Getting close to the June 11 launch on Kickstarter! Right now, I'm neck deep in Kickstarter stuff, so I decided I'd share some of that process with everyone in my new blog. And I'm sure I'll be writing a lot more about the process and experience as things progress!
The main things: my initial goal is $500, but if we hit the $800 stretch goal, I will be adding a 4-page Squeeks solo back-up story to the book,
Picked this one up from Pedigree Comics just now. A landmark issue in that it features the first pairing of writer Denny O' Neil with artist Neal Adams. The two would go on to greatness, of course, with the GL/GA run a few months after this. This issue also takes Batman into a more gothic area, which would continue for years throughout the seventies. Definitely one of the holy grails of my collection. And my first signature acquisition since 2016. Four more Adams books to go. Enjoy.
The Death and Return of Superman saga is so 90s, and also credited with the beginning of the publishing gluttony that paved the way for the market crash later in the decade. One such 90s thing about this set is the number of "Collector's Editions" released. I have most of these and enjoy them, but it has been frustrating finding them graded. These editions crowed just about every comic shop in America but I never see any raw 9.8 candidates. Most of the graded examples are also listed with high B
The comic may be done, but that doesn't mean the work is finished! I'm currently doing a bunch of production stuff — formatting, editing, all that fun nonsense. My hope is that by the end of next week it will be ready for the printer. I'm also toiling away at the Kickstarter campaign. I have a couple really cool rewards to share with you down the road, but for now, here's a look a the custom Funko Pops that I hand painted; a very limited number of these will be offered when The Crimebusters goes
Bill Graham Fillmore Auditorium Series Issues #1-30 (287)
BG 0 Grass Roots 9.8
BG 4 Jefferson Airplane 6.0
BG 44 Doors 9.6
BG 47 Butterfield Blues Band 9.8
BG 49 Blues Project 9.8
BG 55 Berry/Grateful Dead 9.6
BG-60 Howling Wolf 9.8
BG 61 Buffalo Springfield 9.8
BG 64 Martha & The Vandellas 9.8
BG 71 Big Brother & Holding Company 9.8
BG 77 E
The book is done! And I'll be bringing it to Kickstarter on June 11, where you can pre-order the book and get some cool variant covers and other fun rewards. I'll be revealing some of those rewrds in the coming weeks, but for now, here's a link to a short blog entry about the Kickstarter announcement:
and here's a short video I did announcing the project:
Hello, friends! I am excited to share with you that the first issue of The Crimebusters is now done! Sure, I have a few things left — like a two page text piece, and the inside front cover — but the art is now complete for the 30 page story! I've been working on the art since October, so I am thrilled to finally finish it. My first comic! I can't wait to get a copy in my hands.
I'm also looking forward to sharing it with everyone. Next week I'll be announcing the date when this will go live
Just got this book. It was in utterly in horrible shape. But i am super super happy to have it. I repaired spine with as minimal tape as possible but i had to use more than i wanted to just do to books condition. Cleaned what i could without damaging book or tearing it. Fixed interior. Pressed and very happy with results. Now i have an adequate place holder. This was an absolute blast to see this book change.
I am a collector of Superman One-shots, but I am stumped by this one: Superman: The Album nn
This is not a slot for Superman: The Wedding Album -- that's already accounted for. Nor is it a slot for the "Superman Record Comic," a comic that accompanied a 1966 LP. There's already a slot for that, too.
I'm stumped. Looked on-line for some ideas, but came up empty. There evidently are some -- at least one -- graded copy(ies) out there. Anybody? What is this?
A census sea
Won this in the recent Pedigree Comics auction. These mags were around for the first half of the 1970s. At the time, many thought of them as the poor man's Warren mags. But since then a cult following has developed for these books, more or less. A bunch of them were up for auction here, which was a surprise, since you rarely see slabbed copies of these turn up on the market. Along with Nightmare, there was also Scream and Psycho. I like the provocative cover on this one. Enjoy.
I took a small break from working on my comic The Crimebusters to finally finish editing the next episode of my podcast. This is the second part of a four part look at Marvel's original Star Wars series from 1977 through 1986. In this part, we discuss issues #11-38. Enjoy!
Now, back to work on the comic!
I have a new journal entry where I talk about designing the back cover, which frankly, I pretty much never gave any thought to before now.
The back cover:
Sellouts in the comic book industry...historically...had always been fairly rare. In the decades prior to the the 1990s, there were very few sellouts in comics. Because of the method of comics manufacture and distribution, in which publishers would print far in excess of what they needed to sell, and vendors could return the unsold copies for credit, you almost never had sellouts. This was especially true after World War 2. You had books like Superman #1 and #2 (1939) and Marvel Comics #1 that w
This book belongs to a friend of mine. He wanted me to press and to apply tape where needed to put book back together. I used a total of 1/2 inch x 3/4 inch. I cut into smallest slivers to fix spine area. Book pressed out real nice.
I've been building the perfect beast that is my CGC Death and Return of Superman set, going on 12 years now. This set is composed of many sets within, including the "Doomsday!" and "Reign of the Supermen!" storylines, as well as all the multiple printings of various issues, platinum editions (Superman #75, Adventures of Superman #500), and various Collector's Editions.
Another such subset, or beast, is the "Funeral for a Fried" storyline, nine books that tell the story of a world with
Picked up this one today from my LCS. Continuing with my acquisition of Marvel books. Nice cover on this one with a story that features the wedding of Namor and Dorma....apparently. Wrightson is credited with artwork here, I believe he did the inking job. Enjoy.