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Aliens #1It's a short week here at Splash Page HQ, but it's a big one for comics with ties to Hollywood hitting shelves. That's why we're kicking off a new, weekly feature that spotlights three comics you should add to your pull list if you're looking to stay current with the ever-growing crossover between comic books and the world of television and movies.

Now that you know what the weekly feature is all about, let's get into this week's picks!

TOP OF THE STACK: "ALIENS" #1 (Dark Horse Comics) -- It's hard to believe it's been three full decades since Ridley Scott first scared the bejeezus out of audiences with the movie "Alien," but it's even more hard to believe the success Dark Horse Comics has had with comics based on the sci-fi/horror franchise. Much like video games based on movies, comics based on movie and television properties rarely find an audience -- but Dark Horse's "Aliens" comics have always been the exception to that rule. Read More...

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'Spider-Man: The Short Halloween'Back in February, we brought you the news of an upcoming collaboration between Marvel Comics and "Saturday Night Live" regulars Bill Hader and Seth Meyers, titled "Spider-Man: The Short Halloween." The single-issue story promised to take a tongue-in-cheek look at the misadventures of a costumed party-goer mistaken for the real wallcrawler and kidnapped by Spider-Man's foes.

Along with an original story by the comics-savvy "SNL" duo, "The Short Halloween" features art by Kevin Maguire -- the man who helped put the "funny" back in funnybooks during the late '80s alongside another comedic duo, "Justice League" writers Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis.

To get the scoop on "The Short Halloween," I spoke to Marvel's go-to guy for all things webslinger, Spider-Man group editor Stephen Wacker. Read on for an exclusive, 10-page preview of "Spider-Man: The Short Halloween" (sans lettering), as well as all the details from our conversation about Marvel's upcoming "SNL" team-up. Read More...

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Spider-Man SpecialLive from New York, the "Saturday Night Live" duo of Bill Hader and Seth Meyers joined Sunday's Mondo Marvel at New York Comic Con to announce their upcoming Spider-Man one-shot issue, "The Short Halloween."

"First of all, I wanted to give credit to Bill for coming up with the title, 'The Short Halloween," said Meyers of the lampoon of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's "Batman: The Long Halloween" series.

"This is one of a few rooms where that would get a laugh." Read More...

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