Holidays

There was way to much going on this past weekend, I had a big lamb roast to go to on Sunday and another big lamb roast to go to yesterday for Canada Day! Balkan hosts are easily offended, especially if you don’t accept the drinks that are offered to you. I did my part not to offend as best I could and am a little worse for the wear today. Obviously my post suffered, apologies for the delay. And I’d like to wish a happy 4th of July to our neighbors to the south.

I’m telling you our icecollectibles “going to eBay auction” pile keeps getting bigger and the mix keeps getting better, look for some great auctions in the coming weeks. From the pile comes our Cover of the Week, Flash Comics #101. In the mid 1980s, when I was a young comic dealer just stepping into the business, Flash Comics #101 to #104 had some heavy street cred in the collecting community, especially #104. These last issues of Flash were scarce and they were highly sought after. I don’t think these issues hold the same weight in the hobby today as they did back then but they’re still tough books to track down, especially in any kind of grade.

Our ad page of the week comes from the back cover of Classic Comics #8, the coveted Arabian Nights issue. I consider myself well versed in the Classic Comics lore and think I understand the whole HRN numbering system but this ad has me puzzled. The copy of Classic Comics #8 I have is the 1943 1st and original printing, the one with issues #1 through 7 advertised inside, yet the ad on the back is promoting Sherlock Holmes, a character not introduced into Classic Comics until #33 almost four years later. Les Miserables was issue #9 so am I right to assume that the publisher changed its mind about the content of the next issue? Seems like the obvious answer.

Classic Comics #8 also provides us with our splash page of the week. Lilian Chestney’s elegant piece is light and elegant with great eye appeal, I find the cover a bit too heavy and appreciate the fresh sparseness of this splash.

The latest icecollectibles weekly eBay auction ended Sunday night, I had my eye on our Amazing Spider-Man #129 CGC 5.5. You can’t get much more blue chip for the hobby than an ASM #129 so I thought this result would serve as a good barometer for how things stand at the moment. I can report a respectable close of $1025, which is above the previous sale of $999 and almost matches the average for the last six sales of $1027. Crisis averted.

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Walter Durajlija
Walter Durajlija

Walter Durajlija is an Overstreet Advisor and Shuster Award winner. He owns Big B Comics in Hamilton Ontario.

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