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  1. Yup, it certainly is. I'm always a fan of covers that have a large vivid solid color (Especially 100% screen of red or yellow)
  2. Most were very standard across the board and while some did have some specific rules (like DC, for whatever reason as I cannot verify WHY they did what they did back then), it really just takes having lots of samples available from one publisher/title to see how the colors were being used (World's Finest / World's best are actually very good examples to learn from due to the simplicity of the color usage so long as you know the issue with the yellow printing plate). I'll have to scour my notes to see if I have any other specifics (I am only recalling the DC issue right now because it's the only cover i've been looking to reproduce recently, though up next is a Mystic comics cover)
  3. For sure, next to impossible (save for finding an original batch that be given to a printers) but what I mean is you can find paper that matches the paper weight, gloss, and other properties fairly close. I've been able to match other golden age paper fairly well (such as for my cover-less Zip comics issues, which requires a 70lbs stock). Its the weight I don't have the exact measurement for on these special 'cardboard' covers (but honestly that is fairly easy to figure out with enough samples on hand, which i'll do this Monday). The other factor is printing - this cover will be digitally printed for now due to cost (and since this is just a casual project), but I have made the file ready so it can be properly done via four color process printing as it was done back then (the trick is knowing what values each company used back then and HOW they used it for each series, for example DC would never use anything other than 100% Yellow whereas the other color values could have different percents of value for the covers)
  4. The smile was to be in keeping of all the World's Finest covers with them always being happy and smiling, and of course Batman would be happy about it "OH BOY, ANOTHER VILLAIN TO BRING TO JUSTICE!" while Robin would be the first to be shocked (Superman not shown yet, but he is between surprised and just generally annoyed to having his day interrupted)
  5. Also if anyone knows the EXACT paper weight used on these early cardboard issues let me know (the first print run is going on random 70lbs golden age stock paper, but that is just a test run so I can confirm sizing and colouring - going to the print shop Monday to view more cardboard samples they got in to replicate it)
  6. I know this is necro'ing an old thread, but it is 100% on topic and relevant. Detective #73 was always a dream of mine to own because of it featuring Scarecrow (though the story wasn't that great), and I could never get behind spending so much for a copy of World's Finest #3 due to the cover (but it was a 1st appearance AND the story was really good) just recently found the solution in a very nice condition coverless copy for super cheap. Here and for the first time ever, a PREVIEW (some sneaky shots from my phone off my computer monitor after colouring) of my copy of World's Finest #3...featuring a brand new, golden age matching cover which features the Scarecrow. It is being printed right now (matching golden age paper stock...a fun and challenging hobby in of itself) and I will show off the full final art (front and back) once I reattach it to the book (comic restoration has lead me to this, thanks to Mike at hero restoration for all his help with questions and getting me interested in that aspect of the comic hobby) I will now leave you with the FEAR of anticipation!
  7. It was very effective in portraying violence without actually showing it, rather leaving it to cuts and the audience's imagination to fill in the gaps - often who would then pronounce the film to be much gorier than it really was. I grew up fascinated with horror movies (since my parents and my friends parents let us all watch them) and while I can appreciate TCM story, innovation and use of budget for the time I never regarded it anywhere close to the finest crafted film made (or horror-film, which I feel Halloween did a better job a few years later for the entire genre). It was however one of the best character designs ever, one that could horrify an audience with just a look. I did enjoy the experimentation the series would take after the first movie, never scared of taking on a new tonal direction in the sequels (Often with goofy results). That is something many franchises fail to do and often get boring as a result of not taking such chances (Halloween in this case suffered for adhering so close to the formula of the first movie, didn't care for any of the initial sequels, but I did love the modern direct-sequel that just came out. I know I did watch the new TCM remake and can't remember any of it - so i'll take that as a bad sign for that version of the film and assume I hated it.)
  8. TBH, I do wish they would have recast him. It was the perfect time to do so, and he's never been a great at the role (often being the weakest thing about the movies). Love the character, but his MCU portrayal has been so very bland (would have loved Jensen Ackles in the role)
  9. Hey, I thought I closed my browser tab for eBay already cowboys342 really wants a sale!
  10. I would honestly say not always; i've seen some issues that were grades higher than others - but due to an off centre cover wrap, they were painful to look at and and first glance the lesser copies looked 'better'
  11. Entropy. It's easy for any comic to become lower grade (and my will do so in the years to come, even if it is just a slight tiny blemish), but it is next to impossible (barring re-grading and bumping it that way) for a non-restored book to become better condition and remain non-restored. The numbers of lower grade copies of any particular comic will always be increasing. That said, I prefer books that present well and actually aim for low/mid grade (3.5-5.0 is a sweet spot for me, as I like GA books that have a some nice patina to them) unless I find a nice raw copy which ends up grading high.
  12. Pedigree Label Option #4 Having a secondary color there (the pedigree name matching the gold designation at the top) makes it look much more elegant and diffrerenciats it from other mono-colored labels. Type choices also seem might tighter in this one.
  13. Dammit - I literally JUST bought a 1.5 copy of this for $300, and this one looks WAAYYYY better than it. Somebody buy this so I can pretend I just missed out on the sale and can deny having regrets!
  14. Yeah, the 'reinforced' is the biggie on that label as it hints that other work might have been done as well, and if it looks like others have missed that detail i'll tap out once the bidding gets bonkers