CGC Journals

 

Hip Diana Prince

Picked this up from World Wide Comics. A few of these books featuring the mortal, powerless Wonder Woman have nice covers that appeal to me, and this is one of them. Missed out on an awesome 9.2 issue 178 two weeks ago in the Comic Link auction, having been outbid at the last second. Also trying to find a high grade copy of 185. Enjoy. 

john ivic

john ivic

10/11/2018

 

Classic Comic Forum Podcast #21 - Star Wars by Marvel Comics

The latest episode of my podcast is now available, featuring the first part of a four-part examination of Marvel's classic Star Wars series. In this first episode, we cover the contributions of Roy Thomas, from the title's genesis through his departure with issue #10. Enjoy! https://classiccomics.podbean.com/e/classic-comics-forum-podcast-21-star-wars-by-marvel-comics-part-1/

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

10/09/2018

365 Days of Spawn!

Approximately one Spawn comic posted daily for 365 days- through the upcoming film and milestone issue #300. The majority of these issues are original owner, and as of this posting I am only missing one issue (#150) from being completely current. I will reserve Sundays for posting a Spawn spinoff or one-shot at my discretion. 

oldmilwaukee6er

oldmilwaukee6er

09/17/2018

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11/20/2018

Hulk 168

Won this on ebay today. Nice cover that I've always admired by the late, great Herb Trimpe. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

09/10/2018

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11/30/2018

 

Updating My Set!!

Wow, last month I found out that my little niche set of 33 DC Bicentennial comics was awarded one of the Best Bronze Age sets for 2018, a very nice recognition I must say   Mahalo nui loa (thank you very much) to CGC! And, even sweeter, I just picked up a replacement for one of the issues in the set - going from a CGC 9.0 WP to CGC 9.8 WP and gaining 98 more points! Although it's unlikely I could ever make a complete set of all 9.8 WP issues, I'm hoping to at least upgrade all the 9.0 and 9.2 comics to a 9.4 or 9.6. Attached is a pic of Our Fighting Forces 168. On my way, slowly! Hope everyone is enjoying their collections!  

willybaum

willybaum

09/07/2018

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09/13/2018

 

Some feedback please

Hey ladies and gents,    I've been trying to compile a list of the top 25 bronze age marvel books for myself as a small checklist. I was hoping to get some feedback if you feel I've omitted or forgotten something that should be on this list. Conversely if you feel there are books on here that shouldn't be please feel to offer your opinions and feedback. I've tried to stick to first appearances mostly and the order is how I remembered them not in order of importance. Thank you all very much, all the best!!!!             1- Hulk 181                                
2- Amazing Spiderman 129    
3- Giant Size X-Men 1
4- Marvel Spotlight 5
5- Werewolf By Night 32
6- Tomb of Dracula 10
7- X- Men 94
8- Hero For Hire 1 
9- Iron Man 55
10- X- Men 101
11- Ms. Marvel 1
12- Conan The Barbarian 1
13- Amazing Spiderman 121
14- Amazing Spiderman 122 
15- Marvel Premier 15
16- Iron Fist 14    
17- Amazing Adventures 11
18- Amazing Spiderman 194
19- Daredevil 131
20- Nova 1
21- Cat 1
22- Night Nurse 1
23- Hulk 141
24- Star Wars 1
25- Strange Tales 180

Lev

Lev

09/06/2018

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10/17/2018

 

My Top 50 (New books added on 01-10)

My days of collecting anything and everything are over. After accumulating almost 100,000 comics (most of them worthless), I decided to strip my collection down to 50 comics. The 1st 30 keepers were pretty easy, but it got much harder as I got toward #50. This journal will document my "One in /One out" strategy of collecting from this day forward. I added scans of all 50 comics, so I can sift through my comics without having to get them out of safe storage.  I have new additions on the way, so I will share my thought process on each one I kick out. This is primairly for my amusement, but feel free to comment on the decisions that I make! #1

Comicsarefun

Comicsarefun

09/06/2018

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01/10/2019

Replaced a book I sold + Upgraded another!

Howdy Doody!       I may start saying that more as a greeting to people even though the comic book I discovered those two words together on creeps me out.  A lot. That's just scary.  Worse than pretty much any pre-code horror comic IMO.  If I came home from work to see that sitting on my kitchen counter I'd freak out.  Then I'd go grab my dad's nail gun Anyway, what's up?  How's the hunt for your grail?  Or the non-hunt?  Maybe your grail is a common key book that you see listed multiple places everyday that is just so expensive you have to save up for a quarter-century to afford it...all the while it's going up in price faster than your raises at work are coming?  Either way, I hope you all are making progress.  And if you are one of those collectors that owns their grail already...don't tell me about it  For me, it's Captain America Comics #1.  That's it.  It could be worse.  There are 7 more valuable books I could have chosen Then again, it could be a whole lot better!!  Why can't I desire Airboy #1 or Bulletman #1?  Why?  WHY?!  Whether I ever own a Cap #1 someday I do not know, but I'll die tryin' as they say. For now, I'll continue collecting the other 78 issues in the glorious golden age run.  Speaking of which, I just replaced the raw Cap #76 I traded with cash for a CGC 3.0SS Cap #78 back in September 0f 2016.  I picked this up from the Second City Collection that was on ComicConnect this past June. It's got a fair amount of restoration done to it.  I've never had a book that had its cover re-glossed.  Actually, it's the most restored book I've ever bought, but if it's not brittle or trimmed, I'm game!  How else am I going to get the entire run in any sort of...timely...manner......?   So, I'm more than happy to have it.  It's a white Cap cover which, besides #70, there isn't any others!  I like it! Non Cap related, while browsing the July ComicLink auction I set my eyes upon a Fight Comics #80 for the first time.  A beautiful Maurice Whitman cover!  "Have to have it", I thought to myself. But I guess I didn't have to have it since I stopped bidding early on and didn't win it Thankfully, two copies showed up on eBay soon after that lost auction, which I gobbled up.  Not as high grade but they'll do! Maurice knew how to draw females!  He had a few covers of Cowgirl Romances, but I just can't get into those.  I just can't "Ride Fast for Wyoming" if you know what I mean Anywho, while browsing the usual auction sites and jotting down issues I'd like to bid for on way too many post it notes that are taking over my computer monitor, I see a Cap #66 CGC 3.5 listed on eBay in a true auction style format.  Finally, since most all the BIN for Cap's are way, way too high to even look at for the better part of a minute.  I was interested in winning this book even though I had a copy already.  My copy though, if you don't recall, is a true beater.  Faded, ripped, chipped, written on, chunk missing, rusted upon and soiled!  That's still fine by me, but this 3.5 looked like a 9.0 compared to it.  So I won the 3.5 and sold my undercopy on eBay which helped offset the sting of upgrading a bit. My new Captain America Comics #66!! That will probably be the only time I upgrade before I grab each issue in the series, unless a deal presents itself.  Yes, I would end up with better books in the end upgrading as I also acquire, but that would slow down my pace to even slower than it's already trickling So, those are the two new additions to the Cap collection.  That brings my total to sweet 16! #27 raw #33 2.0R #44 raw #53 raw #66 3.5 #67 2.5 #68 raw #69 3.0 Can. Ed. #70 5.0 #71 3.0 #73 3.5SS Can. Ed. #74 4.0 Can. Ed. #75 raw #76 5.0R #77 2.0 #78 3.0SS I did send in my Cap #68 & #75 to get graded while at Boston Comic Con two weeks ago.  Hopefully they come back in the grades I expect! I do have my eye on one particular Cap book coming up for auction which will be a huge addition to the collection if I can land it Until next time...keep pressing forward!  

GoldCap

GoldCap

08/24/2018

Lois Lane 83

Just picked this one up on ebay, my best offer being accepted. Don't pick up many books nowadays with this original CGC label. And there are very few copies of this one on the census. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

08/17/2018

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08/26/2018

 

CGC Label Error

I just bought Spider-Gwen #5 CGC#1594823016 signed by Stan Lee; the Aja Variant Cover. The label says Stan Lee signed the comic on 11/28/2018—that’s an improbability. Today’s date (as of this writing) is 8/15/2018. Did a mysterious benefactor traveled into the future and have Stan Lee autograph the comic? Doubt it. The obvious answer is, he signed the comic in “January” instead of “November” of 2018. CGC must’ve accidentally hit “11” instead of just “1” for the month. Does an error like this affect the antiunity of the signature or value of the comic? I would love to hear any feedback on this.  P.S. I know after 11/28/2018 nobody will believe me or even care about this mistake.

ParadoxTremors

ParadoxTremors

08/16/2018

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09/21/2018

Incognito Comics

Hello and welcome to my thirteenth entry under the 'Comic Shops I've Farted In' overarching journal heading. I do like my headings to overarch. They say that 13 is 'unlucky for some'. Well it was certainly unlucky for Incognito Comics because this is how many cheese chunders I counted on my last visit. That's the last time I take my Nan to a comic shop, I'll tell you that for nothing! I won't charge you. Any way, she made the place uninhabitable for a good half an hour. No more cheesy quavers for you Nan I said on the bus home (on which she dropped a further four air biscuits I hasten to add. Come to think of it, has anyone ever added slowly? Why all the haste all the time?). It's true what they say about the old ones. They smell of wee. As this is my final entry (ooh missus!), I won't say 'see you next time' as that would make me a liar. And nobody likes A Liar! Except Barry Liar, who loves his wife Ann dearly. So, that's that. Thanks for reading.    

Get Marwood & I

Get Marwood & I

07/29/2018

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02/11/2019

Bazinga

Just thought I would start a journal showing any pickups of comics or sundries  All nonsense encouraged  

Azkaban

Azkaban

07/24/2018

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02/22/2019

Comic Showcase

Does anyone remember this shop? Or that one I did in it in the mid-eighties? No wonder they changed premises. Some farts are more memorable than others they say.  Stunk, it did.  See you next time.

Get Marwood & I

Get Marwood & I

07/21/2018

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08/21/2018

Kent Comics

You can't hide a comic shop in Orpington no matter how hard you try. It will always be found. Anyway, I farted with such ferocity here once that a stewards enquiry had to be held to assess a 'touching cloth' incident.  Never mix your gases with your solids.  See you next time in 'comic shops I've farted in'. 

Get Marwood & I

Get Marwood & I

07/21/2018

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07/21/2018

 

More Avengers

Some Avengers Pickups. The #9 was a throw in by the seller when I bought #3. The cover is pretty beat but the interior is in pretty good shape. Avengers 2 $230 4.0 Online Avengers 3 $130 2.5 Ebay Avengers 8 $127 5 Ebay Avengers 9 $0 1.0 EBay $18711 Remaining 83/250 books  

Krydel4

Krydel4

07/17/2018

 

Sometimes you just shake your head

So...I'm looking through the books in the July 1st Heritage Sunday Comic auction and I see that there are three golden age Caps in there.  All raw and restored to various degrees.  The issue I'm most interested in is #65 which is an apparent VG- with slight color touch to cover and trimmed on all three sides.  Let me repeat that.  TRIMMED ON ALL THREE SIDES.  I think most collectors would agree that trimming is the worst kind of restoration a book can have since someone basically removed part of the book to make it look better.  That cannot be undone!  So I figured this book would go for "relatively cheap" since a 3.5 unrestored just sold for $685 in June of this year.  Maybe like $350-$400 I thought.  Nope.  The @%$# thing hammered at $600, which, after the buyers premium is $720!   I can only guess the winner doesn't care about trimmed books...which, I suppose some people...may not? Or maybe the winner just had to have the one cover where Cap slaps his partner? Either way, I wasn't paying that for that book even though it was the next book I needed on my way down from issue #78 (besides #72).  There are 38 unrestored copies on the census (give or take a few).  It's not like there are 9 or even 19.  It will come up again! After not winning that book (since I didn't bid due to the price already being above what I was comfortable with) it allows me to pursue others.  The hunt is most of the fun to me anyway.  With a limited budget, you have to choose your books carefully and cannot afford (literally) to overspend. Keeping on track with the current series you are on can also be a challenge as well when you come across a beautiful book you want but buying it would slow down your main series collecting.  One such book last week was All Top Comics #16.  A 5.0 off-white to white pager was on eBay.  I was tempted to go after it as I love the cover.  It last sold on 6/6/16 for $825.  It was at $911 with under a minute left until it shot up to $1,336 in the last ten seconds!  A 61.7% increase in just over two years?!  Damn someone wanted that book!  I did win a GA Cap book from the most recent ComicConnect auction which is on its way to me now.  I'll post it as soon as it arrives!

GoldCap

GoldCap

07/04/2018

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07/07/2018

 

More Tales of Suspense and a Grail

Between work and a newborn been very busy. Not too busy to buy but too busy to have the time to catalogue, scan, and post. I usually scan at night but as sleep has been at a premium lately I have been opting for bed rather than the glow of a computer screen. But I will try to get caught up over the days and weeks to get back on track. I'll be posting chronological from when I bought the books based on memory.  TOS 40 $110 2.0 EBay TOS 43 $82 2.0 LCBS Avengers 4 $375 1.8 Online Auction $19198 remaining 79/250 books

Krydel4

Krydel4

06/29/2018

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06/30/2018