When I sent my first package to CGC way back in early January, I had no idea how much things would change because of this pandemic. Both Marvel and DC have canceled titles as well putting remaining issues of titles on digital format...which I don't do. My comic pull list has decreased alot which is sad. I find myself wondering which will be the next set of comic books that I will want to preserve a tad longer than just boarding/bagging them. It has become a crazy world. The following pictu
I'm back with three more videos from my YouTube channel.
First up, a look at some of my books about comics:
Next, it's an Ask Me Anything, where I answer viewer-submitted questions about everything under the sun, but mostly comics:
And finally, another back issue haul video, with some more new acquisitions, including a batch of Archie books purchased here on the boards! Plus: the thumbnail image is an homage to Gil Kane!!
I'm just about done sending out the rewards to everyone who backed The Crimebusters #2 on Kickstarter — I'm hoping to get the last rewards shipped out this week — so I've finally returned to the drawing board to begin drawing issue #3.
Here's a look at the Kickstarter exclusive legacy number variant cover for the third issue (#122 in this case with the numbering continued from Boy Comics), which is an homage to the work of Alphonse Mucha:
The New Mutants
As it was with collecting comic books, it was the New Mutants that drew me into the grading community. I was new and naive. I did not get the small intricacies between a 9.8 and a 9.6. I didn’t realize what a trimmed cover was or how you could tell if a book was restored, But over the years I have learned that as much as I have learned there is still so much more to absorb.
I met Bagofleas through the registry, as I did others, but it was the New Mutants set that
Hello, friends! I've made a couple new videos I thought you might enjoy.
First, here's a look at the revolutionary storyline science fiction grandmaster Samuel R. Delany had planned for Wonder Woman, and how it got abruptly cancelled by DC after just one issue thanks to some very unexpected and highly ironic political interference:
And here's a look at some of the back issues I've been buying as retail therapy during the quarantine. This is part one of what look
Like to create a La Pieta set with comics like these: I think this is a very interesting list. I am sure there are tons of others that I am missing.
1.) Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #128 (Superman holding Lois)
2.) Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #102 (Superman holding Lois)
3.) Batman Vol 1 #613 (Batman holding Catwoman)
4.) The Brave and the Bold #105 (Batman holding Wonder Woman)
5.) Detective Comics Vol 1 #569 (Joker holding Catwoman)
6.) Detective Comics V
Hey there, friends!
I made another YouTube video that I thought might be of interest to some of you. Since I started working on my self-published comic The Crimebusters a couple years ago, I've had a lot of questions about the process. I know many comic fans dream of making their own comics! So I decided to make a video that goes into as much detail as I could think of about every step of the creative process, from just being a fan, to unboxing the latest completed issue.
It's very lo
I've added a couple new YouTube videos to my channel.
In this one, I go off the rails discussing Roy Lichtenstein:
And in this one, I explain why Jughead vol. 2 #89 is a personal grail even though almost nobody else has ever heard of it:
Another book with Neal Adams cover work that I picked up on ebay today. Issue 233 is regarded as the classic Superman Adams cover, but I like this one just as well. And a beautiful looking 9.4 at that. Enjoy.
When I heard about this, I was more expecting something in the comic. A tv in the background with a slightly blurry Rick's hair, and lab coat. But is it 'meta', the cartoon show, cartoon show characters watch?
I've got a couple new videos to share, first and foremost a second long Top 50 video showcasing 50 top books from my personal collection:
And I also did a short video discussing my copy of Avengers #102!
In my constant tug of war between what kind of collection I want and what kind of collection I can afford, I took some steps toward upgrading my Adam Warlock Key Set today. I found a very nice Strange Tales 181 that is autographed by Jim Starlin at an 8.0 rating. I'm pleased because I just came up with this idea that I don't want to go below VF for any Bronze Age issues and I found it on eBay for a reasonable price. I'm still waiting on two more Strange Tales titles (178 and 179) that I just won
I decided to part with 15 books in my Justice League (2011) set which has held the #1 spot on the Registry for many years.
2 sold, the 13 currently available are all CGC 9.8; all but 1 contain Jim Lee art. Many are of the few highest graded Signature Series- those are signed by the respective cover artists which include David Finch, Greg Capullo, Ivan Reis, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and an ultra-cool colored cover by Alex Sinclair.
The first 2 issues listed below sold in ComicLink’s Mar
Everyone these days seem to be about key issues, but while I like those as well, at heart I'm a full run guy. I know completists are out of fashion these days, but it's in my blood. So I decided to sit down and do a video showcasing the centerpiece of my collection, Avengers #1-100.
I have a full run of all 502 issues plus annuals, but just the first 100 issues resulted in a video that's almost two hours long! But if people like it I might do a follow up with, say, issues #101-150 and annu
A new journo about my Covid-19 'I made a thing' and how I I'm going to spend my stimulus money on sneakers and try and sell a pair for $3k within one year.
I kinda want to try this... I've got a bit of time, I've got the feels RE writing / learning a new collectible field on the fly so here goes!
Maybe I can get the lady to write on influencer culture in the time of Covid-19.
Having Fun Again
In the Pursuit of Happiness
One of my first goals collecting CGC graded comic books was to get a full set of New Mutants in a 9.8. By the way, the set is still highly undervalued in the points area. They even added the additional prints of the Marvel Graphic Novel, also undervalued. When CGC first added the Custom sets I immediately added a few…and then left them there. As we all have some extra time I started to spring clean by de
I was holding on to these hoping to find better copies, but haven’t had any luck in the last couple of years. So I submitted them in early March and was pleased to have gotten them back in mid April. The grades are what I expected and will just grab upgrades as I come across them. These have gotten hard to find in anything other than 2.0 or 3.0.
A couple weeks ago now, I was inspired by a thread in the Comics General section to do a video for YouTube showing off the Top 50 comics in my collection. To my surprise, I discovered I really enjoyed making the video — and some people actually watched it!
So I've decided to make some more YouTube videos about comics and comic collecting. I'm hoping to just post like one video a week, and every so often I'll share those videos here.
Here's the link to my channel:
I was not gonna make another journal entry until my first ever batch of of newly minted slabs were sent back to me but the recent news of In-house signings of some great writers and artists have changed my plans. Now I have course in the past I got lucky enough here in Edmonton to get some signings from writers etc but of course no CGC officials were around to witness and eventually when I send those comics in they will likely get a qualifying grade, oh well can't win them all.