rjpb

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  1. Cool bunch of books. I purchased the book from DTA, so perhaps it was them.
  2. A recent pickup. I've always liked electric chair covers on comics, so this is a natural extension. It's got some water staining on the spine, going a half inch into the covers, and a strip along the top, so rusty staples as well, but colors are strong. This was the second issue of a 1935 3 issue run. It seems a bit scarce to me, but I'd appreciate the experts chiming in as to whether its all that scarce or not.
  3. It appears as a genre it may not be as "white hot" as it was a year or two ago, but it's still has strong interest. Teen GGA/humor books are a bit off their highs as well (though there will always be exceptions), but it's still an in demand genre.
  4. I don't care for digital recoloring, though there is no reason it can't be made to look more like the original, particularly for covers. Interior coloring on GA comics was sort of hit or miss to begin with, but I generally prefer simpler coloring with interior art. I don't like slick paper either. Higher quality matte paper is okay.
  5. If the spine isn't splitting and the pages aren't brittle, I expect a 2.0 is how it would grade, as CGC will accept a lot of creasing at that grade, but could end up a 1.8. I wouldn't bother slabbing it.
  6. It's signed by Flessel in the top left.
  7. Very cool collection, I like these Mexican editions of U.S. comics, especially the horror stuff.
  8. My starting point for minor resto like tear seals and small amounts of c.t. is to cut the grade in half (and round up if need be) to figure approximate FMV, and then adjust to consider factors like how would the restored grade have been impacted without the resto, the quality and amount of the work, potential for reversal, scarcity of the book, eye-appeal and demand for the book. When you get to the lowest and highest grades, the math may not work as well, but from 4.0-8.0 it often does. The bleed through on the spine you show speaks to amateur work that may be considered just a bit more than "minor", and the tape undercuts the potential for a 6.0 grade. VoH #35 is in demand, but it's not particularly scarce, so midgrade copies can easily be found without color touch. If it has 6.0 eye-appeal and structure, then my guess is the value would be in the neighborhood of an unrestored 3.0, possibly closer to a 4.0 with a buyer who values eye-appeal. My personal preference as a collector would be for a 6.0 with minor and hard to see resto that looks good in mylar over a 3.0 with notably inferior eye-appeal, at the same price, but such a book is probably a bit more difficult to sell down the road, and if one prefers their books slabbed, will carry the distraction of the purple label.
  9. You have to love a Horrific #3 with a deep green background.
  10. I got this about a month ago. It was graded a 1.0 due to SB pages and a coupon clipped from the back cover, but I thought it presented quite nicely, and IMHO it has a pretty cool cover. This is reportedly the first issue, despite the numbering, and the three issue run is apparently the complete output of Feature Publications (Canadian). There are four copies on the census, and I gather the next two issues are even tougher to find, as there are none.
  11. If this were the cover to a Cole Romance comic book, it would sell for a grand in VG.
  12. I shoot for getting the dominant color closest, usually, though I can't get darker green to ever look right. I have a fairly cheap scanner, so I end up tweaking them once in the scanner settings, and then again in Preview to get close to what they look like in hand, but sometimes have to take a photograph to get there for slabs.
  13. Would this be true of lower grade copies as well? I had the impression though value is impacted, it's generally not as severe as with comic books, perhaps because ragged edges are pretty common with untrimmed pulps, so the appeal has already been compromised. I'd also noticed that missing back covers didn't seem to hurt value quite as much as they would with comics, maybe dropping the value to about half what a lower grade copy with a back cover might see. Maybe this is changing though, as pulps follow comics into a pickier marketplace. What I've wondered is how do faded spines impact the value of otherwise mid to high grade pulps?
  14. I just read my first Spider novel since I was a teen-ager and read the first couple in paperback form, and the first I've read in pulp form, "Slaves of The Crime Master", April 1935. While the action is non-stop, a shoot out and/or daring escape every few pages, with a few some gruesome deaths, the plot was pretty thin, and the prose turgid. As with other Spider stories apparently, the story opens with the crime wave/ mad scheme already underway. I guess Norvell Page didn't trust the readers to stay interested long enough to build the plot, and wanted to drop them into the action. As I recall, the Shadow stories of the era were more mysterious, along the lines of a Detective novel. If this Spider novel is typical, it seems they were more action adventure stories, with little detective work, the only mystery being the identity of the main antagonist. The story also suffers from a weakness found in many a Golden Age super-hero story, where the Spider just happens to know where to find the various players he will need to squeeze information out of, or kill, as the story demands. The Spider is certainly blood-thirsty and the body count high. He doesn't always wait to catch a criminal participating in or abetting a violent crime before pulling the trigger, if he decides you are a gangster, homicide is on the menu. It was an interesting exercise, though I'm not sure I'll read any more of them. I'll stick to the shorter hard-boiled detective stories of the pulp era.
  15. Heritage tends to amp their scans, overbright and strong saturation, and scanners can be all over the place depending on the settings and the brand. In my experience I've found it difficult to get all the colors to look "true" in the same scan, tweaking the blues will oversaturate the reds, etc. I would not assume the yellow in the Metro scan and the Heritage scan are different in hand.
  16. I'd rather buy a 4.5 that looks like this than some of these "higher grade" copies at more than twice the price, or the case of the 8.0, 5 times the price.
  17. While it can vary from book to book, overall, grading standards are clearly more lax for Golden Age than the more recent eras, but that 8.0 is particularly weak.
  18. I forgot to vote after it was down to 8, but Schomburg is as deserving as anyone. His covers encapsulate everything the collecting community loves about wartime GA books. Trying to imagine the Golden Age without Schomburg would be like trying to imagine the Silver Age without Kirby.
  19. While I think this 7.5 with minor color touch and a tear seal is a better value than a 7.0 with a corner taped back on, the market tends to see tape as less objectionable, and the award of a blue label over a purple one, despite the opinion of some that tape is "restoration", or at least "conservation", guarantees a higher FMV for the 7.0. The 7.5 sold for the ballpark value of a 4.0, the general range for slightly restored 7.5 GA books, but less than what I'd expect even a problematic 7.0 in a blue label to go for. I have little doubt it would sell pretty easily if the seller dropped the price to $2500.
  20. Does CGC make a distinction? I can't recall a book getting a purple label for just having tape, of any sort.
  21. The book is probably a borderline 7.0 without the piece re-attached, which appears to be a small chip at the bottom right. It's still a decent copy, though tape finds resistance among a lot of collectors, even in the lower grades, and a 7.0 with tape will always be a harder sell at FMV than other 7.0s. It looks to be priced more like a 7.5. It's not a particularly scarce book, even in the higher/mid grades. I'd hold out for a 6.0/6.5 with similar eye-appeal, and no tape, or a half price sale.