In Brief: Chip Kidd, Milton Glaser, and Other Supermen

Out next month from Pantheon, Rough Justice collects the DC Comics sketches of Alex Ross in a volume edited and designed by Chip Kidd. At right, the 1938 comic book that sold for $1 million on Monday.

  • We would pay good money to hear Chip Kidd interview infants and household appliances, so imagine our delight upon learning that he has been matched with the one, the only Milton Glaser for a sit-down at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, which is featuring the work of both designers in its “Design USA” exhibition. Next Tuesday evening, Kidd and Glaser will discuss “work, ideas, and loving New York.” Register here.

    UPDATE: The Kidd and Glaser event is now sold out, but not to worry. The Cooper-Hewitt’s crack staff will be recording the event and streaming it live on the museum’s website. Tune in on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

  • Just in time to lend extra buzz to the soon-to-be-released Rough Justice: The DC Comics Sketches of Alex Ross (Pantheon), edited and designed by Kidd, comes news of the $1 million comic book. A rare first edition of Action Comics #1, in which Superman debuted in 1938, fetched a million dollars in an auction on online comics marketplace ComicConnect. “It’s the Holy Grail of comic books,” said Stephen Fishler, founder of ComicConnect. “Before Action Comics #1, there was no such thing as a superhero or a man who could fly.” And the record-shattering price makes the buy-it-now price of $5,500 for Donald Duck #26 look like a bargain.
  • Meanwhile, DC Comics has a new creative dream team in Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, who have been named co-publishers. Comics writer Geoff Johns has been appointed chief creative officer.
  • And speaking of comics, artist Raymond Pettibon has won the Oskar Kokoschka Prize, which is awarded every two years to a contemporary artist. Past winners include William Kentridge, Agnes Martin, and John Baldessari. Pettibon will be presented with the €20,000 (approximately $27,000) award on Monday at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.