Bloodlines / Bloodbath (1993)

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I have decided to start another project... I think this one will keep me busy for awhile.  The idea to assemble this group of books came to me rather slowly...

When I bought a collection a few years ago that really gave my main set a boost, I also picked up a few extra books in the process that I thought were pretty awesome.  They were Action Comics Annual 5 in CGC 9.8 Signature Series and Superman Annual 5 CGC 9.8, among others.  Both of these were the Annuals from 1993 that had the Bloodlines storyline running through them.  Because Superman was dead at the time, these Annuals features the Supermen from the Reign of the Supermen storyline.  Although, I am not convinced these should be part of the Death of Superman set, I did think it would be cool to have all four of the Superman Annuals from that year, featuring the Supermen.  So, I started looking for raws, as 9.8's just aren't around, and in some cases don't exist yet.  I have since submitted Adventures of Superman Annual 5 and it returned a 9.6 and became the highest graded at the time.  I also have two copies of the Man of Steel Annual 2 submitted and am awaiting grades (there is currently only one 9.8 of that book!)..

As I started thinking more about this, I came to the conclusion that it would not only be cool to have all of the Supermen books but also the entire Bloodlines / Bloodbath storyline Annuals all in CGC 9.8.  I think this is especially cool because there isn't a lot of interest for a lot of these books.  So... here we go!

I'll end this intro here and start documenting the rest of this new journey below.  This should be fun!

P.S. I have a WTB post for these books here...

5 August 2022 Update!  Set Created!  Link to my set...

https://comics.www.collectors-society.com/registry/comics/PeopleSetDetail.aspx?PeopleSetID=155915

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The thread to create a set is currently locked because of Registry Award judging…

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…but as soon as it opens back up I will post the below, asking that this set be created...

Hello!

Request the following competitive set be created:

DC Bloodlines/Bloodbath (1993)

The Bloodlines crossover involved alien parasites coming to Earth to feed on human spinal fluids.  Their feeding activated the metagene in some individuals, leading to a wave of new super-powered characters, called New Bloods.

Bloodlines chapters include: Outbreak, Earthplague, Deathstorm, and Bloodbath

Titles included ALL 1993 DC Annuals and Bloodbath 1 and 2 (suggested slot creation below in alphabetical order):

1. Action Comics Annual 5  - Cert 3920912007

2. Adventures of Superman Annual 5  - Cert 3858344001

3. Batman Annual 17

4. Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight Annual 3

5. Batman: Shadow of The Bat Annual 1

6. Bloodbath 1

7. Bloodbath 2

8. Deathstroke Annual 2

9. Detective Comics Annual 6  - Cert 1215598018

10. Eclipso Annual 1

11. Flash Annual 6

12. Green Arrow Annual 6

13. Green Lantern Annual 2

14. Hawkman Annual 1

15. Justice League America Annual 7

16. Justice League International Annual 4

17. L.E.G.I.O.N. Annual 4

18. Legion of Super-Heroes Annual 4

19. Lobo Annual 1  - Cert 3734598018

20. New Titans Annual 9

21. Robin Annual 2

22. Superman Annual 5  - Cert 0942493012

23. Superman: The Man of Steel Annual 2

24. Team Titans Annual 1

25. The Demon Annual 2  - Cert 4061611005

Source:  DC Database

https://dc.fandom.com/wiki/Bloodlines_(storyline)

Thank you!

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This is one of the first two books from this set that I added. It’s the only CGC 9.8 Signature Series… it’s a beautiful copy signed by Michael Zeck and includes an amazing head sketch… this is also a newsstand, which might excite some folks (shrug)

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I later added this Universal 9.8.  Although I love SS books with the right person (as above), my heart is really with Universal books any day of the week.  This is one of only two Universal 9.8’s!

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I submitted this myself and was BUMMED that it missed being a 9.8!  I then bought 10 raws and ended up with three possibles that will go in with my next submission… this is currently the highest graded copy with only two in the census, the other is a 9.2.

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Three of the below are 9.8 candidates with a press...:wishluck:

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This seems to be the only book in the set that the masses care about as it is the ‘1st appearance of Hitman.’  Currently 54 Universal and 6 Signature Series 9.8’s.  I looked around pretty hard to get what I thought was a good deal… did NOT buy this off eBay.  Figured if I was going to take this endeavor seriously might as well get the big dog out of the way!

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Most recent addition… Lobo Annual 1.  This book kicked off the Bloodlines story in reading order and there are only three 9.8’s in the census. That sorta tells me there isn’t much love for these books, or this storyline!  I am okay with that!!

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Speaking of Bloodlines… this VERY card is the first DC trading card I ever picked up.  My collecting was just gaining momentum in 1993… I was living in South Carolina and there was a nice little LCS not too far outside the gate of Parris Island where I was a Marine Corps Drill Instructor at the time… yes, I used to be pretty lean and mean :blahblah:

Anyways, these cards had recently came in and the owner had opened a few packs for examples and had them near the register.  I spotted this chase and freaked out!  I had never seen anything so cool before!  I’m sure it was only a couple bucks but it was definitely a ‘gateway’ card that led me to collect quite a few cards over the next few years.

When I think of this I’m surprised I haven’t started on this set of comics sooner!

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On 7/9/2022 at 10:08 PM, Iconic1s said:

Speaking of Bloodlines… this VERY card is the first DC trading card I ever picked up.  My collecting was just gaining momentum in 1993… I was living in South Carolina and there was a nice little LCS not too far outside the gate of Parris Island where I was a Marine Corps Drill Instructor at the time… yes, I used to be pretty lean and mean :blahblah:

Anyways, these cards had recently came in and the owner had opened a few packs for examples and had them near the register.  I spotted this chase and freaked out!  I had never seen anything so cool before!  I’m sure it was only a couple bucks but it was definitely a ‘gateway’ card that led me to collect quite a few cards over the next few years.

When I think of this I’m surprised I haven’t started on this set of comics sooner!

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Awesome story! I can’t wait to see your progress and droll over your Bloodlines set when it gets added to the registry. I got those Bloodlines chase cards along with the redemption card and mail away card in one eBay lot for cheap a few years back. I bet that card set would have been anywhere from $20 to $50 back in the day. Now I’m contemplating getting the regular set of cards, no thanks to you! :insane:

Drill Instructor Iconic1s: Private Shepherd, do you think it’s satisfactory to only get the chase cards and not finish the regular set?!

Private Shepherd: Sir, no sir!

Drill Instructor Iconic1s: Private Shepherd, do you thinks it’s ok to not finish what you’ve started?!

 

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On 7/10/2022 at 1:19 PM, Brandon Shepherd said:

Awesome story! I can’t wait to see your progress and droll over your Bloodlines set when it gets added to the registry. I got those Bloodlines chase cards along with the redemption card and mail away card in one eBay lot for cheap a few years back. I bet that card set would have been anywhere from $20 to $50 back in the day. Now I’m contemplating getting the regular set of cards, no thanks to you! :insane:

Drill Instructor Iconic1s: Private Shepherd, do you think it’s satisfactory to only get the chase cards and not finish the regular set?!

Private Shepherd: Sir, no sir!

Drill Instructor Iconic1s: Private Shepherd, do you thinks it’s ok to not finish what you’ve started?!

 

Let me try to locate my overstock . I am sure I have somewhere near 30 full base sets of the Bloodlines and would gladly just send you a set. 

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On 7/10/2022 at 1:19 PM, Brandon Shepherd said:

Private Shepherd: Sir, no sir!

Funny!  First, I have to say that I don’t ever remember you requesting permission to speak to me! :roflmao:

If you had though, I would have said that it looks like @onlyweaknesskryptonite may have you covered!

Consider yourself lucky!  This guy…

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…wouldn’t have been so easy on you! lol

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On 7/10/2022 at 1:28 PM, Iconic1s said:

Consider yourself lucky!  This guy…

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…wouldn’t have been so easy on you! lol

Oh snap! That’s intense! :whatthe:

I wouldn’t have lasted 10 seconds in the Marines! :tonofbricks:

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Soft, sheltered, depending on his mommy to buy him Superman comic books. 

 

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On 7/10/2022 at 2:38 PM, Brandon Shepherd said:

Oh snap! That’s intense! :whatthe:

I wouldn’t have lasted 10 seconds in the Marines! :tonofbricks:

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Soft, sheltered, depending on his mommy to buy him Superman comic books. 

 

Awesome pic!!  You’d have done fine! (thumbsu

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Added pic of Lobo Annual 1 to previous post (thumbsu  Book arrived today and looks great!

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Now to go crazy buying cheap 'NM' or NM+' raws from all over the internet (knowing half will probably not be worth submitting... but still hoping they are) while waiting for the occasional 9.8 to pop up!

I have also made a real good contact that is a big submitter/seller that believes they can help with a lot of these books in CGC 9.8 after he submits them...:wishluck:  This could take a while!  Now that I have a few of these together in CGC 9.8 the different color 'BLOODLINES' titles look pretty sweet lined up next to one another :cloud9:  No one else better get any bright ideas any time soon!! lol

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Wanted to commemorate ‘THE FIRST FIVE’ in CGC 9.8 with a group photo…

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If I did my math correctly, I’m ALREADY 20 percent complete!  YES! :headbang:

Feels good to have something new to work on!  Been trying to decide on a new project I could be passionate about for awhile, I think I did it :screwy:

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On 7/13/2022 at 5:59 PM, Iconic1s said:

Mail call today!  All four look good so will eventually pick the best of each issue to submit. Wish they all came like these did!

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Nice!

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On 7/13/2022 at 7:26 PM, Brandon Shepherd said:

Nice!

Thank you!  I know there's not a lot of love for this storyline overall but the more I start tracking down copies of these books and start really looking at them, the cooler they seem to me.

I can't wait to start seeing more of them come together in 9.8 (I hope CGC allows the creation of the set!).

So far raws have been pretty easy to find, although I am noticing there are a few titles that are just a bit scarcer.  This really makes me miss the days when you could turn around a CCS/CGC submission in 3-4 months!  That seemed like a long time then, but oh boy wouldn't that be great now?!  I am going to be old as dirt by the time I even make a dent in this set :cry:

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Love that FEDEX delivers on Sunday!  Last big batch arrived today… now to see if there are any here worth submitting! :wishluck:

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Going to take a breather on the raws for now and give this set some time to marinate.

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On 7/17/2022 at 10:10 AM, Iconic1s said:

Love that FEDEX delivers on Sunday!  Last big batch arrived today… now to see if there are any here worth submitting! :wishluck:

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Going to take a breather on the raws for now and give this set some time to marinate.

You are making this series cool! Best of luck with the submissions!

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On 7/17/2022 at 11:29 AM, Brandon Shepherd said:

You are making this series cool! Best of luck with the submissions!

Fails on the right… ‘maybe’s’ on the left :cry:  All of these were listed as NM or NM+... none of the 'fails' are bad enough to complain but they just aren't gonna be 9.8's!

Although raws are easy to find I think this is going to be a lot harder than I thought to put together in CGC 9.8!

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