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  1. Thanks to the input of many on these chat boards, I’ve finished the wall display in my media room. My old and defaced issues of Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Sub-Mariner in regular frames, and four other issues I had graded just because they hold some special memories.
  2. I believe this was Ross Andru’s first work on Spider-Man, from May, 1968. (A survivor from my childhood collection.)
  3. I stopped reading comics at about age 17 when I was shipped overseas for military service. I had subscriptions to Amazing Spider-Man and Iron Man which my mother diligently stacked away for me in a closet for six years. This was in the pre-comic book shop days. The comics were mailed folded in half in a brown wrapper then, so none of them are in good condition today. I missed most of the Bronze Age, but for some reason when I got married and settled down, I decided to try and find all the back issues I’d missed “growing up.” My wife was from Chico, CA and this led me to a place called, “The Penny Ranch.” It wasn’t a comic shop, but it was a gold mine of back issues sold at 10 for a $1 in 1981. Among the back issues I picked up was this one. The cover depicted the silver age Ant-Man (or so I thought) so I bought it. Today, it’s probably a key because of the movies, so I had it encapsulated.
  4. I don't want to submit the ASM 28 after reading the grader's notes on the keys I've graded. Even a slight rounding on the corners or a tiny color break on the spine or a spot of dirt on the back cover is enough to degrade a book down to a 6 and that's not valuable. It's better to invest in books already graded if you desire the encapsulated ones. All the comics I've had graded were my own childhood comics and I wanted to preserve them. My wife can sell them when I'm dead. They aren't worth so much money wise, but as personal keepsakes.
  5. Beautiful copy. What a great Romita cover. I can see why this is such a desirable book. We need a thread of best silver age covers. You should start it with that gorgeous copy of Amazing Spider-Man #70. I'm always reluctant to encapsulate anything other than a key issue. There are some great frames available now with full UV protection and beautiful covers can be showcased very nicely. Of course I say this because my old comics are not in such pristine condition, but I think they are still suitable for display. I actually have a very clean copy of Amazing Spider-Man #28 - the Ditko cover with Molten Man and lots of black. I'll add that one in the best covers thread, I think.
  6. Here’s a comic I purchased off the spinner rack as a little boy just now back from being graded. I went to a Rexall Drug store and remember finding this in the very back of a slot behind the new releases. It was two months behind, but was unsold and didn’t get cleared when new comics were put up. I’d purchased MSH #13 already. Captain Marvel #1 never appeared on my local spinner rack, but I did buy Captain Marvel #2 because it had Super Skrull on the cover and I’d recently seen a Fantastic Four cartoon on TV that featured Super Skrull and thought it was a great episode. When I got this off the rack it was hidden treasure. Read just a few times and put away. Not in perfect condition, but as childhood comics go it survived fairly well. Marvel Super Heroes #12. Stan Lee’s “Captain Marvel.”
  7. Here’s another comic I remember purchasing off a spinner rack at a Rexall Drug store as a boy. It’s in a little better condition than most of my childhood books because I remember not liking it and only read it once. But, apparently this is now a key book because of the movies. By this point I understood about reprints and collected Marvel Tales, Marvel Collectors Item Classics, Fantasy Masterpieces, and later Marvel Super Heroes.
  8. I have most of my comics from boyhood and the ones I've had graded are all in the 4.0 - 6.0 range. I sure wish I'd kept them in perfect condition, but I would have never even thought to do so way back them. I'm just glad they survived. All my things were thrown away or stolen when I was overseas in military service, but my comics survived locked in the trunk of a junker Rambler parked in the side yard of my childhood home. No boxes or bags, just stacked in piles. They didn't get wet or deteriorate in any way I could tell. Only as an adult did I bag and box them up and only now am I encapsulating a few good ones. I already posted some pictures of my key comics defaced with Dymo labels and well worn and read dozens of times. You really had to return a lot of pop bottles to buy your own comics as a kid.
  9. It cost more to encapsulate than it was worth, but this is the oldest comic I have that I can remember buying off a supermarket spinner rack as a boy. I missed the first broadcasts of Spider-Man and Fantastic Four because the broadcast time published in this comic book was different than the actual broadcast in my area. After these shows and Marvel Super Heroes TV shows I was hooked on comics forever.
  10. Amazing Spider-Man Annual #5, Where the saga of Peter Parker’s parents was told was significant. I think the most significant has to be Fantastic Four Annual #2, where Dr. Doom’s origin and the outstanding, “The Final Victory Of Doctor Doom” story appeared. One thing about the Silver Age Annuals with original material is that any of them could be adapted into movies easily if the desire was there. Live action versions are technically possible. What I’d really like to see are “perfect” animated versions of the great silver-age storylines. What if Bruce Timm could just be bankrolled to adapt and advance the early Marvel characters and stories? I kind of liked the way John Byrne did it in “Chapter One.” I really hate the modern retcons. I had to completely give up all hope when it was “revealed” Gwen Stacy was pregnant with Norman Osborn’s baby. Anyway, why don’t they ever adapt the really good stories? Sigh.
  11. It is a good memory. I only wish all my comics from then were cared for a little better. They were all well-read and today are just middle of the road quality. On the plus side, I can still take them out and read them and handle them. I've only had a few key comics graded and the frames for graded comics are getting harder to find. The frame on this issue is for framing original comic artwork so it's a little big but it looks nice on the wall. Hard to photograph without reflections though.
  12. I didn’t have $5 but I sent in a dollar bill with two quarters taped to it and asked Stan Lee in a letter if I could buy a non autographed copy at cover price instead. This is what I got back. Just loose in a Manila envelope. 1974. How would a book like this be graded? Not the number, but would it get a blue or a signature series or just a notation of some kind?
  13. Will they just press them and not grade them? Just deciding on getting them in a proper frame vs. slabbing them.
  14. I have some key comics from the 1970's that still have subscription folds even after 40 years in a stack and then later bagged and boarded when those supplies became widely available. I'm pondering getting two graded and asking if anyone has experience with pressing such comics. Will the CCS pressing address the folds? Partially? Completely? My copies of ASM 121 and 129 were mailed to family during my military service and I didn't take them out of the brown wrapper for about 4 years so they were folded a while waiting for me to return. I still have them and they look clean, except for the visible bump in the cover and pages from top center to bottom center.
  15. I think the "of and through" note has to do with a fold that creates a visible line through the artwork at the fold. I have some Marvel comics from the 1970's that were subscription copies folded in half for mailing. Even after 40 years in a stack and then later bagged and boarded when those supplies became available the fold is still visible and the cover is not completely flat. I was likewise wondering if CCS pressing would alleviate that kind of folding. Seems to me it might be just the thing. When I was shipped out for military service I just kept up subscriptions for four years and relatives just set them aside for me upon my return. Back then they folded the issues vertically front to back then wrapped it in brown paper and mailed it. The folds go up and down straight through the middle of the cover from the top center to the bottom center with cover image on the outside and back page inside. I don't remember when they started mailing them flat. However, I want to grade some Spider-Man issues with the Death of Gwen Stacy and the first appearance of the Punisher. I don't think they'd grade high with the subscription fold. Anyone with knowledge about pressing out this kind of fold, please reply. The fold has not created any loss of the cover artwork. No line visible, just a bulge. Thanks all.