Gardner Broome

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    Learning the Ropes

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  1. I have a lot of those issues for sale in VF/NM but are you looking to only buy an entire set at one time? You'll likely need to increase your budget as a VF/NM #101 and #129 combined will run you close to $3K these days.
  2. Hi. When you say “key titles” are you thinking about just huge keys or are you looking to build runs of important titles like ASM or X-Men? Are you looking for just CGC graded or are you open to uncertified but tightly graded books? I have a lot of Silver and Bronze books in nice shape for good prices. Thanks!
  3. I recently finished my Justice League of America run and my Adventure Comics Legion run (300-380) that I've only been working on for 45 years😊I only collect nice, clean copies, which made it a more difficult challenge. I've also been working for years on a complete set of standard size Marvel Bronze Age books in VF or higher covering the period from January 1970 to December 1979. There are 4,298 books and I'm down to needing just 22, so I'm 99.5% done. Just one is a major key--Marvel Spotlight #5. The others are romance and humor comics from the early 1970s that are very difficult to find in nice shape. I'm working on the Silver Age Marvels too but not as picky about grade. I have long runs of all of them but still need most of major first appearances so I don't expect I'll ever finish those as they only get more expensive each year.
  4. I agree with 3.0. I’d say it is not worth grading.
  5. 6.5 after press. Given the value of the book I would not pay to have it pressed and/or graded. Very common book in mid-grade.
  6. I would not spend time posting more pictures and would not get these comics third-party graded. I’m afraid none of these have a value exceeding $10 due to condition they are in. They are great copies to read and enjoy.
  7. It was also a cool poster that I hung in my son’s room when he was a little guy. It’s weird to think that the McSpidey era was 30 years ago.
  8. I’m at 4.5. Personally, I would not certify this comic because the process to do so would likely cost just about as much as the book is worth. A Mylar bag and a couple of backing boards will preserve the book just as well as it being encapsulated.
  9. Welcome to the world of comic book collecting. While you may not be a big Green Lantern fan, the two books you have are part of a historic run by the team of Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams (Green Lantern #76-#89). That run is nothing like the other 60 years of Hal Jordan stories. The stories are more mature and the art is stunning. If I was just starting out as a collector, I would try to find the other issues in the run and complete a set. It is easy to get carried away with dreams of dollar signs when you see the values of books like these in high grade, especially CGC 9.8, which is virtually impossible to achieve on books that are close to 50 years old. Copies like the ones you have here are worth perhaps 1% or 2% of that 9.8 value. They are referred to as “reading copies” because you can read them all you want and not worry about lowering the condition. The vast majority of comic books published in the last 50 years are not worth grading, but many of them make great reading material and/or are fun to collect in sets.
  10. I moved from the Midwest to the East Coast a few years ago. I have been collecting comics since 1974 so to say my collection is huge is an understatement. Thank goodness I did not let the movers move my books. I contracted with Mayflower, a large national moving company. I paid $5,000. As someone earlier mentioned, they sub-contract the work out to others. The movers were scum of the Earth and it was an unmitigated disaster. It took two weeks for my stuff to show up. Half my furniture was damaged and boxes of important things like family photos simply vanished. I had to sue for damages, which was stressful, expensive and time consuming. I can only imagine what they would have done with my collection. With the comic books, before I moved I pulled out a couple of boxes of the best stuff and kept those with me as I was driving my car to my new city. The rest of the books went into a climate controlled storage facility in my old city, which made me nervous, but I could not think of a better solution until I was settled in the new city. Months later, the storage place called to tell me some emergency sprinklers had accidentally been turned on, but it was not close to my storage locker so they did not think there was damage. It still drove me crazy. As soon as I could I made arrangements to fly back to my old city with an incredibly nice new friend. We rented a medium-sized Penske truck, loaded up all of the comics, which were not damaged by the water, and drove to my new city. It was exhausting but it felt great to be reunited with my comics. In summary, don’t let national moving companies touch your comic books, even if they are secured. Those companies are basically criminals. Also, be careful about storage lockers. I would wrap every box in plastic garbage bags if I ever have to use one again. Regards, Gardner
  11. 84/100, but I’ve been collecting for 45 years so I bought most of them when they were brand new—or still pretty cheap as back issues.
  12. Actually Black Canary’s first full Silver Age appearance, following the flashback cameo in 1962’s The Flash #129, was in 1963’s Justice League of America #21, and she is prominently featured on the cover of that famous first team-up of the JLA and JSA. Brave and the Bold #61 did not come out until 1965, but that was her first appearance without the whole JSA. In 1969’s Justice League of America #74 her husband Larry Lance is killed and the JLA invites her to move from Earth-Two to Earth-One. Wonder Woman had lost her powers for what ended up being several years, so DC had BC move teams to fill the token female role on the JLA. In the next issue, #75, she gains her sonic scream and begins her relationship with Green Arrow. In 1983 they retconned what took place between JLA #74 and #75 to reveal that her middle aged body was switched with her daughter’s mindless body that had grown up in a magical limbo, but Dinah’s mind and memories stayed the same. DC did this because Dinah had been around since the late 1940s and they wanted to make her age more in-line with the younger Earth-One heroes. It was a goofy way to do it as the JLA members all knew Dinah previously and surely would have noticed if she all of a sudden became 20+ years younger. When Crisis on Infinite Earths merged the Earths into one and changed DC history, it was eventually revealed that there were two Black Canaries, the mother and the daughter, who never shared the same mind or body. This was revealed after Watchmen came out, so the new origin and background was basically ripped off from the background of the two Silk Spectre’s in that acclaimed story. The older Black Canary was soon killed off. It is a pretty convoluted background, but no worse than the TV series Arrow, where there have been three different Canaries so far.