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Acquisition Of Detective 395....Not!

So, this book is back on my want list. The consignor who listed it at Pedigree Comics must have resubmitted it, without removing it from the website. This I found out because when I tried to add it to my registry set, CGC informed me that the certification number was not in their database. Well, these things happen, but the consignor needs to get his act together. Pedigree Comics tried to get a hold of this person to find out the status of the book, but to no avail. Got my refund, so I can stop

john ivic

john ivic

05/25/2019

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05/27/2019

 

Hulk vs. Glob

Won this in the recent Comic Link auction. The Glob was a character you could call a precursor to the Swamp and Man-Things, I suppose. Don't see this book turn up on the market very often. Had this issue when I was a youngster along with several other Herb Trimpe Hulks from that era. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

09/27/2019

 

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

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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11/30/2018

 

Green Lantern 81

Won this in the Comic Link auction last night. The greatest of the Neal Adams runs was GL/GA, and I could not pass up the opportunity to acquire one of these in 9.6. My winning bid was not too high, either. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

05/31/2019

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06/05/2019

 

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

 

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

 

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

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10/19/2018

 

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

 

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

 

Hip Diana Prince

Picked this up from World Wide Comics. A few of these books featuring the mortal, powerless Wonder Woman have nice covers that appeal to me, and this is one of them. Missed out on an awesome 9.2 issue 178 two weeks ago in the Comic Link auction, having been outbid at the last second. Also trying to find a high grade copy of 185. Enjoy. 

john ivic

john ivic

10/11/2018

 

Completing My Neal Adams Collection

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. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

john ivic

john ivic

03/01/2011

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Detective 395

Picked this one up from Pedigree Comics just now. A landmark issue in that it features the first pairing of writer Denny O' Neil with artist Neal Adams. The two would go on to greatness, of course, with the GL/GA run a few months after this. This issue also takes Batman into a more gothic area, which would continue for years throughout the seventies. Definitely one of the holy grails of my collection. And my first signature acquisition since 2016. Four more Adams books to go. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

05/16/2019

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05/18/2019

 

Fluctuating Values

It All Depends Where You Shop..... It never ceases to amaze me how one can accquire a certain book for a considerably cheaper price than what the next guy paid. For example, check out the Flash issues just won in the Pedigree Comics auction. Flash 120, CGC 8.5 sold for $206 and 127, 9.0, Western Penn, sold for $252. I've seen the same issues at the same grade go for much higher prices. Also, Flash 202, CGC 9.6, Pacific Coast, went for $100. The same book, same grade, and also a Pacific Coast c

john ivic

john ivic

03/22/2011

 

Hopelessly Overpriced On Ebay

Some Sellers Need To Wake Up It never ceases to amaze me how some sellers on ebay set prices on their books and are convinced they will sell, no matter how many times they have to list them. Case in point: five CGC issues of the Neal Adams Tomahawks listed the other day graded at 9.4 or 9.6. The prices range from 499.95 to 649.95. This is the third time the seller has listed these books in the last four months. The prices have not changed, nor does he add the best offer option. Needless to say

john ivic

john ivic

04/07/2014

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

30,000 Points Attained!

Mission Accomplished! Due to the recent upgrades by CGC, I've reached my objective of 30,000 points on the registry. Nice to be at this level after two and a half years. There are still a few must haves I would like to add, such as Green Lantern 76, Batman 232 and Creepy 14. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

john ivic

john ivic

04/22/2011