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When Disney meets Marvel: Big Hero 6

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On the heels of the phenomenon that is Frozen, Disney brings us Big Hero 6, the latest Marvel-based offering. Judging from the excitement the film is creating amongst Gen X-ers and Millennials (not to mention the people in my house), Disney is set to have another mega-hit. Billed as a comedy adventure, it tells the story of 14-year-old prodigy Hiro Hamana and the special bond that develops with the robot, Baymax, on their quest to solve an unsettling mystery. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro, a student at San Fransokyo Tech, into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his brilliant fellow nerds, turning them into superheroes. Perhaps the most remarkable…

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After 70 years, Gene Luen Yang reveals the origin of the first Asian-American superhero

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From out of the past comes a singular hero both old and new—and the story of how he returned to the printed page may be as fascinating as any four-color adventure upon which he’s ever embarked. The costumed crusader in question is the Green Turtle, star of The Shadow Hero, a graphic novel by writer Gene Luen Yang and artist Sonny Liew. The graphic novel is new, but it marks the return of the Green Turtle, who was last seen (albeit briefly) in Blazing Comics in 1944. The Turtle appeared in five issues, was cancelled by his publisher, and then vanished into oblivion. Nearly 70 years later, Yang ran across those five issues of Blazing Comics online. Yang was drawn…

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