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  • Birthday 11/22/1969

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    Upstate New York

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  1. These issues come from an older collection... not sure if original owner. FANTASTIC FOUR : #85 : VF (8.0) #86 : VF/NM (9.0) #87 : VF- (7.5) #88 : VF- (7.5) #89 : VF (8.0) #90 : VF (8.0) #91 : VF (8.0) #92 : NM- (9.2) #93 : VF (8.0) #94 : VF- (7.5) *** Bonus item : FF 22 (Fair Condition) $150.00 Shipped (CONUS)
  2. Usual rules apply No probation or HOS listed Price includes shipping within US. in thread trumps any on going PM... (...unless I have agreed to a PM and wasn't able to update the page in time. In this case, I will post a screen shot of the timestamp of the agreement.) ********************************************************************************* Paypal preferred. ********************************************************************************** **INTERNATIONAL ORDERS - I'LL SPLIT COST OF SHIPPING** ***No returns on slabbed books but please contact me first on any dispute and I'll most likely work something out for you - this covers raw books too. ***
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    Rusty Treasure...

    I've mentioned Greta Van Fleet as a new musical favorite of recent... I've mentioned Leon Bridges... I've mentioned Sam Cooke. Now let me try to bookend all of this. Today I went to our local flea market here in town and found something pretty nice... not sure yet if I'll keep this or sell it later (I mean, I eventually sell everything, right?) but it's something I would like to think about for a bit. Especially the image on the cover... it's 1929 and where is the visual imagery coming from in order to conceive of these wondrous alien worlds and technologies? I love slicing into stuff like that. Anyways, this is the copy that I found today of Amazing Stories Quarterly (Vol. 2 Number 3) from the Summer of 1929. If I were to grade it... and I'm not 'normally' a Pulp collector, I'd say it's around a Good (2.0) ... the back cover is split from the spine for all but two or three inches. Later on this afternoon, I went to my local comic store and traded a few raw books for a CGC 3.0 copy of Daredevil #7. It's not great but I still love that book... wish I hadn't sold that nice copy I had a couple of years ago. And no, I'm not putting back together the Underwater collection although I've certainly thought about it. As I said before, there was a reason I was into that theme and now it's in the past. As are the moon books... they've been eclipsed. Last weekend I told Rob that my brief dive into the Fantastic Four was sort of a palate cleansing for me. I called it 'generic' but what I meant was that it was something 'untapped' by me in my collection pursuits and was a rebellion of sorts against the current state of existence at Marvel. Well, it appears that the FF are coming back into the fold and I'm happy to see that! My interests however, have shifted a bit. Universal Monsters... movies and TV titled comics... sword and sorcery. Medieval Knights. I guess that's what I was hinting at last week with the mention of Joe Maneely. The first time I saw his work on The Black Knight... wow! It sort of got me hooked in. For now, I'll let that simmer a bit but I know that, indeed, A Change Is Gonna Come.
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    I think I mentioned this to Rob yesterday. After the show we went over to that Middle Ages brewery and ended the day over a couple of beers and I mentioned that I was finding myself getting away from the Superhero books and getting more into other genres. Now looking back, I think part of this was a result of my 3+ year obsession with underwater books. I gained a lot from that period in time... in many ways. One of the things that I really enjoyed was digging up information and doing research into the artists that I hadn't really paid attention to before. Case in point, was this book and this story of Joe Maneely that I wrote about in the journal from 2014. ... It just happened to be a Joe Maneely May... This past May, I not only bought a copy of the long sought after Sub-Mariner 39... I bought two. With a terrific Joe Maneely cover (who didn't do a lot of superhero covers) it was the perfect time to close out my Cold-War underwater issues. But what I didn't expect, was another Atlas title to pop up featuring a very cool Joe Maneely cover! This one was sent to me via PM from Miraclemet, in which he informed me that a 'cheap' underwater Atlas just popped up for sale in the GA sales section. The timing was good on this one as I had some extra money in my Paypal account and this book was right in line with what I look for. It did have a little more cover 'noise' than I normally like but still... it was an easy decision to make! This one came across the pond, once again... from Don (Fantasyland15). This is my 2nd or 3rd purchase from him and the books have all been delivered without any troubles! There's something about Maneely's artwork that I can't really describe. I'm not sure if it reminds me of someone else I really like or what. Of course, the style is very distinct but there's something else in there that I can't describe. Perhaps it's the influences he may have had on other artists after him, as he died at the young age of 32 in 1958 from falling between two trains. One of those influences and admirers was Jim Steranko... (Taken from: http://www.comicartville.com/vassallomaneely.htm ) Comic book legend Jim Steranko, a huge Joe Maneely admirer, describes Maneely's techniques this way : "I can't think of a single instance of anyone inking Maneely. Here's why: at the incredible speed he worked, he couldn't have done finished pencils, just breakdowns. Then, knowing exactly what he was looking for in the finish, and being a superb draftsman, he DREW with the pen and brush! This is why Maneely was so fast and why no one else inked him---they couldn't work over his breakdowns". If you look at Maneely's Black Knight covers, they're some of the best ones around, in my opinion... BK1 is just an all time favorite of mine! Of course he drew so many others... Yellow Claw 1 is a terrific cover as are many of the Western and Horror books he worked on! There are many interesting speculations on-line about what might've happened if Joe Maneely hadn't died... how that might've changed what would later become Marvel Comics. http://www.comicartville.com/vassallomaneely.htm ... Anyways, I was thrilled to pick up (yet another Atlas book!) World of Fantasy #2! I love the cover illustration and color scheme on this one. Like I said, the grade doesn't bother me one bit... but with book in hand, there's a little more noise or distracting blemishes around the central image area of the front cover than I normally like, but still it's not too bad. This one scores a 70 on my grade scale... ... Back to Joe Maneely for a moment... The next book I'll be talking about involves Stan Lee so I guess this will make a nice segue. One of the underlying threads to many of these books goes back to Wertham's congressional hearings of the 50's. Atlas Comics, under Stan Lee as their Editor-in-chief, also wrote some stories and this one that I'll post below, features some very nice Maneely artwork. The scans were taken from this site... http://www.panelology.info/RavingManiac.html and shows what could possibly be Joe Maneely and Stan Lee's take on Frederic Wertham from Suspense #29 (April 1953). It may be a little stretch but the article (and story) is interesting to read nonetheless! ... While I was researching the works of Joe Maneely (and really getting into in), I discovered a bit of works that strongly appealed to me. At that time, I didn't pursue it because it just didn't fit my 'focus', but little did I know that what actually happened during that time, would lead me to my latest excursion.
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    Peace everyone!
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    Oh . The one book that I was proud to pick up at this latest comic show! From EC, before EC. I found this interesting too as this book came out in 1944.
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    Rusty Treasure...

    The last time I saw Mike was probably around 23 years ago. ... And here was the uncomfortable part of our 20 + minute discussion. "I sold you some books..." Done. I'm tapping out. Please, God... let me go now... No such luck. Here's a story I never told. Pretty much everything that I've ever bought... I've sold at gains, losses and break evens. It's how my life has gone. But was there one regret of something I sold that I'll NEVER get back? You betcha! ... "I sold you some books" My entire body slumps. I'm defeated in having to tell him the story of what's forthcoming... "Oh no.", His reply anticipates my sudden shift in demeanor. ... "Mike, we all do stupid and regrettable things at times..." "Oh, no." "And I definitely have one of those regrettable sales." <shaking his head> " I had fallen on hard times (as usual)..." "And..." <shaking his head> "I had to sell them." ... So, what was 'them'? Here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Churchward I think it was in 1995 when I bought a series of 3 books from Mike, one first edition and two 3rd editions. They were all signed by James Churchward between 1920 and 1930, but they also contained around 5 pages of handwritten notes and letters to a friend describing his research, findings and writings on the subject of the mythical island of Mu. What;s Mu? If you're my age, you might recognize this... They drive an Ice Cream Van! And if you're a Zep Head like I am... well, I'm sure you've wondered about the symbols in Led Zep4 (ZOSO). "Robert Plant’s symbol is the feather of Ma’at, the Egyptian goddess of justice and fairness, and is the emblem of a writer (ie song lyrics). It can be found in “The Sacred Symbols of Mu” by Colonel James Churchward. This is not a common symbol, but does turn up in Egyptian and Red Indian texts." http://www.feelnumb.com/2009/07/09/led-zeppelin-iv-zoso-symbols/ Yes, that was one of the volumes I had and when I discovered that Robert Plant's symbol (almost pre-internet, mind you) was found in that volume... https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/arqueologia/esp_churchward02.htm Yeah. Basically, Mu is to the Pacific what Atlantis is to the Atlantic, The biggest regrettable sale of mine... I bought them for around $300 in 1995 and sold them for about the same a few years later. ... So. Once we got past that, Mike told me what his next idea is for this area of Upstate NY and I quickly told him that I;d LOVE to be a part of that as this area is RICH with suppressed comic pop culture information! We'll see what happens! So now that I've drawn this out so much... How did this amazing day end? Here are the items I found including the screened t shirt of the original Dream Days logo that Mike got from the original designer! And I had to pick up this one as well... And then then here's the small amount of books that I picked up. Oh, what's that? A Dan Dare mini series... Whaaaaaaat?! Oh yeah. And I can't wait to read the Dan Dare Retirement by Grant! Wait. What;s up with these Knights? Ah-ha! To be continued!
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    Rusty Treasure...

    So lets go back a few years to when I wrote these entries in a previous incarnation of this journal... JULY, 2013 It wasn't until 1978 or 1979 that I found my way into an actual comic shop. It was sort of an enigma to me back then as I wasn't sure if it was okay to be in such a shop as a kid. The owner of this comic store looked very much like John Lennon and there was this 'back room' that I wasn't allowed in. Later, I found out that this back room was where he sold Maxfield Parrish artwork as well as more adult oriented comics or underground books... Robert Crumb and such. I became a regular at this shop and as the years advanced into the early 80's, this comic shop became paradise to me and the shop owner (Mike) taught me what would become my introduction to actually 'collecting comics'. He taught me about grading and values and even something called 'speculation'. He also introduced me to other obscure mainstream titles that he thought might appeal to me as well as telling me stories of the earlier history of these comic books. From his favorites... 50's books to SOTI (Seduction Of The Innocent: Wertham) to the comics code. His advice to me was that if I ever found books from the 50's at a garage sale, to buy them all as they were generally hard to find. JUNE, 2014 I had written about my very first comic store that I would frequently go to in the late 70's through the late 80's and that store was called Dream Days. It's funny but I came across these two posts and it seems that for a few of us, our recollections of this place share common threads. "Mike was great -- far from being the stereotypical comic-shop geek who knows more than everyone else, he was very interested in helping you find stuff you liked, and went out of his way to bring in books that would be of interest." http://tmpinsyr.com/2012/02/26/superhero-guy-vs-dad-guy/ "Growing up in Syracuse in the 70′s and 80′s, there was one place to go to for comics: Dream Days. Run by Mike, an aging John Lennon lookalike, Dream Days was the place for comic book lovers. Mike was everything positive that pop culture says about the 60′s: optimistic, community-minded, and welcoming. When my brother Matt was in the hospital for a pretty serious surgical procedure as a young boy, Mike showed up at the hospital with a massive stack of comics for Matt to read while convalescing. I think Mike’s instructions were to read them, enjoy them, bring back what he didn’t want, and get better! Mike seemed to live at the store and the positive experiences talking to him there probably cemented my love of comics." So as wonderful of a comic book store that this was during it's heyday... I never got to experience the complete 'Wow Factor' of being surrounded by the books that a young collector with limited financial resources could only dream of. As a matter of fact, one memory of Dream Days stays with me to this day and it was the day that Mike (the store owner) made a phone sale for a NM Captain America Comics #1... I believe it was the mid 80's (1984-1986) and as I was browsing the store, he ran to his 'back room' (where I assume all the rare stuff was kept) and came out holding this NM copy of Captain America Comics #1. He let me look at it briefly and when I asked how much he just sold it for, I was stunned! $5000.00. And for a 15 /16 year old in the mid 80's, $5000 for a comic was insane money! ... So yes, this was THE Mike... the Mike who had formulated my conception of what comics were, the magic that they held and the stories that they were sure to tell! In 1982, when I was a young 13 year old, just learning about comics... Mike was probably in this late 20's to early 30's. And so, that would put him in his mid 60's now but he still carried that 'John Lennon of Comics' quality about him. Just something unique... and good. An emphasis on "Good" is important to note here! While reintroducing myself... hell, I'm all grey and old now, I had to tell him about the association with Maxfield Parrish and him (Mike) that I held and how it was him that first broadened my vision of artwork simply by having those old Parrish prints in his store all those years ago. He replied that his experience was similar... just a gravitational pull that has endured throughout his life. I love stuff like that! So this was the print that I saw sitting on the table and one of which I bought a copy of... (Posting so not to lose this... to be continued.)