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Lois Lane 83

Just picked this one up on ebay, my best offer being accepted. Don't pick up many books nowadays with this original CGC label. And there are very few copies of this one on the census. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

 

CGC Label Error

I just bought Spider-Gwen #5 CGC#1594823016 signed by Stan Lee; the Aja Variant Cover. The label says Stan Lee signed the comic on 11/28/2018—that’s an improbability. Today’s date (as of this writing) is 8/15/2018. Did a mysterious benefactor traveled into the future and have Stan Lee autograph the comic? Doubt it. The obvious answer is, he signed the comic in “January” instead of “November” of 2018. CGC must’ve accidentally hit “11” instead of just “1” for the month. Does an error like this affect the antiunity of the signature or value of the comic? I would love to hear any feedback on this.  P.S. I know after 11/28/2018 nobody will believe me or even care about this mistake.

ParadoxTremors

ParadoxTremors

Incognito Comics

Hello and welcome to my thirteenth entry under the 'Comic Shops I've Farted In' overarching journal heading. I do like my headings to overarch. They say that 13 is 'unlucky for some'. Well it was certainly unlucky for Incognito Comics because this is how many cheese chunders I counted on my last visit. That's the last time I take my Nan to a comic shop, I'll tell you that for nothing! I won't charge you. Any way, she made the place uninhabitable for a good half an hour. No more cheesy quavers for you Nan I said on the bus home (on which she dropped a further four air biscuits I hasten to add. Come to think of it, has anyone ever added slowly? Why all the haste all the time?). It's true what they say about the old ones. They smell of wee. As this is my final entry (ooh missus!), I won't say 'see you next time' as that would make me a liar. And nobody likes A Liar! Except Barry Liar, who loves his wife Ann dearly. So, that's that. Thanks for reading.    

Kent Comics

You can't hide a comic shop in Orpington no matter how hard you try. It will always be found. Anyway, I farted with such ferocity here once that a stewards enquiry had to be held to assess a 'touching cloth' incident.  Never mix your gases with your solids.  See you next time in 'comic shops I've farted in'. 
 

More Avengers

Some Avengers Pickups. The #9 was a throw in by the seller when I bought #3. The cover is pretty beat but the interior is in pretty good shape. Avengers 2 $230 4.0 Online Avengers 3 $130 2.5 Ebay Avengers 8 $127 5 Ebay Avengers 9 $0 1.0 EBay $18711 Remaining 83/250 books  

Krydel4

Krydel4

 

Sometimes you just shake your head

So...I'm looking through the books in the July 1st Heritage Sunday Comic auction and I see that there are three golden age Caps in there.  All raw and restored to various degrees.  The issue I'm most interested in is #65 which is an apparent VG- with slight color touch to cover and trimmed on all three sides.  Let me repeat that.  TRIMMED ON ALL THREE SIDES.  I think most collectors would agree that trimming is the worst kind of restoration a book can have since someone basically removed part of the book to make it look better.  That cannot be undone!  So I figured this book would go for "relatively cheap" since a 3.5 unrestored just sold for $685 in June of this year.  Maybe like $350-$400 I thought.  Nope.  The @%$# thing hammered at $600, which, after the buyers premium is $720!   I can only guess the winner doesn't care about trimmed books...which, I suppose some people...may not? Or maybe the winner just had to have the one cover where Cap slaps his partner? Either way, I wasn't paying that for that book even though it was the next book I needed on my way down from issue #78 (besides #72).  There are 38 unrestored copies on the census (give or take a few).  It's not like there are 9 or even 19.  It will come up again! After not winning that book (since I didn't bid due to the price already being above what I was comfortable with) it allows me to pursue others.  The hunt is most of the fun to me anyway.  With a limited budget, you have to choose your books carefully and cannot afford (literally) to overspend. Keeping on track with the current series you are on can also be a challenge as well when you come across a beautiful book you want but buying it would slow down your main series collecting.  One such book last week was All Top Comics #16.  A 5.0 off-white to white pager was on eBay.  I was tempted to go after it as I love the cover.  It last sold on 6/6/16 for $825.  It was at $911 with under a minute left until it shot up to $1,336 in the last ten seconds!  A 61.7% increase in just over two years?!  Damn someone wanted that book!  I did win a GA Cap book from the most recent ComicConnect auction which is on its way to me now.  I'll post it as soon as it arrives!

GoldCap

GoldCap

 

More Tales of Suspense and a Grail

Between work and a newborn been very busy. Not too busy to buy but too busy to have the time to catalogue, scan, and post. I usually scan at night but as sleep has been at a premium lately I have been opting for bed rather than the glow of a computer screen. But I will try to get caught up over the days and weeks to get back on track. I'll be posting chronological from when I bought the books based on memory.  TOS 40 $110 2.0 EBay TOS 43 $82 2.0 LCBS Avengers 4 $375 1.8 Online Auction $19198 remaining 79/250 books

Krydel4

Krydel4

 

Two more later series issues added + piecing a issue together...

I would not buy another Cap book for six months after my CGC 1.8 Cap #72 in November of 2016 on eBay.  I would actually end up selling the Cap #72 in April 2017 to a board member.  Why?  I just felt the grade was a tad too low being a 1.8.  The next book I would pick up was a Captain America Comics #69 CGC 3.0 Canadian edition off the boards a month later in May of 2017.  It was actually the board member who sold me my Cap #74 Canadian edition that notified me that this book was for sale, so now I owe him even more   I had missed out on a raw US edition of this issue on the boards maybe a year or so prior so I quickly snapped this one up! Off white to white pages and wonderfully presenting for a 3.0.  What more could one ask for?  It also has an interesting maple leaf stamp on the cover.  Never seen that before The next book I bought was a complete but coverless Captain America Comics #27 off eBay in September.  I had not bought a coverless Cap issue before but this was issue #27!  It was one of my favorite issues and I figured I had time to wait for a cover while I continued on the rest of the collection. I did not have to wait long as four days later someone listed a Captain America Comics #27 front cover only on eBay!  Crazy!  I was a bit hesitant to purchase it since it was only the front cover.  What were my chances of getting just a back cover?  Better just to wait for a complete front and back cover I thought, but I still pulled the trigger since it was pretty well presenting. So now I had an almost complete copy of Cap #27!  Not bad!       Now this isn't a GA Captain America Comic but while perusing the November ComicLink auction I came across a Wow Comics #38 CGC 4.0.  I had never seen this cover before and it really struck me as beautiful.  Quite simple in it's design with Mary Marvel soaring above the clouds with arms outstretched and a little lightning bolt off in the distance.  It has become one of my favorite GA covers and I'm glad a won it. Now to find who owns the CGC 9.2 Crowley/File Copy, even though that has cream to off-white pages and mine is off-white to white pages My last Cap book bought in 2017 was a Captain America Comics #67 CGC 2.5 off the boards in December.  It's the 2nd lowest graded copy on the census (of 30) but that's where I expect most of my books to be so it fit in perfect with my collection. Finally I am caught up to 2018 so this this journal will soon be in real time! Captain America Comics issues acquired to date - 27, 33, 44, 53, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 73, 74, 75, 77 and 78.

GoldCap

GoldCap

 

3 more sweet books added to the Cap collection!!

As I was saying in my last entry, I was longing for my first Alex Schomburg war cover.  It came by way of the boards from a member who was willing to work with my on time payments in July of 2016.  I present to you Captain America Comics #33!!       As you can see, this book has been restored (via a piece re-attached to cover with glue) and has a detached cover.  These are two characteristics I said I was going to stay away from except for the more expensive issues.  I would consider this one such issue.  Since buying this book I have decided to "lower my standards" if you will, for the books I decide to bring into my collection.  I still will strive for grades 2.0 - 4.0 but restoration and detached covers/centerfolds won't be an automatic denial for a given book.  Of course the exact amount of restoration will play a part and I'm still avoiding trimmed or brittle books.  This particular Cap #33 has very little restoration, presents wonderfully and has like new WHITE pages to boot!  I don't see myself getting another copy of this book for under $1,000 anytime soon.  There are two 1.0 graded books on the census but who knows if they present well at all.  I am super happy to own this book as it is one of my top five Cap covers of the entire run.  Issues #1-3 & #27 rounding out the top five.       Which issue next I asked myself.  I needed just issues #72 & #78 to complete Cap #70 - #78 so I put my first WTB post up for a Captain America Comics #78 in September of 2016.  I got three people offering a copy right away.  I was pretty surprised!  Then, a board member reached out to me offering a quadruple signed CGC 3.0! The signatures were from Stan Lee, Ayers, Joe Simon and John Romita!  I thought my triple signed Cap #73 was cool! What was I going to have to give to this guy to make that comic mine?  A kidney and promising my first born child??? Luckily he just wanted cash and a trade for my raw Cap #76 I had bought on eBay the year prior.  After a couple weeks of messaging back and forth to meet at a price we were both comfortable with, it was mine!       I would go on to pick up Cap #72 off eBay in November of 2016.  A CGC 1.8 which is the lowest graded copy on the census That would be my last Cap issue purchased in 2016.  I now had 13 GA Cap issues (33, 44, 53, 66, 68, 70-75, 77 & 78).  The first issue I purchased in 2017 would be another Canadian copy off the boards...    

GoldCap

GoldCap

Teen Titans 22

Just won this in the Comic Link auction. My first 9.6 DC acquisition in quite some time. Neal Adams sharing artwork duties with Nick Cardy. Five more Adams books to go.

john ivic

john ivic

Orbital Comics

For reasons which will be kept private, this is the shop in which one can derive the greatest pleasure from a cheese squeezing attack. Richly deserved, every chuff is a further notch on the rung of flatulence pay back. Most gratifying indeed. See you next time.
 

What do you think qualifies as slow shipping?

I wanted to get your thoughts on what do you consider to be slow shipping when you buy a comic online?  I did a" Buy It now" from Metropolis on May 25 of a Turok 56. Nice 9.6 , good price but ultra slow shipping.  I got an email from them on June 6 saying they were about to ship. That's 12 days after purchase. They then sent an email on June 13 saying it shipped. Seven more days. It arrived June 16 finally.  Now to be fair it does state that they take 2 to 3 weeks to ship but I've never bought a comic from them that has taken more than 10 days to arrive.  On the same day at the same time I bought a Thor 131 9.4 from Worldwide Comics and had it 3 days later . I bought a Comic from Comiclink a few days after the Metropolis purchase and it beat the Turok here. So what do you think is slow?  On a brighter note I had a string of being second on online auctions come to an end with a win on Heritage the other night.  Recently on the 9.8 and 9.6's I would come up just short but finally broke through with 40 bucks to spare from my high bid.  Well today the images of those two books are not loading or any other picture or I would post them.  Sorry about that. TRYING to load again, Hope it works.

Rockblazer

Rockblazer

The London Comic Fair

OK, not a shop as such I grant you but boy have I pumped a few out here. You'd have to go some way to break the stranglehold of smell that other people's body odour creates of course, but you can eke out a rewarding one near some of the less likable dealers if you act quickly. Well worth an air biscuit and easy to pass off as the fault of that guy with the dog (it is a dog isn't it? What? His wife? Jesus ). See you next time.

Silveracre Comics

I've never farted in Silveracre Comics because the bloke won't let you in to that place of his in Chester. But I have farted many times whilst placing online orders and like to think that these made it through.  Feel free to share your own stories of farting in comic shops. See you next time.