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March 2006  
 
Volume 5, Issue 3  
   
1. New X-Men CGC Signature Series Signing at Wizard World Los Angeles
   
2. Hake's Presents a Quality Selection of CGC-Certified Comics in March
   
3. Captain Battle/Boy Comics/Boy Illustories
   
4. Atomik Mike #1 CGC Exclusive
   
5. CGC to Attend Seattle's Emerald City ComiCon
   


UPCOMING EVENTS


March 17 – 19
Wizard World LA*

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA


March 31 – April 2
Big Apple Convention*

Penn Plaza Pavilion
New York, NY


April 1 – 2
Emerald City ComicCon*

Qwest Field Event Center
Seattle, Washington


*Accepting Regular Submissions


New X-Men CGC Signature Series
Signing at Wizard World Los Angeles
Craig Kyle! Chris Yost! Mark Brooks!

New Xmen
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CGC is proud to announce that the amazing team of the hit book New X-Men (Craig Kyle, Chris Yost & Mark Brooks) will be signing at the CGC booth (#425) on Saturday March, 18th at Wizard World Los Angeles!

Craig Kyle (co-writer X-23 & New X-Men), Chris Yost (co-writer X-23 & New X-Men) & Mark Brooks (artist Arana & New X-Men) will be signing at the CGC booth (#425) Saturday, March 18, from 2 pm to 3 pm. All comics signed by Craig, Chris, and Mark at the CGC booth will be eligible to receive the prestigious CGC Signature Series label.

Authorized CGC witnesses will be on hand to accept signed books. Only comic books submitted immediately after the signing will be given CGC's Signature Series label. Comic books submitted anytime after the signing will not be eligible for the CGC Signature Series authentication.

Arrive early at the CGC booth to ensure a spot in line for this awesome team! For more information on upcoming shows that CGC is attending, visit www.cgccomics.com.

For more information on Wizard World Los Angeles, visit: http://www.wizarduniverse.com/conventions/la.cfm.

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Nolan's Niche Captain Battle/Boy Comics/Boy Illustories
Michelle Nolan
The small firm Lev Gleason Publications made a huge impact on the comic book market, thanks to the innovative title Crime Does Not Pay. In 1942, Crime Does Not Pay #22 became the first genuine crime comic after replacing the original 21-issue run of Silver Streak. Collectors also have long treasured the likes of Daredevil and Silver Streak, which were among the best and most imaginative of all 1940 – 42 comics.

But what about Boy Comics? Collectors have long considered this title a definite third in Gleason's "Big Three". Yet Boy Comics was one of the better comics of its era and perhaps the title that best stands up today, especially the substance-filled stories from 1946-51.

Captain Battle
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Boy Comics began with #3 (April 1942) published by the Gleason imprint Comic House, Inc. The first two issues, entitled Captain Battle Comics, were among the first true patriotic hero issues, but for some inexplicable reason did not click with readers. Captain Battle and Hale, his costumed kid aide, make those two issues among the best patriotic collectibles of the period. There is a pair of 16-page Captain Battle stories in #1 (Summer 1941) and a five-chapter epic totaling 40 pages in #2 (Fall 1941). When Boy appeared, it was as a typical anthology title, although Crimebuster was clearly the featured strip. The other costume heroes were the forgettable Young Robin Hood in #3-32 and the utterly obscure kid hero Bombshell, Son of War in #3-7.

But Crimebuster — now there was a hero with staying power, not to mention long, satisfying stories. Crimebuster was the identity adopted by teenage hockey player Chuck Chandler after the death of his parents at the hands of Nazis and, one of the most vicious of all four-color villains, Ironjaw. The Crimebuster epics in #3-25, which appeared bimonthly through December 1945, were among the most colorful and bloodthirsty epics of the World War II era. Ironjaw was supposedly killed off in #15 (April 1944), although he returned in #60 (December 1950) and appeared in many issues thereafter, albeit in a less bloody fashion.

The Crimebuster stories, written by the prolific Charles Biro, became even better after the war because they took on a social conscience. That element makes them highly collectible today, even though the title's often-stiff covers have led collectors to overlook them. Yet these stories are great reads. The word count is amazingly high for comic books.

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Unlike other publishers, Gleason, for some reason, actually expanded its comic books to 68 pages for one year after the war. In the case of Boy Comics, these were issues #26 (February 1946) through #32 (February 1947). The result was two Crimebuster stories in every issue. These are terrific collectibles, and they must have sold so well that it convinced Gleason to continue this pattern even after the title reverted to the then-standard 52 pages with #33 (April 1947).

While the 52-page era ended with #71 (November 1951), there were multiple Crimebuster stories in every issue through #86 (February 1953). Again, two stories were featured in #98 (February 1954) through the end of the run in #119 (March 1956), which had four short Chuck Chandler tales. There were even three Crimebuster stories in #50-54 and #72-79.

The primary numbers to get of Boy Comics are #26-71, all thick issues representing some of the most compelling, socially conscious storytelling in comics of the era. The title became Boy Illustories with #43 (December 1948), but that was just marketing nomenclature. Though certainly capable enough with his fists, Crimebuster more often used his brains and empathy to solve problems in a memorable series of human-interest epics.

Give one or two of these issues from #26-71 a try, and I'll bet you'll want them all. They're that good. I was skeptical years ago, but I became hooked and eventually acquired them all. They must have sold extremely well, because most of the post-World War II issues seem among the most common of Golden Age comics.

Issue #33 could no longer plug "a full 68-page magazine," so instead the Crimebuster blurb read "Featuring America's Boy Hero in 2 Complete Feature Length Stories." The covers through #42 (October 1948) are crime scenes, some of them pretty nasty. After that, they became a mixture of humor, sports, crime, mystery, Ironjaw … a little of everything. The stories retained their quality, although they gradually tended to have a more light-hearted approach.

The Crimebuster strip presented the Comics Code Authority with a unique challenge after the Code Authority symbol began appearing on comic books early in 1955. Someone, maybe Gleason, Biro, or who knows agreed to drop the hero's alter ego simply because his very name violated the code's prohibition on the word "crime" being in comic book titles. The changeover to simply Chuck Chandler occurred with #111 (May 1955), with one story entitled Crimebuster and the other tale called Chuck Chandler.

In #119, the final issue, it's unusual that most of the issue deals with Chuck Chandler's efforts to play hockey for his school, Curtiss. Anyone reading this issue would be hard-pressed to realize that only a dozen years earlier, Chuck Chandler was battling some of the nastiest villains of World War II. But with #119, Crimebuster was still making sure the puck stopped there.

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Atomik Mike #1 CGC Exclusive
 
Just a reminder to place your orders for Across the Pond's Atomik Mike #1 CGC-exclusive cover in 9.8! This new offer, brought to you by CGC, Across the Pond Studios, Alias Comics & ComicsPriceGuide.com has been featured in Newsarama.com and Wizard Magazine and has been deemed the next hot item.

A book about a monkey? Oh yeah, and this cheeky little monkey rocks. Written by the clever Stephan Nilson and drawn by the amazing Israel Cruz, it's a comic that's all new, for all ages, and all for you. With this exclusive offer, you will receive a graded copy of Atomik Mike #1 in 9.8, along with a reader copy.

This is an extremely limited offer, with a print run of this exclusive cover limited to 500 copies! So head on over to www.acrossthepondcomics.com or www.comicspriceguide.com and get yours today!

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CGC to Attend Seattle's Emerald City ComiCon

Emerald City ComiConThe largest comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest is fast approaching! Emerald City ComiCon returns to the Qwest Field Exhibition Center from April 1- 2, 2006!

"Once again, we're happy to have CGC as the Official Grading Service of the Emerald City ComiCon," said Jim Demonakos, ECC's owner. "CGC will be accepting your submissions on-site to be taken back to their Florida offices for certification, grading, and encapsulation."

"We love doing this show!" said Steve Borock, CGC President and Primary Grader. "Jim does a great job of putting together a real professional show for both the fans and the sellers. You can tell by the way he runs this show that his love for this hobby is undeniable."

The show boasts an impressive guest list, including Adam Hughes, Roman Dirge, Tony Harris, Steve Niles, Sean Phillips, J.G. Jones, Tim Sale, Erik Larsen, and many, many more!

Plus, aside from CGC, a great number of exhibitors and top publishers, including Image Comics, Oni Press, Fantagraphics, Dark Horse Comics, and more!

For a complete list of guests, exhibitors, dealers, and more, please check their Web site: http://www.emeraldcitycomicon.com.

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Hake's Presents a Quality Selection of CGC-Certified Comics in March
Funnies on Parade
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The upcoming Hake's Americana & Collectibles auction in March will offer a fine variety of CGC-certified comics. Some of the highlights of the CGC-certified comics include:

• An 8.0 CGC-certified example of Funnies on Parade, the highest unrestored graded copy on the CGC census. Funnies on Parade wasn't initially intended for newsstand sale; instead, it was offered as a premium through Proctor & Gamble and had a print run of just 10,000 copies.

• A CGC-certified 9.2 copy of Showcase #4, the issue that introduced readers to the new Flash, Barry Allen.

Showcase Flash
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After the decline of superhero comic books in the late 1940s through the early 1950s, DC Comics decided to go out on a limb and tried to renew interest in their classic characters by updating them and reintroducing them to a new generation. Showcase introduced the first of these reinvigorated characters with the Flash, and opened the door for such characters as Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), the Atom (Ray Palmer), Hawkman (Katar Hol), and countless new heroes.

Sub-Mariner the Angel
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One of the first characters introduced by Marvel Comics (then Timely), the Sub-Mariner battled alongside Captain America and the Human Torch during World War II. Appearing in many titles, the Sub-Mariner eventually received his own title, Sub-Mariner Comics. Hake's is proud to offer a CGC certified 6.5 example of Sub-Mariner #1.

Mad
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Satire has been around for ages, but it became much more focused and fun with the inception of MAD. The brainchild of William Gaines, MAD continues to this day, in the format everyone knows, MAD Magazine. But it didn't start out that way. Initially, MAD was published in a more conventional comic book format. Due to the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency and possible links to juvenile delinquency and comic books in the early 1950s, Gaines changed the format of MAD to avoid having to change the publication's content. Hake's has acquired the highest graded copy of MAD # 1, a CGC-certified 9.8 Gaines File copy.

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Superman is also represented in the newest Hake's auction, with many great examples of early Action Comics and Superman, including a beautiful example of Superman #9. In addition to Superman in comic book form, Hake's is offering the classic Ideal Superman composition and wood-jointed doll; the first Superman doll ever produced.

Or if Batman is your favorite superhero, be sure to check out the regular Batman section elsewhere in the auction. You will find a pair of prints signed by Batman creator Bob Kane, signed photos of cast members of the 1960s TV show and actors from the films of the 1990s; along with lobby cards from the 1940s serial, and many items released during the first Batmania in the 1960s!

Giant Size X Men
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Don't worry; Hake's didn't forget the more modern comic book fans! Giant-Size X-Men, the comic introduced the characters Storm, Colossus, Nightcrawler, and Thunderbird. Along with the copy of Star Wars #1, it is one of the most sought after and well-known comics of the 1970s that Hake's is offering. Modern themes didn't just penetrate the comic book medium alone. How superheroes were portrayed in the mass media was affected as well. Such influences can be found in the psychedelic backlight posters and cards being offered in the superhero section of the auction.
Boy Comics
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Featuring heroes the likes of the Incredible Hulk, Dr. Strange, and Iron Man, these products not only reflect the times, but also a psychedelic light show.

The auction will include over 200 CGC-certified comics from all eras and will close March 28 – 30. You can check out these books on the Hake's Web site by visiting
www.hakes.com. Images of the comics and other auction items go online March 8 with catalogs being mailed at that time. If you did not already receive the Hake's Americana & Collectibles catalog, call 1-866-404-9800, ext. 443.

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