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February 16, 2017 / / Nut Shell 2 Comments

In Part 1 we looked at various criteria that helped to identify “quality” books as potential investment vehicles. In this follow up, we’ll examine some common traits that may, or…

Read the PostInvestment Books, Part 2

Last week I traveled back in time. It was a simpler time. I drank water from the outdoor water hose. I watched Saturday Morning cartoon shows and I read “The Worlds Greatest Comic…

Read the PostHyperbole,…Shmyperbole

February 1, 2017 / / Nut Shell 7 Comments

If you’ve read any of my past posts, then you’ve read me drone on about buying “quality keys” versus “junk keys”, and yet I’ve avoided trying to define what I…

Read the PostInvestment Books, Part 1

Two disparate articles from OZY and The Simple Dollar have recently put me to task on my hobby of choice, reading. First, here’s a definition of tsundoku. “Tsundoku” (n.) is the…

Read the PostTsundoku, Collecting, Reading

December 28, 2016 / / Nut Shell 9 Comments

An inherent part of collecting is being able to show-off your books, but having been blessed with astute sensitivity, I’m far above this crass behaviour. I kid, of course. I’m…

Read the PostBoxing Day 2016

December 22, 2016 / / Arcs & Runs 14 Comments

This week we take another look back at the Fantastic Four and another small run within opening #1-67 run of this fabulous book. This is part four if you are…

Read the PostFantastic Four 35-40

December 14, 2016 / / Nut Shell 7 Comments

I’m back with part two of my list of recommendations. Similar to part one, you’ll find some dark themes, mind benders, thrillers and more sensitive, introspective stories to enjoy. These…

Read the PostRecent Reads, Part 2

December 7, 2016 / / Nut Shell 7 Comments

Being a slow reader with many interests means that my “to-read” list is an ongoing work in progress. I recently made a push to chip away at my massive list…

Read the PostRecent Reads, Part 1

Well, I am officially an old guy. Rascally Roy Thomas otherwise known as Roy (The Boy) Thomas turned 76 on November 22nd. Not only was Roy Stan Lee’s first successor…

Read the PostRoy Thomas turns…76!

November 24, 2016 / / Arcs & Runs 7 Comments
November 16, 2016 / / Nut Shell 2 Comments

In part one of this write up, I briefly looked at the changing demographic and the response from Marvel and DC. I also discussed the growing Asian influence, specifically from…

Read the PostDiversity, Part 2: Asian Heroes

November 9, 2016 / / Nut Shell 3 Comments

There were Treasury Editions! Before there were Artist Editions and the like, both Marvel and DC experimented with oversize volumes that collected both reprints and original stories. They were printed…

Read the PostBefore There Were Artist Editions…

October 13, 2016 / / Arcs & Runs 4 Comments

This month we feature a look back to the late sixties and early seventies and Marvels venture into horror comic reprints and my favourite title from the period: Where Monsters…

Read the PostWhere Monsters Dwell #1-38