It’s February in Canada and that means it’s really cold: luckily I’ve had some hot and heavy books come through to take the edge off. It was only a couple of weeks ago I got to handle a coverless copy of Detective Comics #31 and this week I outdid myself by leafing through an unrestored copy of Detective Comics #35. The book was missing a back cover but trust me, I felt the historic weight of this monster as I held it. This beauty is headed to CGC and will go up on our ICE site as soon as it gets back.
I had shown a Marvel t-shirt ad from 1975 in my last post and someone in the comments field mentioned these t-shirts go back to the mid-60s, so I had to show this ad from Amazing Spider-Man #40 (1966). I bet you these early renditions fetch a pretty penny; those collars do look uncomfortable though.
Speaking of a pretty penny, I was leafing through and counting the pages of a raw copy of Amazing Spider-Man #121 that is going up on next week’s auction. I stopped to admire the famous death of Gwen Stacey splash when I remembered the original art page from Super Hero Secret Wars #8 showing Spidey in his new black costume that just sold for $3.3 million; I couldn’t help but wonder what this original art page would now fetch. The death of Gwenn Stacey was such an important moment in comic book history: they say comics grew up with this issue, this splash page.
Another ad page, this time from Batman #71 from 1952. I wonder if this series of Wheaties baseball cards are highly collected. I know that baseball cards from this era are very sought after but I don’t know enough about cards to know if these Wheaties are worth anything but I have a feeling they are. Wheaties is the breakfast of future champions and future millionaires.
My save of the week has to be this stunning Patsy Walker #27, I had it in my eBay pile but as soon as I saw it I knew it was heading right over to the PC (personal collection). I love the Norman Rockwell style cover
Last night our internationalcollectiblesexchange weekly eBay auction produced some great results. I was especially impressed with the $471.85 that a restored Amazing Spider-Man #19 graded CGC 4.0 with a Stan Lee signature sold for. The staying power of the Stan Lee signature has blown way past my expectations: I thought there were way too many of them out there but the comic book industry keeps teaching me the same valuable lesson over and over again, don’t bet against it.