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These days we “swipe” to make a purchase. Holding our credit or debit card, we move its encoded magnetic strip through a slot in a portable reader that decodes the digital information embedded in the strip and makes the appropriate calculation to remove the required amount from our bank account. Nothing nefarious, just a microcosm of commerce. Before the digital…

Action Comics #275, DC Comics, April 1961 Let’s stay with Superman one more week. One of the hottest Silver Age DC’s on the market is Action Comics #242 featuring the 1st appearance of Brainiac and the 1st Lost City of Kandor. Action #242 has it all, an introduction of a major Superman villain, a fantastic cover featuring our villain and the…

No one thought he’d ever dare to return. In this African country where the dictatorship has banned all forms of cultural expression, the storyteller named Once-Upon-A-Time has already had a brush with death. For refusing to stop performing his puppet shows, he lost both his hands, severed at the wrist with the slash of a machete. Now he’s back, ready…

I often wonder how many WECA (or, if you prefer, Canadian Whites) collectors there are out there? How many of them are outside Canada (in the States, in the UK, in Europe, or even in Australia/New Zealand)? In any case, most of us, who admit to being WECA comic collectors, will try to get any of these old Canadian war-time…

It seems a common comment appears on our Undervalued Spotlight posts: that comic isn’t undervalued. And after several hundred Undervalued Spotlights, it appears some defining statements are needed. How does Comic Book Daily define undervalued? An undervalued comic is one that, on the date the post was published, was determined to have a value to be below what it should…

Superman #199, DC Comics, August 1967 I’m working feverishly trying to price up comics for an upcoming con. Today I hit a real wall like in a large,broken run of Superman. The stack started at #150 something and ended just after #300. Listen, that was pure drudgery! I put book after book in the $5 bin pile even tough the…

Before getting into any discussion here, this isn’t a print versus digital column. I am an ardent reader and have been for as long as I can remember. As I got older and my budget increased so did my book buying, until I had to get a two bedroom apartment so one could be for books. This home library necessity…

Millie the Model #41, Marvel Comics, April 1953 I had a nice long talk with a very knowledgeable comic book friend of mine the other day on the crazy prices comic books have been getting lately. We touched on all the big keys quickly being priced out of reach and we also discussed how other collecting strains have been performing…

In these new adventures, Aaricia is crowned Queen, and Thorgal will have to face many difficult tests to track down his beauty. Then they spend some happy days together in the countryside… Their first child is announced. But, alas, everything is turned upside down into horror by the jealousy of Shaniah, a teenager turned away by Thorgal. Prisoner on board…

Daredevil #16, Marvel Comics, May 1966. The back issue comic book market is robust these days. It seems there is healthy activity in almost all segments of the market, Golden, Silver, Bronze, Copper and Modern Age books continue to break records, the high grade market is nuts, the variant market is nuts, prices for key first appearances are beyond nuts.…

In the wild and inhospitable European far north, in the land of Scandinavian myth and runic legend, Viking warriors discover a child in a space capsule. Leif Haraldson adopts him and gives him the names of his gods: Thorgal Aegirsson, son of Thor (god of lightning) and son of Aegir (master of the sea). Upon Leif’s death, the Viking chief…

This week Overvalued Overstreet takes a look at a very popular and successful character from the Golden Age of comics – Don Winslow of the Navy. The character Don Winslow has a very interesting history. He was originally created by Frank V. Martinek a commander in the US Navy as a comic strip in newspapers back in 1934. His original…

It was great to meet up with Jack Tremblay and his son Rick Trembles at the Montreal Comic Con this past Saturday. Jack turned 91 this on May 1st and now lives in a retirement home after a fall that resulted in a hip fracture almost a year ago. Jack is still full of youthful energy but isn’t allowed out…

Amazing Spider-Man #66, Marvel Comics, November 1968. There were several things that happened this past weekend that helped me choose Amazing Spider-Man #66 as this Week’s Undervalued Spotlight pick. First off the big Spider-Man: Homecoming movie opened to impressive box office numbers, they are probably even more impressive that we think considering this is the 3rd time the Spidey Origin…

Like everyone else who collects comics, I keep a list of what I have. And I try to keep it up to date, so that I’m not coming home with yet another copy of a book I already have two copies of because I also forgot the last time. When I started collecting, and for the first decade or so,…

An issue of Real Boy’s Stories No. 1 has shown up on the coming ComicLink July Focused Auction. I originally wrote about this title four and a half years ago in one of my earliest columns. At that time, it was a mystery and Jim Brigham noted in the first comment to the column that that the publisher of this…

Batman #296, DC Comics, February 1978. I was pricing up some books for an upcoming con and had the pleasure of going through a sweet stack of Batmans. It was nice going through those late #200s and early #300s issues. The usually darlings were there #286, 291 and 294 gems with the Joker, the #300 anniversary issue, the #323 fan…

Ringo Kid #8, Atlas Comics, October 1955, CGC graded 7.0 with Off White to White pages recently sold on eBay for $36. I’m not sure how I came across this result but I did a quick double take when I saw it. Isn’t $36 too cheap for an old Atlas comic from the 1950s? This copy of Ringo Kid #8…

X-Men #139, Marvel Comics, November 1980. Happy 150th birthday Canada! For a while now I’ve had a few Canadian Whites in mind for this post but at the last moment I was inspired to choose something a bit more accessible. Sending you out chasing something so obscure and rare would have been extremely impolite and so very un-Canadian. The thought of…

Superman #1 – Page 24 only, DC Comics, Supper 1939, designated PG by CGC sold for $405 on eBay recently. I’ve been asked to buy single pages of big book a lot recently, apparently it’s quite the trend. To date I’ve stayed away only because I’m not so sure of this market. A friend told me to look up Superman…