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November 2004  
 
Volume 3, Issue 8  
   
1. A Small Number of Super Hero Aces
   
2. CGC & On-Site Grading at the National in New York City
   
3. PedigreeComics.com Offers Highest
CGC Certified Sgt Fury Run
   
4. The Wicked West (not the Grader)
   
5. Heritage Wraps Up 2004, Looks ahead to 2005
   
6. Jerry Weist and eBay Present Comics Auction Highlighting a Complete Marvel Comics Silver Age Collection, Many CGCd, December 2nd Through December 11th.
   


UPCOMING EVENTS

November 19-21
New York National

Penn Plaza Pavilion
New York, NY
On-Site Grading Available!


January 22-23
Big Apple Convention
Penn Plaza Pavilion

New York, NY


February 18-20
Wondercon Moscone Convention Center

San Francisco, CA


Nolan's Niche A Small Number
of Super Hero Aces
Michelle Nolan

Ace Publications is one of those small but significant firms that no fan of Golden Age comics should ignore.

Ace's output of a few dozen issues of costume hero interest bursts with generic patriotic energy —- nothing really creative, but still typical of the period and generally written and drawn a cut above better known companies of the era. It took collectors a long time to discover the Ace heroes because most of them were gone well before the end of World War II.

Sure Fire ComicsAce became much better known for its pulps (1930s and 40s) and paperbacks (beginning with the classic Ace Double Novels in 1952). Yet the company was a significant second-tier comic book outfit from 1940-56, especially in the romance field from 1949-56.

Here, though, we'll be covering the heroic titles: Sure Fire/Lightning (14 issues in 1940-42), Super Mystery (34 issues with heroes from 1940-47), Banner/Captain Courageous (4 issues in 1941-42), Our Flag (5 issues in 1941-42) and Four Favorites (32 issues in 1941-47, but no costume heroes after the first 26 issues).

Ace's numbering system confused collectors for many years, so it has to be explained.

Sure Fire ran four issues in 1940, with two #3 issues. The title became Lightning Comics, with one of the coolest logos of the Golden Age, with #4 (actually the fifth issue), dated Dec. 1940. After #6, the numbering ran Vol. 2 #1-6, then Vol. 3 #1 for the last issue (June 1942).

The lead hero was called Flash Lightning through Vol. 2 #1, then was called Lash Lightning. In his last appearance, Lightning Girl made her only appearance in this title. These stories usually ran 13 to 15 pages. Several of the covers represented some of the earliest art by Jim Mooney, who did numerous stories in Super Mystery. Other than an obscure super hero known as The Raven, who appeared in every issue, there were no other super heroes until The Sword appeared in a 12-page story in the last issue. Several covers of Lightning, all featuring the title hero, are among the most colorful of the era. No Golden Age collection is complete without at least one issue of Lightning.

4 favoritesSuper Mystery, which featured early work by both Mooney and Harvey Kurtzman (on The Sword), was also a sweet title, especially in the early issues. Each volume contained six issues through Vol. 8 #6 in 1949, but the last heroic appearance was the Magno and Davey story in Vol. 6 #4 (Feb. 1947). Davey, one of the many kid companions, debuted in #4 (Nov. 1940). Mooney did pretty work on this feature. There were lesser heroes, as usual in a Golden Age anthology: Vulcan through Vol. 3 #2 (14 appearances), The Black Spider from #3 through Vol. 2 #6 (10 appearances), Buckskin in Vol. 2 #1 through Vol. 3 #5 except for Vol. 2 #5 (10 appearances) and The Sword in Vol. 3 #3 through Vol. 5 #3 (13 appearances). The Lancer (natch) appeared as the kid aide in every story except the first. You can't get all the heroes in any one issue since The Sword replaced Vulcan.

For some reason, Four Favorites was numbered consecutively for 32 issues. Although the covers are generally not as cool as Lightning, this is your best bet if you want to get all the major Ace heroes in one book. Magno ran through #26; Lash Lightning through #22 (with Lightning Girl in #19-22); The Unknown Soldier in #4-20; The Raven through #4; Vulcan through #3; Captain Courageous in costume in #5-21 except #6; and The Flag in #6. The best issues are the first 18, since you get four full-length super hero stories in every issue of 10 to 16 pages. These 18 issues of Four Favorites are prime Golden Age examples of patriotic heroes.

Now we'll finish with nine highly cool patriotic issues of the 1941-42 era, all tough to find even in "good" for less than $50 to $100 apiece. For that matter, it's almost impossible to find early issues of the previously covered titles for less than that, either. They're just darn colorful comics!

Banner Comics, for some reason, started with #3 (Sept. 1941) and ran through #5 before changing its title to the scarce one-shot Captain Courageous #6, March 1942. Captain Courageous stories plus The Lone Warrior (with kid partner Dickey) appeared in long epics in all four issues; The Sword's origin also was detailed in Captain Courageous #6. The Lone Warrior and Dickey is a classic Captain America and Bucky knockoff, debuting one-half year after Cap.

Our Flag #1-5 (Aug. 1941 – April 1942) were wonderful examples of Golden Age patriotism, with a great title and logo. The Flag appeared in a pair of 16 and 17-page stories in #2-4 and in one 17-page story in #5. The Unknown Soldier, a nifty patriotic hero, ran 15 to 17 pages in all five issues, and there was a 16-page Captain Victory story in #1 before that obscure hero was replaced by The Flag.

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Heritage Wraps Up 2004, Looks ahead to 2005

Heritage Comics Auctions (HCA) held its final sale of 2004 on Monday, November 8, in Dallas, Texas, featuring many CGC certified comics. Over 84% of the lots offered were sold, for a total of $636,859.88 not counting After-Auction purchases. 1,199 total bidders competed for 1,190 lots, 252 of them successfully.

"This was a unique sale," said John Petty, Director of Auctions for HCA, "which focused more on art than on comics. There was a considerable assortment of art from children's publications, rarely seen in the collector's market, to which bidders responded enthusiastically."

"2004 has been very good to us," continued Petty, "with over $9.79 million realized in our six Signature auctions and our special Platinum Night sale. We've sold 8,013 lots this year to 2,543 successful bidders, and we look forward to topping those numbers in 2005."

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Jerry Weist and eBay Present Comics Auction Highlighting a Complete Marvel Comics Silver Age Collection, Many CGC’d, December 2nd Through December 11th.

Our good friend Jerry Weist, who has authored the EC Fanzine SQUA TRONT, two Editions of the COMIC ART PRICE GUIDE, consulted for SOTHEBY'S Live Auctions from 1990 through 2001 and recently authored (with James Steranko's introduction) THE 100 GREATEST COMICS (from Whitman Press), has been on eBay for the past three years with his innovative EVENT AUCTIONS.

What is an Event Auction?
An Event Auction is a "large" selection of comic books and comic art mounted all at one time, on specific dates.

Like a live auction, Jerry's eBay auctions have featured everything from original EC artwork, to the Joe Shuster SUPERMAN 1934 Daily (selling for $115,000 on eBay two years ago), to SUPERMAN No. 1, to rare Silver Age Comics and Artwork.

This December 2nd, Weist will feature The Hidden Valley Collection, which consists of a "complete" Marvel Silver Age Collection, with all keys present. This collection is modest in grades. However, it is highlighted by 1950s Atlas comics and many of the pre-hero titles, and it contains all of the #1 issues. CGC will be grading and containing 100% of all the Key #1 issues, and many of the higher grade copies of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, X-MEN, and many other titles.

Weist's auctions are noted for the following:

  1. No GAMES on reserves! The starting price (stated) is the reserve. Once you bid on this price, the comic is being sold!
  2. 35 years of professional experience go into each comic grade and description.
  3. Weist controls and directly handles every aspect of his auctions, from grading, to cataloguing, to scans for illustrations, to the final shipping. If you call or e-mail with a problem, he will solve it (especially in the case of his own error!) because there is no "chain of command" to worry about. ONE STOP SHOPPING comes with ONE PERSON SERVICE.
  4. Weist ships within 24 to 48 hours of payment, and his shipping is excellent. Just browse his 400+ 100% positive feedbacks on his eBay listing.

This collection will also feature many other rare collectible items.

The most exciting will be JACK DAVIS’ original artwork to the entire story entitled BLACK FERRIS, from THE HAUNT OF FEAR #18, the classic Ray Bradbury EC Adapted story. Starting bid $20,000.

The original artwork for JOE KUBERT's THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #43, from September of 1962, featuring one of the early introduction HAWKMAN covers from this classic DC Silver Age title. Kubert illustrated this very character for Julie Schwartz in the Golden Age of comics, and his BRAVE AND THE BOLD covers have never before surfaced for public auction. This is probably the most important, exciting and RARE Silver Age cover to surface in 2004. The artwork is in FINE condition with all its original logos (missing just the B&B flag logo) intact. Starting bid $40,000.

Search for jerryweist seller on eBay to find the art and the many CGC comic books being offered.

REMEMBER THE DATES
December 2nd through December 11th, 2004.

Or you can call Jerry at (978)-283-1419, or write to him at jerryweist@adelphia.net.

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CGC & On-Site Grading at the National in New York City
On 11/19-11/21, Comics Guaranty, LLC will be offering on-site grading at the National show in New York City. Look for the CGC Submission Center at the show, located in the Penn Plaza Pavilion, and drop off your books for certification. Decrease your wait in line by taking advantage of our online submission forms found here.

And don't forget: CGC will also be taking submissions for regular turnaround times at the show. For more information on CGC and on-site grading, visit their Web site.

And for more information on the National in New York City, visit their Web site.

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PedigreeComics.com Offers Highest CGC Certified Sgt Fury Run
Sgt. FuryOn Monday, November 15th, Pedigree Comics, Inc. will be offering for the first time ever an incredible complete Marvel Silver Age run of high grade CGC certified Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos numbering from 1-49. There will also be some scattered issues in the 50s and 60s as well. Over 90% of the comics Sgt. Furyare from pedigree collections, with many from the Massachusetts Collection, the Winnipeg Collection, and a few from the Northland and Western Penn. collections.

Overall, the run averages a CGC certified grade of 9.6, as more than 50% of the books in the run grade out CGC Sgt. Fury9.6 or higher! There are only 6 issues graded less than 9.4, and these are all at least 9.0! On top of that, most of the books have white pages.

This is the highest CGC certified Sgt. Fury run ever offered for sale and undoubtedly the nicest ever assembled. To bid on or just view any of the books, go to www.pedigreecomics.com beginning Monday, November 15th.

If you have any comments or questions, you can contact Pedigree Comics' Doug Schmell at: DougSchmell@pedigreecomics.com or call 561-596-9111.

Even if you are not a Sgt. Fury collector, you will not want to miss seeing these incredible books on line before they are gone.

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The Wicked West
(not the Grader)
Shawn Caffrey
Caffrey Chronicles

Most people say that I'm a picky reader when it comes to comic books. Honestly, it's not entirely true. I may be picky when it comes down to what I like, but I consider myself an open-minded reader. I will read anything and everything; Science Fiction, Superhero, Romance, Horror, and Westerns to name only a few. What I love most about the vast array of comic book genres is their interchangeability. It's true that I do prefer one of the genres to be Horror, but my door is always open for anything. A recent read, The Wicked West by Image Comics, combines Western, Horror, and Action, and is a fine example of cross-genre books that work together effectively.

The Wicked WestUnlike most Westerns, where it's cowboys and outlaws, The Wicked West, a 96 full-color graphic novel, puts up cowboys against vampires. I know it sounds like an odd match-up at first, but this book serves as a fine example of three genres that mix perfectly together. Todd Livingston and Robert Tinnell tell a superbly written tale of Vampirism set in the small western town of Javer's Tanks. The story's hero, a stranger named Cotton Coleridge, is welcomed into the town, and soon becomes the target of the angry townspeople. As bloodless bodies begin turning up, the townspeople begin a "witch hunt" of sorts and fingers soon point in the direction of the main character. But little do they know that the same man who they blame for the deaths, is the only man who can save them from the same fate.

Neil Vokes, widely known for his newer work on The Black Forest, is the artist behind The Wicked West. Showcasing some of his greatest work, Neil's atmospheric use of black and white art, used as a form of narration, combined with his crisp layouts in color, gives readers an eerie feeling of adventure into terror. Neil's veteran experience in comics has led him to master a distinct style, a style of storytelling that can please any audience. Together with writers Todd and Robert, who also worked on The Black Forest with Neil, they continue to keep up the same level of entertainment for the reader and consistently show off the mastery of their previous work. The combination of genres makes this an accessible read for anyone. Co-writer Todd Livingston describes The Wicked West as "Outlaw Josey Wales riding into Salem's Lot." If that doesn't spark any intrigue, just take my word for it. This is a must.

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