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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

 

The 9.8 SS X-Men #94-143 Odyssey

This has been a set that has long been a dream of mine. Batman is my favorite single character in comics; the X-Men are my favorite team. I don't know how much of that is due to the fact that, when I first got into comics, X-Men, especially from the Bronze Age, were "out of reach" expensive. GS #1? X-Men #94? Yeah, ok. Not going to happen. But, as I slowly filled out my collection, I tended to buy more and more copies of X-Men...starting with the "cheap" #150-ish to #260. I think my first B

RockMyAmadeus

RockMyAmadeus

02/15/2019

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09/30/2019

The postman always rings twice and forges once?

I wanted to mention something and get your opinion on it. Recently I purchased a CGC Fantastic Four 2 from a trusted seller. I thought I would get this book while I could still afford to buy it. It's a nice looking 3.5 off white to white paged copy.  I asked the seller to send FedEx with adult signature confirmation. Basically an adult 21 and over has to sign for it.  The seller did as I asked and I expected myself or my wife to be home to sign for it. The day it was due my wife had to leav

Rockblazer

Rockblazer

01/26/2019

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01/30/2019

 

How Did This Book Become So Hot?

I've always liked the cover of this particular issue of Sub-Mariner. So when it turned up for auction on ebay a week ago, I decide to go for it. I put in a bid earlier today for $265, the auction ending at 9:30pm est. I figured the book was worth no more than that amount, my bid being the 23rd. Well, when it was all over, there had been 36 bids and the winning amount was...……$676.66!?!?! It happens to be a pedigree copy, but still. Is Tiger Shark going to appear in a movie or something? The last

john ivic

john ivic

01/14/2019

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01/16/2019

The Crimebusters #120 update: Steranko and the Soviet montage theory

In the latest entry of my production blog, I give a prgoress report and share some line work in progress for page 4, along with a discussion of some of my storytelling influences. Enjoy! https://crimebustercomics.com/2019/01/10/progress-update-steranko-and-the-soviet-montage-theory/ Here's a look at page 4, in process, which you may notices has a Steranko influenced layout with the sequence of small panels (which will be dialogue free when I get to that point).  

Crimebuster

Crimebuster

01/10/2019

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03/18/2019

 

Back To Buying

Well, here's the first purchase for 2019. Just got this on ebay, where my best offer was accepted. One of the more difficult WWs to find in high grade. Happy New Year!

john ivic

john ivic

01/06/2019

 

Sad day on Jan 4th 2019 ...

On this day ... January the Fourth 2019, the Comicshop had finally went closed forever. After bit over 44 years in business since the first store opened in the 1970s, moved to its second location on 2089 West 4th Ave until 1999. Then went to move to its third location on 3518 West 4th Ave. I went to pay my last visit on the last Saturday of December to get my last order. Walked around the store knowing this was my last time to see the classic yellow walls and wall racks. The credits goes to

Fan Boy

Fan Boy

01/05/2019

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01/09/2019

 

2018: A Year of Progress

January 2018 Frontline Combat #13 ($19.80) + Two-Fisted Tales #40 ($14.80) w/ shipping = $40.60 Star Spangled War Stories #25 ($7.95 + shipping = $11.90) All-American Men of War #10 ($35.00) March 2018 All-American Men of War #8 ($20.00) All-American Men of War #16 ($23.50) April 2018 All-American Men of War #13 ($11.99 + shipping = $16.44) All-American Men of War #12 ($15.00) May 2018 All-American M

creaturefan95

creaturefan95

01/01/2019

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01/10/2019

 

Four More Thor and Challenge Series Update

I have some time over the holidays to scan in and post some more books I've acquired in the past couple of months.  JIM 87 $120 4.0 EBay JIM 88 $90 2.0 Website JIM 89 $90 2.0 Website JIM 90 $45 1.8 Website $15775 Remaining  102/250 books Current tally in each Series: ASM 11/25 books Avengers 16/25 books Daredevil 9/25 books Fantastic Four 12/25 books Flash 10/25 books GL 9/25 books JLOA 9/25 books JIM 10/25 books TOS

Krydel4

Krydel4

12/30/2018

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01/01/2019

 

Year End Comments

Looks like I'm done with purchases for this year. Acquired 17 books for 2018, much less than the previous year, when I bought 38 altogether. But this year it was a matter of quality over quantity, as I picked up many key books. And nothing under 9.2. So, I'll return here next year. Happy Holidays everyone!

john ivic

john ivic

12/25/2018

 

Pitt #1

Pitt pin-up by Sam Kieth Select panels I like  Pitt #1 red ashcan unsigned sighting Pitt #1 CGC grade 10 sighting

dfx1

dfx1

12/25/2018