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  1. TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - Can't create? Imitate!


    I bought this beat up copy for $8


    This is one of those issues that are sort of well-loved... I mean, the idea of it and that cover are certainly well-loved. It IS a great Marie Severin cover (inks by Frank Giacoia), the kind of thing where someone (probably Stan) said, "What if the Hulk ran into the Silver Surfer?"



    (TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - cover dated July 1967, on newsstands April 11th, 1967 with cover art by Marie Severin)



    We start off with the Sub-Mariner's story though, who had been sharing the Tales to Astonish title with the Hulk since #70 (May 1965) and would through #101 when the book was canceled so he and the Hulk could start their own series.



    (TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - cover dated July 1967, on newsstands April 11th, 1967 with art by Dan Adkins)



    This was Roy Thomas' first issue writing Subby and he starts it off by... imitating the scene from Amazing Spider-man #33 where Spidey is trapped under the building wreckage and it's too heavy for him and he somehow finds the strength to lift it and save himself.


    Except here... instead of the hero, it's the android who does it. It's kind of weird...



    (TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - cover dated July 1967, on newsstands April 11th, 1967 with art by Dan Adkins)



    It even has the payoff panel as a splash... it's a direct homage!


    I'm actually a fan of Dan Adkins - he's a bit stiff compared to Kirby, but he's still better than Swan or some of those DC artists. And his inks on this are nice as well.



    (TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - cover dated July 1967, on newsstands April 11th, 1967 with art by Dan Adkins)



    I wasn't old enough to see this stuff when it first came out, but man, I would have loved to have ordered these shirts and sweatshirts and posters and buttons! I would've ordered all of it!



    (TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - cover dated July 1967, on newsstands April 11th, 1967 with art by various - mainly Kirby and Ditko)



    Speaking of stiff, I love Marie Severin's work as well, but she too lacks the flair of a Kirby or Ditko in her action scenes. She also has a bit of a problem trying to come up with a story here, as Stan's plot synopsis was most likely (again), "What if the Hulk ran into the Silver Surfer?"


    Great idea, but not much of a story.



    (TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - cover dated July 1967, on newsstands April 11th, 1967 with art by Marie Severin)



    Always thought it was funny though, towards the end of it, the Hulk punches the Surfer square in the face! Not sure who's idea it was, but I thought it was pretty humorous...



    (TALES TO ASTONISH #93 - cover dated July 1967, on newsstands April 11th, 1967 with art by Marie Severin)






  2. I just wanted to mention that Buckeye Comicon is just around the corner on March 1st. If you like celebrities then this smaller con is not for you. If you love comics ( like 99% of you do) then then stop by if you are in the Columbus , Ohio area. You can look up the info on the web. I recently acquired two issues I have be wanting to add to my collection for a while. Thor 137 CGC 9.4 is a tough issue to get in high grade because of it's black cover. I also added an Fantastic Four CGC 5.5 with the green printing error. I have been tracking these for over a year and noticed prices are coming up. You only get one point in the registry for this issue but it's a major error which looks so cool in the collection. 


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    Did you vote!?

    Summary of tallies submitted by now: 2 people care, 1 person doesn't, another likes me but also doesn't care, Marwood is lookin' for a whoopin', someone wants me to pound sand, another is a joker, and 40% of us wondered if 10 people would even tune-in to this garbage.

    With all that said - let's get into something that has to do with comics... These are my inane thoughts, so there may be no rhyme or reason for anything composed here. I might talk about my childhood for a paragraph, doldrums of adolescence for a sentence or two, and then completely tail-off into demented ramblings to close it out. Reader beware.

    Ah, yes - comic books. I still remember the 1st time my dad took me to that spaced-named joint in Fraser. Cosmic Comics, I think? I was about 10, so my dumb-ace picked out a Cable #1 and Magneto #0 because of their foil covers. I feel shame (sometimes) for being a product of the 1990's. The Magneto was more than just for the purple-foil cover, though. He was my favorite X-Men character. I think I got a beat-up X-Force #1 on that day, too. Sometime circa 1999.

    Fast-forward a couple years. My brothers and I, with my mom and her boyfriend, attend a parking garage sale that's probably 5 stories. On the 5th (and final) level, I finally find a table that intrigues me. Tons of comic books. Probably 25 long boxes-worth. Nothing catches my attention until I find the full 4-issue run of X-Men vs The Avengers (the 1980's series). I was a "run collector" as a kid because I didn't know jack-all about how comic stories were constructed outside of these types of limited series. I wasn't a hardcore comic book fan, back then. I was brought-up on the cartoon series (mostly) by my dad.

    Another year-or-so goes by... The dreaded flood. :cry: My grandfather had issues of Superman #1 and Batman #1. I never knew this. Only after the dreaded flood does my dad tell me that these 2 precious books existed in my grandparent's home. Completely destroyed. What's worse? My grandfather was gonna gift them to me as a graduation present. Were there any other treasures down there? My dad has always been into comics, but his knowledge was little. Could there have been an early Wonder Woman? Captain Marvel? I'll never know, since he passed away in 2005.

    Now I'm sad again.


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    2019 was a good year for my collection. The overall market prices retreated, but my collection grew considerably. My personal collection hit the 4k mark by the end of the summer. I picked up every first appearance and event for the Bizarro world. I finished out a full run of the third volume of Green Lantern. Knocked out 2/3 of my daredevil  vol 1 run. Picked up a 14k book collection that ranged from mid 1980s to mid 2010s. Sent 100 books to CGC. Went to two Comic Cons. Started a instagram channel and grew it to 700 followers. Started a comic book website (still working on it). And best of all made a couple more local comic book friends. 

  3. Whew. It's been a really long, hard week for me. Just feel like I'm sick all the time, and it was also the anniversary of my mother's death, which always leads to health issues for me. 

    But, on the bright side, the Kickstarter campaign to publish issue #2 of The Crimebusters is going really well! So, thank you for all your support. 

    We've hit a couple of big milestones, which means it's also time to announce the next round of big stretch goals. So check it out when you have a chance!


  4. Greetings, 

    As of 01.01.20, Spectacular Spider-Man #001 - #263 + Annuals, + 35 Cent Variants is complete. The goal is a complete set in CGC 9.8 or better. I sold off most of my comics and it took about one year to finish it.  The final three books have been submitted for grading with CGC. With the set complete I am still hunting 21 Books in 9.8 Condition to upgrade lower grades in the set. This includes the 35 Cent Variants. If anyone happens to have time to check out my Spectacular Spider-Man "Nuff Said" series, please let me know if you have any potential issues that you can help me with. I am always grateful for the help! 


    Brian W.



    I also included a photo of my favorite book in the collection... it is an EXTREMELY RARE, CGC Graded 9.8 Signature Series Yellow Label with Signatures from the late great Stan "The Man" Lee, the late Mike Esposito, and Sal Buscema, and John Romita. This is the year I will ship this copy to Gerry Conway to get the 5th Signature to complete it. I pray it stays 9.8 Grade, stay tuned! 

  5. Jimmers

    Love me the oversized,the thicc,gimme some big page love!And when it's a Dell price variant..oh,baby


    Can't say I love the journal format though.Not a fan

  6. Obie's Journal

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    In this journal I shall post about my Spider-Man #252's and my quest to obtain more. 

    I bought my first one about two weeks before my birthday last year, and now I have about 13-14 copies. 

    I have just received my first Spider-Man #252 CGC 9.4, which was a personal grail for me. It is my second graded copy, the other being a 8.5 I may have overpaid for. 

    I'll try to post some pictures of the other copies. 

    Also, if anyone has any Spider-Man #252's you would like to unload for a (hopefully) good price, let me know.

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    Here's my first of the year. Decided to start it off with a bang (at least for me) :bigsmile:


  7. Nothing crazy unique about this lot, although you don't often see them displayed with their 30-cent counterparts.  I put the 30-cent variants in a separate post.

    I have a bunch of variants, error issues, and signed FF comics scanned front and back on my website if you want check out any other stuff:






  8. Hello :)

    Thanks for visiting my Journal.

    You will find posts here which summarise the latest position on the following 14 research strands:

    1. Archie UK Price Variants
    2. Charlton UK Price Variants
    3. DC UK Price Variants
    4. Dell UK Price Variants
    5. Gold Key UK Price Variants
    6. King UK Price Variants
    7. Marvel UK Price Variants
    8. Charlton Canadian Price Variants
    9. Charlton 15c Price Variants
    10. Marvel Australian Price Variants
    11. Marvel L Miller UK Indicia Variants
    12. Marvel 1999/2000 US Newsstand Price Variants
    13. Marvel Thorpe & Porter Indicias
    14. Marvel US Price Font Variations

    Each summary post has a hyperlink to the discussion threads in which you will find a lot more detail if you are interested. 




    UK Price Variants

    There are 7 known US Publishers who produced UK Price Variants and here are the up to date totals as at 03/02/20:

    1. Archie UK Price Variants - 24 confirmed issues
    2. Charlton UK Price Variants - 484 confirmed issues
    3. DC UK Price Variants - 840 confirmed issues (believed to be complete)
    4. Dell UK Price Variants - 215 confirmed issues
    5. Gold Key UK Price Variants - 120 confirmed issues
    6. King UK Price Variants - 21 confirmed issues
    7. Marvel UK Price Variants - 3,020 confirmed issues (believed to be complete)

    That makes a total of 4,724 confirmed UK Price Variants

    I have other research strands ongoing and may add those to the journal at some point.

    Thanks for looking and be seeing you... 


  9. Etreiw

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    New member here.

    My opinion, reading current *storyline* comics isn't cheap.  Back in the late eighties as a teenager I was looking forward to having a job so that I can buy comics and fast forward to now, I have a job but it's getting to the point that I can't afford to buy today's comics.   I found myself thinking if I'm gonna spend a lot of money for only a few current comics then why not start reinvesting a.k.a slabbing the 34 years of comics that I have collected so far.   I can remember spending $20 bucks and getting 20 different titles back in the eighties, now you spend $20 bucks, and you are lucky to get 4 different current titles...sigh.   What worries me is what the future holds when I stop reading....cause I don't see enough young people behind me picking up the slack when I do "quit" reading comics. 

    Guess you can say I'm a DC fan, no marvel collections here.  DC accomplished what they set out to do when they did the Crisis back in 1985, as a teenager I was interested in the fresh take of Superman.  Having a summer job during the late eighties, I started reading anything related to Superman and down the road the new takes on Wonderwoman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow,  Justice League, JSA, Special DC events.  The only big things I don't have in my collection is runs of Batman, Flash,  Aquaman...why have them when they already show up in Justice League. ;)   To end this, I decided to post the issue of Superman where he almost died! :) Imagine all the money I would have saved it he did die in the first issue! :) 


  10. Just won this in the latest Heritage auction. A tough to find book with cover artwork by Neal Adams. I'm now concentrating on books with Adams covers during the period from 1967-71. Surprised to have won this book for under $250. Enjoy.


  11. bane
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    Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends) - Documentary, Netflix

    Easy Money - Comedy, Netflix 

    Eddie the Eagle - Biopic, NowTV

    Eight Men Out - Biopic, Netflix 

    Eli - Horror, Netflix 

  12. So, I've been enjoying my quest for Bronze.  But I've pretty much backed off the pursuit of all titles but Smith Art Conans.  I might attempt some early Savage Swords.  I've also snagged a few minty early appearances of Iron Fist...I'm thinking about going  after the keys of that series since the hype-train has slowed down on that character.   Essentially, all of the material I'm pursuing is "anti-cinematic universe speculation" and I'm snagging them in higher grade.  And why not!  They're so beautiful!

    But just recently, after being disappointed on my strict want list at a small regional show, I stumbled across a few good deals on a couple golden age books.  And I found myself intrigued.  It's occurred to me that (with the exception of a few titles), there is a whole bunch of golden age stuff out there that is completely immune to cinematic hype!  So being a contrarian who likes rare stuff, I'm genuinely intrigued.  I had a brief daliance with golden age material about 20 years ago, so this stuff isn't entirely new to me.  I still have my Gerber Guides, but I didn't get very far.  The thing is, Golden Age material is practically like a new country to me.  So I've stuck my toe in the water with a couple of ECs, one of those odd 50's book where it's transitioning from a super hero title to a horror title (I find those interesting) and I accidently made a spectacle of myself  in the buyers area when I pulled the trigger on a Speed Carter Spaceman #1 and gushed about how I always wanted that book.   It's such cool stuff!

    So now, I'm going to continue pursuing my high grade Conans (in the NM/NM- range), but I'm going to explore the cheaper side of the Golden Age.  I'm going to try to be patient with the GA stuff...letting the deals find me since I have an entire universe of books to consider.  Right now, I'm captivated by the stories in the EC titles, but i also love 50's sci-fi covers and I can't understand how  low grade golden Sci Fi books can be so cheap compared to pedestrian high grade silver and bronze!  I'd also like to snag some cool war covers from less popular characters and maybe grab one nice book to represent each of the more popular characters who managed to endure through the dark times of the late golden age and into the silver age.

    One thing I do know is there is a lot to learn and make sense out of.  The market for some Golden Age books doesn't always make sense to me.  Why is one book so expensive when it's not necessarily rarer than another comparably rare book with a comparably rare character?  It's like the GA collectors have favorite books that they all agree are desirable, but there are others that seem just as cool to me that are cheaper.  I'll figure it out eventually.

    Anyway, I'm steering clear of the cinematic hype and just trying to find good value for my money.



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    Can you please expand the listing for Magnificent Ms. Marvel (2019). Your assistance is greatly appreciated.


  13. Phelps27

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  14. Added a pedigree comic to my collection and I was stoked that it was a Thor book that was the one.

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    I’ve recently acquired a new piece for my CGC Death and Return of Superman set, Superman #v2 #73 (11/92). This book completes a set of four, which serves as a bookend to a much larger set. Why? The four Superman titles cover dated November 1992 each contained a teaser page, the last page, warning us that "Doomsday is coming!"


    While the stories for each of these books had nothing to do with the forthcoming "Doomsday!" storyline, beginning in Superman: The Man of Steel #18 (12/92), the last page for each issue showed a mysterious arm, pounding through a metal wall. 


    The four teaser issues have always been hard for me to find. I started when I was a kid, I only found two of the four, Superman: The Man of Steel #17 and Action Comics #683, both second printings. I did manage to finally find nice raw copies of Superman #73 and Adventures of Superman #496 as a twenty something in the 2000s, I thought then I had completed this special set within a set, but I decided to go for a CGC set. I guess you could say the nice raw copies I found were only teasers...

    Finally getting Superman #73 in a CGC 9.8 holder marks the end of an 11 year search, now I have all four issues in CGC 9.8 holders.


    "Here Be Monsters"


     Won on eBay: 12/16/2012 - $34.05


    "Time Ryders!"

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     “Truth and Consequences”


    Won on eBay: 2/6/2011 - $49.00


    "The Trial of the Jackal"


    eBay BIN: 11/26/2008 - $29.99


    I really enjoy all four covers, Superman #73 and Action Comics #683 are tied for my favorite. I still search out raw copies to this day, I rarely see them but snag them when I can.

    Update: 10/27/2019

    The search continues for the second printings, I have two so far. Thurns out this set of four is really a set of eight. As of this writing, Superman #73 has two copies in the CGC Census at 9.8 and Action Comics #683 has yet to make the grade. 


  16. Well I've been M.I.A. but we set up the office. The wife and I are posting a ton of the collectibles, got all of the comic books we have in, built the shelves to display, and tore the house apart. I will post some pictures so everyone can see the chaos. I decided to keep all the Batman Animated Series and have started posting the rest. Once I can get to the end of that... I will start working on the "Funny Books". 

  17. Swingwitme
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    how long does it take for cert# to be in the system after on site grading at a con

  18. Since everyone else apparently gets a journal, maybe I should claim some space too... 

    I'm just another schmo that has a lot to say about things that most nobody cares about.

  19. Jradical

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    1138563042_IMG_20190808_1950482.thumb.jpg.f1f6f8e96c13127c527e75d446a5a43a.jpgHere is an indie key in high grade signed that I picked up today. I think it is worth holding on to long-term. Thoughts?

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    I got your message. Please go to your account, and then to email settings. Click on the tab that enables you to receive messages. Welcome to CGC

  21. <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>


    Please excuse my dear aunt markdown.