CGC Journals

 

Anyone Remember Skywald Magazines?

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.

john ivic

john ivic

04/09/2019

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04/12/2019

Classic Comic Forum Podcast #22 - Star Wars by Marvel Comics part 2

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! https://classiccomics.podbean.com/e/classic-comics-forum-podcast-22-stars-wars-by-marvel-comics-part-2/   Now, back to work on the comic!

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

04/09/2019

 

The Books That Shouldn't Be...A Treatise On The Second Print Newsstand Phenomenon...

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

RockMyAmadeus

RockMyAmadeus

04/08/2019

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04/18/2019

 

Amazing Spider-Man 14

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. 

wolverine180

wolverine180

04/07/2019

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04/09/2019

Superman: Funeral for a Friend

I've been building the perfect beast that is my CGC Death and Return of Superman set, going on 12 years now. My set is an assemblage of subsets, including the "Doomsday!" and "Reign of the Supermen!" chapters, along with all the multiple printings of the various issues, Platinum Editions (Superman #75, Adventures of Superman #500), and Collector's Editions. Another subset, or beast, is the "Funeral for a Fried" chapter, a collection of nine books that tell the story of a world without

Brandon Shepherd

Brandon Shepherd

04/06/2019

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10/28/2019

 

Subby 36

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.

john ivic

john ivic

04/04/2019

The Crimebusters #120 - sneak preview now available!

I'm excited to announce that you can now read a sneak preview of the first six pages on my website here! I've also created a Facebook page if anyone is interested. I'm going to be creating a mailing list too, but I haven't quite got that figured out yet. But if anyone wants to be put on it, the website has a "Contact Us" button you can hit to send me a message. I'll be streamlining this at some point. Right now I am expecting to have the whole 30 page story completed in about 3 we

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

04/01/2019

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04/04/2019

FF 110

Picked this one up on ebay yesterday. A cool cover for this issue that I've always wanted. This one is famous for the copies with the "green printing error". Had I acquired one of those in 9.4, it would have cost me an arm and a leg. Trying to finally concentrate on the Marvel books on my want list. So I'll be showcasing more of them in my upcoming journals. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

03/28/2019

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03/28/2019

 

New Mutants 58, the results are strikingly Eerie

The box has been open and the cat was dead.     I can’t say I’m surprised. I expected a 9.6 to be the highest grade out of the two that I submitted and I’m ok with that. I just have to continue the search. I did hope that I would finally attain that 9.8, but it wasn’t meant to be.  I have about six conventions scheduled over the next three months so I’ll be back into the boxes again searching.  I even stopped being picky.  I just buy them now to have them.     The other invoi

Tnerb

Tnerb

03/27/2019

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03/30/2019

 

Why CGC & Third-Party Grading Matters...

I've been meaning to post this for a while; thanks to @Point Five for giving me the springboard to finally get this down in writing: I don't think it's possible to overstate this. It gets to the very heart of why third party grading is so important. For those of you who weren't collecting before the advent of CGC, it was really, really, reaaaaallllly, really the bad old days. I had a good solid decade to deal with rampant and horrific overgrading and undisclosed restoration, and I'm incre

RockMyAmadeus

RockMyAmadeus

03/26/2019

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04/15/2019

 

My White Whale

I’m sitting here contemplating whether to open the box I just received from Fed-Ex. Last year I submitted two copies of New Mutants 58 to run the gauntlet. This gauntlet of course went through the process of pressing and then grading. I only chose two copies to submit out of some thirty odd assortment of the same issue. I did this with the hope I could finally achieve every single issue in a 9.8 between 1 and 100.  This has not been easy.    The box in question currently sits on my tab

Tnerb

Tnerb

03/25/2019

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03/27/2019

 

The Crimebusters #120 update - font choice and finished artwork!

In the latest entry of my production blog on the first issue of The Crimebusters, which is my continuation of Chuck Chandler's adventures from Boy Comics, I discuss font choices, and I also give a preview of the first finished page! I have the linework and dialogue complete for all 30 pages, so now I'm just inking and shading the book, and it will be done! https://crimebustercomics.com/2019/03/17/font-madness-plus-a-project-update/   here's a look at the completed first page!

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

03/17/2019

The Death and Return of Superman Multiple Printing Saga

My journey into this wonderful hobby began in early 1994, when I found The Death of Superman graphic novel at Kroger, I was 11 years old then. The graphic novel collected the seven issue storyline "Doomsday!", the comic book colors inside hooked me. I had heard of this “event” but I was so late to the party that it was over. The Death and Return of Superman story arc was a trilogy of storylines; "Doomsday!", "Funeral for a Friend" and "Reign of the Supermen!", all ancient history by '94. After I

Brandon Shepherd

Brandon Shepherd

03/17/2019

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11/02/2019

 

C2E2

March 10 2019   With C2E2 two weeks away and as of right now I am planning on dropping some books off to get graded and I am still trying to decide how many books I would like to get graded and what books to get graded. Maybe I would say that I would want all of them graded but I must pick and choose which ones I would prefer over others. Do i choose items that are going to go up in value over time due to movies/tv shows, do I choose ones that I like just because of the cover, or do I

David Milner

David Milner

03/10/2019

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03/15/2019

 

Brave and the bold 28

This is a friend of mines book. It was already a gorgeous copy. However there was in issue in lower left of front cover that went through entire book. Not many pics on this one and forgot to take a pic of back cover where denting was as well. Got everything out and big improvement for an already awesome book. 

wolverine180

wolverine180

03/05/2019

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03/26/2019

 

WW 200 For Under $200

Won this yesterday in the Comic Link auction. A good dollar/points ratio as this book is worth 450 on the registry. A nice cover by Jeff Jones, though his 199 cover is much better. That one I've submitted to be slabbed, should come back a very high grade. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

03/02/2019

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03/05/2019

 

The Breaking of the Bat - The 9.8 SS Knightfall set!

This was, in my comic collecting life, the very last "multi-part series within a series" in Batman that I ever bought new. Comics had gone up to $1.25, and it was getting very spendy (hey...it was 1993!) I had gotten a bit burned out with comics after Death of Superman several months sooner, and I was wondering if I should keep buying new stuff. I actually missed the first few parts, so I had to get #488-494? #495? as "back" (still on the shelves) issues, but I got back on the train with #4

RockMyAmadeus

RockMyAmadeus

02/24/2019

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03/03/2019

 

The 9.8 SS Image Portacio Puzzle Complete!

Again, a little backstory: while these aren't the very first multi-cover panels pieces to exist (that honor would go to Unity 2 years prior), this is the first VARIANT set produced. At the time, as some may know, Image was incredibly late with everything. It had become so bad, the distributors forced Image to make their product returnable...unheard of in the Direct market! So, yeah, it took a while for this set to come out. The first two were Deathblow #5 and Kindred #3. At the time, K

RockMyAmadeus

RockMyAmadeus

02/22/2019

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02/22/2019

The Walking Dead by Image - Issue #100

Following my journal opener which covered The Walking Dead #1, this entry covers the issue with the second-most variant covers (20) in this series - #100. The Walking Dead (TWD) issue #100 (July 2012) shipped with a total of 20 variant covers and had a total order of 379,000 copies. This made it the largest selling single comic of the 2010s decade, the #2 highest ordered comic of the 21st Century so far, and the #1 comic of the century for Image Comics. A special chromium wrap-around cover

StephenWA

StephenWA

02/17/2019

The Crimebusters #120 update: Asking for Trouble part 3

I've been having a lot of health issues recently, which has slowed me down some. But I am still plugging away - just finished the linework for page 24, and am beginning the linework for page 25 (out of 30). My goal at this point is to have all the linework done, as well as all the (first draft) dialogue and word balloons done, by the end of the month. I am still aiming to have the whole thing complete for a May 1st kickstarter launch, but we will see.  Here's the latest blog entry: htt

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

02/15/2019