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Action Comics #1 sells for record $3.2 million!

On August 24th, Action Comics #1 sold for $3.2 million on Ebay (item #311050328393). This particular issue is the finest graded copy (CGC 9.0) known to exist of the June 1938 issue starring  the debut of Superman. There were 48 bids of which there were 13 unique bidders, for this key comic book. This auction sale broke the previous record of $2.16 million paid in 2011 for the same comic graded in the same condition but with minor differences in grader notes. This is quite a jump since it sold on the newsstand for 10cents in 1938! This is the highest price paid for a comic book to date.

There are estimated to be around 30 unrestored copies of Action Comics #1 in existance today.

Guardians of the Galaxy – mini movie review

by Hal Hickey

Three weeks into its 1st run, I checked this one out in 3D IMAX. Spoiler alert, I may give away some of the character relationships in this short review, but not the plot.

First of all, the sound track is a hit. From the trailer, I’m sure everyone viewed, with Blue Suede’s 1974 Hooked on a Feeling, to other random 70’s-80s music, this was a case where the old rock songs fit the mood. The 3D, well no gimmicks here, just made it seem more real, perfect! The trailers and teasers gave away nothing!

The film began so abruptly, I thought I was actually watching a preview for another upcoming movie. That was a fun surprise. Character development was initially weak with some of what makes them tick explored along the way. The biggest gap with the most unfulfilled potential was Gamora played by Zoe Saldana, this time green skinned instead of blue. Her motivations and background were MIA and hopefully a future director’s cut will include some of that. Also, her character had great potential to remain a mystery, as far as her alliances were concerned. All that potential was given up for, what felt like a confusingly simple attachment to a rag tag bunch. It would have been best if we were held in suspense with her alliances for at least 75% of the film.

Rocket Raccoon easily stole his scenes in the first half of the film, but The Groot took over the scene stealing role in the last half. While Rocket was a masterful bit of direction and special effects, Groot was full of surprises on many levels. This duo constantly seemed to take you out of the movie and into their own space. Well done!

There was an unexpected entertaining performance by Michael Rooker as Yondu. You just didn’t know what would amuse him or piss him off. He also dropped one major hint, which was easy to miss.

Easter eggs? Well the film was just to entertaining and fast paced to look for them the first time through, That will be something for second and third viewings.

This is a Marvel Studios superhero movie with characters that didn’t necessarily have super powers, and wasn’t tied down by “Earth norms”. Guardians of the Galaxy was a fun 2 hour escape from reality.

Robert Kirkman’s Outcast has moved into TV series pre-production

Robert Kirkman‘s The Walking Dead has been a steam roller of popularity, perhaps the most successful marriage between the comic book and television mediums. Kirkman’s newest comic series “Outcast”, penciled by Paul Azaceta sold through issue #1 last month with great anticipation of another hit, and perhaps another good investment in comics! Outcast will not be about zombies and will instead focus on Demons!

Kirkman has written the Outcast pilot for Cinemax and will serve as executive producer, as he has for AMC’s The Walking Dead. It is quite incredible that what started with creators at Image Comics in the early 1990’s moving to have control and creator rights over their characters, has evolved to this. A comic book creator, selling the rights to his/her creation to a studio and, keeping creative control over the production to boot!

The original creators of Image Comics should take a well deserved bow for being the pioneers that lead to this.

Archie Andrews, after 70 years dies in “Life With Archie”

Well, you had to see this coming. First Superman dies, then the death of Spider-Man and quite a few more, with the latest being the death of Wolverine. Now the kid friendly Archie Comics has their own death issue, with Archie Andrews kicking the can in “Life With Archie” #36.

After 70 years leading the Archie Comics Universe, this is a pretty bold step, but what would comic books be without the death of a major character thrown in here or there. You have to think there is a catch right? Continue reading

The Comic Book Convention and Cosplay – part 3

In part 1 and part 2 we explored some of the great costumes that Cosplayers bring to comic con, not just “the” comic con but to all comic conventions. In this the final part, we have a look at cosplayers showing some…ahem, skin, as well as the highly unusual both solo as well as combining universes you will never see paired in comic books!

First, some cosplayers don costumes meant to turn heads at comic conventions. And, well they do, with some daring displays of skin… Continue reading

The Comic Book Convention and Cosplay part 2!

In Part 1 we had a look at one of the most enjoyable part of comic book conventions a.k.a. comic con(s), that being all those great fans dressed up as their favorite characters and sharing them with us in Cosplay. Comic book universes can cross with just about anything and vice versa. You can even invite these fans to Cosplay in your comic book store. How about an online comic shop? Hmmmm… But I digress… Let’s jump into part 2 of some of my favorite Cosplayers in the past 3 years:

Here is a wandering Batman Comics universe:

The Batman Comics bad guys cosplayers!

The Batman Comics bad guys cosplayers!

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The Comic Book Convention and Cosplay!

One of the best things to come to the modern comicon is Cosplay. See Part 2 here. See part 3 here. Cosplay is short form for Costume Play and one of the great things about it, there are no rules. Well, some of the more family oriented cons frown a bit on “excessively” exposed skin but beyond that, sky’s the limit. The effort that goes into a Cosplay costume can be most impressive!

Can you count all the real feathers?

Can you count all the real feathers?

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We are in The Movie Age of Comics! – part 2

This is the 2nd of a 2 part series: We are in The Movie Age Of Comics! (part 1 is here)

The evidence is piling up proving we are in the midst of “The Movie Age of Comics”. There are many signs, not the least of which includes comic book creators routinely being propositioned to option their brand new creator owned comic character rights as movie or TV properties. Those same creators are imagining new characters that would work, not only in comic book form, but are imagining simultaneously for the big screen. Comic fans have embraced the movie age of comics with any news, or rumors of comic character optioning to movie or TV deals, rocketing the same comics in value almost overnight. A definite movie deal and we see things like Guardians of the Galaxy and the 2008 series #1 move from $3.00 per copy to $150.00 per copy faster than we can say Rocket Raccoon! While these facts are compelling evidence that we are in the Movie Age of Comics, we will see shortly how we actually found ourselves in the midst of this “Age”! Continue reading

We are in The Movie Age of Comics!

Part 1: (Part 2 is here) The new millennium not only ushered in a new decade, century, but the year 2000 also saw the release of a movie which rang the bell to give birth to “The Movie Age of Comics”. How can we be sure of this? Well let’s look into a bit of the background of how “Ages” of comics are determined as well as the clear evidence we are in a new “Age of Comics”. Continue reading

New comics added May 9, 2014

Here is what’s new at Cyber Comics and Toys today:

Limited inventory of these items at Cyber Comics and Toys have been added.

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