Yay! After realizing that I didn't have to have CGC 9.8 copies right away in my DC Bicentennial Set, I've been able to upgrade my set twice so far.
Last upgrade was from a 9.4 to 9.6 WP of Blitzkrieg 4 (adding 50 points to my set total) and now a 9.6 WP of Batman Family 6 (adding 52 points)! Wasn't sure about being able to upgrade from my 9.4 copy because the 9.8 versions have been listed at over $1,400 on eBay which is too much for me. But I saw a 9.6 WP version being auctioned on ComicLin
I just added a population 1 signature series comic to my collection. CGC has only graded 16 copies of this issue. 7 at 9.8 and 4 at 9.6. This copy has a population of 1 in the Signature series and is one of the 4 examples at 9.6. CGC 9.6 Signature Series Population of 1
Another fun time opening up a box from CGC with the youngest nephews. My brother convinced me to try out the whole green screen thing aka background soooo I did thus the results are pretty rough . So as of today being Sunday, the last set of books that consist of Howard Porter's signature are still at the "Receiving" stage so probably maybe by the middle of February I'll see them..... then after that.....no new slab stuff my wallet says I can afford to send more old comic books down to be gra
I've begun video recording my podcast episodes, and have started uploading them to the ol' YouTube, so if you missed it, here's the three-part discussion of Avengers #211-230, the Fall of Yellowjacket:
It has been awhile because of the waiting period for slabs to come back and finally getting around to posting the video of the unboxing. In this video I shared my experience with my oldest niece and nephew cause they hardly read comic books but now they know the process of preserving somewhat old books. When I'm an elder, I will be asking them to do the job for me. This is the first set of books that have come back, the Dan Jurgens books are currently at the Grading stage and the ones from H
Frontline Combat #14 ($25.00 + shipping = $29.60)
Two-Fisted Tales #21 ($20.00) + Frontline Combat #10 ($35.00) = $55.00
Total amount spent on war comics in 2020: $84.60
33.3% were Mercari purchases
66.7% were bought locally
None are for sale!
So in previous years, I had tried to keep track of how much I "spent" yearly on comics. I am farrrrrr from someone who buys and sells to the extent of some but I do enough selling and have for years to fund the hobby. This year, I wanted to see what that would look like and I want to continue this in future years.
After all is said and done, this year I spent a total of $671 CAD (or about $524 USD) on comics. Below are some highlights added to the PC from within that spending...
I've been busy doing a bunch more videos, including my reaction/review of Wonder Woman 84:
I also did this video about Christmas specials, especially from Archie:
And I celebrated my wedding anniversary, so I decided to do a quick look at three anniversary issues that I particularly like:
Two key “collecting milestones” for me were getting a hold of a copy of Hulk 181 (a 3.0 SS signed by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe), and later on, one of the Sideshow Collectibles diorama statues based on that iconic cover.
Showed both here side by side with a graded 7.0 I’d acquired more recently, amidst a backdrop of 181 facsimiles and other slabs in my custom display cabinet/ drawer.
Haven’t posted a journal here in a loooong time, and have never attached a hyperlink to a journal post before (so not sure if this will work).
Below is a link to a Custom Set I’ve been trying to update for the last several months. Focus is on comic books signed by celebrities (actors/ actresses). Another thing “unique” about it (I think!) is that I’ve also been trying to create photos to go with each slab showing the comic book along with a few of my other collectibles (statues, figures,
I remember as a kid in the early 60’s reading all the old war comics. I read Superman, Batman and all the rest but somehow the war comics stuck. Joe Kubert quickly became a favorite with Sgt. Rocks tattered clothing along with the Haunted tank’s crew.
Originally I asked Matt to create a Joe Kubert cover set but was told that I would have to supply the issue numbers and certification numbers as well. I had hoped to include the hundreds of covers that I don’t have plus I really have no idea
Everything changed in 1979. What didn't attract me suddenly became intriguing. In 1979, I bought my first Marvel, Fantastic Four #204 off the rack. Something about that cover, the more complex art, fighting scene, and colors seemed more interesting to me than Richie Rich. Since then, I started collecting just about every Marvel title I could get my hands on. Soon afterwards, I discovered how to properly store the books - acid-free boards and boxes and Mylars. Within a couple of years, I ha
Just a couple quick updates. Firstly, there's just under 72 hours left in the Kickstarter for the third issue of my comic book series, The Crimebusters, so if you were planning on checking it out but haven't gotten around to it yet, now's the time!
I also have a couple interviews to share with yous.
Firstly, in this video, I speak with artist Julie Oliveira, who drew the Trixie's Mysteries variant cover for The Crimebusters #3:
I started reading Richie Rich, Casper and Walt Disney comics back in the 1970's. I also had over 100 Archie digests. I don't recall the exact moment I read my first comic, but I do remember going to the corner drug store a couple blocks away and buying comics. I still have the comics, but threw out the Archie digests just last year. Here are some recent pictures of the Richie Rich books. These books currently fill up one short box.
I eventually outgrew the Richie Rich and Archie, but I
Academia raises us to believe that real books do not have pictures. I have spent 4 decades in an almost Augustinian austerity, avoiding and abstaining from any look towards graphic novels and comics. I have never been able to read a comic without feeling ashamed that I am not being productive, that I am doing something less than reading. I still feel that way. However, nothing is fixed. Time transforms everyone and everything. That which seemed worthless now has great value. Maybe my old
For those who might have missed it, The Crimebusters #1-3 is now live on Kickstarter! And thanks to all your support, we've hit the initial goal, so thank you. I really, truly appreciate it so much.
Still two weeks to go in the campaign, though, and I'm hoping to bring in some new readers, and bring back some old readers, so I'll be announcing the first stretch goals tomorrow.
In the meantime, I did a live launch party on YouTube. If you missed it live, you can watch the reply now!
Well, this has been a long, tough row to hoe, but The Crimebusters #3 is now live on Kickstarter.
I wanted to thank everyone here for all your support, I really appreciate all the kind words, and even just a simple like on one of these posts is a great bit of positive reinforcement. So, thanks, everyone! Group hug!!
So I am starting this journal to officially count my collection and to also go through and share what I have. Currently, I have 24 black bins as show that are stored on two shelves. They are not full but some are getting close. I am going to go through each bin and highlight a couple favs, how it’s organized and most importantly how many books are in it! In addition to these bins, I have one king box and one short box with stuff plus some others odds and ends which I will someone count/include i
I've got a pantload of stuff going on right now, probably too much. But here are some updates.
On the Kickstarter front, I've announced the official launch date for The Crimebusters #3 — it's next Monday, November 16! You can check out the pre-launch page now, though, and click the "notify me" button to make sure you don't miss it. This one will be running for 17 days.
I've also posted the latest episode of the Classic Comics Forum Podcast. Episode 29 is the final of three parts discu
My latest acquisition from the recent Comic Link auction. This book being from 1966, it's the oldest 9.8 in my collection. Always nice to have books in 9.8 from this era, which I have very few of. It's also nice when they end up at a lower price than expected at the end of the auction. My winning bid here was under $300. Enjoy.
Thorpe & Porter UK Distribution Price Stamp Numbering
Those of you who have been foolish enough to follow my pence threads over the years will know that I have often speculated as to why the UK distribution price stamps used by Thorpe & Porter in the early 1960's were numbered 1-9 like so:
I've lost track of how many experts and collectors I have asked about it down the years and everyone was stumped. I undertook an exercise myself a year or so ago, cap