Action Comics #1 (June 1938) Superman’s Debut, CGC 9.0


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Hello there comic book fans, I got an amazing spotlight for you today, something that is once in a blue moon event, the selling of thy most highly sought after comic book in history, Action Comics #1. This is the holy grail of comic collectors, something that every comic book collector cant have yet always dream of having and its up for auction on Ebay right now as of August 9, 2014. And with only 5 more days until the auction ends, if your a multimillionaire, then you better get started on bidding, man I’m dying to have this but currently at $1,950,100, it will only be a dream of mine to ever own a copy, hell, I doubt I’ll ever even get to see or touch a real copy in my lifetime.

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This is THE comic book that started it all. This comic features not only the first appearance of Superman, Clark Kent and Lois Lane, but this comic began the entire superhero genre that has followed during the 76 years since. It is referred to as the Holy Grail of comics and this is the finest graded copy to exist with perfect white pages. This is …. the Mona Lisa of comics and stands alone as the most valuable comic book ever printed.

This particular copy is the nicest that has ever been graded, with an ASTONISHING grade of CGC 9.0 ! To date, no copies have been graded higher and only one other copy has received the same grade. It is fair to say though that this copy blows the other 9.0 out of the water. Compared to the other 9.0 that sold for $2.1million several years ago it has significant superior eye appeal, extremely vibrant colors and PERFECT WHITE PAGES. This means after 76 years the aging process has yet to begin. Truly this book is a museum piece. It is one of only two copies of this comic in ANY condition to ever be graded with the distinction of having White pages, the other being a CGC 2.5 !

If you are looking to purchase or invest in comic books this is without exaggeration the single best graded comic book that exists. It is the highest graded copy of the most sought after comic book in the hobby, and has the best possible page quality that can be assigned.  If anyone has ever been curious what an Action Comics 1 looked like the day it came off of the newsstand 75 years ago, this is the answer.

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Even if you can’t buy this amazing comic book, at least you can witness history here, comic book history, watching the sell of thy most expensive, most coveted comic book in history and the highest graded copy, this will definitely be a once in a geek’s lifetime event. Again this auction ends Aug 24, 2014 18:00:02 PDT, so don’t miss out on either watching this amazing auctioning event, or if your rich, bidding on this amazing comic book. I will definitely update with the winning bid when this auction ends, because it will no doubt be a historic number in comic book purchases.

Update: Well here the update folks, Action Comics #1 CGC 9.0 has set a record for the highest payed amount for a comic book, the record setting figure is $3,207,852.00, a comic book historic event.

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Comic Book Spotlight!: Only One Exists – My Little Pony


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Hello there comic book and My Little Pony fans, today we got news that IDW and Hasbro have gotten together with Heritage Auctions to raise money for the charity Give Kids The World. Commemorating the best selling comic in IDW’s history, they have put together a one-of-a-kind issue of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic #12 with a variant cover by Sara Richard, which celebrates the milestone of selling over one million copies at retail. That single issue, CGC graded 9.6, and the original cover art and other artwork that was included in creating the cover are all signed by the artist, the artwork lot will include a small rough thumbnail design, a larger loose pencil layout, and the finished tight inks, as well as the 9″ x14″ full color mixed media painted work, and everything will be in the Heritage Signature Auction on August 7th. Again the proceeds of the auction will benefit Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization that provides children from around the world with life-threatening illnesses and their families a memorable and cost-free visit to Central Florida attractions.

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The one-of-a-kind variant issue #12 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will be on view at Heritage Auctions booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

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Artist Spotlight!: Mike Mitchell


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Hello there fellow art lovers, today’s Artist Spotlight is on one of my newest favs, Mike Mitchell, I recently discovered him through one of my favorite art site Mondotees, which recently held a gallery showing of his most recent work, a collection of Marvel inspired artwork. Mike Mitchell is an American artist in Austin, TX, known for his pop surrealism and poster prints. Now if you didn’t know Mondotees is one of the most popular and in demand producers of what I consider fine art posters, that are extremely sought after and highly collectible. They commission amazing pop culture artworks from amazing talents, the posters cover a wide range of topics like music, movies, comics, games, cartoons, and TV shows, so your desire to represent your love for something can definitely be represented thru beautiful poster form. So it was a amazing thing that Mondotees decided to showcase Mike Mitchell’s artwork because his work definitely is a site to behold, covering one of my most beloved topic, Marvel Comics.

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His art style borders on the real to the cartoony at times, he use a mix of styles to accomplish different effects, some artwork is very vector base in style giving him bold sharp line work, as well as a combination of painting style where you get good tonal value. His also plain contrasting solid color backgrounds to make the either pop and/or stand out from the background. My most favorite is his portrait series, where he takes famous pop culture characters and does side portraits of them, I especially love his recent portrait series where he did side portrait versions of Marvel Comic book characters. Make sure to check out his other works of art at sirmikeofmitchell.com. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

 

The World’s Largest Video Game Collection


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Hello there fellow game lovers, today I got an interesting story for everyone, up for auction is the world biggest game collection. The collection belongs to Michael Thompson, whose collection consists of all 10,607 games that were verified by The Guinness Book of World Records during the official count that was performed on December 3rd, 2012. Also, since then he has acquired four hundred plus more games, making the total to be over 11,000 games.

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But sadly for the game geek, he must sell his collection off to support his family, so his selling everything, all 11,000 games. Along with all the games comes a 100 consoles, the actual Guinness Certificate, a lifetime subscription to Retro Magazine, which includes all back issues and an autographed copy of the premiere issue that features this very collection. You can see a list of consoles that are being sold, a list of completed U.S. games titles and a video of his collection at the site where the auction is being held, Gamegavel. As of this moment the auction is up to $766,916.66, and it had started at a dollar (with a reserve), so if you’re a crazy gamer with a big wallet then go crazy and go for this impressive collection of games and get the title of having the largest game collection. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

The Comic Book After Market!


TBA12Hey there comic book lovers, I’m here to report to you on the ever fluctuating market of the comic book investing and after market world, talking about some of the hottest comic books on the market right now, and some of the high money making ones as well. For me I love collecting comics that can command high values just for the fact that I have a valuable and rare book and the experience of the hunt for them, but for others that only looking at it as an investment or a quick and high turn around, hopefully this list will help everyone.

 

Walking Dead #1 – $2,360 – a high grade of this title can easily fetch for a average of over a thousand if your a unlucky seller.

Walking Dead #2 – $535 – up from $380.

Walking Dead #3 – $350 – Walking Dead has proved quite the return on investment, no?

Walking Dead #19 – $355 – the 1st appearance of Michonne has kept this later issue up there with the earlier issues.

Walking Dead #27 –$176 -for this first appearance of the Governor, this issue has remain in the range of $150 and only if you a lucky seller do u get above the range of $200, so this issue hasn’t have much of a higher increase from a year ago like the others,.

Preacher #1 – $370 – With the recent AMC TV news, this issue has seen sales and values increase rather quickly.

Preacher Preview #0 –$350 – a preview comic sent out free to stores to advertise the comic, it is insanely valuable now because so many were thrown away.

 

Chew #1 – $350 – this used to be a fifty dollar book when it came out, and then it hold steady at $150 for a time, but thanks to the new animated series being recorded it got a new resurgence in the market.

Batman Adventures #12 – $325 – relatively from nowhere the first comic featuring Harley Quinn has rocketed to the top of the table.

Elseworlds Eighty Page Giant$316 – reprinted of late, but its been putting on value.

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Bone #1 $300 – this however has crashed from $800 two years ago back to this level.

Amazing Spider-Man #300 – $300 while the 1st appearance of Venom has recovered its value nicely.

Avengers #55 – $1,336 – after news that Ultron will be the villian of the second Avengers movie, his 1st appereance have been commanding some crazy high prices.

Iron Man #55 – $550 – another comic book that is enjoying a surge in demand thanks to the movies is this gem, the 1st appearance of Thanos, most high grade copies of this usually automatically command over $300.

Walking Dead #4 – $237

New Mutants #98 – $231

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Y The Last Man #1 – $208

Walking Dead #18 – $202

Walking Dead #6 – $200

The next few are more of the unknowns for me, I wouldn’t really think these issues would command such high prices, being that they are not very popular or well known besides to maybe the crazy fans or underground comic lovers, which kinda represents the comic book market, things will go down and things will go up, and things well be in demand and others won’t. I definitely believe in the motto that something is only worth how much someone is willing to pay for it, a Action Comic is only worth over a million if there is a millionaire willing to pay that much for it.

Jawbreaker – Marvel’s Hard Hitting Heroes Special – $226 – cant figure out why a collection of reprints, reprints of issues that are nothing special even, is also getting such big bucks for.

Knights Of The Dinner Table #1 – $217 – not being much of a indie comic book fan nor a fan of the topic of the title, I wouldn’t have seen this one coming.

The Crow #1 – $210

Peter Panzerfaust #1 – $220 – this issue I’m kinda surprise with too, it’s a ok story but I didn’t expect it to go this high, I guess because talks that it may go to either the big or silver screen this title is enjoying a surge of desire by comic book collectors.

 

Now know that the comic book market is a very fickle beast, prices can easily fluctuate so be warned if your out to only make money, there are very few books that will always command big bucks throughout time, many books don’t stand the test of time in the comic book after market. I feel that many of the books that are getting a surge in price thanks to movies and TV shows fall into the category of the ones that may not stand the test of time, these comics are better fits for selling quick and selling at the right time, like when they movie or show hits the world and was successful at it as well. And if you like what you see and read then please, share, like, and comment, help us spread the loving.

Your Comic Book and Entertainment Update!


Entertainment News


I’m so excited for the new Doctor Who special, Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor, and BBC America is doing a Doctor Who Takeover for the week surrounding its 50th Anniversary special on November 23rd. There will be a marathon showcasing all of the first ten Doctors, and the ninth, tenth, and eleventh Doctors, and a number of new specials covering the history of Doctor Who:

  • Tales from the Tardis, a documentary program about the show’s history
  • The Science of Doctor Who with Brian Cox, which discusses the science behind the show
  • Doctor Who Explained, interviews of cast members from the show’s 50 year history
  • An Adventure in Space and Time, a drama about the launch of the original Doctor Who.
  • The Graham Norton Show, the BBC talk show, with Matt Smith and David Tennant as guests.
  • The Doctors Revisited – The Eleventh Doctor, interviews and more about the Eleventh Doctor.


The special programming kicks off on Monday, November 18th, and runs through the following Sunday.

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Anime

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This month’s new releases on Amazon include Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition (Funimation, “R,” 124 min., BD/DVD Combo $34.95, then was mark down even more to $24.99).  This classic looks spectacular in Blu-ray and also, Funimation has returned the film to its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio—the previous Blu-ray release of Akira was slightly window boxed.  The colors in the Funimation release also appear to be more saturated, though it should be noted that both versions are not as sharp and hard-edged as BD versions of contemporary computer animated features simply because of the hand drawn (and painted) nature of the animation in Akira.  The soundtrack on the new Funimation Akira Blu-ray represents a major advance over previous DVD releases. The 25th Anniversary release of Akira features both English dubs that have occurred since 1988, and there also tons of extra, with over 120 minutes of on-disc extra features; including the “Restoring Akira” documentary, interview with the Japanese Director and original storyboards for the anime.

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And out on November 19, 2013 is Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece: Strong World (Funimation, Not Rated,  113 min., BD/DVD Combo $34.98, then was mark down even more to $31.48). As extra goes there seems to be only behind the scenes of One Piece: Introducing Brook, so there really isn’t much to the BD/DVD, but I’m showcasing this because of the extras, for lovers of One Piece this will be a great addition to one’s collection, we get anopther amazing tale from the One Piece crew.

The synopsis is “When the Straw Hats catch wind of trouble in the peaceful waters of the East Blue, they quickly set a course for home! But before they reach their destination, fate leads them into the deadly path of Golden Lion Shiki. This gravity-defying madman needs a navigator, and he wants Nami! Shiki scatters the Straw Hats across the far corners of a floating island filled with ferocious, genetically-mutated monsters, and issues Nami and ultimatum: join his crew – or her friends die! BIG mistake. Luffy kicks his attack mode into Third Gear and begins a brutal rampage across the beast-ridden island. It’s all hands on deck – including a new character – for this watershed adventure in the One Piece canon. Monkey vs. Lion. Winner gets the navigator”

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iZombie’ and Other DC Comics TV Show

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The CW is in the process of making a new series based on DC’s iZombie, which will be written by Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and Veronica Mars movie co-writer Diane Ruggiero, according to Deadline. Thomas and Ruggiero will pen the series based on characters created for Chris Roberson and Michael Allred’s Eisner Award nominated comic from DC’s Vertigo imprint, which ended abruptly in August 2012 when Roberson left DC.

iZombie will be presented as “a supernatural crime procedural that centers on a med student-turned-zombie who takes a job in the coroner’s office to gain access to the brains she must reluctantly eat to maintain her humanity.  But with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories, and with the help of her medical examiner boss and a police detective, she solves homicide cases in order to quiet the disturbing voices in her head.”

iZombie is joining several other DC related titles on the CW development list, another is Hourman, according to Hollywood Reporter.  Mcihael Caleo, who wrote the pilot for the Ironside and screenplay for The Family, will write Hourman and executive produce.  Also executive producing will be Daniel Lin (of Ninjago) and Jennifer Gwartz, also of Lin Pictures. Hourman is a character that can generally gain superpowers for an hour and/or see events one hour in the future.

Also on that list is the Flash spinoff from Arrow, Gotham that is in development at Fox, and Constantine at NBC, DC is planning for big things in there TV world.

Comic Book & Graphic Novel News

Check out the top sells in comic stores in October to see what is hot right now.

Top 10 Comics–October
The Walking Dead #115
Batman #24
Infinity #4
Forever Evil #2
Infinity #5
Justice League #24
Superman/Wonder Woman #1
The Sandman:  Overture #1
Superior Spider-Man #20
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Batman: Death of the Family volumes took two of the top three graphic novel slots, and other Batman volumes took another two slots, for a total of half the top 10 graphic novels.  The two Saga collections are stubbornly hanging in the Top 10.

Top 10 Graphic Novels–October
Batman Vol. 3:  Death of the Family
Avengers:  Endless Wartime
The Joker:  Death of the Family
Batman: The Court of Owls Book & Mask Set
Avatar:  The Last Airbender Vol. 6
Hellboy:  Midnight Circus
Batman Vol. 2:  City of Owls
Lazarus Vol. 1
Saga Vol. 1
Saga Vol. 2

Amazon’s Best Graphic Novels (Editors’ Picks)

These are some good titles to check out, great wide range of choices.

Top 20

1.  Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened… by Allie Brosh (Touchstone)

2.  Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family (“New 52”) by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo (DC Comics)

3.  Saga, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

4.  Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)

5.  Battling Boy by Paul Pope (First Second)

6.  March Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions / First Second)

7.  Hawkeye, Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon (Marvel NOW!) by Matt Fraction (Marvel)

8.  East of West Volume 1: The Promise TP by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta (Image Comics)

9.  The Black Beetle Volume 1: No Way Out by Francesco Francavilla and Jim Gibbons (Dark Horse)

10.  The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice by Mike Carey and Peter Gross (Vertigo)

11.  All-New X-Men, Vol. 1: Yesterday’s X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen (Marvel)

12.  Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley (First Second)

13.  Solo: The Deluxe Edition by Darwyn Cooke, Jeph Loeb, Brian Azzarello and Richard Corben (DC Comics)

14.  MIND MGMT Volume 1 by Matt Kindt and Brendan Wright (Dark Horse)

15.  Very Casual by Michael DeForge (Koyama Press)

16.  My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)

17.  Daredevil by Mark Waid, Vol. 1 by Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera, Marcos Martin and Emma Rios (Marvel)

18.  Lost Cat by Jason (Fantagraphics)

19.  The Property by Rutu Modan and Jessica Cohen (Drawn and Quarterly)

20.  Marble Season by Gilbert Hernandez (Drawn and Quarterly)


Also check out Publisher’s Weekly’s 2013 best graphic novel list, to see how the two match up with each other. Publisher Weekly

 

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Rorschach Mask With Moving Inkblots


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Today I got this really interesting fan made product, especially to fans of Watchmen, from Grafixfan is a Rorschach mask, but not just some ordinary one either because this one comes with some unique effects that actually create moving and similar ink spots. The effect is pretty cool to watch and looks like a bit of photoshop trickery, but it’s a collector’s item one can buy. Grafixfan created the designs by using a nontoxic fabric ink that reacts to your breath. It is a pretty unique idea and is the next best thing in coming close to the Rorschach’s mask effect, I would have loved if the actually ink spot on the mask would change because the ink spot that does change is very light and doesn’t really change any unique designs. You can choose from five different inkblot patterns that’ll have you looking like you’ve stepped right off the set of The Watchmen. http://www.rorschachmasks.com/

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