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  1. Be patient, and you can get a much better deal.
  2. If it wasn't worth it the first time you posted this, it won't be worth it the second time around...
  3. One should never talking about riding anything beneath an image of a Zenescope comic.
  4. I have a Mystery Comics Digest #25 with a COA from the Manitoba Collection, which states a grade of 9.2. IMO, it may grade slightly better than that. I also have high grade copies of 11 (Manitoba, 9.4), 13 (Manitoba, 9.4), 18 (Manitoba, 9.2), 21 (Manitoba, 9.2), 22 (about 6.0 FN), 24 (about 2.0 good), and 26 (Manitoba, 9.4) if you need any of these. (FYI, the Manitoba Collection are raw books). I have lots and lots of other digests, including many scarce ones, so I'm happy to bundle for a better deal. Send me a PM if this is of interest.
  5. And here's a (more or less) contemporary image of what Guy Fawkes looked like:
  6. It's a traditional English design... here's a photo of an antique one: I think Lloyd just drew a simplified version of it, and the masks were later mass-produced after the movie came out. I've heard that Warner Brothers actually holds the rights to the popular version of the mask we see on TV, so - intentionally or not - those who wear it are supporting a multinational corporation!
  7. I think it's definitely the comic/movie having the influence rather than Guy Fawkes himself... Not even Moore was really going for Fawkes' pro-Catholic/anti-monarchist brand of extremism, and even if he was, most Americans have never heard of Guy Fawkes. I think it was more that he liked the idea of co-opting a vaguely anti-authoritarian image by adding a layer of creepiness to what was otherwise a childhood party prop. In this context, it's probably important to remember that V for vendetta was published first in Warrior, and intended primarily for a British audience. It was only later that it came to international attention with its reprinting by DC. It's kind of like how Jason in the Friday 13th movies wears a hockey mask... the creepiness or unease comes from the hidden anonymity of the mask's wearer, rather than from trying to evoke a feeling of hockey players.
  8. It's definitely a Guy Fawkes mask. I think it has had an impact, but I can't help but wonder if the movie didn't play a larger role than the original comic. Clearly, the movie took the image form the comic, but it was only after the movie had "popularized" the image of the mask as an anti-authoritarian symbol that it began to pop up other places. I think the current application of the image was cemented through its use by the hacker collective Anonymous, and it later migrated to things like Occupy Wall Street, and more recently the "Resist" movement. I think, though, there's a long history of comic imagery being adopted (or co-opted) for political purposes. Hitler-bashing as has been pointed out, but more directly things like the use of the Punisher logo by members of the US military, the use of Pepe the Frog by members of the hard right, the use of Charlie Hebdo cartoons by both free speech activists and radical Islamists, or the use of "Canadian" characters like Superman by Canada Post as an expression of Canadian nationalism. Perhaps one of the most influential was the role of Superman (largely through its radio show) in diminishing the influence of the KKK in the 1940s. In some instances (like Alan Moore and V for Vendetta), the political use seems to align with the intent of the creator, but in others (such as Matt Furie and Pepe the Frog) it can run counter to the creator's political views. Which (IMHO) just means that popular images and characters are fertile ground for piggybacking other messages to a broad audience, whether intended or not.

    Hi Mollie - I have a set expansion request for the "DC Whitman Variants" set. Could you please add Justice League of America #158 (DC Comics, 9/78; see, for example, certification #1208792009) Thanks very much!
  10. I have #1-4 and 6 (and a TPB Vol. 2 containing #7-12) if you're interested, all in unread NM. No #5, but I can get you most of the way there... PM me if they're of interest.
  11. Great teams - writers & artists

    Morrison/Quitely Gaiman/JH Williams III
  12. Archie All-Star Special

    Aaaaand I just looked at the MCS listing, which says they were published by Modern, which was doing Chralton reprint pre-packs at the time, as well as a reprint of Marvel's Battlestar Galactica treasury.
  13. Archie All-Star Special

    This is idle speculation on my part, but between about 1975 and 1980, the Quebec-based publisher Editions Heritage was producing some English language squarebound books, including Archie's. Could this be one of their products? They weren't distributed in LCS's or on newsstands - more through discount retailers. They were also binding remainders at that time... I recently came across a number of their French-language books (Batman, etc.) that had been bound this way.
  14. Copper's Heating/Selling Well on Ebay

    It's not one buyer... it's this week's news: