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Tim Gunn is a Comic Book Super Hero

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Sep. 4 2009, Published 7:15 a.m. ET

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Tim Gunn has been working against the evil forces at work in fashion (can anyone say, "harem pants"?) and now that fight is transferring onto the pages of a new Marvel comic plot line starring the Project Runway guru: Loaded Gunn.

The story centers around Tim's mission to rescue a collection of superhero clothing from the bad guys, and is part of a book reintroducing high-fashion "Models Inc." characters from Marvel in the 1960s.

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"It's a little America's Next Top Model - without Tyra Banks - and a little Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Marvel editor Charlie Beckerman tells the Associated Press.

Tim, a childhood comic fan, says the experience has been "the most bizarre thing."

"It's exciting and exhilarating, but bizarre. When they came to me, I said, 'I'm about to turn 56 years old. Are they crazy?' But it kept revealing itself in layers and next thing, I'm wearing the `Iron Man' suit. I was dumbstruck."

Tim adds that he likes what his character is fighting for.

"Most superheroes are fighting the same thing  -- good vs. evil -- but who's taking on crimes against fashion? Me!"

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