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8 hours ago, AJD said:

 

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Head odours?  Sorry, odors?

"Dave, I can live with the flakes, but your head stinks"

"Don't worry Daphne,  I've ordered some anti-staphylococcus albus from Wards"

"About time Dave. No one likes a smelly head"

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Nice score, AJD. :headbang:

Canteen Kate seems to have a complicated & somewhat contradictory personality but as long as Major Herringbone is happy with the results I guess the Marines will keep on fightin'!

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10 hours ago, Harry Lime said:

Nice score, AJD. :headbang:

Canteen Kate seems to have a complicated & somewhat contradictory personality but as long as Major Herringbone is happy with the results I guess the Marines will keep on fightin'!

She certainly made my herring bone. Fwooar...

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2 hours ago, Get Marwood & I said:

She certainly made my herring bone. Fwooar...

The spirits of Sid James and Benny Hill live on, I see.

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9 hours ago, AJD said:

The spirits of Sid James and Benny Hill live on, I see.

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Putting aside the "cor, you don't get many of those to the pound" hilarity of our British mates, here's another recent pickup.

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And as an 'under the covers' treat, here's the complete story "In the bag" by Krigstein that appears in this issue. (Scanned from a Cochrane reprint.) 

Of all the EC artists, I think Krigstein and Kurtzman were the most experimental in their layouts and style, though in quite different ways. I think I've said before that I'm not a fan of the first person voice, but this is a fine piece of visual storytelling as well. Enjoy.

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The last of the latest batch of books

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Most of the M.D. stories are pretty dense on medical technologies and general practice as it was in the 1950s. Having a daughter in the medical field, it's interesting to see what state of the art looked like back then. This story is a bit different though, centering on a mental illness - in this case hypochondria.

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On 1/11/2019 at 8:37 AM, Harry Lime said:

Nice score, AJD. :headbang:

Canteen Kate seems to have a complicated & somewhat contradictory personality but as long as Major Herringbone is happy with the results I guess the Marines will keep on fightin'!

Is Major Herringbone happy with the results? Err, not quite:

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Because having "pinup pictures" of your daughter up on the wall at work is completely non-creepy... :eek:

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13 hours ago, AJD said:

The last of the latest batch of books

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Most of the M.D. stories are pretty dense on medical technologies and general practice as it was in the 1950s. Having a daughter in the medical field, it's interesting to see what state of the art looked like back then. This story is a bit different though, centering on a mental illness - in this case hypochondria.

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How does it end then Andy? Is there a twist and it turns out his wife has been beating the living daylights out of him?

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On 10/20/2018 at 8:20 PM, AJD said:

WARNING: post contains graphic images that may stress some comic geeks

One of the war bonds covers that has been on my list for a while is Our Gang #17, which has a Walt Kelly cover with a "Buy that extra bond" sign on the fence. I recently bought two copies of Our Gang at Heritage - #17 and #26. The Heritage description said "Our Gang Comics #17 and 26 Davis Crippen ("D" Copies) pedigree (Dell, 1945-46) Condition: Average VG. Includes the Davis Crippen "D" copies of issues #17 and 26. Artists include Carl Barks and Walt Kelly. Approximate Overstreet value for group = $50." Here's the 26:

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Yeah, OK, that's acceptable enough as a VG. And it has the merit of containing work by Kelly and Barks. Here's an excellent sight gag from the Barks Barney Bear story:

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Now to the #17. Both books came with the Crippin CoA, which was nice. Here's the one for #17

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Well, this book might have been a VG+ when Heritage first sighted over a decade ago, but here's what I found when I unpacked it.

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And here are the "staples" that I picked out of the wreckage.

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To be fair, the lower staple damage was visible in the partial picture of #17 in the action listing, so part of this is on me, but there is no way these books average out at VG. For the price ($60 for the pair) it's really not worth shipping them back to the US (and the 26 is ok anyway). I actually wonder if the grader even took the books out of the bag when assigning grades for the auction - maybe they just looked at the grades on the CoAs?

The great pity is that a pedigree book has been trashed to this point. My plan now is to use it as part of my learning experience in paper restoration, including rust stain removal (reduction more likely in this extreme case), piece infill and maybe even leaf casting down the track. I had been planning to buy some wrecked Dells for that purpose - just not one I wanted for my war bonds collection! For the record, here's the #17 and another Barks page:

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Ouch! Hate to see this happen to pedigree books.

In Heritage's defense, I do think they look through raw books when they grade them.  Over the past year, I sent them a few hundred raw books. They mostly disregarded my grades, raising some and lowering others. They sometimes noted interior defects.  Might be true, though, that with the grades written on the Crippen COAs, they decided to just accept them and didn't bother to open the books. 

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:sorry:yeaah that " Our Gang" is over graded for sure

Edited by 1950's war comics

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A few new Australian books have joined the fold. This one is my 91st Australian Fiction House book.

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It has a filler 'educational' look at gorillas, with some accurate and some dodgy claims. (Is there really a documented instance of a gorilla bending the barrel of a large gun? Or of a gorilla wrestling a cheetah/leopard?) I thought the tacit discussion of the human-neanderthal-gorilla evolutionary relationship is interesting. But it doesn't mention that gorillas are vegetarians, and I think the portrait might have been drawn from the ugliest gorilla (with the worst orthodontics problem) on record!

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5 minutes ago, AJD said:

A few new Australian books have joined the fold. This one is my 91st Australian Fiction House book.

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It has a filler 'educational' look at gorillas, with some accurate and some dodgy claims. (Is there really a documented instance of a gorilla bending the barrel of a large gun? Or of a gorilla wrestling a cheetah/leopard?) I thought the tacit discussion of the human-neanderthal-gorilla evolutionary relationship is interesting. But it doesn't mention that gorillas are vegetarians, and I think the portrait might have been drawn from the ugliest gorilla (with the worst orthodontics problem) on record!

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I think the portrait is of the gorilla who had acid thrown in his face by a sailor. :eek:

I was just reading an article that's kind of tangentially related to the bottom comparison. Apparently, modern humans resemble early humans in a way that's similar to how dogs resemble wolves.  When species become domesticated (as, in effect, humans have) they tend to take on similar characteristics, including having flatter faces and smaller teeth. 

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On 1/15/2019 at 1:57 PM, Sqeggs said:

I think the portrait is of the gorilla who had acid thrown in his face by a sailor. :eek:

I hadn't made the connection, but I think you're right. That's awful. :sorry:

On 1/15/2019 at 1:57 PM, Sqeggs said:

 

I was just reading an article that's kind of tangentially related to the bottom comparison. Apparently, modern humans resemble early humans in a way that's similar to how dogs resemble wolves.  When species become domesticated (as, in effect, humans have) they tend to take on similar characteristics, including having flatter faces and smaller teeth. 

Yes, modern humans exhibit much more neotony - carrying childhood physical characteristics into adulthood. Look at a baby chimp, and you'll see it has a much more human face than an adult. Chimps become more, er, chimplike as they age, while we don't.

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I really like the crime comics published in Australia by Horwitz publishing. The insides were mostly reprints of stories from Quality Comics' crime titles, but the covers appear to be new - and often really good. Here's a new one into the box. No GGA this time, but a really well constructed layout. I like that the foreground character is shaded while the guy behind is fully lit:

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The pictures of death is reprinted from T-Man #9. I just wish the $ bill with the skull replacing GW was a bit more featured in the splash. I think it would be quite a striking image (though a bit more effort in drawing it wouldn't have gone astray...).

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Here's another Horwitz book, with another good cover - this time on a nice glossy stock, which is unusual in my experience.

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And as a treat to my dedicated readership (all three of you), here's a test of your detective skills. (And you may marvel at the evidence handling techniques on display here!)

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1 hour ago, AJD said:

 

 

The pictures of death is reprinted from T-Man #9. I just wish the $ bill with the skull replacing GW was a bit more featured in the splash. I think it would be quite a striking image (though a bit more effort in drawing it wouldn't have gone astray...).

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GW? Think you'll find it's Andrew Jackson on the $US20 note.

Duffman. Nitpicking since 1974.

Oh, and who do you reckon the covers artist is? I'm thinking Bramley. He did a lot of Horwitz work.

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1 hour ago, Duffman_Comics said:

GW? Think you'll find it's Andrew Jackson on the $US20 note.

Oops - yeah, it's a twenty. :facepalm:

1 hour ago, Duffman_Comics said:

Oh, and who do you reckon the covers artist is? I'm thinking Bramley. He did a lot of Horwitz work.

I'd say so, yes. Just looking at the images that come up when you Google "Maurice Bramley artist", the style seems spot on.

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Thank you Duffbloke! :foryou: Though I now blame you for a hankering I have to get some of his war covers too...

 

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On 1/14/2019 at 7:38 AM, Get Marwood & I said:

How does it end then Andy? Is there a twist and it turns out his wife has been beating the living daylights out of him?

Er, not as such, no. Here's the end:

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Low grade with CT, but still very nice to have.

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One of the nice things about non minty books is that you can read them. I enjoyed this story. I for one welcomed our new ant overlords.

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