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Halloweek: Freddy vs. Jason vs. Bambi vs. Godzilla

As a prelude to the scariest night of the year, my husband suggested that we watch Freddy Vs. Jason this weekend -- perhaps forgetting that, having been allowed by an idiotic babysitter to watch the original Nightmare on Elm Street at age 11, I am terrified of teen slasher flicks. As a result, I did not sleep at all this weekend, which meant I spent lots of time drinking coffee and surfing Wikipedia at 3 a.m., where I encountered a wonderful list of other movies that pit famous stars against each other. These include:

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
  • Alien vs. Predator (2004)
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
  • The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones (1987)
  • King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
  • Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
  • and my personal favorite, Bambi Meets Godzilla (1969), the entirety of which you can watch below.

If you know of other great mash-up matchups, alert us in the comments!

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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