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DEATH OF SUPERMAN Release Date Set, Home Video Details

Death of Superman

Credit: Warner Bros. Animation
Credit: Warner Bros. Animation

Press Release

The Man of Steel meets his ultimate match when Doomsday comes to Earth – hell bent on destroying everything and everyone in his path, including the Justice League – in the all-new, action-packed The Death of Superman, part of the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting July 24, 2018, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD August 7, 2018.

The Death of Superman will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set ($39.99 SRP), Blu-ray™ Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP) and DVD ($19.98 SRP), as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray™ disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray™ disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set includes a collectible Superman figurine; the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition; and the DVD features the movie in standard definition. The Ultra HD Blu-ray™ and Blu-ray Combo Pack™ include a digital version of the film. 

The Death of Superman ultimately finds Superman in a fight to the finish when the Man of Steel becomes the only hero who can stand in the way of the monstrous creature Doomsday and his unstoppable rampage of destruction.

As the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, Superman Doomsday told an abridged version of “The Death Of Superman,” DC Comics’ landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. But with a runtime of 75 minutes, the film focused on a core, singular storyline. The new, animated The Death of Superman, the first of a two-part film experience that will conclude with Reign of the Supermen in early 2019, restores many of the moments and characters that fans hold dear to their hearts.   
 

Credit: Warner Bros. Animation

The all-star cast is led by Jerry O’Connell (Crossing Jordan, Stand By Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara (The Man in High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, ABC’s upcoming The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Matt Lanter (Timeless) as Aquaman, and Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Ugly Betty) as The Flash.

The cast also features Nyambi Nyambi (Mike Molly, The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Silas Stone, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, Max Mittleman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski, Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing) as the Mayor, Paul Eiding (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Pa Kent, Jennifer Hale (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Ma Kent, Trevor Devall (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Dabney Donovan Bruno Mannheim, Rick Pasqualone (Mafia II Mafia III video games) as Turpin, Amanda Troop (Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts) as Sawyer, Erica Luttrell (Salvation) as Mercy, and Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as John Henry Irons.

Producer Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen Titans: The Judas Contract) co-directs The Death of Superman with Jake Castorena (Justice League Action) from a script by New York Times best-selling author Peter J. Tomasi (Green Lantern: Emerald Knights). Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay, Justice League Dark).

“As Superman celebrates his 80th anniversary, we felt the time was right to finally tell the unabridged version of this iconic story,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family Animation Marketing. “This is a landmark tale in comics history, and we wanted to bring the entire story – with all the characters and details the fans have clamored for – to animated life.”

The Death of Superman Enhanced Content
Ultra HD Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ Deluxe Gift Set, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and Digital
 
The Death of Superman: The Brawl That Topped Them All (Featurette) – Experience the battle between Superman and Doomsday like never before as creators of the iconic comic and the new film explore the nuances of “The Greatest Fight” with the help of a martial arts expert.

A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.

From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 1” – After eliminating Imperiex, Brainiac 5 takes over his army and plans to take over the universe. With Superman thought to be dead, the other Legionnaires must stop him before it is too late!

From the DC Comics Vault: Legion of Superheroes, “Dark Victory: Part 2” – The Legion faces Imperiex in a final battle, while a traitor lurks in their midst.


DVD
A Sneak Peek at DC Universe’s Next Animated Movie, Reign of the Supermen – An exciting look at the next film in the two-part saga that brings the epic and emotional story of a world without the Man of Steel to life.


MARKETING SUPPORT
The Death of Superman will be supported by a national online, promotional, and publicity campaign.

BASICS
Street Date: August 7, 2018
Run Time:  72 minutes
Languages: English

From: https://www.newsarama.com/39959-death-of-superman-release-date-set-home-video-details.html

How Man of Steel Brought Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane to the Comics

Knowledge Waits is a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me.

With the tragic passing of Margot Kidder on Sunday, I was thinking of a column I do called “Follow The Path,” which is about how comic books will often make adaptations to adopt aspects that are introduced in superhero films. For instance, Spider-Man had organic webshooters in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film and sure enough, within a couple of years, Spider-Man gained organic webshooters in the comics, as well. However, that’s mostly dealing with actual plot points that were changed to adapt to the films. Another way that comic books adapt to the films sometimes is that a particular actor’s performance can ultimately begin to inform the way that the comic book character is handled within the comics. For instance, there is no doubt that Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark has had an influence upon how Tony Stark is written in the comics nowadays.

That was the case with Margot Kidder’s Lois Lane, who debuted in 1978, but it would not be until a big fan of hers rebooted the Superman titles eight years later that Kidder’s Lois Lane would suddenly become the Lois Lane of the comics, as well.

RELATED: Superman Star Margot Kidder Dies At Age 69

Byrne’s interest in Kidder (who he once noted as being the first actress who played Lois Lane that portrayed in her such a way that Byrne “got” why Superman would be so interested in her) was evident long before he took over the Superman titles.

In an issue of Avengers that Byrne drew a year after the release of Superman, Byrne worked Lois Lane and her apartment into an issue of the series, with the character being named Margot Neil, in a reference to Kidder and Noel Neill, the actress who played Lois for most of the seasons of the Adventures of Superman TV show (it’s actually Byrne breakdowns with Dan Green finishes and inks)…

However, the biggest changes happened when Byrne rebooted Superman in 1986 with the Man of Steel miniseries.

RELATED: Superman Returns’ Brandon Routh Reflects on Margot Kidder’s Legacy

Now, please note that I am certainly not trying to say that the comic book version of Lois Lane was completely different than Kidder’s depiction prior to Byrne. Of course not. Kidder’s take on Lois was, in part, based on the general depiction of Lois in Superman comics, especially the early years of the Superman comics. It is not like Rosalind Russell just invented the archetype of the tough female reporter when she did His Girl Friday, after all. The whole point of Russell’s character in that film is that it WAS a pop culture archetype at the time and Lois Lane fit right into it.

However, it is also fair to say that over the years, Lois Lane really was no longer a “His Girl Friday” style tough reporter. She was still a strong character. Cary Bates and Elliot S! Maggin, in particular, wrote them some excellent Lois Lane stories in the 1970s into the 1980s. I’m definitely not knocking their take on Lois. It was good. It is just that they were working on Lois for years before the movie and thus, the movie did not really affect their depiction of Lois. They had their take and they stuck with it.

Here’s the last issue of Superman before Alan Moore’s out-of-continuity sendoff to the Superman titles and Byrne’s reboot…

Nothing wrong with it, but it doesn’t really remind you much of the Kidder Lois, right?

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From: https://www.cbr.com/superman-margot-kidder-lois-lane-john-byrne/

DC Comics, Mark Hamill, and More Mourn Death of ‘Superman’ Actress Margot Kidder

According to CNN, Margot Kidder—cinema’s first Lois Lane and genre-film icon—passed away peacefully in her sleep yesterday at 69 years of age. While an entire generation was first introduced to Kidder with Superman in 1978 and its sequels, she was an incredibly appreciated part of the horror film community as well, and became a powerful advocate of mental health over the course of her life. 

Before starring in genre-defining films such as Superman, Black Christmas, and The Amityville Horror, Kidder spent her childhood in the Northwest Territories of Canada and eventually got her start on the Canadian television series Wojeck in 1969. 

Lois Lane, though obviously not the title character, was as important to Superman’s success as Christopher Reeves was. The character was a tough, independent go-getter with intellect, integrity, and presence that only an actress as engaging and relatable as Kidder could’ve provided. Personally, Superman was the first superhero movie I ever saw, and I distinctly remember thinking I’d love to have a girlfriend like Lois one day. 

In regards to her personal life, Kidder was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and became homeless in 1996. The weight of fame, three marriages, and preposterous medical bills became too much for her—or anyone, for that matter—to process. 

“Nothing prepares anyone for that sudden thing of being world famous, it was such a shock,” she said. “It wasn’t until something I really liked or something I was very good at. I didn’t realize how good the movie was until I seen it at the premiere in Washington.” 

Fortunately, Kidder’s passing was reportedly peaceful, calm, and gentle. Sadly, the world is just a tad bit gloomier now that she’s gone. We’d say she’ll be missed, but that’s already more than clear. Have a look at some of the Twitter reactions to her passing below, and realize how many creative people she herself inspired to pursue their own dreams. Rest in peace.

From: http://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2018/05/dc-comics-mark-hamill-more-mourn-death-of-superman-actress-margot-kidder/

Vintage Superman, Batman comic lot auction grabs $6.5 million on …

A massive lot of vintage comic books and original art sold today for a combined $6.5 million and that number could total upwards of $10 million, with two more days to go.

Heritage Auctions in Chicago started selling the books and the art on Thursday, which include rare gems like “Action Comics” #1 from 1938, which is the first time Superman appeared, “Batman” #1 from 1940 and·”Justice League of America” #1 from 1960.

The comic with Superman’s first appearance nabbed $573,600, while “Batman” #1 was purchased for $227,050.

PHOTO: A copy of the first comic book to feature Superman is going up for sale, Action Comics #1, 1938.Heritage Auctions
A copy of the first comic book to feature Superman is going up for sale, Action Comics #1, 1938.

“We expect this to be one of the largest comic book auctions ever held,” Eric Bradley, director of public relations for Heritage Auctions, told ABC News. He added the total proceeds after the weekend could reach upwards of $9 million to $10 million.

Bradley said auctions of vintage comics and original art have exploded in recent years because of Marvel Cinematic Universe films and those by Warner Bros. that include stars from the DC Comics universe.

PHOTO: A copy of Batman #1 comic book will be up for sale, featuring the first appearance of The Joker and Catwoman.Heritage Auctions
A copy of Batman #1 comic book will be up for sale, featuring the first appearance of The Joker and Catwoman.

“We also expect great things on the horizons for Venom and Deadpool with those films coming out,” he said.

In fact, one lucky Deadpool fan grabbed a piece of the “Merc with a Mouth”‘s history in this auction.

PHOTO: A page of art from the comic featuring the first appearance of Deadpool, will be up for sale. Heritage Auctions
A page of art from the comic featuring the first appearance of Deadpool, will be up for sale.

Original art from his first appearance in “New Mutants” #98, from the 1990’s, sold for more than $50,000.

“We also have original cover art from ‘Amazing Spiderman’ #61, the first cover appearance of Gwen Stacy,” Bradley added.

That piece sold for $163,000.

The highest sale of the day went to a Frank Frazetta painting, that went for $1.7 million.

And don’t fret, anyone not in Chicago you can head to Heritage’s website for all the big listings.

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From: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/supermans-appearance-batman-deadpool-art-part-10-million/story?id=55068788

Superman Dies, Flashpoint Might & More DC Movie News

Superman is going to die! Don’t worry, he’ll be back, though not until next year. Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are adapting The Death of Superman once again. This time, it’ll probably hew a little closer to the original comics, only with an updated Justice League roster. A new trailer came out today, it’s not looking bad at all. Here’s the trailer, courtesy of IGN.

Lex Luthor’s presence feels a little tacked on here (he really has nothing to do in this story), but the action on display is pretty exciting. It’s well-animated, and does a nice job of communicating just how dangerous Doomsday is. Watching him rip through members of the Justice League as though they were nothing really builds excitement for the climactic battle with Superman. Even though we all know exactly how it ends, it’ll still be cool to watch it play out in full motion. Especially when the animation looks this good.

The DC Animated movies have been hit and miss, but there’s still plenty of good in this series. Sure, The Killing Joke and Batman and Harley Quinn were tone deaf and shoddy, but Batman: Under the Red Hood, Justice League: Doom, and Batman: Gotham by Gaslight were all fantastic animated adaptations of some of DC’s best storylines. And besides, after Batman v. Superman, we can all use a reminder that this story can be done well. When it doesn’t have to share a movie with a bunch of Dark Knight Returns references.

Even better, they’re using these next two animated movies to go into the Reign of the Supermen story that followed Superman’s death in the comics. The Death of Superman will release later this summer, and it’s follow-up Reign of the Supermen will hit early 2019.

Over in the live-action DCEU, Warner Bros. is trying to line up more directors to bring DC superheroes to the big screen. One of those directors is apparently Peter Jackson. TheOneRing.net, generally a reliable source for things like this, reports that Jackson is currently deciding between helming a DCEU movie and helping Amazon with their Lord of the Rings TV series.

So which should it be? Mr. Jackson: I know there’s no possible way you’re reading this, and should by no means make career decisions based on the whims of some guy writing on the internet, but please. Go with DC. Do something new. Bring all the vision and grandeur that made the Lord of the Rings trilogy so great to a series that really needs it. A DC movie directed by Jackson could be amazing. Especially if he dived into his horror movie roots and gave us a real nightmare-inducing villain. I’m still not entirely recovered from watching Dead Alive/Brain Dead as a kid.

So what DC superhero could use the Peter Jackson touch? Well, given his experience with making movies about rings, Green Lantern seems like a natural step. Jokes aside, a story with a cosmic scale like that would actually suit his talents really well. He could probably do something cool with the planned Black Adam movie too. Or who knows? Maybe he could be the one to make DCEU superman finally work with Man of Steel 2. Thinking about it more, you could make a beautiful Superman movie with Jackson in the director’s chair.

Honestly, though, I’m confident he can make any DC movie great. Just please don’t go back to the Lord of the Rings well. Those three movies were such a labor of love for everyone involved, and there’s just no way this Amazon series will feel the same way. Remember the last time Peter Jackson was pulled back into Middle Earth after being done with it for years? We got The Hobbit trilogy. Nobody wants that again.

Still more uncertainty in the DCEU, The Flash movie may have lost its plot entirely. It’s been in development hell for so long, and Warner Bros. just can’t seem to get this thing off the ground. It’s lost directors, dealt with rumors of actors leaving or being recast, and now there’s news of yet another possible setback. The rumor comes from a tweet from The Wrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez. He’s been extremely reliable when it comes to the goings on of the DCEU, so folks tend to take his tweets pretty seriously.

That’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne, fading away just like half the planet did at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. The Marvel movie’s climactic moment has been turned into a meme in the weeks since its release, and Gonzalez appears to be implying that Thomas Wayne as Batman is no more. Those familiar with the Flashpoint story arc in the comics will remember that in the alternate timeline The Flash creates, Thomas Wayne, rather than Bruce, becomes Batman. That was going to be the plan for the first Flash solo movie, rumored to be retitled Flashpoint. Now, it’s looking like that idea might be scrapped.

That could be a good thing. Flashpoint is the kind of story you do later in the game. After we’ve been introduced to all the characters in The Flash’s story. An alternate universe doesn’t mean anything if we aren’t already familiar with the original one. It’s an extremely poor choice of story for the DCEU’s first Flash solo flick. But this move has already been through so much change, all I want is for them to just pick a plot and make the damn thing. You’d think after Ezra Miller’s Flash was the only universally liked part of Justice League, getting his solo movie out would be a top priority. Instead, it feels like nobody can decide what they want to do with the character.

Hopefully the decision, if it actually has been made, turns out to be a good one. The Flash deserves the chance to be in his own movie without any distracting gimmicks or other superheroes stealing the spotlight. He’s one of my favorite DC heroes, and I just wish they’d get on with this movie already.

Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad

Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad (Photo via Warner Bros.)

Finally, there’s some exciting news coming out of DC concerning the Cathy Yan-directed Birds of Prey movie. The film will feature Harley Quinn, and Batgirl, in addition to a few other characters that haven’t been announced yet. Not much beyond that is known at this point, but we now have an idea of the kind of tone the movie will go for. Actress and producer Margot Robbie talked about the movie in an interview with Collider.

“I pitched the idea of an R-rated girl gang film including Harley, because I was like, ‘Harley needs friends.’ Harley loves interacting with people, so don’t ever make her do a standalone film. She’s got to be with other people, it should be a girl gang. I wasn’t seeing enough girl gangs on screen, especially in the action space. So that was always a big part of it,” Robbie said.

That’s… a really good idea. That’s a movie I want to see. Not that an R-rating would automatically make a superhero movie great, but it fits a character like Harley Quinn. Especially with the kind of tone Robbie’s talking about here. A bonkers girl-gang action movie could be exactly what the DCEU needs. And with the tone it’s established so far, an R-rating would be nearly as jarring as it would be coming out of, say, Marvel Studios. It’s also encouraging to hear how dedicated she is to this character and this movie. She’s put a ton of thought and work into this, and that can only make the eventual movie better. Now, it just can’t come out soon enough.

 

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From: https://www.geek.com/movies/dceu-news-superman-dies-flashpoint-might-more-dc-movie-news-1739797/

Comics, art auction nets more than $8M with debut of Superman going for $573K

While Superman’s debut in Action Comics #1 from 1938 grabbed all the headlines, it was Frank Frazetta’s “Death Dealer 6” painting that walked away with more than $1.7 million at a Chicago-based comics and arts auction. 

Heritage Auctions reports Superman’s first appearance in Action Comics #1 sold for $573,600, which was nearly $80,000 less than its estimated value of $650,000 prior to Thursday’s sale. This version of what many consider one of the “Holy Grails” of comics’ condition was rated as being a four out of 10 by the Certified Guaranty Company — CGC Comics.  

Back in 2014, a copy of Action Comics No. 1 sold for $3,207,852 in an online eBay auction. This version was rated a nine out of 10, and was said to be in “pristine” condition. 

On the other side, Frazetta’s science fiction and fantasy piece “Death Dealer 6” sold for nearly three times its estimated sale price at $1,792,500. The painting was estimated to net $600,000 before the May 10 auction. Another notable sale was a Batman comic from 1940 featuring the debut of both Joker and Catwoman that sold for $227,050. 

Heritage reports that all together, the comics and arts auction accounted for $8,395,272 in sales on Thursday in Chicago. For a full rundown of items and sale prices, click here. 

“This auction has a chance to be among the largest comics auctions of all time, if not the largest,” Heritage Auctions Comics director Barry Sandoval said in a news release prior to the event. 

“It will be in a vibrant city that is easy to reach from just about anywhere, and we have an extremely strong collection of valuable comic books that will draw the attention and interest of comics collectors from just about everywhere.”

Other items sold at the event include several early Playboy issues, with #1 signed by Hugh Hefner, Action Comics #7 and Batman #1. 

From: http://www.mlive.com/news/us-world/index.ssf/2018/05/comics_art_auction_nets_more_t.html

Vintage Superman, Batman comic lot auction grabs $6.5 million on day 1

A massive lot of vintage comic books and original art sold today for a combined $6.5 million and that number could total upwards of $10 million, with two more days to go.

Heritage Auctions in Chicago started selling the books and the art on Thursday, which include rare gems like “Action Comics” #1 from 1938, which is the first time Superman appeared, “Batman” #1 from 1940 and·”Justice League of America” #1 from 1960.

The comic with Superman’s first appearance nabbed $573,600, while “Batman” #1 was purchased for $227,050.

PHOTO: A copy of the first comic book to feature Superman is going up for sale, Action Comics #1, 1938.Heritage Auctions
A copy of the first comic book to feature Superman is going up for sale, Action Comics #1, 1938.

“We expect this to be one of the largest comic book auctions ever held,” Eric Bradley, director of public relations for Heritage Auctions, told ABC News. He added the total proceeds after the weekend could reach upwards of $9 million to $10 million.

Bradley said auctions of vintage comics and original art have exploded in recent years because of Marvel Cinematic Universe films and those by Warner Bros. that include stars from the DC Comics universe.

PHOTO: A copy of Batman #1 comic book will be up for sale, featuring the first appearance of The Joker and Catwoman.Heritage Auctions
A copy of Batman #1 comic book will be up for sale, featuring the first appearance of The Joker and Catwoman.

“We also expect great things on the horizons for Venom and Deadpool with those films coming out,” he said.

In fact, one lucky Deadpool fan grabbed a piece of the “Merc with a Mouth”‘s history in this auction.

PHOTO: A page of art from the comic featuring the first appearance of Deadpool, will be up for sale. Heritage Auctions
A page of art from the comic featuring the first appearance of Deadpool, will be up for sale.

Original art from his first appearance in “New Mutants” #98, from the 1990’s, sold for more than $50,000.

“We also have original cover art from ‘Amazing Spiderman’ #61, the first cover appearance of Gwen Stacy,” Bradley added.

That piece sold for $163,000.

The highest sale of the day went to a Frank Frazetta painting, that went for $1.7 million.

And don’t fret, anyone not in Chicago you can head to Heritage’s website for all the big listings.

ABC News and Marvel Comics are both part of parent company Disney.

From: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/supermans-appearance-batman-deadpool-art-part-10-million/story?id=55068788

Superman’s debut among $10 million in comics offered at auction – Chicago Sun

Chicagoans with a few hundred thousand dollars to spend on a comic book are in luck this week.

A live event at Heritage Auctions, 215 W. Ohio St., will feature roughly $10 million in vintage comics, comic art and memorabilia.

Among the 1,686 lots is DC’s Action Comics No. 1 — the 1938 comic that features the first appearance of Superman. It is expected to sell for at least $650,000. The auction is being held in four sessions; there will be three live auctions at Heritage — at noon and 2 p.m. Thursday and at noon on Friday — as well as an internet-only auction at noon Saturday.

“If you’re not a multimillionaire, this may be your chance to see $10 million worth of comics all in one place here in Chicago,” said Roberta Kramer, managing director of Heritage Auctions. She added that the first appearance of Superman was the “Holy Grail” of comics.

Kramer estimated the auction is set to be “quite possibly the most high-dollar comic book auction of it’s kind, ever.”

An original 1996 Charles Schulz Peanuts comic strip featuring Snoopy as a World War I flying ace along with his bird pal Woodstock from 1996 is expected to sell for $100,000. Also in the auction is an original 1990 painting by Frank Frazetta titled “Death Dealer 6.” As of Wednesday morning, absentee bidding for the painting already had reached $717,000.

“The Midwest loves comics and we’re very happy at Heritage to bring it here,” Kramer said.

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From: https://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/supermans-debut-action-comics_no-1-among-10-million-in-comics-offered-at-auction/

Superman’s debut among $10 million in comics offered at auction – Chicago Sun

Chicagoans with a few hundred thousand dollars to spend on a comic book are in luck this week.

A live event at Heritage Auctions, 215 W. Ohio St., will feature roughly $10 million in vintage comics, comic art and memorabilia.

Among the 1,686 lots is DC’s Action Comics No. 1 — the 1938 comic that features the first appearance of Superman. It is expected to sell for at least $650,000. The auction is being held in four sessions; there will be three live auctions at Heritage — at noon and 2 p.m. Thursday and at noon on Friday — as well as an internet-only auction at noon Saturday.

“If you’re not a multimillionaire, this may be your chance to see $10 million worth of comics all in one place here in Chicago,” said Roberta Kramer, managing director of Heritage Auctions. She added that the first appearance of Superman was the “Holy Grail” of comics.

Kramer estimated the auction is set to be “quite possibly the most high-dollar comic book auction of it’s kind, ever.”

An original 1996 Charles Schulz Peanuts comic strip featuring Snoopy as a World War I flying ace along with his bird pal Woodstock from 1996 is expected to sell for $100,000. Also in the auction is an original 1990 painting by Frank Frazetta titled “Death Dealer 6.” As of Wednesday morning, absentee bidding for the painting already had reached $717,000.

“The Midwest loves comics and we’re very happy at Heritage to bring it here,” Kramer said.

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From: https://chicago.suntimes.com/entertainment/supermans-debut-action-comics_no-1-among-10-million-in-comics-offered-at-auction/

Father and son have unfinished dino-business in this Superman Special exclusive

Image: DC Comics

One of the high points of Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason’s run on Superman is their “Return To Dinosaur Island” two-parter, which pays tribute to the late, great Darwyn Cooke by sending Superman and Superboy to Dinosaur Island. The story builds on plot points from Cooke’s classic DC: The New Frontier miniseries as the father-and-son duo meets Captain Storm, the last survivor of The Loser, a team of World War II soldiers who met their end on this island of prehistoric predators. Tomasi and Gleason’s run ends with next week’s Superman Special #1, and after wrapping up their big storylines in the main Superman title, they’re tying up some loose ends with a standalone tale that sends Clark and Jonathan Kent back to Dinosaur Island to save Captain Storm.

This exclusive preview of Superman Special #1, on sale May 16, sees Tomasi and Gleason reunite with artist Scott Godlewski and colorist Gabe Eltaeb, who worked with the writers on a Kent family road trip last year. This excerpt gives a handy rundown of past events for any readers who need a refresher, ending with a page of Superman in action before he heads off on a new adventure with his son. Eltaeb’s smooth coloring works very well with Godlewski’s clean line work, and the use of blue in these pages is especially effective for distinguishing Jonathan’s sullen mental state from his dad’s heroism.

This issue also features two stories by writers Ian Flynn and Mark Russell with art by Kaare Andrews and Bryan Hitch, bringing in some big-name talent for Tomasi and Gleason’s send-off. Gleason will be sticking around the Superman titles as the artist on Brian Michael Bendis’ Action Comics, but hopefully Bendis will bounce story ideas off his collaborator because Gleason’s run with Tomasi shows how much he brings to the table as a co-writer.

Cover by Jorge Jiménez and Alejandro Sanchez
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