Friday, March 30, 2007

Priceless Gold

Recently, a previously unknown collector came out on the CGC Message Boards and started displaying comics from his utterly mind-boggling, high-grade Golden Age collection.

Several noted Golden Age experts commented that this collection features some of the best examples of certain books that they'd ever seen.

The still anonymous collector stated that, in 1971, he purchased an original owner collection of 1,000 high grade Golden Age comics for $7,500... or $7.50 a book for some of the finest examples in existence. Interestingly, the person this collector purchased the books from had found them bundled on the curb waiting to be taken with the garbage!

The fact that a collection like this has survived unknown to the community at large makes one wonder how many other outstanding personal collections may be squirreled away, still waiting to make a public debut.

By the way, the owner of this collection has no interest in selling at this time.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Superman 1, Nazi Tank 0

Another Action Comics war cover off the wantlist!

From September 1941...

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Zombie Fantastic Four #8

Typically, I'm not one to buy into the Variant Cover madness which has returned to the comic collecting hobby just as the chrome and hologram covers did a decade ago.

I suppose it's only a matter of time before it all comes crashing down again. With the prevalence of variants, multiple covers, and superstar artists calling the shots, there are plenty of people already predicting the imminent demise of the modern market.

That said, I couldn't resist the Arthur Suydam Zombie variant cover to Ultimate Fantastic Four 32... it's a fun homage -- or swipe -- of the Silver Age classic Fantastic Four #8 originally drawn by Jack Kirby. This cover is a 1:15 variant.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Astronaut Archives

Long time space dealer and collector Gerry Montague has finally joined the Internet Age and developed a website -- Astronaut Archives.

It's not exactly the latest in design or flash, but he has some great items for sale. Gerry is one of the best -- if not the best -- in terms of authenticity and no worries transactions.l