Bewitched with new Witching Hour additions.
Well, after four years of collecting this title, I moved from a paltry 45% to roughtly 75% with the acquisition of a collection from a fellow horror collector. It looks like this title is becoming more challenging than I initially thought...but I hope to have this being more or less wrapped up in a couple of years.
Giant Size Spider-Man #4
I've finally managed to buy an affordable 'Giant Size Spider-Man #4' (CGC 8.5, not the best grade but good enough for me).
This book has eluded me for some time due to the inflated demand for it recently and considering that Including P&P I paid $69, when the 'Overstreet' guide for this book is around $90 raw, I think it's a snip.
Moving on to the next target 'Amazing Spider-Man #300' CGC, I somehow wonder whether I'll get it under -'Overstreet' guide price, probably not eh!
After more than 2 years on eBay, I've found a New Teen Titans number 4!
Many thanks to eBay's adouglaw. At long last, I've been able to secure a 9.6 white page copy of NTT (1980) number 4. I believe this book to be very rare in 9.6 white or better. As soon as it is received I'll be posting it and a white page 9.8 number 46 I picked up to my set.
I just realized another reason for adding stuff to the registry.
I know that the registry is sort of a way to show off way I got. I've been online alot today looking at ebay and other sites. I started to realize that I couldn't remember everything in my collection. The registry provides a easy listing of what I have and the condition it's in. No more accidential dupes. Thanks CGC.
Peter David is one cool guy.
Today Peter David was signing comics at my comic shop. I got Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman #17 signed and me, being the newb that I am, didn't know he wrote World War Hulk Prologue. I didn't bring mine and the shop didn't have any copies left either.
A guy about 2 places in front of me asked if Peter could sign a comic for his friend. Peter said no, not because it wasn't his but because the comic wasn't written by him! The guy asking for the autograph said that's what he told his friend but his friend still insisted that he ask.
That's when Peter proceeded to tell us some very funny stories about some encounters he's had with other fans. He had the whole store laughing for about 20 minutes straight. I'll leave the storytelling telling to him. He's much better at it.
While I was there I also bought Wolverine Origins #2-14, not including 7 and 13.
My Collection has started.
A couple weeks ago my brother brought me with him when he went to browse some new comics at a local comic book store. He had just recently got back into collecting after a long time.
I was amazed at all the comics. I had always drove by the store and saw nobody in it. I always wondered how the store stayed in business. After some thinking I decided I wanted to start collecting so I scheduled an appointment for my brother to drive me there to buy my first comics.
I walked in with $35 and spent just about all of it. I bought World War Hulk Prologue: World Breaker, The Incredible Hulk #106, Wolverine Origins #5 Sketch Variant, and finally The Amazing Spiderman #539 and #540 Back In Black Parts 1 and 2 of 5.
Everything was 50% off because of the Spring Sale they were having.
I just purchased an Incredible Hulk 181 CGC 7.5 today + plus a reader copy.But I also got something else out of the transaction.
I just purchased an Incredible Hulk 181 CGC 7.5 today + plus a reader copy.After I made the purchase and I was driving home from my local comic book store I had this weird feeling come over me.It was feeling I had not had in a long long time when leaving a comic book store.It was not until I got home and read the reader copy that I put my finger on it.
It was the same feeling I got when I bought my first comic book on a rainy Sat in Nov in 1983.I can't put it into words but when I described it to other collector's they give you that knowing smile and nod like they know it too.
I had been lacking that feeling for a long long time.Just kind of going through the motions of collecting.I was even starting to think of stopping my beloved hobby for awhile.Not because of monetary or time constraints but because I was feeling burnt out,like it was becoming a business(I see so many people buy comics that they think are going to be "hot" and not read them than buy something that may not be as hot but they get alot of enjoyment out of).Which I am starting to notice more and more when I see parents bring there kids into the store and the child sees something that peaks there curiosity but instead the parent asks the clerk what the hottest title is and which one will go up in value the fastest and makes the kid buy that one instead.
I have wanted to get this book (Hulk 181) for the last 20 years.And today I have fullfilled one of my comic book collecting dreams.
But more importantly I recaptured the feeling I got that got me into comic collecting in the first place.
This is how it all began.
One afternoon as I was wandering aimlessly up and down the aisles of the local People?s Drug while my dad filled a prescription; Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #10 caught my eye on the spinning comic book rack. The agony and equal perseverance the Mike Zech drawn Doctor Doom elicits on that cover struck me as something awesome. I HAD to have that comic. Just as my dad agreed to shell out the sixty cents to buy the book, Amazing Spider-Man #261 twirled around the rack, exposing that beautiful Charles Vess painted cover with the Hobgoblin standing victoriously over a seemingly defeated Spider-Man. Now I had a dilemma. I had to somehow finagle $1.20 to have these two comics. I struck a deal with my dad. He?d buy one comic of my choosing now, and I could earn the other sixty cents needed by cleaning my room. Within 24 hours I believe I had my room cleaner than any other kids' in the entire neighborhood. I now had both of these brilliant comics and I read and reread them incessantly. My love of comic books was born.
Needing to feed the urge to read every single comic book I could get my hands on, my dad passed by what became my Mecca as a pre teen, and the source for my insatiable habit. Being a Naval officer who worked in Crystal City he often would take lunch breaks in the Crystal City Underground. He would pick up one issue of Secret Wars per week at Geppi?s Comics (only after my chores were complete, of course) until I had all 12. My first in store visit came after I had finished collecting that first run. Seeing the alphabetized bagged and boarded back issues in the white Formica bins and the new releases on the shelves back in the corner had me giddy every time I walked into the store. Who needed the arcade next door to Geppi?s with all these comic books to read???
High School brought a move to Annapolis as Dad?s last tour was at the Naval Academy. It also brought me to my first part time job at Twilight Zone Comic Books and Records. It was on the second floor of a brownstone in the harbor of Annapolis and yet another slice of utopia. To this day that year spent at The Twilight Zone is my favorite work experience ever, and it was also the lowest pay I?ve ever received (happily I might add).
Supergirl CGC 9.8 All issues 0-10 (including variants)
Well I recently and finally got the lat cover I needed to complete the set I was going for, Supergirl CGC 9.8 All issues 0-10 (including all variants). I had to very patient and wait for it to show up again on Ebay. The last cover I needed was the 3rd print of #1. Now I am on the hunt for Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes #17.
Superboy and The Legion of Superheroes #258
I'm sorry I don't have a scan, but I just had to write about this. After loosing on all the atlas titles I bid on over the weekend, I bid on this one. A 9.8 copy of this title. I loved Superboy when I was a kid and the legion issues where always the most fun. This was the last issue featuring Superboy in the title and the next issue was just The Legion Of Super-Heroes. I don't have copies of almost all the legion issues but none of them would come close to a 9.8. I paid $61 dollars on Ebay. So, I guess that you can win some on Ebay. If you bid enough times.
I'm still having trouble bidding against better funded collectors.
I tried to get a few atlas-seaboard comics for my set but, was outbidded 5 times. I not sure what to think. I knew these comics would be hard but, I thought the demand was low enough that I would be able to win a least one lot. I'm just wondering, is there any series that a collector of modest means can try for?
I'm still going for this set and off course the joker set. When I'm done with these two, I think I will try for a few of my favorite Mad magazines and maybe chase a few Tales from the Crypt. I will be looking online but also at yardsales and comic stores around the state. I will be buying both raw and graded and hope to add to these sets and a set called PLOP which isn't on the registry yet.
I would also like to thank everyone who has replied to my other entries. It's nice to know that someone cared enough to read and write a reply. THANKS.
Slabbed and Scanned...
I have finally completed my Batman GA run, and am in the process of scanning the books that are back from CGC. 1-50 are all done, with 2 exceptions (waiting on arrival), and I have about 25 books from 51-103 that are currently being graded. While I know I will never had the "best" set (Mile High, Larson, etc that I don't think possible to own), I hope to put together one of the best cgc graded sets.
Just a few thoughts about collecting CGC books.
When I first started collecting the CGC;s it seemed as the prices would never stop going up. Now the prices seem better but, more collectors are in.
My problem is that I don't have the money to compete with some of you. My solution is, to take my time and buy stuff raw to get graded or even buy lower grades.
The CGC has made this more fun than ever. I love the registry and plan to join as a paying member soon.
I don't know if I will try adding addition journal entries. As you can see I'm no writer. Still, I like the idea of talking about my NEED to collect to others who I assume will understand that need.
Also, I was wondering if anyone thinks that its weird to start a set with the intention of buying only one or two books in that set? Especially if its a set that spans decades. Sooner or later it becomes a space issue. I've decided to go for a few whole sets and mostly partial sets after that.
Justice League of America
Well I finally got my first CGC graded book. JLA #69. I couldn't wait for the ones that I submited, so when I saw it on ebay I said what the hell. Two days later it was in my hands. What a great day.
Merry Marvel Marching Society Member since 1964.
Raised in the atomic 60"s remember the cuban missle crisis. As a child I remember that eveing before we went to bed our father said. We'll be lucky to be alive the next day. My two brothers and I were raised on a farm 5 miles from Merrill, Oregon 30 miles outside of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Merrill had a grocery store and a pharmacy that sold comics. Klamath Falls had a news stand that also sold comics. In those days a dollar went a long ways, each of us were given a dollar to spend on comics. We raced to the store to find the best comics. Marvel comics of course. The only DC comics I like were the war comics such as Sgt Rock.
I love Conan. Plain and simple. Now it's time to honor the character.
This is my first Journal entry and it's a big one! I got on EBay to look at comics there to see if I could get lucky. After about 2 years of looking I found a 1 day sale on a Conan the Barbarian #1 comic book with $25 as it's opening bid. Since the bid would end so soon I figured what the heck and placed an order for $150 since it was all I could afford at the time. I got LUCKY! I won it for $37 which included SH&H. When it came in the mail it was EXTREMELY Carefully Wrapped. I'm having it shipped out to see what it grades at but for $37 I'm NOT GOING TO COMPLAIN! It looks at least like a 9.0 to me. *Crosses Fingers*
I have just submitted my first order of comics to be graded. Now the anticipation is killing me on when they will come back and at what grades. They were X-Men #94, Captain America #109, and Green Lantern #59. And they were all a minimum of FN.
Kang the Conqueror (born Nathaniel Richards and known variously as Iron Lad, Pharaoh Rama-Tut, and the Scarlet Centurion) is a supervillain in Marvel Comics. He is a time traveller from the 30th Century who has frequently travelled to the present day and fought the Avengers. He first appeared in Avengers #8 and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
Nathaniel Richards - the man who would become Kang - was born in an alternate timeline. The Earth there had been transformed into a paradise thanks to Mister Fantastic's father, the Nathaniel Richards after whom he was named. However, this younger Nathaniel, a scholar, was restless in this peaceful world, and studied the history of war in his longing for a more savage and driven age. His long-term hospitalization after being severely injured by bullies (and the near-financial ruin of his family as a result) quite probably caused or increased this drive. He discovered time travel technology that one of his ancestors (who may have been Nathaniel Richards or Doctor Doom) had invented.
Kang travelled back in time to ancient Egypt and became the Pharaoh Rama-Tut. He had traveled to the past hoping to find En Sabah Nur, the mutant that would be known as Apocalypse, and control him, yet his actions would only succeed in making En Sabah Nur become Apocalypse. Kang ruled until he was driven off by the time-displaced heroes of the 20th century, including the Fantastic Four and the West Coast Avengers. Following that conflict, he left the past and travelled to a post-apocalyptic 40th century and reinvented himself briefly as the Scarlet Centurion before settling on the identity of Kang the Conqueror. From there he created his interstellar, interdimensional and inter-temporal empire that would not only include Earth, but future versions of the Brotherhood of the Badoon, the Shi'ar Empire, and the dimension of Kosmos.
On his first foray into the twentieth century, he was thwarted by the Avengers, and they have remained his enemies ever since, having fought him on dozens of occasions. However, due to the diverging of timelines that was caused by his time travelling technology, multiple and sometimes divergent versions of himself were created. Most of them were eventually eliminated by the Council of Kangs, which were set up by one of the multiple Kangs to rid himself of his counterparts.
Iconic superhero Captain America shot dead -- maybe
By Belinda Goldsmith Wed Mar 7, 3:56 PM ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) - He fought the Nazis. He is revered by other crime-fighters worldwide. But the beloved, shield-carrying superhero, Captain America, has finally met his end -- or has he?
The winged-hooded Marvel Entertainment Inc. hero created in 1941 is shot dead in New York by a sniper in the latest Captain America issue that hit newsstands on Wednesday, in a sensational comic-book plot twist that had been kept a closely guarded secret.
Blood seeps from his red-white-and-blue costume as life ebbs from Steve Rogers, the scrawny student who was transformed into the physically perfect superhero when he volunteered to be injected with "Super Soldier" serum during World War II.
But executives at Marvel acknowledged death is not always final in the superhero universe -- and they hope the same is true for flagging comics sales of Captain America, who has lost ground to more contemporary superheroes like Spider-Man.
"This is the end of Steve Rogers, the meat and potatoes guy from 1941," Dan Buckley, president and publisher of publishing, Marvel Entertainment, told Reuters.
"But Captain America is a costume, and there are other people who could take it over. He is iconic, and we're continuing the comic books," he added. But he declined to speculate who could step into the hero's 66-year-old boots.
He said the continuing comic series would initially be focused on the reaction of other characters to Captain America's death.
This was similar to the death of Superman in 1993, when the leading superhero of Marvel rival D.C. Comics was killed off after about 55 years -- only to be brought back months later.
Captain America has appeared in about 210 million comics in 75 countries, but currently his title sells up to 80,000 copies a month in the United States, down from about 150,000 in their heyday.
Unlike other comic heroes such as Spider-Man, Superman, Batman and the Fantastic Four, the Captain has yet to win Hollywood fame, though Buckley said there are plans for a Captain America movie.
"He is still popular, but he has not been getting the same attention as Spider-Man and others," said Buckley. "We hope this will make him more popular in the short-term at least."
Captain America's assassination secret comes in the aftermath of a seven-issue mini-series, Marvel's civil war, which divided superheroes as the government ordered them to reveal their true identities and register with authorities.
This caused a major rift and resulted in two super-powered factions, one led by Captain America, who went underground and formed a resistance movement, the other by Iron Man.
In the end, Captain America surrendered to Iron Man's pro-registration forces -- but is shot dead on the steps of New York's Federal Courthouse on his way to face charges.
Gerry Gladston, co-owner of Midtown Comics in Manhattan, said Captain America's assassination -- and the fact it had remained such a secret, even to some Marvel staff -- was "pretty Earth-shattering" and had sent sales soaring already.
"Captain America is still one of the most relevant comic book characters and the one with the most iconic status in the Marvel Universe who is revered by the others," said Gladston.
"I hope they bring him back. I miss him already."
A 9.4 copy of Our Army at War #218. Heaven.
As I continue to pursue the Bronze Age Our Army at War run, there have been a few surprises along the way. One is that - without question - this is going to a long and expensive process, as these books are proving tougher to find than I had anticipated. But the big discovery is, frankly, the simple thrill of finding certain books in certified high grade. Our Army at War #218 is a case in point.
The 218 is one of the classic issues of this title. I first found a copy about 6 years ago in small hole in the wall store in Orlando, Florida. It was a FN, and I remember that despite the grade, I couldn't wait to read it. I had heard about the book from fellow collectors.
The reason OAAW #218 is so dear to me is that it has both an incredible Russ Heath art job on the Sgt. Rock tale, AND a key backup story - the first appearance of the USS Stevens by writer and artist Sam Glanzman. The USS Stevens was one of the most popular and successful backup series in DC war comics. So it was a book I always wanted to have.
When the sole 9.4 copy of this book came up, I knew I had to have it, and thankfully Frank and Stephen at Metropolis made it possible for me to get it. In addition to all of this, it's the Oakland copy. So I have finally been able to get an example from this well-known pedigree into my collection.
I have a raw copy of this book that would probably grade 9.0/9.2 but there really is no describing the thrill of opening the FedEx box and holding this book. And in the end, it's moments like those that make the hours and hours of searching completely worthwhile.
Wanted: 10 boxfuls of GA from my garage sales excursions this summer!
At this point in my comic collecting, I am putting together an action comics run of #1 through #108 plus a few issues above.
Currently, I am working on issues #65 through #108 To date, (March 13, 2007) I have 20 books. This includes 3 books that I will be sending to CGC next week. I hope to have this run completed in about a year. After that, I will work on #40 through #64
I prefer to buy my books raw, so I can flip through them before sending to CGC I look for books with nice eye appeal ranging from a bare minimum of 4.0 to 8.0 I don't care for books with names written on them, but a discreet date stamp is ok. Most important. UNRESTORED
Thanks for reading,