Here's a master list of all the episodes of the Classic Comics Forum Podcast so far!
As new episodes are released, i will update this list as well as post new entries for new episodes.
Most episodes I am joined by guests, so before we start the discussion about the topic at hand, there's a short interview where we discuss their reading and collecting history so you have an idea what their frame of reference is going into the discussion.
Issue #1: Life the Archie: The Married Life part 1
Issue #2: Life with Archie: The Married Like part 2
Issue #3: Boy Comics
Issue #4: Red Sonja part 1
Issue #5: Red Sonja part 2
Issue #6: 1st Issue Special part 1
Issue #7: 1st Issue Special part 2
Issue #8: Captain America by Steve Englehart part 1
Issue #9: Captain America by Steve Englehart part 2
Issue #10: Green Arrow by Mike Grell part 1
Issue #11: Green Arrow by Mike Grell part 2
Issue #12: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 1
Issue #13: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 2
Issue #14: Blackhawk by Mark Evanier part 3
Issue #15: Cap's Kooky Quartet part 1
Issue #16: Cap's Kooky Quartet part 2
Thank you for reading our comic book, find out what happens next month in the sequel issue #1 abcdefg with variant covers brought to you by the letter F,the letter U and the number 1.
Seriously, does DC actually expect me to buy their comics just because they are starting over with issue #1?s? Fifty two of them no less, maybe dedicated to the 52 week program when they were releasing the title of the same name every week of the year, because they seem to like that. I like the Legacy numbering and for one have no desire to jump on the new number one system. Did I see the preview of the new Justice League, yes. Does it look good? Yes. So why am I not picking up the number ones? Easy answer, they did it before and it didn?t do very well.
Green Lantern, Emerald Dawn was a great six issue mini. They started over with number one after these issues were over?I was done by issue 14. Justice League didn?t get that far for me. Superman, a powered down Superman, who was it that put Kryptonite in his water. The Flash started with a number one, I didn?t even bother to pick that up. I would rather pick up a sensational story at 903 then a mediocre one at issue #1. No offense DC but this number one thing you have going stinks of #2.
And Marvel, why (the hell) are you following DC starting with a new number one. Why are the Uncanny X-men to start over at a number one? I loved the fact that they were in the 500?s. Even Amazing Spider-man was started off at a number one and now they went back to their Legacy numbering. Apparently they realized that a fan loved the higher numbers. With issue #666 the story seems to be picking up steam. Start a New Universe if you want to start all over again, The Ultimate universe is doing pretty well, and you?d have to kill off Spider-Man to get a new number one over there?.oh wait.
I am not a fan of Daredevil being taken out of his book and being replaced by Black Panther. Why wasn?t he given a new number one? No, he took over as the Man without Fear title. Thor?relegated to number one and his numbering went to Journey into Mystery, you know the same title that was changed for Thor in the first place. Is this a rant, yes! I am sorry I couldn?t help myself. I would love to know if the new numbering system has you clambering for purchasing all 52 new DC books or will this new idea make you forget about DC altogether. Not to mention all those 9.8 Action Comic books #1 there is going to be. I hope no one confuses them with that 8.5 copy that sold for 1.5 million dollars
The other side of the coin is comic book companies want new readers. I like Marvel?s point one system. That is something innovative. I didn?t pick up any of the books I normally pick up though. I believe you either collect comic books or you don?t.
When I stand in line and a Cosmopolitan magazine is staring me down with a gorgeous woman on the cover I am not thinking whatsoever of picking this rubbish up and placing a number one on the cover won?t change my mind. To any comic book company deciding to read this rant I will tell you one simple thing that would make me part with more of my money on a good comic book and try a new title. Lower your prices.
Thanks for Reading
Picked this up from Comic Connect yesterday. The beginning of the alien war saga courtesy of Roy Thomas and Neal Adams. The most valuable Marvel book featuring Neal's artwork. Would have preferred a higher grade, but one buys what one can afford. Eight more Adams books to go. Enjoy.
I had been eyeing some of these for a while so I finally put some of my extras on eBay to help fund the purchase. The first six were buys so I was able to negotiate a better price but the last two were auctions, so I paid dearly for them. There was someone who wanted them nearly as much as I did. All of them are the highest graded and five of them are the single highest graded. To view the set:
I picked up two slabs from ebay because they were very reasonably priced. They are in good shape, but there are markings that border the book itself in the plastic enclosure. I am pretty new to collecting cgc certified books but I do have a few purchased from reputable comic stores and none of those have any of these sort of markings. Are these signs of a case that has been tampered with, or are these commonly seen in some slabs that have been through a process that I'm not familiar with? I hope the images show the markings off clearly. I sure hope they have not been tampered with as that would really suck. I should add that both of the books added to my registry set successfully with the cert. numbers on the label. They are not really expensive books or anything so I don't really suspect counterfeit books, but it just looks like the cases have been opened to me. Again, I'm not sure what the deal is here so hopefully someone can shed some light. Thanks.
The end is nigh.......
As I have stated in my bio, I have just a few more books to add to my registry. Problem is, some of the Neal Adams books I need are quite difficult to find slabbed. If anybody out there has the following graded at least 9.2: House Of Secrets 82,Phantom Stranger 5, Heart Throbs 120 and Creepy 14, then I'm buying if you're selling.
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This is my "pet" comic book. I can find a reason to like ANY comic book, but this particular Issue was one that I could not afford when I was a young boy. I vowed that one day that I was going to own at least one. And keep it forever. This IMSM was a "true" one-shot - it was never intended to go to Issue # 2. Marvel Comics had just obtained permission to add extra titles to their Statements of Publications, so they gave Captain America and the Hulk their own titles immediately. But Marvel could not add all four( 4) new Premier Issues for the four characters right away; there must have been a one-month delay to publish all four titles. This presented a problem of what to do with Iron Man and the Sub-Mariner, even if it was one month. Iron Man was teamed up with Cap in that classic series, Tales of Suspense( TOS). The Sub-Mariner was teamed up with the Hulk as those two shared another classic series, Tales to Astonish( TTA). Cap got to pick up the numerical sequential number of # 100, as TOS left off at # 99. The Hulk got to pick up at # 102, as TTA left off at # 101. But what to do with old Shellhead and Pointy-ears??? Stick them in ONE comic for the ONE month, and everyone will be happy. It was decided that Iron Man would be the o
I thought some of you might be curious about the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and it's effect on comic book collections and since I have one effected I figured I would share some details. My wife & I had just bought a house, closing and moving in on August 21st, a Monday. By Friday our new neighbors were preparing to evacuate the neighborhood and after a few conversations we decided it would be best to do the same. Mostly out of shock, all our survivalist skills were thrown out the window as we packed a couple of bags of clothes, a box of valuables like paperwork, jewels and documents and my priceless hand-built guitar. I had sold off most of my comic book collection before moving to Texas and came out with a single short box which had grown into 3 over the past year, but before we left, I put my most valuable comics in one box and brought it along, just in case. I had put the two remaining boxes on the top shelf in my closet thinking if the water comes in these should be fine at 6' up. Well, I was wrong. The house took on over 9' of water, everything we owned was destroyed including those 2 boxes. This included a complete set of Wonder Woman New 52 with variants, (thankfully, not my #38 Finch variant) - Wonder Woman Rebirth set, an almost complete set of Wonder Woman Vol 2. & a Green Lantern set I had been recently working. There's a handful of books I keep kicking myself over not grabbing on the way out, but thankfully the damage is limited to about $1000 bucks and my valuable box survived!
Attached are a few photos to check out, the house is our neighbors up the hill from us, we took on a couple more feet.
Lastly, the good news is we have flood insurance, but the process is taking much longer than you can imagine and may take as long as 2 years. I will note, the best lesson I can offer anyone is to be sure your most valuable books are in one place so you can quickly grab them if you need too.
No wonder the USPS is having difficulties...
This is the first time I ever posted two journals on the same day, or at the very least so close together. It is almost midnight and after working for 42 days in a row (some of them doubles) I finally have a day off. My internet has been sporadic at best. It took me a full day to download an episode of Doctor Who, which is slightly quicker than the last episode I downloaded which took three days. The upsetting fact is if I do not cut and paste to get these journals on?.they won?t be posted. In the past I have had numerous problems with the USPS. Most recently was my last package which was in Limbo a few more days than it should have. Fortunately I got it.
This past Monday I received two notices. One from CGC and the other from ComicLink, both notices were about my books. ComicLink sent a tracking number with Fed-Ex stating they were on the way and I was able to track each time my package moved as you will see below.
Oct 6, 2011 9:47 AM
Signature Service not requested.
Oct 6, 2011 3:39 AM
On FedEx vehicle for delivery
Oct 6, 2011 3:29 AM
At local FedEx facility
Oct 5, 2011 9:06 PM
Departed FedEx location
Oct 5, 2011 5:15 PM
Arrived at FedEx location
Oct 5, 2011 12:30 PM
Departed FedEx location
Oct 5, 2011 4:47 AM
Arrived at FedEx location
Oct 4, 2011 8:42 PM
Left FedEx origin facility
Oct 4, 2011 6:45 PM
Arrived at FedEx location
Oct 4, 2011 4:47 PM
Oct 4, 2011 8:58 AM
Shipment information sent to Fed-Ex
I was able to follow my books with no problem and my mind was at ease. The books I sent to CGC are more valuable?not so much by what they are worth on the market, because they wouldn?t be worth anything to anyone else. Two of the three were books I bought at ComiCards when I was a Teen, and the other was sent in by Lee K to be graded for me hoping it would be a 9.8. It wasn?t, it was a 9.6 and now it is a 9.4. These three books are irreplaceable.
I have decided to stop using USPS when I have another option. Fed-Ex hasn?t failed me yet. I sent my latest batch to CGC through UPS. I also chose to spend the $50 for the ten books to be sent back to me even though the USPS is cheaper. The problem is the post office has been failing me in such a big way. The following is what I have from the post office for a package that was shipped out the same day from Florida as the package sent Fed-Ex from Maine. This is my Current status as of this writing.
Your Item's Status
Your item was processed through our SARASOTA, FL 34230 facility on October 03, 2011 at 2:17 pm. Information, if available, is updated periodically throughout the day. Please check again later.
Today is the ending hours of the 6th of October. Why isn't the package closer. I feel like my package is sitting in a warehouse in Florida collecting dust. Sure there is the possibility that it is in Philadelphia already but why don't I have confirmation of where it is. I cannot believe after four days my package is still down south.
When I first mentioned to my post office about a mussing package they blamed it on my neighbors saying I had a thief in the building. Their advice was to get my packages with signature required. When I was waiting for one of those packaged with signature required and I was able to track it through the website my post man did not have it in his bag. When I inquired if he had a package for me he said no. I pushed further and told him that the package says it is out for delivery. He said he would have to checks his truck and came back with my package. Why didn?t he have it on him in the first place?
Another time a postal worker signed for it?signed and forged my name. I followed up on this right away?got the package and talked to a supervisor who seemed very concerned with my plight, so imagine my surprise when I called up the post office to find out what was going on and I asked for her by name and no one seemed to know who she was. I collect in this hobby because I enjoy it immensely but I do not need someone who also enjoys it trying to take what is mine. I can go on about this and I will but has anyone else suffered like this? Would you spend the extra money to guarantee your comics safety? What was the most valuable comic you ever lost (if any) and I don?t mean financial. My most valuable comic is at CGC right now and it is only a copy of New Mutants #15 in a 4.5.
Thanks for Reading
Picked this one up today at the Niagara Falls Comic Con. An awesome 9.2 that looks more like a 9.4. And on top of that, Neal Adams, the artist of this cover, was there. Chatted him with a bit and bought a reprint book of Deadman stories from Strange Adventures, which he signed. This was my third meeting with him at a show. Also, for the first time, a finally met Jim Steranko here today. Very nice guy. Anyways, enjoy.
Approximately one Spawn comic posted daily for 365 days- through the upcoming film and milestone issue #300.
The majority of these issues are original owner, and as of this posting I am only missing one issue (#150) from being completely current.
I will reserve Sundays for posting a Spawn spinoff or one-shot at my discretion.
This is what I wrote for Comicbooked.com. I felt like I had to share it here. I am curious if people who collect these slabs like I do think I described what we so love.
CGC (Certified Guaranty Company) changed the way I collect comic books. They were founded January, 2000 in Parsippany, NJ. and are currently headquartered in Sarasota, FL. CCG (Certified Collectibles Group) presides over them along with NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation for grading coins), NCS (Numismatic Conservation Services for conservation of coins), PMG (Paper Money Guaranty) and CGC Magazines (the same thing CGC does for comic books).
CGC travels around the country accepting comics at conventions. They also occasionally have on-site grading. Although this costs a bit more, there is a 95% chance you will get the books back the same weekend. Philadelphia, Chicago, and LA are just some of the city?s that have hosted comic conventions with CGC performing this service.
At conventions where CGC does not offer on site grading they will accept your comic books, fill out an invoice and safely package them up to transport them back to their headquarters for grading. You can also submit books under your own membership number as a registered paying member of the Collector?s Society (free memberships are also available). Once your books are in Florida and accepted the process begins. After the allotted amount of time your book will be encapsulated in a tamper proof slab (the terminology for one graded book) with a numerical grade for the comic book.
In case you're curious, a perfectly graded comic book is considered Gem Mint, numerically speaking a 10 or aesthetically pleasing as Bo Derek. A 9.9 is the next grade down or Mint. Both of these grades are extremely difficult to achieve, not impossible but rare. The likelihood of getting a Signature Series in the same grades becomes closer to the odds of winning the lottery. For example, there is currently only one 9.9 Signature Series copy of The New Teen Titan's #26. The selling price is $1500 compared to a Universal 9.8 which averages around $45 (This average is a compiled amount over the past 12 months). There are 39 copies in a 9.8, 10 of those are Signature Series books.
You can have any grade in any of the following categories: Universal (Blue Label), Signature Series (Yellow Label), Qualified (Green Label), and Restored (Purple Label). A Purple Restored label could also be mixed with a Green Qualified, or a Yellow Signature label. More on these break downs another time. Let?s concentrate on the high end numerical grades.
A 9.8 seems to be the grade that most registered registry users are happy with. The majority of my collection is a 9.8 or Near Mint/Mint. I have one 9.9 and two Gem Mint books. I hope to increase this number. Then there are 9.6 or Near Mint Plus and 9.4 also known as Near Mint. These two grades are out there and more desirable with books from the 60s and 70s and more affordable then a 9.8 from the same era. So what grade is good for you? Which ones should you collect? And what is the first thing you should know about collecting CGC graded comic books?
The first thing is space. How much of it do you have? A long box holds about 300 books, of course this all depends on how you bag or board them, or combinations of both and what bags are being used. A half box holds approximately 150 books. Once again this depends on your bag and boarding procedures. There is only one size CGC box and although the box is wider and higher than a half box, it is not as long as one, ok?well maybe slightly.
I purchased shelving units for the main purpose of holding my comic books. I got these from IKEA. And unfortunately they no longer make these. Each shelving unit safely holds five boxes of comic books, which is about 750. What if I take the same five slots for CGC boxes? If each CGC box holds 32 to 35 slabs then we are talking about the shelf holding about 160 graded comic books compared to holding approximately 750 raw (Ungraded) comic books.
Using my New Mutants collection as an example I can store in one half box volume number one issues one through 100, Annuals one through seven, the Special Edition, Volume Two, issues one through 13, and Volume Three, issues one through 20 with all the variants. One CGC box in the same space can hold issues number one through 33 of the same series. If you can allot the space for it (you can always start off small), I recommend thinking about the next question. How much are you willing to spend?
Just recently I purchased a copy of Uncanny X-Men #183. I?ll give you a second to think of the issue I am talking about, never mind here is a picture(picture below). There's nothing special about it, no first appearance, no signature, and no reason I spent $45 on this book other than it is a 9.8 with white pages. I don?t like to spend any more than that on a non-key issue from this era. By the way it looks a lot nicer in my hands.
Go on eBay or check out Overstreet's and the books high price will most likely be three dollars. So why did I spend fifteen times the going rate for a book, other than I liked it, or wanted it. It is because it is the best book possible that I can afford. I tried purchasing it twice before and each time the bid went higher than I wanted to pay. Don't let the thrill of bidding carry you away. Decide what you want to spend and DO NOT GO OVER that amount. The book you win could cause regret later.
I would be very happy with a 9.4 for any book from the 60s and can be just as happy with a 9.2 from earlier in the same decade which would be considered a Near Mint Minus. I have a copy of Daredevil number 90 in a 9.0 which is considered a Very Fine/Near Mint book. This is one of the first CGC books I ever got, and it was cheap. The higher grade the higher the price, this goes without saying but having a third-party grade it increases its worth exponentially.
The other item you might need is patience. Out of the New Mutants set some issues do not currently exist in a 9.8, on others there is only one. I need 11 more in a 9.8 or greater and all I can do is wait.
Next we'll go over the labels but until then thanks for reading.
Any questions can be asked in the comments section below or you can reach me on twitter @CGCLee or CGCLee@Comicbooked.com
I hope to have part two of my interview up next....and answer When is the best time to send in books for grading.
Thanks for Reading
Current Status on my comic sets.
Well, it's been a slow go since my last update. Probably the biggest movement has been a 2,000 increase in my HOM set (with only a 4% improvement towards completion) and a BIG jump on my Ghosts set (78% to 91% completion) and Witching Hour set (70% to 83% completion).
Phantom Stranger (2nd)
Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion
Journey into Mystery (2nd)
Secrets of Haunted House
House of Mystery
House of Secrets
Chamber of Chills (1972)
Well, I've compared my status from below in 6/07...here are the updated stats. The percentage completion is misleading b/c I've done a lot of upgrading of existing issues...which is why I'll be tracking points as well from this point forward.
Phantom Stranger (2nd)
Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion
Journey into Mystery (2nd)
Secrets of Haunted House
House of Mystery
House of Secrets
Chamber of Chills (1972)
Wow! It doesn't seem like I've been collecting Bronze Age Horror comics for over four years, but I have. I've had lots of highs and lows, and I've had much success in upgrading many issues in my collection.
One of the things I've found is that you must realize that this is a marathon, and you can't sprint like this is a 100yard dash. Retrospectively, I used to find myself impatient in acquiring books because "they won't turn up again" only to see more around the corner. I've learned to be patient to ensure that I get the right book "at the right price".
Anyway, this is my status of completing most of my horror sets. Wish me luck...I think I can almost see the finish line from here.
Black Magic (1973): 55%
Chamber of Chills (1972): 88%
Chamber of Darkness: 88%
Crypt of Shadows: 80%
Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion: 73%
House of Mystery: 82%
House of Secrets: 85%
Journey into Mystery (2nd): 78%
Phantom Stranger (2nd): 38%
Secrets of Haunted House: 80%
Secrets of Sinister House: 94%
Tomb of Darkness: 53%
Vault of Evil: 82%
Weird Mystery Tales: 79%
Weird War Tales: 70%
Witching Hour: 74%
You know, I told myself I wasn?t going to buy any comics this year because I?ve been spending too much in my opinion. I love collecting comics, but really there are others things in life I could be spending my money on?painting the house, buying new appliances, paying off credit card debt, putting money in savings (we are crazy to spend like the money will always be there), not to mention going on a mission trip to love and serve those extremely less fortunate in Malawi or Haiti (I want to do this soon). So the realization I came to was rather than do away with comic spending all year like I?d planned, I?ll just limit my expenses.
I tried to pick up a copy of Fantastic Four #104 CGC 9.6 on ComicLink recently but I was outbid last minute (OK, which one of you snagged my book!?). I love that issue because of the great cover and it features one of my favorite villains. Alas, it was not meant to be. That?s OK though, I am happy with my consolation prize that is the title of this article- Hulk #161. This book has been on my want list for a long time, it?s part of Marvel Masterworks X-men Vol. 7 which I?m collecting the individual issues of, and the price was right ($60 less than it?s been on eBay). That?s a purchase I feel good about, and it looks great framed and mounted on my wall (Frame-It Again Sam frames work GREAT!) next to my other top 8 books (hey, just thought of that- I should pick up a couple more frames so I?ll have a ?Top 10?).
This will move me up a little in the rankings, but not as much as I?d like?I prefer to be in the top 500. For now though I?ll have to be content with moving just past the poor old duck loving man?no really, his member name is ?pooroldman? and he has a nice Donald Duck collection.
Til next time?
<h3>Just plain don't get you silver/bronze only collectors...<h3>
<p>I believe that that the content of classic comics before 1978-72ish is so inferior to today's that the value that builds on their rarity is not structured logically. Now, I'm not saying that modern comics transcend the fact that they are ultimately cartoons (opinions aside). However, the content that makes up: artistic value <h7>(the drawings and ink jobs)<h7>, dynamics of dialouge <h7>(events, stories, relationships)<h7>, or initial exclusivity of <h7>(variant covers, dealer incentives, 9.x cgc/cb slabs<h7>, cant seriously be rivaled in terms of: <li>entertainment and enjoyment<li> <li>production value<li> <li>economic footprint. <h7>(at the time of the initial release of the book)<h7>.<li><p>
So here's that cheap unappreciated Neal Adams Superman. I was showing this around in the Bronze Comics Forum:
How can you not love this? Superman at the gates of Hell! How'd that happen? Where are those gates? What did the lady do, and should Superman help her?
I'm going to find out and I'll report back!
Edit: OK, I read it. A few things I can say, Curt Swan interior art and a Batman Cameo. But I can't describe the plot without revealing spoilers. I can say that it's a good story!
Prices I'm paying for my CGC stuff.
Hi everyone, just wanted to let anyone who's looking know, that I am going to start listing prices that I paid for new items, that I'm putting in the registry. These prices include everything. Postage, shipping, if I had the comic graded the costs of that, or an estimate of gas and time, when I buy in the area. This is more or less for my info but, I thought that it may help others as a comparison.
I decided on this idea for the Atlas-Seaboard set. I do intend to do it for all my sets from here on out. I also intend to go back on some of the older issues and post prices I paid, if I still have a record for them.
Bewitched with new Witching Hour additions.
Well, after four years of collecting this title, I moved from a paltry 45% to roughtly 75% with the acquisition of a collection from a fellow horror collector. It looks like this title is becoming more challenging than I initially thought...but I hope to have this being more or less wrapped up in a couple of years.
Latest addition, or I blame Tnerb...
You know what? Writing these journals is almost as much fun as collecting the comics themselves?I said ALMOST!
So in an attempt to be fiscally responsible this year, I pledged not to buy any CGC books in 2011, period. Well, I couldn?t even make it to March and I blame Tnerb! ?Check out this auction? he tells me. ?You don?t have to place the winning bid, just bid? he tells me. So what do I do? I place the bid and win the book! Just kidding Tnerb, I appreciate the head?s up on this one and I?m actually very happy with my purchase and the price. It didn?t hurt that I had a really nice bonus at work either.
This book now becomes my oldest CGC 9.6 to date (January 1971) and it even has White pages. Man that was 40 years ago! How crazy is that? I often wonder how the book stayed in such great shape all these years?bags and boards haven?t been around that long and we all know how easy it is to damage a book (just check out this journal from Lee K http://comics.www.collectors-society.com/JournalDetail.aspx?JournalEntryID=8276). Whoever the original owner was, you know they loved the book and took the necessary steps to keep it safe all these years. Thanks to the great protection provided by the CGC case it?s in now I will continue to look after this gem for years to come!
So not only is this my oldest CGC 9.6 but it?s also the first appearance of an X-man (Iceman) since the team?s flagship title was cancelled (March 1970). That alone was enough to put this book at the top of my wish list so I?m really happy to have it safely tucked away in my collection now where it belongs. Now if I could just figure out how to display it?I?ve seen those wooden frames you can buy that let you slide the books in and out, but I?m not sure I?m sold on the idea of a wooden frame.
Well now that I have the ASM #92, what?s next on my wish list you ask? I don?t want to say right now because I know Tnerb will find it and then I?ll have to buy it! ! Who knows, maybe I will end up with another CGC book or two this year after all, we?ll see. J
Til next time?