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Here's a side of the late pop king Michael Jackson that you might not have heard about: He was a huge fan of comic book heroes. A 2009 catalog from Julien's Auctions -- "King of Pop: A Once in a Lifetime Public Exhibition Featuring Property From the Life and Career of Michael Jackson and Neverland Ranch" -- has an amazing array of items. Included are lifesize costumes, statues, photos and artwork of Batman, Superman, Captain America, the Hulk and Spiderman. Makes for some interesting browsing.

Jackson could have had an even bigger impact in the world of comics. According to an 2005 article in The Comics Journal, he once met with Stan Lee and Peter Paul to discussed the possibility of buying Marvel Comics. But the deal never happened.

p.s. My favorite songs (split between the J5 and later works): "I Want You Back" and "Billie Jean".

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