First Dave Sim File Copies CGC Certified!
First 10 issues set for viewing.
During Wizard World Los Angeles, Comics Guaranty (CGC) and
Paradise Comics were proud to unveil the first Cerebus the Aardvark #300 (9.8) and the first Cerebus the Aardvark #1 (9.4) to be certified as a Dave Sim File Copy with
a Signature Series label. Now we are going to do it
CGC has graded the first 10 issues of Cerebus the Aardvark.
"We were absolutely blown away by the quality of
these copies." Said Steve Borock, CGC's Vice President
and Primary Grader. "Dave Sim really knew what
he was doing when he filed these away!"
Along with the previously graded Cerebus the Aardvark
#1 (9.4), the nine other copies graded out amazingly
high: Cerebus the Aardvark #2 (9.8), Cerebus
the Aardvark #3 (9.6), Cerebus the Aardvark
#4 (9.9 MINT), Cerebus the Aardvark #5 (9.8),
Cerebus the Aardvark #6 (9.8), Cerebus
the Aardvark #7 (10 GEM MINT), Cerebus the
Aardvark #8 (9.8), Cerebus the Aardvark
#9 (9.8), and Cerebus the Aardvark #10 (9.8).
A list just doesn't do these books justice, they
must be seen! CGC and Paradise Comics have decided to
host another viewing, this time exclusively at Wizard
World Philadelphia on May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd. "The
response to the Cerebus #300 and the Cerebus #1 at Wizard
World Los Angeles was amazing. People were getting their
pictures taken with them" said Paradise Comics
owner Peter Dixon. "I'm sure everyone is
going to go crazy when they see the first 10 copies
in person. Especially the GEM MINT #7!"
"If you are going to be in the Philadelphia area
on May 21st to the 23rd you should definitely be at
this show." Said Paul Litch, CGC Grader and Modern
Age specialist. "Not only is CGC doing on-site
grading that weekend, but along with Paradise Comics,
we are also showing off the world's best certified
copies of Cerebus the Aardvark #1 to #10. Come by and
check them out!"
CGC will be at Booth Number 637. Don't miss this
exclusive opportunity to see the highest graded run
of Cerebus the Aardvark #1 through #10, including the
GEM MINT #7! Only at Wizard World Philadelphia, brought
to you by CGC and Paradise Comics.
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CGC-certified Comics Everywhere!
Some of our very good friends have great news about CGC-certified comics.
First, our friends Joe and Nadia Manarino at All-Star Auctions are proud to offer examples from the Bill Howard Collection, a high grade square bound collection, all CGC graded, with highlights to include some of the highest graded copies according to the CGC census. Also included are dozens of CGC graded Mile High, White Mountain, San Francisco, Denver, Crowley, Dell File Copies, Gaines File Copies, Bethlehem, and Big Apple pedigree books! For more information go to www.allstarauctions.net
Next, our friend Josh Nathanson, President of ComicLink.com, has two very exciting pieces of news:
The week of May 10, a ComicLink seller will be listing
the finest X-Men
run ever offered for sale/bid
to the public! This is an exceptional accomplishment
— a near complete run between 1 and 65 —
all but one in 9.4 or better! The highlight is a breathtaking
#1 in CGC 9.6! This Pacific Coast Pedigree
with white pages is the second best known copy and extremely
rare in this condition — it is one of only three
to have graded as high as 9.6. Many of the issues in the collection are the highest
or second highest CGC-graded copies — certainly a chance for collectors to instantly upgrade theirX-Men
Between May 20 and May 30, ComicLink will be auctioning
off a collection of a different kind - an original owner
collection of approximately 100 CGC-graded Golden Age
comic books. The auction, which will take place in the
auctions section of the ComicLink.com, includes mostly
mid to high-grade DC issues published between 1948 and
1952. Also included are ten baseball theme comics, a
few Barks Duck books, Captain Marvels
and a Dick Tracy
issue. Many of the books in the collection are the highest
or second highest CGC-graded copies (38 are highest
graded copies). For more information go to www.comiclink.com
Last but not least, due to overwhelming demand, our
friends at Metropolis are adding hundreds of scans of
CGC-graded comics every week to their site. This week
alone you will find over 500 CGC-graded books with scans
listed on www.metropoliscomics.com. Metropolis holds
the world's largest inventory of CGC graded comics and
they are always buying more.
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I've been a Batman fan for many years. I've
always enjoyed the myriad interpretations various artists
have displayed, from the realism of Neal Adams or Alex
Ross to the clean styles of Alex Toth or Rick Burchett.
Jim Aparo, Walt Simonson, Marshall Rogers, Frank Miller,
Berni Wrightson, Brian Bolland, Jim Lee...everyone
has taken a shot at the Dark Knight. But it wasn't
always that way.
In late 1963, the height of the Silver Age, nearly everything
was selling. But Batman and Detective sales were trending
in the wrong direction. One of National's (DC) big three
properties was hurting. I even heard Detective Comics
was cancelled for 24 hours. All this is unthinkable
today. 25 years of Batman under the direct supervision
of its creator, Bob Kane, had led to this stagnation.
Although the ghosts were many, Batman had to retain
the same look.
By this time, Batman was routinely going into space, other dimensions or having space creatures, villains, and lawmen visit the earth. Gone were the nightly rooftop vigils. Batwoman and Kathy Kane were cardboard cutout figures. Bat-Hound, Bat-Mite, and Bat-Girl were nothing more than plot devices. Nothing tells the story better than the last Jack Schiff-edited Detective, #326. Batman is kidnapped and taken to an alien zoo. How will he ever get out of this!
Then someone at DC had an epiphany. Editorial Director
Irwin Donenfeld asked (re: told) Julius Schwartz to
save Batman. Julie already had successfully revived
Flash, Green Lantern, Atom, Hawkman, and the Justice
Society (revamped as the Justice League). Mistakes were
made (like having Batman handle a gun), but the New
Look was well received.
Contractually obligated to work with Bob Kane for half
the stories, Julius Schwartz turned to his top artist
(Carmine Infantino) to introduce the New Look and the
results were historic. Carmine knew his stuff would
look nothing like Kane's and the decision was
made that no "Bob Kane" signature would appear
on his stories. The difference between Detective #327
and #326 is striking!
The story John Broome scripted was a pretty good one
too. It is a story of a young man gone missing and an
urban renewal program. No space aliens. No inter-dimensional
travel. No pesky Bat-whimsies to turn the plot on.
Other artists didn't immediately start drawing
the Caped Crusader. Sheldon Moldoff, Chic Stone, Sid
Greene, Mike Sekowsky, and Dick Ayers all ghosted stories
under the Bob Kane signature until 1968, when DC bought
out Bob Kane's contract. Bob, very much in the
mode of newspaper strips, always thought the strip should
have retained the look he created.
But the ground was broken. Before the 60's were
over, Batman was drawn by Gil Kane, Irv Novick, Bob
Brown, Neal Adams, and a few others. The genie was out
of the bottle and there was no going back. Just try
and imagine Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns
drawn in the same style as Detective #326.
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Collectors Society Members: Check
Collectors Society Members with paid full-featured accounts
can view their latest submissions and see grading results
online as they become available. Grades are posted when
your submission reaches the "Finalized/Imaged/Shipped"
status. Just select "My Order Status" from
the Comics menu after you log in at www.collectors-society.com.
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CGC Dealers: Check Your Grades Online!
Checking the status of your submissions has never been
easier. CGC is happy to offer its dealers a simple and
efficient way to track submissions any time, day or
night. To get started, just contact the CGC Customer
Service Department to set up a password for access to
your secure account. Call CGC's helpful customer
service reps at 1.877.NM.COMIC
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