The Grind

Now I remember Why I hate these big comic book conventions: the crazy amount of work trying to get things ready for the show. Yeah sure I could have started things weeks earlier and prepared stress-free but apparently, that is not my calling. I’m pricing up so many books and one thing I realized as I’ve been pricing is that I don’t have the confidence I used to have when pricing up a pile. In the old days, those days of slow and steady growth, I’d have 80 percent of the books prices on the spot, just by feel – yeah that’s a $20 book, oh that’s nice, an easy Honey Bee (Hundred Dollar Bill). These days with the massive price fluctuations over the past couple of years I find myself second-guessing almost every book; what it does is it slows progress down and that’s not good. Still, I should have about 20 long boxes of freshly priced up comics ready for the convention sales floor this coming Thursday. Alas I still do not know my booth number; I’m pretty sure it will be in the program, under Big B Comics.

I’m scaling next week’s volume of auctions back just a bit in light of the prep for the con, still good quality listings, just not as many as usual. I had fun leafing through Mad #14 with the Mona Lisa cover, I loved the move ads, especially this one below featuring War Is Hell. I think I’ve seen Vava Voom in a few movies back when I was younger, the names escape me but I remember being impressed.

Boy, this ad from Swamp Thing #1 really brought back memories: these sew-ons were a big deal when I was a kid. Cool kids would have some of these sewn onto their Levi’s denim jackets. I remember my mom bought me a denim jacket but it was a Lee jacket, I felt like the little french that got the Toronto Maple Leaf sweater mailed to him from Eatons. I ended up wearing the Lee jacket, us immigrant kids had it tough I tell ya. Anyway, I remember really liking the STP crest, I thought the STP crest was the ultimate, looking back I have no idea why.

Forgive me but when I first took a quick look at the cover of Action Comics #402 I thought it was Joe Kubert, especially the figure on the left. Great mood and great composition from Neal Adams on this cover, I love the colours as well.

Our second week’s worth of eBay auctions as icecollectibles ended last night and I was very impressed with how well this lot of Superman issues did. Issues #246 to #253 include the 100 Page Giant #252 and Neal Adams art. These books were never great sellers leading up to these past couple of years, I think people are starting to realize just how old these things are now and just of good the quality is. It helps that Superman has been such a bargain for so long, it’s about time these things ignited a bit.

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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Chris Meli
Chris Meli
1 year ago

I had the peace sign hand with American flag background, I guess a non-starter for you guys. I never had a denim jacket so I forget what the patch was on.

I think there are more nice ungraded 15/25-cent Actions and Supermans out there so I am a bit cautious on price, but otherwise I am a big fan. I tried to get a 12-cent Adams cover Action last night but it went for full price – I think people are getting the message – I might have to become a tad more aggressive. I remember getting that #402 as a kid and being confused by the story and unhappy that Adams didn’t draw the interior.