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  1. Hello @Murray C I actually have Jim Aparo page myself that I purchased on auction. I am a big fan of his work, so I couldn't pass it up. Since you are inquiring about prices for Jim Aparo pieces, I purchased the title page art for Batman #560 for about $900. Given that this was an auction, I would say this is on the low end of the price range for a title splash piece. If you research online art auctions like Heritage Auctions, ComicLink or, you can see the prince range for his incredible art. I hope this helps and good luck!
  2. DJ Martini - eBay The following are up for auction for my Fourth of July eBay auction ending July 12th!!! Check out my other Buy It Now or Best Offer listings, as all offers are considered. All listings include a considered amount donated to charity organizations!!!
  3. An interview with Joe from I believe last year: Joe Sinnott Interview
  4. This is a a sad day I met Joe at a couple of comic conventions and was always polite, As a Marine and him being part of the Seabees, he was also great to talk military stories with. And of course his work was outstanding. Thank you Joe and Rest in Peace.
  5. Rich, if Batman Sword of Azrael #1 CGC 8.0 s/s Denny O'Neil, Joe Quesada & Kevin Nowlan is still available
  6. 100% agree on using Global Shipping and glad it worked out for you. International shipping is crazy as of late due to the pandemic. I had a customer win and item and then cancel due the shipping costs being a lot higher than usual overseas. So you might see customers cancel orders for international items, just be aware. Global shipping does help protect the seller with issues in international shipping and yes, once it's at Kentucky for shipping, it's out of your hands and eBay takes the hit. It's definitely helped with sometimes shady international customers.
  7. I believe this to be true, as an artist on the side. You can't really donate your own work on, and have it tax free. I think it would only apply if you are a collector. The below is a link to help clarify: Donating Artwork This is probably why Jim, and hopefully most artists, are only donating a certain percentage, as the other percentage is kept for their time and overhead costs. He's a great person and I really admire his ethics and art, so i say pay the man!
  8. I do agree that everyone is entitled to their own preference and it's up to the individual what they want signed....however, I do cringe as well when I see a First appearance of Spidey, Cap, Thor, etc. signed by an actor or actress Also, the artists that draw life like characters are pretty awesome and definitely worth a good signature to accompany the art. Great stuff everyone!
  9. So looks like this is official, the passing of a Legend. Was hoping to get one more chance to see him. He was definitely a fun and caring guy to meet and talk to!
  10. 1. My opinion of Liefeld's twitter post = (not that it matters) 2. That's awesome and it should be graded and noted "signed by Spider-Man" if it were to be slabbed 3. I remember my first comic signed at Menlo Park Mall (I'm a Jersey kid) and it was by Jim Calafiore back in '98. CGC wasn't around yet but I still have the book as a keepsake.
  11. I do feel like this is a missed opportunity by DC with the celebration and honoring of years for certain characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, etc. As stated, CGC probably hasn't begun or hasn't reached a deal with DC yet. I think a label that also honors the celebrated years would be worth getting as an alternative to just the artwork labels. DC has been behind Marvel in certain aspects so it may be that DC is waiting to see how the payout is for Marvel or other companies that have negotiated label artwork
  12. Oh man, that is a great idea. There are so many villains from so many movies and tv shows, it would take a great convention or a good amount of time to complete. Definitely worth thinking about, thanks!!!
  13. Finally received this back from CGC after getting it signed with not one, not two, not three but FOUR actors who have portrayed the Dark Knight (Ben Affleck, Kevin Conroy, Val Kilmer & Micheal Keaton). Thanks to @Rich_Henn & @Kevlar for hooking this up for me. Greatest CGC grail to date!
  14. I know this thread is a bit old but I thought it would be the best place to put this. I finally picked my first Jim Aparo OA from and couldn't be happier. I grew up with Aparo's art and have always admired it from reading Batman books (Knightfall, etc). When I saw this piece up for auction I knew this was the one for me. I had read the "Road to No Man's Land" from start to finish and this is the closest thing to a cover I can probably afford. I remember Bruce Wayne having to go to Washington D.C. court and vouching for the City of Gotham to get aid and how much the city meant to him. I remember this thinking to myself, this is how important the character of Bruce Wayne is to the Batman legacy and what a way for his character to be involved in a great story line. Mr. Aparo not only drew Batman how I imagined him to be but also his secret identity of Bruce Wayne. After receiving the piece I came to find out that the title letter for "Road to No Man's Land" was actual set up to be called "Declaration of War". The title is an additional piece added on top of the original art. This is verified by the print stating "Replace w/ Road to NML logo from SOTB". I will always treasure Jim Aparo's art and legacy with this fine OA and I hope that many have the chance to acquire a fantastic art piece from a fantastic artist.
  15. Please check out my eBay site for auctions on a bunch of CGC SS books including the following: -Batman: Gotham Adventures #1 CGC 9.6 SS (signed by Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester & Tara Strong) -Walking Dead #193 CGC 9.8 SS (signed by Robert Kirkman) -Riverdale #7 CGC 8.5 SS (signed by Cole Sprouse) -Naomi #1 CGC 9.8 SS (David Walker) -Wonder Twins #1 CGC 9.8 SS (signed by Ramona Fradon) -True Believers: Infinity Gauntlet #1 CGC 9.8 SS (signed by George Perez, Ron Lim, Jim Starlin, Joe Rubenstein) -Marvel Comics Presents #5 CGC 9.4 SS (signed by Arthur Adams) -52 #11 CGC 9.6 SS (signed by Mark Waid & Dan Jurgens) Thanks and happy bidding!
  16. Got some great items ending tonight, please check it out!!!
  17. Books up for auction & best offer in my eBay site! Please bid with confidence and feel free to ask any questions on here or via Ebay. If you are part of the CGC community and put in an offer, please let me know, as I will honor a better deal than those that are not. Thanks and happy bidding!!!
  18. Items up for Auction listings end tonight! Happy bidding!!!
  19. Books up for auction & best offer in my eBay site! DJMartini_Store eBay link Since eBay didn't put out a discount coupon for the 4th of July, this is my appreciation to you all, so please check out my items! If you are part of the CGC community and put in an offer, please let me know, as I will honor a better deal than those that are not. A list of a few books: -Teen Titans #12 (1st app of Batman Who Laughs) -Batman #1 (1:100 sketch variant) -Kamandi #1 (signed by Mike Royer) -The Might Thor! #1 (signed by Larry Lieber) -Spider-Man #12 (rare Spider-Gwen & Miles Morales variant cover) -Knight Rider #nn (signed by William Daniels, voice of K.I.T.T.) -New Avengers #11 (1st appearance of Ronin) -The Weather Man #1 (Heroes Convention variant) -Locke & Key: Omega #1 (signed by Joe Hill & Rodriguez) & more!!! Thanks and happy bidding!
  20. I understand you don't want to see the image if you don't want to, that's your choice. This is why the book was shipped in a black bag to cover the image. I understand not having it shown in public and it being your choice if you want to see it. If you slab a nude image, it should be for your eyes only. However, since this is porn cover, by your definition, do you associate BOOM! Studios with porn? Do you still read their books or any book/magazine company that are associated with porn? Do you like that they are associated with porn? I understand this may be CGC's logic but there are other comic covers (as some have already posted) that display porn images was well. I find it hard to understand where the line is and that any image with penetration is their limit when there many covers are slabbed with nudity and porn images as well. Like someone has posted earlier, money is money, and I think they are leaving money on the table for books like this.
  21. Yeah, the whole "no penetration" rule is a bummer. The art on these covers are stunning, from an art perspective. Found out during Heroes Con that neither CGC or it's competitors would slab these books. It's a shame, as there art is art! I understand if they don't want to slab real nude pics of people but as a fan of all forms of art, it is just that, art by a great artist. I think penetration in art is still really taboo, especially if you look at other media sites that won't let even art with nudity be displayed. Maybe we can get a petition going to have these books slabbed!!!
  22. So this just happened and I am highly disappointed. I really enjoyed this show. I enjoyed it more than the comic (surprisingly). Th writing and acting were some of the best of a SyFy show and comic adaptation. I hope Netflix or Amazon can pick this up (I doubt Hulu will, since Disney owns most of the stock now).
  23. 1. The pic is not great, and I don't anybody can really tell or give a good opinion with a bad pic. 2.@forbiddenwon , I think this is the wrong place for your pic of these books, as trying to get grade from this pic doesn't work. You would need a up close pic of the all sides and corners of whatever book you want the community to give a grade on. 3. In my opinion, the books have a good lot of signatures. I like the blanks with a hefty load of sigs (as many as you can get). You can definitely see the signatures better on blanks than on art covers. I think signatures on art covers ruins the art, unless they are kind enough to sign on empty space.