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About zosocane

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    If you have a dream about out-posting me, you better wake up and apologize.

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    Cycling; collecting old comic books
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    Miami, Florida

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  1. I know it's not a 7.5 or higher. I know it's not less than a 6.0. So, 6.0, 6.5, or 7.0 are the choices. I'm wondering if anyone has experience with how CGC graded their book with this single but material defect (i.e., a one-inch spine split on an otherwise 9.2 book).
  2. What would you grade an otherwise 9.2-looking book, very attractive copy, glossy ... that has a one-inch spine split? Thank you.
  3. This is actually a good movie. The shower scene is great too. That scene wouldn't fly in today's Hollywood.
  4. Amazing Spider-Man 2. The movie was bad and it spelled the end of Garfield Spidey with disappointing box office numbers. That said, the director managed to character-build Gwen Stacy enough over 2 films that this scene is a punch to the gut. I remember in my movie theatre quite a few younger people (who never read ASM 121 or otherwise knew about the Gwen Stacy mythos) gasping and then sobbing. And then the clock strikes 1:21 a.m.
  5. Metropolis site tampoco es bueno. Before the "upgrade", I would visit Metro multiple times a week, every week, going back years. My #1 go-to site. Site was fast, images downloaded almost instantly. No 'clutter.' Since the new Metropolis site went up at the start of 2020, i made one purchase. Site is slow to load, you always have to scroll down to get to 'Comics For Sale' and 'Browse.' The top 500 new comics listed and top 500 new comic images from the old site (first thing one would see) is, sadly, gone (if it's there, i can't find it). Just a poor digital shopping experience. They must have put a lot of money into the upgrade, but I'm sure many others like me that have thrown up their hands and shop elsewhere. They also raised S&H to $18, which is another nail in their coffin, while their competitors are charging a reasonable $8 to $12.
  6. That's not unusual for mid- to late-70s and early 80s Marvels, before the advent of Baxter paper circa 1983. They were printed on very inexpensive newsprint paper and the covers were printed on very thin paper stock, so some times you get the 'see through' effect, especially on pressed copies. I am much more careful handling, for example, a raw, high-grade '79 Marvel than a raw, high-grade '72 Marvel. The '79er is the more delicate book. That said, the 'see through' effect doesn't affect the grade. One point is that finding white pagers of late-70s/early-80s Marvels isn't by any means automatic; because of that cheap paper stock, so many of them have degraded to OW/W or OW, and I'm referring to those that were unread and stored in bags by collectors 40 years ago. The paper quality just wasn't very good. I remember circa '83 when the Baxter paper copies started coming out on the direct edition books from Marvel and DC and it was like, "hallelujah." This was in response to what the independent publishers like First Comics and Eclipse had been doing with their new releases circa '81 and '82.
  7. Check out this 3-minute trailer, just uploaded on YouTube. Looks like they're going to release a new chapter video in November 2020 on the "days and nights of [Vampirella artist] Pepe Gonzalez," and it seems that this chapter is going to focus on the models photographed by Enrich Torres that inspired his out-of-this-world Vampirella cover paintings. The old woman driving the car and walking into the cave is the model that inspired Pepe Gonzalez to pencil the classic cover for Vampi #19 47 years ago, which Enrich completed.
  8. Only solution is to 'harvest' a Tattooz from a reader copy of FF 252 (published same month as 238) and carefully insert it into the sleeve carrying the Tattooz within your copy of 238, without creating any spine stresses or tears. That's if you want to submit the 238 to get it graded and avoid the dreaded green label. That's what i did with mine. Still have not gotten mine graded but at least the Tattooz is now inside the sleeve of my original owner 238.
  9. Classic San Julian cover. Masterpiece.
  10. 1979 New York Comic Art Convention at the New York Statler Hilton Hotel (now the Penn Hotel). I knew about the show from an advertisement in an ASM comic from the Spring of '79. I showed the ad to my dad and begged. My dad took me and my brother, we flew in from Miami (my dad worked for an airline so the airfare was comped; otherwise, we couldn't have afforded air travel in those days) and stayed in my aunt's apartment along Queen's Boulevard in Elmhurst. The Convention was incredible. I picked up a Captain America 100 which i still have. I still remember the ballroom with wall-to-wall dealers. Breathtaking. My only regret is not having photos of any sort. If anyone has photos of the '79 show, i would love to see them. Never met the man, but a big thank you to Phil Seuling (RIP) who was architect of these big New York cons of the 1970s that got the train rolling. “There are other people who can offer you a selection of comics and posters, but can they offer you arrogance?”
  11. New Club FF15 member. Always loved this cover.