Web Arted Nov 28th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at the Heritage Comic & Comic Art Signature Auction November 20-22 2014.

Marvel 1960s Annuals: Part Two, Spider-Man

Part 2 of this series on Marvel silver age annuals continues with the Amazing Spider-Man. I thought I had better get to this group of books in a hurry before Walt shines the Undervalued Spotlight on all of these books. He’s already got two of them covered, and in truth you can make a good...

“Marvel’s Changes This Time, And We Do It In Rhyme ”

“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. Dear Doc...

Comic Culture November 26th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk comic book stuff with producer Shekky Feldstein. So 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 Walter...

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...

Nick Fury…to the MAX!

Being an admitted “Son of the Silver Age,” I usually have something to say about that era .Today’s column is a little different. I am going to share with you a gem from 2012/2013. The series is a Fury Max title called “My War Gone By.” The Max means the book...

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,...

Retailer Q | #13: Exchange Rate Dilemna

The days of parity between the U.S. and Canadian dollar are over, with economists predicting a $0.85 Canadian dollar for the next three to five years. Diamond’s conversion this week was 114.89%. Which leads me to this Retailer Q: how is your store pricing comics?

Collecting Comic Places

This month saw the release of Guardians of the Galaxy #21, a much-anticipated story set in the home planet of the Venom symbiote. This story inspired me to think back on the first appearance of Venom’s home planet, which appears to have been The Amazing Spider-Man Super Special #1 (1995)....

Web Arted Nov 21st

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at the Heritage Comic & Comic Art Signature Auction November 20-22 2014.

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.

Comic Culture November 19th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk comics with producer Shekky Feldstein. Now its time to 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 Walter...

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...

Barry Smith’s Ka-Zar

A few months back, I wrote a column called “Barry Smith, On the Road to Windsor“. I recently revisited this column and noticed that I had, except for a one word mention, given his work on Ka-Zar in Astonishing Tales #3-6 a total pass. I am going to make up for that slight now....

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...

Has Marvel and DC Ruined the Party? Nov17

Has Marvel and DC Ruined the Party?

Thanks to the success of comic book movies, the back issue market has been enjoying a resurgence. As a speculator, it’s been fun trying to anticipate and out maneuver all the rumors. I’ve been stocking up on certain books and did quite well with titles like Strange Tales #110, Tales to...

Web Arted Nov 14th

A gathering of wonderful art spotted by yours truly at ComicConnect Event Auction XXV.

Words For Pictures

I love me some instructional books. I’m always looking for anything that’ll help me be a better comic writer and you know I’ve learned two things in my pursuit of the perfect book: 1) There are a lot of bad books out there, and 2) the ones that get it right, are all good for vastly different...

Comic Culture November 12th 2014

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk comics as producer Shekky Feldstein is AWOL. So 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 Walter...

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...

Review | Basil Wolverton’s Weird Worlds Artist’s Editio...

A long delayed edition finally available, Basil Wolverton’s Weird Worlds Artist’s Edition shines a light on the artist’s career in comics.