Author: Mike Huddleston

X-Men #9-16

Today we take a final look at the original X-Men team. I was always a fan of the early X-Men and was one of the disappointed fans with the cancellation /suspension of the title at issue # 66. The Silver Surfer, Nick Fury, and Doctor Strange got the boot too. It was the first time I had ever experienced comic titles being cancelled outright first hand. The excitement from the 1968 Marvel title explosion had vanished. We now know the X-Men would take a long and serpentine road to success. The X-Men like their twin – the Avengers both...

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The “Hot” book… Avengers #55

What’s this!? Avengers #55 – Undervalued Spotlight #142 Revisited? Huddleston trampling all over one of Walter’s best Undervalued pics of all time in the Overvalued Overstreet? In today’s Overvalued Overstreet we will look at some of those “hot” must have books that pop up whenever a new movie gets announced or even hinted at, and challenges these books present for Overstreet and collectors who use the guide. I chose Avengers #55 because this book gives us a full look at the before and after effects of such a book. Avengers #55 features the first-full appearance Ultron the big-bad villain...

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Prototype Issues

One of my favourite genres of comic collecting is the Atlas/Marvel pre-super-hero monster books from the 1950’s and early 1960’s. They featured a lot of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko artwork. The stories were simple, fun, and entertaining. The litany of ridiculous monster’s names featured in these books became part of the lore and fun in collecting these issues. The downside to this collecting strain is that it is infested with many books with unwarranted increased value in Overstreet called “prototype” issues. These are books that are singled out for having some sort of pre-existing connection to a character...

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The William Ekgren Run

I am really stretching my own boundaries this week on what I constitutes “a run” of comic books with today’s post. The mysterious William Ekgren the comic artist with only three (3) books ever published. In fact, it is only three comic covers that made his contribution to comics stand out, and be in high demand, specifically within the pre-code horror genre of comics. Weird Horrors #6 & #7 and Strange Terrors #4, Mr. Ekgren’s entire body of work, makes artist Jim Steranko look positively prolific. My first encounter with a William Ekgren comic occurred at Harry Kramer’s Now...

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The First Six – Iron Man & Tales of Suspense #39-44

It’s time to take a look at the early beginnings of Iron Man. I took a very long time deciding if I was going to post this, as I found these early books to be amongst the weakest of the many characters we have featured on “The First Six”. One of the most unusual aspects of these early books is the complete lack of any type development in terms of support characters. There are absolutely none. Tony Stark has a number of pretty dates and his factory. That’s it. No long-term villains either. He was basically portrayed as a...

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