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  1. That is nuts. When stores charge extra for credit card use, it’s less than that (like only 2%). And there, getting a charge reversed is easy.
  2. As I recall, it used to be for sale at $1,200, then $1,400. I guess they figure it's like fine wine--it gets better with age.
  3. Probably correct, but the gap in pricing for the same basic work can be really high.
  4. I would agree. So, where do you think the pricing reflects the greatest gap based on the character for the same artist? This is just playing around; trying to make some order out of the market.
  5. For those of you who study pricing closely, what would you consider as the largest gaps in price attributable to the character drawn by an artist (recognizing there will be some other factors). For example, Aparo’s Spectre pages are sold at a premium over, say, his Green Arrow pages. I think it is not just due to the popularity of that run, but his style is so well suited to supernatural art. Or Byrne’s X-Men, as compared to his Wonder Woman pages, where he used a different style (which I didn’t like) and also was the artist on a highly popular series. As someone who favors a not to popular character, the difference has served me well, by the way. This is just playtime. What triggered the thought was the response to the OP who responded to “make me an offer” and got a snotty response.
  6. Why not save it to get something better, later? Or, try Facebook’s boards involving comic art and commissions. Tons of stuff of mixed good/bad quality. Maybe you can get another Venom.
  7. Is there a dealer list? We just had one back East, and I was wondering if it the same dealers.
  8. I don’t particularly mind most of the price part because I simply won’t spend the kinds of dollars some of it demands. In my view, a lot of the newer art is very, very good, and can often be had at a low price. So why bother with 5 and 6 figure craziness? Spending serious money on anything is never fun. Making money is nice, but it really isn’t fun.
  9. That really wasn't an uneducated assumption, but I don't know or don't remember the details. By early 1973, he had clout.
  10. Seems reasonable to keep in mind, but in a sense, it's the same problem cut down to 50%. And let's not forget the issue of timing. A certain dealer, who will go nameless set a price on a 1970's piece of a not well known artist, for $575. It has probably been listed for 6 years or more at that price, and has not moved. Naturally, it is also in a dead part of the market. What the heck is the FMV of that? And if we pretend it was a collector, not a dealer who said make me an offer, how does one make an offer which doesn't sound insulting? I will bet he paid around $250, which is probably only a little less than it should go for now.
  11. I think you should be proud of yourself helping the other collector out. Really.
  12. If memory serves me, he was one of the first to insist that he owned the copyright and the originals. So, his was non-boilerplate. To answer your question about cease and desist letters: free publicity. After Warhol did his famous Tomato Soup Can, Campbell's thanked him for the free publicity (they sent him a letter to that effect). Every time an artist draws a Batman for someone to hang on their wall, it encourage potential buyers to read the stories, see the movie, buy the tchotchkes, etc. And, it helps artists supplement their living. To answer your other last questions, no. The company may also have copyrights in the page, including transfers by contract, which would not affect Neal's rights to reproduce the pages, and I expect that they cannot be asserted forever. There is a 3 year statute of limitations, but it can essentially be broadened by reproduction, or the claim estopped or laches can apply. https://patentlyo.com/patent/2014/05/copyright-preclude-limitations.html
  13. What do you consider a lowball offer, not just by percent, but also by comp.'s? I don't just mean low; I mean lowball. Do you use Heritage/Clink/ComicArtTracker, pricing on CAF, or something else? And given that prices can really vary a lot by subject, artist, and type (splash, action, etc.), as well as dates of artistry as well as prior dates of sale (which on occasion can go down), what qualifies as really low? Yes, $20 for Kirby is low, and I don't care what the piece looks like. But I cannot compare Ross Andru on Spideman to Ross Andru on Brave and the Bold (with Batman/Phantom Stranger) and neither does the market. That's another problem with "make an offer" postings. The requester may consider low as lowball, endangering a snotty response to the potential buyer.