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  1. This Beach-Head Earth! The Marvel King-Size picture frame mag with 34 pages of Neil Adams knock-out Avengers artwork, all for just two bits. Of course, the story by Roy Thomas isn't too shabby, either. (Actually, it's one of my favorites.) Here's more Marvel Lore... The intro and subsequent chapters within Avengers #93, or as they're lettered by Sam Rosen as "Parts", were based on classic science fiction novels Thomas read as a teenager. The story intro, This Beachhead Earth, was taken from the 1952 novel This Island Earth by Raymond F. Jones, which later became a 1950s sci-fi movie of the same name. Part Two, A Journey to the Center of the Android! comes from Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, which also was adapted into a movie. And, Part Three, War of the Weirds!, comes from War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells, which became another 50s sci-fi classic. Below is the atomic age artwork used for the movie This Island Earth, which is commonly known in the entertainment industry, and to movie poster collectors, as a "one sheet." It's followed by the splash page for Avengers #93.
  2. Gorgeous Suscha News copy! From the data I've collected, it appears as though the original owner may have had an affinity for picture frames (or maybe he had a job during the period that provided extra income to buy multiple copies of every comic available!). Whatever the case, no less than three copies each of the 1972 run of Amazing Adventures were in the collection. BTW... If you didn’t have it already, here's the image of the original label book when the collection premiered. (Oh, and welcome to the boards!)
  3. Sounds like you have an elusive and unique book on your hands. Not only has it survived the ravages of time in remarkable condition, but it is one of possibly two particular 9.2 copies that can bear the distinctive seal of...
  4. Beautiful copy! Marvel lore has it that Roy Thomas tried for years to use the Timely heroes of his youth in the comics he wrote, but Stan Lee would have none of it. It was only after Lee was promoted to publisher and Thomas to editor-in-chief, in 1972, that Thomas was free to revive the Golden Age characters that inspired his career. Avengers #97 is the book, and in particular the cover, that cemented his dream. This cover is an excellent example of the Kane Frame. It's a creative masterpiece of 3-D action rendered from a framed composition that brilliantly captures the illusion of dramatic, heroic movement. Powerful and captivating. It's the perfect newsstand eye candy!
  5. With all the free time on my hands lately, I just realized my continuity to post in this illustrious thread stopped January 31, 2017. Right before the switchover to the new boards. Unfortunately, with the transition, I lost the desire to post. During my nonappearance I strove to selectively collect, especially the picture frames of '72. Moreover, I conducted further research into the subject, the creators, and the events during the time frame. And I hope to share what I've learned going forward. In the meantime, here's a few more books I landed while absent without leave...
  6. Great looking MP#4! Your 9.6 is the top copy from the Suscha collection. The other is a 9.4. Interesting to note that the original owner only pulled two copies of MP#4 from the warehouse pallet. Whereas, 4 copies each of issue #1 through #3 were snagged and 1 copy of #5. All copies have white pages with the exception of a single copy of MP#1. It has off-white to white pages. Good luck in the auction. It's a beautiful specimen!
  7. Great information, Barton. Lots to digest. Interesting how the lack of high-grade esoteric books continues to reveal how demand, national distribution, local distributor wholesalers, and outlets willing to carry comics during the period may have impacted the sales through for these titles. Here's a great article by Jim Shooter that might reveal some insight into the matter... Comic Book Distribution Also, an interesting account about the origins of the direct market by Chuck Rozanski, which Shooter recommends reading... Evolution of the Direct Market
  8. Yeah, the registry mastermind and the guy who got the thread pinned to the top of the forum should be shot. They've destroyed my savings account!
  9. Great report, Bob! Felt like I was reading an Overstreet market report. I have always considered that this thread, down through the years, has generated a fair amount of interest in the PF books. So much so, more collectors are attuned to the uniqueness of the cover design, the 3D effect, and the time period in which they were produced. Hell, dealers and collectors for the most part never call them "picture frames", but they're called that now. And I believe this thread and its posters paid a large part in cementing that distinctive name.
  10. Oops! With all the Suscha excitement I was a little quick on the posting trigger. The book below is the win I meant to post. (You're one discerning collector. That cover wrap appears production perfect!)
  11. Picked up a few books from the Namisgr PF Collection, too! Targeted the Suscha's specifically as I have been tracking these particular PF copies since 2012. Shortly, they will be repatriated with 50 other PF copies in the ole MC footlocker. (Hope you did a-okay with these, Bob. )
  12. Fantastic copy, Thomas! A true high-grade specimen from a great collection that survived the ravages of time unabated.
  13. Great title! Looking forward to your statistical sales compilation.
  14. Journey into Mystery #2 is one of my all-time favorite picture frame covers. When Heritage sold the original cover artwork back in 2002, the auction description perfectly described this magnificent piece: "Robert Bloch's immortal short story "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" is finally adapted to comics, and the legendary Gil Kane is tapped to render the cover -- a rare combination of talents that led to one of the finest horror covers of the '70s. In a rare and innovate move, the figure of Jack was rendered on transparent vellum, and then overlaid onto an inked Bristol board, lending him an eerie translucent quality that is especially striking when viewed in person." While I don't own the original cover, I was able to pick up the preliminary artwork a few years back...
  15. Thanks for the info! I'll make the data change and upload a new chart shortly. Meanwhile, here's a couple books picked up last year. Just now getting around to cataloguing them (and others)...