Randall Dowling

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  1. Never seen that before. I like the cover art but it’s an exceptionally bold choice for content!
  2. This is a pretty simple equation for me. Add up the cost of shipping, certification and any other costs of encapsulation. Look what you can realistically sell the book for afterward, less costs and compare to price selling raw. After doing so, the answer should be obvious. However, it’s worth dispelling any notion that books are more protected in CGC cases when in fact, the book is most likely to be damaged either in the process of slabbing or shaking around in shipping while in the slab. In addition, CGC cases are not archival. They won’t disclose what the case is made of but it’s definitely not inert materials. My recommendation is to sell the book raw without tattoos. Unfortunately, it’s going to get hit hard on price without tattoos, slabbed or raw.
  3. It’s not uncommon for just an edge or corner to become brittle. I agree, don’t submit, sell raw if you’re selling. If you’re not selling, not really any point to encapsulation.
  4. I always assumed this cover was a reworking of this movie poster but now I’m unsure. Anyway, completely agree, love this Frazetta piece!
  5. Yes, it was a copy of Epic magazine that Bounty_Coder snagged. Cool book. Cole did several of these magazine covers. My favorite is this Man’s Daring Adventures (not my copy, taken from eBay listing)
  6. For years, I’ve tried to explain that not all copies were produced with the tattoos inside. I purchased FF 252 off of the stands (2 copies), bagged right away and put away. Looked 5 years later when everyone was making a big deal of the tattoos and found neither copy had them. I really doubt they were taken out on the stands and I’ve found many, many copies without.
  7. It’s funny. I bought these issues as they came out and now find myself reviewing them for the exceptional information and interesting sales and buying ads. I had forgotten that there were people actively advertising to buy Warren original art. Anyway, here’s the first 10 1933 Funnies On Parade 1933 Famous Funnies Carnival 1933 Century of Comics 1934 Skippys Own Book (of) Comics May 1934 Famous Funnies Series 1 July 1934 Famous Funnies #1 September 1934 Famous Funnies #2 October 1934 Famous Funnies #3 November 1934 Famous Funnies #4 December 1934 Famous Funnies #5 Here’s a shot of the rest of the first 40.
  8. Hi John, As I mentioned in my pm, I would repost this in the magazine forum. There are several members there that would be interested and will pm with interest.
  9. If we’re thinking of the same guy, he’s one of nicest collectors I’ve had the privilege of meeting. He floored me when he pulled that out and showed it to me and a friend after dinner. He did request anonymity, though, and I respect that. Stunning book!
  10. Double posting this book but I don’t care. The best second best part about this copy is that all the flaws are where you want them!
  11. Very excited about this acquisition. While I love high grade Warrens, a VF+ with the original mailing envelope is even more special to me!
  12. This is really quite the haul, brother! Nice grabs, all!!
  13. This was originally used for a cover of High Times (May have been used before but that’s the earliest I’ve seen it). This is not my copy but grabbed from the internet.
  14. One of the first sci-fi novels I read and the beginning of my love for Heinlein’s writing. Still my favorite author from the genre.
  15. While I wholeheartedly agree with the superior financial sense that buying keys/classic covers/scarcest first makes, there is a different consideration for me that I think may address a more fundamental motivation for some collectors. When I become interested in a genre, character, or title, initially, I’m buying whatever is available and in relatively fresh condition (fresh pages, gloss, etc.) to learn more. Each new acquisition is an exploration into history, story, art, and whatever that thing that caught my interest was. So, I pretty much end up buying whatever is available and reasonably priced. Little by little, I figure out what I really like about the subject and focus more and more on that. This may overlap with some keys but not others. But for me, the fun is reading a comic or magazine that feels like new and discovering it for the first time as if it was just published. Again, not the most efficient financial strategy, but definitely the most fun for me. And that’s why I buy these things- for fun. If I was only interested in making money, there are far faster and more lucrative options that I would choose over buying and selling comics and magazines.
  16. I don’t know enough about these to tell if this is the price variant or not but assuming it isn’t, there are a grand total of 4 copies graded with the highest graded being a 7.5.
  17. My understanding was that the coding was date and total number of books ordered. That way, the vendor would know how long something had been out and could count the copies remaining, subtract from number received and adjust orders for next issues. In this case (apologies, I’ve posted before but it’s the only Church book I own), D1-15 is January 15 arrival and the 8 is the total ordered. At least, that was my understanding of the coding.
  18. I have this issue also. Apparently getting whipped by some Nazi fraulein wasn’t bad enough, they had to drop his pants while they did it.
  19. Young man, I’m from the future. You’re making a mistake right now.
  20. Yes, the first issue of the Battle Cry magazine was end of 1955 and the comics code had just been created but I suspect a bigger motivation for transition to magazine was that comic sales in the mid to late 50s fell through the floor for many publishers. Magazines (and pulps) were produced by the same publishers and I think magazines were far more stable and lucrative. That’s why many comic/pulp artists ended up doing illustrations for these (and other) magazines. The comic market was just too volatile.