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  1. Don't do this if you're trying to get good value -- I know this is just one of a thousand posts on these boards that keep saying stuff like this, but it does get tiring sometimes. Not all comics shops are the same. If you had a $1000 rare book, would you take it to one of the famous rare book shops in the country that specialize in this sort of thing, or would you just dismiss it as a terrible idea to sell to any book store because your local newsstand with beat-up paperbacks in the back won't pay you decently for your item? Folks on these boards keep conflating small local dealers who don't really deal in old or valuable material with shops that do. There are major shops out there that specialize in vintage material and will pay strong prices for it. Just because your local gaming store that has 5 picked-over boxes of comics on a table won't make a decent offer, doesn't mean we're all the same. If your local shop doesn't have a good stock of golden or silver-age comics, they probably won't pay much for yours. But if the shop has hundreds or thousands of such issues, there's a good chance they pay pretty well, because in this day and age you aren't going to keep picking up collection after collection on the cheap... it just doesn't happen anymore.
  2. Just watched this last week (I ordered the DVD). My parents were rare book dealers, and I helped out in their original shop quite often, so it brings back memories. We actually had a number of the books shown. Something rather sad though... we're shown one of the largest rare book shows in the nation (world?), and yet judging from the overhead views, it really isn't all that crowded (maybe 1000?). I'm guessing years ago attendance would have been multitudes of that.
  3. Because of pulp thickness a "slab" might have to be designed more to be put spine-outward on a bookshelf (upright or laid flat) rather than flipped-through in a comic box. But if they can slab carded toys without damaging the packaging, there are obviously designs that could make it work. That said, there may not be enough extant pulps in the world to make it profitable. As for page counting... there are more pages in pulps, but unlike many comics, they are usually numbered, which makes it a bit easier to determine completeness.
  4. The problem with pulp-trimming is that most people are amateurs about it... uneven raggedy trims, disgusting. But trimming if done by a professional... that's a thing of beauty! And once trimmed, no issues with slabbing. As a professional, I will soon be offering my trimming services to the pulp community. I predict this will be as received as warmly as when I announce that first pulp guide back in 2001! Fees will be reasonable at first, though ultimately I will have to charge a percentage of retail for higher-end issues. Because Dwight and others will be sending me so many pulps in the coming weeks, be aware there may be significant turn-around delays. As a side note -- I am the only professional pulp-trimmer who has patented his own specialized cutter (see below). Thanks!
  5. I know WW2 Japanese caricatures are often lumped into the same racist stereotypes as other imagery, but I'm not sure that's entirely fair. When your fighting for your lives, often with youngsters barely out of high school, your very survival may depend upon instilling both fear and anger in your troops against the enemy. In WW1 the "Huns" were depicted as vampires, gorillas, and all sorts of other grotesques. Throughout the history of human warfare a nation's enemies have never been portrayed as what they usually were ... wide-eyed acne-faced youngsters scared out of their wits. That said... the continuation of such depictions after the war is of course a different matter.
  6. This is the 1st app. of Invisible Scarlet O'Neill so it's a bit heftier than the average FamFun. A (much better-looking 5.5) sold at auction in 2018 for $660. Still... seems a tad unlikely it's shot up 800% in the past 2 years...
  7. The dust-jacketed edition is a far more exciting read, because it has an exclamation mark.
  8. If you bought it off eBay, you might be able to do that.
  9. Sounds good. Give my shop a call when you're ready to sell. But... keep in mind I'll be 86 by then... so when you call you'll have to speak up.
  10. One of the things that has hurt dime novels (most can be had for $5 or less) is the art... it's all quite similar and considered "old-fashioned" in style... and there's certainly nothing lurid about them. Pulps are seeing a resurgence almost entirely because of the art, for as you say, the characters have little contemporary relevance. Comics are dropping in interest unless they are (a) keys, or (b) have "cool art". And I always hear that it's the art the will keep comics in demand over the generations. But I wonder... Just like the once-popular style of dime novel art has fallen out of favor, so too might line-drawn comic art? Some of the high-priced pre-code horror covers aren't even drawn that well... they're just gory, but are "hot" anyway. But today's generations are growing up on computer-generated art.... some of it almost photo-realistic. Will our favorites of the past... even the giants of the medium... come off as so much "cartoony stuff" compared to high-tech depictions and coloring techniques? Remember-- those old dime novel covers were good enough in their day to entice an entire generation or two into buying millions of copies. But even by the 1930s, that style wouldn't sell comics. "Pop culture" is exactly that... it's stuff that has a defined heyday, than a nostalgic resurgence, and then begins to fade, especially if it's not rare. Tastes change. Cultural references change. Historians will always have interest in it... but the general masses move on.
  11. Neat article... but I don't know this fellow (by name anyway) even though he's only one state over from me. Sports cover collecting has always been a niche market... even with pulps and books. Golf seems to be the most popular, however. I suspect baseball (or maybe boxing) might be second. Part of it might be the sheer number of them that makes the hunt interesting (not so many discoveries to be found for croquet, by comparison). For years I've mulled over the idea of putting together a checklist to cover themes... but it would be an enormous task. When I was younger I spent a lot of time bird-watching (birding as is the preferred term), and for awhile I considered collecting comics with birds on them... but only realistic portrayals of actually identifiable species (Tweety and Donald don't count).
  12. Believe it or not... yes, this is correct. I have a collector who also has several friends who all collect golf covers. He has nearly all of them... but because of the cost, this is the one that eludes him (them). I once had someone who collected birdcage covers. But... okay... I'll admit it... parrot covers not so much.
  13. This is worth thousands of dollars and all because of the parrot. I have never understood the insatiable demand for parrot covers.
  14. As fascinating as these discussions are... they aren't new. We see the same arguments over and over. I was going back through CGC's archives, and found this discussion in the early days of the boards (this one's from 1932). I'm lousy with the "quote function" so have re-typed the discussion here. The participants were: Foxtrot My Amadeus (FMA) Thimble Theater Fan (TTF) Katzenjammer Kult (KK) (KK): So guys, I was just thinking... where do see you the comic market in say, the next 80-90 years? (FMA): The "keys" will always be hot... Peter Rabbit, The Gumps... these aren't going anywhere but up. (TTF): No doubt. But everything's heating up across the board. Investors would be wise to stock up now while they can. (KK): What about these rumors of new smaller paper-bound books coming out? (FMA): No way these become popular. A "comic book" must and will remain hardbound. You can toss anything that comes out in a paper stapled format right in the trash. (TTF): I buy mostly to flip comics to kids down by the stockyards... what do you recommend I concentrate on? (KK): Buster Brown, of course, is the safe bet. It will still be the most in-demand character a hundred years from now. And there are rumors that Cecil B. DeMille may be producing a Foxy Grandpa movie... if so, look out! Your Local Dry Goods shop won't be able to keep them stocked! (FMA): I never buy anything from an LDG. Never any deals. I trade for mine behind Old Man McElroy's barn. (KK): Peck's Bad Boy is solid. Of course these are the keys everybody wants. And the Flapper Girl Art collectors are driving up prices on Tillie the Toiler. Still-- with all of the popularity of these new sound movies, do you think comics will fall by the wayside? (TTF): Not if they stick with good solid story-telling... nobody wants characters to get weird or surreal... Popeye is pushing the envelope, but people with silly abilities are never going to catch on beyond a niche market. Humor is where it's at and always will be. Mutt and Jeff rules! (FMA): And good art. I don't see how that Harold Gray keeps getting work! He can't even draw eyes on Little Orphan Annie. He knows nothing about anatomy! (TTF): The reality is these comics will keep growing in popularity and value. I can predict that in 100 years we will see some comics fetching over $20 at auction! (KK): I don't know about that... but new generations will keep falling in love with this hobby (unless the staple-pushers ruin it)... This new Skippy character should be a hit... will run at least 100 issues. Tarzan was fine in book-form, and Elmo Lincoln will always be the definitive movie Tarzan... but I don't see him transitioning well to comics beyond that Hardback from 3 years ago. (TTF): No... he's like Popeye... too much muscle... no comic collector wants to read about a character whose abilities are so far beyond the average person's. (KK): I agree with everything that's been said here... However, as much as I love my comics, I'm wondering that from a purely investor position if I shouldn't sell them all off and put my money into piano rolls? (FMA): Their steady rise in value over the years is tempting, sure... but you can't read a piano roll. No art, no thanks. (KK): Love the discussion guys... but I gotta go. Harold Teen is on the radio, and I don't want to miss it. Golly gee! I wish someone would invent a way to record these programs so we could play them back later. Anyway... good chat!