Collecting Artists

This week Chris and Walt talk about how to collect artists. Do you stay with comics or add portfolios, artist editions, prints, original art? Collecting artists can really add layers to anyone’s collection. Please let us know what you thought…

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Road Trip

Canadiana Auction update. Back in 1980 three young Canadians drove down to the Marvel offices in New York to pitch an idea they had for Marvel’s popular What If… title. Our boys Jim Waley, Gene Day and Vince Marchesano came…

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Spring Cleaning

Welcome back to another edition of Forgotten Silver. As regular readers know, I did not publish a new column last month. East Coast Toys and Games appeared at three major events over four weekends in late March and early April,…

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Kinda Blue

This past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day: I hope everyone was able to make it out to their local comic shop (LCS) to help support them and to enjoy all the free comics. We’d love to hear your review…

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Drug Testing

This week Chris tries once more to… Stump the Chump. How will Walt fare this time? Considering his perfect score the last time maybe we should call this episode… Stump the Champ! Please let us know what you thought of…

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Peak Kirby

Last week I tackled this huge pile of 12-cent Fantastic Four comics destined for our weekly eBay auction. I had fun seeing all those great Jack Kirby covers. I got to thinking about Kirby and how ridiculous his body of…

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Say Uncle

Our old chum Chris Owen popped by for a drink yesterday and we got to chatting a bit about comics and the dilemma facing the people that bought investment books these past couple of years. Luckily the batteries in our…

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High Floors

A guy brought in some rag copies of some pretty good Silver and Bronze age books and I did what any sane shopkeep should do: I bought them up. These things are low grade, so low I would have turned…

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Auction Focus

I’ve talked to a few people that attended the Toronto Comic Con this past weekend and they allsaid the show was super busy. This is the spring version of the much larger Fan Expo that goes on in late August,…

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Spring

When the missus and I were dating way back when she mentioned she liked Vivaldi so I went out and bought her a Vivaldi Four Seasons CD. She thanked me and then mentioned she didn’t have a CD player… Anyway,…

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Cover Me

I’ve been thinking a lot about comic book covers lately. I’ve been trying to figure out, in some measurable way, what makes a comic book cover work, what makes it sought after as a collectible. As most cover connoisseurs know…

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It’s Alive!

I was going through this week’s “heading to eBay auction” pile and was having fun looking through stacks of Jiggs and Maggie, Nancy and Sluggy, Black Hood, Steel Sterling and other cool and obscure characters of yesterday. It dawned on…

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