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  1. There is a cool thread on bound volumes here: https://www.cgccomics.com/boards/topic/450836-it-was-bound-to-happen-show-us-your-bound-volumes-and-books-removed-from-them/ That thread includes some ideas about value, sounds like an auction would be your best bet because they are so hard to value but they are super cool and plenty of people love them. I think thise things are incredible.
  2. Same here. I'd expect them to establish a reputation the way good online sellers do: make a series of successful sales. Small sales then medium sales THEN big sales. If they are selling on a forum (like this) not just a selling site (like eBay) then that adds to what I would expect of them. A newcomer to the boards who is trying to make big deals is not a good thing even if they are honest. IMO they are taking advantage of the community of the boards for their own gain. To use a forum marketplace without establishing a presence is not acceptable (IMO). A seller should not only work their way up to big sales they should first share their knowledge in some posts to benefit others in the hobby, THEN I think it's OK for them to sell. New members in any forum: toy collecting, comics, whatever, who join only to sell are just trying to save on seller's fees, they don't give a rat's azz about the hobby (again, IMO).
  3. I just finished "The Secret History of Wonder Woman" by Jill Lepore. This book probably moved me more than any other comic history book I've read. William Moulton Marston was a deluded but charming scammer and his life was a fantasy. He never succeeded or gained acceptance or popularity where he wanted it most, in academia, but he found it in comics. His family lived his fantasy with him. The secret family history and the history of feminism, especially as related to Margaret Sanger and her sister Ethel Byrne is fascinating and ultimately sad. I'll be seeking out reprints of the comics that Marston wrote and a few of the early Robert Kanigher stories. Kanigher is another story altogether. A chauvinist who seems to have delighted in destroying Wonder Woman. I'm looking forward to reading or rereading early Wonder Woman comics in this new-for-me context that Jill Lepore constructed. Some of the history she documents was intentionally buried by the Marston family and she has made or exposed connections to Wonder Woman that nobody did before her. I'm putting this book on the shelf next to my favorite comic history books. The ones that I consider to be very well written and essential for a comic history enthusiast.
  4. I ask for combined shipping before I bid/buy. That is the time during a transaction during which the buyer has the most leverage. After a purchase is too late, IMO. Some sellers who don't combine shipping may be factoring that into their prices, etc. and I don't like to hassle sellers. I have been a seller and it is painful to go back and forth over what is, essentially, a few dollars. The time spent negates the benefit of the sale, IMO.
  5. Keep the Deadman. IMO it's a historically important book and it has a great cover. Those other books, not so much.
  6. Thanks folks. Yeah, I'm starting to suspect that my comic interests don't really align with a typical comic shop. I'm not a fan of comic book movies, for example. I liked a few of the recent Marvel films but would prefer to watch something like "American Splendor" or "Crumb" if I'm going to watch a comic book movie.
  7. I'm interested in getting a job at a comic shop. Recently retired and want to pursue a passion outside of the corporate hussle. I have gaps my comic knowledge because I've never been very interested in superheros. I have always loved comics but as a kid my pile of books was like The Shadow, Mandrake the Magician, Weird War Tales, Richie Rich, ... As I grew older I continued to stay away from super heros. I'm assuming that knowledge of the superhero genre is essential for anyone who stands behind the counter. For the past few years I've been reading a mountain of GA/SA and some modern superheros to figure out their allure. Enjoying it and I find the history of the business and the people behind it to be fascinating... But I feel that I'll struggle working in comics because so many comic fans are focused on superheros and I'll never be as interested in them as I am in R. Crumb or Wallace Wood... Any suggestions for me? Essential reading/knowledge? Get a different job and enjoy comics for myself? Thanks!
  8. Cool. I like magazines. There is a Comic Magazines sub-forum on here. I think they have a sales thread. https://www.cgccomics.com/boards/forum/35-comic-magazines/
  9. The person who wrote that is tired of their job. I'd find out who supervises them and show them that message. That's a firing offense, IMO. If the person who wrote that is the boss I'd not use that auction house again. Also, I would have outed them by name in the first post. There's no excuse for them to treat you like that.
  10. I spent a few weeks finding and reading the top ten comics from each of the four eras in the list. Mostly read reprints, some Comixology, etc. It was a fun project, I looked up the writers and artists who were unfamiliar to me and took my time. I realize the list is the most frequently traded books and it's weird to use that as a reading list. The list really only speaks to the speculative side of the hobby (IMO) but that was most of the fun for me because I don't like the speculative side of the hobby . I normally wouldn't look at some of these books. I hoped to stumble upon some cool stuff that I would never find normally and learn some history. The quality of the Golden Age EC books stands head and shoulders above the rest of the books of any era, IMO. I am an EC fan and I expected that. I only wish that Al Feldstein et al didn't overuse narration so much in the writing. It can kill the flow of the visual story and without that one flaw I think the ECs would be perfect books. No surprises in the Silver Age. The top 10 were all Marvel. I'm not a superhero fan but I am interested in what Marvel has done for the comics industry so I've read a lot of those before. I re-read everything to get it fresh in my head. Fun stuff, occasionally brilliant art. From the Bronze Age I enjoyed the 1982 Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Wolverine ninja mini-series. It was new to me and made going through the list worth the time to find it. Loved the concept, the art, and the visual story telling but I struggled through a bit of awkward writing around time lapses in the storyline. From the Modern age none of the books stood out for me. Mostly serviceable, I suppose, but a few were borderline unreadable. I did think it was fun to see an old Donald Trump reference buried in The Amazing Spider-Man 361 (1992, 1st full Carnage app.) ---------- Ture Hoefner
  11. This is what I'd do. I've been reading through the list of the top 100 most actively traded comic books from each epoch that someone recently posted in the General forum. There are some good Spider-Man books along with some bad Spider-Man books on the lists (IMO). I'd start with a list of the ones I want and re-read them with an adult eye. Then go for the ones that stand out from the others.
  12. Maybe "overpriced" in this context really means "not sustainable". In the long term will 1st appearances of minor characters hold their prices? Maybe not if the character is still minor in a decade or two and the DVD from the movie is in a dollar box at flea markets. I don't believe that many people will care too much, in the long term, about some S.A. or newer book whose only interesting feature is the 1st appearance of a minor character. If the cover is great, the art/writing is great, and the book becomes a classic in that way then that is what will make it sustainable, IMO.
  13. my impression (when I got that notice and only quickly skimmed it) was that this is a response to banking and consumer protection regulations that will make it harder for PayPal to cheat, not that they were cheating. More oversight of positive balances held by PayPal during that time between when you get the money and you transfer out out of PayPal to a "real" account. The government is making PayPal be more "real" with the money they are holding, I believe.
  14. I'm starting to suspect the charcoaled photocopy was done to make a deadline, not with any artistic intent. There are many Gonzalez panels that I think started as photos and I'm finding blogs like this one about swiping that says the studio/agency the Spanish artists worked for had a photo studio that produced photos for reference by the artists: http://averycreepyblog.blogspot.com/2013/08/warren-swipes-part-2.html?m=1 I'm going to guess that the odd layouts are Gonzalez going fast, not really thought out. All of the Gonzalez automobiles and some of the planes are inked-over photos (IMO). Some of his panels look like they are mostly photo with some drawing/inking, like this splash from Vampirella 34: