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  2. Are you close to selling out of vendor table space at the Brewery? Looking forward to the event and beer.
  3. He responded to all fan mail sent to him. If anyone wants to read his letter to me, let me know and I will post it.
  4. ASM 123- 7.5- $25 Just a little ink on upper left. Not on back cover really at all
  5. What is being ignored is that Marvel Comics changed hands several times between the period where The Work in question and the art was on. If I buy a business, any obligation the old owner had to a former employee stays with him unless its in the sale contract. KIrby wasn't a key Marvel employee when New World owned it. Nor when Ron Perlman owned it or when it emerged from bankruptcy or when Disney owned it. Its pretty obvious Disney had no legal obligation to pay the Kirby's or Ditko's of the world. Stan also was an employee. Picture yourself walking into your new bosses office and trying to extract payments for work done years ago by someone no longer employed there.
  6. Wow. Great information. Never knew about any of that.
  7. And for fun, here's the homage to Wolverine 8 that I commissioned. NOT FOR SALE.
  8. Cold, wet and foggy this morning. The sharks were all out swimming. NO old comics but I came home happy!
  9. Sometime between 1972-74, Roy Thomas was quoted by The Comics Journal (TCJ) as saying that one idea was to sell the art to establish a retirement fund for the artist who drew it - but according to Thomas, that idea didn't go anywhere. So admidst the rumors of art being "given away", we might never know which went to exhibits, to the Marvelmania folks, Stan's nephew in the UK who he would send things to from time to time - or even some kid who worked at Marvelmania who had been paid with art - until the day we might see that artwork listed on eBay. Despite this, we did learn, thanks to Sean Howe's book "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" that documented proof exists revealing Marvel also sold original art as far back as 1973. A letter dated from May 31st, 1973 between The Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG) and Carla Joseph (using the title of "assistant to the publisher") describes how the WAG had made a request for Marvel to loan artwork for a planned exhibit. From the content of the letter, we learn that Marvel was apparently so impressed with the planning, communication and overall value the exhibit was bringing to their industry that it decided to sell the artwork on a "one-time" basis for $1000. This story caused an uproar in 2013 when it first broke in online environments, particularly since many artists felt they had been sidelined by an unfair release contract Marvel was asking artists to sign in exchange for returning their art (which I mentioned above). It was around the time this 1973 letter to WAG was written when artists such as Neal Adams were warning artists against signing these releases, which unfairly allowed Marvel to maintain ownership until those releases were signed - only to realize through this revelation that Marvel had been selling artwork by artists in such instances. The WAG also quickly found themselves having to scramble to release a statement, and they addressed the concerns on Twitter by stating that they had already returned the artwork to the artists in 2006. They added that while the process had been complicated, they gave it all back. Perhaps one of the most unusual (and unsettling) comments came from someone by the name of Joe Krolik who stated he was approached by the WAG curator Dr. Philip Fry in 1972, and supplied the WAG with his comics to be used in their exhibit. What this person wasn't told is that his comics would essentially be destroyed by being cut up, pasted on foam board and used as visual aids to the artwork on display. He was never credited in the program book for providing the WAG source material for the exhibit, and he also emphasized how the WAG had continued to do this show with the artwork they claimed they had returned well past 2006, with the most recent show happening in 2010 to which he insists, still had the original artwork in it.
  10. There was for all intents and purposes literally zero kept sealed with forethought. What happened is that from time to time a store would close down. Whatever in sold inventory there was is all there is for sealed stock today. As a result, titles from specific periods sealed (such as that 100k Mario) are impossible because when that game came out, it was the hottest toy around and that version only existed that way for a few months. We can date the time of release surprisingly accurately for the changes in identifying marks on the box over time. Asking for the ones from the very beginning of the sale period sealed is a monumental ask because there was no unsold inventory in that period, and as I’ve just described only unsold stock remains
  11. Bat 1 and Superman 1 back covers are a nightmare. Easiest book are early Batman and Superman. More Fun’s are tough. My best books completed are Sensation 1, Detective 28,29,33,35,38 Action 3,4,5,7,8,12,13 etc
  12. Yes from my phone. Thank god it's not just me.
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