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  1. Maybe we do need an official Fade-Grade.
  2. That's only about a 10% fade on that Hulk #1, and as he was gray anyway, no colour loss on the main character.
  3. Just putting this out there... Regarding the origin of Spidey, Kirby did both the cover and at least some of the story for Amazing Fantasy #15. But as it became apparent that Kirby was already way over-stretched on FF, Thor etc, Stan Lee gave Spidey to Ditko to take it over and in the process re-do that first story. Oddly, there's a story in FF Annual #1 (1963) in which the FF meet Spidey for the first time, drawn by Kirby. This is supposedly an expanded (6-page) version of the same sequence that had already appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1 as drawn by Ditko. Stan Lee explains to the readers on the first page of the Kirby version that this 're-done' story was the result of 'countless requests' to expand on the original 2-page Ditko version. Problem is, the Ditko version was just over 4 pages long, not 'merely 2'. Many of the panels in both versions are nearly identical, so one artist was clearly copying the other. The Kirby version has a few additional action panels that don't add anything to the tale. So, the Kirby version is clearly redundant. But I think it was done before the Ditko version and was intended for Amazing Fantasy #15 before Kirby was either taken off the project or opted off doing it. It was probably supposed to have been part of Spidey's origin story. Stan Lee most likely just wanted to print the seemingly pointless Kirby version in FF Annual #1 as he would have already paid Kirby for the work. Interestingly, Kirby had also drawn the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #1, although Ditko drew them all (except #10) after that. All of this lends credence to the strong possibility that Kirby did in fact create at least the visual for Spider-Man, as he always maintained he did. Oh, and there's also an 18-page Spidey-Torch team-up by Kirby in Strange Tales Annual #2, also from 1963. Yes, Jack WAS busy indeed, and there was way more to come or already on the boil (Iron Man, Avengers, X-Men, Sgt Fury, etc).
  4. I'd buy it just for the pleasure of cutting out that Marvel Value stamp, and not feeling guilty about it.
  5. Oh, and DO beware of fake #181's too: https://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Incredible-Hulk-181-High-quality-bronze-age-newsprint-replica-/254718744858?hash=item3b4e6b991a%3Ag%3AXzQAAOSwmflfX3hA&nma=true&si=DPeAA2nKXwHUFM2xt604JFRg6bg%3D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
  6. The seller all_things_comics has caseloads of Hulk #181 and has several 'near perfect' (albeit clumsily trimmed and needlessly colour-touched) copies on eBay at all times. Here's the last 30 copies he's sold recently: https://www.ebay.com/sch/all_things_comics/m.html?_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=hulk %23181&LH_Complete=1&LH_Sold=1&rt=nc&_trksid=p2046732.m1684
  7. Those wide horizontal sections for your giant art books are great. I need something similar for my IDW artist editions and those oversize Marvel hardcovers. I've got most of them stacked on the floor for now.
  8. A shame, this is something I would have purchased.
  9. Eeew, I'm not geting ANY CGCing done if this is the potential result.
  10. No worries, that's nice of you to say. I'm an Aussie so I lived through this at the time. I think the AVPs are great, much better than when some Australian company started printing their own versions of the latest FF and Spidey comics around 1978.
  11. Stan at least (originally) admitted in his Origins of Marvel Comics that Jack was solely resonsible for the Silver Surfer, as he (Stan) was surprised by the character when the pencils of FF#48 came back. However, Stan later disowned his Origins of Marvel Comics anecdotes, saying he had exaggerated when he credited Kirby. From his 2010 Kirby lawsuit depositions: 'So I tried to write these—knowing Jack would read them, I tried to write them to make it look as if he and I were just doing everything together, to make him feel good. And we were doing it together. But with something like Galactus, it was me who said, “I want to do a demigod. I want to call him Galactus.” Jack said it was a great idea, and he drew a wonderful one and he did a great job on it. But in writing the book, I wanted to make it look as if we did it together. So I said we were both thinking about it, and we came up with Galactus.' And also 'I created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, the X-Men, Nick Fury, the Avengers, Ant-Man/Giant Man, and the Rawhide Kid.' I was deeply disappointed that Stan would do and say that.
  12. I mentioned this because I thought it was interesting background to the topic at hand and hoped someone else might recall the same advertising. It might lead to some numbers on how many AVPs were printed. I didn't say anything about pricing other than someone was unsuccessfully trying to gouge buyers 30 years ago,
  13. There's really no need to insult me personally and attack my character just because you don't agree with something I've said. And I'm not pushing some sinister anti-Stan agenda and and I'm not out to get anyone. Just trying to have a conversation about Silver Age Marvel. Congratulations on becoming my first Ignored User.
  14. I remember seeing ads in CBG back in the day where some guy was selling Aussie price variants for insane money, even as they were just coming out. He seemed to have cornered the market and was offering them as individual issues or by the caseload as if they were the hottest things on Earth. He was touting the "fact" that the APVs were first printings (which they may well have been) but I'm pretty sure nobody cared and his cunning business venture most likely tanked very quickly. Anyone else remember this??