EC Star&Bar

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  1. Unless the cover paper is brittle, I don't think I could be convinced a collector would send the book in without unfolding that. The eye-appeal alone would be a consideration.
  2. At first it seems surprising a collector would be unfamiliar with these. Many of us grew up with printed newspaper comics, and those were an everyday thing with Sunday and daily comics pages. Modern offset-printed comic books are a different animal.
  3. These numbers reinforce and add to the astonishment over the astronomically high recent sale of a copy of Batman 181 (6/1966). That issue came out in April of 1966, a full 3 months after the debut of the '66 Batman TV series.
  4. Great letter - it had the effect of reversing the bias on the Zener diode in my brain...!
  5. I've had many if not most of the thoughts, anxieties, etc, expressed by others in this thread. One thing I wanted to mention: as one reason for switching over primarily to collections of comics in book form in recent years, I believe in the future my books can be dispersed much more easily, including looking into university libraries interested in donations of my holdings. gives me immediate info on which libraries own what. The future home of one of my 4 copies of Suicide Squad Silver Age Omnibus will be...? Anyway, I'm glad to learn that there are other Disney comics fans here -- I watch quite a few collectors on YouTube, and it seems Disney Barks Ducks etc. are rarely appreciated in comparison to superhero and Star Wars fandom.
  6. "Pair down" -- ? "Paired down" -- ? I wonder what pare down or pared down mean. Oh well, back to eating my pear.
  7. Most of you are aware that when the 'Tec 40 cover was drawn, it was The Joker. However, it was intended as the cover for the 2nd Joker story, which instead appeared in Batman #1. So the 'Tec 40 cover was then used to accompany its Clayface story.
  8. That's a little bit of a coincidence because just a couple of days ago, I obtained an Avengers Masterworks Vol. 2 with this issue for the first time. All newer editions have featured this cover on the dustjackets, while the earliest one had #11. (Softcover Avengers Masterworks #2, 2009, has this cover inked & colored by Dean White.)
  9. Showcase Presents Strange Adventures Vol. 1 started with #54, the first Code approved issue -- so I appreciate the reprinting from #53 in this thread -- thanks.
  10. When I think of Silver Age Thor, the first 2 things that come to mind for me are: Cover of JIM 83, Cover of Avengers 1. (Next are the splash and last page of 83.)
  11. I have a copy of Action Comics 439 (1974) that I bought off the stands new, where there are 4 staples. Two of them are interior only. Apparently when it was run, the press ran out of covers so it was sent back through to be stitched again with the cover. Only time I have encountered 2 sets of staples in a new comic.
  12. Regarding wideness of the go-go checks, how do you explain the CGC blue label 8.5 on ebay whose checks are LESS WIDE than those on this raw book?? If they MUST be wider to be an untrimmed book, then the 8.5 on ebay is a MIS-GRADED trimmed book with a blue label, no trimming noted!
  13. James' analysis is very impressive, but I will still maintain that if the book can't be examined in person, we can't say with 100% certainty it's been trimmed. We're presuming that the book's edge is perfectly flat when we view it. But if the paper has a slight waviness, it will appear as an edge that is not perfectly "factory" straight. "Bowing" due to a trim, or due to our perception? A book this valuable, altered or not, will likely be submitted, so I hope it is sent in and I'll be back to admit it if I was wrong.
  14. We run into however what really constitutes "messed with." When I was collecting in the '70s, I would take some of my comics exhibiting spine roll and insert them into stacks of my dad's heavy "Design News" magazines, in a basement with a dehumidifier but not the driest area by far. I was doing a form of pressing, but like people sometimes mention stacking under encyclopedia volumes, was it a "natural" storage condition? Like any stack of comics subject to pressure by weight and relative humidity that's not low? My type of pressing I've described I consider pretty natural, and so when it comes to the pressing issue, generally I don't have a problem when modern means are used to achieve the same end result. Not "messing" with a comic can be a tricky standard to establish.
  15. I've seen a couple of good youtube videos on staple replacement, there is good info out there. Since it's pretty certain (if not 100%) that the original staples were opened up and the paper suffered damage, perhaps the best option will be to open and remove the existing ones, very carefully, in order to smooth out the paper. This then affords the opportunity to change to proper replacements if needed. If doing that type of work yourself, also look into using a steel ball bearing for rolling the paper back to "flatness." There are definite positives here, as so often rust migration is an issue and I didn't see that here. One thing I learned in recent years is how the restorer can heat a staple to very high temps in order to get just the exact bending needed. Not many of us own a kiln, however...!