Welcome to my Journal. I'll update it from time to time when something noteworthy happens with my collection. I hope you find something of interest here.First up I thought it might be fun to bring the Class of 2013 together for an end of year bash. Let's start with the ECs...
I've been pecking away at runs of Two Fisted Tales and the Sci-Fi titles for the last four or five years, and I picked up a few nice ones this year.
Here are the Two-Fisted Tales. Very pleased to pick this one up on eBay.
I got this one at Metropolis back in March when I visited their office in Manhattan (highly recommended - the stuff on their walls is amazing).
The remaining two fill out my run from 34 - 41 (final), also from eBay.
Next up will be the Sci-Fi titles.
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...when all we had was our imaginations
So I've recently embarked on a new collecting area, that of Golden Age Sci-Fi. When I first re-started collecting a few years ago I had a few GA Sci-Fi books, but then turned my attention elsewhere.
But now I'm back.
I'm going to use this journal to 1) show books I've added to my collection and 2) document books I might be targeting. My end goal is to have an example from each Sci-Fi themed title from the Golden Age, and some examples of non-Sci-Fi GA titles that happen to have a particularly Sci-fi themed cover.
As heretical as it may sound, I'm not all that interested in EC books. I think the art on the covers is amazing, and the stories are too (I've read most of them in reprints over the years), but for some reason the book cover layout (with the big title taking up the top 1/4 of the book) just feels boring to me when I see them (compared to non-EC counterparts). Im sure I'll get around to owning some of them, but right now they aren't tickling my fancy.
What I am interested in is pre-spacerace images of space. I love the idea that before 1966 we had not seen photos taken from "deep space" (beyond our earth orbit), and that our ideas of "outer space" were still fantastical. Artists and writers created alien landscapes, creatures, and amazing starships to fill this void of information, and I love them.
By the time we reached the 60s space was far more realistic, and we knew the nuts and bolts of how to travel there, even if we hadn't done it yet (FF #1 from 1962 had a relatively realistic rocket takeoff to space). But before the 60s it was still a place of wonder, and that's what I've decided to focus on, pre 1960 Sci-Fi comics.
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Back in 2014 I began making plans to move abroad. Expecting to have to downsize to smaller accommodations in Europe I sold off a huge chunk of my Comic book library (graphic novels, hardcovers, omnibuses and custom bound editions). Well I'm back in the US now and have started to work to rebuild my library. I thought it would be fun to track my progress here, and provide some reviews along the way.
As it is with books, some books I sold for a pretty penny have gone back into print and are now very affordable. Other titles that I created my own custom binds of have now had published volumes created (Gotham Central, DC 1 Million, etc), while other titles that were previously affordable have become difficult to find and have launched in price (why oh why did I sell them!??!).
If you want to see the original sales thread it is here:
Or just take a look at the Bookshelves I was selling from... Im not looking to perfectly replicate the collection, but it gives me a jumping off point for my hunt (and isn't the hunting the most fun part?)
So pull up a rich corinthian leather chair, put on your smoking jacket and join me in Miraclemet's collected editions library...
I may start saying that more as a greeting to people even though the comic book I discovered those two words together on creeps me out. A lot.
That's just scary. Worse than pretty much any pre-code horror comic IMO. If I came home from work to see that sitting on my kitchen counter I'd freak out. Then I'd go grab my dad's nail gun
Anyway, what's up? How's the hunt for your grail? Or the non-hunt? Maybe your grail is a common key book that you see listed multiple places everyday that is just so expensive you have to save up for a quarter-century to afford it...all the while it's going up in price faster than your raises at work are coming? Either way, I hope you all are making progress. And if you are one of those collectors that owns their grail already...don't tell me about it
For me, it's Captain America Comics #1. That's it. It could be worse. There are 7 more valuable books I could have chosen Then again, it could be a whole lot better!! Why can't I desire Airboy #1 or Bulletman #1? Why? WHY?! Whether I ever own a Cap #1 someday I do not know, but I'll die tryin' as they say.
For now, I'll continue collecting the other 78 issues in the glorious golden age run. Speaking of which, I just replaced the raw Cap #76 I traded with cash for a CGC 3.0SS Cap #78 back in September 0f 2016. I picked this up from the Second City Collection that was on ComicConnect this past June.
It's got a fair amount of restoration done to it. I've never had a book that had its cover re-glossed. Actually, it's the most restored book I've ever bought, but if it's not brittle or trimmed, I'm game! How else am I going to get the entire run in any sort of...timely...manner......?
So, I'm more than happy to have it. It's a white Cap cover which, besides #70, there isn't any others! I like it!
Non Cap related, while browsing the July ComicLink auction I set my eyes upon a Fight Comics #80 for the first time. A beautiful Maurice Whitman cover! "Have to have it", I thought to myself.
But I guess I didn't have to have it since I stopped bidding early on and didn't win it
Thankfully, two copies showed up on eBay soon after that lost auction, which I gobbled up. Not as high grade but they'll do!
Maurice knew how to draw females! He had a few covers of Cowgirl Romances, but I just can't get into those. I just can't "Ride Fast for Wyoming" if you know what I mean
Anywho, while browsing the usual auction sites and jotting down issues I'd like to bid for on way too many post it notes that are taking over my computer monitor, I see a Cap #66 CGC 3.5 listed on eBay in a true auction style format. Finally, since most all the BIN for Cap's are way, way too high to even look at for the better part of a minute. I was interested in winning this book even though I had a copy already. My copy though, if you don't recall, is a true beater. Faded, ripped, chipped, written on, chunk missing, rusted upon and soiled!
That's still fine by me, but this 3.5 looked like a 9.0 compared to it. So I won the 3.5 and sold my undercopy on eBay which helped offset the sting of upgrading a bit.
My new Captain America Comics #66!!
That will probably be the only time I upgrade before I grab each issue in the series, unless a deal presents itself. Yes, I would end up with better books in the end upgrading as I also acquire, but that would slow down my pace to even slower than it's already trickling
So, those are the two new additions to the Cap collection. That brings my total to sweet 16!
#69 3.0 Can. Ed.
#73 3.5SS Can. Ed.
#74 4.0 Can. Ed.
I did send in my Cap #68 & #75 to get graded while at Boston Comic Con two weeks ago. Hopefully they come back in the grades I expect!
I do have my eye on one particular Cap book coming up for auction which will be a huge addition to the collection if I can land it
Until next time...keep pressing forward!
In the conclusion of our two part discussion of Brave and the Bold #50-73, former comic book pro MDG and I discusses Brave and the Bold #57-73, including the first appearances of Metamorpho and the Teen Titans. Enjoy!
Some Avengers Pickups. The #9 was a throw in by the seller when I bought #3. The cover is pretty beat but the interior is in pretty good shape.
Avengers 2 $230 4.0 Online
Avengers 3 $130 2.5 Ebay
Avengers 8 $127 5 Ebay
Avengers 9 $0 1.0 EBay
So...I'm looking through the books in the July 1st Heritage Sunday Comic auction and I see that there are three golden age Caps in there. All raw and restored to various degrees. The issue I'm most interested in is #65 which is an apparent VG- with slight color touch to cover and trimmed on all three sides. Let me repeat that. TRIMMED ON ALL THREE SIDES. I think most collectors would agree that trimming is the worst kind of restoration a book can have since someone basically removed part of the book to make it look better. That cannot be undone! So I figured this book would go for "relatively cheap" since a 3.5 unrestored just sold for $685 in June of this year. Maybe like $350-$400 I thought. Nope. The @%$# thing hammered at $600, which, after the buyers premium is $720!
I can only guess the winner doesn't care about trimmed books...which, I suppose some people...may not?
Or maybe the winner just had to have the one cover where Cap slaps his partner?
Either way, I wasn't paying that for that book even though it was the next book I needed on my way down from issue #78 (besides #72). There are 38 unrestored copies on the census (give or take a few). It's not like there are 9 or even 19. It will come up again!
After not winning that book (since I didn't bid due to the price already being above what I was comfortable with) it allows me to pursue others. The hunt is most of the fun to me anyway. With a limited budget, you have to choose your books carefully and cannot afford (literally) to overspend.
Keeping on track with the current series you are on can also be a challenge as well when you come across a beautiful book you want but buying it would slow down your main series collecting. One such book last week was All Top Comics #16. A 5.0 off-white to white pager was on eBay. I was tempted to go after it as I love the cover. It last sold on 6/6/16 for $825. It was at $911 with under a minute left until it shot up to $1,336 in the last ten seconds! A 61.7% increase in just over two years?! Damn someone wanted that book!
I did win a GA Cap book from the most recent ComicConnect auction which is on its way to me now. I'll post it as soon as it arrives!
Between work and a newborn been very busy. Not too busy to buy but too busy to have the time to catalogue, scan, and post. I usually scan at night but as sleep has been at a premium lately I have been opting for bed rather than the glow of a computer screen. But I will try to get caught up over the days and weeks to get back on track. I'll be posting chronological from when I bought the books based on memory.
TOS 40 $110 2.0 EBay
TOS 43 $82 2.0 LCBS
Avengers 4 $375 1.8 Online Auction
Hello It's been a little while since I've done a journal. A lot has changed, also a lot has stayed the same First off I would like to say thank you to CGC for their part in providing one of the best convention experience I've ever had! As a comic collector, for me when books are graded it is the final step of the journey of my books. I love the signature series program, and getting yellow labels is the cherry on top. Blue labels are awesome too and I enjoy having them both. This convention was the culmination of many different factors. I have my first set of books on the way back from CGC so I thought now would be the perfect time to share my experience. My 2018 Wondercon experience actually began in 2017...
I would not buy another Cap book for six months after my CGC 1.8 Cap #72 in November of 2016 on eBay. I would actually end up selling the Cap #72 in April 2017 to a board member. Why? I just felt the grade was a tad too low being a 1.8. The next book I would pick up was a Captain America Comics #69 CGC 3.0 Canadian edition off the boards a month later in May of 2017. It was actually the board member who sold me my Cap #74 Canadian edition that notified me that this book was for sale, so now I owe him even more
I had missed out on a raw US edition of this issue on the boards maybe a year or so prior so I quickly snapped this one up!
Off white to white pages and wonderfully presenting for a 3.0. What more could one ask for? It also has an interesting maple leaf stamp on the cover. Never seen that before
The next book I bought was a complete but coverless Captain America Comics #27 off eBay in September. I had not bought a coverless Cap issue before but this was issue #27! It was one of my favorite issues and I figured I had time to wait for a cover while I continued on the rest of the collection.
I did not have to wait long as four days later someone listed a Captain America Comics #27 front cover only on eBay! Crazy! I was a bit hesitant to purchase it since it was only the front cover. What were my chances of getting just a back cover? Better just to wait for a complete front and back cover I thought, but I still pulled the trigger since it was pretty well presenting.
So now I had an almost complete copy of Cap #27! Not bad!
Now this isn't a GA Captain America Comic but while perusing the November ComicLink auction I came across a Wow Comics #38 CGC 4.0. I had never seen this cover before and it really struck me as beautiful. Quite simple in it's design with Mary Marvel soaring above the clouds with arms outstretched and a little lightning bolt off in the distance. It has become one of my favorite GA covers and I'm glad a won it.
Now to find who owns the CGC 9.2 Crowley/File Copy, even though that has cream to off-white pages and mine is off-white to white pages
My last Cap book bought in 2017 was a Captain America Comics #67 CGC 2.5 off the boards in December. It's the 2nd lowest graded copy on the census (of 30) but that's where I expect most of my books to be so it fit in perfect with my collection.
Finally I am caught up to 2018 so this this journal will soon be in real time!
Captain America Comics issues acquired to date - 27, 33, 44, 53, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75, 77 and 78.
My very first comic book was Thor #282. My stepdad got it for me when I was 5 going on 6 in April 1979. I was fascinated with the stories of Asgard and continued collecting Thor until I joined the Army January 5th, 1993. A lot of my collection was lost except for Thor #282. I started back up collecting comics in the Summer of 2000. Last year I sent my beloved book in to CGC to get pressed and graded. It came back a 9.0. I was very happy with the grade considering how long I have had that book in my possession.
As I was saying in my last entry, I was longing for my first Alex Schomburg war cover. It came by way of the boards from a member who was willing to work with my on time payments in July of 2016. I present to you Captain America Comics #33!!
As you can see, this book has been restored (via a piece re-attached to cover with glue) and has a detached cover. These are two characteristics I said I was going to stay away from except for the more expensive issues. I would consider this one such issue. Since buying this book I have decided to "lower my standards" if you will, for the books I decide to bring into my collection. I still will strive for grades 2.0 - 4.0 but restoration and detached covers/centerfolds won't be an automatic denial for a given book. Of course the exact amount of restoration will play a part and I'm still avoiding trimmed or brittle books. This particular Cap #33 has very little restoration, presents wonderfully and has like new WHITE pages to boot! I don't see myself getting another copy of this book for under $1,000 anytime soon. There are two 1.0 graded books on the census but who knows if they present well at all. I am super happy to own this book as it is one of my top five Cap covers of the entire run. Issues #1-3 & #27 rounding out the top five.
Which issue next I asked myself. I needed just issues #72 & #78 to complete Cap #70 - #78 so I put my first WTB post up for a Captain America Comics #78 in September of 2016. I got three people offering a copy right away. I was pretty surprised! Then, a board member reached out to me offering a quadruple signed CGC 3.0!
The signatures were from Stan Lee, Ayers, Joe Simon and John Romita! I thought my triple signed Cap #73 was cool!
What was I going to have to give to this guy to make that comic mine? A kidney and promising my first born child???
Luckily he just wanted cash and a trade for my raw Cap #76 I had bought on eBay the year prior. After a couple weeks of messaging back and forth to meet at a price we were both comfortable with, it was mine!
I would go on to pick up Cap #72 off eBay in November of 2016. A CGC 1.8 which is the lowest graded copy on the census
That would be my last Cap issue purchased in 2016. I now had 13 GA Cap issues (33, 44, 53, 66, 68, 70-75, 77 & 78). The first issue I purchased in 2017 would be another Canadian copy off the boards...
Tomb of Dracula #1:
So in October of 2006 I purchased my first CGC graded comic--Tomb of Dracula #1.. A cover that had been engraved in my earliest memories of childhood, and a series which I could not fully appreciate until I was a teenager. I had decided this was an issue that I would like to own a preserved graded copy of. Well after receiving this copy, I had decided that I was going to try and complete the series in a grade of 9.2 and higher (high grade for me )-- It's been a long and fun journey as I'm nearing completion of this set....
Issue #1 (April 1972) - "Dracula" -Written by Gerry Conway, Art by Gene Colan , and Cover by Neal Adams (inked by Marie Severin)
I submitted the form, and shipped the following 8 books to CGC today... Modern slow. Had to use my credits up for the year before membership expire/renewal.
Anyway I'm creating this journal so others can guess the grades from the scans, and will post them once they have been returned.. We will see
Picked this one up today at the Niagara Falls Comic Con. An awesome 9.2 that looks more like a 9.4. And on top of that, Neal Adams, the artist of this cover, was there. Chatted him with a bit and bought a reprint book of Deadman stories from Strange Adventures, which he signed. This was my third meeting with him at a show. Also, for the first time, a finally met Jim Steranko here today. Very nice guy. Anyways, enjoy.