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Greatest Comic book Superheroes of All time

Batman was recently named the greatest comic hero of all time in a poll conducted by Comic Heroes magazine to find the top 50 superheroes of all time, as voted by readers . Followed in second place by Spiderman & Superman in third place. Wolverine, the adamantium-clawed mutant from X-Men, comes in fourth followed by Judge Dredd. Tintin makes a surprise appearance in sixth place, with the list rounded out by Captain America, Wonder Woman, The Spirit and The Thing.

But Comic Heroes editor Jes Bickham said it was “no surprise” that Batman came in at No 1 as the character, created in 1939 by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, was, “quite simply, the coolest and most interesting superhero ever created”. Batman even, has a butler. Batman “doesn’t have superpowers; he gets by with his mind, his wit and his physical abilities. He’s dark, conflicted and tragic, yet never less than the best of us. He’s got the best costume and the finest gadgets,” said the editor. “His rogues’ gallery is the most frightening and freakish collection of villains ever assembled; a cavalcade of criminality unmatched in modern comics. He’s also strong enough to fit almost any story, being constantly remoulded by writers and artists since his creation in 1939.”

In addition to the greatest heroes ever, there are also some really crappy ones too. such as the hero who’s secret weapon is a trained bumble bee that lives in his belt buckle, Or the hero Who’s power relies on the length of his hair, Or the riot cop on a skateboard? plus many others.

The latest edition of Comic Heroes also comes complete with three fantastic freebies for you to “marvel” at (that’s right, we went there): check out the 2000 AD badges, Sidekick sampler comic and giant double-sided poster of The New 52 and American Vampire.There is also an exclusive interview with Ed Brubaker, who discusses Captain America, the launch of his right-hand man Bucky’s title Winter Soldier and the new image series Fatale with artistic partner Sean Phillips. There are also details about Avengers Vs X-Men, which hits stores in April to coincide with the highly anticipated release of Joss Whedon’s film The Avengers.

There is also a bluffer’s guide to George Pérez, the art of Jamie McKelvie, American Flagg, Massimo Belardinelli and extensive reviews featuring the best of the month’s releases. There is also an interview with Hulk Hogan who talks about Tom Strong, and a celebration of Judge Dredd.

Comic Heroes’ top 10 comic heroes of all time are:

  • Batman
  • Spider-Man
  • Superman
  • Wolverine
  • Judge Dredd
  • Tintin
  • Captain America
  • Wonder Woman
  • The Spirit
  • The Thing
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Leap Year 29th February

A leap year (or intercalary or bissextile year) is a year containing one additional day (or, in the case of lunisolar calendars, a month) in order to keep the calendar year synchronized with the astronomical or seasonal year. Because seasons and astronomical events do not repeat in a whole number of days, a calendar that had the same number of days in each year would, over time, drift with respect to the event it was supposed to track. By occasionally inserting (or intercalating) an additional day or month into the year, the drift can be corrected. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year and a year that is a leap year is called a leap year:D

For example, in the Gregorian calendar (a common solar calendar), February in a leap year has 29 days instead of the usual 28, so the year lasts 366 days instead of the usual 365. Similarly, in the Hebrew calendar (a lunisolar calendar), a 13th lunar month is added seven times every 19 years to the twelve lunar months in its common years to keep its calendar year from drifting through the seasons too rapidly.

There are also many traditions associated with Leap Years. In Denmark, the tradition is that women may propose on the bissextile leap day, February 24, and that refusal must be compensated with 12 pairs of gloves. In Finland, the tradition is that if a man refuses a woman’s proposal on leap day, he should buy her the fabrics for a skirt. In Greece, marriage in a leap year is considered unlucky. One in five engaged couples in Greece will plan to avoid getting married in a leap year.

In the British Isles On 29th February, it is a tradition that women may propose marriage only on leap years. While it has been claimed that the tradition was initiated by Saint Patrick or Brigid of Kildare in 5th century Ireland, this is dubious, as the tradition has not been attested before the 19th century. Supposedly, a 1288 law by Queen Margaret of Scotland (then age five and living in Norway), required that fines be levied if a marriage proposal was refused by the man; compensation ranged from a kiss to £1 to a silk gown, in order to soften the blow. In some places the tradition was tightened to restricting female proposals to the modern leap day, February 29, or to the medieval (bissextile) leap day, February 24. However even this does not prevent them from going wrong, here are some cringe-inducing proposals that go slightly awry:

Food Court Proposal

It didn’t take long to find a prime example of a poorly thought-out proposal. I mean, even being”dizzy with love” is no excuse for believing that a shopping centre food court is an appropriate location. Her cringing body language and the hands covering her ears should have given Romeo the hint to stop talking before the guy with the guitar turned up and drew even more attention to this extremely awkward situation. In the final analysis, there was only one possible outcome …RUN, CAROLINE. RUN

Basketball Game Proposal

Not sure if this one is a setup. The woman’s reaction is so badly acted that it COULD be real. But the best thing about this video is the luckless wannabe husband finding comfort in the arms of someone dressed as a giant fluffy mouse. Oh, and the commentator saying at the end, “This is where amazing happens.” It sure is.

I think the moral is “Don’t propose in public”.