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Word Balloons: Gift ideas for comic-book fans
When it comes to holiday gift-giving and receiving, it's a great time to be a comic-book fan. If you have a comics fan in your life, there's a wide array of gift possibilities on shelves at comic-book stores and other retail outlets. Most comic stores should have staples including comic-book collecting supplies, graphic novels and gift certificates. Here are some suggestions for the comics fans on your list.
It was a big year for comic-book heroes in the cineplexes this year, with “Marvel's The Avengers,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” all now available on DVD and Blu-ray.
“Marvel's The Avengers” is available in a variety of formats; the four-disc version including a Blu-ray 3-D, Blu-ray, DVD, digital copy and digital music download retails for $49.99.
“The Amazing Spider-Man” is available in multiple formats as well; the three-disc combo with Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet digital copy retails for $40.99.
“The Dark Knight Rises” Blu-ray/DVD Combo plus UltraViolet Digital Copy hits shelves Tuesday with a suggested retail price of $35.99; the box set of the “Dark Knight Trilogy” on Blu-ray retails at $52.99. For even more Bat-action, the animated feature “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” is available on Blu-ray ($24.98) and DVD ($19.98), as the first part of the adaptation of Frank Miller's acclaimed graphic novel features Batman returning from retirement to again face a crime-filled Gotham City.
And that's just the start of possible gift ideas for comic-book fans this year.
“Avengers vs. X-Men” from Marvel Comics retails for $75. The biggest crossover of the year is collected in an oversized hardcover edition from Marvel Comics. The Avengers, including Captain America, Iron Man and Thor, face off against the X-Men, including Cyclops and Emma Frost, in this storyline that topped the sales charts this summer. The hardcover collects “Avengers vs. X-Men” 0-12; the AVX Point One story; “AVX: VS” 1-6 and “Avengers vs. X-Men: Infinite” 1, 6 and 10.