'PLANET COMICS' (is deserving of its own thread) in Golden Age Comic Books Posted January 7 23 minutes ago, Dubble G said: I take your points, but I was not talking about monetary value. I'm not interested in that aspect, probably because I'm not in those leagues. I was merely talking about aesthetics. Whatever the reasons behind the qualification, that book looks to be an 8.5 at best to me. However that is my opinion, and only my opinion. It's an honest one. Would I be happy to own that particular copy? Of course. Would I be happy with the grade assigned to it? Over the moon. I've always felt that CGC's dilemma regarded aesthetics versus technical grade. I once passed on some early Mystery Tales [Northland pedigree] because of severe browning to inner covers. I mean, they were baked. Another buyer, evidently more astute than I, had them graded, and they came back in the NM range - maybe 9.0 [it's a while ago so not entirely certain now]. I was shocked, but it is interesting to think on 'visible' versus 'invisible' faults after a book is CGC graded, and how various faults are treated. It's far more an art than a science, and art is opinion, which sometimes leads to discomfiture. As for whether it is an 8.5 or a 9.0? I doubt very much it's inherent desirability [let's not say value] is much changed if the grade is lowered - the chip is still there, and so are the vibrant colors, and the exceptional structure. I respect your opinion, but give me aesthetics any day!