CGC Named Official Grading Service of Emerald City ComiCon
City ComiCon has recently named CGC as their official
grading service. CGC will be attending the convention
February 5 and 6 in Seattle, Washington. They will be
available to accept submissions to be graded in their
Florida office as well as answer questions from collectors
and dealers. Because CGC takes the comics back with
them from the show, submitting comics at the show means
that collectors and dealers save on postage and insurance
from Seattle to Florida.
"We are really happy to be named the official grading
service of the Emerald City ComiCon and are looking
forward to the convention," commented CGC President
and Primary Grader Steve Borock "ECCC has become
a real exciting show and we are happy that we have a
another area in the country to meet collector's
and Dealer's that we have not previously met before.
Jim Demonakos, ECCC Co-Organizer, has been wonderful
to work with, he is a real professional and has a great
love for our hobby. This should be a great convention
Special guests attending the convention include Adam
Kubert, Mark Waid, Brian Michael Bendis, Roy Thomas,
Kurt Busiek, and more. Exhibitors include Marvel Comics,
Image Comics, Top Cow Comics, Palisades Toys, ACTOR
Comic Fund, and many others.
For more information regarding CGC and Emerald City
ComiCon, visit www.emeraldcitycomicon.com
many Golden Age titles provided such a varied cast of
characters and genres as did Fiction House's Fight
Comics, one of the pulp publisher's famed "Big
Six" comic books. Quick – name the other five!
Right – Jumbo, Jungle, Planet, Wings and Rangers.
The generically named Fight Comics –
obviously taken from the long-running Fiction House
pulp Fight Stories – lasted 14 years
and 86 issues. Issue #1 (Jan. 1940) ties for the second
Fiction House comic book released (Jumbo started
in 1938). Fight #86 (Jan. 1954) was among the
firm's final 10 issues.
title often featured the usual Fiction House cast of
better-than-average artists – the likes of Matt
Baker, Jerry Grandenetti, George Evans, George Tuska
and Jack Kamen – along with a few early covers
by Will Eisner and Lou Fine, back in the days when Fiction
House acquired its art from the Eisner/Iger studio.
Through the 86-issue run, the title featured more than
two dozen different characters, all of whom had one
thing in common – these folks lived to fight!
Few titles of the Golden Age ever burst with more sheer
energy than Fight Comics, in which well over
1,000 punches and gunshots must have been portrayed
over its 14-year run.
The majority of the characters came from the world of
war heroes, spies, soldiers of fortune, vine swingers,
prizefighters and a smattering of super heroes. They
were almost all interesting. Fight Comics also
featured more than half a dozen types of covers. In
a sense, anyone who can collect all 86 issues has a
microcosm of comics from the early Golden Age to the
confusing limbo of the early 1950s.
The first two super heroes, Sabre (Spy Fighter) and
Power Man (Rip Regan) ran in Fight #1-16 and
#3-14, respectively. The stories were always short and
of little consequence. On the other hand, both Super-American
(#15-18) and Captain Fight (#16-19) were among the earliest
and most colorful patriotic heroes. Both were fun features,
running either 13 or 14 pages except for the 9-page
Captain Fight story in #19. If you can only get one
issue, shoot for either #16, 17 or 18, because they
contain both characters. They're great, albeit scarce,
examples of the vintage patriotic super hero.
Of the other fairly noteworthy early features, the only
ones with staying power were Kayo Kirby, Shark Brodie
and Sky Fighter (Chip Collins). These features pale
in comparison to the long-running characters introduced
during the World War II era: Rip Carson, Chute Trooper
(later Risks Unlimited), Senorita Rio, Hooks Devlin
(Special Agent), the sea-faring hero Captain Fight and,
most of all, frequent cover feature Tiger Girl –
the poor woman's Sheena!
Rip Carson ran in #19-85 except #69 and Senorita Rio
appeared in #19-71 also except #69 (Fight dropped
from 52 pages to 36 with #69). Hooks Devlin, a fun spy/detective
strip that is often overlooked, ran in #20-69. The Errol
Flynn-inspired Captain Fight appeared in #44-69. And
Tiger Girl showed up in #32-81. Trying to take advantage
of the post-war popularity of jungle theme covers, Fiction
House used Tiger Girl as the cover feature from #49-81,
including some of Maurice Whitman's finest cover work
toward the end of the run.
Every issue of Fight is featured in the Photo-Journal,
so attractive is the series. The first 14 issues of
Fight (Jan. 1940-Aug. 1941) look very much
like similar exotic themes coming from the likes of
Fox and Quality at the time.
Three of my favorite Golden Age covers are the patriotic
super hero themes of Fight #15-17 (Oct. 1941-Feb.
1942) with Super American, which were apparently Fiction
House's responses to the immediate success of Timely's
Some of the earliest, and most active and violent, war-hero
covers are those that grace Fight #19-36, 38,
41, 42 and 44 (June 1942-June 1946), including the infamous
"Nazi axman" cover, in which a hooded executioner is
shot just before beheading a bound woman. There are
also two oddity covers on Fight #41 (Dec. 1945)
and #42 (Feb. 1946), featuring the Rip Carson stories
"Twenty Coffins for Tokyo" and "Hit the Silk for Honshu."
These are among the last of the raciest World War II
covers from any publisher – both hit the stands
following the official end of the war with Japan's surrender
signing early September 1945.
Senorita Rio, a classic Fiction House female, mistakenly
appeared as a blonde on the cover of #48 after her portrayal
as an exotic brunette beginning with her first cover
appearance on #37. My favorite Senorita Rio cover is
the sword-fight classic on #47 (Dec. 1946) on a Spanish-style
tile roof. The title of the featured story is so typical
of Fiction House's always amusing annals of alliteration:
When Tiger Girl debuted in #32 (June 1944), jungle girls
still were not common in comics. She didn't hit the
cover for three years – until #49 (April 1947).
But she was a stubborn vine swinger, lasting both in
the comic book and on the cover through #81 (July 1952).
Sheena last appeared on a Jumbo cover at about
the same time with #160 (June 1952), and the quarterly
Sheena title ended with #18 (Winter 1952-53),
so Fiction House apparently felt the era of the jungle
girl was about over. Atlas had not yet started its moderately
successful jungle girl titles and Fox had long since
gone out of business. Fawcett's Nyoka, meanwhile,
was on her last legs as well, not to mention being a
lot less sexy than other jungle girls of the era.
During the final stages of the Korean War, Fight
Comics went back to war-theme covers for its last
five issues, which included two Tigerman reprints from
Rangers Comics by George Evans in #86. Tigerman
– a super spy sort – was a post-war Rangers
feature, not the least bit related to Tiger Girl.
With far more versatility than any other Fiction House
title, Fight Comics is well worth a battle
through the boxes at your next comic convention!
Hake's Americana & Collectibles
To Offer Over 100 CGC-Certified Comics in January
Hake's Americana & Collectibles has long been recognized
as one of the premier Americana auction houses, particularly
when it comes to character-related memorabilia, but
with their January 25 – 27, 2005 auction, they
will be significantly expanding their offerings by including
over 100 CGC-certified comic books and other items.
we have offered comics in the past, we are looking forward
to pleasing our loyal customer base and our new customers
even more by including a larger selection of high-grade
comics," said Jeff Robison, General Manager of Hake's.
A few of the highlights include All American Comics
#1 CGC 6.5, Captain America Comics #1 CGC 8.0,
and Marvel Mystery Comics #59 CGC 9.4. CGC-certified
comics from the Mile High, Pennsylvania, San Francisco,
Rockford, Gaines files, Bethlehem and other pedigrees
will be included in the offering.
The auction is also packed with numerous classic Americana
collectibles, including political memorabilia, autographs,
coins, vintage advertising collectibles and character
toys. Highlights include a rare 1941 Superman Fleischer
cartoon film one-sheet poster, an autographed sketch
of Mickey Mouse signed by Walt Disney and memorabilia
from numerous comic clubs of the Golden Age.
To order the upcoming auction catalog and to register,
Catalogs are also available by calling Heather at (866)
404-9800 ext 249 or Sara at ext 410.
Sean Chen Signature Series
Chen, artist extraordinaire of Marvel's X-Men: The
End, will be doing signings for CGC Signature Series
at Collector's Kingdom on Saturday, January 29th from
12 pm to 4 pm. Collector's Kingdom is located at 202 West
Jericho Turnpike in Huntington Station, NY.
A CGC deputy will be on hand to witness the signings.
The signed comics can be submitted to Collector's Kingdom
that day to be sent to CGC for encapsulation, grading
and the prestigious CGC Signature Series Label.
more information, please call 631-549-4336 and ask for
Ray or Mike.
|A Ray of Light from "The Darkness"
of late, I'd been indulging myself with countless graphic
novels and trade paperbacks, and sadly neglecting the
newer released single comic issues stacked in my bedroom.
Eventually, I had managed to finger through the pile,
looking at each cover, waiting for one in particular
to grab my attention. That's when I came to a book with
an incredibly detailed cover by Dale Keown, depicting
a small demon holding out a hand of cards across a poker
pulled The Darkness volume #2 #17 from my stack
of books. Not a title that I would normally purchase,
but I'm a poker fan, and poker comic covers had recently
gained my attention as a collectible. The Darkness,
one of the original big hits for Top Cow Publications
since 1996, was always one of my favorite reads in my
earlier days of collecting, but slowly tapered down
as Marvel and D.C. Comics' super-hero titles began sparking
my interest. This issue of The Darkness, beginning
a new story arc called "Hell House," depicts the main
character, mafia hit man Jackie Estacado in his struggle
with the Darkness curse. David Lapham, best known as
author of Stray Bullets, takes the helm as writer, while
Brian Denham brings the words to life as artist.
Now, I've been off of The Darkness series for
quite some time now, but the premise itself is still
familiar. For those unfamiliar, the character of Jackie
was cursed on his 21st birthday, a curse that gave him
access to a world full of demons that are all at his
disposal when the lights go out. What really enhanced
my enjoyment with this issue in particular was how David
Lapham showed the struggle between Jackie and the Darkness
power. Most of the issue is the two talking back and
forth, the Darkness begging Jackie to come out. But
unlike the original series of The Darkness,
Jackie wants to control his power, trying all he can
do to keep it at bay, struggling for dominance of his
own body over the bevy of demons that lurk inside him.
Brian Denham's art continues to illustrate Lapham's
noir-ish writing style from Stray Bullets,
bringing a dark and uneasy grit to the storyline. Top
Cow's The Darkness was a book I'd always enjoyed,
and I can't be happier to have gotten back into it.
It's unlike the earlier series, which I still enjoyed,
but have found myself enjoying the newer brutal display
of the Darkness power illustrated in this issue, along
with the back-and-forth narrative struggle that Lapham
writes between the two sides. The Darkness
has peaked my interest once again, along with many other
Top Cow titles, and I guarantee that issue #18 of The
Darkness will be one of the first books to read
in next month's stack of books.
For more information on The Darkness &
other Top Cow titles, log onto www.TopCow.com
New Web Site for CGC'd Comic
A new, exciting collectibles Web site featuring CGC-certified
comic books will be live starting December 24th. Our
friend, longtime hobbyist and Overstreet Senior Advisor,
Bill Hughes, is launching his site www.VintageCollectables.net. This site will showcase rarities from several hobbies
that he is associated with, including comic books, baseball
cards, original comic art, movie posters, autographs
and Disneyana. Bill also tells CGC that he has a revolutionary
platform by which consignors can make money off their
comics even if Bill doesn't sell them! Just click the
'Consignments' icon on the home page for more info.
In all, there will be over two million dollars worth
of mostly high-grade collectibles listed when the site
launches, with more to come on a daily basis. Bill is
a regular submitter to CGC and is one of the most aggressive
buyers in the marketplace, so you will want to check
out this site for many top census CGC'd comic books.
He also offers payment terms for purchases of any size.
Remember, there is only one 'I' in Bill's Web address.
Once again, go to www.VintageCollectables.net and have some fun.
The Northern Lights Brighten
Collection includes astounding CGC-graded issues
The Northern Lights Collection, an outstanding collection
of comics from the Golden and Silver Ages, will be presented
by Heritage Comics Auctions (HCA) in their first two
sales of 2005, beginning with the February 11-12 Signature
Auction, to be held in their Dallas offices.
"The Northern Lights Collection represents an outstanding
achievement," said Ed Jaster, HCA's Director of
Acquisitions, "assembled by a truly advanced collector
who spent in excess of $1 million assembling a grouping
of the highest-quality books available. The range of
high-grade material here is staggering, from an Amazing
Spider-Man run that has to be seen to be believed
(the #1 is CGC-graded an astounding 9.4), to a run of
Batman #1-200 that will have collectors salivating."