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  1. I don't know the answer to your question, but my own impression is that Overstreet had at least some standard regarding requirements to documentation for books like these. For many years, I have tried to trace down the rarest Disney comics in existence. One particular book, the Florida Power version of "Donald Duck Tells About Kites", bothered me as it was the only one in Overstreet that I had neither seen for sale nor heard of anyone owning. In the early 2000s, Arnold Blumberg asked for feedback to improve the accuracy of the guide. He made changes based on some of my input, but the listing of the Florida copy of the kites giveaway stayed against my recommendation. Eventually, after the restructuring at Gemstone around 2009, a bunch of Overstreet's notes on esoteric material were listed for sale on eBay. Among them was a xerox of the front cover of the Florida version. Later on, I learned about the whereabouts of the known copies, which indeed do exist with 100% certainty. Anyway, based on the above, my best guess is that those books exist.
  2. I am relieved to report that the missing parcel arrived today, May 8, 4 1/2 month after it was originally mailed. Thanks to everyone who kept an eye out for the books.
  3. Jon is among the handful or so collectors that I admire the most. His eloquent thoughts on collecting have had a huge impact on my own approach to the hobby. It's not even the scope and quality of his collection that has impressed me most. The best example is his efforts towards reaching out to Golden Age artists and paying them to do recreations. I've never seen him talk much about this, but to me it is the single most beautiful, in the most literal sense of the word, collection I've ever seen anyone put together. Best of luck with the sale, Jon, and I hope that we'll hear from you from time to time.
  4. On December 21st last year, a registered and insured USPS package was mailed to my address in Las Vegas. The package is now officially lost and subject to an insurance claim. Two of the lost books are easily recognizable, even if they have been removed from the CGC holder: * Walt Disney's Comics and Stories 6, Recil Macon, name written prominently on front cover * Mickey Mouse Magazine Series 1 #4, 1933, exceptionally rare book in any grade that is close to unique in CGC 8.0 There were other CGC graded books in the package (including Mickey Mouse Magazine Series 2 #1, 1933, CGC 9.0), but these two are easiest to remember. My financial loss should be covered by insurance, but I would appreciate if other collectors could watch out for the books in case they were stolen. The USPS lost track of the package at my local post office where it was held while I was out the country. Thanks :).
  5. pooroldman, I have forwarded your message....unfortunately, he/she did not give me their name and they were speaking from memory from over 40 years ago. It appears he/she may not have been a Western employee for long before being bought by Mattel but was responsible to review current and past contracts for compliance. Looking at the timeline for Western's expansion, the Poughkeepsie facility was established in 1934. The deal to establish K.K. Publishing was in 1933 for the Disney related material. My theory is initial demand for MMM could be handled at a single facility. When demand increased, the other facility was necessary to meet production. The reporting requirements to ABC may have created the need to report circulation numbers, in aggregate, but the contract may have required the logo to be added to differentiate facilities. I would bet file copies would be sent from each facility to a central location, some with the logo, and some without. Thanks a lot for the information, rookster, this is news to me. To support pooroldman's observation, the earliest variant issue, I have seen, is also from late V1. What is known from reliable sources is that Hal Horne left after V1#5 despite Kay Kamen and Walt and Roy Disney trying hard to keep him. Further, Horne suffered heavy losses from his involvement in the magazine ($50,000 if I remember correctly?). From my own observations, the paper quality of the next few issues is dramatically lower, making these the most difficult of the entire run to find in collectible condition. What I have been guessing so far is that those issues reflect a period of flux as Kay Kamen may have been trying to salvage the title, eventually leading to some kind of change that resulted in 1. the variant edition and 2. significantly better production quality, from around V1#12. The input from your source would actually fit very nicely with that theory. To me, the most burning question is why Kamen (or perhaps even the Disneys?) chose to continue, and seemingly even invest(?), in a title that seemed doomed for failure with the resignation of Horne. V2 was an explosion of bold initiatives: first (and only) 100 page issue, first color Sunday reprints, several cover layout changes, first covers promoting/leveraging Silly Symphony characters, and so on. I wish more was known about who (Kamen and/or Disney?) and why all this effort was put into a failing magazine at a time when Kamen must have been overloaded and some Disney childrens' books already had reached circulations of several million copies. Clearly, these decisions turned out to be extremely smart and profitable, but they can't have been easy back in those critical months of the summer of 1936. Someone at Disney must have had the foresight to understand the potential of the comic book format.
  6. Thanks, chromium! I misunderstood the article. I have visited both the strip museum 3 times and the Hergé museum twice during my visits in Brussels. Once I figured out how to take the train to Louvain-la-Neuve, it was actually pretty easy and well worth the hour or so that it takes to get there from central Brussels. I very much enjoyed both museums for very different reasons.
  7. Definitely. I would very much welcome a Platinum forum, even if it gets very low traffic. My main motivation is that there is far too much talk about prices and values for my taste in the Gold forum: all those threads have less than zero interest for me and they are the reason I have largely stopped reading the CGC boards. On the other hand, I have a strong impression that platinum collectors generally are far more interested in history. Thus, such a forum would likely be a very convenient filter for the kind of posts that I find interesting. I don't think t it will happen, but at least I wanted to say that you are not alone.
  8. So glad to see my book ended up in a great home! This was one of the original 6 ashcans I purchased from Sol in 1986. That's such a great photo. I remember the ashcan cover from your ads in Overstreet. Great to see that it has found an equally perfect home in a completely reinvented context.
  9. Each year around this time, I've been posting a plea for help towards improving my collection of Mickey Mouse Magazines. This year, I was finally able to complete my run and thought I'd use the opportunity to put together a thread with nice scans of my highest graded copies. Mickey Mouse Magazine is one of those oddball titles that few collectors care about. For many years, I didn't think much of it myself, but gradually, as I saw the books one by one, it has become my favorite Disney title. It spans the period 1935-40 which centaurman once referred to as "The Golden Age of Golden Age". During this revolutionary time in the industry, MMM transformed from a children's magazine to a comic book. In the process, it featured some of the most beautiful Disney covers ever. I was fortunate to start out just at a time when several long time collections and file copy runs went on the market. I suspect that a good fraction of these books, which were assembled over several decades by people like Jeff Lotman and Gary Colabuono, are among the best existing copies. Hopefully seeing the books together will help communicate some of my own enthusiasm for the title. This is probably going to take a long time since I need to rescan all the books, but at least this is a start. I plan to continue upgrading whenever possible. If anyone comes across copies in nicer shape at conventions etc., I would greatly appreciate if you'd let me know. ---- Mickey Mouse Magazine V1#1 is impossible to find in high grade. Though I am sure nicer copies are around, the one below is the best I have ever seen for sale (from Ted Hake's collection). Probably due to the oversized format, just about every copy seems to have problems at the spine. I would gladly pay 3 times guide for an unrestored FN/VF.