A Guide to Superman’s Kryptonite

A Guide to Superman's Kryptonite

This is the first infographic that I have designed in my entire life and it turned out to be quite decent. After two hours of us posting it on Collectibly’s blog, it went viral on tumblr. 200+ likes and reblogs totally got us by surprised. We didn’t expect the responses to be that many though because it’s the first time that we have churned out this kind of content. It’s like experimenting with new stuffs all the time and we never know what will be the result. It can be good, it can be bad, but at least we learnt our lessons. It’s basically the gist of a start-up’s life. So after all, our hypothesis is confirmed: people love infographics.

There were a good mix of both positive and negative responses, which is good because at least the content is interesting and controversial enough to spark some heated discussions. So I hope you enjoy reading it and do feel free to give me feedback because I would love to hear from all of you!

You can find the original blog post on Collectibly’s site by clicking onto the picture. Have a great weekend ahead!
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RARE ACTION COMICS #1 ‘FOUND IN WALL’ SOLD FOR US$175,000

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Here is another interesting story dedicated to all Superman fans and comic collectors out there. If you have been following all the Superman related updates in the past few weeks, you might have come across this piece of news – a copy of Action Comics #1 had been found in the insulation of an old house in Minnesota – where it had apparently dwelled for the last 75 years.

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Listed for auction at ComicConnect.com in the end of May and graded CGC 1.5 by the Certified Guaranty Company, this extraordinary comic book has just been sold for $175,000 on June 11. This is a quite impressive price for such a low grade comic book, given the fact that it is the highly-coveted original copy of Action Comics #1. In comparison, a copy in CGC 1.8 was sold by Comic Connect for $116,000 in 2010 and a CGC 2.0 was sold in December 2012 for $175,000.  

Being referred to as “the grail in the wall” and “a virgin copy” by ComicConnect’s spokesperson, it is understandable that this item could fetch the record price compared to other comics of the same grade because collectors appreciate the unusual story behind its discovery.

David Gonzales, who have bought the old house and discovered the valuable comic book while taking down the wall’s insulation, said that its back cover was torn in an argument with his wife’s relatives. Unfortunately, this damage resulted in diminishing the comic’s value by approximately $75,000. 

Action Comics #1, which marks the debut of our legendary hero – Superman,  has been particularly well-known for its mind-blowing price every time a new item goes for sale. This issue was published in 1938 and costed only 10 cents back then.

On March 19, 2010, ComicConnect.com sold another copy for $1.5 million just a few weeks ago after another copy of the issue sold for $1 million. However, twice before 2010, it had fetched the highest prices of $86,000 in 1992 and $150,000 in 1997.

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In 2011, another ultra-rare and pristine copy of Action Comics #1 (graded 9.0/10) was sold at $2,160,000, which has become the world’s most expensive comic ever since. It was speculated to be the one that once belonged to famous actor Nicholas Cage, which was stolen from him in 2000.

Experts in the comic world commented that this kind of investment has become a trend recently especially during the gloomy economic periods because rare collectibles’ values are more reliable than that of property or shares. 

This is another blog post that I have written for Collectibly. Here’s the link to the original blog post. Do check it out and thanks for reading!

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Sources: www.bbc.co.ukwww.today.commost-expensive.comwww.hollywoodreporter.comwww.bleedingcool.com

10 things that you might not know about Superman

Hi guys! I wrote this article for my company’s blog last week. Make sure that you equip yourself with these 10 Super-facts before heading for Man of Steel! Btw, check out Collectibly blog if you are craving for more posts about the Last Son of Krypton: http://blog.collectib.ly/.

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Superman, one of the world’s most iconic superheroes, will celebrate his 75th birthday this year ever since his comic book debut back in 1938. Since his first appearance in the highly-coveted Action Comics #1, Superman has always been a comic legend that represents “Truth, Justice and The American Way”.

14th June is going to be a big day for all Superman fans out there as “Man of Steel” marks the return of Superman to the silver screen after 7 long years. 3 official trailers and 12 (spoiler-ish) TV spots later, everybody (that includes you. Why else would you be reading this?) is eagerly anticipating their turn at catching the son of Krypton in action again.

But just how much of a super-fan are you? Let’s find out.

Here are 10 super-facts that you might not know:

1. SUPERMAN AND CLARK KENT HAVE DIFFERENT BIRTHDAYS AND HAVE BEEN SEEN TOGETHER

Most of the superheroes’ birthdays are not revealed in their comics, but Superman is one of the exceptions. However, it is unclear when Superman’s real birthday is. Some stories state that Kal-El’s birthday falls on February 29th – same date his rocket landed on Earth. In another comic, writer Geoff Johns claimed this date was actually December 1st.

As seen in Action Comics #241 released in 1958, The Man of Tomorrow celebrated two birthdays: June 10th – the day Superman crash-landed on planet Earth and June 18th – the day Clark was adopted by the Kent family. In the TV series “SmallVille”, he celebrates his birthday in the month of May.

ImageMoreover, Superman and Clark Kent have been seen together at the same place and time – several times. On one occasion, thanks to his DC Super Friends and their shape-shifting ability, Superman and his alter-ego were seen and photographed together at the same time. This was done so in order to protect his identity. Another popular method is making use of Superman (or Clark Kent) robots (in Silver Age stories). So in the eyes of the public, they are nothing more than just good friends who bear great resemblance to each other.

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2. HE DIDN’T ALWAYS DATE LOIS LANE

Many comic book readers will remember that Superman tied the knot with the famous reporter Lois Lane in the mid 90s in the original story. However, she was not the only woman who captured Superman’s attention and heart. In high school, as portrayed in the hit TV series “Smallville”, Lana Lang was his primary interest for the majority of the show. And in college, Clark also dated a girl named Lori Lemaris who turned out to be a mermaid from the Atlantis. While travelling trough time to Krypton’s past, he was attached toLyla Lerrol, a famous Kryptonian actress. And recently in the relaunch of the DC Universe, “New 52”, Superman shared a kiss with Wonder woman!Image

Lois Lane #97 – Appearance of Lori Lemaris, Luma Lynai and Lyla Lerrol as “The Three Super-Sirens”

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Action Comics #289, first appearance of Luma Lynai

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“New 52” Justice League #12, Superman kisses Wonder Woman

3. SUPERMAN IS A TIME TRAVELLER

As a kid in high school, Clark was visited by the Legion of Super-Heroes, a team of super-powered teenagers from the 30th century who had been inspired by legends of his life. Seeing he was desperate for a chance to hang out with kids who were more like him, the Legion regularly brought Clark into the far future to join them in adventures. These trips with the LSH helped Superman learn to become a hero. He knew Earth was worth protecting and fighting for because he’d seen what it would achieve 1,000 years down the line.

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4.The creation of Superman strongly ties to canada

According to globalnews.ca, the Superman character was co-created by Canadian artist Joseph Shuster. Born in Toronto, he is a cousin of Wayne Shuster, one-half of the beloved Canadian comedy duo Wayne and Shuster. Joseph, who passed away in 1992 at the age of 78, said Metropolis was modelled on Toronto and the Daily Planet was inspired by the Toronto Star, which he delivered as a kid.

The long-running series Smallville, which focused on the early life of Clark Kent, was filmed in British Columbia. The Metropolis in that movie is actually Calgary. One of the principal writers and artists on the Superman book over theyears, who did a major overhaul on the character in the 1980s is John Byrne, also from High River, and attended the Alberta College of Art. And you know, the list goes on.

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5. THE S ISN’T JUST FOR SUPERMAN

Originally the famous letter “S” shield simply stood for Superman. However, another interpretation was that it represents the El family crest and the Kryptonian symbol for “Hope”. If you flip the symbol upside down, it means “Resurrection”. This was why Clark chose it as his seal when he became a public hero. Since it bears great resemblance to a letter S, along with his formidable capabilities, reporter Lois Lane was inspired to call him “Superman”. Image

6. KRYPTONITE ISN’T HIS ONLY WEAKNESS

Many people know that Superman is afraid of kryptonite, a green rock that is extremely toxic to anyone with Kryptonian physiology, but mostly harmless to the human kind. It depletes Superman’s powers and causes him extraordinary pain and death after prolonged exposure.

However, it is not Superman’s sole weakness.

Despite having invincible strength, Superman is a mortal and therefore, is still susceptible to all kinds of black magic. On top of that, Superman cannot see through lead, and he is weakened when exposed to red solar energy similar to that of his home planet’s sun, Rao. In his Pre-52 appearances, Superman occasionally had to physically exert himself for a long period of time, which leads to the insufficiency of solar energy to fuel his power. Superman once had to face death because of this in the famous battle with Doomsday.

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7. SUPERMAN’S BIRTH NAME “KAL-EL” MEANS “ANGEL” AND SUPERMAN’S EARTH PARENTS HAD NUMEROUS NAME CHANGES

Sometimes people think of Superman as a god or an angel, in some cases this is not far from the truth. Superman’s birth name “Kal-El” resembles words in Hebrew meaning “Vessel of God”. The suffix “el” meaning “God” is found in the names of a few angels such as Gabriel and Ariel.

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Superman’s earth parents, known today as Jonathan and Martha Kent, had numerous name changes. They were:

  • “passing motorists” in Action Comics #1 (1938),
  •  “Mary Kent” in Superman #1 (1939)
  •  “Eben and Sarah Kent” in The Adventures of Superman(a 1942 novel by George Lowther) and in the Adventures of Superman TV series
  • “John and Mary Kent” in Superman #53 (1948)
  • Mr. Kent is given the first name of Jonathan in Adventure Comics #149
  • Mrs. Kent is given the first name of Martha in Superboy #12 (1951)

8. HE STARTED OUT AS A BALD VILLAIN

Who would have known that the all time favorite superhero began his life as a bald telepathic villain who wanted world domination? Superman made his first public appearance in Action Comics #1 but most of us don’t know that Jerry and Joe first created Superman inJanuary 1933 in a story called “The Reign of the Super-Man” as a big bald guy. Obviously that idea didn’t work out, so they re-conceptualized Superman as a legendary hero that fights for justice as we all know today.

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9. IT WASN’T ALWAYS THE AMERICAN WAY

Originally, Superman was referred to as “the champion of the oppressed, the physical marvel who has sworn to devote his existence to helping those in need”. The phrase and the American Way were not  popular until around the time when the U.S. started entering World War II. “Truth, justice and the American way” began in radio broadcasts of the era.

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However, in 2011, Superman suddenly shunned the “American way”and ignited lots of flak from fans around this controversial statement. It was made in a short story that appears in the back of Action Comics No. 900, a special anniversary edition. To Superman, “Truth, Justice and the American Way” is “not enough anymore” and he is “tired of having his actions construed as instruments of U.S Policy”.

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10. MORE AND MORE SUPER-FACTS:

  • Superman used to be the poster boy for the cereal industry.

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  • Superman hates going to the dentist

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  • Superman has done porn! (in Action Comics #593)

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So how many out of the above 10 facts do you know? Drop us a comment below because we’d love to hear from you!

Sources: Newsarama.comComicvine.comKalel.comcomicbookmovie.comcollectingsuperman.comfamousfanboy.blogpost.sg

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Great software for new designers!

Designing, which always sounds dreadful to me, is now part of my current job. I was delegated the task of designing some of the company’s marketing materials, which have consisted only of some facebook timeline covers, company’s images and recently one inforgraphic for our blog post. Creating your very first piece of artwork that delivers your message effectively to the target audience is not easy, let alone designing something that is aesthetically attractive to people’s tastes. However, as a novice graphic designer, I have been using some of these online applications to help me come up with a great number of artworks. Wordle is the one that I have tried today and it was great. With a bit of trying out here and there, I just blindly put in some chunks of text that are written in my company’s website without a clear understanding of how the final result will look like. I clicked the “Go” button. Voila! This is the result:

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The app was clever enough to showcase an infographic that represents the frequency of the words that I have entered. With some final touch-ups and modifications to the color palettes and layouts, this is the final look that I am looking for:Image

Not bad right! Maybe you might want to give http://www.wordle.net a try in the future if you have run out of ideas for your infographics/designs. I will be back soon with a review on other useful software for new designers. Have a great day ahead!