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Collection Gems/ Favorites

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    Collection Gems

           I figured it’d be neat to have a thread that let us showcase our favorite individual issues, story arcs, covers, first appearances, and the like. I guess this could also be a comic appreciation thread of sorts. If you all are up for it we could branch off to favorite covers, panels, art, etc. in the future. I’m personally fond of “outrageous” covers and I was lucky enough to find Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen # 127 at my LCS for $3.00. It’s not in the best of shape as there are creases on the bottom left of the cover, some of the staples are loose, the pages are yellowed, and there’s pencil writing on the back :/ . That being said, I bought it solely for the amusement factor. Getting back to the subject matter at hand. Tell us why you’re including each item as stories always make things better. On a random note,  I also have a penchant for buying older anthropology books that don’t use so-called “pc” language.

     

    I’ll start with the aforementioned hilarious cover. As some of you may know, there is a website called superdickery.com that features a large number of funny comic book covers from years gone by. A worker at my LCS recommended this site to me after I mentioned how much I was enjoying the Batman Chronicles but seeing as how this was near the beginning of this year I was, once again, very late to the party.

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    The next one is a gorgeous cover from a not-so-good series that features Elric of Melniboné

    Note: In typical wiki fashion, each of my personal photos is named for the series, volume, and issue # for easier referencing.

    The following covers are ones that I also hope to acquire soon.  

    Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #37

    Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #63

    I'll post more later but may have to use stock photos as I only have a camera phone.

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  • I do hate to reply to my own thread but today, I received the infamous Action Comics 457. >-) Bwahahaha!

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  • The jimmy ones don't really seem so bad but that action one is still horrible. Lol

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  • @cybertronian assassin: True, true. With the monologue it's not too bad but if you just glanced at it you might be taken aback a bit. The series Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane has a lot of creepy covers. There are a number in which Supes is either directly or indirectly trying to harm Lois. 

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  • guessing the superman issue is infamous for being pretty much exactly the same story as "the boy who collected spider-man" the cover is even similar, also I have a copy of The boy who collected spider-man which I am rather proud of, another neat gem is a signed copy of gotham by gaslight (though I'm not sure by whom it was signed) the neat thing about that one was I got it for cover price :O then theres the hardcover volume one first edition of kurt busieks Conan series signed by busiek which is pretty neat

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  • @Chaos is Beauty: Welcome back! :)  Glad to hear your input. Do you have any photos you'd like to post? Great grab with paying cover price for Gotham by Gaslight. How'd you manage that one?

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  • I thought I remembered this thread existing. I was recently forced to reclaim some old boxes of comics when my parents moved into a new house. I didn't remember all the good ones that I had, I am glad I went over and picked them up. Here are two examples. I don't think that either are especially collectable or valuable but they do hold a special place in my heart. The first is Mcfarlane's Spider-man #1

    And here is Akira Vol. 1 #1-14

  • @FAMESREVENGE: Nice! There will be more photos won't there? :)

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  • ha! my last post on here really shows how messed up my head is, that superman cover is infamous because it looks like he's going to molest that kid, whereas my mind just drew parralels to how the cover was ripping off an acclaimed spider-man issue, also nice with the Akira's, Fame although you're right about the spider-man not being worth much, I'd guess maybe 5 bucks? that was from back when the big two almost tanked the industry by over printing everything to appeal to collectors without realizing comic collectability was largely due to most of the older books getting destroyed (most went to the war effort but that's another story) the collectors market was huge because of the supply and demand, demand was high and supply was low, then marvel started making their supply higher than demand, one of the most worthless books in history is Claremont and Lee's X-men 1, because it's print run was huge, same goes for mcfarlanes spider-man 1, and I've gotten off track

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  • I don't really have any hidden gems that I know of. I'm hoping Batman #1 non-variant becomes valuable, not that I'd ever sell it :).

    Oh! And I bought the Detective Comics #1 non-variant for only three bucks (regular comic price), when the Batman #1 cost me 8 bucks.

  • @Chaos: Well, that's why I posted that photo. :) I imagine Superman thinking, "Let's get this done."  Which Spider-Man cover is the Action Comics one ripping off of? Yeah, Claremont and Lee's X-Men #1 was my first X-Men comic so it'll always hold a special place in my heart, even though it's worth nothing. One of the comic shops in the area gave away copies a few years back at one of their big Saturday sale so it's funny that even 20 years later there are surplus copies lying around. I think the same thing will, albeit on a much smaller scale,  happen for the Walking Dead #100 and the tons of variants there were for it. I've been wondering about how digital comics are going to affect the value of print comics for a while now but I'm still not sure how they will. Tangents are always welcome.

    @Cameron:  Unfortunately, present-day comics, by and large, aren't going to be worth much compared to older issues for a few reasons that Chaos mentioned plus the fact that they'll not nearly as scarce, the popularity of trades and the like, digital accessibility, and blah blah blah. Who knows though, we could be in for a surprise. As long as you like the issue that's all that really matters. I mean come on, I still like X-Men #1.

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  • I was referring to "The boy who collected spider-man" it was an issue that had spidey visiting a sick kid who collected spidey memorabilia, at the end of it he revealed his secret identity to the kid and we find out that the kid is terminally ill and will die soon

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  • I actually have it too which is pretty cool as its considered one of the best spidey stories ever written

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  • Ok, well I just realized I DO have some comics that might be worth something because they are from the 90's and thats when the comic industry collapsed. These are the ones I have: Venom #1, War Machine #1, Nightslasher #1, and Iron Man #300 (milestone issue).

  • depends on which series those are but they all sound pretty worthless :( sorry, although in cases like this theres a sort of sentimental value involved, I know I have a ton of 90's #1 issues that aren't worth squat but I wouldn't trade for the world

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