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Action Comics #1 Rockets to Over $3 million in Auction

Action Comics #1 "Rocket Copy"

A CGC Fine 6.0 copy of Action Comics #1 recently sold for $3.18 million through Heritage Auctions. That’s the second most expensive comic ever offered by the auction house behind a copy of Amazing Fantasy #15.

Known as the “Rocket Copy” of the comic due to the red spaceship stamped on the cover, the comic was kept in an envelope meant to preserve important documetns.

The issue is iconic as it’s the introduction to the world to Clark Kent, Lois Lane, and Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

Certified Guarantee Company knows of only 77 copies of Action Comics #1 in existence in any condition and of just two graded CGC FN 6.0.

A previous CGC GD/VG 3.0 original owner copy of Action Comics #1 sold through Heritage Auctions in 2012 for $300,000. The auction house has offered only a handful of copies of the history making issue with none ever breaking the million dollar barrier until this recent copy.

Spider-Man’s Black Costume Origin Page Sells for $3.6 Million

Page 25 from Secret Wars #8 was a hot item at Heritage Auctions recently. The page by Mike Zeck features Spider-Man in his “black costume” and recently sold for $3,360,000. That costume would turn out to be a symbiote that would later go on and create Venom.

Bidding opened at $33,000 but quickly rose as the comic page saw a bidding war that set records.

Moments before page 25 went up for auction, page 24 sold for $288,000.

That’s $3,648,000 for two pages from the iconic comic. The original owners name wasn’t revealed but purchased the pages in the 1980s and held on to them ever since.

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Hellmouth #3

It’s a new week and we’re getting ready for the end of the year and 2020! While we keep getting things in order, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – Original Art for Wrightson’s Frankenstein Cover for Marvel Sells for $1.2 Million – Wow. Beating expectations.

The Beat – Matthew Medney named new CEO of Heavy Metal Magazine – Interesting…


Talking Comics – Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1
Comics Bulletin – Hellmouth #3
Flickering Myth – Star Trek: Voyager: Mirrors and Smoke

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Marauders #2

It’s a new week and we’re getting ready for the start of the holiday season but we’ve got a full week of news, reviews, and more! While we get ready for the week, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

iO9 – Josh Trank Reviews His Own Fantastic Four Film, Gives It a Generous Two Stars – Well, at least he’s being honest and critical of his own work.

Inverse – ‘Toys That Made Us’ Season 3 reunited the feuding TMNT creators. Here’s how – This is some interesting comic history.

Newsarama – Marvel’s First Braille Comic Inspired by Football Player with Blindness – This is very cool.

USA Today – First Marvel comic book, in rare near-mint condition, gets $1.26 million in Dallas auction – We didn’t win it.


Monkeys Fighting Robots – Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze #1
AIPT – Marauders #2
Newsarama – Marauders #2
Newsarama – The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1

Baltimore Comic Con Art Auction to Benefit Seth Kushner

Baltimore Comic-Con's Yearbook 2015 1Have you bought your tickets for the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con? Returning to the Inner Harbor this September 25-27, the 16th annual show will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center. The convention is running some art auctions to benefit great causes.

The art created for the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook will be auctioned off at the Baltimore Comic-Con Art Auction at 5pm on Saturday, September 26th in our Exclusives Booth in the Main Hall lobby, with art from the book displayed in the Exclusives Booth throughout the day.

Additionally, to benefit the family of comic book creator and photographer Seth Kushner, we are auctioning a print of his Stan Lee portrait, signed by Stan “The Man” himself. Also up for auction are two fully signed trading card packs of 12 of his top Graphic NYC creator portraits, with creators Neil Gaiman, Art Spiegelman, Chris Ware, Becky Cloonan, David Mack, Brian Michael Bendis, Jimmy Palmiotti, Molly Crabapple, Scott McCloud, Dean Haspiel, Larry Hama, and Alex Ross.

55+ Star Wars Items To Be Offered By Profiles In History As Part Of Their Multimillion Dollar Auction, September 29-October 1, 2015

Lot 1561--Section of the Death Star from Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the JediThe original screen-used Star Wars: Episode IV – A New HopeBlockade Runner‘ filming miniature-the ship that set the tone for the entire Star Wars franchise; A “Rebel Fleet Trooper” helmet from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope; Carrie Fisher “Slave Leia’ costume from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi are among the 55+ Star Wars items to be offered by Profiles in History as part of their highly anticipated multimillion dollar auction, September 29-October 1, 2015.

The Gary Kurtz Collection-30 lots of posters including the rarest versions in existence from the Star Wars film franchise-in virtually every language; The Mitchell VistaVision High Speed #1 (VVHS1) camera used by ILM for miniature effects shots, including the explosion of the “Death Star”; Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back production made prototype “Darth Vader” helmet; A section of the “Death Star” under construction from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi; “C-3PO” Oscar presented to Brian Johnson by ILM for his work on Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back“; “Jabba the Hutt” maquette for Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace “Naboo blaster” among the other extraordinary Star Wars items to be included in the sale.

Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, fax, submit absentee bids or participate online in real time from anywhere with Internet access across the globe.

Full Descriptions:

Lot 1543: Original screen used Rebel “Blockade Runner” filming miniature from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. (TCF, 1977) In the opening sequence of the first Star Wars, the Rebel Blockade Runner, the ship carrying Princess Leia, C-3PO and R2-D2, enters into frame and is pursued by the massive Imperial Star Destroyer. This one-of-a-kind 16-inch miniature was built to provide the illusion of the spacecraft receding into the distance due to the limited length of the Dykstraflex track (the first digital motion control camera system ever put into use). The prominent feature of the ship is the series of eleven engine nacelles mounted at the rear, each fitted with an aviation incandescent lamp to provide the desired “ignition” effect. Built to withstand the resulting heat generated from the lamps, the Blockade Runner is crafted of aluminum and painted gray with red accents. This miniature comes directly from the collection of Grant McCune, Chief Model Maker on the Miniature and Optical Effects Unit on Star Wars, who won an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects on the film. The miniature is professionally mounted on a powered custom display case which, when activated, illuminates the engine lights (all but one of the original bulbs from the production still work). One minor detail is missing from the end of a single engine; otherwise, in very fine production used condition. Comes with a letter of authenticity from McCune’s wife, Katherine McCune. Unlike other Star Wars models of which many examples were created, this is the only Blockade Runner of this scale that was made. An extremely rare opportunity to own a milestone piece that set the tone for the entire Star Wars franchise. Indeed, First Cameraman for the Miniature and Optical Effects Unit and fellow Academy Award winner, Richard Edlund, has stated that the opening shot in the film was the most important shot because it had to grab the audience’s attention. $200,000 – $300,000

Lot 1544: Original screen used “Rebel Fleet Trooper” helmet from Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. (TCF, 1977) One of the iconic, signature helmets worn by the Rebel Fleet Troopers in the first Star Wars film. Designed by John Mollo, who won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design for the film, the vacuum-formed plastic helmet has a long plastic plate attached to the back and an opaque gray visor plate attached to the front. A simulated receiver with steel aerial antenna is attached to the wearer’s left side; a vacuum-formed plastic chin cup fits on a black canvas chinstrap and the interior features petal-shaped foam padding. Its simple yet elegant design is synonymous with the look of the film. Indeed, variations of this design are worn by the Rebel Ground Crew in the hangar sequences and by other members of the Rebel Forces in the closing ceremony sequence. Exceedingly rare, this is the first Rebel Fleet Trooper helmet we have ever encountered and the first of its kind to appear at public auction. $150,000 – $250,000

Lot 1558: Carrie Fisher “Slave Leia” costume collection and display from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. (TCF, 1983) Without question, Carrie Fisher’s “Slave Leia” costume is among the most memorable in the Star Wars franchise. This ensemble represents the most important and complete compilation of original Star Wars pieces to have survived production in private hands. The mannequin is dressed in production made elements distinguishable by their flexible, gold-painted red dense-urethane rubber (all fabric parts, as well as the chain, were re-created to match existing photographs). These original flexible pieces were used on set before being returned to the ILM model shop and replaced by altered versions, since several elements had to be resized due to Carrie Fisher’s weight loss during shooting.  In addition to this collection are all of the one-of-a-kind original wax Masters sculpted by artist Richard Miller. They can be differentiated by their extremely delicate wax fabrication common with jewelry making. Also among them are all of the alternate Slave Leia masters first deemed too complex by George Lucas. They can be seen worn by a model in the included series of (6) rare slides still bearing the original name for the film “Revenge of the Jedi.” Also included are several design and paint studies representing the evolution of these costume elements, for instance the front and back bikini plates, as well as the hair piece on the mannequin. Completing the ensemble are a collection of original documents, photos, notes and pencil drawings as well as Carrie Fisher’s measurements used to create the masters. The collection comes with a letter of authenticity by Richard Miller the original designer, sculptor, mold maker and painter for the costume and a 30-year veteran of Industrial Light and Magic. $80,000 – $120,000

Lot 1542: Mitchell VistaVision High Speed #1 (VVHS1) used on Star Wars. Quite possibly the most influential and important motion picture camera in history, VistaVision High Speed #1’s first project started with one of Hollywood’s grandest illusions: the parting of the Red Sea in Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956) (only two Mitchell VistaVision High Speed cameras were ever made). When 20th Century Fox was faced with the visual effects challenges of Star Wars, the experts concurred that the VistaVision process was the best system available. Having not been properly maintained for over ten years, Paramount sent a large shipment of cameras for the visual effects team to sort through, of which VVHS1 played a very important part. George Lucas tasked Richard Edlund and his future-ILM effects wizards to use VVHS1 to photograph a great number of high-speed miniature effects shots, including the explosion of the Death Star, according to their own camera reports. Measures 31 in. long x 17 in. tall x 18 in. wide. Accompanied with original Mitchell geared head, original case (and spare VVHS2 case), lens shade kit with case, (2) 2,000-ft. magazines sets, external viewfinder with case, high speed motor in original case, backup high speed motor with original case, VistaVision studio power unit with original case and an additional original case with accessories. This camera started the VistaVision renaissance for using its unique capabilities for special effects that continued for two decades. It is difficult to argue that the real magic behind Star Wars is the ground-breaking visual effects which revolutionized the filmmaking process ever since. Comes with a letter of provenance from Roy H. Wagner, ASC. $60,000 – $80,000

Lot 1550: Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back production made prototype “Darth Vader” helmet. (TCF, 1980) A production made Darth Vader helmet made between the production of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) and The Empire Strikes Back. The Helmet is believed to be a transitional test production piece, with production tells of both the A New Hope and Empire screen used helmets. Constructed of fiberglass, the chin on the faceplate still features the small triangular cut out, unique to the A New Hope helmet yet the dome to face plate male/female attachment ring is of Empire style. The inside is unfinished, with no padding apart from a loose section of foam, although the inner cross grills and eye lenses are correct to the screen used versions. The outer dome’s edge is thinner in width to the final screen used versions. These cosmetic differences compound that it was not intended for screen use by the production but nonetheless it would have played a significant and important role in the developmental progression of Darth Vader’s helmet.  $30,000 – $50,000

Lot 1561. Section of the “Death Star” under construction from Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. (TCF, 1983) Vintage original 12.25 x 6 x 6 in. portion of the iconic “Death Star” miniature surface. Built in the ILM model shop and constructed of gray-painted cast resin components and chemically etched delicate brass pieces painted in gray and rust colors. Other areas of the model are made of etched brass and piping glued to the surface to give an “under construction” look. Two instantly recognizable 4.5 in. Turbolaser towers are strategically placed on the set piece. Model sections like these were affixed to the perimeter of the Death Star miniature model surfaces to give forced perspective illusion of mass. This is the first example of its kind that we have encountered. Obtained from a former ILM employee. In vintage very fine condition. $25,000 – $35,000

Lot 1553: “C-3PO” Oscar presented to Brian Johnson by ILM for his work on “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back”. (TCF, 1980) Vintage approx. 13 in. tall Industrial Light and Magic in-house created C3PO “Oscar-style” statuette presented by chief model maker Lorne Peterson to departing special visual effects wizard Brian Johnson. The hollow-cast resin, gold-painted figure stands on a 6 in. round silver painted base that has been signed by (30+) ILM crewmembers including Joe Johnston, Richard Edlund, Ken Ralston, Dennis Muren, Selwyn Eddy III, Michael McAlister, Warren Franklin, Laurie Vermont, Lorne Peterson, Steve Gawley, Tom St. Armand, Samuel Comstock, Conrad Buff, Howard Stein, Mike Mackenzie, Ed Jones, Duncan Meyers, Ed Breed, Ed Hirsh,. Patrick Fitzsimmons, Robert Finley, Jr., Patricia Blau, Laura Kaysen, and Chrissie England. On the top of the base, around the robot’s feet is handwritten, “In appreciation Brian Johnson ‘Empire Strikes Back’ ILM 1981”. Comes with a signed LOA by Brian Johnson. Slight cracking in the plastic where the feet mount to the base; overall, in vintage very good condition. $15,000 – $20,000

Lot 1559: “Jabba the Hutt” maquette for Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. (TCF, 1983) Designed and sculpted by Phil Tippett, this 10 in. x 5 in. x 6 in. maquette is made of resin and hand-painted to detail. It was originally sculpted out of sculpey and then molded to create this painted master to present to George Lucas for design approval. This is the only example of its kind in existence. The original sculpture was destroyed in the molding process and the mold, itself, has long since deteriorated. This piece is featured in the coffee table book Industrial Light & Magic: The Art of Special Effects and is shown in front of George Lucas among other Star Wars creatures, ships and other pieces (see attached image).  It comes from the collection of Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Phil Tippett. $12,000 – $15,000

Lot 1562: Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace “Naboo blaster”. (TCF, 1999) Solid cast resin and resin component prop “Naboo CR-2 Blaster”. Measuring 17 x 9 in. the futuristic weapon is modeled on an existing Calico M950/950A pistol with additional space aged knobs, grooves and ridges added. The heavy blaster features a solid 1-piece body with added scopes, metal strap hoops and webbing straps. Studio painted to appear as gunmetal gray and flat black steel with silver metal elements. Exhibiting some scratching to edges and minor paint chipping. The impressive prop remains in production used vintage fine condition. $4,000 – $6,000

The Gary Kurtz Collection. Filmmaker Gary Kurtz was the producer of Star Wars, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, as well as American Graffiti and The Dark Crystal, receiving two Academy Award nominations for Best Picture (American Graffiti and Star Wars). Kurtz served as vice president of Lucasfilm from its creation in 1973 through 1981. Working very closely with George Lucas, he was instrumental in developing the original Star Wars trilogy and bringing the first two blockbuster films to the silver screen. These 30 lots of Star Wars posters come directly from Mr. Kurtz’s collection.

Auction Details:
Day 1: Tuesday, September 29, 2015  11:00am Pacific Time-Lots 1-631:
Day 2: Wednesday, September 30, 2015  11:00am Pacific Time-Lots 632-1264
Day 3: Thursday, October 1, 2015  11:00am Pacific Time-Lots 1265-1905

IDW and Hasbro Auction a One of a Kind My Little Pony Comic for Charity

unnamedMy Little Pony: Friendship is Magic fast became the best-selling comic in IDW‘s history and last year the title reached a monumental milestone of selling over one million copies at retail. To celebrate the occasion, IDW and Hasbro collaborated on a very special promotion. In an unprecedented move, an extremely rare variant cover by fan-favorite Sara Richard of issue #12 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was made, so rare it was limited to ONE copy total!

IDW and Hasbro are proud to announce that they are joining with Heritage Auctions, the largest collectibles auctioneer and third largest auction house in the world, to auction both the one-of-a-kind issue and the original artwork by Richard, at Heritage’s Signature Auction, this August 7th. Proceeds of the auction will benefit Give Kids The World, a non-profit organization that provides children from around the world with life-threatening illnesses and their families a memorable and cost-free visit to Central Florida attractions.

The one-of-a-kind variant issue #12 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic will be on view at Heritage Auctions booth at Comic-Con International: San Diego.

unnamed(1)How to Register & Bid Online (online bidding starts approximately July 18th)
1. For the Comic: http://comics.ha.com/itm/modern-age-1980-present-/humor/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-12-cover-b-sara-richard-1-million-edition-only-copy-produced-idw-publishing-2013-cgc-nm-96-white-pages/p/7097-136001.s
For the Original Art: http://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/covers/sara-richard-my-little-pony-12-1-million-cover-b-original-art-group-idw-2014-/p/7097-136002.s
2. Click Join Now at top of page
3. Enter your email and confirm
4. Complete your membership login information
5. Bid!

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1. For the Comic: http://comics.ha.com/itm/modern-age-1980-present-/humor/my-little-pony-friendship-is-magic-12-cover-b-sara-richard-1-million-edition-only-copy-produced-idw-publishing-2013-cgc-nm-96-white-pages/p/7097-136001.s
For the Original Art: http://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/covers/sara-richard-my-little-pony-12-1-million-cover-b-original-art-group-idw-2014-/p/7097-136002.s
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