eBay Is Launching an Online Shop Dedicated to Female Superhero Collectibles

Marvel, Disney
Marvel, Disney

With the arrival of Captain Marvel in theaters this March and a sequel to Wonder Woman set for release next year, female superhero movies are having a long-overdue moment. But super girls and women have been around for a while, as decades worth of action figures and comic books prove. Now eBay is making it easy to find all your super-powered women memorabilia in one place: Starting March 6, the online marketplace is launching its first shop dedicated to female superheroes.

A collaboration between eBay, comic book writer Gail Simone, and illustrator Cat Staggs, Superheroine HQ features thousands of collectibles for sale. Shoppers will find figurines depicting characters like Harley Quinn, Sailor Moon, Shuri, and Jean Grey, as well as posters and trading cards.

The store also has ultra-rare comics, like a copy of Wonder Woman #1 CGC 8.9 for sale for $149,950, and a copy of Ms. Marvel #1 CGC 9.8 signed by Stan Lee for $4000. If you're looking for something more affordable, Superheroine HQ is also offering an eBay-exclusive edition of Captain Marvel Braver And Mightier #1 with a variant cover for $6.

The success of the movie Wonder Woman (2017) and the excitement around Captain Marvel has boosted interest in female superhero collectibles in recent years. In 2017, a rare Wonder Woman comic sold for nearly $1 million on eBay, and according to the site, sales for Captain Marvel products have spiked by 63 percent.

A Massive $2.5 Million Comic Collection Has Been Donated to the University of South Carolina

Mario Tama, Getty Images
Mario Tama, Getty Images

When Columbus, Ohio, native Gary Watson was a boy, he purchased his first comic book, a Zorro title, for 10 cents. Over 60 years later, his massive collection of comics—full of Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and the Avengers as well as romance titles and other genres—is worth an estimated $2.5 million. And he recently donated all of it to the University of South Carolina, where it will soon be on public view.

College representatives spoke about the acquisition with the Post and Courier last week. Watson, now 69, decided to hand off his entire collection—which includes key titles like Avengers #1, Amazing Fantasy #15, Fantastic Four #1, and a slew of other comics and books totaling 180,000 items—after deciding it could be better served as part of a university collection. He wanted to keep everything he had amassed intact instead of selling it off piecemeal to private collectors. He settled on the University of South Carolina after other colleges failed to promise the donation would be kept together.

His decades-long collection was made possible, he said, by being a lifelong bachelor with plenty of disposable income. Because of the sheer volume, it will be years before the entire donation is fully cataloged. But the public will be able to view part of it much sooner.

The school’s Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections plans to exhibit several of the pieces in the Thomas Cooper Library beginning August 29, with accompanying lectures by historians and comics creators, as well as other special events. Researchers will also be able to access the collection, which provides insight into cultural topics and concerns from their respective eras. Watson’s collection stretches from the 1930s to the present day and fills more than 500 long boxes, which typically hold 250 to 300 comics each.

[h/t The Verge]

All 21 Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies, Recapped in Less Than 40 Minutes

Marvel Studios
Marvel Studios

If you don’t have the time to watch all 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe before you see Avengers: Endgame this weekend, a massive MCU recap, courtesy of Screen Junkies, can get you up to speed in less than 40 minutes. (Not bad compared to a 59-hour movie marathon.)

The video explains everything in the MCU, but in a different way than most other recaps: Rather than recounting the details of each movie, it breaks the entire Marvel universe down by character and gives a timeline of how and when each Avenger made their way into the series.

The 38-minute video kicks off with Captain America, as he was the first Avenger (going all the way back to the 1940s). It then explains how the stories of the six key Avengers—Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye—cross.

The video finishes with the events of Avengers: Infinity War, where half the world’s population, including many of our favorite superheroes, was turned to dust at the hands of Thanos.

While going through each character, Screen Junkies give us exactly the facts we need to know without leaving anything out. Whether you're a complete novice to the series or simply looking for a refresher course, it's the best way to get you ready for Avengers: Endgame.