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Hulk 168

Won this on ebay today. Nice cover that I've always admired by the late, great Herb Trimpe. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

09/10/2018

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09/10/2018

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

08/17/2018

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08/28/2018

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

06/22/2018

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06/23/2018

 

Nice acquisition and meeting The Man

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.

john ivic

john ivic

06/03/2018

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06/19/2018

 

Behold The Mandroids!

Just won this in the Comic Link auction. Probably the hardest one to find in high grade among the Kree/Skrull war issues, due to the black picture frame cover. Although here we take a detour from that storyline, as our heroes battle the mandroids. Surprised to see that my winning bid was under $250. Six more Adams books to go. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

04/25/2018

 

At Long Last......Creepy 14

Just bought this one on ebay. Ten years of waiting to acquire this super tough book. Third times the charm I guess. On two previous listings of this book on ebay, over the last two and a half years, I did not have the funds to buy it now. Needless to say, on both occasions they were snatched up very fast. This marks the first work at Warren for Neal Adams. Only 18 of these on the CGC census. And with this acquisition, I have seven more Adams books to go. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

04/20/2018

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05/18/2018

 

Flash 195

Just won this book on ebay. Very tough one to find slabbed. One of the better covers by Neal Adams for this title. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

04/01/2018

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04/01/2018

 

Yellowjacket!

Won this just now in the Comic Link auction. A book that has jumped up in registry points recently - 750, to be exact. Don't know if the character will be appearing again in the movies. I'm just happy to have all those points. I had a CGC 9.4 up until three years ago, then sold it. That one had crm/ow pages, so I've managed an upgrade here. Got it for under $400 too. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

03/07/2018

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03/10/2018

 

Vampirella 9

Won this in the recent Comic Link auction. Planning to concentrate on Marvels and Warren magazines for 2018. This book has a nice double panel cover with artwork by Wally Wood and Boris Vallejo. Also features interior work by Barry Windsor-Smith. Like the Defenders 5 from my previous journal, I got this book for dirt cheap. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

02/02/2018

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04/27/2018

 

Defenders 5

Picked this one up the other day. Features the origin of the Valkyrie, a character who figured prominently in Thor Ragnarok. Got it for a cheap price too. Not the outrageous sum you'll find for this book on ebay for the same grade. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

01/28/2018

 

Last Buy For 2017

Picked this one up just now from World Wide Comics. A nice pedigree copy and also an OAK, as this is the only 9.4 slabbed copy. Another lightweight fantasy cover for this title, which was so prevalent with DC at the time. Still, a guilty pleasure nonetheless. This was absolutely my best year for acquisitions. 39 CGC books in all. The breakdown - 19 DC, 16 Marvel, 2 Warren and 2 Amryl. Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

12/16/2017

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01/01/2018

 

Captain Marvel 17

Picked this one up on ebay today. The start of the Mar-Vell/Rick Jones body transferral between Earth and the Negative Zone, by way of the nega-bands. This new situation would eventually lead to the Thanos saga a couple of years later. Now if only I could afford a high grade copy of Marvel Super-Heroes 13, the first appearance of Carol Danvers. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

11/30/2017

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12/01/2017

 

Frazetta Greatness IV

Just won this gem on ebay. An interesting take on the Kong story. Seven of them actually, in this issue. Frazetta at his best, as is usual with his Warren covers. Like my recently purchased Eerie 7, this is another super tough one to find. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

11/15/2017

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11/24/2017

 

Avengers 93

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.

john ivic

john ivic

11/09/2017

 

Horror From Neal

Just won this in the Comic Link auction. A very nice cover by Adams with interior work by him and Berni Wrightson. Amazingly, a 9.6 in the same auction went for $1,300. More than a grand than I paid for this one. This is an upgrade from the 9.0 I have. Also looking to do the same with my 178 and 179. One of the very few with Neal's work interior-wise on this title, I think there was four or five in all. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

11/03/2017

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11/03/2017

 

Frazetta Greatness III

A nice pickup here from ebay. One of my favorites of Frank Frazetta's many Warren covers. Tough to find in the higher grades slabbed and when one does turn up, the price is usually quite steep. Fortunately, my best offer to the seller on ebay was accepted and I didn't have to pay an arm and a leg. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

10/24/2017

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01/24/2018

 

One More Purchase

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.

john ivic

john ivic

09/14/2017

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09/15/2017

 

Flash 204

Won this in the recent Heritage auction. A cool Neal Adams cover with Iris Allen ratting out her husband's secret identity. Also a pedigree, which is always nice to acquire. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

09/07/2017

 

Action Packed Neal

Picked this one up today at the Toronto Fan Expo. A backup story by Neal on something called the Human Target. I like the cover by Nick Cardy, depicting an "everyday life" scene. Nine more Adams books to go. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

09/03/2017

 

X=Men 116

Picked this one up today from a LCS. Another nice dollar/point ratio here, the book being worth twice as much in points compared to the amount I paid. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

08/13/2017

 

What Happened?

I just put in my latest journal about Superboy 151 and despite going into my pictures file and adding the cover scan, it did not show up. Bummer! What gives?

john ivic

john ivic

08/03/2017

 

Superboy 151

A pickup from Heritage auctions the other day. A rather dramatic one by Neal Adams, probably the best of his Superboy covers. Of course, you know what's on the cover does not happen in the story. Unless it's one of DC's "imaginary tales". Oh well, whatever it takes to make the sale. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

08/03/2017

 

Back To Adams

Picked this one up recently from World Wide Comics. One of the better covers by Neal Adams on this title. Not included in my Adams countdown though, since this is cover artwork only. Sightless Superman and a beached Aquaman. The Earth in peril! Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

07/30/2017

 

Conan 11

Just won this in the Comic Link auction. A tough one to find in the higher grades slabbed. A surprise also, since my winning bid was under $250. Barry Windsor-Smith at his best! Marvel high grade acquisitions are easy to secure, so it seems. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

07/26/2017

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07/26/2017

 

Another Gem Acquisition

WOW! Talk about pristine! A beautiful copy with vibrant colors. Easily the best Subby 34 that I've ever seen. Looks more like a 9.8. This is the "Prelude To Defenders" issue. The team would make their official debut a short while later in Marvel Feature 1, albeit with Dr. Strange instead of the Silver Surfer. Purchased from the Comic Link exchange. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

07/12/2017