July 26, 2017 / / Nut Shell 0 Comments

About 10 years ago, I made the decision to cut our cable and phone service in favour of hi-speed internet. But I also worried that my family would be left out of the cultural loop, and indeed, it was difficult to hold up my end of the conversation at the water cooler during work when everyone else was chatting up…

Millie the Model #41, Marvel Comics, April 1953 I had a nice long talk with a very knowledgeable comic book friend of mine the other day on the crazy prices comic books have been getting lately. We touched on all the big keys quickly being priced out of reach and we also discussed how other collecting strains have been performing…

In these new adventures, Aaricia is crowned Queen, and Thorgal will have to face many difficult tests to track down his beauty. Then they spend some happy days together in the countryside… Their first child is announced. But, alas, everything is turned upside down into horror by the jealousy of Shaniah, a teenager turned away by Thorgal. Prisoner on board…

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Nostrand, Rude, Ribic, Bolle, Risso.

The team of John Byrne and Terry Austin burst into comic consciousness in a big way with X-Men #108. They came in to finish off the Empress Lilandra and the Imperial Guard /Starjammers storyline and exploded in what was undoubtedly one of the most successful collaborations of the Bronze Age! There was another part of this collaboration that was vital to the success…

Daredevil #16, Marvel Comics, May 1966. The back issue comic book market is robust these days. It seems there is healthy activity in almost all segments of the market, Golden, Silver, Bronze, Copper and Modern Age books continue to break records, the high grade market is nuts, the variant market is nuts, prices for key first appearances are beyond nuts.…

In the wild and inhospitable European far north, in the land of Scandinavian myth and runic legend, Viking warriors discover a child in a space capsule. Leif Haraldson adopts him and gives him the names of his gods: Thorgal Aegirsson, son of Thor (god of lightning) and son of Aegir (master of the sea). Upon Leif’s death, the Viking chief…

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Bolton, Rogers, Crane, Shalvey, Frank.

This week Overvalued Overstreet takes a look at a very popular and successful character from the Golden Age of comics – Don Winslow of the Navy. The character Don Winslow has a very interesting history. He was originally created by Frank V. Martinek a commander in the US Navy as a comic strip in newspapers back in 1934. His original…

It was great to meet up with Jack Tremblay and his son Rick Trembles at the Montreal Comic Con this past Saturday. Jack turned 91 this on May 1st and now lives in a retirement home after a fall that resulted in a hip fracture almost a year ago. Jack is still full of youthful energy but isn’t allowed out…

Amazing Spider-Man #66, Marvel Comics, November 1968. There were several things that happened this past weekend that helped me choose Amazing Spider-Man #66 as this Week’s Undervalued Spotlight pick. First off the big Spider-Man: Homecoming movie opened to impressive box office numbers, they are probably even more impressive that we think considering this is the 3rd time the Spidey Origin…

Like everyone else who collects comics, I keep a list of what I have. And I try to keep it up to date, so that I’m not coming home with yet another copy of a book I already have two copies of because I also forgot the last time. When I started collecting, and for the first decade or so,…

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days: Bellamy, Kane, Cornwell, Cruz, Redondo.

When I initially was planning to do this post, I was going to talk about one of the most revered winning collaborations out there, John Byrne and Terry Austin’s run on the X-men. Which culminated with the Dark Phoenix Saga. However when I began my research on this post I became so aware of the great contributions of Dave Cochrum along with…

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk welcome comic fan Kwame Mason to the show. So sit back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please, please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop. Comic Culture is written by Walter Durajlija and engineered by Chris Owen. Enjoy Comic Culture’s…

An issue of Real Boy’s Stories No. 1 has shown up on the coming ComicLink July Focused Auction. I originally wrote about this title four and a half years ago in one of my earliest columns. At that time, it was a mystery and Jim Brigham noted in the first comment to the column that that the publisher of this…

Batman #296, DC Comics, February 1978. I was pricing up some books for an upcoming con and had the pleasure of going through a sweet stack of Batmans. It was nice going through those late #200s and early #300s issues. The usually darlings were there #286, 291 and 294 gems with the Joker, the #300 anniversary issue, the #323 fan…

Taking the Artist’s Edition Index from print to the spoken word, join me monthly for a look at all things Artist’s Edition. This month we take a look at the state of Artist’s Editions in 2017 so far, May 2017 Sales Numbers, Out Of Print Sales May 2017, July 2017 Previews, and a review of Deadman: Kelley Jones Gallery Edition and Jack Kirby The Forever People Artist’s Edition.

This month we feature the beginnings of the most popular new super-hero of the Silver age of comics The Amazing Spider-Man. I can say that just about as brashly as Stan Lee did calling The Fantastic Four The World’s Greatest Comic Magazine. Over a fifty year plus time frame Spider-Man has become Marvel’s most popular character overall. There are plenty…

Ringo Kid #8, Atlas Comics, October 1955, CGC graded 7.0 with Off White to White pages recently sold on eBay for $36. I’m not sure how I came across this result but I did a quick double take when I saw it. Isn’t $36 too cheap for an old Atlas comic from the 1950s? This copy of Ringo Kid #8…