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  1. I got most of my Northlands from Motor City Comics as well. The oldest Northland I have though is my Showcase 24 cover dated February 1960 and that seems to be an outlier with respect to age.

    Here anyway are my Northland Mystery in Space comics:







    The #99 was graded VF/NM while the rest were graded NM-.


  2. All 26 non-romance comics that DC released in April 1963 ran a version of this "The Swing is to DC!" ad:


    Each comic pictured a different mix of four titles and each of the 26 comics appeared in at least one ad. Since each ad featured different genres as well as titles, I can't find a single ad in which I have all four comics pictured. The best I can do is three. From the ad above I have these:




    Nice pre-1966 copies of the Fox and the Crow are incredibly difficult to find. 


  3. I can't find any indication of "key" issues beyond #1. But I see that A Date with Judy was also a radio series that ran between 1941 and 1950. And  a daytime A Date with Judy ran weekly on Saturdays on ABC from 2 June 1951 to 23 February 1952 and then a primetime version with a different cast ran on ABC from 10 July 1952 to 30 September 1953.



  4. On 5/16/2024 at 5:00 PM, Frisco Larson said:

    Seeing a stack of Bethlehem comics with that very distinctive E. J. KERY Kodak - Film - Magazine Shop stamp on the back cover is just plain COOL to most collectors that I know. 

    Interesting! None of my Bethlehem Tales of the Unexpected or Adventures of the Fly which begin with 1960 issues display that stamp.


  5. On 5/16/2024 at 1:23 PM, CAHokie said:

    I am not a seller, but I vaguely remember a seller once saying that they do this with items they don't really care if they sell in case a sucker comes along.  There seems to be lots of items on Ebay like this.  


    The only way this would stop is if Ebay charged some sort of a listing fee that was a percentage of the BIN price.


  6. On 5/16/2024 at 6:03 PM, adamstrange said:

    Part of the expansion of pedigrees was due to collectors like you who enjoy a backstory and commonality of a OO collection, but also due to sharp marketing on the part of dealers trying to extract more money for their wares.


    The introduction of the Gold label makes it even more likely that SA and BA pedigrees continue to be sought after.  When there are 17 copies of a book in 9.6, only a few would be pedigrees that would have that classy, shiny new label to indicate how special they are.

    You're absolutely correct on both points. It's always been about extracting higher prices from gullible collectors and now "investors".


  7. On 5/16/2024 at 2:24 PM, adamstrange said:

    For example, back in the 90s, A-1 Comics purchased an original owner late SA and BA collection that included every DC.  The gloss and pages for those was superb and yielded loads of highest graded copies.  When I slabbed 100 page giants they received a handful of 9.8s and more than 30 9.6s.

    But whyever then did you encase those beauties in plastic coffins?

    On 5/16/2024 at 2:24 PM, adamstrange said:

    So, while there may be some "best of" copies from late SA/BA pedigrees, I personally don't think the ped designation, by itself, matters because I don't think they are that special.  YMMV.

    I've bought pedigreed copies not because I thought the designation gave them special status but simply because they were nice enough to fit into my collection . That being said I seem to have acquired dozens of pedigreed comics over the years.


  8. Not being a movie buff, I didn't know until now that A Date with Judy was a 1948 flick starring Elizabeth Taylor among others:


    I had nothing but a vague recollection of the comic. Now I'd like to acquire a few issues anyway of the title for my collection.


  9. On 5/16/2024 at 3:14 AM, adamstrange said:

    The further you go into the 12 cent era, the less meaning there is to a pedigree designation.


    On 5/16/2024 at 3:14 AM, adamstrange said:


    But is there something else to be said about that Our Fighting Forces 32?


  10. By the early spring of 1964 I had a morning Monday to Saturday paper route delivering the London Free Press from which I earned the princely sum of $2.76 per week. This left me sufficiently well off financially to actually buy some of the model kits that looked particularly tempting. The Aurora "Wolfpack" U-Boat featuring Jo Kotula's box art which I'd been admiring at Tuckey Hardware a couple of blocks away from my house became the first of about a dozen military model kits. Here's a photo of the one from my present day collection:


    Though I wasn't bold enough to try painting it at the time, I was very pleased with the way it turned out and thus encouraged to build more. I don't clearly remember but I may have built either a Graf Spee or Bismarck as well:



    I'd been for some time admiring the warplane model kits above the pop cooler at Les' Variety a block down the street so I ended up buying and building them one at a time. From among the WWI planes, I'm pretty sure I built a Fokker Triplane plus a Tiger Moth or Sopwith Camel. Here's a photo of some of the ones I have in my collection today:


    The WWII warplanes I bought included a Messerschmitt ME-109, Focke-Wulf 190, Hawker Hurricane plus two or three from among the following - Spitfire, P-51 Mustang, P-40 Warhawk and P-47 Thunderbolt. Here are a few pictures of the ones I have today:




    The jets I built included an F-94 Starfire, F-104 Starfighter and perhaps an F-9F Panther or F-86 Sabre among others:





    The artist responsible for the box art on most of the above plane model kits was Jo Kotula.

    I bought most of the warplane kits at Les' Variety although I may also have bought a couple at Ken's Variety four blocks in the other direction on Wharncliffe Road. Ken's had even more model kits than did Les' but many of the ones at Ken's were AMT car model kits in which I had less interest at the time.  Overall though compared to other variety stores Ken's was even more of a treasure trove of kids' stuff including Pez dispensers, bobble-head dolls of CFL players, Krun-Chee Potato Chips which was a less common brand in London, Black Cat Bubble Gum, a neat plastic Bozo gumball machine and a tempting Silverwood's Ice Cream sign outside:



    Most of the warplanes I built were by Aurora although a very few of them may have been by Hawk because the old hawk's head logo seems very familiar. Another possible reason for my clear remembrance of the hawk's head logo may be because a Hawk WWI plane was for a long time on display in the window of Steve's Variety & Gift Shop a half block up from Les'. It may have been a Nieuport or this Spad XIII but I never found it tempting enough to buy:


    These days though I collect Hawk warplane kits with the hawk's head logo simply because of the strong memory the logo evokes.

    Anyway I was keeping all these military kits I'd built on a little end table in my bedroom. But one day in late 1964 my older sister took it upon herself to vacuum them all which resulted in some of the tiny parts being sucked into the machine. This broke my heart and put an end to my building of warplane and ship models. 


    Not that I was short of other interests at the time. My buddy Tony L. and I were engaged in collecting all bubble gum cards, e.g. baseball, hockey, football, non-sports, etc, my subscriptions to Aquaman and Fox and the Crow comics had not ended, my interest in Mad magazine was burgeoning and was quickly followed by my discovery of Drag Cartoons and Big Daddy Roth magazines, and I'd been knocked out by Creepy 1 which had hit newsstands in early December. So much cool stuff all of which I still hold dear of course!