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  1. I think Kirby's early to mid 1970s work is actually quite prime. Kirby's use of form, abstraction, and composition are fantastic. Pair him up with Mike Royer and you have plenty of master-works. Take a close look at Kirby's Devil Dinosaur, dynamic and highly underrated.
  2. If enjoyment of owning the art > expected price depreciation, then it's still worth it. If one is living hand-to-mouth and money concerns are always top of mind, then maybe one's enjoyment/pride of ownership is invariably going to be less than any financial hit taken. But, if comic art is what you love and you have the money, then sometimes you're willing to pay up for the privilege of ownership even if it's not your best financial/investment option. And, hey, even if paying $51K for a nostalgic piece that few will care about in 30 years isn't the wisest financial option, there are probably even worse things you can do with your money (and, no, I didn't go for the X211 - it's in the nostalgic sweet spot, yes, but there are numerous covers from that era that I personally remember more fondly!) Regarding the X-Men 211, whoever won it, I'd probably suggest restoring it. That puppy is beyond baked, not very pleasant to look at. Also, if someone intends to frame it for some reason, the browning will surely get darker over time, and that may even happen if left in a dark flat file. There are certainly better covers. The 211 is like a deluxe commission sketch, a small head of Wolverine taking up about half of the cover. Not much to it. I'm scratching my head on the result of this one. Surprised it did not take a bigger hit due to condition as well. Seems like the final price was not affected by it much?
  3. I think ASM 151 is one of those covers where the original art looks superior to the printed version. Just like Miller's Daredevil #188. Nice one.
  4. I was wondering the same thing, some of the Kirby/Alcala pieces went cheap IMHO. In the past, even in later Thor issues, if you have a small panel where Blake turns in Thor, it goes for a huge premium. Here is the money shot in large refined glory, albeit unpublished and Alcala inks. For late 70s /early 80s period this very refined and fantastic stuff. Like prime 1960s effort. This looks just like the comic rather than an adapted cartoon. What gives? http://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/jack-kirby-and-alfredo-alcala-attributed-thor-animation-cartoon-concept-illustration-original-art-ruby-spears-/a/7124-92143.s?ic4=ListView-ShortDescription-071515#
  5. Hopefully you will be charging enough for shipping to cover the proper costs. A slender mirror like box would be ideal. I do not think there are many short cuts when shipping fragile comic books or art work. Only other alternative I can think of, possibly several layers of card board, or a sturdy heavy duty foam core with card bard on top of that. Good Luck.
  6. Yes, great post, thank you. Several years ago, I posted in some thread... if using the USPS for shipping slabs, then priority box #1095 is absolutely essential. (They are usually ordered online or via phone- they are free) Usually not found at most post office branches currently. After all these years, I still can not believe how many veteran dealers and sellers still continue to use the USPS medium size box, or a flat rate which barely provides any space for wrapping/protecting a slab. The slab pretty much goes to the edge of the box. Totally rolling the dice for cracked slabs or damaged books. Just don't do it! Thank you for your cooperation.
  7. DD. I've always found romita overpriced and the condition kills it for me. Paper looked like suede. And with it being all cut up, just not for me. In immaculate condition on a single snow white board I'd probably take the ASM as I've always really loved that particular ASM cover (in print). I don't like either one at the price, but I'm not in the market at that level anyways. Aside from the cut and paste, it's quite tan. I'm not a major conservation expert, but from my experience, tanning only gets darker over time, especially if there is additional exposure to light. Even under UV glass and out of direct sunlight, florescent lights can fade art work as well.
  8. Totally. I think they are amazing. Some of them going for well below what I would expect. I mean these are focused and refined. I see rough sketches going for a lot more. Any know the background on some of these pieces, especially the ones Marvel characters?
  9. This book used to belong to a friend as a CGC 4.5 restored with some minor color touch. I believe there were some large creases going from top to the bottom of the book( just visible near the middle digit of the green claw/in between the pistol fire) along with general wear. This is interesting, currently on eBay, not only is this now a restored PGX 8.0, but judging from the images, it looks like nearly 1/2 inch from the top and with an additional 1/2 inch at the bottom was trimmed away from the book. That copy must be tiny now.
  10. Interesting to note in the Overstreet price guide, they have "Scarce" listed as "20-100 copies estimated to exist". "Rare" as 10-20 copies. Any other Silver-age books known as "Scarce" or "Rare"? The Beatles Life Story is listed as "Scarce", I would assume there are well over 100 copies around currently, though only a handful above VF. Sugar and Spike #1 is listed as, "Scarce". Rudolph R-N Reindeer Giant Annual 1962/1963 is listed as "Rare". That book is impossible in nice shape, but I would assume there are more than 20 copies around? I'm not sure if Overstreet lists another Silver-age title as "Rare"?
  11. Does not have to be necessarily a key, but in regards to official release, mainstream publishers. What are the overall rarest issues(when taking into consideration both population and grade)? I guess I would throw in: Sugar and Spike #1 with the highest grade an 8.0 and a graded population of 18 copies. Perhaps later Peter Panda issues, though I suspect some collector/dealers just do not bother getting them graded? I guess I can think of a few more...thoughts? Thank you, FCM