Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check
March 10, 2011
An anonymous bidder has bought a rare, high-quality copy of the 1962 comic that featured the debut of Spider-Man for $1.1 million dollars.
It was sold by the online auction website ComicConnect.com, which says the million-plus is the highest price tag ever for a comic from the early 1960s.
Amazing Fantasy #15 became so popular following its release that Spider-Man received his own comic series the next year. Spider-Man is probably the most significant character of that era, often called the "Silver Age" by comic book buffs, because of what the character has generated in terms of movies, Broadway and 50 years of comic book publishing.
Spider Man's debut, arguably, is probably as big a deal in the comic book world as the debuts of Superman and Batman in the late 1930s. In fact, ComicConnect.com last year sold the 1938 comic featuring Superman's first appearance for $1.5 million.
COLIN FIRTH has no problem staying committed to his wife of 13 years, LIVIA GIUGGIOLI. He tells Us Weekly, "however stunning the person is who is fluttering their eyelashes at you, she doesn't match up to your wife."
Hot for teacher:
A high school teacher in Missouri resigned after students found out she used to be a porn star.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 38-year-old TERA MYERS was confronted by a student last Friday at Parkway North High School. Apparently, he asked her about the 'work' she did back in the 90s under the name RIKKI ANDERSIN.
A spokesperson for the school said Myers decided to resign "out of respect for her privacy and that of her family". Myers is on paid administrative leave while she tries to find another job.
Editor's note: Will she be interviewing for a new job --or 'auditioning'? (Still)
As we told 'ya yesterday, (RBR 3.9.11) MICHAELE SALAHI was given her walking papers from "Celebrity Rehab" and her publicity-loving husband, TAREQ, isn't too pleased about the news. The White House crasher tells TMZ.com his blushing bride was fired due to her health and claims the show violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The missus was allegedly kicked out of the Pasadena Recovery Center due to the fact that she's not battling a life-threatening addiction and her husband seems to agree --he told reporters just this week her big vice is chocolate. (Lee)
The big news in Hollywood yesterday: HBO Films announced that they've signed JULIANNE MOORE to play SARAH PALIN in the upcoming made-for-TV movie about the 2008 Election.
"Game Change" is based on the book by MARK HALPERIN and JOHN HEILEMANN. The roles of BARACK OBAMA, HILLARY CLINTON and JOHN McCAIN still are being cast.
MICHAEL JACKSON's entire security team will be subpoenaed by lawyers representing Dr. CONRAD MURRAY. The Los Angeles Times says 35 people in all, who have been described as hostile witness, are set to be interviewed, including everyone who was at or near the rented house where Michael died in June of 2009. The involuntary manslaughter case against Dr. Murray ramps up again on Tuesday. (Marino)
A British motorist drove hit a pothole so big --it sent him to the hospital.
According to Orange.co.uk, CHRIS NEDIC was driving with his two sons when his four-wheel-drive plunged into a 4-foot deep pothole (picture). Nedic says he and his boys had to jump to safety and leave the car nose-down in the crater. Nedic actually fell into the hole while trying to escape.
Ambulance crews rushed to the scene. But, they were turned away out of fears for their own safety. Witnesses say it looked like a second pothole could open up at any time.
The driver and his sons all required medical attention. Chris said, "I thought I was a goner. We are lucky to be alive." It turns out the pothole was caused by a leaking water main nearby. (Still)
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