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
This is my all time favorite Fantastic Four comic. I think that Kirby's art and Stan's story in this issue capture the essence of what made the FF such a success. Starts off with some machine Reed dreamed up destroying Johnny's tux for Reed and Sue's wedding. They then zip off to battle the Skrull on a far away planet, saving the earth in the process (of course). And, after all that, they still manage to get to back to earth in time for the wedding rehearsal. 'Nuff said!
Eventually, I wi
You do not see this one often. It may be harder to find than the Marvel #1 issue. It is not a reprint of FF #1. Not sure how they decided which books to publish in this series but it did eventually lead to 162 total issues. (I have all of them.)
Eventually, I will have this entire series scanned front and back on my website. All of the issues scanned so far can be found here: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-heritage-series-french-canadian/
This issue had a lot to do with my decision to collect FF comics. As a child my mother would give me a dime so I could walk down to the drug store on the corner and buy a comic book. I still remember the day I bought this book because the price had changed to twelve cents and I only had that dime. The dude at the store would not cut me any slack so, instead of using the dime to get another comic, I trudged my way back home and hit mom up for another two cents and then went back to get it. On
THE BIG DADDY! Yep, this is the one. The comic that launched what would eventually become the Marvel Universe. This one is beat but complete and is unslabbed so it can actually be read! Very carefully.
What the heck is a DC comic doing in a journal about the Fantastic Four? Well, a lot of people, including Jack Kirby and his family, believe this is where it all started. The entire Kirby series of this title was a Kirby vision that would later morph into the FF. This issue kind of says it all. Rocky goes into space and comes back changed. He had the ability to control fire, could change his size, had tremendous strength, and could turn invisible, among other things. Sound familiar?
Just won this in the latest Heritage auction. A tough to find book with cover artwork by Neal Adams. I'm now concentrating on books with Adams covers during the period from 1967-71. Surprised to have won this book for under $250. Enjoy.
Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) - Documentary, Netflix
Easy Money - Comedy, Netflix
Eddie the Eagle - Biopic, NowTV
Eight Men Out - Biopic, Netflix
Eli - Horror, Netflix
Elizabeth Harvest - Horror, Netflix
Endless, The - Sci-fi, Netflix
Enlighten Us - Documentary, Netflix
Enough - Thriller, Netflix
Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars - Documentary
Escape Plan 2: Hades - Action, Netflix
Escape Plan 3 - Action, NowTV
I cross posted this over on the Golden Age forum too, but what the heck, not everybody reads that — and not everybody over there reads this.
I finished the Boy Comics #121 variant for issue #2!
In this issue, Chuck and his new partner Trixie Trouble are also joined by special guest star Yankee Longago! Yankee Longago first appeared way back in 1942's Boy Comics #3 in the same issue where Crimebuster debuted. Created by the great Briefer, Yankee Longago was a kid who could travel to th
Good news, I have completed the initial art for the main story for The crimebusters #2! We're still on track for a Kickstarter launch at the end of January.
I also just did my final show of the year, a three day affair last weekend. I sort of lost my shirt on my table, however, the weekend was saved from a financial perspective when I somehow found a copy of Strange Tales #110 for $10. I also met some cool creators doing their own books, and a lot of cool fans, so overall it was a good expe
ARCHIE COMICS #95 - Classic Artists of the Era
Whenever I find these early Archie Comics issues, especially pre-1960 in the $1 books, I HAVE to pick them up. Honestly, it's where they belong as there is only a handful of people who love and appreciate them. The Riverdale crowd isn't interested in this stuff and none of the artists are really 'hot' with the majority of collectors. Archie Comics is just kind of its own niche and I'm glad.
I mean... I look at this Harry Lucey cover
This year has been a series of kicks to the junk, but luckily, it's nearly over!
And I do have a couple cool announcements. Tomorrow, I'll be appearing on a Disney YouTube livestream to discuss my comic and how the latest issue was influenced by Disney theme parks! And this weekend, I'll be appearing at the NorthEast Comic Con in Boxboro, MA, so if you're at the show, stop by and say hi!
I made a little video about these announcements:
MARVEL TALES #53/AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #70 - Wanted...Dead or Alive!
The Amazing Spider-man was the comic I liked the most growing up. Occasionally something would strike me as interesting, but it seemed whenever I read an issue of ASM it would just entertain me in a way that the others just couldn't compare.
Before I became a regular reader around 1975 or so, I remember having #43, #75, #80 and Spectacular Spider-man (Magazine) #2. Over time I would pick up an issue her
AMAZING ADVENTURES #19-24 - 2018 Turned Out a BIT Different...
In the second part of the story (#19), we get 13 pages of action right off the bat and the colors look more centered and less glaring, and it certainly makes the reading experience better. Next time I see Roy Thomas, I'm going to bring both these issues and ask him about the differences in how this process shows up.
(AMAZING ADVENTURES #19 cover-dated July 1973, on newsstands April 17, 1973, wit
HOUSE OF SECRETS #50 - Ho Hum, Earth's Getting Destroyed Again...
This period in the history of DC Comics was NOT one of my favorites. There's probably a fair amount of GREAT work from this period I'm just not aware of, but... there's also so much bland junk, it's difficult for me to even begin to wade into these waters....
The Senate hearing on Comic Books in 1957 had allowed publishers like DC and others to put out a Comics Code, aimed directly at their biggest competitor (EC C
Charlton Canadian Price Variants
Here is a summary of all the Charlton Canadian Price Variants (CPVs) that I have captured hiding between the cover dates of September 1983 and July 1984 inclusive.
If you'd like to know more about them, please click the picture below and you'll be magically transported to the discussion thread in which we talk about them:
59 Charlton CPVs are currently confirmed to exist out of a total of 60 eligible US issues
TIPPY TEEN #1 - This Looks Familiar!
Wally Wood had a long and storied career in comics, and there's plenty to go into, but of note today was his and Publisher Harry Shorten's Tower Comics. Shorten had worked as a writer and Editor at MLJ (Archie Comics) in it's early days and Wood had worked for nearly everyone. Tower Comics is primarily remembered for it's Thunder Agents by Wally Wood, but the LONGEST RUNNING comic they published was Tippy Teen, an obvious Archie Comics influenced Te
So, I've been enjoying my quest for Bronze. But I've pretty much backed off the pursuit of all titles but Smith Art Conans. I might attempt some early Savage Swords. I've also snagged a few minty early appearances of Iron Fist...I'm thinking about going after the keys of that series since the hype-train has slowed down on that character. Essentially, all of the material I'm pursuing is "anti-cinematic universe speculation" and I'm snagging them in higher grade. And why not! They're so be
AMAZING ADVENTURES #18 - It's All in a Name!
I was a pretty well-read 10-year-old kid, and I think comics may have had an opposite effect on me than it does most people. MOST collectors learned to read from comics. They didn't teach me to read, they made me lazy to read. Who needs books when you have pictures to spell it all out? I didn't STOP reading books of course, but when movies like War of the Worlds (1953) was shown on regular TV, how could I not be glued to the screen? Back in th
HAWKMAN #25 - My Baby has a Temper!
Here's another series I'm pretty clueless to, but this cover lured me in and, boy am I glad it did. It sort of has a 'Coop' (Devil Girl artist Chris Cooper) look to Dillin's art (even though Coop was born the year this came out!). Anyway, I dig it a great deal - the sexy green 'Death Goddess' (not sure why she's 'green' on the cover) - the flames - Hawkman getting his butt kicked - the purple background...
MARVEL TEAM-UP #12 - Wanna Play on the Bridge?
Marvel Team-Up was the FIRST regular spin-off series for Spider-man (Spectacular Spider-man Magazine preceded it for two issues) and featured Spidey in all but 10 of its 150 issues and 1 of its 7 Annuals.
Somewhere out there, someone has all 150 issues collected, but amazingly enough all SEVEN Annuals as well. I can picture the first one in my head (Spidey and the X-Men) but for the life of me can't remember the other 6.
LIFE WITH ARCHIE #109 (and #23) - Remembering Amnesia!
No, that isn't the cover to Life with Archie #109, it's the cover to Life with Archie #23. I'm starting this post off with it because it's another cool old comic I picked up for $1 at a recent show.
Featuring a fairly ho-hum cover (as far as Archie Comics and Life with Archie in particular goes) from the nevertheless under appreciated Bob White, the story inside (Sy Reit) isn't much to talk about either. However, it
Superman's Girlfriend LOIS LANE #35 - Scheming Up and Teaming Up!
Man, it’s amazing to me what comics I can find, beat up, in $1 bins! Another classic Superman/DC artist that I prefer to Curt Swan, the oft-forgotten Kurt Schaffenberger, here with an early 60’s ‘modern-ish’ theme. I really like the way he uses shadows and shading to show depth and perception.
(Superman's Girl-Friend LOIS LANE #35 - Cover Dated August 1962 - on Newsstands June 26th, 1962 - cover art by Kurt Sc