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How People Reacted to Computer Viruses in 1988

"It arrived at MIT in the middle of the night. The students were safe... their computers weren't." Such an ominous line might be used in a cheesy horror movie, but this time it comes from an old Boston TV news report. Computer viruses are not really news anymore, mostly because they're pretty common and also fairly simple to remove. But in 1988, that wasn't the case. A harmless but self-propagating line of code earned its own three-minute segment that year, accompanied by an interview with a "part-time Virus Hunter" and (inexplicably) gameplay clips of Atari's famously terrible E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. For fun, let's count the number of times people say "insidious."

In the end, MIT and its students were safe, as were their computers.

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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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