williamhlawson

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  1. Thanks to all who offered their opinions and views. I was going to wait for a walkthrough, but unknown when at this point so it may be a direct sub. Stay safe all and again, thanks for your input
  2. Yes, I agree there are presentation differences regarding the X10, rusting staples effects the entire book, every wrap, it's structural integrity, etc. so I understand severity with technical grade associated with such as well. Presentation isn't everything, though highly important in my collecting over the years, with a 'bang for the buck' vg being my fave My AF seems a little more solid spine wise and overall cover appearance top to bottom. I see the rear cover pulling that book up from lower, but just my opinion. The rear cover on mine is clearly in need of a clean, but the bottom edge chipping is the most severe downgrade I believe. So the rear cover I believe pulls that one up, and in my case pulls it down. I still think its a 2 minimum, a 2.25 is in order, with a 2.5 possible with clean. But...we'll see.
  3. Me too, but...I wasn't gonna be 'that' guy. I mostly agree with... Which sounds like my exact thoughts tbh.
  4. Thanks to all so far...and just fyi I had this at a 2.0 approximately. A friend interested in it swore it at 1.8 to 2, hence CGC is in this one's future. I've seen some of the 2.0's and 2.5's and some do appear significantly worse eye appeal wise. Again, thanks and keep the opine's coming.
  5. Hi gang. Recent pick-up from a local friend, one-owner, bought at our in-town newsstand in '62. The book is fairly solid, attached at staples, one small nick rear cover spine is still attached, small stain upper right f/c and first wraps, spine damage, rear cover surface soiling, one page tear at bottom, rubbed bottom spine corner, and rough upper right edge. Trying to see about how this community grades...I know what I think, but I've been out of the game for a bit and am off to some degree usually.
  6. and oh yeah...how it arrived....
  7. Wow, missed this, missed this, missed this. This item was just sold on ebay days ago, if you are the lucky owner, please PM me for an offer once it is in hand. Sigh, wish me luck guys.
  8. That is stunning, moody, broody Conan by Frazetta -- would bump the sketch value significantly imho. As to it's authenticity, ask here!!! Folks are generally very honest and forthright, although opinions vary always. It looks good to me as far as legitimacy (fluid lines, not forced, his stance, just looks right, etc.), his 'signature' is the easiest thing to authenticate most likely due to repetitive examples. As to it's value, again, ask here!! The Heritage numbers provided above are a good starting point, but every piece is unique and has it's own up and downside(s) per collector. That being said, I'd overpay for this one in particular if in my spending range and from a respected dealer/auction house. Thanks for sharing here and best of luck.
  9. I agree. Not all are created equal. I know I've seen a few pages from Simonson's Thor run that certainly made me desire them. An affordable way to acquire an unreachable page/artist for many, I think that is the point now that they're showing up like mad and prices on traditional pencil/ink pages have been driven beyond a larger portion of collectors....but the confusing/deceptive part of a clearly labeled production color guide is far less than the 'unused cover's with trade-dress' movement I've seen too much of at respectable houses lately.
  10. Not a fan of 'color guides' being referred to as original art. That being said, not all cg are created equally. Some are clearly more appealing to the eye and should have some value if clean, well done and displayable. The term production art generally makes me move immediately on.
  11. Montani semper liberi. Always loved our state motto, Mountaineers are always free. Virginia's...Sic semper tyrannis (thus always to tyrants), is the exact reason WV told them to go to hell after they (VA) seceded from the Union in 1861. Just started our own damn government. Never get WV mentions, so thought I'd just represent (before the jokes start).
  12. This is by far, the most comprehensive overview of convention set-ups I've seen. I'm very, very glad for it. My first one coming up (with a mentor who has done it), and I genuinely am learning a ton, laughing a bit, getting spooked, getting geeked, etc. Months to prepare, my chunk of 250+ long boxes is being used for inventory, and I just wanted to comment here so I wouldn't lose the thread LOL. I want to sell comics at this event and believe I will sell more due to this thread. THANKS to all in this awesome community.
  13. This makes my heart do something I'm not sure what yet, looked at it repeatedly, can't think of anything neat to say. Stunning and LOVE this palette when he uses it.
  14. Don't know you truly, but several conversations and such on here have led me to believe this is a great thing for you. A big congratulations and best of luck in this new endeavor. SMASH!!! in hulk-speak.
  15. Congratulations Mitch, while I haven't purchased from you in 15 or so years, you've always been a class-act and I'm glad you get the same giddy feelings we all do when IT arrives.
  16. Did it. 12 interior pages in 12 months from Simone Bianchi in 2018 (with 2 enroute). And only 2 months till a Masterpiece joins the crew. Essentially a one-artist year, but it's no Vigilante imho.
  17. Ok...just because it's New Years and this.... THE issue, quite simply is so conveniently overlooked. Simply discussing (so chill) the above profit making plans, abilities, failures, successes or timeline's in resale. In regards to the Witching covers....If you sell 1/2 the covers for 10 times the auction close, no harm (to anyone except the original seller). EVERY single art dealer sell's for profit by design, certain collector's like to point out those out to make a quick (and often unreasonable) turnaround sale for some reason. If this helps to avoid impropriety in bidding then I can understand the reasoning. If those pointing out buy/sell's are dealers, I question not only their motive, but also their method. If you sell 1/2 the covers, with 1/2 the story...then that's THE problem. Always. TRUTH and FULL DISCLOSURE (with back scans) be told about WHAT you are selling. Terms such as 'un-used' cover, 'b' cover, alternate version, not to mention pencils/blueline only 'but I swear this was published from only the pencils'... are the bane of our hobby these days. If you appear to purposely avoid telling the WHOLE story, or not telling it, or skirting it...this community, more than any other I've seen, will quickly 'call it as they see it'.
  18. Maybe Christopher J. Hicks...face rings a bell. Mister Blank? Slave Labor Graphics around right time I think as well.
  19. The word print in this sense truly negates it's originality. It will never be original, one of one print is a print by definition. Olden days, the blocks were original imho. Computerized, no original exists except as digitized data, literally ones and zeros to be all matrix on ya, which is corruptible and entirely dependent on technology to even interpret and visualize. It's just nonsense, regardless of which type of art we speak of. Mono print as defined by uniquely applying inks, fine...still a print. Still not original, despite partial color variations, still a print. Original art should mean exactly that and nothing else. The pencils only, blueline pencils digitized with original inks, pencils and inks originals market is getting hard enough to decipher in current times. One of one is my goal. But by hand, and exclusively touched and created by an artist, using skilled methods and tools, not an artist using a digital medium contributing to skynet's understanding of the only thing that truly separates us from the animals.