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  1. I am just curious, silver age forward, what other artists in your opinion do you feel one could attribute the "punching bag" descriptor too? I can think of two, likely Frank Robbins and maybe the early Luke Cage artist whose name escapes me at the moment. But again, the upshot for me is the work was being published. But then again I am not a fan of all of Salvador Dali's or Picasso's work either.
  2. As a "still learning" recreational sequential artist I am not fond of the man's art, however he is doing something I am not, having his work published. One thing of note for me is that a colleague of mine who is not a reader of comics at all is familiar with RL's art and the criticism which follows it. Regardless, to imply RL is on some level positivly compared to Kirby is a real, real stretch.
  3. It is....I loved it to a grade 2.0 but as a kid I thought of it as mint!
  4. Older brother picked it up off a spinner rack for me, guess I was 7yo (last day of school 1st grade). Recently purchased an upgraded copy but will always keep this first copy.
  5. My dream of being a grader in my retirement has been crushed! I guess shipping is a possibility though!
  6. Who would have "Thunk It" Kav likes 'em "Thick And Juicy".....I gotta admit that is the way to go! Thick comics are good too!
  7. Stains are brutal on grades....tear at the is, 6.5
  8. I have to wonder, e.g., "Bat Girl" 9.2 - many spine ticks was essentially overwritten by nearly "9.8" upper front right corner and bottom right front corner? To me much like the logic associated with stains on a book, seemingly a 9.6 book with a stain can easily become a 8.5 or 9.0 or less. Regardless, as you amplify, inside and outside of the book, you must examine it in it's entirety.
  9. Thanks for the quick response. Honestly, I asked the question because I can't for the life of me, understand how the "Bat Girl" book with so many spine ticks and the bend corner on back of the book is a 9.2. Input from anyone to help me understand my potentially flawed thinking will be appreciated. I would like to do a better job grading.
  10. The books you pick, are you always in agreement with the grade or do you just pick the books? On the other hand have you addressed this question before and I missed it?
  11. Nice shop- Good Luck......I know demographics\target market makes a big difference but seems comic shops can still work. My LCS in Maryland opened their first shop in 2008\2009 when the economic was stagnant, they just opened their 3rd store in the last 6 months.
  12. I'd say the background characters do a little bit.