Richie Rich Squarebound #1s
View it again the picture is there now.Richie Rich Millions #1 CGC 9.4 tied for finest knownRichie Rich Dollars and Cents #1 CGC 9.2 tied for 3rd finest knownRichie Rich Success Stories #1 CGC 9.4 tied for finest knownRRSquarebo
I have set up a little comic shop here on the boards. I know selling in the galleries is *not a thing* yet, but I thought I'd give it a try.
I plan to keep about 50-100 books listed here, and will update regularly.
At least, that's the plan.
Anyway, check it out.
So why December of 1978?
Well, there was a movie released that month called Superman The Movie, that's why!
A favorite complaint these days is that neither Marvel or DC has appropriate books on the shelves to take advantage of the heat that is generated by comic book movies. So how did DC do back in 1978 at the golden age of superhero movies?
Not too shabby!
All-New Collectors' Edition: Superman The Movie #C-62 was right there to take advantage of the hype, with an issue dedicated to the movie itself!
The FFE's had ceased publication a few years prior, but they revived the title for one more issue with Famous First Edition Superman #C-61. How they neglected to print this issue back in 1974-1975 when they printed copies for Batman #1 and Wonder Woman #1 remains a mystery, but the timing worked out for them in the end.
As for the other books that month? Pretty standard mid-to-late Bronze Age stuff.
Thanks for reading, and have a great weekend!
The hunt is on!
I've been trying to find the source for CGC sized re-sealable bags that basically, "fit like a glove" - Is anyone familiar with these bags and know who makes them? and where to get them...?
I've recieved 3 cgc graded books in the past couple of months that came in these bags, but no one seems to know where they come from...? any help would be greatly appreciated!
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WTF is a teaser?
Like a few people I've seen here, my collecting focus follows a visual theme, underwater covers. I've never really liked being underwater, especially dark water. For some reason the thought of something attacking me from below is just the most unbearable and terrifying thought ever. I've also convinced myself that sharks could be anywhere.
When I started picking up comics I just bought stuff I wanted to read, mostly late SA/early BA horror, romance, and gothic romance(cause they make me laugh). I noticed that the underwater covers I randomly stumbled upon really grabbed hold of me. I started actively looking and realized that this was it. This is what I need to collect. I have just over 100 right now. I'm planning on slowing down the purchased a bit to ensure that I pick up books that fit, that I want to own, and that present well.
I'm making this journal mostly for me as a visual record of what I have and how it fits into my focus. Hopefully I can present some interesting books in a way that people don't see very often.
For now, I'll just post a few books to show the range of what I think fits in my focus.
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...minus one issue
Well, I just bought my last issue that I was missing from my set. There is one more issue that is about as rare as the holy grail, which there is only 1 graded copy, and it belongs to Marvel Madness.
If I was him, I would hang on to it to! It must be such a feeling to see that there is only one copy graded, and it's from 14 years ago, and you have the only graded copy!
But, even though he does have a graded copy, that doesn't mean that I will stop my search, or end my quest. (Same thing, right)? When, I'm silver and so is my set, I may just find that issue!
Happy memorial weekend everyone!
Trim or no trim, that is the ?.
Well here we go. Purchased off from ebay for $44 in June along with 3 others Gang Busters comics (#10,18, and 6). All were graded by CBCS and this issue, #13, was graded 8.0 OW/W pgs. After deciding to break them out for grading by CGC I started this journal to let people know how things were going. CGC has since removed some or all of them I'm told. This issue came back from CGC as a 8.0 white pgs. but with the "Cover Trimmed" note. I was somewhat shock as to how CBCS could have missed this and said so in a couple of the past parts of this journal. It was shortly after that post that W. Stepen of CBCS, a senior grader, got in contact with me by email and said the following- "We noticed an odd cut on the right edge of the comic, but after scrutinizing it, we determined it was from manufacturing, not post-manufacturing. Apparently CGC also noticed the odd cut & came to a different conclusion." He went on in some detail about how comics were made at the time and a bit about CBCS. All in all, a very nice email.
After all of that went down I couldn't wait to get it back from CGC to have a closer look at that right edge. Well, I've look at it now for a week or more and I'm not sure myself if it's been trimmed. I can see where both companies saw what they saw and came to their conclusions. There is a tiny bit of a wave in the cut that may look as if it's been trimmed but it happens at a point where there may have been a fold in the cover before the manufacturing cut and that caused the slight wave on the edge. Knowing that all four book came from the same collection, as they all have the same flowing "M" and a few numbers on the cover, and that none of the others were trimmed, makes me believe that this one wasn't either. But I do see why CGC may think is was trimmed.
I am glad I broke it out so that I can add it to my Registry.
Final words, CBCS seemed like a okay place to talk to and I do like their notes much better than CGC's. CGC only note is that it's a photo cover where CBCS note the actors in the photo cover along with four of the artists and that the story was by Phil Evans. They also tell which stories are in the book on the back label. As for the grade, 8.0 W pgs. I agree.
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This will be the only post this week, as I am officially on vacation. Woo hoo!
My family and I will be joining up with my brother and his girlfriend to drive into the path of the solar eclipse this week. We've been planning the trip for over a year, so fingers crossed that the weather holds.
Even scheduling this trip so far out, we still didn't manage to snag a camp site that lies in the path of the totality of the eclipse, but we'll be pretty darn close in Kentucky on the banks of the Mississippi river. If you hear some of the news reports, it's going to be like Woodstock in some of these places with as many 100,000 people funneling into these small towns in rural America. Hopefully the cloud cover stays away and we'll be able to see it. If my rig to join my camera and telescope works as planned, I should have some pics when I get back. See you then!
Whew!!! Time to take a break from comic buying before I bankrupt myself. No more books until 2018. All in all, I had one of my best years ever for acquisitions. Maybe the best. I raised my total registry points from 64,000 to 77,000. Speaking of points, this one is worth an impressive 850. Fourth appearance of the new X-Men. I'll get back to the journals next year. Enjoy.
How would CGC grade these?
I can?t remember the first pre bagged book I ever picked up and I am not talking about back issues either. I remember X-Force bagged with Variant Cards, I remember Spider-Man bagged as well. Both those bags were clear. The Death of Superman was the first bagged book I remember that was not see through. The black background accented the Red S. I bought more X-force books than I ever should have and I learned to curtail my spending for the Superman bagged issue. I only bought two.
So many people thought that would be the next best book, the book that would send their kids through school. I wanted one to read, and one to keep bagged. My readable copy is gone. I still have the bagged copy in between a thick plastic holder much like they use for baseball cards. Variant covers were another gimmick but at least now you have a choice to purchase a ?rare? cover, much like a fellow collector on the registry was looking for the 1 in 200 copy of JLA.
When I spent money quicker than I was earning it I would buy comic related cards as well and felt like I won the lottery when I found a hologram card in one of the two packs I purchased. If I remember correctly it is a card of Spider-Man and Venom. I still have the card. I just don?t know where it is. There is something magical about being surprised by the unexpected, much like Christmas Morning. I feel that DC is pulling off a huge gimmick with their whole line starting over at #1 that a lot of people are overlooking the Ultimate line bagging their number one books.
So why are they doing this? It can?t be to stop the readers from gazing through the book. All the new #1?s that the ultimate line is doing are bagged but the variants are easily accessible. Most shops have them bagged and boarded with a price hike. I would have no problem unbagging one and looking through the book to see if I wanted to buy it, much like I did with the September 7th DC books. I can understand why they did it with the last issue of the Ultimate Spider-Man. Does he die or doesn?t he. I?ll admit I was wrong. I thought Peter would live. So why bag the other number ones?
At my comic shop today, a day I wasn?t going to go, I picked up a fair amount of books including a single DC #1. My LCS was busier today so I was able to talk to the manager and he asked me a question. He asked me if I knew why Marvel was bagging all the #1?s. Admittedly I said no. I chat with many people about Comic books now that I am writing for Comicbooked.com and even started my own blog with AshotofComics@Blogspot.com but no one mentioned what he mentioned to me and I am curious enough to post this article/journal entry/ blog entry on all three avenues of communication just to find out if it is true.
I have a copy of Ultimate Comics All-New Spider-Man which I had the option of buying a variant but decided since I was already buying another variant I would have to pass. I only wanted the book to read anyway, not collect, maybe a CGC copy down the line, which was the reason why I bought the other variant. Anyway, what I was told that the reason for the bagged copies was inside were random variants which were signed by Stan Lee? Is this true? I don?t know but I would like to find out whether a reader could tell me, or who knows maybe I will be lucky enough to find out right now??.
Thanks for Reading
Actually, in this case I don't mind being by myself.
So, it is official... Spawn #9 is a very hot! hot! hot! little comic. Word of Neil Gaiman's move to Marvel Comics, and his decision to take the Angela property with him has sparked a massive interest in Spawn #9, the 1st appearance of the red haired angelic beauty (I love redheads!).Well, it seems there were about half a million copies of this comic printed back in the day. How many have survived I have no clue, but there are a lot of them available. I've visited eBay and there is a long list of available Spawn #9's... one in CGC 9.8 with Neil Gaiman's signature. Asking price $400 - $600. So landing one for your collection is not difficult to obtain.In fact, I received a newsletter from Mile High Comics, who state they are giving away 1 copy of Spawn #9 with every purchase of $50 or more. Check it out: "Marvel revealed yesterday that Neil Gaiman is moving his sexy heroine, ANGELA, into Marvel's new GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY title, effective with issue #5. This has caused not only our pre-sales of GUARDIANS to explode, but also initiated a mad scramble for all the past appearances of ANGELA in the Image Universe. See the complete Image list at the end of today's newsletter... ANGELA'S first appearance was in SPAWN #9, for which demand has absolutely skyrocketed overnight. Blessedly, we have been stashing back issues of SPAWN #9 for many years, so we still have enough copies in stock to offer you one copy completely for free as a reward for placing any $50 order with us over this next weekend. Just place your order, and then ask for your free copy in the "notes" section of our order form. Limit one copy per client, please..."http://www.milehighcomics.com/newsletter/032213email.html However, there is a variant of Spawn #9 which appears to be rare: the Newsstand Edition... which has the Universal Product Code (UPC) barcode box appearing on the cover, and is printed on newsprint paper, and is missing the Jim Lee poster, and is only 36 pages long versus 40 pages for the direct edition. As I understand it, this makes it variant. I double-checked on all my favorite comic book buying sites looking high and low for a variant/newsstand edition of Spawn #9 and could not find one. I also reviewed all the current Spawn collections on the Collectors Society to see who may own a copy and no one seems to have one. Then I went to CGC.com and checked the census... and to my shock, there is only 1 Newsstand Edition... one and only one! Yes... you have guessed it. I am the lucky winner! I have the sole graded Newsstand Edition of Spawn #9. Check it out: http://www.cgccomics.com/census/grades_standard.asp?ComicID=116184I know my celebration will be short lived... for it is only a matter of time before they start popping out of the woodworks, but it is nice to know, that I hold in my possession the very first of its kind. The very first CGC graded variant of Spawn #9. I copy I bought last year in a back issue bin at my local LCS.I have no idea what it is worth. Mile High Comics is selling a copy... a Very Fine copy for $265.60. They had a Near Mint copy listed for $320.00 but it appears to be out of stock. Here's the link if anyone's interested. http://www.milehighcomics.com/cgi-bin/backissue.cgi?action=enlarge&issue=77934967760%209%20NEWSSTAND What's funny is Mile High is also selling a direct edition near mint copy of only $72.50. Check it out: http://www.milehighcomics.com/cgi-bin/backissue.cgi?action=enlarge&issue=77934967760%209On Bleedingcool.com's forum, the Bulletin, I found a thread about the very subject: Speculator Corner: Spawn #9 By Neil Gaiman And Todd McFarlane, The First Appearance Of Angela. The dialogue exchange about Spawn #9 is quite funny. One poster did state: "The newsstand is the only one worth owning, flipping or grading." FYI: This little lady made her "debut" back in my journal I posted on March 4th called "The Irony of Spawn #9": http://comics.www.collectors-society.com/JournalDetail.aspx?JournalEntryID=13176 Check her out once again. Thanks for reading and Happy Collecting!SW3DTo see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
Slabbed and Scanned...
I have finally completed my Batman GA run, and am in the process of scanning the books that are back from CGC. 1-50 are all done, with 2 exceptions (waiting on arrival), and I have about 25 books from 51-103 that are currently being graded. While I know I will never had the "best" set (Mile High, Larson, etc that I don't think possible to own), I hope to put together one of the best cgc graded sets.
Yesterday we took a look at the dawn of the Bronze Age with the Superbooks. It would be about another year, however, for the Superbooks to start hitting their stride with some classic Bronze Age goodness. For me, the quintessential Superman Bronze Age book is Superman #233, so let's see what else was on the newsstands that month as well.
Aside from having the most iconic of Neal Adams' Superman covers, this issue starts a year-long story of a de-powered Superman by Denny O'Neil. While this was supposed to reset the status quo, it was largely contained within the pages of Superman and lasted only as long as Denny O'Neil stuck around. Those eleven issues are now affectionately known as the Sand-Superman Saga. It has its rightful place in Superman history, but honestly...80% of the reason is that cover!
Superman's Girl Friend Lois Lane #107 has another Rose & Thorn back-up, and nothing screams Bronze Age like street-level vigilantism.
Superboy #171 has one of the better (and all too rare) Carmine Infantino Superman covers. Great stuff! I'm not much of an historian for Aquaman, but was Aquaboy ever really a thing?
Jack Kirby was just getting started on his Fourth World epic, and we get Darkseid's second appearance here in Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #135.
...and is that another cover in the "people vs. Superman" theme on Action Comics #396? Suddenly he's the Rodney Dangerfield of super-heroes.
Another decent month in the world of Superman!
My first Journal was simple. I had a through an dI wrote. Now, thoughts have been few and far between. My life opened and upended again. I am almost exactly where I started and better off for it. However, my collecting has changed, and I don't necessarily mean by grading company. Marvel lost me on all titles but two and that might change to one. I have been visiting more comic conventions in the hope to lose myself into my hobby. Ive been listening to inspirational messages and trying to create my own. My father died over a year ago and I lost the one person I ready everything to. I still read it to him, but now I get no answer.
My last CGC book arrived in the Mail a measly 7.5, and I am ok with that. the cover is awesome and it is signed. Actually my last CGC book that arrived was sent to me by a friend that is currently over seas which means I will be missing him at Baltimore. That sucks...so as I write I realize I have no reason to write a journal, or rather no direction to write a journal. I am just trying out this new format. I am hoping I like it, because if I don't I most likely will fade away again. My goals are still the same, to own a complete set of New Mutants in a 9.8 or better, something CGC made harder after adding a few second, third, and fourth prints. Not to mention 5th and 6th.
Then there are the BIRTHDAY books. At first I limited myself to 45. Forty five was doable. 45 was clean...45 is not longer the amount I need. Now will Dell, Charlton, Archie, and a few others, I need over a 100. some of these I am buying just to have. Others I hope will eventually be graded, but nothing less that a 9.2. do you realize how difficult it is to find some of these in the first place...
and then there is original artwork. Yes, this bug bit me. However I am trying to really limit myself to what I get. I currently own nine pages from New Mutants 15. Two are framed, the other seven need to be still, and two of those I only just got in the last month.
Now if anyone could please help me with learning the new journals, I would appreciate that.
Image is from Buz Hasson who will be at the Baltimore Comic Con. I recommend seeing him for a commission.
If you ever wanted to listen to three hours of discussion about the 80's revival of DC's Blackhawk, now is your chance!! This episode is the last of three about this classic series.
Next episode: Cap's Kooky Quartet!
Classic Comics Forum Podcast #14: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 3
September 1, 2017
In the final part of our three part discussion of the 1982 reboot of the classic war comic Blackhawk by Mark Evanier and Dan Spiegle, Prince Hal and I examine the last 14 issues, covering #260-273.
Been a while, just been crazy busy at work and Summer activities. When you live in Minnesota you have to take advantage of time outdoors in the Summer. The good news is, I have finished up the rest of the Pasko run and ready to start Moore, can't wait. But first I am going to finish up the rest of the reviews of Pasko's run.
Also picked up my own Swamp Thing!
Now on to the review of issues #14 and #15. Both issues are written by Dan Mishkin and the Art by Bo and Scott Hampton.
Swamp Thing #14 and #15 (June and July, 1983)
Cover Price: $.60
Title: Crystal Visions and Shattered Dreams/Empires Made Out of Sands
Art-Bo and Scott Hampton (Cover: Yates)
Also of note: The Phantom Stranger backups have been dropped as of issue #14. But the Phantom Stranger appears in both issues.
Issue 14 starts out with Swamp Thing finishing his rejuvenation in the swamp where he was turned into Swamp Thing. Now being completely healed, he decides that he wants to be left alone for a bit before rejoining Liz, Dennis and Dr. Kay. Meanwhile a scientist named Nat Broder and his wife Sally are experimenting with computer chips (where Nat has made his fortune), however the experiment goes wrong and Nat is killed during the experiment. The company then decides to cover it up and dumps Nat's body out in the swamp. However Nat is not dead and has transformed into a crystal type of creature, anything he touches also turn in crystal. Soon Swamp Thing encounters Nat and the two battle ending with Swamp Thing defeated and turned into crystal.
Issue 15 continues on from issue 14. Swamp Thing now back Broder Electronics is able to free himself. Once again Swampy and Nat battle but Swamp Thing is unable to defeat him. However Sally (with guidance from the Phantom Stranger) knows how to defeat Nat and plays an organ at the right frequency shattering him. The issue ends with Swamp Thing saying his good-byes to Sally and moving on to and the Phantom Stranger reminiscing over the events over the last two issues.
Over all the two issues were okay. To me they were just two average fill in issues with guest creators. I'm not sure any of it will have any significance down the road.
Experience with the "Other Grader"
As a new collector, one of the first things that came to my attention was grading books. It didn't take long to realize the value and popular choice is CGC... But having read a bit about PGX, I was curious what kind of experiences have any of you had with them? Grading comparability? Turnaround times? Pricing? Etc...?
I'm sure there has been a lot of conversation surrounding this topic and considering some of the rants about CGC turnaround times, I found myself staring at the PGX site. It's out-dated, almost as if they have gone under... I found it a little "odd" as to why a business like PGX wouldn't go after "more of the pie" - so to speak... It seems to me if their grading is comparable, pricing competitive, ... if they updated their website & included a DB, they could do well...
On another note, I love the new Uncanny X-Force series!
Wait till you have some $'s saved up and grade them when you can.
Any paper (from what I'm told) is relatively collectible. Think of what happens to most of this stuff. Kids roll up the comics to swat each other, or flies, or they throw them across the room. Maybe after they read it, they just trash it if they didn't like it. What I'm getting at is that if you have some really descent condition comics, they may not grade out as 9.8's but some may get a 7 or 8.5, which is a great grade for the age. They lasted this long, so just keep them and save up for the grading. You can always check Ebay as a possible price guide.
And now.....the REST.....of the story.....
Back in 2014 I began making plans to move abroad. Expecting to have to downsize to smaller accommodations in Europe I sold off a huge chunk of my Comic book library (graphic novels, hardcovers, omnibuses and custom bound editions). Well I'm back in the US now and have started to work to rebuild my library. I thought it would be fun to track my progress here, and provide some reviews along the way.
As it is with books, some books I sold for a pretty penny have gone back into print and are now very affordable. Other titles that I created my own custom binds of have now had published volumes created (Gotham Central, DC 1 Million, etc), while other titles that were previously affordable have become difficult to find and have launched in price (why oh why did I sell them!??!).
If you want to see the original sales thread it is here:
Or just take a look at the Bookshelves I was selling from... Im not looking to perfectly replicate the collection, but it gives me a jumping off point for my hunt (and isn't the hunting the most fun part?)
So pull up a rich corinthian leather chair, put on your smoking jacket and join me in Miraclemet's collected editions library...