John E.

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  1. I know Stuart has been a sought out artist at least since I’ve been collecting in 2013. Though I’m sure his prices weren’t at that level 8 years ago, he seems to have gotten much better over the years to drive up what he charges. Otherwise, not an artist in my wheelhouse as to the why.
  2. I file this under: "Is it legal?" "Well, it's not illegal."
  3. Just to be clear, you mean when two collectors "collude" for one to step aside, the intention isn't to harm the consignor, but for one to get the art for less than market price? Although the harm is not intentional, harm is still done--I just want to point that out. Maybe because I don't dive in the deep end of the pool where shilling may or may not be a problem (I think it's lesser a problem than what it is made out to be), the whole "please step aside for me" really, really irritates me more. I don't think it's a prevalent problem, but I hear about it often enough over the years, most
  4. I was and am doing just fine without it.
  5. Ah, I misunderstood your question. And, of course, by any stretch, I didn’t think you were looking to cash in on your cover. To your question: to me, when I think of Green Lantern I think of Hal Jordan. I was in high school when I read Emerald Twilight which is a lead in to the introduction of Kyle Raynor. I followed Kyle’s exploits for about 6 month and he has a sort of nostalgic soft spot to me. But is he still even around? Did DC do anything interesting with him? I’m also curious to know where others stand, too. I do like John Stewart but I have that Justice League animated s
  6. FWIW, if you put up that cover at auction I think you’d do well. But $225k well? It’s not where I would place my bet. This isn’t to denigrate John Stewart (who has a lot of media crossover btw/obviously), but he’s not Spider-Man...and anything Spider-Man has the 🔥 factor. Spidey fetches a premium as does Wolverine (see: X-23). Spidey and his off-shoots are going to get a lot of media saturation which is going to attract the attention of the deep-pockets.
  7. That was my point, that diversity is nothing new and the “idea of championing diversity... [goes] back...further” than an arbitrary year like 2011. There we have common ground. As I mentioned before, the popularity of Miles Morales...and the prices paid for his first appearance...and the first appearance of other “diverse” characters like Silk (as we watch unfold) and Spider-Gwen, has more to do with being Spider-Man or Spider-something, more than diversity. Because, I believe, if the premise was true, we’d see some Pearl-clutching uptick cash-grab in characters like John Stewart or
  8. I actually don’t believe in cancel culture. But c’mon, “diversity is fashionable?” Since when? 2011?
  9. Or...or...we can just say...anything Spider-Man...is 🔥 🔥 🔥
  10. Up until two years ago I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for many years where Kelley lives. From my time collecting there (2013-2018) Kelley attended one show in 2014. He didn’t bring any art with him. This is to say that he doesn’t sell his art at all. What you see out there is the inker’s share. I believe—which I can’t prove—he’ll send Heritage a cover for auction every now and then, but that’s it.
  11. Ok I’m going to commit the sin of thread drift. I can’t find the post where you talk about purchasing a likely counterfeit soccer card, but you wouldn’t know for sure until you received your for-real-legit card to compare it. What was the outcome of that?
  12. But that’s my point. I’m not a fine art collector. I’m a “nostalgia” collector. Granted, there is comic art that I won’t buy because it’s “ugly,” and there’s art I want that I won’t overpay for, but at the end I’m buying to own the origins of my memories and the warm-and-fuzzies from my childhood. Sometimes I get to underpay, sometimes I get taken to the cleaners for the privilege. I simply reject treating this hobby like it ought be fine art. You shouldn’t need an art history degree or have to read esoteric books on art to enjoy this hobby. All you (a newbie) have to know are three things: 1.
  13. Can’t I just be a “nostalgic collector of original comic art?”
  14. I think Bill Cox said in his weekly livestream market report that the first issue sold for $50K. Anyone, feel free to smack that down if I misheard.
  15. Byrne Superman has always been expensive. At least I’m talking last year or two. This is nothing new to me or surprising.
  16. No, bless your typos because now I have my commission request for Ramona. All hail 👑 🍇 🦍
  17. I think Covid shut down the San Fernando Valley production of Metamorho.
  18. When the Bruce Timm factory-made Harley head shot on a sketch cover just doesn’t cut it anymore.
  19. Sorry, the last number I saw before they moved on to the next lot may have been the *next* bid with BP or something.