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A World-Record Day For Batman As Detective Comics Number 27 Sells For $1.5 Million Dollars

A copy of 1939’s Detective Comics 27 sold Thursday for $1.5 million – the highest price ever realized for any Batman comic book.

The issue containing the Dark Knight’s debut was sold during the first session of Heritage Auctions’ four-day Comics & Comic Art event that runs through Nov. 22. Thursday’s sale of this unrestored copy, which is graded Fine/Very Fine 7.0 by Certified Guaranty Company, broke a decade-old record for a Batman title.

Previously, the highest price paid for an issue of Detective Comics No. 27 was set on Feb. 25, 2010, when Heritage Auctions sold an 8.0-graded copy of the book for $1,075,000.

Detective Comics No. 27 is now the most expensive comic book ever sold by the Dallas-based auction house, the world’s leading auctioneer of comic books and original comic art. For the last year, that title belonged to the CGC 9.4 copy of Marvel Comics No. 1 that sold in November 2019 for $1.26 million.

There are only two 7.0 copies of Detective Comics No. 27 in CGC’s census. And, only five known unrestored copies have graded higher in the service’s census, which makes the issue that sold Thursday something of a Holy Grail offering. Even before the live auction opened at noon CT Thursday, online bidding for Detective Comics No. 27 had already exceeded $1 million even without the buyer’s premium.

Batman may have been conceived as a hybrid of several predecessors, among them The Shadow, the Green Hornet and Zorro. But artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger’s six-page story “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” found in this record-setting book, already included the hallmarks of the Caped Crusader to come: his secret identity as wealthy playboy Bruce Wayne, his friendship with Commissioner Jim Gordon, and the cape and cowl and costume that rendered him “the most flamboyant masked avenger of them all,” in the words of Batman and DC Comics historian Les Daniels.

It’s little wonder that Detective Comics No. 27 currently sits at No. 2 on the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide’s Top 100 Golden Age Comics List, behind only Superman’s bow in Action Comics No. 1.

But for today, at least, Superman has to take a back seat to the Batman.

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Alamo Drafthouse Auctioning Off Rare Mondo Prints

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is inviting guests to bid on the largest and most comprehensive auction of Mondo prints ever. Drawn entirely from Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League’s personal collection of nearly 2,000 Mondo limited edition prints, the auction begins Sunday, November 29th in partnership with eMoviePoster.com. Bidding for each item begins at just $1.

“I love Mondo posters. I own quite a few of them and the interpretations of my films by the Mondo crew are a source of great pride to me,” says Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright. “It is clear they are in the middle of a very cool Venn diagram composed of huge artistic talent and a genuine love of movies.”

The auction will begin at 5:00PM on November 29th and close on December 13th. Bidders must have a free account at eMovieposter.com to bid. Everything in the auction is certified original and in mint or near mint condition. Each poster will be meticulously inspected and graded prior to the auction by the eMovieposter team.

From Tim League: “Cinemas across the country are facing extraordinary financial hardships. We are legally unable to open many of our venues, and where we can open, our capacity is significantly reduced, the product – the supply of blockbuster films – has evaporated, and our debt from accrued rent during closure continues to mount.

100% of proceeds from the sale will go towards paying staff of the Alamo Drafthouse and paying debt and expenses accrued during the COVID closures. These next four to six months are critical and the proceeds from this auction will help immensely.

If you are a Mondo collector, if you have a movie fan in your life who would like something unique under the Christmas tree this year, or if you have never purchased a poster before, we invite everyone to explore the incredible history of nearly 15 years of beautiful poster design in this auction.

Alamo Drafthouse’s history of creating special hand-silkscreened event posters dates back to early partnerships with then gig poster luminary and Mondo co-founder Rob Jones on posters for QT Fest and early outdoor Rolling Roadshow events like Cinemapocalypse. Later, Mondo Tees – the tiny iron-on T-shirt shop in the original Alamo Drafthouse’s ticket booth – began creating and releasing collectible prints that became highly sought-after, and revolutionized the film poster world.

Mondo’s reputation for graphic excellence continues with inventive, artist-driven designs for everything from the latest studio blockbusters to cult classics. That commitment to has led the company to work with a roster of world-renowned artists that include Aaron Horkey, Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Frank Kozik, Jermaine Rogers, Jason Edmiston, Jay Ryan, Jay Shaw, Jock, Tula Lotay, Laurent Durieux, Matt Taylor, Olly Moss, Stan Sakai, Shepard Fairey, Drew Struzan, Vania Zouravliov, and many more.

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Broadway Is Coming Together For Virtual The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Benefit Concert

The Actors Fund and the Lymphoma Research Foundation are proud to announce a one-night-only virtual Halloween benefit concert presentation of the songs from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Disney’s classic animated film, as interpreted by some of Broadway’s most ghoulishly talented artists. The evening will be presented by Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart, in cooperation with Tim Burton, Danny Elfman and Disney Music Group. The terrifyingly tantalizing one-night-only event will be available to stream for 24 hours, beginning Saturday, October 31 at 7 pm ET.

James Monroe Iglehart, who dazzled audiences as the Genie in his Tony Award-winning performance in Disney Theatrical’s Aladdin, and his Broadway friends, using only items and clothing found around their house combined with their imaginations, will bring this delightful evening of music, storytelling and Halloween fun to life for one-night-only. 

The cast includes: Rafael Casal (Blindspotting, Bad Education), Adrienne Warren (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Shuffle Along, Bring It On: The Musical), James Monroe Iglehart (Aladdin, Hamilton, Memphis), Danny Burstein (Moulin Rouge!, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof), Nik Walker (Ain’t Too Proud, Hamilton, Motown The Musical), Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda, EmojiLand), Rob McClure (Chaplin, Mrs. Doubtfire, Beetlejuice) and more.

“We are extremely grateful to Tim Burton, Danny Elfman and the Disney Music Group for allowing us the opportunity to bring our virtual concert interpretation of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas to everyone this Halloween,” said James Monroe Iglehart.

With door-to-door tricks and treats on hold, all are invited to indulge in this holiday classic. 

This will be a pay-per-view event available on VIMEO. Tickets are $4.99 and can be purchased HERE.

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In Search of The Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover

Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler will reunite for a good cause this Halloween season.

On Friday (September 25), Midler announced she’s conjuring up a special surprise for her annual ‘Hulaween’ fundraising gala. She’s set to reunite with her Hocus Pocus co-stars Parker and Najimy for the first time since the cult classic film premiered in 1993. Instead of terrorizing the children of a New England town this time around, the Sanderson sisters are teaming up to raise money for the New York Restoration project.

Midler renamed her annual gala In Search of the Sanderson Sisters: A Hocus Pocus Hulaween Takeover for this year’s iteration, as well as going virtual because of the ongoing pandemic. Hocus Pocus fans interested in the reunion can purchase tickets to the virtual gala, which only cost $10. All proceeds will go NYRP, which is dedicated “to creating more green space for underserved communities to grow their own food, connect, and access safe spaces directly in their neighborhood,” according to the event’s press release.

In addition to the cast reunion, the event will also limited edition Hocus Pocus-themed merchandise and virtual classes from the “Sanderson Sisters Charm School.” The virtual gala is set to take place on October 30.

Tickets and more information HERE.

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Heritage Auction To Auction The Classic Variant Cover From Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child By Rafael Grampá

“The Golden Child” is Frank Miller’s triumphant return to the world of the Dark Knight, along with superstar artist Rafael Grampá, the mastermind behind the groundbreaking “Mesmo Delivery.” 

This “The Future is Young” Rafael Grampá Dark Knight Returns: Golden Child Variant Cover original art cover shows the older, and former Robin, Carrie Kelley, as the current Batwoman. Carrie was created by Miller in his Dark Knight Returns run, and stands among the few who are credited with saving Batman’s life. 

On November 26, 2019, DC Comics posted the promotional artwork for this series on their social media, where you can see Batwoman throwing a Molotov cocktail, mixed with the phrase “The Future Is Young”. But as soon as it was released, the publisher decided to delete the promo, and in a movement of revolt against possible censorship by China, protesters in Hong Kong adopted the art as a symbol of the protests. The controversy took on worldwide proportions and this art created by Grampá became featured in The GuardianNewsweekBusiness InsiderEntertainment Weekly, New York Post, Rolling Stone, and in hundreds of other vehicles around the planet. 

The Future is Young – Dark Knight Returns: Golden Child Variant Cover Art
By Rafael Grampá Created in ink and graphite on Bristol board 
Image area of 11″ x 16″
Includes a signed Batman print
In Excellent condition
Item was consigned by the artist to Heritage Auction

Collectors are invited to place a bid until September 13th 2020 HERE.

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How To Get A Limited Signed Lithograph of The Rock Bottom Remainders Band

Join the Rock Bottom Remainders supporting the Book Industry Charitable Foundation helping booksellers during the pandemic.

The Rock Bottom Remainders is a band that includes some of today’s most shining literary lights. Members have included: Dave Barry, Tad Bartimus, Roy Blount, Jr., Michael Dorris, Robert Fulghum, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Matt Groening, Josh Kelly, Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver, Greil Marcus, Dave Marsh, Ridley Pearson, Joel Selvin, Amy Tan, and others.

The first 50 donations of $750 or more get a limited signed lithograph of the band created by Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist David Horsey and signed by all members of the band.

Click HERE for more information and make a donation.

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Pokémon Card, One of Only Seven Made, Could Be Worth $100K+

A pristine copy of arguably the most sought-after Pokémon card in the world could bring $100,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction July 9-12 in Dallas, Texas.

Pokémon Super Secret Battle “No. 1 Trainer” Trainer Promo Hologram Trading Card (1999) is one of just seven copies known to exist, and of those, six carry a PSA Gem Mint 10 grade.

“This unique card can easily be the centerpiece of any serious Pokémon card collection,” said Jesus Garcia, Assistant Comics & Comic Art Operations Supervisor at Heritage Auctions. “These cards were given to the winners of regional Pokémon tournaments, of which there were only seven, making this an exceedingly rare prize among collectors. The perfect grade is important, of course, but the sheer rarity of the card is the main reason why it is an inarguable must-have for serious Pokémon collectors.”

The card reads “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognized here, and this honor is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.”

So secretive was the tournament that the competitors only found out the location of the final round after winning a regional tournament. The finals took place Aug. 22, 1999, in Tokyo.

The Pikachu Illustrator is widely regarded as the most expensive Pokémon card; according to psacard.com, there are 19 Pikachu Illustrator cards certified. But the Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer card is even more rare, with just seven copies known to exist.

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Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert To Stream On YouTube On May 15

Queen and Eagle Rock Entertainment have partnered with The Mercury Phoenix Trust to present a Special YouTube Premiere Screening of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in support of the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization.

This Friday, May 15th the Official Queen YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/queen) will be premiering a special stream of the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert as part of the ongoing fight with COVID-19, with all donations supporting the World Health Organisation. Google.org is matching $2 for every $1 donated. This ongoing Google/YouTube UN Foundation campaign fundraiser is running through June 30, 2020. The concert will be available for 48 hours only.

Click HERE to watch on Friday at 7pm (BST) / 2pm (EST) / 11am (PST)

The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness took place on Easter Monday, 20th April 1992 at Wembley Stadium in front of a 72,000 sold-out crowd and global broadcast audience of over one billion. The concert was a tribute to Queen’s lead vocalist, Freddie Mercury, who died of AIDS on 24 November 1991. Queen’s remaining members Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon were joined on stage by many of the biggest acts in the world including David Bowie, George Michael, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Guns N’ Roses, Robert Plant, Metallica, Liza Minelli, Def Leppard, Seal, Roger Daltrey and many more. The concert was to be the last large scale live event John Deacon performed with Queen.

The profits from the concert were used to launch The Mercury Phoenix Trust. The trust is a core part of Queen and Freddie’s legacy and has gone on to provide in excess of £17m to over 1000 projects in 57 countries in the ongoing fight against AIDS worldwide – www.mercuryphoenixtrust.com

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Kurt Cobain’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ Guitar Could Sell For $1 Million

The guitar that Kurt Cobain played during his 1993 “MTV Unplugged” performance is expected to sell at auction next month for at least $1 million. The rare D-18E guitar is listed with a number of other items once owned by the Nirvana frontman, who died by suicide in 1994, approximately five months after the New York show.

“This important guitar has earned its rightful place in Rock ‘N’ Roll history as the instrument played by one of rock’s most influential musicians and icons in one of the greatest and most memorable live performances of all time,” said Darren Julien, President of Julien’s Auctions, in a press release. The auction house is hosting the sale in Beverly Hills, Hollywood.

The guitar was previously owned by Cobain’s daughter Frances Bean Cobain, who reportedly gave it up during an acrimonious divorce from her former husband, musician Isaiah Silva.

Just the seventh of only 302 D-18Es built, the guitar was customized by Cobain with a Bartolini pickup. The guitar will arrive in an original hardshell case decorated by Cobain, along with a half-used pack of Martin guitar strings, three picks, and a suede “stash” bag decorated with a miniature silver spoon, fork, and knife. It will be on display starting May 15 at the Hard Rock Cafe in Piccadilly Circus and at Julien’s Auctions Gallery in Beverly Hills starting June 15 ahead of its auction on Friday, June 19 – Saturday, June 20.

More info HERE.

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Little People Community Champions Special Edition Figure Set

Thank the helpers in your life, or show your child the heroism of helping, with this special edition Little People Community Champions figure set from Fisher-Price. 

This giftable set features 5 community helpers brought down to Little People toy size including a doctor, a nurse, an emergency medical technician, a delivery driver and a grocery store worker. Each of these community champions work hard every day to help us stay healthy, safe and stocked with everything we need.

Beginning April 29, 2020, through May 31, 2020, $15 from each online purchase of this figure set will be donated by Mattel to The Entertainment Industry Foundation, in support of #FirstRespondersFirst, a fund dedicated to providing essential supplies, equipment and resources for protecting frontline healthcare workers and their families.

Order HERE for $20. All orders for this item are expected to ship by 12/31/20.

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