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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

A new world record has been set. A comic book has just made headlines simply because of its selling price. The very first issue of Superman was sold today for a whopping one million dollars.

This first edition of the comic was released in 1938, giving comic book fans a taste of what good things would come from the superhero series.

According to the New York Times, the sale was made over the website ComicConnect.com and was orchestrated by owner Stephen Fishler. He said that the opportunity to buy such a rare item comes few and far between. Also, he admitted that the transaction took place shortly after the comic book was listed for sale on the site.

The buyer of the comic has not been revealed, but it is said that he is someone of prominence around New York City. (Well, yeah, you’d have to be to spend one million dollars on a comic book.)

Today, there are very few comics that fall into the same category as the first issue of Superman. Those that do exist most likely reside in the care of wealthy comic book owners who make sure they are kept in pristine condition. The odds of us seeing something like his happen again anytime soon are fairly small.

The best part about this story is that the original first edition Superman sold for 10 cents in 1938!


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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Let’s face it. Some people are just born to be unbalanced, uncoordinated, and generally klutzy. They may stumble through life, wreaking havoc wherever they go. But some people truly take the cake.

Here’s the story…

Imagine you are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. You are admiring one of Picasso’s great masterpieces, a famous painting called “The Actor.” An art class comes along to study the painting, and then WHAM — one of the students loses her balance and falls into the painting, ripping a six-inch hole in the bottom of the canvas.

That is precisely what happened last Friday.

The woman, who has not been named, seems to have just lost her balance, but the Metropolitan Museum of Art would not give reporters any indication as to why.

According to an article in the Associated Press, “The Met said the damage did not impact the ‘focal point of the composition’ and that it should be repaired in the coming weeks ahead of a major Picasso retrospective featuring some 250 works at the museum opening on April 27.”

Talk about embarrassing. I don’t think I would ever be able to live that one down if that were me. I wonder if the museum is making her pay for it…

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