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  1. It will find any references to the word Spawn. If you want Image Spawn include Image as the publisher or 1992 as the starting year.
  2. Those numbers are from the 1986 "Turtlemania" book. https://www.miragelicensing.com/comics/mirage/turtlemania/turtlemania.html 5th and 6th printing didn't exist in 1986.
  3. CGC Census current and historical analysis information is still there, with some upgrades added today. The character/storyline/cover comments (1st appearance of So-and-So, etc.) that appear on the right side of the CGC label are now shown in the results on CGCdata.com The search also looks within those comments to find character appearances or references besides the title of the same name. (Example: CGCdata.com search for 'Superman') Additionally, I have put a better date sorting when ordering by "year" - with the note that comics with only a year (no month mentioned) are sorted to mid-year (June 30th). It's my half-birthday today, so you all get a gift because October 21st is as far from my own birthday as I can be each year.
  4. Got this one several years ago from Billy The Kidd here on the board:
  5. For the most part, I never sell anything - though a surprise expense can shake loose something from time to time. The part that I struggle with is how to explain myself to myself when I ask: "Would I buy this comic for the amount of money it costs today?" The answer is usually "No" because I bought the book for less years ago. So, I know that if I had the choice between holding the current value in my hand as cash or spending that amount to buy the book today, I would choose cash. But I am currently holding the comic in my hands, and I don't choose to sell (get the cash) for exact amount of money - when I just said I would choose cash. Why, self, why?
  6. Yep: https://www.ngccoin.com/news/article/8628/csg-sports-card-graders/
  7. Wow! That is a challenge. You should have a head start on the pence variants, if you're already in the U.K. (they're much tougher to find in the middle of the U.S.). The two books that seem like they would be easy to locate, but just aren't are the Star Wars #5 and Star Wars #6 reprints WITH the UPC barcode. There are plenty of reprints for Star Wars #5 and Star Wars #6, but the newsstand barcodes are just not on them very often. I think they must have been more heavily returned for credit (and destroyed) quite often, since Marvel probably figured out how to satisfy demand for Star Wars with first prints and direct editions (and direct edition reprints) by the time #5 and #6 came around. The direct editions and direct edition reprints couldn't be returned, so they're still easy to find (even in the unopened 3-packs).
  8. Valiant "experimented" with newsstand in 1994-1996, but not for all titles. They didn't sell well, since newsstand buyers didn't recognize the characters. The good news for anyone looking for Valiant newsstands is that every one of them says "Newsstand Sales" in the UPC box. Any other 1990s Valiant with a barcode also says "Direct Edition" in that UPC box.
  9. Answers will vary, but I used 1980 through 1994 for the images that I posted. Those books are 26 to 40 years old at this point, and terms like "Chromium Age" didn't really catch on, since Copper Age doesn't have a clear ending. Modern Age being 1995-2020 would be the longest age ever, since Golden Age 1938-1955 is only 18 years, Silver Age 1956-1969 is only 14 years, starting in 1970, the Bronze Age would only be 10 years if Copper Age starts at 1980. 1994 comics were definitely "Modern Age" when this board started (2002), but 26 years ago isn't Modern for the industry now. Decade terms make more since starting with the 1980s, if not earlier. 1990s comics are 21+ years old, so they are "all grown up" away from Modern Age at this point even if they don't qualify for an older definition of "Copper Age". 1990s comics are 1990s comics no matter how much time passes.
  10. Nor are Alpha Flight #88 or Doctor Strange, Sorcerer Supreme #34. Those are understandable, since Marvel screwed up and put a newsstand barcode on the direct editions. They'll be confusing collectors forever. I wondered about those, but I figured @Warlord might have manually checked the back cover since there was nothing on the front cover.
  11. Last issue on third row (Snake-Eyes) is not a newsstand.
  12. How many of one book does it take to sell before we see a difference in prices? It really depends on the book. Just one sale of Action Comics #1 can basically redefine the market for all the grades. Two sales can start a trend for books that only sell 5 times a year. For books that sell at least twice a day, you probably need 17 to 50 sales to see if anything has really changed, as @shadroch mentioned (ASM #300, ASM #361, New Mutants #98, Spawn #1, etc.)
  13. That book, like TMNT #1 first printing or Albedo #2, has so few copies available in the market (because so few were printed) that it won't ever take much activity for a jump in pricing across the board.