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DC Comics May Be Killing Off Their Most Famous Black Character As Two More Creators Voluntarily Leave Their Titles


Character deaths aren't an unusual thing in comic books but a huge nerve was hit yesterday when it was revealed DC Comics was planning to kill off Green Lantern John Stewart. The news came out amidst two more DC writers stepping off their new titles before any issues hit stores. Hit the jump for reasons, rumors, and more. 

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson Found Krypton for Superman in Comics and For Us in Real Life

Everybody loves Neil DeGrasse Tyson. So it's no surprise that when DC Comics decided that Superman would try to find Krypton in the night sky in an upcoming issue of ACTION COMICS, they thought Mr. Tyson should be the person to help the Man of Steel. (In such a vulnerable moment, it's important to have support from a friend, right?) What DC wasn't banking on, I'd wager, was how involved Mr. Tyson would become once he agreed to let them use his likeness: Tyson worked with the writers to find a real star that could serve as a plausible location for Krypton's sun based on the relatively fuzzy criteria about the planet's location.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Wins The Snazziest Vest Contest For His Action Comics Appearance

Oh My Stars and Garters

Yesterday we told you astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson had helped DC Comics determine the exact location of Superman's home planet Krypton. That was pretty cool news on its own but we also learned Tyson would be appearing in this week's issue of Action Comics to give Superman a helping hand. And here, ladies and gentlemen, is a look at that appearance. Neil deGrasse Tyson, we love you. Click ahead for a few more panels of the astrophysicist in action.

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Nicolas Cage Finds A Movie He Won’t Star in: One About People Stealing His Comics

And Now For Something Completely Different

Point one: Back in 2001, thieves ran off with a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman and arguably the beginning of the superhero genre, that belonged to none other than Nicolas Cage. Point two: It is now clear that there exists a movie role that Nicolas Cage will turn down. Can you guess what these two facts have in common?

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Things We Saw Today: A Male Dazzler

Things We Saw Today

This digital art by timberoo of DeviantArt depicts what the Marvel superhero Dazzler would look like if she were a man. Someone cosplay this, please. (via I Like Comics Too) What else did we find on the good ol' interwebs today? Hit the jump to find out! 

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Batgirl, Action Comics, and Justice League‘s Second Printing Have Already Sold Out

Not all that glitters is gold

Well, everybody, hope that your comic store ordered enough of Grant Morrison's Superman and Gail Simone's Batgirl, because they canst orda' no more (uh, that's a Popeye joke, not a typo. Maybe not the clearest thing I've ever written). On the final day on which retailers would be able to order copies of the second round of the DCnU #1s, it seems that they are anticipating a lot of demand for Clark Kent and Barbara Gordon's first appearances in the DCnU, as well as for the second printing of Justice League #1, despite mixed reviews. To clarify, this does not mean that you've missed your chance to get the books. Here's what it does mean:

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Superman Renouncing His U.S. Citizenship

Apparently, with this week's release of Action Comics #900, "a blockbuster issue filled to the brim with guest talent from all corners of the world of Superman adaptations," Superman will renounce his U.S. citizenship.

In the issue, Superman gets in some hot water with the president’s National Security Advisor for showing up in Tehran in support of Iranian protesters. Just showing up, non-violently. Since Superman is an American hero, Iran’s Government construes his actions as being with the tacit permission of the US Government. This desire to remain autonomous from whatever administration exists in Washington is what motivates the Man of Steel’s decision (panels above). Controversial comics stuff, treating superheroes like they exist in greater world full of regular human beings and their governments! … if you’re Superman in 2011 and not, to pick one example, The Authority in 1999.
Our sister site The Mary Sue has a nice analysis. (via The Mary Sue. pic via Comics Alliance)

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Geekolinks: 10/3

Cool Dudes Talk About H.P. Lovecraft (Comic Book Resources) They're Making a Petz MMO?! (Massively) This is What Happens When You Go Out To Eat With Jim Lee (Twitpic) The Marvel Universe Goes Speed Dating (Comics Alliance) Emma Stone is Mary Jane? (Bleeding Cool) Fractal Cupcakes, Mmmmm (Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories) Who is the Swedish Chef's Wife? (ToughPigs) (pic is P. Craig Russel's alternate cover to Action Comics #894 (you know, the one with Death), via Paul Cornell, click to embiggen.)

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Peachy Keen! Death of the Endless to Appear in Action Comics #894

I've never bought an issue of Action Comics before, but that's all set to change. October's issue is going to have a very special guest star: Death herself.  And yes, according to The Source, Neil Gaiman approves. Death is the second oldest of the Endless, and a major character in Neil Gaiman's Sandman, which, though neither Vertigo or DC mention it very often, is a part of the DC Universe.  Apparently, she has a date with Lex Luthor.

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Detective Comics #27 Sells for $1.07 Million: Batman Makes More Money Than Superman

Hot on the heels of an issue of Action Comics #1 (the first appearance of Superman) selling at auction for $1 million, an issue of Detective Comics #27 (the first appearance of Batman) has sold for more than $1 million. $75,500 more, to be exact.

To which this Batman fan says: MUWAHAHAHA! According to Bleeding Cool, the comic was expected to sell for "around $300,00 [sic] but in the light of a copy of Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman, selling for a straight $1,000,000 this week, clearly a Batman Vs Superman grudge match was in the offing. And we know how that always goes."

Indeed we do:

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First Comic Featuring Superman Sells for $1 Million

A copy of Action Comics #1, the first comic to feature Superman, has sold in an auction on for $1 million.

It's one of about 100 copies known to exist, and got more than 3 times as much as the last record-breaking copy of Action Comics #1, which sold for $317,000, because it was in better condition.

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