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The Late Movies: Fictional Bands

Do you have a song that just pops in your head sometimes? Even if you haven't heard it for weeks or months? A few weeks ago, "That Thing You Do," the theme from the movie of the same name weaseled its way into my brain and my toes have been tapping ever since. When I was a young gal, I remember being devastated to learn that the Wonders weren't a real band, but a creation of Tom Hanks' imagination. Here, listen to "That Thing You Do," plus other songs from fictional bands.

Barry Jive and the Uptown Five

High Fidelity

The Wonders

That Thing You Do

Zack Attack

Saved by the Bell

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Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

The Muppet Show

Jesse and the Rippers

Full House

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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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