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DC's <i>Superman: Earth One</i> will be a $20, 128-page hardcover

The announcement last week of DC Comics' new line of original graphic novels left at least two significant questions unanswered: How many pages will the Earth One titles be, and how much will they cost?

Thanks to Amazon.com, and Collected Editions, we now have an idea. The online retail giant lists Superman: Earth One as a 128-page hardcover priced at $19.99. That's the same price and page count as Joker, the 2008 original graphic novel by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo.

Collected Editions does some quick math, and concludes that while the equivalent number of pages in monthly comics would cost you just $16.45, with discounts -- "everyone and their uncle gets some kind of discount on comic books, at least 30%" -- Superman: Earth One is actually kind of a deal.

Superman: Earth One, by J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis, is set for release on Sept. 7, 2010. Batman: Earth One, by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, presumably will debut sometime later.

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