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Near Pristine Action Comics #1 goes for $3.2 million

Original Action Comics with Superman

Auction at mega-seller Ebay site nets $3.2 million for highest bid on a near-prestine copy of Actions Comics #1 - - this particular copy considered to be the best condition issue of this famed first appearance of Superman in the entire world (news reports are stating only 50 copies are known to exist in "un" restored condition of this issue).

3.2 million dollar copy Action COmics Number 1

From the ebay site:

"For sale here is the single most valuable comic book to ever be offered for sale, and is likely to be the only time ever offered for sale during many of our lifetimes. There are no second chances. This is a NO RESERVE auction."

See Action Comics #1 cover art enlarged.


Terry Dodson Wonder Woman Cover issue 9

Wonder Woman Issue 9 - Terry Dodson

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Justice League of America #51

Justice League of America 51 with Zatanna


Cover to Spirit Issue 6, Darwyn Cooke

Spirit Cover Art Issue 6

See the cover enlarged. Will Eisner's The Spirit Index here.


Darwyn Cooke "Ginger Ice"

Darwyn Cooke Ginger Ice from Spirit #1

Darwyn Cooke's Ginger Ice from his Spirit revival from issue 1, Feb 2007


Here comes Frank Miller's Sin City Sequel

There's a lot of press right now for A Dame to Kill For, the Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller sequel to the 2005 Sin City.

USA TODAY:

"The sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (out Friday) — directed by Miller and Robert Rodriguez, and starring Josh Brolin, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Willis — brings back the innovative yet old-school style of the first Sin City film (2005) while intertwining classic Miller yarns with a pair of tales he wrote just for the new movie.

Before he became Miller's collaborator, Rodriguez was a super-fan. "I'd go to the book store looking for a new Sin City (comic), buy a book and go home and realize I already had three copies," he says. "Over 10 years, I couldn't get it out of my head."

Arkansas Online:

"The world of Frank Miller's Sin City is black and white in almost every sense. In these popular graphic novels and their film adaptations, Miller, the author, illustrator and filmmaker, presents a fictional metropolis as monochromatic in hue as in values: mean streets populated with trench-coated men and scantily clad women, ready to exchange bullets or bodily fluids when it is to their advantage.

Sin City, which returns to movie screens today in a 3-D sequel subtitled A Dame to Kill For, is Miller's unabashed tribute to the classic crime-noir novels that guided him to a tandem career in comics and cinema. As he put it recently, it reflects his love of "stories that dwelled on good and evil, but in ways you don't expect -- where someone you meet as a scoundrel turns into a hero when the moment is tight."

The Sin City series represents just a portion of the work that has earned Miller, 57, a reputation as an influential and imitated stylist, but also as an iconoclast -- an artist unconcerned with whether his comics are embraced or vilified."

New York Times

"It has been almost a decade since “Sin City” heaved itself on to our movie screens, a dark parade of ugly mugs and uglier behavior. Back in 2005, the film’s worshipful, impeccable realization of Frank Miller’s graphic novels was divertingly original, even if none of its characters looked quite human or breached two dimensions.

Little has changed, except perhaps that the novelty has worn off. 

...Punishingly stylized, this marriage of comic-book panels and hard-boiled dialogue has a heaviness that can’t be explained solely by its cynicism or lack of wit. It’s a blunt instrument whose visual shadings far surpass the kill-or-be-killed storytelling. “Get to the side, Marcie, I gotta break some bones!” an arrogant gambler (a welcome Joseph Gordon-Levitt) instructs his moll before tackling the returning politician played by the great Powers Boothe. And poor, abused Nancy (Jessica Alba), still dancing for degenerates on a shiny bar counter, summarizes most of her story arc in a single image of her writhing sadly with gun in one hand and bottle in the other."

A Dame To Kill For


Wonder Woman Frank Miller Wonder Woman by Frank Miller

Bat-Kong, 1964

Sheldon Moldoff Batman 1964 Bat Ape

Sheldon Moldoff artwork Batman #162, March 1964.

More Moldoff


Jim Lee - Batgirl - issue 6 of All Star Batman & Robin

All STar Batgirl Issue 6


Nguyen cover art Batman 80 Page Giant 2010

Batman Annual cover art by Dustin Nguyen

See the cover much larger here.


From Beyond the Unknown

From Beyond the Unknown #4 - Murphy Anderson

Murphy Anderson cover art, April 1970. From Beyond the Unknown #4.

Another Murphy Anderson


Frazetta

Frank Frazetta

Observing Frazetta

In many ways a basic Frazetta piece (1968 The Solar Invasion), not really particular in his catalog but containing the fundamentals that made Frazetta often unique and distinct from other fantasy artists. He unites his forms together in this image into a distinct silhouette, sculpting a shadowed form from the lightened background.

This practice places Frazetta in this respect outside of the world of the paperback cover world, and is more a function of traditional fine art which allows for marginal ambiguity which modern illustration doesn't much care for.

Where are the hands and feet?

In many Frazetta paintings, the humans are joined to the minimal structures around them, legs and hands become vague or disappear altogether (for example, take a look at Dark Kingdom).

Frazetta often dispenses with feet completely in his paintings, and if he does put them in, at times the toes are gone, apparently because that's the part connecting the body to the earth. These missing body parts seems like laziness (saves painting time to leave out parts), but it is consistent in his painting work over a long period of time and demonstrates an intended strategy of some sort (the missing body parts are found less in his black and white comic book art, though he often leaves out underlines beneath drawings of feet, as if the foot is joined to the earth instead of residing above it).

In the end many Frazetta paintings seem more reminescent of sculpting, with unfinished areas, than to the craftsmanship of illustrators. This skill of focusing on certain special areas of a painting with intensive embellishing, then leaving other areas slap-dash and smeary with thin oil paint washes also recalls the tight focus and blurry backgrounds of movie cinematography.

Subject Matter

For a comparison regarding handling of subject matter, see Goya's nightmare drawings in which violence is frozen into images of desperate action. Frazetta's characters are heroic, something which only shows in Goya's etching images on rare occasions. Goya's etching images were related to his own experiences, mainly the invasion of Spain by Napoleonic France. Frazetta's images are related to his absorption of Hollywood images and his own experiences from growing up in Brooklyn. Frazetta seems to combine his personal aggression and the commercial needs of his paperback cover employers, channeled through his prodigious drawing skill. Both the Frazetta images and the Goya images are reportage from a violent world.

More Frank Frazetta


Steve Ditko art, 1962

Steve DItko Monster 1962

Steve Ditko artwork from the cover of Amazing Fantasy #11, 1962.

Amazong Fantasy #11, April 1962. Steve Ditko Cover artwork.

"The Magazine that Respects Your Intelligence"

More Steve Ditko


Amazon Girl

Calvin and Hobbes Amazon Girl

More Calvin and Hobbes


Have it your own way, Batgirl!

Carmine Infantino Catwoman and Batgirl

Carmine Infantino with Mike Espositio from Dec 1967. See enlarged.


A Little Chat, with Bat-torture

Christian Bale - Batman Dark Knight

Chris Nolan has posted online a bit of commentary about the Joker/Batman interrogation scene from The Dark Knight.

"They had rehearsed the stunts and the fight stuff very specifically, but we really let the actors work within that. I had never seen anybody sell a punch the way Heath was able to with Christian. I got the violence I wanted. What I felt was really important creatively for the scene was that we show Batman going too far. We show him effectively torturing someone for information because it’s become personal."

Heath Ledger Joker Dark Knight

Posted photos and commentary on imgur.com


King Shark

King Shark

"Rawwwrrr!" - art by Robson Rocha, Birds of Prey #34. This is the last issue of the series.


Bird's of Prey #34 - Jorge Molina cover

Birds of Prey 34


Drax the Destroyer

Drax the Destroyer

"I took my little brother (who falls on the autism spectrum) to see Guardians of the Galaxy and after this scene he lit up like a Christmas tree and screamed “He’s like me! He can’t do metaphors!” And for the rest of the film my brother stared at Drax in a state of rapture. So for the last 6 days I have heard my brother repeatedly quote all of the Drax lines from the movie verbatim (one of his talents), begin studying vocabulary test words, and tell everyone he knows that people with autism can also be superheroes.

Now I am not saying that Drax the Destroyer is, or was ever, intended to be autistic. All I am saying is that it warmed my heart to see my brother have an opportunity to identify himself with a character known for his strength, badassness, and honor. And that is pretty damn awesome. So while I adored Guardians of the Galaxy as a great fun loving film with cool characters I can do nothing but thank Marvel Studios and Dave Bautista for finally bringing a superhero to the screen that my little brother can relate to."

Saw this sequence and testimonial on tumblr


Adam West 1966

Adam West Batman 1966

Bluray and DVD (and streaming high def) versions of the complete 1966 Batman are finally coming out in legal retail packages this fall. More Batman 1966


Iron Fist 5 - Kaare Andrews

Cover art Ironfist 5 - Kaare AndrewsKaare Andrews Iron Fist 5 - page

Kaare Andrews Iron Fist 5 - page 3Kaare Andrews Iron Fist 5 - page 4

Iron Fist the Living Weapon #5, October 2014, Marvel Comics. Art and story by Kaare Andrews. More Kaare Andrews art A+X #4.

One sentence review: The faux-wear marks on the pages gets wearisome fast, but otherwise this issue showcases more of Kaare Andrews' expert pop-art superhero imagery.


ANNOUNCED
SPECULATED or TBA

Coming slate of superhero movies

2014

  • November 7, 2014 - Big Hero - Marvel Studios - Disney Animation

2015

  • May 1, 2015 - The Avengers: Age of Ultron - Marvel Studios
  • June 19, 2015 - Fantastic Four Reboot - 20th Century Fox
  • July 17, 2015 - Ant-Man - Marvel Studios
  • May, 2015 - Daredevil - Netflix / Marvel - 13 episode TV Program. Along with Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the Netflix series are planned to culminate in a Defenders production.

See the whole list of DC Comics and Marvel Comics coming films.


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