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Cartoonist Jack Chick Dies, Having Offended Pretty Much Everyone

He was the man behind those cheaply printed, widely disseminated fire-and-brimstone comics that were intended to scare the hell out of you. And he just passed away.

Wonder Woman Named Honorary U.N. Ambassador

For 75 years, Wonder Woman has been a symbol for strength and empowerment for women. Now the United Nations has made it official.

War Reporting Meets Comic Books in Marvel's 'Madaya Mom'

Since July 2015, residents of the war-torn Syrian city of Madaya have been trapped. Now ABC and Marvel have adapted one mom's struggles into a comic called "Madaya Mom."

Sistine Chapel Art Hides Secret Female Anatomy Symbols, Claims New Analysis

Is one of the world's greatest works of Renaissance art a roadmap to the human reproductive system?

Ridiculous History: Beloved Author Roald Dahl Was Also a Suave British Spy

We know him as the beloved creator of Willy Wonka and the BFG, but Roald Dahl worked as a James Bond-style spy in his early years.

Hold Thy Horses: Shakespeare's First Folio Is Touring the U.S.

The First Folio is pretty much thee book that gave us Shakespeare. And now you may be able to see it for yourself.

Historical Analysis Shows #FoodPorn Predates the Instagram Era

A historical study shows that since 1500, paintings have disproportionately depicted indulgent food not commonly found in everyday meals.

Reading 'Harry Potter' Influences How Americans View Donald Trump

The wizarding novels promote tolerance and oppose authoritarianism. What does that mean for how Potter fans view the Republican presidential candidate?

Exploring the Forgotten Structures of Paris

French photographer Laurent Kronental chronicles the architecturally impressive, sometimes surreal postmodern public housing projects around Paris.

Dear Tony Robbins, THIS Is How You Walk on Hot Coals

Looking to turn your fear into power and walk across hot coals? The BrainStuff crew fills you in on the fiery science behind the feat.

Watch This Artist Turn Water Into Van Gogh Masterpiece

Turkish artist uses ancient technique to make beautiful liquid pictures. Vincent would be proud.

Comic Books Are Thriving — in Print and Digital Forms

If you love comic books, this is a good time to be alive. And now there's no shortage of options for getting them in your hands or on your device.

Google's New Tilt Brush App Makes 3-D Painting a (Virtual) Reality

Could the newly released app mean that the next artistic masterpiece of the 21st century will be a downloadable, immersive and interactive VR experience?

Did the Chinese Invent the Superhero Team?

Way before comic books ever entered the picture, there was a band of Chinese brothers. Seven of them, in fact, each with their own magical power.

Interviewing the Artist Behind the New Black Panther

Long-running comic book characters come to be seen as iconic by fans. How does artist Brian Stelfreeze think of a figure like Black Panther as he creates a visual story?

HowStuffWorks: Black Panther’s Return With Artist Brian Stelfreeze

Black Panther has been an icon of the comic book hero scene since 1966, and now the character is being reimagined by author Ta-Nehisi Coates and Artist Brian Stelfreeze.

Computers Create a Rembrandt 2.0

Rembrandt may not be able to create his masterful paintings anymore, but computers can.

10 Unexpected Reasons Behind Past Batman vs. Superman Battles

When the world's finest superheroes quarrel, it affects us all. What's caused the Caped Crusader and the Big Blue Boy Scout to face off in the past?

Dynamic Duo's Run on 'Batman' Comic Comes Full Circle

Since DC Comics's "New 52" reboot, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have been the creative minds captaining the Bat-ship. With issue 51, that streak comes to an end.

Comic Books Are More Than Just White Guys in Tights

You like comics? We have suggestions, courtesy of the upcoming Dwayne McDuffie Award, and they feature way more than just dudes in capes and tights.

Adult Coloring Books: Creative and Subversive?

HowStuffWorks Now talks to the artists behind the wildly popular books and wonders if the future could hold an "Anarchist Coloring Book."

Ringling Bros. Retiring Elephants Early. PETA Still Not Smiling

All 11 of the circus's touring elephants are headed for a Florida retirement in May.

10 Worst Circus Disasters

The circus can provide great fun and entertainment, but occasionally serious tragedies occur under the big top. These disasters were nothing short of catastrophic.

10 Facts About Circus Animals

Circuses are largely about the awesome animals, but have you ever thought deeper about their history within the industry?

10 Circus Safety Strategies the Audience Doesn't See

Circus acts may seem effortless, but that's because lot goes on behind the scenes to ensure the performers' safety. These precautions help make the circus as magical and wondrous as ever.

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