What do you mean they are only worth 30 points?
This was originally Written for Comicbooked.com I thought it would be appropriate here too??
It finally happened; a silver age book broke the 1 million dollar barrier. A copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 recently sold for a whopping $1.1 million dollars, marking the first time in history a Silver Age comic book has breached the one million dollar price mark. Amazing Fantasy#15 featured the first appearance of the acclaimed comic book superhero Spider-man.
Three times last year this absurdly high amount was conquered. The first time was for an 8.0 graded copy of Action Comics #1 at exactly one million dollars (c?mon tell me you don?t hear Michael Myers as Dr. Evil saying one million dollars). This issue featured the first appearance of Superman.
The second one, which sold only a few days later, was Detective Comics #27 for $1,075,500.00. This book features the first appearance of Batman and was also graded by CGC as an 8.0. If you want to know the investment mark up for this book, if I recall correctly the book was purchased in the late 60?s for about a hundred dollars. Remember, a hundred dollars in the late 60?s for a comic book was down out right insane.
It didn?t take long for Superman to regain the championship and the right to be in the Guinness book of world records for most expensive comic book when Action Comics #1 sold for 1.5 million dollars, this time it was an 8.5 graded copy.
These books would never have reached these astronomical prices it weren't for third party grading. I wrote before in a journal on the CGC registry, and the following is a portion of that journal?.
I have purchased a few CGC books that I spent more than I wanted too (and even more than I should) but I am happy with them and have no desire to sell them (at this time) and I hope that whoever did purchase them (referring to the million dollar books) enjoys owning them as a collector rather than selling them as an investor. Now just let me know when an Amazing Fantasy #15 or Fantastic Four #1 hits that illustrious million dollar mark and maybe then I will be a bit more awestruck.
So there it is, Amazing Fantasy #15 in an illustrious 9.6 sold for 1.1 million dollars. That is a book so near perfection from the early 60?s that my mediocre 3.5 copy of Daredevil #1 feels so?..used. This book was purchased privately through Comicconnect.com, which also happened to sell the Action Comics #1 in the 8.5 condition. I have to wonder what they plan on attaining next to sell.
On a personal note I love that the world of Comic books are getting so noticed, the fact I have a chance to see my characters on screen, and that this never would have happened without people spending what they do on comics to have these movies see screen time. There would be no Superman movies, no Batman movies, nor X-men, Amazing Spider-Man and even?.brace for it? Howard the Duck, if people didn?t love these characters.
I still like to read the books, and as of last year I finally placed Amazing Fantasy #15 on the list of books I have to own. Mind you, I will be very happy purchasing a very well read copy ungraded by CGC so I can read it first and wonder what it must have been like spending my hard earned .12 cents and be introduced to Peter Parker?. And yes after I read it, I will send it into CGC to get graded. When I do, I?ll let you know.
Thanks for Reading
Oh no, not going to well for CBCS.
Make sure you read part 1 first. Here is a update. Just looked to see how my order was coming along and noticed that they had marked the Gang Busters #13 as having a trimmed cover. Hard to think that CBCS would have missed that. Think I'll be staying with CGC.
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Creamy Peanut Butter
One of the most annoying things that most dealers do once their inventory has been slabbed whether it is a banknote, coin, or comic book, is to put a sticker on it. I hate stickers. I hate sticker residue even worse. You start peeling from the corner then you you get part way and the sticker starts ripping. What a pain! You end up with a gooey mess all over your 9.8.
Heritage stickers are great! 99.9% of the time they come off easy and peanut butter method is not needed.
Metropolis and ComicLink are tied for 1st place with the biggest sticker, most difficult to remove, and most annoying!!!! Why they can't just place their monster size sticker on the bag instead of the slab is beyond me. I think we should all revolt and demand at least 10% discount from each because of their annoying stickers and the time it takes to remove!
Step 1: Peel the sticker off the best you can.
Step 2: Use your fingernail to scrape as much sticker residue off.
Step 3: Put a small dab of creamy peanut butter on your finger, put it over the sticker residue, and gently rub using circular motions.
Step 4: Wipe of peanut butter with a damp paper towel.
Step 5: You might have to repeat Step 3 & 4 one more time.
Step 6: I alway finish up by spraying Windex on the area and wiping it clean.
I hope this helps everyone.
GI Combat 152,This arrived yesterday! An upgrade for my set. Highest grade, 1 of 3. Almost sounds like a Borg designation! Anyway picked this one up from eBay for a reasonable price. If anyone has something higher than what I have in my set, and you might consider selling it, let me know! Thanks!
earlier today the comic I most regretted selling has been restored to my collection. It is an Incredible Hulk 2. The story on this begins in 2010. I saw a Hulk 2 raw listed on Ebay that looked seriously under graded as a buy it now for $400 dollars. It looked to be 6.5 to 7.0 but was listed as a vg minus 3.5. I watched it thinking it was to good to be true . I waited and watched the seconds tick down to zero but did not buy it. No one did. A week later it was relisted as an auction starting at $400. So the second time around I watched all week until the final 15 seconds and placed my bid. At the same time another bid came in. Fortunately for me the other person bid $400 even and I got it for a few bucks more.
So I got it and it was sharp with white pages. Sent it to CGC and it came back 6.5 with white pages. I was selling comics on Ebay then to get money to buy other comics for my collection so I listed it right away with some others to make a quick profit. The seller did tell me he knew it was better than a vg minus but he always under graded on higher dollar comics so there would be no issues with the buyers. I listed it with an $850 reserve and it slowly went up to about $800 in the last hour. With a few seconds left a bid came in which met my reserve and it sold for the $850 price. I had no problem selling it at the time as I saw a 6.5 and 7.0 sell at that time and thought I would pick up one later down the road with no problem. However some time passed and I decided I needed to get a nice copy for myself but was shocked how much the book went up and not many mid grade copies. I could have probably waited to December this year to get a 6.5 if I could find one as I get a bonus from my employer at that time but I saw this one on line for $1400 which for a 5.0 is a decent price at this time so I got it. Not as nice as the one I sold but the price was right and I'm happy with one a grade and a half less. Regret over selling that book is the main reason I don't sell anymore.
It's all buying for me now at least until I retire which is over five years away. Here it is.
The never ending collection...
As a Harvey collector there are a vast number of items that Harvey produced along with comic books. From promotional posters,games,toys, and just about anything you can imagine Harvey put out many items in the effort to sell their line of comic books. Most of the items in my collection are in what I would refer to as being in 9.8 condition and the rest are pretty close. I have taken a photograph of all my items to display here and strive to replace any that don't hit my 9.8 criteria and add many more in the future. Thanks for looking and enjoy!
I had purchased a BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 CGC 9.6 of ebay. I then purchased grader notes for the book after inspecting the book and not finding one spine crease and couldn't figure out why it was a 9.6. The notes stated there was a slight bend on back cover. I finally found it and it was not color breaking. I had sent it in to CCS for fast track pressing and fast track grading and CCS received it on 2/24/2017. On 04/12/2017 I had called CCS to find out why it had not been pressed yet because status still showed at CCS. I was told it was finalized on 04/05/2017 and someone would look into it and call me back later that day to give me more info. By 04/014/2007 I had still not received a call and it was still showing at CCS. So I called again and Cynthia said she would look into it and call me back. Nope no call back. Monday I called for the 3rd time and someone said that Cynthia would have to call me back. I then receive an email from her saying she tried to call my number on file(which is the correct number) and it was out of service and would not let her leave a message. Even though I have had the same number for 15 years and had called them from that number. She said it was sent to CGC in a large volume order and would was found. It graded at 9.6 again, now with different grader notes stating spine stress lines? I send an email in asking how this is possible and send in picks of both covers showing that one the dc logo is clearly a 1/4 inch higher on one book and asking for a response no gets back to me I call for a manager and never get in touch with one. Looking at the book I can see its clearly not the book I sent in by the cut of cover and its in no way a 9.6! So instead of sending in for a regrade in original case like I did the last time, I crack the case carefully place in bag and board in side a top loader in a mailer box inside a usps box. Send in to get pressed again and regraded and it comes back a 9.2? Which is about what it looked like the book they originally send me back looked like. This process took close to 8 months only for me to end up with a Batman adventures (.2 that should have been a 9.8 and PS the 9.2 gave no grader notes? Needless to say I am not happy!
See Many of the Highest Grade Issues
If someone would have told me that one day I would own the highest known grade copy of a Captain Marvel Adventures issue I wouldn?t have believed it. I would have expected it to be both prohibitively expensive and nearly impossible to find. Possibly I might stumble upon one maybe two but surely the owner would covet them like gold. Currently I own 12 of the highest grade issues including 4 which stand alone as the highest grade (i.e. not tied with any other issue). All were acquired within the last half year and the amount I spent was FAR less than I would have expected. It?s certainly possible that there exists higher grades that simply haven?t been graded by CGC but it?s my experience that most owners of high grade issues are getting them CGC graded. For instance I?ve never seen anyone advertise a Near Mint or Mint condition golden age comic that wasn?t graded and sealed, generally by CGC. My assumption is that even if there are higher grades they are extremely rare.
What amazed me was how easy it was for me to put this collection together. Top grade CMA issues just sat there on mycomicshop.com, Heritage and Comic Connect for months on end even when many were priced well below guide prices. Issue 112, for instance, is graded 9.2 and is one of only two CGC graded issues known to exist the other one being a sorry little 2.0. This issue is extraordinarily rare, was priced well below guide on mycomicshop.com and wasn?t selling. I guess all I can say is lucky me but it?s interesting what pique?s the interest of collectors and what doesn?t. Captain Marvel is a household name who?s still relevant today in comics but his golden age stuff (besides the early early issues) is shockingly easy to obtain. At least it was until I swooped in like a vulture.
I?m very proud of the collection I?ve built so far and honestly consider it the most enjoyable to view among CMA collections. It most CERTAINLY doesn?t have the highest point total, that would be starman221 whose collection is nearly 8 times mines point total but starman221 doesn?t include any images. Daily Star is about 7 times my point total but that collector?s collection is obscured. Mine has the most images beating Timulty by 1 (Timulty?s images are superior to my own but I intend to improve my images in time). All of my comics have detailed descriptions. I created my collection to be the kind of collection that I?d like to see if I were browsing which means lots of images and descriptions. So if you?re a fan of Captain Marvel and you want to actually see many of the highest grade images known to exist please step by and take a look.
We're almost to real time now. My recap is winding to a close...I have two more books to show. Here's the first: I bought this book sight unseen from a good friend. I was absolutely stunned to open the box and see this. I knew the grade but that was all. I won't usually pay these kinds of dollars for a book (though I got a great friend-to-friend discount), but this is one that I've thought about buying for a few decades. For the grade, it has everything going for it. Nice centering, white pages, and almost no spine or staple stress.
Why not suspending the submissions of post year 2000 books at least until the company can guarantee more reasonable turnaroud times?
I wonder if CGC is trying to find a solution to improve the turnaround times....
Nowdays the VALUE and ECONOMY TIER turnaround is 100 working days (!!!!), the MODERN TIER is 45 days (!!!) instead of the forecasted 20 days...
I have 103 books sitting at CGC facility....
Date No. of Comic Status
03/30/2012 28 Verified
03/30/2012 30 Verified
06/05/2012 30 Received
05/29/2012 15 Received
Does it take so much in terms of time and investments to "graduate" a grader to the CGC standards?
Do these delays come from an increase of submissions?
Why not suspending the submissions of post year 2000 books at least until the company can guarantee more reasonable turnaroud times?
FEDERICO - ITALY
Robert Crumb debut his underground book Zap in late 1968. I wonder if this Marvel book might be a staple for Independent creators.
P.C. the Pussycat......funnyAs I looked inside the book, the bountiful and bouncy Babe is startling even in our generation. Wally Wood and Bill Everett were involved as well as Stan Lee and his younger brother Larry Lieber. Frank Zappa has his own front page spread. A very cool book and this book seems to me to be an 8.5 to 9.0.....Even an 8.0 would be Great. I wanted to journal this epic of a book...... any info on this subject please add....I find it very FascinatingTo see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
Information on Bone #1 (July 1991) (updated)
Bone is one of those books you can go back to again and again and it?s still fresh and still funny. Jeff Smith?s art is so great ? he has such an expressive style, you could take out all the text and it would still work fine ? always a sign of a great comic book. Bone appeals to children and adults, and it?s a story that?s simple and clever, dramatic and hilarious. I hear they?re making a CGI movie of it (although a retro Disney -styled animation would seem more appropriate), and I hear schoolkids can?t get enough of Bone these days. Good! I?m sure Bone will endure and only get more popular. Anyway, I?m trying to compile information on the first issue, which appeared in July 1991, with a ?fire engine red? logo in Smith?s self-published Cartoon Books imprint. So here's what I know so far:
*The red logo is a clear indication of a first print. I?ve heard conflicting reports that some red logo copies are not first prints, but they are.
*The print run for the first print was about 2000 to 3000, and the print runs remained around this figure until about issue 12 or 13, when Bone began to take off in popularity, following an appearance by Jeff Smith at the San Diego Comicon. Issues 5 and 6 are the rarest.
As of February 2011 there are 78 unqualified universal grade CGCs of this book, with the lowest in 5.5 and the highest in (gulp) 9.8.
Finally after not pulling the trigger on this issue a year or 2 ago I was messaged on the boards in the wanting to buy section and an awesome member asked me if I was still looking for this issue. Of course I was and purchased immediately. Case was in good shape still plan on sending it off for the new case. But the hunt for this issue is over and now onto the #52 RRP variant another that I am sure is going to be difficult to acquire. Shout out to Delt569 for allowing me to purchase his copy thanks.
A modern age pedigree or just overstock?
I have been collecting outside my means. I set a goal for myself to collect the following titles in a 9.8 grade or better, pretty much I wanted the best condition possible. They are ?The New Mutants?, ?Longshot?, and ?Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars?. Since making that decision I have purchased the ?Uncanny X-men?, Marvel Graphic Novel #4, a couple Spider-Man?s (the Amazing variety), and many other Miscellaneous comic books. My main priority was (and still is) The New Mutants. I believe that there are still twenty different issues readily available that I do not have. I wonder if I did not purchase outside my ?original? guidelines would they already be part of my collection.
I officially started collecting CGC graded comic books in April of 2009. I started with a copy of The New Mutants #1. If it were not for that book I would not be spending what I have been spending on comic books, then again I would not be having fun collecting either. I estimate by April of 2011 I will have a total of sixty issues from The New Mutants, (don?t hold me to that) after which a slow down period will begin. After all, there are not many of them. This journal was fully plotted out, it was a back story about a loss of a 9.8 (Rom Annual #3) and a readable copy purchase (also Rom Annual #3), but I have since decided to amend everything else. The Annual reminded me why I was never a Rom collector but what I found inside was interesting. It was a simple page of many different companies wanting my twenty five cents so they could send me an issue list of comics they wanted to sell me.
In the middle of that classified ads page was an ad for a company called Golden State Comics (complete with picture of Nightcrawler) and I began to wonder if it was the same Golden State Pedigree that I was now purchasing through WorldWideComics.com. It seems too much to be coincidence. I have purchased many of these books because they were what I was looking for, not because they were a pedigree. If you visit WorldWideComics.com and look at a book they will list Price, Condition, Page quality, and Pedigree, under Pedigree it will tell you what pedigree it is, or nothing at all. In a time before CGC and PGX a Pedigree usually meant you were purchasing the best conditioned book possible. I would imagine that someone would be more willing to buy a Mile High collection copy at a premium price easier than they would from a small local comic shop. Just the name Mile High would get a collectors attention.
I have noticed that pedigrees now span so many different sets. In my research (and I hate doing research) I have noticed that the same gentlemen (Stephen Ritter and Matt Nelson) who run WorldWideComics.com (by the way this is not a plug for them, but I do like their site) also started to write a book on pedigrees (collaborated with two others, Mark Haspel and West Stephan who work at CGC (at least as of 2009 when Comicpedigrees.com was last updated). The last listing I see was over a year ago (I imagine business picked up for the worldwide-guys and they since had to shelve the book idea not to mention more and more people sending books of to CGC to get graded). I do not know if the book will ever be out. It was stated there are 45 pedigrees for Golden Age comic books, has that number increased? Will there also be a comprehensive Silver Age listing (they currently have 20 listed and Golden State is not one of them), and if so will CGC honor that listing as genuine? It is quite interesting the information that they have listed and I plan on reading more of it (especially in further detail). The Golden State copies I have are marked only with a sticker on the outside of the slab.
A pedigree, coming from the words pe de gru (Anglo-Fr.) or pied de gru (Anglo-O.), which means ?Foot of a Crane?, the reason for this is because the branching lines of a genealogical chart looked like a bird?s footprint. For comics to be a pedigree it had to have come from one source, which would pretty much look like a straight line.
First off a pedigree comic book must have an Origin (and not Wolverine?s, which would be too confusing). A pedigreed collection must have been accumulated by one individual during the time the comics were released on the newsstand (since Golden State was a store, does this count?). Two is Quality. A pedigreed collection must primarily consist of high quality comic books (now with third party grading high quality grading seems to be the norm). Number Three: Completeness: A pedigreed collection must contain a substantial number of key or rare issues, or represent a significant portion of a particular genre, company, period, or classic title/character. And Lastly, Market Acceptance: CGC and the collecting community must continue to recognize the pedigree name of a collection past the point of initial sale. These points were taken from ComicBookPedigrees.com website.
So back to the Golden State books, are they actual pedigrees? As mentioned above, CGC and the collecting community must accept the pedigree name past the point of initial sale. The sticker is on the outside after all and what happens when the adhesiveness wears off and the sticker falls away. How do I prove that it is a Golden State copy, and does it matter? Will I still buy them? Will you still buy them? I will but only in a 9.8. A pedigree does not mean so much to me as does a condition of a book. I don?t care if the books were left in a hay loft, or some dry basement, or if Nicholas Cage owned them because I?ll tell you, my collection is precious to me (the ones I didn?t have to get rid of) and I would love to send them off to CGC and tell them ?Hey this is part of the Tnerb collection, make sure to mark it as such?.
I also wonder with companies like CGC and PGX not to mention any future companies that might be established to grade books are Pedigrees still going to be a pedigree. The grade is what I want, how about you? Would you rather have an Iron man #1 from Mile High as a 7.0 or one from a collection sold by a grandmother cleaning out her attic that was graded 9.0. I don?t know why I picked Iron Man as an example, maybe because at one point I did have a copy and the reason I wanted that copy is because it was a #1 from the 60?s and at the age I was, I was able to afford it. To me it was my pedigree. I feel the same way with my Sub-Mariner #38, or even better my New Mutants #15, which I predict will receive a 5.0 when I turn it in to get graded. This is our hobby, our love and our enjoyment. We read, we gawk, and we are amazed at having a book in our hands and love the feeling of winning a bid. We don?t crave who used to own it, we cherish it because we own it and that is what makes it prestigious to us. So I end with this?..
Is it OK to question the Golden State copies I have as a genuine pedigree or are they just simply overstock? What?s your opinion?
Thanks for reading
WorldWideComics.com (love the site)
ComicBookPedigrees.com (some interesting reading)
Sorry this took so long.
Okay, I'm back with part four. Sorry it took so long but I got the chance to go hiking in upstate NY for a week and the comics came back the day I was to leave. If your new to the series of posts please read the first parts to see what's going on. The first book to look at will be the Gang Busters #6. CBCS graded as 9.4 with white pages. I was thinking it would hold that grade but maybe have OW to white pages. CGC sent it back as a 9.2 with white pages. I guess I can live with that as there is a tiny bend with color break on the right top corner. CGC did add the name of Win Mortimer as a artist which CBCS didn't have. All in all not bad as I only spent $76 for it. Seemed like a fair price for a book from 1948. This was also the first time that I could see the grader notes on a submission I sent in. They're okay but they only show what's wrong with the cover. That's something I can see for myself. I'd rather know what wrong with what I can't see, the inside. Maybe they do that and this book didn't have anything wrong inside but neither did the other three books. Give me a few more days and I'll do the next book. That's the one with the trimmed cover. (CBCS got in touch with me over that one, be sure to read the next one)
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Just a classic GGA cover in my book, Torchy 4. There are quite a few great Torchy covers (really there are no losers in the 6 issue run). #4 though is the swimsuit edition, with the periscope gag (how do all those subs fit in that space!?!?!).
The old piece of tape that is holding the tear in place on the bottom edge is actually on the back of the cover (with the adhesive making the discoloring thru the cover material). And some cheeky kid decided to draw on the first page in the margin to hide the fact that the cover's bottom corner was missing. Such a fun book to have, I dont care about the old "enhancements" This was my first GGA/Cheesecake cover as I started to expand my collection this year.
I don’t know if anyone else feels nostalgic about the early nineties when Jim Shooter was involved with Valiant. My first encounter with Valiant was the first issue of Archer and Armstrong. At the time I had just finished collecting Barry Windsor-Smith’s Weapon X story in Marvel Comics Presents, I think that is the title, and wanted more of this artist. Collecting comics has been a small passion of mine since the local trash man all those years ago rescued a number 1 of Rom the space knight from the trash. Granted the cover was gone but it was the comic which got me hooked.
Anyways, now I have been looking back at the early Valiant books and find I miss them and wonder where the stories could have really gone if Jim Shooter had stayed at Valiant. I wouldn’t have minded if Warriors Of Plasm was the trade off because I think he would have gotten around to making that series no matter where he went.
Now I am collecting the books I want even if I am scared to get the books I have slabbed but I love to read them once in a while but I have the early trades I use more frequently.
I hope there are other collectors who miss the early Valiant are out there. If not then that is cool.
Last Saturday night (9/23/17) I was doing my usual late night surfing of the boards and I came across a WTS post from labratnotincluded selling one of his copies of Wolverine 102.5 CGC 9.8. This is probably the rarest book from the 1988 set so I immediately open the post to check it out. As expected the book was awesome but also as expected it was way more than I can spend on a book. Where this entry get its name was something he wrote in the section talking about possible trades.
“I'd consider a decent offer of a 1988 Wolverine Issue 88 CGC 9.8 True Non-Deluxe with something else enticing…”
One of the first things I did when I came back to collecting was to make excel sheet with the current census numbers for every issue in the 1988 run. This was my way to get a quick glimpse of what is rare right now. 102.5 was at the top of the list… 88 (Non-Deluxe) is very far down that list. I knew that 88 was an issues I was planning on submitting and I figured that he must have had some bad luck finding one. So I reached out saying that at some point that I’ll be sending some copies into CGC and I could possibly send a few extra in if he was interested.
The whole time something didn’t add up in my head. How is it possible that someone has two of the rarest comics in the set but doesn’t have an 88. The Census shows (42) 9.8 of the regular and (16) 9.8’s of the Deluxe, by those numbers the Deluxe should be much harder track down.
Well, after a few PM back and forth with labratnotincluded and some research it looks like the census could be wrong and there is likely far less of non deluxe versions.
From what I understand the theory goes like this: Originally there no distinction by CGC between normal and deluxe versions and they were all labeled as the standard. At some later date CGC added a variant for the deluxe version. But all graded copies prior to that date kept there designation of the standard copy. This would completely nullify the accuracy of census number and mess up people’s registry… but I don’t know if there is a reasonable way that CGC could fix it.
All this might be old news to the seasoned Wolverine collectors out there but it was new news to me. I found some posts that talk about how all the X-Titles between Nov 94 through Feb 95 had a similar standard and deluxe set up and that the 88 non deluxe is on rare side of things but nothing specifically about this book (could just be operator error using the search function). I hoping that this entry will be there to help some of newer wolverine collectors out there understand what’s going on with this issue.
I do have some questions for seasoned Wolverine Collectors out there that would help me wrap my mind around this book.
Exactly how rare is the 88 Non-Deluxe? – Since the census numbers aren’t useful in this case, how can we know? I looked at the top 20 sets in the wolverine 1988 and I could only verify 1 copy with a picture was a true non-deluxe. Some don’t have pictures, some note that the book is indeed a deluxe in the non-deluxe slot, others have a picture confirming that it is indeed a Deluxe in a non-deluxe slot. I searched all the usually online auctions/sales and I did not find any non-deluxe.
Is there a way to get more detailed census data? – I think a good indicator on the true numbers could be had by finding out the date that the deluxe variant was added to the registry and then see how many standard copies were added to the registry after that date. Is this possible? And if so how?
Is there a way to fix the census data? – This does not seem likely because they would likely need a photo of all non-deluxe CGC.
Also please chime in if anything that I wrote is incorrect or if there is a big piece of the puzzle that I’m missing.
Lastly, with all this in my head I went to my stacks and pulled my copies and bagged and boarded them up (out of the order that I mentioned in the previous post).
Wolverine #88 (51 Copies)
The latest episode of Earth's Mightiest Podcast is now available, where I tackles Avengers #16-19 in the first part of a two-part look at the Cap's Kooky Quartet era of Avengers!
Just one month after buying the Cap #68 that was missing 1/4 of the front cover, another copy came up for auction on eBay. Luckily it wasn't much of a bidding war and I won the book! It was quite the upgrade!
My next purchase would not be until three months later in June of 2015 when I would pick up a very low grade Cap #66 on eBay. Big chunk missing out of back cover!!
My next win (three weeks later) on eBay would be a Buy-It-Now of one of my favorite covers. Cap #76. If not for a 1.5'' spine split at the bottom it would grade much higher. The cover, however, has very minor flaws. Other than the boarders of course. Got to love great presenting low grade books
Less than two weeks after the Cap #76 an auction for a 2.0 graded Cap #44 would come up on eBay. I won that one as well!
At this point I had bought four books in as many months! My wallet needed a break but...with Boston Comic Con approaching in a months time I needed to grab one more book because there was going to be not one, but two original golden age Cap artists there! Time to research which book featured artwork by both Ken Bald and Allen Bellman...
So I'm back from vacation with a new post! Actually, I got back from vacation a while ago, but work has been busy and it's been creeping into my off time. It'll probably be that way for the remainder of the year, so no weekday posting with any sort of regularity until the new year.
The busier work schedule did come with one silver lining, as it took me to a side of the state that I don't normally get to, and that means new and exciting comic book stores to check out! And find one I did...
Tardy's Collectors Corner in Grand Rapids, MI
It's the type of store I love, as I was greeted by the sight of dozens of long boxes laid out down the center of the store. It's the rare store these days that carry a wide range of back issues. Tardy's had the pre-requisite dollar boxes, but also a nice supply of copper/modern, bronze, silver, and even a few short boxes of the nicer Silver and Golden Age stuff! If you are ever in the area stop in and say hi, as Gavin was exceptionally nice and welcoming, and he was willing to do a little wheeling and dealing to get a deal made.
So what did I get?
I picked up a mid-grade Superman #155 for my pre-Adventure Comics #300 Legion collection. I'm now just 3 books away from polishing that one off. I also upgraded my beat-to-heck copy of New Gods #4, which means that my DC Kirby collection is now all mid-to-high grade.
Most exciting of all, however, was the chance to upgrade one of my favorite Silver Age Superman stories...Superman #149
The beater copy on the left I got for a five spot at my local LCS. I paid a bit more ($75) for the upgrade, but you have to step up for the quality, eh?
If you've never read this issue, it's a great "full length novel" that tells an imaginary tale of the Death of Superman. It had to be imaginary, as who would ever think of killing Superman for real, right? It's also a great cautionary Lex Luthor story, asking "can a leopard really change his spots?"
In this day and age, I imagine this story would be a year-long sub-plot running through all of the Super books, but back in the day it was done in one. Speaking of which, isn't Lex currently reformed and playing the role of hero? Hmmm...
This book is also the last 10¢ issue, before they raised the price up 2¢ with issue #150. Do you think was just random timing back in the day, that the price hike landed on an anniversary issue? Where anniversary issues even a thing yet?
Oh well, a mystery for another day perhaps.
Enjoy your own upgrading!
Continuing on for the theme of the week, let's set the time machine forward a few years to April of 1969 to see both the end of one era, and the dawn of another.
The end of the Silver Age is a hard one to pin down, and there's a ton of debate to be had. I, myself, like to keep things simple and generally assume that the end of the 12¢ books also ends the Silver Age, and this is the month that it happened.
I sorted the books by release date, so you'll see that it starts with 10¢ books and ends with the 12¢ books. Aside from Adventure Comics #381, which features the debut issue of the solo Supergirl stories, there is no real tonal shift per se. It was more of a gradual shift as the civil rights movement started to shift the consciousness of the country forward.
We do get a great month of Neal Adams covers though! Superboy #157 features another in the all time favorite "people vs. Superman" theme. Superman and Batman duel it out gladiator-style in World's Finest Comics #185. While not one of his most iconic covers, he gets the honor of doing Supergirl's first issue from her headlining run in Adventure Comics. He's also credited with inking the Curt Swan cover for Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #120, but I'll be darned if I can see any of Curt left in the final project.
Superman #217 is a giant-size issue, featuring a great load of reprints with the first appearances of Brainiac, Metallo, Lori Lemaris, the pre-Kara Supergirl, and of course...Mala!
Four Neal Adams covers and a bunch of classic reprints? I call that a win!