n2wdw

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  1. I've always thought secret hideouts are cool. Like the Fortress of Solitude and the Batcave, but also the junkyard hideout of the Three Investigators that I read as a kid. That's what I've tried to create with my comic room. It holds my collection but it's also my secret hideout. This thread is about my comic room. I'll give you a tour and tell you all its secrets (well, most of them). Even though my collection spans all ages and includes action figures and statues, I've taken the liberty of posting this in the Gold section since I mostly collect gold nowadays. A little information about me. I'm 55, married for 25 years, 4 kids ages 22, 20, 18 and 16 (by the end of the summer). Three of my kids are in college. I've been collecting as long as I can remember. My favorite comic is Spider-Man, followed closely by Cerebus and Strangers in Paradise. I started collecting as a completest, and I've completed most of the Marvel silver age titles and have long runs of many DC silver titles. Now though, I'm no longer a completest. Instead I primarily collect keys and good girl art. One of my main collecting pursuits at the moment is to get a copy of every comic with a cover by Matt Baker. My wife and I plan to retire in about 6-10 years. We have a little beach cottage and we'll spend our golden years there. When we're not there we hope to travel. A couple years ago we did an addition to the house, and that includes my comic room. Something I love are comics that show maps of hideouts. So here's a map of my comic room. I've labeled everything so when I post pictures you'll be able to see where things are in the room. If you're standing in the hallway and looking into the comic room, this is what you see with the door open: On the right is a shelf I've labeled Mylar in the map. That's where I keep collecting supplies. Here's a picture of the side of the Mylar shelf; I use it to display Miss America 2 (the 1st appearance of Patsy Walker) and Tomb Raider action figures, as well as con badges. This is the front of the Mylar shelf. There's a bin for the different sizes of Mylar. Attached to it are some of my comics, including FF #1 signed by Stan. On the back of the door I've mounted Betty's Bath by Dave Stevens (s/n 200 of 395) and Sitting Pretty by Jennifer Janesko (s/n 10 of 250). I've bolted the frames to the door so they don't move when the door is opened and closed. Thanks for reading!
  2. My New Favorite Collectible -- Dave Stevens and Bettie Page I got this from a seller on eBay. It's a Topps card of Bettie Page by Dave Stevens, signed by Bettie Page. This is special to me, because I learned about Bettie Page through Dave's Rocketeer series. Both Dave and Bettie sadly died in 2008. This is the only item I've ever seen where she signed something by Dave. There are a few of these signed cards on the market. Apparently, a friend of Bettie got her to sign some of these after the card was shown (maybe released) at a Glamourcon. I bought this from a seller on eBay, as I mentioned above. I sent it in to PSA. They will authenticate signatures, and also grade the sig and the card. I was very happy that her sig is authentic, and it got a perfect 10 grade (I've sent other things to PSA where they told me the sig was fake, but that's another story). The card itself was just one step down, with a 9 grade. I tried to get PSA to give Dave a credit on the label. But I guess there wasn't enough room. So here's my new favorite item in my collection:
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    2019 California Comic Con - Post your Photos

    I think you got this from Harley? I happened to be there when you were talking to him. I think you said something like "Let me walk around the room and think about it." Glad you got it. Or maybe that guy passed and you then picked it up (?). Either way, congrats!
  4. Report - Terry's Con 2019 It's amazing how much things change in a year. Last year I was very much into going to Terry's con. I stayed all day and spent tons of money (for me), and I picked up a bunch of great comics. This year, my wife and I are in the process of selling our house. Downsizing, as our last kid is going to college in September. Packing and moving your keepsakes that you accumulated over 20 years -- while your kids grew up -- was ALOT of work. Then we hired a cleaning company to clean up 20 years of cobwebs and dust. Later this week, the painters come in to paint the entire house, then we get all new carpeting. Hopefully by the end of Feb, the house will be on the market. Whew. Big life changes. People ask if I'm sad to move. If I'm sad to pack up all my kids' stuff. No, not really. Maybe a little melancholy. Mostly though I'm excited. This entire process is incredibly liberating. I remember 25 years ago, when my wife and I had just gotten married, I talked to the mother of a friend. She said there are 2 stages in life. The accumulation phase, and the simplification phase. I didn't really understand her then, but I understand her now. My wife and I are definitely in the simplification phase of our lives. With the kids gone, I want to get rid of this big house and move to the city for the last phase of my working career. I want to walk or bike to work, and maybe sometimes take those fun scooters that are popping up all over the place. I want to be able to walk down the street with the wife to bars, to restaurants, to clubs. And here's the thing about kids. Yes, they are getting older and we don't see them as much, and that's a bad thing. But they get more interesting as they grow. You don't get the hugs and snuggles like when they were babies and children. But they are turning into adults and that's really something to watch. I think we have a few years before they start getting married and having kids. That will be another new phase of our life. I'm looking forward to that too, but I'm in no hurry (as long as the kids are happy). I'm a collector by nature. I have spent the last few years moving my comic collection to our little beach cottage. Those are the pictures I post here. That process is done. I also collect wine. At this moment, I have about 1600 bottles. In my old house (the one we're selling), I have a temperature controlled wine cellar where I store the wine. For the last 2-3 years, while getting ready for this life transition, the wife and I talked about what we would do with our wine. One option was to store it with a wine company who offered such services, like Zachys. But there are alot of drawbacks with that, which I won't go into here. Another option was to buy wine refrigeration units -- again, they have their drawbacks. At the end of the day -- and we just made this decision this past summer -- my wife and I decided to build a temperature controlled wine cellar at our beach house. So that's what I've been focusing on and why I couldn't really get into comics at Terry's con this year. Our new wine cellar will have a small footprint. About 10'x14'. But, like my comic room, I've planned it out so it can hold about 2600 bottles of wine. Below's a picture of it. We actually call it a "wine tower," somewhat reminiscent of the glass wine tower at Aureole in Vegas. Hopefully, by the end of March, the wine tower will be finished and we'll have move all the wine over. That'll be another adventure!
  5. Thanks for your kind words! Lately I've been busy with the move so haven't posted much, but hope to start up again soon.
  6. Yep, my wife is my real life Gwen Stacy.
  7. The rules: No PL/HOS members Payment via PayPal only First flag gets it. If via PM, then the earliest PM gets it. Sales only to the US and Canada. Shipping is included in the price for the US. Shipping to Canada is $10. Please pay within 10 calendar days of invoice, or the book will be available for sale again No returns on graded books.
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    California Comic Convention 2019 ( CalComicCon)

    Last year the food truck in the parking lot had good tamales!
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    California Comic Convention 2019 ( CalComicCon)

    Won’t be at preview night just rode splash mountain at disneyland
  10. This book is now offered at $475 shipped in the US
  11. One book up for sale tonight - Marvel Mystery #87 CGC 4.5 (blue universal). This is a classic GGA bondage headlights cover. Bondage in a unique way, with the beautiful heroine being forced to marry the gangster. I'll be upfront with you, the comic isn't rare. But it's not cheap. Check out the current offerings on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=Marvel+Mystery+Comics+87&_sacat=66&LH_TitleDesc=0&_dmd=2&_osacat=66&_odkw=matt+baker+-replica+-photocopy&LH_TitleDesc=0 This copy is a great looking, unrestored 4.5. The colors are crisp and bright. And Syd Shores is behind only Matt Baker and Alex Schomburg for golden age GGA (IMHO). I'm offering this book for $525, including postage within the US.
  12. Tomorrow is the big day. We're moving the stuff out of our house to put it on the market. That includes moving the rest of the stuff from my old comic room. Most of my collection is already in my new comic room -- that's the one I post pictures of here. But I still have about 10 mag boxes that hold my magazine collection, and about 10 long boxes that hold my miscellaneous alphabet. I'm moving this stuff to a storage unit, along with all the other things from our house that we want to keep but don't have room for in our beach house. Then on Tuesday the liquidation company is coming to clean out the rest of the house. At that point we'll paint it and put in new carpeting, and put the house on the market. This is the house we've lived in for almost 25 years. Whew, big life changes. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned this here, but my wife and I also collect wine. So as part of this move, we've got to move about 1500 bottles of wine. That's something we'll tackle next month. Below is a picture of the wine cellar in the house we're selling. (My wife and I are way younger in the picture, and for me, thinner!) I'm going to miss this wine cellar, but life goes on I guess.
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    Terry’s California Comic Con 2018

    I'll be there in my Dave Stevens t-shirt (it has been washed since last year).
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    BanjerD feedback thread

    Perfect transaction, Daniel paid very fast and is a great communicator. Thanks!
  15. Here are some random pictures of my comic room.
  16. 2018 Year In Review - Lady In White 2018 was a good year for my Lady in White collection. As a recap, a few years ago @miraclemet put together a collection he called Lady In White. Then after putting it together, he decided to sell it. I remember reading with great interest his posts about putting the collection together, and then how sad I was when he decided to sell it (but of course I think we all understand wanting to change collecting direction from time to time). Anyway, I decided to put together a Lady In White collection. But what to call it? Damsel In White? Gothic Chicks? Really, "Lady In White" was the best name. So I PM'd Miraclemet, and he gave me permission to use the name "Lady In White." To be in the set, the cover has to have a gothic feel to it, with a damsel in distress wearing a flowing white dress or gown. The books have to be silver or gold, perhaps bronze, but definitely not modern -- although I'm rethinking this requirement. For bronze and silver my threshold is at least 9.0. I haven't decided yet for gold. Again, I'm rethinking the 9.0 requirement. As of this moment, I have 21 books in this collection. Average grade is 9.4. Average cost is $97. The high I've paid is $200. The low is $25. But anyway, there are the Lady In White books I picked up in 2018. I got a few others but they won't be back until later this year, so I'll report on them when I get them back from CGC.
  17. No, that comic room -- the one you see here in pictures -- that's in the house we are moving to. It's been our vacation home (it's close to the beach), and now it'll be our primary home, although we'll also have a small apartment close to where I work. The house we are selling is the one where we raised our kids. But my youngest kid is a HS senior and will be going to college, so by September we'll be empty nesters. So we are downsizing by selling this house. I do have a comic room in the house we are selling, but I've mostly moved everything out. Here are some pictures of that old comic room.
  18. 2018 Year In Review - Completing Runs I completed 2 major runs in 2018. The first was Tomb of Dracula. I completed this run in January with buys on this board of #3, 7 and 33 (for a total of $11). That left only #1, so I decided to splurge for a nicer copy. I also completed my Legion of Super-Heroes (LOS) collection. I've been a big fan of the Legion since I was a little kid, and I've been collecting them all my collecting life. I have complete runs of these series: • Adventure Comics (1958; 247, 267, 282, 290, 293, 300-529) • LOS Series 1 (1973; 1-4) • Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes (1977; continues from Superboy; 231-258) • LOS Series 2 (1980; continues from Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes; 259-313 + Annuals 1-3) • Tales of the Legion (1984; continues from Series 2; 314-325) • LOS Series 3 (1984; 1-63 + Annuals 1-4) • LOS Series 4 (1989; 0-125, 1000000, Annuals 1-7) • Legionnaires (1993; 0-81, 1000000, Annuals 1-3) • LOS Series 5 (2005; 1-50) Yes, I know there have been many series after Series 5 in 2005. But at some point you have to stop, and I decided to let it go after Series 5. But to top off the collection, I decided to get a copy of every appearance of the Legion prior to Superboy and the LSH #231. This is the issue where the Legion became regulars in Superboy (and the title changed to include the Legion). Here are all the appearances of the Legion prior to Superboy #231: • Superboy 86, 98, 100, 147, 173, 176, 183, 184, 188, 190, 191, 193, 195, 197, 198 and 200-230 – becomes Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes with #231 • Action 276, 285, 287, 289, 290, 298, 309, 319, 331 and 377-392 • Superman 147, 149, 152, 155, 156, 157, 172, 173, 221, 295 • Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane 47, 50 • Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 72, 76, 85, 100, 106, 117 • World’s Finest 142, 168 It actually wasn't hard to get these comics, as I already had most of them. I got the last one from a sale here on the boards. I'll close out this post by showing my copy of Adventure 247, the first appearance of the Legion.
  19. I haven't yet. I've been busy as we're getting our house ready to sell.
  20. The rules: No PL/HOS members Payment via PayPal only First flag gets it. If via PM, then the earliest PM gets it. Sales only to the US and Canada. Shipping is included in the price for the US. Shipping to Canada is $10. Please pay within 10 calendar days of invoice, or the book will be available for sale again No returns on graded books.
  21. As I've mentioned in my journal, Rangers is my favorite Fiction House title. Planet seems to get all the love, but Rangers has some great covers. Rangers 32 is one of those great covers. I searched for years for a nice copy of this book. Then early last year, I picked up 2 copies within a span of a week. The one I have for sale graded out at 6.5. The other came in at 7.0. I almost kept the 6.5 over the 7.0 as it's such a sweet cover. In the end I've decided to sell the 6.5. This beauty is on sale for you today for $300 shipped in the US. At this price, I'm just barely covering my cost.
  22. My list is mostly based on the list in the Amash book. I've added a few based mostly on discussions here in the Baker Romance thread. Also, I've added a few as I include reprints that have Baker art.