CGC Journals

Amazing Spider-man #238

So this is one that I bought from a fellow boardie.  @Azkaban It currently sits in a CGC 8.5 case and presents better. The graders notes say:  Light spine stress lines to cover, Very light creasing to cover. I am sending it to Joey over at CFP to have him work some magic on it before it making the trip to CGC. Here are high resolution scans of it currently.   and the package ( although not showing label)  like the other entries.  I will update this when the book gets back fro

Sara Frazetta Signing

Today I just got in my raw books that I am sending in for the Sara Frazetta signing.  I ordered 3 from KRS and of them only 2 really made the cut. One had two color breaking spine ticks. I chose the Mars Attacks Red Sonja #5 as I really liked the cover and similarly to Frank's work. Here are the raw pictures.   Also tried to make sure they could not miss this package in their mountain of  submissions.  

Amazing Spider-Man #134 CGC 9.8 WP: 1st appearance of the Tarantula & the 2nd appearance of the Punisher in cameo on last page!

Amazing Spider-Man #134 features the 1st appearance of the Tarantula & the 2nd appearance of the Punisher in cameo on last page! In July of 1974, writer Gerry Conway and artist Ross Andru introduced us to a new animal-themed supervillain known as the Tarantula! Inspired by the political events that were taking place in South America (especially in Chile) during the early 1970’s, Mr. Antonio "Anton" Miguel Rodriguez served as a revolutionary against dictatorship in the fictional Republic

End Of The Adams Era At DC

Won this at the recent Comic Link auction. Quite the cover by famous horror artist Bernie Wrightson. But this book happens to be pretty much the last of Neal Adams' interior artwork at DC. A career that started with the company in 1967, Adams would end up redefining Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, and make Deadman his own. After this book, the only interior work Adams did for DC was the Superman vs. Muhammad Ali treasury edition in 1978. After that it would be decades before his return to DC.

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Cthulhu vs. Uncle Sam!

Hello, friends! I'm excited to announce that my new comic book, Cthulhu vs. Uncle Sam, will be going live on Kickstarter on June 28.  I think the high concept pretty much explains itself, but: at the height of World War II, a group of Nazi cultists attempt to summon Cthulhu. Only one person can stop them: Uncle Sam! Unlike The Crimebusters, I am not doing the art for this. It just takes too long for me to draw, and I realized that if I want to produce more comics, I need to hire artists


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Amazing Spider-Man #129 CGC 9.8 WP: 1st appearance of the Punisher (Frank Castle) and the Jackal!

Amazing Spider-Man #129 features the 1st appearance of the Punisher (Frank Castle) and the Jackal! The Punisher was created by writer Gerry Conway and artists John Romita, Sr. and Ross Andru, with publisher Stan Lee providing the name. The classic cover art displaying the “Different and Deadly” Punisher was drawn by legendary artists Gil Kane and John Romita Sr. The most lethal hired assassin is featured in his iconic skull-imprinted black suit with an arsenal of weaponry, including an

Recent returns and grading differences

Two weeks ago my latest submission arrived. Four books bought raw from two large dealers. One was from Lone Star Comics. It is a Boris Karloff Tales of Mystery 11 John G. Fantucchio pedigree. It was listed as such but came with no documentation that it was from that collection. I called Lone Star and asked for documentation. They said it did not have any because they bought a large number of mid to upper mid grades of that collection and those do not have any documentation like the high grade co


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Amazing Spider-Man #125 CGC 9.8 WP: Origin & 2nd appearance of the Man-Wolf!

Amazing Spider-Man #125 features the origin and 2nd appearance of the Man-Wolf! I feel like you can’t just own Amazing Spider-Man #124—1st appearance of the Man-Wolf, without owning the follow-up issue, as it features his origin story! To complement the previous issue, John Romita Sr. created another dynamic classic cover that embodies so much superb movement within a single image, that it plays out like a scene in a movie! After Spider-Man connected the dots and realized that Joh

GL 82

Picked up this one from a local dealer. Another book that I've reacquired, having sold my copy last year due to the pandemic while trying to avoid falling behind on the bills. From the glorious Neal Adams run on this title. This issue is one of the few that deals with a horror storyline instead of the social commentary that made this run by Adams and O'Neil famous. Enjoy.

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Some complete sets, CGC 10 and 9.9s, 80’s Canadian Edition Price Variants, Newsstand Editions, Signature Series, Rare Variants, many Single to Few Highest Graded, and hard to find issues I am parting with, and are now up for grabs. 

To pay off some bills, I decided to part with a chunk of my collection. After an expedition to the storage facility, I gathered a bunch of high grade books, filled up many CGC boxes, and consigned for ComicLink’s April, May, and June auctions. Here are some of the highlights - many are either Single highest graded or one of the few highest graded on the CGC census: New Gods (1970) 2 CGC 9.8 (CVA Exceptional Sticker, John G. Fantucchio Pedigree) 1ST DARKSEID COVER. Jack Kirby story, cover, a

ASM 25 Upgrade Surprise

ASM 25 is the first cameo appearance of Mary Jane Watson. I've had a copy of this in my collection for a while (4.0) and I wasn't planning to upgrade, but I had another raw copy that I submitted with a few other books. I was pleasantly surprised to have it come back 7.0. I didn't think it would grade that high when I submitted it, but I'm happy to have a new version in my collection!

Amazing Spider-Man #124 CGC 9.8 WP: 1st appearance of the Man-Wolf!

Amazing Spider-Man #124 features the 1st appearance of the Man-Wolf! As the front cover depicts, the Man-Wolf is actually John Jonah Jameson III, the son of J. Jonah Jameson, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Bugle. He originally made his 1st appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #1, published in March of 1963, and was created by legendary writer Stan “The Man” Lee and his artistic counterpart Steve Ditko. However, it was writer Gerry Conway who decided to turn John Jameson into the ferociou

Moon Of The Wolf

Won this yesterday in the recent Pedigree Comics auction. A common theme in DC and Marvel comics during the 1970s was horror. Here we have an awesome example of the genre written by Len Wein and drawn by Neal Adams. Personally, I'm not a fan of covers with multiple panels, like this one. But that was par for the course with these DC 100 page super spectaculars. Now, if this had been a 20 cent issue, with the Adams artwork donning the entire cover, it would probably rank as my favorite on the Bat

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Amazing Spider-Man #50 CGC 9.4 WP: 1st appearance of the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)!

Amazing Spider-Man #50 features the 1st appearance of the Kingpin (Wilson Fisk)!  The Kingpin was created by writer Stan “The Man” Lee along with cover and interior artist John Romita Sr. The famous cover has been paid homage to many times over the years, making it a certified classic, which depicts Peter Parker in an unusual and highly vulnerable state of being. With his head casting down into his shadow and his body hunched forward as he walks alone in despair, we see a discouraged Peter

Lois Lane 90

My latest Neal Adams cover work acquisition. Love the science fiction themed covers of this era from DC. Once again, Superman is denied his favorite gal. As of now, I have half of the issues of this title that feature Neal's covers. Enjoy.

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Amazing Spider-Man #41 CGC 9.6 WP: 1st appearance of the Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich)!

Amazing Spider-Man #41 features the 1st appearance of the Rhino (Aleksei Sytsevich)! When you think of the Amazing Spider-Man title and the various reasons that make it one of the most collected titles in all of comics, you can’t help but to think of the rogues’ gallery of Spider-Man, which is considered by many comic book connoisseurs to be the greatest of all time! With that being said, most of Spider-Man’s A-list super-villains 1st appeared within the classic Stan Lee/Steve Ditko ru

Man of Steel Raffle Store/ Customer Editions

Here are four books I just got back from CGC that originally were all graded the same. Man of Steel Trade Paperback #nn Raffle Edition. They had to go back to CGC due to Mechanical Error . Here is my submission form explaining the difference and it was accompanied by copies of the letters and the following images .     These originally were given away by Raffle to customers who filled out survey cards found  in Superman #1, The Adventures of Superman # 424 , and Action Comics #584  and sent

Just not Fun anymore.

Well its already the end of March 2021 heading into April. And as things tend to get better... or worse depending who you are. The card world is still back logged worse than it was. More and more people thinking it is a gold mine of money out there. I don't know maybe it is I have not Received the 2nd or 3rd round of stimmy's or received my tax return. Yet out here there are drug addicts running around with thousands of dollars. So as I sweat how I'm gonna pay for my submission, Or even when. Su

Amazing Spider-Man #16 CGC 9.6 WP: 1st Daredevil Crossover!

Amazing Spider-Man #16 features the 1st Daredevil crossover + the 2nd appearance of the Ringmaster and the Circus of Crime! It’s September of 1964, and the legendary duo of Stan “The Man” Lee and Steve Ditko made history once again, by featuring Daredevil’s 1st crossover appearance into another title! This historical landmark issue can easily get overlooked due to the plethora of major 1st appearances featured in the previous fifteen issues, but make no mistake that ASM #16 is definitely a

Restored Power Of Goliath

Won this in the recent Comic Link auction. I've had to sell several books due to the pandemic, which resulted in the loss of my job. Now I've re-acquired this one. Features an early appearance of the Collector.

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