Holy crap Batman!

DALLAS – A 1939 comic book in which Batman makes his debut sold at auction Thursday for more than $1 million, breaking a record set just three days earlier by a Superman comic, Heritage Auction Galleries said.

The Dallas-based auction house said the rare copy of Detective Comics No. 27 sold for a total of $1,075,500, which includes the buyer’s premium, to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. The consigner wanted to remain anonymous as well.

“It pretty much blew away all of our expectations and now it’s the highest price ever raised for a comic book,” said Barry Sandoval, director of operations of Heritage’s comics division.

A copy of the first comic book featuring Superman, a 1938 edition of Action Comics No. 1, sold Monday for $1 million in a sale between a private seller and a private buyer, with the transaction conducted by the New York City auction site ComicConnect.com.

“We can really say that Batman has nosed out Superman, at least for now,” Sandoval said.

He said the consigner had bought the Batman comic in the late 1960s for $100. With a bright yellow background, the comic features Batman swinging on a rope above city rooftops.

“That cover is just one of the most famous of all comic book covers,” Sandoval said.

J.C. Vaughn, associate publisher of The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, said most people had predicted it would be the comics with the first appearance of Superman and Batman that broke the $1 million barrier. Both comics that sold this week were in great condition — scoring an 8.0 on a scale that goes up to 10, he said.

“I think that you can greenly ascribe this to a real comfort with the liquidity of rare, high grade vintage collectibles,” Vaughn said.

George Pantela, owner of Melbourne, Australia-based GP Analysis, which tracks sales of certified comics from more than 20 auction houses and dealers, said the previous record was about $317,000 paid a year ago for a lesser grade Action Comics No. 1 than the one sold this week.

Vincent Zurzolo, chief operating officer of Comicconnect.com, took the breaking of their record in stride.

“It’s an exciting week in comic books when you have two comics selling for $1 million,” he said.

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Cosplay anyone?

11301_NewsSPI guess cosplay is still a bit new to me and fascinating. 

The most exposure I ever had to it (without knowing it was even called ‘cosplay’) was going to the San Diego Comic Cons and seeing al these people dressing up in their homemade costumes.  It wouldn’t be long before I realized that it was and ‘is’ quite prevalant at gamer and anime conventions as well.

And now that I started to read a little manga on my own (english of course), my eyes were really opened to how wide spread and popular it really is.

And sexy.

I’ll post a few ‘cosplay’ outfits that are homebrewed, and well, put a little zing in your step.  Anyone know who this character is supposed to be?

Big Bang Belt Buckles

Stylin' & Profilyn'

Stylin' & Profilyn'

I suppose I owe some credit to CBS’s sophomore comedy “The Big Bang Theory’ for my latest geeky pop-culture grab at youth.

Belt Buckles.

If you get the chance to ever watch this brilliantly funny show for all comic and sci-fi fanboys, the character Howard Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) sports some interesting attire (as does Sheldon…love his T’s).  In addition to his regular clothing, if you pay attention to his accessories, you’ll note that he has quite a variety of superhero belt buckles, generally DC based.

The more and more I watch this show I noticed that I am becoming enamored with the belt buckles, and thus decided I needed to buy me some.

Amongst one of my favorite 80’s properties, G.I. Joe, I discovered a sweet looking Cobra emblem buckle on a black background.  I was more surprised to find many on line stores that sell novelty buckles were currently out-of-stock on this item, so I paid a premium of $18 for this gem (cheapest I found was $14.99).

The other one I purchased was also directly from the show, the metallic and stylized ‘S’ from Superman Returns.  I was also surprised to find how many Superman belt buckles there actually are, and it was hard to remain with my original choice but I did. 

Cobra!!

Cobra!!

I purchased them both from styleonline.com who have quite a few fanboy properties to choose apparel and accessories from.  They probably have the biggest selection I’ve come across so far, but they kill you on the shipping.  I was a little bummed to discover that the cheapest method on two belt buckles was going to be $9.  I don’t understand that seeing that Amazon can ship for free on anything over $25, and other stores shipping are 1/2 that.  Oh well….Anyway, I can’t wait to sport my new buckles at work and around the neighborhood.  I’m sure my wife will raise her eyebrows and shake her head, but who cares…..she watches The Real Housewives of O.C., so she has no room to talk.

Comics: G.I. Joe #0 (IDW)

Joe #0, Cvr A

Joe #0, Cvr A

Oh, boy.  Oh, boy.  Was I ever excited to walk into my local comic book store yesterday and pick up the teaser issue for the new G.I. Joe imprint from IDW Publishing.  There are two covers for issue #0: cover A and cover B.  Of course, for just $1 each, I picked them both up.

Issue #0 can be best described as a preview or introductory issue of things to come in a newly re-vamped G.I.Joe universe.  One thing you’ll note from the start is that classis Joe scribe from the original 1980’s Marvel version, Larry Hama is back.  He is re-envisioning the Joe universe into contemporary times and while it’s a fresh take on most of the character we all grew up with, he promises to add a few new ones in due time as well.  The biggest teaser Larry Hama indicated in a brief interview at the back of the issue was that he is creating a new bad guy that will even give Destro and Cobra Commander a run for their money.

It’s also promising to see a return, although again an updated look to their classic costumes.  While Devil’s Due did a makeover on some of the characters that were positive (Cobra Commander for one), other Joe’s looks took off in a completely other direction.  And clearly, there doesn’t seem much influence from the upcoming movie (2009) incorporated in their duds either.

But I was also happy to learn, there just won’t be one Joe title, but three.  One of them, G.I.Joe: Cobra will only be a 4 issue series however, but we’ll get to see things from the viewpoint of our favorite terrorist organization. 

Oh and Hama reports there will be no Cobra-La either.

Anyway, there are three seperate sneak previews contained within the issue…just enought to get you excited and the characters are pretty reconizable, although they’re all Joe’s…no Cobra’s.

I got the impression that the Devil’s Due run, especially the last 12 part arc ‘World War III’ will be ignored (thank God, as the series ended horribly) as this is a re-imagining of the franchise.  There were hints dropped that the Joe’s are just forming and just learning of Cobra.  To be honest, I am not exactly sure how I feel about that as there is some classic history and lore that I just won’t be able to dismiss that came out of the 80’s, and ever some decent arcs from Devil’s Due as well.

But all in all, the Joe franchise is back and I couldn’t be more excited.

Ghost Rider: Vintage Cover Catalog

1951 Ghost Rider #1

1951 Ghost Rider #1

In trying to find a nice cover image of issue #27 of the the latest incaranation of Marvel’s Ghost Rider series (2007), I came across this link courtesy of Cover Browser.  They also have the 1951 series linked here.

There are numerous comic titles listed here and a fun jaunt down both memory lane and also various comic cover artist appreciation. 

Just for grins and giggles, click on the Twighlight Zone link and discover a treasure trove of awesome painted comic book covers (Gold Key imprint) inspired by Rod Serling’s timeless show.

There’s a whole host of fun covers over there to look at and study.