As I’ve mentioned before, we are moving warehouses, we have until October 31st to clear out the place we’re in now. Last Thursday we had a Bargain Bin sale at the warehouse: anyone interested in buying complete boxes of backstock was invited to come down. We let everyone know there would be no picking and choosing, you’d look through a box and if you liked it, you’d ask us for a price. We’d have a quick look through and say something really cheap and you’d say, sure! We had 380 long boxes available and I believe we sold 223 that day. Yesterday I made a deal to sell the rest to one ambitious buyer: he said I’d have to sharpen the pencil if I wanted to sell the lot and boy did I ever sharpen the pencil. The move overall is going well, we’ll be out before the 31st with no problem. The new place is a good fit and I’m hoping I leave all my bad warehousing habits here at the old place and I hope I can get back to some “warehouse find” updates and pics.
It was a fun dive into this week’s “going to eBay auctions” pile, from the stack I’ve picked Superman #200, as our cover of the week. The famous Kurt Swan cover triggered multiple questions the moment I saw it. The first question that came to mind was when was the last truly lame, leftover from the 50s/early 60s, Superman cover? Remember those covers? Some of them are cringe worthy in their stupidity and pettiness. Does this qualify as a late entry? By 1968 the Marvel revolution had forced DC to up their game, hire some great artists and write better comics. The second question that came to mind was anniversary issues as a collecting strain, are they still a thing? I know one guy that is actively collecting all the issue #100s, #200s, #300s etc., and he’s pretty passionate about it. I remember it was a thing back in the 90s but I’ve gotten a sense over the last decade that these anniversary issues are not much of a thing on their own. Hey, think fast, what’s the most expensive #100 issue in all of comics? Detective? More Fun? Batman? Flash? Superman? I’m hoping someone will know.
My splash page of the week comes from the last page of Avengers #54 and is drawn by the mighty John Buscema. The page is good but that’s not why I picked it, I picked it because it is the last page and that 2/3 bottom splash is used to get us all excited about the next issue. I don’t think the hobby has given enough attention the last page of comics. The last page is probably the second most important page in the whole comic after the first splash page. I’ve seen some lame last pages that limp off into the darkness of the night and I’ve seen some that had me holding my breath until the next issue. What’s the most famous last page in comics? Is it Hulk #180? Surely there are even more monumental ones? See, none of us know enough about the library of last pages to offer any other suggestions. I say we all need to pay more attention to last pages.
My ad of the week comes from Legion of Super Heroes #259, from January 1980. How come I don’t remember these? I don’t even think I’ve ever seen these come into the shop? I’ve seen lots of Mego and lots of rubber wrestlers but I don’t remember these things? I’m taking it sales weren’t that great.
Another icecollectibles weekly eBay auction ended last night with some promising results. One of my comic pals mentioned last week that he saw signs of quality Silver Age books turning around, he said he saw some recent price increases and I mentioned our Amazing Spider-Man #59 had a bit of a rebound last week as well. Last night our copy of Fantastic Four #52 graded 6.0 by CGC ended at $778 which was well above last sale and even above the 90-day average that had 8 sales factored in. A few sporadic pieces of data dripping in are nothing to make investment decisions on but the more of these we spot the better.