Our weekly look at an auction item that piqued our interest continues. Aces High issue 5 complete six page story Spads Were Trump by Bernie Krigstein, 1955, sold for $7200. Source. Russ Cochran auctions fly under the radar, mostly to their vary random assortment of material. Advantage Buyer. A complete EC Comics story for $7200, averaging $1200 per page. But you’re…

Fantastic Four #232, Marvel Comics, July 1981 Our great little discussion over at my recent Auction Spotlight post heavily influenced this week’s Undervalued Spotlight pick, Fantastic Four #232. In the discussion commenters left opinions both in favor and against the idea that the Fantastic Four can enjoy a resurgence. One point was made on the importance of a book establishing…

I’m at maximum capacity. My home library is crammed with bookshelves and they’re all full. I now have stacks of books on the floor without a home. I’m in need of some sort of book hoarders support group or reality television show to swoop in and make it all work out. But how did it get this way? Things started…

March 31, 2017 / / AE News 4 Comments

The Artist’s Edition format has only been around for seven years, but it’s already garnered some missing in action volumes. Publishers like to announce upcoming books at conventions or through advance book solicitations, but then they never materialize. Let’s take a look at what has been announced but yet to see print, in chronological order. At SDCC 2013 a slew…

Scott started up the Auction Spotlight recently. He’ll cover one random art auction result a week and I’ll cover a random comic result. I’ll still do a full Auction Highlights when a big auction takes place. I found this result on eBay, it closed yesterday March 29th. Fantastic Four #1 from Marvel Comics, November 1961. A CGC 4.0 copy with…

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk about comic book stuff. So kick back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please, please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop. Comic Culture is written by Walter Durajlija and engineered by Chris Owen. Enjoy Comic Culture’s March 29th 2017 Edition:…

Heros The Spartan Episode 6 from Eagle Magazine Vol 13 #48, by Frank Bellamy, sold for $5,736. Source. This may seem like a lot of money for a comic most have never heard of, but for those in the know it’s highly sought work. Bellamy did some amazing colour work for Eagle Magazine, so some Canadians and Australians were exposed…

House of Secrets #94, DC Comics, October/November 1971 Sadly Bernie Wrightson passed away March 18th, 2017 at the way too young age of 68. Mr. Wrightson was a true giant of the industry, his work helped define the Bronze Age of comics. He’ll best be remembered in comics for co-creating Swam Thing with Len Wein back in 1971’s House of…

Will Eisner’s innovative storytelling, layouts, and art on The Spirit inspired a generation, and his acclaimed run of graphic novels beginning with 1978’s A Contract with God helped pioneer the form. This catalog includes original artwork from the landmark Will Eisner Centennial Celebration exhibitions taking place in 2017 at Le Musée de la Bande Dessinée and the Society of Illustrators.…

March 24, 2017 / / AE News 0 Comments

Diamond has updated Previews World with the April 2017 catalog. Scouring the full list this month shows one new Artist Edition format book and one new printing. And for the first time a self-published AE book will be available, after having successfully met its Kickstarter goal. If you want one get in there quick! For complete details and daily updates visit…

March 23, 2017 / / Nut Shell 39 Comments

Last updated on April 11th, 2017 at 07:37 amI’ve got a lot of things I’d like to discuss but I’m gonna have to put that on the back burner because this past weekend was the Toronto ComiCon, 2017! I usually split a booth with someone but this year I went solo, although I did have someone to help watch my…

This week Comic Culture hosts Chris Owen and Walter Durajlija talk some comic talk. So just back, relax and enjoy this week’s Comic Culture. Oh, and please, please make sure you go out and support your local comic book shop. Comic Culture is written by Walter Durajlija and engineered by Chris Owen. Enjoy Comic Culture’s March 22nd 2017 Edition: iTunes…

Starting something new: a weekly look at one recent auction item, for perusal and discussion. I’ll be posting art auctions and Walt will be posting comic book auctions. Women Of DC Comics Style Guide by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, 1982, sold for $3,791.46. Source. Garcia-Lopez literally wrote the book on the official look of DC characters for their 1982 style guide, and…

Strange tales #111, Marvel Comics, August 1963 I was set up at a comic con this past weekend and had the pleasure of kicking back one evening with a few friends and a few too many drinks. One of the cool discussions we got into was the value of comics with second appearances. Were all second appearances undervalued? Prices of…

IDW proudly presents JOHN ROMITA’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION, collecting six complete stories by the great John Romita, arguably the definitive Spider-Man artist. Each page is scanned from the original art, same size as drawn, and in full color (in insure the best possible reproduction). This Artist’s Edition measures 12 x 17 inches and each book is shipped in…

March 17, 2017 / / AE News 4 Comments

Luckily for most Artist’s Edition readers and collectors almost all of these books are still available for cover price from Diamond through your local comic shop. For the full list with Diamond order codes please see our AE Index. The following are those volumes no longer available from Diamond and thus out of print, sorted by publisher. We’re only tracking…

I’m not even sure how I came across this, but I sure knew I wanted to share it from the moment I saw it. Superman debuted in 1939 and shortly after that the Max Fleischer Studios were approached to do a cartoon of the character.They weren’t really interested in doing it. They were doing Popeye Cartoons and a big success for…

Chapterhouse is Canada’s newest comic book company (established in 2015) with its mainstay Captain Canuck. The company is still a mystery to many comic readers, so I felt it was important to get some correct information about them out. This week I managed to get a chance to talk with some of the main operatives behind the enterprise. This week…

Action Comics #116, DC Comics, January 1948 We haven’t visited the early Golden Age in a while and when I came across this beauty I knew what I had to do. In long running titles collectors tend to focus on the books with 1st appearances, cross over appearances by other heroes, major villain appearances and of course prominent covers. An…

IDW Publishing and the estate of Dave Stevens are pleased to announce a very special book honoring the work of this esteemed creator. Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer: Artist’s Edition will be a mammoth 12” x 17” hardcover book printed in glorious black and white. Nearly every page in The Rocketeer has been scanned in color from Stevens’ original art to…