A bit early, but a bit better
While most comic enthusiasts know Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May, I got to celebrate a little bit earlier than the national date. On the last day of April I had the good fortune to get a long box of comic books absolutely free. Most comic shops have a limited amount of comic books to give out. These comic books normally have the banner announcing "FCBD" right on the covers. Sometimes they are reprinted material, others are used as coming attracti
1st Wizard World Las Vegas
Wizard World was Las Vegas caught me by Surprise. I only had 1 week to get some books together for possible CGC grading and see what I could add to my collections. My goal was to find the CGC booth and I did. It was a tough choice but I decided on the books to have Submitted. Action Comics #93 the Christmas Cover and Hogan's Heroes #4. I wish it could have been more but my funds were very tight as the con did catch me by surprise.
The Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con is
I went to check the status on my books I submitted and the page says there are no books at all.
I last checked my orders on Friday where two of my orders were scheduled to be graded and one that just arrived. I decided to check the status this morning and the site says there are no orders at all; pending or otherwise for my ACCOUNT. Either its a glitch and they are there or I'm being screwed.
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Wings 61. Not the mintiest of copies, but I'll always pay $40 for a favorite cover as long as the cover image presents well. I love the deep colors in this copy. The blacks and dark browns drip. I love the Lee Elias cover with the two gunners back to back with each other, and the frame of the plan around them. The gunners with their oxygen masks so they can work in the open fuselage at higher altitudes. Just great details.
If it makes sense someone already said it better than I can
In addition to raw books I enjoy great quotations.
Just for the heII of it i will mix the 2. There will be no connection between books and quotes except my enjoyment of them both. Some of these books are gone and some still reside in my collection. The first one I have had on 3 occasions and traded out of it. I really miss this book.
Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit; wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
Swamp Thing #3
Decent cover, looks like Swamp Thing is fighting vampire hobos on a train?
Swamp Thing #3 (July, 1982)
Title: A Town Has Turned To Blood
Still the same crew as last issue.
Swamp Thing and Casey are on a westbound train in Illinois, when they
Here it comes!
It's been a while since I've posted a journal. This is due partially to being so busy for the last few months, and partially due to having more jobs placed upon me. But now it's time to start back up with posts again.
I have done far more shows this year than I thought I might be able to. When the year was starting, I was looking at doing ECCC, but once I realized what it was going to cost me to the show, I decided that this would restrict me from being able to do all the othe
Back in the day, from 2009-2011, I used to have a blog called The Random Longbox. The idea, was that I would let a random number generator pick a book at random from my collection that I would then have to read and review. I had a lot of fun, and enjoyed the pure randomness of pulling a book out of the longboxes and reading with no prior context other than my (faulty at best) memory.
The old link is long dead at www.randomlongbox.com, but the the original blogspot link is still up and act
JUST NOT MY WAY.
Tonight I had the opportunity to buy a 20,000 book plus collection before the big guns arrived. They were mostly very fine on average. A lot of nm also. A friend of mine said his friend was selling his 20,000+ book collection.
I got over there and checked it out. It seemed he started collecting in the late 60"s into modern age. Half his basement was long boxes stuffed full. About 60% Marvel 30% DC and the rest a mix. I decided not to buy for one main reason. He had key book
Half way to Moore!
Swamp Thing #10
Swamp Thing is entangling Liz and Dennis....as seen at the end of last issue. Kind of a blah cover.
Swamp Thing #10 (February, 1983)
Cover Price: $.60
Title: Number of the Beast
Art-Tom Yates/John Totleben (Cover: Yates)
Totleben joining Swamp Thing for the first
Latest and final addition to this set...
WARNING...This is a long journal, .
The most important journal I have ever written and it wont allow comments on the boards, even though I removed all special characters in the punctuation...argh. If you feel so inclined please DM me your comments, thanks.
How hard could it be to create a set of Xmen appearances made outside their own title during the time when they really had no book to call their own? Then once created how hard could it really b
I call it "Find the Blue Foil on the Cover."
Go ahead, scroll down to the photo and see if Wolverine is foil embossed. Or if there's a foil Wizard logo. I'll wait.
Did you find it? Yeah me neither. We all suck at this game.
In the past I've dealt with unlabeled deluxe editions, mis-labeled variants, Signature Series labels that list the wrong signer, but this one may be the worst yet.
On the plus side, the Joe Phillips signature turned out
There is not much to say about this one except EYE CANDY!
What you are seeing is another Angela/Aria variant... the very rare Tower Records Variant. Currently, a total of seven (7) have been graded by the CGC. Although this one is graded an unremarkable 9.4 (considered a low grade by most collectors for a modern tier comic), it just happens to be the only signature series of its kind.
Damn!... Angela takes my breath away. If only she could jump off that cover!
Based on looks from this ill
When will 9.8's become too plentiful?
It's amazing how much CGC has changed the modern age market, not to mention speculation. I purchased a collection a few years ago and made my money back. A few comics I kept while others I sold. One being the first comic book appearance of Rocket Raccoon. But let's get to the books that just came out a month ago.
With CGC being around for over 15 years and people sending in new comic books right away and flipping them, I wonder if this will destroy the
Newest Original Art Piece!
I just got my hands on my newest Original Art piece! It's a very cool looking number of Rogue, done by Birds of Prey artist, Alex Lei!
I am a Marvel Mutant fan above all else, especially New Mutants characters. This may not be one of Cannonball or Sunspot or anything like that, but it's hard not to like this cool artwork!
Rogue is walking by, with a worn out wall in the background with a star, an "X-Men-like" symbol and the word "Untouchable" airbrushed on it, wh
Picking them up more often lately!
While I am an avid graded comic collector, I have been acquiring a lot more original art lately for some reason.
I have always loved original art for its OAK-ness, but lately I have really been trying to acquire more of it than I usually do. I havent won a lot of them, but I have certainly tried.
The picture below is one that I just won on an auction tonight. Im not an enormous FF fan, but I have always had a hankering for Galactus, and when I saw this pi
Before the introduction of the local comic shop, as a small town youth in the 60's, the comic world initially seemed so simple and it all wrapped up neatly for me. I would travel with my mom to the grocery and drugstore and check the comic rack and get 2 comics for my quarter.
DC and Marvel both seemed to neatly wrap up a story line in a single issue. Then came spring of 1964....I went to the grocery store and started to look through the comic section and I see 2 of my favorites - Fantastic Fo
Where have the journals been? OK, I'm writing this for all of you who miss reading journals as much as I do. So, I celebrated my birthday last week. Cmon, dont get personal and ask how old...just know that Im feeling my age, .
My loving wife of 24 years...no, she is not 24, we have actually been married for that long...gave me a small budget to buy myself a comic. She knows I love comics, but doesnt have a clue what I would want so I am totally cool with getting it myself
...or Captain Britain salutes you!
Like many of us here, I was very sad to hear about Herb Trimpe's recent passing.
Whilst most people will remember Herb for his illustrious run on the Hulk (of which I'm also fan), I'll always be grateful for his work on Captain Britain - the character he co-created with Chris Claremont specially made for the Marvel UK.
Whilst I never got the chance to meet him, I was recently lucky enough to pick up a piece of his original art from his Captain Britain ru