Comic Heroes – The Hulk TV Series DVD

In the release of The Incredible Hulk movie on the big screen, we see reminders of the same titled TV series that aired in late 70′s. It is safe to say that these movies, both the Ang Lee 2003 Hulk and Louis Letterier 2008 Hulk, would not have been as successful without the Incredible Hulk TV series paving the way to mainstream adoration for the green goliath.

The TV series, much more so than the comic books, took on a Fugitive storyline where Dr David Banner (played by Bill Bixby) ran from town to town in search of a cure for his affliction. His alter ego, the Hulk, was played by bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno. The lack of special effects did not hinder the film makers. Instead, to portray a powerful and extraordinary presence among humans, the Hulk scenes, particularly when there were feats of strength involved, were in slow motion. Maybe cheesy now, but it worked very well back then. Additionaly, the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman did exactly the same thing for similar scenes.

Also, not to be forgotten is the Lonely Man theme. This is perhaps one of the catchiest comic TV tunes ever and it summarizes Dr. Banner’s plight with a powerful aura of sadness.

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Purchase Superman the Animated Series

Would you like to know where you can purchase a copy of Superman the Animated Series? Well I am going to tell you where it can be had at a reasonable price. This series made its debut on the youth oriented WB network in September of 1996 and ran until February of 2000. The series is renowned for its adult quality thematic programing and vivid animation. The series attempts to incorporate the various evolutions of the character over the years reflecting his genesis in 1932 as a result of the creative talents of writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster.

Superman in this series adds more of the human frailties of the character and there tends to be a suppressing of his previous imperviousness to injury. This version is in line with the more modern depiction of the character penned by John Byrne, who displays a more restrained rendering of Superman’s powers.

This series displays engrossing story telling that displays an emotional urgency to many of the shows episodes. It begins with a multiple episode genesis of the character that begins on the planet Krypton and ends with his arrival on earth in smallville, culminating with his hiring as a reporter at the Daily Planet newspaper.

Superman the Animated Series features a vast array of allies and enemies. From villains such as Darkseid to heroes like Batman and the Flash, the series explores a wide range of story lines and themes. One of the more poignant moments is the funeral of Lt. Daniel Turpin who is killed by Darkseid during the episode “Apokolips… Now! Part II” The funeral displays traditions from Jewish culture and is dedicated to the late Jack Kirby who is a comic’s pioneer who did work for Marvel Comics as well as DC Comics.

Superman the Animated Series explores over occasional episode’s the relationship between Superman and reporter Lois Lane. During one episode there’s put on display a rivalry that exists between Superman and Batman with Bruce Wayne making a play for Lois Lane’s attention much to the chagrin of both Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent. The voice characterization of Superman is provided by Tim Daly and Lois Lane is portrayed by Dana Delany. Guest appearance by Batman is portrayed by Kevin Conroy of Batman the Animated Series fame. Villain Lex Luthor is portrayed by Clancy Brown. You can find this series in DVD format at stores like Best Buy and Wal-Mart.

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Comic Book Price Guide – Secrets to Discover True Comic Book Prices

If you’re looking to find the price of a comic book you may turn to the most common resource, the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. This is a great starting point on your price search, but there are a few “gotchas” you should know.

The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide is the industry standard and highly recommended. It is the starting point to find out if your comics have any value at all. When you look in the guide you should be concentrating on three things. Look for first issues, first appearances or origins, and the first work by noted artists and writers. Comic books that fit these criteria are considered “keys” and usually stand out from the “common” issues in value. For example, X-men #1 is the first appearance and origin of the X-men, and has a higher price than say X-men #6. Get the idea?

But once you have separated the “keys” from “commons” there are a couple of insider secrets you should know.

For all of the great information you can find in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, there are a couple of cons. First, there is a printing delay. The information presented in the guide has to be collected, organized, formatted and then sent to the printer. Once printed it has to be distributed to the stores. All of this takes time, and a lot can change in that time. There can be new comic book movies planned or released, comic book stories that increase demand for certain back issues, and other newsworthy events. All of this can have an affect on the prices of comic books and the guide can’t anticipate it.

Second, the guide strives for accuracy, but comic book dealers have a large say in the pricing, so there can be distortions. Are all the dealers honest? I don’t know. You need to check their work.

Finally, with the advent of CGC, professionally graded comic books can sell for premiums over the guide price. You need to be aware of this fact. CGC professionally grades and encapsulates comic books in a protective holder.

So with these potential problems in mind what should you do? I’m going to give you a couple of easy steps to follow to find accurate, up-to-date prices for your comic books.

First, start out with the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. You can buy the print guide, but I recommend the online version for ease of use. Follow the previous advice and look up your comics, focusing on looking for “keys” and any other comic books that are worth a lot of money. Make a list of your books by title, issue number, grade and guide price.

Once you have your list you’re ready to do an actual sales price check with one of two resources.

The first resource is E-bay. E-bay is completely free so there is no excuse for not checking for actual sales. You want to concentrate on the completed auctions. Enter the title and issue number in the search box and conduct a search. Then, look on the left sidebar and check “completed auctions.” You will need to have an account on E-bay to see the completed results, but it’s free. Once you do this you will see actual sales results. Use the prices to check the Overstreet Price Guide values.

The next resource I recommend is GPAnalysis. This service charges a fee, but if you are serious about comic books and your initial price research reveals you have very expensive books it is well worth it. You can search for any comic book that has been sold since 2002. The only caveat is they only collect data for CGC (professionally graded) comic books. This will give you even more information to check to arrive at an accurate price.

At this point you have accurate, up-to-date, actual sales price data for your comic books. Remember:

1. Do a first check with the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide
2. List your comic books with the initial value
3. Check for actual sales data on E-bay, GPAnalysis, or both

Now you have the ultimate online price guide! Good luck!

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