Wednesday, September 29, 2004
I love the wonderfully cheesy sports covers on some of the early DCs, and World's Finest Comics features some of the cheesiest. Here is a copy of World's Finest 24 from my collection. I love it!
I fear comic collecting has degenerated from a hobby that loved an art medium to a hobby where an influential portion of the collectors love the label and the status it brings more than the book inside.
Like cards, coins and autographs, the affluent have taken over and that leaves most collectors in the humbling position of having to settle for their table scraps.
Tuesday, September 28, 2004
In my view, PGA is more accurate and closer to Overstreet Standards than CGC in the 4.0 - 7.0 range. In short, CGC is much too strict on midgrade books which have traditionally allowed for an accumulation of minor flaws or one or two larger flaws. Up until CGC became the "standard", FINE and VG were always fairly wide grades... but now CGC interprets them very narrowly. In some cases, it seems as if CGC goes from 7.5 straight to 4.0!
If I had the first Overstreet Grading Guide handy, I could cite irrefutable cases where midgrade books depicted would be graded at least one full grade lower today by CGC. Interestingly, with the Second Edition of the Overstreet Grading Guide -- which featured many CGC books -- the midgrade books demonstrably "got better."
I have been collecting Silver Age Fines or better as an adult for almost 20 years now. Today's CGC FINES look better than [accurately graded] FINES ever did in the past.
It's a double-edged sword... I like the idea that I can buy a CGC 6.0 - 7.0 for below Guide and the book is sharp as hell with nothing more than minor edge wear, yet, the FINE that I bought in 1988 (and EVERYONE at the time would have agreed it was a FINE) would probably get a 5.0 from CGC today.
IMO, PGA is truer to the traditional acceptance of what midgrade comics should look like.
This seller claims,
IM NOT A COMIC EXPERT BUT WHEN I MOVED INTO MY NEW HOUSE THERE WHERE TWO CHESTS FILLED OF COMICS. I HAD NO IDEA HOW MUCH THEY CAN COST SO I TOOK A FEW TO MY LOCAL COMIC CARD STORE AND ASKED HOW MUCH THEY WOULD BE WORTH. THE GUY SAID THAT THIS CONAN CAN COST ARROUND $550.00 IF IT WAS CERTIFIED. BUT IN BROOKLYN COMICS ARE NOT A BIG THING AND I CANT FIND A PLACE WHERE TO GET THEM CERTFIED. I TOOK THEM TO 2 PLACES AND BOTH PLACES SAID THAT THIS BOOK WAS ARROUND A 9.5 OR A 9.6.SO SINCE I DIDNT GET THESE CERTFIED...
In Brooklyn, "comics are not a big thing?" What an idiot.
Further, the scan is clearly stolen as it's a scan of a CGC slabbed book -- the same book he claims is not certified.
What happened to the good old days when scammers at least had to call your house or ring the bell to try to con you? With the advent of eBay, every brain dead, can't-spell-loser skell can set up shop.
Monday, September 27, 2004
Friday, September 24, 2004
So I go through the process and I get the code to paste into my blog template... and that's when the fun starts.
What the heck is it with these blog templates? Why aren't they regular html? I figured out how to do my website myself, why does the blog look like a foreign language to me?
Obviously, the blog template is different than setting up a page in html. I tinkered for a while and finally got the google ads to appear on the right. Not exactly great placement, but that's the only place I could get them to work without screwing up everything.
As for the Google searchbar -- forget it!
Now, in about 87 years I should make enough from the ads to pay for the hour I just wasted trying to set it up! ;-)
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
The missing comic is #13. I'm seeking this issue in the 6.5 range give or take a half a grade. It's more difficult than I anticipated... all that seems to come up are VG or worse copies. It is a difficult issue to find in decent shape and it will kill me to pay the price, because even thought it is the first appearance of The Watcher, #13 is not a very good story and among the weakest of the early Fantastic Fours.
I reported him to eBay for the nonworking email, so eBay suspended his membership (NARU) and issued me a credit for the auction.
Unfortunately, I cannot leave a negative for this bum now because eBay will not allow you to leave a feedback for a NARU'ed user. Very frustrating.
You can bet I will be monitoring suckybuyer, and he becomes active again, he will get a fat, juicy negative from me.
Interestingly, I had a major dust-up with a CGC Board member -- who happens to be from Canada -- days before this bum bid on my auction. Coincidence? Probably, but you never know...
Monday, September 20, 2004
I think it's funny how CGC denies there is a "grading curve" for older books, when the evidence is so obvious and most collectors admit that the curve is "part of the game."
I have modern books I thought might be 9.6 or 9.8s with perfect corners, perfect spines and no visible flaws, yet they came back 9.4. I consistently see Bronze, Silver and Gold 9.4s or better with visible corner scuffs, spine creases, color loss and soft corners. If anyone really believes there isn't a curve, I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
Watched The Punisher the other day on DVD.
It was okay, but not great or even very good. Just okay.
My issue with the movie is that it was a watered down Hollywood-ization replete with the romantic subplot and goofy comedic supporting characters.
Castle himself was somewhat bland and I never got the "gritty engine of destruction" that the Punisher should be. The movie told us that he was an expert in arms, combat, etc, but they never showed it... his character was more of a punching bag than anything else. He wasn't as mentally tough as I thought the Punisher should be.
I didn't like the drinking in the film. I thought that was untrue to who the Punisher would be. The "real" Punisher probably would only drink as a cover and never let himself lose mental focus by drinking to excess to "escape."
The use of weaponry was pedestrian and could have been a lot more imaginative. The only cool thing was the car with the roll down metal windows, but they didn't even use that to full effect.
In all, it was a decent 2004 take on Deathwish, but the film ignored various key character traits that make the Punisher unique.
Sunday, September 12, 2004
The past 3 years has been a series of peaks and valleys for me. But life is much better now, although there will always be dark shadows that come to me in the night... but I've accepted that is a small price to pay compared to many.
I've marveled at how far I've come in 3 years. I met the woman of my dreams and we're engaged to be married. We bought a house together, so another dream of mine has been fulfilled. And I now live closer to my family again and I can regularly enjoy the company of my parents and extended family.
In a way, at 9:04 am on September 11, 2001, I began the journey of the rest of my life and for the first time in my life, I was more than simply living, I was alive and realized what a gift it was.
It has been a struggle though, and for a while, I feared nothing would ever be normal again. But, I kept repeating my mantra in my lowest moments, "If I made it out of there, I can make it through this." There are still bumps, but the worst stretch of bad road is behind me.
In ebbs and flows, the World Trade Center still comes to me. Once in a while it's a tingle in my fingers and toes, an anxious twisting in my stomach or short temper for no apparent reason, or the gut feeling that I want to run when I'm in a crowded shopping mall. The flesh raises on my arms whenever I watch a movie and someone falls from a building.... just another souvenir from Al Qaeda.
Most often, the planes come to me in the night. And the screams. And the gore. I can't remember the last time I slept through the night, but I know someday I'll sleep like normal folks do and the restless nights will fade into memory.
The World Trade Center is deep in my bones, which is infinitely better than my bones being in the World Trade Center.
It is amazing how 20 minutes of your life can sink in and not want to let go. It was so easy for the World Trade Center to get in, but it's so damn hard getting it out.
Friday, September 10, 2004
This is a fairly interesting thread -- replete with the requisite flaming -- regarding the future direction of PGA (CGG). Daniel from PGA weights in, and you can see my "expert opinion" of what their advertising should accomplish. ;-)
That said, I suspect all the armchair marketing directors will have a different opinion.
Thursday, September 09, 2004
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
I'm really curious to see how much this goes for. However, I suspect that it will go for far less than a restored copy that was simply color touched with replaced staples. The trimming will kill it. Most collectors that can swing this kind of money hate trimming.
Frankly, a sliver width trim wouldn't bother me that much, but this book looks very skinny and screams, "trim job!"
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
One must presume that the 4 books depicted are the very best in the lot...
So, it looks like someone paid $1,075 for 4 moldy horror books perched on top of what are most likely a stack of worthless moderns.
Presuming the winner is not a shill, he's going to be in for a bad surprise. I'm probably go to track the feedback on this one just for shits and giggles.