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A scene from Mister Wonderful by Daniel Clowes, in which Marshall, the hero of the story, wonders how he could possibly be on a date with such a beautiful woman. Mister Wonderful was previously serialized in the New York Times Magazine. Courtesy Pantheon hide caption

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An Old Romance Blooms Anew In 'Love Of My Youth'

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Outer Space Awaits: A Sci-Fi Escape To 'The Stars'

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