Well, it took me a full year to edit this episode, due both to major real life concerns as well as some messed up audio problems with the recordings. But I've finally got part 3 of my discussion of Marvel's classic Star Wars series ready.
this was originally supposed to be part 3 of 4, but now it's part 3 of 5, because there's still hours and hours of raw audio left to edit from this conversation!
This episode discusses Star Wars #39-63:
It's been almost three years since I completed my set of 33 DC Bicentennial Comics but I wanted a challenge and a better set, all CGC 9.8 with White Pages.
Just before I got the last comic for the set, I was able to swap out a couple of issues with newer CGC 9.8 WP (Detective Comics and Justice League Of America). And, after completing the set, I was able to pick up four more CGC 9.8 comics (Claw, Our Fighting Forces, Richard Dragon, and Our Army At War).
The net result is six more CGC
This was the second book I won in the last Comic Link auction, along with the ASM 71. Yet another Neal Adams cover, but interior work also. The purchase of these auction wins will be my last one for a while. I'm now on lay off from my job due to the Covid -19 crisis. I don't know how much of an impact this will have on the collecting industry, except to say that most books will now be going for lower prices than usual. I imagine several collectors will have to sell their cherished books to keep
A lot of time has passed since my last entries. At this point, I'm still collecting, but I'm focusing on "stuff" that seems to have a whole lot of bang for the buck.
I'm going after Conan's done by Smith in 9.0 or better. Eventually, the keys will be slabbed, but the rest will live out their lives in raw condition in some top-notch mylars and good quality backboards.
I'm very passively going after Iron Fist as I run across them in high grade raw.
I'm also going after some golden
Won this in the recent Heritage auction. Also put in a bid for issue 77, but no luck there as I was outbid at the last moment. This one is insanely tough to find. The only other one I ever came across for sale was a 9.0 on ebay a little while ago. I wanted this one primarily because it features art work by Neal Adams, one of the last Warren magazines he worked on. Part of the Don Rosa pedigree collection.
I grew up in a small town in South Western Ontario, my friends and I used to do all sorts of activities from tunnel ratting through drainage pipes to good old fashioned street hockey, but what we really liked to do was collect.
We started collecting sports cards around the summer of 1987 and comics a few years later.
If I recollect correctly, the first comic book I had was Batman Annual 14 with TwoFace on the cover.
Sadly, over the years My friends and I drifted apart,
Won this in the current Comic Link auction the other day. Taking a bit of a break from the Neal Adams books that I'm currently going after. Always admired the artwork of John Romita and this is one of my favorite covers of his. A very nice 9.0 that looks more like a 9.4.
The INCREDIBLE HULK #144 - Too many cooks!
I bought this beat up copy for $4
Herb Trimpe did the cover for this (I really like Herb's run of covers on this book) but this is actually Part 2 of a two part story that Ayers and John Severin did the art on. John Severin is one of the few thin line inkers that I really like.
For some reason it took two people to write this, Roy Thomas and Mike Friedrich are credited, this just a
All-American Men of War #128 ($45.00 + shipping = $49.60)
All-American Men of War #5 ($9.99 + shipping = $14.49)
Battle #25 ($6.00 + shipping = $9.95)
All-American Men of War #2 ($25.00 + shipping = $28.95)
All-American Men of War #6 ($32.00)
Frontline Combat #5 ($70.00)
Battle Stories #4 + U.S. Marines in Action #2 + Battle Action #12 + Combat Casey #10 + All-Ame
And so the collecting of books with Neal Adams covers continues. One of the very first, if not the first of his covers on a Superman title. Not too easy to find this particular issue either. Adams would continue to do the Lois covers for the next 16 books. What with doing the cover work on Superman, Action, Jimmy Olsen, Adventure, the Batman titles etc. - one wonders where he found the time to do all this. Enjoy.
ARCHIE ANNUAL #24 - Length and Suggestiveness!
I bought this ok looking copy for $4
This 48 page Annual came out in 1972 and features a couple of 'Still going strong Harry Lucey' stories, though it sports a humorous Dan DeCarlo cover. (See what I did there?) Lucey was in the last couple of years of working for Archie Comics, retiring in 1976 with Archie Comics #254 (July 1976) after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. Inker Chic Stone completed the ar
The STEVE DITKO ARCHIVES:
The THING #13 - Dr. Strange had a Brother! (Or Did He?)
Everything I'm about to tell you is untrue, except this: This story was done by Steve Ditko two years before he ever worked at Marvel (as a freelancer for 16 stories), and five years before he worked there regular AND two years before he ever did a story with Stan Lee (it was a Western) and five years before he ever did a story with Stan Lee that was horror/scifi themed.
CAPTAIN AMERICA #113 - It's all about the Art!
I bought this beat up copy for $7.50
I may have my issues with Steranko the 'person', but he certainly created some of the most memorable handful of issues ever made in comics. Probably no artist in history has less work that is more popular than Jim Steranko.
Captain America #113 was the third of 3 issues he did in 1969 - the first two #110 and #111 interrupted by the origin re
SUPERBOY and the LEGION of SUPER-HEROES #197 - Dress for Success!
I bought this beat up copy for $4.00
Nothing against Cary Bates, who... wrote some decent stuff for DC Comics in his long career there (sold a few stories at the age of 13, wrote regular beginning in 1970 at age 17, and stayed until 1986). But this is all about the creativity of Dave Cockrum.
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes was monthly, except for Ma
They finally released a TPB of the Detective Comics run bridging the gap between issues #993 and #1000. Once upon a time, I intended on collecting all of the single issues for the Rebirth of this DC title (ditto for Action Comics).
As a designer, I also created a Captain America shield range target. It's noice. Gonna hit some today at lunch.
Face 2 Face - Drama, Netflix Frost/Nixon - True Story, NowTV
Family Blood - Horror, Netflix Fruitvale Station - True Story, Netflix
Family, The - Comedy, Action, Netflix Fundamentals of Caring - Drama, Netflix
Fast Color - Sci-fi, Netflix Funhouse, The - Horror
Father of the Year - Comedy, Netflix Funhouse Massacre, The - Horror, Netflix
Fear of 13
Continuing where I left off at the end of 2019 with my focus on books with Neal Adams covers. This one's okay as far as his covers go. Love the brown sky color. With auctions going on right now at Heritage and Pedigree Comics, and one starting on Thursday at Comic Link, there's a whole slew of books I plan to bid on. This one I picked up on ebay. Enjoy.
REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN!
The third act in the Death and Return of Superman saga. Beginning in the final pages Adventures of Superman #500 (June, 1993) with four separate first sightings of four men appearing with the Superman emblem.
Each creative team for the four Superman titles had their own ideas on how Superman could return. The editorial decision at the time was to use all four ideas, with four very different Supermen appearing in Metropolis.
These 'REIGN' bo
FANTASTIC FOUR #61 - Pencil! Ink! Action!
I bought this beat up copy for $7.50
It's fun to read these old issues, in no order other than when I buy them, the same way I used to read them when I was a kid and teenager). Storylines are somewhat overrated if you ask me... sometimes I just want 15-20 minutes of entertainment.
And one title that always seemed to deliver was the Fantastic Four.
The Kickstarter for The Crimebusters #2 is over, and we successfully funded thanks to all your support!
It really means a lot to me. I am humbled and grateful and I hope everyone enjoys reading it as much as I have enjoyed creating it.
I'm still putting the finishing touches on issue #2, but I am nearly done and expect to send it to the printer by the end of the month, and I expect to also send out the digital version by the end of the month as well. And then I can get to work on issue
1 of them is pretending that they do not care...
As always: Reader beware. This journal will be full of inane, irrelevant, and flat-out bizarre thoughts.
It was December 2015. My co-worker and acquaintance lent me $2k to buy a set of The Dark Knight Returns graded by CGC and signed by both Frank Miller and Klaus Janson. I discovered graded comics about 6 months beforehand. Why would he lend me the money - you might ask. Well, over the course of about 18 months we worked closely togethe
Hey, comic book friends! First, thanks so much for all your support with this project, it really means a lot to me.
I wanted to let you know that the Kickstarter for The Crimebusters #2 is about to end. There are less than 36 hours left until it ends at midnight ET tomorrow night. I'm not one to do any kind of hard sell, but I did want to remind people who might have been waiting to decide, especially because the number of Kickstarter pledges I get determines how many copies of each varian
TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - Can't create? Imitate!
I bought this beat up copy for $8
This is one of those issues that are sort of well-loved... I mean, the idea of it and that cover are certainly well-loved. It IS a great Marie Severin cover (inks by Frank Giacoia), the kind of thing where someone (probably Stan) said, "What if the Hulk ran into the Silver Surfer?"
(TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - cover dated July 1967, on