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Netflix Makes Its First Acquisition

Scoops up Millarworld in major comic-book company deal

(Newser) - Netflix has made its first acquisition: comic book publisher Millarworld, whose graphic novels Kick-Ass, Wanted, and Kingsman have already graced the silver screen. CNBC says Netflix plans to create new films and shows for both kids and adults based on Millarworld characters. While there's no word on how much... More »

Thor Just Became Female

But this is still Thor, not She-Thor, people

(Newser) - We have seen the future Thor, and she is female: In a rather startling change, Marvel revealed today (to The View, naturally?) what it calls "one of the most shocking and exciting changes" to rattle the ranks of its biggest heroes—it seems our "classic Thunder God" is... More »

Here's How Archie Dies

So stop reading this if you don't want to know

(Newser) - As you've perhaps been dreading since April , Archie Andrews is going to die (sort of) on Wednesday. The beloved comic book character will be killed off in the issue of Life With Archie that comes out that day (but he'll remain alive in the other Archie Comics series),... More »

Calvin and Hobbes Creator Makes Secret Return

Bill Watterson draws several 'Pearls Before Swine' strips

(Newser) - It's been almost 20 years since Bill Watterson stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes, and we've hardly heard from him since. But this week, another comic, Pearls Before Swine, took on a new style—and fans speculated that something unusual might be going on. They were right: Much of... More »

This Is Your New 'Wonder Woman'

Gal Gadot cast in 'Superman vs. Batman'

(Newser) - It's official: DC Comics has just picked one lucky lady—or should we say Gal—for the role of Wonder Woman in the upcoming flick Superman vs. Batman. Israeli bombshell Gal Gadot will play the lasso-wielding, bracelet-clad superheroine. Gadot, 28, was named Miss Israel in 2004 and competed in... More »

Man Pays for Wedding ... With Spider-Man Comic

Bought it for 12 cents, sold it for almost $8K

(Newser) - Richard Schaen, 69, was worried about how to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding. Then his spidey senses started tingling. Schaen unearthed his old comic book collection, which had been gathering dust in his Ohio home. Inside, he discovered a copy of Amazing Spider-Man No. 1, which he had... More »

Coming Back to the Big Screen: Peanuts

But feature film won't be out until 2015

(Newser) - It's either good news or bad news for Peanuts fans, depending on your faith in 20th Century Fox: Charles Schulz's classic comic strip is coming back to the big screen. The Peanuts feature film, written by Schulz's son Craig, grandson Bryan, and Cornelius Uliano, hits theaters Nov.... More »

Archie Celebrates Gay Wedding

Kevin Keller marries in January issue

(Newser) - The Archie gay wedding is here. Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in Archie’s hometown of Riverdale, is getting married as promised in the January issue of Life With Archie. Kevin, who serves in the US military, and his African-American partner, Clay Walker, met in a military hospital.... More »

Family Circus Creator Bil Keane Dead at 89

Family-oriented strip was 'last frontier of wholesome family humor'

(Newser) - Family Circle creator Bil Keane, whose single-panel cartoons have appeared in newspapers across the country for some 50 years, died yesterday. He was 89. The AP recounts a 1995 conversation with Keane, in which he attributed his comic's staying power to its simplicity and consistency. "It's reassuring,... More »

Superman Renounces US Citizenship

But he'll go on representing the same values on a global scale

(Newser) - OK, so technically he's an alien, but really, what's more American than Superman? Heck, even his outfit is red and blue. But after years of fighting for "truth, justice, and the American way," the Man of Steel announced he's going to renounce his US citizenship... More »

Comic-Con Comes to India

Event will be held in New Delhi for the first time

(Newser) - Comic books are gaining Hollywood cachet and, apparently, global appeal. For the first time, India will host a comics convention similar to the huge San Diego Comic-Con, the Telegraph reports. “Comics is big business in India right now and we felt this was the perfect moment to host our... More »

NSA: Hey Kids! Spy on Your Family!

Agency's CryptoKids cartoons touts fun projects like computer surveillance

(Newser) - New CryptoKids cartoons created by the National Security Agency urge wanna-be baby spies to make and break codes, pick up languages for easy eavesdropping, and oh, hey, monitor family computers so they know exactly what everyone in the house is doing. The character Decipher Dog discusses his "favorite project"... More »

New Comic Hero: Muslim Boy in Wheelchair

Silver Scorpion the brainchild of disabled US, Syrian kids

(Newser) - It's a bird, it's a plane, it's... well, this time it's something a bit different: The latest comic-book hero will be a wheelchair-bound Muslim boy who lost his legs in a landmine accident, reports the AP. The Silver Scorpion began to take shape when a US philanthropist, inspired by President... More »

Comebacks We'd Love to See

Prince, Julie Andrews, Francis Ford Coppola deserve another chance

(Newser) - Whether they're clearly taking anything just for the money or out-and-out slumming, numerous pop culture icons are mired in a rut of underachievement. The Onion A.V. Club staff fields a question from a Sylvester Stallone loyalist and lists more artists deserving of a second chance:
  • Sam Adams can't quit
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Holy Kryptonite! Superman Debut Fetches $1.5M

'Hardcore fan' pays record-smashing price for Action Comics #1

(Newser) - Superman's first appearance has sold for a price that would have allowed his creators Seigel & Shuster to retire on the spot. A mint-condition copy of Action Comics No. 1 from 1938 went for $1.5 million on Internet auction site Comics Connect. The sale broke the record for the... More »

Check Out the 2010 Stamps

Katharine Hepburn, Mother Teresa, Negro Leagues baseball make the cut

(Newser) - Nobel Prize winner Mother Teresa, Oscar-winning actress Katharine Hepburn, singing cowboy Gene Autry, artist Winslow Homer, and Pulitzer Prize winner Bill Mauldin will be honored on US postage stamps next year. Other new stamps will honor baseball's Negro Leagues, the Sunday funnies and the Hawaiian rain forest, the AP reports.... More »

Disney to Buy Marvel for $4B

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co. says it is acquiring Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man into the Disney family. Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters. Marvel shareholders will receive $30 per share in cash plus... More »

Disabled Identify With Heroes at Comic-Con

'You have legs, you can become a warrior,' says fan at SD convention

(Newser) - It’s no accident that some of Comic-Con's most popular heroes are X-Men’s wheelchair-bound professor and Daredevil’s blind avenger. Many of the San Diego convention’s 125,000 guests say they relate to the struggles of their favorite superheroes, the Los Angeles Times reports. “You feel like... More »

Bo Obama Becomes Comic Book Star

(Newser) - Just in time for back-to-school shopping, the first family’s puppy will star in his own comic book, MTV reports. Puppy Power: Bo Obama, due out in September, will offer what the publisher calls an “insider’s look at the White House.” In the works from the same... More »

A Tough Guy for Everyone

Why Wolverine has had such lasting appeal

(Newser) - Wolverine has endured. The character has two comic-book series, a new blockbuster movie, and his own exhibit at New York’s comic museum 35 years after being introduced as a sidekick. Why has Wolverine had such long lasting appeal? With a dark, mysterious past, and a “penchant for berserker... More »

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