Randall Dowling

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  1. This statement may or may not be correct. CGC will not disclose what their cases are made from so there really isn't a way to know for sure. Most likely, the rigid outer shell is not polyester film, may be PVC, in which case it is not archival. Until they share what material they are using, it's probably unfair to make statements that it's equivalent to mylar.
  2. FWIW, I'm going to clarify a couple of things to help based upon 40 years of collecting comics and using various storage methods. Typical plastic bags sell in packs of 100 and run about $15-$20 for each pack. These are typically made from either polypropylene or polyethylene. The former is more transparent (clearer) but tends to become friable after 10 years or so, depending on conditions. The latter is less transparent (cloudier) but tends to turn yellow over 10 years or so and can even get a little sticky with adjacent bags. My experience is that I have found books that were stored in polyethylene bags for 30 years and the bags looked atrocious- yellowish brown, sticky, kind of like a nasty nicotine stain. Yet when I pulled the books out, they were glossy, fresh and had white pages. Conversely, I've pulled books from my own collection that were in polypropylene bags, stored in temperature controlled rooms for 10-20 years, and although the bags looked pretty much the same aside from the folded flap being a little cracked, the books were yellow paged and looked their age. Polypropylene bags came onto the market in the 80s and at the time were assumed to be superior to the older polyethylene bags. I no longer believe this to be so. In any case, both are petroleum based plastics that do off-gas and are generally not considered to be archival materials. The same is true with PVC and other vinyl based products (i.e. top-loaders, rigid cases of all kinds, etc.) When most people refer to mylar, they are using the brand name from Dupont for the generic polyester film. Polyester film is one the most inert materials available and off-gases very, very little over large periods of time. It's what the Library of Congress uses to preserve historical documents including the Declaration of Independence and many others. Polyester film has been used for comics since the 70s and initially was only available in a thicker sheet that was welded on the bottom and sides to another sheet with a 1" flap extension at the top for inserting and removing comics. These are usually referred to as Mylars, Archives, and other brand names depending on who is selling them. Shortly after the introduction of Mylars, companies started making a very thin version of the same polyester film and called them "Mylites". Although archival, they were oddly flimsy and easily wrinkled and relatively expensive for what they were thus they never really took off. A little over 20 years ago, Ernie Gerber's company started producing a product they called "Mylites 2". These were thicker, had all the qualities of Mylars but were flexible enough to fold over a flap and close. Since then, for many experienced collectors, this has become the go to product for storing the vast majority of comics, comic magazines, pulps, etc. Additionally, Gerber makes a truly acid free backing board which is of very high quality and when paired with a Mylite 2, is the cat's meow of storage materials, in my opinion. Although a bit more expensive than plastic bags, it's easily worth it considering you really never have to change bags or worry about how your books are stored. If you're interested in any of these supplies you can quickly get them through the boards own @HOTFLIPS for a very good price. Additionally, here is the website for E. Gerber: http://www.egerber.com Hope this helps.
  3. He has it on the same wall next to some weird crystal skull and electronics don't work around that thing...
  4. For what it's worth, I think every collector has had one of those purchases where we're impulsive and regret it later. I know I have a few in my past. It doesn't change the fact that it's a very cool book. Now, picture please? Or it didn't happen!
  5. I have friends from Thief River Falls. Pretty country up there!
  6. You joke but he does, in fact, have a skeleton from Bigfoot, so...
  7. I think you're right to a degree, Brett (and frankly, I hope it stays that way). However, there were others locking down and certifying the best copies they could find 10-15 years ago and ran into the same scarcity for certain issues. I don't doubt that nicer copies of Eerie 50 will show up, but I think the current census is a good early indicator of which issues are more challenging in high grade. When I look at every issue around Eerie 50 having 8-12 copies certified with 9.4-9.8 at the top and Eerie 50 having only 3 copies, I think that's a legitimate indication that Eerie 50 is pretty tough in higher grades. Also, I'm pretty sure that magazines (for the most part) are less "improvable" (I really hate that word for pressing) than comics are. When black covers get a stress on the spine, they tend to break color. And there's a lot of black covers on magazines!
  8. Charlie was a great guy to do business with. One of the best and easiest on the boards! A++
  9. That's the sole highest graded copy with a grand total of 3 on the census. $30 was an absolute steal!
  10. They are his under copies. I wasn't joking about his 6th, 7th, and 8th undercopies. Although, I think there are certain issues that board members raided (think Eerie 23 and Vampirella 1)! There are certain flaws that CGC doesn't consider when they grade that are deal breakers for him. And aside from books that have already been graded, none of them have been restored, smashed, or otherwise played with. Still, believe it or not, after having bought thousands of magazines, there are some issues that he's still looking to upgrade. That's how hard certain Warrens are to find in very high grade (I'm looking at you, Eerie 50).
  11. Pretty sure that about 10 years ago, Comic Connect sold a coverless copy. Wonder if this is the same...
  12. This was really tough to go back and try to figure out. Although I know I bought many comics before this (I remember seeing X-men 94 on the stands), this is the earliest book I clearly remember buying. It was at the student union of the university at Stony Brook, New York. My mom was finishing her dissertation and she would take me there on rare occasions and let me get a coke, a candy bar and a comic book. I was 5 years old. Being too young to understand the concept of β€œreprints”, all I knew was I loved Spider-man and the stories were incredibly compelling. So, I set about collecting this title after buying this issue and loved every chapter of the unfolding narrative. From the Green Goblin to the six-armed Spider-man to the Savage Land all the way to the death of Gwen Stacy, these remain some of my favorite stories in all of comics. Probably also explains my lifelong appreciation of Gil Kane. It wasn’t for a few years that I became aware that these had been originally printed in Amazing Spider-man 7 years before, that they were essentially worthless from a collecting point of view. When I did find out, it didn’t really matter because I still loved the writing and artwork in these issues. (Not my copy, image taken from interweb)
  13. It's going to be like Xmas came early when Stippy gets his shipment!
  14. I talked with him this morning. With getting orders ready for invoicing, shipping, and all, he's swamped. Recap is unlikely but you'll get a pm soon for your books.
  15. For those don't know, that's an incredible deal on Eerie 39. That thing is ridiculously tough in anything over 7.0 and the price is much less than I've seen them routinely go for.
  16. I don't have the volume or the organization that Steve and Bounty have. But I appreciate the shout out. This was an impressive undertaking. It's really fun to see all of the people fill in their runs and new collectors discover just how cool these mags truly are. Thanks to everyone for a wicked fun few nights and especially to Steve for taking the time to make this happen!
  17. It's an original painting by Enric that Steve bought a little while back when he was having commissions done. Very cool color palette!
  18. My , if you didn’t purchase, you’re not eligible.
  19. I even love the narrative for the cover of Vampirella 5. The woman is stiff arming the man like "I got this!" With a classic nasty looking Frazetta dinosaur bearing down on them. Just awesome!