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August 7: John Glover, Lionel Luthor in Smallville, born in Salisbury, Maryland in 1944.
August 7: Writer Paul Dini (Superman: The Animated Series) born in 1957.
August 7: Michael Shannon, Zod in the 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1974.
August 7: Eric Johnson, Whitney Fordman in Smallville, born in Edmonton, AB in 1979.
August 9-10: Dean Cain appearing at Steel City Con at the Monroeville Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
August 12: Young Justice: The Complete First Season released on Blu-ray.
August 14: Phyllis Thaxter, Martha Kent in Superman: The Movie, dies in 2012, aged 90.
August 15: Scott Cranford, the official town Superman of Metropolis Illinois from 2000-2007, born in 1967.
August 16: Superman Plaque dedication taking place at 5400 Wilbur Ave, Tarzana, California.
August 17: Traditionally recognized as the birthday of Lois Lane.
August 20: Amy Adams, Lois Lane in 2013 Man of Steel movie, born in Aviano, Italy in 1974.
August 24: In 1993, Superman returns from the dead in Superman #82.
August 28: Writer and artist Jack Kirby (Superman's Pal: Jimmy Olsen) born in 1917.
August 30: Glenn Ford, Jonathan Kent in Superman: The Movie, dies in 2006, aged 90.

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August 16, 2014: "Action Comics #1" Ebay Auction Hits $1.6 Million on First DayPrint

Action Comics #1 The Ebay auction for a 9.0 VF/NM graded 1938 edition of "Action Comics #1" has already reach $1.6 million in the first day of bidding.

The issue, one of less than 50 unrestored copies believed to remain today, being sold by Darren Adams who owns Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Seattle, is expected to fetch over $3 million by time the auction ends in just over 8 days.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics #34Print

Action Comics #34

Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics #34

Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 6, 2014

Cover date: October 2014

Superman Doomed: Last Sun - Chapter One: "Assimilation"

Writer: Greg Pak
Penciller: Aaron Kuder and Scott Kolins
Inker: Aaron Kuder and Scott Kolins

Reviewed by: Michael Bailey

    That...that was awesome.

    I haven't been that excited after reading a Superman comic in a long time. In all honesty the last time I got this much of a charge was during the whole REIGN OF THE DOOMSDAYS thing, so it's kind of weird that the next story to get me going after that also involves Doomsday.

    I'm trying to find a way to write this review without repeating everything I have been saying about this story since it started. When they first announced DOOMED I was open to the story but I had no idea I would end up enjoying it as much as I have. I like that the creators involved decided to play with us readers by making us think the main thrust of this story was going to deal with Superman falling victim to the Doomsday Virus. He did and it was interesting to see that play out but now we have Brainiac and Mongul and Non and the Phantom King and seven billion people under alien control and it's all so freaking good.

Click here to read the complete review of Action Comics #34.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Smallville: Chaos - Chapter #11Print

Smallville: Chaos - Chapter #11

Mild Mannered Reviews - Smallville: Chaos - Chapter #11

Released Digitally: August 15, 2014

"Chaos" - Part 11

Writer: Bryan Q. Miller
Artists: Agustin Padilla
Colorist: Carrie Strachan

Reviewed by: Matt Schorr

    I wanted to enjoyed this issue. It continues with the wild, fun ride that is "Chaos". But the part with Superman surviving the Bleed just doesn't sit well with me.

    Please, allow me to explain...

    Scenes like this are what so many non-Superman fans (or perhaps I should say "anti-Superman" fans) point to and say "See? He's too powerful. That's why he sucks." And in this case, they'd sort of be right. We've been told for the past few issues Superman can't survive Bleed Space anymore than Lois can. But once he's shot out of the ship, he simply doubles back and tears a hole in the ship's hull. To be fair, at least he appears to be struggling a bit, but it still negates most of what we've been told up to this point. "He can't survive Bleed Space ... He can't survive Bleed Space ... Wait! He survived." It feels cheap and lazy, from a storytelling standpoint. And while I've pointed out flaws in Miller's storytelling here and there, he's better than this.

Click here to read the complete review of Smallville: Chaos - Chapter #11.


August 16, 2014: Enter the Capstone Superhero Book Giveaway!Print

Capstone Books DC Comics and Capstone are giving young fans a chance to win a collection of Capstone Young Readers Superhero books!

    Calling all parents of Pre-K children! Give your kids a head start on reading with these easy-to-follow board books from Capstone Young Readers. With the help of Superman and Wonder Woman, your child will learn their colors, ABCs, and words attributed to each character's storyline.

    In the next two weeks, we're giving away 5 sets of the four featured board books. That means that you have an even greater chance of winning (especially if you enter every day)!

    Get your kids to know the characters that you've loved since childhood and teach them the building blocks of reading all at the same time. Enter today!

The contest ends on August 31, 2014 at 11.59pm PDT.


August 16, 2014: Retro Review - "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman"Print

Lois & Clark Superman Homepage reviewer Rob Ó Conchúir continues reviewing episodes from "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" for those nostalgic for the 1990s.

Check out his review of the Season 3 episode titled "Double Jeopardy" in which Clark becomes suspicious of the Lois Lane clone, the clone decides to kill Lois so that only the clone will have Clark, and Lois has an accident and wakes up thinking she is Wanda Detroit, a character in an old novel she wrote.


August 15, 2014: Superman Homepage "Speeding Bulletin" News VideoPrint

Speeding Bulletin Here's the "Speeding Bulletin" video report for the period August 8-14, 2014.

The "Speeding Bulletin" is your weekly Superman news video, recapping the latest events in the world of Superman. It also includes the "Great Scott!" segment brought to you by Scotty V.

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Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics Annual #3Print

Action Comics Annual #3

Mild Mannered Reviews - Action Comics Annual #3

Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 6, 2014

Cover date: September 2014

Superman Doomed: Last Sun - Chapter Four: "My Body is a Cage"

Writer: Greg Pak
Penciller: Ken Lashley, Aaron Kuder, Jack Herbert, Cliff Richards, Julius Gopez, Will Conrad and Pascal Alixe
Inker: Ken Lashley, Aaron Kuder, Vicente Cifuente, Cliff Richards, Will Conrad and Pascal Alixe

Reviewed by: Michael Bailey

    This was a very solid chapter in the DOOMED storyline. I had one minor problem but overall I liked what I read here. It hit all the right beats, had some great moments for Lois Lane and even though it was telling the same story from a different perspective as another annual I didn't feel like I absolutely had to read it for this story to make sense.

    Minor quibble first; I remain a tad annoyed that once again we have a big Superman story and Batman is involved. On one hand I like the fact that they are friends again and I think that all parties involved have made that friendship work. On the other hand Batman is in a bunch of titles these days. It would have been nice to let Superman have the spotlight here.

    This was made up for by Lois' end of the story. This has been one of the sub-plots that I have been interested in the most, mainly because of Lois' position in the Superman universe and to see her under control and speaking out against the Man of Steel made for a nice wrinkle. To see Lois break free of Brainiac's control tells me that Greg Pak has as good a handle on Lois as a character as he does with Lana. While the two are not romantically involved it was nice to have them share not only a scene but a pivotal scene for the story as a whole. To be fair things kind of went to hell there at the end but that was to be expected. Before that we got to see Lois say that she believes in Superman and to me that is very important.

Click here to read the complete review of Action Comics Annual #3.


Mild Mannered Reviews - Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1Print

Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1

Mild Mannered Reviews - Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1

Scheduled to arrive in stores: August 6, 2014

Cover date: September 2014

Superman Doomed: Last Sun - Chapter Three: "The Promise"

Writer: Charles Soule
Penciller: Ed Benes, Tony Daniel, Pascual Alixe, Cliff Richards, Jack Herbert
Inker: Jaime Mendoza, Matt Banning, Vicente Cifuentes, Pascual Alixe, Cliff Richards
Cover: Tony Daniel and Tomeu Morey

Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

    Sweet Grace. This is an engorged issue in terms of creators and story. That is by no means a good thing. There is just too many things occurring for the proposed theme of the story, the purport of the matter to make any headway through the clutter and constriction that is this annual. Worse, nothing that's going on carries any significance towards the events that have transpired before and during this issue. Superman: Doomed, is a story in the same vein as Panic in the Sky, an excellent story not only for its ideas, but for its execution. It also differs in the fact that Superman, in that storyline, is a respected leader of the superhero community. In Superman: Doomed, Superman is just another hero, and frankly, not one who inspires or reassures the community, let alone the people he is supposed to defend. Superman or Superdoom's diminished state is coupled with the fact that his mere presence is a liability, he's fighting for dominance of himself with the greatest killer he's ever known, and we're being told that there is a part of Superman, or Clark Kent that actually wants to kill. That is quite the Bumpstead to consume, and it's thoroughly unappetising in its presentation. Oh, there's also the continuously dysfunctional relationship of Superman and Wonder Woman, let's not forget about that.

Click here to read the complete review of Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #1.


August 14, 2014: Affleck on Batfleck Fan ReactionsPrint

Batman Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Ben Affleck took some time out from filming to discuss being cast to play Batman in the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", how he feels about the online reaction, and why he took on the role. Here's an excerpt from the article...

    Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, "Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There's a lot of active fans with a lot of opinions." To me, having been through a certain amount of that, it doesn't really... Everyone's entitled to their opinion. I wouldn't have taken the part if I didn't trust my instincts in terms of the filmmaking. I think Chris Terrio wrote a terrific script. Zack's a great visual director. And there's an interesting take. I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think I could do it. I have the benefit of a lot of that understanding. But also, everyone is entitled to their opinion. That's a big part of this international sport. The Fifty Shades of Grey kid or whatever it is. That's sort of become a thing.

    Fans feel like their vote counts.

    You know what? It's great that people do care that much. They want to see the movie that much. And it is incumbent on you to honor the story. There are the Greek myths and these are the American myths. The American myths are these superheroes. People care about 'em a lot. And it's incumbent on you to do a good job and make it as excellent as you possibly can. At the end of the day, the movie's all that matters.

Source: EW.com


August 14, 2014: John Romita Sr. Draws "Superman" Cover DebutPrint

Superman #34 Variant Superman #34 Variant John Romita Sr., father of current "Superman" artists John Romita Jr., and legendary artist in his own right, has come out of retirement to draw a variant cover for issue #34 of the comic book, which will be available later this month.

As for working with DC Comics, he reminds The Hollywood Reporter, "I worked there in prehistoric times for about eight years," he joked. "It was between 1958 and '65. In those eight years, I did a lot of romance comics."

    This new cover is "the first time I've done Superman on a [comic book] cover," the 84-year-old artist said. "I've done a few sketches when we used to do crossovers, and a couple of paperback covers that had Superman on them, and I've done Superman on sketches for kids on conventions. DC called me and asked me if I would be interested in doing a variant cover, and I told them as long as it wasn't a crowd scene, I'd try it."

"Superman #34", featuring a regular cover by Romita Jr. and variant by Romita Sr., will be released digitally and in comic book stores August 27.


August 14, 2014: Bidding on Finest Known Copy of "Action Comics #1" Starts Today!Print

Action Comics #1 An online ebay auction to sell the most well preserved copy of the 1938 "Action Comics #1" comic book known to exist started today, with the book expected to fetch over $3 million.

The book is being sold by Darren Adams, who owns Pristine Comics in Federal Way, Seattle.

    "I've been in business 28 years and you chase a lot of leads hoping to find something like this," said Adams. "This is the needle in the haystack, because most books are not preserved with such quality."

    According to Adams, the original owner purchased the comic in 1938 and put it in a cedar box, a nearly perfect way to preserve it. A collector later bought it, and Adams later bought it from him, at a pretty price. But he always planned to sell it. He recently turned down an offer of $3 million, and instead has opted to put it up for bid on eBay.com beginning Thursday.

    "Over 75 people from 24 countries have already applied for bidding," said Adams. "Hopefully, you have one that wants it as bad as the other, and whoever's pockets empty out first is where it stops."

1% of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

Source: Q13Fox.com


August 14, 2014: How the "Batman v Superman" SDCC Teaser Should Have EndedPrint

Dawn of Justice The folks at "How It Should Have Ended" are back with another animated short, this time taking aim at the "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" teaser promo Zack Snyder took to San Diego Comic Con.


August 14, 2014: Greg Pak Explores Clark Kent's Humanity in "Superman: Doomed"Print

Action Comics #34 Greg Pak spoke with ComicBookResources.com about the impact of the "Superman: Doomed" saga, and what it means for Clark Kent. Here's part of the interview...

    What has infecting Superman with the Doomsday virus allowed you to do in terms of putting the action in "Action Comics"?

    It certainly raises the emotional stakes. Part of this story is a test of Clark and how strong he is, not physically, but emotionally. We're looking at how strong his heart is. How strong is that heroic spirit inside of him? What happens through much of this story is that even when he's SuperDoom, Clark is trying to do a lot of things that he would do as Superman. He's coming back to Earth to save the day, even though he's going to SuperDoom-out. In a way, that heroic heart of his may be making him even more dangerous. He is convinced that the world needs him to save the day, but if SuperDoom completely takes over, then he could destroy everything. He just can't stay away because he needs to help people. The devilish nature of the SuperDoom virus is that it takes Superman's greatest virtues and uses them against him and against us.

    Yes, the conceit allows us to have massive action and hopefully allows for big, crazy, visceral things that you've seen before in a Superman comic, but at the same time, and more importantly, it gives us a big emotional arc. What is the essence of Clark Kent? What is the essence of Superman? Can he resist this massive threat to his emotional center? And what happens when you strip away Superman's trust in himself? Those are great questions to tackle as storytellers.

Read the entire interview at the CBR website.