goldust40

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  1. Weird Mysteries 4, 3.5 / 4.0. One of the top 5 pre-code horror grails, and (imo) the best of all. Book has moisture damage on top left which is noticeable on inside cover (but is fairly faint) and is just about visible on the first couple of interior pages. But only just. Fairly flat otherwise, staples dark but not rusted.  A 6.5 copy just went for almost $6.5K on Clink.

    Asking $2750. SOLD

    Price includes Insured boxed shipping.

    Paypal preferred, although I do accept bank transfer.

    Return is fine within two weeks of reception but item must be returned in the same condition as sent.  Please notify first.

    A take it in the thread trumps negotiations.

     

    Weird Mysteries 4.jpg

    Weird Mysteries 4 back.jpg


  2. Going to have to say that I'm not the biggest fan of the new format - it'll take some getting used to. In terms of gleaning all the information you want it is slower and more complicated. I find that  having live auctions mixed in with completed ones in the listing to be confusing and not as user friendly, although there may be a way to calibrate matters that I haven't figured out yet.


  3. 19 hours ago, jimjum12 said:

    If not for this Forum, I would have likely not been exposed to as much Joe Maneely as I have. It's kind of bittersweet to post some of my favorites of his, especially the later stuff. He just kept getting better and better towards his untimely end. His covers were always imbued with such energy. Through some of the scant Biographical sources, it seems the Western genre was his favorite. GOD BLESS.....

    -jimbo(a friend of jesus)

    It shows - his western covers became more and more baroque towards the end. Really detailed and filmic - you wonder where such energy would've led when Atlas morphed into Marvel.


  4. Fifties has already mentioned a great deal, but here's my two pennyworth.

    E.C. was unquestionably king when it came to art, story, content and identity. In the case of Shock Suspenstories the publisher went further by having several politically themed stories ("preachies") per issue.

    Harvey were the closest in terms of aping E.C.'s style and were reasonably consistent in their content, while Atlas was up there in terms of quality and their roster of artists (and were obviously the most prolific).

    Gillmor, Aragon / Media Publications etc. who did Mister Mystery, Weird Mysteries, and Weird Tales of The Future generally had the best covers as far as fandom is concerned, although Harvey had a fair few as well. Anything with Wolverton in it, especially in the first half of the 1950s, is worth checking out.

    Also recommended for their lurid, kitsch charm were the Iger Workshop produced Ajax-Farrell titles Voodoo, Haunted Thrills and Strange Fantasy. Always been a fan of that publisher. And let's not leave out Charlton, who did Lawbreakers Suspense Stories, Strange Suspense Stories, The Thing and This Magazine Is Haunted. A fair amount of early Ditko in those books, which are worth a look.

    Ultimately I'd search out some of the reprint books of quite a few of those titles before diving into the heady and ghoulish world of PCH. You may never escape...


  5. 1 minute ago, Robot Man said:

    I agree with Heath but would have to throw in Joe Kubert. The quintessial war artist. I think he gets overlooked a bit due to the huge amount of great  war work and the fact that his stuff is fairly available even in high grades. 

    I've often gone back and forth between the two legends as to who was greater. When I first read the Enemy Ace run in SSWS and the SA / BA Rock issues in OAAW, I immediately thought that no-one could outdo Kubert. But after many years of collecting Atlas, not to mention the DC work Heath did, plus the Artists Edition of his work published by IDW, I'd say they are neck and neck.

    Either way, Heath was the man for the pre-code era when it came to war books. Kubert by his own admission took most of a decade to reach that level of brilliance we associate with him.


  6. 3 minutes ago, Scrooge said:

    Yes! That's what attracted me to the set. Achievable, fun to look for, and you get great interiors as well as the Heath cover.

    Thanks for checking and congrats on being close to the set. :headbang:

    Cheers Scrooge.

    Yes, buying cheap Atlas war books was one way of staving off the compulsion to buy stuff without breaking the bank (four or five years ago every book was $20 -25 in mid grade) but they also had such great content, art and covers.


  7. On 11/16/2019 at 6:23 PM, fifties said:
    On 11/16/2019 at 8:56 AM, Larryw7 said:

    Looks like fun. I've never owned a pre-code DC horror comic.

     

     

     

    From the several dozen I've read, the stories are reasonably OK, but there is no gore.

    DC really didn't do horror as such, and their crime books were pretty tame, so they barely changed their content when the code came in. Ironic considering their Bronze Age horror output, which was far more graphic...


  8. On 10/25/2019 at 4:21 PM, Scrooge said:

    :luhv:

     

    The complete Heath War Atlas covers set is such a nice set to collect. When I was going after it, here's the list I worked off. Basically a simple Heath search in AtlasTales at the time. I never spent time to "audit" the attributions for those in doubt. A set of 101 was achievable enough at the time. My last count is 87 of those but I am not sure if it's up-to-date. Anyone here has a complete set? Buttock? Andy?

    Here it is chronologically. Let me know if you want it alphabetically -

    The high watermark is 7 covers dated June 1952. Several months @ 6 covers as well.

    Title Number Published Artists
    Battle 6 1/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Kent Blake of the Secret Service 5 1/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Spy Fighters 7 3/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Men's Adventures 13 4/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Kent Blake of the Secret Service 7 5/1/1952 Russ Heath
    War Adventures 4 5/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Battle Action 3 6/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Battlefield 2 6/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Battlefront 1 6/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Combat 1 6/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Man Comics 15 6/1/1952 [Russ Heath]
    Men in Action 3 6/1/1952 Russ Heath
    War Adventures 5 6/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Combat 2 7/1/1952 [Russ Heath]
    War Comics 11 8/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Battle 12 9/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Combat 5 10/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Men in Action 7 10/1/1952 Russ Heath
    War Action 7 10/1/1952 Russ Heath
    War Adventures 9 10/1/1952 Russ Heath
    Battlefield 5 11/1/1952 [Russ Heath]
    Battlefield 6 12/1/1952 [Russ Heath]
    Battle 16 1/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Spy Fighters 12 1/1/1953 Russ Heath
    War Comics 15 1/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Battlefield 8 2/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Combat 9 2/1/1953 Russ Heath
    War Adventures 13 2/1/1953 Russ Heath
    War Comics 16 2/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Battle 18 3/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Men's Adventures 20 4/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Battlefield 11 5/1/1953 Russ Heath
    War Comics 19 5/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Combat Casey 10 6/1/1953 Russ Heath
    War Action 14 6/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Combat Casey 12 10/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Battlefront 14 11/1/1953 Russ Heath
    Battlefront 15 1/1/1954 Russ Heath
    War Comics 23 1/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Battle 26 2/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Combat Kelly 19 2/1/1954 Russ Heath
    War Comics 24 3/1/1954 Russ Heath
    War Comics 25 5/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Battle 30 6/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Battle 31 7/1/1954 Russ Heath
    War Comics 26 7/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Combat Casey 17 8/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Marines in Battle 1 8/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Navy Action 1 8/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Battle 32 9/1/1954 Russ Heath/[Joe Maneely]
    Battlefront 23 9/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Marines in Battle 2 10/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Navy Action 2 10/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Battle Ground 2 11/1/1954 Russ Heath
    War Comics 29 11/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Battle 35 12/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Battle Action 14 12/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Battlefront 26 12/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Combat Casey 19 12/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Marines in Battle 3 12/1/1954 Russ Heath
    War Comics 30 12/1/1954 Russ Heath
    Battle Ground 3 1/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battlefront 27 1/1/1955 Russ Heath
    War Comics 31 1/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle 37 2/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle Action 15 2/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battlefront 28 2/1/1955 [Russ Heath]
    Marines in Battle 4 2/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Navy Action 4 2/1/1955 Russ Heath
    War Comics 32 2/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle 38 3/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle Ground 4 3/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battlefront 29 3/1/1955 Russ Heath
    War Comics 33 3/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle Action 16 4/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battlefront 30 4/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Combat Casey 21 4/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Navy Action 5 4/1/1955 Russ Heath
    War Comics 34 4/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle 40 5/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle Ground 5 5/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battlefront 31 5/1/1955 Russ Heath
    War Comics 35 5/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle Action 17 6/1/1955 Russ Heath/[Joe Maneely]
    Battlefront 32 6/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Combat Casey 22 6/1/1955 Russ Heath?
    Combat Kelly 31 6/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Marines in Battle 6 6/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Navy Action 6 6/1/1955 Russ Heath
    War Comics 36 7/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle Action 18 8/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Combat Casey 23 8/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Marines in Battle 7 8/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle Ground 7 9/1/1955 Russ Heath
    Battle Action 21 2/1/1956 Russ Heath
    Combat Kelly 35 2/1/1956 Russ Heath?
    Battle Action 24 8/1/1956 Russ Heath
    Battle Ground 13 9/1/1956 Russ Heath
    Combat Casey 30 10/1/1956 Russ Heath
    Battle Ground 14 11/1/1956 Russ Heath
    Marines in Action 9 11/1/1956 Russ Heath

    Excuse the delay in checking out this list and providing feedback. I'm missing three of those books. Men In Action 7 seems to have slipped through the cracks, for some reason. I remember when Heritage a few years ago were selling Atlas war books in batches of four or five consecutive issues in each title, and one I got outbid on was the latter Men In Actions (this was in a Sunday auction before Heritage changed it to the signature auction format. Most of the books were in high grade. Yes, I wish I'd gone berserk with them). Some of the later Combat Caseys or Kellys are noticeably tougher to find (missing one of each). 

    Battle Action 15 was a bear to find. None of the above books were super-hard to pick up at one point in reasonable shape, but the supply certainly has diminished - I have a few copies of Men's Adventures 13 (one of my favorite war covers, because it's so unusual - the view from inside a tank looking outwards at an imminent onslaught), which was a book that seemed to turn up fairly often, but certainly not now.

    My favorite Heath covers (if I had to pick any, as all are great) would be War Comics 23 (a CGC 7.5 copy of that book ended at $900 on ebay recently, and frankly the buyer did ok at that price - should've bitten the bullet), War Comics 26, and also Battlefront 15 (never seen a copy of this book above FN).

    Heath remains my favorite war artist, but then I suspect he's everybody's..