Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Gold, Silver & Bronze

Still working my way through goodies acquired in the past year...

Action Comics #62... another classic World War II cover. Note that there are two versions of this cover. This version features orange circles on the plane. The other version features red circles and the soldier has more blood on his bandages. No one seems to know which version was the first, but I can't help but wonder if they changed it in the midst of the print run because someone objected to the amount of blood.


Avengers #8 from the Sid's Luncheonette collection with a nice white cover... a superior 6.0.


Last, but not least, Wonder Woman #199 with a classic Jeff Jones cover. Perhaps, the most notable and popular Wonder Woman cover.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Essays and Articles on the Golden Age of Comic Books

Noted comic book collector Jon Berk has granted the Network of Disclosure (NOD) the rights to reprint his wonderful essays and articles on the Golden Age of Comics.

A fantastic mix of information, nostalgia and fanboy joy, this is required reading for any serious comic book collector. In a time when it seems like more collectors are concerned with latest sales figures, CGC census data and backslapping over nosebleed prices paid, it's refreshing to take a step back and learn about the humble beginnings of the art form.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Enjoy Every Sandwich

Collectors have a tendency to focus so much on the acquisition, that sometimes they forget to actually enjoy the item once it lands in their collection. Looking through my hobby room recently, I found small piles of stuff I forgot I had purchased! You know how it goes... the package comes in the door, you open it after dinner, you set it aside to look at it again later... and before you know it, "later" is 2 years.

So, I'm trying to dedicate myself to focusing on enjoying what I collect more than falling into the trap of being a collecting automaton mindlessly checking things off a want list.

Here's a book I pulled from a pile. What a fun read! Avengers #52, May 1968.

What makes this story so special is that I first encountered it as a reprint in the Avengers Marvel Treasury Edition #7 (1974), which I still have the tattered original that bears my 6 year old signature across the cover.