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    If you have a dream about out-posting me, you better wake up and apologize.

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  1. Two number ones came in this week. I've been wanting the My Greatest Adventure first issue for ages.
  2. PCH prices have gone straight through the roof in the last two years or so. The market for fair to good condition books now demands prices for what once were in the fine range.
  3. I remember winning books several times offered by Nacca on eBay, and his grading was indeed atrocious. This was maybe 15-20 years ago, and swore I'd never buy from him again. Sounds like he's never changed AFA accurate grading, and it was always in order to favor him.
  4. Implying that pre-code crime/horror comics were only read by adults and post-code comics were only read by kids.? Comic books, like magazines in general, were available to be read by everyone. Now of course, Dell fare funny animals would have been targeted to the younger set. I would venture that Classics Illustrated would have been gleaned by teenagers and older, as well as romance titles. Horror books perhaps by teens and somewhat older. Crime comics I think would have appealed to the broadest swath of readers. I've read more than a few times in the letters columns of fare like Crime Does Not Pay, where ppl in their seventies wrote in to compliment the editor, not to mention the many parents that wrote in. I'm guessing parents of children old enough to read would indeed be in their 30's and 40's. Personally, as I've aged, the horror titles seem less interesting, the crime titles more so, and I read comics several evenings a week, all pre-code. AFA audiences for them, I posted awhile back panels out of a Fox crime book from about 1950 where the heavy discussed dope pushing and prostitution; do you really think that was aimed at the little tykes? Do you think stories about infidelity and murder, ala EC Comics, would have been understood by a nine year old? Remember, post-war entertainment consisted of live stage, movie theaters, radio, precious little TV, and magazines, to include comic books. Their presence and "importance" as an entertainment medium was far stronger than today. It was estimated that in the 1952-54 era, no less than 500 different titles were published each month. ALL of them for the kiddies? Not hardly.
  5. It wasn't that the writing got bad, it was that the target readers for whom they were written changed. Pre code, adult type fare. Post code, 10 year old fare.
  6. I collected the full run of Wanted Comics because I enjoy the reads. Crime Does Not Pay would be right behind them in that genre. Always enjoy "Mr. Crime"s sarcasm in each. AFA EC's, Crime SuspenStories and Shock SuspenStories generally offer intriguing fare, although I agree the descriptions above each panel can be word heavy, and I'll often either skip or skim them. Many stories were "formula", but at the time of publication once a month, they got away with it. The worst would be Atlas horror titles -all of them- late in their pre-code runs. Both stories and artwork were often in the pits. Good cover illustrations, but that was as far as it generally went. The same for Stanley Morse (Weird Mysteries, Weird Chills, Weird Tales of the Future), although any artwork by Basil Wolverton could somewhat compensate.
  7. Spot on. They had been down on comic books since 1948, and it really took off in the early '50's, along with the Red Scare and UFO sightings. You would have had to have been there to understand the mindset.
  8. This is a horror cover? The only redeeming feature is that it was done by Matt Fox. O/W it could compete against any lame post code book.
  9. Exactly. He floods the threads with stuff that he pulls from Comic Book Plus, which anyone can access, rather than displaying what he owns, which is what everyone else generally does on this board. Frankly it turns me off.
  10. Great pickup; "The Hangman's Son" has a terrific horror splash page (and the story ain't bad either).
  11. Well, the OP stated Crime/Horror/SciFi, so that would seem to include the June 1955 issue of Weird Science Fantasy, sans the code stamp.