Superman got his start on the pages of Action Comics.

Update: Comic Book Found In Wall Sells For $175,000 At Auction

Remember last month when we told you about the Minnesota home-rebuilder who bought a fixer-upper for $10,000 and then found a copy of Action Comics #1 from 1938 hidden in the wall? It was expected that the rare book would go for at least six figures, and when the auction closed last night, the final bid was for $175,000. [More]

Good Thing Comics Fans Don’t Mind Buying Slightly Mutilated New Books

Good Thing Comics Fans Don’t Mind Buying Slightly Mutilated New Books

We put out a call for purportedly “new” books mangled in the shipping process by Amazon, but Kain wanted us to see what happened when he tried to buy a graphic novel at Barnes & Noble. This book had different characters’ origin stories condensed into single pages, so of course they slapped a giant anti-theft sticker right in the middle of one of those pages. But that’s okay–it’s not like people who buy comics care about keeping the books in prime condition, right? [More]

The Experience Of Not Receiving A Package From UPS, In Comic Form

The Experience Of Not Receiving A Package From UPS, In Comic Form

Popular geeky comic xkcd turned this week to the topic of package delivery. Specifically, UPS package deliveries. More specifically, UPS delivery notifications that appear out of nowhere when you were home and totally would have run to the door if anyone had bothered to ring the doorbell. [More]

What If Someone Told Edison About The iPhone?

What If Someone Told Edison About The iPhone?

What would have happened if someone from the future traveled back in time to tell Thomas Edison about the iPhone? What would he have done? This cute comic from reader Ken Fager explores the possibilities… [More]

Comic Book Store Worker Takes Crazy Customer Interactions,Turns Them Into Comics

Comic Book Store Worker Takes Crazy Customer Interactions,Turns Them Into Comics

Working retail means working with the public. Working with the public means overhearing some crazy stuff. One comic book store worker took the logical next step and turned customer quotes into pithy one-panel cartoons. [More]

Comic Strip Ponders Horrible Future Of The Grocery Shrink Ray

Comic Strip Ponders Horrible Future Of The Grocery Shrink Ray

Team Consumerist aren’t the only ones with a watchful eye out for the Grocery Shrink Ray. Cartoonist Jen Sorensen of Slowpoke Comics recently noticed the phenomenon, and illustrates a bleak future for beloved products as the shrinkage continues. The fate awaiting the iconic plastic honey bear is too horrible to imagine. [More]

Comic Explains Why AT&T Is Oblivious To Reception Problems

Comic Explains Why AT&T Is Oblivious To Reception Problems

It all makes sense now. [More]

Wonder Woman Trades In Onesie For Stretch Pants, Tiny Jacket

Wonder Woman Trades In Onesie For Stretch Pants, Tiny Jacket

There’s little doubt that the old look for Wonder Woman was outdated, but DC went and replaced her with, well, this — a Suicide Girls reject whose shopping buddy is Trinity from The Matrix. [More]

Relive Your Fondest Retail Memories With New Graphic Novel

Relive Your Fondest Retail Memories With New Graphic Novel

Have you worked retail? You might be amused by a new book called Hello Do You Work Here?, a collection of illustrated true stories about crazy-making customers. [More]

This Is What Kids Did For Fun In The 80s

This Is What Kids Did For Fun In The 80s

Josh at GeekSix unearthed a comic book ad that might be familiar to you if you were a kid in the 80s. Olympic Sales Club was one of those door-to-door greeting card companies that enlisted kids across the country to sell crap to neighbors in exchange for merch your parents wouldn’t buy you. [More]

If I Read The Fine Print I Would Still Have A House

If I Read The Fine Print I Would Still Have A House

Credit card companies stuffed all the crazy they could into their contracts in advance of the CARD act taking effect. This time they might have taken it too far, even for banks. Shoulda read that boilerplate!

#599; The Boilerplate Clause [WonderMark] (Thanks to MercuryPDX!)

What If Corporations Really Were People, And Those People Were Jerks?

What If Corporations Really Were People, And Those People Were Jerks?

Big Fat Whale has an awesome comic making fun of the idea of “corporate personhood,” which is this weird thing we have that lets corporations be treated as “persons” for legal purposes, and afforded some of the rights and responsibilites of natural persons, like they can be taxed, have free speech, and even arrested. Well, what if the corporations really were people in the flesh? They wouldn’t be very nice. See the rest of the comic, including James Comcast (I’ll let you check out this great website for sixty bucks!) and Tiffany Conagra. [Big Fat Whale] [More]

DragonCon Kicks "Looking For Group" Booth Because DragonCon Was Rude To Them

DragonCon Kicks "Looking For Group" Booth Because DragonCon Was Rude To Them

The staff of the annual DragonCon fantasy gaming convention seem to have decided to roleplay as Level 55 Lesser Jerks. Popular RPG parody webcomic “Looking For Group” says they’re not invited back this year because last year DragonCon staff moved their booth to a crappy part of the hall without notice, and then the staff were rude about it. Here’s the story of The Quest For The Steaming Brown Pile Of Subhuman Customer Service Goo Epic Fail: [More]

Let This Comic Strip Show You How To Save Money At The Movies

Let This Comic Strip Show You How To Save Money At The Movies

Scott Meyer frequently makes brilliant observations in his “Basic Instructions” comic, and by brilliant I mean nutjob. In the most recent one, “How to Save Money,” the comic version of Meyer realizes how expensive movie concessions are. Considering how many people commented on this the last time I posted about it, I thought you might find his ideas useful. Now I’m off to buy a stovepipe hat! [More]

http://consumerist.com/2009/06/23/it-turns-out-x-ray-glasses/

It turns out X-ray glasses don’t work, at least not the ones this guy in Korea was selling. [Korea Times] (Thanks to Andrew!)

http://consumerist.com/2009/04/28/heres-why-you-dont-rely/

Here’s why you don’t rely solely on Twitter for news about health scares. [xkcd] (Thanks to Rebecca!)

Cash4Kids.com

Cash4Kids.com

Toothpaste For Dinner has discovered a spinoff of the Cash4Gold empire, Cash4Kids.com. “Fill the envelope with your stubborn or unwanted kid…THEN CASH YOUR CHECK!!!” [Toothpaste For Dinner]

Comic Book Prices Creep To $3.99 Per Issue

Comic Book Prices Creep To $3.99 Per Issue

Over at sci-fi publisher website Tor.com, Heather Massey points out that the ceiling on comic book pricing is being steadily pushed higher by the big publishers, especially Marvel, which now prices individual issues of some of its titles at $3.99 each.