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Yet Another X-Men

Picked this one up one ebay just recently. 720 registry points, more than twice the dollar amount I paid. Awesome point/dollar ratio as usual with these late seventies X-Men. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

03/28/2017

 

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

 

Year End Comments

Looks like I'm done with purchases for this year. Acquired 17 books for 2018, much less than the previous year, when I bought 38 altogether. But this year it was a matter of quality over quantity, as I picked up many key books. And nothing under 9.2. So, I'll return here next year. Happy Holidays everyone!

john ivic

john ivic

12/25/2018

 

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

 

X-Men 111

Picked up this at my LCS. More registry points, anyways. Don't care for this new journal format. As the saying goes - "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" Noticed that there were very few journals lately, due to the comments being abolished, although temporarily. Enjoy the image of my first purchase in four months.

john ivic

john ivic

03/23/2017

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03/28/2017

X-Men 100

Great Book At A Great Price Picked this one up on ebay New Year's day. Yet another example of fantastic points/dollars ratio. Got it for dirt cheap, the points outweighing the dollars threefold in this case. Not a bad cover either! But then again, most of the covers from this issue up to 120 are awesome. Enjoy. And Happy New Year everyone! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

john ivic

john ivic

01/02/2016

X-Men - Towards The End Of The Original Run

Adams X-Men Purchased this one from ComicLink recently. Features interior artwork by Neal Adams. A nice cover by Marie Severin. This was the last issue Adams worked on and the next to last of the original run. Enjoy. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

john ivic

john ivic

03/23/2014

 

WW 200 For Under $200

Won this yesterday in the Comic Link auction. A good dollar/points ratio as this book is worth 450 on the registry. A nice cover by Jeff Jones, though his 199 cover is much better. That one I've submitted to be slabbed, should come back a very high grade. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

03/02/2019

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03/05/2019

 

Wonder Woman 178

After going the whole summer abstaining from purchasing, I'm back to collecting comics again. Just won this in he current Comic Link auction. The first of the "mod" Diana Prince issues and very much sought after. Don't usually see this book on the market in grades above 9.0. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

08/30/2019

What's Up With Flash 219 Points?

Something Needs Fixing Just picked up this copy on ebay. Problem is, I can't add it to my Flash set as the reply says, "there is no certification number for this book". And if you check the set score detail for this issue, there are no points displayed for any of the grades. Huh?!? Hopefully the problem will be fixed soon enough so I can boost my point total by another 480, which is what this book is worth in 9.8. It contains the third and final GL/GA backup story by Neal Adams. Enjoy. To

john ivic

john ivic

11/17/2014

 

What Is...The Power?

Bought this one from Worldwide Comics just recently. The first work by Neal Adams at Marvel and likewise collaboration with Roy Thomas. A great cover to kick start his X-Men run, albeit a run too brief. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

05/05/2017

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05/08/2017

 

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

Weird War Tales 8

Another Adams Holy Grail To Add Awesome! My first signature acquisition in two years. A very tough book to find slabbed above 9.0, let alone a 9.6. And I bought this at a local convention. Classic Neal Adams cover. Signed, a pedigree copy and the highest graded (no 9.8s, universal or otherwise). Wish I could call this an Oak, but there are two more 9.6 signatures out there. Regardless, this is as good as it gets. Enjoy. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments

john ivic

john ivic

11/29/2016

 

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

 

Upgrading To The Nines

It Seems Under 9.0 Is Somewhat Unpopular Amoung The Big Spenders I'm currently on the hunt for better graded copies of a few Neal Adams books I've listed on the registry. These include Brave & The Bold 80, 82 and 85, Avengers 95, Strange Adventures 209, Hot Wheels 6 and Secrets Of Sinister House 10. Not that 8.5s are anything to sneeze at from this era - 1968-1973 - but why not grab the higher graded copies if you can afford them?

john ivic

john ivic

09/08/2011

 

Tough Ones III

They Just Keep Coming.... More Neal Adams CGC difficult-to-find books keep coming my way. I now have Our Army At War 183, 9.4, Savannah, Adventures Of Jerry Lewis 102, 9.0, Savannah, Tomahawk 119, 9.4, Massashusetts, Tomahawk 127, 9.2 and Challengers Of The Unknown 67 and 70, both 9.4. There are some more Adams books that are Savannah pedigrees that I have yet to purchase. Thanks go to Worldwide Comics and ComicLink, where I bought these books. Life is good!

john ivic

john ivic

04/28/2012

Third Appearance Of New X-Men

Lots Of Registry Points Here Finally paid for this book which I won in the last Pedigree Comics auction. Cover's okay, never was a fan of Gil Kane. Totalling 1750 points on the registry, it is now my highest valued book as far as points go. And the points/dollar ratio turned out great, as the 1750 is almost four times the amount I paid in dollars. Enjoy. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

john ivic

john ivic

11/12/2014

 

The Worth Of Comic Books According To Dealers?

In Response To SW3D One way to gauge the worth of certain books is obviously to go on the net and see what the established dealers sell them for. But here's where things get bizarre. Let's take Witching Hour 1 from 1969, CGC graded 9.4. A book that also happens to be on my want list. One rather famous comic dealership in NYC is asking $895 for a 9.4 with ow/w pages. Another, less known dealer on the internet is asking $324.95 for the same CGC grade with white pages. Now, which copy do you thin

john ivic

john ivic

11/02/2013

 

The Tough Ones

The Books That Were The Hardest To Find Now that I am nearing the end of my collecting days, I have decided to list the ten books that were the most difficult to find in high grade. All are silver/bronze age and all but two feature artwork by Neal Adams. Here they are in alphabetical order: Batman 245, Creepy 14, DC 100 Page Super Spectacular 5, Detective Comics 397, House Of Secrets 82, Phantom Stranger 4, Star Spangled War Stories 134, Tomahawk 116, Vampirella 1977 Special NN and World's Fin

john ivic

john ivic

05/24/2011

 

The Last Of The Tough Ones

Nice Haul Of Adams Books By Years End Picked up some more difficult books with Neal adams art. They are The Adventures Of Jerry Lewis 104, 9.6 (Savannah), Adventures Of Bob Hope 107, 9.4 and 109, 9.2, Batman 217, 9.0, Challengers Of The Unknown 72, 9.8 and 74, 9.6 (Rocky Mountain) and Tomahawk 118, 9.6 (Savannah). Happy Holidays everybody! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

john ivic

john ivic

12/24/2012

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

 

Talia Recap

The Stats For All To See Re: Detective Comics 411. Thanks to those of you who replied to my last journal. Talia's popularity has definitely increased as of late. In the Comiclink auction that featured the 9.8 copy, there was also a 9.0 that went for $761. By contrast, in a Comic Connect auction two years ago, a 9.4 went for $580! And just a few hours ago in an ebay auction, an 8.5 went for $357. Not too uncommon to find this book in 9.4 or lower. I believe there are less than 10 9.6s and only

john ivic

john ivic

02/28/2016

Talia Has Become Super Hot

First Appearance With An Adams Cover The recent ComicLink auction saw Detective Comics 411, CGC 9.8, go for $8000! The debut of Talia al Ghul, one month before Batman 232. I for one, did not know this book had become so hot. Must have something to do with the fact that Talia is the mother of Batman's son. I guess the best grade I could hope to afford is an 8.5 - probably about $400. Must be nice to be able to afford this one! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New com

john ivic

john ivic

02/25/2016

 

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

 

Subby 36

Picked up this one today from my LCS. Continuing with my acquisition of Marvel books. Nice cover on this one with a story that features the wedding of Namor and Dorma....apparently. Wrightson is credited with artwork here, I believe he did the inking job. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

04/04/2019