X-Men #139, Marvel Comics, November 1980. Happy 150th birthday Canada! For a while now I’ve had a few Canadian Whites in mind for this post but at the last moment I was inspired to choose something a bit more accessible. Sending you out chasing something so obscure and rare would have been extremely impolite and so very un-Canadian. The thought…

Continuing IDW’s yearlong celebration of the centennial of Jack “King” Kirby’s birth! Jack Kirby’s classic Fourth World Epic told the story of a group of New Gods sent to Earth to oppose Darkseid. Featuring Beautiful dreamer, Big Bear, Moonrider, and others, this was Kirby’s take on super-powered flower children! Included in this volume are issues 1, 4, 5, 6, and…

Diamond released their May 2017 sales numbers over the weekend and ICv2 has extrapolated those and determined actual unit sales: Top 300 Comics Actual and Top 300 Graphic Novels Actual. Oddly these numbers were delayed one week this month. These numbers are for Diamond’s direct sales in North America only and don’t include Diamond UK or the bookstore market. It’s worth reading the additional…

Diamond has updated Previews World with the July 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows no new Artist’s Edition format books. For complete details and daily updates visit our AE Index. This is the first month in quite some time we’ve seen no new solicited Artist’s Edition format books. There are currently 15 already solicited with shipping dates from…

June 22, 2017 / / Nut Shell 2 Comments

Summer is well underway and I’ve spent the better part of this month fixing little things around the house. Next on the list is to give our deck a fresh coat of paint. I saved the old paint can so that I can get the store to match the same colour. I remember paying about $27 for one standard can…

Superman #1 – Page 24 only, DC Comics, Supper 1939, designated PG by CGC sold for $405 on eBay recently. I’ve been asked to buy single pages of big book a lot recently, apparently it’s quite the trend. To date I’ve stayed away only because I’m not so sure of this market. A friend told me to look up Superman…

Marvel Comics Presents #72, Marvel Comics, March 1991. I was talking comics with a pal of mine and somehow we got on the topic of books the market is ignoring. We’re both opinionated which can sometimes make for difficult conversation. Luckily comics aren’t quite politics and the passions they inflame have a hard time spreading across a convention floor. We…

Before his incredible inventions made him a household word, Rube Goldberg was one of the most popular comic-strip artists in America. This hilarious collection contains the complete Sunday comics run of his first hit, “Foolish Questions,” a daily strip panel that was expanded and colorized for the pages of the Sunday Chicago Tribune from 1909 and 1910. Plus a brain-scrambling…

I saw Michael Cho had added some covers to his blog and just had to celebrate them. All covers to DC’s Omnibus line.

My comments here are going to be short but sweet. I did not know that the Original Art to Amazing Fantasy#15 was donated to the U.S. Library of Congress in 2008 by an anonymous donor. The story goes that the anonymous donor approached Steve Ditko to give him the art, and Ditko didn’t want it! https://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0805/spiderman.html You can view the…

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk about comics and comic book related stuff. So just kick 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…

It’s hard to contradict the axiom that comic book collecting these days is character driven. In this piece, I’d like to focus on a few WECA period artists who maybe should be more collectible just for the quality of their art apart from the fact that they created very collectible WECA era characters. Remember that almost all Second World War…

Captain Marvel #26, Marvel Comics, May 1973. I was chatting with one of my pals at the shop the other day and he was telling me about a nice little comic pick up he had just made. War Is Hell #9 is the book he snagged, he told me it was hot book because of all the spec around Thanos, the…

The first of three volumes that reprint for the first time the classic Star Wars newspaper strip from 1979-1984 in its complete format — including each Sunday title header and “bonus” panels in their meticulously restored original color. Initially the color Sundays and B&W dailies told separate stories, but within six months the incomparable Russ Manning merged the adventures to…

Courtesy of Wayne Alan Harold and P. Craig Russell comes this preview of P. Craig Russell’s Jungle Book and Other Stories Fine Art Edition, currently on offer via Indiegogo until June 23rd. For a list of all Artist Edition style books, upcoming and published, please see our AE Index. Includes: Jungle Book: The King’s Ankus (27 pages), Jungle Book: Red Dog (32…

We are in the month of June with the last vestiges of spring, the flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and a young couple’s thoughts turn to marriage and a life lived happily ever after… (insert screeching brake sound here)! Well that might have been the norm in days gone but today it’s just a wee bit different. In…

Active Comics #6, Bell Features, August/September 1942, Graded CGC 5.0 Cream to Off White pages sold for $326 on last week’s big ComicLink auction. I won this auction but I actually didn’t mean to, I mean I’m glad that I won it but I didn’t expect my bargain basement bid to actually win the day. I’m not sure why this “Canadian…

Superman #246, DC Comics, December 1971. This guest Undervalued Spotlight comes courtesy of long time reader Sonny Zymali. Take it away! I feel like I’ve got a good pick for an undervalued book that has had me scratching my head for over a year now. With the DC Extended Universe in full swing both on television and in theaters, I feel…

I had lunch with a friend Saturday who had an extra ticket for the Niagara Falls Comic Con and asked if I’d like to join him. With no plans that day and a free ticket who could say no? He handed me the ticket and I stopped, staring incredulously: Total $46. Yes, that’s $46 for one day. It says advanced…

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print, sorted by publisher. We’re only tracking…