [Marvel Cinematic Universe],” says artist Ron Wimberly, whose work includes covers for MIGHTY AVENGERS and SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN. “[‘Blade’] ushered in a new age of super-hero cinema. Without ‘Blade,’ there’d be no ‘Guardians of the Galaxy.’”

Wimberly hails Blade as his favorite black super hero.

“[T]he idea of Blade speaks to my personal experience,” he says. “Blade has to deal with family dysfunction; the curbing of his own power/privilege while suffering from prejudice from others with privilege; his own internalized racism, self-loathing; Blade deals with cultural bi-polarism; Blade has to deal with economic and temporal class rifts!”

D.M.C. proudly calls Luke Cage his favorite, and name checks him in his song, “None Higher”: “Like Luke Cage I’m a hero for hire. Raised in the age of the vinyl record buyer.”

Grimm says Cage resonates with his life: “We have had similar trials and tribulations throughout our lives, and we both have had to overcome that struggle.  However, at the end of the day, we have become stronger for it. Loyalty, honor, family, and respect are ideals that I hold as sacred, and those are some of the cornerstones that make Luke Cage who he is.”

For Rock, he considers the best black Marvel hero to be James Rhodes aka War Machine and currently Iron Patriot, “because of all the cool gadgets he has—he’s a one-man army!”

War Machine followed Blade to the big screen in the Iron Man movies, but he first appeared in comics as combat pilot James “Rhodey” Rhodes in the late 70’s. In 1983 he reinvented himself as one of the first black characters to assume an established hero identity when he replaced Tony Stark as Iron Man.

Other black heroes that made their debut in the early 1980’s include Cloak, of Cloak and Dagger, who first appeared in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, and Monica Rambeau, the current Spectrum and former Captain Marvel, who first appeared in an AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL in 1982. Black Panther has the honor of being the first black Avenger but Rambeau actually led the team. For a time during the late 80’s both the X-Men and the Avengers had black women in charge with Monica Rambeau and Storm.

The level of respect paid to these characters mattered enormously.

“During my childhood, the heroes of color in the Marvel universe symbolized strength and courage,” remembers Grimm. “They also showed me that people of color could be acknowledged as powerful, iconic figures who were the equal to their white counterparts.”

The ranks of Marvel’s black heroes continued to grow through the 90’s and 00’s, with the likes of young martial artist Night Thrasher, super-strong Avengers recruit Rage, time-tossed mutant Bishop, powerhouse perfectionist Monet St Croix, brilliant former mutant Prodigy and more. More recent black heroes include extra-dimensional bruiser Miss America Chavez, new Captain Universe host Tamara Devoux, S.H.I.E.L.D. super-spy Nick Fury Jr., new NEW WARRIORS recruit Sun Girl, chi-powered new Power Man, Victor Alvarez, and scientific super-genius Adam Brashear, aka the Blue Marvel. Both Power Man and Blue Marvel now serve on the MIGHTY AVENGERS, a new team largely made up of non-white heroes led by Luke Cage.

“I commend writers and artists for attempting to create a Marvel Universe that reflects the diversity of our actual world,” says Wimberly. “I would like to believe that seeing black characters could normalize the image of black people for the readership, but I suppose that has a lot to do with whether the characters are written properly or not.”

As with any new characters, some of these heroes may eventually slip into obscurity, but others will become major players in the Marvel Universe. Some will also follow Blade, Storm and James Rhodes onto the screen. Falcon makes his first live action appearance this year in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” while Luke Cage will star in one of Marvel’s upcoming Netflix original series.

Perhaps no other hero who debuted in the past few years can be considered more important than Miles Morales, who took on the mantle of Spider-Man in the Ultimate Universe. Putting a black hero behind the mask of such an iconic character provides a new generation with heroes to identify with, just as Black Panther, Falcon, and Luke Cage stood as heroes for black readers a generation ago.

“[T]hese black heroes inspire us,” says Rock. “The comic book world had a tremendous impact on my life and I think on lots of other people’s lives as well.”

Grimm notes that seeing these heroes in the pages of Marvel comics, “reinforced the ideology that I could do whatever I put my mind to, and that there were no limitations unless I set them myself.”

Axel Alonso understands the importance of this legacy.

“This is modern mythology, and we’re the latest caretakers,” he says. “Marvel is all about racial diversity—and you can see it from T’Challa to Shang Chi to Storm to Miles Morales to Kamala Khan—but there is always room for improvement, and we will improve.”

Continue to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Marvel all year-long on marvel.com/75 and share your thoughts with us on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75

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Stop the Iso-8 Brotherhood in Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign Ep. 4

Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign

D3Publisher (D3PA) and Marvel Entertainment  have released Episode 4  of “Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign” as a free update on the App Store for iPhone®, iPad® and iPod touch®, Google Play for Android™ devices, and Steam for PC.

In Episode 4, titled “Iso-8 Brotherhood,” S.H.I.E.L.D. loyalists set out to determine how and why Norman Osborn is using Iso-8 to experiment on mutants. Magneto has the information on the whereabouts of secret labs across the globe and the sinister work being done and has turned to Nick Fury’s team to help put a stop to it all. However, H.A.M.M.E.R. has a trick up their sleeve that may turn the balance in their favor unless Nick Fury and his team can lead the assault against Osborn’s remaining Iso-8 labs before the growth of the mutant army gets out of control.

Features in “Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign” include:

-NEW – An all-new chapter in the “Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign” saga featuring Magneto, Psylocke, Wolverine, and more against the super villains.

-NEW – Extract Magneto from trouble and use the incoming intel to unlock new lab locations to attack H.A.M.M.E.R. installations across the globe.

-NEW – Surpass Global Score targets collectively by the Marvel Puzzle Quest community to unlock certain chapters to rescue Nick Fury.

-The super heroes and super villains of the Marvel Universe join forces with the best in puzzle adventure games.

-First time in a Puzzle Quest game: 3 versus 3 combat.

-Assemble a team of Marvel’s legendary super heroes and super villains for unique collaborations.

-An authentic Marvel experience written by Marvel veterans Frank Tieri and Alex Irvine.

-Collect new boosts, unlock new powers, and recruit new characters from the Marvel Universe.

“Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign” is an IGN Editors’ Choice Award recipient on mobile and is available for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod and at www.itunes.com/appstore, on the Google Play Store on your Android devices and at https://play.google.com/store, and on Steam on your PC and at http://store.steampowered.com/.

“Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign” is developed by Demiurge Studios and is rated “T” (Teen – Violence, Blood, Suggested Themes, Drug Reference, and Mild Language) by the ESRB for PC. For more information on “Marvel Puzzle Quest: Dark Reign,” please visit www.marvelpuzzlequest.com and follow us on Twitter @MarvelPuzzle or like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/MarvelPuzzleQuest.

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Tune In to TEDxTeen 2014 This Weekend

This Saturday, March 1, 2014, the We Are Family Foundation will host the 5th TEDxTeen conference at Scholastic’s unique auditorium in New York City. This year TEDxTeen provides the setting for important and provoking topics such as empowerment, action, perseverance, possibility and Marvel’s own Sana Amanat, editor of MS. MARVEL, ELEKTRA, CAPTAIN MARVEL and NEW WARRIORS, will be presenting “Myths, Misfits & Masks” at the end of Session 1 of the TEDxTalks at approximately 11:30 AM Eastern Standard Time.

Amanat’s presentation will also followed with an offer for an exclusive and free digital collection, All-New Marvel NOW! Teen Heroes! Be sure to tune in March 1 for the official code to access this free digital collection that showcases Marvel’s all-new teen heroes. Then go to marvel.com/tedx, add the All-New Marvel NOW! Teen Heroes collection to your cart and use the provided promo code to get your free digital copy of this collection to read in the Marvel Comics app (offer ends 3/31 11PM EST).

“Myths, Misfits & Masks” will address how societal constructs and stereotypes can impact the self-perception and self-worth of individuals—in particular teens and adolescents who may be the most impressionable. How can we manage others expectations of our identities and establish our authentic self? This idea will be evaluated through the lens of positive and accessible imagery and storytelling—and comic book stories in particular through their aspirational impact.  Enter the X-Men, Spider-Man and now Ms. Marvel, comic book characters in Marvel’s long history of sharing stories about the powers that come with being “different.”

The theme of the fifth annual TEDxTeen conference, “The Crazy Ones,” aims to focus on the ones who follow their hearts, the ones who dare to believe dreams are real, the ones who make the impossible, possible. They go where no one has gone before – not without fear, but despite fear!

You can experience TEDxTeen live on this page Saturday:

TEDxTeen will be live-streamed around the world, March 1. The event is live from 10:30 AM-5:45 PM (EST) on TEDxTeen.com and through their official livestream partners MTV Act (act.mtv.com) and MTV Voices (mtvvoices.com). Additionally, TEDxTeen is also an online interactive experience at Shindig.com/event/tedxteen where online attendees will be able to meet, mingle, and otherwise share the day in video chat with other attendees. An online Pre-Event Meet Up starts at 9:00 AM (EST).

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Wish A Happy 50th Birthday to Enchantress and Find Out Why She Made an Itchy First Impression

Wish Enchantress A Happy 50th Birthday!

Thanks to co-creator Jack Kirby’s gorgeous pencils, the cunning Enchantress has lived up to her name from day one! The Asgardian femme fatale named Amora has many tricks up her green sleeve, namely her sorcerous powers and breathtaking good looks. But to get distracted by Enchantress’ stunning beauty would be to fall into another one of her traps, for few characters in the Marvel Universe have proven as skillful in mastery over the art of deception as this villain. Even the god of mischief himself, Loki, acknowledges her commendable manipulation skills – which makes sense considering he’s fallen for her charms a few times over the past five decades!

Enchantress made her debut 50 years ago this month in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #103. Angry that his son had fallen in love with someone from the wrong side of the Bifrost, Odin allowed Loki to meddle in Thor’s love life. Knowing that Thor’s carousing past could get the better of him, Loki hired Enchantress to travel to Midgard and use her feminine wiles to break up Don Blake (Thor’s alter-ego) and Jane Foster. With Amora’s luxuriously fur-covered digs as the backdrop to this backstabbing plot, this issue could also be called “The Real Housewives of Asgard.”

Enchantress traveled to Earth and took on the appearance of a blonde bombshell, thus allowing Jack Kirby draw more than just muscle-bound do-gooders. Enchantress then breezed into Dr. Blake’s office and began seducing him.

The classic “my hand itches” pick-up line – works every time!

After Thor/Blake somehow avoided Amora’s flirtatious skin allergy plan, the Enchantress traveled back to Asgard to hire more muscle. Yes, Odin hired Loki, who then hired Enchantress, who then hired Executioner. Seriously, there’s more hiring going on in this one issue than in all of America right now (topical zing!).

But the newly hired Executioner proved to be no match for Thor and Mjolnir’s might. As punishment, Enchantress turned Executioner’s hands and feet into wood and stone. Fingers crossed that this version of Executioner finds its way into the Marvel Super Hero Mashers toy line.

With Thor undefeated and Executioner down for the count, Enchantress found herself on the losing end of a super hero throwdown for the first time. Like any good villain, though, she kept at it! She enlisted in the Masters of Evil and gave the Avengers a run for their money, and she’s currently aiding Lady Deathstrike in her evil exploits in X-MEN!

For more of Enchantress, check out X-MEN!

Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past Game Coming to Mobile Devices

Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past

Glitchsoft, acclaimed developer and publisher of premium action mobile games, today announced a mobile game licensing agreement with the one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, Marvel Entertainment.

“Glitchsoft came to us with a pedigree of rock-solid game development, strong production values, and a passion for the Uncanny X-Men franchise that was impossible to ignore,” said TQ Jefferson, VP of Games Production at Marvel. “It’s these sorts of qualities that we look for in a partner, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring our version of ‘Days of Future Past’ to mobile.”

For the first time, Uncanny X-Men enthusiasts will be able to engage Marvel’s 1981 landmark “Days of Future Past” comic book story arc in an immersive and story-driven game unlike anything available on mobile. Leveraging the Helios Game Engine, Glitchsoft’s proprietary game development technology, “Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past” will be rendered in a unique side-scrolling 2D format. “Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past” is designed for mid-core gamers and will deliver a fast-paced, rewarding, and combat-focused experience.

“Marvel has created some of the most revered characters of all time,” said Wes Tam, founder and VP creative of Glitchsoft. “We are excited to work with Marvel to bring the Uncanny X-Men characters to mobile gaming. Being lifelong fans, it is an incredible opportunity and even larger responsibility to create a game that honors the property. Our goal is to deliver a mobile game that core fans will truly embrace.”

“Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past” will debut for Apple iPhone® 4 and above, iPad® 2 and above and iPod touch® 5th Gen as well as Samsung, HTC, LG, and other AndroidTM devices in May 2014. For more information visit uncannyxmengame.glitchsoft.com.