First Appearanceof Batman, Priciest Comic Ever
A copy of DetectiveComics #27, the first appearance of Batman sold this week for the recordprice of $1,075,500 through Heritage Auctions, making it the most expensivecomic of all time. Earlier this week a copy of Action Comics #1, thefirst appearance of Superman, was the first comic book to sell for aseven-figure price tag, but the record lasted for less than a week. Moredetails are available on TheBeat.

Spider-ManGets Fired
Marvel Comics has revealed that in this month'sstoryline of The Amazing Spider-Man, Peter Parker will join the ranksof unemployed media professionals. Firedwithout references, Parker will have to live poor and face the possible end ofhis news photography career, in a storyline inspired by the current recession.This wil be, in a way, a return to form for Spider-Man, a character with anunusual history of money problems for a superhero. More details are availableon the NewYork Post.

Staple IndieExpo Comes to Austin
The Staple Independent Media Expo, a one-day event promoting independentlypublished comics, animation and self-published literature will run this weekendin Austin, Texas. Staple, in its sixth year, has an admission fee of only $5and takes place at Austin's Monarch Event Center on March 6. Guests of honorinclude Mike Mignola's B.R.P.D. collaborator, artist Guy Davis and Owlycreator Andy Runton. The event is located at 6406 North IH-35 Suite 3100,Austin, TX and the show runs from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. with an official afterpartyto follow. The show features over 70 exhibitors and thousans of independentzines and comics.

GirlComics #1 Signing At JimHanley's
Marvel's newanthology miniseries, Girl Comics, an experiment in publishing createdby an all-female editorial and creative team, right down to the colorists, willbe coming to comics stores this week. To celebrate the occasion, contributingcreators Stephanie Buscema, Nikki Cook and Valerie D'Orazio as well as editorsSana Amanat, Rachel Pinnelas, Lauren Sankovitch and Jeanine Schaefer will be appearing atManhattan comics store Jim Hanley's Universe on March 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. JimHanley's Universe is located at 4 West 33rd Street, New York, NY and moredetails are available at the JimHanley's site.

‘New York,The Super-City' Lecture
The New York Center for Independent Publishing will present "New York, the Super-City",a roundtable discussion on the history of New York's influence on the fictionalcities of comics, on March 9 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Speakers will include DannyFingeroth, Billy Tucci and Frank Tieri among others. Admission is $15 to thegeneral public, $10 to NYCIP members. Tickets may be reserved by emailing

This Week @ Good Comics For Kids
This week SchoolLibrary Journal's blog Good Comics forKids had reviews of MuppetKing Arthur, AmazingGreek Myths of Wonder and Blunders, TinyTyrant Vol. 2, the 2/24listing of comics suitable for all ages, and a SmileSmile Smile-themed links roundup from Brigid Alverson.

This Week @ The Beat
This week at PWCWeditor Heidi MacDonald's blog The Beat,she covered the possible sale of the Peanutslicensing empire, guestannouncements for the Toronto Comics Arts Festival, Anaheim's bidfor San Diego Comic Con,Jaime Hernandez's upcoming art book, Image'svow to attend Comics Pro and only Comics Pro this year, the NickSimmons ripping off Bleach art scandal, another exampleof swiping, anew graphic novel from Sweet Tooth's Jeff Lemire, DC's new publishers tweetup a storm, DCComics 'lawyers up', MoCCAannounces its up coming programming list, StanLee comes to Boom!,Top Shelf announcesa new website and new comics.