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The 9.8 SS Image Portacio Puzzle Complete!



Again, a little backstory: while these aren't the very first multi-cover panels pieces to exist (that honor would go to Unity 2 years prior), this is the first VARIANT set produced.

At the time, as some may know, Image was incredibly late with everything. It had become so bad, the distributors forced Image to make their product returnable...unheard of in the Direct market!

So, yeah, it took a while for this set to come out. The first two were Deathblow #5 and Kindred #3. At the time, Kindred had taken the comics world by storm, and having the third issue have a surprise 1 in 4 (meaning every 4th copy was a variant) made collectors go absolutely nuts. 

Unfortunately, by the time the later ones came out, the furor had died down, so the later ones are actually more difficult to find, especially in very high grade. It took almost 9 months for all 8 to come out. In order of release, they are:

Deathblow #5

Kindred #3

Gen 13 Ltd #5

Wildcats #11

Stormwatch #10

Union #0

Team 7 #1

Wetworks #2

I've been trying to get a complete 9.8 SS together for several years, but I never seem to manage to get my copies and Whilce together at the same time...and some of them, like Team 7 #1 and Wetworks #2 are dastardly hard to find in 9.8, Wetworks #2 because of a production flaw that put a dent in the bottom left hand edge of the back cover.

But, finally, all in one go, here it is:


Here's what the set looks like in one image, sans slabs:


And individually:





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Next up: the Quesada 1996 Puzzle Panel! 

Unfortunately, that one is going to be exceptionally more difficult to assemble, because they are 1. much, much scarcer, especially in high grade, than this set, and 2. Quesada charges a $30 per book CGC punishment tax, and there's no way in hell these books are worth that much. They are, unfortunately, dollar books, and to spend $60-$70 per book to get the complete 9 piece set...and stand a good chance of not getting 9.8s....makes it very, very much not at all worth it. 

We'll see, I guess. That set may remain a dream forever. Too bad, too.

Edited by RockMyAmadeus

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Hey, waddaya know, I just checked the census, and apparently, that Wetworks #2 is the only 9.8 SS that exists so far. 


(Of course, the 3 9.6s are also mine. Sigh. lol )

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