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  1. I love looking at entire runs laid out like this. This cover stands out as my favorite. So creepy!
  2. Chris Claremont didn't want Wolverine to have his own series, he thought he was a less is more type of character and was better suited for mini series. Marvel let Chris have his way with the x-universe for many years, and didn't start stepping on his toes until the return of Jean Grey (1986). Had it not been for Claremont I think the Mini would have been the start of an ongoing. Dazzler was probably Marvel's attempt to try to get some female readers. They always seemed to have one or two titles going, with bad art and writing, trying to accomplish that.
  3. I remember in the mid 80's when I first became aware of the title (probably around the time of the Paul Smith run) the X-Men were the be all end all of comics at my LCS, but nobody outside of comic book collectors had ever heard of them. The book may have been really uneven in awareness and sales at comic stores vs. supermarkets and newsstands.
  4. Interesting. Marvel would occasionally publish direct editions with no box at all, seemingly for no particular reason to do with the cover artwork or anything (like Uncanny X-Men 214)- have always been curious what made those books different.
  5. The annoying thing is they could have just left the box off for the direct editions. If that's how it had happened, I wonder what the direct/ newsstand desirability ratio would be today. Even in cases where they are rarer, I think that would have completely killed newsstands. As for the line through the bar code, even as a child I could tell they were printed like that.
  6. I agree. I said in another thread where this came up, if pre-internet a kid went into a store and asked for the first appearance of Wolverine, it would be mean to sell him 180 as the kid most likely wants to read Wolverine's first story, not "omg I must own the first time Wolverine appears on a page be it an ad or a one panel introduction because I collect these random things". Something else I remember from reading back then, is that if you liked a character, their first appearance was often referenced in editor's notes (where there was an * telling you what issue was being referenced) which, of course, would make you want to read that issue. Now that these stories and character information are easily accessible in trades, or even Wikipedia, these seems to be confusion about why these issues are sought after, and why it is not about the LITERAL first appearance in the form of an ad or shadow.
  7. She-Hulk 1 $400 with 4 days to go https://www.ebay.com/itm/Savage-She-Hulk-1-CGC-9-8-White-Pages/143215596741
  8. Ran from 80-82, I guess for some collectors it is teetering, artwork has bronze age feel IMO
  9. I bough an $89 BIN 9.8 in 2010 which I remember was on the more expensive BIN side but I liked how it presented. Seller added a raw NM/Mint copy which seemed like a nice bonus, not like he was giving away $$. Bought a Stan Lee SS 9.8 in 2014 for $400.
  10. I'm shocked to see Savage She-Hulk #1 9.8's hitting $400-500 now. There are only a few BINs on ebay and all asking $500-600.
  11. That's interesting, the Captain America head next to the price box. Is this issue NOT approved by the comics code authority?
  12. It's an odd name for a newspaper. I guess Grime and Blah were already taken.
  13. Google 'Grit family newspaper', looks like it was a general news newspaper. https://www.ebay.com/itm/GRIT-AMERICAS-FAMILY-NEWSPAPER-FEBRUARY-9-1975-/262711509848