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  1. Groo the Wanderer showcased the unique humor and detailed compositions of writer-artist Sergio Aragones. Especially prized are his insanely detailed DPS title splashes like this one from Groo #20 (1986) known as "The Siege II": Groo #20 DPS (click hi-res image to appreciate all the details!)
  2. Proud to add iconic Ms. Marvel #18 cover that fits my collection to a KREE! Love the classic full-figure image with the Avengers, my first Cockrum cover. Mystique from X-Men made her 1st full appearance in this key issue. Ms. Marvel #18
  3. Awesome display Frank! Glad to see your new Superman transformation page framed.
  4. I count myself lucky having acquired 20+ pieces from fellow CGC boardies including 7 directly from CGC sale threads ("Marketplace"). I've learned to pull the trigger quickly on wheelhouse pieces that are fairly priced. Below are two of my favorite CGG-sourced pieces-- one by cash purchase and one by trade (with special thanks to boardies Chris C and Bronty respectively). Dino Link: Link:
  5. What kind of board is the splash drawn on? If there is no specific marking(s), perhaps that makes the splash a forgery target. Usually, even the best imitation artist can’t replicate the vintage art board marks (Curtiss, World Color, DC cover stock). Any thoughts?
  6. Conan #69 p1 title splash with Belit: CAF link
  7. We can all have our own Mt. Rushmore, right? For me, Byrne's work on X-Men, FF, Iron Fist, Captain America and Avengers were significant to my personal comic fandom journey and Byrne's pen defined my preferred images of those Marvel characters. Neal Adams did the same for DC counterparts like Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, Deadman, "short but stellar stints" on original X-Men, Avengers and Conan. Frank Miller's work on Daredevil, Wolverine and Dark Knight Returns had a similar impact to Byrne and Adams, but I do credit Miller's impact as writer/storyteller/innovator for much of his appeal to me, so from a purely artistic standpoint, I chose Byrne and Adams.
  8. My Mount Rushmore artists are: Kirby, Adams, Byrne and Wrightson
  9. Great discussion. I think it’s important to stay true to my personal collecting interests and not let auction results affect my decision-making. Bottom-line, I’d rather make a smaller profit on art that I love than a larger profit on art I don’t love. I’ve learned that only the auction houses win when I have to sell a piece that I quickly grew tired of, upgraded or let go to fund another purchase. Short-term auction results can be deceiving. I remember collecting Golden Age comics 15 years ago when auctions for Silver/Bronze Age CGC 9.8s were breaking records every month and coveted by the masses, supported by “younger demographics” and “aging GA collectors”. Sure, high-grade AF 15s continued to soar but vast majority of the hottest CGC books like Hulk 181 have dropped back to earth. Also, I think today’s auctions are somewhat diluted by many collectors/dealers who are either paring down, funding new purchases, trading up or taking gains— consigning pieces that are castoffs, least desired multiples and/or in the “lower %” tiers (using the Andy Robbins method of prioritization). Whether we’re taking BWS Conan or Guardians of the Galaxy art, the best examples rarely come to auction because, well, they don’t have to. So, if the auctions appear to discount artists/titles/genres that you want to own, then maybe celebrate (quietly) and buy what you love for a little less...if it seems you’re constantly chasing pieces that are “just out of reach”, then be wary of overpaying (ie, the winner’s curse) when your ship finally comes in.
  10. If your piece is worth $5000 today and you wanted to trade it for my piece worth $5000....why can’t we agree on exchange value of say $100 or $1000? Who ultimately decides value in a cashless trade?
  11. Frazetta fan art or Molly Hatchett (album cover 1978) enthusiast...
  12. The new Felix Comic Art podcast on Chuck Costas has me nostalgic for Punisher art. Proud to post Michael Golden's incredible Punisher #50 cover that marked the title's (golden) anniversary in 1991. Golden's first ever Punisher cover (among his 6 Punisher + 9 War Journal covers) has insane details and a classic Punisher image with two guns blazing... recalling Mike Zeck's iconic Punisher #1 cover! Punisher #50