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Publishing | On the heels of Monday’s direct-market overview for March, ICv2 has released its sales estimates for the month, placing the top-selling FF #1 at 114,472 copies — more than 37,500 ahead of the No. 2 title, Green Lantern #64. The retail news and analysis site notes that the relaunched FF #1, aided by variant covers, joins the Human Torch-killing Fantastic Four #587 as the only titles to sell more than 100,000 copies in the past six months.
While 11 of the Top 25 comics saw sales increases, if only slight, the graphic novel category looked decidedly more grim, with just the third volume of The Unwritten and Batman and Robin: Batman Reborn breaking the 4,000-copy mark. [ICv2.com]
Crime | Los Angeles police have recovered a copy of Action Comics #1 stolen from the home of actor Nicolas Cage in 2000. The 1938 comic, worth as much as $1.5 million, was discovered last month by an unidentified man who claims to have bought the contents of an abandoned San Fernando Valley storage locker. It’s now in an LAPD evidence safe while the department’s art details detectives try to track down the thieves, but Cage says he can’t wait to get the comic back. “It is divine providence that the comic was found and I am hopeful that the heirloom will be returned to my family,” he said in a statement. [Ventura County Star, Los Angeles Times]
Crime | Artwork stolen from Ethan Van Sciver at WonderCon turned up on eBay, but has since been returned to the artist. [Bleeding Cool]
Legal | Local charges have been withdrawn against four men under federal indictment in connection with the murder last summer of a 77-year-old comic collector in Medina, N.Y. The move clears the way for the federal case to proceed. [The Daily News]
Publishing | Viz Media is expanding its Viz Kids imprint with the acquisition of five licenses: Hero 108, Mameshiba, Pokemon: Black and White, Mr. Men and Little Miss, and Voltron Force. [press release]
Retailing | If you can get past the headline — “Crunch! Thump! Zap! Bam! Pow! — Wow!” — this is a decent profile of Las Vegas retailers Jim Brocius and Brian Fudge, whose Cosmic Comics has experienced a rise in sales just as it moved to a new, larger location. “This was our best January, and I think this will be our best February,” Brocius said. [Las Vegas Business Press]
Webcomics | Whitney Matheson recommends three webcomics. [Pop Candy]
Comics | David Brothers looks at a sequence from Osborn #3, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios and José Villarubia. [4thletter!]