May 31, 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: June 1, 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.

  • DC UNIVERSE ONLINE LEGENDS #9
  • SUPERBOY #8

  • DC COMICS PRESENTS: SUPERMAN – INFESTATION #1
  • SUPERMAN: NEW KRYPTON VOL. 4 TP

  • From: http://www.supermanhomepage.com/news.php?readmore=9849

    Comic Book Superheroes: POW!

    Shazam, Whoom, Bam, POW! These words and sounds became music to my ears in the 1940s. The superheroes had arrived. Superman, then Batman, began to become my world although they had their beginning in the 1930s. Actually, these superheroes had deeper roots than I thought they had and much of the groundwork for their style and substance began in the newspapers in the early 1930s. The comic book format was introduced in 1932 although most thought it was only a fad and would not last. They were newspaper strips at first in a weird format with very little dialogue and funny word “balloon” captions coming from the mouths of the characters. The characters, such as Superman, wore capes, had heightened powers, high-human strength, were very athletic and always in peak condition, skilled in hand-to-hand combat, and moved in stealth fashion and appeared out of nowhere. He, however, lived in our type of world although he had come from another planet.

    For ten cents, you could buy a 8-inch by 10-inch, brightly decorated “booklet” that grabbed your attention and had funny men wearing masks and gloves, running around in tights. Actually they weren’t funny to young boys. They were serious figures that somehow conveyed a message that I and almost every other young boy understood. The ’30s had been mired in a depression and this was followed by World War II. The world seemed to be in a state of chaos but the comic books offered a release that was hard to understand. The characters lived in our real world and the first superhero, Superman, fought for justice and freedom of the individual. I could relate to that.

    By the late 1930s, another character was introduced — Batman. Bruce Wayne, who became Batman, had witnessed his parents murdered and he was out to avenge this crime as well as other injustices. Later, in 1941, he picked up a sidekick — Robin.

    The ’30s were a time of striving to survive. The economic situation offered little to most families and kids strove to amuse themselves with what today would be unheard of activities. I collected bottle caps from the soda dispensers at the grocery stores. I had collected a huge box full and constructed castles and walls on the floor at night (television didn’t exist at this time). It passed the time. When comic books made their appearance, I couldn’t afford the dime to buy one each month so I waited until my buddies had read theirs. I collected all that I could and kept them in the store room at our house after reading and rereading them a hundred times. Before I finally got rid of them because my mother  kept falling over them, I had collected two stacks of them that were three feet tall.

    The success and impact on our society was remarkable. Almost overnight, the publishing houses, DC Comics and Marvel Comics, being the main publishers, sold millions of copies per year. Fifteen million were sold in 1942 and that increased to 25 million in 1943. In 1953, 100 million copies were sold.

    More characters were introduced as success followed success. In the 1940s, Flash, Hawkman, the Green Lantern with Captain America appearing wearing a U.S. flag outfit during World War II. In 1941, Charles Mouton Marston created Wonder Woman, a female counterpart for the exclusively male characters up to that time.

    Saturday serials in movie houses appeared as well as radio programs.

    In the 1950s, Congress and many parents decided that this popular type of booklet had to be controlled and the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency investigated the comic book industry. A Comic Code Authority was formed to control the content that comic books could include in these books that were being sold mainly to the youth. Their Seal of Approval was now required and certain subjects, such as homosexuality and drugs, could not be included in the publications.

    The maturity of the American audience changed and Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four with themes related to your right to live and exist. Later, the Incredible Hulk brought us into the Atomic Age.

    In 1966, a Batman series appeared on television. The popularity of Batman and Superman continues to this day and their antics have been made into movies. Wonder Woman, staring Lynda Carter, had a television series from 1975 to 1979.

     

    Rediscovering the Peninsula by Darold Fredricks appears in the Monday edition of the Daily Journal.

    From: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/article_preview.php?id=159880&title=Comic%20Book%20Superheroes:%20POW!

    Archenemy Series Part 1: Superman

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    We all know who Superman is. Yet it is surprising how many people, even on this site, fail to truly understand him. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no expert on Superman and his comic book story lines, but I do believe I understand him as a character better than most people I have spoken to. Now I’m sure all of you reading this is thinking the same thing, “what’s the point of this article? It’s obvious who his archenemy is!” And you all have the same name in your mind. Well, yes he is in this article. But no, it’s not as obvious as you may first think. Superman has many enemies. Some, in the grand scheme of things, have been little more than an annoyance for the Man Of Steel. There have been plenty of villains who have given him a challenge. But then there are others who have truly tested The Last Son Of Krypton and pushed him to his limits. So it is in this handful of evil characters that we search for Superman’s true nemesis.

    DOOMSDAY

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosDoomsday was a helpless humanoid child born in a lab and taken to prehistoric Krypton by the scientist, Bertron. The child soon died due to the harsh planetary environment. Bertron found the childs remains and cloned him. This was done thousands of times over to force evolutionary changes. Eventually the child began evolving with a resistance to whatever it was that had just killed him and then the ability to do this without Bertron’s assistance. Growing ever stronger and more resilient over thousands of years, the child once known as “The Ultimate” became “Doomsday” and his hatred for all life brought him to Earth. It was here he found life he hated above all, Kryptonian life.

    So why does Doomsday pose such a threat to Superman? His strength, resistance and unwavering hatred for life has actually lead to him achieving the unthinkable, he “killed” Superman! But is this enough to grant him “nemesis” status? I think not. There have been numerous villains who have given Superman a good beating, albeit falling short of a fatal blow. So what places Doomsday higher than the likes of Metallo, other than that last lethal step?

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosDoomsday comes from the same planet as Superman. That has to stir emotions in our hero. He is desperate for Earth to welcome him as their own. Just when he has won the trust of many humans, a creature of destruction from his own planet arrives like a slap in the face. Doomsday represents the evil of Krypton. A force Superman must lay to rest for the human population to fully trust who he is and where he comes from. You could argue that General Zod also represents this and I would agree with you. However, Zod is the same as Superman. He has the same strengths and more importantly, the same weaknesses. Superman knows how to beat him. It might mean his own death, but Kal El knows exactly how to finish Zod. This brings me nicely to my next point.

    Superman has always been willing to sacrifice his own life for the safety of Earth but for the first time, Doomsday forced Superman to defy his own morals and take a life for the planets safety. It is this conflict that places Doomsday as a possible nemesis of Superman.

    BRAINIAC

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThere are many versions of Brainiac in both comics and animation with various origins. His most popular form is that of an android and with either origin, he is seen as a being who travels the universe in search of knowledge. Once a planets entire history has been cataloged it is usually destroyed. His more popular back stories see Brainiac as the product of a Kryptonian  A.I. computer programme responsible for the demise of the planets population by betraying Superman’s biological father, Jor El. The other popular version sees Brainiac herald from Colu. This origin tells of Brainiac visiting Krypton and stealing the capital city of Kandor. Either incarnation of this character has a strong tie with Krypton and therefore a hold over Superman.

    Before learning Brainiacs true nature, Kal El very nearly joined him. With the promise of knowledge regarding his home planet, Brainiac seemingly offered an olive branch of opportunity to Superman. The desire to know more about his heritage was enough to cloud Superman’s judgement for a short time. Brainiac’s main goal has been to upload himself into Superman’s body. His desire to constantly evolve has seen him reach his android limits and the next step is a living body. Superman’s body is the only one suitable in Brainiacs mind. Well, if your set on being the most powerful being in the universe there are worse choices of body out there!

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosSo what makes Brainiac a nemesis rather than just a villain? Well it differs slightly depending on which Brainiac we talk about. Both hold the key to Superman finding who he is, where he came from and who his parents were. Both have Krypton’s entire history cataloged and just out of Superman’s reach. Yes, Superman has managed to get his hands on bits and pieces over the years, but not the complete picture. One Brainiac incarnation actually has a piece of Krypton. The entire capital city held captive, the last hope Superman has of truly knowing his people. The other version is much more personal. Not only is this Brainiac responsible for Superman growing up on Earth with no idea of who he really is. And not only is he responsible for the death of the entire Kryptonian race (apart from those few we know of) but he did it by disgracing his fathers reputation. He covered and altered all of Jor El’s findings, making sure the Kryptonian council laughed off his claims of the world dying.

    Either Brainiac incarnation has enough of a hold over Superman to make him stop and think, to plant that seed of doubt in his mind about what he is doing with his life. That is what makes Brainiac more than just a villain to Superman.

    LEX LUTHOR

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosYes, here he is. No list of Superman nemesis’s(?), nemsi(?), would be complete without Lex Luthor. His background has varied slightly over the years but one thing is for sure, the guys cold calculating heart is matched only by his almost superhuman intellect. His more popular incarnations saw him as a childhood or college friend of Clark’s, only to dismiss all knowledge of these events. Lex has a goal in life, to be the most influential man on the planet, with complete control. He doesn’t care if people fear him or admire him, as long as they look up to him and obey him as their superior. He was on his way to achieving this when a certain red and blue fly landed in his soup. How could Lex achieve the status of the most powerful, influential man on Earth if Superman was out there doing what he does best? The answer was simple. Destroy Superman. Not necessarily kill Superman, but to destroy what he stands for and leave his reputation in tatters. If death was to come as a result then so be it but death was to come at Lex’s hand.

    How does a human stand a chance against The Man Of Steel? Well, if knowledge is power then Lex is in no way helpless. And if it’s not what you know but who you know that counts, then Lex has the connections to get things done. He studies Superman more than any other villain in the universe. He knows every weakness and that doesn’t stop at physical threats. He knows how to pull Superman’s strings. He knows the heroes compassion for all life and his strong set of morals, and he pushes them to their limits.

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosAnd so a rivalry like no other is born. There isn’t a day that goes by that Superman couldn’t kill Lex in a heartbeat, they both know this. Part of Lex wants it. If he is to die then what better way to go than to take the respect and moral values of your enemy with you? He would die with his life’s ambition fulfilled. But Lex knows it won’t happen, and he relishes pushing Superman to that limit so he can watch Kal El retreat with a sense of pride inside. For a number of years Lex had managed to avoid prison. Jumping through every legal loophole he could find. This only added to the tension between hero and villain as Superman was unable to remove the Lex Luthor threat (in his way at least). Once the world finally saw Lex for who he was, he arguably became a much larger threat to Superman. With no pretence to uphold he could devote his time to bringing down The Man Of Steel without the need to cover his tracks. Lex has used and even created several villains to help remove the Superman stain on his world. He has also created a battle suit so he can go blow for blow with Superman.

    The previous nemesis contenders have had ties to Superman’s past, Lex is placed firmly in his present. Luthor has all the trademarks of an archenemy for Superman. He is able to toy with Superman’s emotions whilst dealing a very serious physical threat. He doesn’t want to just kill Superman, he wants to ruin his legacy and bring him to his knees first. It’s frustrating for Superman as he could easily kill Lex if it wasn’t for his own morales. But not only that, he is desperate for Lex to use his gifts for the benefit of mankind rather than personal gain. One thing is for sure, if either of them were gone, they would leave a massive void in the others life.

    DARKSEID

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosDarkseid is one of the most powerful beings in the DC universe, unquestionable ruler of Apokolipse and master of the Omega Effect. On his own planet he is seen as a god, and it’s easy to see why. The Omega Effect he wields is capable of just about anything, a beam from his eyes can bend and twist at his will and even pass through matter to reach his target. Once hit, he can teleport that target, kill it, transform it or even erase it’s entire existence. His strength and durability are befitting of a god and he has defeated Superman through strength alone. His goal is to rule over the universe and eradicate free will. To do this, he seeks “the anti-life equation”, a formula said to remove free will from any sentient life form. Darkseid believes fragments of this equation can be found in the human mind and he is prepared to tear open each person on the planet until he has pieced it together. And this is where he inevitably clashes with Superman.

    So what makes Darkseid more than just a major physical threat to Superman? Well, everything the other three villains mentioned here have done or have tried to do, Darkseid has taken one step further. His ruthless, unwavering drive to break the universe and rebuild it in his image has seen him cause trouble for Superman on a scale the others have only dreamt of. So how has he done this?

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and PhotosThe first thing Darkseid managed was to succeed where Brainiac failed. He brainwashed Superman and took control of The Man Of Steel, using him as a weapon of destruction on Earth. On regaining his senses, Superman looked in horror at the devastation he had caused, the lives he had destroyed and the countless he had no doubt killed. Darkseid had succeeded where Lex had failed as the world no longer trusted him and he no longer trusted himself. Superman was forced to question his own existence in a way he had never done so before. If that wasn’t enough, Darkseid also did the same thing with Superman cousin, Supergirl! These acts, along with the countless worlds he has destroyed has pushed Superman over the edge. When Doomsday came, Kal El was forced to defend himself and the planet with lethal force. Darkseid has taken this a major step forwards as for the first time in history, on meeting Darkseid again, Superman actually engaged in battle and was prepared to not only take a life in defence but to murder Darkseid. You cannot imagine what this means for the Superhero who’s power, self control and moralistic views make him the hero all other heroes look up to.

    When facing Darkseid, it is unclear whether having Superman with you is a good idea or a terrible mistake. You would never want to tackle a man of Darkseid’s power without someone as powerful as Superman backing you up. But the emotional turmoil Superman is thrown into in Darkseid’s presence makes him a vary large liability. He has succeeded in so many areas where others have failed, he has ruined Superman’s reputation, forced him to kill and driven him to throw aside everything he stands for. That is why Darkseid is a nemesis of Superman.

    CONCLUSION

    I think you will all agree that Lex Luthor is the true archenemy of Superman. But maybe now you will see that it’s not as clear cut as you first think. Others have a legitimate claim to that title, the closest of which I would say is Darkseid. He has driven Superman to lengths no other villain has managed. But no one has devoted so much time into researching and bringing down Superman as Lex Luthor. And like I said before, if either of them were gone, there would be a void in the others life, so much so that whoever’s left may feel lost and in Lex Luthor’s case, without purpose. You can’t make that claim about the other villains. That is why Lex Luthor is Superman’s archenemy.

    So what do you think? Is there anyone I’ve forgotten who is worthy of a shout out? Have I overinflated the worth of any of these villains? Does this shirt make me look gay? 

    I have a few people in mind for part 2 but if you have any suggestions you know where to post them.

    From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/channel4news/news/?a=38254

    [Movies] Could the Superman Film Rights Be Split In Two?

    [Movies] Could the Superman Film Rights Be Split In Two?

    Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.28.2011

    It’s a possible scenario…

    Due to the rights issues between Warner Bros. Studio and the estates of the creators of Superman, there is a possibility that the film rights could be divided in two. Variety reports that it is possible that, due to the legal battle between the two sides, a solution could be reaches that allowed each to make their own separate Superman films.

    The gist of the matter is that in 2013, the estates of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, who co-created the character, will gain the rights to certain aspects of the Superman story while DC Comics (and thus Warner Bros.) will retain rights to other aspects of it, plus trademarks such as the “S” symbol. Variety references a previous case where Neil Gaiman sued Todd McFarlane over characters he had created—Amanda, Cogliostro and Medieval Spawn—during a single issue he wrote for the comic book. Gaiman retained the “historical” rights to the character while McFarlane had the “current” rights.

    The judge in the Superman case could similarly award the estates the rights to a 1938-era Superman, while giving Warner Bros. the rights to a modern character and allowing both sides to create new works based on their versions independent of each other.

    The trade notes that in this case, Warner would have the more valuable rights since a modern character has been well-established and marketed.


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    Superman’s Return To Action Comics Did Not Disappoint

    This week, I have bought the second printing of Action Comics # 900 and I have to say that this issue did not disappoint at all. I believe that Paul Cornell really outdid himself with Superman finally returning to Action Comics after the conclusion of Lex Luthor’s quest for power. What shocked me was the revelation of Luthor being behind the reign of doomsday but probably should have seen it coming when he was working on the monster in the new krypton saga. The greatest moment in this issue would be when Lex tries to torture Superman with all the painful times in Superman’s life from the death of Superman to the destruction of New Krypton.

    After trying to break Superman, he shows Luthor the most painful time in his which was the death of Jonathan Kent where Luthor figures out that Clark Kent is Superman. That made me feel not only sorry for Superman again for his loss of Pa Kent but also for Lex because of how he was jealous that Superman had the Kents while he had Lionel for a father. That is where Lex’s downfall begin, his jealousy towards Superman once again got in his way of what he could have accomplished. I really loved Joker’s cameo in this issue where he laughs at Lex “playing a big joke on the universe and himself”

    As for Doomsday, I loved the twist to the end where the real Doomsday was still dead and three Doomsdays are clones and the beginning of the Reign of Doomsday. Two of my favorite short stories in this issue were Life Support and The Incident. Life Support gave us a touchy glimpse of Jor-el’s last day on Krypton and close to the end where he’s holding baby Kal-el brought tears to gilrfriend’s eyes. The Incident which was written by Man of Steel writer David S Goyer, showed what Superman would do with the current crisis in the middle east. One of the most interesting thing about this short story was that Superman renounced his citizenship. Immediately, the media starts freaking out and it was just amazing how America could turn on the Man of Steel when he’s only fictional plus it was only a short story. Even DC Comics said that Superman renouncing his citizenship was out of continuity as seen in Superman #711. Overall, all of the short stories were good but Life Support and The Incident are my favorite. I would highly recommend fans to pick up Action Comics # 900 if they did not get it yet.

    From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/UltimateSuperman/news/?a=38105

    Galaxy stellar in local comic-book universe

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    Dean Ball, owner of Galaxy Comics in Wenatchee, looks at a Deadpool comic and talks about the character in his shop Tuesday afternoon.

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    The latest Man of Steel comic — Superman No. 711 — was released earlier this month.

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    Superman first battled visitors from his home planet, Krypton, in Superman issue No. 65 from 1950.

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    The Green Lantern appeared on the cover of Showcase No. 23 in 1959, when comic books were still 10 cents. A movie version of The Green Lantern opens in theaters June 17.

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    Dean Ball, owner of Galaxy Comics in Wenatchee, has been reading comic books since he was 4.

    Super powers have their price

    Aren’t comic books supposed to be Everyman’s cheap distraction?

    Well, sort of, said Dean Ball, owner of Galaxy Comics in Wenatchee.

    But here’s the hitch: the rise of comic books as prime collectibles, improved comic art and printing processes, along with the rising costs of everything over the last two decades have pushed prices higher and higher.

    Ball said he remembers buying used comics as a kid in The Dalles, Ore., for 5 cents each. Back then, the price for new issues was 10 cents and had been for two decades. When the price leaped to 12 cents, “there was a huge outcry,” said Ball, “with people predicting all kinds of doom and gloom for the industry.”

    When Galaxy opened in 1986, the price of a new comic was 75 cents. Now it’s generally $2.99 or $3.99, with some special issues priced a dollar or two more. Multiple issues collected in larger volumes can run $15 to $50.

    In 1966, a copy of the first Superman comic — 1938’s Action Comics No. 1 — sold for about $100. In 2010, it sold for $1 million, while a comic featuring the first appearance of Batman sold that year for even more.

    Believe it or not, the ultra-camp TV series “Batman” in the 1960s helped transform comic books into valued collectibles, said Ball.

    “That show was part of growing up as a baby boomer,” he said. “And, later, when they became nostalgic for their youth, Batman and other superheroes were favorite memories.”

    So a surge in comic book sales came in the 1980s and ’90s when boomers began yearning for the superheroes of their youth. That demand has fallen off slightly in the last few years, said Hall, as boomers have matured, the scramble for vintage issues has slowed and collectible prices have soared.

    — Mike Irwin, World staff

    Galaxy Comics

    Where: 1720 Fifth St., Suite D

    Phone: 663-4330

    Web: zcomics.net/galaxy.htm

    Open: noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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    Self-appointed superhero watches over Wenatchee

    WENATCHEE — Dean Ball, the region’s comic book king, has pretty much seen it all: Superman’s death. Batman’s rebirth. Spider-Man’s wedding. Even Archie’s lame, fantasy marriage proposals to both Betty and Veronica.

    “All those twists and turns and big suprises have kept generations of people interested in the characters,” said Ball, who — at age 58 — has been fascinated with comic books for about 54 years. “You get hooked, and you keep reading, issue after issue. Even years later, it’s hard to stop.”

    Ball’s Galaxy Comics, now celebrating 25 years as the center for superheroes in North Central Washington, has drawn thousands of local comic fans desperate for the next installment of the Green Lantern, the Green Hornet, the Green Arrow, the Green Goblin and every other shade of champion and evildoer the industry has churned out.

    Shelves in the compact shop are lined with hundreds of recent issues — Thor, Batgirl, Justice League, Captain America, you name it — and bins on the opposite wall are filled with back issues. Publishers include the industry leaders of DC, Marvel, Dark Horse and Disney, along with a smattering of smaller presses.

    Also, a sprinkling of action figures, posters and other comic book spin-offs dot the store.

    “We try to carry a little bit of everything,” said Ball, “but there’s so much stuff out there now — movies, video games, figurines, lots of other collectibles — that it’s hard to keep up. Thankfully, the comic book is still where it all begins.”

    Ball got his own comic book beginnings in The Dalles, Ore., where he and his brother, John, sat in the family’s backyard absorbed in the adventures of Superman and Batman. Ball was only 4 years old at the time.

    Since then, Galaxy’s owner has closely followed the Man of Steel’s storyline, collecting every single Superman issue without a break since 1970 — 41 years of Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Krypton and last-minute, planet-saving heroics. In 1979, he even published a Superman fan magazine, authorized by DC, that indexed the cultural icon’s adventures from 1970 to 1980.

    “He was the first real superhero, and he just caught my imagination,” said Ball. “He embodies all the right qualities — he’s good, brave, strong — to make the perfect hero.”

    But, said Ball, his comic book interests are wide-ranging.

    He’s also collected most of the first 100 issues of the Fantastic Four, one of Marvel Comics’ signature series, along with key issues of Thor, Spider-Man and many others.

    In the 1970s, Ball studied journalism at Wenatchee Valley College and earned a degree at The Evergreen State College, where he syndicated his own comic strip to about half a dozen college newspapers. After graduation, he returned to Wenatchee to work in radio for 13 years.

    But his fascination with superheroes led him in the mid-1980s to begin visiting comic book stores to see how they operated, made money and stayed in business. “The more I investigated, the more I realized that this could work.”

    In 1986, he bought inventory and fixtures from a comic book dealer who ran a home-based business in East Wenatchee. From there, Galaxy Comics — zcomics.net/galaxy.htm — spiraled into existence in a strip mall at the corner of Fifth Street and Western Avenue and has been there ever since.

    And, like many situations in the comic world, business at Galaxy has had its ups and downs, victories and defeats.

    For instance, the ages of comics’ buyers also have shifted in the last quarter century, noted Ball.

    In 1987, Ball estimated that only one-third of his customers were over the age of 20. Now, more than two-thirds are over the age of 30, and the largest traditional segment of buyers — high school males — has dwindled in the face of competition from video games and online entertainment.

    The best news in the last 25 years has been the computerization of the industry, said Ball, who bought his first computer in 1990 and hasn’t looked back. “It’s greatly simplified ordering, tracking inventory and improving customer service, particularly the search for specific issues for collectors and dealers.”

    He laughed. “That seemed so futuristic then — working on computers — like something right out of a comic book.”

    And speaking of the future … how are comic books surviving in this digital age?

    “I’m always optimistic about this industry,” he said. “Every year, we hear all kinds of dire predictions about the end of comics. But the truth is that good writers and artists continue to bring new things to the medium.”

    He glanced over at a new graphic novel of the Green Lantern, a tie-in to the movie that opens June 17. “These new things keep readers excited,” he said. “There’s a ‘wow’ factor to it that keeps them coming back.”

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    Why Superman’s Costume Does Not Need Major Changes For The Reboot

    With Man of Steel reboot coming out in 2012, people wonder what Superman’s costume is going to look like. Some people want to see changes like the red trunks being removed from the costume while some want the costume to follow the comics like myself. I have to say that after looking at the concept arts of Superman’s costume from previous attempts and how they completely different from the superman we know love, I believe that the costume does not need major changes at all. Superman’s costume should be left alone.

    The reason being that Superman’s costume is icon and has been around for 73 years. Plus the whole red trunks got to go is stupid and the people who say that it looks ridiculous on him need to get over it. Getting rid of the trunks would be like making Lex Luthor a CIA Agent who is secretly a kryptonian. Has anyone even learned from Superman Returns when they made changes Superman’s costume with the tight coller, burgundy cape, and the small “s” on his chest? When I first saw the image of Brandon Routh in costume, I was very disappointed in Singer for what he has done and felt like I was being Punked.

    The other reason is that Superman is not like Batman. I know people use the excuse that Batman’s costume change in the movies but that’s Batman. With Superman, you cannot think that messing with his costume just because it looks old fashioned. If the costume was changed drastically then fans will not recognize him as Superman which why I love the sayings “Don’t mess with the basics” and “Don’t fix it if it isn’t broke”. Personally, I prefer the classic costume or the costume from “Earth One”. I have faith that Snyder will do the right thing.

    From: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/UltimateSuperman/news/?a=37831

    ‘Justice League’ Film Official Announcement Coming Soon?

    iFanboy.com (by way of HeroComplex) is reporting that next month at the HeroComplex Film Festival. Geoff Johns Jim Lee will be attending will be at the screening of Richard Donner’s ‘Superman’ ‘Superman II’ (Donner Cut? who knows) but they will be making a ‘HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT” concerning Superman and/or the DC Universe on film.

    Superstar comics creators Geoff Johns and Jim Lee say they are bringing bombshell announcements about the future of Superman and the entire DC Universe to the Hero Complex Film Festival on June 11.

    Could it just be about the comic event FLASHPOINT the rumored renumbering of all the titles after the event is over? Being as Johns Lee are involved it’s likely..but the site also mentions this:

    On the film festival website it says of the panel: “…special appearance by DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, discussing the big-screen future of the DC Universe.”

    What do you guys think? Could it be an official announcment for a ‘Justice League’ movie? Or maybe an official green light for ‘The Flash’? Or maybe…well we’ll have to wait till June (unless the news leaks) to find out what DC has up their sleeves.

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    Download: The Green Lantern on your Nokia E7

    The Green Lantern is set to be launched in June and is the latest super-hero movie based on a DC Comics character, the same people who brought us Superman and Batman. If you’re not too sure who The Green Lantern then check out the movie trailer on your Nokia E7 and give yourself a crash course in intergalactic super-heroics. Find out how to download The Green Lantern on your Nokia E7 for free…

    Just like Marvel has recently been experimenting with its second string characters, yes we’re thinking Iron Man and Thor here, so rival DC Comics is trying to broaden its movie fan base by looking to no lesser iconic names like The Green Lantern.

    Download: Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon on your Nokia E7

    Movie fans won’t readily know who Hal Jordan, the Green Lantern is, but once you’ve checked out the movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively from Gossip Girls as the love interest, you’re bound to want to know more about the comic.

    Hal Jordan is a test pilot who is granted a mystical green ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers. That’s not the only thing, as it also grants him membership into an intergalactic squadron tasked with keeping peace within the universe.

    OK, so the premise isn’t as clear cut as Batman or as heroic as Superman but The Green Lantern is well worth checking out on your Nokia E7. This second trailer shows us what we can expect from the movie, as well as highlight many of the otherworldy characters. On the Nokia E7 4-inch screen, The Green Lantern looks amazing and the CGI really pops on the screen. Sure, the movie is shot in 3D but you can’t really tell from the Nokia E7 trailer.

    We’d suggest getting The Green Lantern movie trailer on your Nokia E7 using the built-in Wi-Fi as it’s a hefty file to download.

    DOWNLOAD: Green Lantern Trailer 2
    Size: 6.55MB
    Price: Free

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    From: http://noknok.tv/2011/05/23/download-the-green-lantern-on-your-nokia-e7/

    Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship in Latest Comic Book

    (AP/DC Comics)

    (AP/DC Comics)

    Truth, justice and not just the American way — Superman decides it’s time to become a global citizen in the 900th issue of Action Comics.

    “I’m tired of having my actions construed as instruments of U.S. policy,” says the man of steel after both U.S. and Iranian officials criticize him for attending a peaceful anti-Ahmadinejad protest in Tehran.

    “I stayed in Azadi Square for 24 hours. I didn’t move. I didn’t speak. I just stayed there,” Superman tells a U.S. national security adviser, who fears the hero has gone rogue. Iran’s government, meanwhile accuses him of acting on behalf of the U.S. President, and calls his protection of the million-strong protestors an act of war.

    “This is why I intend to speak before the United Nations tomorrow and inform them that I am renouncing my U.S. citizenship,” he announces to a stunned-looking agent.

    (More on TIME.com: Superman’s story)

    The man of steel has long been an American icon, and the shift drew ire from purists and even gave presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee the heebie-jeebies. Huckabee said on Fox News: “Well, it is a comic book, but, you know it’s disturbing that Superman who has always been an American icon is now saying ‘I’m not going to be a citizen,'” he said. “I think it’s a part of a bigger trend of Americans almost apologizing for being Americans.”

    But while the man of steel wants to be unaffiliated from any government, DC’s publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio say he remains as American as ever.

    “Superman is a visitor from a distant planet who has long embraced American values,” DC’s they said Thursday in a statement to the NY Post. “As a character and an icon, he embodies the best of the American Way.” He is, they say, like his alter-ego Clark Kent who remains a U.S. citizen, “committed to his adopted home and his roots as a Kansas farm boy from Smallville.”

    The 900th issue is available in stands this week. (via AP)

    (More on TIME.com: See pictures of how superheroes fly)

    From: http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/05/03/superman-renounces-u-s-citizenship-in-latest-comic-book/

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