Little known fact: superheroes originated in comic books, not on the big screen

“Comic Shop” by Dan Gearino ($26.95)

“Comic Shop,” a lovingly reported and written nonfiction work from Columbus Dispatch business reporter Dan Gearino, visits the comic shops that incubated and grew the scene long before Marvel pounded DC into big-screen submission (seriously, have you seen the “Justice League” reviews compared with “Thor: Ragnarok”?).

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Black Panther sixth-scale figure ($219.99)

Gear up for one of the most-anticipated films of 2018 (arriving, appropriately, in the middle of February's Black History Month) with this detailed collectible figurine. Though it's shrunk down to sixth scale, the price isn't, so maybe this isn't a gift for the kids in the family.

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“Daytripper” by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon ($16.82)

The dreamy graphic novel by twin brothers Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon is among the best in the genre, which accounts for the Eisner Award nomination it received for Best Limited Series. It centers on Bras de Olivias Dominguez, who pens obituaries by day but dreams about becoming a novelist who writes about life, and this work is full of it.

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“Wonder Woman: A Celebration of 75 Years” ($39.99)

The film adaptation of DC's Wonder Woman could arguably be called the comic-maker's lone big-screen success story. This hardbound work by various authors traces the history of the female superhero icon back to her earliest roots.

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4258 N. High St., Clintonville

614-267-6473

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“Ms. Marvel Omnibus Vol. 1” ($46.37)

While Wonder Woman has enjoyed a recent renaissance, there still aren't nearly enough female superheroes, a gap Marvel begins to fill with the introduction of Ms. Marvel. This hardbound edition collects the complete first season of the book, which follows Jersey teenager Kamala Khan as she begins to uncover her extraordinary powers.

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