Randall Dowling

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  1. I’m pretty new to pulp collecting compared to many in this thread (and I do a lot more looking than buying). FWIW, I would focus on the topics/themes that you find interesting. Not what’s going to be worth big money. If you have minimum grade standards, just about every title can be a real challenge. Also, if you’re anywhere close to Chicago during the pulp show, you’d have an amazing experience attending. The guys in that room are literally a library of knowledge. My buddy went last year and he said it reminded him comic conventions 40 years ago. Those were the days!
  2. This is a very cool book and incredibly rare in high grade!
  3. That looks like a solid 7.5 to me. Maybe 7.0 but that’s tough grading. Nice book!
  4. I think the real issue with Hulk 181 being overpriced is that it’s the 2nd appearance of Wolverine.
  5. That’s an interesting slip considering the material.
  6. Thanks (in no small part) to you, sfcityduck. I think I speak for many older comic collectors that grew up way before comics became cool when I say it wasn’t always easy being the kid that collected comics growing up. The popular kids looked down on kids that read books and the kids that read books looked down on kids that read and collected comics. As a boy, most other boys were into sports, not comics. Sure, lots of kids read comics on occasion. But being “into” them and collecting them separated you from the rest. I grew up in the 70s and 80s and it was challenging then. I can’t imagine what it was like for Dave, but I’ll always remember his story. He was one of the first of us. Without him (and his articulate defense of comics), who knows what might have changed. There may not have been the tolerance that allowed Bill Gaines to launch his new trend for EC (It’s worth remembering that Wertham’s assault continued through the 50s). Dave’s big stand had to sway some people and their attitude toward comics. Who knows, perhaps Stan Lee isn’t able to convince Goodman to try superheroes again. It seems that he was a brave guy that made a difference in the short time he had. Thanks again for your time and reasearch to keep his memory alive (and to all the other bloggers and comic historians also).
  7. I have to say, I’m pretty excited to hear the rest of this.
  8. I got it from one of the comments on the various pages that mention him but it’s probably wrong. In any case, do we know what actually happened to his collection? I was wondering if he didn’t donate it to the LoC.
  9. From what I read, he died of some sort of stomach cancer. Very sad.
  10. If you tell me Dave’s books eventually landed in Bang Zoom’s collection, I’m going to freak out. Seriously, though, I would very much like to hear whatever else you have about Dave. Including what happened to him.
  11. It would be interesting, though, to hear if Mitch either heard of or otherwise crossed paths with Dave. Seems unlikely as Mitch is a west coast guy and Dave was apparently an east coast guy.
  12. Very interesting. I would have no idea how to price this book. Apologies.
  13. It’s #12. You can read it here: https://web.archive.org/web/20100720191229/http://members.cox.net/buster44/3/popstory.txt
  14. I’ve never seen that before. Looks like a low budget fanzine. Is that correct?
  15. I keep thinking you’re going to drop a huge twist like “That’s when Dave changed his name to... Bob Newhart!!”
  16. I’ve heard this before. Respectfully, it’s pretty thin and doesn’t mean much. This is the clever little joke I referred to earlier.
  17. This is very interesting reading. Can’t wait for the rest!
  18. Perhaps you’re seeing something I’m not. Please share what that personal statement is. Also, what are the characteristics of comic art that are being illuminated? Again, please don’t put words in my posts. I never said it isn’t art. I said it’s not good art. I hope that difference is clear.
  19. I suppose Lichtenstein’s work meets the 4th definition of creative (from dictionary.com) 1. having the quality or power of creating. 2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative:creative writing. 3. originative; productive (usually followed by of). 4. Facetious . using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.:creative bookkeeping. https://www.dictionary.com/browse/creative But that’s not the kind of creative behavior I’m looking for in artwork. The ferocity with which people defend the greatness of the emperor’s clothes is pretty common. It’s an easy way to stay in the safe space of the crowd and not ask tough questions that might lead away from the relative safety of that crowd. Heck, you find examples of the same behavior in the animal world from buffalo herds to the often cited lemmings. For me, Art is a spiritual thing. It demands more consideration than oblique and obtuse statements that don’t mean anything, least of all to the people making them. But that’s just me. There are a good many things that have a “hugely greater impact” and are very bad for human civilization. I don’t think that’s an adequate criteria for great art.
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  22. Thank you for posting this. I’ve always felt that Edgar Church was the first comic collector due to his care for the condition of all those books. As to whether or not he read and enjoyed comics like later fans we may never know. But I don’t think we can make a firm assessment that he didn’t. There are lots of people today that collect only slabbed ultra high grade books. I don’t think anyone would discount them because they don’t read their comics. They may not be “fans” like some others but they still collect comics. Just my thoughts.
  23. Of all paper collectibles, pulps are pretty much the hardest to grade in my opinion. Much, much harder than magazines, comics, paperbacks, digests, etc. for a host of reasons. I can very much see why some would want a shared standard for grading as buying pulps is ALL over the place. However, it kind of bums me out to think of them sealed up in slabs where you can’t look inside to read the amazing writing and check out really special interior illustrations. I know, I know, it’s the same with comics. But most all of my comic collection is ungraded. I just like ‘em raw!
  24. Welcome to the boards! This is a really good question. Believe it or not, unless your fairly certain you’ll get a 9.8, many books from the time period you mentioned are probably not worth getting graded. In other words, if you take the price you can sell the book for raw, add shipping costs and grading/encapsulation fees, you may very well end up with more money into the book than you can get out of it. This is particularly true for bronze, copper, and modern age books. With the possible exception of keys (#1 issues, first appearances, etc.), just about any book from that time period that would grade 9.4 or lower probably isn’t worth grading. The only reason I would get a book graded is to sell it, not for archive purposes as there are better options for less money and the most common way books get damaged is in shipping. For what it’s worth, I would take the runs you are less attached to, go through them and identify the books that look absolutely pristine (virtually no damage of any kind under close inspection), and then try a couple of those to see how they turn out once graded. Sell them and assess successes and failures, adjust accordingly. Keep the best books, sell the lower books first. If you haven’t graded books for a while, it may be a little bit of a shock as for many, grading has become increasingly strict over the last few decades. Hope this helps.