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Comics A.M. | Why two dealers paid $3.2M for ‘Action Comics’ #1

Action Comics #1

Action Comics #1

Comics | Vincent Zurzolo of Metropolis Collectibles explains why he and his partner Stephen Fishler were willing to pay a record $3.2 million last month for a pristine copy of Action Comics #1: “We feel very confidently this was a good price and that we will be able to sell this for a profit. We really believe in the strength of the comic book market and that it has a long way to go.” Zurzolo also talks about how he built up his business, starting out selling comics at conventions at the age of 15. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Legal | More trouble for Square Enix over the gamer manga Hi Score Girl: Publication was suspended last month following allegations the series, which runs in the Japanese magazine Monthly Big Gangan, had used characters owned by the game company SNK Playmore without permission. Now it turns out Square Enix asked permission from Sega to use characters from its Virtua Fighter game, but then went ahead and published the story before permission was granted. Sega executives “strongly objected” but took no further action and did grant the permission, reasoning it would be good publicity for the game. [Anime News Network]

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New art, details of the villains of Captain America: Super Soldier

Red Skull

On the heels of Tuesday’s dossier, offering details on some of the villains of Captain America: Super Soldier, SEGA has released a second round of images and information on some of the main bosses from the third-person action game.

The art — of Red Skull, Arnim Zola, Baron von Strucker, Madame Hydra and Iron Cross — is accompanied by Brandon Gill, game director of developer Next Level Games. You can see it all after the break.

Arriving in stores on July 19, Captain America: Super Soldier allows gamers, playing as Cap himself, to engage in free-flowing combat and acrobatic platforming to infiltrate a mysterious castle and battle the Iron Cross, the forces of HYDRA and a host of enemies serving the Red Skull in an attempt to stop evil scientist Arnim Zola. The game ties into Captain America: The First Avenger, which opens in theaters on July 22.

The villains that we added to the game were chosen for a mixture of reasons.

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A closer look at the enemies of Captain America: Super Soldier

Baron von Strucker vs. Captain America in "Captain America: Super Soldier"

Ahead of the July 19 release of Captain America: Super Soldier, SEGA has debuted new art and background information for some of the villains players will encounter in the third-person action game.

Tying into the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger feature film, Super Soldier allows gamers, playing as the Sentinel of Liberty, to engage in free-flowing combat and acrobatic platforming to infiltrate a mysterious castle and battle the Iron Cross, the forces of HYDRA and a host of enemies serving the Red Skull in an attempt to stop evil scientist Arnim Zola.

You can see screenshots, art and descriptions for Baron von Strucker, Madame Hydra and a sniper after the break.

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Watch the trailer for SEGA’s Captain America: Super Soldier

SEGA has released the first trailer for Captain America: Super Soldier, its newly announced video game scheduled to debut in 2011, presumably around the time Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger opens in theaters.

Set during World War II, the third-person action-adventure will allow players to become Captain America as he battles the Iron Cross, the forces of Hydra, Arnim Zola and the armies of the Red Skull.

SDCC ’10 | Are you worthy? Thor video game teaser trailer

SEGA has released the teaser trailer that debuted at Comic-Con last week (Last week? It feels like I was there months ago) for the Thor video game:

Coming next year to the Xbox 360, PlayStation3, PSP system, Wii and Nintendo DS, this third person action adventure features an original storyline exclusive to the videogame, for which writer Matt Fraction served as story consultant.

Of course, that isn’t Thor’s only upcoming video game appearance … he’ll also be a playable character in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, as learned at Comic-Con as well. You can check him out in that after the jump.

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Sega confirms Thor: The Video Game for summer 2011

Thor: The Video Game

Thor: The Video Game

Sega confirmed today it will launch an “epic” Thor third-person adventure game in summer 2011 to coincide with the release of the Marvel Studios film. Writer Matt Fraction is serving as a story consultant.

According to the announcement, Thor: The Video Game “will delve deep into the heroic tales of the Thor universe,” with players battling “an array of ancient enemies and beasts from the many worlds of Norse mythology by using different battle strategies and elemental powers.” Mjolnir will allow gamers to command the powers of the storm. Thor is being developed for all five major console platforms.

Word of the video game leaked in September when notes from a meeting between representatives of Sega and Sony Computer Entertainment America were discovered on a Sega America FTP site.

See the full press release after the break:

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