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  1. I was following this well-thought out thread intently. I'll mourn its untimely demise.
  2. Arno Stark was a main character in Armor Wars. Covers
  3. Apologies for the horrible lighting! FCBD $1 box: I got there at the very end of the day - the store was closing in less than an hour and the boxes were half-empty. I figured that all of the good stuff had been scooped up.
  4. I like this response and the story as well. My contribution to the OP would be to mention the collectors, who don't purchase and acquire in the ways that most of us do. I have and I know that a few others also have a comic room in the house. That became necessary because of my habit of hitting dollar boxes at every con that I attend. But there are (hard as it is to believe) collectors out there who are able to fit every book they own in a short box. My understanding of these folks comes from this experience: my ex-GF got me into collecting Funko pops. We watched the market like folks here watch comic sales. Every now and then we might notice that a harder-to-find pop figure (let's say Elvis, which was released early and is fairly rare) sells for a crazy amount, like $5000. This of course happens regularly with pops at the $50, $100 and $500 level, too. After spending time in that collecting community and learning how they spend money, it became clear that there are individuals who want just one or two favorites personalities or characters and they are willing to pay whatever amount to acquire the special few. They don't care what the market forces at work are - determining the price - effecting supply and demand - what "paying too much" or "at the peak" looks like - etc. All that they know is that they have a fistful of dollars and they can use it to obtain an item for a certain number at that moment. Extrapolate that to a book like Batman Adventures #12. Imagine a a young person who just got their first well-paying job and loves the character, Harley Quinn. Just like some of their peers may splurge for a $500 or $2000 handbag - that particular fan may shell out the dough for a comic or two that makes them happy. Again, totally ignoring all of the market forces that we spend hours and years studying to speculate, collect, invest and time the market. After the hoopla dies down and the going price of the book drops due to lower demand, do you know what that person is left with...? ...a book that they love and makes them happy to own. Back in the 90s, there were a -load of collectors who would brag about how they just picked up a HOT book and it would make them rich in some undetermined future. I haven't heard anyone talk like that in nearly two decades.
  5. YES! So very great to see Comicfest '93 get the occasional mention. It was the epicenter for a lot of the early-90's phenomena. The Spawnmobile, Alex Ross marketing Marvels, the physical manifestation of the David/McFarlane fued at the Wizard awards and of course the boom-soon-to-be-bust of many properties like the Ultraverse.
  6. There are a couple small items that I would add here. After Chuck's revelation of what a premium comic can be and before the internet, I experienced a couple events that highlighted comics' ability to appreciate in value, that may ring true for some of you as well... 1) The explosion of conventions: I started going to NYC-area cons in the early 80s and then they seemed to be everywhere in the 90s. Seeing sellers ask for way more than cover price for old and new books was enlightening. 2) The listings in Copper Age comics from MHC and New England, among others that listed HOT comics for sale and limited the number that could be purchased was an indicator that certain books were commodities. 3) And lest we forget, Wizard, Hero and a number of other 80s and 90s publications that tried to do what Overstreet was doing, except by highlighting newer comics, artists and the trends of the time.
  7. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I understand that Firefly/Serenity is not everyone's cup of tea. However, one way to look at this particular phenomenon is by its overall pop culture impact. Firefly was the natural progression of Joss Whedon's Hollywood climb, beginning at Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which culminated in the creation of the The Avengers, the first installment of a series that just concluded in Avengers: Endgame. Also, the various Firefly series are significant to comics due to its representation of the long partnership between Whedon and Dark Horse Comics. Lastly, its is indeed a small franchise, but a franchise that still brings bodies into cons, which means dollars. I collect old OSPGs and even though I scratch my head at the once-upon-a-time interest in Katy Keene that landed her on a cover - I still get why Bill Woggon was honored for his creation. I for one, enjoy the diversity that the covers tend to represent. I just hope someone can explain why Zorro is fighting frogmen...
  8. Flashback: Stan Lee Offers Love Advice in ‘Mallrats’ The legendary creator of some of the greatest superheroes and villains in comic book history cited Kevin Smith’s film as his favorite in which he appeared https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/stan-lee-mallrats-spider-man-754866/
  9. I want to share this one with the world! Does anyone have a citation? Issue#, month, year? Thanks for honoring The Man!
  10. I was just reading an old book that was lying around...this is why we felt connected to Stan.
  11. My disclosure: I have a book that I've considered to be one of the hardest to find real modern keys: WWLA YA 1 Wizard First CGC 9.5 The Wizard First program was a gimmicky program run in partnership with CGC to get hot-off-the-presses books into slabs and given a uniform 9.5 early in the professional grading game. This example of the 1st app of YA is usually available on feebay but never in large numbers.
  12. I'd say 'Hell No!' to that idea. There are true keys coming out of moderns and collectors with a little imagination and patience are going to reap the rewards. There are first appearances of future stars happening at a rapid rate. Look at Harley Quinn - a huge success twenty years in the making. Funny that Marvel learned the most from the love that she's been getting (Spiderverse and Marvel Rising). One problem with variant speculation is that the values run counter to true price evolution. The real winners tend to be keys (events, 1st apps, storylines, revolutionary concepts) that are discovered over time and see gradual price increases - very similar to a stock chart. Of course, there are (sometimes permanent) downturns, but that is how you know that the collecting masses are solidly behind a book. Quick increases in a newer issue may indicate a flood of money into initial purchases, but does nothing to confirm that the price point is sustainable.
  13. My perspective on this particular topic: 1) Current variants are marketed toward more middle-aged collectors. So, the Rule of 25 does not apply, if we can agree on that point. 2) The world of teenage boys is difficult to understand, even if you get paid to advertise to them. I teach teenagers and their interests are so diverse, that it is almost impossible to summarize what they are into. I'd list YuGiOh, Pokemon, Marvel movies, iPhones, all modern gaming systems and games, as well as fads like, Kendama in my guess for the youth of the 21st century (so far). Don't forget that today's girls may also grow up to be collectors, so Disney, MLP and a few other properties are possible. We are into Funko pops! but that has mostly been an adult phenomenon, so many in our 'cult' are attempting to gauge how much of a lifespan they'll enjoy. 3) Reading the commentary around the Rule of 75, it looks like some folks are focused on the publication dates of Golden Age books. At that time, comics were 10 cents, shared and swapped, meaning there was not too much of that wish-I-could-get-that feeling. For Golden Age comics, there were a lot of us young boys staring at OSPGs in the 70s and 80s, when they were at the height of their popularity, and dreaming of the day when we could track down older books. That pushes the expiration date for comics of the 40s and 50s up about thirty to forty years after their publication.
  14. Greetings! I really appreciate your focus on OA and the commitment that it has taken to maintain the blog for as long as you have. The market reports have been informative and will undoubtedly exist as useful reference material for future art research. I am a dedicated speculator in comics and art, but unfortunately would not be inclined to blog with your dedication. If you are ever looking for a topic to write about - it would be fun to read your picks for future areas of investment or advice for newbies who would like to dip their toes in collecting affordably. Keep up the good work and let me know when you're ready to sell those Thanos pages for $50.
  15. Because, if we publicized how awesome this weekend is, the lines would be longer, the competition talking to the hot, half-naked attendees would be greater AND a lot more buyers would move in on what is trove of uncontested books. Seriously though, I dropped nearly a grand on fine art in the annual Art Show and my comic expenditures were a close second. There were so many great books, that I couldn't even begin to pick up everything that I wanted. I attended all weekend (Thurs thru Mon, actually) and had so fun that it felt like it was only a two day show.