Archive for July, 2010

Some Cool Comic Covers #3

Fantastic Four #55  (1966)

An almost perfect copy of FF 55, a classic comic cover and story by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. I consider Fantastic Four Issues 40-55 one of the top five of most important comic book runs ever.  These books contain the first stories of the Silver Surfer, Galactus, the Black Panther, The Inhumans, Warlock and the origin of the Ben(the Thing).

Avengers #83  (1970)

In the male dominant Avengers or Marvel Universe for that matter its nice to see the ladies claim the throne for once.

X-Men #101  (1976)

This particular issue is the start of the stories where Jean Grey becomes the Dark Phoenix. As a young boy I was given X-Men 132 by my father. That story evolves around the Dark Phoenix manipulated by the Hellfire Club and resulting in a heartbreaking battle between Jean Gray and her fiancee Scott Summers, Cyclops)from the X-Men. The other members of the team were getting their ass-kicked as well. The story didnt have a happy ending(X-men #138), and left me wanting more and resulted in me becoming addicted to Marvel Comics.


Spy Cases #27( or #2) (1950)

I bought this comic for two or three reasons.  In my previous post I mentioned that I am developing an office building in Enschede. When completed, I will have my own room  and I will function somewhat as a landlord, at least for the time being. I will hang this comic on the wall.  On the cover a lot of things happen in two seperate rooms. The rooms in our office building will be occupied by different companies that potentially can be harmful to each other like spies. It will remind me that I will have to keep my tenants in check.

The other reason is because its a odd copy, namely, a double cover, which rarely happens due to a printing error. These books sell for   1,5 –  2 times guide price. Triple covers are even more expensive. The craziest buy on auction was X-Men 271 Double Cover selling for $112. This comic is widely available for $3 . But be aware, some books sell for less then guide.

The book is sealed within a CGC-casing, an official grader, meaning that I cannot read the book unless I open the case with force. CGC graded this book a 8.0. That is the grade for the inner cover. The outer cover is 7.0. This book is the only CGC 8.0  in the world and the highest graded copy. Normally this would mean that the comic book will skyrocket in price. Not in this case. Spy Cases is not a very well known  title, so not many people have submitted their books to cgc for grading. It is safely presumable that there are higher graded copies in existence.

The Hand of Fate #24 (1954)

This cover is trippin balls and scary. People call it the classic Electric Chair Cover. In the Netherlands,, a violation i.e. murder are often punished with a jail sentence between 1 and 25 years.  Because of this contrast I like this cover a lot. The cover radiates a lot of history.

The book was published by Ace Comics that published comics between 1940 and 1956 and are known for their pulp fiction.

This book just came out before the CCA was in effect. The CCA is the Comic Code Authority, that censors and controls the content of comic books.   This was ofcourse a black day in the history of comic books and freedom of speech in general. For more info on CCA:

Our Army at War #112 (1961)

One of THE classic covers of the DC Pantheon. This image seems to have a cool dynamic between this bunch of soldiers in this awesome and legendary platoon. Its the whole team on the cover and I like this set-up better then a group picture. Sgt. Rock(in the middle) is one of the coolest and toughest characters from DC Comics. Something like Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos was for Marvel.

This copy would be very fine/near mint graded(9,0) copy if it wasnt for the diagonal grease in the lower right corner. Because of this defect I have to grade it a 6.5.

Some Cool Comic Covers $1

Here are some cool comic covers I scanned earlier.

Amazing Spider-Man #10 (1963) 

These are the actual scans of the comics that I own. The “C” in the right corner is used in a online comic book database. I will try to post 3 comic covers per week. 

Amazing Spider-Man #10 is an awesome comic written by Stan Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko. In this issue Spider-Man fights “The Enforcers and the Big Man” and J.J. Jameson confesses why he hates Spider-Man so much. Its nice to see see guys like him speek the truth for once.

These older comic books are not particularly cheap. It depends on rarity, popularity and the overall grade/quality of the copy.

This particular comic is fairly rare, cause in the 60’s comics were not considered an collectors item and many were lost. Needless to say, the comic book is very popular, because Spider-Man is one of the three biggest heroes of all time next to Super-Man and Batman.

I would grade this copy: Fine (6.0) . It looks better in real life then on the scan, because the front cover has most flaws. Its a very clean, complete copy. The biggest flaws are the date-stamps on the cover, the vertical grease that was very common in those days(even the mailman folded the books) and the top has some tears and chips.  This  is known as “Marvel Chipping”.  This is actual caused by the dull blades of cutting-machines used at that time.

Young Allies #16 (1945)

What a cool cover, what a cool team and what a cool time for comics! This cover is so wrong in many ways, when we look back at it 75 years later…Stereotypical asians, brutal force and published  around the same time the US dropped the a-bombs on Hirosjima and Nagasaki. The Young Allies to me, looks like a really cool group of friends.  This comic cover seems to trigger a part of my brain that hosts nice memories….of innocent brutality.

The book was published by Timely Comics. This is one of the most popular publishers of the Golden Age. They published the extremely popular golden age heroes: Sub-Mariner, Human Torch and Captain America.

Planet Comics #55 (1947)

Because the comic industry is mainly male-dominant I seem to have a preference for Female Comic Characters to even the balance. Fiction House is one of my favourite comic book publishers because almost all comic covers have sexy woman on them.  The style looks pulp, but is way ahead of its time. Great artists that contributed are, to name a few: Alex Schomburg, George Evans and Matt Baker.

Other comic books published by the same publisher that I have in my collection are Jungle Comics and Jumbo Comics.

Fight Comics, Ranger Comics, Wings Comics and Sheena Queen of the Jungle are also popular titles from Fiction House.