Dynamic Forces Fan Fest
Runnemede Holiday Inn
Runnemede, New Jersey
San Francisco, CA
Motor City Comic-Con
Novi Expo Center
maybe “invasion” isn’t the right word
for it, but Comics Guaranty, LLC (CGC) has defiantly
made an impact on the comic book industry in a way that
we did not expect. Our business model, based upon our
sister companies NGC and SGC, helped to ensure
buyer confidence, which would result in record sales,
but CGC never expected to make the transition into new
comics fresh off the stands.
It began with a Skrull in Ultimate Marvel Team-Up
#9 (Marvel Comics, 12/01) by Brian Michael Bendis
and Jim Mahfood. On the top panel of page 21, one Skrull
comments to his Skrull friend who is reading a Fantastic
Four comic, “Dude, I just had that graded.”
Smiles abounded at the CGC office.
Then we got blown away when we saw the “classic”
cover to issue #8 of Futurama, which sports
the very 1st CGC parody cover. Not only did it parody
the CGC label and holder, but it was also a parody of one
of the most important Bronze Age comic books: Giant-Size
X-Men #1. A few dealers sent us extra copies and we
went to some local stores and bought most of them. One
of our member dealers managed to find a 10.0, which
we sent to Bongo Comics as a “Thank You.”
Suddenly, within 2 months of each other, Superman/Batman
#7 (D.C. Comics, 4/04) & Powers #37 (Image
Comics, 2/04) hit the stands. In the letters page of
Powers #37 a fan wrote in and mentioned CGC.
We were floored! We could not believe that a fan wrote
to a creator, mentioned us, and the creator published
it. What a great compliment!
Then, on page 28 of Superman/Batman #7 by Jeph
Loeb & Pat Lee, the 1st panel reads, “Corben,
it’s time for you to go back in the box. Resealed.
Graded 9.9.” We knew then that CGC had “arrived”
as a full blown, accepted part of our hobby.
Maybe “invasion” isn’t the right word,
but we have made it into the mainstream new books. No
one is more surprised then us here at CGC. Living the
fanboy dream just got even better.
Cavalcade and Big All-American
Of all the wonderful Golden Age comics published by
DC, one of the most collectible titles is Comic
Cavalcade. It’s also one of the most expensive,
with only low-grade copies of the superhero issues
going for less $100-200.
I readily admit I’m biased about Comic Cavalcade,
since two of my three favorite Golden Age characters,
Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, appeared in full-length
stories in all 29 superhero issues, with The Flash.
(My other favorite character is Flash Gordon).
Like World’s Finest, Comic Cavalcade
was a 15-cent giant, running 100 pages in #1-2, 92 pages
in #3-5, 84 pages in #6-10 and 76 pages in #11-29. The
title became a marvelous funny anthology with #30-63, when it was discontinued in 1954. Unlike World’s
Finest, Comic Cavalcade was never continued in
a 36-page format, apparently because sales of DC’s
funny animal anthologies were steadily falling.
characters who originated in the All-American half of
DC’s publishing umbrella were used in Comic
Cavalcade, giving the issue a purely Golden Age
patina in comparison to World’s Finest.
Issues of Comic Cavalcade also seem scarcer
than World’s Finest, which probably outsold
Comic Cavalcade thanks to the attraction of
Superman and Batman.
For my money, Comic Cavalcade #20-29 are among
the scarcest of all 1947-48 issues from DC. Of course,
only Wonder Woman survived the superhero purge among
the All-American Publishing Company characters, so apparently
sales began to slip. Otherwise, why would the title
have been converted into a funny animal anthology?
I especially like those last 10 issues, since the art
on both Green Lantern and The Flash veered away from
the cartoony styles of the 1944-47 period and into more
genuinely artistic renderings by the likes of Alex Toth.
Other superheroes made only a handful of appearances
in Comic Cavalcade. Wildcat appeared in #1-2,
The Atom in #22-23 and Black Canary in #25. Interestingly
for a superhero anthology, a six-page Leave It to Binky
story appeared in #29, although other humorous features
appeared throughout the series, especially Mutt &
Also like World’s Finest, Comic Cavalcade
featured humorous or symbolic covers rather than serious
covers. A lot of collectors seem to disagree with me
on this, but I love this type of cover. They actually
required a great deal more imagination than action-oriented
Of course, it would have been tough to figure out an
action-oriented cover for Comic Cavalcade,
since the three big guns appeared in unrelated stories.
DC wanted to feature all three on the cover, so gentle
humor was the way to go.
My favorite covers are #6 (paper drive), #8 (football,
with Green Lantern and Wonder Woman covering a punt,
The Flash), #18 (our heroes chase a Thanksgiving turkey)
and #25 (our heroes make Christmas toys in place of
an ailing Santa Claus). In fact, Comic Cavalcade
carried Christmas covers every year – earlier
in #5, 9, 13 and 19. The most astonishing cover, by
the way, was the appearance of Cotton-Top Katie with
our heroes on #28.
As for the funny animal issues, they’re all good,
since they all have The Fox & The Crow, two of the
funniest characters ever created, not to mention a whole
lot of other amusing creatures. I love those house ads
in which Superman is portrayed with some of his favorite
creatures, so to speak.
The later Comic Cavalcades, especially #60-63,
are among the scarcest DC issues of the 1953-54 period.
If you find any at a reasonable price, snap them up
if you have any interest in collecting the title, because
they’re definitely not easy to find.
As for the 1944 Big All-American, I was fortunate
enough to find a coverless copy years ago. This 132-page
square-bound one-shot – one of the first quarter
comics in comic history – goes for $925 in “good.”
It is an extremely cool book, however – basically
an expanded Comic Cavalcade.
Not only does the Big All-American have Green
Lantern, Wonder Woman and The Flash, but also Hawkman
(some of 18-year-old Joe Kubert’s first comic
book work), The Atom, Wildcat and Mr. Terrific, along
with Hop Harrigan, Scribbly, Johnny Thunder and Little
Boy Blue and the Blue Boys (a truly dumb strip from
Sensation Comics that I cannot fathom how or why it
ran so long). As far as I know, all of these strips
My guess, though, is that readers intuitively knew that
132 pages for a quarter was not a great deal. After
all, most comic books were still 68 pages for a dime
through part or all of 1943! Lots of people today can’t
understand that an extra nickel was meaningful money
for a kid 50 or 60 years ago. If you don’t believe
me, ask someone like me who started buying comics for
a dime and saw them go up to 12 cents in 1961 –
it was an earth-shaking case of inflation!
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Collectibles for the Connoisseur Collector
are times when the human mind craves something more
“risqué” than most comics today tend
to offer. Maybe dirty jokes, politically incorrect content,
or a heightened level of sex and violence compared to
what comics have portrayed since the inception of the
comics code. When comic book content reaches the acme
of “offensiveness”, it takes on almost a
humorous demeanor, at least to most people, and becomes
less of a controversy and more of a source of entertainment.
a title published by Image/Top Cow, is written by famed
scribe Mark Millar and beautifully rendered by artist
J.G. Jones, whom I’ve previously mentioned in
my article on Y: The Last Man. Starring Wesley
Gibson, an average everyday guy who has been given the
short end of the stick from the tree called life, this
is a story of Wesley’s journey from a numbing,
non-rewarding life of innocence, to a satisfying, fruitful
life of evil. Breaking the monotonous routine of his
life, Wesley joins a secret league of super villains,
and trains to become the ultimate in killers.
Wesley soon learns that his father, whom he never met,
was one of the most infamous super villains in history,
the Killer. After his murder, the “Meta-Human
Criminal Network” sought out Wesley to take his
father’s place in their organization due to his
inherited enhanced abilities that had yet to surface.
Teamed with a female member named the Fox and tutored
by the Professor, they teach him to harness his abilities,
and explain that in their world, great power comes with
no responsibilities and no consequences. Superheroes
are no longer. The last few remaining heroes have long
since retired and super villains are tied to not only
crime, but also to law and order. They run everything,
have all the power, and literally get away with murder.
Wanted is currently on its third issue of six
and has gone into second printings for the first two
issues. For those collectors out there, issue one has
three different covers and the second printings offer
variant covers also. On top of that, Wizard has an exclusive
Wizard World Texas variant cover for issue #1. Finding
them, on the other hand, may not be as easy, for Wanted
is an extremely popular title as of now, holding its
position in the Wizard top 10 list for three months
straight. For readers, Wanted is meant to entertain
anyone who wants a break from the mainstream superhero
genre and take in a mature, yet humorous, look into
the world of super villains. Outrageous characters with
even more outrageous abilities – this title will
please all. Mark Millar’s writing will shock any
reader with his off-the-wall dialogue, and J.G. Jones’
art is a treat for any eyes. So, if it’s an HBO
version of a comic book one is looking for, Wanted
is the book.
DF Anniversary Celebration Continues!
Free "Fan" Fest Scheduled for April 24, 2004
23, 2004, Runnemede, NJ – As part of the continued
Dynamic Forces Anniversary Celebration, the company formally
announced plans for its first Fan Fest to be held April 24,
2004 from 10am to 6pm EST in Runnemede, New Jersey –
where the company is headquartered. Best of all, admission
will be FREE to all fans!
“We’re very proud of the work we do, and the continued
success a decade after I started this company,” explained
Nick Barrucci, President of Dynamic Forces. “And we
always like to give our fans presents (especially when it
comes to anniversary time), and this year is no exception.
We’ve got a really cool guest list, and are showcasing
our cool collectibles with our grass roots fan “fun”
fest with a cozy location where the fans can interact with
their favorite creators, and we’re looking forward to
seeing all of our fans on April 24!”
Artists, Writers and Creators scheduled to appear include:
- Brian (100 Bullets, Batman, Superman) Azzarello
- Dave (Superman: Red Son) Johnson
- Eduardo (Batman, 100 Bullets) Risso
- Will (100 Bullets, Superman) Dennis
- Nelson (Superman) DeCastro
- Chuck (X-Men) Austen
- Mark (Wanted, Ultimates) Millar
- The legendary Tom Palmer
- Michael (Powers) Van Oeming
- Jim (Dreadstar) Starlin
- JG (Wanted) Jones
The show will also have Fan Fest Exclusives, including Batman
and Superman posters for the first 500 fans to show up. DF
is also premiering exclusive items at the show, including
Wanted #2 DF Fan Fest Exclusive Foil Covers, GI
Joe: reloaded #1 Fan Fest Exclusive Foil Cover, Powers
#1 DF Exclusive Fan Fest Foil Cover, a Tomb Raider
#40 Virgin Cover, a Dreadstar Litho, Preview Books
and more to be announced!
Our friends from Comics Guaranty, LLC. (CGC), the hobby’s
only impartial, expert, third-party grading service, will
be on hand to accept submissions, answer questions about certification,
and help in the DF celebration.
But wait, there’s more! Our good friend – Mike
Malve of Atomic Comics in Arizona - is sponsoring two of the
Comic Book Legal Defense Funds booths, and John’s Toys
and Collectibles and Fat Jack’s Comicrypt are jointly
sponsoring ACTOR’s booth! For more information to sponsor
these charitable organizations, please contact [email protected]
(and please support our sponsors and our favorite charity
sponsors by visiting Atomic Comics in Arizona, John’s
Toys Web site and Fat Jack’s of Philadelphia and New
Jersey). At the show, you’ll also be able to see the
fun(d) raising antics of Nelson De Castro and Nick Barrucci!
(If you would like to donate product for the CBLDF Auction
or the ACTOR Auction, please contact [email protected]).
But wait, there’s just a little more! DF is hosting,
and the CBLDF will be auctioning off “Pizza with the
Pros!” More details to come!
Retailers who would like to pass out flyers at your store,
please contact Juan ([email protected])
For updated information, and directions, bookmark this page:
For more information on Dynamic Forces specialty merchandise,
product art, exclusive creator interviews and upcoming releases,
please visit the Dynamic Forces Web site at www.dynamicforces.com.
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