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Superhero Bits: The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, Flash, Superman …

Is a famous actress making a cameo in The Dark Knight Rises? What happened to a lost Superman story from 2003? Did Gary Oldman reveal anything about the end of The Dark Knight Rises? Who is that masked man swinging through the streets as The Amazing Spider-Man? And what is Olly Moss doing drawing Batman? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits.

Bleeding Cool posted a bunch of pages Dan Fraga posted of a lost Superman story from 2003. It’s lost because the original art work went missing. Pretty cool stuff.

OnLive (via What Culture) released a full, 30 minute playable demo of Batman: Arkham City for people on the fence about whether or not to buy it for their PC.

The Flash has hit hard times. Thanks to Arbroath (via Fashionably Geek).

MTV News asked Gary Oldman about the ending of The Dark Knight Rises and it’s pretty amusing.

In the past weeks, you saw a ton of photos of Bane fighting Batman amidst a huge number of people on the set of The Dark Knight Rises. (Or maybe you didn’t if you avoided our spoiler pages.) Empire (via CBM) finally spoke to Tom Hardy about what that experience was like:

It’s a lot of business out there, isn’t it? It’s very overwhelming. When you’re training in a rehearsal room you go, ‘Okay, I have a contact with seven people. This guy I chin, this one I slip and I punch, this one I pick up and suplex, this guy I kick in the face and this one, he stops a hammer with his head. And then I meet Batman.’ That’s all alright in a rehearsal room, but then you add 1,000 people that are all dressed the same as the seven you’re supposed to hit – ’cause they’re all police officers – and I don’t know where my police officers are. But the stuntmaster’s like, ‘Don’t worry. They will find you.’ So, I apologize to whoever they were! I’m sure we’ll find out in the accient report…

Here’s a Batman doodle popular artist Olly Moss did at a recent convention.

If you’d like one of those limited edition Bane covers for The Dark Knight Rises, Empire has a good deal to grab one.

Geek Tyrant pointed out a quote from Batman author Michael Uslan that Christopher Nolan might have been inspired by this old Detective Comics story.

Comic Book Movie threw up some thoughts on what the 8 year gap between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises could mean for the franchise.

Sony’s Facebook (via Superhero Hype) posted this promo image promising access to one of these characters. Could it be The Amazing Spider-Man?


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Comics AM | Alvin Schwartz passes away; Martin leaves Daredevil

Very disappointing. I was looking forward to reading a book co-illustrated by Mr. Rivera and Mr. Martin for quite some time, though perhaps that was a bit naive of me, in this day and age.

But I very much like the idea of having two rotating artists who can’t do a monthly book on their own. Keeps the art of a high quality and keeps the book on schedule.

Let’s hope Marvel finds someone that can adequately aid Mr. Rivera with maintaining a comparable level of quality, though that will be extremely difficult.

From: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/comics-a-m-alvin-schwartz-passes-away-martin-leaves-daredevil/

What Are You Reading? with Thom Zahler

What Are You Reading? with Thom Zahler

Hiya kids, it’s time for What Are You Reading?, a weekly look into what the Robot 6 crew has been reading lately. Today’s special guest is Thom Zahler, creator of the delightful superhero/romantic comedy comic Love and Capes.

To find out what Thom and the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click below.


Michael May


I didn’t get to Baltimore: The Plague Ships before Halloween like I’d planned. I had illusions about reading the novel it’s based on first, but I’m slow with prose and the graphic novel was just sitting there on my reading table; taunting me with its gorgeously gruesome Mignola cover and its peg-legged, harpoon-wielding hero. I’m sure that I would have gotten more out of it had I read the novel first, but Mignola and Christopher Golden did a fine job (as they will) of keeping the comic self-contained and filling in enough details to explain the world (an alternate reality in which WWI was cancelled on account of vampire-plague) and What’s Come Before (Lord Henry Baltimore may have sort of caused the whole vampire-plague and is hunting the Vampire-in-Charge for reasons having as much to do with Revenge as Saving the World).

Ben Stenbeck’s art has a great look (he’s got a special gift for fungus-zombies) and in the sketchbook part he explains how closely he worked with Mignola on creature designs. And thanks to Dave Stewart’s colors, The Plague Ships feels very much like part of the Hellboy-verse even though it’s not.

I wasn’t planning to say anything about Justice League #3, because I’m still frustrated by the price tag, but I have to mention how perfectly and succinctly Geoff Johns updated Wonder Woman’s mission for the post-Flashpoint DCU. “This place…is filled with so many wonderful things…but there is also a darkness that lurks here too. One I’m going to fight. That’s what I’m here for. That’s why I’m staying. To fight.” The post-Crisis missionary-of-peace/Amazon-warrior dichotomy never worked for me, but this essentially updates her Golden Age motivation for coming to our world and it’s awesome in its simplicity.

Brigid Alverson


Natsume Ono’s Tesoro is a collection of her short stories that were published between 1998 and 2008. Ono has a lovely, linear drawing style, and we can see it develop from scribbly to more controlled between the earlier and the later stories. Her storytelling technique improved as well. I like Ono’s work because her characters are so human; a lot of manga characters behave in stereotyped ways, almost like little person-bots, but hers have moments of real doubt, awkwardness, and silliness. Several of the stories are set in Italy, as were her manga Gente and Ristorante Paradiso, and others reflect small incidents in everyday life in Japan. The book is beautifully produced with French flaps and earth-toned inks, and it really feels like something special. While genre manga such as Naruto and Vampire Knight will always dominate the American market, it’s nice to see Viz bringing over more literary titles like this one.

It’s well known that Osamu Tezuka was an admirer of Walt Disney, and that shines through in his Princess Knight, which was originally published in 1953. The edition I am reading, published by Vertical, is actually a retelling of the story that Tezuka did in the early 1960s, but the Disney connection is still there; this is a children’s story, and it is filled with adorable animals and cutely rounded angels and villains. The pacing also makes me think of animated cartoons, with lots of short gags and asides. Princess Knight was one of the early shoujo manga that set the style and the conventions for many manga that followed, but it is quite enjoyable in its own right, aside from any historical significance.

Tim O’Shea

Supergirl #3

Supergirl #3: As I settled into the third issue of this series, I realized something I should have realized at the outset of this series. Why did DC set up a new universe where right out of the gates it’s clear that Superman is not the sole survivor of the destruction of Krypton? Why did the new Supergirl have to be so oddly related to Superman, essentially in the same way it was in the old DC universe? I was distracted in the first two issues as the new Supergirl gathered her wits about her. In this third issue, I just found myself bored, feeling like the series has settled into another Supergirl series that will suffer ultimately lackluster sales and tread on the brink of cancellation. But I am getting ahead of myself, for right now, with this issue #3, I realize I have no interest in returning for issue 4.

Blue Beetle #3: Again a new DCU retreading much of the same ground as the last Blue Beetle series. But in this instance, there’s a major difference in that I find myself still interested. And the reason likely is the supporting cast—namely Jamie’s strong family ties. In this issue, writer Tony Bedard allows Jamie’s mom (and her love of her son) to shine through with a really great, intense scene. Also the villains in this round of the Blue Beetle seem a bit more violent than the last one (not an asset, or a detriment, merely an observation).

Captain America #4

Captain America #4: For the first arc of a new Ed Brubaker Captain America title, this plot is sluggish and not engaging at all. What really astounded me in this issue was Steve McNiven’s art; more specifically his portrayal of Sharon Carter in one scene. Worried about the fate of Steve Rogers, McNiven has Carter nervously bite her lip. It would be understood she’d worry about Steve, but to have a longtime, accomplished SHIELD agent and a member of the Secret Avengers bite her lip? The helpless female lip bite is beneath Carter’s character, no matter how much she may care for Rogers. (Plus it shows minimal faith in a guy that just a year or so ago proved he could come back from the friggin dead)

Birds of Prey #3: This new incarnation of the Birds of Prey has little in common with the old one, but to my delight it continues to work for me. Writer Duane Swierczynski does a great job of juggling all of the cast members and giving them little moments to impact the storyline, while still moving it forward and engaging.

Avengers Academy

Avengers Academy #22: I was glad to read writer Christos Gage tweet that the book is not at risk for cancellation (unless the rumors of its cancellation negatively impacts the number of people buying it, then we have the infernal self-fulfilling prophecy), so I can respect his request for folks to pre-order the book. For Quicksilver fans wanting to know if he was ever going to talk to dad (Magneto) in this series, you get your answer in this issue. Clearly Gage had been loading up and looking forward to writing this issue, but in his haste to tackle the meet-up at every single angle, he dropped the ball slightly. I still love the series, do not get me wrong. But when given the chance to unleash a major character reveal, the reaction to the news is muddled and lost amongst the other action ongoing in the issue. It is my hope this reveal has rippling impacts. In the meantime, however, I still consider this the best Avengers book Marvel is publishing.

Thunderbolts #165: Regular WAYR readers will not be surprised. A book written by Jeff Parker? O’Shea loves it. Indeed, but this is an extra enjoyable Parker story (no really), because it is a time travel story. Parker getting to play in 1940s Marvel, with the Invaders is never a bad thing in my book. With this issue, Parker is at his best with the Namor and Satana scenes (though the dialogue and action from Moonstone is a close second).

Thom Zahler


Mark Waid’s Daredevil has been raking in its share of accolades. You now why? It’s fantastic! Everything they say is true. Mark’s writing a comic book in the very best sense of the world: long stories, short stories, overreaching arcs and yet ever 20 page issue is a satisfying chunk. What’s most remarkable to me is how quickly he manages to pivot Daredevil from the bleak character he’s been to a more shiny happy character, and yet it doesn’t feel forced but effortless.

Mark, along with his artists Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin are also finding new ways to show and to use Daredevil’s powers. That’s not an insignificant task for a character who’s been around as long as The Man Without Fear has. They manage to visually illustrate Daredevil’s very non-visual senses in just a stunning way.

Really, I love everything about it. It’s Shakespeare the way it was meant to be seen.

Over at DC, I find myself loving Action Comics. That’s a superhuman feat in itself because the new telling of Superman’s early years is not the one I’ve gotten used to, or even the one I’d prefer. But Grant Morrison is harkening back to the early 30’s rough-and-tumble Superman and carrying me along for the ride. It’s a Superman with a bit of an edge, and if you’d pitched it to me that was I would have turned it down. But it seems to be working.

Grant Morrison has a way of embracing all the varied, and sometimes conflicting, facets of a character. He’s making this book one of the ones I have to read as soon as it comes out. And the art by Rags Morales is just beautiful. That guy must have gone to a good school. (Kubies rule!)

You may have missed it, but Dracula the Unconquered was one of the highlights of Halloween. The other was seeing the Tim Burton exhibition at the LACMA, but that’s not important right now. The book, written by Chris Sims with art by Steve Downer and Josh Krach is the type of comic I want to see more of. I think in complimenting Chris on it, I compared it to a Twix bar. It’s got all sorts of sugary goodness to it, but enough of a solid crunchy core to it that it’s not empty calories.

Dracula the Unconquered

Dracula the Unconquered takes place in 1901 as Dracula is freed from his imprisonment in the Tower of London by nefarious people for nefarious plans. I don’t want to spoil anything more than that. Here’s the thing: it’s an all-ages comic. My goddaughter will love it when I give it to her, and I love it to. It doesn’t make the common all-ages mistake of talking down to its audience. She will like the fun art and the frenetic pace of the story.

Most interesting to me is that Dracula here seems to have the bloody past from the novels, and yet the character is instantly engaging and likable. I’m looking forward to seeing how Chris straddles that line.

Also, the comic is embracing digital only. It’s a 24-page story all for just a dollar! (Listen up Big Two.) It’s the perfect price that you can’t say “no” to, and distributed in a way that wouldn’t be possible years before. I thing digital and print books can co-exist, and I’ going to enjoy seeing Action Age help carve this path.

The Dreamer

Lastly, while I haven’t finished reading it yet, I adore Lora Innes’s The Dreamer, published by IDW. The second collection of Lora’s time-traveling historical romance just came out this week, and so far it’s just as good as the first. Lora writes and draws the book, with colors by Julie Wright.

Lora excels at portraying very grounded, human characters doing grounded, human things. It’s an artist’s compliment, but I envy her ability to portray fashion and fabric in a way which eludes so many of us. Yet, her art is never overwrought and has a Disneylike quality to it. It’s just so… smooth.

It’s also a historical piece and Lora doesn’t skimp on the history. She’s clearly got a love for the American Revolution time period and it shines out of every inch of the book. She doesn’t sacrifice storytelling for accuracy or the other way around either, it’s very much a well-balanced approach. I find myself thinking “I wonder if that really happened” and then, more often than not, find out that it did indeed. It’s great to see someone who cares so much about the accuracy of the world they’re building and the story they’re telling.

The book also exists as a webcomic, too, so give it a look at http://www.thedreamercomic.com/.


Stick with Blue Beetle! He has the best series of The New 52!

So glad to know a comics creator whose work I love (yay for Love and Capes!) also enjoys other comics I like. I just bought Dreamer Vol. 2 and look forward to reading it; I loved Vol. 1 so much, I conducted an email interview with Innes for my column in Voice of Youth Advocates (professional journal for librarians who work with teens).

And Brigid, I had so much fun reading Princess Knight and remembering my young teen years, sitting in front of the TV and watching Princess Knight cartoons while doing my math homework (I did get mostly B’s in algebra …).

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From: http://robot6.comicbookresources.com/2011/11/what-are-you-reading-with-thom-zahler/

Gopher Guts: Great Green Globs of Reality in my Fantasy

I was born in the early 80’s(I’m 29). Like most of you, I have been a comic fan almost all my life. The first comic I ever received was an Uncanny Xmen comic my brother bought for my 6th birthday(I still have it,btw). Since then, I have been in love with comics. From Superman, The Xmen, Batman, heck even The Ferret, I have read them and allowed myself to be immersed into their universes.

But even before that,came my discovery of the Comic Book Movie.

The first exposure to cbms was the Reeves Superman movies when I was about 4. I remember watching them with my brother on VHS and then fighting over who was going to be the man of steel when they grew up. Then later seeing Burton’s Batman, also with my brother(then fighting over who got to be Batman when they grew up).

There have been many cbms over the years. And as time changes, so do the way these stories are told. From Donner to Singer, Burton to Nolan, comic book movies have become their own art form. Each new writer and director trying to bring golden age heroes to the modern world. Some fail and some succeed. But for the most part I enjoy the ever living hell out of them.

But now, there is a growing trend in these movies that I find disconcerting. The necessity of injecting the real world into my fantasy world. The best example of this is the Nolan Batman films. Now before all the Nolanites find me for an old fashion Tar and Feathering, I really do like his interpretation of Batman. The only downside to it is we would have never seen the more interesting and colorful villains like Killer Croc, Mr.Freeze, Clayface, and Poison Ivy just to name a few. For me, the biggest draw to Bats is that he is a human, fighting against meta humans. True he has the tec to take them down, but at the end of the day he is just a man(oh who am I kidding, he’s Batman).

With the critical success of Batman Begins, other movie-makers have followed suit in grounding their films. Ironman director Jon Favreau said(after claiming he read the comics)that we would never see The Mandarin in his IM films because his is a tec based world and the Mandarin’s rings are magic(no Jon,they are not). I just hope Shane Black has a different opinion on the matter. Another robotic suited villain I believe, would kill the franchise. Even in Thor, a story about gods and higher dimensions, they had to throw in that line “In my world science and magic are one in the same”(sorry if I miss quoted that). The claim that their magic is just advanced technology.

This is not entirely their fault(directors and studios). I believe we, the general audience have demanded a little too much of these movies. We rant and rave if we deem a movie to campy, or fake looking. We hold these films to such a high standard, I believe, because for most of our lives we have invested so much time and money, and love in the characters.

So, what I’m trying to say here is that maybe we should lighten up a bit. That we don’t need to knock a superhero down a peg to have a good story. How many of you out there have been bitten by a radioactive spider. Or been exposed to gamma rays, are from another planet, are a billionaire genius playboy philanthropist, etc. These are our fantasies. We live in real world and I see no reason for the two should have to meet.

Maybe we all can, even for a short time, believe a man can fly.

—Bishop “Gopher” Harcourt—

From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/thegopherhole/news/?a=49986

Superman Fans Worldwide Save Disabled Man’s Stolen Comic Book Collection (VIDEO)

In true superhero fashion, fans around the world swooped in to help a lifelong Superman devotee rebuild his stolen comic book collection and put the thief behind bars.

“He stole a part of me,” Mike Meyer, 48, told FOX2now.com of the incident. “He invaded my privacy.”

Back in September, a couple named Gary and Sara befriended Meyer, but quickly took the villainous route when they nabbed 1,800 of his comics, a collection he had been amassing since he was 10 years old, FOX reports. News of the injustice spread to Facebook, Twitter and industry blogs, bringing heroes in many forms — and capes — coming forward to help.

Do-gooders set up a Facebook page to raise awareness and comic book donations came in from China, Australia, India and Paraguay and Superman’s birthplace, Cleveland, according to Reuters.

“A collector knows how important a collection is,” Keith Howard, a friend of Meyer’s told the news outlet.

Howard banded together with fellow fans and surprised Meyer at the Illinois McDonald’s where he works, armed with nearly 200 pounds of donated memorabilia on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

And when the man who allegedly stole Meyer’s collection, Gerry Ambruster, was caught and sentenced to six years for two separate crimes, the Superman aficionado got the happy ending he was hoping for.

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From: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/18/mike-meyer-disabled-super_n_1100153.html

COMICS: Superman Visits The Kent’s Graves In This Preview Of Superman #3

Entertainment Weekly has gotten the first look at the third issue of Superman’s self title. The issue will feature Supes paying his respects to his late parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent. The preview also shows that there will be a flashback to Action Comics back when Superman was wearing just jeans, a t-shirt, and a cape.

Superman #3
Writer: George Perez
Art: Nicola and Trevor Scott
On Sale: November 23, 2011

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From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JakeLester/news/?a=49954

Disabled Superman fan gets donations to stolen collection

Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:20pm EST

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – A mentally-disabled Illinois man who had his Superman memorabilia collection stolen got a superhero’s welcome in Cleveland this week, where he met some of the comic fans who had worked to restore what was lost.

Mike Meyer, 48, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of everything Superman, started his collection in the early 70s and had amassed more than 1,800 comic books, 100 action figures and a wall’s worth of statues valued at around $5,000. They were stolen in September by an acquaintance posing as Meyer’s friend.

What began as a St. Louis-area news story about Meyer turned into an international movement to do what fans say Superman would do. One of those fans was John Dudas, co-owner of Carol John’s Comic Book Shop in Cleveland, the birthplace of Superman’s creators.

“John first saw the story on the Internet and as a comic lover it struck him how wrong that this guy befriended him so he could do this,” says Carol Cazzarin, co-owner of the shop.

Dudas, as a fellow collector, worked with Meyer’s friend Keith Howard of Belleville, Illinois and other super fans to do their best to replace what Meyer lost.

“A collector knows how important a collection is,” explained Howard. The donations came in from China, Australia, India and Paraguay but primarily from Cleveland, the home of Superman co-creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Howard, who looks a bit like Superman television actor George Reeves, was dressed head-to-boot in a Superman costume as he accompanied Meyer on visits to Cleveland comic book shops Wednesday.

Meyer’s story garnered so much attention from the Superman community, “he even got a call from Brendan Routh, the actor from Superman Returns,” Howard told Reuters. “He talked to him for about a half-hour.”

It all culminated mid-September when Howard made a surprise visit to the Illinois McDonald’s where Meyer works decked out in his Superman costume with his daughter as Supergirl in tow. It was then Howard delivered nearly 200 pounds of donated Superman memorabilia to a flabbergasted Meyer.

“It is chance to be a superhero and isn’t that what every superfan wants?” Howard adds.

Along with the donated items, Dudas was able to raise enough money to give Meyer and Howard a two-day Superman tour in Cleveland. They visited the house and office of Jerry Siegel and the building thought to inspire “The Daily Planet.” Meyer also was given gift certificates to every comic book shop in the city.

Howard and Meyer, wearing an ear-to-ear smile and a bright blue Superman hoodie, kept getting stopped in the parking lots of shops to pose for pictures with families passing by.

It was at one of the shops where Meyer heard the news that the man who stole his collection had been sentenced.

“Today I received the news that the villain that had done this crime has been convicted,” Meyer told a group gathered at a Cleveland comic shop.

“Is he going to jail or the Phantom Zone?” joked one of the comic fans in attendance.

Gerry Ambruster, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of residential burglary for the Meyer theft and one count of aggravated battery for an unrelated crime and got six years for both, to run concurrently, according to the Madison County State’s Attorney’s office in Illinois. According to Howard, Granite City police caught Ambruster after he assaulted an elderly man. Meyer’s collection, minus a few items, was returned to him.

After his original collection was returned, Meyer donated six boxes of comics and action figures to a St. Louis children’s hospital.

Meyer spent the evening after hearing of Ambruster’s sentence at a party in his honor, thanking people and signing copies of Superman comic book covers he sketches from memory. Meyer then recited a quote from his extensive collection. “Do good to others and every man can be Superman.”

Dudas said Superman is more than a trademark or a collectible. Dudas said, “What Superman really is — is an idea.”

(Writing and reporting by Kim Palmer; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and Greg McCune)

From: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/16/us-superman-idUSTRE7AF22K20111116

Rare Superman comic expected to fetch record $1.5m at auction

Rare Superman comic expected to fetch record $1.5m at auction London: An extremely rare comic that was stolen over a decade ago has been discovered and is expected to fetch a record 1.5 million dollars at auction.

The inaugural issue of Action Comics from 1938 containing the first ever appearance of Superman is the most sought after comic in the world.

The copy for sale was stolen in the year 2000 from the home of an American collector and the police had ever since been hunting for it.

The disappearance had become a cause of concern in the world of comic collecting and theories abounded about who had it.

The same comic had already set a world record when the collector paid 150,000 dollars for it some years back.

Now the book is set to break its record again with experts estimating it to go for more than the current record of 1.5 million dollars (934,000 pounds).

In April this year the comic turned up inside some storage units a Californian entrepreneur had bought.

After examination, experts confirmed that the Action Comics No. 1 was the same one that had been stolen 11 years earlier.

Stephen Fishler, CEO of ComicConnect.com and Metropolis Collectibles, which has now put the comic up for sale online, had always dreamed of finding the legendary copy.

“It really bothered me over the years. It’s such an important book and it meant a lot to me. How could a comic book of this magnitude just disappear?” the Daily Mail quoted Fishler as saying.

“When we were contacted in April and saw a picture of the comic, we were shocked. After spending so many years looking for the book, I was blown away when it appeared.

“I immediately knew it was the one.

“I had worried that the book might turn up disfigured or in poor shape, but luckily for comic book fans it’s in near perfect condition. And now it’s for sale,” he added.

Bidding for the comic book ends on November 30.


From: http://zeenews.india.com/entertainment/art-and-theatre/rare-superman-comic-expected-to-fetch-record-1-5m-at-auction_100257.htm

Nic Cage’s Stolen Superman Comic Poised to Break Auction Record

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage’s nearly-pristine copy of Action Comics  no. 1 featuring the first appearance of Superman—stolen from his home in 2000 and just recovered in April in a storage locker—is poised to become the most expensive comic ever sold on the open market during an online auction now being conducted by comicconnect.com. 

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The auction started today and ends on Nov. 30th.  After just a few hours bidding has already reached $900,000.  The current record is $1.5 million for a less well-preserved copy of Action Comics no. 1 sold in March 2010.

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Few comics have as interesting  or complicated a back story as Cage’s copy of Action Comics no. 1.  Certified Guaranty Company, the leading grader of the quality of collectible comics, recently assigned this copy a grade of 9.0, making it the best-preserved publicly-known copy of Superman’s first appearance.  Approximately 100 copies of Action Comics no. 1 remain in existence.  Experts believe only about five others, all in private hands, are of comparable quality to this copy.  Sotheby’s sold this comic at auction in 1992 for a then-record $82,500.  Cage bought it in 1997 for about $150,000.

On January 21, 2000, Cage reported the comic stolen to the Los Angeles Police, along with high-grade copies of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics no. 27 and Marvel Mystery no. 71.  According to an account Comicconnect CEO Stephen Fishler posted on a collector’s website, Cage had the books displayed in security frames mounted to the wall.  The exact moment of the theft is unknown but the comics had possibly been missing for a week when Cage discovered the frames were empty.  The Marvel Mystery resurfaced a few months later but the other two comics remained lost.

In April 2011, Cage’s copy of Action Comics no. 1 was recovered in a San Fernando Valley storage locker.  The man who found the comic had bought the contents of an abandoned locker.  Cage’s publicist released a statement from the actor at the time calling the recovery of the comic “divine providence” and expressing hope “that the heirloom will be returned to my family.”  Cage had received an insurance payment for the comic but at the time expressed interest in reaching a settlement to regain ownership of the book.

Fishler would not confirm this is the Action Comics stolen from Cage but the provenance of the comic–from its sale in the early 1990s to its theft in 2000—matches the history of the Cage comic. Comicconnect is selling it for the current owner, which is still believed to be Cage. Earlier, several websites devoted to comics speculated that this is the copy of Action Comics from Cage’s collection. Representatives for Cage have not yet responded to a request from The Hollywood Reporter for comment. See a copy of the fabled Cage Action Comics no. 1 below.


From: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/nic-cage-stolen-superman-auction-record-260733

Superman debut comic expected to top $1.5 million


Superman’s debut on block

Up, up and away is synonymous with Superman and may have a new meaning for collectors, too, as an ultra-rare and pristine copy of Action Comics No. 1 went up for auction online Friday.

The issue, featuring the first appearance of Superman, is expected to surpass the $1.5 million record set in 2010.

“It’s an iconic milestone of the 20th century,” said Stephen Fishler, CEO of ComicConnect.com and Metropolis Collectibles, of the issue, which was published in 1938 and cost just 10 cents. The auction lasts through Nov. 30.

The issue for sale has a story of its own that wouldn’t be out of place in the pages of a comic book plot, either. Twice before it set the record for the most expensive book ever – it sold for $86,000 in 1992 and then $150,000 in 1997. That, Fishler said, was a nod to its near-mint condition.

In March 2010, a copy of Action Comics No. 1 sold for $1.5 million, just a few weeks after another copy of the issue sold for $1 million.


Confidence on the rise

Consumer confidence rose more than projected in November, offering additional support to the biggest part of the economy.

The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment climbed to 64.2 this month, the highest since June, from 60.9 in October. The median estimate of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News called for a reading of 61.5.


‘Call of Duty’ sets record

By the third time around, it really shouldn’t be a surprise. The latest “Call of Duty” video game set a first-day sales record this week, generating $400 million in sales in its first 24 hours in stores. That breaks the record its predecessor set this time last year.

“Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” is the third game in the military shooter series to set such a record. Last year, “Call of Duty: Black Ops” raked in $360 million in its first 24 hours on sale. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2,” sold 4.7 million copies in its first 24 hours to reap $310 million

The latest installment of the game from Activision Blizzard Inc. went on sale at midnight Tuesday in North America and Britain.

Activision said Friday the game sold 6.4 million units in its first 24 hours.


Electric car batteries tested

A Chevrolet Volt that caught fire three weeks after its lithium-ion battery was damaged in a government crash test has regulators taking a harder look at the safety of electric car batteries, federal officials said Friday.

But based on testing so far, regulators believe the batteries are safe and don’t pose a greater fire risk than gasoline-powered engines, a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official told the Associated Press. The official requested anonymity in order to speak freely.

The car that caught fire was tested May 12 by an agency contractor at a Wisconsin facility using a relatively new side-impact test intended to replicate crashing into a pole or a tree, the official said. Three weeks later, while the car was parked at the test facility, it caught fire and set several nearby vehicles on fire. A NHTSA investigation concluded the crash test damaged the battery, which later led to the fire.

This article appeared on page D – 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle

From: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/11/11/BUEH1LRKB6.DTL


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