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Blockbuster

(pop culture)
Indisputably inspired by the Incredible Hulk, DC Comics' Blockbuster was a thickset, thickheaded juggernaut who pulverized Batman on several occasions. Debuting in Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino's “The Blockbuster Invasion of Gotham City” in Detective Comics #345 (1965), young scientist Mark Desmond chemically boosts his feeble form, transforming into Blockbuster … with his sagacity taking a beating. Manipulated into thievery by his shifty brother Roland, Blockbuster's destructive fury can only be quelled by the face of Bruce Wayne— who once saved Mark from drowning—forcing Batman remove his mask to reveal his Wayne identity to calm the rampaging brute. In later tales, Blockbuster went head-to-head with Solomon Grundy and broke bread with the Secret Society of Super-Villains before being drafted into the Suicide Squad, where he perished fighting Brimstone. Sibling Roland Desmond hoisted the Blockbuster mantle in Starman vol. 1 #9 (1989), pumping up from a super-steroid but, unlike Mark, maintaining his intellect. Blockbuster II strong-armed the underworld in the city of Blüdhaven, developing bitter rivalries with its resident guardian Nightwing and the superhero information broker Oracle. A deal with the demon Neron augmented Blockbuster's brainpower, and the gargantuan genius planned to expand his crime empire into his former digs of Gotham when a bullet fired by anti-hero Tarantula brought an end to his life and to the lethal legacy of the Blockbuster brothers. Yet Blockbuster barrels on, in television's Justice League Unlimited (2004–present), voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.
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Speaking to (https://www.oregonlive.com/trending/2019/03/its-official-bend-has-the-last-blockbuster-on-earth.html) The Oregonian  on Tuesday about the latest Blockbuster closure, she said she was no idea her location would be the last standing. "I had no idea.
Sandi Harding, general manager of the Oregon store, who has worked for Blockbuster since 2004, said there are no plans to shut the store any time soon.
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Blockbuster LLC relied on the guidance of investment bank Athelera LLC for the sale.
Before its troubles began, Blockbuster had 528 stores.
Blockbuster was rescued in March from an earlier administration by private equity group Gordon Brothers Europe, but the group has suffered poor trading since then.
A statement from Moor-fields Corporate Recovery said: "Gordon Brothers Europe acquired the business and assets of Blockbuster Entertainment Ltd and Blockbuster GB Ltd in March 2013.
One insider close to the talks said: "It is a serious plan to try to secure a future for Blockbuster. It's not a case of a firesale or asset-stripping.
A source close to the talks said: "This is a serious plan to try to secure a future for Blockbuster.
Blockbuster collapsed in January amid competition from internet firms and the digital streaming of movies and games.
Summary: Blockbuster has been bought by Gordon Brothers Europe for an undisclosed sum saving 2,000 jobs and 264 UK stores.
WELSH high streets suffered another blow yesterday, after DVD and video games business Blockbuster became the latest big name to collapse into administration.