Stephen Lipson

There are a number of elite collectors of Canadian war-time comics. This tiny handful has managed to unearth these rare diamonds in the rough (in garages, barns, attics, trunks, and basements) and, through dogged persistence, ace detective work, and love of these books, amass a significant...

IDW to launch Artisan Edition line in 2015

IDW is launching a new imprint called Artisan Edition that is offering Artist’s Editions in an 8″ x 12″ paperback format for $50.

Review | Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream

A massive collection in terms of sheer size and creator input, Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream brings together a veritable who’s who to pay tribute to Winsor McCay’s most enduring creation.

Review | Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition Vol 1

The first in Dynamite’s Art Edition library, Frank Thorne’s Red Sonja Art Edition is a boon for fans but suffers visually, be it ever so slightly.

Easson Find

It’s an understatement to point out that most average income collectors, like me, have been priced out of battling for WECA comics through online auctions now that the comic collecting community has more widely become aware of them: of their quality, their distinctiveness, and their...

Undervalued Spotlight #222

Avengers #93, Marvel Comics, (November 1971) Recently I spent a good whack of money on a nice little pile of raw books. I had to pay a hefty premium for some of the hotter books like Fantastic Four #52 and Avenger #55 but I did manage a deal or two on some of the others. As I priced up the...

The Collector

Another stunning collection of translated Sergio Toppi material, The Collector is a compelling and beautiful read.

ComicLink Fall Featured Auction 2014 Original Art

The ComicLink Fall Featured Auction 2014 Original Art session ended last night. There was a large amount of items, over 650, and Featured Auctions are supposed to only have art expected to fetch $500 or more. A lot of great material was sold with some big dollars for the usual suspects. As always let’s take a look at five pieces that are on the lower end of the spectrum, or as we art buyers like to think affordable.

Auction Highlights #87

Comic Link Fall Featured Auction The comic book portion of ComicLink’s Fall Featured Auction ended Wednesday December 3rd and there were some very interesting results. To say that the market is hot would be an understatement! So many books set records it was hard to keep track. These are...

Your New World

There are very few comic books that are truly scary and cause those fine hairs on the back of my neck to stand to attention but here’s one that’s a Canadian WECA book. In the spring of 1942 a strange comic book came out of Vancouver published at 319 Pender St. West, just around the corner...

Review | The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath

A different kind of Lovecraft tale skillfully adapted by I.N.J. Culbard, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath is a worthy addition to this line of graphic works.

Undervalued Spotlight #221

X-Force #11, Marvel Comics, June 1992 “Is it safe”? Remember than line in the old Marathon Man movie from the 1970s? Where Sir Lawrence Olivier is torturing Dustin Hoffman with some dental hooks? I found myself asking the same question when I was contemplating this week’s Undervalued...

Frederick Griffin

Text stories, a whole bunch of words and a couple of pictures; they were probably the most skipped-over part of any WECA comic they appeared in. Though they didn’t appear in every war-time Bell Features comic book, they did appear in them right from the start. In 1945 Bell even felt they were...

Undervalued Spotlight #220

Secret Origins #1, DC Comics,  June 1961 We’re going to the bullpen and calling in the trusty right hander Mike Huddleston to post this week’s Spotlight pick. Mike is known for his sliders but can throw you a good curve now and again. Check out Mike’s Arcs and Runs column,...

First Aquaman / Arrow Gets $38,837.50

Heritage Auctions had a whole pile of strong comics finish at auction yesterday, Wednesday November the 20th. There was an Action Comics #1 graded CGC 3.0 that realized $310,700. This is a disappointing result coming on the heels of the big $3.2 million dished out by Comic Connect for that...

Walter Simonson Manhunter & Other Stories Artist’s Editi...

A mighty collection of awesome DC material, Walter Simonson Manhunter and Other Stories Artist’s Edition is a must-have volume.

WECA Ephemera: Crests, Transfers, and Paint Books!

Along with publishing the comic books themselves, our main four WECA publishers also put out a number of additional materials for kids of the time that is also eminently collectible and in this week’s column I’d like to draw attention to some of this material. These comic related ephemera are...

Undervalued Spotlight #219

Tessie the Typist #20, Marvel Comics, February 1949 Recently I was tidying up my comic piles when I stumbled upon a low grade, incomplete copy of this gem. What an absolutely amazing cover! My initial reaction was the typical one, the expected middle aged male one. Yet for some reason I kept...

WECA’s Final Issues

Those last few months of 1946, those last few months of the WECA period, and what happened to each of the titles that were still being put out are still very murky. Not one of the issues that we now see were the last issues of each title announced that it would be the final one. On the...

Undervalued Spotlight #218

World’s Finest Comics #3, DC Comics, Fall 1941 Two separate incidences led me to zero in on this book. First was the strong result realized by Wonder Woman #6 in a recent ComicLink auction and second was the strong results being posted by nice copies of Batman #189. Wonder Woman #6 of course...