Time Capsule: Comico Attractions 9, 1987

A continued look at pre-internet publisher’s comics solicitations, this time: Comico Attractions 9, 1987. A slick printed fold-over solicitation from Comico featuring a full colour mini-poster cover. What amazing books: Space Ghost with Steve Rude art, Night And The Enemy graphic novel...

Mel Crawford 1925-2015

Last week I received, from his wife Ginni, the sad news that Mel Crawford had passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 23. He had been in a long-term care facility for about the last year. Mel started out as a teenage artist on the first issue of Joke Comics (March, 1942) and drew the main...

Collecting and Confusion

Over the last year or so, it seems like there is no end in sight to the record prices in our fantastic hobby. Never was it more evident than in  ComicLink’s  Featured Auction which ended last week with some staggering results. There was a lot of discussion in Walters’ column Auction...

Undervalued Spotlight #233

Space Adventures #44, Charlton Comics, (February 1962) You’d have to go back to the infamous April Fool’s Day post of last year to find a Charlton comic featured on the Spotlight, and I didn’t even mean that one! Still, it’s been way too long without a Charlton – if you ask me. I...

Winter Show? Mar02

Winter Show?

February 22nd was another episode of the Toronto Comic Book Show (TCBS) and I was thoroughly impressed. Everyone who set up and attended the show seem to be very satisfied. For me, it was an interesting study. The last batch of comic shows was back in late November, early December leading...

Web Arted Feb 27th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at the Heritage 2015 February 19 – 21 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction.

Auction Highlights #88

Comic Link Winter Featured Auction The comic book portion of ComicLink’s Fall Featured Auction ended Wednesday February 25th with some staggering results. The market is still hot! The big book of the auction turned out to be the CGC 9.6 Fantastic Four #5 that got $96,267.00. I’m not sure but...

The Bear Necessities-Missives From the Frozen Tundra

“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. Well...

Comic Culture February 25th 2015

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk all about comics with producer Shekky Feldstein. So just 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...

Time Capsule: Dark Horse Insider December 1990

A continued look at pre-internet publisher’s comics solicitations, this time: Dark Horse Insider December 1990. An interesting feature and photo for Retailer Of The Month for Jim Hanley and his New York store. More European comics and the introduction of Dark Horse trading...

Undervalued Spotlight #232

Incredible Hulk #250, Marvel Comics, (August 1980) It’s been DC heavy on the Spotlight for the last little while so let’s feature a big fat Marvel. I came across this week’s Spotlight pick while pricing up a pile of comics I’d been avoiding for way to long. I’d been avoiding the pile because...

1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die Universe Publishing – General Editor: Paul Gravett – Released: 2011   Coming in at over 900 pages of comics spanning 80+ years, 1001 COMICS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE is a fantastic reference book and a must have for anyone looking...

Fantagraphics starts Studio Edition line with Hal Foster

Through some Amazon “fishing” a new line of Artist’s Edition style books have been uncovered, Fantagraphics Studio Edition. First up will be Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant. Here’s the catalog entry courtesy of Jacq Cohen, with the text following.  ...

Web Arted Feb 20th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at the ComicLink January 2015 Focused Auction.

Marvel 1960s Annuals: Part Three, The Rest

This is the final segment of our Marvel super hero annuals (specials) series with original content from the 1960’s. Our first two segments were pretty much all Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, here are the rest.   Avengers Annual #1 September 1967 The Monstrous Plan of The Mandarin This...

You Wants 2nds: Wonder Woman ’77 #2 Feb19

You Wants 2nds: Wonder Woman ’77 #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? Sheesh,...

Comic Culture February 18th 2015

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk comics with producer Shekky Feldstein. So please sit yourself 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...

WECA Checklist

I miss doing this column and I wish I had enough hands and time to do justice to it and the other work I am doing. I certainly don’t want to give the impression that the column is dead. There’s a lot going on in the WECA world with the two newest reprint projects, Rachel Richey’s Johnny...

Time Capsule: Dark Horse Insider August 1990

A continued look at pre-internet publisher’s comics solicitations, this time: Dark Horse Insider August 1990. Amazing how much foreign material Dark Horse was publishing, plus their licensing...

Underappreciated Inker and Artist Tony DeZuniga

I  was always fond of the body of work done by Tony DeZuniga. I was mostly familiar with him as a result of the Marvel Magazine line in the ’80s. Particularly his inks over John Buscema’s pencils in Savage Sword of Conan. Tony was one of the many Filipino artists that in that...

Undervalued Spotlight #231

Green Lantern #87, DC Comics (January 1972) We have a fantastic guest Spotlight featured this week. Guest writer Darren offers up a strong case for Green Lantern #87. This is such a good pick, Darren taps into some very prominent current trends yet at the same time anchor’s his pick to...

Review | The Art Of Robert E. McGinnis

An excellent overview of a fruitful career, The Art Of Robert E. McGinnis delivers on extensive images and to-the-point information. Painter Robert McGinnis has earned international renown as a master illustrator by creating poster art for such movies as Breakfast at Tiffany’s, James Bond...

Web Arted Feb 13th

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

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