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Superman Saves the Day

From A family about to lose their home that had been in their family for 50+ years. They were doing one of the most difficult things a person can do—packing up their possessions before seeing their house lost to foreclosure. They needed a hero. They found one—hiding in the basement.

The struggling family, who’ve chosen to remain anonymous, had taken out a second mortgage to start a business (which failed), and then missed mortgage payments, resulting in their bank starting foreclosure proceedings. In tears, they were going through boxes in the basement when they found a handful of comics, most of which were worth between $10 and $30.

But one of them was the Holy Grail—Action No. 1, the 1938 comic book that was the first to feature Superman.

“There are about 100 copies of Action Comics No. 1 believed to be in existence, with only a handful in good condition,” said Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of and Metropolis Comics and Collectibles in New York. This particular copy was graded a 5.0 Very Good/Fine rating on a scale of 1 to 10.

Stan The Man in Can….ada….

hadda make a rhyme…well onward…the RALFS were reading in the DAILY BUGLE….

Fan Expo Canada™  ( quoted from the web ) is excited to announce our iconic Guest of Honour for 2010!  Creator of the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, Daredevil, Fantastic Four and of course Spider-Man!  A true living legend, STAN “The Man” LEE will be with us in Toronto this August! And this is just the beginning…

“We are so thrilled that Stan Lee is finally coming for this historic appearance,”  says James Armstrong, event coordinator for Fan Expo Canada™.  “It will be electrifying when the fans get to meet ‘The Man’ in person.”

At 87 years of age, Stan Lee is more active than ever with an unmatched career as a Writer, Editor, Publisher, Producer, and Actor.  Be sure to join us for the weekend of August 27th through 29th2010 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for this once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the immortal STAN LEE!

For ticket packages and a huge list of guests…more than what my finite mind could list..and much more info click  here….

It looks like a lotta fun for you RALFS that can make it, and that fun is also dependant on what ticket pacage you buy…owe…

NUFF SAID… smileespiderman 

Batman #1 on Auction

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – A longtime Alaska comic book buff is selling one of the gems in his vast collection, a rare copy of Batman No. 1 published 70 years ago.

Mike Wheat of Fairbanks has put the 1940 comic book on the auction block through Dallas-based Heritage Auction Galleries, where it’s expected to fetch more than $40,000. Online bids already have climbed to $35,000 for the book, believed to be one of fewer than 300 still in existence.

Online bids will compete with a live auction set for Thursday.

The second and fourth Batman issues also will be part of Thursday’s auction. They are expected to bring more than $5,000 combined.

Wheat, a retired city wastewater treatment plant operator, said he considers the Batman comics an investment. He said it feels like the right time to sell.

“I just decided it’s time for someone else to have it,” he said.

The Batman No. 1 comic book was discovered after local businessman Ron Jaeger bought an old dresser at a garage sale in the early 1970s, then kept it in storage for a few years. When Jaeger finally brought it out, he noticed one of the drawers didn’t slide easily.

Three comic books and a few old issues of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner were tucked beneath the drawer and a quarter-inch piece of plywood. The haul included a copy of Batman No. 1, Superman No. 17 and an old issue of a Red Ryder Western comic.

Wheat already had a reputation as an avid comic collector in 1974, and Jaeger sold him the comic books for $300.

The auction house has handled many copies of Batman No. 1, but Wheat’s copy is notable because the low humidity and cool temperatures in Fairbanks have kept the paper in excellent condition, said Barry Sandoval, director of comic auctions and operations at Heritage. Old comics were printed on cheap newsprint, but the pages in Wheat’s copy remain white and crisp.

“If we got a Batman No. 1 from Texas or Louisiana, if you opened it up after 70 years the pages would start to crumble,” Sandoval said.

The condition of comics is graded on a scale of one to 10. Wheat’s copy has been graded a 5.5. That’s a middling score for a newer comic, but impressive for a vintage copy.

“I see how most comics from that era look,” Sandoval said. “Most 70-year-old comics are in pretty rough shape.”

Batman No. 1 was the first solo spin-off for the character, who made his first appearance in 1939 as a character in Detective Comics No. 27. The debut includes the original appearances by two of Batman’s key foes, the Joker and Catwoman.

the RALFS read this in the Planet….


Laura Vandervoort will meet fans on Saturday, August 21, 2010 as special guest of Chicago Comic Con.

“It’s incredible to bring Laura Vandervoort to our Chicago Comic Con. Our fans love Smallville, and having Supergirl here is just amazing!” said Gareb Shamus, Wizard World CEO.

Laura is currently starring in the TV series, “V,” as Lisa.



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