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It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's an Undiscovered Copy of Superman's Debut

Seventy-one years after his first appearance, Superman continues to capture our collective imaginations. Armed with a blue cape and the power to fly, he single-handedly launched the "superhero" genre. So when an unknown copy of the very rare, very first Superman comic book comes to light -- and to auction -- word spreads faster than a speeding bullet.

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Spider-Man and Barack Obama Team Up

Marvel Comics' new issue of SPIDER-MAN will feature soon-to-be inaugurated President-Elect Barack Obama.

Written by Zeb Wells with art by Todd Nauck and Frank D'Armata, the story takes place in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day and finds one of Spider-Man's oldest foes attempting to thwart the swearing in ceremony of the 44th President of the United States.

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Star Trek Comes To The iPhone, iPod Touch

The Original Crew of the Starship Enterprise are roaring to the iPhone and iPod touch from IDW Publishing and iVerse Media.

Available immediately, STAR TREK ARCHIVES: THE BEST OF PETER DAVID #1 is the first issue of the ongoing digital comics series that reprints some of the best comics from Star Trek's illustrious history. Peter David is one of the most popular and respected STAR TREK writers, known for his mingling of humor and popular culture.

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DC Original Animated Film Wonder Women Hits DVD On March 3

Embark on a journey of untold beauty, grace and strength as Princess Diana uses her remarkable gifts and evolves into WONDER WOMAN, the world's most renowned female super hero. Warner Premiere, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Animation are set to release the all-new animated original movie WONDER WOMAN on March 3, 2009, distributed by Warner Home Video. WONDER WOMAN will be available as a Single Disc DVD for $19.98 (SRP), 2 Disc Special Edition DVD for $29.98 (SRP) and Blu-ray Disc for $34.99 (SRP). Order due date for all versions is January 20, 2009.

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Batman, Superman Graphic Novels Swoop To Motion Comics From WB

Graphic album BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE and graphic novel SUPERMAN: RED SON are being developed into short-form digital Motion Comics from Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution.

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Second Chapter Of Watchmen Motion Comics Now Available

At ComicCon, Warner Premiere and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution announced a new way for comic book fans to connect with their favorite characters and stories they know and love through short form digital content called Motion Comics. These draw on a deep reservoir of source material to bring a new visually engaging experience to life through the use of subtle movements, voice-overs, sweeping music scores and stunning comic book artwork.

The first Motion Comic to debut was WATCHMEN which was taken from the critically-acclaimed Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore graphic novel.

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The Night Owls Get Animated

THE NIGHT OWLS, based on the comic strip from Zuda Comics, is about to start its second season this October. To celebrate, series creators Peter and Bobby Timony have teamed with Untitled Project Productions to bring their first episode to life in this short cartoon

Untitled Project Productions is an animation and editorial house based in the trendy Brooklyn neighborhood of Dumbo. Visit them online at www.theuntitledproject.com.

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Marvel Launches New Iron Man, Hulk Comics For Online Only

For the first time, Marvel Ent. is creating comic book series exclusively for the Web with new IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK series coming this fall. They will only available via an online subscription service, Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited at www.marvel.com/digitalcomics.

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Framelight To Illuminate Graphic Novels, Comics

New filmmaking studio Framelight Productions is looking to add to the volume of comic book and graphic novel film adaptations, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Launched by producer Jeffrey Erb and entrepreneur Robert Robinson Jr., they have options on properties including Marvel Comics' DR. DETH WITH KIP AND MUFFY from G.I. JOE author Larry Hama. Framelight has plans to make six to eight films in the next five years, all within the $20 to $80 million range.

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Virgin Comics Closes Doors

Just two years since the founding of Virgins Comics, the joint venture between Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Indian comics publisher Gotham Ent., the company has closed its doors and laid off its New York-based eight-member staff, per PUBLISHERS WEEKLY.

Attempts to confirm the closing with Virgin Comics CEO and co-founder and President of Gotham Ent. Sharad Deverajan were not successful, but sources tell PW the unit has been closed and an official statement is likely coming soon.

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Family Guy Showrunner Gets Last Blood

David A. Goodman, showrunner and exec producer on FAMILY GUY, will write LAST BLOOD, a feature film from Benderspink from the Blatant Comics horror property, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

The comic, created by Bobby Crosby and Chris Crosby, is about a group of human survivors who escaped a zombie massacre, who are protected by a group of vampires who need their blood to survive.

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Virgin Comics, Perspective Studios Introduce Grant Morrison's MBX At Comic-Con

Virgin Comics and Perspective Studios will collaborate with acclaimed comics scribe Grant Morrison on MBX, a new intellectual property and animation franchise based on India's iconic myth The Mahabharata.

Morrison's re-imagining of the epic tale of two families at war and the fate of the universe that hangs in the balance features an ancient world fused with incredible technology and super beings. At San Diego Comic-Con 2008, animation for the project will get its first public look.

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TOKYOPOP And Gentosha Comics Ink Distribution And Development Deal

Global manga giants TOKYOPOP and Gentosha Comics have entered into a worldwide partnership to advance the cause of the manga revolution. Under the terms of the alliance, TOKYOPOP will provide sublicensing agency services (outside of Asia, France, and Italy) for Gentosha Comics's world-class library of manga hits, including titles like GRAVITATION, LAMENT OF THE LAMB, and ARM OF KANNON.

The companies will also pursue a wealth of co-development opportunities in the digital, film, and merchandising spaces.

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WB Might Rethink DC Comics Strategy

Over the past few weeks, Warner Bros. Pictures Group president Jeff Robinov and Warner Bros. Pictures president Kevin McCormick have been meeting with DC Comics executives and talent to discuss a new direction for their film adaptations, according to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

This regrouping is said to have been brought about by Marvel Studios' success with their films IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK, and their plan to link the characters across the films in a strategic way. DC's comics at Warner Bros. are famously disorganized, a hodgepodge of developments.

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DC Comics' Red Heads To Big Screen

Summit Ent. is venturing into the comic book adaptation arena with the acquisition of WildStorm/DC Comics' RED, per THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER.

Brothers Erich and Jon Hoeber are penning the script for the action film, which will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and his longtime exec Mark Vahradian. This marks the first time a DC Comics title won't be produced by parent company Time Warner.

DC is however remaining active in this adaptation. DC SVP of Creative Affairs Gregory Noveck will serve as exec producer and will oversee RED.

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Saturday Is Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book is Saturday, May 3. Participating comic book stores across North America and around the world will give away comic books for free to anyone who comes to their stores.

The annual promotion is sponsored by Dark Horse Comics, DC, Marvel, VIZ Media, IDW, Virgin Comics, Image Comics, Archie Comics and Dynamite Ent., among many others.

To find a retailer near you, go to www.freecomicbookday.com.

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Sci Fi/Virgin Comics Get Neighborly With The Superheroes And Spouses Of Superbia

Sci Fi/Virgin Comics, the year-old joint venture between Sci Fi Channel and Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Comics, announced today the imprint's second title, SUPERBIA.

Imagine if the members of the Justice League moved to Wisteria Lane with spouses in tow, and you get a hint of what life is like in Woodshire Village, a planned community for superheroes, their spouses, girlfriends and domestic partners. SUPERBIA is created and written by Lisa Klink and Jordan Gorfinkle. It is expected to be released this summer and is in development for a TV pilot.

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Virgin Comics Brings Director's Cut Comics To Life

The animated trailer for GUY RITCHIE'S GAMEKEEPER, the acclaimed comic book from Virgin Comics' Director's Cut imprint, has been selected as featured content on MySpaceTV, the viral video community of MySpace (www.myspacetv.com).

Concurrently, the trailer is also the Featured Video of the social networking site's comic book community, MySpace Comic Books (www.myspace.com/comicbooks)

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Aliens, Predators Available On Direct2Drive

Dark Horse Comics has announced that the popular ALIENS, PREDATOR, and AVP comics series are now available for digital download on IGN Entertainment's Direct2Drive.

For $1.99, customers can now purchase digital copies of individual ALIENS, PREDATOR, and AVP comics that virtually mimic the first run of each issue by featuring the original cover art and trade dress.

Fans of these comics can now enjoy classic stories by the likes of industry luminaries Mark Verheiden, Mike Mignola, Chris Claremont, and Andrew Vachss from the comfort of their own computers.

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Stan Lee Will Be Honored At NY Comic Con

Legendary comic book writer and creator Stan Lee will be a special guest of New York Comic Con this year.

He will appear on several panels, as well as receive the first-ever New York Comics Legend Award at a special VIP party at the Virgin Megastore in New York City's Times Square.

Celebrated by millions of fans worldwide for building Marvel into a comics and motion picture powerhouse, Lee is revered for co-creating Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer, and the Incredible Hulk, among other original and wildly popular characters.

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Director Mostow Collaborates With Virgin Comics

Director Jonathan Mostow has taken American politics into his own hands with Wednesday's release of THE MEGAS, an action-packed science fiction comic book series from Virgin Comics.

"I have always admired the medium of comic books and graphic novels, so I am incredibly excited to have my own new entry in the field. From concept to story to visual design, my experience on THE MEGAS has been as creatively rewarding as working on a movie." Mostow said.

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