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GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW #85 (2019 Reprint) - Grim and Gritty long before Alan Moore!

GREEN LANTERN/GREEN ARROW #85 - Grim and Gritty long before Alan Moore!   See! I buy Modern Comics too! :-) In February 1971 Marvel Comics released Amazing Spider-man #96 WITHOUT the seal of approval from the Comics Code Authority. The reason was, supposedly (who knows what’s true when it comes to the history of Marvel) the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare came to them asking that they do a story depicting the dangers of drugs.  In my r

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

01/27/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - final countdown to launch!

Well, issue #2 is aunching on Tuesday, and I've been a busy man.  First, here's the first media interview I've done about The Crimebusters, so that's pretty exciting!   Secondly, I just finished the back cover for issue #2:     I've also received my first guest cover artwork! Heather Farrington is another indie creator with an Archie-esque style — her book Juvenile Diversion is a coming-of-age stroy aout a group of teens in the 1980's. I think she did a bang-up

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

01/23/2020

Charlton Canadian Price Variants

Charlton Canadian Price Variants Hello Reader  Here is a summary of all the Charlton Canadian Price Variants (CPVs) that I have captured hiding between the cover dates of September 1983 and July 1984 inclusive. If you'd like to know more about them, please click the picture below and you'll be magically transported to the discussion thread in which we talk about them:              57 Charlton CPVs are currently confirmed to exist out of a total of 60 eligible US issues 

Get Marwood & I

Get Marwood & I

11/16/2019

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01/20/2020

Fantastio Four 35-cent price variants - shown with regular issues

Nothing crazy unique about this lot, although you don't often see them displayed with their 30-cent counterparts.  I put the 30-cent variants in a separate post. I have a bunch of variants, error issues, and signed FF comics scanned front and back on my website if you want check out any other stuff: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-v-1-variants-signed-reprints/

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/19/2020

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01/19/2020

Fantastic Four 30-cent price variants - shown with regular issues

Nothing crazy unique about this lot, although you don't often see them displayed with their 25-cent counterparts.  I put the 35-cent variants in a separate post. I have a bunch of variants, error issues, and signed FF comics scanned front and back on my website if you want check out any other stuff: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-v-1-variants-signed-reprints/  

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/19/2020

 

Tales from the Comic Box: Rookie Adventures in Buying/Selling & Setting Up at Shows

Adventures and musings about Buying, Selling and setting up at Conventions and Shows I participated in my first ever show last October. You can read about it here: http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=8903742#Post8903742 I was pleased with my sales, it was an excellent learning experience and most importantly, I had a great time. I must have did "ok" as I was invited back by the show organizers. In my town, there use to be a larger two day

Wall-Crawler

Wall-Crawler

04/10/2016

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01/19/2020

John Morlar's Journal Summary Page

Hello  Thanks for visiting my Journal. You will find posts here which summarise the latest position on the following 14 research strands: Archie UK Price Variants Charlton UK Price Variants DC UK Price Variants Dell UK Price Variants Gold Key UK Price Variants King UK Price Variants Marvel UK Price Variants Charlton Canadian Price Variants Charlton 15c Price Variants Marvel Australian Price Variants Marvel L Mi

Get Marwood & I

Get Marwood & I

01/16/2020

Atlantis Attacks - 1989: How crazy did Marvel think we were, anyway?

This was a crazy Marvel gimmick.  “Atlantis Attacks”, was a maxi-series that arced over fourteen different Marvel Comic annuals in 1989.  In addition, there were three regular issues that had tie-in stories for a total of seventeen comics.  Did Marvel actually believe that anyone would be dumb enough to collect all of those comics just to read that story? … Uhh … Oops! You can see the list and each comic scanned front and back at my nascent FF website:  https://dekventures.com/Fantasti

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/10/2020

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01/14/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - Kickstarter pre-launch is here!

Howdy! I'm excited to share with you the link for the Kickstarter campaign for The Crimebusters #2, which will be live on January 28. And don't worry, if you missed #1, that's available as well.  Kickstarter has a groovy new feature called the "Notify me on launch" button. Click on that, and as soon as the project is live, you'll automatically receive an email notification the moment the project is live. I'm super excited to share this issue with everyone. Thanks for all the support ov

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

01/11/2020

The Complete Fantastic Four: UK Weekly: #1 & #2: With Toys! 1977

“The Complete Fantastic Four” was a British (UK) weekly series that ran for thirty-seven issues (September, 1977 to June, 1978).  It was a magazine-size comic with color covers and black and white interior pages, although the comic length was the standard 16-pages (8 wraps).  The first two issues came with enclosed plastic models. I posted the the first two issues (front and back and the toy) below.  I have the full series scanned on my just starting FF web site if you want to check out any

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/08/2020

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01/11/2020

Strange Tales V1 #113: Oct 1963: Extremely rare bindery error!

This may be one of those things that is so rare that it has no value.  So far, this is the only copy of this I have seen or heard of.  This comic has three stories.  "Torch vs Plantman"; "Search for Shanng"; and "Shoemaker's Strange Assistants".  In the normal copy, the stories are placed in the book in that order.  In this copy, the Shanng story is inserted first, then the Shoemaker story, with the Torch story last.  Basically, the wraps were assembled in the wrong order at the bindery.  Normal

Dan'el

Dan'el

12/25/2019

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01/09/2020

 

..... here I begin to look back on where it all started.

New member here. My opinion, reading current *storyline* comics isn't cheap.  Back in the late eighties as a teenager I was looking forward to having a job so that I can buy comics and fast forward to now, I have a job but it's getting to the point that I can't afford to buy today's comics.   I found myself thinking if I'm gonna spend a lot of money for only a few current comics then why not start reinvesting a.k.a slabbing the 34 years of comics that I have collected so far.   I can rememb

Etreiw

Etreiw

01/05/2020

BEWARE! The CLAWS of The CAT #1-4 - Social Justice with Good Art!

BEWARE! The CLAWS of The CAT #1-4 - Social Justice with Good Art! Beware the Claws of... The Cat! was a 1972 Comic Series that lasted 4 issues. It was a part of Stan Lee’s idea to expand readership to a female audience. Of course, today this would be seen as radical and liberal and social justice warrior activity and denounced as some declaration of war vs the male species.    In reality, then like now, Marvel was just looking for more suckers to buy the

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

12/30/2019

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01/05/2020

 

I am Titanium and some new pickups

I am just getting back full force to collecting since my new neck parts were added back in September. Basically my spinal cord was being crushed in my neck either from old injuries or old age.  I had to have spinal fusion surgery on four vertebrae . I have two titanium rods and eight screws holding my neck together. Much less titanium than the Titanium man though. Normally they would use spacers but my body tried to fix the problem itself by growing new bone thus the rods. I was told I was very

Rockblazer

Rockblazer

01/04/2020

Marvel Value Stamp Books: 1974-76: Series A & B

Ever wonder how many Bronze-age comic books were cut-up and sacrificed to fill these stamp books?  Thousands, no doubt.  Series A was the famous Hulk killer since all of the Wolverine intro issues #180 (Cyclops stamp), #181 (Shanna stamp), and #182 (Golem stamp) were on the hit list.  According to the resource listed at bottom, the Shanna stamp in this book came from Astonishing Tales #23 and not Incredible Hulk #181 (The Cheetah's back right leg was drawn in for that issue but not the Hulk issu

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/03/2020

Fantastic Four V1 #3: Mar 1962: The one that got me hooked

This issue had a lot to do with my decision to collect FF comics.  As a child my mother would give me a dime so I could walk down to the drug store on the corner and buy a comic book.  I still remember the day I bought this book because the price had changed to twelve cents and I only had that dime.  The dude at the store would not cut me any slack so, instead of using the dime to get another comic, I trudged my way back home and hit mom up for another two cents and then went back to get it.  On

Dan'el

Dan'el

12/23/2019

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01/02/2020

Strange Tales V1 #110, #111, #115, #117: 1963-64: Doctor Strange arrives on the scene

Issue #110 of Strange Tales featured the first appearance of Doctor Strange tucked into a little story in the back of the comic.  Issue #111 was his second appearance and #115 told us his origin story but it was not until Issue #117 that he actually got a mention on the cover. I have the entire Torch series in Strange Tales (#101 - #134, plus Annual #2) scanned front and back on my website: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-cross-over-misc-titles/

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/01/2020

LAUGH COMICS #222 - Talk Dirty to Me!

LAUGH COMICS #222 - Talk Dirty to Me! As Archie got into the ’60s and 70’s, the amount of sexual innuendo obviously cooled - partly because of the Comics Code and partly because Archie Comics as a company brand, saw the wholesome family brand as a viable path to success.  They were RIGHT... it worked out great for them for decades - by the mid to late 60’s they were no longer leading in sales, but as an overall publisher, they were very strong.  But ever

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

01/01/2020

The Ballad of My Avengers 1

A 34-year journey that is finally complete. We all have that special comic book in our collection, the one which means a little more to us than the rest. For me, it is my Avengers #1. It has been in my collection since 1979 and with your permission, I'd like to tell its story here. But first, I need to give you a little background. In a lot of ways, I'm going to sound like an old-timer now -- mainly because I am -- so I apologize in advance for that, But I can't convey what the book means

CardiacKid1

CardiacKid1

02/09/2014

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01/01/2020

 

In Praise of Newsstand Editions

or . . . How I came to love the UPC Disclaimer: This journal won't be for everyone. I fully realize that what I am about to discuss here has nothing to do with how good or bad any particular comic book is. In fact, this discussion has nothing to do with the content of any comic at all. I realize that I am about to make an argument about a topic that most collectors won't care about -- and which will probably be seen by most as superficial and silly. Of course, let's admit that we all hav

CardiacKid1

CardiacKid1

02/19/2014

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01/01/2020

Superman's Girlfriend LOIS LANE #35 - Scheming Up and Teaming Up!

Superman's Girlfriend LOIS LANE #35 - Scheming Up and Teaming Up! Man, it’s amazing to me what comics I can find, beat up, in $1 bins! Another classic Superman/DC artist that I prefer to Curt Swan, the oft-forgotten Kurt Schaffenberger, here with an early 60’s ‘modern-ish’ theme. I really like the way he uses shadows and shading to show depth and perception. (Superman's Girl-Friend LOIS LANE #35 - Cover Dated August 1962 - on Newsstands June 26th, 1962 - cover art by Kurt Sc

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

11/06/2019

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12/30/2019

BATMAN ANNUAL #2 - Batman started out as Robin?

BATMAN ANNUAL #2 - Batman started out as Robin? I found this beauty in $1 box. Like... when was I ever going to read a Batman Annual #2? I’m not a big Batman fan in the first place, but this is one that turned out to have a few surprises. It WAS, however, coverless, so... here's a reproduction...   (BATMAN ANNUAL #2 - Cover Dated Winter 1961 - on Newsstands November 16th, 1961 - cover art by Curt Swan, Sheldon Moldoff and Sprang)     Ok... what's good about i

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

12/30/2019

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12/30/2019

ARCHIE COMICS #95 - Classic Artists of the Era

ARCHIE COMICS #95 - Classic Artists of the Era Whenever I find these early Archie Comics issues, especially pre-1960 in the $1 books, I HAVE to pick them up. Honestly, it's where they belong as there is only a handful of people who love and appreciate them. The Riverdale crowd isn't interested in this stuff and none of the artists are really 'hot' with the majority of collectors. Archie Comics is just kind of its own niche and I'm glad. I mean... I look at this Harry Lucey cover

Chuck Gower

Chuck Gower

11/29/2019

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12/30/2019