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Oct. 08, 2008 | 7:15 p.m.

George Washington appears in 'Kid Eternity'After the second McCain-Obama debate yesterday, I got to thinking about the long history of presidential comics. Here’s one of my faves: Hit Comics No. 44 from January 1947, where Kid Eternity (nice sash, Kid!) summons George Washington from the mists of time to brawl with a bad guy named The Shoe, who is essentially a bald gangster who goes around kicking people with his oversized oxfords. Seriously. Hey, you think I could make this stuff up on my own? Here’s today’s fanboy headlines…

Guillermo del Toro talks about "The Hobbit" as part of the "Lord of the Rings" saga:  "If we do our job right, it should all feel like a continuous journey." (Movies Blog, MTV)

Heresy? The writers of next year’s "Star Trek" franchise reboot say they’re feeling the Force: "We have to bring more ‘Star Wars’ into ‘Star Trek.‘ "  (Underwire blog, Wired)

Whither the Wonder Woman movie? No one has been able to lasso an idea that actually works, but add the Wachowski Brothers to the list of Amazonian flirts. (Splash Page blog, MTV)

Youme Landowne’s illustrated book "Pitch Black" is a "spare, affecting" document of her four-year friendship with Anthony Horton, a homeless man living in the dangerous shadows of the New York subway system. (City Room blog, New York Times)

Film Roman (the company behind "The Simpsons") will bring the animated show "The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes" to television in 2011 and Ciro Nieli ("Teen Titans") will produce. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Live in (or near) O.C.? There will be a free screening of "Iron Man" at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine this Saturday evening. They have a huge inflatable screen for it. (Orange County Great Park website)

– Geoff Boucher

Image from a 1946 comic book cover. Kid Eternity is now owned by DC Comics, which gave permission to use his image.

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