David Swan1

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  1. The Fourth World Omnibus is coming out in December. I intend to preorder it.
  2. Thanks for the recap. I love the second Swamp Thing series.
  3. It's taken me years and a bit of cash but I am finally in the top spot in Captain Marvel Adventures. My recent ascent was helped by the fact that Starman221 was going in the opposite direction. Seeing the goal within striking distance I did a sprint to the finish line and put myself fairly deep in the red based on my buying budget but that's cool because I always pull myself back out. My recent purchases may be my last for most of the rest of the year unless a must have item appears. My next goal is to try and reach the registry total that Starman211 had when he won the 2009 Golden Age set of the year. That total was 34870 while I have 29930. I have no illusions that I will suddenly win Golden Age set of the year the moment I exceed 34870 particularly since the competition has become much fiercer since 2009. The lowest registry point total in the Golden Age category was 47355 but that one was 95% complete while mine is a dainty 35%. On the other hand I have no comics with a grade less than 7.5 and I average well above 9.0. A good percentage of my collection are highest or second highest grade. I probably have a better chance of winning best presentation and I've spent a ton of time on my comic descriptions. I've read almost every comic I own using scans online. So if you want to learn more about Captain Marvel, the ORIGINAL Captain Marvel, Please check out my set and enjoy. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  4. SO I was working on acquiring a new comic for my Captain Marvel Adventure collection and was working on trying to find a price we could both agree on. This went on for awhile and I finally concluded that the seller wasn't going to budge anymore so I went to buy it. To my surprise the seller suddenly jacked up the selling price by $100. I don't know if I pissed the seller off or they figured they could squeeze me for more. I can say I will never give in to some greedy or stupid seller and it's unlikely I'll ever own this comic. I'll be damned before I deal with a seller that pulls that kind of garbage. In all the years I've been buying comics I've never seen anyone pull this kind of stunt. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  5. Maybe not tragic but unfortunate. I decided to buy a fairly inexpensive All-American Men of War off Amazon. Although it was a middling grade it was the second highest known grade and was selling for less than $100 so grabbed it up. When I received it in the mail I was surprised. Rather than send it in a box it was sent in a large envelope and bookended with two pieces of thick cardboard. There is a reason every other CGC comic I've received has been sent in a box and it became evident the moment I opened the envelope. There was a two inch crack in the upper portion of the case and a massive crack spanning the entire bottom of the case. I could literally pry apart the case and touch the comic. Luckily the seller was super cool and not only refunded me the full amount but didn't even ask for the comic back since the case was ruined. I felt bad and I would have given her some nice feedback if Ebay had allowed me but I guess they don't do that on returns. I kept the comic in the broken case and I have it in my registry but it would have to be re-slabbed. I have no doubt the seller learned a valuable lesson. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  6. I decided to create a few custom sets and naturally based them both on Captain Marvel Adventures. My first is the legendary Monster Society of Evil run which lasted 25 issues. The longest continuing comic story line of the Golden Age in any comic. The second custom set includes the 28 issues city stories. In neither of these runs do I own even half the comics but it's a fun new goal to try and complete them. Someday I might add some more custom sets. I was considering including all the comics that feature Tawky Tawny or perhaps the 5 issue Oggar, the Mightiest Immortal, story although maybe 5 issues isn't worthy of a custom set.https://comics.www.collectors-society.com/WCM/ComicCustomSetView.aspx?s=20040https://comics.www.collectors-society.com/WCM/ComicCustomSetView.aspx?s=20041To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  7. I added six new comics to my Captain Marvel Adventures collecting in 2015 which was more than expected but I came across several can't miss auction items late in the year. Because of the unscheduled purchases I enter 2016 deep in the red and may not be buying my next comic until spring time. At this point I'm only scheduled to buy three comics in 2016 but that's always subject to change based on availability and the three are some big ones. Overall I've done a good job of keeping my finances in line. I will go into deficit spending (based on my budget not my actual cash) but I've always gotten back in the black. My goal to reach the top spot in Captain Marvel Adventures has gotten much closer this year. Not only have I added a significant amount of registry points but the current top set has dropped significantly. I am now less than 5400 points away which is not a lot when you're talking Golden Age sets. I've finally moved past the 1/3 mark in terms of volumes (i.e I have 51 out of 150 issues). My goal of winning Golden Age Set of the year will continued to be hampered by a lack of volume. It appears that the judges place a lot of emphasis on volume and like to see something around 90% or more of the set and I may never be able to get to that level. I could just buy a ton of lower grade issues but I don't want to go that route. Maybe the judges will start to emphasis quality over quantity someday. If I can't win Golden Age set of the year there is also Best Presentation and I've done a ton of work related to presentation. I've been going through each issue I own, reading the stories and writing up summaries. It's a somewhat laborious process but fans of Captain Marvel will hopefully enjoy the effort. Every single issue I have includes an image and summary. If you are a fan of Captain Marvel or just want to see a Golden Age set with 100% images and summaries that contains almost exclusively 1st and 2nd highest grade issues please check out my set. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  8. As I get closer to the number one spot in Captain Marvel Adventures I thought I'd look back on how it all began. It started with Superdickery. Superdickery.com is a hilarious website devoted to covers and interior frames where Superman is being a... well... a . This was common during the Silver and Bronze Age when DC enjoyed having covers where Superman is acting out of character in order to attract the attention of readers. It was inevitably the effects of Red Kryptonite or Superman acting like a jerk in order to teach his friends a lesson or as some strange scheme to entrap a thief. One cover I discovered on Superdickery.com that I really enjoyed (although in this case he wasn't being a ) was issue #54 where Superman is simply engaged as a lifeguard for no apparent reason. I bought a CGC graded 7.5 copy just because I thought it would look cool on my wall. My second CGC comic bought was another cover I particularly liked, Captain Marvel Adventures #30 with Cap as Robinson Crusoe. At this point I really wanted to get more Superman comics because quite frankly I think Superman and Action Comics had much better covers than Captain Marvel Adventures. I love the covers where Superman is doing mundane tasks like working as a lifeguard or helping an old woman with her car. The problem was that the high grade Superman comics were prohibitively expensive as in 10 times the cost of a high grade Captain Marvel Adventures. I started trying out different series including western and war comics but in the meantime I would continue to get Captain Marvel Adventure comics and increasingly aimed for higher grades. My lower grade issues were all bought early on but I've never bought anything lower than a 7.5. At some point I noticed that I had a legitimate chance at having the number one Captain Marvel Adventure collection and decided to put all my chips into that one collection. My dream collection would be Superman and Action Comics but I love my Captain Marvel Adventures and it's one Golden Age collection where I can actually afford the high grade comics. My plan is that this will be the last CGC collection I will put together but a Golden Age set like this can take a lifetime. If I had more money than I knew what to do with I might grab some of my favorite Superman and Action Comics with covers I love but that day is not today. The image below is not the comic I own. Mine is a 7.5 but I didn't capture an image. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  9. I am now within 10,000 registry points of taking the top stop in Captain Marvel Adventures. I'm proud to add a very lovely 9.0 copy of issue 82. It's not the highest grade but it's pretty darn good and the highest grade of 82 I've yet to see for sale. I've gone way into the red in my comic budget but I make exceptions for auction items that fit into my collection. It may be until late spring before I make another purchase unless another must have comes along. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.
  10. All my CGC collecting resources are being devoted to Captain Marvel Adventures and I've finally hit the one third mark on the way to 150 issues. I seriously doubt I will ever own all 150 issues but having 50 is a nice start. There are still enough comics available online to keep me busy for years to come. I still lag over 10,000 registry points behind the leader but I'm literally eating into his lead. The comic that got me to the 50 issue threshold was from starman211's own collection so as my registry total went up, his went down. I've believed for a long time that the top set no longer exists but that's a journal for another day. This is actually the third comic I've added since my last journal so things are proceeding along quite nicely. Based on my budget I hadn't planned on making another purchase until spring 2016 but I make exceptions for auction items. I don't love the staple placements of issue 147 but the page quality is nice and this is the second highest grade in existence. To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here. New comments can be added below.