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Neal Adams - thank you

Yeah, I knew Neal; I knew him well. You see he used to draw for me from some never ending well of talent and color; creations built upon a mighty palette. A wheel that circled and changed, brought forth lines and magic for my eager mind to absorb. He would tell me stories of heroes and villains; equal to both so that neither were greater. He put me to bed and then made it fly, shrieks of terror and nowhere to hide. He penciled the man with Super powers and he did this for me so I could understan

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A moment in time ..... Topography of Terror

Visiting Berlin I came upon the outside portion of the museum called the Topography of Terror. It is a history of the rise of the National Socialist Party in Germany leading up to War World II. And while that history is never easy to learn, or learn again, it is a must to see and read. Being outside brings on to feel the elements on the body while the soul is forced to encounter the deeds. While no claims of the most unjust can ever be made, I found this picture, this moment in time, to be the f

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In My Tribe - a tribute to a snippet in time

In My Tribe I joined a band 10,000 strong devoted to the mirth and song I danced and laughed and cried along acting right and acting wrong Memories burned and seared branded by emotional tear I wondered what’s the Matter often, standing in the rain like Weather While I sat, no Talking from the Trees, Joshua Painted the Desert forever Jack spoke of Peace from a glory-Train protected by the Gun Shy Laying stories by the Campfire, songs to leave us high. And

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Collecting - thoughts and views - BLED & HOOH treatments

If you follow any of the FB pressing threads, you will see what is going on now in the hobby and specifically in the CPR field. The new chemical treatments and light exposure "cleaning" books means that sooner or later, I will end up with one of these books. I would like to avoid this, but I am not sure that will be an option. What will it look like in 5 years? Will the paper deteriorate? It just does not seem right. Regardless of whether if CGC can detect or not, how will this chemically cleane

Peanuts - covers - graded and raw - ones I have, had or desperately want back

I first built a Peanuts collection 20 years ago. I got many graded and had a sweet registry set. For various reasons I sold them all for pennies based on current demand. When I got back to collecting I was able to score (4) of these from a boardie and one from E-bay. These are hard to find in grade, any grade. Kids read these, colored these and trashed them. I am happy to own these and while I would like better copies, I think I would like raw copies first. I have owned a 190 raw before but neve

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Collecting Thoughts and Views - packaging

I am constantly amazed when a seller packages and ships raw books with the cover(s) facing out towards any protective piece of cardboard or worse to bubble wrap. Most know to use cardboard, larger than the books. Most are learning about taping, using painter's tape or leaving a tab to make pulling easy. Most know it is very helpful to use an external bag and place the comics inside so no tape goes onto the actual bag of the comic. Some think about not taping along the spine. But I cannot underst

Countries I have seen

Not sure I have ever done this but no time like the present. I have done some traveling, seen a few things and met a few people. I am on my 4th passport and a million+ miles. Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, China, India Germany, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Belgium (French and native), Netherlands, Sweden, UK Mexico, Belize, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada Australia I have seen the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort of Agra. I have walked the Forbidden City and smiled at Mt F

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Dover's Journal of life in tiny snippets of text

November 7, 2021 Happy Birthday dad. For all the good and all the bad that were the most of Us The smiles and sads along the path were filled with all the fuss. Disney joy and corvette summer, home away from home At times I find myself within and feeling all alone.  I hope you're well, aloft, on high looking down and me At times I glance and squint the sun if only I could see. Michael

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Comic Book store - "Heroes" and Heroes and Champions Comics - Sunnyvale and Campbell CA

I found two stores well worth the visit in the area between San Fran and San Jose. Easy to stop and shop on the way to the airport. Heroes - 24 E Campbell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008 - Heroes Heroes and Champions Comics - 574 E El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087  I started at the 24 E location and found a large amount of high grade Marvel horror from the 70's as well as Epic Illustrated I needed but most of all, a nice Conan 37 CGC 9.6 WP Adams book. After buying a large stack, they

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Dover's Travels

11/1/2021: If you find yourself in Colorado Springs and decide to drive West to a town called Salida you will drive through the Rockies and be presented with spectacular views of wide open spaces. If you then take a Northern route back to Denver you will see more of the Rockies and find yourself in a snow storm at some point above 9500 feet. The drive is hard from the perspective that at least once every mile you feel as if you should stop to take a picture; it's that nice, that beautiful b

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Dover's Journal of life in tiny snippets of text

Your first job as a parent is to prepare your child to leave. This is typically a 18+ year journey and the results of your efforts are a long time in coming. I recently got a first glimpse into my teaching and preparation after learning about some of my son's college life.  His daily routine includes getting up everyday at 7:30 (AM), working out and finishing with a cold shower before getting ready for his 11:00 classes. He only drinks water (for the most part) and looks for healthy food as

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Neal Adams - the Superboy run

People tend to focus on keys and main stream titles but for me, the glory of Neal Adams has always been on its finest display through the 26 issue run of Superboy covers. It is almost as if DC said here you go, tell a story of a teenager in life and keep the Super Villain's out of it. Just focus on the boy, the Superboy, in a teenage body full of angst and hormones. Even if the chemistry is from Krypton kids are still kids on any world. I am 15 issues into this run and when finished, it will be

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Waking in a moment of time....

I call these episodes "waking in a moment of time". These are moments or realization, when you wake up and realize what is happening, what you are doing are tiny little glimpses into what makes you smile or feel alive but they happen in real time; not in reflection.... Taiwan - Jason - travel life. "I woke up in a moment" while riding with my good friend Jason in Taiwan. I met him through work and even through a language barrier, we seem to have a connection. The people of Taiwan are b

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Dover's Journal of life in tiny snippets of text

This is about my daughter, Sarah. Sarah was accepted to ECU, Eastern Carolina University. This will be her first acceptance. She was excited but hesitant. In her words as I remember (some added), and they are glorious: “I was accepted but overall it seems a bit shady. See, they accepted me but they have a long list of things I need to do in order to be really accepted. I still have to finish school, send in my transcripts, keep my grades up (do not commit a felony) and all the things I

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