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N.I.C.E Newsletter #11 - Dec 1988

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In December 1988 Chuck made a revelation

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Give it a try Chuckster, give it a try

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-So in Fairness, this was 1988, Cerebus #1 was a $500 book and the indie B&W explosion was in full swing (although didnt last much longer after that).

-Also #1 books were all the rage and to an extent so were Japanese/Manga books... But come on... Havok & Wolverine #2???

-Oh and loved the GSXM & Excalibur special comparisons. Excalibur #1 was a $10 book at the time (which was a really big deal back then in the early spec age) but even if that comparison was relevant, as a speculator I doubt I would put a new hot book in the same bracket as a (then) 13 year old $120 key. And comparing a random JLI book (which in fairness was a hot title at the time, as issue #1 was $12 book back then) to those 2 was a little much

Lets continue...

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-So Longbow Hunters #1 was a $21 book then and went to 2nd print. I remember missing on that boat and thinking to myself I missed on another Dark Knight Return! However James Bond never took off and that spec was DOA

-Chuck Loved Xenozoic Tales, Im pretty sure that the reason why that book was a $10 dollar book (1st print) was because he pumped it hardcore! Still is a favorite of mine, but alas that spec for the 2nd print never worked .

-Punisher Return to big nothing was Mike Zeck's return to Punisher. HUGE deal! Yup I bought a copy even though I had probably never spent over $15 on a comic prior to that. And hearing chuck say it could be a $100 book was all it took for me to pull the trigger.

Sadly that never panned out.

So Lots of misses and no hits...

Actually there was one hit that month.. Just not one that Chuck speculated on:

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Thats all for today, but tune in tomorrow for some more spec fun with even more great misses, and a big reveal on a, back then, HUGE key that Chuck admittedly missed... Care to guess what it was??


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Man, this is bringin' back the memories. I used to get my spec advice from another mail-order service (American Entertainment, I think -- my friend in HS used to bring the monthlies with him and we'd pour over them all day at school), but it was the same time period and many of the same hypening applies.

I kinda get it on the Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown as #2 issues did have a tendency to get ordered in lower numbers. Wasn't the Nick Fury vs. Shield #2 book worth a bit more for that reason? I seem to remember that, so maybe there was a bit of a precedent (GI Joe 2 would be a more obvious example, but I'm also drawing on the prestige-format hype as, at that time, everything prestige seemed like gold after DKR and KJ). Same deal with the Grell Bond prestige mini. I was all over that, seemed like straight money.

Blind Justice (Detective 598-600) was mega-hyped on the heels of the movie because of the connection to Sam Hamm. One of my LCS's already had copies marked up to $10 and nestled lovingly in their glass display case even while there were 30-40 still on the shelves.

Also, Return to Big Nothing, I totally latched onto that hype as well. Still have my copy. Still waiting for the $$$.

Great stuff, thanks for posting.

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1 hour ago, Martin Sinescu said:

Man, this is bringin' back the memories. I used to get my spec advice from another mail-order service (American Entertainment, I think -- my friend in HS used to bring the monthlies with him and we'd pour over them all day at school), but it was the same time period and many of the same hypening applies.

I kinda get it on the Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown as #2 issues did have a tendency to get ordered in lower numbers. Wasn't the Nick Fury vs. Shield #2 book worth a bit more for that reason? I seem to remember that, so maybe there was a bit of a precedent (GI Joe 2 would be a more obvious example, but I'm also drawing on the prestige-format hype as, at that time, everything prestige seemed like gold after DKR and KJ). Same deal with the Grell Bond prestige mini. I was all over that, seemed like straight money.

Blind Justice (Detective 598-600) was mega-hyped on the heels of the movie because of the connection to Sam Hamm. One of my LCS's already had copies marked up to $10 and nestled lovingly in their glass display case even while there were 30-40 still on the shelves.

Also, Return to Big Nothing, I totally latched onto that hype as well. Still have my copy. Still waiting for the $$$.

Great stuff, thanks for posting.

YES on all counts sir.

GI Joe #2 was a considered "scarce" and was going for around $40-50 (double of what #1 went for at the time). I somewhat doubt that Chuck thought of that book in his Meltdown #2 spec otherwise he wouldve been ALL over that comparison, but good call nonetheless (thumbsu

And judging from your avatar, I think you're going to REALLY like my next installment :)

Stay tuned

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