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'Incredible Hulk' star Lou Ferrigno becomes honorary deputy

The newest deputy in a Texas county has a reputation for being mean and green. And the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is more than happy to have actor Lou Ferrigno on its staff.

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Ferrigno, who starred in “The Incredible Hulk” television series from 1978 to 1982, stopped by the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday on his way to Wizard World Comic Con, which began Friday in Austin and runs through Sunday, KXAN reported. 

Ferrigno is a reserve deputy in Los Angeles County, the television station reported. The former bodybuilder said he stopped by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to offer “encouragement and thanks,” while mugging for photographs with deputies.

Sheriff Sally Hernandez swore Ferrigno in as an honorary deputy, KXAN reported.

Alec Baldwin disapproves of daughter's racy Instagram photo

Comedian Alec Baldwin weighed in on the racy snapshot his daughter posted on Instagram on Saturday, voicing his disapproval in the comments section, People reported.

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“No. Just … No,” Baldwin, 60, posted on the account of Ireland Baldwin.

In the Instagram photo, Ireland Baldwin, 22, posed on a motorcycle, leaning forward while wearing a black bra and a matching pair of bottoms that are barely visible. She apparently exposed more skin than her father preferred to see on social media, E! Online reported. 

The younger Baldwin, the daughter of the comedian and Kim Basinger, posed nude for PETA earlier this year. That came 24 years after Basinger struck a similar pose for PETA, E! Online reported. She also posed in her underwear in an Instagram post.

Ireland Baldwin’s comment about the photo on Instagram was “Stay extra,” People reported.

Steve Ditko, co-creator of Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, dead at 90

Steve Ditko, the artist who helped create legendary Marvel comic book characters Spider-Man and Doctor Strange with Stan Lee, was found dead in his New York apartment on June 29, Variety reported Friday. He was 90.

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Marvel President Dan Buckley said in a statement that "the Marvel family mourns the loss" of Ditko, CNN reported.

"Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten," Buckley said. "Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and fans during this sad time."

Ditko’s love for comic book superheroes was born during his stint in the military after he graduated from high school in 1945, when he drew comic strips for Army-syndicated newspapers, Variety reported. 

After he was discharged, Ditko studied under Batman artist in 1950. Through Robinson, he met Lee, who was Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief. Ditko helped create the Spider-Man persona in 1961, including his costume and web shooters, Variety said.

Spider-Man debuted in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962, and a year later Marvel launched “Amazing Spider-Man,” the character’s first standalone series, with Ditko and Lee handling the illustrations, Variety reported.

Ditko helped create Spider-Man characters as Doctor Octopus, Sandman, the Lizard and Green Goblin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Beginning with issue No. 25, Ditko received a plot credit in addition to his artist credit. His final work in the Spider-Man series appeared in issue No. 38, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Doctor Strange also debuted in 1963, appearing in Strange Tales No. 110, Ditko worked on the comic book series through July 1966.

Ditko left Marvel shortly thereafter after some disagreements with Lee. He moved to DC Comics in 1968 and created the Creeper, a villain in the Batman comic series, Variety reported.

Among his last characters was cult favorite Squirrel Girl, which debuted in 1992, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

Comedian brags he posed as senator, pranked Trump into returning call from Air Force One

A comedian known as “Stuttering John” apparently pranked the president into taking a telephone call on Air Force One recently, the Huffington Post reported.

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John Melendez, a longtime personality on Howard Stern’s radio show, apparently posed as Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). Melendez left his cellphone number with the White House switchboard and duped several aides -- including the President’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner -- the New York Post reported.

“Hi, Bob. How are you? Congratulations on everything, we’re proud of you. Congratulations, you’re doing a great job,” Trump is heard saying in a podcast Melendez recorded Wednesday and then posted online Thursday. 

One hour into the podcast, Melendez is heard speaking to Trump about his immigration policy and his upcoming pick for the vacant post in the U.S. Supreme Court.

“I am shocked ... I mean we did this as a goof, I'm a comedian," Melendez told CNN. “I just could not believe that it took us an hour and a half to get Jared Kushner and Donald Trump on the phone from Air Force One.

"All they had to ask me is what party affiliation is Sen. Menendez, or what state is he a senator of, and I would not have known. But they didn't ask me any of this.”

“Believe me, if it was that easy to dupe him, there’s every chance in the world (Russian President Vladimir) Putin duped him,” Melendez told the Huffington Post, which reported that it could not independently confirm that Trump was the person speaking on the podcast.

Politico, citing a source in the White House, said the administration “has been scrambling” to “figure out how this happened.”

Melendez said he gave his cellphone number to the White House switchboard but it has a Southern California prefix. An operator told the comedian the number did not match White House records for Menendez, the Post reported. Melendez said he was on vacation and was using a different phone, the newspaper reported.

“You went through a tough, tough situation — and I don’t think a very fair situation — but congratulations,” Trump is heard on the podcast.

"The President wants to be accessible to members and likes engaging them and wants them to have the opportunity to connect. The downside of that is sometimes the channels are open too widely and mistakes like this happen," a White House official said, CNN reported.

Menendez was indicted on bribery and corruption charges in 2015. He issued a statement saying he would appreciate a real conversation with the President.

“As someone who has spent my entire career trying to convince Republicans to join me in reforming our nation’s broken immigration system, I welcome any opportunity to have a real conversation with the President on how to uphold the American values that guided our family-based immigration policy for the past century,” Menendez said in the statement. “Tearing children apart from their mothers is not part of our proud history. Thus far, this White House has only sabotaged every good-faith effort to find bipartisan common ground on immigration.” 

Bill Cosby sacks defense team

Comedian Bill Cosby replaced his entire defense team in advance of his September sentencing hearing, CNN reported Friday.

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Cosby, 80, replaced attorney Tom Mesereau and his team with attorney Joseph P. Green, according to Andrew Wyatt, the comedian’s spokesman.

Wyatt did not give a reason for the change, CNN reported.

Cosby was convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand on April 26.

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A sentencing hearing for Cosby has been scheduled for Sept. 24, CNN reported. He faces up to 10 years in prison for each count.

Superheroes stage holiday shopping spree at Target 

Christmas shoppers can usually find superheroes on toy shelves at Target. But, here’s a twist: shoppers at a Kansas City area Target discovered superheroes shopping for toys at Target.

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Iron Man, Thor, Supergirl, Snow White and Captain America were among the comic book heroes shopping for kids Sunday night at the Target in Mission, Kansas, The Kansas City Star reported.

Armed with $17,000 in donations collected by Elite Comics in Overland Park, the superheroes picked out toys that will be given to kids staying at Children's’ Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, the Star reported.

“It means a lot,” said Captain America, also known as Jerry Holtorf of Overland Park.

Holtorf’s parents battled cancer. In his trips to the hospital, he said he saw children in their own fights against the disease. He wanted to help make the kids’ Christmas a happier time.

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate in age,” Holtorf said. “What (my parents) were going through in their room, a 6- or 7-year-old was going through in the next room and it breaks your heart.”

The caped crusaders summoned a rental trailer to cart away their packages, bound for children in the hospital. And if anyone wants to join the crusade, there are still opportunities ahead.

“We’re not done,” said Elite Comics owner William Binderup, who added that he will be accepting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 22.

Watch: Comedian Hannibal Buress arrested in Miami

A popular stand-up comedian was handcuffed early Sunday in Miami and video of his arrest is going viral.

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“Explain what I’m detained for,” Hannibal Buress asks Miami police officers repeatedly as he leans against a police car while handcuffed.

Buress, 34, was booked into Miami-Dade Jail just before 2 a.m. and released around four hours later after posting bond, according to the Miami Herald.

The details of what he specifically did to be charged have yet to be released. 

In addition to his appearances on stage, the comedian has starred as an actor in “Neighbors,” “Baywatch” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Widow of Peanuts creator loses home in California fire

The widow of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip, was forced to evacuate the California home the couple shared as fire raced through Santa Rosa, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

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Jean Schulz fled her hillside home, which was built in the mid-1970s, about 2 a.m. Monday, her stepson, Monte Schulz, told the Mercury News.

“She is very resilient,” he told the Mercury News. “She is energetic and pragmatic and very tough.”

Jean Schulz is president of the board of directors for the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center built in Santa Rosa two years after the cartoonist’s death in February 2000. Most of his collection of original comic strips, artwork and memorabilia featuring characters Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang, is housed at the museum, which was untouched by the fire.

“But there were a lot of Peanuts things in the house,” Monte Schulz told the Mercury News.

The fire affected other members of the Schulz family, the Mercury News reported. Monte’s brother, Craig Schulz, who lives in Santa Rosa with his family, also lost his house in the fire.

“It’s sad. It’s erased,” Monte Schulz said of his father’s house. “Everything that was in there, every connection we had to dad vis-a-vis that house, is gone now.”

Before Charles Schulz’s death at age 77, the Peanuts comic strip appeared in 2,600 newspapers in 75 countries.

‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ sequel in the works

It’s been 24 years since Jack Skellington traveled to Christmastown on the big screen. Now the story about holiday mashups is finally getting a sequel, sort of.

Manga publisher Tokyopop has announced that it will be publishing the first “Nightmare Before Christmas” comic book that will be considered a sequel to the original story, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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It will be called “Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey” and will be about Jack’s dog Zero and his adventure in Christmastown.

It will be produced as a full-color series released to comic stores, then will be combined into two formats: full-color trade paperback and a black and white pocket-sized version, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Tokyopop is teaming up with Disney on other projects, including “Kilala Princess,” where the title character meets Disney princesses Mulan, Pocahontas and Merida. The company has also published Disney “Descendants” stories and “Beauty and the Beast” tie-ins.

“The Nightmare Before Christmas” movie hit theaters in 1993. It was based on a poem by Tim Burton, according to Huffington Post.

Comedian Hasan Minhaj tapped for White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Comedy Central’s Hasan Minhaj, a senior correspondent on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” is the entertainer at this year’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

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“I am thrilled that Hasan will serve as our featured entertainer at this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner,” WHCA president and Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason said in a statement released on Twitter. 

“Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media.”

Presidents have been attending the annual gala for decades, but President Donald Trump has announced he won’t be participating this year.

>>Related: Trump tweets he won’t attend White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Proceeds from the event fund scholarships and awards aimed at promoting aspiring journalists and recognizing excellence in the profession.

The event is scheduled for April 29.

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