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The Super-Backstory Quiz: How well do you know your irradiated orphans from outer space?

You may have seen the latest big-screen versions of Batman, Spider-Man, Captain America and their super-brethren, but how much do you know about their backstories?

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  • Adapting 'Hellboy'
    Adapting 'Hellboy'

    How do you adapt a comic-book story into a feature film? We turned to the creators of "Hellboy" to find out. Check out the amazing process of turning "Hellboy" the comic into "Hellboy" the Hollywood movie. See more »

  • Battling Blockbusters: Fighting Against Superman
    Battling Blockbusters: Fighting Against Superman

    It began with an e-mail from a reader who asked "Who would win in a fight -- a Jedi Knight or Superman?" That was all it took for us to wonder how Superman would fare against other stars from movies, books and comic books. See more »

  • Behind the Mask: The Superhero Alter-Ego Quiz
    Behind the Mask: The Superhero Alter-Ego Quiz

    Yes, you probably already know who Superman's alter-ego is, but we bet you can't match every superhero with their ordinary-Joe personas! Test your knowledge of superhero secret identities in this quiz. See more »

  • Dragon Con Survival Guide
    Dragon Con Survival Guide

    Dragon Con, an annual sci-fi and fantasy convention in Atlanta, can be quite overwhelming for the first-timer. Make sense of the sensory overload with our guide to surviving Dragon Con. See more »

  • Essential Doom
    Essential Doom

    In preparation for the movie version of the Fantastic Four, comic book pundit Matt Hunt runs down the ten best appearances of Dr. Doom in Marvel Comics. See more »

  • Essential Elektra
    Essential Elektra

    HowStuffWorks breaks down the top ten Elektra comics. Find out who Elektra was before Jennifer Garner made her famous. See more »

  • Fantastic Four's Canon Report Card
    Fantastic Four's Canon Report Card

    "Fantastic Four" hit the big screen in 2005, a decade after Roger Corman produced the first Fantastic Four movie. Learn how the unreleased 1994 movie and the new Fantastic Four movie franchise compare to the source material. See more »

  • Hellboy Makeup: An Interview with Jake Garber
    Hellboy Makeup: An Interview with Jake Garber

    The movie "Hellboy" scored big at the box office as millions of people were turned on to a new kind of hero. Find out how makeup artist Jake Garber brought the big red guy to life. See more »

  • Heroes Unmasked: How secret are secret identities?
    Heroes Unmasked: How secret are secret identities?

    When over a dozen people know your "secret identity," is it really fair to call it secret? Comic book pundit Matt Hunt reveals just how many characters are in on the superheroes' darkest secrets. See more »

  • How Comic Books Work
    How Comic Books Work

    When you think of comic books, you might conjure up images of geeky adolescent boys, superheroes in stretchy tights and flimsy little booklets. But there's way more to this game-changing, generation-spanning art form than that. What's the real story of comic books? What do comic book fans look like today? See more »

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