Gardner Broome

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  1. Like TTFITZ I'm a completist. I've been collecting for 46 years so I've finished hundreds of Marvel and DC titles dating back to the early Silver Age. A lot of my long runs end in 2012 when I cut back due to the spiraling cost of new issues. I do maintain some unbroken runs including The Flash from 1959 to the present, JLA from 1960 to the present, FF from 1962 to the present, Amazing Spider-Man 1963 to the present, Superman 1963 to the present and Wonder Woman 1964 to the present. I need one more issue of X-Men/Uncanny X-Men to complete the run from #1 to #544, which is when the renumbering began for the title. It's unfortunate that the numberings on all of the titles have changed so many times, although Marvel now has their legacy numbers and DC is supposedly returning to the original numberings for The Flash and Wonder Woman. For many years I've been attempting to put together a set of every standard size Marvel published from January 1970 to December 1979 in VF or higher, mostly uncertified. There are close to 4,300 books in the set. I'm down to the final 8 that I need to finish. In case you are curious they are all books from the early 70s targeted to girls. They are Chili #18, #22 and #25; Millie the Model #197; My Love #10 and #33 and Our Love Story #18 and #23. Most of these can be found on eBay in lower grades, but trying to find clean copies with no tears or creases is the challenge. If anyone has any of these let me know as I will pay way over guide for them. Luckily, I bought most of the keys long before they were considered keys. I did have to spend a lot to pick up a VF Marvel Spotlight #5 last year, which was the last of the Bronze Age superhero books I needed.
  2. I love the promotional items. They must be incredibly rare. I did want to point that here was nothing wrong with the Silver Age Hawkman's helmet in the group shot. It is the one he wore in his first four appearances, Brave and the Bold #34, #35, #36 and #42 in 1961 and 1962. The more familiar helmet was first used in #43. Also, that is pretty much what the Martian Manhunter looked like at the time.
  3. Agree with 5.5 but I've seen similar books grade at 6.0.
  4. 8.0. 1st ASM I ever purchased new 45 years ago. Hard to believe it is that old!
  5. Agree on 6.5. Very common book in this grade so I would not pay anything close to $200 even with the MCU bump. I think you can find a nicer example for that kind of money.
  6. I had a similar copy that received a 7.5, but it was during a tight grading period for CGC so an 8.0 seems realistic.
  7. So you are saying that the same collector who owned these mostly worthless comics also had doubles of Fantastic Four #1, Captain America Comics #1, Amazing Fantasy #15, Incredible Hulk #1, etc. that were all lost due to a burst pipe? Does not seem very likely.
  8. I have six of the issues you are looking for in the 6.0 to 7.0 range. I'll send you a PM.
  9. I'm going with 7.5. I remember buying this one when I was a kid and being angry that it clearly didn't take place in the Marvel Universe. Today I can appreciate it for being the last time Jack Kirby ever worked with Stan Lee and with Joe Sinnott.
  10. i'm thinking 9.2. A press might help the non-color breaking bend at the top to the left of Gwen's head, but I'm not sure that would bring you up to 9.4 or higher.