They say that variety is the spice of life and I can confirm it’s true when it comes to prepping comic books for eBay auctions. This week I had a real smorgasbord of items come across my desk; every other new stack I picked up seemed different and it was just what I needed to make the mundane task bearable and even refreshingly fun.
I had that Superman versus Spider-Man treasury from 1976 to write up and as I was leafing through I found this page explaining how the cover came to be. I like how the one image had Stan and Carmine’s sign-offs on it. The treasury is the first Marvel/DC crossover and though I thought the characters were a mismatch I did like the book.
I like the future prospects of Golden Age Batman books so I was glad to see Batman #67 and World’s Finest #18. Can there be cornier covers than the World’s Finest covers of this era? What kind of kids were picking these up? Maybe their folks were buying them; folks are so square.
What’s not square is this steamy ad for Feature Films Presents Captain China, hubba hubba! As seen in Romance Trail #5 from DC Comics. For me the best romance books from the late 40s and early 50s are the photo cover ones, somehow they work in this era.
Surprisingly I didn’t siphon off any books into the personal collection this week; I came close. Who in their right mind could resist the Blonde Tempest Twins!? Patsy Walker #102 is a coveted round 12 cent Marvel but still, I could not get past the tattered condition. I’ll keep my eye out for a better one.
A quick recap of our weekly internationalcollectiblesexchange eBay auctions that ended last night. The big finish was for a CGC 9.6 White Page Malibu Sun #13 featuring the first cover appearance of Spawn. We did well selling it for $1,330, beating a December sale by quite a bit and just missing a record price for the book.