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  1. I suspect I'm a bit older (), but I remember a similar experience with Splinter of the Mind's Eye when it was released in February of 1978. Keep in mind, this was sandwiched in between Jaxxon the giant green rabbit of Marvel's first Star Wars issues (November, 1977?) and the dancing Wookies of the Star Wars Holiday Special (November, 1978). The idea that we could have relatively sophisticated original content between movies was mindblowing.
  2. Canadian cover price is $1.50 (2 x 75 cents), so some are packaged for the Canadian market.
  3. This is pretty fascinating... It suggests a couple things to me: It's more proof that, by 1982, Whitman was inserting direct editions into its bags. This is exactly what the "fat diamonds are not Whitmans" crowd is asserting for the 1977-1979 period. So the question really boils down to whether Whitman or Marvel changed their practices around 1980 or not. This is yet another weird and wonderful product from Whitman's mysterious Canadian division, based in Cambridge, Ontario. I note the bag is sealed... is there an original price on it anywhere? Since this is the direct edition,
  4. I've never seen one either... Since #8 had a 40 cent cover, and #11 had a 50 cent cover (and #10 was never published?), this would fall into the same period of confusion and timeframe as the price variants that @bellrules mentioned. Somehow, this seems typical of this era of Whitman, and (to me at least) just adds to the desirability...
  5. These are awesome... which are more difficult to find, the 40 cent or 50 cent editions?
  6. I don't quite have a complete DC Whitman set, though I have multiples of most issues. since I switched about 6 years ago from going after raws to going after a graded set. For New Adventures of Superboy #6, I have a single copy in about FN 6.0... I typically will throw in bids on additional copies of the big 8 books, but not necessarily at full value.
  7. Can I share a pet peeve? I know that some Whitmans are rare. I know that some Whitmans command high prices. I know that sellers can set any price they want. But I can't believe how many people feel like a Whitman logo is a license to print money. Case in point: here are two copies of The New Adventures of Superboy. This is a tough book - one of the DC "Big 8". The first copy looks to be about VG+ 4.5 to me, attracted 7 bids, and sold at auction last week for C$76.00 (about US$59). Full disclosure - I dropped put of the bidding at about C$51. I think the price realized (at C$76) is pretty
  8. Doug Sulipa (a prominent dealer with a good knowledge of Whitmans) has suggested that the census can be misleading for Whitmans. Because some books (like Uncle Scrooge 179, Little Lulu 260 and Black Hole 4) have been known and recognized as scarce for a long time, this has prompted more substantial price increases in the back issue market. Those higher prices, in turn, have prompted more copies of those books to be slabbed. He has theorized that - ironically - this means that some of the rarest books have some of the highest census numbers. In my own experience, Battle of the Planets and
  9. My LCS owner gave me this book for free. It's a beater, but we all know there's no such thing as a bad Whitman.
  10. I sold one a few weeks ago... I think it’s more of a curiosity than a key. It’s the first mention of Ashoka, and she speaks from off panel, but there’s no actual appearance. And, of course, it’s a preview of the actual comic where these things happen.
  11. This has been a subject of much discussion on these boards, and I won't belabour it (too much) here, but maybe one example will help. The author of the article you link to, Benjamin Nobel, is a good writer, but his general approach is to present qualitative or circumstantial arguments as proof. To cite a single example, he points to the fact that "fat diamond" Marvel issues have no cover date, and infers that this backs up the concept that they are Whitmans. His argument is that Whitmans were bagged for sale over an extended period, and therefore did not need cover dates, but (and I quote him