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Katie Cook Overload.

That is a truly amazing new Tarot card created by the magnificent Katie Cook. It will be part of the Superpunch deck. In case you don’t know, Superpunch is one of the coolest spots on Earth. Check it out at your earliest convenience.

Katie has made a major name for herself drawing the sweetest Chibi superheroes ever inked. Today we will showcase a whole slew of mutants that have never looked better in their mythological little lives. Starting with Squirrel Girl, of course.

Those are original art sketchcards. That particular medium allows a great deal of artistic license, such as Doreen Green seen as part of the X-Men team. We will finish with some of the more traditional members, I hope your eyes can handle this much joy.

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X-Babies Zombie Variant is Here!

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In two short weeks X-Babies #1 will be popping up in comic book stores everywhere. That is the regular cover by Skottie Young. Are you ready to see the variant cover with the X-Babies as zombies by Humberto Ramos? Are you sure? Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you…XBabiesZombieVariant

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Check. This. Out.

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Soon there will be high quality cardboard versions of Jessica Alba and Wesley Snipes to flip on our kitchen tables. I kid you not.

We have breaking news.

Upper Deck will release the Marvel Superstars TCG, a new game based on the Marvel Universe as envisioned by the movies, in February. This will be the first time that the movies, including Iron Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four, the X-Men Trilogy, the Blade Trilogy and others, will interact with each other in a Marvel game.

A Starter Deck will be the first release, followed a few weeks later by the Booster Packs. Approximately 300 cards will be released in the first set.

Each player chooses to become a classic Marvel hero or villain, then constructs a team to defeat the opponent.

Upper Deck will be hosting demos using a beta version of the game at Gen Con this week.

This is a shock. It is the most thrilling curveball I can imagine for the future funfest to be called the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game. My heart just jumped out of my chest and landed on the Silver Surfer’s board, only to be grabbed by Anna Paquin and absorbed into nothingness.

What. A. Stunner.

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It Is Called “Marvel Superstars”.

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It is the news we have all been waiting for, and it is official. Upper Deck will continue to produce the highest quality trading card games in the world using the most spectacular characters in the universe. The first new product will be called Marvel Superstars, and it will debut at GenCon Indianapolis on August 13th, 2009.

“We are extremely excited about the possibilities that this newest partnership opens up for us,” said Scott Gaeta, director of new business development at Upper Deck. “Gamers and trading card enthusiasts alike will benefit greatly as a result of the collaborative efforts by both companies.”

Paul Gitter, president of consumer products, North America at Marvel, added: “The Marvel Universe and Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate of feature films are ideally suited for trading cards and trading card games that will appeal to a wide audience.”

At this particular moment in time, on Sunday July 26th, 2009, at 2:12 pm Eastern, the googling of “Marvel Superstars” only turns up only one specific match. It is a gorgeous fan-based painting by Deputee on deviantart.com. Feast your eyes.

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That is just a taste of what we have in store. Spider-Man, Captain America, and Nightcrawler against Magneto and Juggernaut, captured on cardboard. Here is another quote from Scott Gaeta to help us frame the future.

Vs. System was a great game but the general consensus in our discussions both internally and with Marvel is that we want to broaden the accessibility. Our target is still core gamers but the real growth potential is reaching the tens of millions of fans who have been exposed to all the great Marvel characters in recent years. Our goal is to bring new players in to our category and to do that we feel we need a new game. As we get closer to launch we’ll share more details but I can say that we are going to do something very fresh with our new Marvel TCG.

Very fresh indeed. Starting with the name. Marvel Superstars, here we go!

Stay tuned to this station for more, and bookmark our new blog which will be dedicated totally to the new game.

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Source Material: X-Babies Attack.

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I was surfing around to see if anyone had leaked the zombie variant cover of X-Babies #1 this morning, and I found a treasure. That is the full Adam Kubert art from the variant cover of Uncanny X-Men #461. Why so special? Let me explain.

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I had been working for Upper Deck nearly three years before I tiptoed the tikes into the arena. No one had ever mixed X-Babies and Vs. System before, and the new mutant power that had been given to the smaller characters with the X-Men team affiliation seemed fairly fertile. I named my deck “X-Babies Attack” and I wrote a full article about its strategy. The rest is history.

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One year later, my efforts bore the ultimate in cardboard fruit. The progeny of my presence was rewarded by the highest honor possible in a trading card gaming community. Upper Deck named a card after my creation, and printed it in the Marvel Evolution set. It’s a beautiful thing.

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X-Babies Go Zombie, Wolverine Appreciates Art, and Maybe More Squirrel Girl.

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That little bag of treats will be available from Marvel Comics in October. X-Babies in the flesh. And, in case that is not sweet enough for you, there will also be a Zombie Babies variant cover. Image not available, artist to be announced, thrill already engaged.

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Remember the Wolverine fine artist riffs? October sees them all in one place. Break out the wine and cheese. It’s a beautiful thing.

Deadpool #900 is a Giant-Sized tribute to the coolest walking hamburger patty of all time. As if he could try to hide it, some of the solicitation seems to say Squirrel Girl:

Wade bares his soul (and a lot more) to a shrink who’s got major squirrels in his own attic.

Could that mean more Doreen Green? Remains to be seen.

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Sunday Mandala: Madrox Madness.

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That is one of the cards that changed my life. The entire community came together to celebrate the most powerful Multiple Man in the game. Ryan Sook did the original painting, I made the mandala in Kaleider.

Enjoy the Madrox Madness. We sure did.

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Monday Masterpiece Memories: Madelyne Pryor and Master Mold.

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They are both 6-drops. They are both extremely powerful in the comic books and on cardboard. That is, however, where the similarities end.

Happy Monday!

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X-Babies Intense.

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That is not an official Marvel Comics drawing of the X-Babies. Unfortunately.

Eddie Lee draws them intensely.

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The X-Babies Are Back.

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HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina was the scene for some pretty stunning revelations. None of them tops this.

The X-Babies are back. Marvel Comics announced a new four-issue mini-series starring the ultimate in Costumed Chibi. Check this out.

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Gregg Schigiel and Jacob Chabot are in charge of the terrific tikes, and they are taking us back to Mojoworld. It seems the X-Babies have gotten too cute for their own tastes. In the course of fighting to regain their edge, they get to play with the obscure myths of Star Comics, including Wally Wizard and Royal Roy.

These books definitely have my toes tingling, due to the honor Upper Deck gave me when it comes to X-Babies. I need to break out my cards and start flipping. I can’t hardly wait for this “shiny, happy stuff”!

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Squirrel Girl’s Rightful Place.

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I had been saving this for a special occasion. The time is now.

Dave Simons did a redesign of Squirrel Girl. Dan Slott confirmed her legitimacy. What else does Marvel need to give her the exposure she deserves?

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Let’s define her rightful place in the Marvel Universe. Let’s storm the interwebs with cries for more. Let’s campaign for Doreen Green as a vital and vibrant force in the myths.

We can do this.

Yes we can.

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance + Vs. System = Bliss.

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That Mysterio is by kevtoons, but today I want to talk about Marvel Ultimate Alliance combined with Vs. System.

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Both games give a MASSIVE survey of the Marvel Universe. I am halfway through the Playstation 2 masterpiece, and I cannot believe the depth of mythological coverage. Then I combo the video game with the full run of Vs. System cards and my mind is completely blown. Especially by the Arcade/Mysterio stuff.

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Boing!

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