The Canadian Shadow

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  1. Hi everyone, Have more of my books up for auction on ComicLink: Avengers #196, CGC 9.6, 1st Taskmaster http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1329839 Amazing Spider-Man #344, CGC 9.8, 1st Cletus Kasady (Carnage) http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1329803 Avengers #257, CGC 9.6, 1st Nebula http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1329841 New Mutants Annual #2, CGC 9.8, 1st US appearance of Psylocke http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1330201 Still up on eBay: - 1st appearance of the New Mutants, scarce Canadian Price Variant, Marvel Graphic Novel #4, CGC 9.6, $5.95 variant, less than 100 copies on Census, fabulous Bob McLeod art, upcoming movie, asking $650 https://www.ebay.com/itm/273774320314 - Amazing Spider-Man #40 signed by Stan Lee, CBCS 4.5 (Verified Signature Program), asking $375https://www.ebay.com/itm/273774312865- Captain Canuck #1 signed by Richard Comely, CBCS 9.4 (Verified Signature Program), First appearance and the iconic Canadian flag cover from July 1975! Also 1st appearance Bluefox and the Jonn series. A classic book in so many ways. Asking $210 https://www.ebay.com/itm/273815421418 - Captain Marvel #33, CGC 7.0, origin of Thanos, much of inspiration for Avengers Infinity War, classic Starlin story and art, asking $75 https://www.ebay.com/itm/273815332634 Who knows what Keys lurk in the heart of Winnipeg...? Bwah hahaha...(i.e. more to come)...
  2. Well, the Rockies are amazing, as are Beautiful BC and the Wild West Coast out here! And I’m partial to the 10,000s of lakes of the Prairies where I’m from. Are you in the States? A wonderful country that I’ve visited a lot, but still have scores of places to see on my list!
  3. Thanks Crops068! Yes, cross country UHaul/camping trip with the kids planned for the years ahead! Anyone out there camped in the Canadian Rockies? So gorgeous!
  4. Thanks Two Piece. Plan is to eventually have all the books back in Victoria, BC, but not logistically possible yet. But there are a few bonuses to this - we head back to Winnipeg every year to visit family and enjoy a lot of time together. As part of the trip I get to look through all of my comics from 20-40 years ago and mine my most valuable ones. It’s a lot of fun, finding buried treasure in finding variants etc. and great books that I had long ago forgotten about!
  5. Hi all, posting notice for a ComicLink auction of mine this weekend (ending July 1st and 2nd) and my current listings on eBay. (If there is a better thread for ComicLink auctions, please let me know; couldn’t find with searches.) Some rare variants, nice keys, and Stan Lee signed books. Most of them 9.8’s or close. ComicLink: - Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16, CGC 9.4, rare Canadian Price Variant, only 9 on Census! First female and Black Captain Marvel http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323980 - X-Men #221, CGC 9.8, 1st Mister Sinister http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323971 - Batman #423, CGC 9.6, classic Todd McFarlane cover (and rare for him)! http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323983 - DC Comics Present #49, CGC 9.8, great Bronze Age Black Adam appearance http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323985 - Web of Spider-Man #18, CGC 9.8, 1st existence of Venom, classic cover http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323976 - Brave and the Bold #200, CGC 9.8, 1st appearance of Batman and the Outsiders, Katana, Geoforce, and Halo http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323984 - DC Comics Presents #87, CGC 9.8, 1st appearance of Superboy Prime (who would later become such a nasty narcissist and psychopath), Crisis tie-in http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323981 - Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1, CGC 9.8, classic 1st appearance of the Beyonder, Blue Galactus variant http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323969 - Marvel Age #41, CGC 9.8, classic Stan Lee photocover http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323968 - Avengers Annual #10, CGC 9.4, 1st appearance Rogue and Madelyn Pryor, 1st New Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, classic story of Carol Danvers (future Captain Marvel) assault and memory wipe, cameos by the X-Men and Spider Woman, gorgeous Michael Golden art (and an old fave in case you can’t tell)! http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323974 - X-Force #11, CGC 9.8, early Deadpool and 1st real Domino http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323973 - Flash #92, CGC 9.8, 1st appearance of Impulse/Bart Allen http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323967 - Detective Comics #608, CGC 9.8, 1st appearance of Anarky http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323982 - Sensational She-Hulk #1, CGC 9.6, classic Byrne Good Girl Art and re-telling of origin http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323975 - Web of Spider-Man #36, CGC 9.6, 1st appearance of Tombstone http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323972 - Marvel Two-In-One Annual #7, CGC 9.6, 1st appearance of the Champion, vs. almost every Marvel strongman of the Bronze Age (and another personal fave with a classic Thing never-give-up story)! Last issue. http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323970 eBay: - 1st appearance of the New Mutants, scarce Canadian Price Variant, Marvel Graphic Novel #4, CGC 9.6, $5.95 variant, less than 100 copies on Census, fabulous Bob McLeod art, upcoming movie, asking $650 https://www.ebay.com/itm/273774320314 - Amazing Spider-Man #40 signed by Stan Lee, CBCS 4.5 (Verified Signature Program), asking $375 https://www.ebay.com/itm/273774312865 - Captain Canuck #1 signed by Richard Comely, CBCS 9.4 (Verified Signature Program), First appearance and the iconic Canadian flag cover from July 1975! Also 1st appearance Bluefox and the Jonn series. A classic book in some many ways. Asking $210 https://www.ebay.com/itm/273815421418 - Captain Marvel #33, CGC 7.0, origin of Thanos, much of inspiration for Avengers Infinity War, classic Starlin story and art, asking $75 https://www.ebay.com/itm/273815332634 Thanks!
  6. Is anyone looking for the 1st New Mutants, Marvel Graphic Novel #4, $5.95 cover price, Canadian Variant? Scarce, less than 100 copies on the census. I have a 9.6 up for sale on eBay - asking $650 US https://www.ebay.com/itm/273774320314 (Cool sounding movie out next year from the Spirit Bear storyline. Will a Marvel superhero horror movie be a hit? I was surprised when Guardians did so well going in the comedy direction, so who knows...)
  7. Hi to The Investor, Are you still looking for Marvel Graphic Novel #4, $5.95 cover price, Canadian Variant? I have a 9.6 up for sale on eBay - asking $650 US https://www.ebay.com/itm/273774320314 Also have a cool and rare Canadian Price Variant up for auction on ComicLink this weekend (ends Monday): Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16 CGC 9.4 http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions.asp%3FclassCodeSelected%3DCurrent%2BAuctions%26classDateSelected%3D2019-06-12%26dateCodeSelected%3DAll%2BAuctions%26dateDateSelected%3D2019-06-11%26IDUser%3D43949%26AuctionClassSearch%3DCurrent%2BAuctions%2C2019-06-12%26auctionSearch%3Ddate&id=1323980 I think the ASM Annual #16 CDN Variant is a really neat book - only 9 copies exist on the Census and only 3 are graded higher than mine. And first appearance of Monica Rambeau, the Black female Captain Marvel, now a MCU movie character predicted to maybe be in costume in sequels. Lots of possible growth room for this book and the current bidding on my book is dramatically lower than eBay list prices! Have a number of other Canadian Price Variants too. Including Batman #361, #388, Batman Annual #8, Warlord Annual #1, several others. Maybe New Mutants #1 and some others on your list. Will check and know soon. Feel free to PM me I find you're interested.
  8. Hi everyone, Thought I'd introduce myself. I have been lurking here for a few years now, really appreciating all that be learned from the Boards! I have been reading comics since age 4, and collecting since 7. At now age 50 that seems like a very long time...currently have at least 20,000 books spread over 2 cities (many back home in Winnipeg, Canada). As a kid I loved and collected especially the Legion of Super-Heroes, X-Men, New Teen Titans, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Captain Canuck, Ghost Rider, Batman, Superman, Flash, Justice League of America, Avengers, Micronauts, Manhunter, Crisis on Infinite Earlths, Watchmen, Thor, Swamp Thing, Firestorm, Miracleman, Valiant books, the Spectre, the Question...just about any superhero book from the era really. In middle age I delved more into Silver and Golden Age, developed more of an appreciation for Jack Kirby (especially his DC's and the Fourth World trilogy books), and in recent years have really appreciated the writing in books like Uber and weird out of genre stuff like Gideon Falls. Loved collecting favourite artists like Byrne, Perez, Miller, Simonson, Broderick, Guice, Lee, and many more. Can remember lots of great and funny times - including sadly when a cocky 15 year old turned down half a dozen high grade Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 copies the day they came out! (how could a black and white poorly-drawn funny animal parody book ever be successful, right?🙄 - but taught me you can never know for sure what will become hot in collecting comics!) Though planned on keeping my books forever, post-divorce and raising 3 wonderful kids this changed and needed to start selling. All the Golden Age and Silver Age are now gone, but mostly have been able to hold on to the books with the most sentimental feelings from childhood. Funny how that feels different. And what a incredible feeling to read your favourites from your childhood to your own kids and watch their eyes widen as they fall in love with the characters, stories and art too! It was a pleasant surprise to discover that selling is almost as much fun as reading and collecting! All of a sudden I learnt so much more - everything from what's in demand, to the intricacies of grading, to much more of the history of comics, to all the different options for selling, to the specifics and history of variants. More interesting than I could have imagined! And what a thrill to mine my collection and find so many books I had forgotten about or never even knew I had - like signed books, and a number of rare and scarce variants and error versions. It almost feels like finding buried treasure! Thank you so much for everyone who's taught me so much. If anyone out there is a longtime collector thinking about getting into selling, I certainly recommend it - it's been quite the thrilling ride for me! And you can get to know so many more really interesting and good people who really love comics! In case anyone may be interested, I've got a pretty rare (only 9 copies on census) Canadian Price Variant ASM Annual #16 up for auction this weekend (link and description in a previous post), and will put up a post about another Canadian Variant and other keys that I have up for auction this weekend. Along the way I've learnt a decent amount about Canadian Variants and am happy to answer any questions. Thanks for the opportunity to join the Board community! Be well and have fun, Adam
  9. Hi, This is my first time trying this, so hope it's all good! Wanted to give notice to you Variant collectors out there of a rare Canadian Price Variant I have up for auction with ComicLink - this is the last weekend and it ends the evening of July 1st (appropriately on Canada Day 🇨🇦 - funny coincidence in timing)! It's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #16, CGC 9.4, White pages!! Canadian Edition! (as CGC calls them) http://www.comiclink.com/Auctions/item.asp?back=%2FComicTrack%2FAuctions%2Fauctions_first.asp&id=1323980 Even just the regular edition is becoming a hot book - 1st appearance of the new female Captain Marvel - Monica Rambeau! Way back in 1982, long before Carol Danvers took the name! Monica is also one of the early African American super-heroes! And now since a young Monica Rambeau was a major character in the Captain Marvel movie, word is that she'll reappear in costume in an upcoming sequel. With the first movie set in 1995, a sequel set in the modern day would have Monica just the right age to pick up the Captain Marvel mantle from her "Aunt Carol". But being the rare Canadian Price Variant makes this book a huge catch - there are only 9 copies in total in all grades of this book on the CGC Census!! And there are only 3 copies graded higher than mine - a single 9.8 and two 9.6s. The Canadian Price Variants account for less than 2% of the graded copies of this book! And since the Canadian Price Variants are only from the Canadian newsstands of the 1980s and not the comic shop direct editions, there is expected to be a very low survivorship - unfortunately most sellers and buyers tended to be pretty rough with these books (never mind the number of returns to Marvel). So you'll see very few Canadian Price Variants in high grade like this! For those of you new to Canadian Price Variants, they existed for a handful of years in the 80s when the Canadian and American currencies started to diverge a fair bit in value. So for a few years, instead of the later listing of the prices in both currencies, Marvel and DC distributed these Variants only to Canadian newsstands with just the price in Canadian funds listed on the cover and in the indica. Otherwise the Variants are exactly the same as the regular editions, very similar to the much sought after 35-cent Variants of the late 70s. This Canadian Price Variant ASM Annual #16 has a cover price of $1.25, whereas the regular edition has a $1.00 cover price. I think there's a good chance you could get a very good deal on this book. Bidding is still fairly low - in comparison eBay lists are of a 9.6 at $1,695, a 9.0 at $750, and a 6.5 at $379. So if you're looking for rare and hot books, especially Variants, here's a great opportunity! Thanks for reading!