Rare Superman comic sells for $175,000


A rare copy of the comic book featuring Superman’s first appearance that went undiscovered for more than 70 years in the insulation of a Minnesota house has sold for $175,000.

The high bidder for the copy of Action Comics No. 1 in the online auction was a “hard-core, golden- age comic book collector,” Stephen Fishler, CEO of, said Tuesday. The buyer’s name was not released. Fifty-one offers were submitted before bidding closed Monday night.

But Fishler said the buyer had been looking for several months for a lower-grade, unrestored copy of the Man of Steel’s debut, rather than a copy in better condition that could have cost well over $1 million.

Fishler estimates there are only about 100 known copies of Action Comics No. 1, which was published in 1938. He said it’s prized not only for its rarity but because Superman was the archetype of all comic book superheroes to come.

This copy was found by David Gonzalez among old newspapers in the ceiling insulation of a house he was restoring in the small western Minnesota town of Hoffman.

‘Duck Dynasty’ Christmas album due


O come, all ye faithful “Duck Dynasty” fans: Santa Claus is not the only jolly man with a beard who will be celebrating Christmas this year.

The men — and women — of the Robertson family who star in A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” will be putting down their duck calls and putting on their most-festive camouflage gear for their first Christmas album, “Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas.”

Universal Music Group of Nashville will release the album Oct. 29.

The family members will show off their church-trained voices, as well as their brand of down-home humor, on the album, which also will feature some special guest stars.

Jennifer Lopez: ‘We’re realizing our power’


Jennifer Lopez says Latinos in the United States are starting to realize their power in politics and media, and that makes the timing good for her latest undertaking: Lobbying for greater diversity in TV programming.

The actress and entertainer spoke Wednesday at the Cable Show, a communications convention, ahead of new programming set to launch July 18 on the NUVOtv network. Lopez is chief creative officer of the English- language Latino channel.

She said these are exciting times for Latinos. Lopez adds, “We’re really growing as a community, and we’ve come into a place where we deserve to be considered and served and catered to.”

Lopez was meeting later Wednesday with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, the National Council of La Raza and Sens. Harry Reid and Bob Menendez.

Vindicator wire services

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