Sunday is the fourth and final day of the Superman Celebration, and things really start to wind down. Most of the special guests have departed, and all the major events have been done, with quite a large number of those in attendance leaving to return to their homes, be it by car or by plane.
I headed up to Artist Alley, where I spoke with Art Baltazar, the artist and creator of children’s comic books like “Tiny Titans” and “Superman Family Adventures”. The man is a bundle of energy and really cool to talk to. I think you’ll enjoy the video interview I grabbed with him. Look for it to be posted here in a few days (as soon as I get time to edit and upload everything together). He’s got an upcoming comic book series titled “The Superman of Smallville” which sounds like fun.
I was able to catch a screening of the “Supermen: World War” fan film by DJC Filmz, which was quite impressive. I snagged an interview with the writer/director and the actor who played Superman, which you’ll see posted in the next few days. The film isn’t available online yet, but you can find the trailer and bloopers online.
The “Stump the Experts” trivia event was fun, with fellow fans trying to out do each other with their knowledge of all things Superman. Compare Chris made me feel very welcome, with the crowd in attendance giving me a nice cheer when he asked me to introduce myself when I got up on the microphone for my turn. I’m pleased to say I wasn’t ejected on the first question asked of me… that would have been embarrasing. Continue reading
A vintage 1938 copy of “Action Comics #1” featuring the debut appearance of Superman recently sold at auction for $573,600 this past Thursday, May 10th in Chicago.
Heritage Auctions reports that the highly sought after comic was graded 4.0 out of 10 by the Certified Guaranty Company – CGC Comics and sold for roughly $80,000 less than its estimated value of $650,000.
In 2014, another original copy of “Action Comics #1” rated at 9.0 out of 10 and in “pristine” condition sold for $3,207,852 in an online eBay auction.
A rare original copy of Batman #1 (April 25, 1940) featuring the first appearances of both the Joker and Catwoman also sold for $227,050.
Taking home the top sales price at the auction was fantasy and science fiction artist Frank Frazetta’s “Death Dealer 6” painting which sold for $1,792,500; nearly three times it’s estimated price of $600,000.
All together, the Heritage Comics and Arts Auction took in a total of $8,395,272 in sales. For a complete listing of items and sale prices.
The latest rumor concerning “Man of Steel 2” comes from Revenge of the Fans Editor-in-Chief Mario-Francisco Robles who states that Warner Bros. is supposedly targeting a 2020 release for the highly anticipated film.
Even though there is currently no director or script attached to the project, Robles revealed the latest update via the latest episode of El Fanboy Podcast suggesting that the studio is in the process of moving full-speed ahead on the direct sequel to the 2013 film.
As with all prior rumors concerning the film, this latest news should be taken with a grain of salt as it is not being reported direct from the studio or an official source and Robles himself has even stressed that, for now, it is strictly a rumor.
That being said, reports have stated that Matthew Vaughn has previously been in talks to direct “Man of Steel 2” and Superman himself, Henry Cavill has been teasing a return to the role in quite a few recent interviews. However, this still doesn’t guarantee a theatrical return of the Man of Steel in 2020.
Currently, Warner Bros. has three films lined up for release in the new future; James Wan’s “Aquaman” on December 21st, David Sandberg’s “Shazam!” in 2019, and Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman 2” on November 1st, 2019.
The Metropolis Super Con 2018 is set for Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10 during the annual Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL.
The Superman Celebration starts Thursday June 7 and runs through Sunday and attracts up to 25,000 visitors, according to the Metropolis Chamber of Commerce. For a full list of all the fantastic Superman Celebration festivities and guests, visit their website at supermancelebration.net.
The Metropolis Super Con once again is free and open to the public and will feature over 40 vendor tables. Fans of Superman and the whole Movie-TV-Comic Book genre will find plenty of merchandise and collectibles. Vendor merchandise will run the gamut of these and other fields and such specialty items as: Comic books, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, Gaming, Movie and TV, Star Wars, Star Trek, artwork, vintage and newer toys, action figures, die-cast vehicles, costumes and accessories, music memorabilia, advertising, trading cards and more!
The Super Con is located at 715 Market Street, next to Thor’s Gym, caddy-corner from the Lois Lane statue, and 2 and 1/2 blocks from the Superman Statue. This is the fourth year Super Con will be held at the same location, so come on out from the heat and enjoy the air conditioning while you browse for your favorite collectible! Convention hours are Friday 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Sunday 10 AM to 2:00 PM.