CGC Journals

Moon Of The Wolf

Won this yesterday in the recent Pedigree Comics auction. A common theme in DC and Marvel comics during the 1970s was horror. Here we have an awesome example of the genre written by Len Wein and drawn by Neal Adams. Personally, I'm not a fan of covers with multiple panels, like this one. But that was par for the course with these DC 100 page super spectaculars. Now, if this had been a 20 cent issue, with the Adams artwork donning the entire cover, it would probably rank as my favorite on the Bat

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Amazing Spider-Man #50 CGC 9.4 WP: 1st Appearance of the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)!

Amazing Spider-Man #50 features the 1st appearance of the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)!  The Kingpin was created by writer Stan “The Man” Lee along with cover and interior artist John Romita Sr. The famous cover has been paid homage to many times over the years, making it a certified classic, which depicts Peter Parker in an unusual and highly vulnerable state of being. With his head casting down into his shadow and his body hunched forward as he walks alone in despair, we see a discouraged Peter

Lois Lane 90

My latest Neal Adams cover work acquisition. Love the science fiction themed covers of this era from DC. Once again, Superman is denied his favorite gal. As of now, I have half of the issues of this title that feature Neal's covers. Enjoy.

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Amazing Spider-Man #41 CGC 9.6 WP: 1st Appearance of the Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich)!

Amazing Spider-Man #41 features the 1st appearance of the Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich)! When you think of the Amazing Spider-Man title and the various reasons that make it one of the most collected titles in all of comics, you can’t help but to think of the rogues’ gallery of Spider-Man, which is considered by many comic book connoisseurs to be the greatest of all time! With that being said, most of Spider-Man’s A-list super-villains 1st appeared within the classic Stan Lee/Steve Ditko ru

Man of Steel Raffle Store/ Customer Editions

Here are four books I just got back from CGC that originally were all graded the same. Man of Steel Trade Paperback #nn Raffle Edition. They had to go back to CGC due to Mechanical Error . Here is my submission form explaining the difference and it was accompanied by copies of the letters and the following images .     These originally were given away by Raffle to customers who filled out survey cards found  in Superman #1, The Adventures of Superman # 424 , and Action Comics #584  and sent

Just not Fun anymore.

Well its already the end of March 2021 heading into April. And as things tend to get better... or worse depending who you are. The card world is still back logged worse than it was. More and more people thinking it is a gold mine of money out there. I don't know maybe it is I have not Received the 2nd or 3rd round of stimmy's or received my tax return. Yet out here there are drug addicts running around with thousands of dollars. So as I sweat how I'm gonna pay for my submission, Or even when. Su

Amazing Spider-Man #16 CGC 9.6 WP: 1st Daredevil Crossover!

Amazing Spider-Man #16 features the 1st Daredevil crossover + the 2nd appearance of the Ringmaster and the Circus of Crime! It’s September of 1964, and the legendary duo of Stan “The Man” Lee and Steve Ditko made history once again, by featuring Daredevil’s 1st crossover appearance into another title! This historical landmark issue can easily get overlooked due to the plethora of major 1st appearances featured in the previous fifteen issues, but make no mistake that ASM #16 is definitely a

Restored Power Of Goliath

Won this in the recent Comic Link auction. I've had to sell several books due to the pandemic, which resulted in the loss of my job. Now I've re-acquired this one. Features an early appearance of the Collector.

25 Modern Slow Track.

Ok uploading the pictures I realized I didn't get pictures of the 3 copies of Superman #73 second print  I will still update with scans of them when they come back. Here are the rest.  Also you will see 3 Platinum Editions at the end the last two are the error editions that were not originally noted. All of these are headed to Joey at CFP first.

Thor 185 - In The Grip Of Infinity!

A very tough book to find in slabbed high grade (9.2) that's taken me ages to acquire. Awesome cover by John Buscuma, the second in the five issue Infinity saga. It's also my first Marvel book after spending the last year buying nothing but DC. Unfortunately, I'm unable to save the image of the book from the eBay posting.

The Crimebusters #1-3 - second chance

Hello, friends! So, I'm excited that the Kickstarter for the latest issue of my comics The Crimebusters successfully funded. I now have all the books in hand and have sent out all the rewards to my backers.  I also know there were a lot of people who wanted to get it, but due to the circumstances of the past year, weren't in position to do so. So I'm trying something new this time, which is Indiegogo InDemand. Basically, it's an open-ended continuation of the Kickstarter campaign,

It's good to get out. Real good.

Sunday I was able to attend Buckeye Comic Con in Columbus, Ohio. The one in November was cancelled per Governor's order. I noticed that there was a lot more early attendees than normal. They were afraid of having to wait as they were only letting in a fixed number of people at any one time. I got there very early and managed to be fifth in line and got one of 25 Ironman "Believe " hardcover books they gave away. Got some of the items on my list. Such as mid high grade copies of Thor 129 and 168.


Rockblazer in General

My First Ever CGC Submission!

So I finally made my first ever submission to CGC! I am excited and hopefully these will be back to me by June. Here is a list of the books submitted, along with reasons why I submitted it! I also did a video showcasing the books and my grade estimates.  Book 1: X-Men #101. Anticipated grade after a press is 7.0. I would be fine with a 6.5 and elated with anything higher. I am getting this one pressed because it is a great cover and a book that I MAY sell one day. Book 2: Ms Marvel #18

SA 210

Back to the journals after a winter hiatus, with this win in a Comic Connect auction. Actually, an upgrade. Had this one in 9.4 already, but qualified (detached staple). So now I have a universal copy. Enjoy.

Today, was the last day I bought new comics.

The summer of 1987 was my first experience walking into a comic-book shop and buying stack of superman comics and then today was the last time going into my local shop picking up the last round of comics as well as closing my account. Due to some big bills coming up,  I realized that the most expensive thing I have to trim from my budget is comics. Last week alone I spent $20 bucks on 2 new modern DC comics, something is wrong with that.  There looked to be some interesting stories that wer

What, Why and a Mail Call.

In terms of collecting focuses, I guess mine are probably fairly common. 1. I'm just setting off on the journey to build a high-grade competitive registry set for The Joker (1975), called "Eat Your Hearts Out!". Even though this run has only a fist-full of books in it, I expect that it will take some time and even more luck to complete in high grade. The census numbers for 9.8's across the set are both dauntingly, and excitingly, low.  2. For fun, I also like collecting Joker covers, c


Arkham in Mail Call

Late 70s and Early 80s

Early on in my collecting journey, I focused mostly on FF and soon added ASM.  ASM soon became my favorite and Marvel had a couple more titles featuring Spidey - MTU and Peter Parker.  I started collecting these as well.  At the time, I also watched the Saturday morning Superfriends cartoons (it was early around 7am?) featuring the DC superheroes.  Spiderman was completely different from Superman and the other more familiar DC superheroes.  He was young, had everyday struggles (such as paying th

Ms. Marvel 1

My collection of Women of Marvel - First Appearances began with Ms. Marvel 1. I didn't start out intending to collect this set. I ran across Ms. Marvel while searching eBay and bought a set of 23 issues from the 1977 edition on an impulse. I bought a few more sets and individual copies and before long I amassed about 500 raw copies of the 1977 Ms. Marvel series. As I started to get into graded comics I sent in my best copies of issue 1 for grading and was amazed that one of them came back at 9.8