Hamilton Passes Away, but Leaves a Wonderful Legacy
know I had to write something about this great man who
has done so much for this hobby, but I just don't feel
very comfortable doing so. There are many people who
knew Bruce better than I did, and will write the kind
of tribute that he deserves to have written about him.
The one thing that I do know that I should tell everyone in our community is
that without Bruce—forget the fact that he helped keep Disney comics around
for today's kids (that's a whole other story)—there would probably not
be a CGC.
Bruce believed in CGC when most people would not even consider "putting
a book in plastic." When CGC first approached me, I didn't even believe
in it. But Bruce, along with people like John Snyder, Steve Geppi, Stephen Fishler,
and only a handful of others, knew that without certification, our hobby would
stagnate. The only difference between Bruce and the rest is that he took the "point" and
helped lead the charge for it, which, at the time, was a very revolutionary concept.
Now, not only is CGC certification accepted, most of the top collectors won't
buy a comic book unless it has the safety of the CGC label and encapsulation.
So, Bruce, here's to you and all of the wonderful things you did for our hobby.
We are so much better off for all that you did.
Steve Borock 7/5/05
is Caught in the Web! Digital Webbing, That is.
CGC Teams with Digital Webbing
CGC is proud to announce that it has been named the official grading service of
Digital Webbing is a star on the rise. Digital Webbing entered the publishing arena
with an "Internet Collaborative" anthology showcasing aspiring and established
talent. Digital Webbing Press published its first comic, Digital Webbing Presents
#1, in December 2001. The comic book series ranks in the Diamond Distribution Top
300 best-selling comic lists. Now on issue #24, they have grown to include a new,
never-before-seen, full color Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles story. Their top sellers
include fan favorites Blood Rayne and Sword of Dracula.
"We are very happy to add Digital Webbing to the list of publishers we are now
the official grading service of," said Steve Borock, President and Primary Grader
of CGC. "Not only are they publishing some great comics, but their industry Web
site is growing by leaps and bounds."
DigitalWebbing.com was launched in December 1997 and has become THE source for finding out about comic book related Web sites. With close to 10,000 visitors per day, they deliver daily comic news content to help make Web surfing less time consuming. Digital Webbing has also expanded the service to include an extensive links database, comic book news, interviews, previews, and a very popular talent search area.
"I'm ecstatic to work with CGC," said Ed Dukeshire, owner of Digital Webbing. "I am a regular on eBay and I know how hard it is for our fans to find the best quality copies of our books. Working with the professionals at CGC, our fans will get the best as we add another strand to our Web."
"Working with Ed for the past couple of weeks has been great. Digital Webbing is a real class act." said Paul Litch, CGC Modern Age Specialist and Restoration Detection Expert. "I can't wait to see the new TMNT story in Digital
Webbing Presents #24!"
For more information about Digital Webbing, visit their Web site at www.digitalwebbing.com.
To submit your Digital Webbing comics, please CLICK
HERE. To learn more about CGC, visit our Web site at www.CGCcomics.com.
Weist to Mount 250+ Lot Comic Book and Comic Art Auction
CGC High Grades Dominate Auction
Starting Date July 10th – through July 19th
Coming from four different collections, this auction
represents the first part of one of the stronger 1950s
Horror and Science Fiction collections in the country,
a selection of important original comic artwork, an
above average DC Silver Age collection, and important
Fanzines and Monster Magazines from the early 1960s.
Working closely using the www.GPANALYSIS.com, Jerry Weist has submitted
to CGC for their expert, impartial certification the higher-grade copies from
two collections and received grades that many times represent the HIGHEST KNOWN
GRADED COPY, or copies tied for the best grade!
- CGC THE X-MEN #8 (9.6) NEAR MINT+ , WHITE
PAGES, confirmed as the finest graded copy offered
in public auction. Estimate $700 to $1,000
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #56 (9.8), OFF-WHITE to WHITE
PAGES, confirmed as the highest graded ever offered
at auction. Estimate $600 to $900
- CGC THE AMAZING
SPIDER-MAN #49 (9.8), NEAR MINT/MINT, WHITE PAGES,
the highest known graded copy offered for public
sale. Estimate $1,000 to $2,000
- CGC THE AMAZING
SPIDER-MAN #34 (9.6) NEAR MINT+, WHITE PAGES, tied
for the best known graded copy offered for sale.
Estimate $2,000 to $3,000
- CGC THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN
#40 (9.6) NEAR MINT+, WHITE PAGES, tied with three
other copies as the best graded for sale. Estimate
$2,500 to $3,500
- CGC AMAZING ADVENTURES #1 (9.0)
VF/NM, OFF-WHITE to WHITE PAGES, the highest GP Analysis
Site recorded book offered for sale. Estimate $1,000
- CGC ACTION COMICS #12, May of 1939,
(7.5) VERY FINE, with OFF-WHITE to WHITE PAGES,
the second highest graded copy known to exist both
in the GP Analysis site and the CGC Census Listing,
extremely RARE with this paper! Estimate $2,000 to
- CGC DETECTIVE COMICS #16 (6.0) FINE, with
OFF-WHITE PAGES, noted by both GP Analysis and CGC
Census as the 2nd best graded copy. Estimate $1,000
- CGC DETECTIVE COMICS #38 (3.0) OFF-WHITE
PAGES, a lower grade and not among the highest know
copies, but above average paper. Estimate $3,000
- CGC MORE FUN COMICS #31 (7.5) VERY FINE – with
CREAM to OFF-WHITE PAGES, tied for the 2nd highest
grade for this copy. Estimate $1,500 to $3,000
DANGER TRAIL #3 (8.0) VERY FINE, with OFF-WHITE to
WHITE PAGES, noted by both GP Analysis and CGC Census
as the second highest grade ever offered for public
sale, the RAREST of all DC titles. Estimate $800
COLLECTORS NOTE: This is just the tip of the iceberg for Marvel and DC Collectors. Many CGC'd 9.2,
9.4, 9.6, and 9.8 books await you in this auction.
And as can be noted above, these comics came
from an original owner collection, kept in the same
dry basement, with no light, at an elevation of 5,000+
feet, never put into bags and stacked on metal shelving.
High grade Marvels with WHITE PAGES abound in this
auction! There are nearly 100 CGC certified books
in this auction.
Lower grade copies of SPIDER-MAN #1, AMAZING FANTASY #15: higher grades
on CGC certified copies of SHOWCASE (Early numbers), CHALLENGERS OF THE
UNKNOWN #1, STRANGE ADVENTURES #s 1 and 117, MYSTERY IN SPACE #1, etc.
are also to be found here.
1950s SCIENCE FICTION titles such as SPACE PATROL, CRUSADER FROM MARS,
SPACE DETECTIVE, STRANGE ADVENTURES #1, CAPTAIN SCIENCE, CAPTAIN VIDEO (complete
run) SPEED CARTER SPACEMAN, and many other 1950's SF and Horror titles
are among the listings.
A strong run of SHADOW COMICS with the later Bob Powell covers and stories
are included in high grades: a near complete run of THE SPIRIT, near complete
run of BLACKHAWK, and near complete runs for MYSTERY IN SPACE and STRANGE
ADVENTURES are also included.
- JACK KIRBY/ DON HECK, original artwork
for page 9 from TALES TO ASTONISH #44 (for the origin
of the Wasp), in FINE condition. Estimate $1,000
- JOHN ROMITA, original artwork for page 22
from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #116, including strong
Spider-Man panels. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500
ROMITA, original artwork for page 37 from THE AMAZING
SPIDER-MAN #116. Estimate $2,000 to $2,500
- JOHN BUSCEMA,
original artwork for splash page from FANTASTIC FOUR
ANNUAL #11, signed by the artist. Estimate $600 to
- JOHN BUSCEMA, original artwork for the cover
to CONAN THE BARBARIAN #95, 1978, with great fight
scene with Dragon. Estimate $1,200 to $1,800
WOOD, original EC story to seven page story entitled "Ordeal",
from ACES HIGH #5, in FINE condition. Estimate $3,000 to $4,000
- DAVE SIM,
original artwork for page 19 from CEREBUS THE AARDVARK
#12, with zip-tones and black panels, Cerebus featured
in many panels. Estimate $1,000 to $2,000
RARE FANZINES and MONSTER MAGAZINES:
Highlights will include XERO (where All In Color For a Dime first appeared), file copies for WITZEND, STAR STUDDED, SQUA TRONT, PROMEATHEAN ENTERPRISES (some CGC certified copies at 9.6), and other early 1960s RARE
Highlight will also include SOME OF THE HIGHEST GRADED CGC CERTIFIED
FAMOUS MONSTERS ever offered in the marketplace.
Hallmarks of Jerry Weist's auctions are FAIR estimates, expert grading,
VERY LOW reserves, (the STARTING PRICE is the reserve in my auctions, NO GAMES
played), obsessive and overworked packing and shipping – and personal service.
All from someone who is a comic historian, fan, collector, CGC charter member,
professional dealer, and auction expert (having mounted Sotheby's
auctions for over 10 years), and is willing to help the bidders on every
level of their involvement.
You can contact Jerry Weist at his office (978) 283-1419, or via e-mail
REMEMBER that you can find his auction by looking for specific lots,
going to his eBay store, or looking for jerryweist seller. Bookmark July
10th on your calendar, and remember that this auction is designed to
function "around" the
San Diego Comic-Con. You can bid before you leave and have three full
days after the convention to keep up with the results and finish time.
During the comic book chaos of wartime paper restrictions and often shrinking page counts from 1944-45, a second-rate publisher emerged to produce a handful of the most primitive issues of the Golden Age.
Rural Home, also known as Enwil, Rewl and Croyden, published what today are curiosity pieces. They are often overpriced curiosity pieces to boot, but they are perfect for collectors of the obscure and unusual. We're talking about Blue Circle, Blazing, Red Band, Red Circle, Variety, Cannonball, Mask, Meteor, and Captain Wizard.
Despite the occasional L.B. Cole covers, Rural Home basically produced junk, so
you really have to be careful when you buy any of these, unless you can find one
for less than $10. Then it's "so bad it's good" from a collectible standpoint.
In fact, the Captain Wizard one-shot, published circa 1946, is the ultimate in
horrible, awful, pathetic junk. It's the "Plan Nine from Outer Space" of the Golden
Rural Home's best were Blazing #1-5 (June 1944 - March 1945) and Blue Circle
#1-5 (also June 1944 - March 1945). The covers to #6 of both titles have been found
attached to various miscellaneous comics over the years, but there were no genuine
issues of Blazing #6 and Blue Circle #6.
Blazing contained only one superhero, but he was the coolest character created
for the company—The Green Turtle. The covers were genuine World War II artifacts.
The character that appeared in five 9-page stories rarely showed his face. I've
always thought The Green Turtle was the ultimate name when it came to surreal costume
hero absurdity. The rest of Blazing's 52-page issues contained forgettable strips
like Black Buccaneer, Red Hawk, Jun-Gal (yes, a jungle girl!), Tommy Paige, Mr.
Ree/Mr. Lee and the satirical Super Drooper and Drip.
Blue Circle, on the other hand, contained the costumed likes of The Blue
Circle, The Steel Fist, and Toreador. You get three of the most obscure costume
heroes of all time in each issue, along with two humor strips plus the best strip
in the book—the pulp-inspired Gail Porter, Girl Photographer.
Red Band #1-4 (November 1944-May 1945) was an amazing Golden Age oddity, featuring characters called The Bogey Man and Captain Wizard, plus the immortal Captain Milksop in the first two issues. Red Band #1-2 had the same cover; Red Band #3-4 had the same contents as well as the same cover! Don't even bother with these unless you really like bad comics. In addition, the interior of Red Band #2 also wound up being wrapped with a reprint of the cover to Blazing #1, but this inexplicable issue was dated April 1946.
Red Circle #1-3 (January-March 1945) contained The Prankster and The Judge in #1-2. For the best in non-super powered heroics, see Batman! For the worst, these are pretty good examples. There was a Red Band cover to #4 found wrapped around several later titles, much the same as the cover to Blazing #6 and Blue Circle #6.
Variety Comics #1-3, starring the super powered Captain Valiant in eight-page adventures, was an undated oddity with issues published in 1944, 1945, and 1946. Never have figured out where these came from.
Cannonball Comics #1-2 (February and March 1945) feature The Crash Kid and Thunderbrand, a couple of costumed heroes who never appeared anywhere else. Also starring the Crime Crusader (a detective) and Hardy of Hillsdale High, these are technically the best of the Rural Home bunch from the standpoint of art and story. They are definitely the most collectible comics to come from the company.
Mask #1 (February-March 1945) contains an odd blend of miscellaneous fiction and biographies of Harry Houdini and P.T. Barnum (to paraphrase Barnum, "There's a sucker born every minute, and a few of them bought Rural Home issues!"). Issue #2 (April-May 1945, with some issues existing with Fall superimposed in the indicia) has a fabulous L.B. Cole cover and three costumed characters: The Black Raider, Merlin the Boy Magician, and The Shroud, a Phantom Stranger-like narrator.
There were only single issues of Captain Wizard and Meteor Comics, which featured pretty much the same characters. I'm not sure whether the Captain Wizard stories in each issue are original or reprints. I'm definitely sure it doesn't really matter!
Rich Koslowski's The King to Debut at San Diego Comic-Con
Many of the CGC graders have a favorite "non-mainstream" comic genius whose
original art covers and splash pages are framed and hanging in the CGC grader's
room and the CGC hallways. Among these honorees is Rich Koslowski, the Eisner-nominated creator, writer, and artist
of the graphic novel Three Fingers; the writer/artist of the Geeksville comic
book; and the creator, writer, and artist of Three Geeks and How To Pick Up Girls
If You're A Comic Geek comic books. If you have never read these gems, run, don't
walk, to your nearest comic book store and buy them up! If they don't have any,
go to www.milehighcomics.com. Mile
High's owner and our friend Chuck Rozanski is as big of a fan of Rich's work
as we are and always keeps some in stock.
Rich's newest graphic novel is called The King. The GN will encompass many issues including, in Rich's own words, "Sex, drugs, religious debate, mystery, and yes, Rock 'n Roll!"
"I have been waiting years for this graphic novel to come out!" said Steve Borock, CGC's president and primary grader. "If it's half as good as Three Fingers was, it is going to be the best graphic novel of the year!" The King will debut at the San Diego Comic-Con this week at the Top Shelf booth where you might also meet Rich when he is not over at his space in Artist Alley. When you stop by, tell him CGC sent ya!
For those of you not attending Comic-Con this year, go to www.topshelfcomix.com and order The King online or ask your local comic shop to order it for you.
CGC and ACTOR Join Forces in San Diego
our inception in 2000, CGC has always tried to be involved with and give something
back to the collecting community. Well, this year, we found a better way than
CGC, with the help of our friend Tony Panaccio, has finalized a deal in which CGC will be sponsoring ACTOR's booth at the San Diego Comic-Con. CGC and ACTOR will be set up at one big island (Booth #901) at the Con this year and we could not be more excited!
ACTOR, A Commitment To Our Roots, is the first-ever federally chartered non-for-profit
corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. ACTOR creates
a financial safety net for yesterday's creators who may need emergency medical
aid, financial support for essentials of life, and entrée back into paying work.
ACTOR exists because many Golden Age or Silver Age creators toiled in comics' earlier
days for low pay and with a nonexistent pension plan. Very often, writers would
work for a penny a word, or artists for $5 a page with no chance of ownership and
no pension. Today, many of these people who laid the groundwork for today's comic
industry may be in financial need. Be it due to age, health, or just low salaries
with no retirement plan, they may need a hand.
So when you stop by to drop off submissions at the CGC booth this year, you can learn more about ACTOR. You can also meet many of your favorite comic book writers and artists who support ACTOR by doing signings at the booth to raise donations for ACTOR. Those signatures, if submitted to CGC at the moment of signing to one of our representatives, will be eligible to garner the prestigious CGC Signature Series label, the hobby's only 100% guaranteed authentication of a real signature in a secondary market.
We hope to meet you there!
to Offer Pristine CGC Graded Copy of Amazing Spider-Man #1!
Comics Auctions (HCA) will offer one of the finest existing copies of the landmark
comic book The Amazing Spider-Man #1, CGC-graded NM+ 9.6 with off-white pages,
in their upcoming Signature Auction, to be held August 12-13, 2005, in Dallas,
"This is, without a doubt, one of the most significant comic books to
be published in the last 50 years," said Ed Jaster, Director of Acquisitions
for HCA. Read More