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How bizarre!
by Thanos Kalamidas
2011-12-03 12:00:56
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Action Comics Superman debut copy sells for $2.16m

bizarre00001A copy of the first issue of Action Comics, featuring Superman's debut, has become the world's most expensive comic, fetching $2.16m (£1.4m). It was auctioned online for a starting bid of just $1, with a reserve price of $900,000.  The buyer or seller's name was not disclosed, but there is speculation it was owned by actor Nicolas Cage.

It is the first time a comic book has broken the $2m barrier. The issue was published in 1938 and cost 10 cents. About 100 copies of Action Comics No 1 are thought to be in existence, and only a handful of those are in good condition. Another copy of the same issue sold for a then record-breaking $1.5m in March last year.

But that one was not in as good condition as the copy that sold on Wednesday through New York-based ComicConnect.  It is said to have been stolen in 2000 and was thought lost until recovered in a California storage shed in April this year - just like an issue owned by Nicolas Cage. The Hollywood star - who has a son called Kal-El, the Man of Steel's birth name - bought his copy of Action Comics No 1 for $150,000 in 1997.


Vermont man pleads guilty to bear poaching

bizarre00002_01A 27-year-old Vermont man has pleaded guilty to attempting to take a black bear by illegal means.

Jake Duprey was seen on Sept. 20 hecking a baited steel cable foot snare. Game wardens said he admitted he had baited the snare with grain and doughnuts in an attempt to catch a bear.

The wardens said Duprey told them that since he was a child, he always wanted to trap a bear. It's a violation of state law to take a wild animal with a snare, as well as to take a bear with a trap or the aid of bait.

Duprey was fined $371 and won't be able to have licenses to hunt, fish and trap for three years and until he completes a remedial hunting course.


Man seriously injured in Middle Road crash

bizarre00003_01One man was seriously injured in a three-vehicle crash just about 8 a.m. today on Middle Road in Bettendorf. The man, in his early 50s, and a passenger in his 1989 Chevrolet Corvette were taken by ambulance to Genesis Medical Center-East Rusholme Street, Davenport, for treatment of injuries. Their names have not been released.

The crash occurred just east of the intersection with Devils Glen Road. Bettendorf Police Sgt. Rich Streepy said the man was stopped at a stoplight at the intersection in his black Chevrolet Corvette and proceeded eastbound in the inside lane. He wanted to change lanes and sped up rapidly to get ahead of other traffic, Streepy said.

He lost control of the Corvette and sideswiped a 2002 Toyota minivan headed west on Middle Road, and the Corvette then hit a westbound 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe head-on, Streepy said. The driver of the minivan was uninjured, and the driver of the Santa Fe complained of an injury but refused treatment. The driver of the Corvette had to be extricated from the vehicle by Bettendorf firefighters.


Person in gorilla suit dumps sand in Little Caesars and runs away ... numerous times

Someone in a gorilla suit went into Little Caesars Pizza, 13248 Eureka Road, at about 11 p.m. Nov. 25, emptied a bag of sand on the floor and ran away. An employee told police he saw the person in the suit get into a dark blue Chevy Cobalt with a white man at the wheel and speed away.

The employee told police a gorilla-suited person has done this numerous times and has also done it at another Little Caesars in Lincoln Park. The “gorilla” is described as 5-feet 8-inches to 5-feet 10-inches tall.

Two 50-pound bags of sand were stolen off a pallet behind ACO Hardware, 14441 Eureka Road, at about 10 p.m. Police found an empty bag of the same sand in the alley behind Little Caesars. A witness at ACO told police he saw two white men in a dark blue Cobalt put two bags of sand in the trunk and drive away.

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