the authority

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  1. It’s all relative. People I’m talking about have netted $1150 a week for 3 months. That’s $14,950 plus $1200 stimulus. The cost of living is super inexpensive here. You can rent a nice house or townhouse for $700 a month or so. Then consider that the majority of these people around here have 2 income households. It ain’t rich but it’s a lot for staying home. 😊
  2. The extra money has been both boom and bust for us. I work in auto sales. Pre-owned, rentals, and lease turn in full size trucks that we were buying for $22-22,500 in February and March are now in the $31-32,000 from Nashville to Alabama to Florida to Michigan to Pennsylvania to...well, you get the idea. We typically carry a 75 to 90 supply of inventory. We are under a 30 day supply today and are hard pressed to be able to get over 30 days supply. We’re hoping this is temporary but that is doubtful. The rental companies are a large part of our supply chain. They bought considerably fewer new Vehicles in July and almost none in May and June. Vacation travel is down. Been doing this over 30 years and have never seen anything remotely close to it in the US. We have employees ( roughly 20% of our staff ) in a certain income range who are refusing to come back to work. They are making more staying home. It’s a short term windfall for certain. I’m no economist so no idea what the future holds. It seems than in our business, we’re stuck with short used car supply but the new inventory is cranking back up. We had no intention of selling comics this year but the stuff is just crazy high across the board. Easiest and most profitable transactions I’ve ever seen. Best just 3 months. Good luck to everybody. 😊
  3. One of my faves too. Nice pick 😊
  4. Still happy that I hung onto some UF#4. Sad that I sold a lot more than I kept in the old collection. Down to 8 copies. Wouldn’t blame anyone for selling right now. Big profits to be had at the moment. Won’t be selling any of my bunch. Had this as my top pick in my spec thread last year and @Aweandlorder and I have been on this title a Loooooong time. I remember buying these in polybags 10 for $17.99 maybe 7-8 years ago. Wish we could go back in time. Watching people react to this book makes me think it’ll be even bigger than originally expected. Is he this generation’s Spidey ? Maybe. If he is, he’ll be bigger than Venom, or Harley, or, or....Spider-man is a BIG deal. If you don’t have a ton of these, holding seems the better option. If you have 15-50 of them or you need the money, by all means, sell, sell, sell. Keep an eye on Vengeance #1 too. It’s been steadily solid but the potential of every aspect of this character could make America Chavez the NBT
  5. Hello everybody 😊 I have been named “essential” and have been working way more than I’d like the last 9 or 10 months. I’m going to bring myself back up to speed as to where I left off on this thread. I have a couple of weeks off this summer and I’ll get this thing rolling again in June or sometime around then. Not going anywhere this year. Mainly just wanted to say hello to everyone. Missed you guys and hope you’re all well. I’ll be reading even if I don’t have time to post 👋😊
  6. Young Avengers #1 is on the move again. It goes up and sells lots of copies and it goes down and sells lots of copies. After the Kate Bishop/Hawkeye show was announced, its back up around $250. Someone dumped a bunch of these in 9.8 in the last month or two. It stunted the growth of the book temporarily. Does anyone here think any character who appeared in this book, other than Hawkeye, has potential for growth or are they never gonna be’s ? Will the Young Avengers appear in the MCU ?
  7. I like heroes, especially superheroes, but occasionally something way off the wall will just make go WOW ! Next up is the 1st appearance of Spider (not-man) Jerusalem. Transmetropolitan #1 is 6 syllables of way ahead of its time. Warren Ellis, Grant Morrison, Garth Ennis, and Mark Miller were all the rage for a good 10 to 15 years from the early to mid 90s on. My favorite Ellis Stuff is The Authority, hence the moniker, and then Planetary. I have friends who prefer this book over all of his writing to date. So I’m basing the rating of this one more on the fact that there are a great number of people who aren’t just like me. 😝 The book ran for 60 issues. That’s a nice run by any modern book standard in my opinion. I have 1 Vf/NM copy. ratings raw NM = 7 out of 10 CGC 9.8 = 7 out of 10
  8. I remember him being all over the place in the 90s but that was 2 decades ago so maybe he just seemed big to me. As for lately, he was in Nova a few years back and Infinity Wars stuff last year. Some of the more recent stuff had great covers. I see him fitting in nicely in the current MCU...but I also said the same about Warlock and Nova. I have no idea when Warlock will become a presence.Wish I had a crystal ball 😊
  9. Darkhawk #1. Is it a Modern ? Probably not by year but he was pretty big in the early to mid 1990s. Either way, this has been a spec book for over 25 years. It reminds me of Nova #1 in that it’s underrated and is the kind of book that seems cheap forever...until it isn’t. He is a very cool character. Technically not his 1st appearance because he appears in a preview book prior to this one. I prefer actual comics with full stories but I understand each character stands on it’s own. Sometimes a picture of a head is a big deal while other times a full page picture including a character being named is just a cameo. I can’t keep up. Lol Either way, he is eventually going to make his way into one of the MCU movies and you’ll probably hate it if you don’t own a copy. I own maybe 6 or 7 of these in conditions ranging from VF to NM+. rating raw NM = 7 out of 10 CGC 9.8 = 8 out of 10
  10. Next up, Donny Cates..books. God Country #1 and Redneck #1. These books are on opposite ends of the price spectrum. While God Country was by no means his 1st work, it was the book that put him on the map. Its a fantastic read and has powerful artwork. The entire series featured cool covers. Cates words just flow. He and Jason Aaron have a way of telling a story that makes you forget you’re reading a comic. Redneck was an earlier work that actually came to market later than GC. In my opinion it has more potential because the buy in is extremely low and the series is an ongoing story. I own 1 NM copy of GC. It was impossible for me to resist selling a bunch of boooms that were bring Motee than 30 times what I paid for them. I’ve sold enough Redneck to be cost free on my remaining #1s. I have a lot of them. The story is fantastic and to me, more built to be a TV show than anything else area has written. I also think the A cover is the book to own. Ratings GC #1 raw NM = 6 out of 10 CGC 9.8 = 7 out of 10 Redneck #1 raw NM = 7 out of 10 CGC 9.8 = 7 out of 10
  11. Next up, Marvel Point One featuring the 1st appearance of Sam Alexander. Now, I’m a Richard Ryder guy. Nova #1 and #4 were 2 of my favorite covers as a kid. Still, the new guy is the one that a lot of today’s newer readers will know. The Nova Corps has already had a significant, and somewhat funny, contribution in the MCU. This seems like a pretty safe bet to me. Both Novas are likely to appear in the MCU in the future. * The variants are probably the best bet on this book but I still like this a lot. * I have 1 NM copy. rating raw NM = 7 out of 10 CGC 9.8 = 7 out of 10
  12. I’m sure 12 hour work days aren’t healthy...but back to some comics. Next up, Dark Horse Comics #8...and Comics Greatest World X #1 with a Frank Miller cover. The #8 is the 1st appearance of X. With the recent news of Dark Horse having something to do with Netflix, something or many somethings, are bound to break out at some point. Netflix seems to have a thing for gritty, even brutal, ground level characters. This probably has something to do with budgets but they are also easier to relate to that say a god or an alien. Both of these books are extremely inexpensive. I added the Miller book because he’s had a lot of success in the movie department...and it’s just a really good looking cover. I have many of both of both of these books. All very high grade. Ratings #8 raw NM = 7 out of 10 CGC 9.8 = 8 out of 10 there are only 8 9.8 on the census. Probably a combination of reasons including lack of familiarity and popularity and the fact that about 1 out of 3 submissions have graded 9.8. X #1 raw NM = 2 out of 10 CGC 9.8 = 2 out of 10...but I’m saying there’s a chance 😊
  13. It’s the only one I find for the most part. Its my favorite. I just need to pull the trigger and buy a set