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Rare 1938 Superman comic book found in US wall fetches $175,000

A rare 75-year-old comic book featuring the debut of Superman found in a Minnesota home's wall fetched $175,000 at auction, comic book seller Comicconnect.com said on Wednesday.

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Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow has confessed she struggled to follow the plot for her latest film Iron Man 3 after reading the script.

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After the camp disappointment that was 2006’s Superman Returns, the franchise certainly needed a reboot. And if you’re in any doubt as to how much of a stinker the comic book’s last big screen outing was, the fact that its star, Brandon Routh, is now languishing on a network television sitcom should give you some idea.

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