“Toodle-oo, Bub” – Eulogy For a Short Canuck

“Dear Doc Curmudgeon” is a column by Clint McElroy, made up of completely fabricated responses to mostly fabricated questions. But you knew that, due to your discerning nature and brilliant mind which would never fall for a columnist trying to butter you up…unless you’re into that.  ...

Three Firsts

In this post I want to discuss three WECA firsts starting with a curiosity I take to be one of the first “horror type” stories in comics. “Grim Tales” was a brief two-story run in Wow Comics No. 12 (Jan.-Feb. 1943) and No. 13 (March-April 1943) by Don McKague (my dates for Bell books are all extrapolated estimates, since they stopped listing them in the indicia after the first early issues of their titles). For me, these two stories foreshadow the first true horror comics of the late forties and the horror boom that started with E. C. comics in 1950.

BOOM! Studios Offers 50 Kids Comics For $19.99 Oct21

BOOM! Studios Offers 50 Kids Comics For $19.99

Here’s an interesting Halloween offer from KaBOOM!, a kids imprint of BOOM! Studios: 50 all-ages comics for $19.99.

Not With A Bang, But A Whimper…

It’s been just about a month now since the Jack Kirby Estate and Marvel settled out of court in what has been an ongoing battle not only between the heirs of Jack Kirby and Marvel , but the ongoing argument that has gripped comics fandom since around 1970 when Jack left Marvel for DC...

Undervalued Spotlight #215

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #2, Marvel Comics, 1965 Mike Huddleston’s great post on the Fantastic Four Annuals got me to thinking how much we neglect Annuals. Is it that Annuals reprint stories collectors already have? That’s probably a big part of it. Add that Annuals are out of the main...

RAID Studio profiled on AT&T U-Verse Buzz Oct20

RAID Studio profiled on AT&T U-Verse Buzz

If you’d like to learn a little more about the comic creators of RAID Studio then look no further than AT&T’s U-Verse Buzz, who posted an excellent 30 minute video profile on four of its members. Our own Anthony Falcone is a member and makes a few appearances on the video. Unfortunately the video can’t be embedded so you’ll need to go to their website.

Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art Oct20

Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art

Marvel Comics: 75 Years of Cover Art is a beautiful 319 pages of glorious comic covers throughout the years. Although the images are vibrant and stunning, its real strength is in understanding the subtlety and absurdity of what makes a memorable cover. It’s a great read! It’s also a large book, 14 inches in height, so keep that in mind.

Web Arted Oct 17th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly from the collection of James Halperin, founder of Heritage.

Piece Replacement

A few things a collector can look for when trying to detect if any pieces have been replaced.

You Want 2nds? Episode 2 of The Flash “Fastest Man Alive” Oct16

You Want 2nds? Episode 2 of The Flash “Fastest Man Alive̶...

Hi folks, welcome to Archie G’s. I’m your waiter, Raoul. Here at Archie G’s, we don’t think you can make a dependable Pull List decision based on the first serving of a comic. Publishers throw everything they’ve got at a first issue: promotions, gimmick covers, etc. And speculators? Sheesh,...

Pop Porn Podcast Episode 8 with guest Meaghan Carter

Welcome to Pop Porn, a podcast show about pop culture, comics, media and anything nerdy. Hosted by Leigh Hart and Rachel Richey. In this week’s episode we have guest Meaghan Carter. We chit chat about Gotham, American Horror Story, Freak Show, and HammerCon. Plus we have our newest...

Jim Aldridge

On one of my research visits to Gerry Lazare and his wife Setsuko, Gerry said that he had recently received a phone call from someone who had written him a fan letter 40 years ago. Gerry said that the man’s name was Jim Aldridge and that he has had a career in art and design and also that...

An Artist’s Edition Index For All Publishers

Being a fan of the artist’s edition line from IDW and all the other publishers that have followed, releasing books in the same format, I’ve started an index of all current and solicited volumes. Please use it as a reference and let me know what other information you’d like to see listed. I own most of these so it’s been fairly easy to collect the information, but as more publishers join in information will have to be gathered from solicitations and online reviews.

Web Arted Oct 10th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly these last few days.

An Urban Expression: Michael Cho’s Shoplifter

Michael Cho is a Canadian cartoonist who has previously published a collection of sketches about Toronto titled Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes. So it seems fitting that he begins Shoplifter by showing the reader a cityscape. There are black, rectangular bars above and below the image,...

“I Like Ike’s Plan. The FF Should Go”

“DEAR DOC CURMUDGEON” IS A COLUMN BY CLINT McELROY, MADE UP OF COMPLETELY FABRICATED RESPONSES TO MOSTLY FABRICATED QUESTIONS. BUT YOU KNEW THAT, DUE TO YOUR DISCERNING NATURE AND BRILLIANT MIND WHICH WOULD NEVER FALL FOR A COLUMNIST TRYING TO BUTTER YOU UP…UNLESS YOU’RE INTO THAT.  ...

Comic Culture October 8th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija do lots of talking about comic book type stuff. Producer Shekky Feldstein joins in when he can. The boys discuss some new comics, comic movie news, Halloween and Hamilton Comic Con. So please just sit back, relax and enjoy this...

WECA Worth

My question is, does the scarcity of WECA comics put them in a universe of their own when it comes to determining their fair market value? These books are still somewhat impenetrable for the majority of collectors and maybe an accurate price guide can’t be set down because of the lack of available sales data. I don’t subscribe to GPA so I don’t know if there is any data on sales of some of the slabbed WECA books, but so far this year I have seen about 130 of these books change hands on line, but this unusually high number of WECA books made available in a single year was chiefly due to the 100 or so books offered in the February and March ComicLink (CLINK) auctions. The usual number of books exchanged on line per year is probably below 50. I suspect that most WECA books never reach the online market and are exchanged between collectors, or dealers and collectors hand to hand—or they are discovered when collections come to light from across the country when a collector digs extra hard and uncovers one.

Hamilton Comic Con 2014 Oct06

Hamilton Comic Con 2014

My son and I attended the 2014 Hamilton Comic Con at the Hamilton Convention Centre this past Saturday. It was a one day show in its second year; at some point they changed the name from Hammer Town Comic Con but the old URL still worked. I wasn’t able to secure a ticket last year so...

You Want 2nds? – The Fade Out #2 Oct06

You Want 2nds? – The Fade Out #2

  Hi folks, welcome to ARCHIE G’s. I’m your waiter, Raoul.   Here at ARCHIE G’s, we don’t think you can make a dependable Pull List decision based on the first serving of a comic. Publishers throw everything they’ve got at a first issue: promotions, gimmick covers, etc. And speculators?...

Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis Official Trailer Oct03

Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis Official Trailer

Next up in the DC Animation direct to video hit parade is Justice League: Throne Of...

Web Arted Oct 3rd

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at the ComicLink Summer Featured Auction.

Staple Manipulation

A book might have its staples restored – either through cleaning or outright replacement.