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  1. I thought the ST page went low, as well. A very nice buy for someone. I used to own that WD #1 page. That's a nice number considering the one crazy buyer who drove up the market is now gone, and that the property's peak is behind us. Had this sold previously at Comic Connect during their big WD auctions?
  2. Ugh. I remember you. I didn't miss you, and as far as I can tell, neither did the rest of the hobby. Have Magic collectors now also had enough of you constantly complaining about high prices, while at the same time trying to flip art for even more ridiculous prices, too? Can't imagine that hypocrisy plays well anywhere.
  3. Moore pulled off perhaps an even more impressive retcon earlier with MIRACLEMAN. Overall, I prefer ST to MM, but fair is fair! This has nothing to do with market value, just stating my personal collecting preference: I would rather have a prime Bissette/Totleben ST cover over a Byrne X-MEN cover. I know for many this is near "Sal Buscema is an all-time top 5 artist" level of insanity, but I prioritize Moore/Bissette/Totlebeb ST and Miller DD over X-MEN. I may be a minority of one amongst '80s fans in this. Buying the books off the stands at the time, ST and DD made much more of an impact on my reading than X-MEN. Even now, I will revisit ST and DD every few years. I haven't had the same desire to re-read Claremont/Byrne X-MEN at all.
  4. It's all black and looks great.
  5. It was about USD$600. A few of us have seen the pic. Just a crazy story. These Bissette/Totleben ST covers so rarely ever pop up, so it figures at least a few are buried in random, long-time collections. Very happy for the collector, one of the nice guys of the hobby. At same time, feel terrible for the seller. Wouldn't feel bad if it was a dealer who should have known better, but this was someone who was clearly out-of-touch with modern values. Oh well, at least it was, again, one of the nice guys who got it!
  6. That's why I chose this Bradstreet PUNISHER cover in my collection: Rare dynamic example. Big fan of the Ennis MAX run, and had to have a piece. Got this fairly early on in my collecting, to give you an idea of how much I prioritized getting one. But even then, had a "seen one, seen them all" feeling with his posed covers. For me, this one, also from a highwater mark arc for the series, was "perfect". Again, to me. As for value, not sure I could get much more than what I paid 15 or so years ago. But if I had to pay $5K to get it now...I actually might. That run holds up! So while this $5K result was definitely high, not totally surprised by it, either.
  7. I asked Geof once if he'd rather draw the same piece five times, or sell the piece one time for five times as much. He said he understood what the duplicates do to his art market, but that he likes keeping his art affordable for fans. It also allows him to draw what he wants to draw, and not have to take commissions, while still providing fans the opportunity to own something of his. My preference is to own Darrow art that isn't a copy, but I absolutely respect where he's coming from, too.
  9. Please keep in mind that those examples I listed are the exceptions, at least for us. Vast majority of art we sell, including covers, is a LOT less. Price is a reflection of demand, and that can vary, even within an artist's own body of work.
  10. Yeah, but the artists probably feel terrible:P Just kidding. But what we sold our covers for, are irrelevant to whatever you paid for yours. Unless they were from the same artists. Maybe you got a great deal. Maybe you didn't. Each artist's market is their own. To my earlier point, feel good if you got art you wanted for your collection, for a price you were willing to pay. That's enough of a win, in my book.
  11. How does one define/measure success in the hobby? Strictly by profit? If so, IMO, they're in the hobby for the wrong reasons. Even so, the real ROI "success" stories have been long-term holds. It didn't matter when you bought the art, or even what art you bought (generally speaking). If you bought new art in 1976, and then decided to dump it in 1977, you probably didn't do very well. Certainly, that doesn't mean that keeping art over the long haul guarantees anything. But who would have guessed that in 50 years, Sal Buscema would be considered an all-time top 5 artist? By anybody? Anyway, to me, success in this hobby is building a collection that makes the collector happy and proud. I made that decision very early on. I passed the Great Recession Test. I rarely, rarely sell anything. And when I do, it always goes into other art. If you ask me to objectively value my collection by $$$, it's very likely that I'll never get out what I put in for any number of pieces. But they're part of a collection that I view as a whole. No regrets.
  12. $15K is a lot, but I've sold other modern covers for five figures. Off the top of my head, Ryan's VENOM #1 was $10K...Ryan Ottley's ASM #1 was $15K...Nick Derington's MISTER MIRACLE #1 was $12K...Skottie Young's ASM double-cover was $15K...there might be a few more over the years. Anyway, those were all to different buyers, too. I don't know what the art for the first appearance of Carnage is worth, but I know who the buyer would be!
  13. Actually, around $70K for the whole issue, including cover and all interiors. Bill Cox/Comicartfans has started crunching sales data for the dealer/rep sites he hosts. Which represents a large percentage of sites in the hobby, including the two biggest, Albert and Romitaman. So this was interesting: By volume of sales, Felix Comic Art sold more than half the artworks reported during this period and also accounted for 60% of the sales during this period. By volume of sales, Felix Comic Art sold almost half the artworks reported during this period and also accounted for 1/3 of the sales during this period. This is interesting because vintage art has always been where the action's at. Certainly on this board, discussions almost exclusively revolve around vintage art. But the modern art market is growing. Don't write it off as a small sample size, just based on these two recent posts, because I can tell you it's been going on for a while. More collectors are catching on to modern, in addition to all the new collectors who have come in that way. Which, in the end, will be a good thing for the hobby as a whole.
  14. Whether today's storylines/comics are for you or not, there still remains a hungry audience for the art. And as Voudou notes, that interest isn't just limited to Marvel or DC books. I've been seeing fans show up for all types of modern art we sell...Big almost doesn't matter. You can check out what's sold off our site in the last 90 days here: Scroll down to see all the different artists/styles represented. To some degree, it's a generational thing. Just as newer comics aren't really for you, older comics aren't really for many of the new collectors. All that matters to me is that there ARE new collectors. And I hope they'll be around a while.
  15. I'm obviously biased, but you could throw a dart at my roster and anyone you hit, has a chance to stand out as a top artist of this era. I'm lucky to see their art up close and personal every day...the talent leaves me speechless sometimes. Only time will tell...see you in 20 years.