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  1. As a rule I only collect published comic art (and I agree with the definition that it means art that was actually printed in a comic for sale). I do not know the exact percentage but I would guess it to be about 95%. And most of the unpublished ones were clearly meant to be published but were abandoned at one stage or another before being accepted (from just pencils to fully inked). The only piece I can think of that was never meant to be published was this drawing by Mike Mignola.
  2. The Pocket #4 image size is about 8.5 by 11 inches, the rest 10.5 by 14 inches.
  3. Pocket Comics #4 (January 1942) Joe Simon pencils and inks. Champ Comics #20 (July 1942) Jack Kirby pencils, Joe Simon inks. Speed Comics #22 (August 1942) Joe Simon (using alias Glaven) pencils and inks. Champ Comics #22 (August 1942) Joe Simon (using alias Glaven) pencils and inks.
  4. I am afraid this is a misleading comparison. Rembrandt and other fine artists used techniques like etching and lithograph to produce prints. These all required skill in printing, a skill not found in the so called "monoprint" comic art. And even with the fine artists the number of prints in an edition often had an effect on the monitory value of a print. Some modern fine artists have produced the equivalence of "monoprints" but with a mixed response from collectors for the same reasons of that from collectors of comic book art. Primarily the value greatly depends on the number of prints made. This depends on the honesty of whoever has a copy of the digital file from which the print was made. And since the prints are made from a computer, prints made years later are indistinguishable from the original edition.
  5. Avengers #4 was the first return of Captain America to the Marvel Universe. At least for most people. For me it was always Strange Tales #114. I know it turned out it was the Acrobat pretending to be Cap but as a younger reader I immediately became a Captain America fan.
  6. This has never happened to me with original art. But I learned my lesson early on with eBay bidding on a comic book. It was an issue of Young Romance with all contents penciled by Jack Kirby. I had been looking for it for years when it showed up on eBay. I caught a bad case of auction fever and ending up bidding up to $500. I still lost and was quite happy to do so. I knew I had made a stupid mistake. Especially two weeks later when I found a copy at a comic book convention, every bit as good as the eBay piece but priced at $15.
  7. I am not saying you are wrong, but in all my selling on eBay, every time someone wanted to retract a bid, I received the request with eBay indicating I had to give my agreement. I have never had a bid retracted with out giving agreement.
  8. Bids can be retracted if it is agreed to by both the buyer and seller. Shilling?
  9. Some years ago I bought the cover art for Justice Traps the Guilty #38 (May 1952) by Marvin Stein. On the back he did a caricature of another artist from the Simon and Kirby studio, Mort Meskin.
  10. Okay, not Mad, but I do have this Jack Davis piece that served as the cover for Sick #24 (November 1963). I also have Joe Simon's cover for Sick #59 (March 1968).
  11. I do not claim to have the expertise on what is FMV for a piece as many in this forum. But I really believe that I originally paid a fair price for this particular panel page. Certainly I saw similar art for the same price (and pick up some at the time). But current value, no it was no where near current value. However I suspect that the 20X figure is still higher than FMV today. But like others have pointed out, I would never be able to replace it with something I like more. And while the financially selling it would be a good deal, it just would not raise enough money to have a significant impact on my current life.
  12. I have been offered almost 20X what I paid for a piece and passed. I do not consider mine a black hole collection because I do post it on CAF. Up until recently I have never sold anything from my collection. I am planning on giving up some of my lesser desirable pieces to streamline my collection a bit but I have no plans to let go what I consider my prize pieces.
  13. Comic book circulations was highest during the Golden Age. I have some OA for some Golden Age covers, but they were published by Harvey, which at that time was a small publisher. Circulations were still high after the war but before the Comic Code. Probably the OA from my collection that was used in the largest print run would have been the Simon & Kirby cover for Headline #25 (July 1947). But now that I think about it Simon & Kirby's Young Romance was an immense seller so my Simon & Kirby splash from Young Romance #20 (April 1940) must have been a big selling issue. I am sure either title sold more comic books than any modern age comic.
  14. At the risk of sounding like I am nit picking, I would suggest that the term monoprint not be used for this so as to avoid confusion. In the art world 1/1 prints would be called a (very) limited edition. On the other hand a monoprint is a print made by painting the inks directly on the printing block. When printed you get a single print. The artist could re-ink the block but he will never get another print identical to the first.