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  1. I am 95% sure that the numbered SDCC copies of that are the only copies of that, and I don't believe that it has been reprinted anywhere. The Hernandez brothers were quite fond of this sort of thing, and they did quite a few of these little mini- or micro-comics in print runs of 20-50 or so (including at least four "issues" of People I've Known in My Mind). Anyway, nice piece. This sort of offball Hernandez stuff gets harder to find as the years pass. Most of it has been black hole-d into Hernandez fans' collections by now.
  2. But I would be interested if someone with one of these could use a light table or something to determine what is under those stickers. The bar code on the sticker is the same as the production bar code for the direct market printing. If I had to guess, I suspect that they either overprinted or mis-shipped quite a few newsstand covers on this issue. And then either the printer (if the problem was cover quantities) or Diamond (if the problem was mis-shipment) turned them back into direct market copies through the power of stickers. As I recall, there are some Spawn issues that had the same sort of shenanigans occur. Probably lots of others.
  3. Yeah, GI Joe 26 doesn't actually surprise me at all. That's the origin book for Snake Eyes. And since his "key", GI Joe 21, is officially entering crazy-pants prices, it makes a lot of sense that it will lift this closely associated issue. This shouldn't be a dollar-bin raw, and I'd buy it in a dollar bin if I found it there. No clue on Wolverine 35 though. Spanish Civil War/Superhero crossover fans?
  4. Those Marvel Team-Up 131 sales have to be people trying to speculate on the White Rabbit first appearance? I guess? Both of those sales were auction sales, and both had nontrivial bidding wars that chased up the price. But as far as I can tell, they look like legitimate sales not crazy shilling shenanigans (and don't look to have overlapping participants, either). Before those, the previous 9.8 sale looks to have gone for $190 back in June, which is itself a huge jump from the 2016 transactions that were the only earlier data for this book in grade. I'm not sure what has changed to make (some) people care about this one, but I'd guess that there's a market to absorb at least another 2 or 3 copies for over $200, if not necessarily the $700+ mania (but maybe...). It will be interesting to see whether this effect trickles down to 9.4/9.6 slabs, but so far those are still hanging out broadly in the $60-80ish range that a lot of random slabs go for. Still a lot better than the ~$30 (or less) slabs that are signs of absolutely zero interest, though. So there's some possibility...
  5. Sometimes the cheapo stuff is surprisingly hard to find. Admittedly, that's because almost no one cares. But for various reasons, every now and then, someone will want high grade copies of a book (or a run) that isn't considered sexy. There are books that may very well exist out there in the thousands, even as 9.6 or 9.8 raws. But they're cold books, so it's not economically feasible for dealers to index them or make them available. They exist in longboxes on shop floors or in back rooms, but aren't readily for sale. Even fewer get graded, so someone who wants their cold books slabbed but doesn't want to play the high-grade lottery dance might find chasing the handful of existing slabs more appealing than it should be. Plus, frankly, I don't think there are as many high-grade copies of "cheap" books as many people would expect. Especially when you're talking about books that tend to end up in discount bins, there may be a lot of physical copies out there, but life in the bargain box isn't conducive to maintaining grade. The assumption is that no one cares about the condition of those books, and, largely, that's accurate. I've had more than one dealer refuse to answer an inquiry about a book's condition on the grounds that "condition doesn't matter" for cheap comics. That said, if I ever drop $500 for any of the dollar store drek that I sometimes collect, shoot me. Meanwhile, at least some of these prices are probably people (both sellers and, sadly, buyers) who think that anything in a 9.8 slab is mystically transformed into gold...
  6. Specifically, pages 12 and 16 are switched in the first printing. EDIT: There are also two printings of #1 because the first sold out. I think they are distinguishable only by the indicia but it's been awhile.
  7. I'm not convinced these exist as individual physical issues. Even the distribution offer text isn't real clear on that point. "[O]nce all five digital issues have been earned a physical copy will be sent..." Arguably, that doesn't mean a physical copy of each, but a physical copy of all five: that is to say, the TPB. Now... I can't rule out the possibility that there were a (presumably very tiny) number of physical copies of individual issues. There can't be very many. The offer would have required someone charge $5,600 on the short-lived Dynamics ePlate, while configured to support this offer as their purchase reward. Nevertheless, it might be worth reaching out to Dark Horse to see whether they'd be willing to confirm the existence or non-existence of these issues. I'm currently batting about .500 getting publishers to respond to inquiries of this nature, but it never hurts to try.
  8. No. Or, at least, not in the traditional sense that distinguished between newsstand and direct market distribution. To wit, newsstand comics were returnable. And there's simply no way that any of the comic publishers would or could tolerate the risks that entails at this point. On the other hand, if the question is "should comic publishers try to encourage more varied venues to stock and sell their product" then sure. But we don't need more rando chase covers for that.
  9. Why wouldn't it? It is a post-manufacturing defect caused by mishandling of the book.
  10. The signature on the first thing is Les Denis, who also worked on that Revelations title (and signed both of those at upper left). Golden Realm Unlimited put out a half-dozen books, most of which have variant covers and limited editions and collectors' versions and such. But it was never much of a publisher (one of the people involved later described it as basically self-publication for the people involved). I don't think there's any market for anything they produced, except possibly a very niche audience for the three issues of Tall Tails they put out (which later went through another tiny indie publisher, Vision Comics, then merged with Radio Comix's Furrlough). The bottom line is that this stuff is a relic of its era, and arguably interesting for that, but as far as monetary value? Sadly, no.
  11. Yeah, I would check with IGComicStore. They ought to know if all their store variants were produced this way. I will caution that even if this ends up being something unusual, that doesn't necessarily make it something valuable...
  12. I do think there might be something odd going on with this one. The exterior cover is definitely the IGComicStore trade dress variant (that is indeed what the "trade" refers to; there's also a virgin version). But the sketch cover behind it does look like the Frankies Comics exclusive sketch cover. So, if I'm reading (and seeing) this right, the 3rd page is that monochrome version of the sketch cover, and the 4th page is the unusual material. Does the comic continue normally afterward? I don't know if this is normal, and don't have a reference copy of this available.
  13. I'm not... entirely sure what you're asking here. I suspect, if I'm interpreting what you wrote correctly, that this is some sort of production proof and not an error in the conventional sense. Photos would be immensely helpful.
  14. Probably not my favorite bad movie, but I just rewatched Thirteen Ghosts and enjoyed it quite a bit more than it's 16% Rotten Tomatoes score would suggest.