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Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 07/28/2011

TOP VIDEOS OF THE WEEK: Seven winners from the world of comics

Conan O’Brien. Andrew Garfield. Taiwan-based animators.

Is there no one in entertainment who doesn’t want to be a superhero?

Fortunately for this week’s Video Shelf, Comic Riffs hasn’t yet found an entertainer who shuns the wish for great power, if not a great “Q” rating. Within the past seven days, Garfield testified at Comic-Con how Spidey helped save his self-esteem. Conan has been pushing his flame-haired, short-panted alter ego, the Flaming C. Even the returning Beavis and Butt-head provide an encore of the all-powerful Cornholio.

And the artists at Next Media Animation offer their version of a “Dark Knight Rises” trailer this is almost beautiful in its utter bizarreness.

Here they are, Comic Riffs’ Top Seven Comics Video Picks of the Week:

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1. “CAPTAIN AMERICA USES DRUGS”:

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It was possible, in the ‘80s, to grow up with the messages of both Nancy Reagan and Jack Kirby pinging past your eardrums. While the then-first lady was urging “Just Say No” to drugs, Kirby and Joe Simon’s Captain America was still a shield-wielding testament to super serum more than four decades after he first razed a Fuhrer. This out of the same decade that first delivered unto us both Barry “Post-Trial” Bonds and Roger “Between Trials” Clemens. O, the irony and the XTC.

Now, via the College Humor site, the comic debate is framed anew as the satire-injected video “Captain America Uses Drugs” rides the release of the new Marvel film.

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2. “THE FLAMING C”:

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Taking a splash page out of Stephen “Tek Jansen” Colbert’s book, Conan O’Brien subjected his lanky, ginger-locked self to being rendered as a caped caricature. His ongoing superhero avatar, the Flaming C, got the full animated treatment come Comic-Con. The twist, of course: Even the studly, basso-profundo Flaming C mocks the goofier, geekier CoCo:

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3. ANDREW GARFIELD AS SPIDEY:

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If you still doubted Andrew Garfield’s acting chops before, you need only watch his masked performance at San Diego Comic-Con to know he can sell a script something fierce, or farce. Yes, Garfield may indeed have been a true Spider-Man fan when he was an even-scrawnier kid, but the British-born bloke who has inherited the rebooted Peter Parker role really amps up the act for the Hall H throngs. The incognito entry in the cheap-o costume was a smart stroke, but my-my, does he strive for the full Gielgud when he declares this — this! — the coolest day of his life. So convincing, we almost believe him. Comic Riffs may question the motivations of a reboot a mere decade after Tobey Maguire received the radioactive spiderbite, but we do not question Garfield’s commitment to the role. With great PR comes great marketability.

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4. FULL “AMAZING SPIDER-MAN” TRAILER:

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And what was Andrew Garfield selling, exactly? Well, plain and simple: THIS:

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5. THE RETURN OF BEAVIS & BUTT-HEAD:

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“I felt like TV was getting too smart,” creator Mike Judge told reporters. And so on the 30th anniversary of MTV — and nearly two decades after his chuckling pubescent nimrods debuted — Judge is returning those twin icons of the ‘90s — Beavis and Butt-head — to your screen, as sophomoric and sarcastic and sex-obsessed as ever. For at least one generation, the memories of this video-snarking morons still mean something:.

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6. NMAtv’s “THE DARK KNIGHT RISES” “trailer”:

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This may well be the most surreal video yet from the Taiwan-based artists at Next Media Animation. Their satiric version of a “Dark Knight Rises” is a “tribute” of sorts to director Christopher Nolan’s entire career — including nods to not only Batman but also such films as “Memento” and “Inception.” Warning: This may promote more head-scratching than funnybone-ticking. A clip perhaps even more bizarre than Bruce Wayne himself:

7. “NICK FURY IN OTHER MOVIES”:

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“He’s looking for unlikely heroes. Maybe a little too hard.” College Humor deliver a second winner for the week — with a cadence worthy of Samuel L. Jackson:

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