Based on number of journal views it seems like a lot of people are losing (or never had) interest in Mr. A so I'm switching to something else. I'll return to Mr. A later.
Video Jack was a six issue limited series from 1987 published under Marvel's EPIC line. Keith Giffen and Cary Bates are given co creator and plotting credits with Bates doing the scripting and Giffen the penciling. I would have been 17 when the comic first came out.
The story opens in the town of Hickory Haven with the disc
The gem of my collection would not be a comic but a toy.
This toy was released by Gakken back in the early 80's. It was based on the Japanese animated series "Genesis Climber Mospeada" also known in the States as Robotech. This animated series was so amazing to me that I would run home from school just so I wouldn't miss an episode....Man I miss the 80's!
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What do I do with all these comics?
Ok, so now that you have all hopefully read Part 1, let's move along. Now I have this store which was "The Oldest Used Bookstore In Las Vegas" at the time. But all I really wanted was the comics
Now I had never really been in awe of much of anything in my life, but let me tell you guys I really didn't know what to do next.
It worked out that after about 6 months I actually made enough money to totally pay myself back for the purchase price of the bu
The Day One of the New X-Men DIED...
Hello everybody, this journal post is the follow-up to my previous journal regarding my X-Men #94 CGC 9.8 acquisition.
With that said, please enjoy the front cover scan and my commentary on the historical and cultural significance of X-Men #95! RIP to the Apache Warrior...Thunderbird!
X-Men #95 showcases the 3rd appearance of the new X-Men and the "death" of Thunderb
ASM 298 and 300
If you read my first journal you may remember that I took 10 books from my collection to ECCC on March 3rd to be CGC'd. This was my first experience with professional grading. They were submitted in different tiers and have been trickling back ever since. It has been an interesting and thrilling experience hoping for the best and sometimes settling for the worst. Of course there was that mysterious bubble that showed up on back side of all the CGC cases(more on this later).
Don't know how many of you know of or possibly collect artwork, comics or anything else from the late Dave Steven's of Rocketeer Fame. I was hooked the very first time I picked up a copy of Pacific Presents and saw the smooth artwork and great female anatomy that Mr. Steven's was able to with almost no effort make come to life. I swear you would think these were real people you were looking at pictures of only doctored up a little (way before photoshop was invented). My Crown
Got some signatures...
My youngest son and I just got back from the Con. We had a really good time. As we were waiting to get in we mapped out where the CGC booth was and then where the comic creators, Peter David and Bret Blevins, were going to be. The doors opened and we made a beeline for the CGC booth.
Mike was there as always...super nice guy, and I met another board member who worked at CGC as well...beer30. He let me know that the first thing I needed to do was go make sure the artist
My first submissions turned out about how I had expected.. except
I have been buying comics for awhile and paying a little to a lot more for CGC slabbed books, or paying for whatever comic shop I was stationed near to mail them off to CGC. I finally did a cost analysis and found that it was more cost effective to just get a membership to CGC. So fast forward....
With my coupon I submitted four books, all DC New 52: Batman 1, Justice League 1, Green Lantern 1, Action Comics 1. All four wer
Who is the most popular character to come out of the eighties?
If Wolverine is arguably the most popular character from the seventies and Deadpool is the most antagonistic character of the nineties, and the first decade in the millennia being too close to gage a lasting character, who can lay claim to being the most popular hero or villain of the eighties?
Rogue appeared in Avengers Annual #10. Her humble beginnings in the Brother Hood of Evil Mutants, under the tutelage of Mystique was shor
When it comes to comics I have a fairly biased opinion. I'm a Marvel fan. I like what I like and for some reason I just never could really get into DC or touch on many Independents. It's not because of storylines, art, or even specific characters it's more of an overall opinion I hold from when I was a kid that grew more into a loyalty. No matter what the direction, how low some stories get, or how awful I think art may be I still follow many lines out of a sense of almost misplac
Or really 6/66 revisited, since I don't have any books from April 1944
Number four on my 'thou shall not purge' list needs no introduction.
It is considered one of the key books in the go-go check run.
For your viewing pleasure, I offer you the first appearance of Poison Ivy.
Batman 181, CGC 9.2 off-white with an issue date of June 1966.
This book is far more readily available than #6, OAAW 168 from the same month simply because it is a Bat title. Nonetheless, excellent copies are oft
Or one for me and one for me
I am starting to sell any and all CGC books that I either collected by mistake or decided to no longer contribute with. This money is what will continue to allow me to collect CGC graded comic books. I mentioned that by the end of this year I wanted to have four hundred registered slabs, but how.
I am going to continue upgrading my 9.8 New Mutants collection. Only two ate needed to finish this run, issues 58 and Annual 4. Do I dare attempt what Bagofleas did with
Some slightly new ECs to add to collection...
Got these a little bit ago....dont mind the glare on the photos.
The Crypt of Terror is one of my favs. I love the title and the 3 issues that were published before the title switch have the coolest covers. They are really hard to find, of course, but I am happy with the copy I have.
Now if I can only get ahold of the other first 2......
I actually do have a crypt of terror 17 but its in really, and I mean really rough condition. It looks li
Well after getting one modern order of about 15 books back in a flash for CGC standards (4 months) we are back to the normal 6 month wait. I hate a lot of the books lose that initial value rush while you are waiting. I know you can do the fast track but for modern it better be like a 1:150 or 1:200 and be fore sure a 9.8 to be worth $30 for grading. I have had one in since 11/9 and reached graded about a month ago but then went into a new catagory called grading/qualit
Other Hobbies and Interests: Just two days ago, Brandon Shepherd brought up an interesting subject about "Other Hobbies and Interests". We all have interests outside of the domain of comic books. And I think it is safe to say that many of us share similar likes and dislikes for Popular Culture and such.
Like me, Meshuggah and Gaming ETC collect Baseball Cards. PlainMad has a CGC collection of MAD Magazines that are truly monumental. Tnerb collects Shot Glasses and Star Wars Toys. Studio25 has
My son loves comics too and is quite the artist! Hello...DC, Marvel you guys hiring?
Okay a little self serving journal being a gushing parent. My son has been helping me go through my collection and re-board and bag everything as we prepare books for sale. He is 20 and is an actor who was a lead in a kids TV show for one season and the funds ran out so he is back home auditioning (the life of an actor!) and helping his old man when he is able with his huge comic obsession turned garage sale
When Superman Returns came out in 2006 I went to see it with my wife and I was psyched. It was the first Superman movie in almost 20 years and the reviews were very favorable. When the John Williams theme kicked up as the audience flew through outer space I leaned over to my wife and warned her that I may geek out. And then the movie started. Within 2 minutes things started falling apart so here are the top five reasons why I didn't like Superman Returns....
1. Lex Luthor. The first Christophe
At Frank And Son's
Sometimes these things just happen. I live down in southern California and was heading out to the desert to visit my mom yesterday. I thought to myself, oh, gotta take the 60 and I can stop at frank and Son's. It's a warehouse type space with tons of vendors w/ sporting cards, comics, magik, etc...
but yesterday, parking was a nightmare! Three laps up and down the street, i finally braved a spot that no one else dared and wandered in. There was cosplay everywhere...
Or "Only one surprise!"
Well, I finally got my first batch of 20 books back from CGC. I expect the other 15 to arrive today or Monday. These are books I have in my collection that I pulled to get a "value tier" on a bulk CGC grading submission. So on this batch I didn't focus on any one title, just what looked to be in "high grade".
Overall I'm happy with my grades. I must have missed something when I "cover graded" my Brave and the Bold #106. It came back a lot lower than I was expecti
CGC vs XXXPHOENIX grading contest PART 11 : 90 (!) books just graded!
Hello Collectors Society friends!
Several weeks ago I submitted a big lot of books I had purchased raw off ebay or from www dealers in 2012. I find so challenging to hunt and select books to submit for my registry...it's much more interesting than purchasing them already graded!
The majority of the submitted books comes from the late bronze / early copper age.
I find this period particular challenging because books wer
A few books I picked up at the LA Convention recently.
During the 1960's and 70's Gold Key was one of the great comic book companies that was able to compete with Marvel and DC. Maybe not totally on the same level since they didn't have quite as many characters ad the "Big Two". Nonetheless they had great characters and great stories.
What made it hard for collector's of the early issues was that most of their comic books were slightly wider and a little longer than the standard comic bo
Ideas can never be treated to any one source. They are tossed back and forth between people until the decision makers step in and choose what they think is a success formula...
...Jack KirbyMy day begins and ends with comics. I know, that's a weird thing to say. I'm single, live alone, and find comfort in the fabricated fiction I collect. This story telling medium could be argued that it would never have existed without Stanley Lieber. It is more true to say that comic books of today would n
Fallen Angels , that is!!!
Being a HUGE fan of the New Mutants, I have been looking into acquiring some of the Fallen Angels 8 issue mini series.
I have scoured the web in search of any of the copies that I felt might have a chance at reaching the high grades. As many of you know, doing this over the web is NOT easy.
Not being able to actually hold and closely look over the issues makes it extremely difficult to know exactly what you are getting. You have to rely on what the seller tells