Micro-Face auction: the most collectible comic of all time?
Micro-Face’s journey is not over yet. Micro-Face has its own cheese, its own musical and now its own auction! The superhero’s next step: eBay.
We set out to turn our Micro-Face comic into the most collectible item ever created. Will we succeed? Let the market decide!
For one week only, you’ll have the opportunity to bid on a one-of-a-kind official collectible comic featured in the Planet Money Buys A Superhero series episode, “PM Live: The Most Collectible Comic Book Ever?” As documented in this episode, this collectible edition of our Micro-Face comic incorporates as many “collectible lessons” as we could apply to a book.
The auction is available here. It will begin on May 27 at 6 p.m. EST and end on June 3 at 6 p.m. EST. All proceeds from this auction will go to support NPR. Don’t miss!
Now on to the fun stuff. Micro-Face: Origins Edition includes…
- An embossed cover variant by interior artist Jamal Igle.
- A one-of-a-kind audio message – from Micro-Face itself! – which plays when the comic is opened to the central page.
- The official aluminum seal of the real Planet Money front company: Delawho?, LLC (as featured in the comic as well as Planet Money Episode 390, “We Set Up An Offshore Company In A Tax Haven“) .
- A signed, numbered and authenticated piece of equipment used by Planet Money to create Micro-Mask sound effects in Micro-Face’s radio drama PREMIERE in episode three of our superhero series.
- A seal of “Certified Material Burned and Used for Pods” that needs some explaining: To ensure true rarity, we burned excess Micro-Mask material used by Podcasts from the top. Then, inspired by the 1977 KISS band comic, we mixed those ashes with red paint and hand painted a flame of red ash onto the yellow and gold seal visible on the back of the comic.
- An original signed page of pencil sketches created by interior artist Jamal Igle when mocking up this comic. These particular sketches are the book’s very first glimpse of Planet Money’s new Micro-Face in action.
- A true page from the beginnings of Micro-Face in 1943 by Clue Comics. This page is the very first overview of Micro-Face. Already. Additional pages of this same comic belong to Planet Money host Kenny Malone and Peggy Loucks – daughter of Micro-Face creator Allen Ulmer.
- The AirPods through which Planet Money first told writer Alex Segura the name “Micro-Face”…and through which Alex told Planet Money “that’s an unfortunate name.” (As heard in episode three of our superhero series.) The AirPods case is autographed by Alex Segura. Please note that the AirPods are now broken.
- A collector’s edition sketch of the infamous Planet Money comic strip radio interview scene. Covered in the episode titled “At Last Our Comic”, this panel is part of a probably overlong but VERY accurate radio interview scene that contributed to our comic’s many delays. Based on Jamal Igle’s original pencils, this sketch was done by host Kenny Malone. He trained a Cricut robot to hold a silver Sharpie and draw things.
- And, of course, the case is included. With a handmade inlaid label that reads: Micro-Face: Origins Editions.
To bid on the eBay Micro-Face auction, click here.
Disclaimer: While proceeds from this auction will go in support of NPR, neither the purchase price nor any bids can be considered a charitable gift or donation to NPR.
Do you miss the Micro-Face madness? Listen to the whole series here.
A limited supply of our embossed cover variant is also available here.
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