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Fantastic Four 30-cent price variants - shown with regular issues

Nothing crazy unique about this lot, although you don't often see them displayed with their 25-cent counterparts.  I put the 35-cent variants in a separate post. I have a bunch of variants, error issues, and signed FF comics scanned front and back on my website if you want check out any other stuff: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-v-1-variants-signed-reprints/  

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/19/2020

Fantastic Four #201: Dec 1978: Undocumented print error

As curiosities go, this is one.  The first comic below has an apparent print error.  The top right corner of the comic, just above the issue number, is printed in yellow for no known reason.  In the normal comic, posted below that, the area is printed correctly in red.  This is not a one-off.  This FF issue is very common so there are a ton of them listed on eBay at any given time.  I have checked a few times (looked at maybe 200 comics) and have seen this identical error on just three other iss

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/17/2020

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02/24/2020

John Morlar's Journal Summary Page (or how to tell a UK Price Variant that you don't love her anymore)

Hello  Thanks for visiting my Journal. Or John's, if you're into frippery. My name is Steve, I'm based in England, and for the last ten years or so I have been on a mission to confirm and record every first printing UK Price Variant that exists for the seven known American comic publishers that produced them. As well as that I have gathered data on other types of first printing price variants including Canadian and Australian books. Basically, all those little nuances that most people w

Get Marwood & I

Get Marwood & I

01/16/2020

 

The Crimebusters #2 - Kickstarter pre-launch is here!

Howdy! I'm excited to share with you the link for the Kickstarter campaign for The Crimebusters #2, which will be live on January 28. And don't worry, if you missed #1, that's available as well.  Kickstarter has a groovy new feature called the "Notify me on launch" button. Click on that, and as soon as the project is live, you'll automatically receive an email notification the moment the project is live. I'm super excited to share this issue with everyone. Thanks for all the support ov

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

01/11/2020

Atlantis Attacks - 1989: How crazy did Marvel think we were, anyway?

This was a crazy Marvel gimmick.  “Atlantis Attacks”, was a maxi-series that arced over fourteen different Marvel Comic annuals in 1989.  In addition, there were three regular issues that had tie-in stories for a total of seventeen comics.  Did Marvel actually believe that anyone would be dumb enough to collect all of those comics just to read that story? … Uhh … Oops! You can see the list and each comic scanned front and back at my nascent FF website:  https://dekventures.com/Fantasti

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/10/2020

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01/14/2020

The Complete Fantastic Four: UK Weekly: #1 & #2: With Toys! 1977

“The Complete Fantastic Four” was a British (UK) weekly series that ran for thirty-seven issues (September, 1977 to June, 1978).  It was a magazine-size comic with color covers and black and white interior pages, although the comic length was the standard 16-pages (8 wraps).  The first two issues came with enclosed plastic models. I posted the the first two issues (front and back and the toy) below.  I have the full series scanned on my just starting FF web site if you want to check out any

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/08/2020

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01/11/2020

 

..... here I begin to look back on where it all started.

New member here. My opinion, reading current *storyline* comics isn't cheap.  Back in the late eighties as a teenager I was looking forward to having a job so that I can buy comics and fast forward to now, I have a job but it's getting to the point that I can't afford to buy today's comics.   I found myself thinking if I'm gonna spend a lot of money for only a few current comics then why not start reinvesting a.k.a slabbing the 34 years of comics that I have collected so far.   I can rememb

Etreiw

Etreiw

01/05/2020

 

I am Titanium and some new pickups

I am just getting back full force to collecting since my new neck parts were added back in September. Basically my spinal cord was being crushed in my neck either from old injuries or old age.  I had to have spinal fusion surgery on four vertebrae . I have two titanium rods and eight screws holding my neck together. Much less titanium than the Titanium man though. Normally they would use spacers but my body tried to fix the problem itself by growing new bone thus the rods. I was told I was very

Rockblazer

Rockblazer

01/04/2020

Marvel Value Stamp Books: 1974-76: Series A & B

Ever wonder how many Bronze-age comic books were cut-up and sacrificed to fill these stamp books?  Thousands, no doubt.  Series A was the famous Hulk killer since all of the Wolverine intro issues #180 (Cyclops stamp), #181 (Shanna stamp), and #182 (Golem stamp) were on the hit list.  According to the resource listed at bottom, the Shanna stamp in this book came from Astonishing Tales #23 and not Incredible Hulk #181 (The Cheetah's back right leg was drawn in for that issue but not the Hulk issu

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/03/2020

Strange Tales V1 #110, #111, #115, #117: 1963-64: Doctor Strange arrives on the scene

Issue #110 of Strange Tales featured the first appearance of Doctor Strange tucked into a little story in the back of the comic.  Issue #111 was his second appearance and #115 told us his origin story but it was not until Issue #117 that he actually got a mention on the cover. I have the entire Torch series in Strange Tales (#101 - #134, plus Annual #2) scanned front and back on my website: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-cross-over-misc-titles/

Dan'el

Dan'el

01/01/2020

LAUGH COMICS #222 - Talk Dirty to Me!

LAUGH COMICS #222 - Talk Dirty to Me! As Archie got into the ’60s and 70’s, the amount of sexual innuendo obviously cooled - partly because of the Comics Code and partly because Archie Comics as a company brand, saw the wholesome family brand as a viable path to success.  They were RIGHT... it worked out great for them for decades - by the mid to late 60’s they were no longer leading in sales, but as an overall publisher, they were very strong.  But ever

Prince Namor

Prince Namor

01/01/2020

BEWARE! The CLAWS of The CAT #1-4 - Social Justice with Good Art!

BEWARE! The CLAWS of The CAT #1-4 - Social Justice with Good Art! Beware the Claws of... The Cat! was a 1972 Comic Series that lasted 4 issues. It was a part of Stan Lee’s idea to expand readership to a female audience. Of course, today this would be seen as radical and liberal and social justice warrior activity and denounced as some declaration of war vs the male species.    In reality, then like now, Marvel was just looking for more suckers to buy the

Prince Namor

Prince Namor

12/30/2019

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01/05/2020

BATMAN ANNUAL #2 - Batman started out as Robin?

BATMAN ANNUAL #2 - Batman started out as Robin? I found this beauty in $1 box. Like... when was I ever going to read a Batman Annual #2? I’m not a big Batman fan in the first place, but this is one that turned out to have a few surprises. It WAS, however, coverless, so... here's a reproduction...   (BATMAN ANNUAL #2 - Cover Dated Winter 1961 - on Newsstands November 16th, 1961 - cover art by Curt Swan, Sheldon Moldoff and Sprang)     Ok... what's good about i

Prince Namor

Prince Namor

12/30/2019

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12/30/2019

Fantastic Four V1 #12: Mar 1963: 1st Hulk versus Thing

This comic is tied with Amazing Spider-Man #1 (that one also featured the Fantastic Four) as the first ever Marvel cross-over.  Wonder how many times the Thing and Hulk have butted heads over the years?  I imagine someone out there has tried to document it.  I will settle for many.  Eventually, I will have all FF V1 comics scanned front and back on my website.  What I have so far can be found here: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-v-1-regular-issues  

Dan'el

Dan'el

12/28/2019

Amazing Spider-Man #1: Mar 1963: Tied for 1st ever Marvel Cross-Over

This Spider-Man / Fantastic Four cross-over is tied with Fantastic Four #12 (Hulk / Fantastic Four) for the honor of being the first ever Marvel cross-over.  This comic looks decent but has a carefully hidden flaw.  Someone very carefully removed the last ad page.  (That, or someone originally ripped the thing out and someone later worked really hard to hide it.)  Fella that sold it to me did not bother to mention it but did not seem all that surprised when I pointed it out to him.  Oh, well.  P

Dan'el

Dan'el

12/28/2019

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12/29/2019

Fantastic Four V1: #48, #49, #50: 1966: Galactus & Surfer & Watcher - Oh My!

Arguably the most famous story arc in comic book history.  1st appearance of the Silver Surfer and Galactus - and Wyatt Wingfoot for that matter.  The Surfer blows into town and tags earth as the next food feast for Galactus, which would essentially be the end life as we know it - on this planet anyway.  The Fantastic Four step up to save the day, of course.  It is what they do. Lee and Kirby at their best. Eventually, I will have all FF V1 comics scanned front and back on my website.  What

Dan'el

Dan'el

12/27/2019

Strange Tales V1 #113: Oct 1963: Extremely rare bindery error!

This may be one of those things that is so rare that it has no value.  So far, this is the only copy of this I have seen or heard of.  This comic has three stories.  "Torch vs Plantman"; "Search for Shanng"; and "Shoemaker's Strange Assistants".  In the normal copy, the stories are placed in the book in that order.  In this copy, the Shanng story is inserted first, then the Shoemaker story, with the Torch story last.  Basically, the wraps were assembled in the wrong order at the bindery.  Normal

Dan'el

Dan'el

12/25/2019

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01/09/2020

Fantastic Four V1 #100: Jul 1970 - UK 1 shilling price variant

Did not have a clue what the price on this comic was all about.  I was used to seeing all of the UK pence variants but had never seen this weird symbol before, so thought it was an error of some kind.  Posted it on another forum here and someone gave me the poop on it.  That symbol stands for one shilling which was equal to twelve pence.  Copy with regular price right below it. I have a bunch of variants, error issues, and signed FF comics scanned front and back on my website: https://dekve

Dan'el

Dan'el

12/25/2019

Fantastic Four V1: #110: May 1971 - original error cover

This one was kind of fun.  The printer left one of the colors out of the mix on the original run and some the them got out the door before they caught it.  You know, these comics were printed using the four color process.  Given that the title of the comic is, "One From Four Leaves Three!", it makes you wonder if someone at the printer did not think leaving a color out would be a grand joke.  The corrected version is right below it. I have a bunch of variants, error issues, and signed FF co

Dan'el

Dan'el

12/24/2019

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12/25/2019

Fantastic Four V1: #52: Jul 1966: 1st Black Panther

First appearance of the Black Panther.  Tossed this one in as a prime example of what a successful Marvel movie can do to a comic. Seven years ago, Overstreet had this book valued at $700 in NM 9.2.  Current Overstreet has it at $4,600 and that is way less than it sells for in reality.  Crazy world. Eventually, I will have all FF V1 comics scanned front and back on my website.  What I have so far can be found here: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-v-1-regular-issues

Dan'el

Dan'el

12/24/2019