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About this journal

This journal catalogs all of Professor Pecora's CGC Journal Entries from 2012-Present.

It celebrates and documents his personal CGC Comic Collecting Journey with thorough reflections and commentary of each acquisition. The Professor incorporates data from the CGC Census Report, GPAnalysis and the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide to provide an insightful analysis of the rarity factor and value of each book, along with discussing cultural trends within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) that affect the comic book market.

NOTE: The first 21 journal entries were posted within the OLD CGC Journal format. Therefore, some of the journal entries (the lengthier ones in particular) do not display the full content as a result of the system converting the old journals into the new format. In this case, to read the complete journal, just scroll down to the bottom of the article and click where it reads, "To see old comments for this Journal entry, click here."

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Entries in this journal

Amazing Spider-Man #161 CGC 9.8 WP: 1st Nightcrawler Crossover!

Amazing Spider-Man #161 features the 1st Nightcrawler crossover! What you’re looking at here is a highly undervalued historical KEY issue! With that said, let’s delve right into it! In the Summer of 1975, the new X-Men made their 1st appearance in Giant-Size X-Men #1, which consisted of Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, & Thunderbird! After a powerful debut, they made their 2nd appearance in X-Men #94 in August of 1975, which relaunched the title after 4+ years of bi-monthly reprint i

Amazing Spider-Man #149 CGC 9.8 WP: 1st appearance of the Spider-Man clone + the origin & "death" of the Jackal!

Amazing Spider-Man #149 features the 1st appearance of the Spider-Man clone + the origin & “death” of the Jackal! The original Spider-Man Clone Saga is one of the most CLASSIC storylines within the Amazing Spider-Man title! It collects Amazing Spider-Man #139-#150; Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #25-#31, #149, #162-#163 & Annual #8! Therefore, it’s only a matter of time until the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) produces a film to showcase this exciting content

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AND NOW...The "Professor Pecora Copy" of Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 9.8 W! (1st full appearance of Wolverine)!

I finally completed my write-up for my newly acquired world class copy of Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 9.8 W for my CGC Registry Set entitled, "Enter Wolverine!" Just wanted to share with the larger CGC Comic Collecting Community! Enjoy!! -Professor Pecora [AND NOW...THE WOLVERINE!] Incredible Hulk #181 showcases the 1st full appearance of Wolverine and his 2nd overall appearance in the history of comics!   Moreover, there are only a handful of comic books that have literally sto

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Daredevil #158 CGC 9.8 WP (Happy 60th Birthday Frank Miller!)

In celebration of Frank Miller's milestone 60th Birthday today (1/27/2017), and in honor of one of our living legendary comics creators, please enjoy the write-up on my copy of Daredevil #158 CGC 9.8 WP, which is featured in my Daredevil #1-#310 CGC Registry set entitled, "See No Evil, Fear No Evil!"   -Professor PecoraDaredevil #158 showcases the 1st Frank Miller Daredevil + the origin and "death" of Death-Stalker!Published in May of 1979, this landmark issue is widely coveted by both Bronze

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Professor Pecora

Wolverine #1 CGC 9.9 WP: 1st Wolverine as Patch!

"Then Came Number Thirteen!" Wolverine #1 showcases the 1st Wolverine as Patch! After a successful four part miniseries published from September-December of 1982, it took a little over 6 years before Wolverine was honored with his ongoing solo title apart from the X-Men! Published in November of 1988, right around the time of Halloween, not only does the dark imagery perfectly display the raw savagery of Wolverine, but it was very fitting that the Wolverine logo was inked in orange for sup

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Professor Pecora

Daredevil #168 CGC 9.8 WP: Origin & 1st Appearance of Elektra!

With only 6 days away from the release of Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix (March 18, 2016), another major character will make their debut in the series along with the Punisher, in which Daredevil's former lover will evolve into his "most deadly enemy!"   Yes folks, we are talking about "Elektra!" Please enjoy the scan and commentary taken directly from my Daredevil #1-#310 Set entitled, "See No Evil, Fear No Evil!"   -Professor PecoraDaredevil #168 showcases the origin and 1st appearance of El

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

In anticipation of the release of Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix on March 18, 2016, I have decided to share my recent acquisitions and commentary specific to the new characters who will be featured in what I consider in my opinion, "the best comic book movie adaptation ever created!"   The scans and write-ups are taken directly from my CGC Registry Sets; this one hails from my newly assembled "Arachnophobia" ASM Complete with Variants Set!   Next week, you can look forward to reading about Da

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Professor Pecora

Cameo 1st Appearances VS 1st Full Appearances In Marvel Comics

Is there any comic book in which the cameo 1st appearance of a character is worth much more than the character's 1st full appearance? It's been a while since I wrote a journal post, but this is one of the topics that I have wanted to write about for some time now. I primarily collect Marvel Comics with a focus on Bronze and Copper Keys, so for any DC fans or collectors reading this journal, I welcome your feedback and your DC perspective on the topic. :-) To begin the discussion, I would l

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Professor Pecora IS 2-T.O.N.E.

So what has The Professor been up to since his last journal post on November 6, 2013...? First, after I decided to liquidate my entire CGC collection due to personal and financial reasons back in November of 2013, I made some major life changes. With that said, I know many of you have been wondering what happened with me or just wondering what I've been up to in the last 6 months? Well, I will keep this short and sweet! I used some of the proceeds from my last CGC auction to begin my own

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The Professor's Hiatus from CGC Comic Collecting: An Insider's Perspective Into the Life & Times of

After investing countless hours, finances and quality time buying and selling CGC comics to build a World Class CGC Collection...how difficult would it be for you to just let go of your entire collection? This is the question I have been wrestling with for the past 3 months... However, after tossing back and forth many nights (due to increased anxiety) while trying to get some rest, and after reevaluating what is most important in my life, I made the extremely difficult decision to auction o

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Iron Fist #14 CGC 9.8 WP! The World's Finest Copy!

SABRETOOTH SAVAGERY! Here it is! The most in-demand comic book of the late 70's and one of my personal favorites! I acquired this gem back in February of 2013 in a hard-fought online bidding war on eBay! :-) Even though I paid a little more than I originally intended, I was pretty content with the outcome for the simple fact that this example looks like it should have been graded as a CGC 9.9! The book looks that superb! Further, if you visit my Iron Fist #1-#15 CGC Registry Set, "Sabretoo

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Incredible Hulk #182 CGC 9.8 WP! One of the World's Finest Copies!

Wolverine's 3rd overall appearance in top CGC grade! Since my previous two journals reflected on my CGC 9.8 WP copies of Incredible Hulk #180 and #181, I figured that it would only be appropriate to follow-up with a reflection on my Incredible Hulk #182 CGC 9.8 WP! So as always, please enjoy the following scan and commentary! Moreover, please check out my current #2 CGC Ranked Incredible Hulk #180-#182 Wolverine Set entitled, "Enter Wolverine!" In doing so, you can view the back cover s

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My Latest Acquisition: Incredible Hulk #181 CGC 9.8 WP [Mile High II]!

AND NOW...THE WOLVERINE! For those of you who read my previous journal entry entitled, "Mile High Providence," with this acquisition, you can now fully understand the significance of having discovered that my X-Men #94 CGC 9.8 is also a Mile High II Pedigree! With that said, I am now a proud owner of the two most valuable Marvel Bronze Age Grails in CGC 9.8, in which both originate from the Mile High II Collection! Furthermore, I encourage you all to visit my CGC Competitive Set, "Enter Wo

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Professor Pecora

The World's Finest Copy of Incredible Hulk #180!

The first "true" appearance of Wolverine in top CGC grade is vaulted in the Professor's collection! Although I actually acquired this one-of-a-kind specimen in July of 2012, I recently revamped my entire commentary in my CGC Competitive Set, and decided to document it along with all of my recent CGC journal acquisitions! As usual, please enjoy the following commentary and the high-resolution front cover scan of this Bronze Age KEY! :-) -Professor Pecora __________________________________

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My Latest Acquisition: X-Men #100 CGC 9.8 WP!

Out with the old, and in with the new! X-Men #100; the classic cover that Dave Cockrum drew! Although I actually acquired this gem along with my X-Men #97 CGC 9.8 about two months ago, I finally completed my commentary on it for your reading pleasure! Moreover, I have decided to catalog all of my acquisitions in the order in which I actually attain them, so although I have another major book I would like to write about NOW (as it just arrived last night), I am going to hold off in order to m

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Mile High Providence!

Earlier today (8/2/13), I discovered a very interesting fact regarding my newly acquired X-Men #94 CGC 9.8! The story begins with me conducting some online research regarding the sales trends of previous CGC 9.8 copies of X-Men #94. I began the search by browsing through Heritage Auction's "archives" database, and I stumbled across a solid 9.8 copy and said, "Hey, that looks similar to my copy..." With some curious excitement, I looked at the serial numbers and carefully compared them, and n

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Professor Pecora

My Latest Acquisition: X-Men #97 CGC 9.8 OW/WP!

My Brother, My Enemy! Although I have actually had this book in my possession for about a month already, I just finished writing my commentary on it - so please enjoy! -Professor Pecora _________________________________________________________________ X-Men #97 showcases the 1st appearance of Lilandra (whose face is not shown) and the return of Havok and Polaris! In addition, Eric the Red makes his first appearance in the new X-Men title! This is by far one my favorite covers in the e

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My Latest Acquisition: X-Men #95 CGC 9.8 OW/WP!

The Day One of the New X-Men DIED... Hello everybody, this journal post is the follow-up to my previous journal regarding my X-Men #94 CGC 9.8 acquisition. With that said, please enjoy the front cover scan and my commentary on the historical and cultural significance of X-Men #95! RIP to the Apache Warrior...Thunderbird! -Professor Pecora _________________________________________________________________ X-Men #95 showcases the 3rd appearance of the new X-Men and the "death" of Thunderb

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