Slightly Translucent Covers
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Hi, I'm new to the boards.

I have a question about what I perceive to be a comic flaw, but almost never see mentioned. From time to time I purchase a graded comic and notice a slight translucence to the cover (obviously most often in the white areas where there is no ink coverage). You can slightly see through the paper to the inks on the inside cover or first page.

Sometimes this is quite noticeable. It might not technically be considered a flaw, but it's unsightly and if pictures ever showed it more clearly I'd avoid buying those books.

 I almost never see this with raw books...only graded ones. Which makes me wonder if this is possibly the result of books being heavily pressed? Can this happen naturally when books are kept tightly packed or somehow stored improperly?

Any insight or information about this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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I've noticed it in raw books too.  Obviously it's more noticeable in books with white on the cover.  I do think it's easier to see when there's more pressure applied.  I have some SA in mylite4s where I'm able to see the content on the inside of the cover.

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3 hours ago, pentecost_101 said:

Hi, I'm new to the boards.

I have a question about what I perceive to be a comic flaw, but almost never see mentioned. From time to time I purchase a graded comic and notice a slight translucence to the cover (obviously most often in the white areas where there is no ink coverage). You can slightly see through the paper to the inks on the inside cover or first page.

Sometimes this is quite noticeable. It might not technically be considered a flaw, but it's unsightly and if pictures ever showed it more clearly I'd avoid buying those books.

 I almost never see this with raw books...only graded ones. Which makes me wonder if this is possibly the result of books being heavily pressed? Can this happen naturally when books are kept tightly packed or somehow stored improperly?

Any insight or information about this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Not sure what causes it but I believe it's naturally occurring.  I've seen many raw books like this.

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On graded books the translucency is often increased by the white micro-chamber paper placed under the front cover. 

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4 hours ago, ThatPovGuy said:

On graded books the translucency is often increased by the white micro-chamber paper placed under the front cover. 

Good point.  I didn't think about that.  It would greatly increase the contrast.

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I don't like translucent covers. If I had the choice, I would take a lower grade if it did not have a translucent cover.

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I see this a lot I notice on raw early Marvel/late Atlas....maybe '62ish and back, it seems to me. Almost like a waxy look to the inside cover.

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On 2/12/2017 at 0:20 AM, comicquant said:

Good point.  I didn't think about that.  It would greatly increase the contrast.

Too bad they don't always put the paper behind the cover, or even put in at all.

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On ‎2‎/‎11‎/‎2017 at 6:37 PM, ThatPovGuy said:

On graded books the translucency is often increased by the white micro-chamber paper placed under the front cover. 

Thank you for the explanation, ThatPovGuy.  It makes perfect sense.  I have wondered about this topic as well.

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Back in the day, I used to notice this translucency seemed to be more extreme in higher grade original owner collections that had been stored in homemade Saran wrap bags. GOD BLESS...

 

-jimbo(a friend of jesus)(thumbsu

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