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Marvel Comic’s Black Panther No 1 is the year’s best selling comic.

Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic’s national correspondent, and drawn by Bryan Steelfreeze, Black Panther’s first issue has sold 253,259 copies during its first month on sale. Trailing in the second spot is Star Wars: Poe Dameron with 175,000 copies sold.

Sales figures are comparable to fan favorite’s Invincible Iron Man No 1 which sold 279,000 copies, and Spider-Gwen No 1 which sold 254,000 copies. The Hollywood Report notes that its outpaced popular titles such as Spider-Man and X-Men, which generally sell 75,000-100,000 copies a month.

The book re-imagines the story of T’Challa, the prince and warrior hailing from the fictional African nation of Wakanda, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. The character recently made his film debut, played by Chadwick Boseman, in the recent Marvel blockbuster Captain America: Civil War.

Source: Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther is this year’s best selling comic | News | Culture | The Independent

Sunday, March 27, 2016 03:58PM

Jim Harrison, the fiction writer, poet, outdoorsman and reveler who wrote with gruff affection for the country’s landscape and rural life and enjoyed mainstream success in middle age with his historical saga “Legends of the Fall,” has died at age 78.

Spokeswoman Deb Seager of Grove Atlantic, Harrison’s publisher, told The Associated Press that Harrison died Saturday at his home in Patagonia, Arizona. Seager did not know the cause of death. Harrison’s wife of more than 50 years, Linda King Harrison, died last fall.

The versatile and prolific author completed more than 30 books, most recently the novella collection “The Ancient Minstrel,” and was admired worldwide.

Sometimes likened to Ernest Hemingway for the range and kinds of his interests, he was a hunter and fisherman who savored his time in a cabin near his Michigan hometown, a drinker and Hollywood scriptwriter who was close friends with Jack Nicholson and came to know Sean Connery, Orson Welles and Warren Beatty among others.

He was a sports writer and a man of extraordinary appetite who once polished off a 37-course lunch, a traveler and teller of tales, most famously “Legends of the Fall.”

Source: Jim Harrison, author of ‘Legends of the Fall,’ dies at 78 | abc7.com

Planet 9

I think Planet 9 should be named Planet Rupert in honour of Douglas Adams, who first proposed the extra planet… see Mostly Harmless “The fifth book in the increasingly inaccurately named Hitchhikers Trilogy”.

Arthur C. Clarke dies…

An aide of science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke said late Tuesday evening that the author has Died at his home in Sri Lanka.

Rohan De Silva said Clarke died early Wednesday after suffering from breathing problems. He was 90-years-old.

Clarke is the author of more than 100 books, including the short
story "The Sentinel," on which filmmaker Stanley Kubrick’s "2001: A
Space Odyssey" was based.

He was one of the most esteemed authors in the genre.

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