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By Dave Rosenthal | February 22, 2012
A stash of classic comic books -- the kind that most kids tossed in the back of their closets -- was sold for $3.5 million at an auction Wednesday in New York, according to USA Today . The top price of about $523,000 was paid for a copy of Detective Comics No. 27, which sold for 10 cents in 1939 and features the debut of Batman. according to Heritage Auctions, Also sold was Action Comics No. 1, which featured the debut of Superman; it sold for about $300,000. The comics were found in a basement closet by a California man who was cleaning out his great aunt's Martinsville, Va., home a few months after her death, the newspaper said . But it took a while before he realized their tremendous value.
By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Here's a course to please the students who hid comic books in their textbooks. University of Baltimore will offer a spring course on the world of Marvel super heroes. The course will examine how the comics, films and TV shows "offer important insights into modern culture," according to a university news release. Students in "Media Genres: Media Marvels" will delve into the appeal of superheroes such as Spider-Man, Captain America, the X-Men and the Incredible Hulk. They will discuss the implications of fictional apocalyptic threats and study Joseph Campbell's explanation of the hero archetype.
By Dave Rosenthal | February 22, 2013
It's hard to imagine that gay marriage and Superman could be wrapped into a controversy, but that's happening across the nation as  DC Comics launches a new line of comic books featuring Clark Kent's alter ego. One of the authors signed on for the upcoming "Adventures of Superman" series is Orson Scott Card, who wrote the popular Ender series. He certainly has science fiction cred, but his views opposing gay marriage have caused some bookstores to boycott his newest works and have triggered a petition drive.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
If it's true that a society is known by its most popular artifacts, we are becoming a culture of comic books and games. Our biggest film and TV characters are based on comic book super heroes and villains, while our real life heroes are professional athletes. Watching tonight's premiere of “Gotham,” I couldn't help feeling that if there was any new series that would probably crack Nielsen's Top 10 this fall alongside all the different primetime NFL games and pre-game shows, it would be this one from Fox. You tell me if that's a good or bad thing.
By Vikki Valentine and Vikki Valentine,Contributing Writer | March 12, 1995
Somehow a time-traveling Billy Ray Cyrus and his roadies are stuck outside a castle in medieval Europe. Baa-ing sheep swarm around them. "Who booked me here?" the country singer demands.Well, Billy, comic-book writer Paul S. Newman is your man. After 48 years in the business, Mr. Newman of Columbia's Wilde Lake village is boldly taking country-western singers where none have gone before.His latest work pits such country stars as Mr. Cyrus and Marty Stuart against Shawnee Indian ghosts and alien hillbillies from space.
By Pat Morgan and Pat Morgan,Knight-Ridder | January 4, 1991
Barbie, that multitalented, eternally youthful scamp, is at it again.This time, she's the heroine of a comic book. Make that two comic books, typical for an overachiever who has succeeded at every career from astronaut to ballerina.When is this babe going to start showing some age? She's worse than Dick Clark.Where does Barbie get off having enough energy and enthusiasm to stop the C. Ment Corp. from turning a park into a parking lot, teach us step-by-step how to "walk that Barbie walk" for exercise, dog-sit for one friend and help cure another pal's case of wallflower-itis?
By Molly Dunham Glassman | January 22, 1992
A FUNNY THING happened to comic books on their way to the 1990s: They became respectable.In this decade, it's a rarity to see anyone under the age of 30 read printed material -- other than the instructions to the VCR or the millimeter-tall type in CD liner notes. So when a 10-year-old chooses to spend 20 minutes reading a Spiderman comic instead of playing Nintendo, parents consider it a literary triumph.Bigger publishers are getting in on the act. Little, Brown and Company has a new imprint, Sports Illustrated for Kids, that includes ''Buzz Beamer's Out of This World Series'' ($3.95, ages 8-12)
By Lisa Breslin and Lisa Breslin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | August 6, 2001
FROM COMIC BOOKS to baseball cards, political buttons to turtle memorabilia - Carroll County has its share of collectors. Their collections often offer a window into their personalities and interests. Carroll County school board member Tom Hiltz collects children-themed ties. He takes pride in bargain purchases - many of his ties cost $7 - and he wears them almost every day to almost every event. Westminster resident Cyd Pecoraro collects turtles, a throwback to her college days when she was in Delta Zeta sorority, whose mascot is a turtle.
By Lesa Jansen and Lesa Jansen,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 27, 2002
COMIC BOOKS have been maligned, linked to juvenile delinquency and called junk food for the mind. But now, a longer, embellished version of the form, called graphic novels, has attained respect. They are part of young adult collections at libraries across the country, including Mount Airy Public Library, and parents are learning how these longer comic books are introducing a love of reading to children. "Graphic novels are really an excellent way to convince reluctant readers that reading can be fun," said librarian Jody Sharp.
By Kate Seago and Kate Seago,Dallas Morning News | August 30, 1995
When you think of comic books, names such as Mickey Spillane, John Jakes and Leonard Nimoy don't often come to mind.But they will. The three successful writers have moved onto the pages of comics designed to attract older, more affluent readers.They are part of a new breed of comics with celebrity signatures. The so-called signature comic books, bearing the names of media stars or writers established in other genres, are the latest attempt to expand readership.The idea is simple: Celebrities create characters, a concept and sometimes story lines and dialogue for a six-book series.
By Will FespermanThe Baltimore Sun | August 17, 2014
When eight high school students are commissioned to make a graphic novel about sexual health, don't be surprised if the result includes pet dragons, a troll with genital warts and a guy named Funk Master Flexin'. These comedic touches appear in a booklet created during a six-week summer program for students at the Baltimore City Health Department that aims to raise awareness about sexual health and the department's relocated young adult center in Druid Hill. Meeting twice a week beginning July 8, the students were asked to write, photograph, draw, scan and digitally edit three stories about sexually transmitted diseases and birth control, and assemble them in a booklet.
Susan Reimer | July 16, 2014
Riverdale High's red-headed heart throb, Archie Andrews, died this week. He took a bullet for his gay best friend, who was speaking out against gun violence. Betty and Veronica were there in the last frames of the comic book to cradle him in death. No bobby socks and soda shops in this issue, that's for sure. The teens we all wanted to be before we were old enough to be teens are dealing with grown-up issues and the tragedy of death. Ugh. It's enough to make you wish you were 10 again, reading a brand-new edition of your favorite comic book and sipping a Coke out of a bottle on a hot summer afternoon.
By Benn Ray | May 6, 2014
The first Saturday in May is traditionally one of the biggest days for events of the year, and Saturday, May 3 is no exception First, it's Free Comic Book Day. That means comic shops all over the country have about 50 different free comics that they're giving away. Here in Hampden, my shop, Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, will start giving away comics as soon as the doors open at 11 a.m.. And it's a variety of titles from The Simpsons to Archie to Hello Kitty to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy to DC's Teen Titans.
By Arda Ocal | August 5, 2013
A new graphic novel on the life of Andre the Giant will be published by  Lion Forge Comics , written by Brandon Easton. Above is the cover that the company has released. There is no release date as of yet. For pro wrestling graphic novel enthusiasts, WWE recently published a history of wrestling comic books on their website .   [Editor's note: A previous version of this blog post incorrectly identified the comic book author's first name. The Sun regrets the error.]
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Create a fragrance that smells heroic with a touch of villainy - that's what Andrew Levine's Lutherville company set out to do. Considering the name on the bottle, it makes sense. The new Stan Lee's Signature Cologne trades on the geek popularity of a comic-book-industry icon who had a hand in creations spanning the good-evil continuum - from Spider-Man, the Avengers and the X-Men to Loki, Magneto and Doctor Doom. Lee wanted the fragrance to smell like they would smell.
By Chris Korman | April 19, 2013
Under Armour launched a new marketing plan earlier this year, touting its up-and-coming athletes and most innovative products in an intense but short burst they called “a brand holiday.” It appears to have paid off. The Baltimore-based athletic apparel maker delivered better than expected financial results for the three months ended March 31. Under Armour's income of 7 cents per share income topped analysts' consensus estimates of 3...
By Tribune Media Services | June 18, 1993
Comic book collectors won't be making a big killing from the death of Superman.Last November's Superman No. 75, in which the Man of Steel was supposedly bumped off by the underground creature Doomsday, had a huge press run in the millions.So, while the black poly-bagged collector edition now sells for $15 or more compared with the original $2.50 cover price, that plentiful issue's value could soon be settling back down to earth again, some experts believe. The subsequent "resurrection" issue No. 500, in white poly-bag, was similarly run in massive quantities.
By Michael Sragow | October 9, 2009
Let us now praise Comic-Con. On the occasion of the 10th annual Baltimore Comic-Con, it's time to celebrate comic-book fans and what they've wrought. By providing an audience for comic books that shared the concerns and upheld the standards of literary yarn-spinners as different as J.R.R. Tolkien and Jim Thompson, it expanded critical and popular recognition across the board for the richness and pertinence of escapism. In particular, this audience helped revitalize the fantasy heritage of moviemaking, compelling filmmakers such as Peter Jackson to renew the expansionist and inventive impulses of early masters from Fritz Lang to Ray Harryhausen.
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
Philip X. "Phil" Kaltenbach, a former high school English teacher who later became an expert in the field of collectible comic books, died Tuesday at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota, Fla., while recovering from foot surgery. He was 63. The son of a Loyola University Maryland dean and a Loyola Blakefield High School administrative assistant, Philip Xavier Kaltenbach was born in Baltimore and raised in Towson. Mr. Kaltenbach was a 1967 graduate of Loyola Blakefield and earned a bachelor's degree from what is now Loyola University Maryland.
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