Picked up this at my LCS. More registry points, anyways. Don't care for this new journal format. As the saying goes - "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Noticed that there were very few journals lately, due to the comments being abolished, although temporarily. Enjoy the image of my first purchase in four months.
Snagged this book from Billy. It wasn't quite the iconic Gga I was looking for, but when someone posts. WINDY city per book for a couple of bills you type take it fast and think about it later."A. Wallace" in small print up near the title, and a bit of a miscut, but it all adds to the charm. And she does have that come hither look in her eyes....
So today lets look at 2 months worth of speculation from the Wizard of Mile High. All which were full of blank specs with the exception of one which took off for a few months.. But before doing so, try thinking of what comic books looked like back then, Indie's were still pushing hard, and remember, this is before Image or Valiant, also there were no marketing gimmicks at the same level as there were just a few years later. No crazy #1 reboots, no variants, it was still pretty flat compared to the 90s-today. But still, Chuck was adamant about honing his craft
Wow! Elementals!! I mean, at that time I think that even I didnt like Elementals anymore. And Comico, who was solicited by DC at the time, was putting out such crappy books, I just couldn't believe anyone in their right mind would plug such fluff.
He did make a valid point about TMNT though, although that particular book, nor series, ever took off, TMNT was definitely gaining momentum and remained to be a safe long term investment. Oh and the part about "Every toy manufacturer reading obscure comics for their next animation project" is just bnkers
Lets dial up the following month here:
So admittedly it was a very slow month, and Chuck probably felt compelled to give Bill Black a boost with a title that had no shot at ever making it to a top 100 list. OK
Uncensored Mouse was definitely a book that made a lot of sense to me. And it actually did experience a bump in price after the title was cancelled on the 3rd issue. Good call there!
I wonder if other speculators saw it coming or was Chuck really ordering heavily on it and beat the competition to it. This was a $20 book by the Fall.
But even more surprising was that Chuck missed this bad boy
He sure did write extensively about it in his May newsletter
And by 1990, Rock n Roll history was made and the indie market has found a new gimmick to market to us
So you see? When speculating, you really really have no way of telling which new book, series, or trend will grow popular and become the next big thing. Even when you're in the business for so many years
To be continued....
This month ... March 2018 ... has marked the end of my daily new comic book purchases that I had ordered and picked from the LCS every month or biweekly. That had went on for 44 years. Last week I had picked up my last new comic book with my other orders. Only one single comic book! Finished. I think back all the years I went into the store thrilled in getting my daily dose of new comic books, to read new stories and had fun. Not anymore now. It is strange but not disappointed because I can still get my hardcover volumes with reprinted classic stories, graphic novel books and other items at the LCS. So, I can still go visit the LCS a little longer.
But this day marks the beginning of the end on my visits to the LCS. How longer will it last? That, I do not know until I have completed my collection. With the new comic books stopped ordered and closed, what is left for me? Good question. However, this chapter is done and closed, a new chapter begins.
What I know is that it means I am now totally focused on fulfilling my collection in finding pre-1975 books to fill up all the gaps. It means more trips to comic book cons and small shows in my region as far I can go if my budget allows.
Bought this one from Worldwide Comics just recently. The first work by Neal Adams at Marvel and likewise collaboration with Roy Thomas. A great cover to kick start his X-Men run, albeit a run too brief. Enjoy.
My wife recently got on me to do something about something that happened back when I was 13 years old, I am know 55.
I know that nothing can be done about it, But I will pass on the story that only a few friends and family know.
I will start with some of my background, I started collecting Marvel comics back in the early 70's I of corse sold that collection back in the 90's.(Bad mistake)
I restarted collecting in 2000. I went on to work as a layout designer for the HASBRO Toy co. Starting in 1984 worked on Transformers G.I. Joe ...
Instruction layout & line art ... I will get to the story, as most 13 year olds that are big Marvel fans I was a member of "FOOM".
I would send drawings of super heros that I created, the first time I sent one in my brother in-law took it and had a copy made and I sent the copy.
The second time I did not make a copy . It was not like today as you can make a copy at home. You had to take it to work or to a copy store.
About 6 months after sending it in I received FOOM #12 and there on page #28 was my Super hero ... The Name was the same his helmet and chest design
Was the same. They had dropped the cape, shield and changed his boots but it was my hero. I sent a letter asking about my hero but even at 13 I knew
I would never get a response. I recently picked up a copy of FOOM #13 and showed it to my wife, she knew the story.
I know it was Marv Wolfman and John Buscema ... That "created" him and of course both worked on Foom magazine at that time.
But all I can do is tell the story, You can choose to believe it or not. The Super hero is NOVA.
Ok this lady is rough, subscription crease (ok not really a subscription crease, since this was probably not a subscription order, more likely a "fold it in half so no one sees the cover and shove it in my back pocket" crease) along with a ring "stain" (color loss, we'll see about water damage), and a rough spine... but Intimite Confessions #1 is one of those "Bombshell" bad girl covers, that you just cant hate, no matter the condition... Red dresss, blonde hair, stole, plunging neck line, this lady has it all! And she's mine.
I love reading and collecting comics, been at it since I was a kid growing up in the 90's. I have a bunch of books that have appreciated in raw value. The idea of getting them graded to enter into the competitive set registry is my motivation here. I've read over much of the material about how to submit and my membership permits me to submit. However, I still feel as though I am missing something in understanding what type of content is appropriate to submit for grading. How much raw value appreciation percent is enough to justify a sumbit? Is a 4:1 variant cover something that would benefit from a grading? How about a book that only ran 8000 prints? I will do my research on books that have grades and see what specifications they have in common, but I would appreciate any advice or guidance from experienced members here. Happy hunting.
...when all we had was our imaginations
So I've recently embarked on a new collecting area, that of Golden Age Sci-Fi. When I first re-started collecting a few years ago I had a few GA Sci-Fi books, but then turned my attention elsewhere.
But now I'm back.
I'm going to use this journal to 1) show books I've added to my collection and 2) document books I might be targeting. My end goal is to have an example from each Sci-Fi themed title from the Golden Age, and some examples of non-Sci-Fi GA titles that happen to have a particularly Sci-fi themed cover.
As heretical as it may sound, I'm not all that interested in EC books. I think the art on the covers is amazing, and the stories are too (I've read most of them in reprints over the years), but for some reason the book cover layout (with the big title taking up the top 1/4 of the book) just feels boring to me when I see them (compared to non-EC counterparts). Im sure I'll get around to owning some of them, but right now they aren't tickling my fancy.
What I am interested in is pre-spacerace images of space. I love the idea that before 1966 we had not seen photos taken from "deep space" (beyond our earth orbit), and that our ideas of "outer space" were still fantastical. Artists and writers created alien landscapes, creatures, and amazing starships to fill this void of information, and I love them.
By the time we reached the 60s space was far more realistic, and we knew the nuts and bolts of how to travel there, even if we hadn't done it yet (FF #1 from 1962 had a relatively realistic rocket takeoff to space). But before the 60s it was still a place of wonder, and that's what I've decided to focus on, pre 1960 Sci-Fi comics.
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Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this a young collector, who bought bronze items of beauty from the spinner rack...X-men, Conan, Doctor Strange, Defenders. As he collected, he began to realize his sense of worth. He mattered. In time, his collecting victories could not easily be counted. His collecting expanded into other areas and other kinds of comics and at times, he abandoned comics completely for other interests much to his regret. Now, late in life, he is abandoning the relics of his former collection and has started anew. With children soon to attend college, other collections, and the pressures of modern life, he is building a collection of bronze keys from the ground up, with an eye toward resale value and appreciation. This is a detailed account of his story.
Hi there! I'm Westy Steve. I've been here a while and I've been collecting all types of "things" for a long time. Over the years, I've honed my skills at collecting. I don't consider myself an expert, more of a student who is always trying to learn. After collecting stuff for a long time, I feel that the best thing for me to collect is Bronze Keys in higher grade. Slabbed copies, ideally. I understand the game and how it works, and hope to use that knowledge to build a good collection. I already have a head start, which I'll discuss in later posts. My intent is to chronicle the struggle of building my collection, mostly just for me. But if you follow along, perhaps you'll enjoy my Quest for Bronze.
Next time: My high grade X-men short set
It's looking like a low content week for the journal, as I have a busy work week ahead of me, so I'll probably be spending it posting some pics of my newest acquisitions.
First up, I got this beauty off of eBay for a great price...
Adventure Comics #267 from December 1959, featuring the second appearance of The Legion of Super-Heroes. This particular issue only cost me $42 bucks, and it's a killer looking copy, although I'm sure some would balk at the ½" tear that goes through the entire book on the right edge. I'll still keep my eye out for an upgrade, but I am more than content with this issue for right now, as it gets me one step closer to completing those early Legion appearances. I'm now only missing 4 of their first 20 appearances, although that last one is going to be painful to the old wallet.
It's a shame though, that they didn't keep the original costumes, as the originals are so much better.
And a big shout-out to @Marwood & I for unknowingly setting the theme for low content mode week! I so enjoyed his anagramming of Legion members from my Nemesis Kid post last week, that I just have to try it for myself this week.
Cosmic Boy anagrams to boy comics
That's not to shabby, if a little lazy.
Lightning Lad anagrams to dangling hilt
That must be where he keeps his lighting rod.
Saturn Girl anagrams to raring slut
Yikes, how dare the internet anagram maker impugn our beloved Legionnaire like that. For shame!
I picked up a couple of early 12¢ Action Comics off of eBay recently to help fill out the run.
Action Comics #290 from July 1962 and Action Comics #306 from November 1963.
I realized long ago that trying to fill out a run of both Action Comics and Superman was going to be a herculean task at best. With that in mind, I settled on a minimum grade for the 12¢ books to be at least a nice presenting F/VF. I'll obviously make exceptions, however, if I come across some beaters at a price I can't resist.
I love that cover for #306, as it tells a hell of a story with just one image. It's got it all...Clark Kent in peril, kryptonite, a 3rd world generalissimo, a cigarette smoking mastermind, the secret identity in jeopardy, etc... If I can't have world-shaking super-villain fist fights, than these are the type of stories that I really enjoy from the Silver and Bronze Ages.
Anyways, on to the anagram fun!
Clark Kent = Tank Clerk
Let's see...Clark is essentially the clerk that handles the routine duties for the tank that is Superman. I'll buy that. Fun fact (and a peek behind the curtain): I use the internet to figure out my anagrams, and so far "Clark Kent" are the letters that have generated the least amount of anagrams, with only 3 total. That man's in a class by himself!
Lois Lane = Los Alien
My spanish is rusty, but that means the alien, right?
Action Comics = Iconic Mascot
That makes a lot sense, seeing as how this title birthed the original superhero!
This will be the only post this week, as I am officially on vacation. Woo hoo!
My family and I will be joining up with my brother and his girlfriend to drive into the path of the solar eclipse this week. We've been planning the trip for over a year, so fingers crossed that the weather holds.
Even scheduling this trip so far out, we still didn't manage to snag a camp site that lies in the path of the totality of the eclipse, but we'll be pretty darn close in Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi river. If you hear some of the news reports, it's going to be like Woodstock in some of these places with as many 100,000 people funneling into these small towns in rural America. Hopefully the cloud cover stays away and we'll be able to see it. If my rig to join my camera and telescope works as planned, I should have some pics when I get back. See you then!
So I'm back from vacation with a new post! Actually, I got back from vacation a while ago, but work has been busy and it's been creeping into my off time. It'll probably be that way for the remainder of the year, so no weekday posting with any sort of regularity until the new year.
The busier work schedule did come with one silver lining, as it took me to a side of the state that I don't normally get to, and that means new and exciting comic book stores to check out! And find one I did...
Tardy's Collectors Corner in Grand Rapids, MI
It's the type of store I love, as I was greeted by the sight of dozens of long boxes laid out down the center of the store. It's the rare store these days that carry a wide range of back issues. Tardy's had the pre-requisite dollar boxes, but also a nice supply of copper/modern, bronze, silver, and even a few short boxes of the nicer Silver and Golden Age stuff! If you are ever in the area stop in and say hi, as Gavin was exceptionally nice and welcoming, and he was willing to do a little wheeling and dealing to get a deal made.
So what did I get?
I picked up a mid-grade Superman #155 for my pre-Adventure Comics #300 Legion collection. I'm now just 3 books away from polishing that one off. I also upgraded my beat-to-heck copy of New Gods #4, which means that my DC Kirby collection is now all mid-to-high grade.
Most exciting of all, however, was the chance to upgrade one of my favorite Silver Age Superman stories...Superman #149
The beater copy on the left I got for a five spot at my local LCS. I paid a bit more ($75) for the upgrade, but you have to step up for the quality, eh?
If you've never read this issue, it's a great "full length novel" that tells an imaginary tale of the Death of Superman. It had to be imaginary, as who would ever think of killing Superman for real, right? It's also a great cautionary Lex Luthor story, asking "can a leopard really change his spots?"
In this day and age, I imagine this story would be a year-long sub-plot running through all of the Super books, but back in the day it was done in one. Speaking of which, isn't Lex currently reformed and playing the role of hero? Hmmm...
This book is also the last 10¢ issue, before they raised the price up 2¢ with issue #150. Do you think was just random timing back in the day, that the price hike landed on an anniversary issue? Where anniversary issues even a thing yet?
Oh well, a mystery for another day perhaps.
Enjoy your own upgrading!
It was now late July of 2015 and Boston Comic Con was approaching in less than a month. I knew Ken Bald and Allen Bellman would be attending so I wanted to get a book that they both had artwork in that they could sign. I also planned to have Stan Lee sign this book as well since I had a "Stan Lee VIP Experience" ticket which included a signature from him for free. After doing some research I eventually found a Captain America Comics #73 on Metropolis Comics. It was a CGC 3.5 which fit perfectly in my grade range and it featured artwork by both Allen Bellman and Ken Bald! Also of note, this copy was a "Canadian Edition". "What the heck is that?!" I thought. It intrigued me and I quickly went to the CGC census to look at how many copies there were. It turned out that this 3.5 was just one of three copies ever graded. That's minuscule compared to the thirty graded US editions! Perhaps Canadian editions are seen as inferior to the US editions since they came out after the US editions but I didn't care. From this point forward I wanted to seek out the Canadian edition of any Captain America Comic I could. According to the census, Canadian editions only exist for Captain America Comics issues #66(two versions? 4/1948 & 8/1948), #67, #68, #69, #70, #72, #73, #74 & #75. The total copies graded for these issues is 4, 1, 1, 1, 2, 1, 3, 2 & 2 respectfully. That's just 17 total Canadian editions graded from 11 different issues! Are these really this rare or are collectors not getting them graded due to being Canadian?
Ken Bald and Allen Bellman signed very neatly on the bottom where it did not cover any art. Stan Lee, on the other hand, grabbed my book out of my hand and scrawled this big old signature right in the center of the cover. I've never seen a signature that big...like ever I know some collectors distaste signatures on comics, especially GA books but all three of these guys are in their 90's and it was my first time meeting all three of these guys so I figured why not? I, for one don't mind signatures on books if the signature is done in a non obtrusive manner. I still absolutely love this book though and will probably never sell it.
After my spate of purchases leading up to BCC and the cost of BCC itself I was pretty much tapped out for my yearly comic budget! I only purchased two more Captain America Comic before the end of the year. Randomly logging into the CGC boards marketplace at 1am on October 26th I came across a board member selling a raw Captain America Comics #75...and it was a Canadian edition! I couldn't believe it! I instantly hit the and inside a week I had it in hand. There are only two copies graded on the census but including this copy and one other raw copy I've seen, there are only four copies I know of to exist at this point.
My last Captain America Comics purchase of 2015 was issue #71 CGC 3.0 which I had been watching on eBay for a while. Week after week the book would not sell so the seller dropped the price by $50 each week. This went on for three weeks before I pulled the trigger. I didn't think the original price was too bad to begin with so I had expected to see someone buy it at any time. Fortunately, I must have been the only one paying attention to this auction as I was able to 'Buy-It-Now' three weeks later for $150 less than original asking price. It took longer than I would have hoped to receive it (which is saying something since I am patient to a fault) but I finally received it almost three weeks later.
I now had ten Captain America Comics issues since my first purchase (#53) a year prior! These were #44, #53, #66, #68(x2), #71, #73(Canadian SS), #74(!), #75 & #76. I was making headway but excluding #74 these were the "easy" issues! Non war covers and mostly non Schomburg covers! Overall I was just 7.9% complete I still had a long way to go but at least I had my feet in the water. I couldn't wait to see what issues came up for sale in 2016...
<h3>Just plain don't get you silver/bronze only collectors...<h3>
<p>I believe that that the content of classic comics before 1978-72ish is so inferior to today's that the value that builds on their rarity is not structured logically. Now, I'm not saying that modern comics transcend the fact that they are ultimately cartoons (opinions aside). However, the content that makes up: artistic value <h7>(the drawings and ink jobs)<h7>, dynamics of dialouge <h7>(events, stories, relationships)<h7>, or initial exclusivity of <h7>(variant covers, dealer incentives, 9.x cgc/cb slabs<h7>, cant seriously be rivaled in terms of: <li>entertainment and enjoyment<li> <li>production value<li> <li>economic footprint. <h7>(at the time of the initial release of the book)<h7>.<li><p>
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...