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July 2002  
1. Sweet Home Chicago
2. Atlas: Gruesume But Wonderful
3. CGC Welcomes New Staff Members


August 1-4
San Diego Comic-con International

San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

August 23-25
Canadian National Comic Book Expo

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, Canada

Sweet Home Chicago

What a convention!

Can that Gareb Shamus & Co. throw a 3-day party or what? Every year since CGC opened its doors, Wizard World Chicago has gotten better. That is a hard statement to make, since every Wizard World Chicago has been awesome, but it is a statement that I think is definitely true. CGC, Heritage Auctions and the great people at Wizard Entertainment knocked the socks off the windy city this year.

And to think, it started on such a downer. Stan "The Man" Lee had to cancel his appearance. I think everyone was sad that he couldn't share the convention with his fans, but the show must go on.

Wizard World Chicago 2002CGC signed many new members to the ever-growing Collector's Society. We got to meet people who post in our chat-room Forums and put faces with the names. Even after close to three years running strong, CGC is still getting new Member Dealers, like Gotham City, who joined on Saturday and submitted their first books on Sunday morning. As usual, Sunday morning was the biggest & most hectic day for submissions. Our overall submissions blew away all past records for Wizard World Chicago. No rest for CGC!

There were many new faces this year, the biggest presence being Hasbro. They promoted all of the new 80's revamped lines of GI Joe & Transformers. Marvel opted for a signing booth. Dreamwave's booth doubled in size due, in part, to the huge popularity of the Transformers. CrossGen continued to cause quite a buzz with its most recent announcements of the new CGE imprint line lead by Red Star & the publishing of their entire comic line for distribution in China.

Meeting people is one of the great things about conventions. All of us got to meet some really inspiring creators. The oddest for me was talking to Mark Waid in the men's room at Morton's Steakhouse. We also met John Cassaday (Captain America), Bart Sears (The Path), Matt and Jeremy from "Paradigm", (a new comic signed to Image), and Pat Lee (Transformers) who did a surprise signing at the Graham Crackers booth. The best part was that they all knew of CGC and only had positive things to say.

CGC had many important meetings at Wizard World Chicago. We are trying to do some new things, working with creators & publishers. All will hopefully bear fruit. Keep an eye out on the website for some exciting updates.

Well, Wizard World Chicago 2002 is in the books and CGC is gearing up for San Diego. I apologize for repeating myself, but NO REST FOR CGC!!!

Atlas: Gruesume But Wonderful

Spellbound 16Most fans of silver-age Marvel super-heroes know that many of their favorite characters were born in the pages of comics peopled with monsters created by atomic radiation and sinister alien menaces from distant stretches of space. Not as many are familiar, however, with the gruesome but wonderful horror stories that defined Atlas comics, which would become Marvel, through the better part of the 1950's. These pre-code titles, and the artists who brought their grim and ironic morality tales to life, make up a body of work as compelling today as it was some 50 years ago.

Comic enthusiasts have long revered EC comics as the standard bearer of horror comics, partly because they were the most visible victims of Dr. Wertham and the Comics Code Authority, and because new generations enjoyed these books through numerous reprint projects. But Atlas horror comics, though always less accessible, maintained comparable and consistent standards of quality, with some high points that rival the very best of EC.

In particular, some wonderful artists graced the pages of every Atlas horror title with their accomplished and meticulous work. EC may have had Frank Frazetta and Wally Wood, but Atlas had Bill Everett and Russ Heath, whose best efforts are as good as, if not better than, anything EC had to offer. Everett, of course, created the Sub-Mariner and contributed to many Timely titles, but after World War II, when the super-hero craze had run its course, Everett's talent found its best expression in his horror work. One look at the breathtaking covers of Strange Tales #10 and Venus #19, just to name two, or one reading of a story like "The Monster Maker" in Uncanny Tales #2, will justify to anyone why the artist, who died 30 years ago, still has such a dedicated following. Heath, whose earliest work appeared in the pages of Marvel western titles like Kid Colt, Outlaw, also found horror a terrifically fertile medium; indulge your eyes on the covers of Spellbound #3 or Suspense #14, or read "The Village Graveyard" in Adventures into Weird Worlds #4. Absolutely fantastic stuff!

One very little known but regular Atlas contributor, whose name is credited only once, to my knowledge, is Harry Anderson, who drew a number of extraordinary covers and an occasional story. The cover of Strange Tales #28 represents one of his most singular achievements. I loved his work but for a long time could not identify the artist, until a fellow fan told me about him nearly fifteen years ago. I still had only that person's word until I bought a copy of Bible Tales for Young People #4, where his name appears on the sixth page.

To me, Atlas horror books stand on equal footing with EC, and these two groups tower over the same sort of material from other publishers during the same period. While high-grade examples of Atlas titles are expensive and difficult to find, searching for low to mid-grade copies can expose any collector to this impressive canon beautiful, spooky and always ironic tales.


Collectors' Society Boards

CGC Welcomes New Staff Members

John Slater
An avid collector for over 30 years, John has been involved in a wide variety of comic-related activities, including running a successful mail order business dealing in everything from comics to vintage paperbacks. John has a special appreciation for high grade books since his main collecting interests are high grade Silver Age Marvels and Warren magazines. John brings experience and enthusiasm and is a welcome addition to the CGC team as one of our Pre-graders.

Dale Moore
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Dale has been involved in every aspect of the comic book field. Writer, collector, and dealer, Dale has been a Market Advisor to Overstreet's Comic Book Price Guides for the last ten years, as well as writing some market reports for Comic Book Marketplace Magazine. Dale has also through the years assisted private clients with placing prized items into world class collections.

Holding a degree in Administration of Justice, he is also a licensed Medical Assistant. Additionally, a champion for youth literacy, Dale is President and CEO of the not-for-profit Comics4Kids effort - helping encourage young children to read and participate in the comic book medium.

With over 20 years experience with esoteric books as well as mainstream comics, Dale is another welcome addition to CGC as a receiving and customer service representative.

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