A few years ago I made a mistake, in hindsight, when I started my Covered 365 posts. I picked only one cover for the matching day. As the year went on I modified it to pick a “cover of the day” while also adding some honourable mentions; it made for much more interesting posts and debates.
With that lesson in mind, I’m starting my 2022 mission to find interesting things during my weekly selection of comics for our eBay auctions by not limiting it to one interesting tidbit: I’m leaving it open-ended and will include multiple interesting observations. Somehow I’m reminded of the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour where they toured around England and filmed all the interesting things that happened; the problem was that nothing very interesting actually did happen. Let’s hope we can avoid such a fate.
I went on my first goose chase of the year thanks to Li’l Kids #1. As I inspected the book I noticed the first story featured Li’l Willie: of course, my mind went right to all the possible Li’l Willie jokes I could write but after I settled down I started to wonder what happened to Li’l Willie, Li’l Aspirin, Li’l Lizzie et al. Turns out these are reprints from late 1940s Timely Comics. There is no mention that these are reprints in the Overstreet Price Guide. If anyone knows an Overstreet advisor perhaps you should ask him to add that detail.
Bud Plant once left a comment about great old house ads and I knew I found a winner while I leafing through a copy of E.C’s Panic #4. What an amazing Jack Davis drawn ad for the E.C. Fan-Addict Club. It looks like an original piece drawn just for the ad; great stuff.
And finally, I learned something new this week. I’ve gone about all my comic business thinking that Hulk Annual #5 contained the first reprinting of the first appearance of Groot, from Tales to Astonish #13. As soon as I saw the splash page it was obvious it was no reprint; turns out it is the second appearance of Groot. The whole thing is kind of embarrassing.
I can see this year-long exercise uncovering a few undervalued comics. I’d like to submit Hulk Annual #5 as the first undervalued book uncovered. Groot is a very big deal and his second appearance is sitting here in relative obscurity in Hulk Annual #5. Last year a CGC 9.8 sold for $750; sounds like a bargain to me.
Lets round this week off with a quick recap of our weekly internationalcollectiblesexchange eBay auctions that ended last night. So that story I wrote a few weeks ago right here in this part of the post about the second printing of Amazing Spider-Man #361, the one where my buddy bought it by accident off ComicLink for $122 ish and then listed it on our auction and actually got about $5 more, well that was a non-paying bidder. Fast forward to tonight and the second printings are obviously heating up, same said book just finished at $160. I told my pal not to worry if payment doesn’t come through, we’ll just keep listing it until it hits $1,000.