Recently spotted flying above the skies of San Diego, Otto Dieffenbach's radio-controlled Superman drew quite a few stares from puzzled citizens. The test flight took place June 27, 2013. Otto, and his business partner Ed Hanley, have started a small startup company that specializes in getting unusual (read, not-aerodynamically shaped) objects, including comic book heroes, flying through the air for commercial promotional purposes. Their Man of Steel R/C plane, which can reach speeds of up to 30 MPH via a built in fan in its chest (we won't mention where the exhaust port is), will set you back $7,600. An Iron Man version is also available.
As expected, Marvel Comics ended the long-running "Amazing Spider-Man" series with issue #700, marking the end of one of the most popular comic book series of all time. What was not expected however, was the death of Peter Parker and the transition of the Spider-Man persona to Spidey's foe, Doc Octavius. Marvel maintains that the changes are quite permanent, Peter Parker is dead and will remain dead, and next month the saga begins anew with the release of The Superior Spider-Man #1, with the Doc, Otto Octavius, stepping into the Spidey suit. In the story related to readers in issue #700, Otto inherits the dying Parker’s memories and spider powers which combined with Otto’s superior intelligence, will presumably result in the birth of an even more powerful Spider-Man. What remains to be seen is how Marvel will evolve the storyline to relate Otto’s internal battle between good and evil.
Comixology released a pretty cool feature yesterday, one that’s common on reading apps – a continuous bookmark feature. With the new feature (called Continue), that’s being rolled out to all platforms (Windows 8, iOS, Android, Kindle Fire, etc), the Comixology comic book app will remember your last reading position allowing you to pick up reading your comic on another device. For readers of graphic novels and collections this will be a huge feature.
Single issues of digital DC Comics are now available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple. Previously digital single issues were available only in Comixology and DC Apps and the only comics viewable on Amazon and Barnes and Noble devices were graphic novels. The new digital single issues can be viewed on the color Amazon Kindle and Nook Color devices and purchased through their respective online stores. Since 2011, sales of digital comics have increased by 197 percent.
Everyone knows Superman’s native world is Krypton, which in most storylines, was destroyed right after Superman escaped from the planet. But to date, nobody really has shown where in the Universe it was actually located. That is about to change as we hear that DC Comics has tasked American astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson to explain, scientifically, where Krypton is located. Neil DeGrasse Tyson will make an appearance in Action Comics Superman #14 where Discover Magazine teases that “Krypton orbits a red dwarf known as LHS 2520”.
After two years of battling it out in court, DC comics has won a key victory against the heirs of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster who were attempting to recapture the rights to the Superman character. An agreement signed by the family in 1992 blew their attempts. The Shuster family was attempting to terminate the copyright and take back the rights to the Superman character that was created in 1938.
More changes in DC’s New 52 lineup. Prior to the new Superman, Threshold, and Justice League of America series rolling out, DC will be cease publication of Blue Beetle, Grifter, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., and Legion Lost. Their final issues (#17) will wrap up the arcs and ship in January 2013.