Spider-Man’s First Appearance Sells for $1.1 Million

It’s official: Spider-Man beats Batman. Well, when it comes to auction, that is.

A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Marvel Comics’ web-crawling super-hero from 1963, has sold for $1.1 million in auction, beating Detective Comics #27, Batman’s first appearance from 1939, to become the second most expensive comic ever sold (Suitably, Superman’s first appearance in 1938’s Action Comics #1 remains in first place; a copy sold last year for $1.5 million).

The Amazing Fantasy was sold by online auction site ComicConnect.com and, as CEO Stephen Fishler explains, represents a milestone for the era it comes from:

The late 1950s and early 1960s are considered the Silver Age of comic books. The sale of this book crushed all previous records. Up until today’s $1.1 million sale, the record sale price of a comic book from this era was $250,000.

In fact, it wasn’t until last year that vintage comics were selling for this much; the million dollar mark was first broken in February 2010 by buyers for both Action and Detective. This massive sale for the original Spider-Man story, however, represents the first appearance for a Marvel Comics character in this kind of price range – pretty impressive, considering it’s almost 30 years younger. Guess someone really, really liked Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark.

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From: http://techland.time.com/2011/03/09/spider-mans-first-appearance-sells-for-1-1-million/

March 8, 2011: Superman Comics Shipping This Week


Diamond Comics has released the list of comic books and other items shipping this week. Here are the Superman related items in that list…

Shipping This Week: March 9, 2011.

The following products are expected to ship to comic book specialty stores this week. Note that this list is tentative and subject to change. Please check with your retailer for availability.

Click on the magnifying glass icon () next to a comic’s title to view a sneak peek at the pages within.

  • OUTSIDERS #37 (Reign of Doomsday)
  • SUPERBOY #5

  • From: http://www.supermanhomepage.com/news.php?readmore=9375

    Bam! Pow! Indian comics clamor to make their mark

    The superhero — bulging legs stuffed into tight pants, broad chest adorned with a symbol of power — has vowed to fight the enemies of humanity. He is not Superman. He is not Batman.

    He is Shaktimaan, protector of all humanity — at least in India.

    In the cartoon skies over India soar a host of comic book superheros that have little to do with the leotarded titans of the West.

    Instead, the green-skinned and venomous Nagraj fights evil with snakes, widely worshipped across India, while three-eyed Shakti, clad in clingy leopard skins and skull ornaments, channels the Hindu death goddess Kali in waging her battle against the local scourge of female infanticide.

    It’s heroes like these — drawn from India’s culture and mythology, and endowed with powers from Hindu gods — that the $65 million Indian comic industry hopes will launch them into new media like animated TV shows, action films, advertising and digital Internet distribution.

    Indian comic producers insist homegrown characters are best at connecting with the national public and diaspora — and even crucial for educating them about their culture. It’s a formula they say has allowed them to compete with more sophisticated Western and Japanese comics since the 1960s, when the first Indian comics were launched with the Amar Chitra Katha series based on the ancient Sanskrit epics Mahabarata and Ramayana.

    “We have no need for new superheros, we have so many of our own. The idea is to use the Indian stories, Indian mythology, in comic format to teach children about their history and culture,” said Rushabh Sanghavi, marketing manager at ACK media, which publishes the Amar Chitra Katha as well as the wholesome children’s series Tinkle.

    Though the industry suffered during the 1990s as Western comics and Hollywood films invaded India’s newly opened market and took hold, Indian comics have seen a revival in the last decade thanks to new funding and technologies for printing, animation, digitizing and distribution.

    India saw its first feature-length animation in 2005, the story of the Hindu monkey god Hanuman, and several comics including Shaktimaan have been made into TV series.

    Animation schools and production companies have multiplied, drawing students away from the traditional tracts for medicine or engineering. The Picasso Animation College, which unleashed its first graduates last year, has five applicants for every $11,000-tuition spot at its schools in Delhi and across India, placement director Shelly Walia said.

    Comics are increasingly being used to advertise everything from bubble gum to noodles. The Indian army has serialized the triumphs of its real-life heroes for its recruitment drive, while banks are turning to cartoons for easy-to-read staff instructions.

    Reflecting the excitement, India hosted its first-ever Comics Conference in February, drawing 16,000 visitors — a modest number compared with the more than 130,000 who mobbed last year’s four-day Comic Con in San Diego. But for India’s fledgling industry, it exceeded expectations, recovered organizers’ investment of about $40,000 and even inspired some to wear costumes, said Jatin Varma of production company Twenty Media Online.

    Dressed as Jean Luc Picard of the Starship Enterprise, Varma said his production company Twenty Onwards Media wanted to get people “to take the comics industry seriously, because comics influence a lot of things in pop culture.” So in three months they put together the two-day Comic Con at New Delhi’s Dilli Haat crafts exhibition complex, allowing publishers to meet freelance artists, story writers to hear fans’ feedback, and distributors to search out new products for the market.

    “This industry is pretty scattered around India. There are a lot of startups, and they face a lot of problems in terms of distribution and getting enough publicity,” he said, while around him children and adults alike flipped through comics on display, posed for photos with people dressed as the Joker or Harry Potter, bought up T-shirts and posters, or tried their hands in drawing workshops. Production houses launched new graphic novels and comic series. Nearly everyone sold out of their stock.

    But there are widespread misconceptions about Indian comics, Varma said, including incorrect notions that Indians prefer Western heroes, or that Indian comics aren’t complex enough for film. Even many in the industry don’t realize the value of their work, that it can be spun into movies and be hugely profitable. “We wanted to break down those misconceptions … We need to widen our scope. Right now people aren’t being very innovative.”

    Others at Comic Con had different ideas about how to be inventive while maintaining heroes that are recognizably Indian.

    Daanesh Anand, a 21-year-old economics student dressed in the black turban and robes of Aladdin’s arch-nemesis Jafar, said he wished Indian comics indulged more in the dark side. “Western superheros seem to have a weakness that makes them and the stories unpredictable, you know, Superman has kryptonite, Batman’s really just a guy so he could get mind-controlled by an alien or something,” he said. “Indian superheros don’t have dark pasts. They are just super all the time.”

    His friend Vivek Singh chews the end of a pipe and carries a mock can of spinach as he surveys the Comic Con crowd. “This is exciting,” he says. “Indians don’t dress up. It’s not every day that I get to be Popeye.”

    Comic creator Karan Vir Arora — who manned the booth for Vimanika Comics, which he helped launch in 2008 — agreed the industry needs to “rock the boat.” His company decided the best way to do that is to tap the same Indian trove of ancient immortals, such as the mighty four-armed Shiva, but to pit them against modern villains in a 21st century world.

    “I have a lot of expectations for the next five years,” Arora said, convinced by his visit to the San Diego’s convention last year that he is seeing the birth of comics as a new religion breaking social, caste and old religious barriers. “Everyone comes together because they have comics in common. … We want that religion, that atmosphere here in India.”

    Diamond Comics, one of India’s most established companies with a yearly turnover of about $5.6 million, has kept its foothold in the industry by maintaining characters that are the Everymen of India — wily mustachioed uncle Chacha Chaudhary, mischievous school children Pinki and Billu, or the meddlesome fat woman who lives next door Channi Chachi.

    “You will never find any murder, mystery or … blood” in our comics, Diamond’s founder and managing director Gulshan Rai said. “We have got fantasy, fun and culture. We maintain the grace of Indian culture.”

    But comics, he said, are also the best way to educate — whether about ancient literature, voting in elections or seeking treatment for venereal disease. With this didactic mission, Diamond has put out religious comics aimed at teaching people about the 10 gurus of Sikhism or the history of the Jains. It published a series in the 1970s for a government-sponsored campaign chronicling the rural travels of midwife Sudha as she answers widely taboo questions about hygiene, family planning and sexual health — all illustrated with “very decent” and easy-to-understand pictures, Rai said.

    Each month Diamond puts out 2 million comics, on nine of its 80 rotating characters, and translates them into 21 languages before distributing to even remote villages across the country. It’s a huge chunk of an industry where most players are lucky if monthly sales cross 1,000 copies, and most stories are followed only by niche communities.

    Diamond’s success, Rai said, comes from recognizing that each of India’s 28 states is its own country. In southern India, they prefer action adventures, while the northern Hindi belt is more concerned with lifestyle and tradition.

    Know your audience among the masses, he said, and keep the comics cheap, cheerful and crammed with color and comedy for guaranteed sales in India.

    “The foreign characters, they are not accepted by most Indian children,” Rai said. “It’s not easy to sell comics in India. The American comic companies don’t understand the market.”

    Diamond sells its comics for 20 rupees, estimating each of its monthly 2 million copies is read by at least 10 different people. “My reward is not money, it’s that I get to educate an entire generation of Indians.”

    Now 60, Rai is now looking for how best to continue his legacy when. Diamond has begun digitizing its library and selling online. It is in final talks on a $6 million contract with an American artist to see one of its characters made into a 3-D animated film, Rai said, and next year it will help launch India’s first 24-hour TV cartoon channel.

    “We should have the guts to explore the market,” Rai said, suggesting Indian film and TV have been slow to grasp the comic industry’s potential to make serious profit. “Comics never get old, only you get old, but you never stop loving the comics you grew up with.”

    From: http://www.sify.com/movies/bam-pow-indian-comics-clamor-to-make-their-mark-news-hollywood-ldhukeaffeg.html

    Superman and Wonder Woman Tid Bits From Emerald City Comic Con

    Emerald City Comic Con kicked off Friday in Seattle. DC’s Bob Harras, Matt Idelson, Will Dennis, Chris Roberson, Marv Wolfman and Sergio Aragones were among one of the first panels to field questions from fans.

    Of course, questions thrown their way involved almost everything under the sun that is DC, from DC Universe Online to the upcoming Flashpoint event, but what I found relevant to CBM were the teaser styled responses given to questions concerning the upcoming Superman film and Wonder Woman TV Show.

    On whether or not the costumes for the upcoming Superman film and Wonder Woman television series would resemble the costumes from the comics, DC’s Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras had this to say…

    “I haven’t seen anything on ‘Superman. I’ve seen some sketches for the Wonder Woman costume and I will say this today – there is every intent to make them similar. People do these TV shows and these movies because they love the characters. And with DC being able to work much more closely with Warner Bros, I think you’ll be happy with what comes across.”

    On what level of involvement DC Comics has with the Superman movie Matt Idelson (Group Editor of the Superman comics) offered the following…

    “There’s definitely a connection. Geoff and David talk all the time, so there is interaction.”

    Hawksblueyes: Key words… “similar” and…”what comes across.” To see what else panel members had to say concerning upcoming DC events, click on the link below.

    From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/GulfCoastAvengers/news/?a=31344

    Watsonville police arrest teen in Superman sweater robbery

    WATSONVILLE — A 26-year-old man wearing a blue Superman sweater was beaten by five people who hopped out of a minivan, robbed him of his sweater and fled Wednesday night, police said.

    The attack took place about 11:40 p.m. near Ohlone Parkway and Harkins Slough Road, Lt. David McCartney said, Police said five men or boys drove up in a Mazda MPV minivan and assaulted the man. The victim was wearing a vintage, blue, zippered DC Comics Superman sweater, which the suspects stole before they fled in the van, police said.

    About 20 minutes later, Watsonville police spotted a red Mazda van near East Lake and Brewington avenues. An officer tried to stop the van, but it fled north on Brewington and hit a Toyota pickup and a tree near Lincoln Street and Palm Avenue, police said.

    The people in the van ran away and a 16-year-old boy was arrested a short distance away, Barnett said. The teen’s name has not been released by authorities because of his age.

    The man who was driving the Toyota also fled but was contacted by police afterward, McCartney said.

    The victim’s sweater was found in the van and returned to him, police said.

    The 16-year-old was booked in to Juvenile Hall on suspicion of robbery, possession of stolen property and fleeing a police officer, authorities said.

    Watsonville police asked anyone with information to call investigations at 768-3350 or leave an anonymous tip on the tip line at 768-3544.

    From: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/ci_17536874

    Comics: Flaws aside, animated ‘All-Star Superman’ still fun

    Scripps Howard News Service

    Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely did something relatively new and entirely entertaining with their 12-issue “All-Star Superman” comic book. The animated adaptation from Warner Premiere isn’t nearly as groundbreaking, but still may be the best of the DC Universe Animated Original Movie series so far.

    The original purpose behind DC’s “All-Star” line of comics was to put top-flight creators on the publisher’s top characters with no restrictions — free of the restraints of ongoing stories and decades of backstory — and do their best work. It really didn’t work out that way.

    Frank Miller’s “All-Star Batman” morphed into a sort of ongoing prequel to Miller’s 1986 “Dark Knight Returns,” and given how seldom it comes out, is practically an annual. “All-Star Wonder Woman” was announced, but never got published.

    But “All-Star Superman” was exactly what DC had hoped for. Morrison and Quitely did the near-impossible: 12 issues whose main plots were self-contained to single issues (Lois Lane with superpowers! Lex Luthor escapes jail!), but whose overall themes and overarching storyline (The Man of Steel faces his mortality!) ran the whole of the series. It was a stand-alone story — with a beginning, many middles and a definite end — that could be (and has been) neatly collected into two trade paperbacks.

    And it was, by any metric, a treasure. Morrison’s story touched on everything that makes Superman super. He reminded us of the wonder of superpowers, such as we haven’t seen since the character’s early days. He explored Superman’s two main relationships — with Lane and Luthor. His 12 subplots touched on all the whimsy, humanity and clever concepts of the Man of Steel’s long history, from a small moment where Superman comforts a suicidal teen, to outre silliness like Bizarro World, to imagination-challenging superfeats like saving the sun.

    But 12 little stories and one big story is a tall order for a 76-minute animated adaptation. Some of the best bits are left out, and some of the others don’t translate all that well to the screen. And the very nature of the story makes the parade of short arcs seem choppy and episodic.

    Still, much of the fun is still there, which makes “All-Star Superman” — which came out on DVD and Blu-ray Feb. 22 — well worth it. A lot of credit goes to screenplay writer Dwayne McDuffie, a talented veteran of DC Comics and cartoons. McDuffie died Feb. 23 from surgery complication at age 49, so this film is now the cap of his shortened career. That could cast a pall over “All-Star Superman,” but anyone who has enjoyed McDuffie’s exuberant and thoughtful work over the years should treat it as a celebration of the man’s life and career.

    Also from DC:

    — Zombies have been so ubiquitous lately as to become tiresome, but Chris Roberson (writer) and Mike Allred (artist) have come up with a fresh take in “iZombie,” a new ongoing series. The first trade paperback, “iZombie: Dead to the World” ($14.99), is a treat for fans of horror, humor … and young romance!

    The undead protagonist of the title is Gwendolyn Dylan, 20 and holding, who must eat a brain once a month to avoid becoming the shambling stereotype. She works as a gravedigger, so finding brains isn’t a problem. The downside is that she also ingests the memories of the dead, some of whom demand she find their killer.

    So “iZombie” is a sort of undead-detective series, which includes a ghostly go-go dancer from the swinging ’60s, a were-terrier, vampire paintball players and other unusual denizens of the night. Drawn by the pop-art-inspired Allred at his most groovy, “iZombie”is a cross between “Dark Shadows,” “Beach Blanket Bingo” and “Gossip Girls.” Amazingly, it works.

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    — Brazilian twin brothers Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon combined on “Daytripper,” a self-contained 10-issue miniseries now collected in trade paperback ($19.99) — and it is a keeper.

    “Daytripper” is 10 stories about Bras, an obit writer for a Brazilian newspaper, who is overshadowed by his famous writer father. From that one starting point, the twins tell 10 variations of Bras’ life, each ending with his death at a different age.

    Written in the magical-realism style of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, “Daytripper” is a warm mirage of a story, reminding us that life is random, which can be either wonderful or destructive — or both.

    From: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2014364751_comics02.html?prmid=head_more

    Viggo Mortensen to Play General Zod in ‘Superman?’

    Is anyone else extremely disappointed that Superman: The Man of Steel is just recycling villains from the original Superman movies? It’s been 40 damned years, people! In the comics Superman had a great rogues gallery beyond Lex Luthor and other Kryptonians: Braniac, Bizarro, Mongul, Darkseid, Metallo, Parasite, Silver Banshee, Manchester Black… Viggo Mortensen is a great actor. Can’t he play one of them instead? He’d make a great Silver Banshee!

    But no, Hollywood Reporter is indicating that Aragorn himself is in talks to play General Zod, a role previously played by the iconic Terrence Stamp. He’ll nail it. But then again he’d also nail Lex Luthor and please don’t read too much into that statement. This fits with our previous story that actresses Alice Eve and Rosamund Pike have been meeting with director Zack Snyder in regards to Zod’s hot girlfriend Ursa. Mortensen may have a tough decision on his hands. He’s already in negotiations to star in Universal’s upcoming Snow White feature, which would likely cause scheduling conflicts with The Man of Steel.

    We love Viggo Mortensen and hope he kicks Superman’s ass. Crave Online will return with more Superman news as it changes in a public telephone booth. Hey! Some of us actually have to use the phone!

    From: http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/film/article/viggo-mortensen-to-play-general-zod-in-superman-124913

    ‘All Star Superman’ burns out on DVD

    Superman recently made the news when details of the hero’s next film were announced. British actor Henry Cavil of Showtime’s “The Tudors” will portray the man of steel in a reboot of the franchise scheduled for release in 2012. In the meantime, fans clamoring to see the last son of krypton on film will have to settle for “All Star Superman,” the latest direct-to-video release from DC’s animated movie library. The film is an adaptation of the comic series of the same name by Grant Morrison and drawn by Frank Quitely, which was acclaimed by critics and fans as one of the best Superman stories ever written. In the movie, Superman finds out he is dying. While on a manned mission to explore the sun (really a trap set up by his arch-enemy Lex Luthor), he absorbs too much sunlight, causing his cells to explode from too much power. As his doom approaches, the man of steel attempts to tie up some loose ends, namely revealing his secret identity and true feelings to Lois Lane and facing Luthor in a final showdown. At only 76 minutes, the movie leaves out several plot points from the comic. Gone are memorable events like the excursion to Bizarro World and Jimmy Olsen as Doomsday, as well as some of the more poignant things, such as a short-but-touching scene in which Superman stops a teenager from committing suicide. What did make it to the movie is pretty faithful to the comic. Unfortunately, though, the transition to the screen left out something more important than a few plot points. In the comic, Morrison explores the mythic themes surrounding Superman such as his godlike powers and his role as a hero. At the same time, the story acts as a celebration of the character and everything that made him so popular in the first place. Set outside the official canon, the comic depicts many crazy and often amusing heroic deeds without having to worry about the strict continuity of the DC Universe. The movie explores the mythic themes somewhat, but has very little of the sheer unpredictable fun that made the comic so enjoyable. The film is too serious and heavy-handed, forgetting to just have a good time. DC animated movies and shows have always been a cut above most so-called children’s entertainment. Featuring strong writing, great voice talent and top-notch animation, they have always kept at least the spirit and tone of the comics intact, making them hits with fans while still entertaining to younger viewers. “All Star Superman” does not break this trend, at least in aesthetic quality. The animation is beautiful, and the voice acting is solid. Unfortunately, it takes itself too seriously for its own good. “All Star Superman” receives a 6 out of 10.

    From: http://www.pucchronicle.com/entertainment/all-star-superman-burns-out-on-dvd-1.2020101

    Viggo Mortensen in talks to play General Zod in new Superman movie

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    From: http://www.examiner.com/pop-culture-in-oklahoma-city/viggo-mortensen-talks-to-play-general-zod-new-superman-movie

    All-Star Superman Blu-Ray Review

    Mania Grade: C-

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      Info:

      • Starring the Voices of: James Denton, Anthony LaPaglia, Ed Asner
      • Written by: Grant Morrison, Dwayne McDuffie
      • Directed by: Sam Liu
      • Rating: PG
      • Distributer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
      • Original Year of Release: 2011
      • Extras: See Below
      • Series:

      Lackluster Adaptation of the Comic Series

         
      February 25, 2011



      All-Star Superman
      © DC Comics/Tim Janson

      Blu-Ray Extras

      Bruce Timm’s picks: Two Episodes of the Superman Animated TV series, Blast from the Past Parts 1 2 

      From: http://www.mania.com/allstar-superman-bluray-review_article_128691.html

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