As some of you know if you have seen the WTB section or read my journal when I decide to ramble I have been searching for Invincible #75 variant. Much like the 1:100 it was pretty hard to come by for a while with the excitement surrounding the announcement of the movie. Well I finally got my hands on one graded at 9.6 I may have paid more than what I should have but that happens in this hobby sometimes. Regardless I am now 5 issues from having a complete set including variants and in making sure I hadn't miss counted or left anything out I realized I am missing the regular cover for issue #98, once I find that one at a reasonable price and condition the set w/o variants is complete. I am planning on laying off on trying to find the other issues I need given the holidays and may just put it on the back burner until the prices start dropping again. But now I am the happy owner of one of the most sought after comics in this series with 2 others to go so if you happen to have the variants for issues 51 and 52 feel free to contact me and lets work out a deal (lol). Happy hunting to all you collectors out there and hope you find the gems you are looking for.
MY FIRST COMIC STORE ADVENTURE
It was in 1977, sometime in spring season to summer. I had found my first comic book store by accidentally when I was with my dad on his trip to a drug store to buy something there. I must had walked by this comic book store many times before. Yet I did not notice it?? I guess because the drug store had the spinner rack with new comics there, so my focus was kind of direct at this.
Anyway, one day I went with my sister to follow dad into the drug store. I checked the spinner rack to see if any new comics arrived. Picked a few ones to buy. Dad was still shopping. As it was a hot day outside, and the store was a bit stuffy inside. I told dad I want go out to cool off. I go out and stand by the “comic store” NEXT to the drug store!
my eyes was wandering around the block as I was standing. As I turn around to peek thru the dirty window, I noticed the sun faded comic books hanging on string by their centrefolds. Colours were almost faded out so I didn’t see them clearly. I stood up in peaking, my face pressed on glass. What I saw inside was awesome. Run into drug store to tell dad I go check out the store next door.
I entered the beat-down store and saw all the new comic books stacked up on shelves. Saw the comic books in bins. I soon realized that the store was actually a used bookstore turned into partly comic book store in process! I met the long-haired bearded hippie owner. He smiled at me, I smiled back and pointed to the comics on shelves. He waved me to let me look.
My dad entered to find me standing looked at new comic books. I grinned at dad in begging to buy a .. few.. more books!
My dad looked at the store and he looked at my face. He rolled up his eyes, knowing he will have to take me for more comic book trips ahead!
the hippie owner laughed. I later learned the store was called “The ComicLand”, one of the few first comic book stores. The ComicShop on the 4th West ave is the first store opened. But this is another story to tell later.
Picked this one up on ebay today. The start of the Mar-Vell/Rick Jones body transferral between Earth and the Negative Zone, by way of the nega-bands. This new situation would eventually lead to the Thanos saga a couple of years later. Now if only I could afford a high grade copy of Marvel Super-Heroes 13, the first appearance of Carol Danvers. Enjoy.
ASM 13 $130 2.0 Ebay
ASM 14 $260 1.0 LCBS
ASM 15 $130 3.0 EBay
The ASM 14 has a clipped 1"×1" coupon. It's so neatly cut out that I completely missed it the first time flipping through and had to go back and look for it. Otherwise it's closer to a 3.0 to 4.0. I'll buy books like that all day.
I had some major life disruptions that delayed this significantly, but the podcast is now back on track! Here's the long-awaited conclusion of our two-part discussion of the Cap's Kooky Quartet era of Avengers!
Just won this gem on ebay. An interesting take on the Kong story. Seven of them actually, in this issue. Frazetta at his best, as is usual with his Warren covers. Like my recently purchased Eerie 7, this is another super tough one to find. Enjoy.
At long last ... I've completed my DC Bicentennial Set!
Started almost 10 years ago and I wanted to have a high grade set of the 33 comics that DC published in the summer of 1976 with a red/white/blue banner at the top of the front cover. Most of the copies were easy to find in high grade but as I picked up the issues, the last remaining ones became more and more difficult to find, either as CGC graded or raw. My criteria was simple: nothing less than 9.0 and no worse than Off-White pages.
Eventually, it came down to two comics a couple of months ago. I picked up raw high-graded copies of Claw the Unconquered 8 and Our Fighting Forces 168 and submitted them to CGC. When I got them back, the Claw comic was a 9.4 with White Pages and I was ecstatic! But then I saw the other one and it was an 8.0! I immediately went online to read the Grader Notes and it noted foxing on two areas of the back cover. I was bummed.
Since I wanted only 9.x copies in my set I couldn't add this one to my set Worse, I wasn't sure where I could find another high-grade raw copy. But I scoured the comic retailers, including those on eBay and finally found another copy months later that was graded by the seller at 9.4. Based on the scans, it looked really good although the cover was a little crooked.
So, with much trepidation in my heart, I submitted this copy to GCC. If this one didn't come back at least 9.0 then I was really screwed.
I watched the progress as it went from Received to Grading to Shipped/Safe. As usual, I didn't look at the emailed shipping document or the invoice online because I like to wait until it arrives to see the grade.
Then it arrived ....
Had quite a few books waiting for me when I got back from my last TDY. Have found a local source of GA Batmans which has put me off my goal of finishing 200-713. Too many good GA bats to pass up, so will probably spend the next couple of months picking what I can up. Only six issue left to finish the 300's and then I will start 250-299.
So a while back before the overhaul on the journals and message boards I had posted about being almost complete on Image/Skybound's Invincible which in my opinion is probably the best comic story out. Anywho after going through each and every book I had in this series at the time I was missing around 14 issues and decided that I wanted to at least have 9.6's or better. Looking at my collection that wasn't happening at all when I purchased the majority of the middle part of the series I never paid much attention to spin creases or fox ears on the corners I was just excited about owning the comics. Needless to say I had to replace over 30 issues because of these faults knowing that even if I shelled out the cash for pressing it wouldn't make much difference too many color breaks so on and so forth. With all that said I have finally got to the point that I want to be at purchasing most of what I was missing either raw copies or slabbed and definitely a few hard to gets, and I am down to missing only 6 issues to complete a run with all variants and only 1 issue to complete the series. This will mark the second time I have completed a number to number run once I can get my hands on issue #13 GLCBrad had a copy I should have just pulled the trigger on that was already slabbed. And with prices inflating due to the movie announcement it may be a little while before I am able to purchase that issue until the excitement wears off so to say. But I am happy I can say all I need is 1 more. Thanks for reading Phillip.
How my collection room currently stands. Have Batman 400-713 and currently working on finishing out issues 250-399. Unless of course I come across some early issues at a good price. I will add some detail pics of some of my favorite item as I have time.
Just won this in the Comic Link auction. A very nice cover by Adams with interior work by him and Berni Wrightson. Amazingly, a 9.6 in the same auction went for $1,300. More than a grand than I paid for this one. This is an upgrade from the 9.0 I have. Also looking to do the same with my 178 and 179. One of the very few with Neal's work interior-wise on this title, I think there was four or five in all. Enjoy.
Been a bit busy with a newborn so haven't been able to post much. Still collecting but I haven't had time to scan the books in. Definitely making a big dent though into the runs.
Avengers 6 $51 4.0 EBay
Daredevil 4 $50 3.0 LCBS
Flash 113 $69 2.5 EBay
GL 1 $350 3.5 LCBS
So i got my first birthday book as a gift this year. Blade Runner #1 (October 1982).
I think next year, Wolverine would make a great birthday book.
Any other October 1982 books to look out for? Feel free to share your b-day books as well, always nice to see.
I had purchased a BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 CGC 9.6 of ebay. I then purchased grader notes for the book after inspecting the book and not finding one spine crease and couldn't figure out why it was a 9.6. The notes stated there was a slight bend on back cover. I finally found it and it was not color breaking. I had sent it in to CCS for fast track pressing and fast track grading and CCS received it on 2/24/2017. On 04/12/2017 I had called CCS to find out why it had not been pressed yet because status still showed at CCS. I was told it was finalized on 04/05/2017 and someone would look into it and call me back later that day to give me more info. By 04/014/2007 I had still not received a call and it was still showing at CCS. So I called again and Cynthia said she would look into it and call me back. Nope no call back. Monday I called for the 3rd time and someone said that Cynthia would have to call me back. I then receive an email from her saying she tried to call my number on file(which is the correct number) and it was out of service and would not let her leave a message. Even though I have had the same number for 15 years and had called them from that number. She said it was sent to CGC in a large volume order and would was found. It graded at 9.6 again, now with different grader notes stating spine stress lines? I send an email in asking how this is possible and send in picks of both covers showing that one the dc logo is clearly a 1/4 inch higher on one book and asking for a response no gets back to me I call for a manager and never get in touch with one. Looking at the book I can see its clearly not the book I sent in by the cut of cover and its in no way a 9.6! So instead of sending in for a regrade in original case like I did the last time, I crack the case carefully place in bag and board in side a top loader in a mailer box inside a usps box. Send in to get pressed again and regraded and it comes back a 9.2? Which is about what it looked like the book they originally send me back looked like. This process took close to 8 months only for me to end up with a Batman adventures (.2 that should have been a 9.8 and PS the 9.2 gave no grader notes? Needless to say I am not happy!
I don’t know if anyone else feels nostalgic about the early nineties when Jim Shooter was involved with Valiant. My first encounter with Valiant was the first issue of Archer and Armstrong. At the time I had just finished collecting Barry Windsor-Smith’s Weapon X story in Marvel Comics Presents, I think that is the title, and wanted more of this artist. Collecting comics has been a small passion of mine since the local trash man all those years ago rescued a number 1 of Rom the space knight from the trash. Granted the cover was gone but it was the comic which got me hooked.
Anyways, now I have been looking back at the early Valiant books and find I miss them and wonder where the stories could have really gone if Jim Shooter had stayed at Valiant. I wouldn’t have minded if Warriors Of Plasm was the trade off because I think he would have gotten around to making that series no matter where he went.
Now I am collecting the books I want even if I am scared to get the books I have slabbed but I love to read them once in a while but I have the early trades I use more frequently.
I hope there are other collectors who miss the early Valiant are out there. If not then that is cool.
I want to share a quick story about losing a pet this weekend, and pass along and inspirational poem with other animal lovers. Over the weekend we had to put our 10-year old bunny Woody to sleep. Back in August this year, he had a cancerous lump removed from his belly, did extremely well in recovery (for his age), but within a few weeks the lump started to grow again. Eventually his body began to shut down on him, and we stepped in to take away the pain. When another of our pets passed last year, the following poem was shared with us, we found the poem very helpful, and still read it from time to time when we think about our friends who have left us.
Just t his side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....
As 2016 rolled around my focus on my Captain America Comics run momentarily took a back seat to other interests. I was exploring Pre-code Horror, Matt Baker and Good Girl Art and even some hot modern books like Harley Quinn #1 Adam Hughes variant and Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes #23. Both of those later books I would buy in 9.8 and plan to get signed my Adam himself at Boston Comic Con but he cancelled at the last moment. Throughout the year I ended up selling most of the non Cap books I bought which further cemented the fact that my real love is for Cap and that I needed to keep on track!
So...regaining focus on my Captain America run, I won a low grade (but fantastically presenting) copy of Captain America Comics #77 on ComicLink ending June 9th, 2016.
Not even a week after buying the Cap #77 a sales thread was opened on the boards offering a Cap #74 CGC 4.0...Canadian Edition! It had already sold by the time I opened the thread which had me bummed since I knew there were only two graded copies on the census and the chance of seeing either of these again might not happen for a while. I expressed my in the thread and out of some miracle the seller realized the Canadian Edition was NOT the one he was looking for! He offered it to me but I had to agree quickly. I of course said yes even though I knew I'd have to sell my undercopy I had bought just a year and a half earlier to recoup funds. So I sold my undercopy, which, when graded by the buyer came back a 2.5 WHITE pages to upgrade to what remains as the centerpiece to my Captain America Comics run!
I will forever be grateful to the board member who sold this book to me. It just goes to prove that there's no better comic book forum on the internet than here, folks!
Here's a side by side of the 2.5 & the 4.0 -
Keeping an eye on eBay for any low grade Cap books that were towards the end of the run, an auction for a Captain America Comics #70 CGC 5.0 was started on July 3rd. Researching the book I found that it had sold on Heritage for $1,912 in February of 2008! It is a cool white Sci-Fi cover but that seemed like a lot. It turned out it was as the same book was listed on Heritage again in November of 2014 and sold for just $926! Nearly a $1,000 decrease Scary if the person selling it was the same person who bought it but it was good news for me. Still though, I didn't want to pay $926 since this was technically above my 2.0-4.0 grade target. So as the auction came to an end I put in a snipe bid $100 below $926 and much to my surprise, I won it! It became the highest graded Cap book I own (and still is today)!
It was the middle of summer 2016 and I had picked up a Cap #77 2.0, Cap #74 (Can. Ed.) 4.0 and a Cap #70 5.0. My collection was on a roll! As happy as I was, I still longed for a Schomburg war cover as the only Schomburg cover I had was the very first book I bought (#53). My hopes were soon realized as a fantastic Schomburg war cover (one of my top 3 favorites) was listed for sale on the boards in late July...
It's October and Halloween will be here soon.
Anyways I am currently looking for horror comics on eBay that are slabbed, especially the Twisted Tales series. I do have one book because it had Richard Corben doing a story and cover. It was bonus I became interested in Bruce Jones and Jan Strnad stories as well. Having collected many raw Twisted Tales, Eerie, Creepy, and a few Weird War Tales on and off I seem to enjoy the short story styled format with 2 to 3 stories in a book. To me more content and an enjoyable story can be told in a few pages.
Hopefully I can find some great gems to get my collection complete.