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Superman Comic Saves Family Home From Foreclosure

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the more-powerful-than-an-angry-banker dept.

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A couple's home was saved from foreclosure after they found a copy of Action Comics #1 in a box in the basement. From the article: "In a statement released through ComicConnect, the owner of the prized comic book said the family was still 'a little shell shocked' after the unexpected find. 'I was so nervous when I realized what it was worth,' the owner said. 'I know I am very fortunate but I will be greatly relieved when this book finds a new home.'"

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Obligatory (2, Funny)

Pojut (1027544) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138652)

"I don't think it's for usin'...I think it's just for lookin' through." -Cartman

Worth (5, Informative)

gatzby3jr (809590) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138660)

From the article:

It could fetch upwards of $250,000

Re:Worth (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33138962)

Finally! Thank you! I _never_ read TFA's, so here I sat, furiously reloading this page & quickly skimming it whilst screaming "what's it worth?! what's it fscking worth?! ARRRRRRRRG!" But everything is ok now

Re:Worth (1)

liquiddark (719647) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139790)

You seem to be using sarcasm there. You must be new here.

Faster than a speeding (4, Funny)

Jarkov (1867240) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138674)

Now where was Superman when all my stocks nosedived?

Re:Faster than a speeding (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33138738)

Hopefully he was nowhere...

A roof over one's head is a necessity but stocks are tantamount to gambling by people who are just far too greedy in the first place...

Re:Faster than a speeding (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33138956)

Hopefully he was nowhere...

A roof over one's head is a necessity but stocks are tantamount to gambling by people who are just far too greedy in the first place...

Not this bs again...

Go read "Security Analysis", "The Ascent of Money" and "The Intelligent Investor". The only people who think like you are those who little or no understanding of economics and it's history.

Where did you get your information? (1)

Just_Say_Duhhh (1318603) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138998)

Watching Wall Street [imdb.com] ? Hanging out with Bernie Madoff [wikipedia.org] ?

Sure, there are people who abuse the stock market. There are also people who abuse drugs, so should we call aspirin therapy "tantamount to shooting heroin in an alley?"

The stock market allows corporations to raise capital by selling equity in the company. It lets small investors own a piece of a company (and share in any profits and losses of that company) without requiring enough cash to buy the whole company. Without these markets, companies wouldn't be able to raise enough cash to build infrastructure, and we'd all have to do without a lot of things we consider "necessities" today. If you believe in the products a company produces, and trust the management, why would you not want to own a piece of it?

Re:Where did you get your information? (2, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139126)

The vast majority of stock trading does nothing whatsoever to raise capital for businesses. Most of it is a form of legal gambling.

Re:Where did you get your information? (3, Insightful)

mcvos (645701) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139314)

It's not purely gambling. It's also a bit of pyramid scheme. As long as people keep putting more money into the stock market, stocks go up (to unreasonable heights), and when they get out because they need the money for something else, the whole thing collapses like a house of cards. First one to get in and the first one to get out win. Others lose.

Re:Where did you get your information? (2, Informative)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139374)

It helps indirectly. Stock trading on the secondary market (ie, anything that isn't an IPO) gives the original investors liquidity and allows them to make new investments.

Re:Where did you get your information? (1)

russotto (537200) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139842)

The vast majority of stock trading does nothing whatsoever to raise capital for businesses.

Not directly, but without the secondary market, the primary market would be very small indeed.

Re:Faster than a speeding (1, Redundant)

LordKronos (470910) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139274)

stocks are tantamount to gambling by people who are just far too greedy in the first place

WTF? Excuse me for wanting to have a decent retirement and not having to work until my dying day or depend on social security to keep food on the table. The stock market is integral to the retirement plans of almost everyone who is not putting all their hope into social security (or is independently wealthy). Whether your retirement is coming from a 401k, IRA. pension, etc, chances are you are highly invested in the stock market for retirement.

Re:Faster than a speeding (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139724)

stocks are tantamount to gambling by people who are just far too greedy in the first place

WTF? Excuse me for wanting to have a decent retirement and not having to work until my dying day or depend on social security to keep food on the table. The stock market is integral to the retirement plans of almost everyone who is not putting all their hope into social security (or is independently wealthy). Whether your retirement is coming from a 401k, IRA. pension, etc, chances are you are highly invested in the stock market for retirement.

But that's a proven risky retirement plan. It's a huge gamble to make with your quality of life during the years when you will have the greatest need to be comfortable.
Retirement money in the stock market is just crazy. You should invest in assets with more guaranteed returns.

Re:Faster than a speeding (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139760)

Having your retirement accounts dependent on the performance of the stock market is incredibly scary. I would much rather have my money in accounts that are safer: Savings accounts and Certificates of Deposit. Sure the banks are playing the stock market as well, but at least some of the interest that accrues comes from the interest they earn on the loans they issue (the money from which comes from the deposit accounts at the bank)

Of course, I don't have any of this, since the economy has me living paycheck to paycheck, but the only debt I have is two car loans.

Re:Faster than a speeding (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139298)

Note that the home in question had been in the family for 50 years. How is it possibly it still had a mortgage after all that time? Apparently the family had taken a mortgage to start a new business that failed, effectively gambling away their home. (It was a second mortgage even. TFA doesn't say why they still had a first mortgage.)

Re:Faster than a speeding (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139412)

A roof over one's head is a necessity but stocks are tantamount to gambling by people who are just far too greedy in the first place...

Hey, if no one invested in Apple how would I ever get the opportunity to give them all my money for their shiny new stuff? Huh? Do you think that was just gonna happen with magic?

Re:Faster than a speeding (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138826)

At the stock exchange, selling his stock.

Re:Faster than a speeding (2, Insightful)

alphax45 (675119) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138960)

Wouldn't it be better to BUY when they are low?

Re:Faster than a speeding (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139610)

It's better to buy after they nosedived, instead of when they do.

Superman saves a home... (2, Insightful)

Drakkenmensch (1255800) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138684)

... FOR REAL!

Superman, Saved By the Bell, and Signs from God... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33138694)

I heard about this! I just saw an article about the other crazy things people have done to try and stay out of foreclosure. Did you know that Octomom leased her front yard to PETA? Insane. http://www.houselogic.com/articles/superman-save-our-house-top-5-craziest-foreclosure-rescue-attempts/

Superman saves family ... (4, Insightful)

perpenso (1613749) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138702)

I'm surprised the article has the more accurate title:

"Superman Comic Saves Family Home From Foreclosure"

rather than the more sensationalist:

"Superman Saves Family"

;-)

Re:Superman saves family ... (5, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138782)

How is "Superman Saves Family" sensationalist? He does that so much it's not even newsworthy, like the shuttle launch or another year that' s not the year of the Linux desktop.

Re:Superman saves family ... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139370)

"Superman bites dog", now there's sensationalist.

Re:Superman saves family ... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139728)

How is "Superman Saves Family" sensationalist? He does that so much it's not even newsworthy

For the Daily Planet, it's not newsworthy. For Slashdot, it's sensationalist.

I think the Tax man will want his share too. (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138740)

They may not be mortgage free; but everything helps. Well done.

Re:I think the Tax man will want his share too. (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138778)

They may not be mortgage free; but everything helps. Well done.

OTOH, if not for the mortgage crisis they'd have been able to cash it in for $250K in fun money.

Re:I think the Tax man will want his share too. (1)

ciderbrew (1860166) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138850)

That's a good weekend. I like TOH.

Re:I think the Tax man will want his share too. (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139454)

$250K would pay off our mortgage and leave $140K for fun money. We could use a bit of that 'fun money' to buy a tractor and start better using our pasture. And fix the roof on the garage.

they have owned the home since the 50's (4, Interesting)

alen (225700) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138750)

article says they have owned the home since the 1950's. means they probably refinanced a few years ago to "liberate the equity" or "put the equity to work". i bet they will lose the home some day.

Re:they have owned the home since the 50's (5, Informative)

ptbarnett (159784) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138802)

means they probably refinanced a few years ago to "liberate the equity" or "put the equity to work".

An article I read yesterday said that they took out a home equity loan to finance a small business startup -- which subsequently failed.

I don't know any of the details about the failed business, but even in the best of economic climates, the odds are against you.

Re:they have owned the home since the 50's (4, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138940)

yes, because no one has any legitimate need to do that, like sending someone to college, or stating a business.

Twit.

Re:they have owned the home since the 50's (2, Insightful)

netsavior (627338) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139122)

sending someone to college?? Student loans are one of the cheapest forms of debt, although if you plan on bankruptcy or default, then it is best to avoid student loans because they are protected from bankruptcy, but that is a pretty unethical, but mostly legal way to go about stealing money if your plan is to default.

Starting a business, on the other hand, nobody has a "need" to do. And it is not for the faint of heart or wallet. If you can't afford to lose it, then you should not risk it.

Re:they have owned the home since the 50's (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139392)

Sending someone to college or starting a business is perfectly fine, but it is really a good idea to gamble away your home for that?

If you've got a house in the family for 50 years, it should be completely paid by now. Why risk something like that by getting a mortgage you can't afford?

Re:they have owned the home since the 50's (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139968)

The article says the home had been "in the family" since the 1950's. In other words, the equity they took out wasn't anything they put in the first place.

Their parents probably bought the home for a few $K, leaving a windfall for their kids due to housing inflation and inheritance, which they lost - but fortunately they received another windfall from not having thrown away a 5 cent comic book that now happens to be worth a quarter million.

We talk about people "earning" money, but really, they system is so arbitrary.

They still have a mortgage? (4, Insightful)

1000101 (584896) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138756)

FTFA: "painful task of packing up a home that had been in the family since at least the 1950s"

What kind of mortgage do these people have where they are still paying it off after ~60 years?

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

kalirion (728907) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138810)

Second mortgage? Fifth? Tenth?

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139580)

They probably needed some time away in Vegas.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138828)

You can take out a mortgage on your home... for some quick cash.

Doesn't make sense to me though since it's still a loan you need to pay back. You don't even get anything from the loan like a new car or house.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33138920)

You know, loans are normally for buying things. In your example, the things that were bought were a car and a house. In this example, it was a small business startup that didn't pan out.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

Eponymous Coward (6097) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139042)

If you are going to borrow to buy a car, using home equity may be the best way to do it. In the US, mortgage interest is often tax deductible.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

petermgreen (876956) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139528)

Afaict provided they aren't for too high a percentage of the houses value mortgages are generally regarded by the banks as low risk so even in places where they don't have tax relief for mortgage interest they are still generally the cheapest way for an individiaul to borrow.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (4, Informative)

makomk (752139) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138834)

Read the first page of TFA. "The couple had recently taken out a second mortgage on their home to start a new business, which failed in the uncertain economy."

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139400)

Read the first page of TFA. "The couple had recently taken out a second mortgage on their home to start a new business, which failed in the uncertain economy."

That's why OP mentioned a 60+ yr mortgage.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

Scaba (183684) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139452)

They should have watched this video [bigthink.com] first.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33138838)

A second or third one?

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

netsuhi.com (1867770) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138856)

They might have re-mortgaged sometime since for a number of reasons. To build an extension, buy a second house for a child, or could have had other debts that were paid of by remotrgaging

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

ptbarnett (159784) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138864)

What kind of mortgage do these people have where they are still paying it off after ~60 years?

I replied below, but it's worth restating: they reportedly used a home equity loan to finance a small business startup, which subsequently failed.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

FinchWorld (845331) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138874)

They may have needed to remortgage for any number reasons, failed family company to medical bills.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33138890)

Home equity loan for education/medical expenses/anything else they wanted?

Re:They still have a mortgage? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139046)

Probably bought the house from the estate when someone passed. Had to get a mortgage to do it.

Re:They still have a mortgage? (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139596)

FTFA, on the same page as your quote no less: "The couple had recently taken out a second mortgage on their home to start a new business, which failed in the uncertain economy."

Superman would have linked to page 1 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33138804)

Just sayin.

Proof of the Law of Large Numbers (1)

rand.srand() (243903) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138814)

As the number of people foreclosed on increases, the probability of find just about anything increases as well. If there's an Action Comics #1 out there, that makes me suspect (1) we've foreclosed on a hell of alot of people, and (2) I can only imagine what other improbable forgotten items are being found. We could very easily be approaching Hoffa odds.

Re:Proof of the Law of Large Numbers (1)

ArhcAngel (247594) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138880)

I hear Godwin is looking for Nazis in some of them.

speaking of hoffa's corpse (1)

arcite (661011) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139616)

Coincidentally I dug up Hoffa's corpse in my basement a month ago while unclogging the sewer line, any takers?

I'm sure they're glad (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138896)

they didn't try to sell it to Thadeus Venture.

Re:I'm sure they're glad (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138952)

hahaha! Awesome.

Inspiration - I need to finish digging my basement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33138916)

To see if there is something worth selling down there!

Heat vision (1)

MECC (8478) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138922)

My first thought was that it was a comic featuring superman melting a bankster with his heat vision....

Mom's basement (1)

macraig (621737) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138926)

Wait, so there might be something profitable down here with me in Mom's basement? *rummage*

Re:Mom's basement (1)

Thundarr Trollgrim (847077) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139404)

I had a good rummage around your mom's basement the other day, and I didn't find any comics, sorry.

This is a commentary... (3, Insightful)

bi$hop (878253) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138930)

...on wealth and the disparity between classes in our society. I'm glad this family will be "saved" from foreclosure, but it never ceases to amaze me that someone could drop a quarter of a million dollars on something that doesn't carry much *real* value--like a comic book.

Re:This is a commentary... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139170)

No shit. Some fools think that canvas with [wikimedia.org] oil daubed on it [wikimedia.org] and chunks of rock [wikimedia.org] are worth a lot of money.

I want some of what they're smoking.

Re:This is a commentary... (1)

Lunix Nutcase (1092239) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139244)

Nothing intrinsically holds any value. That something carries any value is purely in the eye of the beholder.

Re:This is a commentary... (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139334)

Everything is worth whatever people will pay for it. A comic book does in fact have real value as long as someone, somewhere will pay for it.

Let me repeat, this is true of everything. Whether it's your TV set, the business you work at, the gold bar you found in the attic, or the cash in your wallet. None of it has any worth other than what someone, somewhere will trade for it.

If someone buys that comic it's because they either think it's worth that much "work" (whatever they did to collect the money) or because they think it is a good investment that they can sell later to someone for more value than they put into it.

Think of the comic as a 250k dollar bill and someone wants to trade 250k government treasury notes for it. It's just another trade like buying bread.

Nothing has any real value in the context of you're thinking of because your understanding of "real value" is fundamentally flawed.

Re:This is a commentary... (1)

onkelonkel (560274) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139346)

WTF? Is there another measure of "value" besides "what someone is willing to pay for it"?

Re:This is a commentary... (1)

Surt (22457) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139798)

Yes, there is real value in things that directly affect your survival: food, clothing, shelter, health care. Pretty much everything else is operating on a more imaginary level.

Superman lives in a basement? (3, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 4 years ago | (#33138932)

I thought only nerds did that . . . ?

Re:Superman lives in a basement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139116)

Hey, I live in my basement and my mom and friends on IRC say I'm not a nerd.

Re:Superman lives in a basement? (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139484)

He has to maintain his alter ego to protect his secret identity.

let me see.... (3, Funny)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139080)

I have a copy of the "Death of Superman" comic from 1992 around here somewhere. I'm gonna buy a house with it!

Re:let me see.... (1)

LiENUS (207736) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139128)

Me too, iirc its worth about 12.50 in mint condition.

Re:let me see.... (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139502)

What do you plan to do with the $5 change?

Re:let me see.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139732)

You mean 12.50 cents, right? Two for a quarter sounds about right.

Re:let me see.... (2, Insightful)

misexistentialist (1537887) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139660)

You can probably get two in Detroit.

Most people I tell this to don't believe it.... (3, Funny)

mark-t (151149) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139082)

... you probably won't either. That's okay, I'm used to it.

When I was a lot younger... I think I was around 7, I had come to acquire an absolutely huge pile of old comic books that a friend of my dad's gave to me. One of these comics turned out to be an Action #1 comic. It was dog-eared, definitely a very used comic book, but still intact and very readable. The only character in the comic that I recognized was Superman... the others were completely unknown to me (I can't even remember who they were). Owing to the fact that the superman story in it ended in a cliffhanger (superman apparently couldn't yet fly in the story, and was falling from a great height while carrying some guy), and the fact that I didn't know any of the other characters in the comic, I had thought relatively little of this comic, other than to notice that it was #1 issue, which with my limited knowledge of comics at the time I knew could be worth a bit more than the cover price (10c, if I remember correctly).

Being the young entrepreneur that I was, I held a miniature yard sale at the back of my parents' place, unloading the comics that I did not want. As I said, I saw that this comic was a #1, so I priced it higher than the cover price - at 50 cents, five times the cover price.

It sold, along with quite a few of the other comics that I had, and I never thought of it again until I was in my teens, when I saw a reprint of a portion of the comic (just the superman story) and an article that explained how rare the original actually was. Seeing this triggered my memory of the comic that I had let go for only half a dollar in the early 1970's, and I've had to live with knowing what an imbecile I was ever since. I can easily say I didn't know better at the time, but in actuality, I always think that I _should_ have. I wasn't a stupid kid... well, maybe I was, but I was bright enough to know that I probably should have talked to an adult before selling those comics.

Anyways... that's my anecdote about this comic... and one of those "if I had only known then what I know now" type of regrets.

Re:Most people I tell this to don't believe it.... (1)

RajivSLK (398494) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139448)

You shouldn't feel too bad. Your friend's Dad was an adult and still didn't know any better. And from a child's point of view it would make sense to assume that an adult wouldn't give up something of significant value.

Re:Most people I tell this to don't believe it.... (1)

mcvos (645701) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139510)

I don't blame you for failing to imagine the ridiculous prices collectors pay for it nowadays.

I recently found an original Transformer toy from the '80s. I thought it might sell for as much as EUR 50, which is quite a bit more than it cost at the time. Turns out people were fighting each other to be allowed to pay me EUR 300 for it. Not a house, but certainly a nice weekend out in exchange for some childhood nostalgia. But I bet I'll regret it in a couple of decades.

Would you hear such a story in 2040? (1)

140Mandak262Jamuna (970587) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139136)

I mean, someone finding the original download of some book in a forgotten corner of the hard disk of some e-book reader and selling it for hundreds of thousands of dollars?

Re:Would you hear such a story in 2040? (1)

Albert Sandberg (315235) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139322)

I mean, someone finding the original download of some book in a forgotten corner of the hard disk of some e-book reader and selling it for hundreds of thousands of dollars?

No, but the superman #1 comic will be worth ten times as much.

Re:Would you hear such a story in 2040? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139496)

So, we should stop progress so you can one day fulfill your dream of finding a rare comic?

Re:Would you hear such a story in 2040? (1)

delinear (991444) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139608)

Because we don't have real books or comics in the space year 2010?

Cape Rear (1)

Bemopolis (698691) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139146)

This should help Supes with all of that bad press [superdickery.com] he's been getting.

Well then. (4, Insightful)

Spewns (1599743) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139156)

I figured someone should point out how messed up the world is that a family's house not being foreclosed rests on some extremely bored rich guy with way too much money flushing $250,000+ down the toilet on trite, stupid shit like a comic book. I think this whole capitalism thing is being filmed. It's like The Truman Show. Except it's a very black comedy.

Re:Well then. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139340)

Amen, brother.

Re:Well then. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139402)

Because of Capitalism, the US has an economy. Once that is gone (and it will), then comic books like foreclosed homes will be used as firewood. Thers's your choice mr. liberal.

Re:Well then. (1)

FakeStreet123 (1852344) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139516)

That "extremely bored rich guy" is not flushing money down the drain. He's investing it. In a decade or two, that comic's value might double for all we know. I'd say it's a pretty sound investment, considering the state of the current economy.

Re:Well then. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139536)

If you think this problem is limited to capitalism then you've obviously never experienced other systems.

I'll clue you in from someone who knows: It's everywhere. At least in a capitalism you can have a real go at it on your own without having to bow to the powers that be.

Re:Well then. (1)

2names (531755) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139978)

"At least in a capitalism you can have a real go at it on your own without having to bow to the powers that be."

And just where exactly might this magical land be, because it sure as fuck isn't the United States.

Re:Well then. (2, Insightful)

gad_zuki! (70830) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139548)

Except the alternatives to capitalism have been horribly oppressive, dehumanizing, and found not to really work at all.

I can handle that rich guys buy rare comics. No biggie. I also get to eat, sleep in my own bed, and buy trite shit myself.

Please go start your super society on some island somewhere. I'll give you 6 months before it becomes a new Jonestown or at best a new Cuba.

This is the Truman show (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139602)

To me, The Truman show WAS a black comedy. Look at how everyone is trying to get their 2 minutes of fame on the latest vapid reality show. The video of thousands of models creating a stampede (in NYC I think?) trying to get on a model reality show and all thinking this was their only chance at decent job and stardom?

We ARE on The Truman Show, and we are all being filmed, if we let the asses do it. The only reason why The Truman show came out so nice is because Truman picked the best out come... and yet the public reached for the TV guide to see what was on immediately after Truman walked out. /rant

Re:Well then. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139710)

I figured someone should point out how messed up the world is that a family's house not being foreclosed rests on some extremely bored rich guy with way too much money flushing $250,000+ down the toilet on trite, stupid shit like a comic book. I think this whole capitalism thing is being filmed. It's like The Truman Show. Except it's a very black comedy.

I fail to understand what your outrage actually is. If this extremely rich guy didn't feel like dropping $250,000 on "stupid shit like a comic book" this family would lose their house. Seems to me like if you have a whole lot of money, spending it on things you enjoy, even if you in particular don't see the value of it, puts a whole lot of money back out in circulation. In this case, it helps this family. Would it better if this rich guy didn't spend this money on what you consider frivolous things, and instead hoarded it all? Since you've been ranting against capitalism, maybe the better solution is to take the money from all these people by force and distribute it equally among the population?

What the hell do you think should be done?

Re:Well then. (2, Insightful)

AutoReg (1140805) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139770)

I agree. We should have the Government take that bored rich guy's $250,000 and give it to the poor guy. After all, it wasn't that poor guy's fault that he mortgaged his home to start a business and failed. It would only be fair, that rich guy obviously has way too much.

Re:Well then. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139772)

I'm not quite sure what you're bent out of shape over.

The fact someone can spend 250,000 on something he wants?
The fact it will be something you don't value?
The fact that someone can earn "too much money"?

While I agree on some level with you. It looks more like you're just pissed off you don't have 250,000 dollars to spend.

Wrong choice (1)

KiwiCanuck (1075767) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139350)

They should have dumped the house and kept the comic. The odds are that the comic will appreciate more than the house over the next few years.

Re:Wrong choice (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139960)

Disagree. Whats in more of a bubble, comic book prices or house prices? Both appeal to the same economic block, that being the boomers. Now that the boomers have been fleeced out of all their money, both prices should collapse, or are collapsing.

Now a couple decades from now, maybe a 1st gen ipod would have some appeal (a zune?)

Confusing Title (1)

businessnerd (1009815) | more than 4 years ago | (#33139444)

Did anyone else read the title and think that the latest Superman comic involves Superman battling a bank executive who is trying to foreclose on someone's home? I was sitting here thinking, great, now comic books have to pander to the economic crisis, and what a boring story. Preventing foreclosure does not require super human abilities. I'm picturing Superman in a library studying mortgage law. Think of the suspense! Then I read the summary and feel like an idiot. I still think my version is more amusing.

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Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#33139626)

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