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  1. GPAnalysis has already reserved a spot for "Adventures of Mr Obadiah Oldbuck"! It recognizes the title of the book as a comic book. There just isn't any CGC data to include yet! That's a good way to start showing respect for this book. Now for actual slabbing (although query whether you would really want to, just looking at the gilt cover -- i might want to hold it in my hands every so often).
  2. I looked into this a bit and yes, all hail Mr. Oldbuck! To the extent that comic books continue to be primarily enjoyed/produced by Anglophones the world over, especially since 1990 with the globalization effects of the great equalizer -- movies! -- it would be difficult to overstate the importance of the 1841 version of Adventures of Mr. Oldbuck, i.e., the one published in London by Tilt and Bogue. It appears that experts now agree that the Tilt and Bogue 1842 version was the very first comic book in the English language ever and certainly the first published in Europe. Arguably, the 1841 version is more important than the Brother Jonathan Extra IX version published in 1842 in the United States (New York by Winston & Co.). That is because there is no dispute that the 1842 Brother Jonathan version used the actual printing plates from the Tilt and Bogue version. The Brother Jonathan version may be the first comic book actually published in the U.S., but technically it was just a reprint of the 1841 London version! When funds allow (haven't quite figured out yet how to adjust my hunt for keys), I want a Tilt/Bogue Oldbuck book. Now if only CGC would slab this thing too.... just out of respect!
  3. Guys, thank you for your comments. Did you notice the two horizontal creases on the right of Spidey front cover? Are those what you call printer creases? If so, does it affect actual grade? If not, what grade would you use to value the comic, in light of the printer creases?
  4. Howdy! I mean grrr! I found this nice-looking Spidey. Please let me know what you think CGC would find/grade. If there is a crease, are they all treated alike? Don't know about interior pages yet, so let's stick with cover. Look forward to your wisdom.
  5. Perhaps because my dad was in the military and otherwise real cool, just saying, that for me, that book reminds me that there was a time when young people cared to read (or at least were expected to be inspired by) the non-fictional accounts of mere mortals and otherwise ordinary people. Don’t get me wrong. I love my superhero collection. But I also appreciate the existence of that book.
  6. Whenever I see a collage of significant GA books, the one that always stands out for me is World Famous Heroes Magazine #1 (Centaur, 1941). Its cover prominently and proudly shows real historical greats. To me, it seems like this book was the “ordinary” (read mortal and otherwise un-enhanced) and human person’s last stand at capturing the young’s imagination before the burgeoning wave of modern (read alien or mutated or otherwise enhanced) heroes took the industry by storm. I say “young” because comic books were originally intended for the pre-adult, impressionable crowd. Just think about that for a moment. As late as 1941, a big-time player like Centaur had the audacity(!) to put mere humans (albeit special ones, no doubt) against the likes of Superman, Batman, etc. And at least for least for a while, this book held its own. This book MUST be high on this thread’s list simply because it cannot be that we (especially the younger crowd) can no longer be inspired by regular human being doing great, heroic things. And WFH#1 reminds us that we can and should. Not aware of any other mainstream book like this at that crucial time, the start of the GA.