Author: Mike Huddleston

The coming of The Defenders

This week in Arcs & Runs we turn our attention to the early beginnings and formation of the super-hero team: The Defenders. I used to think of this team as the group of super-heroes who weren’t invited to be an Avenger, or had their own series cancelled, a retread hoping for a second chance at their own book. This was the team that was once destined for the Island of Misfit Super-Heroes, and now they are so popular they have their own TV series! The Defenders were officially formed as a try-out team in December 1971 in Marvel Feature...

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My Christmas Wish List

Another Black Friday has passed and today is Cyber Monday. Christmas is just around the corner. Everyone is scurrying around with their shopping lists, “to do” lists, making out Christmas lists, whew! No more lists! Well we have time for one more list. My Christmas Overstreet Wish List. I could write about all of the things that I wish Overstreet would change in their next (48th) Overstreet Price Guide but I will confine my wishes today to one of my favourite areas of the book, the Top Comics section. This section contains lists of all of the highest valued...

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The First Six: Sgt. Fury #1-6

Remembrance Day has just past so in this week’s arcs & runs we will take a look at the first six issues of Marvel’s World War II comic title Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos. War comics were very popular during the second world war and got a second wind of popularity all through the 1950’s. This might strike some readers here as a bit odd given that you would have thought most people would be sick of war, and anything to do with it. I would dare say that initially when most of the fellas got back home...

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Mask & Suspense

In this week’s edition we take a look back into the golden age of comics and two series featuring the art of artist L.B. Cole. In the early 1990’s the Gerber Photo Journals were published – concentrating on the golden age of comics in the first two editions. This was a huge undertaking by Ernie Gerber amassing complete runs of books from private golden age collections to be photocopied. I think it was a labour of love for Mr. Gerber and all of the golden age collectors who participated in the undertaking. The advent of the internet may have...

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Overvalued Overstreet: Flash 105

Today we take a look at a major DC Key that I think is a bit overblown in the Overstreet price guide. I may be alone here on this one. The book is a certified silver age key – no denying that. The Flash was the first golden age superhero character to reboot, and later the first hero to start being published in his own series in the silver age of comics. Flash #105, DC Comics, March 1959. Overstreet and the marketplace are in lock-step on this book, values increasing and demand is maybe at an all-time high. An...

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