Superman debut comic sells for a record $3.2m

One of the best-preserved copies of the first Superman comic has sold for $3.2m (£1.9m), a record price for a comic book, according to eBay.

Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, which cost 10 cents in 1938.

Only around 50 unrestored originals are thought to have survived, and this was described as the most immaculate.

New York dealers Metropolis Comics said they bought it. It beat the previous record of $2.16m (£1.4m) set by another copy of the same comic in 2011.

The latest copy to be sold was given a nine out of 10 rating for its condition and has white pages, according to independent comic book grader Certified Guaranty Company.

It had been kept in a cedar chest in a home in West Virginia after being bought in 1938, according to seller Darren Adams.

After the owner’s death, the family sold it to a dealer in the early 1980s and it was eventually sold to Mr Adams, who runs the Pristine Comics shop in Washington state.

Stephen Fishler of Metropolis Comics told the Associated Press the opportunity was “just too good of an opportunity to pass up”.

New era

He said: “It’s hard to believe that a kid’s 10 cent comic could be worth that much money, but it is Superman.

“That’s an iconic thing. It’s the first time anybody saw what a superhero was like.”

The edition sold in 2011 was also rated nine out of 10 but its pages were faded.

One percent of the proceeds of the latest sale will go to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, the paralysis charity named after the late Superman actor and his wife.

The superhero was created by Cleveland writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster. Around 200,000 copies of the first Action Comics were printed.

Siegel and Shuster sold the rights to Superman for just $130 to Detective Comics in 1938, although the pair battled for more royalties after the character became a global phenomenon.

Poland: Doctor Who on Sundays at 6:00pm Tuesday, 19 August, 2014 – Reported by Chuck Foster

Poland is the latest country to have the new series scheduled, with the premiere of Deep Breath on the BBC Entertainment channel being broadcast on Sunday 24th August at 6:00pm, with each subsequent episode at the same time over the following weeks.

Update 21st August: BBC Polska have since announced an additional broadcast which will be simulcast with the United Kingdom premiere!

This brings the currently known channels broadcasting Peter Capaldi‘s first series to nine, with the premiere dates listed below:

Country Channel Date Time
United Kingdom BBC One 23 August 7:50pm (+0100)
Australia ABC1 24 August 4:50am (+0900)
Poland BBC Entertainment 23 August 8:50pm (+0200)
Germany FOX 23 August 9:00pm (+0200)
Canada SPACE 23 August 8:00pm (-0400)
United States BBC America 23 August 8:15pm (-0400)
Latin/South America BBC Entertainment 23 August 10:00pm (-0500)
Finland YLE2 24 August 7:10pm (+0200)
New Zealand PRIME 31 August 7:30pm (+1200)

JK Rowling Publishes new story about harry Potter Celestina Warbeck

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JK Rowling is at it again – that is, writing little nuggets about characters in the Harry Potter universe and leaving fans clamoring for more.

This morning on the Today show and later re-published on Pottermore, Rowling revealed more about the life of Celestina Warbeck, a singing witch who happens to be Molly Weasley’s favorite artist.

Rowling went into detail about Warbeck’s past, including her hobbies, what house she belonged to at Hogwarts, and her love life.

Like Harry Potter himself, Warbeck was a Gryffindor. Unlike Harry, though, her romantic relationships were turbulent – she was married three times and had one son.

Warbeck also loved to travel (but only in fabulous style), bake, and was a gifted tap dancer. But her true talent was singing, and possessed the “ability to drown out a chorus of banshees.” As such, she was also sometime referred to as “The Singing Sorceress.”

Although Rowling never described the character in detail in the books, her new post divulged that she always imagined Warbeck “to resemble Shirley Bassey in both looks and style.” She said she stole the character’s name from a person she worked with at Amnesty International in London. “’Celestina’ was simply begging to be scooped up and attached to a glamorous witch,” she noted.

Warbeck’s best-known songs include “You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me” and “A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love.” Her album You Stole My Cauldron But You Can’t Have My Heart was a huge success. In fact, her songs were the first to ever be released on Pottermore and “Warbeck” even performs at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida.

Rowling’s post can be viewed on Pottermore.com or read in full here at Today.com.

Jenna-Louise Coleman To Depart Doctor Who In December

The UK’s Mirror tabloid newspaper is reporting in an “exclusive” tonight that actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, who has been appearing in Doctor Who related season premier events like the recent New York screening and Q&A this week, is set to leave the series as companion soon, perhaps as early as the Christmas Special. If that is, indeed, her departure date, she will have served the role for 18 months when she moves on from her position as the current companion, Clara Oswald.

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Reasons for her departure are unclear, but the Mirror’s unnamed source is citing a “mutual” decision and careful planning, hinting that the change in the Time Lord himself, accompanying the rise of Peter Capaldi, an older and more serious Doctor, may be part of the change in dynamic. All the discussions about whether Coleman’s character would “flirt” with the new Doctor or not appeared to cause some embarrassment for the actress and perhaps the showrunners as well, given the obvious age gap between characters. Though the source is indicating that it’s a change in plot and tone for the series, one less appropriate to flirtation, it’s hard not to speculate that the dynamic has become less conducive to a young companion.

The BBC have not made an official statement on the subject, but the quotes provided by the Mirror seem rather authoritative. It would be a particularly large back-pedaling in the press if this announcement turns out to be untrue.

The Nerd Machine Starts An Auction For Operation Smile

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