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Everything posted by *paull*

  1. I always preferred MC 1, still do. I realize Cap 1 is a better financial investment.
  2. Yeah it's a face close up, but it's a damned brilliant face close up! What book did this before Mask 1? Context is important.
  3. He did do a bunch of covers with floating heads (Mask 2, Suspense 10, etc.), but I don't think that applies to Mask 1.
  4. I'm thinking Hollywood or Madison Avenue!
  5. Cole was a brilliant designer and visual marketer. I think that he could have been a very successful career in advertising or the magazine industry.
  6. Wow! Killer set of books! These Star books aren't that difficult to find in VG, but 7.0 and up, very tough, especially with black covers. Your Terror of the Jungle 17 is the best one I've seen. I passed on so many beaters of that issue.
  7. That offer isn't even close to what the book is worth now. Very wise buy!
  8. I think there's room to go on that auction, and I think that this is a book that is going to explode if it hasn't already. I've always thought that it was one of Cole's best, top 5 likely. What's the top census copy? I just zoomed in on the auction photo.... damn! Look at the that copy! White spine, super bright colors, super flat and clean. I have a nice copy, but this one is brilliant.
  9. I'd love to see the Church Suspense 8 since I've never seen one with a really nice spine. Is there a Church Mask #1 also? If not, I thought that I recalled a big pedigree having one.... or maybe I'm just confusing it with Suspense 8.
  10. I believe it, too. The spines on the Continental books are an issue. Very difficult to find one with a cover that isn't chipping and without a fragile spine.
  11. I love bound volumes. I wish I could have runs of my favorite series already bound, but I wouldn't do it to good books today. What a find!
  12. I predict that we see this book in a restored holder in six months. Most of what is missing is black.
  13. Funny that BCM 50 was mentioned... That's the book I was thinking about when I stated that I wouldn't/couldn't re-buy anything in my collection. My low-grade copy of that book is probably worth more than I would pay for any comic book at full market value at this point.
  14. Some of the low grade copies (1.5 - 2.0, for instance) of classic covers that I bought 10-15 years ago wouldn't even be possible for me to buy now.
  15. After giving it more thought, there isn't a single GA book that I own that I would re-buy in the same condition at today's prices.
  16. A number of PCH and classic cover books that I purchased around ten years ago would be untouchable for me now. Here's one:
  17. One of my favorite Cole covers... love all of his black covers!
  18. The 57 cover inks are fantastic!
  19. Everett had a tremendous career... did some of the best early GA work, some of the best 1950s work, and some of the best 1960s work. But when he went back to the Sub-Mariner in 1971-1972 (issues 50-55, 57, etc), ARE YOU KIDDING ME? When I first saw that work, I couldn't believe it. It's remarkable. He clearly put a lot of time and energy into those pages, and was doing far and away the best work of his career. Just look at the inking on those pages! Check out the original art pages that the Everett family sold via HA a few years ago. The work he was doing at that time is among the best inking I've ever seen in comics.
  20. Unfortunately a number of his Star books have text blocks on the cover. Like you said, I prefer his covers with illo and title only.
  21. Another thing about Mask 1 and 2... The title logo with the comedy/tragedy masks is awesome. Look at how he places the issue number above the left mask and the price above the right mask. No extra junk. And I love the typefaces! Just look at that MASK typeface... eye catching yellow with a thin red line around the letters. Cole was a brilliant illustrator and designer, and one of the greatest colorists in comics.
  22. Thanks! I bought this copy during the Gerber GA explosion of the mid-90s. I didn't have the Gerbers at the time, but I would scour CBG for the auction listings and this cover caught my eye immediately, so I knew that I had to find one for myself.