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FF 110

Picked this one up on ebay yesterday. A cool cover for this issue that I've always wanted. This one is famous for the copies with the "green printing error". Had I acquired one of those in 9.4, it would have cost me an arm and a leg. Trying to finally concentrate on the Marvel books on my want list. So I'll be showcasing more of them in my upcoming journals. Enjoy.

john ivic

john ivic

03/28/2019

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03/28/2019

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Aquaman 51

Just bought this one on ebay, the last of the three Aquaman issues I needed with Adams art on Deadman backup stories. I've decided to do something similar to what Krydel14 is doing with his $25,000 challenge. But on a much smaller scale. Counting down the Neal Adams books I need that have his interior artwork dated from 1967 to 1974, there are only eleven more books left that I do not have, either raw or slabbed. The remaining issues I intend to buy CGC copies, and will provide a journal for eac

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john ivic

06/25/2017

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06/27/2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Speaking Of Rare Ones

Don't Have it Just Yet At the moment I'm bidding on the Adventures Of Bob Hope 106, 1967, CGC 4.0, signature series signed by Neal Adams. These Bob Hope issues done by Adams are probably the most difficult books to find of all the work he did back in his heyday. This is the only one for this issue on the census, which tells you how hard it is to find in high grade. I won't even add it to my registry set if I win it due to the low grade. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here.

john ivic

john ivic

09/08/2012

 

More Tough Ones

Some Gems Turned Up That I Happily Purchased Recently added these Neal Adams difficult-to-find books to my collection: Our Army At War 182, 9.6, Slobodian, Our Army At War 186, 9.4, Suscha News, Tomahawk 129, 9.2, Slobodian and Challengers Of The Unknown 68, 9.4. Now if only those elusive Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis books by Adams would turn up. Happy Holidays everyone! To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

john ivic

john ivic

12/22/2011

 

Missed Out On A Minor Grail

Waited Too Long.... Recently missed out on a CGC 8.0 Heart Throbs 120 from 1969 on ebay. It was listed with a starting bid of $29.95 or buy it now price of $39.95. Someone else picked it up with about 2 days left before closing. The reason I'm transfixed with this issue is because Neal Adams did the cover art. Neal Adams doing work on a romance comic? That's right. About as rare as it gets for Adams. Anybody out there on the registry that may have bought this book? If so, I'm still willing to

john ivic

john ivic

09/06/2013

 

Nice Signature Accquired

Adams Superman Rules Just bought Superman 204 CGC 9.2 signed by Neal Adams on ebay. This is the highest graded SS copy and a beautiful cover in my opinion. Scan included for all to enjoy.http://mrbill128.com/417/07_18_2013/cgc_superman_204_92_4024.jpg To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

john ivic

john ivic

09/15/2013

 

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

 

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

Neal's Debut

Of All Titles!?! Up for bid on ebay and ending today at 9 p.m. is Archie's Joke Book 44. This happens to be Neal Adams' first pro work, dated January, 1960. A CGC 7.5 with crm/ow pages. A historic issue, considering how far Mr. Adams has come. And he was only 18 at the time he did this work. Included is a scan. Enjoy. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.

john ivic

john ivic

10/06/2013

 

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

 

Going For Marvels Now

Need Some Keys Having accquired just about all the DC stuff I wanted, I'm setting my sights on a few Marvel books now. These include: ASM 121, 122, Silver Surfer 4, 14, Captain America 117, TTA 93 and Avengers 57. If my budget allows, I should have all these books by summer.

john ivic

john ivic

02/03/2012

 

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

 

A Different Milestone Reached

A Thought On Turning Fifty Today marks my Fiftieth birthday. Incredible how time flies. What I would not give to go back exactly 40 years, the time I first started to collect comics. Marvel comics had just gone up in price to 20 cents and DC comics were at their 52 page, 25 cents stage. If you told me back then that I would be collecting comics today, let alone paying hundreds of dollars on a single book, I would have said that you were...... well, you know. As I have stated in my bio, I colle

john ivic

john ivic

10/28/2011

 

A Nerve-Racking Situation

.....Or Getting In Over Your Head In the October Comiclink auction I put in bids for six books. I expected to be outbid on at least three of them, in the end I was outbid on two. The total for the four books I won? $1,318.21 including the shipping and buyer's premium. OMG! I sweated it out for about a week before getting an unsecured loan. Perhaps some of you have been in this situation before. I guess it teaches one a valuable lesson. I certainly learned from this. No matter how badly you wan

john ivic

john ivic

11/30/2012

 

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