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  1. It is a really good one, but it doesn't have Hobbes. I have no clue how that might affect the outcome, but it's a factor.
  2. See? It always goes back to blaming inkers.
  3. This in no way denigrates the inker, but these later issues were penciled much looser because of deadlines, and Art Thibert (the fill in inker) was not quite familiar enough with some of Jim's subtleties to be able to pull it all together. Not sure I could have done any better myself because I'd only been inking Jim for a couple years at this point. These issues were pretty rushed, so it's kind of a miracle that it generally looks as good as it does. But every once in a while a panel like that would slip through the cracks.
  4. Really? I admit I don't collect either artist, but I thought both of them were still at their peaks, based on sales I see and the juggernaut marketing I see at shows where they are represented. Anything you can mention specifically that identifies their decline?
  5. I think you were onto something here. The surprise to me, being close to the center of the 90's market and Jim Lee in particular, is the rise of Wildcats art prices in the last few years. It had a very modest growth curve for a few decades, but has recently taken off on a percentage basis. Guess it finally started looking cheap compared to Batman and Xmen prices, but more importantly, seems to finally be hitting the nostalgia zone for 30 something year olds. Makes me wish I'd kept more of the art!
  6. Meaning no disrespect to current of former owner, but the FF 118 doesn't do a thing for me. Zero interest, and this is the period I started reading FF where the nostalgia is strong for me. Now, if the cover to FF 116, just two issues earlier, ever became available (doubtful) it would be a completely different story and the price would reflect that. Sometimes art moves around because it's just not very good and is a placeholder, regardless of it's era.
  7. I do think that the overall numbers needed to sustain this hobby is fairly small. So yes, generationally, the percentage of people entering this hobby might decline (perhaps precipitously). But just like today, it only takes a relatively small number of collectors to drive demand and prices.
  8. I was thinking the same thing, but decided to keep my bias to myself. Thank you for giving me the virtual slap I needed. FREEDOM!!!!
  9. Nice pics Rob. Might seem like a weird observation, but it looks like a decent mix of ages represented, and not a room full of old geezers. Newer, younger blood in the hobby is a good thing from a longevity standpoint, and that demographic looks well represented at this preview. Now are those actual buyers, or just looky-loos kicking the tires? That's the question.
  10. Absolutely NOT a Geroge Bell fan (or Roussous for that matter), but this Hulk piece is so cool.
  11. Good post. Things have worked out well for Terry in this regard. I think it's a pity he didn't share his scans for the IDW books as I don't think it negatively affects the value of his art (probably quite the opposite, as someone else here mentions) but obviously is his right. Amazing too how impactful his work from this era continues to be as an inker and taste maker considering he has been off the grid professionally for so long now. The guy essentially retired as a young man, knowing he had a fortunes worth of original art to fall back on if need be. Sometimes, things just work out.
  12. Uh, yeah. I sold that blue line about 10 years ago for somewhere in the $800-1000 range. I doubt I'd sell if for much more today.