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Superman Saves Home From Foreclosure

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It's no coincidence that superheros are more popular now than they've ever been after we've lived through one of the worst decades in recent memory. War, terrorism, unemployment, corruption, ecological disasters. It's only natural that we wish for a superhuman presence to save us from the powers beyond our control.

And for one lucky Southern family, the translation couldn't be more literal.

Baltimore's WBAL-TV reported on a family on the verge of being evicted from their home -- one they've lived in since the 1950s. They were in the midst of packing when they discovered a long forgotten item in the basement. One of the most coveted collector's items in the world: an issue of Action Comics #1 featuring the first appearance of Superman.

The family contacted New York's and was told that, in good condition, the comic could be worth over $250,000. For their sake, let's hope it wasn't stored under a leaky pipe.

When told of the family's plight, Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of and Metropolis Comics and Collectibles, promptly phoned the bank on their behalf and asked them to delay the foreclosure.

He said, "My partner basically had to explain to the bank, 'You'll have your money soon.' We sent them information about our previous sales and what this could realize."

So score one for the DC Comic hero. Of course, this story could take a darker turn if the family's surname is Zod.
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