MARKET REPORT for Overstreet #43 (2013) Annual Comic Book Price Guide by Douglas W. Sulipa

*** The UN-EDITED Original Version; (Paragraphs Highlighted in BLUE were Edited Out of Printed Version)

 

INTRODUCTION;

    This was the biggest year to date, for Back issue Comics demand related to Upcoming MOVIES (see Marvel & DC sections of this report for more); Minds Eye Entertainment has picked up the rights to CAPTAIN CANUCK for a possible feature film circa 2015. If it actually pans out, this under-valued series could skyrocket in price, as US Dealer inventory's are very low.

     Comics from the late Copper Age circa 1988-1992 thru to the Mid-1990's, have started to become Nostalgic for Fans of the Era. Demand is up for; early Carnage, Maximum Carnnage, Batman vs Bane, Death of Superman, Batman's Death in the Family, Image Comics, Valiant Comics, Todd McFarlane comics, Amazing Spider-Man #298-328, Incredible Hulk #330-346, AMALGAM titles, Rise of the Midnight Sons/Midnight Massacre/Siege of Darkness & other titles.

    This was a Record Year for us, for Clearing out Overstock Inventory. We made up & Sold 1000's of affordable Set Lots of around an average 20 Comics per Lot, on our Website, eBay & Elsewhere. The great news is that fans worldwide still love to read comics & it is not all about investment & value. Far and Away the Bestselling Set was Captain Canuck #1-14 with Special #1 (1975-1981) with over 100 Sets Sold at $39 to $55 range. After 37 Years of heavy Captain Canuck inventory, we might actually be SOLD OUT in the not too distant future. We also sold 25 sets of CAPTAIN CANUCK Unholy War #1-4 and CAPTAIN CANUCK Legacy #1a,#1b,#1.5.

      The Suprise to us, was that the most popular mainstream Character sets (Batman, Spider-Man, X-Men etc) were not the bestsellers. These were our Top Selling Overstock Clearance sets this Year (Sold at 25%-50% off Guide) with 7-15 sets each Sold;  ADVANCED DUNGEONS and DRAGONS 1-36, AKIRA #1-10, AMALGAM Comics 24 issue Set, ATARI FORCE 1-20, BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT COMIC BOOK #1-12,BLACK LIGHTNING #1-11, CAPTAIN BRITAIN (Marvel UK 1976) #1-11, CAPTAIN CARROT #1-20, CAPTAIN PLANET #1-12, CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED 1990-1991 Berkley First comics #1-27, DESTROYER DUCK #1-7, DOCTOR STRANGE 1974 #1-81, DOOM 2099 #1-44, DRAGONLANCE #1-34, ELVIRA'S HOUSE OF MYSTERY #1-11, FURTHER ADVENTURES OF INDIANA JONES #1-34, GROO CHRONICLES 1-6, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1-62(Movie on the way), HUMAN FLY #1-19(Possible Movie), INFINITY GAUNTLET #1-6, JOHN CARTER (Marvel) #1-28, Annual #1-3, Marvel Feature (RED SONJA) #1-7, MS. MARVEL #1-23, the 'NAM #1-84, NOVA #1-25, PIRATES OF DARK WATER #1-9, Rampaging HULK Magazine #1-9, RED SONJA V1 #1-15, V3 #1-13, ROCKET RACCOON #1-4(Guardians of the Galaxy Movie related), ROM the Spaceknight #1-75, Savage SHE-HULK #1-25, SHOGUN WARRIORS #1-20, SPIDER-WOMAN 1978 #1-25, TARZAN Lord of the Jungle #1-29, Annual #1-3, THANOS QUEST #1-2, TOMB OF DRACULA 1979 Magazine #1-6, TOXIC AVENGER #1-11 TOXIC CRUSADERS #1-8, 2001 a Space Odyssey #1-10;

    CGC purchased Classics Incorporated the comic book restoration company & is moving them in-house. CGC will now know exactly what restoration is done on in-house books, perhaps they can eventually Rate the amount of restoration on a  scale of 1-10 (for example), as many top books are resored & deserve more respect. In many hobbies Restoration & Preservation of items adds value, does not detract as in the Comics hobby. It seems the Pressing contoversy is now permanently settled; CGC cannot detect Pressing & it is still the Original book, so they basically have now endorsed the practice. So now you can get your books pressed by Classics Incorporated & sent direct to CGC for grading with the Blue Unrestored Label. Pressing has made High Grade copies more common, thus affecting prices downward on many titles, as can be seen at GPA. But one needs to remember, there are a Limited amount of High Grade copies, so once the Pressing Surge has finished & the economy recovers, prices should start to rise again. The practice of Breaking comics out of the Slab & re-submitting for a higher grade, will multiply once Pressing becomes more common.  The drawback, is that CGC does not know it is the same copy over again, and counts it as a new item in the CENSUS, thus skewing the real quantities. Too bad CGC had not adapted the practice of  marking the items with a DNA Coding (as in the Aurograph Hobby), for ID and Verification purposes. Hopefully they will consider this in the future. 

     The Prices Listed in the Overstreet Guide in my opinion, is an estimation of what you should expect to pay to a Professional Dealer with a Large Inventory.  Many people feel that eBay is the Real Price Guide, but i disagree for many Reasons, just a few include; (1) an eBay sale that is Forced by auction in a Limited Time Period (like a week) is often not seen by the many buyers who might want the book, thus can often sell well below a Market Value that is often achieved by a Patient Seller; (2) It is a given Fact that condition grading is all over the Map & you usually do not know for sure what you will get, until it arrives. They most smart buyers bid expecting items to be overgraded & are often right. Many Sellers put scans where you really cannot Judge the Condition. (3) All it takes is 2 buyers who want the same item to drive prices way above market value. These one-offs might never be repeted & cannot be used as a benchmark. (4) Most Buyers, myself included, miss items all the time, simply because we did not realize they where up for auction, until it was too late. (5) eBay is basically a Gigantic Flea Market, with all kinds of Random prices Realized; Random pricing is just not a good Basis for setting Standard Pricing in a serious Collectible Hobby; (6) eBay is most accurate on High Demand items, that are sold on a regular basis. But even with these short time period established records, worldwide buyers often stampede to buy items everytime a new Trend happens (Like Comics related to new Movies) & usually overpay. These buyers often do not have enough experience to realize you should SELL when the price peek, not buy. The "It's Hot & I have it but you Don't" mentality has cost endless buyer some of their hard earned money. When the next hot things around, the previous ones often settle back down closer to previous levels. (7) The best time to BUY Hot comics, is before they become Hot. This takes experience, knowledge & foresight, something you cannot find on eBay, as it has not yet happened. (8) Many sellers price most of their VF, 8.0 comics in the $20.00 or Less price range, at full NM-, 9.2 price Guide prices, then complain they do not sell.  Meanwhile if they properly graded & priced (for example) that VF comic at the $10 guide price, rather than the $20 NM-, 9.2 price, there is a good chance it would have sold.      

     Affordable KEY issues ($10 to $200 price Range) were HOT for all the major Publishers, from 1950's thru 1990's, in all grades that fell onto this price Range. In many cases, this means that G thru FN copies were the Hottest issues, bringing the highest premiums over Guide.      

 

ARCHIE comics;

    ARCHIE KEY issues have been bringing record Breaking Prices the last few years (with many Scarce even in FINE or Better), including; Archie #1(VF+ $167,300); Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #1(7.5 = $2868), #320(9.6=$600; 9.0=$400);  Archie Giant series #1(7.5 = $2,350); Archie's Madhouse #22(VG+ = $250); Archie's Mechanics #3(FN $568); Archie's Pals N Gals #1(9.2 = $2500); #23(1st Josie; FN $308), Jughead #325(Cheryl Blossom; VF/NM $125), Jughead's Folly #1(1st ELVIS in comics; FN/VF $480), Laugh Comics #20(FN+ $700); Little Archie #1(VG/FN $1554); Pep Comics #22(1st Archie; G = $28,680),  Wilbur #5(1st Katy Keene; FN/VF $950); Like most Cartoon & Humor comics, they tend to be well read, most were saved by Non-Collectors, thus the great majority are in Low Grade condition. Unlike some publishers, i have not heard of any FILE copies for Archie, thus HIGH GRADE by PERIOD begins with these Conditions are are often very Tough even in these Grades; (1981-1990= VF/NM; 1968-1980 = VF+; 1962-1967 = VF; 1946-1961 = FN/VF; 1941-1946 = FN);

     We have 35,000+ Archie Comics & 10,000+ Archie Digests in stock, thus we always do well with them. I have noticed in recent Years that some of our regular collectors, who typically buy Marvel & DC, have started picking up Archie KEY issues, as are buyers on eBay, thus the rising prices. *** KEY issues include; all 1941-1950 issues, most 1951-1956 issues, all #1's, #100's, Last issues, Dan DeCarlo art issues, NEAL ADAMS art issues, most issues of the better GIRL Titles (Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica, Cheryl Blossom, Ginger, Josie & the Pussycats, Katy Keene, Sabrina, Suzie, etc), the Circa 1960 Horror & Sci-Fi Cover issues. 

     The Archie 15 cent test market variants (2/1962-4/1963) are around 100 Scarcer than regular Editions & bring around 200% Guide; The Archie's Madhouse #22(1st Sabrina) exists as a 15 cent variant, and might set new price records in the not to distant future. Canadian Newsstand Cover Price Variants (All comics & Digests from 9/1982-4/1997 with Digest up to 12/1997) are 10-20 Scarcer than USA editions, & includes B&V #320(1st Cheryl Blossom) bringing 125% Guide for Regular issues and 150% Guide for KEY issues; ARCHIE 35 cent Giants from late 1950's thru Mid 60's sell for about 120% Guide;

    All the Archie brand Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures titles are in even Higher Demand (original Mirage titles are slow sellers, with the exception of TMNT #1) with #50-71 bringing 200% Guide or More as they are LOW Print Runs & Scarce issues;

     FAST WILLIE JACKSON by Fitzgerald Periodicals seems to be ARCHIE Comics related & possibly published be them. It is Archie-Style Teen-Age Humor with almost all BLACK Characters; Covers & Art by Gus Lemoine an African-American comic artist that worked at ARCHIE Comics; Bertram Fitzgerald-s; all LOW PRINT and SCARCE to RARE;  This little 7 issue set is extremely hard to put together in any grade.

 

     CARtoons & similar mags by Millar/Petersen & related publishers, have been one of our Bestsellers for the Last 5 Years. Five Years back started with a Large selection of about 500 Mags (including duplicates) on our Website, and within 3 years we sold 75% of them at full retail. We then bought about 3-4 collections getting our selection back up to 300+ mags, but within 2 years wer back down to less than 50 Mags. These have been difficult to re-stock in the last 1-2 years, but we manage to  keep an assorted inventory around 100 issues. About 90% of the copies on the Martketplace are in G-FN condition, with about 9% in FN+ to VF, and perhaps 1% in VF+ or Better; Most major are almost alway Sold Out or nearly so on all these titles. With no real guidelines, these often bring good price on ebay, when compared to other Humor titles of the Period. Since none of these are in the Guide, i will provide a rough but usable price Guide, as below. Prices Below are for FN copies (VF=add 100%; FN/VF=add 50%;  VG=Subtract 20%; G=Subtract 40%);  BREEZY RIDER (Coloney Pub.; Motorcycle Humor comics; 1971) -  Volume-1 #1 (1971; FN $36); #2, 3(6/1971), 4(8/1971) FN=$27; //  CARtoons (1960-1991; Millar / Petersen Pub; Car Humor cartoons comic; 1960-1961 issues = Digest Size; 1962 up = Regular Magazine size, 8-1/4" x 11")  #NN (#1; SCARCE; No Date; 1960; First Story = Saga of Rumpville"; Digest size; FN=$90); #2 (1960; RARE; Digest size), #NN (#3?; Fall/1961; RARE)  FN=$60; #5(4/1962; #7; 52 pages magazines begin;  FN=$48); #11-30(FN=$36); #31-50(FN=$27); #51-80(FN=$21); #81-101(FN=$21); 1979-1985 issues (3/1979 = 2 page IRON-ON Bonus Inserts BEGIN; issues published with Bonus with Bonus intact FN=$18; Subtract 1/3 if Bonus Missing;  issues published without a Bonus FN= $14); 1986 thru 6/1991 issues (issues published with Bonus with Bonus intact FN=$15; Subtract 1/3 if Bonus Missing;  issues published without a Bonus FN= $12);
8/1991; (LAST ISSUE?; with Bonus 2-Sided Centerfold POSTER intact FN=$18; Poster Missing FN = $12); // 
BEST OF CARtoons (Petersen Pub.; 1977-1990) #1 (Fall/1977; IRON-ON Bonus Inserts intact FN=$36; Subtract 1/3 if Bonus Missing); #2, 3(Summer/1978); with IRON-ON Bonus Inserts intact; FN=$27; Subtract 1/3 if Bonus Missing); #4-9 (9=1990; FN=$18) // CYCLEtoons (Petersen Pub.; 1968-1973; CYCLEtoons combines with CARtoons in #76 in 4/1974); #1(1968; FN=$60); #2-10(FN $30); #11-19(1969-1972; FN $25); // Pete Millar's DRAG Cartoons (Millar Pub. Co..; 1963-1971; Alex TOTH Art in many early issues); #1(FN $80)  #2(12/63, Millar-a; Russ Manning-a; Warren Tufts-a; Mel Keefer-a; Alex TOTH-a; FN=$60) #3-10(FN=$40); #11-20 (FN=$30); 1966-1969 issues(FN=$27); 1970-1971 issues (FN=$21);
WILDEST / BEST OF DRAG CARtoons #1-4  (4=1970,  FN=$27) //  HOT ROD CARtoons (Petersen Pub.; 11/1964-11-12/1974; Combines with CARtoons in 1975); #1(11/1964; Scarce; FN=$60); #2-5(2=1/65; FN=$40) #6-10(FN=$30); #11-30(FN $27); #31-60(FN=$22); #61(11-12/1974; 10th Anniversary issue; LAST issue; Low Print & SCARCE; FN=$27) // RACIN' toons (Lopez Pub.; Car Racing Humor cartoons comic; 1970-1973) Volume 1 #1 (1970?; FN=$36); Volume 1 #2-8(FN=$27); Volume 2 #1-4 (1972; FN=$22); Volume 3 #1-4 (V3#2=10/72; V3#4=2/73; FN=$20); //  SURFtoons (Petersen's Pub; 52 pages; B&W Magazine; all SCARCE; Rick Griffin in early issues) #1 (1965; FN=$200); #2 (1966; FN=$120); #3(1966; FN=$100); #4 (11/1966; FN=$90); 1967 issues (FN=$45); 1968-1969 issues (FN=$36) // WACKY WHEELS (Colony Pub.; Car Humor cartoons comic) Volume-1 #1 (7/1971; FN=$27);  *** BIG DADDY ROTH #1-4 is Listed in the Guide, but is very under-valued in G-FN(usually sell at 200% guide in these grades), with very few VF or better copies ever surfacing;


 

DC COMICS;

       The Economy still affects sales on many "ordinary" back issue comics. For example, most DC superhero comics of the 1960's are very slow, unless they are a Key issue, or minor-Key issues (Origin, Last issues, Giants, top Artists, major Villian, new Directions etc). Lack of space in the guide hinders some of these needed changes, to break out prices on Minor-Key issues, so that the market can be better reflected. Most 1960's DC #1-10's still have some demand. NEAL ADAMS covers on Most 1965-1975 era DC Comics are Hot to Red Hot, while all the ordinary issues around them are slow  sellers even at a Discount. The only thing holding back the values of these NEAL ADAMS cover DC's, is that the prices are not yet broken out from the rest of the pack on most titles. Titles like Tomahawk that do have them broken out are now very noticeable & sell 200-400% Better than ordinary surrounding issues, and at premium prices. The NEAL ADAMS covers on DC Love comics (Girls' Romance #134, Secret Hearts 120, Young Romance #154 are near impossible to find in better than VG and bring 200-300% Guide in nice shape); ADAMS Covers/Art in these DC Titles should be a good long term investment; Action, Adventure, Adventures of Bob Hope, Adventures of Jerry Lewis, All Star Western, Aquaman, Batman, Brave and the Bold, Challengers of the Unknown, DC Special, Detective Comics, From Beyond the Unknown, Green Lantern, Hot Wheels, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Justice League of America, Our Army at War, Phantom Stranger, Secret Hearts, Showcase, Spectre, Star Spangled War Stories, Strange Adventures, Super DC Giant Superboy, Superman, Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, Teen Titans, Tomahawk, Unexpected, Witching Hour, World's Finest,Young Romance;  

     Demand related to Upcoming MOVIES was huge this year, for DC that translated into a complete sellout of; BATMAN: Vengeance of BANE Special #1 (9.4=$59; 9.2=$49; 9.0=$39; 8.0=$29); Christopher Nolan's movie Dark Knight Rises did amazing at over One Billion Dollars worldwide. We also sold a lot of copies of Batman #497(9.0=$5 to 9.6=$15 each range); the DC movies have drawn less back issue action than Marvel titles, but V for Vendetta and Watchmen are still great selling back issues. Man of Steel film has some potential, as it is directed Christopher Nolan of recent Batman Trilogy fame. Thus there has some interest in Phantom Zone villian comics, in particular Action comics #471-473(5-7/1977; have the first 3 appearances of FAORA Hu-UL the Kryptonian Super-Villianess who appeared in TV's Smallville season-8; with Phantom Zone Villians Jax-Ur, Zod, Kru-El & Vakox; #473 has a Neal Adams cover); Jonah Hex had big potential with fans imagining a cool Clint Eastwood style spagetti western, but instead we got a lame boring Western character with zero personality. Hopefully it will be done right one day in the future. Booster Gold appeared in TV's Smallville in season 10 and a potential TV series of his own, thus #1-25(1986-88) was hot for nearly a year, but has now cooled.  

    Kirby's Fourth World Series began with Jimmy Olsen #133 in 10/1970, it was one of the biggest hits of the early Bronze Age, it raised the status of JACK KIRBY from mere Legend, arguably to the most important artist in Comics History. Jack Kirby dominated most of the 1970's, at both DC & Marvel, with everything he worked on becoming a Bestseller, yet these 1970's titles have been slower sellers in recent years, unless sold at Discount prices. The 1970-1975 DC Kirby comics, are much scrcer that the 1976-1980 Kirby Marvel comics, especially in High grade, thus the DC's are due for a price increase in the next few years. Perhaps DARKSEID will be the catalyst that will turn the tide.  Many fans are already getting excited about the 2015 film version of Justice League  (tentatively with Aquaman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman). Rumor has it that Darkseid will be the villian, thus Jimmy Olsen #134-136 and Forever People #1,2, New Gods #1,2 are starting to heat up, after near a decade of being a sleepers.  Rumor says the storyline might adapt JLA #183-185 with the JSA X-Over, so those are comics to watch & most major dealers are already sold out. The JLA movie could be the DC film that makes related DC back issues nearly as Hot as Marvel.

     BATMAN comics were HOT again all year. Other than the early Golden Age, Batman blows away Superman in sales. It is amazing that Action #1 still lists at about 30% Higher than Detective #27 in Guide #42. To date CGC has grade 58 copies of Detective #27 (29 Restored) and 59 copies of Action #1(24 restored). If Batman continues to dominate the market, perhaps Detective #27 price will one day overtake Action #1 in value, in spite of the impotance of the latter.  All the NEAL ADAMS art issues of BATMAN Titles have been hot for several Years, but now demand for all issues of Neal Adams under-valued Batman & Detective covers is way up.  Batman #222,227 are Blazing Hot in all grades, with current Guide prices at below Wholesale. #222[CGC copies bring; 9.2=$400; 9.0=$300; Raw copies bring; FN=$75; VG=$50];  #227[CGC copies bring; 9.4=$1000+; 9.0=$600; 7.0=$225; Raw copies bring; FN=$100; VG=$60];  ** Other HOT issues; #189[CGC 7.0 copies bring $230]; #232[CGC 8.0 copies bring $275]; #243-245 have very few 9.0 or Better copies on the market in the last 2 years & are due for a big Price Jump. #251[CGC 9.0 copies bring $200]; #423(classic McFarlane-c is much requested & under-Valued); Detective Comics #370, 372 & all ADAMS-c issues are Sleepers; Detective Comics #411 is Red Hot & below Wholesale in Guide [CGC 9.0 copies bring $300; Raw copies v=bring; VF=$100; FN=$60; VG=$30];  Circulation Statements reveal these Low Print Runs on Batman #357-402(75,303 to 97,741/month), & Detective #482-569(64,635 to 89,635/month), when collectors start to put togester High Grade Runs, these are due to skyrocket in Price; Batman #357[1st app JASON TODD now the RED HOOD;  1st brief app Killer Croc; CGC 9.6 copies bring $135; Raw VF copies bring $40];   The hottest Modern DC character is HARLEY QUINN;  Batman Adventures #12 (1993; Raw copies bring $50-75; CGC copies bring $90-$300); Batman Adventures: Mad Love #1  (1st Print; Raw copies bring $25-75; CGC copies bring $125-$200);  Of the modern Era BATMAN titles, all the Animated & Batman Adventures titles are among the top sellers.

    Other Hot comics that are Listed below Wholesale in Overstreet #42;  DC Comics Presents #47[CGC copies bring; 9.4=$150; Raw copies bring; VF=$50; FN=$30];

Masters of the Universe #12,13[Raw copies bring; VF=$20-25 each]; Our Army at War #83[recent CGC copies sold for; 6.5=$5676; 6.0=$3900; 4.0=$1135; 1.8=$750]

 

 

DELL comics;

    Marvel & DC are by far the most collected publishers of Vintage Pre-1986 Comics, with Dell/Gold Key typically being the third most collected. Dell embraced the traditions of turning Liscensed characters into Comics (from sources like; Cartoons, TV, Movies, Radio, Pulps, magazines, Books, newspaper Comics, studios like Disney, Walter Lantz, Looney Tunes/Warner Bros, Hanna-Barbara & more); Most of the creators were not credited, perhaps in an effort to not distract the reader from the Original Source material. This formula for success has suceeded for 75 Years in Comics & well beyond when we consider the Platinum age.  Most Dell comics in G-FN are still Under-Valued in the Guide, while many VF-NM Dells are still overvalued in Guide [the Price to Condition spreads are far too wide on 95% of DELL comics -- The Wide price spreads that work for superhero comics, do not apply for most cartoon, western, & other Liscensed character Comics]; In the last few years, demand for FOUR COLOR comics in general has been up, more & more Collectors are going after the complete series. Many series began in Four Color & were later awarded their own  titles with new numbering - The FC issues are usually the bestselling issues.

 


HARVEY comics;

    The Harvey FILE COPIES that have been dumped on eBay at Bargain prices saturated the market in the last 2 years or so, with many high grade copies currently selling at below guide prices. But, collectors have discovered that many issues did not have FILE copies & are not availiable in high grades. Once this collection disperses thru the marketplace, demand & prices should fall back into line, as has happened with other File Copy collection finds. KEY issues were naturally the first to sell out & values held up on most, with some already increasing in value. Meanwhile all 1975 & Older CARTOON Titles were in Good Stead Demand, in FA/G thru FN Grades, and most are actually undervalued in these grades. Most 1976-1994 titles were in Moderate demand (mostly in VG to VF grades); HARVEY comics are traditionally not stocked by the the great majority of Comic Dealers, thus putting together RUNS on most titles can be much more difficult thyan moodest guide prices would indicate. As has been the Trend in recent years, Collectors who normally do not buy Cartoon comics, have been  dabbling with KEY issues of Harvey comics, & have found that many are SCARCE in better than VG condition. 

    All 1991-1994 Titles all had LOW Print Runs (Except for issue #1's) & are Scarcer, with most issues always Sold Out with most major dealers [We sell VF/NM copies in the $6 to $10 each range, when we are able to stock them];   The 1989-1992 Alfred Harvey (Recollections Comics / Lorne-Harvey Pub) Titles are all had LOW PRINT runs & are already scarce (VF/NM copies bring $10-$15), including; ALFRED HARVEY'S BLACK CAT The ORIGINS #1(1992), ALFRED HARVEY Presents the MAN IN BLACK #1(1990), ALFRED HARVEY VINTAGE COMIC CLASSICS #1(1990; RED DEMON-c/s), ORIGINAL BLACK CAT (Alfred Harvey Presents) #1-3(1989-1990), WAR SIRENS and LIBERTY BELLES #1(1991; 100 Pages);

 

MARVEL Comics;

    Comics demand related to Upcoming Marvel MOVIES were easily the Hottest comics of the Year, with no end in site.  The upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel/Disney MOVIE is sceduled to hit theatres in August 2014, and has evoked huge demand (9-12/2012 Market Values noted for the KEY Back issues); The 30 Marvel comic books from 1969-1980 that are Guardians related include; MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #18 (1/1969 Squarebound GIANT; FIRST appearance & ORIGIN of the GUARDIANS of the GALAXY-c/s; VF=$200; VG/FN=$100); Astonishing Tales #29(4/1975; MARVEL SUPER-HEROES #18 reprint);  Marvel Two-In-One #5(9/1974; 2nd Guardians; VF/NM=$40); Giant-size Defenders #5(7/1975; 3rd Guardians; VF/NM=$50); DEFENDERS #26-29(8-11/1975, 4th-7th; 26,27= 1st/2nd cameo of Starhawk; 28,29 = 1st/2nd Full app of Starhawk; VF/NM=$15); Defenders #36, Marvel Present #3-12(2/1976-8/1977; FIRST Guardians SOLO SERIES), Thor Annual #6, Avengers #167,168,170,173,175-177,181, MARVEL TEAM-UP #86, Marvel Two-In-One #61,69,

    Guardians of the Galaxy movie is actually based on the roster of members from the 2008 series; [Drax the Destroyer, Gamora, Quasar {Phyla-Vell}, Rocket Raccoon, Star-Lord & Warlock], thus these related Back Issues have the Higest Demand (9-12/2012 Market Values noted for the KEY Back issues);

Incredible HULK #234(4/1979; Manitoba; 1st app of Quasar, formerly Marvel Man); #271(5/1982; 1st app of Rocket Racoon in the MARVEL UNIVERSE; 2nd app of Rocket Raccoon overall; Rocket Raccoon 1st appeared in Marvel Preview #7 in the Sword in the Star / Witch-World Universe;  First app of Rocket Raccoon on a Cover; NM, 9.4 = $70; VF/NM, 9.0 = $35);  MARVEL PREVIEW (1975-1980; B&W magazine) #4(1/1976; 1st app & ORIGIN of STAR-LORD cover & 33 page story, Later the Team Leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy; VF/NM=$125; VF=$75; VG=$30); #7(Summer/1976; FIRST app of ROCKET RACCOON in Sword in the Star / Witch-World Universe story = a member of the Guardians; VF/NM=$150; VF=$100; FN=$75; VG=$50);  ROCKET RACCOON (5-8/1986) #1-4(VF/NM set $25); STRANGE TALES #180(6/1975; 1st app of GAMORA, a member of the New Guardians of the Galaxy; 9.2=$60; VF/NM=$40); Tales to Astonish #13 = 7 page story "I Challenged...Groot! The Monster from Planet X!" by Jack KIRBY & Ayers = 1st app & ORIGIN of  GROOT; GROOT is a member of the New Guardians of the Galaxy; 150% Guide in any grade];  Weird Wonder Tales #19 (12/1976; 2nd Reprint of Tales to Astonish #13 with Groot); Where Monsters Dwell #6 (11/1970; 1st Reprint of Tales to Astonish #13 with Groot)

   The AVENGERS #1 movie did around 1.5 Billion Dollars worldwide at the Box Office. Tales of Suspense #52(1st Black Widow), #57(1st Hawkeye), Nick Fury #1 (1968) and Strange Tales #135 are all still Hot sellers at 150%+ Guide; The AVENGERS #2 film is very highly anticipated & Speculation has gone Rampant. Because THANOS made a Cameo at the end of film #1, many expect the THANOS War Saga with Warlock & Captain Marvel to be the storyline, thus all related items are Hot. IRON MAN #55 is on Fire [9.6=$1500+; 9.4=$1000; 9.2=$750; 9.0=$600; FN=$300; G=$100];  These are the other Related issues (Current 12/2012 Market value listed on KEY issues); Avengers #125(125% Guide), Avengers Annual #7(135% Guide), CAPTAIN MARVEL #25-34(125-150% Guide),  Daredevil #105(125% Guide),  IRON MAN #88, LOGANS RUN #6 (6/1977; First THANOS Solo story = 5 page backup by MIKE ZECK; VF/NM=$50; VF+=$40; VF=$30), Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2(135% Guide),  SPIDEY SUPER STORIES #39(3/1979; THANOS, Cat & Cosmic Cube-c/s), Strange Tales #178,179,181(125% Guide), #180*(150% Guide), Warlock #9-15(125% Guide), 
    The other school of though are Rumors that Vin Diesel will play VISION in Avengers-2 Movie and Ultron-5 might be the Main Villian. The AVENGERS #54 (7/1968; 1st app of the ULTRON-5 disguised as the CRIMSON COWL, with 1 panel cameo of ULTRON-5); #55 (8/1968; 2nd app of the ULTRON-5 disguised as the CRIMSON COWL, with 3 panels depicting ULTRON-5); #57(10/1968; First apperance of Silver Age VISION-c/s; First FULL appearance of the ULTRON-5 on 7 pages, with partial Origin; VF/NM=$300; VF=$180); #58(11/1968; ORIGIN & second Apperance of Silver Age VISION-c/s; Second FULL appearance of the ULTRON-5; VF/NM=$180);

    The ANT-MAN and WASP Movie is scheduled for release in 2014, thus these issues are Up in Demand; Both Henry Pym as Ant-Man of the 1960s along with Scott Lang as the modern day Ant-Man are said to be major characters in the Film. AVENGERS #181(3/1979; BYRNE-a; PEREZ-c 1st app SCOTT LANG who becomes the new ANT-MAN, one month before Marvel Premiere #47; VF/NM=$25). MARVEL FEATURE (1971-1973) #4-10, MARVEL PREMIERE #47(4/1979; Origin & 1st app of SCOTT LANG as the New Astonishing ANT-MAN; John BYRNE-c/a; VF/NM=$24); #48(5/1979; 2nd of SCOTT LANG as the New Astonishing ANT-MAN; BYRNE-c/a; VF/NM, 9.0 = $22); TALES TO ASTONISH #27, 35-48, with #44(1st WASP red hot at 125-200% Guide)

    The WOLVERINE #1 film made $373 Million at Boxoffice; Kenuichio Harada the SILVER SAMURAI will be the main Villian in the 2013 WOLVERINE #2 Movie will feature; Jean Grey, Kenuichio Harada the Silver Samurai, Lord Shingen Yashida (Japanese Yakuza Crime Boss & father of SILVER SAMURAI), Viper(Madame Hydra), Mariko Yashida, YUKIO, etc;  Demand is up for these issues;  Daredevil #111(7/1974; 1st appearance of Kenuichio Harada the SILVER SAMURAI cover & story; VF/NM=$50); *** SILVER SAMURAI also appears in these; Marvel Team-Up #57(5/1977; 2nd app SILVER SAMURAI), #83,84,85(Viper also app), Spider-Woman #37,38, 42,43, New Mutants #5,6(Viper also app), Uncanny X-Men #172-174, Wolverine (1988) #2(12/1988; Wolverine vs SILVER SAMURAI Battle-c/s), and #3, Wolverine Saga #3; >> Other Related Comics; Uncanny X-Men #172,173(Wolverine & Mariko wedding, continued from the 1982 Mini-Series), Captain America #157-159,163, 170, 180-182 (VIPER / Madame Hydra), WOLVERINE (1982; Limited Series; classic FRANK MILLER-s/c/a)  #1(9/1982; 1st app Lord Shingen Yashida; 1st app YUKIO / Earth 616; Mariko Yashida, Asano Kimura, Noburu-Hideki appear); #2(10/1982; Mariko Yashida, Lord Shingen Yashida appear); #3(11/1982; Yukio kills Asano Kimura; Mariko Yashida app); #4(12/1982; Mariko Yashida, Yukio, the Hand & X-MEN appear; Death of Lord Shingen & Noburu-Hideki; Mariko and Wolverine get engaged, story continues into X-Men #172);  Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #1-6 (YUKIO appears);  Uncanny X-Men #118 (2/1979; Mariko the daughter of Shingen Yashida, half-sister of the Silver Samurai, & cousin of Sunfire and Sunpyre. Upon her father's death, she became head Oyabun Yashida clan Yakuza crime family)
    The THOR #1 Movie made $450 Million Worldwide at Box office.  The THOR #2 Movie is scheduled for release in 2013, thus these issues are Up in Demand;  Journey into Mystery #103 (4/1964; 1st appearance of Enchantress & Executioner-c/s = rumored to be Villans in the THOR #2 Movie; Red Hot at around 200% Guide);  #119(8/1965; 1st app of the WARRIORS THREE = Fandral, Hogun, and Volstagg; Warriors Three, they appeared in THOR Movie #1 and will again in #2);

JIM #103 has NOT cooled in demand, even though it now seems they will not be in Film #2. THOR Movie #2: the Dark World with star MALEKITH as the Main Villian, thus these are HOT;  THOR #344(6/1984; Simonson-c/a; 1st app of MALEKITH the Accursed, Ruler of the the Dark Elves; 9.4=$20; 9.2=$15; 9.0=$10)

THOR #345-349(2nd-6th app of MALEKITH)

    The CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 Movie made $368 Million Worldwide at Box office.  The Captain America movie #2: Winter Soldier Movie (with Bucky, Black Widow & Falcon) is scheduled for release in 2014, thus These issues are Up in Demand; Avengers #4, 56(Bucky), CAPTAIN AMERICA #117(9/1969; 1st app FALCON-c/s; Red Skull & Cosmic Cube-s; 150% Guide); #118-119(10-11/1969; 2nd & 3rd app FALCON-c/s;with Red Skull & Cosmic Cube-s); Tales of Suspense #52(1st Black Widow), #79–81(1st Cosmic Cube issues),

     Other Movies of Note; IRON MAN #118(Manitoba; 1/1979; Layton-c/a; John BYRNE layouts-a; 1st app JIM RHODES; Jim Rhodes appeared in Iron Man Movie #2; In Iron Man Movie #3 Jim Rhodes will become WAR MACHINE, with Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin); #169(4/1983; First app of the NEW IRON MAN, as Jim Rhodes replaces Tony Stark); #170(2nd Jim Rhodes as new IM story, and 1st time on cover; Obadiah Stane from Movie #1 appears); #284(9/1992; DEATH of TONY STARK / IRON MAN Cover & Story; JIM RHODES Becomes the New IRON MAN); Tales of Suspense #50 with 1st app of Mandarin is red hot;  Ghost Rider #2: Spirit of Vengeance was a bust, but still made $132 Million at boxoffice; No sequesls for Blade, Daredevil, Hulk or Punisher in near future. Amazing Spider-Man Movie-1 made #121 the Death of Gwen Stacy a HOT book, and should continue with movie-2 (which will might have Electro or the Lizard as the villian); 

    *** Other Movies on the way; X-Men Days of Future Past (2014; with Raven/Mystique & Magneto) and Fantastic Four (2015); *** More Movies in Development stages with No Dates announced; Black Panther(Wesley Snipes?), Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds?), Iron Fist, Nick Fury Agent of SHEILD, Punisher, Vision. LUKE CAGE Hero for Hire (Cage; In 2003 Columbia Pictures bought the Rights to a future LUKE CAGE Movie / Film, that may eventually go to Theatre's; potentially with Tyrese Gibson as Luke Cage); HUMAN FLY [the Eisenberg-Fisher Productions MOVIE is in development, based on real-life stuntman Joe Ramacieri & also the basis for the 1977-1979 Marvel Comics Series];  
    
  The Economy still affects sales on many "ordinary" back issue comics. For example, most MARVEL superhero comics from 1966-1970 are slow, unless they are High Grade, a Key issue, or minor-Key issue. For Example; Amazing Spider-Man #65(Prison), 75(Man-Mountain Marko), 81(Kangaroo), 95(London), 99(Prison) are Slow issues and should List at 10-20% Lower than issues with Better Villians; Just as JOKER issues of BATMAN list at Premium Price, better Villians (Green Goblin, Dr Octopus, Venom) issues of Spider-Man sell faster & should be broken out of the pack & list at premium prices.  Lack of space in the guide hinders some of these needed changes, so that the market can be better reflected. Early issue and KEY issues remain in Constand demand in all grades; The higher priced 1966-1970 SA Marvels, have slowed in demand compared to the affordable 1971-1975 Bronze Age issues; Examples include; Avengers #21-53 are mostly slow sellers, while #54-200 are all good sellers; Captain America #121-150 are slower, while #100-120, 150-255 are all good sellers; Daredevil #21-49 are slower, while 1-20, 50-168 are good sellers 

 Fantastic Four #61-110 are slower while 1-60 111-167 are good sellers; Incredible Hulk #102-250 and Iron Man #1-150 are exceceptions with most issue Good sellers;

Journey into Mystery #113-124 are slower, with #83-112 always in demand;  Strange Tales #116-134, 136-147 are slower, while 101-115, 148-181 are good sellers; 

Tales of Suspense #67-99 are slower, while #39-66 are Good sellers; Tales to Astonish #61-101 are slower, while 27, 35-60 are good sellers; Thor #127-161 are slower, while 125, 162-250 are good sellers;  X-Men ##21-49, 67-93 are slower, while #1-20, 50-66, 94-110 are good sellers;

 

WARREN, Skywald & MISC Horror Comic Mags;
   
Warren:  Investors still want VF/NM or Better copies, with strictly graded Raw copies selling faster (9.4=200% of 9.2 Guide; 9.2 at 150% Guide; 9.0 at 9.2 prices)  than higher priced CGC copies, these are getting harder to restock each year.  Creepy and Eerie #31-80 are in shorter supply & the best sellers in all Grades;

The under-Valued Reading copies (FA/G to VG) of most issues Creepy, Eerie & Vampirella are in Big demand bringing 135-150% Guide [On many issues my Lowest graded copy is often FN];  AFTER HOURS is on many Want Lists (1957 Jay Publishing Co. aka WARREN) #1-4 remain SCARCE in all Grades with VF or Better being Rare (#1 was the First Warren mag; #4 = 1st Forrest Ackerman on Monster article was the Famous Monsters Prototype is extra scarce with NO copies graded by CGC; #1,4 both had Bettie Page; #1 = only 7 copies graded by CGC, with #2(3), #3(2) CGC graded example;   Blazing Combat #1 & Anthology (G-FN bring 300% Guide; FN/VF or Better copies are near impossible to find; CGC has so far only graded 10 copies in VF or Better);  Famous Monsters #1-32 were in High demand in VG or Better this year, with almost all our VF or Better copies selling out; (Most FM #6-32 have only about 25 copies each so far Graded by CGC); the classic HELP Magazines by Harvey Kurtzman still have not been Re-Listed in the Guide & are Notoriously scarce in High Grade (CGC has graded only 14 of the 26 issues to date, mostly 1 copy each in VF range), as the paper at the spines are Fragile, and the spines to the cover split & separate easily; Heidi Saha (500 Printed? is Very RARE with mid grade copies bringing $500-$1000 if you can find one at all); VAMPIRELLA #1 in in consistant High Demand, but especially in short supply affordable range with G-FN range copies bringing 150% Guide range; 

    The SKYWALD Mags only lasted 52 months from 12/1970 thru 3/1975 (Crime-Machine, Hell-Rider, Nightmare, Psycho & Scream) and are still in constant demand; Warren magazines Folded 30 Years ago in 2/1983, with the Back issue Department copies plentiful in the market for the next 20 Years (until about 10 Years ago);  The Skywald Back issue Department copies dispersed into the marketplace almost immediately in 1975, and supplies have been dwindling ever since, thus on average about 5-10 Times Scarcer than the average comparable Warren mag. Most SKWALD mags have less than  10 Copies graded by CGC (with 0-5 copies each in 9.0 or Better), thus almost every time i list a strictly grade raw example on my site in 9.0 or Better it sells almost instantly at 9.2 guide price.   There is also big demand for FA/G to VG reading copies; ** Nightmare, Psycho & Scream [G-FN= 140-165%; FN/VF-VF+ = 120-140%; Raw 9.0 examples sell at 9.2 guide prices with 9.2 bringing 150% Guide; were are the 9.4 or Better copies??]

   The MISC Horror mags by Eerie Pub, Globe, Hamilton, Major, Modern Day, Stanley, Tempest Pub, & World Famous, are in steady demand in FA/G to FN, and in VF/NM or Better (with FN/VF to VF+ copies the Slowest sellers);  The 1966-1970 issues and the Low Print & Scarcer in All Grades; 1980-1983 issues are also Scarce & the toughest issues for Completionists. HAMMER magazines #1-30 (UK/Britis;  10/1976-11/1984) were HOT this Year mainly for the Hammer-Horror Movie Comics adaptions, but also for the ART (John Bolton, Adams, Wrightson, Parkhouse, Brian Lewis etc), great Painted covers & Movie Articles (Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, George Romero etc) (Average prices; 9.0=$30; 8.0=$24; FN=$16; VG=$10); Bestsellers this Year include;  Chilling Tales of Horror, Ghoul Tales, Hammer mag, Horror Tales, Monsters Attack, Shock, Stark Terror, Tales from the Tomb(1969-70 issues), Tales of Voodoo(1968-70 issues), Terrors of Dracula (all), Terror Tales (1969-70 issues), Web of Horror, Weird (1966-1970, 1979-1981), Weird Vampire Tales(all), Witches Tales(1969-70) (9.0-9.2=125-150% Guide; 6.5-8.5=100% Guide; FA/G-FN=130-160% Guide);  




MARKET REPORT for Overstreet #42 (2012) Annual Comic Book Price Guide by Douglas W. Sulipa

INTRODUCTION;

We sold a Lot of Comics this Year, but still below our pre Recession (Pre-Summer 2008) Era; The main element i have seen changed, is below average demand for items priced at over $50.00, especially in High Grade. In many Genre's, i have noticed Sales on Low Grade & Affordable copies have actually increased. The biggest area of increased demand was for affordable copies of KEY issues (First, Last, Origin, Giants, Anniversary, better Artists, Low Print etc) with current Good thru Fine Guide prices in the $5 to $50 price range. Price spreads between G-FN vs VF-NM- are now so wide, Many of these are now very undervalued in G-FN in the Overstreet guide & often bring premiums of +25% to +100% over guide, with many eager buyers. Many DC and especially MARVEL KEY issue comics in G-FN are near impossible to keep in stock & the current guide prices are now Wholesale Prices (Other Sellers & I, now more regularily buy KEY issues at 70-125% Guide in G-FN to Mark-Up by 50% or More over Cost for Immediate Re-Sale to want list buyers) Similarly, affordable copies of hard to find issues from uncommon to scarcer Popular Titles (especially 1950-1980 era) are sold out in most Major Dealer inventories & often bring premiums of +25% to +100% over guide [ Just a few Examples; Amazing Fantasy #15, Amazing Spider-Man (Most Key issues from #1-300), Archie #1-100, Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #1-100, Batman's by Neal Adams, Conan the Barbarian #1, Creepy #31-80, 121-146 in G-FN, Dizzy Dames #1-6, Dracula Lives in G-FN, Eerie #17-80, 121-139 in G-FN, Hanna-Barbera #1's, Iron Man (1968) #1, Laugh #20-150, Little Lulu #1-30, Magnus (GK) #1, Marvel Spotlight #5(1st Ghost Rider), Millie the Model #18-93 with DeCarlo-a, Our Army at War #83-130(Sgt Rock), Pep #22-161, Scooby Doo (1970's to 1990's), Tarzan (Dell) #1-20, Turok (Dell) #1-5, Vampire Tales in G-FN, Vampirella #1-33, 91-113 in G-FN, Werewolf by Night #32 and many More]; NON-KEY issues of common 1965-1980 Marvel & DC Super-Hero comics in VG to FN/VF are still quite plentiful & many were slower sellers. [We have started selling Large Quantities Discounted Bargain Sets to Force sales on many of these, as our Warehouse is Bursting at the Seems with Overstock on many of these]; Since i have Specialized in & gone out of my way to re-Stock affordable comics that are Hard to Find in ANY grade for over 30 Years, I have always done quite well with these. I actually search out to re-stock Sold-Out issues of Comics other Dealers on carry only if they walk in the door. I try to keep near complete inventories of (1960 and Newer, with Good selection of Older); ACG, Archie, Charlton, Classics, Comic Digests, Cracked, Dell, Dennis the Menace, Gold Key, Harvey, IW/Super, King, Mad, National; Lampoon, Religious, Treasury, Walt Disney, Whitman, etc; The Shortage of copies in Dealer Inventories, on these uncommon to scarce Oddball comics is usually not reported by most Overstreet Advisors (High Priced & Superhero comics are "sexier" in Market Reports) thus prices tend to remain unrealistically Low & the Higher Demand Than Supply shortage continues on year after year. I have a Loyal following of Regular repete Customers, who love my Giganic Selection (World's Biggest in many catagories). This once again was the area that we brought in the most Sales this year.
High Grade investment copies were still good sellers, but mostly items in the $5 to $50 price Ranges, thus a lot of Bronze Age (1970-1984) comics, with increased interest in Copper Age (1985-1992) comics. Many many buyers have finally caught on to the fact that 1980's comics in stirct VF/NM or Better are getting harder & harder to find, as they are already 23-32 Years Old. Decades of Dumping these Comics in Bargain Bins & constant handling, have made the grade of copies of 1980's comics
in most Dealer inventories around FN/VF average. In addition, many major dealers grade averything in VF or Better as NM, while the actual grades (if submitted to CGC) would be a strict 7.0 to 9.0, with only a handful in actual 9.4. Since most of the 1980's comics guide at between $2 to $10 this has become a widespread practice, considered acceptable by the majority of buyers. It has in fact persuaded many uninformed collectors that VF copies are in fact NM copies. For the advanced & informed Collector, it can be a frustrating maket to buy in, if you collect only strict High Grade in 9.2 or Better. Because i have over 20,000 Strictly Graded (with CGC in Mind) Affordable High Grade comics in Stock, especially those from the MANITOBA Pedigree quality collection, i sell many 100's of these at Premiums; [My average asking price, as a Percentage of Overstreet Guide 9.2 price, for Comics that Guide at $50 or Less is; 9.8=400%, 9.6=300%, 9.4=200%, 9.2=150% and with VF/NM copies bringing 9.2 Guide prices]

Our 8000 Square Foot Warehouse is still bursting at the seems with 1,300,000 Comics, Magazines, Digests, Paperbacks, Records, Movies, Posters & other Related items. Since I hope to retire in 10-15 Years, I have continued to List more items our Overstock Clearance Sales [So far mostly Overstock Comics sets in 10-25 item groups 25-75% Off Guide Range. By far the Most Popular Set of the Year was Captain Canuck (1975-81) #1-4 and Special #1 VF for $39 (almost 50 sets sold), surpassing the Previous Best Seller ROM Spaceknight #1-75 and Annual #1-4. Booster Gold (1986-88) #1-25 became a surprise bestseller & I am currently Sold Out (He appeared in the Final Season #10 of TV's Smallville & Rumor has it, is getting his own SyFy channel TV Pilot & potential series); Other unexpected good sellers included; Amethyst (1983) #1-12, Captain Britain (1976 UK) #1-11, Capt Planet #1-12, Futher Adv. of Indiana Jones #1-34, Groo #61-120, John Carter #1-28 & Annual 1-3, Savage She-Hulk #1-25, 2001: a Space Odyssey #1-10, etc;

Many Collector's view the prices in Overstreet as set in stone, they will not pay more, but are still happy when they get items for less. They miss out on buying High Demand items that might have potential for future price escalations & often end up buying slower selling items. Many do not fully understand that it is a price GUIDE, and is more an average of the approx Retail price you should expect to have to pay to a professional Dealer. Pro Dealer are willing to pay more for High Demand items & then need to charge more, often well over guide. There are many discount places where you can readily buy common items at 25-75% Off Guide (eBay, Conventions, Small Dealers, fellow collectors, Flea Markets, Garage Sales, Auctions etc), but these (often transient) sellers usually have; Low overhead, smaller selections, Off condition items, questionable condition grading, etc - Thus leaving Discounting and/or selling to captive buyers (Local only, eBay only, Flea Market only, Non-internet etc) as their main selling tool. There is nothing wrong with buying Discounted Comics (as long as you are careful), but these type sales should NOT be used to Judge current values of Collectible comics. On the Flip Side, many collector's blindly buy comics (especially New Comics) for years & decades, without thought about how much they will be able to sell them for, when that time inevitably arrives (often old age) to sell. Many are shocked to hear offers like 25, 10 or even 5 cents each for their common newer comics. For example, I get many emails from sellers wanting to liquidate collections of 1986-1994 Era comics that are "Bagged & Boarded" (implying that they are "MINT" because they bought them new); One collector spent presumably 100+ Hours methodically cataloging over 10,000 Post-1980 Comics by exact condition & price in guide & came up with a value of over $35,000, he was asking only $20,000 and sent the list to dozens of dealers, but could not understand why he was getting no replies. So i finally emailed him & explained 95% of his Collection was items that all major dealers were already Overstocked on & they were already a hard sell. After several email exchanges, he began to understand that he would be lucky to get an offer of 10% Guide on his common slow selling comics & if he wanted more, he would need to become a dealer himself. Getting good money was extremely labour intensive & would take him 100's of Hours of work. Unfortunately a collector cannot just take his $12 Spawn #1 to the Grocery store & get a Meal for it, he would instead have a hard time getting $4 on eBay for it & even less from a Dealer who already has 10 copies in stock. He thanked me for explaining, but soon after there were still more similar sellers.

ARCHIE comics;

Our Archie inventory is the World Biggest Selection (35,000+ Archie Comics & 10,000+ Digests in stock); About 85% of what we sell falls into the $2 to $20 each FA/G to FN condition range items; With about 15% Selling in the FN/VF to VF/NM condition (Would sell more pre-1988 in High Grade if we had more, but most are scarce in strict VF or Better). Everything Betty & Veronica were easily our #1 Bestsellers. Golden Age 1941-1950 Archie Titles are in high demand (at 120%-150% Guide in Any Grade); Archies with Dan DeCarlo art issues are always top sellers; 1951-1964 Archie Titles are steady sellers; (Most G-FN copies we sell at 120-140% Guide); The Circa 1960 Horror & Sci-Fi Cover issues have 2-3 Times the demand as compared to other issues of the Period (at 120-135% Guide);

All the other GIRLS of Archie Titles still have strong demand (Cheryl Blossom, Ginger, Josie & the Pussycats, Katy Keene, Sabrina, Suzie, etc) Cheryl Blossom 1982-1993 (Pre 1994 & Love Showdown) appearances are in demand when Identified & sell for 125-150% Guide; The 1970's RED CIRCLE Horror, 1980's Red Circle/ Archie Adventure titles were the most requested in VF or better, they are in steady demand. All the LAST Issues are still in High Demand & even lower supply as Minor-Key issues; Archie and Me #161 (2/87), Archie at Riverdale High #113(2/87), Archie Giant Series #632(7/92), Archie's Girls B&V #347(4/1987), Archie's Pals N Gals #224(9/1991), Archie's TV Laughout #105(2/86), Betty & Me #200(8/92), Everything's Archie #157(9/91), Jughead #352(6/87), Laugh #400(4/87), Life with Archie #286(9/91), Pep #411(3/87); (bringing 150-200% Guide);

All the Archie brand Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures titles are in High Demand (While the original Mirage titles are slow sellers) with all the High Nember & Later issues have LOW Print Runs & Scarcer The 1990's Hanna-Barbera Titles are already hard to find, are in high demand, sold out with almost all dealers, & very undervalued in Guide, with #1-5 issues being Uncommon (sell at 150% Guide) with most #6 up issues being scarce (sell at 200-400% Guide);

The Archie 15 cent test market variants (2/1962-4/1963) are 50-100 Scarcer than regular Editions & bring a still very conservative 150-200% Guide (Archie's Madhouse #22 is the majhor Key issue); Canadian Newsstand Cover Price Variants (10-20 Scarcer than USA editions) include; ARCHIE Comics & Digests (35 cent Giants from late 1950's thru Mid 60's; All comics & Digests from 9/1982-4/1997 with Digest up to 12/1997) have a modest demand at about 120% Guide

>>> This Years Bestsellers include; ARCHIE Comics #1-120(120-150%), ARCHIE ALL-STAR SPECIAL - SERIES; (Winter/1975; 164 Pages, 4 different = 200%), Archie as Pureheart (120%), Archie at Riverdale High (#1-20 = 120% Guide; Early Appearances of CHERYL BLOSSOM = 89,90,92,96,99,103 = 150%), 113(200%), Archie Giant #26, 32(150%), Archie Giant series (#1-32, 136-200; G-FN= 125-150%; VF-NM- = 110-125%); Archie Giant series (all issues with B&V, Josie & Sabrina issues = 125-150%), Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #1-30(125-150%), 31-200, 329-346(120-135%), (#320-322,327,328 Cheryl Blossom & 347 Last issue = 200%), Archie & Big Ethyl(150%), Archie & Mr Weatherbee(150%), Archie's Circus(200%), Archie's Date Book(150%), Archie's Festival(150%), Archie's Roller Coaster(200%), Archie's Roller Sports Scene (200%), Christmas with Archie (Giant; Spire Edition 250%), Archie's Jokebook (#1-43 = 110-120%; #44-48 Neal Adams = 125-135%), 288(200%), Archie's Madhouse [#1-21 = 110-120%; #22(150%), Sabrina issues(125-135%)], Archie's Mechanics(135%), Archie's Pal Jughead (#1-20 = 120-130%; #21-76 = 110-120%; #79 Creature-c 150%; #77,78,80-82,85,86,88 = 125-135%), Archie's Pals N Gals [#1-20 = 115-130%; #23(1st Josie = 200%), #29(Beatles 150%), #161(1st Cheryl Blossom Solo 200%], Archie's Ten Issue Collectors Set #1-10(Giveaway 125-150%), Archie's TV Laughout #1-23(120-130%), 91(200%), 92-106(120-150%), Betty & Me #1-15(120-130%), 16(300%), 23(150%), 40(125%), 79-86(125%), 200(150%), Black Hood(1983 = 150%), Cartoon Network presents SPACE GHOST #1(200%), Cheryl Blossom Mini-Series (13 issues total from 1995-1996 = 150-200%), Chilling Adv in Sorcery(130-150%), Christmas with Archie Treasury(200%), Cosmo the Merry Martian(125%), Flintstones #1-10(150%), 11-22(200%), FLY (1983-84 = 150%), HORROR /Science Fiction Covers issues (Circa 1962 = 125-135%), Ginger(120-135%), Hanna-Barbera All Stars(200%), Hanna-Barbera Presents(200%), Jetsons(200%), Josie #1(150%), 2-20(125%), 45(150%), 46-74(125-150%), 100-106(Low Print = 150%), JCP Presents Thunder Agents (200%), Jughead #325(Cheryl Blossom = 300%), 352(200%), Jughead as Capt Hero(125%), Jughead's Folly #1(1st ELVIS in comics 125%), Jughead Soul Food(150%), Katy Keene (1950's/1950's; G-FN = #110-120%; VF-NM- = 90-110%); Katy Keene(1983-1990 = 150%), Laugh Comics #20-168(120-150%), Life with Archie #1-66(120-130%), Little Archie #1-66(120-130%), Madhouse #95-97(Horror 150%), Mighty Crusaders(1983-85 = 150%), Pep Comics #22-180(120-135%), Red Circel Sorcery(150%), Sabrina (#1-17, 71-77 = 135-150%; #18-70 = 110-120%), Scooby Doo(200%), SHEILD (1983-84 = 150%); SONIC the Hedgehog #1-50(120-150%), Suzie(120-135%), Tales Calculated to Drive you BATS(120%), TMNT Adv #19,50-72, Special #6-10, Sourcebook 1-2, Digests, & Mighty Mutant Animals 5-9, are low Print items (sell at 200-400% Guide), That Wilkin Boy (all are Undervalued = 150%), Thunder Agents (Archie; 150%), WHIZ KIDS (Archie & Radio Shack $5-10 ea), Wilbur (Katy Keene #5-56,58-69 & DeCarlo art in later issues = 110-125%);


CHARLTON;

With over 25,000 in Stock, we have the World's Biggest selection of Charlton Comics (95% of 1960-1986 issues & about 50% of the 1940's-1959 issues); Our selection makes our site the first destination for many Charlton fans, from Readers to Advanced Collectors. The TV, Horror & Sci-Fi Titles are the Bestsellers in both Lower & High Grades, with all issues from 1966-1986 in High Demand. Second most Requested, were the better artist issues, including; Aparo, Boyette, Buscema, John Byrne, Ditko, Glanzman, Himes, Wayne Howard, Severin, Sanho Kim, Larson, Morisi, Don Newton, Staton, Tom Sutton, Wood, Williamson & Mike Zeck; Hanna Barbera comics are always consistent good sellers. The Moderate sellers included; Superhero, War, Western Titles, to fans & readers that enjoy those Genre's in multiple publishers. We always do well with Charlton, as most other Comic Dealers do not bother with them, eventually sells eventually, with no really dead titles. Completonists & Collectors who like hard to find & unusual items are often fascinated with the Charlton Magazines, including; Adult Cartoon Titles (Cartoon Carnival, Comedy Capers, Good Humor, 150 Cartoons), Charlton Bullseye, CPL (Fanzine), Horror Monsters, Mad Monsters, Monsters Attack, SICK mag, & other Non-Comic Mags by Charlton(True Western, Romance, Movie/TV, Puzzle, etc); The 17 different known Charlton / Xerox Comic Digests (Barney & Betty, Bugs Bunny, Dino, Dr Graves, Flinstones, Jetsons, Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, Road Runner, Scooby Doo, Space 1999, Tweety and Sylvester, Woody Woodpecker, Yogi Bear, etc) are still very Scarce, rarely found in better than FN & sell for 200-300% Guide;

Bestsellers this Year included (at 115-135 GUIDE); Abbott & Costello, Barney & Betty, Beetle Bailey, Beyond the Grave, Bionic Woman, Blondie, Blue Beetle, Bobby Sherman, Bugaloos, Bullwinkle, Capt Atom, Charlton Bullseye (Comic & Mag), Charlton Premiere, Cheyenne Kid, Cowboy Western, David Cassidy, Dino, Doomsday + 1 (John Byrne), Dudley Do-Right, EH!, E-Man, Emergency(comic & Mag), Flash Gordon, Flintstones, Ghostly Haunts, Ghostly Tales, Ghost Manor, Go-Go, Gorgo, Great Gazoo, Gunfighters, Hanna Barbera Parade, Haunted, Haunted Love, Hercules, Hong Hong Phooey, Huckleberry Hound, Jetsons, Judo Master, Jungle Jim, Jungle Tales of Tarzan, Kid Montana, Konga, Korg, Magilla Gorilla, Many Ghosts of Dr Graves, Masked raider, Midnight Tales, Monster Hunters, Mysterious Suspense, Outer Space, Outlaws of the West, Partridge Family, Pebbles, Phantom, Ponytail, Popeye, Primus, Ronald McDonald, Quick Draw McGraw, Reptisaurus, Ronald McDonald, Sarge Steel, Scary Tales, Scooby Doo, Six Million Dollar Man(comic & Mag), Son of Vulcan, Space Adventures, Space 1999(comic & Mag), Space War, Speed Buggy, Static, Strange Suspense, Thane, Thunderbolt, Top Cat, Underdog, Unusual Tales, Valley of Dinosaurs, Vengeance Squad, War, WAR Comics (Most 1950-1970), WESTERN Comics (Most 1950-1970), Wheelie & Chopper Bunch, Wyatt Earp, Yang, & Yogi Bear.

DC COMICS;

DC Comics Back issue Sales are dominated by their Long-Standing classic characters & Teams, especially; Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, JLA, JSA, Legion , Superman, & Wonder Woman, so it might shock readers to realize all these titles were poor sellers with low print runs in the early 1980's. ** Circulation Statements reveal these Low Print Runs; Batman #357-402(75,303 to 97,741/month), Detective #482-569(64,635 to 89,635/month), Flash (1959) #317-350(72,771 to 69,881/month), Green Lantern (1960) #150-195(89,657 to 80,765/month), Justice League (1960) #234-257(96,281 to 82,406/month), Superman (1939-1986) #403-423(98,767/month), Wonder Woman (1942) #299-329(73,256 to 52,145/month); Miller revived Batman, Byrne revived Superman & Crisis revived the others, with sales of these backbone characters never again low since the mid-1980's. Batman is by far the most collected DC character, as Spider-Man is to Marvel, yet 1960's Batman price are far more affordable. Justice League is easily the mostly collected DC Team series, yet price remain more affordable when compared to marvel's Fantastic Four of the same time period. Since Crisis & George Perez resurrected Wonder Woman in 1987, she has become arguably the most important female character in comics history. Wonder Woman (1942) #51-130 are in very Low Supply on the marketplace, a very tough run to complete, with G-FN condition copies often bringing 125-200% Guide. Wonder Woman (1942) #177-220 are in steady demand. Wonder Woman (1987) #50-100, 121-226 are hard to keep in stock & usually sell at 25-100% Over Guide;

DC War Comics have never been more collected, with most 1950's issues in very low supply in any grade. Our Army at War #83(1st true Sgt Rock) & G.I. Combat #68 are extremely undervalued & on many many want lists (expect to pay 150-200% Guide); OAAW #81-82 (Sgt Rock prototypes) are now slower sellers. OAAW #84-120 are tough to keep in stock in any grade & most majot dealers are usually sold out. All Sgt Rock comics are in demand, with #401-422 have Low Print Runs & being scarcer; All American Men of War, G.I. Combat, Our Fighting Forces, Star Spangled War are all in demand, with 1950's and 1970's issues being most requested. Bronze Age DC War in VF/NM or better, are among the fastest selling investment grade copies of the period.

DC Horror & SF comics are also in Constant Good demand, with low grade reading copies being the bestsellers. Better artist issues of the 1968-1975 era are the most requested. Many investors are having a tough time completing runs of 1970-1985 Era Horror titles in VF/NM or better, they are much more uncommon to scarce than many would think. All the Oddball titles (Cartoon, Digests, Humor, Love, Teen, Treasury's, Western etc) still have a good following & always do well with these, as many delers do not bother to carry them.

** BESTSELLING DC Comics this Year included; (G-FN = 120-140% Guide; FN/VF-VF+ = 100-135% Guide; VF/NM, 9.0 to NM-, 9.2 = 120-150% Guide); Action #377-450, 583 Adventure #381-440, 491-503, All American Men of War #38-117, All New Collectors Edition C-53 to C-60; All Star Comics 58-74, All-Star Western #1-11, Angel & Ape #1-7, Aquaman #48-63, Amazing World of DC #1-4, 9,14-17, Bat Lash 1-7, BATMAN #103-429, Batman Family 1-20, Best of DC Digest 1-10, 41-71, Beware the Creeper #1-6, Blitzkrieg 1-5, Brave & Bold #50-120, 181-197, Challengers of Unknown #74, 81-87, Dark Mansion 1-4, DC Comics Presents #1,2,26,47,85- 97, DC 100 Page Super Spectacular #4-14, DC Special #2-4,6,11,28,29, DC Special Series #1-27, DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest 1-24, DC Superstars #17, Detective 298-600, Doorway to Nightmare #1-5, 1st Issue Special #1-13, Flash #105-130, 201-232,289-350, Flex Mentallo 1-4, Freedom Fighters 1-15, Ghosts #1-40, 97-99, GI Combat #55-210, Green Lantern (1960-1986) #76-123, 181-205, GL Corps Annual #2,3(Alan Moore), Hawk & Dove #1-6, Hot Wheels 1-6, House of Mystery #174-256, House of Secrets #61-154, Joker 1-9, Jonah Hex #1-20, 81-92 & Digest 1-3, Justice League of America #94-261 (especially JSA issues), Legion (1980) #290-300, Limited Collectors Edition C#21 thru C-59, Men of War 1-26, New Teen Titans #1-10, New Titans #101-130, Our Army at War #51-301, Our Fighting Forces 41-100, 123-150, Phantom Stranger #1-14,31-41, Rima #1-7, Sandman (1989) #1-27, Secret Society of Super-Villians 1-15, Secrets of Haunted House 1-10, Sgt Rock #302-350,400-422; Shazam #1,8,12-17, 25-35, Sinister House #1-4, Star Spangled War Stories #45-183, Strange Adventures #205-217, Superboy #197-245, Super DC Giant #S-13 thru S-26, Super Friends #1-10, Supergirl (1972) #1-10, Superman #233-300, 400-423, Superman Family #164, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #133-150, Swamp Thing (1982) #20-64(Alan Moore), Tales of New Teen Titans #42-44 & Annual #3, Tomahawk #116-119, 121,123-130(Adams covers), Unexpected #105-162, Unknown Soldier #205- 220, 265-268, V for Vendetta 1-10, Watchmen 1-12, Weird Mystery #1-24, Weird War #1-124, Weird Western #12-20,39-50 WHITMAN Variants of DC Comics(150-200% Guide), Witching Hour #1-20, Wonder Woman (1942-86) #51-130, 177-220, 281-329, Wonder Woman (1987-Date) #50-100

DELL comics;

This year & went thru my entire DELL inventory & Identifed 100's Variants that are NOT yet listed in Guide & sold over 60% of What i found at premium prices;. These include DELL VARIANTS; (2/1957-7/1958 = 15 Cent variants & September/1958 "10c Now" Cover Date Variants = These sell for a 50% Premium over guide); (1956-1962 Back Cover VARIANTS with Strips in place of Ads & Dell Giants with 30-35 cent Variant cover prices; = These sell for a 10-30% Premium over guide); Those BACK cover VARIANTS with illustrations instead of AD'S are especially Popular, as many have bonus features on the title character. Identified VARIANTS are 2-10 Times more Saleable as compared to a standard issue [and at a Premium too] In addition; I also sold most of my Canadian Editions of DELL Comics (These are 10-20 Times scarcer than US edition, but in past these sold at discounts below guide. With Variant Collectors interest, i sold most of my remaining copies at US guide prices with no premiums)

VF or Better and High Grade CGC copies of DELL Comics (with the exception of high demand KEY issues & Titles) were once again slow sellers [Many sold at heavy discounts off Guide at eBay auctions]; Meanwhile about 95% of our DELL sales were in the FA/G (Reading Copies) thru FN (Presentable, but still affordable) condition ranges. FN/VF and better copies were slower moving than usual this year. Most Dell comics in G-FN are still Under-Valued in the Guide, while many VF-NM Dells are still overvalued in Guide [This problem occurs because the Price to Condition spreads are far too wide; Wide Price Spreads for Marvel comics makes sense, but do not apply well to Cartoon, Western & TV comics]

>> The Bestselling Titles (G-FN = 120-140% guide; FN/VF-VF/NM= 90-110% Guide) included; Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Air War, Annie Oakley, Bat Masterson, Beetle Bailey, Ben Bowie, Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Big Valley, Bullwinkle, Cheyenne, Chilly Willy, Cisco Kid, Colt 45, Combat, DELL Giants, Dell VARIANTS, Dunc & Loo, Flintstones, Flying Nun, Flying Saucers, Fritzi Ritz (with Peanuts), F-Troop, Gene Autry #101-121, Get Smart, Ghost Stories, Gidget, Have Gun Will Travel, Hogans Heroes, Huckleberry Hound, I Dream of Jeannie, I Love Lucy, Indian Cheif, Jetsons, John Carter of Mars, John Wayne titles, King of Royal Mounted, Kona, Laramie, Lawman, Leave it to Beaver, Little Lulu, Lone Ranger 112-145 & Tonto, March of Comics, Maverick, McHales Navy, Melvin Monster, Monkees, Movie Classics (Western, SF & Horror), Nancy (Peanuts, Oona, & Stanley issues), Outer Limits, Peanuts, Pogo, Ponytail, Popeye, Quick Draw McGraw, Rawhide, Real McCoys, Red Ryder 1-118, Ricky Nelson, Rifleman, Rin Tin Tin 18-38(TV's Rusty), Rocky & Friends, Roy Rogers 121-145, Sgt Preston, Smokey Stover, TARZAN 1-30, 80-131, Thirteen, Tip Top #211-225, Top Cat, TUROK, Twilight Zone, Voyage to Bottom of Sea, Wyatt Earp, Yogi Bear & Zorro.


GOLD KEY (see also Walt Disney comics);

We have over 35,000 in stock (World's biggest selection) thus these are always considtant Good Solid Sellers. 90% of our inventory is G-FN range Grades, but we have a decent selection of FNVF to VF/NM copies. Luckily, the G-FN copies are the Most Popular & Bestsellers for us. [Titles Most requested in VF or better include;

Borid Karloff, Dr Solar, Hanna-Barbera Titles, Magnus, Tarzan, Turok, Twilight Zone, plus Key issues, Horror/SF, TV, #1's and one-shots]

Gold Key VARIANTS are still popular sellers; Whitman Variants of the Gold Key Comics (11/1971 thru 4/1980 = 125-200% of GK issue values)(Canadian Newsstand Variant cover price issues (4-8/1968 with 15 cent prices, 3/1972-4/1973 with 20 cent prices; 12/1977-3/1978 with reverse 30 Cent prices) bring 125-150% Guide); (Whitman Variant 75 cent cover price issues of 1984 Comics that are 60 cents in USA = bring 200-300% Guide);

the Bestsellers this year included; (at VF-NM= 110-130% Guide; G-FN=120-140% Guide), included; Addams Family, Amazing Chan, Atom Ant, Astro Boy, Auggie Doggie, Avengers (TV) #1(Photo back-c), Bamm Bamm, Banana Splits, Battle of the Planets, Beatles Yellow Submarine, Beneath Planet of Apes, Beetle Bailey, Boris Karloff, Bullwinkle, Cave Kids, Close Shaves of Pauline Peril, Daffy Duck 31-50, Dagar, Dan Curtis (Giveaways) #1-9, Daniel Boone, Dark Shadows, Doc Savage, Dr Solar, Family Affair, Flash Gordon, Flintstones, Frankenstein Jr, Fun-In, Funky Phantom, George of the Jungle, Gold Key Spotlight, Gomer Pyle, Grimm's Ghost, Hair Bear Bunch, Hanna-Barbera Bandwagon, Hanna Barbera Super TV Heroes, Happy Days, Honey West, H.R. Pufnstuf, Huckleberry Hound, Inspector, Jetsons, John Carter, Jonny Quest, Korak, Kroft Supershow, Lancelot Link, Land of Giants, Laredo, Lidsville, Little Lulu #207 up, Little Monsters, Lone Ranger, Lucy Show, Magilla Gorilla, Magnus Robot Fighter, Marges Little Lulu 165-206, Mars Patrol, Mighty Hercules, Mighty Mouse, Mighty Samson, Milton Monster, Mr Ed, Mr & Mrs J Evil Scientist, Munsters, My Favorite Martian, Nancy & Sluggo, Occult Files of Dr Spector, Peanuts, Peter Potomus, Phantom, Pink Panther, Popeye, Quick Draw McGraw, Rifleman, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Rocky & Fiendish Friends, Scooby Doo, Secret Squirrel, Snagglepuss, Snooper & Blabber, Space Family Robinson, Space Ghost, Space Mouse, Spine Tingling Tales, Star Stream, Star Trek 1-9, Supercar, Tarzan, Tasmanian Devil 1, Three Stooges, Time Tunnel, Top Cat, Turok, Twilight Zone, UFO Flying Saucers, Underdog, Wacky Races, Wacky Witch, Wagon Train.


HARVEY comics;

All 1975 & Older CARTOON Titles were in Good Stead Demand, in FA/G thru FN Grades. Most 1976-1990 titles were in Moderate demand (mostly in VG to VF grades); >> 1991-1994 Titles all had LOW Print Runs (Except for issue #1's) & are Scarcer, with most issues always Sold Out with most major dealers [My Minimum Price for any of these is; VF/NM=$6; VF=$5; FN=$4; VG=$3; G=$2]

>>> Bestselling titles (9.2=150%; VF-VF/NM=115-130% Guide; G-FN=120-150% Guide) Include; all Squarebound Giants, Alarming Tales, Alarming Adventures, Alvin, Astro Comics, Baby Huey, Black Cat, Blast-Off, Blondie (undervalued), Bunny, Casper the Friendy Ghost 1-20, CASPER (assorted Titles, 1961-1974), Casper's Ghostland, Casper & Nightmare, Chamber of Chills, Dagwood, Devil Kids, Dotty Dribble, Family Funnies, Felix the Cat, First Love, First Romance, Flintstones, Friendy Ghost Casper, Fruitman, Hanna-Barbera Giant Size, Harvey Collectors Comics, Harvey Hits Harvey Pop, Hot Stuff the Little Devil, Jetsons, Joe Palooka, Little Audrey, Little Dot, Little Dot's Uncles & Aunts, Little Lotta, Little Max, Man in Black, Mazie, Mutt & Jeff, Playful Little Audrey, Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, Richie Rich (all 1960-1974), Sad Sack (all Pre-1975), Scooby Doo, Spooky, & Stumbo Tinytown, Tastee-Freez, Thrill-O-Rama, Tomb of Terror, Tuff Ghosts, TV Casper & Co, Underdog, Unearthly Spectacular, Warfront, Wendy, Witches Tales, Yogi Bear.

MARVEL Comics;

To many collector's & dealer's alike, back issue Marvel are the only comics really worth having. This narrow view is actually quite widespread, and Marvel comics are so much hoarded, that they have inevitably become the most Common comics on the marketplace, for the given time period. There are almost 5000 CGC graded Hulk #181 & presumably 2-4 times as many still ungraded copies, yet it guides at $1700 in 9.2. There are 100's of other 1974 comics that are scarcer, yet guide at under 1% of that price. Although Marvel has published less than 5% of all extant comics, more dealer inventories have over 50% Marvel than otherwise. Incredibly, supply & demand is so high, that prices continue to climb. For about 35 years now Marvel has been viewed by many as the safest publisher to collect & deal in. How do you make an Popluar but common or uncommon Comic into a Scarce to Rare Comic?? Not with magic, but by seeking only the highest graded copies! When everyone wants high grade, prices keep increasing like a Juggernaut, thus the current state of the Market. High Grade Silver Age Marvel have priced many collectors out of that maket toward Bronze Age, & now High Grade Bronze Prices are driving many to Copper Age comics. In Stamp, Coins, Sports Cards & other hobbies, most of the money in the market is focused only on high grade slabbed copies. But in comics, this has not happened, because it is also a Media & Artform, with probably still over 75% of the buyers still want them for story & art, not just investment. Thus the comic collecting hobby is here to stay for the long haul. Quantity wise, over 90% of my Marvel Comic sales are Good thru VF condition copies, while only about 10% of my sale quantities are VF/NM or better "investment grade" copies.

** BESTSELLING Marvel's this Year included; (G-FN = 120-140% Guide; FN/VF-VF+ = 100-135% Guide; VF/NM, 9.0 to NM-, 9.2 = 120-150% Guide);

Amazing Adventures #1,5-8.11,18, Amazing Spider-Man #50, 96-150,194,300, Annual #1,2, Astonishing Tales #1,12, 25, Avengers #57-200 & Annual #1-10, Captain America #100, 109-113,117,140-255 & Annual #1-4, Capt Britain (1976 UK) #1, 8(1st Psylocke), Cat #1-4, Chamber of Chills 1-25, Champions 11-17, Conan #1, 3, 271-275, Creatures on the Loose #10-16, 30-37, Daredevil #50-158, 168 + Annual #1-4, Dead of Night 1-11, Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1,14,17,28, Defenders #1-11, Dr Strange(1974) #1,14,58-62, Dracula Lives #1-13, Fear #1-31, Fantastic Four #110-167, Foom #1-15, 22, Frankenstein 1,8,9,18, Ghost Rider (1973) #1-20, 81, Ghost Rider (199) #81-93, Giant Size (1974-1975 Most Titles), G.I. Joe #1-21, 93, 139-155, Haunt of Horror (Mag) #1-5, Hero For Hire #1, Incredible Hulk #102, 121-250 + Annual #1-10, Invaders 1-10, 31-33, Iron Fist 1-15, Iron Man #1-10, 31-150 + Annual #1-5, Journey into Mystery #83-112, Annual #1, Jungle Action #5-10, Kull the Conqueror (1971) #1-15, Man-Thing (1974) 1-10, Marvel Chillers 3-7, M. Feature(1971) #1-12, M.Feature (1975) #1-7, M. Premiere #1-28, M. Preview #1-8, Marvel Spotlight (1971) #1-33, M. Superheroes 1,12-50, Marvel Tales #1,31-50 Marvel Team-Up #1-20, 53, John Byrne issues, 141, & Annual 1, M. Treasury #1-20, M.Two-in-One #1-20,46 & all Byrne, Perez, Miller art issues, Master of Kung Fu #15-30, Masters of the Universe #1-13, Monsters of the Prowl 9-30, Monsters Unleashed 1-11, My Love#1-39, Nick Fury (1968) 1-5, Our Love Story 1-38, Planet of the Apes mag #21-29, Power Man 17-20, 48-50, Price Variants (1970's 30 cent Variants; 150-200% Guide); (1970's 35 cent Variants; 200-400% Guide); Rampaging Hulk 1-9, Red Sonja (1977) 1-15, Savage Sword #181-235, Savage Tales #1, Shanna 1-5, Silver Surfer(1968) #1-7,14,15,18, Spidey Super Stories 1-20, Spider-Man Digest 1-13, Strange Tales #101-115, 169-181, Superman vs Spider-Man #1, Supernatural Thrillers 1-15, Super Villian Teamup 1-17, Tales of the Zombie 1-10, Tales of Suspense #39-66, Tales to Astonish #27, 35-60, Thor #180-250, 332,333,337, Tomb of Darkness 9-23, Tomb of Dracula #1-13, Transformers #71-80, Vampire Tales #1-11, War is Hell 1-15, Warlock 1,9-15, Werewolf by Night #1-10, 32,33, What If (1977) #1-10, X-Men #50-66, 94-111, 120,121;

WALT DISNEY;

We have a large selection of about 20,000 Walt Disney Comics in Stock from their all Publishers (Dell, Disney, Gemstone, Gladstone, Gold Key, March of Comics, Marvel, Whitman, etc); Especially popular were all the Live Action TV Series & Movie Classic (both Cartoon & Live-Action) comics. Scarecrow of Romney Marsh #1-3 are by far the most requested & impossible to keep in stock even at 200% Guide. (WD Showcase #53 reprint is also in high demand at 200% Guide). Pre-1950 Golden Age Disney Titles were in steady Demand & hard to re-stock. Dell titles. The Four Color one-shot titles, Live Action Comics (TV & Movie) were above average sellers (except for the nature & science titles); ** BESTSELLING Pre-1985 Comics this Year included; (G-FN = 120-140% Guide; FN/VF-VF+ = 100-135% Guide; VF/NM, 9.0 to NM-, 9.2 = 120-135% Guide); Annette {Funicello - all titles), Beagle Boys, Black Hole, Chip N' Dale, Condorman, Darby O'Gill, Davy Crockett {Fess Parker}, many Dell GIANTS, Donald Duck, Dynabrite, Goofy FC, Greyfriars Bobby, Hayley Mills (all titles), Hardy Boys, Huey Dewie & Louie, Ludwig Von Drake, Mickey Mouse, Moby Duck, Movie Classics (most Live-Action), Phantom Blot, Scamp, Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, Spin & Marty, Super Goof, Tinker Bell, Uncensored Mouse, Unclue Scrooge #1-60, 174-197, 285-320, Walt Disney Presents (Hot Title), Walt Disney Showcase, Winnie the Pooh, World of Adventure & Zorro {Guy Williams}

WARREN, Skywald & MISC Horror Comic Mags;
Warren: It seems strange now, but only about a decade below Warren mags were on the Slow Selling List & the market still had a lot of leftover Warren warehouse copies, but as demand picked up, they all got absorbed into the marketplace & they have been in high demand ever since. Due to handling wear, the average Warren warehouse copy was in the FN thru VF condition range, with only a small percentage in strict VF/NM range. The Warehouse copies has made them uncommon & still affordable (Creepy #1 with Frazetta lists at only $230 in 9.2, but might currently be worth 10 Times that, if it was not for the Warehouse copies); The issues that sold out earlier in the 1970's & 1980's warehouse, are still the scarcest issues today & many are consistantly sold out & in short supply with most dealers. Creepy, Eerie, Famous Monsters & Vampirella usually make up 90% of Warren Sales, yet are less than 50% of the mags they printed. There are more & more Warren Completionists each year, thus the Scarce issues are very difficult to keep in stock. Low Grade Reading copies are amazingly fast sellers & actually bring good premiums. Middle grade copies are the slower sellers. Creepy & Eerie #41-80 were the most requested issues in High Grades; Investors still want VF/NM or Better copies & they get harder to restock each year.

>>> The Highest Demand WARREN Mags & Scarcer issues Include; Blazing Combat #1 & Anthology (G-FN=300% Guide; VF-NM- = 200%), Comix International #1(200%), CREEPY #32(200%), #9, 11, 19, 29, 76, 79, 146(150%), CREEPY #10,14,17,18, 34, 39, 46,47, 50, 53, 63, 70,71,78, 85, 91,113,132-145 (125% Guide); Best of Creepy Paperback (VF $30), Dracula TPB (Maroto-a; 150%), Dracula (UK New English Library mag editions 1-12; VF = $14; FN=$10; VG=$7 ea); Edgar Allan Poe's Fall of the House of Usher (Hardcover or Softcover 150%); Eerie #17(G-FN=300%; VF-NM- = 200%); #1, 23(200%); #8, 25, 48, 135(150%); Eerie #18, 24, 28, 38-41,45, 60, 81,125,128, 130-134,136-139 (125% Guide); Famous Monsters #1(VF=$1800; FN=$900; VG=$600), 2-10(VF = $300-$900 ea), 11-30(VF = $150-$300 ea), (Scarcer numbers = #32,38,114(VF+ = $100-$200 ea); (Uncommon numbers = #31,33,37,48,51,56,82,92,93,100,108; VF = $40-$60); 1962 Yearbook #1(VF $250), FM Convention Books (1974, 1975; VF = $75+ ea), FM Paperbacks (VF = $100; FN=$60; G=$25), Flintstones at New York World's Fair 1964(150%), HELP magazine (Kurtzman) (Note; Spines SPLIT easily, thus tough in VF or better) #1(VF $80); #2-5, 9, 13,15, 16,21-26(VF=$35-$50; others= $25-35); HELP Paperbacks #1,2(VF $35); Heidi Saha (500 Printed? Very RARE; FN = $500+); Monsters & Heroes (Warren Related; Pub by Larry Ivie; 1967-1969; VF = $30-$50); MONSTERLAND / Forrest J. Ackerman's Monsterland (1984-1987) #1-17(VF= $12-24); Monster World (replaces Famous Monsters #70-79) #3(VF $60+); #4(VF $35+); Odd World of Richard Corben TPB (200%), On the Scene / Freakout #NN (#1; Fall 1967 = 125%); Screen Thrills (1962-1965) #1,10(VF $75+); 2-4(VF $50); Spacemen (Note; Spines SPLIT easily, thus tough in VF or better) #1,3(VF=$200+); #2,4-8 & Yearbook (VF=$50-$75); Spirit Special (Mail Only Approx 1500 printed = 150%), Outer Space Spirit (TPB; VF $35); Teen Love Stories 1-3 (115-125%), Tiny Tim(125%); VAMPIRELLA #1,3,112,113 (G-FN=125-150% Guide; VF-NM- = 110-125%), #2,4-8,11,12,16,19,32-34,36,41, 45,46,48,49,51, 52,61,63,64, 77,78,89,90, 100-111 (G-FN=125-150% Guide; VF-NM- = 110-125%); #32-34 = Beware; Spines SPLIT easily; Annual #1(125%), Special #1(Softcover=125%; rare Hardcover=200%), Vampirella Paperbacks #1-3(VF=$30; FN=$20; G=$10), 4-6(VF=$50; FN=$30; G=$15); Vampirella UK mags #1-4(VF $50 ea); Warren Presents #13, 14(150%); Wildest Westerns/Favorite Westerns of Filmland (Note; Spines SPLIT easily, thus tough in VF or better) #1(VF=$200; G=$50); #2(VF=$100; G=$35); #3-6(VF=$60; G=$20);

The SKYWALD Mags (Crime-Machine, Hell-Rider, Nightmare, Psycho & Scream) are in constant demand, are 3-6 Times harder to find than warren mags & very hard to keep in stock. These are great horror comics & a must try for Fans of the Genre. Fans especially like the issues with; Al Hewetson stories, Dracula, Edgar Allan Poe, Frankenstein, Heap, "Horror-Mood", H.P. Lovecraft, Human Gargoyles, Lady Satan, Nosferatu, Werewolf, etc; Especially in Demand are issues with art by; John Byrne, Everett, Jeff Jones, Bruce Jones, Kaluta, Marcos, Segrelles, Boris Vallejo, Wrightson, etc. The Horror-Mood issues are said to have ispired Stephen King. VF or better copies especially difficult & in very high demand; Reading copies as as fast as we get them. "KING" mags (3-7/1971; Boris-a) are Rare [#1 VF =$75; #2 VF=$50]; Crime-Machine & Hell-Rider are also decent sellers (#1's = 150%; #2's = 120%); ** Nightmare, Psycho & Scream [G-FN= 140-165%; VF-NM- = 120-140%]

The MISC Horror mags by Eerie Pub, Globe, Hamilton, Major, Modern Day, Stanley, Tempest Pub, & World Famous, are in steady demand; Affordable reading Copies are in very High demand & sell as fast as we find them. VF/NM or Better copies are getting scarcer & are usually good sellers, but a bit slower this year due to the economy. The Eerie Pub & Stanley mags feature Wild Shocking Gruesome colorful covers that are the biggest appeal in these. The interiors also include; Blood & Gore, Bloody Stake thru the Heart, Bondage, Decapitations, Severed Heads & Limbs, Skeletons,Torture, Vampires, Werewolf's & More. Stanley pub mags have a lot of Pre-Code horror reprints, & less copies on the marketplace, faster sellers. The 1966-1970 issues and the Low Print 1980-1983 issues are the Scarcer & the toughest issues for Completionists. Bestsellers this Year included; (VF-VF/NM=110-125% Guide; G-FN=130-160% Guide); Castle of Frankenstein #1-25, Chilling Tales of Horror,

Dread of Night, Ghoul Tales, Grace Tales, HAMMER magazines(UK), Horror Tales, Maggots, Monsters Attack, Murder tales, Shock, Stark Terror, Tales from the Crypt, Tales of the Killers, Tales from the Tomb(1969-70 issues), Tales of Voodoo(1968-70 issues), Terrors of Dracula (all), Terror Tales (1969-70 issues), Web of Horror, Weird (1966-1970, 1979-1981), Weird Vampire Tales(all), Witches Tales(1969-70);


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MARKET REPORT for Overstreet #41(2011) Annual Comic Book Price Guide by Douglas W. Sulipa


INTRODUCTION;

The Worldwide Recession continues and has affected sales on many back issues. Buyers have concentrated on four main continued avenues of collecting; (1) High Grade investment copies; (2) Low grade reading copies; (3) Collecting of KEY issues in ALL Grades, including #1's, Origin's, top Artist issues, Last issues & Scarcer issues; (4) Seeking below guide bargains while price are depressed. Since the 1960's, downturns in the economy have not much affected sales of back issue collectible comics. But, this is not a normal recession, it has many people running scared, thus buyers have been more careful & selective.

For the first time in nearly a decade, our percentage of high grade copies Sales has started to decline. Investors no longer will pay high for just anything in high grade, they want popular titles (especially Marvel), older comics (especially pre-1975) and key issues. Our bestselling high grade comics were virtually all in the $5 to $50 each price range this year, mostly Bronze Age & including a lot of early to mid 1980's titles. Low Grade reading copies of uncommon Pre-1980 was the only area where sales were up this year. Sales on most 1955-1990 comics that was Uncommon, Scarce or Rare in ANY grade were strong this year, many bringing 135-175%+ Guide.

By far the most requested Marvel & DC comics were all the major & minor Key issues, but many are getting hard to re-stock due to relentless demand, otherwise we would have sold a lot more. Strangely enough, for most 1975 & newer comics, the #1 issues are usually the most common issues, thus possibly not as good an investment as many expect. Meanwhile many LAST issues (especially on longer running titles) are in very low supply, & high demand, with most remaining very undervalued. Many many KEY issue comics in G-FN are now far too undervalued in guide & near impossible to keep in stock (just try to find Conan #1 or Iron Man #1 in FN, or Amazing Fantasy #15 in FA/G anywhere near guide); Affordable KEY issues is a fast growing area for Dealers, most desirable books can easily bring anywhere from 125% to 200% Guide. (Thus many of the guide prices are now wholesale)

As we have about 1,300,000 Comics & Related items in our warehouse, we have literally tons of overstock. We have continued our Clearance Sales, by making up Overstock sets in groups of approx. 10, 25, 50 or 100 items, typically at 35-65% Off Guide Range. Clearance sets continue to be very popular, thus we hope to set up our efforts & offer 100's to 1000's more Clearance sets thru the year 2011, ideally clearing out about 1/3 our Inventory over the next decade.

It needs to be noted, that eBay Auctions are often not a good indicator of Value. A forced sale in a short period of time (typically 7 days) often causes skewed results. (Imagine a typical Antique shop putting everything in the store up for sale by auction in a 7 day period, many good items would bring 5-20% of Retail, but if patient a lot of items will easily bring full retail). When I buy a collection, the percentage of retail I pay is based on the amount of time is based on estimated turnover time at full retail prices, broken down into 4 broad catagories; (1) Percentage that will sell in under 90 days; (2) Sell in 3-12 Months; (3) 1-5 Years; (4) 5-10 Years, possible never sell; I virtually never discount items in Category-1. I am most likely to discount items in Catagory-4. Items that fall into Catagory-2,3 I usually am patient & let them sit in my inventory, until the right buyer comes along. When an eBay seller puts items in categories 2-4 up for auction, there could easily be no ready buyers that week, thus bad results. Ebay stores with fixed Buy-it-Now prices are a much better indicator of current Values (although this still does not account for varied good to bad condition grading).


ARCHIE comics;

Our Archie inventory is the World Biggest, with over 35,000+ Archie Comics (90% of 1958-2000 in stock; Good selection of; 1957 & Older, 2001 & Newer) & 10,000+ Digests in stock (95% of 1973-2005 issues in stock), thus we always do well with them. The great majority of our sales are items in the $2 to $20 each price ranges. But this year we had an above average number of advanced collectors filling in gaps in the collection in the $25-$100 each price range. Key issues & minor Key issues were in higher than usual demand. Key issue buyers typically wanted higher grades, but for most 1965-1985 even VF copies can be hard to find. Betty & Veronica were once again our strongest sellers, including all the Archie Giants & other related titles. All Golden Age 1941-1950 Archie Titles are in demand (at 120%-150% Guide in Any Grade); Everything with Dan DeCarlo art is in demand (includes many Non-Archie titles & his Adult Girlie magazine cartoons); All Archie's from 1951-1964 are continued good sellers; (Most G-FN copies we sell at 120-140% Guide); The Circa 1960 Horror & Sci-Fi Cover issues in in about double the demand of other surrounding issues (at 120-135% Guide);

There was a lot of interest in 1982-1990 appearances of rich “bad girl” Cheryl Blossom. Interest in Cheryl Blossom exploded in 11/1994 because of the “Love Showdown” storyline where Archie picked Cheryl over B&V. Since that time she has been one of the most wanted characters by completionist fans. Her 1982-1983 appearances are in low supply due to Low Print runs, & should continue to climb in value. The Four 1995-1997 Cheryl Blossom Mini-Series, & 1997-2001 On-Going Series are also well up in demand & a good long-term bet. It was a slower than average year for Katy Keene, probably as most are high valued & priced, but her Low Print 1983-1990 Title & Digests continue to be in demand & short supply. Josie & the Pussycats has been a top seller for nearly a decade & this year was no different. Pre-Pussycats Josie #1-44 were up in demand, as were the 1960's appearances in Laugh #145-168 and Per #161 to ?; Josie's first app in Pals N Gals #23 is still very undervalued & now hard to find (sells at 150-200% Guide); SABRINA the Teen-Age Witch was not quite as popular this year, but still in steady demand. Early appearance of Little Sabrina (appearing in Little Archie #59-179) were selling decent, but later issues were slower titles.

The RED CIRCLE / Archie Adventure Horror & superhero titles were titles often requested in VF or better, they are in steady demand. The 1987-1992 Low Print Era Last Issues are in High Demand as Minor-Key issues; Archie and Me #161 (2/87), Archie at Riverdale High #113(2/87), Archie Giant Series #632(7/92), Archie's Girls B&V #347(4/1987), Archie's Pals N Gals #224(9/1991), Archie's TV Laughout #105(2/86), Betty & Me #200(8/92), Everything's Archie #157(9/91), Jughead #352(6/87), Laugh #400(4/87), Life with Archie #286(9/91), Pep #411(3/87); (at 150-200% Guide); The Archie brand Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures. Are the comics of choice by the General public, as those are the ones they remember on the newsstands.

TMNT Adv #1,19,50-72, Special #6-10, Sourcebook 1-2, Digests, & Mighty Mutant Animals 5-9, are low Print items (sell at 200-400% Guide); Early SONIC the Hedgehog are in demand & are some of the most valuable comics of the 1990's, but later issues are slower sellers. The 1995-1997 era Hanna-Barbera Titles are already hard to find, are in high demand, sold out with almost all dealers, & very undervalued in Guide, with #1-5 issues being Uncommon (sell at 150% Guide) with most #6 up issues being scarce (sell at 200-400% Guide);

Archie #1 is now one of the hottest comics of the entire golden Age, with low to mid grade CGC copies selling in the 300-400% Guide Range. All Golden Age Archie comics are top sellers in any grade. The 70th Anniversary of the Archie Gang approaches, making them among the most enduring comic characters of all time, members of an elite club, as only a handful of characters have attained uninterrupted newsstand distribution for 7 decades. (Most of the others are DC characters). Superhero collectors often underestimate the potential of Humor & Cartoon characters.


ATLAS / Marvel;

More & More Marvel Collector's are looking backwards & discovering the Atlas titles. 90% of what we sell is in the FA/G thru VG range, which works out great, as these are the condition the majority of copies we locate fall into. The Horror & SF titles were once again the most requested, especially the 1956-1962 Kirby & Ditko Era issues; We sold about 100 Low Grade issues (at 115-135% Guide) (USA Fans want the Post-Code issues they remember in the 1970's Marvel Reprint Titles; UK fans want Originals of issues reprinted in their Alan Class titles); Next most requested were all the Western titles (old & Newer = at 120-135% Guide). Millie the Model #18-93 by Dan DeCarlo were impossible to keep in stock (G-FN copies bring 150-200% Guide; VF-NM copies at 125-150% Guide); If I could locate a set of the DeCarlo Millie's, they would likely prove to be the bestselling of all Atlas Marvels. The Humor, Cartoon & Parody, Romance, & War Titles were moderate seady sellers (at 115-130% Guide).


ATLAS / Seaboard comics (1974-1975);

When these first hit the market, they were among the first major top-selling comics among Collectors (as opposed to just the General Public); I pre-ordered & sold an average of 250-500 copies of each in my early Comic Shop years & remember them well. The ID's (independent Distributor's) did not want to give them shelf space, they had above average returns. For these & other reasons, the publisher folded before any one title could print more than 4 issues. For nearly 25 Years these were dumped into bargain bins, causing the worldwide dealer inventories to virtually disappear, with remaining copies now mostly in the VG-FN Condition ranges (VF copies are now Uncommon; strict VF/NM or Better copies are Scarcer);

Circa 1999 due to internet & eBay, these were back in demand. For the last decade, we have had constant demand, especially from Collectors who want a completionists who want the full set of all Comics produced from this publisher. The biggest Obstacle for the last decade has always been the scarce Gothic Romances #1 (sells at 200% Guide) and My Secrets #1 (B&W Magazine; 2/1975; sells at 300-500% Guide); Many fans finally settle on Collecting only all the Color Comics & skipping all the Mags (or just the 2 Rare mags).

Vicki #3 and 4 are scarce (bring 200% Guide in ANY grade.); All these mags are Uncommon to Scarce; Devilina #2, Movie Monsters #2-4, Thrilling Adv #2 & Weird Tales of the Macabre #2 (sell at 125-150% guide) Movie Monsters still not listed in the Overstreet Guide (#1 is Uncommon & sells for $30 in VF/NM; #2-4 are hard to keep in stock & bring $50 each in strict VF/NM);

Long Time fans love this publisher due to familiar Creators including; Adams, Austin, Boyette, Buckler, Chaykin, Colan, Conway, Craig, Ditko, Fleisher, Heath, Marcos, McWilliams, Milgrom, Nostrand, Ploog, Sekowsky, Springer, Summers, Thorne, Toth, Wood, Wrightson, etc;

With the return of new Atlas comics, demand for back issues is already up by almost 50%. Most of the 1974-1975 Atlas/Seaboard comics remain low to Modesty priced in the Guide, all are undervalued, especially in strict VF/NM or Better investment grades. Bigger demand for the Vintage issues, should continue as long as the new product continues to be released. If you have not yet sampled these back issues, now is a great time to give them a try.


Captain Canuck;

The IDW Hardcover Collections of Captain Canuck, have once again stirred up interest in the classic original Back issues. Comely assembled 50 Limited Edition Sets of the IDW HC Books #1,2 with Autographs on front endpage of both books, and with a Unique new Original Art Sketch on the front endpage of the Book #1's, we sold all 5 sets we got in stock within a week of receiving them at $85.00 per set.

2010 was the 35th Anniversary for Captain Canuck, Canada's most famous comic title & superhero. Captain Canuck #4 (2/1978; 2nd Print; Large Oversized 11" x 17" Treasury Sized, Comes with Hand-Written signed & numbered Certificate of Authenticity bound-in) is one of the rarest comics of the entire Bronze Age. It is also among our Top-10 Most Requested comics of the Entire Bronze Age. I've only seen 3 copies on eBay in the last decade (a VF copy sold for $525 in 2005). I finally uncovered the first copy I have ever had in stock & sold it quickly in FN for $295.00 (Current Guide value of $30 in Fine is absurdly Low)

Among our Top-10 Most Requested comics of the Entire Modern Age are; Captain Canuck Re-Born (1993/1994); #3(only 8,000 Copies printed & amazingly Scarce; Current VF/NM Value is $50+) And Captain Canuck CANUCK #15 (8/2004; 150 copies printed; ; Current VF/NM Value is $125+); Richard Comely has mentioned he might print a Limited 2nd Printing of both of these High-Demand comics. Captain Canuck LEGACY#2,3 never got published & might also appear in a future Limited Edition. As a friend of Richard Comely for 35 Years, you can be sure I will stock all these Limited editions, if he ever gets around to publishing them.


CHARLTON;

We have the World's Biggest selection of Charlton Comics, with over in stock (95% of 1960-1986 issues & about 50% of the 1940's-1959 issues), thus we are the destination Collector's go to to fill in missing numbers & complete their sets. The HORROR & Sci-Fi Titles were the Bestsellers in both Lower & High Grades, with all issues from 1966-1986 in High Demand. (For 1965 & Older, only the DITKO issues were in high demand) After the Horror Titles, the Hanna Barbera comics were the next most consistent sellers. Third most Requested, are the better artist issues, including; Aparo, Boyette, Buscema, John Byrne, Ditko, Glanzman, Himes, Wayne Howard, Severin, Sanho Kim, Larson, Morisi, Don Newton, Staton, Tom Sutton, Wood, Williamson & Mike Zeck; Due to poor Printing, Charlton comics are notoriously Scarce in Strict VF or Better; Most Investors were happy with VF/NM or better copies, as there are very few CGC graded copies, & if they wait for better copies, they might never find them. (G-FN= 120-140% Guide; VF-VF/NM= 110-120% Guide; raw NM-,9.2 copies= 150% of 9.2 Guide Prices; raw NM,9.4 copies= 200% of 9.2 Guide Prices);

The Next most requested (moderate sellers) were all the Western, War & TV Titles, mostly to fans that simply enjoy those Genre's. All the other many Genre's are solid Steady sellers (at 115-125% Guide); Unlike the major publishers, Charlton has virtually nothing that does not eventually sell & because we have very little competition on these, we always do well with them.


DC COMICS;

DC Comics continue to be the #2 bestselling back issue publisher (after Marvel), but many are gaining in popularity with Back-Issue collectors. KEY issues in ALL Grades, including #1's, Origin's, top Artist issues, Last issues & Scarcer issues, were the strongest sellers. In this spirit, I have prepared the list to follow, of the fastest selling DC Comics at full guide or higher prices. Most of them sell in these ranges; (G-FN = 110-140% Guide; FN/VF-VF+ = 100-120% Guide; VF/NM, 9.0 to NM-, 9.2 = 120-140% Guide); Notable exceptions are listed; (I might have missed a few); >>> Here my List of the HIT-LIST of the Top Silver & Bronze DC Comics to own; Action #242, 252-255, 267, 276, 283-288, 300, 309, 340, 347, 360, 373, 425,432, 440, 484, 583 Adventure #210, 247-260, 267, 275, 282,290,293,300-310,346,353,381,416,428,431,440, 459-462, 467, 491-503, Adv of Bob Hope #94,95,106-109, Adv of Jerry Lewis #68,74,97,101-105,112,117, All American Men of War #21,28,39,42,48,57,63,64,67-69,82,89,112, All New Collectors Edition C-53-55, 58, C-56(Superman vs Ali = Red Hot; 150-200% Guide); All Star Comics 58, 69, All-Star Western #1,10,11, Angel & Ape #1, Aquaman #1, 50-52, Amazing World of DC #1-4, 9,14-17, Atari Force (Mini Promo) #3-5(200% Guide), Atom #1,7,8,29, Bat Lash 1, BATMAN #105,121,129,139,155, 169,171, 179,181,189,190,197,210,219,227,232,234,237,238,243-245,251, 254-262,332, Batman Family 1,10,18-20, Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children #26-30(200% Guide), Best of DC Digest 1,3,4,10, 21 & the Low print #41-71, Beware the Creeper #1, Blackhawk #108,118,133, 141, Blitzkrieg 1-5, Brave & Bold #1,25,28-30, 34, 50-63, 79-87, 93, 182,197, Capt Action #1, Challengers of Unknown 1, 74, 82, Dark Mansion 1-4, DC Comics Presents #1,2,26,47, 56, 77, 78, 85-88, 94, 97 & Annual #1, DC 100 Page Super Spectacular #4-14, DC Special #2-4,6,11,28,29, DC Special Series #1,3-13,15,16,18-24,27, DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest 1,3,7,11,16, 20-24, DC Superstars #17, Detective #225,233,267, 298, 311, 318, 325, 327,328, 359,362-364,369-372, 377, 385,387, 389,391,392, 394-424, 437-445,471-474,478-483, Doom Patrol #86, 99,100,121, Doorway to Nightmare #1, 1st Issue Special #1,5,7-9,12,13, Flash #105-130, 137, 139, 140, 175,214,217-219,226,229, 232,289,300,306-313,350, Flex Mentallo 1-4, Forever People #1, Fox & Crow 1-10, Freedom Fighters 1, 10-15, Ghosts #1-5, 97-99 GI Combat #55-58, 66, 67, 68(1/59 = Red Hot 200+ Guide), 83,87-100, 108, 114, 138, 150, 168, 193, 200-202, Girls Love #150, 161-170, Girls Romances #109,134, 159, 160, Green Lantern (1960-1986) #1,7,13,40, 45,59,61,76-90,100,112,116,123, 181,182,185,188,194,195, GL Corps Annual #2,3(Alan Moore), Hawk & Dove #1, Hawkman #1, 4, Heart Throbs #47, 101, 133-142, Hot Wheels 1-6, House of Mystery #174-195, 204,207,209,213,215,216,218,221,224-229,231,236,251-256, 290,321, House of Secrets #61, 81-100,154, In Days of the Mob #1, Joker 1-9, Jonah Hex #1-10, 91-92 & Digest 1-3, Justice League of America #1-5, 9,21, 22,29,30, 37,38,46,47, 55,56,64,65, 71,74, 94-102, 107,108,110-116, 123, 135-137,147, 148, 159,160, 166-168,171,172, 183-185, 195-197, 200, 207-209, 219,220,231,232, 261, Kamandi #58,59, Leave it to Binky #61, Legion (1980) #259, 290-194, 300, Legion(1984-89) #37,38, Limited Collectors Edition C#23-25,32-34,37,39,41,43-46,48-52,57, Men of War 1,26, Metal Men #1, 21,27,45, Metamorpho #1, Mr Miracle #1, My Greatest Adv #80-85(Doom Patrol), Mystery in Space #53,75,87-90, New Gods #1, New Teen Titans #1,2, New Titans #130(2/1986 = 400-600% Guide), Our Army at War #51,61,67, 83(1st True app Sgt Rock; 150-200% Guide), 84-128, 130,151-155,158, 168,182,183,186, 235-246, 269,275, Our Fighting Forces 41,45, 123, 133-137, Phantom Stranger #1-14,23,26,31,33,39-41, Plastic Man (1967) #1, Plop 1,5,23(Lord of Rings, Wood-a), Preacher #1, Richard Dragon 14, Rima #1, Rip Hunter #1, Rudolph 1950-1963, Rudolph #NN(1972; aka C-20; Treasury; G-FN=300% Guide; VF-NM=200% Guide), Sandman (1989) #1,8,22, Sea Devils #1, Secret Origins #1(1961), Secret Society of Super-Villians 1,15, Secrets of Haunted House 1-5,44, Sgt Bilko #1, Sgt Rock #302-330; Sgt Rock #400-421(Low Print 150% Guide), 322(200% Guide), Shazam #1,8,12-17, 25,28,34,35, Showcase #1-10, 13,14, 17-20, 22-24, 30,34,37, 43,45,53-55,57-62, 64,70, 73-77, 79-81,83,84, 97-99, Sinister House #1-4, Spectre 1-5, 9, Spirit World 1, Star Spangled War Stories #45,62,64,67, 84-90, 92, 94-100, 134, 138-155, 181-183, Strange Adventures #117,124,180, 184,190,195, 201, 205-217,222, Super A / Super AA / Super B (DC 1970's Magazines), Superboy #49,68,78, 80,83,86,89, 93,98,100,129,138,147,185, 197-200, 202, 205, Super DC Giant #S-13 thru S-26, Super Friends #1-10, Supergirl (1972) #1-10, Superman #100,123,127,129, 146,147,149, 158,167,199, 233,245,249, 252,254,272,278, 279, 284, 300, 400, 423, Superman Family #164, Superman's GF Lois Lane #1-10,14, 29,33,47, 50,70,71,79,89,93, 105, 106,111, 113, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #31,37,57,62,63, 72,79,133, Swamp Thing (1972) #1, (1982) #20-30, 37,171, Swordquest (Mini Promo) #3(200% Guide), Tales of New Teen Titans #42-44 & Annual #3, Tarzan #207, Teen Beam 2, Teat Beat 1, Teen Titans (1966) #1-5, 20-23, 46-53, Tomahawk #116-119, 121,123-130(Adams covers), TV Screen Funnies (Scarce) 129-138, Unexpected #105,116,119,128,157-162, Unknown Soldier #205, 219, 265-268, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Warlord #1, Weird Mystery #1,2,21 Weird War #1-5, 8, 64, 68, 93,94, Weird Western #12-20,29, WHITMAN Variants of DC Comics(150-200% Guide), Witching Hour #1-14, Wonder Woman (1942-86) #98-110, 159, 177-179, 198-202,211,214,267,268,281-283,287,291-293,329, Wonder Woman (1987-Date) #50,63, 85-90, World's Finest #90,94,96-99,129, 142, 144,156, 169,173-178, 198-200,223-228, 244-252,323, Young Love #39,69,73,78,79,88-96,107-114, 121-126, Young Romance #125,154,163,164, 170-183,194-204;


DELL comics;

DELL comics specialized in POPULAR Culture Icons (Licensing popular Characters from other Media, including; Cartoons – Original, Theater & TV, Golden Age of TV Series, Kids Shows, Movie Classics, Newspaper Comic Strips, Novel & Pulp Series adaptions, Radio stars, & Westerns) and they featured more PHOTO and PAINTED covers, than any other publisher in the history of Comics. Because of this they have eternal Worldwide appeal, as many of these TV shows are still in reruns all over the world, many are now on DVD & many with complete DVD Seasons. Many of the Cartoon characters are so strong they have better worldwide recognition than almost all modern cartoon creations. Thus they have worldwide appeal in affordable grades and will sell forever when still in disposable income price ranges ($5 to $40 each), while slower in the pricey High Grade ranges ($50-$200+ each). The 1950's Dell sported some of the Highest Print Runs in comics history, yet scores of the were well loved & read, now residing in comics graveyards. But the upside is that almost all are still affordable in G-FN, and most sets can be completed easier than perhaps any other publisher of the period. This adds to the desire to assemble complete sets. The majority of Dell sets have between 5 to 50 comics, certainly attainable goals. Even the Long-Running titles are mainly in the 100-250 copy range, & still no $1000 and up issues to worry about (as with Marvel, DC, etc).

We have one of the World's Biggest selections with over 20,000 DELL comics in stock & thus they are usually our Bestselling Pre-1962 Comics Publisher. As usual, about 95% of what we sell falls into the FA/G (Reading Copies) thru FN (Presentable, but still affordable) condition ranges. FN/VF and better copies were slower moving than usual this year. Most Dell comics in G-FN are still Under-Valued in the Guide, while many VF-NM Dells are still overvalued in Guide. The same Price to Condition spreads for Dell are far apart for Low Grades vs High Grades, while this does not reflect real sales in the marketplace. The average VF is more than double the FN price in guide, whereas VF copies should only list about 50% Higher than FN copies. While most VF-NM- copies do not require a price drop, most G-FN copies do need a price increase. These are sepecially popular with our International collectors around the world, & large amounts back issues continue to disappear into permanent foreign collections each & every year. DELL VARIANTS (6/1956-1-2/1961 = 15 Cent variant; Back Cover variants with Strips in place of Ads; Giants with 30-35 cent cover prices) are up in demand since McClure's Variant article in Oversrteet #40. The DELL's that still have in Demand in VF or Better include; Key issues & First issues, Tarzan, Turok, Hanna-Barbera, popular TV shows, Carl Barks art comics, better Movie comics (John Wayne, Sci-Fi, etc).


GOLD KEY (see also Walt Disney comics);

We have the World's biggest selection of Gold Key comics with over 35,000 in stock, with most in stock in G-FN Grades & a smaller selection in VF or Better. We do our best to keep everything they published in stock at all times, including scores of Elusive to Scarce Cartoon titles. Thus we are now a major destination for many advanced & serious Collectors who are looking to fill in holes in the sets. In recent years I have run across more and more collectors completing large Gold Key Collections (example; all Hanna-Barbera, all Looney Tunes, all Cartoons, all Tarzan/Turok, all Horror titles, all Whitman's & Variants, all TV Titles, etc) and a brave few that have attempted gathering the entire GK Output. Collector Pat Simpson has a near complete GK set with all variants, his cataloged collection has of invaluable help Jon McClure & me in our research for the Overstreet #40 Variant article. In addition we are more than happy to help the constant flow of buyers than just want affordable reading copies.

Much like DELL comics, Gold Key continued the legacy & specialized in many POPULAR Culture Icons, but added a lot of new original in-house titles. Because the price Spreads for Condition are much less extreme than with Dell, VF or better copies are decent sellers. Since most of these comics sold to the General Public & not to Collectors, even VF or Higher Grade copies can be a lot harder to find than one would expect. Putting together a VF to NM range set of Gold Key's DR SOLAR, MAGNUS, TARZAN, TUROK or TWILIGHT ZONE (a few of the titles in demand in high grades) is actually a difficult task, but Infinitely rewarding to those than manage to attain this lofty Goal, as these are beautiful comics, still very undervalued when compared to Marvel & DC comics of the same period.

As seen in the Overstreet #40 Variant article, Gold Key has a huge wealth of VARIANTS from the Pre-1988 vintage comics Era, rivaling even Marvel & DC, thus they have become even more interesting to collectors of SCARCE comics. Whitman Variants of the Gold Key Comics (11/1971 thru 4/1980) continue to Bring 125-200% of GK issue values, to Variant Collectors. Canadian Newsstand Variant cover price issues (4-8/1968 with 15 cent prices, 3/1972-4/1973 with 20 cent prices; 12/1977-3/1978 with reverse 30 Cent prices) Sell at 125-150% Guide to Variant collectors; Whitman Variant 75 cent cover price issues (of 1984 Comics that are 60 cents in USA) are Rare & Sell at 200%+ Guide;

As with Dell, Most Gold Key's are currently undervalued in G-FN Condition ranges. All the uncommon to scarce issues tend to be sold out in virtually all dealer inventories worldwise. Many are so low, that I am able to pay 75-100% Guide to restock Reading Copies (Many buyers will gladly pay 150-200% Guide in these grades)

Most of our Largest Gold Key orders (100-300+ comics for one one shipment) are for Large groups of affordable reading copies.


HARVEY;

We got in a nice Collection of 400+ Beautiful High Grade 1950's/1960's Harvey FILE Copies, most in the VF+, 8.5 thru NM, 9.4 Condition ranges. We sold a good number of the Stronger Characters (Baby Huey, Casper, Harvey Hits, Hot Stuff, Little Audrey, Little Dot, Little Lotta, Playful Little Audrey, Sad Sack, Spooky, Wendy etc); These Strong titles were also our bestsellers in Lower Grades; The File copies of less Popular Characters & Non-Original-Harvey characters had resistance (Blondie, Family Funnies, Joe Palooka, Junior Funnies, Little Max, Mutt & Jeff, Warfront etc), which surprises me, as many are undervalued & even scarcer than the mainstream titles. (Sold at these; Rates; 9.4 copies at 200% of 9.2 Prices; 9.2 copies at 150% Guide; 9.0 copies at 9.2 prices; VF+ copies at 9.0 prices);

CARTOON Titles; (Late 1940's thru 1962 were in High Demand; 1963-1974 were in Strong Steady Demand; 1976-1990 were in Moderate demand; The Low Print 1991-1994 Titles were in Strong Demand in any Grade); The majority of our Sales were Books in the FA/G thru FN Grade Ranges. Many 1960's and 1970's titles are very undervalued in G-FN grades & thus permanently sold Out with almost all major Dealers. We sell them most G-FN copies over guide & thus have managed to keep nearly 90% of all Titles in stock. We have 20,000 Richie Rich Comics in stock & we have 10,000 other Harvey Comics in stock, easily the World's biggest selection. Most we sell in These Price Ranges; (G-FN = 125-150% Guide; FN/VF to VF/NM = 110-125% Guide);

The First app of FRUITMAN is in BUNNY #3, thus now a newly uncovered superhero Key issue. Many fans always assumed the One-Shot Fruitman #1 was the only appearance. He also appears in Bunny #6,8,9, 10,12, 13-17, 19-21.


MARVEL Comics;

The Marvel Comic continue to be the bestselling back issue publisher. Iron Man was the Title most up in demand this year (Thanks to Movie #2) & even thought #1 is one of the most common First issues of the 1960's, it was near impossible to keep in stock, selling at 125-200% of Guide everywhere. All 1970's Horror Titles were in constant demand & many are getting harder to re-stock. Bronze Age comics were hands down the bestsellers (especially 1970-1974), followed by early 1961-1964 issues in any Grades.

KEY issues in ALL Grades, including #1's, Origin's, top Artist issues, Last issues & Scarcer issues, were far stronger sellers than any one title (Often 3-10 Times the Demand of standard issues). In this spirit, I have prepared the list to follow, of the fastest selling Marvels at full guide or higher prices. Most of them sell in these ranges; (G-FN = 135-200% Guide; FN/VF-VF+ = 110-135% Guide; VF/NM, 9.0 to NM-, 9.2 = 120-140% Guide); Notable exceptions are listed; I might have missed a few.

>>> Here my List of the HIT-LIST of the Top Marvel Comics to own; Amazing Adventures #11, Amazing Spider-Man #1-28,50, 96-98, 101,102, 119-122, 124,125,129,149,194,300,441(Last issue 200-300% Guide), Annual #1,2, Astonishing Tales #12, 25, Avengers #1-11, 16,57,71,94-101, 400-402(Last issues 200-300% Guide), Annual #1,7, Brother Billy #1, Captain America #100, 109-113,117,153-155,241,247-255,332,454(Last issue 200-300% Guide), Annual #1, Capt Britain #1,2,24, Capt Marvel #1,14, 21, 25-34, Chamber of Chills 4, Champions 1, Chili 1, Conan #1, 3, 23,24, 271-274, 275(Last issue 200-300% Guide), Creatures on the Loose #10, 30, Daredevil #1-7, 16-18, 27, 53, 50-53, 131,132, 158, 168, 380(Last issue 200-300% Guide), Annual #1, Dead of Night 11, Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu #1,14,17,28, Defenders #1-3, 8-11, Dr Strange(1974) #1,14, Dracula Lives #1-3, 11-13, Electric Company Mag (with Spider-Man) #1-50, Fear #10,19,30, Fantastic Four #1-38, 48-50, 52,53, 55,73, 110(Error ed = 200% Guide), 112,121-123, 155-157,166,167, 416(Last issue 200-300% Guide), Fear 10,19,20, Foom #1-15, 22, Film International #1-4, Frankenstein 1, Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera 1-3, Ghost Rider (1973) #1,2, 81, Ghost Rider (199) #81-92, 93(2/1998; Last issue 200-300% Guide), Giant Size Kid Colt 1-3, Giant Size Spider-Man 1-4, Giant Size X-Men #1, G.I. Joe #21, 93, 150-155(all 150-200% Guide), Gothic Tales of Love #1-3(G-FN= 300-500% Guide; VF-NM = 200-300% Guide), Gunhawks 1-7, Gunslingers 2,3, Haunt of Horror (Mag) #3-5(low print), Hero For Hire #1(150-200% Guide), Homer the Happy Ghost 1, Incredible Hulk (1962) #1-6, (1968) #102,118,122,126,140, 141, 161,162, 180,181,197,198, 200, 250,314,330,331, 340, 474(Last issue 200-300% Guide), Annual #1, Invaders 1, 7-9, 31-33, Iron Fist 1,14,15, Iron Man #1(G-FN = 150-200% Guide), 9, 25, 47, 51-55, 66, 100, 118, 128(Alcoholic issue 150-300% Guide), 150, 169, 282, 284, 332(Last issue 200-300% Guide), Annual #1, Journey into Mystery #83-101, 108,109, 112, Annual #1, Jungle Action #5, 8, Lil Kids 1-12, Lil Pals 1-5, Kull the Conqueror (1971) #1, Mad about Millie 1, Man-Thing 1, Marvel Chillers 3, 6, Marvel Comics Super Special #1,4,5, M. Feature(1971) #1-4,11,12, M.Feature (1975) #1, Marvel Novel (paperback series) #1-11, Marvelmania (mag), M. Premiere #1,3,15,28,50, M. Preview #1-3,7,8, M. Presents 3, Marvel Spotlight #2, 5(1st Ghost Rider; 1 50-250% Guide), 12, 28, 32, M. Super Action (mag) 1, M. Superheroes 1,12,14,18, M. Superheroes Secret Wars #8, Marvel Tales #1, Marvel Team-Up #1-4, 12,15, 53, John Byrne issues, 141, & Annual 1, M. Treasury #1-10, M.Two-in-One #1,8,46 & all Byrne, Perez, Miller art issues, Master of Kung Fu #15, Masters of the Universe #12-13, Mighty Marvel Western 1-5, Millie the Model 135,154,192, Millie Annual #1(150-200% Guide), 2,3, Monsters of the Prowl 9,16, Monsters Unleashed 1, Moon Knight #29,30, Ms Marvel #16-18, My Love#1-39(G-FN= 150% Guide), New Mutants #98(200% Guide), Nick Fury (1968) 1-5, Night Nurse 1-4, Nostalgia illustrated, Not Brand Echh 1, Our Love Story 1-4,6-38(G-FN= 150% Guide), #5(150-200% Guide), Patsy & Hedy Annual 1(150% Guide), Peter the Little Pest 1-4, Pizzazz 1, Planet of the Apes mag #21-28(150% Guide), 29(200% Guide), Power Man 17, 48-50, Prototypes (Atlas/Marvel 1958-1961 era), Punisher (1986 Mini), Pussycat #1(G-FN= 400% Guide; VF-NM- = 250% Guide), Rampaging Hulk 1-9, Rawhide Kid 17, 22,23,31,32,34,35,38, 43,45,46, 92,93, Red Sonja 1, Red Wolf 1, Savage Sword #221-235 (150-200% Guide and the Scarce #235 at 400% Guide), Savage Tales #1, Scooby Doo 1, Sensuous Streaker #1(200-400% Guide), Sgt Fury #1-10, 13, Shanna 1, Silver Surfer(1968) #1,3,4,12, Spectacular Spider-Man #27,28,90, 263, Spidey Super Stories 1-5, Spider-Man Digest, Strange Tales #89(Fin Fang Foom 150% Guide), #97(1st Aunt May & Uncle Ben 200% Guide), #101-115, 169-181, Sub-Mariner #1, 8, 14, 34,35, 50 59, 69, Annual #1, Superman vs Spider-Man #1, Supernatural Thrillers 5, Super Villian Teamup 1, Tales of the Zombie 1, Tales of Suspense #39-60, 63,65,66,79,80, Tales to Astonish #27, 35-52, 57,59,60, 70, 82, 90-93,100, Tex Dawson 1; (1970's 30 cent Variants; 150-200% Guide); (1970's 35 cent Variants; 200-400% Guide); Thor #126-130, 134, 159,162,168,169, 180,181,193, 225, 332,333,337, 502(Last issue 200-300% Guide), Tomb of Darkness 9, Tomb of Dracula #1-5, 10,12,13,18, Tommy the Movie, Transformers #71-79(150% Guide), #80(200% Guide) Transformers Digest, Vampire Tales #12,5,8,11, War is Hell 9, Warlock 1, Werewolf by Night #1-5, 32,33, Western Gunfighters #1-5, Western Kid 1, Western Team-Up #1, What If (1977) #1, Wit & Wisdom of Watergate #1(200% Guide), X-Men #1-15, 28, 35, 50,51,53, 56-66, 94-111, 120,121, You Don't Say #1,2;


VARIANT Edition Comics;

Jon McClure's VARIANT Article in Overstreet #40 (on pages 1010-1038) has set the New & Definitive Standard, an absolute MUST HAVE for all Variant Collectors for the next Decade. I was proud to have spent 40+ Hours of Labor assisting him with the monumental task. Since even most Dealers & Collectors are completely unfamiliar with this area of collecting, many noted to me it was 29 pages of dense & difficult reading, but usually easier to read the 2nd time thru. Many of the newly uncovered Variants are not yet well known enough to have gained any premium values. But keep in mind, this is how the Marvel 30 & 35 cent cover price variants started, as they took several years to catch on, they are now some of the most sought after & hot selling issues in the entire hobby. Because 90% of these Variants are NOT listed (and might never be listed) in the Body of the Main Ovestreet Guide, it might take a while for momentum to build on these. There are probably 6000-9000 Canadian Cover Price Variants alone, & perhaps 3000-5000 UK Cover Price Variants.

The scarce 3/1962-4/1963 ARCHIE Price Variants with 15 Cent Cover prices (approx 106 different estimated to exist) were noted in We had several inquiries, but only had 4 in total in stock, they sold instantly at 150% Guide (probably too low). These are some of the scarcest Test Variants & so far less than Half have a single proven copy known to exist. Because of this, I think a reasonable starting point would be at 200% Guide (Eventually they could be worth 300-400% Guide values on regular issues)

We still have a good stock on many of the 35 Cent Variants of Archie & Harvey Square-bound Giants, as well as the 30 cent & 35 cent DELL Canadian Cover Price Variants. Only a few inquires so far, sold at 120-135% Guide. As completionists learn of these, they will start to disappear from our inventory, & only replaced with increasing difficulty.

The early MARVEL Direct Editions VARIANTS (1977-1979) often mistakenly Sold as "WHITMAN Variants of MARVEL" comics are still in demand. These had print runs that vary from approx 2% to 10% of the quantities distributed as Newsstand editions. These Early MARVEL DIRECT Editions (with Black Diamond on cover, with NO "cc" on cover, with NO UPC or obscured UPC Codes, or Blank White UPC Codes) when correctly identified can sell at 120-150% Guide to Variant Collector's; Whitman published Direct market White Logo printings from 2-6/1982 of many of their Gold Key/Whitman Cartoon titles, these sell at 150% Guide or more. The bestselling & by far the most requested VARIANTS of the year for us were the Marvel & DC Canadian Newsstand VARIANT Cover Price editions, thus I have included a List of the most Desirable titles by these publishers. The Scarcest titles as Canadian Variants are all the unpopular characters & all the Cartoon Series', but they are not included in the list for brevity purposes (We can email a free more complete list upon request)

MARVEL; Canadian Newsstand VARIANT Cover Price editions (10/1982-08/1986 - Printed in USA) Higher Demand Variant Titles include; Amazing Spider-man #233-279 & Annual #16-20, Avengers #224-270 & Annual #11-15, Captain America 274-320 & Annual #6-8, Conan #139-185 & Annual #7-11, Conan Annual #7-11, Daredevil #187-233, Defenders #112-151, Dr. Strange #55-81, Ewoks #1-5, Fantastic Four #247-293 & Annual #17-19,Further Adventures of Indiana Jones #1-33, Gi Joe #4-50, Ghost Rider #73-81, Iron Man 163-209, Annual #5-8, Incredible Hulk 276-322 & Annual #11-14, King Conan #13-19, Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #1-6, Machine Man Mini Series #1-4 (Barry Smith-a), Magik #1-4(X-Men related), Marvel Tales #144-190, Marvel Two in One #92-100 & Annual #7, Marvel Saga #1-16, Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #1-12, Marvel Team Up #122-150 & Annual #5-7, Master Of Kung Fu #117-125, Micronauts #46-59, New Mutants #1-42, Night Crawler #1-4, Power Man and Iron Fist #86-125, Power Pack #1-19, Red Sonja #1-12, Rom #35-75 & Annual #1, Secret Wars II #1-9, Spectacular Spiderman #71-117 & Annual #4-6, Spider Woman #46-50, Star Wars Return of the Jedi #1-4, Star Wars 64-103 & Annual #2-3, Thing #1-31, Thor 324-370 & Annual #10-13, Transformers #1-12, Uncanny X-men #162-208 & Annual #6-10, West Coast Avengers (Mini) #1-4 & West Coast Avengers (on-going) #1-11 & Annual #1, Web Of Spider-Man #1-17 & Annual #1-2, What If #35-47, Wolverine Limited Series #2-4, X-Factor #1-7 (Most Sold at 150% Guide); These were again our bestselling variants of the year (Most at 150% Guide); X-Men was the most requested title of the year, we sold 3 near complete sets & 3 more partial sets, thus most of our variant X-Men inventory is already sold.

DC Comics; Canadian Newsstand VARIANT Cover Price editions (10/1982 thru 09/1988 - Printed in USA) Higher Demand Variant Titles include; Action Comics #536-599, Adventures of Superman #424-440, All Star Squadron #13-67, America vs. the Justice Society #1-4, Aquaman #1-4, Batgirl Special #1, Batman #337-423 & Annual 9-12 & Special 1, Blackhawk #251-273, Blue Beetle #1-24, Brave and the Bold #192-200, Captain Atom #1-9, Captain Carrot #1-20, Cosmic Boy #1-4, Crisis on Infinite Earths #1-12, Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #1-13, DC Comics Presents #50-97 & Annual #1-4, Demon #1-4, Detective Comics #519-590, Doom Patrol #1-12 & Annual #1, Elvira's House of Mystery #1-11 & Special #1, Flash #300-350,Flash (Volume-2) #1-18, Fury of Firestorm #5-64 & Annual 1-4, Green Arrow #1-4, Green Lantern #157-224 & Annual #1-3, Hawkman #1-17, Hex #1-18, House of Mystery #309-321, Jonah Hex #65-92, Justice League #1-16, Justice League of America #207-261 & Annual #1-3, Last Days of the JSA #1, Legend of Wonder Woman #1-4, Legends #1-6, Legion of Superheroes 282-313 & Annual #1-3, Man of Steel #1-6, Masters of the Universe #1-3, Millenium #1-8, New Adventures of Superboy #34-54, New Teen Titans #18-40 & Annual #2, Power Girl #1-4, Secret Origins #1-30, Sgt. Rock -422 & Annual 3,4, Shazam #1-4, Star Trek #1-54 & Annual #1-3, Suicide Squad #1-16, Supergirl #14-23, Superman #376-423 & Annual 9-12 & Special 1-3, Superman (Volume-2) #1-20 & Annual 1,2, Super Powers (Volume-1 #1-5; Volume-2 #1-6; Volume-3 #1-4), Swamp Thing #5-59 & Annual 2, Sword of the Atom #1-4 & Special 1-3, Tales of the Legion of Superheroes #314-354 & Annual 4-5, Tales of the New Teen Titans #1-4, Tales of the Teen Titans #41-91 & Annual #3, Underworld #1-4, Unknown Soldier #256-268, V #1-18, Warlord 62-131 & Annual #2-7, The Weird #1-4, World of Kryton #1-4, World of Metropolis #1-4, World of Smallville #1-4, World's Finest #284-323, Wonder Woman (Volume-1) #296-329, Wonder Woman (Volume-2) #1-18 (Most Sold at 150% Guide);

Canadian Newsstand Variant Print Runs are 10% or Less of American issue quantities. Newsstand had Lower Survival rates than Direct editions, thus they are about 50-100 Times Scarcer than a USA Direct Edition Printings, with perhaps an average of 2500 copies each still existing. Because newsstand copies were sold to Non-Collectors, perhaps 90%, are Lower Grades (G thru FN); Only a Handful of these Variants have even been graded by CGC; ** DATES for Canadian Newsstand Cover Price Variants Existing include; ARCHIE Comics & Digests (Giant from late 1950's thru Mid 60's; and 9/1982-4/1997 with Digest to 12/1997), CHARLTON (2/1983-8/1984), DC(all Newsstand Comics, Magazines & Digests from 10/1982-9/1988), DELL (6/1956-1-2/1961 = 15 Cent variant; Back Cover variants with Strips in place of Ads; Giants with 30-35 cent cover prices), GOLD KEY / Whitman (5-8/1968, 3/1972-4/1973, 12/1977-3/1978, 1-7/1984), HARVEY(1959-3/1974 Giants with 35 Cent cover prices), MAD (some 1964 & 7/1978-7/1979), MARVEL (all Newsstand Comics, Magazines & Digests from 10/1982-8/1986), WARREN (3/1977-3/1983);

UK / British Pence cover price editions (1950's-1980's) of Dell, Marvel, DC, Gold Key & other publishers were published in the USA, but only sold in the UK. These are still been sold at discounted prices by UK dealers. Since these books are actually made in USA Variants & are 50-200+ Times Scarcer the the USA standard editions, they should AT LEAST sell for the Same as US editions. Currently only the cheaper 1970's issues are bringing a small premium price in the USA. The High Priced Silver Age issues are still being discounted & are a real BARGAIN. The "MARVEL ALL-COLOUR COMICS" Banner across the top of the front cover, mostly in the 1974-1980 Bronze Age Era (Sold at 120-150% Guide) The new UK on-line only Price Guide by Duncan McAlpine was finally re-released in 10/2010, updating his 1997-98 guide. Duncan lists many "ND" (Not Distributed) periods in UK, where NO copies (USA Printings or UK Printings) were DISTRIBUTED & thus those issues are scarcer overseas.


WALT DISNEY;

Walt Disney Comics have been very popular worldwide for at least 60 Years, especially the Cartoon titles. This is particularly true in Europe, where comics have less of a stigma & are more ingrained in the cultures of the lands. The Netherlands & Italy have reprinted most of the American comics & due to their insatiable appetites for more, they have added 1000's of new stories in their own original comics. Only a tiny portion of these European originals have seen print in the USA. Carl Barks & Don Rosa have rock-star like status in certain circles. The Childhoods of half the planet Earth were filled with the beloved memories of the Walt Disney Movies, Books, TV shows, Merchandise, Cartoons, Theme Parks & more. I have always been puzzled why the comics are not that popular among Comic Collectors. Certainly Carl Barks is widely considered one of the Top-10 Creators in all of Comics History, with a huge cult following & some of the most valuable Original Art in our Hobby. (Barks has always been my #1 favorite)

This was a better than usual year for sales of Walt Disney Comics. We have about 20,000 Walt Disney Comics in Stock from their many Publishers (Dell, Gold Key, Whitman, Gladstone, Disney, March of Comics, Marvel, etc); Especially popular were all the Live Action TV Series & Movie Classic (both Cartoon & Live-Action) comics. Once again, Scarecrow of Romney Marsh #1-3 were the most requested of all Disney comics, undervalued in Guide & sold out with virtually all dealers. (Even the reprint in WD Showcase #53 is hard to keep in stock). There has been a similar Trend with WD Movies, with Scarce/Rare titles (usually still on VHS, & out of print on DVD) inexplicably up in demand, selling in the $25-100+ each Price Range on eBay, Amazon, Alibris & Various websites (example; Almost Angels, Charley & the Angel, Diamonds on Wheels, Dr Syn alias the Scarecrow**, Emil and the Detectives**, Fighting Prince of Donegal**, Ghosts of Buxley Hall, Horsemasters**, Light in the Forest**, London Connection, Love Leads the Way, Scandelous John, Smith, Tonka**, Westward Ho the Wagons**). Seven of these rare titles have comics (with asterix**) & have fueled demand as an alternative source to experience these stories & this has lead non-comic-collectors to our website thru google searchs. These buyers loved the comics & came back for many other items, thus we now have new collectors in our hobby. Affordable copies in the FA/G thru FN Grades are typically what we have in stock & luckily are also the most popular grades. (VF or better copies are often too pricey & slower sellers);

The Pre-1950 Golden Age Disney Titles were in Low Supply & in good steady Demand. The 1960's Gold Key titles were in higher demand than the (often more common) 1950's Dell titles. The Four Color one-shot titles were the most requested Dell comics (except for the the nature & science type series); Especially & notably popular were; Annette Funicello, Brer Rabbit, Cartoon Movie Classics, Davy Crockett / Fess Parker, Hardy Boys, Hayley Mills, Spin & Marty, Tinker Bell & Zorro/ Guy Williams comics. (VF-VF/NM=110-120% Guide; G-FN=120-140% Guide);

WARREN, Skywald & Misc Horror Comic Mags;
This year we had an endless stream of Requests for Affordable Reading Copies (FA/G, G and VG) for all the Horror Mag publishers (including Marvel) & had to actually seek out more Low Grade collections. 10 Years ago we often had 10-25 copies each in VG or Lower grades, but today we now have about 35% of the issues with nothing left under FN, and about 15% with nothing left under VF. The slowest sellers were FN thru VF+ copies. There is still good demand for VF/NM or better investment copies (although somewhat diminished from 2007-2009 sales, due to the slow economy); Our stock of VF/NM or better copies has also dropped greatly in the last 4 years & they are getting harder to replace. (FA/G-VG Reading copies sold at 125-175% Guide; Mid Grade FN thru VF+ copies sold at 110-120% Guide; On average the High Grade copies brought these Rates; VF/NM at 120-130% Guide; raw 9.2 copies at 150% Guide; raw 9.4 copies at 200% of 9.2 prices)

I got in a near complete set of Famous Monsters of Filmland #1-130 (many #11-38 in VF to VF/NM, many #39-130 in VF/NM to 9.2) and was pleasantly surprised that we sold almost 50% of them in only 2 Months for excellent prices.

Creepy, Eerie & Vampirella as usual made up 90% of our Warren Sales. Creepy & Eerie are even sellers up to #80, but from #81 up Creepy sells about 50% better than Eerie. (Creepy stays more true to the one-shot Horror anthology stories; Eerie strays more towards an anthology of alternating On-Going Series of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery characters); Due to the passing of FRANK FRAZETTA in 2010, demand for everything Frazetta doubled (including; Calendars, Comics, Fanzines, Mags, Paperbacks, Posters, Portfolios & more). Thus all the Warrens with FRAZETTA covers were up in Demand; Vampirella covers by Frazetta (up 100% in Demand), other Warrens with Original covers by Frazetta (up 50% in Demand), Warrens with Reprint covers by Frazetta (up 25% in Demand). All Rare & Scarcer Warren titles were in Constant Demand as per usual (at 150-300% Guide);

Monster Magazines (Famous Monster imitators, Film Related) are always Highly Collected. Unfortunately these are not listed in Overstreet so they fall off the Radar of Comic Collectors. These always worthwhile collecting, & have steadily increased in Value over the last 10-20 Years. Some of the Bestsellers include; Castle of Frankenstein, Famous Monsters, Fangoria, Fantastic Monsters, For Monsters Only, Gorezone, Horror Monsters, Mad Monsters, Monsterscene, Monster Times, Monster World, Movie Monsters, Quasimodo's Monster Mag, Scream Queens, World Famous Creatures. 1958-1975 issues are all scarce in strict VF or better. (with 1976-1990 issues Scarce in VF/NM or Better) Prices vary widely from $5-$200+, most are excellent sellers.

The MISC Horror mags by Eerie Pub, Globe, Hamilton, Major, Modern Day, Stanley, Tempest Pub, & World Famous, were in High demand in FA/G to FN Affordable reading Copies (There was resistance to FN/VF thru VF+ copies; Investment copies in VF/NM or better, although scarce, were slower sellers this year)

SKYWALD published only 69 Magazines total (Crime Machine, Hell-Rider, King, Nightmare, Psycho & Scream). Due to this small output, they consistently have the faster turnover of all Horror Mag publishers. These sell great in any & all grades (at 125-150% Guide) Once sold are hard to re-stock.


WHITMAN comics;

It has been 9 Years (2001) Since I put up for eBay auction the rare Uncle Scrooge #179(VG copy sold for $510, and VF copy sold for $1200) when they still listed at $10 in NM in the Guide. In 2003 i auctioned a of Little Lulu #260(VG, it sold for $710); In 2005 a 9.8 copy of Lulu #260 sold for $1827; This started the stampede to collect all the Pre-Pack Only Whitman Comics (from 8-12/1980, 1983-1984). For about 4-5 Years Collectors went wild buying G-VF copies at 200% to 2000% of Guide (Especially the scarcer 8-12/1980 issues).

In 2007 the Random House File Copies Archives got dumped on the market all at once. The Gold Key comics & more common Whitman's had 100 each or more on many issues. There was also a smaller selection of 8-12/1980 issues (smaller quantities of 0-25 copies each), with many issues still having ZERO copies among the File-Copy collection. This all has stalled the market a while, but virtually all the Scarcer issues have already been absored into the Marketplace. The number of CGC Graded Pre-Pack Whitman's in VF thru 9.4 increased by 200%-300% Over the Last 3 Years. Suddenly that stopped appearing & there is once again a shortage of the Pre-Pack issues (especially 8-12/1980); It is now Estimated that the 8-12/1980 Pre-Pack issues have an average of 100-250 Copies each still Existing, while the 1983-1984 issues have about 250-500 copies each existing. There are 47 different RARE 75 cents Canadian VARIANT cover price editions existing (US copies were 60 cent), all from 1984, with an estimated 75-150 copies each still existing (They sell fast at 200-300% of regular 60 cent edition prices);. In the 1980's these issues were all thought to be Very Rare & were on everyone's want lists; Buck Rogers #10, Popeye #160, 161, Porky Pig #99, Woody Woodpecker #192 (but by 2005 it was found that they were NOT Printed & do NOT exist); Whitman printed at least 31 Direct Market White Logo Variants from 1981-82 (they sell for 150% of standard Yellow Logo regular editions) Nine 40 cent Whitman Reverse Variants exist of 50 cent Whitman comics (11/1980-1/1981) selling at around 200% of the standard 50 Cent edition prices; Most Whitman variant collectors, prefer Raw, Non-CGC copies (with the exception of the issues that guide over $100)

About 69% of all Gold Key comics published from 11/1971 thru 2/1980 are proven to exist as Whitman Variant Editions (5-50 Times Scarcer than regular GK printings); This has proven to be one of the toughest Variant Sets to complete in it's entirety & only a few are trying. But a lot more Variant Collectors are seeking to complete their favorite Titles, or Genres. (Adventure, Horror, SF & TV Titles sell at 150-200% of GK issue values) (Cartoons Titles sell at 125-150% of GK issue values);

*** I present the Complete List of 67, now legendary Scarce to Rare 8-12/1980 Whitman Comics. I have added the Current Quantities so far graded by CGC, according to their 12/2010 Census; Battle of the Planets #7(10/1980; x32), #8(11/1980; x24), #9(12/1980; x28); Beep Beep the Road Runner #91(8/1980; x4), #92(9/1980; x4), #93(10/1980; x5); Black Hole #4(9/1980; x2); Buck Rogers in the 25th Century #8(11/1980; x2), #9(12/1980; x8); Bugs Bunny #221(9/1980; x16), #222(11/1980; x4); Chip 'N' Dale #67(8/1980; x5), #68(11/1980; x7), #69(12/1980; x10); Daffy Duck #129(8/1980; x4), #130(1980; x8), #131(12/1980; x8); Daisy and Donald #45(8/1980; x3), #46(10/1980; x5), #47(12/1980; x16); Donald Duck #221(8/1980; x7), #222 (10/1980; x19), #223(11/1980; x15), #224(12/1980; x13); Flash Gordon #30(10/1980; x5); Huey, Dewey and Louie Junior Woodchucks #65(9/1980; x3), #66(11/1980; x7); Little Lulu #260(9/1980; x33), #261(11/1980; x23); Looney Tunes #33(8/1980; x7), #34(1980; x14), #35(1980; x11); Mickey Mouse #207(8/1980; x7), #208(10/1980; x18), #209(12/1980; x4); Pink Panther #75(8/1980; x8), #76(101980; x16), #77(12/1980; x16); Popeye #158(9/1980; x7), #159(11/1980; x5); Porky Pig #97(9/1980; x11), #98(11/1980; x18); Super Goof #60(7/1980; x10), #61(9/1980; x16), #62(11/1980; x3); Tom and Jerry #330(8/1980; x3), #331(10/1980; x7), #332(12/1980; x12); Tweety and Sylvester #105(9/1980; x10), #106(10/1980; x5), #107(11/1980; x6); Uncle Scrooge #179(9/1980; x44), #180(11/1980; x11), #181(12/1980; x13); Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #479(8/1980; x4), #480(9/1980; x19), #481(10/1980; x5), #482(11/1980; x9), #483(12/1980; x7); Winnie the Pooh #20(8/1980; x2), #21(10/1980; x4), #22(1980; x10); Woody Woodpecker #190(10/1980; x13), #191(11/1980; x3); Yosemite Sam #68(9/1980; x7), #69(10/1980; x21), #70(12/1980; x5); Take note that there are still 20 different issues with 5 or Less copies Graded by CGC. The Big-4 (Donald #222, Lulu #260, Scrooge #179, WDC&S #480) have been well known TOUGH issues for 30 Years & were the first to bring record prices on eBay, now listing relatively high in Guide, thus a disproportionate number of copies have been CGC graded, they are still scarce & in huge demand in spite of what the skewed CGC quantities would indicate. Battle of the Planets #7-9 have more copies slabbed than other titles, as many dealers judge them as a “better” Title & more worthwhile to slab. Sales on the 8-12/1980 issues were up by over 50% this Year & we are once again starting to sell out on Most issues; Lower grade copies are undervalued & in demand; (G-FN = 150-200% Guide; VF-NM- = 125-150% Guide);

The above List gives an idea what is Scarcest in HIGH GRADE (although I suspect a lot of VF or Better copies valued at $30 or Less in Guide have NOT yet been submitted to CGC, as they are judged by dealers as not yet being worth the costs of Slabbing); **** Currently the 37 RAREST 8-12/1980 Whitman's in ANY Condition are; (Lowest CGC Quantity;Rare in High Grade Condition; Most difficult to find issues; Estimated that 100-150 copies each exist in the current marketplace); In Alphabetical & Numerical Order; Beep Beep Roadrunner #92,93, Black Hole #4, Buck Rogers #8, Chip N Dale #67-69, Daffy Duck #130,131, Daisy & Donald #47, Donald Duck #221,222, Huey Dewey Louie #65,66, Little Lulu #260,261, Looney Tunes #33-35, Mickey Mouse #208,209, Popeye #158,159, Super Goof #62, Tom & Jerry #330,331, Tweety & Slyvester #105,107, Uncle Scrooge #179, Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #479,480, Winnie the Pooh #20-22, Woody Woodpecker #191, Yosemite Sam #68,70;

MARVEL Whitman Variants DO NOT exist, they are still scarcer, but are actually low print run early DIRECT Market variant editions from the 1977-1979 era (see page 1033 of Overstreet #40);

This is the List of Whitman Variant Editions of DC Comics known to exist (3/1978 thru 8/1980); ACTION COMICS #481-483,485-492, 495-499,501-505, 507-508; ALL-NEW Collectors Edition #C-56; BATMAN #306-308,311-320,323,324,326; BRAVE AND THE BOLD #145-147,150-159,165;DC COMICS PRESENTS #1-4,9-12,14-16,19,21; FAMOUS FIRST EDITION #C-61; FLASH #268,273-276,278,283,286; GREEN LANTERN #116-119,121; JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #158,160-162,166-169,171-173,176, 179,181; LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #261,263,264,266; NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY #1,2,5,6,8; SGT ROCK #329; SUPERBOY #244-248,251-258; SUPER FRIENDS #13-16,20-23,25,32;SUPERMAN #321-323,325-327,329-332,335-345,348,350; WARLORD #22; WONDER WOMAN #250-252,255-263; These are about 20-50 Times scarcer than standard DC printings & are still in High Demand among Variant Collectors (at 150-200% Guide); Only a small quantity have so far been Graded by CGC & they remainb Scarce in strict Vf or Better.


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MARKET REPORT for Overstreet #40(2010) Annual Comic Book Price Guide by Douglas W. Sulipa

INTRODUCTION;

The Worldwide Economy, along with home values & jobs took a big plunge into recession in late 2008 and thru all of 2009. My sales took a big dip in 10-11/2008, but by 12/2008 was already recovering. My american buyer sales dropped by about 40% in 10-11/2008, but returned to about 85% of the previous years levels for the rest of 2009. My Canadian & Overseas buyer sales dropped by about 20% in 10-11/2008, but returned to previous years levels by 12/2008 and thru to date. American comics are valued worldwide in USA Funds, but because the US Dollar was devalued this year, their buying power value as an investment in the worldwide market has fallen same. This year many saw their lifetime investments take large decreases in value, while Comics at least held steady in the US Dollars market value. The main change i have noted in the market, is less demand for high grade & higher priced items in general. I have seen virtually zero change in the buying habits of the Zillions of collectors that mainly buy G, VG and FN graded comics. Many of our High Grade (and other) collectors have started KEY issue collecting (High Demand & easy to resell issues) & are actively buying G thru FN/VF graded comics (more affordable & plentiful). You can typically buy multiple copies of KEY issues in G-FN for the price of one High Grade example. I still have a Huge Selection of 20,000+ RAW comics (90% from 1975-1987 era) in High Grades on my Website (Most from the Manitoba collection) in the 9.0 thru 9.8 and they again were among my bestsellers, but with resistance to most items priced at over $100, and with $10-20 High Grade items being the fast movers. If i single out the Trend of the year for us, it would be that customers are seeking out anything that is hard to find, with condition being the less important factor. For the last 30+ years, i have directed my focus on going out of my way to keep in stock items that everyone else does not bother with. We have in stock literally 1000's of Comics, Books, Magazines, Records, Movies, Posters, that no other Dealer on the internet has in stock. Most of these items are not of high value, but are very often extremely elusive, so we get daily requests from buyers who are very happy to have located their long lost treasures.

I started as a Comics Reader & Collector in 1965. By 1970 i had 5000 Comics & was already selling Locally out of my parents basement at age 13-14. In February 2010 i will have hit the FORTY YEARS mark of Selling back issue Comics. Within a year, by 1971, i was already a Mail Order dealer with ad's in the RBCC & Later in the CBG. By 2/1974 i had opened my first all Comics store after school, 160 Square feet on a 2nd Floor location in downtown Winnipeg (one of the first in Canada). I estimate i have bought over 6 Million comics over those 40 Years, & sold around 5 million of them, with a current inventory of approx 1,300,000 Comics & related items in stock. The face of Comics Collecting has had drastic chances every decade or so thru all those years. In the 1960's back issues were often near impossible to find, even 5-10 year old ones, we had to depend on 2nd Hand stores & other collectors. (Flea Markets & Garage Sales wer near non existant in our City of 500,000+ in that period). The release of the first Overstreet Guide started out a quiet event, but kept gaining momentum thru the 1970's, within a decade the undisputed main catalyst & driving force for the hobby. In those early days, condition was not much of a factor in collecting, with many dealers catalogues proclaiming "everything in GOOD or Better condition, unless otherwise stated". Grading was not yet considered a necessity, other than separating comics with covers & without. Some dealers claimed that they did NOT consider TAPE to be a defect. In the early 1970's, very few comics actually sold for over $100. Until this time in collecting, finding the wanted comics was the only real concern. Most fans still bought almost exclusively their favorite characters, with no regard to investment. Condition, price and investment potential were all lesser concerns. As fans found fanzines & mail order dealers, things started to change. Fan / pro articles (in RBCC, CBG, etc) & advance comics news (Comic Reader, etc), started a DRIVE to collect what was HOT. Stampedes to Collect, Hoard & invest in new comics began, & still continue thru to today. [In the 1970's, the HOT titles included; Jack Kirby, Conan, Shazam, Marvel Horror comics, new X-Men, Howard the Duck, Marvel & DC #1-10's, etc]; Most of those HOT 70's titles are still among the most plentiful comics of the period today & are only uncommon in VF/NM, while all the "Lesser' titles are a lot scarce in strict high Grades. By the Mid 1970's a High Grade Action #1 sold for an astounding $1800 and was worldwide news. By the late 1970's the high grade Edgar Church Mile High comics hit the marketplace. Suddenly condition was becoming a very important factor. What many dealers called MINT in the late 1970's would grade about at FN average today. What most called NM in the late 1980's would grade about at about VF average today. Items that are scarce in ANY grade have always been good sellers for me, as i have always offered a huge selection of same. Many collectors wanted their favorite titles & characters to be scarce & valuable, but this was not the case for most of the 1970's-1990's. With the advent of CGC grading, for many collectors, condition became the most important factor in their buying habits. Suddenly common & uncommon items could be considered scarce to rare, in certain high grades, so especially the Marvel comics market went thru the roof (with DC not far behind) in value in the last decade or so.

Strangely enough, the (Post 1960) items that are truely Scarce to RARE in high grade (Cartoon, Teen, Western, Love, War etc) are only of Low interest to investors. The high multiples for high grade, are mainly focused on Marvel & DC comics (especially superhero), typically many of the most plentiful comics of each given time period. On the Flip-Side, low grade obscure collectible items that are scarce in any grade, change hands daily worldwide via retail sales & auctions at high multiples of established values, completely under the radar of the vast majority of collectors & dealers. These obscure & scarce items are the backbone of my inventory, have held a huge fascination for me for decades, and provide an endless stream of recession proof buyers (Collectors, Investors, Reasearchers, Readers, as well as Creators & their family, friends & decendants). The internet has connected buyers & sellers in an historically unparalleled way. Dealers & Collectors looking for a way to expand their horizons, take heed as this is one of the most exciting areas of collecting, but beware as it can easily become an obsession.

ARCHIE comics;

The Marriage of Archie Veronica, was the new events of the year for this publisher, but lost some steam once he then married Betty. They will still be in high demand as back issues for years to come, as Archie does not have a lot of Key issues. Archie Digests are sold in more Locations than perhaps any other type of new comics, as they target sales to the General Public, in places such as supermarket check out stands. It is suprising that the Marriage event took place in the standard size Archie Comics series #600-605. Archie & his Friends first appeared in Pep #22 in 12/1941 and their 70th Anniversary approaches, making them one the Top-10 Most enduring & Long Lasting Characters of All-Time. All comics with Archie & Gang are highly collected, but are out of the mainstream, going unnoticed by the great majority of dealers & collectors. In general most collectors are satisfied with decent Middle Grade copies, so most are affordable & not high profile items. I also sell a large volume to the fans who just want Low Grade complete affordable copies. My inventory is the World Biggest, with 35,000+ Archie Comics & 10,000+ Digests in stock. I sell a better percentage of my total inventory of this publisher each year, than virtually anything else. Even the Sellers who do keep a good size inventory of Archie Back issues, normally tend to be sold out on 50-75% of Everything printed. Collectors need to do a lot of hunting to fill in the sets, luckily for them it happens to be one of our specialties.

There is a huge shortage of 1941-1950 Archie Titles, with most that do surface being in G/VG or Lower grades, thus even VG or better runs are very difficult to assemble, most sell swiftly at 125%-150% in Any Grade. These classic 1940's issues have the big appeal of the more Realistic early Look, often with GGA / Good Girl Art. Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica is not the most valuable set, but is the the most collected title by this publisher. Beginning with issue #4, Dan DeCarlo started changing the Look of the characters, a look that would last for over 50 Years, making this one of the most overlooked major KEY issues in Comics history, still with zero premium value in guide, just try to find one in ANY grade. All Archies from 1951-1964 are stong Steady sellers, in Low Suppy, with many collectors attempting to complete all their runs, these are difficult to Restock once sold. (Most G-FN copies we sell at 120-140% Guide); These did not change much thru this period, & are all highly collectible, still affordable, and there are many still undiscovered minor key issues. Among the most prized collectible issues of the period, are all the Horror/Sci-Fi cover issues. All the early FEMALE titles are in even good demand, including; Ginger, Katy Keene, Suzie. Overgraded copies of hard to find issues often sell at 200% to 400% Guide on ebay, especially on lower graded copies, as fans don't want to miss them.

By the early 1960's Archie began to expand it's tiltes, with the most collectible today being SABRINA in Mad House, and with JOSIE (Dan DeCarlo's classic new creation). Neal ADAMS first published comics appeared in Archie Joke Book #44-48 & are not major Key issues. Archie's Silver Age experimentation continued with the Super-Hero Characters (Pureheart the Powerful, Super Teen, Evil Heart, etc), Mystery Stories (Life with Archie), Secret Agent stories (Man & Girl from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E., etc), Musical Bands (the Archies, Josie & the Pussycats = which became TV Cartoons), Cavemen Archie Gang stories, loads of great Squarebound Giant issues, Return of the classic GA MLJ Superheroes (including Back-Up stories in Laugh & Pep) , That Wilkin Boy (with the Bingoes; #50-52 are undervalued & Scarcer) Cosmo the Merry Martian and more. You never know for such what you will discover in these SA issues, they are fun to collect & good steady sellers (at 115-135% Guide);

The Bronze Age issues from 1970-1984 are typically considered the most plentiful of the Archie Comics, but actually it was mainly the 1970-1980 issues. Thru most of the 1970's, there were very few notable changes for the Archie Gang characters, i suppose they chose to ride on their Laurels, thus these tend to be a bit slower than other eras. But they did usher in their RED CIRCLE line of Comics, beginning with the Horror titles Chilling Adv in SORCERY #1-11, Mad House #95-97 & the one-shot Super Cops, all of which are highly collected & scarce in High Grade. In 1983 the Red Circle Line was revived this time with the return of the MLJ & other Superheroes, these were well done, but short Lived. In 1984, 1/2 these titles were cancelled, the Red Circle logo was dropped & they began the Archie Adventure Series Logo, these were all Low Print & Scarcer (bringing 150% Guide). The 1981-1984 issues are in Much Lower Supply. (from 1978-1984 Archie cancelling about 1/2 their Titles, and cutting back others from monthly to Bi-Monthly or Quarterly). In the 37 Month period from 10/79 thru 10/82 JOSIE & the Pussycats managed to only publish 7 issues (#100-106) all are LOW Print Run & Scarcer, bringing 150-200% Guide; SABRINA the Teen-Age Witch #71-77 are also Low Print (Bringing 150% Guide). Four highly collectible titles, Madhouse, Sabrina, Josie & Little Archie (with Little Sabrina) saw cancellation in this imposion Low Print era. But the most important new character of the Bronze Age era of Archie did not appear until 10/1982 when CHERYL BLOSSOM was first introduced in B&V #320 (and the same month in the very overlooked & undervalued Jughead #325), both appeared in this Low Print era, are major KEY issues, are tough to find & are fast sellers at 200% Guide in any grade (Canadian Newsstand VARIANT Cover Price editions exist for both, bringing 250-300% Guide - See Variants further down in this Report). All 1982-1985 early appearances of Cheryl Blossom are in very High Demand & Low Supply (Bringing 150%+ of Guide). All Pre 11/1994 appearances of Cheryl Blossom are also in strong Demand, when identified as such. Archie Comics #429(11/1994) featured the Love Showdown Part-1 which begans the famous storyline in which Archie chooses Cheryl Blossom over B&V, thus the turning point that made her forevermore a major character in the Archie Saga. Fans scrambled thru back issues to find her first & early appearances, but they were near impossible to find in the short print era stacks, thus the prices begun their meteoric rise & major Key issues, outpricing most Marvel & DC Key comics of the era. By the mid 1980's Digests started to rival & then surpassed the sales of the standard comics. The comics have always the items that appealed to collectors, but also supplied new material that could one day be reprinted in the popular digests.

The Low Sales & Low Print Era continued & the 1987-1992 Modern Era and saw 12 Major Titles cancelled, the Last issues include; Archie and Me #161 (2/87), Archie at Riverdale High #113(2/87), Archie Giant Series #632(7/92), Archies Girls B&V #347(4/1987), Archies Pals N Gals #224(9/1991), Archies TV Laughout #105(2/86), Betty & Me #200(8/92), Everythings Archie #157(9/91), Jughead #352(6/87), Laugh #400(4/87), Life with Archie #286(9/91), Pep #411(3/87); All these 12 last issues are now highly sought KEY issues by Collectors, are tough to find and bring 150-200% Guide. In addition, it should be noted that the last 10-12 issues of all these issues had low Print Runs & are also hard to complete, bringing 150% Guide. In the late 80's thru early 90's, Archie used the marvel formula & rebooted many of their titles by starting again fresh with many new Series' starting again at #1's. This revitalized the publisher & got more collectors interested once again. The new wave of Modern titles included the highly successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures. This is the TMNT title that the General public & Toy buying crowd identifies with & are by far the most requested TMNT back issues. TMNT Adv #50-72, Special #6-10, Sourcebook 1-2, Digests, & Mighty Mutant Animals 5-9, are low Print items, selling at 200-400% Guide, if you can find them. SONIC the Hedgehog turned out to be a high successful for the publisher, already passing issue #200 with early issues coveted & among the most valuable comics of the 1990's. The 1990's Hanna-Barbera Titles were largely ignored by collectors & already hard to find, the #1-5 issues are Uncommon, with most #6 up issues being scarcer, these are undervalued, & sell at around 200% Guide. Archie began a series of Specials (Super Teens, Spring Break, Vacation, etc), that happened to include three CHERYL BLOSSOM 3-issue Mini Series from 1995-1997, plus the 4 issues Special series. This finally lead to Bad Girl Cheryl Blossom being awarded her own series, which lasted 37 issues & is already collectible. In the Post-2000 Era Archie has once again started to experiment, with; TV Cartoons, Weird Mysteries, the return of Katy Keene, the manga look Sabrina, Realistic looking stories in Digests, & the marriage Limited Series & more, these are the future collectibles. It is amazing that this rich history of collectibles, is lost & completely missed by mainstream collectors.

ATLAS / Marvel;

These have become one of our bestsellers, with a high turnover rate & they sell in any complete grade. This year the Western titles were the most requested, especially all titles that eventually became Post-1962 Marvel Titles (at 120-135% Guide). Next most popular were all the TEEN Titles (at 120-135% Guide). Millie the Model #18-93 by Dan DeCarlo was on Many want lists, but are now very hard to find (G-FN copies bring 150-200% Guide; VF-NM copies at 125-150% Guide); The Humor, Cartoon & Parody titles were great sellers (at 120-135% Guide). The WAR Titles were moderate sellers (at 120-135% Guide). All the above had a good number of collectors attempting to find missing issues & complete sets, on all the Genre's above. Crime/Mystery, Funny Animal, Romance, Sports, & Spy Titles were slower but still decent sellers, they are uncommon & all eventually move (selling at 110-120% Guide); The Horror & SF tiltes, are always steady sellers, but as they are more expensive tend to have less completionists. The hot 1970's Marvel Horror reprints continue to fuel demand for these, as collectors seek specific reprinted stories in their original incarnation. Fin Fang Foom in Strange Tales #89 is now widely considered to be a KEY issue, as are all the hot Prototype issues & issues with KIRBY and DITKO art. Finally of note, there is an eternal appeal to sample Pre-Code Horror issues.

CANADIAN Comics;

The rare Golden Age Original Material "Canadian White" Comics were basically non existant on the market this year & in Huge Demand. When they do appear the Average Current Value for NON-Key issue is; (FN=$150; VG=$100; G=$65); The Pre-1947 Canadian Whites of Fawcett (Capt Marvel, Grand Slam, Three Aces, Wow, etc) were re-drawn be Canadian artists, are Still in High demand (Average Value for NON Key issues is; FN=$100; VG=$75 and G=$50); Triumph (Nelvana of the Northern Lights), & Dime comics (Johnny Canuck), Doc Stearne / Mr Monster, & Men of the Mounted issues bring 200% or More of the Above Prices, with KEY issue even higher. Vintage Canadian Variant Editions of 1940's & early 1950's USA comics, are 10-50 Times Scarcer than the USA editions. (Issues with same page counts bring 80-100% the Value of USA Editions.. Those with less pages than their US counterparts sell for about 60% of their USA equivalents.) Canadian Variant's (mostly 1946-1954) include these Publishers; Archie, Atlas, Avon, Classics, DC, Dell, EC, Fawcett, Fiction House, Lev Gleason, Quality, Timely, Toby, & others. The Canadian CLASSICS illustrated Variants are the most collected & bring the biggest premiums, at 150-300% Guide; Classics #17-20 with BLANK inside covers are Canadian Editions & are perhaps the rarest of all the Variants. (VG copies are worth in the $100-200 each range); The Canadian EC Comics brig about 60% of USA Values, due to poor Printing. the rare EC Variants Weird Suspenstories in FN copies bring $1000+ each; I once owned a Captain America Annual (1942) that was a Canadian Printing, if it surfaced again it would likely be the single most Valuable Canadian Comic (estimated at $15,000+ in VG);

I have 3000 Canadian French Language comics in Stock (Archie, DC & Marvel from the late 1966-1990) = they had small print runs of 2000-10,000 each, & smaller survival rates, making these desirable & Collectible (Most at $3-$10 each) The New material French language Comic Digests (1950-1970's, Adventure, Jungle, Romance, Western, War) sell at $3-$7 each. & the well known Character Titles bring $5-$12 each; The 1970-1982 Era French HORROR Comic Digests (Italian Reprints & New French Material) are RARE & are the best sellers of them all ate $10-$25 each (These are full of NUDITY, Violence, Bondage, Torture & more, and most have great Covers); EXISTING EARTH #1 is a consistent seller (1987; 1500 Copies Printed; Art by BRENT L. BUTT, of Canadian TV's #1 comedy - Corner Gas); Canadian artist Owen McCarron is a CULT figure among collectors (Puzzle Books; Marvel Fun & Games comic, Fireside Marvel Fun & Game books, Marvel Tempo puzzles books, Binkly and Doinkel, Spidey Super Stories #29,42,43, Ghost Rider #28 & Super Villian Teamup #8); There are a growing number of Canadian Comic Completionists interested in getting one each of everything printed from 1961-2010. (Perhaps 40% or more of what exists in this Era were Giveaways & another 50% were Small Print Run independents).

Captain Canuck;

All the main Captain Canuck titles were distributed in the USA, thus the listing in the guide. This is by far Canada's most famous title. We again sold over 20 sets of the Original series of #1-14 & Special #1 (1975-1981), they remain scarcer in the USA due to Lower Sales. The 1975-1981 issues are getting scarcer in strict VF/NM or better. Captain Canuck #1(7/1975) Has one CGC graded copy in 10.0 and one in 9.9; (The seller of the 10.0 is asking a staggering $5000); I sold several copies of the original over sized #4 (2/1977; 1st Print) in the VG-VF range at $50-$100 each; #4 (2/1977; 2nd Print), is one of the rarest comics of the entire Bronze Age, with 100 Times the Demand as compared to supply, sells at 400-800% Guide on the rare occasion that one surfaces. Captain Canuck has appeared Twice on the cover of TIME magazine ($10-15 ea) . >> Comely confirmed Small print Runs for Captain Canuck Re-Born (1993/1994); #0(English = 90,000 Copies), #0(French = 6000), #1(47,000 Newsstand GREEN-c); #1(40,000 bagged gold-c); #1(French = 6000); #2(30,000), #3(8,000 Copies = $25+), All are in big demand & very hard to restock; 99% of all Capt Canuck 1975-81 Original Art was donated to Canada's National Archives, thus the few left command high prices. CAPT. CANUCK #15 (150 copies) is virtually impossible to find & brings $75-125; (a Limited 2nd Printing might get published one day); Captain Canuck LEGACY#1(9-10/2006), and Legacy Special Edition #1(Limited to 1000 Copies), were issued for the 30th Anniversary of Canada's Most Famous Comic, the conclusion scheduled for a future TPB or HC. Unholy War 1-3 with West Coast Captain (2004-/2005) had a Low Print under 5000 copies, with the scarce #4(9/2007; Hot hail pub) even lower = these sells well, as most Canadian & especially American fans missed them. The Canada - SUPERHEROES official POSTAGE STAMPS SETS, one of the most popular Canadian Collectible stamp sets of all-time, are fast sellers at $15+ per set; (early 1990's includes SUPERMAN by Canadian Joe Shuster; JOHNNY CANUCK, by Leo Bachle / Les Barker; NELVANA of the Northern Lights, by Adrian DINGLE; FLEUR de LYS, by Mark Shainblum; CAPTAIN CANUCK by Richard Comely, illustration by George Freeman; A proposed "special" COIN might surface one day; The TV Cartoon still looks like it might eventually materialize (with an option for a Motion Picture); Comely's Star Rider & the Peace Machine 1-2 (1982) are getting scarcer too. All Memorabilia & Promo items are fast sellers.

CHARLTON;

If you like oddball comics, this is the ultimate publisher to collect. They had more Genre's than any other publisher, quality varied Crude to Superior. Distribution was poor, most comic shops did not bother to carry them, and the print runs range from moderate to low. Most copies were in the hands of the general public, with many damaged & discarded, thus a Low Survival Rate. Under only minor editorial control, many creators thrived under this publisher. We have about 35,000 Charlton Comics in stock, Including 95% of 1960-1986 issues & about 50% of the 1940's thru 1959 issues also. The HORROR titles were by easily the strongest selling titles, with 100's of copies in the G-FN ranges, helping many Collectors fill in dozens of Sets. These were published with Cereal Box type covers on many issues, interior pages are often misaligned & Miscut, and a host of other Printing Problems, make these Tough to find in Strict VF or Better (with VF/NM or better copies Scarce to Rare); Investors like VF/NM or better copies, as there are very few CGC graded copies, thus we sold nearly 100 of them this year (mainly from the Manitoba collection)

One Fan recently said to us "if people talk about horror comics and fail to mention Tom Sutton, well then they are not really talking about horror comics at all". Because Charlton is viewed as a marginal company by many, they missed some of the Best Artwork ever produced by; Aparo, Boyette, Glanzman, Himes, Wayne Howard, Sanho Kim, Larson, Morisi, Don Newton, Staton, Tom Sutton, Wildman, & Mike Zeck; In addition, look for great art by; Buscema, John Byrne, Ditko, Giordano, Mastroserio, Severin, Williamson, & Wood. The 1945-1950 issues are all Very Scarce, with Most 1951-1957 issues also Scarce, all being in High Demand & with a growing number of Completionists who glady buy them in any complete grades (at 120-150% Guide). The 1958-1969 Silver Age issues are uncommon to scarce, but with some legwork most sets are possible to complete in a Reasonable amount of time, these are in Moderate Demand (at 115-125% Guide). The 1970-1986 Bronze Age issues are uncommon, with most of the 1984-1984 Being Lower Print & Scarcer issues, these are in above average demand (at 120-135% Guide).

There is a large following for Hanna Barbera comics from all publishers (one of our speciaties) & many of these are scarcer than most of the Dell & Gold Key issues. The Pre-1962 Western comics are up in demand, and the 1960's issues new backup series are also in higher Demand, including; Billy the Kid (Bounty Hunter series), Cheyenne Kid #66-87(classic WANDER Science Fiction/Western Backup-s by JIM APARO), #88 up(Apache Red Series Begins by Fred Himes); Outlaws of the West (Capt Doom, Kid Montana, Sharp Shooter), Six Gun Heroes (Gun Master); Most of the 1950's and 1960's WAR Comics are above average sellers. Fans especially like the GLANZMAN art issues; The 1960's issues new Backup series are also in higher Demand, including; ARMY WAR HEROES (Iron Corporal), Fightin Army (Lonely War of Willie Schultz)

All the other Genre's are solid Steady sellers (at 115-125% Guide) including; Adult Cartoons, Cartoon, Crime, Funny Animals, History, Humor/Parody, Licsenced Characters, Movie, Hot Rod, Jungle, Martial Arts, Mythology, Mystery, Newspaper Comic Strip, Pirates, Pop Music Stars, Radio, Romance, Science, SF, Soap Opera, Superhero, Teenage, TV); The Scarcer items include; Digests, Comic Magazines, Horror Mags & Non-Comic mags (Adult Cartoon, Crossword & Puzzle mags, Horror Film mags, Kung-Fu & Karate mags, Sick mag, True Romance mags, True Western mags) = these fascinate many collectors & are above average sellers.

COMIC DIGESTS;

I have the Worlds Biggest inventory of Comic Digests (10,000 Archie Digests & 5,000 other Comics Digests), so I always do well with them. This year the Archie Digest saw the most activity, with about 85% of the requests being for G-FN copies to fill in Reading Copy to Presentable condition sets (at 120-150% Guide). There was only moderate demand for high grade copies, but as Pre-1985 copies are scarce to rare in VF/NM or better, we still ended up selling about 1/3 of our HG inventory. The 1974-1975 early issues are getting harder to find & are easily the most sought issues (bringing 150-200% Guide). Next best selling are all issue #1-10's (at 120-150% Guide).

The GOLD KEY digests are the ones that started the trend way back in 1968. All are Uncommon to Scarce in any grade (with strict VF or better copies scarce to Rare); Mystery Comics Digest (only 1 GK issue CGC graded), Golden Comics Digest (only 16 CGC graded), Walt Disney Comics Digest (only 7 CGC graded), Story Digest's (Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Ripley's, Tarzan = only 7 CGC graded in Total); Golden CD #2,7,11 are the most requested (bringing 150-200% Guide in any grade); The 3 main titles issue #1-10 are in Low Supply & High demand (150% Guide in Any Grade), with #11 up in good demand (at 125% guide); Dennis the Menace Pocket Full of Fun Digest #1-20 are in Low Supply & High Demand (bringing 150-200% Guide in any grade), with #11 up in good demand (at 150% guide) and NO examples yet graded by CGC;

The Harvey Digests are on many Completionist Lists (1977-1985 issues are uncommon = selling at 120-135% Guide; 1986-1993 ate 2-10 Times Scarcer than the earlier issues = bringing 150-600% Guide); These are amazingly TOUGH sets to complete, as all major Dealers are sold out of the later issues of the 1990's; SHOCKING TALES DIGEST #1(Powell, Jack KIRBY & Nostrand-a) is an uncommon One-Shot Title, but in constant demand (at 135% Guide); The SCARCE issues (bringing 200% Guide) include; Casper Adventure Digest #6-8, Casper Digest (10/1986-1991) #11-18, Casper Digest (V2; 9/1991-11/1994) #6-14, Casper Enchanted Tales #6-10, Harvey Wiseguys #3,4, Hot Stuff Digest #2-5, Million Dollar Digest(11/1986-11/1994) #11-20, New Kids on the Block Digest #1-5, Richie Rich Adventure Digest #4-7, Richie Rich Digest (10/1986-10/1994) #11-20, Richie Rich Digest Stories #11-17, Richie Rich Digest Winners #11-16, Richie Rich Gold Nuggets #1-4, Richie Rich Million Dollar Digest #6-10, Richie Rich Money World Digest #1-8, Richie Rich Digest (11/1977-8/1982) #7-9, Wendy Digest #2-5; The Very SCARCE issues that everyone needs (bringing 300-500% Guide) include; Million Dollar Digest(11/1986-11/1994) #21-34, Richie Rich Digest (10/1986-10/1994) #21-42,

High Grade Pre-1990 DC and Marvel Comic Digests in VF 8.0 to VF/NM are Uncommon to Scarce, with 9.2 to 9.6 copies being Rare. These are by far the most sought in High Grades. Only Low Quantities have so far been graded by CGC, considering the highly collectible status of these titles. The War & Horror titles are the bestsellers. DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #20(Dark Mansion) is the tough Major Key that everyone needs (Bringing 150% Guide); the 4 Digest issues of DC Special Series #18,19,23,24 are top sellers as many are trying to complete sets. Best of DC #41-71 are all Low Print & Scarce, making it a tough set to complete. The Jonah Hex digests have been up in demand, sice the announced Movie coming. The Atari Promo / giveaway Mini comics (Atari Force, Centipede & Swordquest) are in high demand, with only issue #1's being easier to find. The Marvel Digests (Alf, Dennis the Menace, G.I. Joe, Haunt of Horror, Spider-Man, Star & Transformers) are already uncommon in any grade & scarce in strict VF/NM or Better (Bringing 150% Guide in any grade); the 1978-1980 UK British BATMAN POCKET BOOK {Comics Digests} by EGMONT / Methuen are Scarce (Selling at; VF=$12; FN=$9; VG=$6 ea); the 1980-1982 UK MARVEL Pub British POCKET BOOK /Comics Digests (Chiller, Classics, Conan, FF, Hulk, Spider-Man, Star Heroes, Titans, X-Men & Young Romance) are getting Scarcer & sell well to Marvel collectors who like Oddball items (VF=$6-12; FN=$4-9; VG=$3-6 ea); Young Romance #3 reprinted the Our Love #5 Steranko Mod Classic (VF=$18; FN=$12)

The 1970's Charlton / Xerox / Now Age Comic Digests, are all Low Print, and scarce to Rare, including; Barney & Betty, Bugs Bunny, Dino, Dr Graves, Flinstones, Jetsons, Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, Road Runner, Scooby Doo, Space: 1999, Tweety & Slyvester, Woody Woodpecker & Yogi Bear (Bring 200-300% Guide in any grade)

These are tough to find in even FINE, much less high Grade, thus NO copies have yet been graded by CGC. Fiction Illustrated digests #1-2 are in good demand (at 120% Guide); With #3 (Chandler by Steranko) rating as HOT and hard to keep in stock (at 200% Guide). The TPB versions of #3, 4 are scarce & goos sellers (at 150% Guide)

COMIC & CARTOON Mass Market Paperbacks;

I have in stock over 6000 Cartoon & Newspaper Comic Strip Mass Market Paperbacks, with perhaps the World's biggest selection of Different Cartoon books. I usually sell about 300-500 of these in a year. The majority sell to Readers (who are not otherwise Comic Collectors) in the $2 to $5 each range. In almost all cases the later Titles had just one printing with smaller print runs & are scarcer. (Example, most late 1980's PEANUTS books are 10-30 Times scarcer than 1950's-1960's Titles); The Popular Characters typically have 20 to 100 Titles each, with about 50% being Common, 25% Uncommon, & 25% Scarce to Rare. The Scarce titles often bring $10-$25, & Rare titles can sell for $25-$50 each; Comic Collectors who cross over into this area of the Hobby often want the Scarcest Titles & often in the Highest grades. (Presumably because they already have the common titles); *** Some of the SCARCER & More Valuable Series & Titles (at $10-50 each) include; Archie at Riverdale High Series, Autumn People by Ray Bradbury, Beetle Bailey (Giant Size titles), Berenstains, Best of Creepy, Conchy, Cracked, Dick Tracy, Dracula (Russ Jones), Famous Monsters of Filmland ($50-100 each), Funky Winkerbean, Hagar (Later Titles can be Rare), Harvey Kurtzman (Help, Humbug, Jungle Book etc), High-Camp Super-Heroes, Hocus-Focus, Jimmy Hatlo, (Hatlo's Inferno at $35-50), Lockhorns, Luann, Richie Rich, Rose is Rose, Scooby Doo, Scroogie, Sick, Spirit, Tales form the Crypt, Tales of the Incredible, There Outta be a Law, THUNDER Agents, Tomorrow Midnight by Ray Bradbury, U.S./Acres by Jim Davis, Vampirella (USA & UK), & Vault of Horror. *** The TEMPO PUZZLE Books for both MARVEL and DC circa 1977 are all Scarce, especially Un-Marked and bring $10-$25 each;

Over 100 Marvel & DC Related Mass Market Comic related paperbacks in the 1966-1988 era exist; These are by far the most sought paperbacks by Comic collectors. The 1960's Titles are Scarce in FN or better & sell at; (G=$6-12; VG=$10-$20; VF=$25-$50); The 1975-1985 Titles are Scarce in VF or better & sell at; (VF/NM=$15-$35; VF=$10-$20; VG=$5-10); The Marvel & DC titles are the Most Requested in High Grade Investment quality copies. We got in a nice batch of 9.0-9.6 copies from the Manitoba collection & about 50% of them sold at 25-100% Premiums. But the standard G-FN copies of the Marvel & DC paperbacks remained the bestsellers.

DC COMICS;

Many collectors have not yet tried to complete their 1980's Series', assuming they will be easy to pick up any time they want them. But take note, that dealer inventories have shrunken greatly on a lot of these titles, because guide value remain so low. High Grade collectors should take special note, most of these books are already Scarce in strict VF/NM or better in Dealer inventories. As they are low value, most sellers have not got the extra mile to preserve High Grade copies. Average dealer inventory copies, that are graded or assumed to be in NM are more like FN/VF to VF average, if submitted to CGC. I have sold a good quantity of High grade copies to Speculators who can only see the upside on these. *** These issue numbers Lowest Print Runs in the History of the Pre-1999 Era of each Title (only 50,000 to 99,000 copies per month, whereas most had double the print runs or higher on issues that are a decade older); Batman (1940) #357-402, Brave & Bold #170-200, Detective comics #482-569, Flash (1959) #293-350, Green Lantern #113-224, Justice League (1960) #234-261, Sgt. Rock #372-422, SUPERMAN (1939); #401-423, Wonder Woman (1942) #263-329, World's Finest #248-323; If the print runs are so small on all these major titles, imagine how small they are on a lot of the lesser titles.

BATMAN titles are the most consistantly demanded of all DC titles of the last 60 Years. All Key issues, better artist issues & major villian issues, as well as Bronze Age Giant issues are in extra high demand, & do not currently have enough of a premium added in the guide. This year I have seen nearly a 50% increase demand for Detective comics in the #250-600 number range, collectors have noted they are less common & cheaper than Batman comics of the same vintage, with less CGC graded copies too. Batman's with Neal Adams Covers & Art are the most requested.

1950's DC sold moderately well this year, but I have noted that 1960's issues were slower in general, likely due to the economy. But almost everything from the more affordable 1970 Bronze Age thru to the 1985 Crisis era was selling consitantly well. Green Lantern #76-89 are hot sellers, with #76 continuing to set record prices in VF or better. All NEAL ADAMS DC Comics are in high demand, but especially those with ADAMS Covers, as most carry no premiums over surrounding vintage issues (many should list at 25-50% Higher than current levels). AQUAMAN #53(10/1970), 54, 55, 56(4/1971) = Extremely under-Valued, these should List in the $35-$50 range, #49 is dated 2/1970, there should not be a 79% PRICE DROP from $75 to $16 because #49 and #53 are SAME YEAR & only 10 Months apart. All 52, 68, and 100 Page Giants & are considered to be KEY issues by fans & sold about 200% better than surrounding regular sized issues & most remained elusive in higher grades. The "Dollar" Giants of the Late 1970's were roundbound with 2 staples (as oppossed to Squarebound) and are a very TOUGH set to put together in High Grade & thus are a good long term investment in High grade. Many factors tended to Lower the Grades of these Dollar comics including; (1) Weight of the book pulled at the staples, (2) they are Taller than other DC's of the Period & got crushed as they stuck out of stacks & in dealer long boxes, (3) they were thicker & did not cut well at the presses thus most have splits to the covers at top & bottom of the Spine; The Bronze Age Bestsellers for us this year (at 120% to 150% GUIDE) included; All Treasury's, all Digests, All Big-5 War comics, all Batman & Superman Titles, all teenage, Romance, Cartoon & Obscure titles, all Horror titles, all 52, 68, and 100 Page Giants, Teen Titans, Flash, Green Lantern, Tarzan, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Warlord, Wonder Woman. In the last Year I sold about 700+ Raw High Grade & "MANITOBA collection" DC comics of all types, in the 9.0 to 9.8 range, mainly from the 1974-1987 Era at 125% to-300% GUIDE.

The JONAH HEX Movie starring Josh Brolin is Due in Theatres June /2010, with Voodoo & Army of the Undead, it might be a hit & collectors have already started to show increased interest. Many fans consider it to be the best western comic series of all-time, and All-Star Western #10 is already one of the most valuable of all Bronze Age comics. JH #81-92 had a low print run & most dealers are perpetually sold out on them, they should guide about 50% Higher than current levels. The HEX (1985-87) #1-18 were near universally hated by fans & i think DC wants to forget they exist, but they are part of the saga & most completionists buy them, with #11-18 a bit tougher to find. Most JH #21-91 have only 5-10 copies each so far graded & are scarcer in High Grade than most collectors would think. DC Special Series #16 the Death of Jonah Hex story is a Bronze Classic & is a recommended must buy.

The DC Big-5 WAR Comics (all issues 1950's thru 1988; All American Men of War, G.I. Combat, Our Army at War/Sgt Rock, Our Fighting Forces & Star Spangled War Stories/Unknown Soldier) and all DC HORROR / SF Comics (of the 1968-1985 Era) were consistantly our best selling DC Bronze Age sellers in ANY grade, outselling all superhero titles with the exception of Batman & Detective. Weird War combines elements of both Horror & War, thus appealing to both type fans, with #37-123 quite undervalued in guide, perhaps due for a 35-50% Price increases (#64,68,93,94,100,101,124 even higher increases needed; #64, 68 are the hottest issues & sell instantly at 150-200% Guide). Low grades appeal to Readers, who tend to buy in larger quantities. Medium grades appeal to collectors who want them, but have opted to go after affordable presentable examples. Many investors view these as scarce in High Grade, among DC's strongest demand titles & thus a good long term investment. OOAW #83-130 are near impossible to keep in stock in ANY grade & are the only SA Comics that outsell Batman. OAAW #81-82 are now seen as overpriced Sgt Rock Prototypes & are slow selling, perhaps due for a drop in price. Meanwhile G.I. Combat #68 and OOAW #83 in Huge Demand, but impossible to find, easily worth 150-200% current Guide values. Sgt Rock #400-422 had Low Print Runs & Sold Out in most dealer inventories, selling well at 150-175% Guide. All appearances of Haunted Tank, Enemy Ace & Unknown Soldier are top sellers, most are scarce in High grade. The early Haunted Tank issues in G.I. Combat #87-114 & War that Time Forgot / Dinosaur issues of Star Spangled war #90-100 are in very low supply & High demand, in any grade. 1950's thru 1962 DC Horror comics are in Moderate but consistant demand, the 1963-1967 issues are slow sellers, but the 1968-1985 issues have remained among bestsellers for a decade now. The 1968-1974 Horror issues are especially tough in high grades, many fans still want them badly, thus are now happy with a nice VF, or even a FN/VF. Neal Adams & Wrightson issues, including all covers only & one page art issues are all in the highest demand, at 125-150% Guide. DC Horror are among our most requested titles in low Grade Reading copies. Swamp Thing #20-64 classics by Alan Moore are highly collected, undervalued & a good investment in strict VF/NM or better. 1975-1988 DC Horror & War issues in strict VF/NM are still among our Top selling DC's, as most copies in the Marketplaces are in the VG to FN/VF range.

DELL;

DELL comics have been strong & steady sellers for nearly 40 solid years for me, thus i always strive to carry a large inventory of them. They have worldwide appeal, with virtually everything they published always being sought be someone somewhere out there, both within the Comics Collecting Hobby, but also by Non-Collectors who are nostalgic about the characters & just want a few examples. PRICE seems to be the most important factor to most of the majority of buyers, with over 90% of what actually sells in the FA/G to FN condition range. Most FN/VF, VF, VF/NM copies see price resistance & are slow sellers (often only selling if i do not have a more affordable copy in stock); The exceptions that are still in demand in High Grades include; Carl Barks comics, Key & First issues, Tarzan, Turok, better Hanna-Barbera, better cartoon & Popular TV & Movie comics. Dell comics in CGC graded VF/NM 9.0, NM- 9.2 and NM 9.4 have among the Lowest Multiples of Guide among all older comics, with many non-key issues regularily selling below guide at Auctions (not to mention the $25+ cost lost to slabbing fees). What this tells me is clear; Most dell comics in G-FN are Under-Valued in the Guide, while many VF-NM Dells are overvalued in Guide, this was caused by using the same Price to Condition spreads for Dell as wide as for Superhero comics, while that is not the reality of the marketplace.

>> The Bestselling Titles (G-FN = 120-140% guide; FN/VF-VF/NM= 100-115% Guide) included; Adventures of Mighty Mouse, Air War, Andy Panda #35-56 (Chilly Willy Backup-s issues), Annie Oakley, Bat Masterson, Beetle Bailey, Beep Beep Road Runner, Ben Bowie, Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Big Valley, Brave Eagle, Bugs Bunny, Bullwinkle, Cheyenne, Chilly Willy, Cisco Kid, Colt 45, Combat, Creature, DELL Giants (Bugs Bunny, Lone ranger, Little Lulu, Nancy, Tarzan, Western Roundup, Yogi Bear, etc), Dracula 1, Dunc & Loo, Felix the Cat, Flintstones, Flying Nun, Flying Saucers, Four Color (over 100 Hot issues, over 300 issues in High Demand, about 700 are moderate sellers, with only about 200 being slower sellers), Frankenstein 1, Fritzi Ritz (with Peanuts), F-Troop, Gene Autry #101-121, Get Smart, Ghost Stories, Gidget, Have Gun Will Travel, Hogans Heroes, Howdy Doody, Huckleberry Hound, I Dream of Jeannie, I Love Lucy, Indian Cheif, Jetsons, John Carter of Mars, John Wayne(all), Jungle War, King of Royal Mounted, Kona, Laramie, Lawman, Leave it to Beaver, Little Lulu, Lone Ranger 1-10, 112-145 Looney Tunes 1-50, 201-246, March of Comics (50% of this Promo Giveaway series are above average sellers), Maverick, McHales Navy, Melvin Monster, Monkees, Movie Classics (Western, SF & Horror), Mummy, Nancy (Peanuts-s, Oona-s, Stanley-a), New Funnies 65-120, 241-288, Outer Limits, Peanuts, Pogo, Ponytail, Popeye, Quick Draw McGraw, Rawhide, Real McCoys, Red Ryder 1-118, Ricky Nelson, Rifleman, Rin Tin Tin 18-38(TV's RUSTY & the Cavalry of Fort Apache issues), Rocky & Friends, Roy Rogers 119-145, Sgt Preston, Smokey Stover, Tales of Wells Fargo, TARZAN 1-30, 80-131, Thirteen, Tip Top #211-225(with Nancy & Peanuts), Tom & Jerry #60-100, Tonto, Top Cat, TUROK, Twilight Zone, Voyage to Bottom of Sea, Wolfman, Woody Woodpecker, Wyatt Earp, Yak Yak, Yogi Bear & Zorro.

GOLD KEY;

I have 35,000 Gold Key comics in stock, with about 95% of their entire output always in stock. We had above average sales on G-FN copies this year, for many dozens of collectors looking to fill in their Sets. Many dealers have a good stock of the Horror, SF, Hero & Adventure tiltes, but we always have about 99% of them, thus many buyers ask for bulk prices on bigger batches of these when they want to start a new title, and naturally we are accomadating. Most dealers do not bother with Cartoon titles, while many others have only 25-50% of all the existing issues in stock, we typically have 90-95% in stock, even with choice of grade on most, thus we are probably the #1 destination for Collectors wanting to finally finish completing these titles. The Hanna Barbera Titles are all highly collected & are one of our Specialties.

Awareness of Whitman Variants of the Gold Key Comics & Canadian Newsstand Variant cover price issues has risen & thus demand nearly doubled this year (see Variants for more info)

Demand for High Grade copies was down about 25% this Year, due to Tighter money in the Economy, but still in strong demand, if you have the Titles that investors wanted; Raw copies (mainly from the manitoba collection) in Demand in High Grade (Sold at; VF to VF/NM =120-135% Guide; 9.2= 150% Guide), included; Atom Ant, Astro Boy, Auggie Doggie, Avengers (TV) #1(Photo back-c), Beatles Yellow Submarine, Beneath Planet of Apes, Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Doc Savage, Dr Solar, Fantastic Voyage #2(12/1969; Civilian Miniaturized Defense Force” VARIANT ), Grimm's Ghost, Hanna-Barbera (all #1 & Key issues), Hanna Barbera Super TV Heroes, Honey West, Korak, John Carter, Jonny Quest, Marges Little Lulu 165-206, Magnus Robot Fighter, Mars Patrol, Mighty Samson, Munsters, Occult Files of Dr Spector, Peanuts, Phantom, Popeye, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Scooby Doo, Secret Squirrel, Space Family Robinson, Space Ghost, Spine Tingling Tales, Star Stream, Star Trek 1-9, Tarzan, Tasmanian Devil 1, Turok & Twilight Zone, all VARIANTS (see Variant Comics in this Report), Wild Wild West & Yakkey Doodle.

The Bestsellers this year (at VF-NM= 110-120% Guide; G-FN=120-140% Guide), included; Addams Family, Amazing Chan, Bamm Bamm, Banana Splits, Battle of the Planets, Beep Beep 1-10, Beetle Bailey, Bugs Bunny 86-100, Bullwinkle, Cave Kids, Close Shaves of Pauline Peril, Daffy Duck 31-50, Dagar, Dan Curtis (Giveaways) #1-9, Daniel Boone, Family Affair, Fat Albert, Flash Gordon, Flintstones, Frankenstein Jr, Fun-In, Funky Phantom, George of the Jungle, Gold Key Spotlight, Gomer Pyle, Hair Bear Bunch, Hanna-Barbera Bandwagon, Happy Days, H.R. Pufnstuf, Huckleberry Hound, Inspector, Jetsons, Kroft Supershow, Lancelot Link, Land of Giants, Laredo, Lidsville, Little Lulu #207 up, Little Monsters, Lone Ranger, Looney Tunes 1-10, Lucy Show, Magilla Gorilla, Mighty Hercules, Mighty Mouse, Milton Monster, Mr Ed, Mr & Mrs J Evil Scientist, My Favorite Martian, Nancy & Sluggo, Peter Potomus, Pink Panther, Quick Draw McGraw, Rifleman, Rocky & Fiendish Friends, Snagglepuss, Snooper & Blabber, Space Mouse, Supercar, Three Stooges, Time Tunnel, Top Cat, UFO Flying Saucers, Underdog, Wacky Races, Wacky Witch, Wagon Train, Woody Woodpecker 75-100, & Zody the Mod Rob.

HARVEY;

All 1950-1975 CARTOON Titles were in Above Average Demand, in FA/G thru FN Grades. Most 1976-1990 were in Moderate demand (mostly in VG to VF grades); Most 1991-1994 Titles were in Low Suppy & Good Demand, in any Grades;

>>> Bestselling titles (9.2=150%; VF-VF/NM=120-130% Guide; G-FN=125-150% Guide) Include; all 35 Cent Variants of Squarebound Giants, Baby Huey 1-10, Blondie (undervalued), Caspers Ghostland, Casper & Nightmare, Dagwood, Devil Kids, Family Funnies, Flintstones, Fruitman, Hanna-Barbera Giant Size, Harvey Hits 1-75, Harvey Pop, Hot Stuff the Little Devil, Jetsons, Little Dot, Little Dot's Uncles & Aunts, Little Lotta, Playful Little Audrey, Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, Richie Rich (all 1960-1974), Sad Sack (all Pre-1965), Scooby Doo, Spooky, & Stumbo Tinytown, Tuff Ghosts, TV Casper & Co, Underdog, Unearthly Spectacular, Wendy, Yogi Bear.

>>> Other Great Sellers (VF-VF/NM=110-120% Guide; G-FN=120-140% Guide) include; all 25 cent Squarebound Giants, Alarming Tales, Alarming Adv, Alvin, Astro Comics (Giveaway with 15+ Variations), Baby Huey #11up, Black Cat, Blast-Off, Bunny, Casper the Friendy Ghost 1-20, CASPER (assorted Titles, 1961-1974), Chamber of Chills, Dotty Dribble, Felix the Cat, First Love, First Romance, Friendy Ghost Casper, Harvey Collectors Comics, Harvey Hits 76-122, Joe Palooka, Little Audrey (all titles), Little Max, Man in Black, Mazie, Mutt & Jeff, Richie Rich (all 1976-1994), Sad Sack(all 1965 up), Tastee-Freez, Thrill-O-Rama, Tomb of Terror, Warfront, Witches Tales & Woody Woodpecker.

IW & SUPER Reprint Comics (1958-1964);

These 46-52 Year Old Vintage comics have LOW Guide values & thus are highly Sought by Collectors. (Most Reading copies are only in the $5-$10 range) Many have Pre-Code reprints at much lower prices than the slightly earlier vintage Original, but at a fraction of the price. None of these comics carry the Comic Code, in a time period when all comics should have had them. They published a wide variety of Genre's, with the Horror/SF, Western & War titles being the bestsellers The Superhero, Jungle, Teenage, Humor & Romance titles are are all moderate sellers. Funny Animal & Cartoon titles are generally the slowest. Many issues contain Top Artists including; Powell, DeCarlo, Frazetta, Wood, Kirby, Crandall, Ward, Kinstler, Lou Fine, Severin, Cole, Krigstein, Davis, Heath & Others. About 340 different issues exist & many Completionists are attempting to gather them all. The Guide lists far too many under $20 with many as low as $12-14 in NM-, this needs to changed so that none list under $20; They are quiet scarce in VF/NM or Better & even $25 seems very low for the Minimum price for a NM- in Guide.

If they listed higher, perhaps more would come out of hiding & hit the marketplace. Those who like old cheap books usually buy Reading Copies. The Completionist generally prefer the Higher Graded copies. The scarcer titles tend to sell instantly when listed, as they are extremely undervalued in the guide & due for a big upward price adjustment. About 1/3 are Common, another 1/3 are Uncommon, with 1/3 being Scarce to Rare. I sell these for minimum prices of; G=$4; VG=$7; FN=$10; VF=$18, VF/NM=$24, with the More collectible titles sell for about 50-100% Higher.

MARVEL Comics;

The Marvel Movies continue to fuel demand for these classic back issues. Slated to eventually by releashed as MOVIES & characters to Buy Now include; Ant-Man, Avengers, Black Panther, Capt America, Iron Man 2, Luke Cage, Planet Hulk & Punisher, Thor; It was big News when DISNEY Studio's purchased marvel Entertainment, I expect we haven't even seen the the beginning of merchandising Marvel, as this is Disney's cash cow. The TV Cartoons Super-Hero Squad, Iron man Adv & Black Panther, plus the Animated DVD's, are getting the Younger Non-Comics reading crowd more interested in these characters. Although Marvel comics are typically the most plentiful, they also have had the highest demanded back issues for over 45 years, with no end in site. For the majority of Dealers worldwide, Marvel is the backbone to the back issue industry, many with over 2/3 their inventory as Marvel comics. (Many mistakenly think they are the only comics worth investing in)

Low Print Run Marvels of the Late Bronze Age into the Copper Age, have picked up in sales & are good lot term investments, especially in High Grades. Dealer inventories are LOW on a lot of these titles, as guide values are still low. Strict High grade investment quality copies are a lot scarcer than you would think, as there are a lot less copies around to choose from. *** These issue numbers are the Lowest Print Runs in the History of the Pre-1999 Era of each Title (only 100,000 to 150,000 copies per month, whereas most had 50-100% Higher print runs only a decade earlier); Avengers #382-402, Capt America #206-228, 286-294, 313-336, Conan the Barbarian #190-275, Daredevil #129-177, Ghost Rider #36-81, Incredible Hulk #423-474; Iron Man #297-332, Spectacular Spider-Man #235-263, Thor #328-338, 469-502, X-MEN #81-116; Since print runs are small on all these major titles, many lesser titles often had print runs of half these low levels.

We sold a lot of ODDBALL Comics & other Format items (Marvel Fanzines, Giveaway/Promo items, Memorabilia, Posters, Slurpee Cups, Calendar's, Portfolios, Digests, Treasury's, Paperbacks & Magazines, etc) because of our huge selection. The TNC - Traditionally Non-Collected Genre's of comics (Cartoon, Humor & Parody, TV/Movie, Romance, Teenage, Toy Related, TV, War, & Western) Sold steady as always, at 125-200% Guide, with G-FN the most requested. These are especailly popular among Completionists & those who like items that are scarce in any condition. The Rare "Pow Biff Pops" is a 1977 Promo Comic for Boston Pops, (with Spider-Man, Capt America, Batman & Superman) had only 250 printed, unsold copies were destroyed, only about 10 copies exist, rarely surfaces & is worth approx $1000-$2000.

All the Marvel 1970's HORROR reprint Titles, were Top sellers in all grades all thru the year. It seems eveyone was scrambling to complete all these sets & dealers inventories are at an all-time low. To keep them in stock, we pay more & we sell most at 125-150% Guide ranges. All these issues are Hot Sellers; Beware 1-8, hamber of Chills 1-25, Chamber of Darkness 1-8 and Special 1, Creatures on the Loose #11-15, Crypt of Shadows 1-21, Dead of Night 1-11, Fear 1-9, Giant Size Chillers (1975; 2nd series) #1-3, Journey into Mystery (2nd series) 1-19, Tomb of Darkness 9-23, Tower of Shadows 1-9, Special #1, Uncanny Tales (2nd series) 1-12, Vault of Evil 1-23, Weird Wonder Tales 1-22, Where Creatures Roam 1-8, Where Monsters Dwell 1-38; The three 1990's titles all had LOW Print Runs and already hard to find (with the exception of the semi common issue #1's) and all are great sellers; Book of the Dead 1-4, Curse of the Weird 1-4, Monster Menace 1-4. The New Material Horror Titles (Color Comics and B&W mags) Dracula, Fear 10-31, Frankenstein, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Monsters Unleashed, Scarecrow, Supernatural Thrillers, Tales of the Zombie, War is Hell 9-15, Werewolf, are all in strong demand in all Grades. Most of the maga

1961-1964 Marvel Superhero comics were still big demand in every grade. 1965-1969 Marvels Superheroes were slower sellers, but all other Genre's of the 1961-1969 had steady sales; 1970 thru 1987 Bronze to Copper Age comics were in HIGH demand, in all grades. G-FN copies of 1965-1974 Marvels sold about twice as fast as VF or Better copies, mainly be cause buyers were more cardful with spending in the current economy. The More affordable 1975-1987 Marvels sold about equally well in Lower vs Higher grades. Dazzler #33(Michael Jackson Thriller-c/s) was the surprise marvel sell-out of the Year (at 600% Guide in Any grade), due to the hysteria of MJ's passing. 1988-1995 are still the Slowest selling Marvels, but actually sold quiet well as Overstocked Clearance SETS at 40-70% Off Guide, especially the Stong Character titles. MODERN 1996-2009 Marvels, have small print Runs (40,000 to 100,000 Copies) & most Dealers have small inventories of these years. Even a slight spike in Demand, can cause a large rise in Back Issue prices asked. New Mutants #98 (First DEADPOOL) is one of the hottest Modern Marvel comics, with almost all dealers sold out & it should list higher than the slow selling #87. VF to NM raw/unslabbed copies are selling for $35 to $75 each range on eBay. [a CGC 9.9 of #98 sold for $12,250 in 11/2009]; All other DEADPOOL titles & issues are also HOT, with many dealers asking $5 to $10 each or more, for Ordinary issues of the main series & all the smaller titles too. There has been a decline in demand & prices for CGC Graded Marvel comics on much of the more average & lower graded comics.

Meanwhile the scarce in High Grade comics, as well as the highest graded copies seem to be doing better, with some record prices still being set. I have a large Selection of about 20,000 Raw / unslabbed High Grade comics Listed on my Website (approx 2/3 are from the MANITOBA Collection), and have noted that Pre-1975 Sales have slowed by about 15-25% over the previous year, but with 1976 Up issues holding Steady and about even with last years sales. Many Collectors have resorted to Collecting only KEY issues & High Demand Titles, perhaps as a buffer against investmenst in the hobby. The 1975-1984 era Bronze Age KEY issues are in HIGH Demand in all Grades, but virtually all are currently Under-Valued in Guide in G,VG & FN grades, due to overly Wide Price to Condition Spreads in Guide. These KEYS are way up in demand, with many collectors (some probably part time dealers) buying multiple copies, with many selling well at 125-150% Guide (in G-FN) & with the Hottest issues at 150-200% Guide.

National Lampoon;

National Lampoon has cried to be listed in the guide for years. These classic mags are loaded with great material that is unknown or forgotten. In the 1950's & 1960's MAD was Arguably the Greatest Parody Mag of them all, but in the 1970's NAT LAMP took that Position. 90% of the issues we sell are in the G-FN range. We had about 100+ High Grade 1970's issues from the MANITOBA collection & sold about 50% of them at 150-200%+ Our normal VF range Prices. 1970-1973 Issues are SCARCE in VF or better, with 1974-1979 Issues are SCARCE in VF/NM or better. As of 12/2009 only 26 issues have been CGC graded, with only 13 in 9.2 or Better. With their Superb Roster of Artists, one would think many more would be slabbed. Included in the series is great art by; Adams, Bode, Frazetta, Jeff Jones, Kaluta, Morrow, Romita, Arnold Roth, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gahan Wilson, Berni Wrightson & many others. There are 40+ different Squarebound Special's & they are uncommon in ANY grade, with many Scarce to Rare. The stiff cardboard covers on the specials make them Scarce in strict VF or better. (We sell Specials at; G=$5; VG=$9; FN=$14; VF=$20; with Scarce & Rare issues bring 50-150% Higher); The 3 highest demand issues are; COMICS [ Special #7; 1974; Nick Fury agent of SHEILD Parody; Morrow-a; MAD parody; Jeff Jones-a; Bode-a; BEATLES Comics Parody; Blackhawk Parody; 9 pgs DEADMAN by ADAMS; 9 pgs ZIMMERMAN Comics by ADAMS; VF=$25 ]; Encyclopedia of Humor [1973; WRIGHTSON-c; FRAZETTA Back-c; Lesbian comics by Heath; Jones-a; BODE-a; FOLDOUT MAP Insert {often missing} still INTACT; Ted Kennedy Volkswagen page 29 {often missing} still INTACT; VF $25 ]; Very Large Book of Comical Funnies [ 1975; Tarzan Parody; ADAMS & Continuity studios-a; NEGRO Comics = Kaluta, Chaykin & Simonson-a; Ploog & Evans-a; LOST EC Comics = Simonson, Heath, WRIGHTSON, Chaykin & Reese-a; VF $20]; >> The 9 different issues published in 1993-1997 had Very Small Print runs & rarely show up even on eBay, they bring $15-$30+ each, if you can find them at all. The November/1998 LAST issue is incredibly hard to find & can sell for $50-$100 to Completionists. Price ranges; Nat Lamp #1($50-$200), #2-10(1970; at $30-$75 each); #10-21(1971 sell for $20-$50); #22-33(1972; sell for $12-30); 1973-1990 (Sell at $4 to $20 each price range) >>> Notable Sales; #1(FN $135); #20(Adams & Frazetta; VF $60); #22(1/1971; 1st Son of God by ADAMS; VF+ $60); #26(Conan parody by Barry Smith; FN $20); #34(Death issue; Red Hot Classic; “Buy this Magazine, or we will shoot this Dog!” Photo Cover; DEADMAN Comics by ADAMS; PLAYDEAD parody; VF $39); #55(10/1974; Red Hot Pubescence issue; VD COMICS by ADAMS; VF $30); Volume-2 #42 (Sword & Sorcery issue; Conan parody, Tolkien, Wrightson & Simonson; VF $25); Volume-2 #51(10/1982; O.C. & STIGGS; VF $25);

RELIGIOUS Comics;

I have specialized in carrying all Religious comics for over 25 years, have about the best selection around, thus consistantly sell many each year. The SPIRE titles are by far the most collected & are perhaps 35-40% of our entire yearly sales. There are 19 Archie Titles & they are always in the Highest demand at 125-150% Guide. The SCARCE Archie Spires titles (bring 200-250% Guide) include; Archie & Mr. Weatherbee, Archie's Circus, Archie's Date Book, Archie's Festival, Archie's Roller Coaster, Archie's Sports Scene & Christmas with Archie. There are about 38 Non-Archie Spire titles & many completionists that want them all (we sell them at 125-150% Guide). Spire comics are typically found in G or VG condition, with FN copies being uncommon & VF or better copies being scarce. Easily the Bestsellers (at 150-200% guide) are; HANSI the Girl who loved the Swastika, Hello I'm Johnny Cash, & Tom Landy & Dallas Cowboys. The Barney Bear Series (9 diff) is actually quite hard to put together;

Sunday Pix (David C Cook) are good sellers, with most being uncommon to scarcer, & low prices making them sell fast. Most dealers have only Zero to a handful of copies in stock & many never heard of the title. The 1949-1955 issues are all scarce to Rare, with over 700 issues in this series (one of the biggest titles in comics history), the set is nearly impossible to complete. Most buyers seem to try to Collect certain Storylines (Tullas, H.G. Wells, John Glenn Astronaut etc); The David C Cook Mass Market Paperback SERIES (1973-1977) are always in demand, (at $4-$12 each) including; (A) the Picture BIBLE for All Ages, (B) JESUS and the EARLY CHURCH (C) CHRISTIAN FAMILY CLASSICS, & (D) TULLUS in the Ancient Roman Empire; ** TOPIX (Catechetical Guild, thus related to Classics) had over 150 different issues, yet there are almost ZERO copies for sale on the market. Topix are among the most requested of all Religious comics & among the hardest to find in ANY grade. I know several buyers who have been trying to complete the set for over a decade & are having a hard time getting past the half way point. ** BOY'S LIFE Magazine has both Boy Scout & Christian Theme's & Includes COMICS. The 5 issue Gilberton Pub series Best from Boys Life collects some of these stories. Thus the MAG is both Classics illustrated & Christian Comic related & are collectible. ** CRUSADERS #1-17 art by Jack T. Chic, feature superb art, along with in your face, fire & brimstone type messages, loaded with religious propoganda = Thus they are recommended just for being over-the-top.

Life of POPE John Paul-II #1 is still the bestselling of all Christian comics at 200-300% Guide; Other consistent DC & Marvel sellers include Easter Story, Francis Brother of the Universe #1, Life of Christ, Limited Collectors Edition C-36 (Bible), Mother Theresa & Life of Christ, Pilgrims Progress, Screwtape Letters. With over 500 issues in the series, Treasure Chest is also one of the biggest titles in comics history. We have about 2000 in stock, so many fans come to us to fill holes in their sets. Most of what we sell are G-FN copies, with little demand for higher graded copies. Volume 1-10 (1946-1955) and Volume 26-27(1971-1972) are the best sellers at 125-150% Guide, with the other issues being more common & selling at 110-125% Guide; A good number of fans are trying to complete their favorite serialized stories & we often flip thru issues to find where stories start & end, as long as they can ID at least one issue in the series.

The Jack T. Chic "Tracks" mini comics (over 215 different, Not including variants & multiple printings, not listed in guide) are quite collectible with most selling at $1-$5 each, but Scarce to Rare titles at $10-25+; These have the Fire & brimstone type religious propoganda, with a different message in each title. With over 500 million sold worldwide in about 100 Languages, this is the Best-Selling comics series of all-time (Sold in Christian book Stores, by Mail Order & given out at churches, schools, etc); The 30-40 Year Old First printings are scarce, especially in higher Grades. Virtually none of the major comic Dealers carry these in their inventories, so collectors tend to hunt them down on ebay. I have carried a good stock of these for over a decade & typically sell over 100 of these in a given year. *** The Chic"Tracks" TITLES To Find (Higher Demand, most requested, Scarce & Rare titles) include; Angels?, Apes Lies and Ms. Henn, Attack, Baby Talk, back from the dead?, Big Deal, Big Spender, Birds and the Bees, Brat, Breakthrough, Burn Baby Burn, Cats, Caught, Crisis, Curse of Baphomet, Dark Dungeons, Deceived, Devil's Night, Don't Read this Book, Dreamer, Earthman, Fallen, Fat Cats, Fire Starter?, First Jaws, Framed, Frame Up, Gay Blade, Gladys, Going Home, Going to the Dogs, Good Ol' Boys, happy Halloween, Hit, Holocaust, Hunter, Is There Another Christ?, Kidnapped, Killer Storm - the Story of Noah , Kiss India Goodbye, Kiss the Prodestant Goodbye, Last Judge, Little Bride, Loser, Losing That Old Zippp, Lost Continent, Man in Black, Missionaries Are Fools, Miss Universe,Monster, Murph, My Name in the Vatican?, Nervous Witch, Operation Somebody Cares, Outcast, Outsider,Passover Plot, Payback, Pilgrimage, Plagues, Poor Little Witch, Promise, Pssst! Isn't it Time?, Ransom, Real Heat, Reverend Wonderful, Royal Affair, Sacrifice, the Scam, Scoundrel the Story of Jacob, Secret, Secret of Prayer, Secret Weapon ,Sky Lighter, Squatters, Story Teller, Superman?, Terminator?, That Crazy Guy, Thing, This Book is banned, Titantic, Traitor, Trap, Trial, Trick, True Path, Tycoon ,War Zone, Where's Rabbi Waxman?, Who Cares?, Who's Missing?, Who Me?, Why No Revival?, Wordless Gospel-New Guinea version,You Are About to See; If you can manage to gather all these scarce Titles, you will have assembled one of the scarcest Sets in Comics.

THEME & Completionist COLLECTING;

This area of the hobby continues to Fascinate collectors. The internet & eBay has made this type of collecting easier & more popular. Collecting by character, cover or content is an exciting & fun method of collecting & can easily become an obsession. Endless items can be found at low prices, yet new finds can be high value in satisfaction. The Driving Force to this type of collecting, is the incredible fun of the hunt. What exists is often unknown & like finding treasure when discovered. Many collectors have an ultimate goal of trying to get one copy each, of each & every appearance, anywhere on or in anything, of their favourite character or artist. Low print fanzines, odd format items, Promo items, parody items & memorabilia often bring top dollar in this very competitive arena, often with sky-high prices on the scarcest items. In addition many collectors are now competing to get one copy each, of each & every appearance, anywhere on or in anything, of their favorite character or artist. ** Character Favourites include; Capt.Marvel/Shazam, Edgar Rice Burroughs characters, Flash Gordon, Hanna Barbera, Howard the Duck, Hulk, JLA, JSA, Phantom, Pulp heroes, Robert E. Howard characters, Silver Surfer, Spider-man, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, etc. ** Artist Favourites include; Adams, Byrne, Ditko, Kirby, Miller, Perez, Steranko, Toth, Wrightson. ** To date, the strongest theme markets & items we sold includes 1 panel cameos, or larger, {Parodies included}, appearances in anything of; Golf & Sports, Spider-Man, Sherlock Holmes, Vampires.

THEME and Completionist Comic Collecting; (Most people who Collect Themes prefer it on the cover, but many also collect stories or for even single panels)
Abominable Snowman / Bigfoot / Yeti, Amazon Women, Animals, Anniversary (issue #25, #50, #100 etc; 10th, 25th, 50th, etc), Apes/Gorillas (esp. DC), Armageddon / End of World, Atom bombs, Author adaptations (Poe, Bloch, Lovecraft etc.), Bath / Shower, Beauty Pagent, Billiard / Pool games, Black people, Black heroes, Bondage, Car/Drag racing, Celebrity, Cheerleaders, Chess, Christmas / Santa, Circus/Carnival, Comics, Countries of the World, Crossovers, Cross-dressing, Decapitation, Devil / Satan, Dinosaurs, Dismemberment, Doctor / Dentist, Dragons, Drugs, EC swipe/parody, Errors, Famous (Places, People, Buildings, Time Periods, etc), Female heroes,
Flag, Frankenstein swipe/parody, Frogman, Gimmick, GGA (“Good Girl” art), Golf, Graveyard, Halloween, Headlights (Big Breasts), Hitler & WWII, Horror, Horses, Indians, Infinity, Jack the Ripper, KKK/Racism, Last issues, Lesbian suggestive panels, Lingerie panels, Mermaids, Monsters, Monuments (Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, etc), Motorcycles, Mummy, Mythology, Negative, Nudity panels, Out of character, Paper dolls, Pirates, Playing Card(s), Police (especially if based on reality), Political / Politics / Politicians, Politically incorrect panels, Pool / Billiards, Prison (especially if based on reality; Alcatraz, Devil's Island, Sing Sing, etc), Racist, RCMP/Mounties, Religion, Robots, Rock/Music star parody and appearances, Santa Claus, Sci-Fi, Shrunken Head, Skull / Skeleton, Slavery/Slaves, Space/SF/Rockets,
Spanking (Girls), Spider, SPORTS cover/story (baseball boxing, football, basketball, fishing, hockey, martial arts, skiing, soccer, surfing, tennis wrestling, etc.),
Swimsuit & Bikini, Swiped, Taxi cabs, TV character parody, UFO/Flying saucers, Time Machine / Travel, Titanic, Torture panel, Vampire(s), Villians, Voodoo, Wars (Various ; WWII, Civil War, etc.), Wedding, Werewolf, Whipping, Wraparound covers, Witches/Witchcraft, Wonders of the World (Ancient & Modern), Zombies & more...

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TREASURY Editions;

These were Traditionally Not Widely Collected for items for DC & Marvel, most were not stored well, not bagged & over handled, thus the majority of the copies in the market fall into the G/VG to FINE condition ranges (Luckily they are very popular in Lower Graded Cheaper copies). Strict VF copies are uncommon, and most are Scarce in strict VF/NM 9.0 or better grades. I usually have about 95% of these in stock. **** The Bestselling title of the Year (selling at; G-FN=120-140% Guide; FN/VF-VF+=110-120% Guide; VF/NM to NM at 135-200% Guide) included; All New Collectors edition C-54(Superman vs. Wonder Woman), C-55(Legion marriage issue), C-56(Superman vs. Muhammad Ali), 59(Batman Strange cases), Captain America's BiCentennial Battles 1(Kirby/Smith-a), DC Special Series #27( Batman vs. Hulk), Giant Superhero Holiday Grab-Bag #1(1974), Limited Collector's Edition #23(House of Mystery), 25,37,44,51(all Batman), 32(Ghosts), 39,45(Super Villians), 41(Super Friends), 43 (Superhero Xmas), 46(JLA), 48(Superman vs Flash), 49(Legion), Marvel Special Edition featuring Spectacular Spider-Man #1(1975), Marvel Treasury #1-5, 7,14,15,17-28, Savage Fists of Kung Fu #1(Adams & Starlin-a), Star wars #1-3, Superman vs Spider-Man #1. *** Captain E-O 3-D #1(Michael Jackson-c/s) was the surprise Treasury sell-out of the Year (at 400% Guide in Any grade), due to the hysteria of MJ's passing.

UK / BRITISH Comics;

The HORROR comics by Alan Class, Miller & others, are among our bestsellers. They are B&W Squarebound giants (60-100 pages featuring Vintage USA Horror & SF titles from; Atlas/Marvel, Archie, ACG, Charlton, DC,etc); Alan Class 1950's-1980's sell for $7-$12, with early issues higher. Miller issues from 1960's sell at $12-$30 each ; The British Hardcover Annuals of 1950's thru 1990's are scarce in the USA, with only later issues seeing some US Direct Only distribution; They have many Major characters of the period, including USA & UK; Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Cartoons, Hanna-Barbera, Walt Disney, TV Series, Cowboys & Westerns, Music Stars. They are packed with Great covers, Comics, Art, Text stories, photo's, puzzles & Games, much of it is new material not seen in USA. (1950-1975 sell at $20-$50 each; 1976-1990+ sell at $12-$25 ea); The 1950's DC & Superman Annuals are Scarce to RARE & can command $50 to $200+;

I sold about 250+ UK War comic digests (Battle Picture Library, Commando, & War Picture Library, etc) contain all original UK material (excellent reading & art for WAR Comic Fans, including many True War based campaigns & stories) at; (1950's/60's = $6-$20 and 1970's-1980's = $2-$6 each) The Vinatge All-British New material weekly comics (Beano, Dandy, etc) of the 1937-1950's, are totally Alien products to American's, yet they set World Record prices each year in the UK (With #1's often over $5000+ each).

I have one of the World's biggest selections of UK Marvel, with over 10,000 in stock (1966-1990; $3-$12 ea); Plus we have about 1000 Marvel "POCKET BOOK" comics DIGESTS from the 1980-1982 era ($5-$12 ea); We have 1000+ British DC Realted Comics. The Bestselling Characters & Artists include; Action Force (GI JOE), Avengers, Batman, Captain Britian, Dr Who, Hulk, Planet of the Apes, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Superman, Transformers, Wonder Woman, X-Men, Adams, Bolland, Byrne, Grant, Kirby, Miller, Alan Moore, Perez, Starlin, Bryan Talbot, & others; Terry Austin, Alam Moore, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Starlin & did original work in the 1970's UK Marvel never seen in the USA.

WARRIOR (1982-1985 B&W comics magazine; Bolland, Bolton, Alan Davis, Gibbons Alan Moore, Morrison, with Marvelman / Miracleman) are always in demand at $8-25 each; The classic 2000 AD weekly (Bisley, Bolland, Dan Dare, Dillon, Alan Davis, Fabry, Gibbons, Grant, Alan Moore, Nemesis, JUDGE DREDD, Robo-Hunter, Rogue Trooper, Slaine, Stronium Dog, Stainless Steel Rat, Bryan Talbot, & more) is a must for UK collectors, but little known in the USA; (#2 features the 1st app of Judge Dredd & sells for $200-1000); With Miracleman, Judge Dredd & top notch UK Creators, these 2 Titles are perhaps the greatest unknown/forgotten comics series' of the entire Bronze Age.

VARIANT Edition Comics;
I spent about 40-50 Hours assisting Jon McClure in Identifying & verifying Variants for his large article in Guide #40. I have discovered & actively been selling 1000's of these variants for about a decade now. The Marvel's 30 & 35 cent Variants are now among the Hottest of all BRONZE Age Comics, but we do not see many of these up in Canada, always selling at above guide prices in all grades. Star Wars #1(35 cent Variant) is Legendary & still brings the top premiums, although it is one of the most common of these 35 cent variants, it has gone unfilled on 100's of Marvel Want lists for up to 30 Years. (Yet regular printings of Star Wars #1 are slow to DEAD sellers); If all the 35 Cent variants had been listed in the guide for the last 30 Years (Rather than 8 or so years), Iron Fist #14 would easily be the #1 most valuable Bronze Age comic. The Star Wars #1 variant lists at 24 Times the price of the Regular edition, Yet the much scarcer Iron Fist #14 lists at only 5 Times.

Canadian Newsstand VARIANT Cover Price Variant editions, were our bestselling variants of the year. These are NOT broken out & Listed in the Guide, because there are too many of them (over 5000?). I sell these Variants at 125-150% Guide for most & more for High Grade copies; I am often asked how many of these exist, or how Scarce are they; Canadian Print Runs are 10% or Less of American issue quantities. Thus if 200,000 Printed, about 20,000 would be Canadian, of those 50% would have been Direct & 50% Newsstand. Approx 75% of Direct editions still exist today in Collections & Comic Dealer inventories, but the Survival Rate of Newsstand copies is about 25% of the Original Print runs (because they were sold to Non-Collectors); Thus in this example; 5% of the Print run of 200,000 copies would have been printed as Canadian Newsstand VARIANT Cover Price Variant editions, with about 2500 copies surviving thru to today (approx 1.25% of the Original Print Run); thus they are about 50-100 Times Scarcer than a USA Direct Edition Printings. Because newsstand copies were sold to Non-Collectors, perhaps 90%, are Lower Grades (G thru FN); Only a Handful of these Variants have even been graded by CGC, perhaps because they have not yet realized some of them are Variants yet. . ** DATES for Canadian Newsstand Cover Price Variants Existing include; ARCHIE Comics & Digests (Giant from late 1950's thru Mid 60's; and 9/1982-4/1997 with Digest to 12/1997), CHARLTON (2/1983-8/1984), DC(all Newstand Comics, Magazines & Digests from 10/1982-9/1988), DELL (6/1956-1-2/1961 = 15 Cent variant; Back Cover variants with Strips in place of Ads; Giants with 30-35 cent cover prices), GOLD KEY / Whitman (5-8/1968, 3/1972-4/1973, 12/1977-3/1978, 1-7/1984), HARVEY(1959-3/1974 Giants with 35 Cent cover prices), MAD (some 1964 & 7/1978-7/1979), MARVEL (all Newstand Comics, Magazines & Digests from 10/1982-8/1986), WARREN (3/1977-3/1983); ** Recommended Variant items to Buy: Archie (First & Last issues, Cheryl Blossom app, Key issues), Charlton (Low print Horror), DC(Batman, New Teen Titans, Swamp Thing), Dell (all Back Cover non-Ad variants), GOLD KEY / Whitman (Donald Duck, Little Lulu, Magnus, Tarzan, Turok, Uncle Scrooge, all 1984 whitman & all Horror titles), Harvey (all Richie Rich & Hot Stuff Giants), Mad (Key issue popular culture cover & story issues), Marvel (G.I. Joe, Hulk, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Wolverine mini #2-4, X-Men, plus all scarce titles such as the Star cartoon titles), Warren (all Vampirella, Key art & appearance issues)

Similarily, from the 1950's thru to the 1980's, Dell, Marvel, DC, Gold Key & other publishers had sporadically printed UK / British Pence cover price editions the were published in the USA, but only sold in the UK. These simultaneously printed Original Canadian & UK variants have been "feared' to be reprints by collectors for decades & have thus been sold at discounted prices. Now that VARIANT fever has begun to catch on, fans are beginning to recognize that these same books are actually made in USA Variants that are 50-200+ Times Scarcer the the USA standard editions. Almost universally, less than 1% of these 1000's of variants, have ever been slabbed by CGC, perhaps because most are so very scarce in VF or better. There were many "ND" (Not Distributed) periods in UK, where NO copies (USA Printings or UK Printings) were DISTRIBUTED & thus those issues are scarcer overseas. (best Referanced in the 1997-98 McAlpine Guide #8); For us the bestselling of the UK Variants are those with the "MARVEL ALL-COLOUR COMICS" Banner across the top of the front cover, mostly in the 1974-1980 Bronze Age Era, at 120-150% GUIDE.

The early MARVEL Direct Editions VARIANTS (1977-1979) often mistakenly Sold as "WHITMAN Variants of MARVEL" comics are still in demand. These had print runs that vary from approx 2% to 10% of the quantities distributed as Newsstand editions. In 1980, distributors other than Seagate were suddenly able to sell non-returnable DIRECT editions to Comic shops & within a short time period, most Comic Shop carried only DIRECT editions. Thsu variant collectors are only focused on seeking out 1977-1979 Direct editions. These Early MARVEL DIRECT Editions (with Black Diamond on cover, with NO "cc" on cover, with NO UPC or obscured UPC Codes, or Blank White UPC Codes) when correctly identified can sell at 120-150% Guide to Variant Collector's; Whitman published Direct market White Logo printings from 2-6/1982 of many of their Gold Key/Whitman Cartoon tiltes, these sell at 150% Guide or more.

Limited Edition Modern Variants (mainly 1990-2010) including GOLD editions, Multiple Cover Variants, Convention editions, Dynamic Forces, Signed Copies, Hologram covers, Platinum, Polybagged specials, Signed & Numbered, are often red hot upon release. But most have performed well once 1-10 years old. It seems as soon the the newest HOT Limited Edition Variant gets released, the previous ones tend to get forgotten. Unfortunately this is what happened to Limited Edition Sports Cards, one can always make MORE new limited editions & the old ones get more & more diluted in value. The ones that seem to hold value & demand, are those in which there is constant demand for the Regular editions. I actually have a big selection of about 1000 Different, yet rarely seem to have the issues requested on want lists. These tend to be our slowest selling variants, possibly as most are modern as opposed to older Vintages. I buy low & sell high on these, to make them worthwhile. Given another 10-20 years, they should actually turn out to be a better long-term investment, especailly if you can buy them up at clearance sale prices. Giveaway & Ash Can Variants on the other hand, seem to be much better sellers & sell propotionately about twice as well as the current popularity of the titles, as there are many collectors who specialize in these type of variants.

Scarce 2nd, 3rd & beyond VARIANT Printings (Mostly from Marvel & DC comics in the 1980's to early 1990's), are becoming more & more sought items; Batman the Killing Joke (1988) had at least 11 Printings, with only the 1st Printings being Commom & a complete set near impossible to assemble. Typically 65-90% of the copies on the for sale market are First Printings, because dealers did NOT Stock-Up on Reprints. Batman #397-399, 401-403, 408-416, 421-425, 430-432 all had at least 2 printings each, some with 6 or More Printings. (About 50% have the Printings noted in the indicia inside. The other printings, one can only tell apart by comparing the AD's on the BACK Cover. Approx 75-100 different printings exist for these 23 different issues, an extremely difficult set to assemble) Other early 1990's & older second printings include; X-Men #248,270,275,282, New Mutants #87, 100, New Warriors #1, G.I. Joe #2-64, Amazing Spider-man #361,256,270, Silver Surfer #34, Star Wars #1-6, Transformers #7-9, many assorted other Marvel & DC comics. Variant Collecters are usually happy to pay multiples to complete these sets, because most still have low guide values in the $2-$5 price range. 2nd/3rd Printings of G.I. Joe #2-64 are sure to gain value as awareness spreads, as only a few are common & uncommon (mostly #2-10) while the later issues are uncommon to Scarce, a very TOUGH variant set to assemble, in ANY grade. ** Recommended Variant items to Buy: Batman, G.I. Joe, & Killing Joke.

WALT DISNEY;

We have about 20,000 Walt Disney Comics in Stock (all Publishers); The Live Action TV Series & Movie Classics comics were in steady demand, especially if the had Photo covers (with the exception of Nature / Science titles); Good artists (Toth, Manning, Buscema, etc), had even more demand; Scarecrow of Romney Marsh #1-3 were the Most requested Disney title of the year, near impossible to keep in stock (Bringing 150% guide in any grade); And the rare Black Hole #4 is in constant demand (at 300% Guide); All 1940-1949 Disney Titles were in Above Average Demand, in FA/G thru FN Grades. Most 1950-1962 Dell and 1970-1980 Gold Key Disney Comics were in Moderate demand (mostly in VG to VF grades); Most 1963-1969 and 1980-1984 WHITMAN Disney Titles were in Above Average Demand, in ALL Grades. CARL BARKS is considered by many to be the greatest Writer/Artist & Total Creator in Comics history (just check out the value of his original art), thus the multiple printings of his FINITE output. All these reprints have held back the value & saleability of Originals for many years, but that started to change, as they are up in demand again in all grades. In fact, high grade 9.0 or better CGC copies of Pre-1965 Carl Barks original (non-reprint) comics, are among the only Dell comics that bring strong multiples of guide. For the average DELL comic, about 15% of what we sell ships Overseas (Marvel & DC are at about 10%), but for Walt Disney comics it is closer to 25%. Several copies of Uncle Scrooge #310 sold on eBay this year, and all finished at over $100, easily the hottest modern Disney comic. The Bestselling Titles (G-FN= 120-140% guide; FN/VF-VF/NM= 100-115% Guide) included; Annette, Aristokittens, Black Hole, Chip N' Dale (GK) 1-20, Beagle Boys 1-10, Davy Crockett FC, Donald Duck all FC, and #81-120, 221-245, Donald in Mathmagic Land, Four Color (over 50% of the existing titles), Dynabrite titles, Goofy FC, Gyro Gearloose FC, Hardy Boys, Huey Dewey Louie Junior Woodchucks 1-20, Jungle Book treasury, Mickey Mouse FC, and #71-120, 205-218, & Dell Giants, Mickey Mouse in Magic Land, Moby Duck, Movie Classics (most Pre-1970 Cartoon & popular Live-Action), Scamp (GK) 1-20, Spin & Marty, Super Goof 1-20, 58-74, Tinker Bell FC, Uncle Scrooge 1-10, 39-70, 285-320, all VARIANTS (see Variant Comics in this Report), WD Comics & Stories #31-100, 250-300, 474-510, WD Paint Books , WD Presents, WD Showcase, Winnie the Pooh & Zorro;

WARREN, Skywald & Misc Horror Comic Mags;
Creepy, Eerie & Vampirella account for 90% of Warren Sales, yet represent less than 1/2 their total output. These 3 titles are among our Highest Turnover Series out of all Back issue comics. Creepy has emerged as the bestselling title. Vampi was hampered slightly this year, as they are the most expensive of the main 3 comic Tiltes. Famous Monsters of Filmland is the highest Valued set (about $15,000 in VF), but is a Photo/Article mag, thus not in guide. >>> The High Demand WARREN Mags & Scarcer issues Include; Blazing Combat #1 & Anthology (G-FN=400% Guide; 8.0-9.2=200%), Comix International #1(200%), CREEPY #32(200%), #9, 11, 19, 29, 76, 79, 146(150%), CREEPY #10,14,17,18, 34, 39, 46,47, 50, 53, 63, 70,71,78, 85, 91,113,132-145 (125% Guide); Best of Creepy Paperback (VF $30), Dracula (TPB; 150%), Dracula (UK New English Library mag editions 1-12; VF = $14 ea); Edgar Allan Poe's Fall of the House of Usher HC and SC (150%); Eerie #17(400% Guide); #1, 23(200%); #8, 25, 48, 135(150%); Eerie #18, 24, 28, 38-41,45, 60, 81,125,128, 130-134,136-139 (125% Guide); Famous Monsters #1(VF=$1800; FN=$900; VG=$600), 2-10(VF = $300-$900 ea), 11-30(VF = $150-$300 ea), 1962 Yearbook #1(VF $250), Famous Monsters (Dynacomm) #200(1993), 205(VF $35 ea); #211-213,219,221,223,224(VF $22 ea); FM Convention Books (1974, 1975; VF = $75+ ea), FM Paperbacks(VF = $75-100 ea), Flintstones at New York World's Fair 1964(150%), HELP magazine (Kurtzman) (Note; Spines SPLIT easily, thus tough in VF or better) #1(VF $75+); #2-5, 9, 13,15, 16,21-26(VF=$30-$50); HELP Paperbacks #1,2(VF $35); Heidi Saha (500 Printed? Very RARE; FN = $500+); Monsters & Heroes (Warren Related; Pub by Larry Ivie; 1967-1969; VF = $30-$50); MONSTERLAND / Forrest J. Ackerman's Monsterland (1984-1987) #1-17(VF= $12-20); Monster World (replaces Famous Monsters #70-79) #3(VF $60+); #4(VF $35+); Odd World of Richard Corben (200%), On the Scene / Freakout #NN (#1; Fall 1967 = 125%); Screen Thrills (1962-1965) #1,10(VF $75+); 2-4(VF $50); Spacemen (Note; Spines SPLIT easily, thus tough in VF or better) #1,3(VF=$200+); #2,4-8 & Yearbook (VF=$50-$75); Spirit Special (Mail Only Approx 1500 printed = 150%), Outer Space Spirit (TPB; VF $35); Teen Love Stories 1-3 (115-125%), Tiny Tim(125%); VAMPIRELLA #1,3,112,113 (125-135% Guide) #2,4-8,11,12,16,19,32-34,36,41,45,46,48,49,51, 52,61,63,64, 77,78,89,90, 100-111(115-125% Guide); #32-34(Beware; Spines SPLIT easily); Annual #1(125%), Special #1(Softcover=125%; rare Hardcover=200%), Vampirella Paperbacks #1-3(VF $30), 4-6(VF $50); Vampirella UK mags #1-4(VF $50 ea); Warren Presents #13, 14(150%); Wildest Westerns/Favorite Westerns of Filmland (Note; Spines SPLIT easily, thus tough in VF or better) #1(VF=$200; G=$50); #2(VF=$100; G=$35); #3-6(VF=$60; G=$20); Lower Graded Reading copies were the fastest sellers. Demand for High Grade Vampirella was down about 1/3 this year, probably due to higher prices. Creepy & Eerie #41-80 were the most requested issues in High Grades (Probably because there are less copies on the Market than the #40 and Lower number issues)

The Sci-Fi Movie / TV mags have been slower sellers for the last 4-6 Years. The exceptions include these decent Sellers; CINEFANTASTIQUE, Cinefex, Cinemagic, FILES Magazines ($8-$30 ea); **** The HORROR Movie / TV mags have been in Constant steady demand. The Bestselling mags include; Castle of Frankenstein (#1-11=VF=$35-$100; #12-25= $15-$35); Fangoria (Scarce issues=$25-100; Regular issues=$5-$20 each), Gorezone ($5-$20 each); Mad Monsters (Charlton; VF=$35-$90); **** The better selling Crossover mags include; Femme Fatales & Scream Queens ($5-$20 each); Comix Scene ($15-$40); Famous Monsters (see Warren); House of Hammer ($10-$30); Media Scene ($8-$25 each); Monster Times ($8-$40 ea)

The MISC Horror mags by Eerie Pub, Globe, Hamilton, Major, Modern Day, Stanley, Tempest Pub, & World Famous, are in steady demand, with Affordable reading Copies, outselling FN/VF thru VF+ copies by about 6 to 1. There are a growing number of Collectors starting to assembl;e sets in VF/NM or Better. It is the Over the Top Shocking Gruesome colorful covers that are the biggest appeal in these. The interiors also include; Blood & Gore, Bloody Stake thru the Heart, Bondage, Decapitations, Severed Heads & Limbs, Skeletons,Torture, Vampires, Werewolf's & More. Stanley pub mags have a lot of Pre-Code horror reprints, thus added appeal. The 1966-1970 issues and the Low Print 1980-1983 issues are the Scarcest & are in constant demand in ANY grade. All First issues are in aboult double the demand; These Hotter titles Bring (VF-VF/NM=115-125% Guide; G-FN=140-150%); MONSTERS ATTACK, MURDER TALES, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, TALES OF THE KILLERS, TERRORS OF DRACULA, WEB OF HORROR, WEIRD VAMPIRE TALES; These titles Bring (VF-VF/NM=110-120% Guide; G-FN=125-140%); ADVENTURES IN HORROR, CHILLING MONSTER TALES, CHILLING TALES OF HORROR, DREAD OF NIGHT, GHOUL TALES, GRAVE TALES, HORROR STORIES, HORROR TALES, MAGGOTS, SHOCK, STRANGE GALAXY, STRANGE UNKNOWN, TALES FROM THE TOMB, TALES OF VOODOO, TERROR TALES, WEIRD (Eerie Pub), WEIRD WORLDS, & WITCHES TALES;

Nightmare, Psycho & Scream (the SKYWALD Mags) are other compared to Warren mags, but they did not have a big inventory of Back issues upon folding, as did warren, thus they are 3-6 Times harder to find than warren mags of the same time period. Very few Dealers can manage to keep these in stock & in fact most are typically sold out of 75-90% or more of all issues. There is an endless stream of collectors seeking to complete all sets, thus they sell in ALL Grades (at 135-160% Guide)

WHITMAN;

The WHITMAN Variants of DC comics (Action, ALL-NEW Collectors Edition, Batman, Brave & Bold, DC Comics Presents, Famous First Edition, Flash, Green Lantern, JLA, Legion, New Adv Superboy, Sgt Rock, Superboy & Legion, Superman, Super Friends, Warlord, Wonder Woman) are still in high demand by Variant Collectors. Approx 160 are confirmed to exist & many are going after completing the set. About 75% of them are uncommon, but the Last 25% are Scarcer & a bit of a challenge to complete, in any grade. As these where sold mainly in Chain Stores direct to the general public, survival rate is low (They are about 20-50 Times scarcer than standard DC printings), and most are tough to find in even a strict VF or better. High Grade VF/NM or Better copies are fast sellers (at 150-200% Guide), as only a low quantity have so far been graded by CGC. MARVEL Whitman' variants DO NOT exist, but are in fact lower print run early DIRECT Market variant editions from the 1977-1979 era. (See Jon McClure's Variant article);

The Pre-pack Only Whitman comics from 8-12/1980 issues are now well known to SCARCE (bring 150-300% Guide), with 1983-1984 issues are uncommon (120-200% Guide). Whitman printed at least 31 Direct Market White Logo Variants from 1981-82 (Bring 125-150% of Yellow Logo regular editions) Nine 40 cent Whitman Reverse Variants exist of 50 cent Whitman comics (11/1980-1/1981) selling at around 200% of the standard 50 Cent edition prices; 47 x Rare 75 cents Canadian newsstand VARIANT cover price editions exist for all Whitman's published in 1984 (Bringing 200% of regular 60 cent edition prices); The majority of Gold Key Whitman variant collectors, prefer Raw / Unslabbed copies, over the higher priced CGC copies (with the exception of the issues that guide at over $100)

About 69% of all Gold Key comics published from 11/1971 thru 2/1980 are now proven to exist as Whitman Variant Editions (over 1600 Variants NOT listed in the Guide), these are uncommon to Scarce, with some Rare, (on Average these are 5-50 Times Scarcer than regular GK printings) with a complete set being near impossible to collect to until this date , as what even exists has NOT been known before this point in time (see Jon McClure's VARIANT article, for the near complete known issues list); (Cartoons = 125-150% of GK issue values); (Horror, Adventure & SF Titles, such as Boris Karloff, Star Trek, Tarzan = 150-200% of GK issue values) … DOUG SULIPA





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MARKET REPORT for #39(2009) Overstreet Annual Comic Book Price Guide by Douglas W. Sulipa;

INTRO;

My 8,000 Square Foot Warehouse is bursting at the Seems with over 600,000 Pounds (by Weight) of Inventory. I needed to make the choice if I wanted to built an expensive addition to my Warehouse, or begin the Huge Process of Clearing out Overstocked items & I decided on the latter. Since the great Majority of my Overstock, is 1975-1995 Marvel's & DC in Middle Grades (VG-VF) are started with those, making up 50 to 150 issue sets, moving them at a Blow Out Sale on my Website & on eBay. Although I barely made a dent in the 200,000+ issues I want to clear out, I did manage to clear out over 10,000 comics in the 40-65% Off Guide Price ranges. The big surprise was that, even though I had Spider-Man, X-Men & Ghost Rider sets, the #1 most Popular was Rom #1-75, Ann 1-4 (15 VF Sets Sold @ $99 ea), followed by Micronauts #1-59, Ann 1-2(11 VF sets @ $75 ea) and Defenders #31-152(9 VF sets @ $125 ea) & Strangely enough no one wanted Wolverine #1-74;

When we next get some downtime, I am hoping to get to Clearing out some Overstocked VG sets of 1970's Archie's, Charlton's, Gold Key's. To my delight, as a Side-effect of Clearance Sales, I found that Low Grade, hard to put together uncommon 25-100 issue sets of 1950's & 1960's Comics, would bring 100-125% Guide (Especially Dell, Disney, Harvey & Gold Key Cartoons, Tarzan, TV & other Popular Culture Titles);

Demand for Popular KEY issues was huge as usual, Most rarely remained in stock for Long in VF/NM or Better. The twist this year, is that many fans feels that most of the major Marvel & DC Key issues of the 1966-1980 Era, are undervalued in G-FN Grades & we started selling out of a lot of them. Thus I started to buy many of these G-FN issues at 60-90% Guide & Flip them swiftly at 135-200% Guide; High Grade Marvel & DC comics were the much requested, but my selection of 1974 and Earlier issues in VF/NM or High continues to Dwindle. But, I did offer a Huge Selection of 15,000+ RAW comics (90% from 1975 thru 1987 era) in High Grades on my Website (Most from the Manitoba collection) in the 9.0 thru 9.8 and sold over 2000 of them (at 135-300% Guide) with nearly Zero returns, due to my Strict Grading.

Even though I do well with the above mentioned High grade comics, what I have become the best know for among my Clients over the last 38 Years, is having the Biggest selection on the Planet of affordable Different Comics from the 1950's thru the Present. I mostly stock to Comics in the $2-$100 each Price Range (But I do have a decent selection of Over $100 comics); I do not normally carry Higher Graded $200-$10,000+ Up Silver Age; Collectors from around the World Come to us to Complete their Sets of Comics that the majority of Dealers do not both with (Archie, ACG, Charlton, Classics, Dell, Digests, Dennis the Menace, Fanzines, Gold Key, Harvey, Magazines, Religious, Treasuries, Walt Disney & More); Oddball comics have become my #1 Specialty & it is commonplace for collectors to buy 50, 100 & even 300 comics at a time at full retail, as they are so very happy to find them all in one place, saving time & postage, while also having the satisfaction of crossing most numbers off want lists. Naturally many of these comics are uncommon to scarce, so G-FN copies are all I am able to re-stock on many many titles, but that is OK, as they are also the most popular & requested grades for us. It is commonplace for us for example, to get 5 want lists in a row, all asking for the Lowest availiable graded complete Reading copies in stock. Reading copies are so popular on some titles, that I sometimes only have FN and VF copies left in stock. I often find myself buying G-FN copies uncommon to scarce high demand comics, that Guide under $10, at 60-100% Guide, and pricing them at 135%-200% Guide. When I list them on my site, many resell swiftly within a few weeks to months.

ACG Comics;

We sold a bunch of Hero issues (Magicman, Nemesis, Magic Agent) of Adv into Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, mainly to fans trying to complete runs (G-FN=120-140% Guide; VFup=110-120% Guide), The Pre-Hero issues were in High Demand (G-FN= 135-150% Guide; VF up =120-130% Guide), HERBIE comics are a fondly remembered Cult favorite & sold well, as did Gasp, Magic Agent & Midnight Mystery (G-FN=120-140% Guide; VFup=110-120% Guide); the HERBIE one page Original material (all different?) Comic strips & Cartoon AD's where Great Sellers to Completionists, as I have them all Ientified on my Website (Forbidden World's #125, 126, Unknown World's #20, 31-39, etc; G-FN= 135-150% Guide; VF up =120-130% Guide), There was resistance on most VF or better copies, especially on the pricier 1950's issues. Reading copies of all 1950's Titles were in High Demand, as many collectors were filling in gaps in their sets. ** There is good Demand for everything printed by this Publisher, including; Blazing West, Commander Battle and the Atomic Sub, Cookie, Funny Films, Giggle, Ha Ha, Hooded Horseman, Kilroys, Lovelorn, Romantic Adv, Operation Peril, Out of the Night, Soldiers of Fortune, Spy Hunters & Young Heroes (G-FN= 125-150% Guide; VF up =110-125% Guide),

ARCHIE comics;

About 30 Years ago, I discovered there are many 1000's of ARCHIE Collectors around the world, that are unknown to most other dealers. This inspired me to specialize in them, & to go out to buy all the Archie collections I could find. I ended up with our current inventory of 35,000+ Archie Comics & 10,000+ Digests, & they are by far one of our bestsellers, with a turnover rate that is about 500%better than Marvel or DC comics. Most Pre-1988 Archie's are Scarce in VF & Rare in VF/NM. About 15% of my Clients are looking for VF or better copies, but usually only under 10% of my Pre-1988 Archie's attain this Lofty Grade. *** The most requested in VF or better (with most tough to locate), include; All DAN DeCARLO art comics, Betty & Veronica, Josie, Red Circle Horror, Neal Adams, Cheryl Blossom, Giants, Monster covers, Sabrina, 1974-1985 Digests, #1,100's and Last issues & all other Key issues (Bringing 120-135% Guide). ** The 1990's Hanna-Barbera Titles bring 200% Guide on average & continue to get scarcer, with Scooby Doo the most requested; TMNT Adventures #50-72, Specials #6-10, Sourcebook 1-2, & Digests, plus Mighty Mutant Animals 5-9, are low Print items, hard to find in any grade as almost all dealers everytwhere are sold out, but I managed to buy a couple collections at over 100% Guide & sell them at 200-400% Guide in VF thru VF/NM average grades. Most of the 1980's Cheryl Blossom appearnce stories sell for 200% Guide in any grade.

Over 90% of our Archie back issue sales are for FA and G-FN Condition copies, as condition is not a big factor for most buyers. There were not actually a lot of different 1941-1950 Archie's published as they only had a handful of titles in the period, thus demand usually outstrips supply by 2-1 to 3-1 depending on the issue & most easily sell at 120-150% Guide, especially if lower graded reading copies. 1951-1960 Archies are also in lower supply, as most are locked away in permanent collections & it can often take collectors years to complete their runs of titles from these years (Most FA and G-FN copies we sell at 120-150% Guide); I have seen many buyers get into real battles at eBay auctions, often paying 200-400% Guide for Overgraded copies. Most 1960's Archies are uncommon & completing sets can still be quite challenge. Issues from the 1970's seem to be the most plentiful years. From about 1978-1984 Archie had an implosion similalr to that at DC, cancelling about 1/2 their Titles, and cutting back others from monthly to Bi-Monthly or Quarterly. In this same era the Digests started to rival & then surpass the sales of the standard comics. I surmize that they realized that they would eventually run out material to reprint, thus from 1987-1990 & on, they started to publish regular format comics once again. But the Print Runs of the regular sized comics never got large again, as the Digests became their eternal bestsellers. The comics presumably wer meant form collectors, & the Digests became the inexpensive compact Trade Paperback Reprints for the General Public & readers worldwide. I have found that restocking issues missing in our inventory from 1983-2008 Achie's is much tougher than most issues of the 1965-1982 era. Most buyers are not too concerned about condition, on comics that guide out at $7 or Less in Grade, (Guide value becomes irrelavant in this range) thus I find almost no price resistance when pricing G-FN copies at 135-175% Guide, as is need to keep many of these items in stock.

ATLAS / Marvel;

We have in stock a decent selection of about 1000 Atlas/Marvel comics & as always they were very popular. When compared to 1961-1965 Marvel comics, this much scarcer 1950s incarnation, still seems a relative bargain & many Marvels fans find them dabbling with these highly collectible comics. This year the bestsellers were the Western & Teenage titles. We could have sold a lot of Horror & SF tiltes, but are currently low in stock. Many fans grew up on the 1970's Marvel reprints (Dead of Night, Monsters on the Prowl, Where Monsters Dwell, etc) and now what the Original's & especially the issues that have not been reprinted. [Alan Class of UK, reprinted a lot more Atlas/Marvel Horror/SF comics than US Marvel ever did & Readers are advised to pick some up, most sell for only $6-12 ea]; Joe Maneely started at Timely in 1949 & became Atlas's main workhorse by the Mid-1950's (in the Period when Timely was transorming into Atlas) until his tragic death in 6/1958, & is fondly remembers for his 100's of dramatic Covers. After his passing, Jack Kirby came along & more than filled that void, transforming most of the Horror comics into the Tongue-in-cheek Big Lumbering Monster type stories, along with Steve Ditko who rendered many memorable fantasy stories. Stan Lee, along with the dynamo Team of Kirby & Ditko, led to the creation of the Marvel superheroes & that changes comics forever. I sometimes wonder what direction comics would have gone, if Joe Maneely had remained amomg Atlas' cheif artists. Many Joe Maneely covers & art are still not listed in the guide, but i have noted a growing number of collectors are mor elikely to buy comics that i list as having his artwork. Any & every Atlas with art by Dan DeCarlo, is Red Hot ( selling at 125-150% Guide); Decarlo's Millie the Model #18-93 are the most requested of all Atlas comics (FA, & G-FN copies= 150-200% Guide; VF or Better copies = 125-150% Guide); The Crime/Mystery, Funny Animal, Sports, & Spy Titles were slower sellers, but still uncommon (selling at 110-120% Guide); ** Horror/SF, Humor/Parody, Romance & War titles were good solid sellers (G-FN= 120-140% Guide; VF up =110-120% Guide);

CHARLTON;

In the 1970's when some of the Comic-Code restrictions were Lifted on Horror comics(allowing Vampires, Werwolves etc), Marvel & DC led the way to a Boom in the sale of Horror Comics & Mags (Tomb of Dracula, Werewolf by Night, House of Mystery, Swamp Thing, etc). Naturally both were already publishing Horror/Mystery/SF Titles, as was Charlton, but they were suddenly less BLAND, a lot of top art talent migrated to these titles & fans started buying Horror comics in Droves. Warren & others were already publishing great Horror, but in much higher priced & less accessable B&W Magazine formats. Charlton gladly jumped on the bandwagon & produced 100's of Horror comics under many Titles. They had Smaller Print runs than most of the other major publishers & an even lower Survival Rare. Collectors of that period still considered anything published by Charlton to be Junk, judging that Marvel & DC were them most collectible comics. Those that did not bother to check them out, missed a lot, especially since most of the artwork of Tom Sutton & Steve Ditko appeared in Charlton's thru all these years. While most fans say that the 1970's Ditko art, just does not compare to his 50's classics, an amazing amount of fans now collect all these comics. Perhaps most of Tom Sutton's best art appeared in his Charlton years & many fans consider him on of the Top-10 Horror comics artists of all-time List & most certainly of the Bronze Age. Non-Charlton fans have no idea of what they are talking about. Since I have a Comic Shop in Winnipeg thru most of the 1970's, I lived thru this Horror Boom period & it was because of this I got heavily involved in stocking all Charlton comics. I now have the world's biggest selection of Charlton's, with over 35,000 in stock. Usually I have in stock 90% of all 1961-1986 issues ever printed and about 35% of the 1946-1960 issues Printed & because I specialize in them, our Turnover Rate is excellent & always do well with them.

Charlton did manage to publish a lot of Poor Art & Stories, so many dismiss them, without looking closer. But, for those that take the time to look, it turns out to be one of the most facinating publishers of all-time. They offer one of the widest variety of GENRE's of all major publishers (Adult Cartoons, Cartoon, Crime, History, Horror, Humor/Parody, Liscenced Characters, Monsters, Movie, Hot Rod, Jungle, Martial Arts, Mythology, Mystery, Newspaper Comic Strip, Pirates, Pop Music Stars, Radio, Romance, Science, SF, Soap Opera, Superhero, Teenage, TV, War, Western); They published Comics, Digests, Magazines & Non-Comic mags (Adult Cartoon, Crossword & Puzzle mags, Horror Film mags, Kung-Fu & Karate mags, Sick mag, True Romance mags, True Western mags); With minimal control by Editor's, many creators did a lot of experimenting & produced a lot of Great & often forgotten & overlooked Classics. Charlton had a Lot of PAINTED covers thru the 1970's, wheras most other publishers dropped them. These Artists Produced a Lot of Great Work at Charlton; Aparo, Boyette, Buscema, Byrne, Cuti, Ditko, Giordano, Glanzman, Himes, Wayne Howard, Sanho Kim, Larson, Lopez, Rocke Mastroserio, Morisi, Don Newton, Severin, Staton, Tom Sutton, Wildman, Williamson, Wood, Mike Zeck;

HORROR / SF, Monster(Gorgo, Konga) & Superhero/Hero (including Flash Gordon, Phantom, Blue Beetle, Judomaster, etc) & TV titles (Emergency, Six Million dollar Man & Space 1999) were again the bestsellers & the Most Requested in HIGH grades, although moving well in all grades (G-FN= 125-150% Guide; VF-NM+ =120-300% Guide); We sold about 150 High Grade & MANITOBA collection Charlton's in 9.0-9.6 Grades at 125-300%+ Guide; Charlton's are all good steady sellers in all grades, but 90% of our NON-Horror/Superhero Sales Sold in the FA/G to FN/VF condition ranges, most are Scarce in VF or better (G-FN= 120-150% Guide; VF or better =110-125% Guide); The Hanna-Barbera tiltes are eternal bestsellers, especially in the more affordable in Mid to Lower grades. There is a lot of demand for all Hanna-Barbera issue #1's in VF or Better conditions, to key issue collectors. PHANTOM Comics are popular among American buyers, but are among the most requested Charlton's to overseas buyers, as he has a huge Cult Following in Europe, British Colonies & Australia. The Western & War titles have a rather Large following, with many fans trying to complete thier sets. Sam Glanzman is a big favorite among the war comics fans & he did much of his best work at Charlton.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED & Related;
We had a BOOM years for Classic Comics, selling 100's of issues mainly in the $15 to $200 each Price ranges. We have perhaps about 5000 Classics in stock & they are among our best Turnover items in stock, & naturally selection makes all the difference. The biggest single factor that made buyers come to us, is our big selection including examples of all the various covers & art variants for each issue. Several of the buyers, already had complete sets of all the cheaper Painted Cover & Later interor art issues, but now wanted to add examples of the Original interior art & Line drawn covers to their collections, resulting in several orders for 50-100+ books. We also had several buyers who had complete sets of Originals, or editons with Original Covers & Art, but now wanted examples of 2nd & 3rd covers & art printings. There are 199 interior Art Variations in the set & 272 different covers in a complete set, and obtaining all these variations is now the major goal of many collectors. The most serious collectors, who had near complete to complete sets of Original's, nearly all wanted only the First printings of the Painted covers for #1-80 and the 1st Prints of 2nd & 3rd Cover & interior Art printings, as they are widely viewed as a new type of "Original". Most First new Cover & Art issues are uncommon to scarce & most are tough to find in even FN or better. Since we get a lot of action on these, I bought up a lot of them at 75-100% Guide from other dealers to boost our inventory selection & priced them in the 150-200% Guide range, the result was a nearly 90% Sellout in a 6 month period (over 200 issues), with no price resistance. Canadian Variant Editions (NOT in Guide) of #1-74 are Still in high demand, especially those with new illustrated Text stories that do not appear in US editions & many have HRN numbers that do NOT exist on US printings (Printings with HRN #'s within 5 digits of the issue number, I usually price at 50% of the Price of the US Original; Other CDN Variants I price at 150-300% US Prices); The Rarest Canadian Variants are #17-20 (BLANK inside covers = VG @ $100+ ea), and issue #11;

There is a definite shortage of most issues of Classics illustrated #109-169 in the marketplace, because 49 of the 61 of these issues had 5 or Less printings. There is an overabundance of issues #1-50, as most issues had 10-20+ Printings (15 printings average). Most people who collect classics have the long term goal of completeing the set. Yet the common editions of Low # issues guide out at almost the same prices as the scarcer high numbers, thus there is a permanent marketplace shorage of most issues from #109-169. To solve this problem in my own inventory, I price the cheaper reading copies of my #109-169's in stock, at 50-100% Higher than my #1-50 reading copies. As they are difficuly to restock, i usually need to buy my #109-169's at 75-100% Guide from other dealers, but I am well rewarded by having many buyer who order 50-100 books at a time from us, because we have 'em & most other sellers do not.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED that had One or only a few Prinings are ALWAYS in big demand (any printing & all Grades = 120-150% Guide) includes; #14,20,21,33,40,43,44,53,66,71,73,74,84,110,113-118,129,161-169. ** Scarcer CLASSICS JUNIOR's include; #506, 514, 525-529, 532-534, 537,540,542,543,547,553,555, 556,558-565,568,571-573,575-577 (FA-VG = 200-300% Guide; FN-VF = 150-200% Guide); About 1/3 of all Junior's are Common (in ANY printing), another 1/3 are Uncommon & about 1/3 are Scarce, and there is a permanent shortage of most issues from #553-577 (because they had less printings). The UK British Classics #143, 146-150, 156, 157, 159,162 with All-New Stories never seen in USA are in very high demand (VG/FN = $100+ each) (#158A James Bond Dr =$500; #161 Aeneid = $200+; #163 Argonauts = $300+); We sold a lot of Classics related items, mainly to Collector's that had ost everything else, including; Acclaim, Amar Chitra Katha (India Mythology & Legend), Berkley/First, Boys Life, British Classic Editions, Dell (related Four Color & Movie classics), Dell Junior Treasury, Famous Authors, Gold Key (related Movie Classics), Golden Legacy(history of Black People), Golden Picture Classics, King Classics (a tough series to complete), Marvel Classics, Marvel-UK Classic Graphic Novels & Digests, Mexican Junior series, Moby Books (Big Little Book format #4501-4536) , Pendulum, Pocket Classics, Power Records, Tele-Guide (Graphic Novels), World illustrated & all others.

There are still quiet a few Classics completionists, looking to get one copy each of every printing of #1-169 (nearly 1400 Variations); Most of the 2nd Printings (1943 up) thru to reprints with HRN #161(3/1961) are Undervalued, especailly those that Guide for nearly the same value as the More Common HRN#164-169 Printings; HRN#161 and Earlier Reprint printing comics would grade out at about G/VG average, whereas the average HRN#164-169 Reprint Printings would grade out at about FN. Completionists constantly tell me, that many HRN#161 and Earlier Reprint printing, are very tough to find in even strict VG or FN, thus I have gone out of my way to stock some of these, priced at a still inexpensive 150-200% Guide & have done quite well with them. There is a GLUT on the market of multiple copies Common HRN#164-169 Printings (Especially of issues #1-50), that fosters the illusion that Classics Comics are COMMON, when that is only true for perhaps less than 1/3 of the various 1400 Printings.

COMIC DIGESTS;

We sold nearly 1000 Comic Digests this year, with nearly 90% in the FA/G thru FN/VF condition ranges & mostly to Buyers buying near complete sets, or Filing in numbers off their Want Lists. When I had my Retail Stores in Winnipeg (1974-1996) I always carried all the various Comics Digests & always did well with them, thus I saved a few copies each for Back Issues inventiry thru all these years & bought all the collections in site, thus I Literally sold perhaps 30,000 Digests over the last 35 Years, and have a current inventory of 10,000 Archie Digests & 5,000 other Comics Digests. High Grade Pre-1995 Comic Digests in VF 8.0 to VF/NM are Uncommon to Scarce, with 9.2 to 9.6 copies being Rare. Very Few have yet been graded by CGC. We located perhaps the Highest Graded existing set of Mystery Comics Digest #1-26 and Sold 85% of them as Raw copies in the 200-350% Guide range; There are High Grade collectors for Virtually all Pre-1995 Digests, (Archie, Charlton, Classics related, DC, Dennis the Menace, Gold Key, Harvey, Marvel, Skylark & Walt Disney related) but not many HG copies exist to satisfy demand. Luckily, most collectors are happy with average Middle Grade copies. There are 16 Different Titles known (plus at least 7 different Cover Price Variants) for the Rare Charlton related Xerox / Now Age Comic Digests, & these are our Minimum Selling Prices (VF/NM=$50; VF=$40; FN=$30; VG=$20; G=$14); The Harvey Later 1986-1994 Digests are by far the toughest sets to complete, with most issue #1-5's being uncommon, but with #6 up & Latter Half of each Larger set being scarce to Rare.

DC COMICS;

BATMAN has been hot for many years now, but the film Dark Knight has fueled the fire. With Dark Knight now entrenched as the #2 Box Office Hit of all-time, there is no doubt that he is one of the most recognized fictional character's in history. Superman historically is recognized as DC's main character. In the Golden Age, Batman & Superman sell equally well. From 1955-1962, Batman sells about 50-100% Faster than Superman. But from 1963 to Present, Batman Titles Rule, selling 300-400% of the quantities of Superman Titles. This explains why Batman prices are so much higher. Yet, when compared to Spider-Man comics of the same vintage, Batman comics remain a bargain. 1963-1986 Era Batman Title's are in the most demand & sell in all grades, but there is a notable shortage of high grade copies, as they simply were not hoarded in quantities as Marvel comics were. All Batman KEY issues from 1950 thru early 1990's are in Demand, with scarcer, uncommon & high demand issues easily bringing 135-165% Guide in all grades. By far the most requested Batman's are those with Neal Adams Covers & Art. Many fans already have all the issues with interior art & thus there has been even higher demand for all the Adams cover issues. Demand is so high for High Grade copies & supply so low, that collectors who really want them, have found themselves buying VF copies & even FN/VF copies. Batman #263-403 should be considered the "Slump" era, with lower sales & these issues are all still very undervalued. The Miller's Dark Knight Returns from 3/1986 Revitalized the franchise & the Miller mini-series #404-407 made the title hot once again. We have all forgotten that Batman was actually slow seller in the 1976-1985 Era, when it was competing against New Teen Titans, Spider-Man, the New X-Men & the prolific Direct-Only titles. [Superman was also slower in this period & was resurrected by John Byrne & Crisis]; Batman #331-400 had perhaps the Title's lowest print run, in it's 48+ Years of Storied History. After Miller, came Crisis, Death in the Family, the Movies, Tim Drake, Knightfall (Azrael & Bane) & more, thus the title has been a Top seling title for over 22 years. Detective #405 (Adams-c; CGC 9.8 sold for $3,250.00 at Auction = over 54 Times Guide); Joker(1975-1976) 1-9 became red hot for the first time in years, due to Heath Ledger in the 2008 Film; One of the big secrets to Batman's success, is that he boasts the greatest stable of Cool Villians in all of Comics [Followed by a close 2nd with Spider-Man] Great Villians make a superhero great. Flash has some great villians too, thus his popularity has risen above other characters such as Hawkman. The Bronze Age Bestsellers for us this year (at 110% to 135% GUIDE) included; All New Collectors Edition, All-Out War, All Star Comics, Amazing World of DC, all Batman Titles, Batman Family 11-20; Best of DC Digest, Binki, Black Magic, Blitzkreig, Brave & Bold, 74, Crisis, DC Comics Presents, DC 100 Page Super Spectacular, Dc Special, DC Special Series, DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest, Detective, Doorway to Nightmare, Flash, Freedom Fighters, Ghosts, GI Combat, Girls Love, Girls Romances, Heart Throbs, House of Mystery, House of Secrets, Isis, Joker, Jonah Hex, JLA, Limited Collectors Edition, Men of War, New Teen Titans, Our Army at War, Our Fighting Forces, Phantom Stranger, Rima, Secret Society of Super-Villians, Secrets of Haunted House, Sgt Rock, Shazam, Showcase, Sinister House, Star Spangled War, Super DC Giant, Super Friends, Supergirl (1972), Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, Superman Family, Swamp Thing (1982), Tarzan, Tarzan Family, Time Warp, Tomahawk, Unexpected, Unknown Soldier, V for Vendetta, Watchmen(movie in the works), Warlord, Weird Mystery, Weird War, Weird Western, Witching Hour, Wonder Woman, World's Finest, Young Love, Young Romance;

Superman has some good Villians, but does not compare to Batman. But Superman has one of the greatest Mythos, with all the Colorful Superman Family characters, Krypton tie-ins, various Kryptonites, Fortress, Superboy Years, Legion X-Overs, JLA membership, Movies, Memorabilia & Huge worldwide recognition.

Starting with CRISIS #1 in 3/1985, a new Era began for DC comics. They realized that Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman needed to be the foundation on which the strength of the company needed to be built upon. Wonder Woman is the most important female superhero of all-time, with no close second. (Demand is relentless for 1st Series WW #51-220); They were not going to become #1 with titles like Arak, Arion, Amytheyst. They needed to revitalize their Core Characters. Add in improvements to their other Long-Running series, Flash, Green Lantern, JLA & JSA, Swamp Thing, Legion & you have a formula for success. Demand for JLA & JSA just continues to grow, but especially the JSA appearnces in the original JLA title. JLA #100-263 are all in high demand & still undervalued, especially the issues over #200 & the PEREZ & JSA issues. All-Star #58-74 (esp #58, 69) & All-Star Squadron continue to be bestsellers, that are on many fans must-have lists. DC Special #29 and DC Superheroes #17 are Red Hot. All Pre-1970 Comics with the Main DC Female characters (Batgirl, Batwoman, Catwoman, Supergirl & Wonder Woman) sell 150-300% Faster than the Ordinary issues that surround them & many need to show higher premiums. Many fans are now on a Quest to own all vinatage comics with Neal Adams art, most seem to have the majority of the interior art issues & are now chasing the more elusive Cover Art issues, thus demand continues to grow for his covers on Tomahawk, Love, SF, Horror, Humor & other odd titles. Tomahawk #116 and Batman #227(Classic Gothic-c) are the 2 most requested Adams cover & continue to get harder to find, now even in strict FN or better. Nick Cardy covers of the 1960's thru mid-1970's continue appear on want list, especailly on Aquaman, Teen Titans & Romance comics. Aquaman (1962-78) Classic issue #53-56 should be the same value as #41-49, yet list at 75% Lower in the guide, a major error in the guide & a major bargain if you can find a dealer who is not sold out. ** These 1960's strong DC characters were suprisingly slower sellers this year; Aquaman, Atom, Blackhawk, Hawkman, Green Lantern, Metal Men, Plastic Man, Rip Hunter, Superboy (Non-Legion). Note that the Green Lantern #76-89 with Green Arrow by Adams are eternal bestsellers, with High Grade #76's continuing to bring record prices; ** But these Titles remained in moderate to good demand; Adventure (Legion & Supergirl), Capt Action, Creeper, Deadman, Doom Patrol, Flash, JLA, Legion, Mystery in Space, Spectre, Strange Adv, Superboy (with Legion), Superman(all titles); Bob Hope & Jerry Lewis are stong sellers, with issues #1-75 being hard to keep in stock in any grades. Many buyers have been picking up a lot more of both Brave & Bold, and DC Comics Presents, spcifically looking for key X-Over issues with the High Demand Characters. DC SPECIAL SERIES is a Hot title, as many fans are intrigued that this is a mostly new-material series of Annual Giant's that match other titles & offers a variety of Formats (Comics, Digests & Treasuries) with High Grade copies being Red Hot & getting harder to find (only the Swamp Thing Reprint issues are slower). #16 is one of the most fondly remembered comic of the entire Bronze Age with that shock ending in the Death of Jonah Hex story. Kubert's Tarzan was in moderate demand thru the year, but was a bestseller in strict VF/NM or better ranges, & demand tagged along for the related Titles (Tarzan Family & Korak). All 100 Page Giants & the "Dollar" Giants of the Late 1970's are considered to be KEY issues by fans & sold about 200% better than surrounding regular sized issues & most remained elusive in higher grades. The Kirby 4th World Titles were moderate to Slow sellers, unless in strict VF/NM or Better, with the Jimmy Olsen titles easily the toughest.

From about 1964-1986, Marvel was #1 in the Marketplace. By the 1990's, DC Sales started to Rival those of Marvel & by the late 1990's, many outsold Marvel's. For us, modern DC Back issues have been outselling modern Marvel back issues for over a decade. New Teen Titans broke new ground for DC in 1980 & led the way for updating all their main characters. Titans established George Perez as a comics superstar & only the Large print runs hold back prices of Perez issues from skyrocketing. NTT #1-40 are actually uncommon in STRICT VF/NM or Better, as they have been well handled for 25-28+ Years, and 9.4 or better copies should be a good long term investment. 1950's DC Superhero comics sold moderately well in all grades. 1960's DC Superhero comics were slower, with the exception of Batman & anything in strict VF or better. 1970-1987 DC Superhero comics were moderate to good sellers thru the year, with stict VF/NM or better copies selling excellent to hot.

This was our best year ever for DC Big-5 WAR Comics (All American Men of War, G.I. Combat, Our Army at War, Our Fighting Forces & Star Spangled War Stories). They sold well in all grades. Just a few years back we have near complete runs of all titles in stock, but we are now sold out of 75% of 1950's Titles. High Grade collectors, who actually want to complete these runs, have decided to start buying them at the point at which they start getting scarce in grade, thus; 1950's(FN or better), 1960's(FN/VF ob), 1970's(VF ob), 1980's(VF/NM ob) & any books we had that met these standards sold very well at 120-135% Guide. OAAW #83 is the new Holy Grail of DC War, with #81's now slow sellers. G.I.Combat #68 & OAAW #83 are near impossible to find & both bring 200%+ of Guide in any grade; ** The Hot Key issues (at 120-150% Guide in all Grades) include; AAMOW #127(#1; 1952), 17,18,21,28,39,42,48,57,63,64,67-69,82,89,112, G.I.Combat #44,55-58,66,67, 83,87-100,108,114,138, 144-150, 193, 200-202,288, OAAW #67, 83-120, 127,128,140,151-155,158,162-164, 168,177,182,183,186,190,200,203,216,220,229,235-246,269,275,280 300; OFF #41,45,123-137, SSWS #131(#1; 1952), 53,64,67,84-100,134,138-163,181-183,200; ** FA/G thru VG Reading copies of OAAW #83-260 are in very high demand & usually bring 135-160% Guide. The other DC War titles also have a stong following (All-Out War, Blitzkreig, Capt Storm, Men of War, Weird War etc); Sgt Rock & Unknown Soldier comics from the 1980's are among our best selling DC comics in all grades, with stirct VF/NM or better copies flying out the doors. The Low Print high number Sgt Rock #400-422 are notable scarcer, with most major dealers sold out in all grades & are overdue for a 50-100% Price Jump in the Guide. Weird War #37-124 are also very undervalued & need to see a similar price hike, to encourage more copies to come back onto the market. The Enemy Ace high # issues of Unknown Soldier are in bigger demand, uspecially in strict VF/NM or better.

1968 thru 1980's DC Horror comic are still in very high demand & continue to sell well in all grades. (1950-1967 issues are moderate to slow sellers, except in higher grades) The 1968-1974 issues are especially tough in high grades & many fans are now happy finding a nice VF, or even a FN/VF. Neal Adams & Wrightson issues, including all covers only & one page art issues are all in the highest demand, at 125-150% Guide. Swamp Thing (1972-1976), although one of DC's all-time most important titles, remain rather common & slow selling. But, the Swamp Thing (1982-1996) #20-64 classics by Alan Moore are highly collected & a lot tougher in strict VF/NM or better than one would think. 1975-1983 DC Horror issues in strict VF/NM are still among our Top sellers. Dark Mansion & Sinister House continue to have strong demand, especailly the scarce early Gothic issues. In the last 12 months we sold nearly 1000 Raw High Grade & "MANITOBA collection" DC comics of all types, in the 9.0 to 9.8 range, mainly from the 1974-1987 Era at 125-300% GUIDE, with the affordable 1980's titles, being the bestsellers.

DC was perhaps the most prolific comics publishers of the all-time (Ian Levine, who completed the entire DC Set, says over 32,000 different issues exist) & they had a huge selection of Non-Superhero Genre Titles (Cartoon, Horror, Humor & Parody, Love, SF, Sword & Sorcery, Teenage, Toy Related, TV/Movie, War, Western, etc). Fans of these Oddball comics typically prefer them in affordable G-FN grades (which is a good thing, as most would be rare in high grades); This year, we sold an unusual amount of DC Cartoon comics, with Fox & Crow & Sheldon Mayer Titles being in the most demand. Binki & the other teenage Titles, as well as all the Romance titles, sold very well to many collectors who were filling in their runs, probably mostly due to our huge selction all in one place. Many DC Oddball Comics sold at 120-135% guide, (Mostly in G-FN grades). The Western titles were only moderate sellers, except for the good selling Bat Lash, Jonah Hex, All-Star Western & Weird Western. Since we have a big selection, we always manage to sell a lot of Amazing World of DC, Digests, Fanzines, Fireside Books, Giveaways, Magazines, Paperbacks, Posters, Promo items, & Treasuries, to anxious buyer who want them in any grade (most at 120-135 Guide)

DELL;

DELL comics feature more PHOTO and PAINTED covers, than any other publisher. They specialized in Licensing popular Characters from other Media, including; Newspaper Comic Strips, Movies, TV Series, Cartoons, Kids shows, Novel & Pulp Series adaptions, Radio stars, & Westerns, They captured the essense & images of Two Generations of Popular Meda & thus they have many of the bestselling comics of all-time. Many of these characters are still popular today & most still have followings around the world, as the nostalgic images continue to resonate in the minds on fans. Larger print runs have kept most titles affordable, with most Series Relatively easy to complete given an adequate amount of searching, so they remain among the most collectible comics of all-time. They are especially popular with the many 1000's of International collectors around the world, & large amounts back issues continue to disappear into pertmanent foreign collections each & every year. PRICE seems to be the most important factor to most of these buyers, thus Low grade complete Reading copies (FA and GD) are always extremely high demand. Next most popular is the Mid-Grade (VG and FN) presentable copies, for those who want nicer looking collectible copies. Of all the major publishers, Dell might well be the #1 least popular in Higher (VF-NM) Grades, especially due to the excessively widening price spreads between G-NM. Most of our 100's of regular DELL buyers are NOT willing to pay 100%, 200% or even 300% more for a VF copy over a FN copy. If the VF copies were priced at only 50% More than FN copies, then VF would once again become Popular. The major exceptions are Carl Barks comics, Major Key & First issues, Tarzan, Turok, the better Hanna-Barbera's & the most popular TV / Movie comics, which have a good following for VF or better copies. Over 90% of Dell's we sell are FA or G-FN copies & turnover is well above average, as compared to almost all other publishers; I often buy missing issues to restock the gaps in our inventory of our better selling titles at 65-80% Guide, if in FA, or G-FN and then ask 125-150% Guide when resellling them. Most FN/VF, VF, VF/NM copies met price resistance & were are slow sellers (with the above listed exceptions) when priced at Guide & if I really wanted to move them, I would need to discount them. When Guide #38 came out, there was widespread price reductions of 5-15% (perhaps 10% Average Drops), as compared to Guide #37, on most G-FN Dell comics, when there should have been 20-35% Price Increases. Ironically, most of the VF-NM Dell's had modest price increases. Rather than think negative of this, I have begun to take advantage I have been buying up 100's of undervalued Dell's in FA and G-FN, from eBay & other Dealers to restock my best selling titles. I am still using the guide #37 G-FN prices & still adding premiums to those prices. Thus I was able to get many complete runs back in stock. Many of my regular buyers were very happy to see my selection get much better & I found that i managed to sell over 15 near complete runs of Titles with 50 or more issues, to collectors who were ecstatic to see them all in one place at one time. Iin addition I also sold many complete smaller runs, with affordable FA/G thru G/VG copies by far the most popular (at 135%-165% Guide, with no resistance). Collectors should take advantage of the low prices on reading copies while they can. Many Major Dealer inventories that once had near complete selections of the many long runs, are fast getting depleted & selections are dropping to 10-35% of all existing issues. This Year we found that Western comics were the most requested, followed by Tarzan, TV Comics, Turok, Four Color's & Cartoon Titles.

GOLD KEY (NON Disney);

Demand for High Grade copies was up for the Titles that investors Judged as High Demand items with good Long Term Investment Potential. When one compares equivalent prices to Marvel comics of the same Vintage, some of these books seem incredibly Low. When you factor in that most are 10-100 Times Scarcer in High Grade, they seem even more attractive. ** Raw copies of these titles sold well at; (125-140% Guide for VF, VF+ and VF/NM copies; and at 150-160% Guide for 9.2 copies); Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Dr Solar, Grimm's Ghost, Hanna-Barbera (all #1 & Key issues), Korak, John Carter, Magnus Robot Fighter, Mars Patrol, Mighty Samson, Munsters, Occult Files of Dr Spector, Phantom, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Scooby Doo, Space Family Robinson, Spine Tingling Tales, Star Trek 1-10, Tarzan, Turok & Twilight Zone, Wild Wild West. Whitman Variants of the Gold Key Comics (11/1971 thru 3/1980) continue to Bring 125-200% of GK issue values, to Variant Collectors. Canadian Newsstand Variant cover price issues (5-8/1968, and 4/1972-4/1973; Sell at 125-150% Guide); Most of the other GK Titles sell moderately well in VF, VF+ and VF/NM and the prices are mostly pretty accuarte in the Guide, but since most are scarce in these grades, we usually ask & get 110-120% Guide for them. Except for about 5% of the different existing issues that hit the marketplace as High Grade File-Copies, most GK's remain scarce in even strict VF or Better.

Despite that fact that high grade collectors hunted the above titles, the majority (80%+) of our Gold Key sales, are for afforable copies in the G-FN Condition ranges. Most are currently undervalued in these grades & all the uncommon to scarce issues tend to be sold out in most dealer inventories. Many are so low, that I am able to pay 75-100% Guide to restock Reading Copies & have found that many buyers are more than willing to pay 150-200% Guide in these grades. For example, many of the Cartoon title Series can be extremely challenging to complete & since most only sell for $2-$5, fans try their best to aviod having to to buy them on ebay & have to add $5-7 Postage for EACH single comic. Low Guide values for most Uncommon to Scarce that price out at under $7 are often irrelivant to Collectors who need them & sellers often have a hard time stocking them without extra efforts, thus healthy premiums are easily justifyable, to once again make these titles availiable to our many happy buyers. They are more than happy to pay $3 for a book that guides at $2, or $5 for one that guides at $3, thus we sell literally 1000's of comics like this. In fact buyer orders, with 200-600 comics in one shipment, are getting more & More common for us. All the titles above also sold extremely well in lower grades. Easily, the next most popular sellers were; most Hanna-Barbera Titles & TV Related Titles. Since we always have in stock 35,000+ Gold Key comics, about 95% of all the ever published, we continue to sell many 100's of other Misc Cartoon comics too, with many fans always telling us they are not able to complete all these titles with any other Dealers.

HARVEY;

Investor's have decided that High Grades Pre-1975 Harvey's are very desirable (Whereas Cartoon comics from Archie, Dell, GK, etc, are much less coveted) & record prices continue to be set on CGC graded copies. Unfortuantely, other than the 1980's File-Copies Find, not a lot of High Grade copies survived. Most 1950's Harvey's in the Marketplace are in in the FA/G thru G/VG condition range, with most 1960's in VG average, 1970-1985 in VG/FN average & 1986-1993 in FN/VF average. The 1988-1994 Harvey comics including Hanna-Barbera & Other Harvey Cartoon Titles, all had Low Print Runs (#1-5's= VF $4-$8 ea; Scarcer #6up issues = VF $6-10 ea); Scooby Doo is hot from all publishers (Harvey issue sell at 200% Guide); It is commonplace for collectors to buy 25-100 or More comics at a time. 1950's & 1960's Harvey Cartoon comics are among our bestsellers in ANY grade, with 170's thru 1990's issues also Good Solod sellers. As per usual, our biggest problem is trying to restock them once sold. About 95% of the issues we sall are graded in the FA/G thru FN/VF condition ranges. Most Pre-1976 issues are undervalued in Guide in all grades, but especailly in the G-FN ranges. Values of Uncommon & Scarce copies, that Guide at under $10 in G-FN are often so low they are irrelivant. To restock many of these issues sold out in our inventory, I have resorted to paying 75-100% Guide for G-FN copies & buying from other dealers, pricing them at the required 150-200% Guide when necessary. Many of my efforts have been well rewarded, with a good number of orders for 50-100 comics at a time from happy collectors. Richie Rich, Sad Sack & Casper issues from the 1977-1984 Period are the most plentiful Cartoon Harveys in the Marketplace, virtually else is uncommon to scarce. We have in stock about 20,000 Richie Rich Comics & about 10,000 other Assorted Harvey comics. I have so many Richie Rich Comics, as there was a boom in Richie collecting in the 1974-1984 Period. Richie Rich is one of the very few Characters to boast to having over 50 Titles (including Digests) & has become Harvey's most important character. Casper originally was Harvey's most important character & is still a very highly collected character. There were a lot of Sad Sack comics published & there are many collector's, yet prices lag far behind the values of Richie & Casper, most remaining quite undervalued.

LOW vs HIGH Grade Comics;

High Grade comics continue to break records & dominate the Headlines in our Hobby. As per usual I sold a lot of "Investment Grade" Comics, mainly from the "Manitoba Collecton". Since my biggest selection of High Grade is in the 1976-1986 Era, those are the books that flew out the Door in Large Numbers to Collectors. Almost all were RAW (Non-CGC Graded) Copies, yet due to my STRICT grading, many of my 9.0 to 9.8 Comics Sold for 125% to 400% of Guide with almost NO resistance. There is a HUGE segment of the Marketplace, looking to fill in runs of 1976-1986 Comics, with Values in the $2 to $20 each price ranges (by Guide NM-, 9.2 Prices). These "Low End" priced comics, normally do NOT show up in Large numbers graded by CGC. Yet, many collector feel that these books are still very undervalued & want to scoop them up while still affordable. Usually, it is easier for a $5 to rise to $20 in the Guide, than for a $50 comic to rise to $200, thus greater percentage increases are predicted for these 23-33 Year Old Comics.

The great majority of the Strong Demand for High Grade, is for Marvel & DC Superhero comics, which are the most plentiful of all comics in the Post-1964 Era. Most 1966-1970 Marvel Superhero comics have have 50-100 Graded 9.0 or Better at CGC, with perhaps 500-2000 copies existing (including Raw examples) in VF or Better. But, comics from the other Misc Major Publishers of the ERA (ACG, Archie, Classics, Charlton, Comic Digests, Comic Magazines, Dell, Gold Key, Harvey, Oddball GA & SA, etc) exist in quantities of perhaps 1% to 10% of the Marvel's from said era. Many oddball comics of the Era, have only 1-10 Copies graded by CGC in 9.0 or Better. In addition, Misc Major Publishers exist in much smaller quantities in all grades, as compared to Marvel. Logic would seem to dictate, that the oddball comics should bring very high premiums, but the opposite is the case. The High Grade & CGC Marvel superhero comics bring high premiums, but the scarce to rare oddball comics, bring small premiums. The reason is Supply & Demand. There are probably 100 Times as many buyers for Avengers #57 in 9.4, as there are for Time Tunnel #1 in same grade.

Our turnover rate is Very High for 9.0 and Better Marvel & DC Superhero comics of the 1960-1986 Era; We have a Large inventory of the same in G to VF condition ranges, as do 100's of other Dealers Worldwide, thus there is heavy competition & a GLUT on the Market. Many dealers resort to Discounting & sales on these. This has caused the Large price spread in the guide between G to NM-. Normally I have no problem getting the current guide prices on most of these comics, as G-FN comics are now real bargains in most cases. But, on comic where I am overstocked with excess copies, I do sometimes dicount at 25-60% Off Guide, just as everyone else does.

Now many of the KEY issues & Lesser Keys, are TOO LOW in the Guide in G-FN Grades & getting hard to keep in stock & harder yet to re-stock. To streamline prices, the Guide has dropped premiums on G-FN copies of many Minor Keys (Example; World's Finest #241-246 are all priced at $2-6 in G-FN, but #241-243 are $8-12 in VF-NM, while 244-246 are $11-$20 in VF-NM); My 38 Years of Experience, show that this is a big mistake, as demand does NOT drop for Minor Keys issues, just because they are in Lower Grades. The Opposite is in fact True, Demand Increases, as the Keys & minor Keys always sell faster. *** There is now a big shortage of many Key Issues in G-FN (These easily bring 125%-200% Guide or in G-FN); All-Star Comics #58, 69, All Star Western #10, Amazing Adventures #11, Amazing Spider-Man #121, 122, 129, Avengers #57, 100, Batman by Neal Adams, Conan #1,3, Dark Mansion 1-4, DC 100 Pagers (Many), Deadly Hands #28, Defenders #1, Detective by Neal Adams, Fantastic Four #112, Ghost Rider #1-5, Gothic Romances #1, Green Lantern #76, Incredible Hulk #180, 181, Iron Fist #14, Iron Man #1, 55, Marvel Spotlight #5, My Love 1-39, Our Army at War #83-200, Our Love Story #1-38, Phantom Stranger #1-4, Savage Sword #1, Silver Surfer #1,4, Tomb of Dracula #1-10, Weird War #1-5, Wonder Woman #100-200 and many Others; A small Cottage Industry has started, of Basement dealers buying up these affordable G-FN copies of Key issues from bigger dealers at full guide & re-selling them at 150%-250% Guide, often loosening the graded condition, for great profits.

An Anomaly has occured in the guide, due to the Large price spread in the guide between G to NM-. The Misc Publishers Comics & all TNC {Traditionally Non-Collected} Comics (Cartoon, Crime, Humor, Jungle, Love, Movie, SF, Teen, TV, War, etc), have had the Wide Price to Condition Spreads that correctly apply to Superhero comics, also creep into these Uncommon to Scarcer comics. Unfortunately, the reality of the marketplace is that there is big demand for affordable G-FN copies & with many too cheap in low grades. The great majority of Dealer inventories of these comics are typically G-FN condition copies. For Marvel & DC Superhero comics, many dealers have deep near complete runs in many grades, but this certainly is not the case for oddball comics. In fact collectors have to look far & wide, to fill in runs of many series, such as Nancy, Red Ryder, Millie the Model, Betty & Veronica, Wild Western & many many others. Most sellers have selections of only 5%-25% of all issues of such series. Demand in affordable grades is often bigger than supply. Thus when I go out of my way to re-stock such series (at high cost), I find no problem & no resistance to selling at over guide prices.

For us, for the last 39 Years & still today, there is lower demand for VF-NM copies on most of these titles & this is the arena in which I find price resistance. Strangely enough, Guide #39 chose to raise VF-NM prices & drop 1000's of G-FN prices on Vintage Comics. My turnover rate for Oddball comics, is much much higher than the common Marvel & DC superhero comics. Naturally if a Dealer specializes in Marvel Comics & has a small selection of 100 or Less Harvey comics, they are not going to sell well for them. But Dealers who do specialize in Comics Like, Archie, Dell, GK, & Harvey, & have a great selection, will find they do very well & have a great turnover rate. As I attempt to fill out Client Wantlists (Something I do often), I sometimes check 20 or More Dealer inventories & would gladly pay 100% Guide to buy for resale, but often end up filling in only 10-35% of these extensive want lists, as almost everybody is sold out. It was strange to seem widespread price drops in Guide #38 for G-FN comics that actually needed significant price increases. The effect is that the supply of Vintage Oddball comics will become even smaller & they will be even more difficult to find in affordable conditions. Although about 30% of my entire Sales Revenue in a Year is Higher graded comics, still the great majority (perhaps 90%) of the sheer volume of Back Issues that I ship out throughout the year are ordinary G-FN comics, as they are the Bread & Butter backbone of my entire market. Here is a quick random List of great selling back issues, that should have gone up in price, yet dropped in the Last Guide. *** Percentage FN Prices Dropped from Guide #37 to #38; Archie Comics #81-93, 95-99 (14.3%), Batman #182 Giant Joker-c/s (10%), Batman #222 Beatles-c/s (16.6%), Brave & Bold #34 = 1st SA Hawkman (6%), Doctor Solar (GK) #1 (14.3%), Iron Man #1 (8.5%), John Wayne comics #31 Williamson/Frazetta (5%), Journey into Mystery #41-44,46,48 (9.5%), Looney Tunes #20-25 ( 8.5%), MAD magazine #71-75, 77-80 (16.7%), Magnus Robot Fighter (GK) #1 (12%), Maverick FC#892 (15.5%), Munsters #1 (15%), Mystery in Space #5 (8.3%), Our Army at War (Sgt Rock) #121-125,130-133,135-139,141-150 (10%), Red Ryder #11-20 (12.5%), Space family Robinson (GK) #1 (12.5%), Superman #150 (9.1%), Tarzan (Dell) #6-10 (10.4%), Turok (Dell) #3 (13%);

Proper Condition Grading is still a big problem within our hobby. Most small shops, Flea Market Dealers, eBay Sellers & Convention sellers, routinely price (for example) VF 8.0 comics at NM-, 9.2 prices, many actually believing they have actual 9.2 copies, while other do not actually grade the items at all & let it to the buyers to figure out. I would estimate, it is likely that over 80% of the Raw comics sold by dealers would not attain the grade described, if the item where submitted to CGC. Similarily, I see many sellers grade an item VF, when the actual strict grade would be FN, so naturally educated buyers would avoid these as that would make many such items price out at 200% Guide in actual strict grade. When this type of sellers complains the items is not selling & offers a 25% Discount, he often finds collectors who only buy discounted items, but sadly the misinformed buyer is still paying 50% over guide, as compared to if he would have bought the item from a strict grading seller who graded it FN & sold it at guide. The average inexpensive 1980's comic sitting in Dealer Inventories, would grade out strictly to be in the FN/VF to VF range, but sellers routinely grade them as NM & because they are low priced, most buyers are not really concerned if they receive an actual NM. The hard facts are, that only about 10% of these 80's comics would grade out a strict VF/NM or Better, if submitted to CGC. Most fans do not recall, that in the late 1990's, the guide once stereotypically stated that all 1970's (Bronze Age) comics are COMMON in Near Mint & thus have low values, yet about a dozen years later, we certainly know that is not true. In fact, for those that do not bother to hand select their own brand new comics off the store shelves & just grab the top copy, you sould know that the average new comic that has had minor handling, would grade out as a strict 9.0 to 9.2 (NOT 9.4 to 9.8 as Many fans assume); (In fact, probably under 2% of 1970's comics would grade a strcit 9.4 or better). Now that Bronze Age prices are getting increasingly higher, it seems a sure thing to predict that Copper Age comics are due next for big price hikes in scarcer High Grades. Collectors need to educate themselves, to see what a strictly graded 8.0, 9.0 and 9.4 comics actually look like & the best way to be sure, is to closely examine a few CGC copies of each different grade.

MARVEL Comics;

For over 40 Years, Marvel Comics have formed the Backbone of the Entire Vintage Comics industry & they are the main comics inventory in most Dealer Inventory's, with the exception of Dealers who deal mainly in Silver & Golden Age comics. There are over 1000 Comic Shops, plus probably over 2000 Mail Order & eBay Dealers, ranging in size from small to large. I estimate that 90% of these Dealers make most of their Back issue money from vintage Marvel Comics, mainly those of the 1961-1986 Era. [DC Comics from 1987 to Present sell perhaps equally well, if not better than Marvel in this Modern Era; In the 1960's Golden Age comics started & ruled the market]; The continuous stream of Marvel Movies continues to fuel demand for these classic back issues. [The Coming movies include; Luke Cage=2009; Avengers=2011; Ant-Man=2010; Capt America=2011= all will be HOT back issues in near future]; The Majority 1961-1975 Marvels are to Good thru Fine conditions in most Dealer inventory's (with most 1976-1986 in VG-VF average); Marvel's are by far the most collected comics in High Grades & also boasts the most slabbed comics by CGC. Luckily 1000-5000+ copies each exist for most 1960's Marvels, with perhaps 5K-50K Marvels each existing from 1970's issues, as they are the most hoarded comics of the era, so there is usually plenty of copies to meet most demand on the market. But when everyone suddenly wants Higher Graded copies, because they are viewed as better investments, suddenly supply is low on anything that would grade among the 1-10% Best Existing copies. Surely this trend will continue & perhaps strenghten even more, as time goes on. CGC has brought out most of the best existing copies over the last 8+ years or so & most have sold, returning to private collections. There seems to be a "Lull" in new high grade vintage Marvel finds & a bit of a shortage as compared to demand, thus many collectors have been forced to lower their minimum grade requirements. 1961-1964 Marvel Superhero comics were still top sellers in every grade. 1965-1969 Era Marvels sold best in FA/G-VG and VF or Better; The smaller print run 1970-1974 era Marvels were our TOP sellers in all grades & are in especially huge demand in strict VF/NM or Better. The 1975-1980 Era were in high demand, especially in VF or better. The 1981-1987 Late Bronze to Copper Age comics were in VERY HIGH demand in STRICT VF/NM 9.0 or Better Grades, but only in Moderate Demand in Low to Middle grades. 1988-1995 Marvels were the Slowest sellers, but when they did sell, condition was not important. 1996-2008 Marvels, had smaller print runs & continue to boast moderate to semi-hot demand, with condition typically not important & many issues being hard to restock once sold. Most Dealer inventories have far less copies per issue in stock, for 1996-2008 Marvels, as compared to the much more common 1976-1995 issues. Many popular modern Marvels have average print runs under 40,000 copies, as compared to 200,000+ copies for 1970's print Runs. Many modern Marvels have a good resale value as sets on eBay & many should be a good long term investment.

All good Bronze Age KEY issues were selling in all grades, with Shortages of affordable G-FN copies becoming a lot more common, as many are undervalued in the Guide. [Bronze Age KEY's; G-FN & 9.2 copies brought 135-175% Guide; VF thru VF/NM copies brought 120-135% Guide]; Many G-FN Key issues now bring much higher Premiums than Semi-High Grade (VF,VF+,VF/NM copies); We Sold about 1500+ "Raw" Bronze & Copper Age issues in 9.0 thru 9.8 (Mostly from the "Manitoba" collection) at 120-300%+ of Guide, with almost no resistance & must again report that High Grade 1980-1987 Marvel's continue to be in big demand. As always, many collectors come to us for our big selection of Marvel Fanzines, Giveaway/Promo items, Memorabilia, Posters, Slurpee Cups, Calendar's, Portfolios, etc = Condition is usually not important, as Locating these collectiblesat all seems to be the hardest task, many items sell as fast as I can find them.

Of special note, is that DEMAND has increased twofold average for these still undervalued 1970's & 1980's Era comics in strict VF/NM or Better Investment Grades; Avengers #101-250, Capt America #131-300, Conan the Barbarian #25-200, Incredible Hulk #140-300, Iron Man 21-200, Jungle Action #5-23, Luke Cage #1-50, Marvel Team-Up #21-150, Marvel Two-in-One #1-100, Thor #191-350;

We sold a lot of ODDBALL Comics & other Format items, mainly because of our giant selection, including; Cartoon, Humor & Parody, TV/Movie, Romance, Teenage, Toy Related, TV, War, Western, etc, at 125-200% Guide, with G-FN the most requested; Night Nurse seems extra tough to keep in stock, even at 150% Guide; Digests, Treasury's, Paperbacks & Magazines, Sold in all Grades, but with G-FN copies selling best (at 125-175% Guide); My Love & Our Love Story easily bring 50% over guide in all grades, as many collectors are filling in runs & almost all dealers are sold out. The 1970's Atlas Horror Reprint Titles (Beware, Chamber of Chills, Vault of Evil, etc) were in huge demand in all grades, with demand over double supply, thus we SOLD OUT of about 20% of the numbers for the first time ever. I located only one Gothic Tales of Love (#1) in ANY grade this year, and sold it swiftly for $725.00(CGC, VF/NM, 9.0); The shortage of PLANET OF THE APES mags #21-29 continues, with all bringing 150% Guide in Any Grade (#29 brings 200% Guide); All MOEBIUS Comics & especially Graphic Novels are Blazing Hot, with almost every Mail-Order & Internet dealer in North America Sold Out, as the Overseas collectors consider them some of the Greastest comics of All-Time [Condition is Not important on Moebius items & most bring 200-500% Guide in Any Grade]; We sold; Moebius [Epic GN 1987] #5(near FN = $20); #7(VF/NM = $75); #8(FN+ = $35); LIEUTENANT BLUEBERRY #2 Steelfingers (Epic GN; VG/FN $44); ** Treasuries & Marvel Horror Mags were Top Sellers, with notable shortage of Reading Copies (G-FN, 9.2=135-165% Guide; VF-VF/NM=120-135% Guide); ** The 1960's Marvel Paperbacks are Scarce in Higher Grades & sold Morderately well (Average Prices; VF/NM=$50; VF=$36; FN=$24; VG=$16; G=$8); 1976-1986 Marvel Paperbacks (Average Prices; VF/NM=$20; VF=$15; FN=$10; VG=$7; G=$4) with the #1-11 Novel Series at 150%+ Higher;

Savage Sword of Conan is an eternal bestseller in all grades, with High Grade collectors mainly after #1-100; Savage Sword #200-235 are Low Print & bring 150-200% Guide and the Scarce #235 at 400% Guide; Transformers #71-80 & GI Joe #150-155 are very hard to stock bring 150-200% Guide; Ghost Rider #93(2/1998) is an instant seller at $25 (for VF or Better); *** Many more High numbered comics & especially LAST issues of the 1990's had Lower Print Runs, many already scarcer, & I expect will gain Value in the Years to come, as Collectors find this to be true (Akira 31-38, Amazing Spider-Man #421-441, Avengers #350-402, Conan #250-275, Conan the King #50-55, Conan Saga #90-96, Conan (1996-2000 titles), Daredvil #350-380; Fantastic Four #381-416, Ghost Rider #61-93, Incredible Hulk #; Iron Man #300-332; Savage Sword #200-235, Thor #460-502; What If #81-114);

1970's & 80's Electric Company Magazine's are in bigger demand than supply, due to the Spidey Super Stories Comic Strips, with #1-40 and #100 up being the Scarcest issues (Average Retail; VF/NM=$16; VF=$12; FN=$9; VG=$6); ** A few Notable Sales; Film International (1975 Marvel Mag) #1-4(VG/FN $30 each); PHOTO NEWS FEATURE (1975 Marvel Mag) #1(HITLER; VF $30); #2(FDR; VF $24); YOU DON'T SAY (1973 Marvel Mag) #1(VF $79); Many 1970's Adult Cartoon Mags by MARVEL (Best Cartoons; Popular Cartoons, etc; with PUSSYCAT-s in VG average for $15 ea; NO Pusscat in VG = $10 ea); The Marvel Western & War titles were moderate to slow sellers in G-VF, but have picked up in demand for the scarce VF/NM or better copies. ** The Marvel Anti-Hero Horror Titles (Death, Dracula, Frankenstein, Ghost Rider, Man-Thing, Morbius, Mummy, Scarecrow, Satana, Werewolf, Zombie) in both Color Comics and B&W mags are all still top sellers (with all KEY issues being Red-Hot) in all Grades, with a lower supply than demand on high grade copies.

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TREASURY Editions;

We usually manage to keep about 95% of all the Large oversized Treasury format comics in stock at all times, where most our our competing sellers are typically 50-90% Sold Out, thus they are always stong sellers for us & there are always a few issues we need to scramble to restock. ** The Rarest issues (Bringing 200%+ Guide) include; RUDOLPH #NN(1972), Christmas & Archie, Superman vs. Muhammad Ali (Whitman variant) ; ** Also Rare (Bringing 150% Guide) is Golden Picture Story Book (1961) ST#1-4 & Famous First Edition (Silver Stone Graphics Pub) C-61 S&N Signature Edition; ** The Scarce Titles (Bringing 150-175% Guide) include; The Annie, G.I. Joe, Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera #1-3, Smurfs, Star Wars #3, Empire Strikes Back, Modern Promotions (1972/73; Beetle Baily, Flash Gordon, Katzenjammer Kids, Mandrake) & Walt Disney Paint Book series (6 different circa 1975); ** Superman vs. Muhammad is by far the all-time bestseller treasury (we had 200 copies in 2001 & are now down to under 25 copies); Rounding out the Top-6 Bestsellers includes; Superman vs Spider-Man #1, Captain America's BiCentennial Battles (Kirby/Smith-a), DC Special Series #27( Batman vs. Hulk), C-54(Superman vs. Wonder Woman), & C-55(Legion marriage issue); >> All BATMAN & Spider-Man Treasuries are always in stong demad. Most of the DC & Marvel Treasuries with New Material are in high demand & are still undervalued, as they continue to get scarcer. Most buyers are Happy with Middle Grade VG thru VF copies.

Traditionally Treasuries never had Plastic Bags readily availiable for protection. Factor in the cumbersome size & format, with too much handling. Add to this the fact that they have stiff cardboard covers that easily show a lot of stress marks when handled. And finally take note that handling easily causes rubbing wear & scuffing to the originally Glossy covers. It redily becomes obvious why Treasuries are now Scarce in STRICT VF/NM 9.0 or better grades. We again sold about 50+ High Grade & Manitoba collection copies in 9.0-9.6 range copies (at 125-300% Guide)

Variants & Premium Editions;
The Marvel's 30 & 35 cent Variants are now among the Hottest of all BRONZE Age Comics. The 30 cent Variants Sell at 350% the price of the regular 25 cent editions at minimum, & up to 1000%+;

The 35 cent Variants Sell at 700% the price of the regular 30 cent editions at minimum, & up to 2000%+; The Rare Western, War, Horror & Reprint title Variants sell even higher prices in ANY grade, as only a handful of each exist (VG-FN copies of 30 Cent Variants $50-$200; and 35 Cent Variants in the $100-$800 range)

-1979 MARVEL Direct Editions are often mistakenly Sold as "WHITMAN Variants of MARVEL" comics, all thru the year. Only a few Treasuries were actual WHITMAN Printings, otherwise only the Plastic Bags were actually "Whitman"; (See Guide #36 on page 125 for full details, or email me); ** Early MARVEL DIRECT Editions (with Black Diamond on cover, with NO "cc" on cover, with NO UPC or obscured UPC Codes, or Blank White UPC Codes). 1977 MARVEL Direct Editions sell at 120-150% Guide to Variant Collector's; For the 2 months 7/1978 & 3-4/1979, only Newsstand editions were published. (exceptions are; Micronauts & Shogun Warriors, often mistaken as reprints, but actually just Direct 1st printings). These are only on the ground floor as collectibles, as a lot is not yet known or Documented.

This yet again another Record year for sales of the Canadian Newsstand VARIANT Cover Price Variant editions. They are NOT listed in the Guide, because it involves perhaps over 5000 Comics.

Character Completionists & Variant Collectors alike have been very actively seeking these out & we are starting to sell out on about 20% of Existing issues. We sell these Variants at 150-200% Guide;

As most of these comics were bought by the General Public & NOT collectors, Most Existing copies, perhaps 90%, are Lower Grades (G thru FN), with FN/VF to VF copies being uncommon, VF+ to VF/NM copies are Scarce, and NM-, 9.2 or better copies being Rare. VF/NM copies occasiaonally sell at auction for 300-500% of Guide. Sometimes these are sold on ebay as "Rare Variants" by sellers who do not know what they are & buyers that do not know either, thus occasionally have been know to pay 10-50 Times Guide, when they should not have paid over 2 times. Only a Handful of these Variants have even been graded by CGC, perhaps because they have not yet realized some of them are Variants yet. They are about 50-100 Tmes Scarcer than a USA Direct Edition Printings. ** DATES for Canadian Newsstand Cover Price Variants Existing include; ARCHIE Comics & Digests (1/1984-12/1997), CHARLTON (2/1983-8/1984), DC(all Newstand Comics, Magazines & Digests from 10/1982-9/1988), DELL (random 1960-1962, plus Back Cover variants & assorted 1950's Cover Price variants = Regular issues with 15 Cents Covers & Giants with 30 cents covers), GOLD KEY(5-8/1968, and 4/1972-4/1973), HARVEY(1960's Giants with 35 Cent cover prices), MAD (some 1964 & 7/1978-7/1979), MARVEL (all Newstand Comics, Magazines & Digests from 10/1982-8/1986), WARREN (3/1977-3/1983), WHITMAN (Mainly Early 1981, & 1983-1984); The most requested issues, have been comics that feature Spider-Man, I have so far sold 4 Near Complete Sets (over 300 different Spider-Man related comic exist in the period)

Walt Disney;

There has been a notable increase in Demand for strict VF or Better Pre-1976 Titles. Pre-1966 Carl Barks comics in VF/NM or Better, are hot, especially if CGC graded, especially Four Color's & 1940's issues, with even 9.0 copies bringing 400-800% of Guide. I had several High Grade collectors purchase quantities of VF or Better oddball cartoon Titles, focusing on titles that did not see much reprints, including; Beagle Boys, Chip N Dale, Micket Mouse, Scamp, Super Goof, Winnie the Pooh (VF-VF/NM= 125% Guide; 9.2=150% Guide; 9.4=200% Guide);

1950 & Older issues were in Strong demand, in all grades. 1951-1970's issues were all steady sellers & continue to grow stronger, & they are especially popular to our Europeans customers, with over 35% of our sales headed Overseas. Reading copies were very popular, as many readers tried to complete their sets. When Gold Key changes to Whitman in 1980, the Pre-Pack only issues become an obstacle to many fans trying to complete collections, but I have managed to keep most of these in stock & our clients are always greatful. Strangely, most of inexpensive 1986-1995 Gladstone & Disney Pub comics are Slow sellers, even though they are loaded with great content, i suppose most have been reprinted too many times. But they are loaded with great new Don Rosa art, plus english reprints of foreign disneys not see over hear before. The Don Rosa Classic "Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck" issues serialized in Scrooge #285-296 are in High Demand & getting hard to find, it is with these issues that demand for modern Disney's once again gets strong. The high Cover Priced Uncle Scrooge #309-318 and WDC&S #601-633 had smaller print runs & are now sold out with most back issue dealers, some already bring high premiums on eBay. #309, 311-320= $15-20 ea; #310(Scarce = $50+) [Two recent eBay sales of #310 were at $119 and $179]; The majority of 1995-2008 Walt Disney comics are Uncommon to Scarce (bringing 150-400% Guide); All better Live Action TV & Movie Classic comics showed a resurrgence in demand. (with Nature & Science titles very slow); Most Dell Four Color Disney's were popular sellers, ecept a few that were reprinted too often by Gold Key. We sold 3-5 copies each of the unusual Walt Disney Paint Books Series (circa 1975, Treasury sized) to curious collectors who had never heard of or seen them before.

WARREN, Skywald & Misc Horror Comic Mags;
Demand for WARREN mags has been strong & still growing for over 8 Years, with no end in site. The more afforable G-FN copies are by far the most requested & we sold over 1500 of them this year, and on about 15% of the issues we have nothing left in stock in less than FN/VF Grades, especially on Vampirella #91-112 and Creepy/Eerie #35-70 and #130 up; On most G and VG Warrens that Guide under $10 we ask & get 135-150% of Guide. For a Client, I managed to put together complete sets of Creepy, Eerie & Vampirella in G/VG average conditions & sold thus at over guide for the VG prices as sets (approx 150% Guide). (This was actually quite a difficult task, because each set has about a dozen scarcer issues, like Eerie #17, Creepy #32 and Vampi #112 & many issues were hard to restock as Reading Copies); About 70% of all our Warren sales is for these 3 strong titles, about 10% of sales are for Famous Monsters, with the remaining 20% for the other 25+ Titles; There are quite a few Warren completionists out to get everything, but there are quite a number of Scarce to Rare issues, that make to a very difficult quest. Blazing Combat #1 & the Anthology are listed below wholesale in the guide (They are instant sellers; G-FN=400% Guide; 8.0-9.2=200% Guide); Eerie #17 is on everyone's Want List & sells at 400% of Guide in any grade.

On the Flip side, Warren mags are also highly collectible in High Grades, especially in VF/NM or Better. But since most HG collectors actually want to be able to complete their sets, most have decided to buy VF or Better copies (often on my recommendation) & thus the complete sets become attainable. It should be noted than many Warren's still have only 2-10 Copies so far Graded. Thus, so far CGC 9.4 Sets of Creepy, Eerie & Vampirella are virtually unattainable. We sold a about 200 High Grade & Manitoba Collection copies of Warren mags from 1975-1983 Era (VF/NM to NM+ copies at 125-300% Guide);

SKYWALD MAGS (Nightmare, Psycho & Scream) are not as popular as Warren, but the demand is typically Double that of Supply, so our turnover is always high. These are excellent mags & those who have not looked closely at them, should take another look to see what they are missing. The "Horror-Mood" issues, Werewolf, Vampires/Dracula, Heap, Frankenstein, Nosferatu, Lady Satan, Human Gargoyles, Lovecraft, Poe, decapitatation issues, Al Hewetson stories & many others are fondly remembers by fans. There was art by Wrightson, Boris Vallejo, Segrelles, Everett, Jeff Jones, Bruce Jones, Kaluta, Marcos, John Byrne & others. The Horror-Mood issues are said to be credited as an ispiration to Stephen King. They are very hard to restock once sold, with & VF or better copies especially difficult, thus I usually buy them at 65-80% Guide and resell them at 140-160% Guide.

Strict graded VF/NM or Better copies are very hard to find (When I find them, I sell them instantly at; 9.0=150% Guide; 9.2=165%; 9.4=225% Guide);

** The Horror Comic mags published by Eerie Pub, Modern Day, & Stanley are in very high demand in G-FN, especially in Lowest graded Reading copies. About 75% of the copies we get in stock in FA/G thru VG, sell within just a few weeks & Usually most of what we have in stock is in about FN/VF to VF average; The LURID Violence & GORE on the Covers & inside, made them very memorable to many fans. Most of the Titles have Scarcer issues & thus most of the sets are quite difficult to complete. Examples in FN/VF, VF and VF+ are all slow sellers, as most Collectors want either Reading Copies, or Investment copies. Strict Graded VF/NM copies are more popular, with 9.2-9.4 copies in better demand. [We sell them at these rates; G-FN=140-160%; FN/VF, VF,VF+=100-115%; VF/NM=120-130%; 9.2=150%]; Weird Vampire Tales & Terrors of Dracula list the publisher as Modern Day, which is a pseudonym for Eerie Pun & they are perhaps their Scarest Titles & among our fastest sellers.

The Stanley Pub mags have a lot of Pre-Code Horror reprints & are about 50% Scarcer than Eerie Pub mags, thus are also in Higher Demand.

WHITMAN comics;

There exists SIX scarce Whitman ERROR VARIANT Cover Price editions (all dated 1/1981with incorrect 40 Cent cover prices; BUGS BUNNY #223, DONALD DUCK #225, LITTLE LULU #262, PINK PANTHER #78, SUPER GOOF #63 and Walt Disney Comics & Stories #484), all existing with more common correctly priced copies bearing 50 cent Cover Prices. The 40 Cent Variants are worth about double the value of the corrected editions. (all other 1/1981 Whitman's carry the 50 cent cover prices); The Pre-Pack only Whitman comics 8-12/1980 are all SCARCE & now have a large following of Collector's & a few completionists (they sell at 150-400% GUIDE). The No-Date, no Date Code Whitman comics of 1983-1984 issues are uncommon & sell well at (135-200% GUIDE); These Vaiants make it tough on many collectors attempting to finish these many Series that Start as Gold Key & end up as Whitman's, but now that prices have risen, they are much more readily availiable, then when they were mysteriously Scarce & not yet listed as thus in the Guiide. Uncommon to Scarce Whitman Variant editions exist for about 50% of all the Gold Key's published from 11/1971 thru 2/1980 (NONE are listed in the Guide) and sell for 125-200% of GK issue values. >> MARVEL Whitman' variants DO NOT exist (see my Variant report)

Approx 160 Different WHITMAN Variants of DC comics, were published in the 3/1978-8/1980 Time Period, with most being 20 to 50 Times Scarcer than standard DC Printings;

This was our best year ever for these Variants, as we sold almost 50% of all the issues we had in stock in any grades that were availiable. Previously collectors wanted VF or Better, then FN or better, but now have begun to buy whatever they can find, as copies are discappearing from the market in most dealer inventories. Our minimum prices for DC Whitman's are(VF/NM=$18; VF+=$15; VF=$12; FN=$9; VG=$6; G=$4);

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MARKET REPORT for #38(2008) Overstreet Annual Comic Book Price Guide by Douglas W. Sulipa;

[Two Sections were DELETED in the Published Overstreet Version & are Marked as such below]


INTRO;

We bought & Sold a lot of comics in the last Year. There was the usual relentless demand for Popular KEY issues, in almost all grades. High Grade Marvel & DC comics were the MOST requested, but we were only able to supply about 20% of the issues requested in these Grades. [Most of the 9.0 thru 9.8 graded RAW comics we SOLD were from the 1975 thru 1987 era]; If we had more 9.0 Up Copies from 1974 & Older, we would have sold a lot of them. We also had a lot of requests for G to VF Comics from the 1960 thru 2006 Era from ALL Publishers and were able to fill about 90% of Those Orders [About 50% of 1960's Comics we did not have in VF or Better, otherwise we would have fulfilled about 95% of Want Lists]; We sold a lot of 1950's Comics, but especially DELL comics. I specialize in trying to carry all comics printed from 1960 to 2006 in the $100 and Under Price Range; [Although we do have a decent selection of Over $100 comics & Probably 50,000 comics from the 1950's & perhaps 2,000 comics from the 1940's ]; The great majority of Collector's buy only the more affordable under $100 comics. If at one point in their lives, they have more disposable income, collectors might graduate to the More Expensive items they have always dreamed about. In the late 1980's i was still dealing in a lot of High End items, but made the decision to instead try to stock EVERYTHING (in the under $100 price range) from ALL publishers. I have never regretted the decision & have since handled almost everything Printed in North American Comics Related items from the last 50 Years, most items many many times. In addition I got into everything COMICS Related & also into all types of Non-Comic Magazines, Books, Records & Posters. I have a very loyal group of buyers who constantly thank me for carrying 1000's of items almost no one else can be bothered with. It was & still is, an amazing experience. For me, Sad Sack & Jughead comics outsell both Wolverine & X-Men comics, mainly because the latter are carried by almost every back issue dealer nationwide, so why bother ordering by mail. How many dealers have a decent selection of Harvey & Archie comics? Superhero Comic Sales have been Strong in the last year (to Investors, in part because of all the Films, but also to buyers wanting to fill in runs & get a lot of books all in one place, with Good Grading). But the Oddball comics that most dealers do not carry are much more notable, because they tend to sell well in ALL grades, at higher percentages of Guide & at a much better turnover rate. As in any collectible field, dealers who specialize & excel in one area of collecting, obtain better prices & have a strong repete clientele & that has been our aim. eBay sellers will usually tell you, that it is hard to convert one-time buyers, into new longterm clients. The presence of the Overstreet Price Guide since 1970, has done a superior job of stabilizing prices, far beyond what we see in most other hobbies. Many would say it has over-inflated Superhero comics, but that is not so, because if you take into account STRICT GRADING, you will find the majority of items that sell are within the 50% of Guide to 150% of Guide Price Range, which it relatively stable for a Collectibles Hobby. Without the Guide, we would see wildly erratic pricing (as with the Used paperback market, where books that should sell for $2 can bring $50, & books that should sell for $50 can he had for $10); For example, RICHIE RICH DIGEST MAGAZINE (10/1986-10/1994) #11-42 are near impossible to find for collectors who need them, and low GUIDE prices make them sell instantly when they do show up. Demand is 5-10 Times Bigger than supply, & in another marketplace one would expect them to sell for $25-$50 each range, but they simply remain SOLD OUT everywhere in the $5 each & under range. Just a few Lesser Known items that consistently sell for 200% or More include; Josie #45, 106, Transformers #80, Savage Sword #235, Katy Keene Digests, Creepshow, Betty & Veronica #320, many Giveaway comics, Dennis & the Bible Kids, Masters of the Universe #12, 13, Moebius Graphic Novels, Hunger Dogs GN, Squadron Supreme Death of a Universe GN, Conan GN's, Charlton Comic Digests, & many More; Many investors try hard to make money in comics & do not succeed, while many Collectors who do not follow the trend & buy what they like, do make good money when selling their collections. It is always recommended that you go after the items that you enjoy, once there learn about them & use that knowledge to guide your buying decisions.

ALTERNATIVE / Independant Comics;

We have managed to sell to Book Reading Crowd (normally Non-Comic Collectors), quite a lot of ALTERNATE COMICS from POPULAR MEDIA, at a much faster Rate than to Comic Collectors, including; (Doc Savage, Shadow, MOST HORROR, Aliens, Predator, Star Wars, Crow, Vampires, Werewolf, Zombies, Anne Rice, H.P. Lovecraft, Adult, Underground, Planet of the Apes, Green Hornet, Westerns, Vietnam War, WW2, Animated Cartoons, Bone, Buffy, Classics, Religious, all EC Reprints, Indiana Jones, Elric, Phantom, Sherlock Holmes, 1990's Robotech, James Bond, Personality, Simpsons,

Top Comic Artists, much TV related, Tarzan, Robert E Howard, Movie adaptions, SF & Other Author Book adaptions, Comic Strips, Dick Tracy, etc); These buyers appreciate them for what they are, Good Reading & are not particularly concerned about condition.

Comic Collector's are fascinated with all 1980 and Older Comics, including; Ground-Level Comics, Underground comics, Ditto-Zines & Fanzines. Most of these have small Print Runs & are never seen by the average collector. When you add to that the challenge of Locating these scarce & Cool items, & at still reasonable Price Levels, it is easy to see why many fans get hooked. These sell in any & all grades, with most attempts at Price Guides being futile, as pure Supply & Demand is the rule. Record Prices & demand continue for the best known of the Investment Alternate comics (at 150-300% Guide), including; Albedo #1,2, Cerebus #1-21, Elflord (Nightwind; 1980-82) #1-15, Orb #1, TMNT #1, etc.

We have over 50,000 Different Independent Comics from the 1980-2006 Era in stock, surely the biggest selection anywhere, with well over 1/3 Not listed in the Overstreet GUIDE. Probably only about 10% of them were Overprinted, biving the False impression that they are all Common & Worthless. Millions of these COMICS were DUMPED in BARGAIN BINS & many are no longer common in HIGH GRADE, because of Over Handling. Many had small Print Runs of only 1000-5000 Copies, making them among the Scarcest comics of the last 30 Years. Yet about 95% can be had for under $5.00;

So if you want an affordable area to collect, with endless Variety & lots of Surprises, this is for you.

Some of the Bestsellers (at 120-175% GUIDE), include; Alien Encounters, Aliens (1988 mini), Alien Worlds, all Alan Moore titles, Armour, Army of Darkness($20 ea), Berni Wrightson Master of Macabre, Big Apple, Blackthorne, 3-D Zone & other 3-D comics (GI Joe, Star Wars, Transformers, Harvey, TV etc), Blazing Combat (apple), Blood of Dracula(Wrightson issues), Bone, Cody Starbuck(1978), 1980's Continuity Comics (Adams, etc), Cobalt Blue(1977), Crow #1-3, Critters #1-5, 48-50(Scarce), Crow(1st series), Crusaders #1(Southern Knights), Deadworld, Dick Tracy (Blackthorne) #71-99, Dick Tracy Ruben Award series, Echo of Futurepast, Eddie Campbell's Bacchus, Eightball, Elfquest, Fantasy Quarterly #1, Faust, Femforce, Flaming Carrot #1-5, Galaxia, Gasm, Gobbledygook (1984), Grendel (comico), Hate, Hobbit, Hot Stuf (Sal Q), How to Draw series (Transformers & GI Joe), Imagine(Star Reach), John Byrn'e Next Men #21, Judge Dredd, Justice Machine (Noble) #1-3 & Annual #1, Leather & Lace, Lone Wolf & Cub #1,41-45; Love & Rockets #1-20, Macross #1(1984), Mage (1984) #1-7, Magnus #1-12, Magazine #1-4, Mr. A series (Ditko), Miracleman #11-24 (Red Hot), Nexus (Capital) #1-3, Ninja High School (1986/87), Nucleus, Oktoberfest, Omaha Cat Dancer, Omen (Vigil), ORB , all Paragon Pub (Pre-1982 titles, Femzine etc), Phantacea, Planet of the Apes(all), Power Comics(1970's), Primer (Comico), Quadrant, Quack(Star Reach), Rai #1-10, Rock Comics (Adams-a), Solar 1-10, Spirit, Star Reach, Tales to Terrible to Tell(Hot & Scarce), Tank Girl, Tarzan(all), Tick, Transit, Twisted Tales, Uncensored Mouse, Untamed Love, Usagi Yojimbo 1-5, Vortex, Wally Wood's Thunder Agents, Weird Romance, World of Wood, Xenozoic Tales, Yummy Fur, Zen (1987), Zot & more;;

ARCHIE comics;

We have a Giant selection of 35,000 Archie Comics & 10,000 Digests, thus they are a specialty & one of our bestsellers. Since there are so many to choose from, collectors have seemed focused on their favorite characters, and/or anything that could be considered a KEY issue. (Including; Giants, #100's, LAST issues, X-Over's, Monster covers, Origin's, all 1980's appearances of Cheryl Blossom/Josie/Sabrina, etc); The High Grade collector's mainly seem interested in Betty & Veronica, Red Circle Horror and KEY issues, but as most of these are scarce in better than VF, so we mainly had & sold only 1980's & Newer issues in 9.0 or Better; The only exception was the Archie DIGESTS of the 1974-1985 Era, as we bought & sold over 100 High Grade 9.0-9.6 copies from the MANITOBA Collection at 125-300% Guide; Most buyers were just happy to find someone who had what they needed in ANY grade, thus we sold mainly G thru FN copies all thru the year. Archie's Betty & Veronica was by far the best seller, with #1-30, 320-347 being HOT sellers & very hard to keep in stock. B&V #320(1st Cheryl Blossom) is the #1 most requested Archie & when we can locate it at all it is worth, 200% Guide; 1950 and Older Golden Age Archie's are in very Low Supply & have Big Demand, bringing 120-150% Guide; 1951-1960 Archie's are even getting Scarcer as more disappear into permanent collections. It is getting more commonplace for overgraded Scarce & KEY issue Archies to sell on EBAY for 150-300% Guide in actual Grade, especially on Lower Graded & more affordable copies. All DAN DeCARLO art comics are in high demand, including all his Non-Archie comics & even his Adult Cartoon Digests.

With the last TMNT movie came an Unexpected demand for the Archie comics, but NOT the the Mirage Pub. ones. Presumably it is because the Archie editions had widespread newsstand distribution. The 1988-1990 Titles are mostly stiil relatively common, but the 1991 up issues are Scarce. TMNT Adventures #50-72, Specials #6-10 & Digests, all had Low print runs & are now quite scarce, are suddenly in BIG demand bringing 200-400% guide, with virtually every dealers everywhere sold out (#72 in VF/NM brings $30); The Mighty Mutant Animals in TMNT Adventures are extra Hot (1st app in #19, and #51-54); The Mighty Mutant Animals (4/1992-6/1993) is a HOT title (Current VF/NM values are = #1=$6; #2-4=$4; #5-7=$6; #8=$8; #9=$12); TMNT Adventures Special (1992-1994) is a HOT title (Current VF/NM values are = #12,4-6=$6; #7-9=$12; #10=$20); TMNT MUTANT UNIVERSE SOURCEBOOK is a HOT title (Current VF/NM values are = #1,2=$10; Update=$15);

>>> This Years Bestsellers include (with Percentage of Guide they sell at in brackets); ARCHIE Comics #1-100(120-150%), 300,322,326,400,429(125-150%), ARCHIE ALL-STAR SPECIAL - SERIES; (Winter/1975; 164 Pages, 4 different = 200%), Archie as Pureheart(120%), Archie at Riverdale High (Early Appearances of CHERYL BLOSSOM = 89,90,92,96,99,103 = 150%), 113(200%), Archie Giant #26, 32(150%), Archie Giant series (B&V, Josie & Sabrina issues = 125-150%), Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica #1-30(125-150%), 31-200(120-135%), (#320-322,327,328 Cheryl Blossom = 200%), Archie & Big Ethyl(150%), Archie & Mr Weatherbee(150%), Archie's Circus(200%), Archie's Date Book(150%), Archie's Festival(150%), Archie's Roller Coaster(200%), Archie's Roller Sports Scene (200%), Christmas with Archie (Giant; Spire Edition 250%), Archie's Jokebook #44-48(Neal Adams = 125-135%), 288(200%), Archie's Madhouse [ #22(150%), Sabrina issues(125-135%)], Archie's Mechanics(135%), Archie's Pal Jughead #79(Creature-c 150%), #77,78,80-82,85,86,88(125-135%), Archie's Pals N Gals #1-20(125%), #23(1st Josie = 200%), #29(Beatles 150%), #161(1st Cheryl Blossom Solo 200%), Archie's Ten Issue Collectors Set #1-10(Giveaway 125-150%), Archie's TV Laughout #1-23(125%), 91(200%), 92-106(120-150%), Betty & Me #1-10(125%), 16(200%), 23(150%), 40(125%), 79-86(125%), 200(150%), Black Hood(1983 = 150%), Cartoon Network presents SPACE GHOST #1(200%), Cheryl Blossom Mini-Series (13 issues total from 1995-1996 = 150-200%), Chilling Adv in Sorcery(150%), Christmas with Archie Treasury(200%), Cosmo the Merry Martian(125%), Flintstones #1-10(150%), 11-22(200%), FLY (1983-84 = 150%), HORROR /Science Fiction Covers issues (Circa 1962 = 125-135%), Ginger(120-135%), Hanna-Barbera All Stars(200%), Hanna-Barbera Presents(200%), Jetsons(200%), Josie #1(150%), 2-20(125%), 45(150%), 46-74(125-150%), 100-106(150%), JCP Presents Thunder Agents (200%), Jughead #325(Cheryl Blossom = 300%), 352(200%), Jughead as Capt Hero(125%), Jughead's Folly #1(1st ELVIS in comics 125%), Jughead Soul Food(150%), Katy Keene(1983-1990 = 150%), Laugh Comics #20-168(120-150%), Life with Archie #1-20, 45-66(125%), Little Archie #1-66(125%), Madhouse #95-97(Horror 150%), Mighty Crusaders(1983-85 = 150%), Pep Comics #22-180(120-135%), Red Circel Sorcery(150%), Riverdale Rambling (Archie Fanzine = $5-12 ea), Sabrina #1-17, 71-77 (135-150%), Scooby Doo(200%), SHEILD (1983-84 = 150%); SONIC the Hedgehog #1-50(120-150%), Suzie(120-135%), Tales Calculated to Drive you BATS(120%), That Wilkin Boy(150%), Thunder Agents (Archie; 150%), WHIZ KIDS (Archie & Radio Shack $5 ea), Wilbur (Katy Keene #5-56,58-69 & DeCarlo art in later issues = 120%);

ATLAS / Marvel;

We had a lot of requests for the Pre-Marvel Horror / SF Prototype issues & have virtually Sold Out (120-135% Guide); Millie the Model #18-93(Dan DeCarlo) were in huge demand & we nearly sold out (125-150% Guide); All the Western Titles sold well, but especially those that became Marvel (Gunsmoke Western, Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid, Ringo Kid, Two Gun Kid) at 110-125% Guide; We sold every $50 & Under Atlas in stock that had Dan DeCarlo art (120-135% Guide); The most popular Genre & Bestseller this year was all the Teenage Titles at 125-150% Guide, including; Cindy, Frankie, Georgie, Hedy DeVine, Jeannie, Kathy, Linda Carter, Millie the Model (all Titles), Miss America, Mitzi, My Friend Irma, Nellie the Nurse, Patsy Walker (all Titles), Tessie the Typist, Teen & Wendy Parker; All Horror / SF & War Titles were steady sellers (115-125% Guide); The other Genres sold slower (but still better than many other publishers of same vintage) thru the year, (at 100-120% Guide), including; Crime/Mystery, Funny Animal, Humor /Parody, Romance, Sports, Spy Titles.

ATLAS / Seaboard;

We sold more 9.0 & up High Grade copies this year, than any other, mainly from the Manitoba collection (125-200%+ Guide); There are 61 different Color Comics from this publisher & they are one of the most sought of all publishers for Bronze Age Completionists, as the number is so finite & they are historically interesting. VICKI is by far the toughest of the Color Comics to find, especially the low print #3,4. The titles with Art by Adams, Chaykin, Ditko, Toth, Wood, & Wrightson sold fastest as usual. We sold a lot of G-FN copies also (125-150% Guide); Most also pick of the 6 Comics Related mags; DEVILINA, THRILLING ADVENTURE & WEIRD TALES OF THE MACABRE sold in all grades, with the scarcer #2's at 150% Guide, and #1's at 125% Guide; Getting a complete set of the 7 Non-Comic B&W Magazines is a great Challenge; MY SECRETS #1(2/1975) is very rare, we sold a G/VG copy for $50; Sea Monsters #1(1976) is Rare(VG $50); MOVIE MONSTERS are harder to find #1(VF$30; FN$20; VG$14); #2-4(VF=$40; FN$30; VG$20); Gothic Romances #1 is rare in any Grade & sells instantly in the 300% Guide range;


BRITISH / UK Comics; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #38];

WARRIOR (1982-85; Bolland, Bolton, Alan Davis, Gibbons Alan Moore, Morrison, with Marvelman / Miracleman) are in demand at $8-25 each; The classic 2000 AD weekly (Bisley, Bolland, Dan Dare, Dillon, Alan Davis, Fabry, Gibbons, Grant, Alan Moore, Nemesis, JUDGE DREDD, Robo-Hunter, Rogue Trooper, Slaine, Stronium Dog, Stainless Steel Rat, Bryan Talbot, & more) is a must for UK collectors, but little known in the USA; (#2 features the 1st app of Judge Dredd & sells for $200-1000); We sold several 100 UK War comic digests (Battle Picture Library, Commando, & War Picture Library, etc) contain all original UK material (excellent reading & art for WAR Comic Fans) at; (1950's/60's = $6-$20 and 1970's-1980's = $2-$6 each) The HORROR comics by Alan Class, Miller & others, are among our bestsellers. They are B&W Squarebound giants (60-100 pages featuring Vintage USA Horror & SF titles from; Atlas/Marvel, Archie, ACG, Charlton, DC,etc); Alan Class 1950's-1980's sell for $7-$12, with early issues higher. Miller issues from 1960's sell at $12-$30 each ; The Vinatge All-British New material weekly comics (Beano, Dandy, etc) of the 1937-1950's, are totally Alien products to American's, yet they set World Record prices each year in the UK (With #1's often over $5000 each). The British Hardcover Annuals of 1950's thru 1990's are scarce in the USA; They have many Major characters of the period, including USA & UK; Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Cartoons, Hanna-Barbera, Walt Disney, TV Series, Cowboys & Westerns, Music Stars. They are packed with Great covers, Comics, Art, Text stories, photo's, puzzles & Games, much of it is new material not seen in USA. (1976-1990 at $12-$25 ea; 1950-1975 at $20-$50 each); The 1950's DC & Superman Annuals are Scarce to RARE & can command $50 to $200+; We have one of the World's biggest selections of UK Marvel, with over 10,000 in stock (1966-1990; $3-$12 ea); Plus we have about 1000 Marvel "POCKET BOOK" comics DIGESTS from the 1980-1982 era ($5-$10 ea); We have 1000+ British DC Realted Comics. The Bestselling Characters & Artists include; Action Force (GI JOE), Avengers, Batman, Captain Britian, Dr Who, Hulk, Planet of the Apes, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Superman, Transformers, Wonder Woman, X-Men, Adams, Bolland, Byrne, Grant, Kirby, Miller, Alan Moore, Perez, Starlin, Bryan Talbot, & others; Terry Austin, Alam Moore, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Starlin & did original work in the 1970's UK Marvel never seen in the USA.

CANADIAN Comics; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #38];

The rare Golden Age Original Material "Canadian White" Comics were basically non existant on the market this year & in Huge Demand. When they do appear the Average Current Value for NON-Key issue is; (FN=$150; VG=$100; G=$65); The Pre-1947 Canadian Whites of Fawcett (Capt Marvel, Grand Slam, Three Aces, Wow, etc) were re-drawn be Canadian artists, are Still in High demand (Average Value for NON Key issues is; FN=$100; VG=$75 and G=$50); Thiumph (Nelvana of the Northern Lights), Doc Stearne / Mr Monster, Johnny Canuck, & Men of the Mounted issues bring 200% or More of the Above Prices, with KEY issue even higher. Vintage Canadian Variant Editions of 1940's & early 1950's USA comics, are 10-50 Times Scarcer than the USA editions. (Issues with same page counts bring 80-100% the Value of USA Editions.. Those with less pages than their US counterparts sell for about 60% of their USA equivalents.) Canadian Variant's (mostly 1946-1954) include these Publishers; Archie, Atlas, Avon, Classics, DC, Dell, EC, Fawcett, Fiction House, Lev Gleason, Quality, Timely, Toby, & others. The Canadian CLASSICS illustrated Variants are the most collected & bring the biggest premiums, at 150-300% Guide; Classics #17-20 with BLANK inside covers are Canadian Editions & are perhaps the rarest of all the Variants. (VG copies are worth in the $100-200 each range); The Canadian EC Comics brig about 60% of USA Values, due to poor Printing. the rare EC Variants Weird Suspenstories in FN copies bring $1000+ each; I once owned a Captain America Annual (1942) that was a Canadian Printing, if it surfaced again it would likely be the single most Valuable Canadian Comic (estimated at $10,000+ in VG); We have 3000 Canadian French Language comics in Stock (Archie, DC & Marvel from the late 1966-1990) = they had small print runs of 2000-10,000 each, & smaller survival rates, making these desirable & Collectible (Most at $3-$10 each) The New material French language Comic Digests (1950-1970's, Adventure, Jungle, Romance, Western, War) sell at $3-$7 each. & the well known Character Titles bring $5-$12 each; The 1970-1982 Era French HORROR Comic Digests (Italian Reprints & New French Material) are RARE & are the best sellers of them all ate $10-$25 each (These are full of NUDITY, Violence, Bondage, Torture & more, and most have great Covers); Many Canadian Comic Completionists interested in getting one each of everything printed from 1961-2006. (1/3 or more of what exists in this Era were Giveaways ). EXISTING EARTH #1 is Hot (1987; 1500 Copies Printed; Art by BRENT L. BUTT, of TV's Corner Gas); Canadian artist Owen McCarron is a CULT figure among collectors (Puzzle Books; Marvel Fun & Games comic, Fireside Marvel Fun & Game books, Marvel Tempo puzzles books, Binkly and Doinkel, Spidey Super Stories #29,42,43, Ghost Rider #28 & Super Villian Teamup #8);

. Captain Canuck #1(7/1975) Has one CGC graded copy in 10.0 and one in 9.9; (seller of 10.0 copy wants $5000); I sold several copies of the original oversized #4 (2/1977; 1st Print) in the VG-VF range at $50-$100 each; I still have never seen in person a rare #4 (2/1977; 2nd Print), but seen it sell at 400-600% Guide. Captain Canuck has appeared Twice on the cover of TIME magazine ($10 ea) . >> Comely confirmed Small print Runs for Captain Canuck Re-Born (1993/1994); #0(English = 90,000 Copies), #0(French = 6000), #1(47,000 Newsstand GREEN-c); #1(40,000 bagged gold-c); #1(French = 6000); #2(30,000), #3(8,000 Copies = $25+), All are in big demand & very hard to restock; 99% of all Capt Canuck 1975-81 Original Art was donated to Canada's National Archives, thus the few left command high prices. CAPT. CANUCK #15 is already impossible to find & brings $75-100; (a Limited 2nd Printing might get published one day);

CHARLTON;

With our 35,000 Charlton Comics, we have the world's biggest selection, thus we always do well with them. These comics sell well in all grades, but easily 85% of sales are in the G to FN/VF condition ranges, mainly because most are tough in VF or better. We sold over 100 issues from the MANITOBA collection (Almost entirely Horror & SF) in 9.0-9.6 Grades at 125-200%+ Guide; In addition we sold a lot of Horro/SF & Superher/Hero comics in VF or Better; The other Genre's actually sell better in FN or Lower. The Hanna-Barbera titles were easily the bestsellers in Mid to Lower grades, followed by the TV Realted titles. All 1960 and Older Titles were way up in demand, but especially the more Obscure titles. By far the most popular HERO title was the PHANTOM, especially #67-74(Don Newton art issues); Hercules & other titles with Jim APARO art are up in demand. This year was notable in that we had far more buyers filling in sets, rather than KEY issue Buyers. Collectors who enjoy the hard to find & unusual, love the Charlton Magazines & Oddd related items, including; Adult Cartoon Titles(Cartoon Carnival, Comedy Capers, Good Humor, 150 Cartoons), Charlton Bullseye, Charlton / Xerox Comic Digests(12+ Different), CPL (Fanzine), Horror Monsters, Mad Monsters, Monsters Attack, SICK mag, & other Non-Comic Mags by Charlton(True Western, Romance, Movie/TV, Puzzle, etc);

Our Bestsellers (at 120% to 150% GUIDE) included; Most 1950-1970 WAR Comics, Abbott & Costello, Barney & Betty, Beetle Bailey, Beyond the Grave, Bionic Woman, Blondie, Blue Beetle, Bobby Sherman, Bugaloos, Bullwinkle, Capt Atom, Charlton Bullseye (Comic & Mag), Charlton Premiere, Cheyenne Kid, Cowboy Western, David Cassidy, Dino, Doomsday + 1 (Byrne), Dudley Do-Right, EH, E-Man, Emergency, Flash Gordon, Flintstones, Ghostly Haunts, Ghostly Tales, Ghost Manor, Go-Go, Gorgo, Great Gazoo, Gunfighters, Hanna Barbera Parade, Haunted, Haunted Love, Hercules(Hot), Hong Hong Phooey, Huckleberry Hound, Jetsons, Judo Master, Jungle Jim, Jungle Tales of Tarzan, Kid Montana, Konga, Korg, Magilla Gorilla, Many Ghosts of Dr Graves, Masked raider, Midnight Tales, Monster Hunters, Mysterious Suspense, Outer Space, Outlaws of the West, Partridge Family, Pebbles, Phantom, Ponytail, Popeye, Primus, Ronald McDonald, Quick Draw McGraw, Reptisaurus, Ronald McDonald, Sarge Steel, Scary Tales, Scooby Doo, Six Million Dollar Man, Soap Opera Love/Romances, Son of Vulcan, Space Adv, Space 1999, Space War, Speed Buggy, Static, Strange Suspense, Thane, Thunderbolt, Top Cat, Underdog, Unusual Tales, Valley of Dinosaurs, Vengeance Squad, War, Wheelie & Chopper Bunch, Wyatt Earp, Yang, Yogi Bear.

CHRISTIAN & RELIGIOUS Comics;

We sell a lot of Religious comics, because we have the biggest selection around; The SPIRE titles are by far the most collected of the Genre. The 19 Archie Titles & they are always in the Highest demand at 125-150% Guide. SCARCE Archie Spires titles (200% + Guide) include; Archie & Mr. Weatherbee, Archie's Circus, Archie's Date Book, Archie's Festival, Archie's Roller Coaster, Archie's Sports Scene & Christmas with Archie. There are about 38 Non-Archie Spire titles & many completionists that want them all (at 125-150% Guide). Spire comics are typically found in G or VG condition, with FN copies being uncommon & VF or better copies being scarce. The Bestsellers (at 150-200% guide) are; HANSI the Girl who loved the Swastika, Hello I'm Johnny Cash, & Tom Landy & Dallas Cowboys. The Barney Bear Series (9 diff) is acually quite hard to put together; Sunday Pix (David C Cook) are good sellers, 1955 Up are uncommon; 1949-1954 are Scarce, the low prices make them sell fast. With over 700 issues in this series (one of the biggest titles in comics history), the set is nearly impossible to complete. The David C Cook Comics Mass Market Paperback SERIES (1970's) are in demand, (at $6-$12 each) including; Picture Bible, Jesus & Early Church, Christian Familt Classics, Tullus in Ancient Roman Empire; TOPIX (Catechetical Guild, thus related to Classics) had over 150 different issues, yet ther are almost ZERO copies for sale on the market & sell fast at 150% Guide. BOY'S LIFE Magazine is Classics illustrated related, has Boy Scout & Christian Theme's & Includes COMICS. The 5 issue Gilberton Pub series Best from Boys Life collects some of these stories. CRUSADERS #1-17 art by Jack T. Chic, feature superb art, along with in your face, fire & brimstone type messages, loaded with religious propaganda(125% Guide). Jack T. Chic "Tracks" mini comics (over 75 dfferent, not listed in guide) sell $1-$3 each, with Scarce titles at $10-25+; Treasure Chest is also one of the biggest titles in comics history (500+ Issues). Many fans come to us to fill holes in their sets, most in G-FN copies; Volume 1-10 (1946-1955) and Volume 26-27(1971-1972) are the best sellers at 125-150% Guide, (others 110-125% Guide); Many fans are trying to complete their favorite serialized stories & we try to help. Life of POPE John Paul-II #1 is the bestselling of all Christian comics at 200-300% Guide; Other consistant DC & Marvel sellers include Easter Story, Francis Brother of the Universe #1, Life of Christ, Limited Collectors Edition C-36 (Bible), Mother Theresa & Life of Christ, Pilgrims Progress, Screwtape Letters.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED & Related;
This year was the Opposite of Last year, as we sold mostly G-FN Ranges Cheaper editions in the $5-$50 each Price Range. We helped fill in some reading copy runs, with the Scarce issues & issues with Less Printings still being the Usual obstacles. First appearance of New Art & New cover issues were in even higher demand, as they are a different type of Original. Many collectors are just as satisfied with any printings, but want both the Old & New cover & Art editions. Canadian Variant Editions (NOT in Guide) of #1-74 are in high demand, especially those with new illustrated Text stories that do not appear in US editions (150-400% of Equivalent USA Ed); ** The Scarcer CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED JUNIOR
issues are; #506, 514, 525-529, 532-534, 537,540,542,543,547,553,555, 556,558-565,568,571-573,575-577 (FA-VG = 200-300% Guide; FN-VF = 150-200% Guide); ** In constant demand are all the Scarcer issues of CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED (in any printing & in all Grades = 120-150% Guide) #8,14,20,21,33,40,43,44,53,66,71,73,74,84,110,113-118,129,161-169. ** Once they finish their main sets, many Buyers then go out to complete; World Around Us, Classics Special Issue, Classics Junior, Famous Authors, Picture Progress, Boys Life, etc. I do well with & Carry a Large Selection of Non-Gilberton CLASSICS Related Items, including; Berklet/First Classics #1-27(#14up = Low Print & Scarcer), Marvel Classics 1-36, MOBY Books BLB Classics (36 Diff), Pocket Classics (72 diff), Clasicos Infantiles (Mexican Juniors), Jack Lake (30+ Diff, Modern Junior-r), King Classics, Golden Legacy, Golden Picture Classics, Power Records, Tele-Guide, Marvel-UK Digests, Acclaim Classics, & More; The UK Classics Illustrated with All-New Stories & Covers never seen in USA are in very high demand in the $25-$150 each range (#158A James Bond Dr No brings $500 in High Grade & became DC's Showcase #43);

COMIC DIGESTS;

We have about 15,000 Comic Digests in stock, thus are the #1 destination for fans who want to complete sets. Over 85% of what we sold this year were in the G to FN/VF conditions ranges, going to fans trying to complete various sets. Most of the Pre-1994 Comics Digests were never bagged, as nothing was commonly available to collected, thus Rubbing & Handling Wear is present on almost all still existing copies. High Grade begins at VF 8.0 on Pre-1995 Comic Digests. Most sets are Tough to assemble in even VF, never mind VF/NM 9.0 or Better. Most Digests have zero copies graded by CGC, with even the most popular issues have on 1-3 copies each slabbed. In the last 5 Years, we managed to buy several collections, especially those from the Manitoba Collection & we have sold over 300 in strict 9.0 or Better. But now all thje sources have dried up & we will again find it tough to stock even VF or better copies.

The rare Rare Charlton / Xerox Comic Digests Bring 200-300% Guide, including; Barney & Betty, Bugs Bunny, Dino, Flinstones, Jetsons, Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, Road Runner, Scooby Doo, Space: 1999, Tweety & Slyvester, Woody Woodpecker & Yogi Bear; The Marvel Digests are often requested in High Grade, but sell in all grades (135-175% Guide) including; Alf, Dennis, GI Joe, Haunt of Horror, Spider-Man, Star & Transformers. The DC Digests are MOST requested in High Grade, but sell in all grades (125-150% Guide) including; Adventure #491-503, Best of DC #1-71(with 41-71 low print), DC Special Blue Ribbon #1-24, DC Special Series #18,19,23,24, Jonah Hex & other Western Tales 1-3, Tarzan Digest #1; The 1979 Skylark Digests of Doc Savage & Stories from the Twilight Zone are scarce & sell instantly at 200% Guide; Dennis the Menace Pocket Full of Fun #1-50 & Dennis & His Friends #38-46 Digests are undervalued & getting scarcer (150-200% Guide); The Gold Key Comic Digests started it all, with the 1960's issues being the most desirable of all Digests (Golden, Mystery, Walt Disney, plus the even scarcer Story Digests of Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Ripleys, Tarzan), they are always regular Bestsellers (at 125%-150% Guide in ANY grade). High Grade 9.0 & Better GK digests are nearly Non-Existant. .

The Harvey Digests were in big demand; (1977-1985 = 120-135% Guide; 1986-1993= 150-500% Guide); ** These Harvey Digests had Low Print Runs, are Extra Scarce, Dealers are Sold out everywhere & on are on most wantlists (Bring 200-500% Guide in ANY grade); Casper Adventure Digest #6-8, Casper Digest (10/1986-1991) #11-18, Casper Digest (V2; 9/1991-11/1994) #6-14, Casper Enchanted Tales #6-10, Harvey Wiseguys #3,4, Hot Stuff Digest #2-5, Million Dollar Digest(11/1986-11/1994) #11-34, New Kids on the Block Digest #1-5, Richie Rich Adventure Digest #4-7, Richie Rich Digest (10/1986-10/1994) #11-42, Richie Rich Digest Stories #11-17, Richie Rich Digest Winners #11-16, Richie Rich Gold Nuggets #1-4, Richie Rich Million Dollar Digest #6-10, Richie Rich Money World Digest #1-8, Richie Rich Digest (11/1977-8/1982) #7-9, Wendy Digest #2-5;

DC COMICS;
For the Silver, Bronze Age & on, BATMAN is seen as the main character to buy from DC. Perhaps only in the Golden Age does Superman become more important to collectors. Especially in the Bronze Age, we see 2-3 Times the demand for Batman over Superman. Wonder Woman is hands down the most important female superhero of all-time. JLA & JSA are incredibly popular teams, & along with the 3 previous character, they form the backbone of collectible DC Comics. It is hard to recall that in the 1981-1985 period, that all the above were all slower sellers & had smaller print runs, because Marvel dominated the marketplace. If you check around, you will find no one is heavily stocked on the above in the 1981-1986 era. Perhaps inspired by the success of the New X-Men, Perez's New Teen Titans hit the market in late 1980 & became a bestseller. CRISIS hit the market in 1986 to Re-Vamp the entire roster at DC comics, perhaps the best move they ever made. The Man of Steel 6 issue Mini series in 1986 turned Superman back into the Top Seller it should have always been. Frank Miller blew away fans & breathed new life into BATMAN in Dark Knight Returns in 1986; The 1987 Justice League series, was the starting point for entrenching their popularity near the top. Perez's 1987 Wonder Woman series finally restored her to Glory. The 1986 Secret Origins series, features all-new Post-Crisis Origins for most of the main characters. The 1989 Batman Movie blew it into the Stratosphere. [Most 1989-1990 Batman comics are overprinted] All these 1985 & Newer comics form most of the important DC comics that started the COPPER AGE of comics. [the Oversteet Guide Glossary now officially defines the Bronze Age as 1970-1984]; The above 1985-1989 Era are good long-term investments in STRICT 9.0 or Better. But take note, that the lower Print Run 1981-1985 era books might outperform them.

Many fans are assembling sets of DC's with Neal Adams covers. The TOMAHAWK's with Adams covers remain the most elusive in high grades. If you check the CGC Census, you will see only 1-3 copies each exist in 9.0 or better. CGC 9.4 copies would easily bring $500 each, with #116 (the 1st & most wanted issue) probably worth closer to $1000; Up in demand are the classic 1960's by NICK CARDY, thus Aquaman & Batlash are a bit up in demand. But the most requested Cardy covers are the Teen Titans issues & Romance comics. [High Grade CGC copies are still rare];

DC Comics seem to attract more Readers than Marvel, thus they sell well in all grades. Perhaps it is simply because there are usually more than double the Marvel Comics in Dealer Inventories as compared to DC. There most certainly is a lot of demand for High Grade copies, but Lower Grades are perhaps even more popular, as most buyers seemed to be filling in runs this year, rather than just chasing KEY issues. Silver & Bronze Age DC have far LESS copies, and are also much Scarcer in High Grades, as compared to their Marvel counterparts, yet on average, the Marvels are far more expensive. The sales of NEW Comics from DC often Rival & Surpass the new Marvel's, thus the 1960's-1970's DC seem to be a relative bargain. This year we sold over 700 Raw High Grade "MANITOBA collection" comics in the 9.0 to 9.8 range from the 1975-1985 Era at 125-300% GUIDE. DC War Comics were the most requested & Bestsellers in High Grade (DC Horror would have rivaled them, if we had not previously sold most of the HG Manitoba copies); High Grade collectors have started realizing that 1960's DC Comics are quite scarce in even VF & i have noticed a sharp increase in sales of VF range copies. Oddball comics sold better than the last 3 years at 120-135% guide, (Mostly in G-FN grades), including; Amazing World of DC, Cartoon/Humor, Digests, Fanzines, Fireside Books, Giveaways, Magazines, Paperbacks, Posters, Promo items, Romance, Teenage, Treasuries, TV, War & Western. All DC Horror title war again Top Sellers in all grades, especially 1968-1974 era, Giants, Neal Adams & Wrightson art issues. DC Horror & War comics have been getting harder to re-stock, as supplies continue to dry up.

The Bestsellers for us this year (at 110% to 135% GUIDE) included; Action #252-300, 347, 360, 373(Giants), 377-392(Legion), 401-440, Adventure #267-320, 381-400, 428-440, 459-467, 461-466, 491-503, All American Men of War #82-117, All New Collectors Edition C-54-56,58, All-Out War, All Star Comics 58-74, Aquaman #50-52, All-Star Comics #59-74, All-Star Western #1-11, Amazing World of DC #1-4, 9,1 4-17, Bat Lash, Batman #121-429, Batman Family 11-20; Best of DC Digest 1-71, Black Magic, Blitzkreig, Brave & Bold #59-200, Challengers 74, Crisis #1-12, Dark Mansion 1-4, DC Comics Presents #1,2,26,47, 56, 77, 78, 85-88, 94, 97 & Annual #1, DC 100 Page Super Spectacular #4-22, DC Special #2-4,6,11,28,29, DC Special Series #1,3-13,15,16,18-24,27, DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest 1-24, DC Superstars #17, Detective #311, 318, 325, 327,328,355,359,362-364,369-372,385,387, 389,391,392, 394-495, Doorway to Nightmare, 1st Issue Special #1,3,5,7-9,12,13, Flash #105-130, 201-250, 275-313, 340- 350, Flex Mentallo, Fox & Crow, Freedom Fighters, Ghosts #1-40, GI Combat #66-68,83,87-154,200-210, Girls Love #84-180, Girls Romances #81-160, Green Lantern (1960-1986) #40,45,59,61,76-123, 181-200, Heart Throbs #75-146, Hot Wheels, House of Mystery #174-259, 291-300,321, House of Secrets #81-154, Isis 1-8, Joker 1-9, Jonah Hex #1-20, 81-92 & Digest 1-3, Justice League of America #91-261, Kamandi #50-59, Legion #259-300, Limited Collectors Edition C#23-25,32-34,37,39,41,43-46,48-52,57, Men of War, Our Army at War #83-301, Our Fighting Forces 123-162, Plop 1-5, 21-24, New Teen Titans #1-20, Real Screen, Our Army at War #83-250, Our Fighting Forces #123-181, Phantom Stranger #1-41, Rima #1-7, Secret Society of Super-Villians 1-15, Secrets of Haunted House 1-20,41,44, Sgt Rock #302-350, 400-422, Shazam #1,8,12-17, 25-35, Showcase #55,57,60,61,64,70,79-81,83,84, 97-99, Sinister House #1-4, Spectre 1-5, 9, Star Spangled War #84-183, Strange Adv #205-236, Superboy #80-100, 197-245, Super DC Giant #S-13 thru S-26, Super Friends #1-20, Supergirl (1972) #1-10, Superman #150-200, 233-300, 400-423, Superman's GF Lois Lane #79-137, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #100-150, Superman Family #164-190, Swamp Thing (1982) #20-40, Tales of New Teen Titans #42-44 & Annual #3, Tarzan #207-258, Tarzan Family, Teen Titans (1966) #1-25, 46-53, Time Masters #1-8, Time Warp, Tomahawk #116-119,121,123-130, Unexpected #105-162, Unknown Soldier #205-219,248-268, V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Warlord #1-10, 37-50, Weird Mystery #1-10, Weird War #1-30, 64, 68, 93-101, Weird Western #12-39, Weird Worlds, Witching Hour #1-85, Wonder Woman (1942-86) #51-130, 171-220, 267-329, Wonder Woman (1987-Date) #51-63, 85-96, 120-200, World's Finest #81-120, 169,173-179, 198-212, 244-282, 320-323, Young Love #39-126, Young Romance #125-208;

DELL;

We have a large selection of 20,000+ Dell comics, thus they always do very well for us. Tarzan comics were the #1 Dell/GK seller of the year, followed not far behind by TUROK. TV Comics & Western Comics were the next most requested this time around. Those with PHOTO covers sell fastest. Next most popular were Animated Titles from TV Cartoons, especially those from Hanna-Barbera. After a period of being moderate to slow, the Movie Classics have again picked up in demand, especially those with PHOTO's Covers, Horror/SF theme's, Good Art (Manning, Toth, etc), or John Wayne appearances. Newspaper Strip Reprint Titles have slowed again in sales. Over 90% of Dell Buyers purchased G-FN copies; FN/VF and Better copies were Slow sellers. The GUIDE is low on G-FN copies, and at the same time high on VF to NM- copies. The wide Condition/Price Spread that works for superhero comics, just does not work as well on other Comic Genre's & especially with Dell.

Most investor's do not think of Dell, when looking for their High Grade investments, except perhaps the KEY issues. Easily over 50% of the Pre-1970 Comics we sell to Overseas customers, are Dell Comics.

>> The Bestselling Titles (115-135% guide for G- FN copies) included; Annie Oakley, Bat Masterson, Beetle Bailey, Ben Bowie, Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Big Valley, Brain Boy,

Brave Eagle, Bugs Bunny, Bullwinkle, Cheyenne, Chilly Willy, Cisco Kid, Colt 45, Combat, Creature, Dick Tracy, Dracula, Felix the Cat, Flintstones, Flying Nun, Flying Saucers, Four Color(Most PHOTO-c), Frankenstein, Fritzi Ritz (with Peanuts), F-Troop, Gene Autry, Get Smart, Ghost Stories, Have Gun Will Travel, Hogans Heroes, Howdy Doody, Huckleberry Hound, I Love Lucy, Indian Cheif, Jetsons,

John Wayne(all), King of Royal Mounted, Kookie, Laramie, Lawman, Leave it to Beaver, Little Lulu, Lone Ranger, Looney Tunes, Maverick, Melvin Monster, Mighty Mouse, Monkees, Movie Classics (Western, SF & Horror), Mummy, Nancy (Stanley-a), Outer Limits, Peanuts, Ponytail, Popeye, Rawhide, Real McCoys, Red Ryder, Ricky Nelson, Rifleman, Roy Rogers, Sea Hunt, Sgt Preston, Smokey Stover, Sugarfoot, Tales of Wells Fargo, TARZAN, Thirteen, Tonto, TUROK, Twilight Zone, Voyage to Bottom of Sea, Western Roundup, Wolfman, Wyatt Earp, Woody Woodpecker, Yogi Bear.

FANZINES, Misc Comic & Cartoon Magazines;
We have a giant selection of 10,000
Different (NON-Marvel/DC), Assorted COMIC & CARTOON Related Magazines, Fanzines & related items. This includes; Adult Cartoon mags, Adult Fantasy mags, Hot Rod & CARToons, Comic Strip Reprints, Comic News Mags, Comics Review Mags, Interview Mags, Publisher & Dealer catalogs, 1960's Ditto (Mimeograph) early Fanzines, Comic Art Mags, Joke Mags, Underground mags, Older Softcover Trade Paperbacks & Graphic Novels, UK/British comics, Small Press Amateur mags, Canadian Mags, Promo mags, Animation mags, Artist profiles, Humor/Satire/Parody Comic Mags, Convention Mags & Books, ADzines, Manga, Promo/Giveaway, Kids/Children's mags, Walt Disney Mags, Comic Newspapers & Tabloids, Comic Price Guide mags, and MORE; I have Bought & Sold literally 100's of items that i have only seen once in the last 40 Years. I really enjoy dealing in ODDBALL items, & they certainly abound among these. These are loaded with early & obscure works of now famous artists, & writers (much never reprinted), plus have in-depth articles pinups covers and art on all the popular characters, thru all the way to totally Obscure & the Very Bad. These can be exciting to collect, as you run across endless things of interest, that most collectors will never see in a lifetime. The majority of these items sell in the $5 to $25 each price Range. Most customers are not overly concerned about condition, most are focused on finding ANY copy of the item of interest.

GIVEAWAY & PROMO Comics;

Giveaway comics are fascinating. Less than 25% of those existing are listed in the GUIDE, but most of the important ones are in fact listed. The Marvel, DC, Popular Character & Popular Artist issues, are just an extension to the collecting the regular series of those titles. Some Promo comics are so rare, that it is not unusual to see them sell for 2 time to 100 times GUIDE prices at auction. Most of those that go for the highest multiples, are the ones NOT listed in the guide & usually involve a highly collectible character, most especially Spider-Man. When you take into account Regional Giveaways, Pamphlets, Flyers, Marvel Shareholder items & Titles with 10 or more Variant Printings, Spider-Man collectors will tell you take under 25% are listed in the guide. If you collect Promo items with Spider-Man on the cover, the number suddenly explodes Ten-Fold into 100's & perhaps 1000's of items. MARVEL & DC related Promo & Ephemera items are in the biggest demand by the fans who love scarcer & oddball items, including these titles; Marvel Age, Marvel Comics Preview (Distributor Ashcan Promo), Marvel Monthly Catalog, Marvel Quarterly Report, Marvel Requirer, Marvel Spotlight (Retailer Promo Giveaway from Marvel, on Slick Paper), Marvel Spotlight (Retailer Promo Giveaway on Newsprint), Mega Marvel & Sales to Astonish, handouts, flyers, displays, posters, advance news items, distributor books, shareholder items, Preview items, insert items, sendaway items, Toy items, Direct Currents(DC), Store & Restaraunt Promo's, & More; Most of these items sell in the $3 to $20 each price ranges, to very active buyers. Supergear Comics (Superman) & Boston Pops’ Biff Bam Pops (Spider-Man) are $500-$1000 items in High Grade, but impossible to find.

There are over 35 Titles of He-Man / Masters of the Universe & over 12 Titles of She-Ra/ Princess of Power mini comics that came with the action figures, if you include variants it might be double that. These are among the most collected Giveaways, (Common titles=$5-$7; Uncommon=$8-$10; Scarce=$12-$18 ea); The DC Comic Booklets from Atari Video Games are in High Demand; Atari Force, Centipede, Swordquest. Super Power Collection (Kenner Color Gum card size Mini Comic; 2-3/4" x 4-1/4") #1-25 are fast sellers (VF $10 ea); March of Comics are top sellers, but can be extremely elusive, I have many customers who have searched for many years for select issues (125-200% Guide);

Literally 1000’s of Non character giveaways, especially Post-1980 titles remain unlisted. Many of these are regional items, which makes them even scarcer. Most collectors collect by; (1) Age; (2) Scarcest; (3) THEME; The most commonly collected themes are; Unknown Superheroes, Politics, Health, Restaurants, Christmas, by Country, Job Related, Environmental, Educational, Substance abuse, Sex Related, Institutional, Cartoon, Science, etc. Our #1 best sellers, are any & all titles published in Canada, as we have many Canadian Comic Completionists, The majority of Promo Comics in the $5-$15 price range, with Scarce & Desirable titles widely varied from $20 to $100 each;

GOLD KEY (NON Disney);

TARZAN was our #1 Bestselling GK (and Dell) this year, with VF or better copies the Most requested, then Reading copies next most requested, finally even Mid-Grade copies moved well, as many people seemed to want to complete their runs. The Scarce Photo Back Cover Variants are selling in all grades (at 125-150% Guide) Including; Avengers(TV) #1, Star Trek 1-3, & Wild Wild West 1-2; Demand for Dark Shadows virtually doubled this year, presumably due to the 40th Anniversary & the release of seasons on DVD. Demand for Dark Shadows paperbacks was even higher.

Whitman Variants of the Gold Key Comics & Digests published from 11/1971 thru 3/1980 sell moderately well at 125-200% of GK issue values. 1968 Canadian Newsstand Variant cover price issues that are still selling to Completionists & Variant collectors (at 115-125% Guide); The 1972-1974 era Gold Key's with 16 Page Bonus Fun Catalogs (Advertising), make the standard 36 page comics into 52 pages ones, with almost none listed in the Guide. These 52pg Fun Catalog issues seem to have a slightly smaller survival rate & tend to be about a grade lower than surrounding issues. it is perhaps time they got identified & had a premium of about 20% added in the Guide.

Demand for High Grade copies was up by almost 50%, with these titles bringing 125-150% Guide (forVF or better copies) including; Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Dr Solar, Grimm's Ghost, Korak, John Carter, Magnus Robot Fighter, Mars Patrol, Mighty Samson, Munsters, Occult Files of Dr Spector, Phantom, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Scooby Doo, Space Family Robinson, Spine Tingling Tales, Star Trek 1-10, Tarzan, Turok & Twilight Zone, Wild Wild West & all Hanna-Barbera #1 & Key issues.

>> These issues are among the Bestsellers (selling in ALL grades at 115-135% Guide), including; Adam-12, Addams Family, Amazing Chan, Auggie Doggie, Banana Splits, Battle of the Planets, Beatles Yellow Submarine, Beetle Bailey, Beneath Planet of Apes, Bullwinkle, Close Shaves of Pauline Peril, Dagar, Dan Curtis (Giveaways) #1-9, Family Affair, Fat Albert, Flash Gordon, Flintstones, Fun-In, Funky Phantom, George of the Jungle, Gold Key Spotlight, Gomer Pyle, Hair Bear Bunch, Hanna-Barbera Bandwagon, Happy Days, H.R. Pufnstuf, Huckleberry Hound, Inspector, Jetsons, Kroft Supershow, Lancelot Link, Land of Giants, Laredo, Lidsville, Little Lulu, Little Monsters, Lone Ranger, Looney Tunes, Lucy Show, Magilla Gorilla, Mighty Mouse, Milton Monster, Mr Ed, Mr & Mrs J Evil Scientist, My Favorite Martian, Nancy & Sluggo, Peanuts, Peter Potomus, Phantom, Pink Panther, Popeye, Quick Draw McGraw, Rifleman, Smokey Bear, Snagglepuss, Snooper & Blabber, Space Ghost, Super TV Heroes, Three Stooges, UFO Flying Saucers, Underdog, Wacky Races, Wacky Witch, Wagon Train, Yakkey Doodle, & Zody the Mod Rob.

HARVEY;

1950's & 1960's Harvey Cartoon comics are among our best sellers in ANY grade, with the biggest problem being trying to re-stock them once sold. The Only Harvey comics that are seem a bit more plentiful are the Richie Rich, Sad Sack & Casper issues from the 1977-1984 Period, otherwise everything else is uncommon to scarce. These comics were Traditionally Not saved by Collectors, thus most copies on the market are "Used" copies from from Childhood days & Readers, so High Grade copies are Scarce to Rare. Most of the Harvey Cartoons have been around longer than the Marvel Superheroes & those generations remembers them well. Completing any of the 50+ issues runs can actually be very difficult, as most dealers have only tiny selections. We have 30,000 Harvey's,

so we help many fans fill in gaps in their sets. High Grade copies are hard to find & continue to bring record prices. We managed to get in a batch of about 75 Sad Sack File Copies from the 1960's in 9.0 to 9.4 and sold over 50% of them within the first week at 150-250% Guide; We also sold over 50 more 1976-1984 Richie Rich comics from the MANITOBA Collection (9.0-9.6 at 150-300% Guide);

The 1988-1994 Hanna-Barbera & Other Harvey Cartoon Titles had Low Print Runs, but at least can be more easily found in VF, they remain undervalued; (VF copies bring $4-$8 ea); The Non-Cartoon Harvey's are actually good solid sellers & often get forgotten. All 1960's comics with a Richie Rich Backup story are more sought, as Collectors with near complete Richie sets, are now moving on to these, thus titles like Mutt & Jeff are up in demand. Scooby Doo is hot from all publishers & the Harvey ones are getting scarcer (Bringing 200% Guide); All Richie Rich issue #1-10's (over 50 Titles of Comics & Digests) sell 50-150% Faster than Later issues. Richie Rich is by far the most important & collected character from this publisher & should be a grat long-term investment for decades to come.

>>> Bestselling titles (at 130-160% Guide) Include; Baby Huey, Blondie (undervalued), Caspers Ghostland, Casper & Nightmare, Dagwood, Devil Kids, Flintstones, Fruitman, Hanna-Barbera Giant Size, Harvey Hits, Hot Stuff, Jetsons, Little Dot, Little Dot's Uncles & Aunts, Little Lotta, Playful Little Audrey, Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, Richie Rich (all 1975 & Older), Sad Sack (all Pre-1965), Spooky, & Stumbo Tinytown, Tuff Ghosts, TV Casper & Co, Underdog, Unearthly Spectacular, Wendy, Yogi Bear. Other Good Sellers (at 115-125% Guide) include; Alarming Tales, Alarming Adv, Astro Comics (Giveaway with 15+ Variations), Black Cat, Blast-Off, Casper the Friendy Ghost, Dick Tracy, Felix the Cat, First Love, First Romance, Friendy Ghost Casper, Joe Palooka, Kerry Drake, Little Max, Man in Black, Mazie, Mutt & Jeff, Richie Rich (all 1976 up), Sad Sack(all 1965 up), Warfront.

IW & SUPER Reprints;

There are a lot of Completionists for these publishers, thus they all sell. About 1/3 are Common, 1/3 are Uncommon, with 1/3 being Scarce to Rare. Our minimum prices is; (G=$4; VG=$7; FN=$10; VF=$18), with better titles sell for about 50-100% Higher. Those who like old cheap books usually buy Reading Copies. Completionists usually prefer the Higher Graded copies. Scarcer titles sell instantly when listed, with many still undervalued in the guide. Many have Pre-Code reprints at much lower prices than the slightly earlier vintage Originals. None of these comics carry the Comics Code, but should have. Superhero, Jungle, Horror/SF, & War titles being the bestsellers Western, Teenage, Humor, Funny Animal & Cartoon & Romance titles are are all moderate sellers. Top Artists including; Cole, Crandall, Davis, DeCarlo, Fine, Frazetta, Heath, Kinstler, Kirby, Krigstein, Powell, Severin, Ward, Wood, & Orhers. Most of these books are 40-50+ Years old, yet Reading copies are only in the $5-$10 range.

LIQUIDITY & Beyond;

The backbone of the Comics Back Issue market is the SUPERHERO comic. In the pre 1970 years it was Golden Age superheroes that transformed Readers into Collectors. From the 1970's to date, it has become the Marvel & DC Silver Age superheroes that dominate the market. Many of us started as younger readers with Cartoon, Archie or other comics & drifted into reading Superheroes. But it is the MARVEL superheroes of the Silver Age in particular & beyond, that have driven the Market to the lofty heights we know today. The growing legends & Universe was a world most of us got hooked on, usually in our pre-teen to teenage years. The quest to read & enjoy more of these classic tales, has made many Readers into lifetime Collectors. As we delve more into the world of comics, many of us tried out other genre's of comics; Horror, SF, Western, War, TV, Cartoon, etc. A very large portion stayed with Superheroes, but perhaps moved to to try & enjoy those of other publishers too. Naturally the GA superheros are the rarest, most valuable & are extremely important. But likley over 90% of today's collectors will never purchase a single GA back issue. MOST of the Comics currently available for sale in DEALER Inventories are MARVEL comics. Well over 50% of the Comics currently available for sale are 1981-2007, about 1/3 are Silver thru Bronze Age, about 15% are Comic Related items & only about 3% are Golden Age. The vast majority of existing back issues are in collections. In my 36 Years as a Dealer i estimate i purchased 6 Million comics & Sold 5 Million of them, thus my remaining current stock of just over 1 million comics. When collectors buy these items, few of them worry about future LIQUIDITY. If you are buying them to enjoy, this is NOT a concern. If you are spending large amounts, or a substantial portion of your income, this should be a concern. Currently the biggest GLUT in the Market are the 1981-1995 MARVEL and DC superhero comics in STRICT 8.5 Very Fine+ or LOWER Grades. (Especially those from 1988-1995) MANY dealer inventories are Loaded with these SLOW sellers (including about 40% of my own inventory); [It needs to be duly noted that for us, 1981-1987 MARVEL and DC superhero comics in STRICT 9.0 or Better (especially 9.4 up) are currently among our HOTTEST sellers]. MOST of the collections we have been offered in the last few years are heavily loaded with average graded 1981-1995 MARVEL and DC superhero comics, thus would be yet more overstock for us & of no value (in fact they would take up more valuable Space & Cost more for Labor to process them). Collections like these, if one is able to find a dealer-buyer at all, typically garner offers of 5% to 15% of Guide value (Often only 10 cents per book). Meanwhile, the TNC comics (Traditionally Non-Collected) from the 1981-1995 period are Uncommon to Scarce, including; Archie, Harvey, Cartoon, Charlton, Gold Key/Whitman, Western, War, Horror, Digests, Magazines, Fanzines, Mad & Cracked. These TNC comics are low in stock in most dealer inventories & tend to have a higher wholesale value per unit, as they are harder to re-stock. YES, most dealers do not care about Harvey & Archie comics. BUT how many dealers have a decent stock of these collectible items? TNC comics tend to sell well in ALL grades, for us with a turnover rate of 300% to 1000% better then average graded Superhero comics of the 1981-1995 period. This is the year that i have finally decided to begin CLEARANCE Sales on our Overstock of 1981-1995 MARVEL and DC superhero comics, with most being sold in lots of 25-100 comics each in the 50 cents to $1 each wholesale price range. Some sell to dealers, but most sell to fans who just want to READ THEM {Gasp!}. So far they have sold quite well & we hope to clear out 300,000+ Comics out of our Warehouse in the next few years. We added in some TNC comic Sets to the mix & on average we have yielded about DOUBLE the average prices as compared to Superhero comics of the period.

SUPPLY & DEMAND plays a large role in the market. If you buy all the same comics as everybody else, you might end up with common & thus SLOW selling material. If you buy items that are SCARCE in ANY condition, you will find a lot more buyers & at better percentages of retail. If you decide to collect the most popular & common Characters, & want them SALEABLE at a good price in the future, you will need to buy HIGH GRADE items that are SCARCE in CONDITION. These High Grade comics NEED to be able to withstand the strict Grading Standards of CGC and not just wishful thinking. HIGH GRADE comics (even those from the 1980's) can be sold successfully in many ways; (1) CGC Grade them & Auction them; (2) to a knowledgeable High Grade dealer; (3) to fellow collectors; (4) RAW on eBay with LARGE Scans to show you know how to grade; (5) on the CGC Chat Boards; On the Flip Side, older comics in LOW Grade sell quite well to READERS on eBay & for a decent percentage of Guide. >> Many collectors bought a lot of Comics in the 1980's, only to realize today that; They did not Hand-Select them by today's CGC standards, they did NOT Bag & Board Them on day of Release & they made the mistake of Reading Them, thus the collection they thought was "Pristine Mint" is now in fact only a bunch of common Very Fine average comics & thus hard to sell.

MARVEL Comics;

Marvel Superhero comics from the 1961-1964 Era are by far the most wanted comics of the Silver Age Comics. Yes we all dream about those rare Golden Age comics, but as most collectors today grew up on Marvel Comics, they have become the HOLY GRAIL's of the Hobby for many or even most fans. This explains the staggering prices received on High Grade issues & since most of them are still issued today as new comics, it seems there is no end in sight. Thus the 1961-1964 Marvel Superhero comics sell in every grade. For the 1965-1969 Era, Low Grade & High Grade copies sell the fastest, but because even 9.0 copies are getting expensive, I have seen increased demand for nice VF copies. The 1970-1974 era Marvels had small print runs & are scarcer than most the 1965-1969 issues & are more affordable, so sell about 2-3 Times Faster & moving well in all grades. The 1975-1980 Era are in high demand, mainly in VF or better. The 1981-1987 Late Bronze to Copper Age comics

were in VERY HIGH demand, but mainly only in STRICT VF/NM 9.0 or Better Grades. 1981-1995 Marvel Superhero issues in VG to VF are perhaps the most Overstocked Comics of all-time, & mainly sell in investment grades & as reading copies. Most 1996-2007 Marvel's had lower print runs & fetch better prices than 1988-1995 era comics, they might even be good long term investments. All good Bronze Age KEY issues were selling in all grades, but non-key issues of lesser titles were slower. We had a lot of Bronze & Copper Age issues in 9.0 and Better from the Manitoba collection & they sold about 3 times faster than the more common VG-VF grades. As usual, I sold a lot of ODDBALL Comics & other Format items, mainly because of our huge selection, including; Cartoon, Humor & Parody, TV/Movie, Romance, Teenage, Toy Related, TV, War, Western, etc, at 125-200% Guide; I also sold more than usual ODDBALL Format items, including; Digests, Fanzines, Giveaway/Promo items, Memorabilia, Paperbacks, Posters, Treasury's, Slurpee Cups, Calendar's, Portfolios, etc; Many of these odd items are getting harder to restock once sold out.

All Marvel Horror Comics & all Pre-1985 Marvel Magazines (all types) were TOP sellers in all grades, with high grade the most wanted. Reading copies are always in high demand & in fact i have sold out on lower graded copies (G, VG) on many many issues & often have only FN or even VF as my cheapest copies. We have more people trying to fill out the Marvel magazine runs than anything else from this publisher this year. Savage Sword of Conan is a set everyone wanted to complete this year, with the biggest obstacle being the Low Print #200-235 for most buyers. [Print #200-235 are hard to keep in stock even at 150-250% GUIDE]; This year Savage Sword #235 was our bestselling marvel & constantly selling out (NM=$125; VF/NM=$60; VF=$45; FN=$30; VG=$20; G=$12);;

If you check out the CGC Census, you will see that the 1970's Marvel Magazines are much 2-10 Times Scarcer in High Grade than their color comic counterparts. From the "Manitoba" Collection, we had another great year, selling over 900+ Raw 1976-1985 Era High Grade 9.0 to 9.8 Marvel Comics, Magazines & Treasuries at 125-300% of Guide. The most undervalued comic of the SA is probably Strange Tales Annual #2(7/1973; 4th app Spider-Man) which precdes Amazing Spider-Man #3 yet lists at 25% of the Value; Tales Of Suspense #49(1st X-Men X-Over) is undervalued too.

The Bestsellers for us this year (at 115%-150% GUIDE) included; Amazing Adventures #1,5-8,11-18, Amazing Spider-Man #1-30, 101-150, 252, 298-300, Astonishing Tales #1-6, 12,13, 21-25, Avengers #1-11, 47-250, Beware, Bizarre Adv, Capt America #100, 109-113, 131-300, Capt Marvel #1,14, 21-36, Cat, Chamber of Chills, Champions,Chili, Conan #1, 25-50, 261-275, Conan the King #51-55, Creatures on the Loose #10-16, 21, 22, 30-37, Crypt of Shadows, Daredevil #1-7, 50-168, Dazzler #6-7(Hulk) & Mystique/Rogue issues, Dead of Night, Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu, Defenders #1-11, Dos Savage Mag, Dr Strange(1974) #1,2 14, 48-53(Rogers-a), 58-62(Dracula), Dracula Lives, Electric Company Mag (with Spider-Man), Fear #1-31, Fantastic Four #1-30, 110-200, Foom #1-15, 22, Frankenstein, Ghost Rider #1-20, Giant Size X-Men #1, GI Joe #1-21, 91-100, 138-155, G.I. Joe Digest, Godzilla 1-3, 25, Gothic Tales of Love #1-3, Haunt of Horror, Hero For Hire #1-10, HULK mag, Incredible Hulk #121-250; Invaders 1-20, 31-33, Iron Fist , Iron Man 1, 21-150, John Carter, Journey into Mystery #83-112, Journey into Mystery (1972-75 all), Jungle Action #5-23, Lil Kids, Lil Pals, KULL and the Barbarians, Kull (1971) #1-5, Man-Thing, Marvel Comics Presents 72-84(Weapon X), Marvel Comics Super Special #1,2,4,5,9, M.Fanfare #45(all Pinup), M. Feature(1971) #1-4,11,12, M.Feature (1975) #1-7, Marvel Novel series #1-11, M. Premeire #1,3,7,8,15,45-50, M. Preview #1-10, Marvel Spotlight #1-12, 26-32, MSH Contest of Chanpions, MSH Secret Wars #8, Marvel Team-Up #1-15 & John Byrne issues, M. Treasury 1-28, M.Two-in-One #1-10 & all Byrne/Perez/Miller art issues, Master of Kung Fu 15-50, Masters of the Universe #12-13, Micronauts 1-10(Golden-a), Mighty Marvel Western 1-15, Monsters of the Prowl, Monsters Unleashed, Moon Knight #29,30, Ms Marvel #1,16-18, My Love 1-39, Nick Fury 1-7, Night Nurse, Night Rider, Nova 1,12,25, Our Love Story #1-38(esp #5), Pete the Pest, Planet of the Apes mag #21-29, Powerman 17-50, Prototypes (Atlas 1961 & Older), Punisher (1986 Mini), Pussycat #1, Rampaging Hulk, Red Wolf, Savage Sword of Conan #1-30, 200-235, Savage Tales #1, Savage She-Hulk #1,6,8,25, Sgt Fury #1-13, Shanna, Silver Surfer(1968) #1,3,4,12, Spidey Super Stories 1-30, Spider-Man Digest, Spider-Woman #6, 19, 32, Star Digest, Strange Tales 101-115, 169-181, Sub-Mariner #1, 8, 14, 34-50, 59, 69, Superman vs Spider-Man #1, Supernatural Thrillers, Super Villian Teamup, Tales of the Zombie, Tales of Suspense #39-60, Tales to Astonish #27, 35-60, Thor #181-250, 332,333,337, Tomb of Darkness, Tomb of Dracula #1-30, Transformers 1-10, 61-80, Transformers Digest, Uncanny Tales, Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction, Vampire Tales, Vault of Evil, War is Hell , Werewolf by Night #1-20,32,33, Western Gunfighters #1-15, Western Kid, What If (1977) #1-20, Worlds Unknown, X-Men #1-20, 50-66, 94-121;


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National Lampoon;

National Lampoon are loaded with great material that is unknown or forgotten. In the 1950's & 1960's MAD was arguable the Greatest Parody Mag of them all, but in the 1970's NAT LAMP took that Position. 90% of the issues we sell are in the G-FN range. We had about 100+ High Grade 1970's issues from the MANITOBA collection & sold about 50% of them at 150-200%+ Our normal VF range Prices. 1970-1973 Issues are SCARCE in VF or better, with 1974-1979 Issues are SCARCE in VF/NM or better. As of 8/2007 only 12 Different issues have been CGC graded, with only 7 in 9.2 or Better. With their Superb Roster of Artists, one would think many more would be slabbed,. Included in the series is great art by; Adams, Bode, Frazetta, Jeff Jones, Kaluta, Morrow, Romita, Arnold Roth, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gahan Wilson, Berni Wrightson & many others. >> The 10 different issues published in 1993-1998 had Very Small Print runs & rarely show up even on eBay, they bring $15-$40 each, if you can find them at all. Price Ranges for the Classic issues in VG-VF are; #1($100-200); #2-10(1970; $35-$60 each); #10-21(1971 $20-$40); #22-33(1972; $12-30); >>> Recent Sales; #1(VG $100); #20(Adams & Frazetta; VF=$60; VG=$30); #22(1/1971; 1st Son of God by ADAMS; VF=$60; VG=$22); #26(Conan parody by Barry Smith; FN $20); #34(Death issue; Red Hot Classic; “Buy this Magazine, or we will shoot this Dog!” Photo Cover; DEADMAN Comics by ADAMS; PLAYDEAD parody; VF $50); #55(10/1974; Red Hot Pubescence issue; VD COMICS by ADAMS; VF $45);

There are 40+ different Squarebound Special's, they are uncommon in ANY grade, with many now scarce to rare. The stiff cardboard covers on the specials make them scarce in VF or better. (Most we sell at; G=$5; VG=$9; FN=$14; VF=$20; with Scarce & Rare issues bring 50-150% Higher); The 3 higest demand isues are; COMICS [ Special #7; 1974; Morrow-a; Jeff Jones-a; Bode-a; Mad Beatles & Blackhawk Parodies; DEADMAN by ADAMS; ZIMMERMAN by ADAMS; VF=$25 ]; Encyclopedia of Humor [1973; WRIGHTSON-c; FRAZETTA Back-c; Lesbian comics by Heath; Jones-a; BODE-a; FOLDOUT MAP Insert {often missing} is INTACT; Ted Kennedy Volkswagen page 29 {often missing} is INTACT; VF $25 ]; Very Large Book of Comical Funnies [ 1975; Tarzan Parody; ADAMS & Continuity studios-a; NEGRO Comics = Kaluta, Chaykin & Simonson-a; Ploog & Evans-a; LOST EC Comics = Simonson, Heath, WRIGHTSON, Chaykin & Reese-a; VF $20]; 1964 High School Yearbook (VF = $50);

TREASURY Editions;

Treasury Editions are steady Good Sellers, with the Marvel & DC Titles the best sellers. The majority sell best in affordable G to FN/VF grades. We sold about 75 Manitoba collection High Grade 9.0-9.6 range copies (120-300% Guide) All are now Scarce in STRICT 9.0 or better. Bestsellers (at 120-135% Guide) included; All New Collector's Edition C-54(Superman vs. Wonder Woman), C-55(Legion), C-56(Superman vs. Muhammad Ali), Captain America's BiCentennial Battles (Kirby/Smith-a), DC Special Series #27( Batman vs. Hulk), Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera #1-3(New-s), Limited Collectors Edition C-23 (House of Mystery), (Batman issues = C-25, C-37, C-44, C-51), C-32 - Ghosts(New-s/a), C-34 (Christmas w SuperHeroes), C-46(JLA), C-48( Superman vs Flash), Marvel Treasury #24-28(with New Material), 1-10(Reprints), Superman vs Spider-Man #1. ** The Annie, G.I. Joe & Smurfs Treasuries all had small Print Runs & are Scarcer (150% Guide); ** RUDOLPH #NN(1972) is one of the Rarest Bronze Age comics & Christmas & Archie Treasury is Rare too (Both bring 200% Guide); Amazing World of Superman is getting scarcer, but especially in High Grade (due to Black-c); The Oddball Titles are Scarce & Bring 125% Guide, including; Golden Picture Story Book (1961) ST#1-4, Modern Promotions (1972/73; Beetle Baily, Flash Gordon, Katzenjammer Kids, Mandrake) & Walt Disney Paint Book series (6 different circa 1975); A forgotten rarity was uncovered this year; Famous First Edition (Silver Stone Graphics Pub) C-61 Signature Edition (1979; Superman #1 Softcover in Portfolio type Slipcase; Serial Numbered Edition of 250 Copies; Signed by Jerry Seigel & Joe Shuster; Rare; NM- value estimated at $500)

TOWER comics;

Dynamo, Fight the Enemy, Go-Go, Noman, Thunder Agents, Tippy Teen, & Undersea Agents, were all great sellers all thru the year, selling mostly to Readers & fans filling out sets in G-FN Grades (at 110-125% Guide); We did fill a few want lists for VF or better copies, but these are becoming tougher to find in higher grades & very few exist in CGC 9.0 or Better. These gems remain undervalued in High Grades, considering they contain the talents of; Crandall, Ditko, Kane, Wood, etc; They published Good Old Days magazine (1964-1981; $5-$20 ea); Tower was also a vintage paperback Publisher (related to Belmont & Midwood books) with many highly collectible titles ($5-$50 ea);

Variants & Premium Editions;
The Marvel's 30 & 35 cent Variants are the Ones that Started the VARIANT CRAZE. These are some of the highest demand comics of the entire Bronze Age. GUIDE Values are still well below market & even wholesale values, but are finally beginning to creep up. The 30 cent Variants are about 50-200 Times Scarcer than regular 25 cent printings & should guide at a MINIMUM of 300% of the 25 cent edition prices (better & Scarcer titles bring 500-1000%); The 35 cent Variants are about 200-1000 Times Scarcer than regular 30 cent printings & should guide at a MINIMUM of 600% the 30 cent edition prices (better & Scarcer titles at 800-2000%); Iron Fist #14(35 cent Variant) is the most desirable of the Marvel variants. The Western, War, Horror & Reprint title issues turn out to be some of the rares, with RAW copies sometimes Bring; (30 Cent Variants $50-$200 in MID Grades) (35 Cent Variants $100-$800 in MID Grades) Spider-Man titles bring top premiums & should be priced at about 50-100% Higher than other Superhero titles. Star Wars #1(35 cent Variant) still brings top premiums, although it is one of the most common variants, it has gone unfilled on 100's of Marvel Want lists for up to 25 Years. [Which is STRANGE because regular printings of Star Wars #1 are slow to DEAD sellers)

We found more buyers for the UK British PENCE cover Price VARIANT Editions, (mainly selling to Marvel Completionists); These Marvel's were printed in USA & originally ONLY for sale in UK. They appeared periodically from 1961 thru to the 1980's, with many interruptions. The 1960's UK Price Variants were printed simultaneously with the US Editions & are to be considred Originals. [ But when it comes to UK edtions of expensive books like Amazing Spider-Man #1 and TTA #27 buyers become afraid, as they lack the knowledge to realize they are perhaps 20 to 100 Times Scarcer than the original US printings]; I sold a Amazing Spider-Man #1 UK Variant in G/VG for 120% GUIDE. There were many "ND" (Not Distributed) periods in UK, where NO copies (USA Printings or UK Printings) were DISTRIBUTED & thus those issues are scarcer overseas. (best Referanced in the 1997-98 McAlpine guide); For us the bestselling of these Variants are those with the "MARVEL ALL-COLOUR COMICS" Banner across the top of the front cover, mostly in the 1974-1980 era. Because Bronze Age is Hot & as are Variants, these have been our the bestselling UK variants, at 120-135% GUIDE.

Limited Edition Modern Variants (mainly 1990-2007) including GOLD editions, Multiple Cover Variants, Convention editions, Dynamic Forces, r Signed Copies, Hologram covers, Platinum, Polybagged specials, Signed & Numbered, are often red hot upon release. But most do not perform well in the long-term, because as soon the the newest HOT Limited Edition Variant gets released, the previous one tend to get forgotten. Unfortunately this is what happened to Limited Edition Sports Cards, one can always make MORE new limited editions & the old ones get more & more diluted in value. The ones that seem to hold value & demand, are those in which there is constant demand for the Regular editions.

Canadian Newsstand VARIANT Cover Price editions to their Collection, sold better than ever before, as awareness spreads. There are FAR too many of them (5000++) to EVER be listed in the main part of the GUIDE. Many times this year i saw them Both intentionally & mistakenly Sold as "Rare Price Variants, NOT listed in Overstreet. [Just 2 examples of Many; a FA/G Transformers #1 and a GI Joe #21 in VG, both sold for over $50 on eBay]; Most want the comics of their Favorite Character or Artist, but some just like Variants & will ask for more Obscure Titles. In General these are about 50 to 100 Tmes Scarcer than a USA Direct Edition Printing. To make matters more difficult, about 90% of them are only FA/G thru FN/VF, with about 9% in VF or VF+, and perhaps 1% are in VF/NM or better. ** DATES for Canadian Newsstand Cover Price Variants Existing include; ARCHIE Comics & Digests (1/1984-12/1997), CHARLTON (2/1983-8/1984), DC(all Newstand Comics, Magazines & Digests from 10/1982-9/1988), DELL (random 1960-1962, plus Back Cover variants & assorted 1950's Cover Price variants = Regular issues with 15 Cents Covers & Giants with 30 cents covers), GOLD KEY(5-8/1968, and 4/1972-4/1973), HARVEY(1960's Giants with 35 Cent cover prices), MAD (some 1964 & 7/1978-7/1979), MARVEL (all Newstand Comics, Magazines & Digests from 10/1982-8/1986), WARREN (3/1977-3/1983), WHITMAN (Mainly Early 1981, & 1983-1984); We sell these Variants at 135-200% Guide; High Grade copies have been known to change hands at 300% or More Guide. Very few of these Variants have been graded by CGC. For example, Secret Wars #8 has 1885 Copies Graded, but only ONE Canadain Variant (in FN) on their Census. One day i expect that VARIANT Collectors will regret not buying these sooner.

Early 1977-1979 MARVEL DIRECT Editions were Both intentionally & mistakenly Sold as "WHITMAN Variants of MARVEL" comics, all thru the year; Only a few Treasuries were actusl WHITMAN editions; Otherwise only the Plastic Bags were actually "Whitman"; (See Guide #36 on page 125 for full details, or email me); ** I have witnessed sellers who know they are early Marvel Direct Edition, intentionally sell them as "rare Whitman Variants" in a quest for more money & often indeed getting rewarded with 200%-1000% selling prices for their efforts. ** Early MARVEL DIRECT Editions (with Black Diamond on cover, with NO "cc" on cover, with NO UPC or obscured UPC Codes etc). The 1977 issues are most desirable & sell at 120-150% Guide to Variant Collector's; For 7/1978, 3-4/1979 there were only Newsstand editions printed. (with the exceptions of Micronauts & Shogun Warriors, which are often mistaken as reprints, but are actually uncommon Direct 1st printings). Strangely enough, i am told by Variant Completionists, a few 1978-1979 DIRECT issues are very elusive & Scarce, but is too early to ID & price these in this newer segment of the collecting market.

A new trend in VARIANTS is the quest for Scarce 2nd, 3rd & beyond Printings (Mostly from Marvel & DC comics in the 1980's to early 1990's); Batman the Killing Joke (1988) had at least 11 Printings, of which typically 65% of the copies on the for sale market are First Printings, thus gathering a complete set of 11 Printings is a very difficult Task. ** Batman #397-399, 401-403, 408-416, 421-425, 430-432 all had at least 2 printings, with some issues having 6 or More Printings. About 50% have the Printings noted in the indicia inside. The other printings, one can only tell apart by comparing the AD's on the BACK Cover. At least 75 different printings exist for these 23 different issues, but most likely the actual number exceeds 100 different. This BATMAN Variants set would be extremely difficult to assemble, as no one knows what exists & many are rare. Other early 1990's & older second printings include; X-Men #248,270,275,282, New Mutants #87, 100, New Warriors #1, G.I. Joe #1-30, Amazing Spider-man #361, Silver Surfer #34, many assorted other marvel & DC comics. The strange part is, that most later printing are scarcer than First Printings & it would not suprise me to see Variant Collecters pay multiples to complete their sets.

WARREN, Skywald, Eerie/Stanley & other Horror Comic Mags;
WARREN Mags are one of the bestselling & fastest turnover items in my entire inventory. They sell in every grade, but the Reading Copies (VG and Lower) are the toughest grades to keep in stock.

When Warren folded circa 1983, their back issue department copies got dumped on the market in quantitles of about 1000-5000 Copies each (More of the Low Numberes & Less of the High Numbers);

By about 2002 over 95% finally got absored by the market, as most of the final copies got dumped on eBay. Suddenly, Horror comics became HOT, & literally 1000's of collectors found themselves having 25%, 50% and 75% Completed sets of Creepy, Eerie & Vampirella, so they all decided to start filling in these sets, these are by far the most collected titles. This resulted in dramatic Price increases & Constant demand. Most of our buyers buy groups of 20, 50 or even 100 mags at a time. We have discovered some issues seem to be MUCH scarcer than others, so the theory is that Some issues were SOLD OUT, & others only available in LOW Quantities, from Warren Warehouse. It is only the Warehouse, that has held back the values of these amazing mags, otherwise under regular market conditions they would be 200% to 600% Higher in Price. Blazing Combat #1 & the Anthology(Mail Order Only) are Scarce in ANY grade, but Rare in 9.0 or better & sells instantly at 200% Guide; The scarcity of Eerie #17 is now Legendary (90% of existing copies have Chipped interior upper & lower right Corners, caused by a Dull Blade at factory), with most copies bringing 300%-500% Guide on eBay; [Just yesterday a raw FN/VF copy sold for $548.99]; I sold the best copy i ever owned 3 years ago for $500; This book need to TRIPLE in the Guide & would still be low. We sold a 100's of High Grade copies of Warren mags in the 1975-1983 Era from the Manitoba Collection (9.0 to 9.6 copies at 125-300% Guide);

>>> The Scarce and/or High Demand WARREN Mags Include; After Hours #1(1957; 1st Warren mag; Betty Page; VF = $500+), 2,3(VF = $200+ ea), #4(Ackerman; Monster article, pre-FM; VF=$700+), Blazing Combat #1 & Anthology(200%), Comix International #1(200%), CREEPY #9,32,146(150%), CREEPY #10,14,17-19,29, 32,34, 39, 50, 70,71,76,78,91,113,132-145(125%); Best of Creepy Paperback(VF $30), Dracula (TPB; 150%), Dracula (UK New English Library mag editions 1-12; VF = $12 ea); Edgar Allan Poe's Fall of the House of Usher HC(125%); Eerie #9(150%), 17(400%), 23(200%), 135(150%); Eerie #5, 18, 24,25,28,38-41,45, 48, 60,81,94,95,98,108,125,128, 130-134,136-139(125%); Famous Monsters #1(VF $2000), 2-30(VF = $200-$900 ea), Famous Monsters (Dynacomm) #200(1993), 205(VF $35 ea); #211-213,219,221,223,224(VF $22 ea); FM Convention Books (1974, 1975; VF = $75+ ea), FM Paperbacks(VF = $75-100 ea), Flintstones at New York World's Fair 1964(150%), HELP #1(VF $75+); #2-5,9, 13,15,21-26(VF=$30-$50) ; Heidi Saha (500 Printed? Very RARE; VF = $1000+); Monsters & Heroes (Warren Related; Pub by Larry Ivie; 1967-1969; VF = $30-$50); MONSTERLAND / Forrest J. Ackerman's Monsterland (1984-1987) #1-17(VF= $12-20); Monster World (replaces Famous Monsters #70-79) #3(VF $60+); #4(VF $35+); Odd World of Richard Corben,(200%), ON THE SCENE PRESENTS FREAK-OUT, USA #NN (#1; Fall 1967 = 125%); Screen Thrills (1962-1965) #1,10(VF $75+); 2-4(VF $50); Spacemen #1,3(VF=$200+); #2,4-8 & Annual(VF=$50-$75); Spirit Special (Mail Only Approx 1500 printed = 150%), Teen Love Stories 1-3 (115-125%), Tiny Tim(125%); VAMPIRELLA #1-8,12,16,19,33,36, 41,45,46,48, 52,61,63,64, 77,78,89, 101-113(115-125% Guide), Annual #1(125%), Special #1(Softcover 125%) Special #1(Hardcover 200%), Vampirella Paperbacks #1-3(VF $30), 4-6(VF $50); Vampirella UK mags #1-4(VF $50 ea); Warren Presents #13, 14(150%); Wildest Westerns/Favorite Westerns of Filmland #1(VF $200); #2(VF $100); #3-6(VF = $60+ ea)

** The Comics Horror mags by Eerie Pub, Globe, Hamilton, Major, Modern Day, Stanley, Tempest Pub, & World Famous, never hot, but always consistant sellers. Reading copies are in Higest Demand & we have started to sell out of everything in less than FN Condition; The Eerie & Stanley Titles glorious colorful Violent Torture, Bondage & Gore Covers & Contents, this is what everyone remembers & why they want then. Weird Vampire Tales & Terrors of Dracula are Uncommon to Scarce & bring 135-150% Guide; The rest sold in all grades in the 120-135% Guide Price Range, including; Chilling Tales of Horror, Horror Tales, Murder Tales, Shock, Strange Galaxy, Tales from the Tomb, Tales of Killers, Tales of Voodoo, Terror Tales, Web of Horror, Weird, Weird Worlds, & Witches Tales;

** The SKYWALD Mags (Nightmare, Psycho & Scream) are about 3-6 Times Scarcer than the Average Warren Mag, with the last 4 issues of each title being the Scarcest issues; They sell in ALL Grades bringing at 140-160% Guide; They are very hard to restock once sold & VF or better copies are getting Very Hard to find all the time. "KING" mags (3-7/1971; Boris-a) are Rare [#1(VF)=$75; #2(VF)=$50]; Crime-Machine & Hell-Rider are also decent sellers (#1's = 150%; #2's = 120%);

WHITMAN comics;

The Whitman comics (former Gold Key) 8-12/1980 issues are finally understood to SCARCE & still bring 150-500% GUIDE prices. The Whitman comics (former Gold Key) 1983-1984 issues are uncommon & bring 120-200% GUIDE prices. The Whitman Variant's (NOT listed in the Guide) of Gold Key's published from 11/1971 thru 2/1980 are uncommon to Scarce, with some Rare, depending of the Popularity of the Character bring 125-200% of GK issue values. The better Non-Cartoon Titles (Star Trek, Tarzan, Twilight Zone etc) near the High End; We got the most requests ever for the WHITMAN Variants of DC comics, with most buyers wanting FN or better (But we sold VG & lower to a few buyers completing runs); We sell most DC Whitman's from this price range (and up) = VF/NM=$16; VF=$12; FN=$9; VG=$6; G=$4; >> MARVEL Whitman's DO NOT exist (see Variant's in this report)





MARKET REPORT for #37(2007) Overstreet Annual Comic Book Price Guide by Douglas W. Sulipa (Written & Submitted in 10/2006); (UN-EDITED & Complete Original Version)

[Several Sections were DELETED in the Published Overstreet Version & are Marked as such below]


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INTRO & Overview;

For us, the Comics Marketplace was Business as Usual all year long. Yes, everyone still wanted the top 100 "Must Have" comics, that has not changed much in the last 3 years. DC & Marvel had events happen in new comics, that had roots in older back issues & the fans loved it, scooping up many of these related back issues, beyond these, not much other older items would be considered "Hot". Since buyers have not been distracted by must have HOT items, many have decided to go back to buying comics that they really like, & that is never a bad thing. The question on many collectors minds is; Since New Comic Sales are low compared to previous Era's, will values hold & will the market continue to be strong in the future? To answer this we need just realize that there have been consistent Boom & Bust Collecting Fad Era's, which expand back to the Roots of comic collecting in the 1960's & Earlier. Comics as a viable avenue of collecting, is in the neighborhood of 50 Years & still going strong. Unlike other Hobbies, COMICS have the huge advantage that fans like to both Read Them & appreciate them for their Artwork. Just as BOOKS will never stop being read & collected, i expect that there will always be plenty of buyers for Comics. Now with the internet, we have more & more collectors from around the world, buying up back issues, which often disappear permanently from our back issue pools. European Disney Comic sales in Europe & Japanese Manga Comic sales in Japan, make the American new comics market seem small. If these Overseas buyers graduate to buying American comics, there is no end in site to the future of our collectibles. In my experience, Collectors of older Back-Issue Comics are usually a different Group of Buyers than those who usually buy New Comics. (Although there are Crossover collectors & Long Time collectors who buy both; Typically buyers usually focus most of their hobby budget on one or the other). Thus Print Runs & even survival of New Comics, are not imperially tied to & of paramount importance to the survival of our hobby. In fact all Print Media are in lower demand as we move forward into the computer age. Events in New comics do however affect back issues prices in the books in which they began.

In the early 1990's there was a boom (Image Comics, Death of Superman & Valiant comics) followed by a bust in part caused by overprinting, & aggravated by fear of Marvel folding when they were in Chapter-11 protection. Soon after this happened, collectors in droves started using the internet & a strong recovery set in. Then, we had the Oddball & Scarce Comics Rage spread thru the industry as never before & price rose dramatically. Next we saw eBay grow faster & faster, each year becoming a more important factor in our industry. One of the things that collectors least anticipated was next to come, as CGC entered the Marketplace. CGC revolutionized the industry & made it "Safer" to collect, with the bonus advantage of making our treasured collectibles more Liquid in the marketplace. The CGC Age of collecting ushered in the huge Growth in Comic Auctions at both eBay & at Private Auction houses. Comics boomed for several years on end, with seemingly no end in sight. But as all these factors became an integral & normal part of our marketplace, things started to cool & hit more realistic levels. Just as we wondered what would happen NEXT, the Comic Book Movies in the Theatre's hit unprecedented levels of success. Interest in comics once again hit very high levels & many collectors came back into the marketplace. We experienced a Mini-Boom in 1968-1985 Era Horror Comics in the last few years, but many dealers do not carry a decent selection of these comics & missed out on these sales. The marketplace seems to have leveled off again this year, with collectors once again asking; what's next? I have been selling comics since 1971 & one trend that always holds true; as values of back issues continue to rise, at one point in time collectors en-masse will move from one Era of Collecting up to the next & newer Era, mainly due to afford ability. This usually happens about once every 10 Years or so. Comics that are 20-25 Years old are already from a previous Generation & collectors begin to get nostalgic for them. These 20-25 Years old comics become less common in higher grades & they start disappearing from Dealer inventories. In 1996 it was still believed that BRONZE AGE comics were Ultra-Common & that they were all COMMON in NM, & even the price guide even used to state they were common in NM. In the last decade BRONZE AGE comics have skyrocketed in price, just compare the Top-50 Bronze Age prices in the 2006 Guide to the 1996 Prices. [500% to 2000% price increases are commonplace]; Today we still often hear that 1980's comics are plentiful & that they are all common in NM. Just as it was not true for Bronze Age in 1996, it is again not true for 1980's Comics Today. STRICTLY Graded (Using the CGC Standard as a Guideline) 1980's Comics in INVESTMENT GRADES (Typically VF/NM, 9.0 or Better) are nowhere near as common as is commonly believed. Although in Gross Dollars we still sell more in Pre-1980 Bronze Age & Older Comics, the quantiles of 1980's comics we sold this year saw a dramatic rise. I fully expect that a decade from now, we will look back & find it hard to believe that 1980's comics were so low priced in 2007. Since collecting by it's very nature is the repetition of collective & individual learned behavior, it seems a very strong probability these trends will continue.

The BRONZE AGE has been our consistent Best Seller for the last 5 years. There is not yet a definitive consensus of where the Bronze Age begins & ends, so most people go by the eBay definition of 1970-1979. These artificial cutoffs by date seem a little absurd, since GA & SA are more clearly defined. Based on Customer Interest & Buying habits, it seems more logical that the Bronze Age ends with Secret Wars-1 (1984-85), and CRISIS on Infinite Earths (1985-1986) at DC. Most of our Bronze Age collectors now seem to be extending their sets to include all the issues thru approx the 1985 Era, depending on the title. The completely Re-Vamped DC Universe of Post-Crisis seems to be a much more Logical Place to start the Copper Age. Spider-Man in Black Costume, the Coming of Venom & other changes, seem to be Logical for Marvel. Regardless of if we call them late Bronze Age or early Copper age, the comics of the 1980-1986 Era are way up in demand for us.


ACG Comics; This year we sold mostly the Superhero issues of Adv into Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, Unknown Worlds mostly in average grades of G thru FN at 110-120% Guide. HERBIE by many is considered the most important title by this publisher & they were by far the bestseller of the year, with all from Low to High grade moving at a fast pace. The Horror/SF, & Cartoon, Humor, Romance & Misc titles moved moderately well in G-FN. Once issues we quoted in FNVF or better showed resistance by buyers. Dizzy Dames is a much asked for title & they usually sell as fast as we can find them at 135-150% Guide levels.


ALTERNATIVE / Independent Comics;

Independent Comics because a notable force in the World of Collecting in 1982 with Pacific, Eclipse & a few other Pioneering Publishers, thus by the time this Guide is released, it will be the 25th Anniversary. Seagate, Bud Plant & others were Distributing to a Small Degree to the Tiny DIRECT market from 1976-1979, but the DIRECT Market do not Truly get rolling until other Distributors were allowed to compete with Seagate in 1980. In 1980 the first Comic published to be sold ONLY thru this young DIRECT Market was Superboy Spectacular. In 3/1981 Marvel followed suit with the release of the Direct Only DAZZLER #1, which had record sales. (I remember that i ordered 6000 Copies for my shop); By 1/1982 Marvel converted 3 Titles to DIRECT Only; Ka-Zar the Savage, Moon Knight & Micronauts. The 1980-1981 Experiments made Independent creators take notice & by 1982 Pacific, Eclipse & others entered the market with a BOOM. Most of the 1982-1983 issues were overprinted & remain common today (but not in STRICT NM condition ranges); The Initial BOOM continued but with modified Print Runs from 1984-1986. By 1987 there were so very many Independent comics on the market, that there was a BUST. Publishers, & Titles were Folding everywhere & Print Runs Plummeted. Most Alternative comics of the 1987-1991 Period had smaller print runs. VALIANT comics Revived Magnus & Solar in 1991, based on the classic Gold Key Characters, to moderate initial good sales. Then in 1992 Todd McFarlane, Erik Larsen, Jim Lee & other Left Marvel to form IMAGE Comics & the 2nd Independent comics BOOM had Arrived. Valiant added several titles in 1992 & started the UNITY Crossover between all the titles. Because Image was setting Record Sales, the excellent comics by Valiant got caught in the wave & sales soared to Huge Print Runs. The Big Print runs continued thru the Death of Superman Era, but started to subside by the Batman/Azreal/Bane Era & a CRASH started to set in ny the time the Batman Knightfall Era was finishing (Summer 1993); The comics of 1992-1993 Remain some of the Most overprinted Comics of all time. The 1994-1996 Print Runs kept on the decline & leveled off to Low Levels by the late 1990's. It was an exciting Era, that much of existing Fandom lived thru.

There are Untold Treasures Hidden thru the entire 1982-1996 Era & Beyond. The Overprinted issues might take a while to gain any value above Cover Prices, but the 1000's of Low Print Run items should fair much better. We have probably the World's Biggest Selection of INDY's with about 200,000 in stock.(Perhaps 50,000 Different??); People are always checking my Website & Finding Rare Oddball items than NO one else has in stock. Sometimes it even surprises me on some of the items we have in stock, that i have long forgotten. Perhaps as much as 35-50% of the Independent Comics we have in stock, are not listed in Overstreet, Many of the Greatest Creators of the Modern Era got their start in the pages of these books. Pre-Unity, Promo & Low Print Valiant comics are again booming. [For Current values, Print Runs, Rarities & Action results go to = www.valiantcomics.com/valiant.asp ]; We have witnessed World Record Prices on CEREBUS, TMNT, ALBEDO & other Classics. After 2 Major Boom & Bust periods, Literally Millions of these COMICS were DUMPED in BARGAIN BINS & many are no longer common in HIGH GRADE, dues to careless & Over Handling.

There are a Large number of Fans buying up PRE-1982 Independand Comics (In that period they were considered Ground-Level Comics, Underground comics, & Fanzines) and extends back to a prehistoric era of 1960's DITTO ZINES (Mimeographed with Tiny Print Runs of 100-1000 copies etc), many with very crude stories & art; These historic Independent Comics are becoming more sought each & every year. [Especially in CANADA with Canadian-Made Comics, as the output was so much smaller]; Most Buyers of these early issues are not too concerned about Condition & will take whatever they can find. Among the most sought are the RARE 1970's Paragon comics (Macabre Western, Starfems, etc) by Bill Black (VF copies bring $20-$50 each); Other Pre-1982 Comics that are UP in Demand (at 125-150% Guide) include; Astral Comics (1977), Badtime Stories (Wrightson), Captain Al Cohol #1-3(1973; $50-100 ea) ; Cazco (Phil Yeh), Cerebus, Cobalt Blue(1977), Elflord (Nightwind; 1980-82) #1-15, Elfquest (1st Prints) #1-10, Fantasy Quarterly #1, Great Society Comic Book (1966), Hot Stuf (Sal Q), Imagine, Kosher Comics(1966), Mr. A series (Ditko), Nexus (Capital) #1-3, Oktoberfest, ORB, Phantacea, Power Comics, Quack(Star Reach), Rock Comics (Adams-a), Star Reach, & Others; >>> But Even Scarcer are the Low Print Run Independent comics of the 1960's (at $20-$50+ each) including; Alter Ego, Batfink & Rubin, Kosher Comics, Larry Ivie’s Monsters & Heroes, Star Studded, Witzend, & Others.


ARCHIE comics;

Many Dealers say that old Archie's do not sell, but that is because they do not have a good selection. With 35,000 Archie Comics & 10,000 Digests, no one can touch our selection. We had one buyer alone, over a period of about a year, buy one of each of every different issue we had in stock from 1970-2005, Literally 1000's of issues. He now owns about 95% of all the issues printed in that period, something no other dealer could hope to accomplish for a client. This is one of the big advantages of selection & buyers really appreciate our efforts.

A new trend has begun this year, namely the collecting of "KEY" issues within the many series, as collectors from other Genre's have decided to expand their horizons The early 1960's Horror/Monsters/SF cover issues were the most requested issues bringing 125% guide, especially Jughead #79 with the Creature from Black Lagoon-c at 135% Guide; Also in high demand was the very tough Pals N Gals #23 with the first Josie in the 150% Guide range. Rare items sold well including; Jughead's Folly #1(1st ELVIS in comics), Archie's Mechanics & others. Beatles parody issues are in constant demand. All early & Key issues with Josie & Sabrina are once again up in demand. Josie #45-50 are very tough to keep in stock, as are the tough high numbers #100-106 in the 135-150% Guide range. Sabrina #1-17 & the Low print #71-77 bring 135-150% Guide. Cosmo the Merry Martian is an overlooked classic Cult favorite & a must have title for humor fans, selling fast in the 120% guide range. The early 1960's Laugh & Pep with Superheroes are in consistent demand, but forget about finding FN or better copies, they are hard to keep in stock in G/VG. The demand for early CHERYL BLOSSOM comics seems to never subside, once Identified, everything Pre Love-Showdown (1994) sells 200-400% Faster than other issues. There are 4 different Cheryl Blossom Mini-Series (13 issues total) from 1995-1996 & these are becoming more & More popular, with investors also requesting 9.0 or better copies. Demand for Archie Giant #26, 32 has tripled since they were broken out as B&V All-Pinup issues by Dan DeCarlo bringing 125% guide. All the 1960's Squarebound Giants are Popular, selling at 110-125% Guide. Anything & Everything with Dan DeCarlo art sells well (including Millie the Model & his many other Non-Archie comics); DeCarlo's Adults Digest Cartoon's also have a good following & are rather uncommon. We even had a fan buying up all the DeCarlo covers on a few Digest titles, as they are New material that does not appear elsewhere. The Red Circle Sorcery, & Madhouse HORROR issues are in High Demand, in all grades, but with High Grades selling fastest.

TMNT Adventures #61-72, Specials #6-10 & Digests, all had Low print runs & are now quite scarce bringing 200-400% guide. The 4 Huge Trade Paperback Archie All-Star Specials (1975) are SCARCE in any grade, but Rare in FN or better; The Christmas with Archie Treasury is Rarte in any Grade & is a fast seller at 200% Guide. Tales Calculated to Drive you BATS is a Popular title, but tough in better than FN, (One collector has tried for years to put together a VF or better set, with little luck)

There were only a finite number of Pre-1950 Golden Age age Archie's & these are in constant High Demand in all grades, with most dealers being consistently sold out. The early issues & all Key issues bring good premiums with Archie #1 and Pep #22 now being among the most desirable of all GA comics. There are about 5 different magazine size GA B&W Canadian Archie Comics, these are quite RARE and VG range copies typically bring $400-600 each, but the issue with the 1st Archie story from Pep #22 brings $1000+ in VG;

It is amazing that with all the recent Comic Movies, that Hollywood has not caught on the the eternal Popularity of Archie, Betty, Veronica & Friends has huge appeal. I was told by someone has done work at Archie, that the management really does not understand the properties they hold. There is not aggressive efforts to understand & properly merchandise their products. Due to the widespread distribution of Archie Digests in Supermarkets, Chain Stores & other newsstand locations, one could ague that Archie is the most Popular Character still selling to the non-collecting General Public.

If a great Live Action Theatrical Movie or TV series ever hits, back issue would soar & values on Key issues would follow in no time. In general about 75% of Buyers are satisfied with ordinary G-FN grades, which is a good thing, as most issues Pre-1988 are TOUGH to find in even VF, much less VF/NM or better. NM 9.4 Copes are Non-Existent for most Pre-1980 issues. For example, only 7 different issues of Betty & Veronica 1-347 have been CGC graded in 9.4 or better & indeed even 9.0 copies are rare. So High Grade in Archie means VF 8.0 or better. Betty & Veronica has been the #1 most consistently collected set for over 5 Years straight. It would very a monumental task to put together a STRICT Very Fine or better condition set. B&V #320 is a Instant Seller Double Guide book any time it is found.

>>> Other Notable items still in demand; 1960's Archie Gang as Superhero's, Spies & the Archie Music-Band issues (TV related), Spire Christian comics, SONIC the Hedgehog , Katy Keene, Wilbur, Ginger, Suzie, Riverdale Rambling (Archie Fanzine), Red Circle & Archie Adventure titles. The 5 issue WHIZ KIDS (Archie & Radio Shack) Promo series, have been selling to a few curious buyers. Many people have forgotten or never knew that Archie published Hanna Barbera comics in the Mid-1990's, these are already getting hard to find & VF+ range copies bring $5 each.


ATLAS/Marvel;

All the Teen-Age Titles were very Popular this year, with the Millie the Model by Dan DeCarlo bing the most requested. The Many Western titles with Kirby, Williamson, Maneely, Severin & other good artists were great sellers, as affordable in ordinary G-FN grades. I ran across 2 more issues destined to be Key issues; KATHY #24(8/1963; Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Ed Sullivan & Liz Taylor-c; >> Frank Sinatra, Ed Sullivan, Fred Astaire & Many Celebrities cameo inside; 5 pages of Paper Dolls) and #26(12/1963; Kathy becomes a Model; Millie the Model app); War comics were in higher demand also, especially Artist issues. Pre-Code issues sold better than later issues. The exception was any title that went on to become a Marvel Title, they are always in higher demand, as many Marvel fans eventually decide to extend their sets backwards. All the Horror Title Prototype issues & all Horror with Kirby or Ditko sold about twice as fast as surrounding issues at 115-135% Guide.

Misc Genres sold steady thru the year, (at 100-120% Guide), in GD thru FN grades, including; Crime/Mystery, Funny Animal, Humor /Parody, Sports, Spy, Romance & titles.

ATLAS/Seaboard;

We always sell a lot of VG-FN/VF copies of all titles, as this publisher had a small output & there are many many completionists. We got in a lot of nice copies from the MANITOBA Collection, all in VF/NM or better & these sold FAST at 125-200% Guide ranges. Horror Titles & issues with Art by Adams, Chaykin, Ditko, Toth, Wood, & Wrightson sold twice as fast & at higher premiums. These books are now over 3 Decades OLD and becoming uncommon in even VF, as most copies sitting in dealer inventories have been handled too many times, thus VG/FN copies are the most common. Vicki #1-4 are Scarce in Strict VF or better, with the Low Print #3,4 tough in ANY grade. . But by far the best sellers in ordinary grades of G-VF were all the Magazines; DEVILINA, MOVIE MONSTERS , THRILLING ADVENTURE & WEIRD TALES OF THE MACABRE at 125-150% Guide; Gothic Romances #1 remains impossible to find, bringing 250-400% Guide in ANY grade. >> BUT just when we though that was tough, i uncovered a new One-Shot RARITY to drive completionists Insane (Only known copy so far in comic collecting circles); MY SECRETS (Atlas/Seaboard Pub; B&W Magazine; Text-s & Photo's; 68 pages) Volume-1 #1 (2/1975; Sex Junkies; Baby that even God forgot; I Stripped in the Confessional to win the Priest i Loved; Honeymoon of Hate; I won't have Sex that disgusting way; Maybe they'll Love me if i Kill myself);


BRITISH-UK Items; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];

We continue to sell a Lot of UK British Comics & Annuals, as we have certainly have the biggest selection in North America. In fact we have a bigger selection than most UK dealers & we have a lot of British customer buying from us too. We sols a good amount of "MARVEL ALL-COLOUR COMICS" with the Banner across the top of the front cover (1974-1980 era). Note that Amazing Spider-Man #1, Tales to Astonish #27 and other 1960's comics exist with BRITISH Cover Prices. These were all actually Printed in the USA for UK Distribution (NOT to be sold in USA) & thus are true Marvel VARIANTS from America, they are all Same Vintage Simultaneous ORIGINALS. They are MUCH Scarcer than USA editions, so at the worst should have same value & at best, should have solid Premium Values.

The Less expensive Variants we typically sell at 150-200% of the USA Edition values. There are also OTHER UK British PENCE cover Price VARIANT Editions, as the number of Variant collectors continues to grow. These Marvel's appeared periodically from 1961 thru to the 1980's, with many interruptions. There were many "ND" (Not Distributed) periods in UK, where NO copies (USA or UK) were DISTRIBUTED & thus those issues are scarcer overseas. (Referenced in the 1997-98 McAlpine guide);

The Vintage All-British New material weekly comics (Beano, Dandy, etc) of the 1937-1950's, are totally Alien products to American's, yet they set World Record prices each year in the UK.

WARRIOR (1982-85; Bolland, Bolton, Alan Davis, Gibbons Alan Moore, Morrison, with Marvelman / Miracleman) are in demand at $8-25 each; The classic 2000 AD weekly (Bisley, Bolland, Dan Dare, Dillon, Alan Davis, Fabry, Gibbons, Grant, Alan Moore, Nemesis, JUDGE DREDD, Robo-Hunter, Rogue Trooper, Slaine, Stronium Dog, Stainless Steel Rat, Bryan Talbot, & more) is a must for UK collectors, but little known in the USA; (#2 features the 1st app of Judge Dredd & sells for $200-1000); We sold several 100 UK War comic digests (Battle Picture Library, Commando, & War Picture Library, etc) contain all original UK material (excellent reading & art for WAR Comic Fans) at; (1950's/60's = $6-$20 and 1970's-1980's = $2-$6 each) The HORROR comics by Alan Class, Miller & others, are among our bestsellers. They are B&W Squarebound giants (60-100 pages featuring Vintage USA Horror & SF titles from; Atlas/Marvel, Archie, ACG, Charlton, DC,etc); Alan Class 1950's-1980's sell for $7-$12, with early issues higher. Miller issues from 1960's sell at $12-$30 each ;

The British Hardcover Annuals of 1950's thru 1990's are scarce in the USA & most America collectors have not seen them. They Licensed many of the Major characters of the period, including USA & UK; Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Cartoons, Hanna-Barbera, Walt Disney, TV Series, Cowboys & Westerns, Music Stars. They are packed with Great covers, Comics, Art, Text stories, photo's, puzzles & Games, much of it is new material not seen in USA. Most are in the $12-$25 Price Range, (with 1950/60's at $20-$50); The 1950's DC & Superman Annuals are Scarce to RARE & can command $50 to $150+; If you haven't tried these, you owe it to yourself to pick up 1-2 of your favorite characters & give them a try.

We have probably the best selection in North America of the classic British Hardcover Annuals of 1950's thru 1990's (over 1000 in stock); These were published in December as Christmas Gifts & usually carried the Cover Dates of the following Year. . Most had NO USA distribution, but by the mid to late 1980's, a few of the DIRECT Market Distributors imported them, so they did have some limited USA distribution. These have Great covers, Comics, Art, Text stories, Photo's, Puzzles & Games = MANY contain NEW material never seen in USA. These are consistent Good Sellers; (1976-1990 at $12-$25 ea; 1950-1975 at $20-$50 each); The Rare Superman Annuals of the 1950's bring $20-$300 each; Popular Titles include; Avengers (TV), Avengers (Marvel), Batman, Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, Cheyenne, Dr. Who, Dukes of Hazard, Fantastic Four, Flintstones, Funky Phantom, Huckleberry Hound, Incredible Hulk, Laurel & Hardy, Lone Ranger, Marvel Annuals, Mighty World of Marvel, Planet of the Apes, Roy Rogers, Scooby Doo, Six Million Dollar Man, Space 1999, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superadventure (DC characters), Superman & Batman, Tarzan, Thundercats,Transformers. 2000 A.D., Wagon Train, X-Men & Yogi Bear. Green's Guide to Collecting Annuals with price guide by Paul Green & Laura Taylor is a must if you collect these.

These awesome Annuals, (64-120+ Pages) typically sell for less than the more common Thin Same Vintage American Comics. Everyone should sample at least a few of them. By far our biggest selection of UK comics are those related to Marvel, we have over 10,000 in stock, mostly from 1968-1983 & a smaller selection of 1984 thru early 1990's; Plus we have about 1000 Marvel "POCKET BOOK" comics DIGESTS from the 1980-1982 era; Most of these sell in the $3-$10 each price range. The Main Buyers are Collectors who have Favorite Characters & like to have further COOL and ODD items that their fellow American fans have never seen. Occasionally American fans have been known to vastly Overpay for these items, as they appear to be very rare to new eyes. We also have a decent selection of about 1000 British DC Related Comics. The Bestselling Characters include; Action Force (GI JOE), Avengers, Batman, Captain Britian, Dr Who, Hulk, Planet of the Apes, Silver Surfer, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Superman, Transformers, Wonder Woman, X-Men. >>> In Addition there is a good size group of Buyers who buy these items to further enhance their Collections of their Favorite Creators, including; Adams, Bolland, Byrne, Grant, Kirby, Miller, Alan Moore, Perez, Starlin, Bryan Talbot, & others; Terry Austin, Barry Windsor-Smith, Jim Starlin & other did a notable original work in the 1970's for Marvel UK related titles, that has never been seen in the USA, unfortunately most of it is un-signed & not documented. The 1960's titles with Marvel & DC characters are a lot Scarcer than most USA comics of the same Vintage, (selling at $8-$25 each) titles include; Fantastic, Pow, Terrific, & Smash.


CANADIAN Comics; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];

The rare Golden Age Original Material "Canadian White" Comics were basically non existent on the market this year. Perhaps the World's Biggest collection of different GA Canadian Whites changes hands this year, at very high level prices, but it seems unlikely any of these books will hit the market in the next decade. Where they do appear the Average Current Value for NON-Key issue is; FN=$150; VG=$100; G=$65); The Pre-1947 Canadian Whites of Fawcett (Capt Marvel, Grand Slam, Three Aces, Wow, etc) were re-drawn be Canadian artists, are Still in High demand (Average Value for NON Key issues is; FN=$100; VG=$75 and G=$50); We had many requests for; Triumph (Nelvana of the Northern Lights), Doc Stearne / Mr Monster, Johnny Canuck, & Men of the Mounted, but were not able to turn up a collection of these items this year. There are vintage Canadian Editions of many 1940's & early 1950's USA comics. Those with less pages than their US counterparts sell for about 60% of their USA equivalents. These are 10-50 Times Scarcer than the USA editions, thus the issues with same page counts bring 80-100% the Value of USA Editions. Variant collectors have been known to pay premiums over the value of USA Editions, especially on the Scarcer titles like the Timely's. Canadian Variant's (mostly 1946-1954) include these Publishers; Archie, Atlas, Avon, Classics, DC, Dell, EC, Fawcett, Fiction House, Lev Gleason, Quality, Timely, Toby, & others. The Canadian CLASSIC Variants are the most collected & bring the biggest premiums, at 150-300% Guide; Classics #17-20 with BLANK inside covers are Canadian Editions & are perhaps the rarest of all the Variants. (VG copies are worth in the $100-200 each range); The Canadian EC Comics brig about 60% of USA Values, due to poor Printing.

No copies of the EC variants Weird Suspenstories surfaced this year, but FN copies would still bring $1000 each if they surfaced. I once owned a Captain America Annual (1942) that was a Canadian Printing, if it surfaced again it would likely be the single most Valuable Canadian Comic (estimated at $10,000+ in VG);

Our selection of Canadian French Language comics is still growing with over 3000 in Stock, including Archie, DC & Marvel from the late 1966-1990. Small print runs of 2000-10,000 each, & smaller survival rates, make these desirable & Collectible (Most at $3-$10 each) The New material French language Comic Digests (1950-1970's, Adventure, Jungle, Romance, Western, War) sell at $3-$7 each. & the well known Character Titles bring $5-$12 each; The 1970-1982 Era French HORROR Comic Digests (Italian Reprints & New French Material) are RARE & are the best sellers of them all ate $10-$25 each (These are full of NUDITY, Violence, Bondage, Torture & more, and most have great Covers)

There is a Growing Number of Canadian Comic Completionists interested in getting one each of everything printed from 1961-2006. Perhaps 1/3 or more of what exists in this Era were Promo Giveaways comics on uninteresting subjects, yet would have a 500% Better chance of selling (& at a Higher Price) than an equivalent Comic printed in the USA. It is unknown what exists as there is no decent guide on them. A now notable HOT book in Canada is; EXISTING EARTH #1 (11/1987; 1500 Copies Printed; 22 Pages of comics of Art by BRENT L. BUTT, now the Star of Canada's #1 TV series "Corner Gas"); Canadian artist Owen McCarron is now becoming a bit of a CULT figure among collectors, he is best known for Puzzle Books; Marvel Fun & Games comic, Fireside Marvel Fun & Game books, Marvel Tempo puzzles books. McCarron also did work for Binkly and Doinkel, Spidey Super Stories #29,42,43, Ghost Rider #28 & Super villain Teamup #8;

We have now encountered many VARIANT Collectors who want to Add Canadian Cover Price Newsstand Variant editions to their Collection. Most want the comics of their Favorite Character or Artist, but some just like Variants & will ask for more Obscure Titles. In General these are about 50 to 100 Times Scarcer than a USA Direct Edition Printing. To make matters more difficult, about 90% of them are only G-FN/FN, with about 9% in VF or VF+, and perhaps 1% are in VF.NM or better. Canadian Newsstand Cover Price Variants Existing include; ARCHIE Comics & Digests (1/1984-12/1997), CHARLTON (2/1983-8/1984), DC(10/1982-9/1988), DELL (random 1960-1962, plus Back Cover variants & assorted 1950's Cover Price variants = Regular issues with 15 Cents Covers & Giants with 30 cents covers), GOLD KEY(5-8/1968, and 4/1972-4/1973), HARVEY(1960's Giants with 35 Cent cover prices), MAD (some 1964 & 7/1978-7/1979), MARVEL (All Newsstand Comics, Magazines & Digests from 10/1982-8/1986), WARREN (3/1977-3/1983), WHITMAN (Mainly Early 1981, & 1983-1984); We sell these Variants at 135-200% Guide; High Grade copies have been known to change hands at 300% or More Guide. Very few of these Variants have been graded by CGC. For example, Secret Wars #8 has 1885 Copies Graded, but only ONE Canadian Variant (in FN) on their Census. One day i expect that VARIANT Collectors will regret not buying these sooner.


CAPTAIN CANUCK; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];
Captain Canuck LEGACY#1(9-10/2006), and Legacy Special Edition #1(Limted to 1000 Copies), issued dor the 30th Anniversary of Canada's Most Famous Comic, has once again revitalized interest in all the back issues. The completion of the Mini-Series Legacy #2-4 are to appear in early 2007. Comely tells me the series will have a EVENT that will SHOCK his Fans. Unholy War 1-3 with West Coast Captain (2004-/2005) had a Low Print, under 5000 copies & still sells well, as most Canadian & especially American fans missed them. We again sold over 20 sets of the Original series of #1-14 & Special #1 (1975-1981), they remain scarcer in the USA due to limited distribution. The 1975-1981 issues are getting scarcer in strict VF/NM or better. Captain Canuck #1(7/1975) Has one CGC graded copy in 10.0 and one in 9.9; (The seller of the 10.0 is asking a staggering $5000); I sold several copies of the original over sized #4 (2/1977; 1st Print) in the VG-VF range at $50-$100 each;

I still have never seen in person a rare #4 (2/1977; 2nd Print), but know that they typically bring 400-600% Guide Levels. The unused Capt Canuck Official 1990's Canadian Post Office 8 STAMP Package (with NELVANA & Superman stamps) are fast sellers at $15 per set; Apparently the stamp was one of the most popular Canadian Collectible stamps of all-time. A proposed "special" COIN might surface one day; The TV Cartoon still looks like it might eventually materialize (with an option for a Motion Picture); Captain Canuck has appeared Twice on the cover of TIME magazine. >> Comely has confirmed to me the Small print Runs for Captain Canuck Re-Born (1993/1994); #0(English = 90,000 Copies); #0(French = 6000 Copies); #1(47,000 Newsstand Edition Copies; GREEN cover); #1(40,000 bagged gold cover); #1(French = 6000 Copies); #2(30,000), #3(8,000 Copies), These are all in big demand & very hard to restock, with #3 now a very fast sale at $25+; . 99% of all the Capt Canuck Original Art from the 1975-81 Series' was donated to Canada's National Archives, these the few stray pages there were not are quite rare. The ASHCAN issues #1-A and 1-B (2004) by Mark Shainblum; & Carruthers sell for $15 each; I sold my last copy of CAPTAIN CANUCK #15 on eBay for $127.50; #15 is now a very hard item to find & should list at $50-60 in the Guide; (A Limited Special 2nd Printing might get published one day); Comely's Star Rider & the Peace Machine 1-2 (1982) are getting scarcer too. All Memorabila & Promo items are fast sellers.


CARTOON & COMIC Mass Market Paperbacks; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];

. We have in stock over 4000 Cartoon & Newspaper Comic Strip Mass Market Paperbacks, with perhaps the World's biggest selection of Different Cartoon books. As per usual we sell about 500 or more of these in a typical year. The majority sell to Readers (who are not otherwise Comic Collectors) in the $2 to $5 each range. In almost all cases the later Titles had just one printing & it was much smaller. The Popular Characters typically have 20 to 100 Titles each, with about 50% being Common, 25% Uncommon, & 25% Scarce to Rare. The Scarce titles bring $10-$25, & Rare titles can sell for $25-$50 each; Comic Collectors who cross over into this area of the Hobby often want the Scarcest Titles & often in the Highest grades. (Presumably because they already have the common titles)

Some of the SCARCER & More Valuable Series & Titles (at $10-50 each) include; Archie at Riverdale High Series, Autumn People by Ray Bradbury, Beetle Bailey (Giant Size titles), Berenstains, Best of Creepy, Conchy, Cracked, Dick Tracy, Dracula (Russ Jones), Famous Monsters of Filmland ($50-100 each), Funky Winkerbean, Hagar (Later Titles can be Rare), Harvey Kurtzman (Help, Humbug, Jungle Book etc), High-Camp Super-Heroes, Hocus-Focus, Jimmy Hatlo, (Hatlo's Inferno at $35-50), Lockhorns, Luann, Richie Rich, Rose is Rose, Scooby Doo, Scroogie, Sick, Spirit, Tales form the Crypt, Tales of the Incredible, There Outta be a Law, THUNDER Agents, Tomorrow Midnight by Ray Bradbury, U.S./Acres by Jim Davis, Vampirella (USA & UK), & Vault of Horror. >> The TEMPO PUZZLE Books for both MARVEL and DC circa 1977 are all Scarce, especially Un-Marked and bring $10-$25 each; >> There are over 100 Marvel & DC Related Mass Market Comic related paperbacks in the 1966-1988 Period; The 1960's Titles are Scarce in FN or better & sell at; (G=$6-12; VG=$10-$20; VF=$25-$50); The 1975-1985 Titles are Scarce in VF or better & sell at; (VF/NM=$15-$35; VF=$10-$20; VG=$5-10); The Marvel & DC titles are the Most Requested in High Grade. We got in a nice batch of 9.0-9.6 copies from the Manitoba collection & about 50% of them sold at 25-100% Premiums. But the standard G-FN copies of the Marvel & DC paperbacks remained the bestsellers.


CHARLTON;

We have a giant selection of about 35,000 Charlton Comics, with about 95% of Everything 1960-1986 in stock at all times & about 50% of the Pre-1960 issues too. Thus we always do well with Charlton's. This year the HORROR and Sci-Fi titles were by far the strongest selling titles. We sold 100's of copies in the G-FN ranges, with some buyers buying complete or Near complete sets.

Normally i would say that VF copies are about the Highest grades you will be able to find. But we got in over 150 copies from the MANITOBA collection in 9.0-9.6 Grades & sold 2/3 of them within a few months at 125-200%+ Guide; The 2nd Best Sellers were the TV related Titles & the Hanna Barbera Cartoons mostly in VG-FN/VF at 115-130% Guide; Charlton's of the late 1940's thru 1950's are selling in all grades & are getting harder to find. Kings Features Titles (Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, Phantom, Popeye) are steady sellers, but the Cartoon titles are Under-Valued & are getting hard to restock at the Low Price Levels. Strangely enough, Phantom is one of the most popular comics all around the World, with the exception of USA & Canada. (Australia has over 1500 issues in their Series, the Belgium French issues have several 100 issues). Phantom prices have a lot of room to move upward, especially those issues with the classic Don Newton art. The Superhero, Western & War titles are all solid steady sellers. The over $25 1950's Westerns are a bit slower, but they are scarce, so they eventually sell. I have had a few requests for High Grade copies of the Superhero issues & sold over 50% of all my VF or better copies. In addition, there have been more requests for VF or better Kongo, Gorgo & Reptisaurus, but we only had a handful in such Lofty grades. Charlton Collectors often have a taste for obscure items, so they like the Charlton; Adult Cartoon Titles, SICK magazine, Horror Monsters, Charlton Bullseye, True Western Mags, Fanzines & other Non-Comic items by Charlton.


CHRISTIAN & RELIGION; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];

I have stied to have a wide selection of Religious comics for over 20 years & still have about the best selection around, thus we always sell quite a few of them.

The SPIRE titles are by far the most collected & are perhaps 35-40% of our entire yearly sales. There are 19 Archie Titles & they are always in the Highest demand at 125-150% Guide. The SCARCE Archie Spires titles (bringing 200-250% Guide) include; Archie & Mr. Weatherbee, Archie's Circus, Archie's Date Book, Archie's Festival, Archie's Roller Coaster, Archie's Sports Scene & Christmas with Archie. These 7 Titles make the set very difficult to complete in any grade. In addition there are about 38 Non-Archie Spire titles & many completionists that want them all (we sell them at 125-150% Guide). Spire comics are typically found in G or VG condition, with FN copies being uncommon & VF or better copies being scarce. Easily the Bestsellers (at 150-200% guide) are; HANSI the Girl who loved the Swastika, Hello I'm Johnny Cash, & Tom Landy & Dallas Cowboys. The Barney Bear Series (9 diff) is actually quite hard to put together;

Sunday Pix (David C Cook) are good sellers, with most being uncommon to scarcer, & low prices making them sell fast. Most dealers have only Zero to a handful of copies. The 1949-1955 issues are all scarce to Rare, with over 700 issues in this series (one of the biggest titles in comics history), the set is nearly impossible to complete. The David C Cook Mass Market Paperback SERIES (1973-1977) are in demand, (at $6-$12 each) including; (A) the Picture BIBLE for All Ages, (B) JESUS and the EARLY CHURCH (C) CHRISTIAN FAMILY CLASSICS, & (D) TULLUS in the Ancient Roman Empire; TOPIX (Catechetical Guild, thus related to Classics) had over 150 different issues, yet there are almost ZERO copies for sale on the market. Topix are among the most requested of all Religious comics & among the hardest to find in ANY grade. I know several buyers who have been trying to complete the set for over a decade & are having a hard time getting past the half way point.

BOY'S LIFE Magazine has both Boy Scout & Christian Theme's & Includes COMICS. The 5 issue Gilberton Pub series Best from Boys Life collects some of these stories. Thus the MAG is both Classics illustrated & Christian Comic related & are collectible. CRUSADERS #1-17 art by Jack T. Chic, feature superb art, along with in your face, fire & brimstone type messages, loaded with religious propoganda = Thus they are recommended just for being over-the-top. The Jack T. Chic "Tracks" mini comics (over 75 different, not listed in guide) i remain quite collectible with most at $1-$3 each, but Scarce to Rare titles at $10-25+; We carry a wide assortment of assorted Publisher RELIGIOUS Comics, & these remain steady sellers with most in the $4-12 range; Life of POPE John Paul-II #1 is the bestselling of all Christian comics at 200-300% Guide;

Other consistent DC & Marvel sellers include Easter Story, Francis Brother of the Universe #1, Life of Christ, Limited Collectors Edition C-36 (Bible), Mother Theresa & Life of Christ, Pilgrims Progress, Screwtape Letters.

With over 500 issues in the series, Treasure Chest is also one of the biggest titles in comics history. We have about 2000 in stock, so many fans come to us to fill holes in their sets. Most of what we sell are G-FN copies, with little demand for higher graded copies. Volume 1-10 (1946-1955) and Volume 26-27(1971-1972) are the best sellers at 125-150% Guide, with the other issues being more common & selling at 110-125% Guide; A good number of fans are trying to complete their favorite serialized stories & we often flip thru issues to find where stories start & end, as lond as they can ID at least one issue in the series.


CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED & Related;
Never Hot, but Always a dependable seller, Classics Come & Go at a steady rate. Normally we sell a lot of Reading Copies, but that was down a bit this year. This year the majority of issues we sold were in the VG-VF range. We sold a larger than usual Pre HRN #160 Non-Originals this year, it seems about 6-8 Collectors wanted to whittle away at getting a complete set of one copy each of all 1500+ different Printings of the main 169 issues & middle grade was the most popular. The Pre HRN #160 Reprints are undervalued as they are 45-55 Years old with most still under $10 in FN, thus Dealer Stocks are dried up on these affordable copies. We also sold quite a few $50-$250 Range Originals. The First appearance of New Art & New cover issues are in high demand, as they are a different type of Original. Many buyers as they become more Advanced Collectors, start by picking up at least one copy each of all each New Art & New Cover issues, as well as the Originals, this makes the 1-2 Printing issues all that much tougher to keep in stock and/or find. Most Buyers also want a set each of World Around Us & Classics Special Issue, once they have most or all the CI #1-169.

Canadian Variant Editions (NOT Listed in Overstreet) of #1-74 are in high demand, selling at 150-400% of the USA Editions values. The issues that contain illustrated Text stories on the inside covers, that appear ONLY in Canadian Editions, are the highest demand items. "Canadian Originals" (HRN within 6 numbers higher than the actual issue number) are valued in in-between the value of the closest US reprint & the US Original. Jack Lake Productions has so far Restored & Reprinted about 30 CLASSICS JR & SR Comics, they are high Quality, so we carry them all & Recommend Them. Gilberton Classic Junior's steady once again, with Originals the Most Popular this Year. The Junior's with HRN #576's are usually the Most Common. About 1/3 of all Junior's are Common (in ANY printing), another 1/3 are Uncommon & about 1/3 are Scarce. The Low Values for the Scarce issues makes them disappear fast & most dealers are almost always sold out. So putting together a set is not as easy as Guide Values would indicate. We carry a Huge Assortment of Non-Gilberton CLASSICS Related items & have a good following of buyers for these uncommon to scarce items.


COMIC DIGESTS;

All Comic digests were in demand all year long. We have about 10,000 Archie Digests & 5,000 Other Misc Comic Digests in stock, so we have almost no competition on these. Demand for High Grade Digests has more than doubled in the last 2 Years. Collectors are realizing the Scarcity of these little Gems in High Grade more all the time. As of 10/2006 CGC has only graded 4 different Golden Comics Digests & only 3 Different each of Disney & Mystery Comics Digests, with only 24 of the 71 Different Best of DC Digests Slabbed. From the MANITOBA Collection we got in about 200 Archie Digests from the 1974-1985 Era in grades ranging from 9.0 thru 9.6, and we sold over 90% of them RAW (NOT CGC graded) in only a few months at 125-200% Guide & Up. (Most of these are likely the Highest Graded copies still existing); The 1974-1976 Archie Digests are all Scarce in even FN/VF (Getting Scarcer in ANY grade), the 1977-1985 issues are Scarce in VF or better. We also sold 100's of

G-FN copies to Fans who where filling holes in their sets.

The Gold Key Comic Digests (Golden, Mystery & Walt Disney) are getting SCARCER all the time, along with the Rare "Story Digests" (Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Ripleys, Tarzan), these are among our regular Bestsellers (at 125%-150% Guide in G-FN). I turned up a small collection in High Grade & will probably send them to CGC, with most sure to be the Highest Graded copies existing.

. The Harvey Digests were in about double the demand this year. VF or better copies are scarce & in highest demand. (1977-1985 Digests at 120-135% guide; the Scarcer1986-1993 at 150-200% Guide). In Most Cases the 25% Highest numbers in each set are 2-6 Times Scarcer than the issue #1's *& i often sell than for more than the first issues; >>> Still selling well at 150-200% Guide are; Dennis the Menace Pocket Full of Fun #1-50 (#1-15 SCARCE in ANY grade) and Dennis & His Friends #38-46 Digests are in HIGH demand in all grades (at 150-200% Guide);

The DC Digests are in constant Demand at 120-135% Guide, with G-FN/VF being Most popular. We got in a batch of 9.0-9.6 Copies in the Manitoba Collection & sold about 50% of them in a few months at 125-200%+Guide ; DC Digest Titles include; Adventure #491-503, Best of DC #1-71(with 41-71 low print), DC Special Blue Ribbon #1-24, DC Special Series #18,19,23,24, Jonah Hex & other Western Tales 1-3, Tarzan Digest #1; Compare the 1996 Guide Values to the 2006 prices, you will see these have proven to be great investments & should continue to perform. >> We turned up a couple copies each of the rare Skylark Digests (1979) of Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze & Stories from the Twilight Zone, with all selling fast at 200% Guide;

Almost NO copies of Rare Charlton & Related Comic Digests (Barney & Betty, Bugs Bunny, Flinstones, Jetsons, Pebbles & Bamm-Bamm, Road Runner, Scooby Doo, Space: 1999, Woody Woodpecker & Yogi Bear) surfaced this year. Most are only found in FA-VG grades, with FN being High Grade. I have sold several of these, when i manage to locate them in about this Price Range; (VG=$35; G=$25; FA=$15 each) >> The Marvel digests (Alf, Dennis, GI Joe, Haunt of Horror, Spider-Man, Star & Transformers) are in steady demand in this Price Range; (VF=$10; FN=$7; VG=$5; G=$3 each); Most of the copies we find and sell are in the VG-FN/VF range. These are already scarce in VF or better, & especially in VF/NM or better. Only a handful have so far been graded by CGC. This year i had a Several Requests for 9.0 or Better investment copies & i sold almost every one in stock.


CONDITION SHOCK and CGC

When Collector's & Dealer's first get hit with the reality that their long time perceptions of the STRICT grading of comics in the Current Marketplace (ie; Since CGC came into existence) are completely and utterly WRONG, they often go into what i call "Condition Shock". This usually does NOT hit home until; (A) They send in their prized comics to CGC, or (B) They BUY their first CGC comics; (C) They attempt to sell their vastly overgraded comics to a professional Dealer. Once they come to know more about grading there is often a pause in their collecting where they decide if they want to exit the hobby, or begin again anew, armed with more powerful knowledge. It is extremely commonplace for Dealers to have in fact submitted dozens or even 100's of books to CGC, thus know more than well what a NM 9.4 book looks like, yet they will choose to sell a RAW copy as a NM when they intrinsically know would likely only get a VF 8.0 at CGC. This is especially true on most comics priced at under $50. It is just so much easier to grade anything VF or better and call it NM, than to take the needed time to properly scrutinize every single individual comic. Since the great majority of collector's do not question the grading of $10 and under comics in particular, they actually encourage the practice by buying with no regard to the grade. This is just fine for those who just like to READ comics, but if have any intention at all of considering you collection a long term investment, you should educate yourself as much as possible by; (1) Buying & reading the Overstreet Grading guide cover to cover; (2) VERY carefully examine dozens of CGC graded comics to Truly understand the industry standard. If you want your investment to have future liquidity, you need to know at least this much.

We constantly get offered so very many many collections, that are in most cases very common slow selling items, & are obviously way overgraded, with these we usually do not want to get into the prolonged discussions of why we are not interested. Several things become an automatic turn-off along with the offering of collections; (1) Commonplace use of the grade of NM, or especially MINT on far too many items in the collection to be realistic; (2) The mention that "Everything is BAGGED and BOARDED" as if that is an actual grade meaning that everything is MINT; (3) The mention that it is an Original Owner collection, so everything MUST be either NM to MINT. In these given scenarios, the automatic assumption is that, Here is yet another collection of common books that are probably only in FN/VF to VF range. to in REALITY be in these lofty grades, the Collector would had to spent hours every week personally searching for the best possible copies he could find, looking for the Least Possible minor STRESS marks, (with Lack of Stress taking precedence over Factory Flaw Free copies), then never having read the comics, then bagged & boarded them immediately, carefully storing them for investment purposes. This would show the makings of a collection of possible providence & many dealers interest would rise greatly, even on cheaper books. But 99% of the collectors who claim to have these grades when selling, actually do NOT. If the collection had a lot of CGC graded Books, that would be another matter entirely.

This is WHY i think 1980's comics will gain momentum in the years to come, because HIGH GRADE 1980's comics are simply NOT as common as is the current school of thought. Look again at your 1980's comics, if you hand picked them, you probably looked for copies with good alignment & NO factory Flaws, thus NOT selecting the best copies by today's strict standards. MOST 1990's comics purchased Brand New & are in collections thought to be High Grade are in fact only VF/NM, 9.0 copies, with MOST 1980's in fact being only VF, 8.0 copies. Just TRY to put together a STRICT NM, 9.4 Set of Moon Knight (1980-84) with all those BLACK covers, a very tough task to say the least. (in grades that WILL hold up, if submitted to CGC); [If you are NOT buying CGC copies, you might have to look at 100's or 1000's of copies in dealer inventories];

We again sold 1000's of 9.0 & better RAW (Non-CGC graded) comics, mags, & treasuries from the 50,000+ Book "Manitoba" collection, mostly from 1975-1985. (VF/NM raw copies sold at 9.2 prices; 9.2 copies bring 150% Guide; 9.4 raw copies bring 200% Guide); There seems to be very little competition on these still affordable books in STRICT High Grade, likely because they are getting less & less common in Investment grades. We sold a lot of Odd Format items (Books, Calendars, Digests, Fanzines, Magazines, Paperbacks, Portfolios, Posters, Promo Items, Records, Trade Paperbacks, Treasury's, etc); Most of these items were not bagged at time of purchase, thus they can be quite scarce in high grades. These should be watched carefully, as they are probable great future investments in higher grades.

On OLDER Comics of the Bronze & Silver Age, more & more buyers have been taking note that in the price guide, 8.0 is now directly related in price to 9.0 and 9.2 copies & thus is the beginning of High Grade. As these comics continue to climb in price, VF 8.0 copies seem more reasonable in price, & more available so that it becomes easier to aim for a Complete Set of your favorite title. Thus VF and VF+ copies have become a bit more popular of late, especially given that they can be purchased at closer to guide prices, whereas NM range comics typically involve multiples of guide. Many ordinary comics are very scarce in even VF. For example i attempted to put together a set of Boris Karloff #1-20, in VF or better for a Client & found only #1 and #2 were easy to find, due to the higher prices.

When one takes into account that the Guide prices are meant to relate values for STRICTLY graded comics, suddenly it comes into focus that the guide values are much more accurate than many would otherwise understand. Just walk a convention floor & you will find 100's of examples of FN comics priced at VF prices, with the seller complaining that the books will not sell at guide prices.

This year i made many proactive searches to fulfill want lists for clients, with eBay being one major place for searches. Again i found the great majority of items to typically be overgraded by a full grade (ie; a VF was actually a FN, etc). But there seems to be a turning point & i did indeed run across a few excellent graders on eBay.

There is a LOT of talk about High Grade comics, mainly because there is greater amounts of money involved, thus the "Reader" often feels neglected in these Market Reports. Let me be very clear; There is still a HUGE Number of collectors who just love comics & they buy ordinary affordable G, VG and FN condition comics. Most just want a reasonable looking copy that is not defaced. But there is also a giant group of buyers who want the lowest possible grade complete copy they can find, as long as the price is cheaper. We sell 1000's of books to these buyers year in & year out & have in fact sold millions of low grade comics over the last 35 Years. It is commonplace for me to be SOLD OUT of LOW GRADE copies because demand is so very high on some titles (Such as; Dracula Lives,

Marvel's John Carter comics, Doc Savage Paperbacks #100-125, Planet of the Apes Mags #21-29 & many more); These buyers often do not give a hang about investment, if it happens it is just a lucky bonus. These buyers always have & always will get great respect from me, as they are the backbone of which our incredible hobby it based. Perhaps one day they might graduate to an investor. Or perhaps the little kid in them will stay with them the rest of their lives & they will continue to just buy for enjoyment. I salute them all.


DC COMICS;
We sold a lot of 1950's & 1960's DC's this year, typically in VG average condition. We had a nice run of VF range DC Horror & SF comics from the same era & most of those are already gone too. Silver Age Batman was by far the strongest. SA books that were related to Infinite Crisis & other new DC Storyline's were in very high demand, especially the early appearances of CAT-MAN (Detective #311, 318, 325); Low to mid grade Detective #311's brought 300-600% Guide on eBay for several months. All 1960's appearances of Batgirl, Catwoman & Batwoman were in very high demand, often bringing 25-50% Premiums over guide. Both Supergirl & Wonder Woman saw strong demand in the SA. Detective #411 (5/1971; 1st app TALIA al GHUL) was Hot all year long. FLASH comics with classic villains saw a sharp rise in demand, for example; #130 (7/1962; 1st GAUNTLET of Super-villains = Trickster, Captain Cold, The Top, Captain Boomerang, & Mirror Master); Collectors have also begun to hunt down unknown or nearly forgotten Prototype's in SA DC, in particular; Superman #125(11/1958; 1st app of Lois Lane as the Original Power Girl) and Batman #139(1st app Original Batgirl);

We need to watch the Hot Worlds Finest #178(9/1968; 1st App Super Nova, a major character in the modern "52" series; Neal Adams-c); All SA DC with Neal Adams art were very strong all year, but especially those with his Covers, many fans have completed their sets of his interior art. Batman #227 and Tomahawk #116 are still in huge demand, especially in higher grades. There is only one CGC graded copy of Tomahawk #116 in 9.2 (if a 9.4 ever hits the market, surely it will bring $500-1000);

POWER GIRL was the Break-Out HOT back issue DC character of the year, due to events in new comics. In a 3 month period i sold over 50 copies of ALL-STAR Comics #58 on eBay in all grades at 150%-200% Guide values, most with Buy-it-Now. Power Girl also made all these issues HOT; ALL-STAR #59-74, Adventure Comics #461-466, DC Comics Presents #56, JLA #171, 172, 183-185, Power Girl (1988 Mini series), SECRET ORIGINS #11(2/1987), Showcase #97-99 & others;

All Bronze Age & Newer issues of JLA were Hot all year long, especially the later cheaper issues. Even hotter were All Bronze Age & Newer issues of JSA, with many items bringing 25-50% Premiums. JLA #101-261 are due for price increases, especially the very undervalued #158 up; All issues of JLA over #100 with JSA Crossovers are tough to keep in stock, as they sell 2-3 times faster than other issues & need to be increased in value in guide. Many sellers are sold out of most JSA appearance issues.

Other HOT issues reacted to CRISIS, 52 & other events in new Comics; Action #544, 583, 598, ALL-STAR SQUADRON (DC; 1981-1987), Animal Man #10,22-24(Early Psycho Pirate at $10-20 each), Batman #357, 475, Crisis #1-12, DC Comics Presents #77, 78, 86, 94 & (#87 = 1st Superboy Prime blazing hot in $20-$40 range) & Annual #1(1st Alex Luthor) , Detective Comics #474, Flash #275- 276(death Iris), 323-324(death Reverse Flash), Freedom Fighters 1-15 (move from Earth-X to Earth-1), Green Lantern (2nd series) #145(1st app Kyle Rayner), JLA #166-168 (1st Mindwipe storyline), Last Days of JSA, LEGENDS OF THE DC UNIVERSE: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS (One-Shot; 2/1999; LOW Print), SECRET ORIGINS (1986-1990; Mark Waid editor; All NEW & UPDATED ORIGINS, for the POST-CRISIS World of DC), Secret Society of Super-villains 1-15, Shazam #28, Suicide Squad #23 [1st App ORACLE {Batgirl}], Superman #414(2nd Superboy Prime), 423, Swamp Thing #37, & others; All vintage HUNTRESS appearances are up in demand (DC Superstars #17, Adventure, Wonder Woman 271-321); The early New Teen Titans by Perez are hotter than they have been in over 20 years; DC Comics Presents #26, NTT #1-10 and Tales of New TT #42-44 & Annual #3 are all in huge demand & selling out in dealer inventories in all grades. High Number issues of Titles that were canceled in the original CRISIS Era are suddenly in high demand, but especially in high grade investment copy grades, including; Brave & Bold #141-200, Daring adventures of Supergirl 1-23, DC Comics Presents #26-96, Flash #289-350 (Trial issues 340-350 in short supply), Green Lantern #116-196, JLA #166-261, Legion #259-300, Superman 400-423, Wonder Woman #271-329, World's Finest #244-282, 320-323;

From the High Grade "MANITOBA collection", we again sold over 1000 DC comics in the 9.0 to 9.8 range from the 1975-1985 Era. Almost all worthwhile 1980-1985 DC titles sold well in investment grades of 9.0 or better Collectors seem to be noticing they are in shorter supply than thru equivalent Marvel's. DC has a strong share of the new comics market today, but did not have same in the 1975-1985 era, thus supplies are NOT plentiful. I have been needing to restock more of these titles lately as my supplies continue to diminish. DC Digests & Treasury's are SCARCE in 9.0 or better & continue to see good demand.

Oddball material sold moderately well at 120-135% guide, typically in the more ordinary G-FN grades in which the are usually found, including; Amazing World of DC, Cartoon, Digests, Fanzines, Fireside Books, Funny Animal, Giveaways, Humor, Magazines, Paperbacks, Parody, Romance, Teenage, Treasuries, TV, & Western. All DC Horror title was again strong this year, especially early Adams & Wrightson issues. Weird War was especially strong right thru to the last issue, as later issues also had great Key's. We would have sold even more, but did not find enough High Grade copies. We saw a big growth in demand all year for the DC "DOLLAR" Comics. Their "Roundbound" nature with too many pages caused stress at the staples & mass deterioration of the still existing copies on the market, thus they are getting harder & harder to find in high grades. All DC WAR titles were great sellers in all grades, with HIGH GRADE copies the most popular for the first time, followed by Low Grade reading copies. 1975-1980's Sgt Rock, Haunted Tank, & Unknown Soldier were all in equal high demand in higher grades this year. 1950's thru 1974 issues sold best in G thru FN grades. I could have sold a lot more high grade 1970-1974 DC WAR, if i was able to restock them.


DELL;

There is a Huge widespread following for for most of the comics they ever produced. But that should be expected, as they Licensed most of the major worthwhile Family Entertainment Properties of the Movies, TV, Radio, Newspaper Comics, Walt Disney, Walter Lantz, Westerns, Looney Tunes, & more, for over 2 Decades. They sold Big Quantities of most of these comics right from 1940 thru 1962 & beyond. DELL comics have a much higher survival rate than most other comics of the period, & this is now part of their appeal. As they are more plentiful, most sets are reasonable easy to complete with some legwork, and they are available at much lower prices, than most of Vintage comics of the period, & you get to collect well known popular characters. So what's not to Like?

With TV, Cable, DVD (& DVD complete seasons), VHS, & Internet constantly Re-running old TV Shows & Movies around the World, Continued, New & Revived interest are being stirred up every day. Overseas buyers just love old Dell's & they have been disappearing forever in fairly large quantities, to these buyers for over a decade via internet. On top of that, 1000's sell well each & every week on eBay, with Large Quantities selling to the General Public Fans & otherwise Non-Comic-Collector's. (These buyers often do not understand that high grade copies are worth huge premiums & generally go after the G and VG range copies);

Normally the Newspaper Strip Reprint Titles (Tip Top, Crackerjack Funnies, Super Comics, plus the Non-Dell Ace, Sparkler, etc) are slow sellers, but of late have been selling to eager Overseas buyers at near guide, then suddenly out of nowhere, a few aggressive bought almost my entire inventory of these titles. So to fill in gaps for my clients, i started buying off eBay & noticed prices have been climbing there & you can no longer get them at low wholesale prices.

>> The Most Popular Titles (at 115-135% guide for FA- FN copies) included; Most PHOTO-c Four Color's, Air War, Beetle Bailey, Ben Bowie, Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Big Valley, Bonanza, Brain Boy, Bugs Bunny, Bullwinkle, Cheyenne, Chilly Willy, Cisco Kid, Colt 45, Combat, Creature, Dick Tracy, Dracula, Felix the Cat, Flintstones, Flying Nun, Flying Saucers, Frankenstein, Fritzi Ritz (with Peanuts), F-Troop, Gene Autry, Get Smart, Ghost Stories, Gunsmoke, Have Gun will Travel, Hogans Heroes, Howdy Doody, Huckleberry Hound, I Love Lucy, Indian Cheif, Jetsons, all John Wayne, Jungle Jim, King of Royal Mounted, Little Lulu, Lone Ranger, Looney Tunes, Maverick, Melvin Monster, Monkees, Mummy, Nancy, Neutro, Nukla, Peanuts, Ponytail, Popeye, Rawhide, Red Ryder, Rifleman, Roy Rogers, Sgt Preston, Smokey Stover, Tarzan, Thirteen, Toka, Tonto, Turok, Twilight Zone, Voyage to Bottom of Sea, Western Roundup, Yogi Bear, Zane Grey & Zorro.

About 95% of Dell Buyers want G-FN copies & Price Resistance begins at FN/VF, with VF thru 9.0 copies being the Slow sellers. It seems the G-NM Price Spread is a bit too wide in Overstreet, as many of the G range copies sell very fast & in fact are undervalued. If the Price Spread was narrower then FN/VF up copies would be more appealing & would sell better. Investors normally are not interested in High Grade Dells, with the exceptions of; Key, Rare & Artist issues, but these are usually not the issues available, so they quit looking & go elsewhere.


FANZINES, Misc Comic & Cartoon Magazines;
We have over 10,000 Different Assorted Comic Related Magazines (Not by Major Publishers), Prozines & Fanzines, most of which are not listed in Overstreet. Over 50% of these are not well known to the Majority of Collectors & Dealers alike. It is much easier to deal in the safe & well defined world of Marvel & DC comics. But for those of us who like Oddball items, Unexplored & Forgotten items, Hidden Treasures, Wide Variety, items that are scarce to Rare in ANY grade, & are otherwise just plain Jaded with the Status Quo in the hobby - These mags offer a lot of excitement.

The fact that there are no guide price actually enhance the appeal to a lot of Fans. There have been attempts to Catalog & make a Price Guide, but there is so much forgotten & unknown material, & just so many items, that the task is just too big. A lot of the value depends on; What is on the cover, Rarity & Print Runs, Publisher, Writers & Artists, interviews, featured articles & Characters, so values can vary wisely within an given title. The 1960's Ditto (Mimeograph) early Fanzines had print runs of 50-500 copies or less, with Likely 75% of those copies lost & destroyed over the years. The 1961-1965 issues are especially RARE, & depending on the Contents can bring $35-$150 each, with the 1966-1970 Ditto zines in the $15-$50 each price range. Every Time we get in a collection of these, i sell about 75% of them within a Year. They are getting very hard to find, but i just got in a batch of about 100 of them & will Catalog them soon. I am excited to see what hides in the Contents of these Crude, but Historically Important Gems.

Some of the more Popular Titles we carry worth collecting include; Chas Adams books, Alan Moore 's Big Numbers, Ariel Book of Fantasy (Frazetta, Jones, Smith, Corben, etc), Alter Ego, Amazing Heroes, Apple Pie, Art of Neal Adams, Adams index, Asterix, Bananas, Barbarella, Basically Strange, Blast (Wrightson & Kaluta), Breazy Rider, Buried Treasure, Capt George's Comic World, Cartoonist Profile, CFA-APA limited Fanzines (Print Runs around 60 copies each; Sterakno, Byrne, Perez, etc; $100-$200 each), Collector's Dream (George Olsevski), Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Marketplace, Comics Buyers Guide, COMICS Calendars, Comics Feature, Comics Interview, Comics Journal, Comics Revue, Comic Reader, Comic Shop News, Comixscene, Convention Programs (Seuling NY, Creation, San Diego, etc), CPL(Charlton Fanzine, Byrne etc), Cracked, , Diamond Previews, Doctor Weird (Starlin), Dragon Lady Press Mags, Dynamite, Electric Company mag (Spidey Super Stories), ERBdom, FRAZETTA Titles, FLASHBACK (Alan Light), Fuddle Duddle, Fun comics (Paragon), Gasm, Golden Age, Goose, Graphic Story, Harpoon (Adams, Chaykin, Stalin, Simonson), Heavy Metal, Hot Dog, Hot Stuf (Sal Q), International Insanity (Adams, Heath), Laugh-In, Le Beaver (Canadian), Look-In UK), Lucky Luke, MAD, Masters of Universe mag, Mediascene, Menomonee Falls Gazette & Guardian, Monster Times, Myth Adventures, Neat Stuff, NEMO, Nostalgia Journal (later Comics Journal), Omniverse, Overstreet Advanced Collector (combines with CBM at #22 up), Peterson's Mags (CARtoons, CYCLEtoons, SURFtoons, etc), Phantacea, RBCC, Sick, Sojourn (1977), Spa Fon, Squa Tront, Star Studded Comics (Starlin, etc), Steve Canyon mag, Taboo, Tandra, Thimk, Tintin, Titan Graphic Novels. Trump, Wacko, Weirdo, Witzend, Wizard, Wrightson titles, Zany, Zippy the Pinhead, etc, The majority of these items are in the affordable $5-$20 each price range.


GOLD KEY (NON Disney);

As with Dell, Gold Key is loaded with eternally Popular Characters of TV, Movie & Cartoons, so they will continue to have a strong following for decades to come. About 75% of buyers just enjoy the titles and want copies in ordinary affordable G-FN Grades. The Frank Miller Twilight Zone #84, 85 were in huge demand at 300-400% Guide in ANY grade; >>> DEMAND for High Grade VF or better copies was very strong for these selected titles (at 115-135% Guide); Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Doc Savage, Dr Solar, Green Hornet, Korak, John Carter, Magnus, Mars Patrol, Mighty Samson, Munsters, Phantom, Ripley's, Scooby Doo, Space Family Robinson, Star Trek, Super TV Heroes, Tarzan, Turok, Twilight Zone, Wild Wild West & all Hanna-Barbera #1 & Key issues. (ALL these titles were also great sellers in G-FN/VF);

Investor's have discovered what an Bargain all the Previous Titles are, when compared to their Marvel & DC equivalents, plus the added fact they they are usually Scarce in even VF, thus i expect these should continue to preform very well over the next decade & beyond. Now is a good time to get them, while still reasonable. [Magnus & Doc Solar are the GK Big Guns equivalent of the Similar vintage Marvel Spider-Man & Fantastic Four, at about 1-2% of the Prices & are both Superb Classic Titles];

>>> Whitman Variant Editions (11/1971 thru 3/1980) & the 1968 Canadian Newstand Variant cover price issues, continued to interest Variant collectors at 120-150% Guide;

>> Other Better selling Titles (at 110-125% Guide), included; Addams Family, Amazing Chan, Avengers(TV), Banana Splits, Battle of the Planets, Beetle Bailey, Beneath Planet of Apes, Bullwinkle, Dagar, Family Affair, Fat Albert, Flash Gordon, Fun-In, Funky Phantom, Gomer Pyle, Grimm's Ghost, Happy Days, H.R. Pufnstuf, Inspector, Jetsons, Kroft Supershow, Lancelot Link, Land of Giants, Little Monsters, Lone Ranger, Looney Tunes, Lucy Show, Mighty Mouse, Nancy & Sluggo, Occult Files of Dr Spector, Peanuts, Phantom, Pink Panther, Popeye, Space Ghost, Spine Tingling Tales, Three Stooges, UFO Flying Saucers, Underdog, Wacky Races, Wacky Witch, & Zody the Mod Rob.


HARVEY;

High Grade 1960's & older Harvey Cartoon comics are in Huge Demand, especially key issues & are becoming solid investments. With the 9.6 Richie Rich #1 bringing near 10 Times Guide, it is now apparent there are serious buyers. For most Key issues, only 5 or less CGC graded copies in 9.0 or better exist. Rare early issues & CGC Graded copies set record prices, often even in VF range grades. 1970's to early 1980's issues in High Grades are also often requested, but especially for Richie Rich titles, as they are fondly remembered by several generations that grew up with them.

We had a nice batch of 9.0 to 9.6 copies of 1976-1984 Richie Rich comics from the MANITOBA Collection & we sold most of them in less than 2 months. Other than these, i rarely come across High Grade Harvey's, so i cannot cater to the High Grade around on most of these. Instead i have a good stock of about 20,000 RICHIE RICH Comics & 10,000 MISC HARVEY (NON Richie Rich) Comics, of which about 95% are in G-FN grades, with only a small selection of VF or better. Other than the investors, the great majority of my buyers are more than happy with G-FN graded copies. Putting together complete sets of most Long Running Harvey Titles in ANY grade, can be a very difficult task, as other than my own inventory, there are very few dealers with a decently size stock. There are many moderate sized Collections of Mid Grade 1975-1992 Casper, Richie Rich & Sad Sack's = Other than these, almost everything else are both Great Sellers & nearly impossible to restock once sold out. They are too expensive to buy hap-hazard on eBay with individual postage rates added to each single issue needed. The DIGESTS are becoming more highly collected, with the last few issues in each run being Scarcer.

>>> The Highest Demanded titles (at 125-150% Guide) included Titles with; Baby Huey, Harvey Hits, Hot Stuff, Little Dot , Little Audrey, Spooky, Squarebound Giants, & Stumbo, Wendy & all Pre-1976 Richie Rich. Also in Strong demand (at 110-125% Guide) were all Titles with; Casper, Richie Rich 1996 up, Sad Sack. All the other titles are moderate sellers at 110-125% Guide. We consistently sell 100's of these comics year in in year out in ordinary G-FN grades, to very happy buyers who are often glad to find them in any condition.

>> Many people have forgotten or never knew that Harvey published Hanna Barbera comics in the circa 1990, these are Low Print & already getting hard to find (VF+ range copies bring $4-6) including; Flintstones, HB Big Book & Giant Size, Huckleberry Hound, Jetsons, Pebbles & Bamm Bamm, & Yogi Bear. In addition, the Scooby Doo titles are is extra High Demand & bring $6-12 each in VF+ range; All the other forgotten Circa 1988-1994 Titles had low Print Runs, with the #1's uncommon & all the other numbers Low Print & getting scarcer each year (VF+ copies at $4-$6 each) including; Alvin, Back to the Future, Beethoven, Beetle Bailey, Beetlejuice, Felix the Cat, Little Dracula, Muppet Babies, Monster in my Pocket, New Kids on the Block (no kidding, they are selling), Pink Panther, Popeye, Saved by the Bell, Stone Protectors (1-3 & Promo not listed in Guide), Tom & Jerry, Underdog & Woody Woodpecker. Completing a set of these 1988-1994 Titles is not an easy task & in a few more years will become a lot tougher, so now is the time to get them.


IW & SUPER Reprints; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];

LOW Guide values are a big attraction for these comics. Many have Pre-Code reprints at much lower prices than the slightly earlier vintage Original, but at a fraction of the price. None of these comics carry the Comic Code, in a time period when all comics should have had them. They published a wide variety of Genre's, with the Horror/SF, Western & War titles being the bestsellers The Superhero, Jungle, Teenage, Humor & Romance titles are are all moderate sellers. Funny Animal & Cartoon titles are generally the slowest. Many issues contain Top Artists including; Powell, DeCarlo, Frazetta, Wood, Kirby, Crandall, Ward, Kinstler, Lou Fine, Severin, Cole, Krigstein, Davis, Heath & Others. Amazingly, these books are 40-50 Years old, yet Most Reading copies are only in the $5-$10 range.

There are a lot of Completionists for these titles. About 1/3 are Common,, another 1/3 are Uncommon, with 1/3 being Scarce to Rare. I sell these for minimum prices of; G=$4; VG=$7; FN=$10; VF=$18, and the More collectible titles sell for about 50-100% Higher. The Guide lists far too many under $20 with many as low as $12-14 in NM-, this needs to changed so that none list under $20, the perhaps more would come out of the woodworks & hit the marketplace. Those who like old cheap books usually buy Reading Copies. The Completionist generally prefer the Higher Graded copies. The scarcer titles tend to sell instantly when listed, as they are very undervalued in the guide & due for an upward price adjustment.


LOVE & ROMANCE;

We have a HUGE selection of Love & Romance comics. (Assort Golden Age & Silver Age, Atlas, Marvel, DC, Harvey, Charlton, ACG, & others); There are 5 main reasons People collect them; (1) For the GGA {Good Girl Art}, & in many cases the BAD girl art (poorly drawn); (2) SCARCITY due to LOW print runs. Survival rates are even lower than most genre's, as most were saved by the Non-Collecting General Public; (3) Because they were held by Non-Collectors, they are usually only found in Lower Grades; So many like to try to find High Grade copies of items that are Rare in HG. (4) For the Great Art. Almost every big name from the 1950-1980 Era did a few Love Comics, including; Frazetta, Wood, Crandall, Matt Baker, Williamson, Neal Adams, Steranko, Kirby, Buscema, Colan, Romita & Many others; (5) and Because many Fans are Completionists of Publishers (especially Marvel & DC), or of ERA's (Especially Bronze or Silver age);

Over 90% of the Buyers are more than happy to buy them in ordinary G-FN Grades. I picked up a fairly big collection of over 300 Charlton Love comics from 1960-1975 in VF or better & sold a bunch initially, but then they slowed down, as most Charlton fans seem to perfer the more affordable G-FN copies. We usually have on Hand a good selection (700-1000) of MISC Publisher 1948-1962 Era Romance Comics & these are Steady Good sellers for us at 110-125% Guide, as not a lot of other Dealers seem to want to carry them. The Painted Cover, Photo Cover & Artist issues are the best sellers. The Canadian Superior Titles have a decent following. Those with Movie Stars or Movie adaptions were among the best sellers this year, including; Movie Love & Personal Love. Naturally, Matt Baker issues continue to Fly out the door at 120-135% Guide; We had a few collector's filling out their Harvey Titles (First Love, First Romance, Hi-School Romance, Love Problems & Advice, etc) at 110-125% Guide;

All KIRBY Art titles move consistently well (especially Young Love & Young Romance); Atlas/Marvel titles almost all sell in all grades, but this year not as well as the Teenage titles. Marvel's Our Love Story & My Love are in the heart of the Bronze Age & are on many completionists lists, they remain the #1 Top selling of all Romance Comics. Both are SCARCE in even VF or better & sell fast in these grades, with VF/NM or better been INSTANT sellers. STERANKO's Mod-Classic Our Love Story #5 is always in huge demand & is still on of our top-25 Best Selling Bronze Age comics at 150-200% Guide; Gothic Tales of Love #1-3 rarely surface & remain very rare. Just this week i managed to Buy #1,2, these are likely the highest graded examples still existing, so they are off to CGC, i expect results should by very interesting. All the DC Titles, although never hot, are very uncommon, they sell steady & are hard to restock, thus they seem to move relatively fast. Both Silver Age & Bronze Age completionsts go after them to fill their the respective holes in their sets. Falling in Love, Girls Love, Girls Romance, Heart Throbs, Love Stories, Young Love, Young Romances are all good movers at 120-150% Guide; All Artist issues, Key issues, Last issues & Giants ate the fastest sellers, with Neal Adams & Toth issues near impossible to keep in stock.


MARVEL;

GHOST RIDER is the most anticipated Comics Movie of the years by Fans. Marvel Spotlight #5-11 and Ghost Rider #1-20 have been HOT for over 2 years now & are heating up even more. CGC FN/VF Marvel Spotlight #5's bring over $200 on eBay, so the guide #36 value of $240 for a 9.2 is well below Wholesale Prices, it need to DOUBLE immediately in the Guide. If the Movie is a HIT as expected, prices will climb even higher. Ghost Rider #21-81 are all up in demand, especially in High Grades. All June 1983 (Death of Ghost Rider) and Older Crossovers are suddenly in double the demand, especially M. Teamup #15. In addition Ghost Rider Volume-2 (1990-1998) are in demand with a big shortage of the High Numbers #75-93; #93 in 9.0 brings an easy $15-$20 if you can find one at all.

Finally it should be noted that many fans are now completing the later Midnight Sons imprint related issues & the complete Siege of Darkness crossover series.

VENOM is the next character that is heating up fast, as he will be in the next Spidy Film. Suddenly no one seems to have lots of copies of Amazing Spider-Man #300 any more & 9.0 or better copies are not that easy to find. By the time the film hits theaters, demand will probably be up 200-400% from current hot levels. Buyers should also pick up the RELATED First Black Costume & Early Venom Title appearances in; Amazing Spider-Man #252, 288,299, Web of Spider-Man #1, 18, MSH Secret Wars #8, Spectacular Spider-Man #90, Marvel Team-Up #141.

HOT issues related to events in newer Comics; Avengers #195(1st CAMEO app of current Moon Knight villain, the Taskmaster), #196(1st full app Taskmaster), Avengers West Coast #56(3/1990; 1st full app of DARK SCARLET WITCH-c/s), Capt Marvel #34(9/1974; 1st app Nitro, He started "Civil War" by killing off the New Warriors), Daredevil #232( 1st App. NUKE; KEY issue re Wolverine: Origins), New Mutants #16(6/1984; 1st App. Warpath; KEY issue re Civil War); In addition; Capt America #332 is very tough to keep in stock, with most dealers sold out in all grades & is an easy double guide book.;

All 1961-1964 Marvels Super-Hero books sell in all grades & remain the Highest demanded Silver Age Comics. This year i have sold a lot of my most beat up lowest grade & cheapest issues, to a number of buyers who just want to own the Originals, without the big expense. There is some price resistance to Marvel Super-Hero comics in the 1966-1968 Era in the VF range. But the 15 cent thru 25 cent cover Price Marvels from 1969-1974 are excellent sellers in the VF range, as they are in short supply & much more affordable. All the major Bronze Age KEY issues were selling in all grades, whereas the 1966-1968 Key's were generally a lot slower. There is constant demand at 100-125% Guide for; Amazing Adventures #11, Amazing Spider-Man #101-129, Astonishing Tales #25, Avengers #93-150, Capt America #151-192, Capt Marvel #25-34, Cat, Champions, Conan #1, Daredevil #71-168, Fear #10-31, Fantastic Four #120-200, Ghost Rider #1-20, Giant Size X-Men #1, Gothic Tales of Love #1-3, Hero For Hire #1-10, Incredible Hulk #140-200; Invaders 1-20, 31-33, Iron Fist , Iron Man 41-128, John Carter, Jungle Action #5-23, Marvel Spotlight #2,5-12,32, Marvel Team-Up #1-15, M.Two-in-One #1-10, Master of Kung Fu 17-50, Ms Marvel #1,16-18, Pussycat #1, Savage Tales #1, Shanna, Special Marvel Edition #15, Spidey Super Stories 1-10, Super villain Teamup, Thor #201-230, 332,333,337, Tomb of Dracula #1-10, Werewolf by Night #1-10,32,33, What If 1-20, X-Men #94-121;

The Teenage Titles (Millie, Chili, Patsy) are again up in demand, this time with many looking for nice VF or better copies. Because we have perhaps the best selection around, we always sell a lot of ODDBALL Comics & Format item titles; Cartoon, Digests, Humor, Fanzines, Giveaway/Promo items, Memorabilia, Movie, Reprint titles, Paperbacks, Posters, Romance, Teenage, Toy Related, Treasury's, TV, War, Western, etc;

All Marvel Horror Comics & Mags were Hot, in all grades, with high grade the most requested, & reading copies next most popular. Frankenstein, Man-Thing, Scarcecrow, Son of Satan, Tomb of Dracula, Supernatural Thrillers (Living Mummy), War is Hell (Death) & Werewolf by Night were all the most popular this year. In addition, all the crossover appearances of these Anti-Heroes in other titles are in high demand (See; Invaders, M. Premeire, M.Spotlight, M.Teamup, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Spider-Woman, etc). The Anthology Horror titles were about 50% as popular as the previous titles, but still were great sellers & we have had to go out of our way to restock more of these titles.

All the Marvel Magazines sell great in all grades, but especially in High grade & in Reading copy grades. When you consider that Dracula Lives, Tales of Zombie & the other marvel Horror mags still sell for only 1/3 to 1/2 the prices of their equivalent color comics, yet are 3 to 10 Times Scarcer in High Grade, it is obvious that they are still undervalued & overlooked by most, thus remaining a good buy. Squadron Supreme - Death of a Universe GN is Scarce & In High Demand at $25-$50 if you can find one at all;

A VG+ Marvel Mystery Annual (1943-44) was sold at Heritage, topping $29,000 with Buyers Premium. This and the Scarce Capt America Annual (1942) remain among the rarest, most desirably & most Under-Valued books of the entire Golden Age.

From the "Manitoba" Collection, we sold over 1000 Raw 1976-1985 Era High Grade 9.0 to 9.6 Marvel Comics, Magazines & Treasuries at 125-200% of Guide. This year we saw a sharp rise in demand for Investment Quality (9.0 or better) Marvel's of the 1980-1985 Era for most popular Titles. All comics with Art by Frank Miller, George Perez & John Byrne are near the top of want lists, but now fans also want to add the dozens of forgotten COVERS by these artists to their collections too. (Look at Teamup, Two-in-One, Hulk & other titles). When i list a 9.4 book with a cover by these artists, that issue is twice as likely to sell as surrounding issues. CONAN #51-200 are Highly Sought by many in many in HIGH Grades. Many issues from the Bill Hughes collection #25-99 range recently brought 10 to 50 Times guide on Comiclink in 9.8. Conan, Savage Sword & Red Sonja have constantly been among my most requested comics in very high grades & we have sold many 100's of them to eager buyers.

1980-1985 Era Marvel's are now a Generation of 21-26 Years Old, thus more fans are becoming nostalgic for them & seeing that they are still real bargains. >> Demand for STRICT High Grade copies of these Under-Valued Comics has increased 200-500% in th last 2 Years; Alpha Flight 1-28(Byrne), Avengers #201-240,315-318, Capt America #215-300, Conan #51-200, Conan the King, Defenders 51-125, Dr Strange 46-58, Fantastic Four #209-296, Iceman (1984 Mini), Incredible Hulk #251-300, Iron Man #150-200, King Conan, Man-Thing (Volume-2), Kitty Pryde & Wolverine, Kull (Volume-2 & 3), Machine Man (Barry Smith), M.Premiere #29-61, MSH Contest of Champions, MSH Secret Wars, M.Team-Up #61-150, M. Two-in-One #29-100, Masters Of The Universe 1-13, Moon Knight (tough set in 9.4), New Mutants 1-10,16, Peter Porker 1-17, Questprobe, Red Sonja (Volume-2 & 3), Spectacular Spider-Man #51-100, Thing 1-36, Thor 300-350, Vision & Scarlet Witch, West Coast Avengers #1-4(1984 Mini) & #48-102, What If #32-47, X-Men #151-200; The Costs of Slabbing are prohibitive for most items with a Guide Value of $10 or less, thus may of these comics are actually very difficult to find in True Strict grades of 9.4 or better. Those who do not take up the opportunity to buy up raw high grade copies now, will be paying much more dearly in the future for CGC copies when they are worth more & worth encapsulating.


National Lampoon; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];

Too bad National Lampoon are not listed in the guide, these classic mags are loaded with great material that is unknown or forgotten. In the 1950's & 1960's MAD was arguable the Greatest Parody Mag of them all, but in the 1970's NAT LAMP took that Position. 90% of the issues we sell are in the G-FN range. We had about 100+ High Grade 1970's issues from the MANITOBA collection & sold about 50% of them at 150-200%+ Our normal VF range Prices. 1970-1973 Issues are SCARCE in VF or better, with 1974-1979 Issues are SCARCE in VF/NM or better. As of 10/2006 only 12 Different issues have been CGC graded, with only 7 in 9.2 or Better. With their Superb Roster of Artists, one would think many more would be slabbed,. Included in the series is great art by; Adams, Bode, Frazetta, Jeff Jones, Kaluta, Morrow, Romita, Arnold Roth, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gahan Wilson, Berni Wrightson & many others. >> The 10 different issues published in1993-1998 had Very Small Print runs & rarely show up even on eBay, they bring $15-$25 each, if you can find them at all. #1-10(1970; sell for $30-$100 each); #10-21(1971 sell for $20-$50); #22-33(1972; sell for $12-30); >>> Recent Sales; #1(VG $100); #20(Adams & Frazetta; VF $60); #22(1/1971; 1st Son of God by ADAMS; VF+ $60); #26(Conan parody by Barry Smith; FN $20); #34(Death issue; Red Hot Classic; “Buy this Magazine, or we will shoot this Dog!” Photo Cover; DEADMAN Comics by ADAMS; PLAYDEAD parody; VF $39); #55(10/1974; Red Hot Pubescence issue; VD COMICS by ADAMS; VF $30);

That 40+ different Squarebound Special's are uncommon in ANY grade, with many now scarce to rare. The stiff cardboard covers on the specials make them scarce in VF or better. (Most we sell at; G=$5; VG=$9; FN=$14; VF=$20; with Scarce & Rare issues bring 50-150% Higher); The 3 highest demand issues are; COMICS [ Special #7; 1974; Nick Fury agent of SHEILD Parody; Morrow-a; MAD parody; Jeff Jones-a; Bode-a; BEATLES Comics Parody; Blackhawk Parody; 9 pgs DEADMAN by ADAMS; 9 pgs ZIMMERMAN Comics by ADAMS; VF=$25 ]; Encyclopedia of Humor [1973; WRIGHTSON-c; FRAZETTA Back-c; Lesbian comics by Heath; Jones-a; BODE-a; FOLDOUT MAP Insert {often missing} still INTACT; Ted Kennedy Volkswagen page 29 {often missing} still INTACT; VF $25 ]; Very Large Book of Comical Funnies [ 1975; Tarzan Parody; ADAMS & Continuity studios-a; NEGRO Comics = Kaluta, Chaykin & Simonson-a; Ploog & Evans-a; LOST EC Comics = Simonson, Heath, WRIGHTSON, Chaykin & Reese-a; VF $20];


TREASURY Editions;

They are now 25-35 Years Old, so the Treasury Editions have now never been seen by a great number of collectors. These are Giant Over Sized Color Comics about 10"x13" in size (Double the Area of a normal sized comic); This ODD size meant storage problems for most collectors, in addition Plastic Bags have never been widely available, the big size means they pick up STRESS damage easily, the Stiffer Cardboard covers damage easily. & add years of over-handling = Result is the Great majority still existing are in G/VG to FN/VF condition ranges; We have over 1000 in stock & always try to carry as Complete a Selection as Possible, thus they have been Reliable Top Bestsellers for over a Decade; They get a bit more Uncommon each Year & a Little Harder to Re-Stock. MOST of what we sell are the G-FN/VF range copies, collectors are always filling-in gaps in the collections. Many collectors buy them to get the Large Size Art of their favorite Characters & Artists. The New Material titles sell about 25% better than the reprint titles. DC & Marvel titles both sold well all thru the year.

From the Manitoba collection we got in over 100 High Grade 9.0-9.6 range copies & sold over 50% of them at 120-200%+ Guide. Many of the Lucky buyers let me know that they had never seem such Beautiful examples, because normally thus are tough iin even 9.0 or better. Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera #1-3 have All-New Material in each, with almost all Hanna-Barbera characters apperaing in all, theyare getting scarcer & sell at 120-135% Guide; >>> Christmas & Archie Treasury is RARE in Any Grade & in HIGH Demand at 175-200% Guide every time i find one. (It is the only Archie Treasury, thus on many want lists); Still in Demand are the Oddball Titles; Golden Picture Story Book (1961), Modern Promotions (1972/73; Beetle Baily, Flash Gordon, Katzenjammer Kids, Mandrake) & Walt Disney Paint Book series (circa 1975);

By far the #1 Bestseller is C-56 - Superman vs. Muhammad Ali (76 pgs All-New ADAMS-c/a, with 172 Character Cameo Appearances) at 110% Guide; (10 Years Ago we were overstocked, Today we are getting closer to Sold Out); The Hardest to find DC Treasuries are the RUDOLPH Titles, with the #NN(1972) remaining one of the Rarest os all Bronze Age comics; >>> The HOTTEST Sellers (at 120-135% Guide in any grade), include; Limited Collectors Edition C-23 - House of Mystery(Wrightson, Adams, Wood, Toth), C-25/C-37/C-44/C-51(all Batman), C-32 - Ghosts(New-s/a), C-34 - Christmas With the Super-Heroes, C-46 - JLA, C-48 - Superman vs Flash, C-54 - Superman vs. Wonder Woman, C-55 - Superboy & Legion, Batman vs. Hulk (DC Special Series #27), Superman vs Spider-Man #1, Marvel Treasury #24-28(with New Material), 1-10(Reprints), Captain America's BiCentennial Battles (New KIRBY & Barry Windsor-Smith-a),


TOWER comics;

These are now around 40 Years Old & still among the greatest classics of the Silver Age, yet they sell for a fraction of Marvel & DC price Levels. All are Squarebound Giants & thus are usually harder to find in High Grades. Not a lot of 9.0 or better copies have yet been graded by CGC. They are packed with great art by Wood, Ditko, Crandall, Gil Kane & others. Most of what we sell are in G-FN at 110-125% Guide, including; Dynamo, Fight the Enemy, Noman, Thunder Agents, & Undersea Agents. We actually sell a greater percentage of Go-Go & Animal, plus Tippy Teen, mainly because most of dealers do not carry them. Tower published Good Old Days magazine from 1964-1981 (They sell for $5-$20 each); >> Tower also published Mass Market Paperbacks, the Notable ones with recent sales include; BATBABE and ROSIE. [Sexy Female Batman Parody; VF=$39; VG=$20], Terrific Trio (Dynamo, Noman, Menthor; FN/VF $35); Menthor (VG=$18); NoMan (VG=$22;);


Variants & Premium Editions;
The Marvel's 30 & 35 cent Variants are just about the highest demanded comics of the entire Bronze Age, mainly because a lot of people actually believe the Guide Values. Current guide prices are still below wholesale prices, & this both angers & frustrates 100's of Buyers. These have a proven track record with many 100's of eBay auctions to back it up. It is time the guide finally got caught up on these. The 30 cent Variants are about 50-200 Times Scarcer than regular 25 cent printings & should guide at a MINIMUM of Triple the 25 cent edition prices (with better & Scarcer titles at 5-10 Times); The 50 cent Variants are about 200-1000 Times Scarcer than regular 30 cent printings & should guide at a MINIMUM of FIVE the 30 cent edition prices (with better & Scarcer titles at 8-20 Times);

Iron Fist #14(35 cent Variant in CGC 9.4) sold for $5100.00 on eBay & is the Holy Grail of Marvel variants. The Western, War, Horror & Reprint title issues turn out to be some of the rares, with RAW copies sometimes bringing 50-100 Times Guide on eBay. Spider-Man titles are in highest demand & bring the higher multiples. Popular character & artists & Key issues Variants are worth premiums in mid range multiples. Star wars #1 is easily the most common of all the 35 Cent Variants, (estimated 200 copies existing) but still brings top prices, as it has been listed in guide for 25+ Years, where the rest have only been a little over 5 years. UK British Pence Cover Price Variants (printed in USA) are in moderate demand Variant collectors (see our British comics); Canadian Newsstand Cover Price Variants are in growing demand every year. (see our Canadian comics). Early (1977-1979) Direct Distribution copies were mistaken for Whitman editions again this year (see Whitman below), but are gaining some moderate demand as variants.

Limited Editions are expensive to stock & collect. These Include; Multiple Cover Variants, Convention editions, Dynamic Forces & other Signed Copies, Gold, Hologram covers, Platinum, Polybagged specials, Signed & Numbered. These are often very popular when new, often climbing to high Multiples, especially high now that many are getting CGC graded. But many take steep drops in value, as the popularity of Characters Decline (Example; Hellina, Lady Death, etc); If you are going to collect these, it is best to stick to strong long running characters (Vampirella, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, etc); Since these all start as NEW products, there is always a risk that too many different High Priced Limited Editions will be produced, diluting the market & harming long-term values. With these Limited Editions often comes a lot of Hype & Skyrocketing prices. My advice is to consider waiting 2-3 Years until prices have Levels off & to see if the items still interests you, many will have dropped in the time. The Truly good ones can still preform extremely well as long term investments, but one needs to be careful.


Walt Disney;

All Golden Age 1950 & Older issues were in good demand, in all grades. All the Four Color issues below #500, and 1953 & Older BARKS Comics were also in Higher Demand. The 1954 & Newer BARKS remained on the Slow Side, probably due to 40 Years of Reprinting them. Strangely Enough, DISNEY Comics in the Netherlands, Italy & the rest of EUROPE are Gigantic Sellers thus Big quantiles of New Comics (Reprint & NEW Material), yet are only a small BLIP in the American marketplace. Apparently back issue DISNEY comics (Especially Lower Grade affordable copies) sell for more to much more in some of these European Cities. Over 1/3 of my DISNEY sales are to Overseas Buyers & i love selling to them, as they really appreciate these classic Comics. Most of the 1985 & Newer Titles are slower sellers, as most are Reprints, but occasionally we get a buyer who will but 10-50 at a time, so i don't mind carrying them. The inexpensive (Non-Barks) G-VG range comics of the 1965-1979 ERA have been getting more difficult to re-stock lately, because most were held by NON collectors & there are no big hidden stashes in Dealer Inventories. The Strongest sellers this year (at 100-135% Guide) included; Beagle Boys, Black Hole, Cartoon Movie Classics, Chip N' Dale, Dell Giants, Donald Duck, Goofy FC, Hardy Boys, Huey Dewie & Louie, Mickey Mouse, Moby Duck, Scamp, Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, Spin & Marty, Super Goof, Walt Disney Showcase, Winnie the Pooh;


Warren, Skywald, Eerie/Stanley & other Horror Comic Mags;
In 1996 it seemed no one wanted Warren & Skywald Magazines, but for the last 6+ Years, they are always in out Top 10% Best Sellers. These are among the MOST Popular Titles among Readers & we get endless requests for the Lowest Graded Cheapest Reading Copies in stock. This has caused a shortage of Reading Copies in our inventory, as Most have VG as our Lowest Grade (where once we had plenty of FA& G copies), but on many Key issues out cheapest copies are now FN and FN/VF Copies. Thus i often price Low grade copies at 135-175% Guide & they still Fly out the Door.

The Warren Back Issue department Copies (Dumped on the Market circa 1983) put enough copies on the market to make them still affordable to Collectors today. Otherwise Creepy #1 would probably be a $2000 Mag & not only $170 in Guide. SKYWALD on the other hand only had a Small Back Issue department & it made no impact on the market when they folded in 1975, thus they are several times scarcer than Warrens of the Same period. The Skywald Mags (Nightmare, Psycho & Scream) are very hard to restock once sold & VF or better copies are getting Very Hard to find on the For Sale Open Market. Skywald Mags in G-FN have been bringing 140-160% Guide; We got in 100's of High Grade 9.0-9.6 Warren Mags from the 1975-1983 Era from the MANITOBA Collection, we have so far sold about 60% of them at 125-200%+ Guide to many Very Happy Buyers (Many who have never seen STRICT high grade RAW copies); In 2004-2005 Creepy & Eerie were the Most requested in High Grade, but for 2006 it was Vampirella & we sold about 75% of our 9.0 or better copies. The SCARCER Warren Magazines are in HUGE Demand & continue to bring 140-200% Guide. Monsters & Heroes (1967-69) is a Warren related title because it was created by Larry Ivie, they are getting scarcer & are worth buying, being a cross between Famous Monsters & Creepy (With Comics, Photo's & Articles, Horror, SF & Super-Heroes) & Scarcer than most Warrens. (#2=Jones-a; #3=Wrightson-a; #6=Williamson-a); Web of Horror 1-3 (Jones, Wrightson & Kaluta) are in very High Demand, selling fast in any grade, with VF or better copies being very hard to find.

The Comics Horror mags by Eerie Pub, Globe, Hamilton, Major, Modern Day, Stanley, Tempest Pub, & World Famous, are consistent good sellers. The Eerie & Stanley Titles have Over-the-Top Violent Torture, Bondage & Gore images & Contents, which is perhaps their biggest appeal. About 90% of the Copies we sold were in the G-FN Range (at 115-125% Guide) to people who just wanted affordable Reading Copies. . Stanley Pub mags are scarcer & have more Pre-Code stories, thus they sell faster. I sold a small selection of VF+ thru 9.2 copies at about 120-135% Guide;

Weird Vampire Tales & Terrors of Dracula were a bit more elusive due to low print runs & sold at about a 50% Faster pace. Famous Monster immatators & other Film / Monster Mags are Highly Collected, including; Castle of Frankenstein, Fantastric Monsters, For Monsters Only, Gorezone, Mad Monsters, Monster Times, Monster World, Movie Monsters, Quasimodo's Monster Mag, World Famous Creatures. Sadly these are not listed in Overstreet so they fall off Collectors Radar, but are always worth considering to add to your collections. Prices vary widely from $5-$200+, most are excellent sellers. The 1958-1970 issues are all scarce in VF and Rare in VF/NM or better.


WEBSITE; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];
MOST of our sales come directly from our WEBSITE. We do not use eBay much any more. In addition, most of our sales come from Replete Customers & Word of Mouth. I don't get much time to check it out, but apparently dozens of people on the CGC forum are always recommending me & we get a lot of business from that too. I guess it pays off to treat people right. the Listings on our Website include about 130 Catagories of items & if printed out would be about 6000 Typed Pages. People sometimes get frustrated, as all 2,000,000+ items are not Graded & Priced. At this point in time, we have only listed 85% of Everything in stock & it might be another 2-4 years before it is all cataloged. My regular buyers all realize, it is not easy to Maintain Daily & List, what is perhaps the World's Biggest Selection of many many items. They are more than happy to send a want listed, based on the Zillions of items cataloged & we are happy to get back with full details ASAP. Our COMICS Related Items are about 50% of the Items listed on our Site, the rest is a huge selection of Magazines, Paperbacks & Other items.


WHITMAN (former Gold Key) comics; >>> [ 50% of This section was Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];

The Whitman comics 8-12/1980 issues continue to bring well over guide prices. But this year the Random House File Copies Archives got dumped on the market all at once. The Gold Key comics & more common Whitman's had 100 each or more on many issues. There was also a smaller selection of 8-12/1980 issues, but in smaller quantities of 5-25 copies each, with over 1/2 the issues still having ZERO copies among the File-Copy collection. This all has stalled the market a while until collectors figure out what happened & how scarcity holds up today. Suddenly there are some nice VF thru 9.4 copies on the market. But in the long run, it should not hurt the market much. The best place to check for rarity, is now the CGC Census, where you will find only 3-15 copies each slabbed for most of these Rare issues. The 20 Rarest 8-12/1980 issues still have only about 50-100 Copies each circulating in the collectible comics market & the rest are approx in the 100-250 each range.

The 1983/1984 issues are still quite uncommon, with perhaps 250-500 copies each on the marketplace. The 8-12/1980 Whitman's should still guide at a NM- = $60 MINIMUM & the 1983/1984 issues should guide in around NM- = $30 minimum; >> Bugs Bunny #223, Super Goof #63, Pink Panther #78, & WDC&S #484 all exist with both 40 Cent & 50 Cents Cover Prices (They were supposed to have 50 Cent covers), the 40 Cents Cover Price Versions are Error Variants & sell at 150-200% Guide;.

About 50% of all Gold Key's published from 11/1971 thru 2/1980 have Whitman Variants, varying from uncommon to Scarce, Rare & Very Rare. There is no accurate record of what exists as a variant is this period, making them tough to collect. Completionists & Variant Collectors pay 150-250% of GK issue values. One day when we find out which Variants are Truly rare, we might see premiums of 500-100% for some of the better Non-Cartoon Titles (Star Trek, Tarzan, Twilight Zone etc).


WHITMAN Variants of DC comics; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];

NO unknown issues have turned up since my last years listing, so perhaps that list was complete? These can vary from Uncommon to RARE & the MINIMUM value in guide should be $15 for NM-, although that is a fair minimum for a strict VF in the real market. Still Rumored to Exist, but NOT verified are; Action #506, Brave & Bold #143, Superfriends #17 = thus they probably do not exist. . Most still sealed bags appearing on eBay, are about VF condition range, rather than NM are advertised. June/1980 issues remain elusive. There are very few CGC graded copies to date, which shows they are indeed rare in High Grades. Batman & Wonder Woman issue in VF/NM bring $30+ each if you can find them. The JLA #166-168 (Mindwipe issues) are easily the most valuable with VF/NM copies worth in the $75-100 each range. Warlord #22 and Sgt Rock #329 are very scarce & desirable & VF/NM copies would bring $30+ each.


WHITMAN Variants of MARVEL comics are actually only Early MARVEL DIRECT Editions; >>> [This section was DELETED / Edited OUT of the Published Overstreet #37];

(See Guide #36 on page 125); With that reminder under my belt, let me say that there are Fans out there collecting these Early MARVEL DIRECT Editions (with Black Diamond on cover, with NO "cc" on cover, with NO or obscured UPC Codes etc). The 1977 issues are most desirable & sell at 120-150% Guide to Variant Collector's; For 7/1978, 3-4/1979 there were only Newsstand editions printed. (with the exceptions of Micronauts & Shogun Warriors, which are often mistaken as reprints, but are actually uncommon Direct 1st printings). Strangely enough, i am told by Variant Completionists, a few 1978-1979 DIRECT issues are very elusive & Scarce, but is too early to ID & price these in this newer segment of the collecting market.





MARKET REPORT for Overstreet Annual Comic Book Price Guide #36 (April / 2006), by Douglas W. Sulipa; [Written & Submitted in 9/2005] (UN-EDITED & Complete Original Version)


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The year 2005 was an unusual one. Collectors seems unable to focus & make one category "Hot". The main trend that occurred was everyone getting on the same

bandwagon & chasing the same 100 or so Marvel & DC Key issues from the 1966-1975 era. This at the expense of all other 150,000+ different comics existing.

To compound this, almost everyone also wanted "highest possible" grade. Needless to say, this made these key very difficult to keep in stock. I was not

able to restock most of them on eBay, as even poorly graded copies sold by amateurs often brought well over guide. Some of these Key issues (Like Marvel Spotlight #5)

we had over 100 requests for in the last year. It seems buyers have begun to submit their want lists to all dealers listed in the price guide in an attempt to complete

their "Hot" lists. To restock these titles, i have needed to pay 90% to 150% guide & resell at 135% to 200%+ Guide. Past experience has often shown that buying

hot items at their peek prices at large premiums, often results in a less substantial investments than expected, once the demand cools & moves to the next hot thing.

Those who make the biggest gains, are more often than not, the buyers who anticipate new trends before they happen & buy at guide, or below. For example Daredevil #168 was blazing hot 2 years ago & has now "cooled", thus now is a better time to buy than 2 years back. If the trend continues, we can expect guide to eventually reflect the current market values with large price increases, probably just meeting current market levels. Marvel Spotlight #5 should actually list for at least $400 in 9.2, & with VF copies in the $200 range. VF copies overgraded as NM on eBay, usually bring in the $200 range. Thus listing it at $400 in 9.2 would not actually represent a profit for those who just paid well over guide, it would just mean guide reflected current values. When guide does catch up to the hot book prices, all other keys of the period will look relatively cheap & buyers will move elsewhere.

Early 2005 was extremely busy for us, with almost everything selling. As usual, we had a burst of sales just before the new guide, many fans try to save money before the new prices are released. But when guide # 35 hit the market, many of our regulars where disappointed. It was the most conservative guide in years. All the "Hot" books that regularly brought 150-250% guide only went up an average of 5-10% in price. Good selling comics like FF #48, Conan #1-24 & X-Men #94-119 experienced an unwarranted drop in price. The lowering of prices on GD thru FN grades on Silver & Bronze Age Marvel & DC's is perhaps playing with fire. Our post new guide Spring & Summer of 2005 sales showed the biggest drop for that period in about a decade, for that quarter year. In my estimation this was caused in part by the shaking of consumer confidence. Fortunately, by September buyers started to return & by October things began to boom again. Since high grade & high priced "investment quality" comics are much higher profile, it is easy to lose perspective on the lower end market. Perhaps the books that dropped in value, might have been suggested by sellers that do not grade strict enough & thus were not able to sell them?. Those books were all selling well at guide #34 prices, if STRICTLY graded. The reason collecting back issue comics is such a strong hobby, is that there is a gigantic CORE of readers & fans that enjoy the comics themselves. MOST collectors buy average GD thru FN grades & have the same in their older comic collections. This only makes sense, as this is mainly what is available on the market. Thankfully, most comic fans still buy to enjoy the comic & not the investment. From this solid core base, emerges most of the investors who buy the expensive items. Most fans have just modest budgets & disposable incomes, thus they buy the more affordable items. These buyers do NOT expect to make big gains on their low to mid grade copies, they just want to enjoy them & stay with the status quo. That said, the fact remains that even collecting low end comics can cost a substantial amount of money over time & it can rudely shake their confidence to see what should be solid value items, drop in price. In my view, it is much better for the longterm survival of the hobby, to simply not increase prices on "slow" sellers for 5-10 years, rather than DROP them in the short term & affect consumer confidence. Prices on low end items will slowly & eventually drift upwards, as inflation keeps the prices of new comics on the rise. This is all the "Quiet Majority" of fans ask for. Just because a comic is slow for a period, does not justify an immediate price drop. Everything can't be hot. Some sellers seem to feel everything MUST sell, when THEY want to sell it. I guess i am "old school", as i like to stock everything, so that when something becomes "Hot", i already have it in stock. I concentrate on selling what is hot, while it is still strong, & if buyers want normal inventory items, i am always ready for them. I have very high inventory costs, due to constant restocking, labor, adding & deleting items, and storing everything. But my buyers appreciate it, & i have a solid repete customer base.

I believe many people have misconceptions about the Overstreet price guide. In my view, Overstreet prices are NOT meant to reflect anything on eBay, Flea Markets or any other lowball or amateur seller market. The guide reflects the prices you should expect to pay, if you buy from a Professional Comic Dealer, & thus is extremely accurate. MOST better & successful Price Guides, for ANY type of collectible do the same thing. Overstreet is an average of Professional dealer retail prices. This is what MOST collectors WANT & what sells the guide. Collectors do NOT want to look in a price guide & see LOW prices. They LOVE to see prices GO UP. The competing monthly newsstand price guide mag has their niche in the NEWER comics (1990-2005) market, as they understand this is what their customers want to see, (prices GOING UP on items they own) & they in the New Comic market, whereas Overstreet dropped the monthly guides. (They cater to their market & even manage to survive on the newsstands, often in markets that do not carry actual new comics themselves). Overstreet likes the Conservative approach on newer comics, as the market is quite volatile. Crashing prices on hot new books, can harm the market. High prices on new comics usually weaken given time, & when the next "Hot" thing comes along, thus perhaps conservative is the better approach. Competing Price Guides have attempted to average a small portion of eBay prices, being unable to take into account the BAD grading & RISK of amateur sellers, thus their guide is rarely used by most serious collectors. Buyers want to know what Overstreet thinks it is worth. MANY collectors like to buy comics BELOW Overstreet values, then look them up & see that they got a bargain. eBay bargains are often irrelevant to Overstreet Values, but can add some weight to finalizing prices. Trying to buy BELOW Overstreet is a GAME many 1000's of collectors enjoy, as it empowers them & makes them feel good. Would you truly enjoy seeing prices DROP by 50-75% in Overstreet because of eBay amateur sellers bargains? Professional Comic dealers & Comic Shops probably hold about a HALF BILLION comics in their inventories & account for probably over 50% of all Back issue sales. Once collectors get tired of bad sellers, bad grading & bad deals on eBay, they turn to PRO dealers to get what they want. There will ALWAYS be bargains in COMICS collecting. Many sellers often run out of the "Hot" titles, & then try to push other slower items. Sellers cannot FORCE people to buy their unwanted comics, just because they are in the market to sell them. Thus slow titles often go well below guide at auction. One of the big "secrets" in selling comics, is having WHAT the customer WANTS, and WHEN they want it. Especially with the maturing "Echo Generation", in this instant gratification age & with the internet. If i do not have the wanted item, by next day they have often gone elsewhere.

A lot of customers DO put value on their time, once the "fun of the hunt" turns to the "frustration of the hunt", they go to PRO dealers.

The GD to 9.2 Price Spreads are off on a great number of comics. Most notable are the DELL comics. This is one area where the VF to 9.2 prices should

remain the same for 2-5 years, but with the GD to FN prices on the rise. The high grade only investor's do NOT pay high multiples for CGC graded copies. VF to 9.0

copies are very slow sellers, yet G-FN copies are constant consistent sellers & often difficult to restock. Western comics in particular are difficult to sell in better than FN,

with reading copies being fast sellers. I typically need to ask premiums on G-FN copies to get them back in stock, whereas VF copies are slow & take quite a while to sell at guide. Many of my buyers resort to buying VF copies, only if i am unable to supply lower grade cheaper copies. A 10 to 1 spread is more than sufficient for most Non-Superhero, Non-Marvel & Non-DC copies priced at $100 or less in 9.2. Spreads of 12 to 1, 15 to 1, 20 to 1 etc., should mainly be applied to the HIGH demand comics (Like Marvel & DC superheroes) and KEY issues. Buyers of standard inventory books (like VG copies of Popeye, Blondie, Classic Jr., Hot Stuff, 1950's Archie's etc) can experience difficulty completing affordable sets, because they are undervalued in lower grades & thus sold out in most dealer inventories.

Minor Keys issues are in more demand than ever before. These are KEY issues that have only small premiums, or NO premiums over their surrounding issues.

Many are listed in guide, but are not yet broken out in price. The demand is especially true for Marvel & DC comics. Silver Age & Bronze Age prices are quite high for many people on modest budgets. It is thus becoming more & more common for them to NOT collect the entire series, but rather to chase after these MINOR key's,

thus having a very cool & desirable collection of samples from many diverse titles. I see these comics as a better investment at close to guide, then buying the latest HOT book at 200% guide at the peak of the market. In comics, particularly superhero comics, the Villains & side characters, are what makes the comic great.

Most great superheroes have great villains, that is what defines then & makes them superior. Batman in particular has some of the best Villains in comics.

It only follows that issues with these Villains should be in greater demand, & that greater demand should eventually lead to higher prices. First & second appearances,

along with first returns, of Villains have already gained value, some with significant gains (like Batman #155, 171, 197). Which issue of Amazing Spider-Man do you think will sell faster [ #99 with Prison scene on cover, or #89 with Dr Octopus on the cover? ] at the same price? Female Super-Characters of the 1960's & early

1970's are up in demand (especially Catwoman, & Batgirl). Many better artist issues currently only carry modest premiums, but big demand might cause much wider

price spreads. In particular, 1967-1975 era DC's with NEAL ADAMS covers are way up in demand, most currently with no guide premiums. Batman #227, Detective #370 and Tomahawk #116 are in huge demand, with little supply. All these minor keys especially bring top dollar in high grade & CGC grade d copies. Anyone looking for something that is both fun & exciting to collect, with the bonus of good long term investment, should explore these avenues.

ACG Comics; Items priced $20 & under sold well. Almost everything was selling & we had a few completionists filling in gaps. The Superhero issues of Adv into Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, Unknown Worlds were back in demand, with the horror titles selling steady, at 110-120% Guide. The Humor & Cartoon titles move next best. We also sold quite a few romance comics. ACG's typically sell best in the G-FN grades, with VF copies often showing price resistance.

ALTERNATIVE Comics;

For those that like to "invest" in comics, there should definitely be some choice items in your portfolio. Most of the Scarcest comics of the last 40 Years are found here. Mind Boggling prices for High Grade copies of ALBEDO #2, Cerebus #1 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 are just the tip of the iceberg. Here is a quick list of some good long term investments; Albedo #1-10, Army of Darkness, Berni Wrightson Master of Macabre, Blackthorne 3-D Series (GI Joe, Star Wars, Transformers), Blood of Dracula(Wrightson issues), Captain Alcohol (Scarce), Cerebus #1-30, Cody Starbuck(1978), 1980's Continuity Comics (Adams, etc), Cobalt Blue(1977), Crow #1-3, Critters #1-5, 48-50(Scarce), Crow(1st series), Crusaders #1(Southern Knights), Echo of Futurepast, Eddie Campbell's Bacchus, Eightball(hot), Elflord (Nightwind; 1980/82) #1-15, Elfquest (1st Prints) #1-10(in VFNM or better), Fantasy Quarterly #1, Faust & all other Tim Vigil titles, Flaming Carrot #1-5, Gobbledygook (1984), Grendel (comico), Hate, Hot Stuf (Sal Q), How to Draw series (Transformers & GI Joe), Lone Wolf & Cub #1,41-45; Love & Rockets #1-20, Macross #1(1984), Mage (1984) #1-7, Magazine #1-4, Mr. A series (Ditko), Miracleman #11-24 (red hot), Nexus (Capital) #1-3, Ninja High School (1986/87), Nucleus, Oktoberfest, Omen (Vigil), ORB , all Paragon Pub (Pre-1982 titles, Femzine etc), Phantacea, Power Comics(1970's), Primer (Comico), Quadrant, Quack(Star Reach), Rock Comics (Adams-a), Star Reach, Tank Girl, Tick, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1st prints) #1-10, Tick (1st) #1-5, Transit, Uncensored Mouse, Usagi Yojimbo 1-5, Pre-Unity VALIANT titles & Low Print High numbers, Vortex, Wally Wood's Thunder Agents, Xenozoic Tales, Yummy Fur & Zen (1987), Zot;

Comics that were produced for the DIRECT Market by Small independent publishers, had their "Golden Age" in the 1960's & 1970's (as Fanzines, Ground Level, & Underground comics, with the occasional attempt of a Newsstand Magazine, usually without a Comics Code); The "Silver Age" of these "Alternate" Comics was 1980-1990, when DIRECT Distribution took off & the BOOM of Independent hit the market. Many were overprinted, many were under printed. But the real point was that,

comics could now be published & sold, circumventing the major publishers. The importance of 1980's Alternates is usually very underestimated. These are still selling mainly to people who just love comics & grade is often not important. Most remain inexpensive in the $2-$5 range. It is the incredible variety of comics that do not look like mainstream superhero Marvel & DC, that is a big appeal to many. They are loaded with inventive creators, horrid to superb art & stories, quirky & bizarre covers & stories, a real treasure trove for those that love to explore comics, & mostly at modest prices. Perhaps 50% of all independents that exist, are not listed in overstreet, so new & strange titles are discovered all the time. Many of these comics had small print runs in the 1,000-10,000 ranges. 1980's alternates are already 15-25 Years Old, & millions have been cleared out in Bargain Bins, eroding condition & existing print runs each year. Beyond all that, there are also many superior titles that would have never seen print thru mainstream publishers. Some of the best comics of the last quarter century exist in their pages, by many of modern comics greatest creators.

ARCHIE comics;

Back issue Archie's were again among our better sellers, mainly due to our large selection. Naturally most older Archie's were saved by readers & not by Collector's, so high grade copies are uncommon in all Era's. We have about 35,000 Archie's in stock & i have noted these to be the averages grades in which they are found; (1950's are GD average, with VG being above average, FN being higher grade) (1960-1975 are VG average, with FN being above average, VF being higher grade)

(1976-1987 are FN average, with VF being above average, still scarce in VF+ or better);

There are not a lot of different 1950 & Older Golden Age Archie comics in total, as there were only a handful of series, thus demand is near an all-time high, for this relatively small group of comics. Archie & his Gang, are among the best known comics in the worldwide history of comics, including with the General non-collecting public. As time goes on, it only seems right that they continue to be more & more prized. The 1940's issues sell in any grade, even incomplete, as long as reasonable priced. Key issues are in big demand & always bring over guide.

Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica (1st series) is still the #1 seller, with huge demand for #1-100(at 120-135% Guide) and #310-347(at 150-200% Guide); All related B&V titles are very strong sellers too; Betty, Betty & Me, Betty's Diary, Betty & Veronica (2nd series), B&V Spectacular, Veronica; The next best seller was Archie Giant Series Magazine & all other Giants. Betty & Veronica were most requested, but #1-35,136-200, 600-632 were also in high demand (at 120-135% Guide);

1982-1983 appearances of Cheryl Blossom are RED HOT, Very Scarce & almost always sold out (at 150-300% Guide in ANY grade); All identified 1984-1993 appearances of Cheryl Blossom (pre "Love Showdown") are in high demand (at 125-150% Guide); The 1995-1996 Cheryl Blossom Mini-Series are up in demand (at 150% Guide); All issues of Sabrina, & Josie continue to move well, with these issues most requested (at 120-135% Guide); Sabrina 1-17, 71-75, Josie #1-10, 45-74, 100-106, Madhouse (all with Sabrina), Archie's TV Laughout 1-23,91-106, Laugh #145-168(Josie issues); ** Archie's Pals 'N Gals #23 now seems certain to be the first appearance of JOSIE & should actually be worth more than Josie #1, as it is scarcer; All Dan DeCarlo comics are in demand (even Non-Archie), which is one of the Reasons B&V, Josie & ARCHIE GIANT SERIES #26 and #32(for the DeCarlo pinups), are top sellers. There is forgotten DeCarlo art in high numbers of Wilbur; The Circa 1960 ARCHIE titles with the SF/Horror covers were RED HOT at 125-150% Guide. The 1960's Superhero appearances in Laugh & Pep are in very high demand at 150% Guide, as most collector's did not buy them to go with their 60's superheroes sets (Fly, Jaguar, etc); The Archie Gang Superhero's are in moderate demand (Pureheart the Powerful, Superteen), as are the SPY titles (Man & Girl from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E.) . The Archie Band issues are related to the TV series, & thus are popular, especially if the band appears on the cover. The Non-Teen superhero titles (Mighty Comics, Fly, Shadow, Jaguar etc) were slower in high grades, but Reading copies sold to a few buyers. The SPIRE Christian Archie Titles are usually in lower grades, with FN or better being higher grades. The SPIRE Archie Titles from 1980 & newer had only one printing, plus smaller print runs, thus are scarce to rare (We are usually sold out at 200-300% Guide); Cosmo 1-6 are well loved comics, great fun & are eternal good sellers;

All the Red Circle & Archie Adventure titles seem to be fondly remembered & more people were filling in runs. Horror issues (Sorcery, Madhouse) were great sellers, in ALL grades. (High grade copies sold well when we found them); These newer superhero issues sold well, (while the high price 60's issues did not); The newer "Archie Adventure" issues had small print runs & low survival rates, thus are getting scarcer, especially at current low guide prices. [ Art by; Chaykin, Kaluta, Kirby, Morrow, Steranko, Toth, Wood, & Wrightson, certainly helps fuel demand]; Most of the 1994-1995 TMNT titles had small print runs, are scarce & we are starting to sell out

(at 200% Guide); Early SONIC the Hedgehog have cooled a bit in demand, but are still scarce, we remain sold out of most issues #1-50;

Katy Keene comics are decent sellers, only being slowed by price levels that are much higher than other Archie titles. I find that FA, GD & VG copies move best, with resistance to FN or better; Katy Keene (1980's series) #11-33 are very hard to find & restock (they bring 150-200% Guide); Many collectors have completed the

min Katy Keene series & are now after appearances in Wilbur, Ginger, Laugh, Suzie, etc.

ATLAS/Marvel;

This year we sold most of our Pre-Hero Horror/SF issues. Some customers have sited that they have been buying the 1970's Marvel horror reprints & now want to go back & pick up the Originals, especially non-reprint issues, classic Kirby & Ditko issues. All the other types sold steady thru the year, (at 100-120% Guide), in GD thru FN grades, including; Crime/Mystery, Funny Animal, Humor /Parody, Sports, Spy, Romance, Teenager , War & Western titles.

ATLAS/Seaboard;

These are steady sellers & most Bronze Age collectors (who venture outside Marvel & DC) eventually get around to collecting some or all of these sets.

Gothic Romances #1 is still Rare with G-FN copies easily bringing 300% Guide and 8.0-9.2 copies bringing 250% Guide, but they are near impossible to find,

as there are 100 buyers for every one seller. Vicki #3 and #4 are tough in any grade (sold out at VF=$50; FN=$24; G=$12); . DEVILINA, THRILLING ADVENTURE & WEIRD TALES OF THE MACABRE sold in all grades, with the scarcer #2's at 150% Guide, and #1's at 125% Guide; MOVIE MONSTERS is one of last sets people

finish & they are harder to find #1(VF$29; FN$16; VG$10); #2-4(VF=$33; FN$22; VG$15); We sell a lot of VG-VF copies, but lately are getting more & more requests for VG/NM or better copies); Horror Titles & issues with Art by Neal Adams, Chaykin, Ditko, Toth, Wood, & Wrightson, are the main issues requested by investors in

High Grade (VF/NM raw copies sell at 9.2 prices; 9.2 copies bring 150% Guide; 9.4 raw copies bring 200% Guide);


BIG LITTLE BOOKS;

Whitman 1960's hardcovers still sold best, because most are well known & popular characters. They are uncommon in better than VG, with most well used in the FA, G & VG ranges. The 1st printing (identified by white trademarks on blue endpapers) sell for about 20% more than later printings (identified by gray trademarks on white end papers) (Our Minimum price was; G$6; VG$10; FN$16; VF$24), with better titles at 25-50% Premiums; The 1977 Modern Promotion titles (Flintstones titles, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear) were scarce & we are almost sold out (FN=$14; VG=$10; G=$7); Golden Star Library (Fairy Tales, Disney, etc; 1960's) BLB's are scarce in ANY grade (but especially in high grade; G$8; VG$12; FN $18) This was our best year for Moby Books softcover "illustrated Classics Editions" (1977/83 ; VF=$15; FN=$10; VG=$7; G=$5); Our Pre-1960 well known characters BLB's 125-150% Guide, while the less popular character issues sold for 100-120% guide.

The 1930's-1950's titles still seem undervalued, (especially when compared to comics of the same vintage) but i suppose as they still only appeal to a smaller group of collectors. Most of the early BLB's we find are in FA, G or VG, with collections of FN or better copies being elusive. I have seen high grade copies are bringing better & better prices at auctions, thus they should be good long term investments.

BRITISH-UK Items;

This year we began to sell more & more UK British PENCE cover Price VARIANT Editions, as the number of Variant collectors continues to grow. These Marvel's

were printed in USA & originally ONLY for sale in UK, they appeared periodically from 1961 thru to the 1980's, with many interruptions. There were many "ND" periods in UK, where NO copies (USA or UK) were DISTRIBUTED & thus those issues are scarcer overseas. The most interesting Variants were those with the "MARVEL

ALL-COLOUR COMICS" Banner across the top of the front cover, mostly in the 1974-1980 era. Because Bronze Age is Hot & as are Variants, these have been our the bestselling UK variants.

Beano & Dandy #1's continue to bring record price in UK ($3000-5000 range), yet are of little interest to American collectors. You had to grow up with them to appreciate them, they remain some of the longest running titles in the Worls history of Comics. Beano, Dandy, Oor Wullie & other hardcover Annuals of the 1930's thru 1950's continue to bring records prices, from $100-$1000 each & up to $3000+ for the rarest ones; WARRIOR (1982/85) includes; Bolland, Bolton, Alan Davis, Dillon, Dave Gibbons Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Parkhouse, & Marvelman (later Miracleman) by Alan Moore, & much more, with #4(1982 Summer Special)

being the bestseller (at VF=$24; FN=$16; VG=$10) & other issues at $7-$15; 2000 AD contains; Bisley, Bolland, Dan Dare, Dillon, Alan Davis, Fabry, Gibbons, Grant, Leach, McMahon, Alan Moore, Nemesis, Ridgway, Robo-Hunter, Rogue Trooper, Slaine, Stronium Dog, Stainless Steel Rat, Bryan Talbot, Wagner, & more; (We sell most issues from #100-1000+ for $3-$6 ea);.

UK War comic digests (Battle Picture Library, Commando, & War Picture Library, etc) contain all original UK material (although later issues reprint earlier issues)

are still in demand & still rising in value. 1950's/60's issues sell for $6-$20 and are Scarce to Rare even in UK (1950's #1-20's are higher value); Most 1970's & 1980's issues sell for $2-$6 each; WAR comic buffs should give them a try, they are great reading.

Some American collectors are now getting turned on to the Horror issues of Alan Class, Miller & other B&W Squarebound giants (60-100 pages; Packed with 1950's & 1960's USA Horror & SF titles from; Atlas/Marvel, Archie, ACG, Charlton, DC,etc); They are a great way to buy cheaper reprints of MANY issues NOT reprinted in the USA & all at affordable prices in a neat format. Alan Class issues of the 1950's-1980's sell for $7-$12 (early issues higher). Miller Pub issues (1960's) sell for $12-$30, as they are scarcer, had less titles & issues, & had more Pre-code reprints. The Miller issues & pre 1965 Alan Class issues are scarce even in the UK, with most British dealers sold out.

Marvel UK editions are the most collected, & we now have about 10,000 in stock, mostly from 1968-1983. The appear in differents format from weekly, monthly, comics, mags, digests, B&W, color, oblong, thick & thin, to the great hardcover Annuals. USA collectors like the reprints of their favorite characters & artists;

The All-Time bestselling UK comic for us has been; SPIDER-MAN COMICS WEEKLY #1-666 [1973-1985; Many Title changes, includes; Spider-Man Comics Weekly = #1-157; Super Spider-Man, with the Super Heroes = #158-198; Super Spider-Man and the Titans #199-230; Super Spider-Man and Captain Britian, with New material UK only stories = #231-253; Super Spider-Man = #254-310; Spider-Man Comic = #311-333; Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly & Marvel Comic = #334 -375; Spider-Man and Hulk Weekly #376-415, 417-431, 433-437, 439-443, 445-449; Spider-Man and Hulk Team-Up = #432, 438{July 29, 1981 w/Spider-Man Mask}, 444; Super Spider-Man TV Comic = #450-483, 485-490, 492-500, 502, 509, 517;Spider-Man = #501{1/13/81}, 503-508, 510-516, 519-526, 529-541, 543-552; Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends = #553{10/12/83}, 554- 578; Spider-Man = #579, 580, 581-597, 599-608, 609{New UK Only Spider-Man story}, 610-617, 619-629, 630{New UK Only Spider-Man story}, 631; Spider-Man Comic = #634, 635; Spidey Comic = 655{Sept, 28, 1985}, 660,661; known Original UK Only Jim Starlin Cover issues= #3,4,7; There may be others with early Starlin; #501-600 = Lower Print & Harder to Find; #601-666 = Low Print & SCARCE]; (We sell VF copies for; #1 at $25+; #2-50 at $7-$20; #51-200, 500-666 at $3-$7; #201-499 at $2-$5; With VG or FN copies at 50-75% of the VF prices);

Our Bestselling UK MARVELS (Most in the $3-$10 each range) include; ACTION FORCE (UK version of GI JOE); AVENGERS (Weekly) #1(1973), 2-148; BLAKES 7; CAPTAIN BRITAIN (1st series $1-39 & 2nd series); DOCTOR WHO Classic/ Weekly/ Monthly & Specials; DRACULA LIVES #1-87(1974-76); COMPLETE FANTASTIC FOUR #1(1977), 2-37; FANTASTIC (Power Comics Pub; early Marvel Superheroes) #1(2/1967-10/1968), 2-89; FORCES IN COMBAT; FURY (Comics Weekly; Sgt. Fury by Kirby, Atlas/ Marvel War); FUTURE TENSE- #1(1980), 2-41; HULK COMICS #1(Includes Hulk Sticker Album; 1979), #2-62; MARVEL BUMPER COMIC - #1(1988), 2-31; MARVEL MADHOUSE - #1(1981), 2-17; MARVEL SUPER ADVENTURE - #1(1981), 2-26; MARVEL SUPER-HEROES MIGHTY WORLD OF MARVEL (HULK etc; known Original UK Only Jim Starlin Cover issues= #5-7,9-17,19,21; Possibly= #24,27,44; There may be others) #1(1972), 2-341; PLANET OF THE APES - #1(1974) 2-123(Many articles, covers, photo's & art not seen in US editions); Punisher (1989/1990) 1-25; RAMPAGE comics weekly #1(1977; Defenders, etc), 2-34; RAMPAGE MONTHLY Magazine #1(1978), 2-27(HULK issues); RAMPAGE MONTHLY Magazine #28-54(28-54=X-MEN, with JOHN BYRNE art & THING; LUKE CAGE=28-39; Timesmasher by Paul Neary & Nick Austin = #40-44; Iron Fist= #45-50); REAL GHOSTBUSTERS - #1(1988), 2-81; SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN - #1(1975), 2-18; SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN - #1(1977; 2nd Series), 2-93; SECRET WARS I & II; SECRET WAR II SPECIAL - #1(March/1986),2; SPIDER-MAN AND ZOIDS - #1(1986), 2-50; STARBURST (Marvel TV & Movie SF mag) #1(1978), 2-240; STAR WARS WEEKLY #1(1978), 2-117(Star Wars), 118-158(Empire Strikes Back); STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI - #1(1983), 2-155; STRIP - #1(1990), 2-20; SUPER-HEROES (Silver Surfer) #1(1975), 2-50; TERRIFIC - (Power Comic Pub.; early Marvel Superheroes) #1(1967), 2-35; THING IS BIG BEN (NEW Cover-Art, and #1-5 New Centerfold Posters); THOR AND THE X-MEN THUNDERCATS - #1(1987), 2-,77; TRANSFORMERS - #1(1984/85?), 2-332; VALOUR #1(1980), 2-19; WARRIOR WOMEN; WESTERN GUNFIGHTERS SPECIALS; X-MEN;

Plus all the 1980-1982 UK MARVEL British "POCKET BOOK" comics DIGESTS are great sellers (Most at $5-$10 each); CHILLER (Tomb of Dracula,Ghost Rider; Man-Thing) 1-26; CONAN 1-13; FANTASTIC FOUR 1-22; INCREDIBLE HULK 1-13; MARVEL CLASSICS 1-12; SPIDERMAN 1-27; Star Heroes 1-11[ Battlestar Galactica-s; Micronauts; #10,11= X-Men]; TITANS 1-13; X-MEN (formerly Titans) 12-28;YOUNG ROMANCE 1-10;

UK Hardcover Annuals of 1950's thru 1990's are scarce in the USA & most America collectors have not seen them. They Licensed many of the Major characters of the period, including USA & UK; Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Cartoons, Hanna-Barbera, Walt Disney, TV Series, Cowboys & Westerns, Music Stars. They are packed with Great covers, Comics, Art, Text stories, photo's, puzzles & Games, much of it is new material not seen in USA. Most are in the $12-$25 Price Range, (with 1950/60's at $20-$50); The 1950's DC & Superman Annuals are Scarce to RARE & can command $50 to $150+; If you haven't tried these, you owe it to yourself to pick up o1-2 of your favorite characters & give them a try.

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CANADIAN Comics;

Golden Age "Canadian Whites" were much requested, but near impossible to restock this year. Very few appeared on eBay. Demand is about 1000% Bigger than Supply. I had perhpas 50 requests & could have perhaps sold 1000+ books, but only found about a dozen books all year. I even sold out of coverless & incomplete issues. They sell in ANY grade & are typically found in FA to VG, with high grade beginning at FN. The Pre-1947 Canadian Whites of Fawcett hero titles, (Capt Marvel, Grand Slam, Three Aces, Wow, etc) with USA comics re-drawn be Canadian artists, turn up more than others, but still sold very well. (Average prices of; FN=$99; VG=$75 and G=$50); "Name" characters were by far the most requested, with Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Johnny Canuck, Men of the Mounted, One-Shots, #1's, Letkeman, Ted McCall & Adrian Dingle-a, Leo Bachle issues the most prized & sought items. The Original Material Canadian story & art titles, are in about twice the demand of the Fawcett related titles. Anything NON Cartoon was HOT, but even the Funny titles would sell, if i could find them.

The Canadian Editions that are vintage variants of 1940's & early 50's USA comics, sell for 60-100% of their USA equivalents. Those with less pages than their US

counterparts sell for less. Still, they are 10 to 50 Times Scarcer than the USA editions & have some interest to Variant collectors. Canadian Variant's (mainly 1946-1954) include these Publishers; Archie, Atlas, Avon, Classics, DC, Dell, EC, Fawcett, Fiction House, Lev Gleason, Quality, Timely, Toby, & others. The CLASSICS

sell for 50-200% MORE than USA editions. (Especially if they have the Canadian Only illustrated Text Stories on inside covers); EC reprints traditionally only sold for about 50-60% of the USA edition values, due to poor printing quality, but even these are up in demand at slightly higher prices & i nearly sold out. (Weird Suspension stories

#1-3 bring over $1000 each for FN copies, thus causing increased demand for other issues); The Timely Variant issues tend to bring higher percentages also. It is probable that some/most/all of the 1950's DELL comics that have a Comic Strip on the back cover, in place of an AD, are actually Canadian editions. These are quite desirable once identified & bring premiums of +25% to +100%.

We have a big selection of Canadian French Language comics of Archie, DC & Marvel from the late 1960's thru 1990. They had very small print runs of perhaps

2000-10,000 each, sold mainly just in the province of Quebec, & with small survival rates. There were more MARVEL comics, than all others put together. Issues with Popular Characters (Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Conan, Batman, Superman, Betty & Veronica, Sabrina, etc) and Popular Artists (Byrne, Starlin, Adams, Perez, etc)

sell the fastest. (Most 1980's issues at VF=$7; FN=$5; VG=$3) (Most 1975-1979 issues at FN=$7; VG=$5; G=$3) (Pre-1974 & Key issues a bit higher);

The New material French language Comic Digests from the 1950's-1970's, with; Western, War, Adventure, Jungle & Love themes brought $3-$7+ each. Titles like

Laurel & Hardy, Felix the Cat, Popeye, Charlie Chaplin are scarcer, usually bringing $5 in GD & $8 in VG;

Also up in demand are the many Canadian Comics of the 1970's & 1980's. >> Some are better know like; Capt Canuck, Cerebus, Flaming Carrot, Ms Tree, Reid Fleming, Quadrant, & Yummy Fur. >> Many are less well know, such as; Adventures of Binkly & Doinkel, Andromeda, Arik Khan, Fog City, Fuddle Duddle, Gamut, Journey, Mackenzie Queen, Mr X, Neil the Horse, Orb, Phantacea, Star Rider & the Peace Machine, Vortex; >>> Some of the rarest titles include; Beer Comix, Berford Seaman's Flabby Thighs & Butter, Borealis (Sim) Captain Alcohol, Dragonring (Blair), Elflord (1980/82), Giveaways (many), Great Canadian Schimegly Follies, Hidden Planet Nebula / World of Elzon, Le Beaver (fanzine), Oktoberfest (Dave Sim), Polar Funnies, Roldo the Barbarian, Windblade (Blair; 1982). The rarer & more obscure the titles, the faster we were able to sell them. There are now quite a number of completionists of 1970's & new Canadian Comics. They are now among our strongest sellers.

Canadian Cover Price Newsstand Variant editions are becoming more collected all the time. Marvel titles lead the way, but DC sales are on the rise too.

Known Canadian Cover Price Variants Era's include; ARCHIE Comics & Digests (1/1984-12/1997), CHARLTON (2/1983-8/1984), DC(10/1982-9/1988),

DELL(random 1960-1962, plus Back Cover variants & assorted 1950's Cover Price variants), GOLD KEY(5-8/1968, and 4/72-4/73), HARVEY(1960's Giants

with 35 Cent cover prices on books with 25 cent US cover prices), MAD (some 1964 & 7/1978-7/1979), MARVEL (All Newstand Comics, Magazines & Digests

10/1982-8/1986), WARREN (3/1977-3/1983), WHITMAN (Mainly 1983/1984); MANY of these cover price variants have never been seen by Americans & they are

often mistaken for much rarer & more valuable items. The Marvel & DC variants are from a period when most collectors & dealers saved DIRECT editions,

thus all are relatively SCARCE even in Canada & are RARE in the USA. Because Newsstand copies were mainly in the hands of NON collectors, they are

typically found in G-FN, with VF or better copies being scarce. We sell most of these Variants for a 25%-50% Premium over guide, depending of collectibility

of the character. I think a lot of collectors are overlooking this area of collecting, which has great potential.


CAPTAIN CANUCK; Captain Canuck "Unholy War" with the new West Coast Captain (10/2004-1/2005;Low Print, under 5000 copies?) has again revived interest in the Original Series & all related items. We sold about 25 sets of the Original series of #1-14 & Special #1 (1975-1981) on eBay, they are relatively common in Canada, but scarcer in the USA due to limited distribution. (strict VF/NM or better copies are rather uncommon after 24-30 years of handling); With the current high interest in Canadian comics, this has always been the best selling title. We sold several copies of the original oversized #4 (2/1977; FN/VF=$79 each) Captain Canuck Summer Special #1 is a good starting point as it contains (68 pages; Captain Canuck; George Freeman art; "Jean Claude St Aubin art; PARODY Story with Catman, & with Beyond; 1 page art each by; GENE DAY, Tom Grummett, & DAVE SIM; Capt Canuck had an Official Canadian Post Office STAMP issued in the 1990's (along with a NELVANA & Superman stamp); A possible TV Cartoon is in the works (with the option for a possible Motion Picture); Captain Canuck might become the official comic of the hit TV series "Corner Gas". Captain Canuck has appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. Captain Canuck Re-Born (1993/1994) had Small print Runs for #2(30,000), #3(8,000 Copies), with much smaller print runs in FRENCH language #0 and #1, these are all in big demand & very hard to restock, with value climbing swiftly.


CARTOON & COMIC Mass Market Paperbacks;

. Newspaper Comic Strip & Misc Cartoon Mass Market Paperback's sell better to the General Public readers than to Comic Collectors, with cheapest Reading Copies in biggest demand. The format died in the 1990's & was re[laced by the Oblong & Trade Paperback formats (at Higher Prices); A few comic fans have caught on to the scarcity of some of these titles, especial in condition, & we are seeing some increased demand for "highest available grade". The ultra popular long lasting titles (Dennis the Menace, Family Circus, Mad, Marmaduke, Peanuts, etc) sell for $2-$5 range (Scarce or high grade at $7-$15+); . The less common but well known titles (Beetle Bailey, Broomhilda, Hagar, & Tumbleweeds, etc) sell for $4-$9 (Scarce or high grade at $12-$25+); Older titles, tend to have more multiple printings, thus more common & lower values. Oddball Titles, Adult Cartoon Titles, Forgotten Titles, Obscure, Low Print, Series with under 10 books, are often scarce to rare & often sell for $10-$25+;. We sold a few complete & near complete runs, saving these buyers months to years of hunting. Usually with the larger series titles, about 50% are easy to find, about 25% are uncommon & about 25% are Scarce;

TEMPO books put out a line of PUZZLE Books for both MARVEL and DC circa 1977 (Wordfind, Mazes, Crosswords, etc; Digest Size, 5-1/4"x8"; B&W; 68 pages including cover; Softcover book with Stiff Covers; ALL are SCARCE in unmarked copies); About 15 different each exist for each Marvel & DC, & they are all scarce in any Grade & rare in VF or better. Usually they are found in G or VG. We had a few finds & sold quite a few this year (VF=$15-$25; VG=$8-$15);

Marvel, DC, Warren, EC, & Superhero related Mass Market Comic related paperbacks were mainly sold to the general public & not to collectors, thus many are scarce in even FN or better. Collectors that did buy them, typically did not put them in a plastic bag, thus due to handling & rubbing wear, they are scarce in better than VF. Marvel & DC paperbacks are now out of stock from most comic dealers, except for the typically few "beaters" that hang around. This year we located & sold a good number of VF/NM or better Marvel & DC paperbacks. There are over 65 Marvel Paperbacks from the 1966-1985 Period; There are over 40 DC related Paperbacks from the 1966-1988 Period; (1960's titles; VF=$20-$50; VG=$10-$20); (1975-1985 titles; VF/NM=$15-$35; VF=$10-$20; VG=$5-10);

CHARLTON;

If you like oddball comics, this is the publisher for you. Their comics varied widely from superb to very crude. They had more Genre's & Sub-Genre's probably than any other publisher. Distribution was always spotty, with most of their print runs moderate to low in quantities. Most collectors of the 1971-1985 avoided them & they were ridiculed for many years. Great quantities were in the hands of the general public, with many lost & destroyed. Large quantities sat in dealer bargain bins for many years, further eroding condition. In retrospect, we all missed a lot. With only minor editorial control, many creators thrived under this publisher, many had some of the best work of their career, including artists like; Aparo, Boyette, Byrne, Ditko, Giordano, Glanzman, Wayne Howard, Sanho Kim, Larson, Lopez, Morisi, Newton, Staton, Sutton, Zeck; All the HORROR titles were by far the bestsellers of the year (especially with Ditko, Howard, Newton, Sutton & Zeck), followed by the TV titles & then the Hanna-Barbera cartoon titles (especially Scooby Doo), all were often requested in High Grade, but we sold much bigger quantities in standard G-FN grades. Many of the Ditko issues are still not listed in guide. All the early John Byrne art & text panel issues were in demand & also requested in higher grades. The superhero titles were all in moderate demand, with a few requests for higher grade copies. All the War & Western titles sold better than usual, with 1950's & 1960's issues undervalued, especially in G-FN grades. War comic buffs like the Glanzman art issues & his Hercules series was a nice title too, especially with the nice Aparo backup stories; Bugaloos seems to be one of the rarest titles of the 1970's. Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy, & Partridge Family are in constant demand & are getting hard to find in FN or better. Love comics in G-FN sold steady, but with price resistance to VF or better copies. The Kings Features (Beetle Bailey, Blondie, Flash Gordon, Jungle Jim, Phantom, Popeye) titles are consistent sellers, with the cartoon titles still undervalued in guide. The Low Print Run issues of the 1985/85 era are among the most requested issue in high grades. Almost all affordable the Charlton's of the late 1940's thru 1950's are selling in all grades. Demand for the obscure & forgotten Adult Cartoon Titles (CARTOON CARNIVAL, COMEDY CAPERS, GOOD HUMOR, 150 NEW CARTOONS, etc; with NO comics code) is on the rise. Most of the non investors, are happy finding many of these issues in ANY condition & we still sell mostly copies in the G-FN range.

CHRISTIAN & RELIGION;

Most dealers cannot be bothered with Religious & Christian comics, & many buyers tell us they cannot find many of these items anywhere else. The SPIRE titles are the most collected, but we also sell a lot of copies to non collectors who are nostalgic for them, wanting to re-read them, or pass them on to their kids, thus condition is often not important. The most sought by collectors (in higher grades) include; ARCHIE titles (all), HANSI the Girl who loved the Swastika, Hello I'm Johnny Cash, & Tom Landy & Dallas Cowboys. [9.0 copies of Hansi are worth about $75-$100]; Sunday Pix (David C Cook) are constant sellers, especially for the TULLUS (Christian of Ancient Rome) strip, with Pre-1955 issues in especially short supply & high demand. There is a series of uncommon Mass Market Paperback comics (1973-1977) published by David C. Cook that collects some of these scarce vintage stories; "Picture Bible for all Ages" #1-6 and "Tullus" (4 diff) & Christian Family Classics: (Ben-Hur, Christian Family Courageous) & others;

Treasure Chest comics are decent sellers, as we have a huge selection. Too bad someone has not indexed all the Series' as we often get requests & can occasionally find them, but often cannot. The Pre-1955 issues sell best. Next to that we find people trying to complete various years in the 1960's.

Assorted other series of interest include; Amar Chitra Katha (India; History, Mythology & Legend), Holi-Day Surprise Vol.2 #55; (1967; STORY OF CHRISTMAS", The Story of HANUKAH); COLLECTION "LA BIBLE" Series; (French Language Graphic Novel Albums; 1978/1980); COSMICS Pub (JESUS, JOSEPH, SAMSON);

Crusaders (Fire & Brimstone comics, by Jack Chick); Tales from the Great Book; LOGOS Pub (Prison to Praise & Run Baby Run; Adventures of Mendy and the Golem (Kosher Comics); MARX, LENIN, MAO & CHRIST; Dan Red Eagle and the SOUL CATCHER; Dan Red Eagle and the SOUL CATCHER; UNITED BIBLE SOCIETY Pub(12+ Titles); YOUNG READER'S CHRISTIAN LIBRARY & ZAANAN Series; ( BARBOUR PUB; 1989-1992; CHRISTIAN CLASSICS COMICS in Big Little Book Format; 16 Titles?) and others;

Life of POPE John Paul-II #1 was the bestseller of the year, with prices soaring up to $50 in the first few weeks after his death, but now settled back down to about $12 in VF. Other Bestsellers were; Francis Brother of the Universe #1, Limited Collectors Edition C-36 (BIBLE), Mother Theresa & Life of Christ. The Marvel / Nelson Christian Trade Paperbacks are scarcer (Screwtape Letters, In his Steps, Pilgrims Progress); JACK CHICK TRACTS (3"x5"; B&W; Christian Religious MINI COMICS; 24pgs including covers) are highly collectible, with about 75 different titles that sell in the $1-$2 each range. But with many more, long out of print that can command $5-$25 each range. TOPIX comics / Timeless Topix (CATECHETCAL GUILD Pub; Classics illustrated related) are always in very high demand & we are almost always sold out (at 150% Guide range in ANY condition)

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED & Related; Always a steady decent seller, Classics Buyers continue to change their buying pattens. This year originals were slower, with the exception of #1-20 & Scarcer issues. Pre HRN #160 Painted Cover Reprints & Line-Drawn covers were selling best. Normally we have many buyers who would want low grade Reading Copies & are just filling in numbers, but this year we saw less of those buyers & more serious collectors. It seems that Pre HRN #160 Painted Cover reprints are getting hard to find in FN or better, as they are 45-55 Years Old, yet still average a pitiful $6 in FN in guide. As these LOW price levels, not many nice condition copies are hitting the market. Line-Drawn cover reprints are higher in guide, but still sell quite well to buyers who want the EARLY first Cover & Art. DEMAND never dies for the scarcer issues which had fewer or NO reprint editions (we sold these numbers at 120%-135% Guide in ANY printing & condition); #8,14,20,21,33,40,43,44,53,66,71,73,74,84,110,113-118,129,161-169. The first New Art, or first New cover issues, are an undervalued new type of Original & are in very high demand & low supply, they should continue to climb in value. Virtually all Classic Collectors who begin to become advanced collectors, now want at least one sample of each Cover Art & Interior Art edition. Either before or after collecting all Cover & Art editions, most collectors also go after full sets of World Around Us & Classics Special Issue. Canadian Variant Edition Classics exist on most issues 1-74, & are scarce to rare, Canadian Editions are now one of our fastest sellers at 50-200% Premiums over USA editions. Many contain illustrated Text stories on the inside covers, that appear ONLY in Canadian Editions, & thus they are very high demand items. First Canadian Editions are usually those with HRN numbers within 6 numbers higher than the actual issue number, & can be considered "Canadian Originals", & thus are valued in in-between the value of the closest US reprint & the Original. Note that many HRN's exist on Canadian Editions that do not exist on US editions. Some Canadian Editions look like US editions thru the rest of the book, but state "Printed in Canada" on the splash page or near the front of the comic. Issue #11 has always been a tough Canadian Variant. Apparently issues #17-19(?) with Blank inside Cover(s) are among the Scarcest of all Canadian Editions, with very few existing & will fetch high premiums. Jack Lake Productions

will apparently be publishing their new "Classics Illustrated Special Edition" Hardcover series including; War Between the States, World War II, RCMP, United Nations, Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings by Tolkien & Mel Gibson's The Passion. This might stir up more interest in the Originals The Golden Picture Classics Giants, are always in high demand in ANY grade (at 150% Guide)

Jack Lake Productions ( Website: http://www.jacklakeproductions.com) has so far printed at least 25 different 2004/2005 Printings of JUNIOR's (US$3.99 to 5.99-c)

& will continue to print them monthly, with most collectors still unaware of their existence. The regular Gilberton Classic Junior's sold better than usual. This year we saw more collectors than readers. Collectors have come to realize the Pre HRN 576 Reprints are much more difficult to complete, even in VG or better, than anyone had suspected & they are thus way up in demand. HRN #576 printings remain the most common & can easily cause one to make the incorrect assumption that all Juniors are plentiful. Originals & cheap reprints are no longer the best sellers. These issue remain the Scarcest & highest demanded Classics Junior's issues; #506, 514, 525-529,532-534,537,540,542,543,547,553,555, 556,558-565,568,571-573,575-577 (we sell all printings at; FA-VG at 200-300% Guide; FN-VF at 150-200% Guide);

We sold a lot of Classics related items, mainly to Advanced Collector's that had almost everything else. This includes; Acclaim, Amar Chitra Katha (India Mythology & Legend), Berkley/First, Boys Life, British Classic Editions, Dell (related Four Color & Movie classics), Dell Junior Treasury, Famous Authors, Gold Key (related Movie Classics), Golden Legacy(history of Black People), Golden Picture Classics, King Classics (a tough series to complete), Marvel Classics, Marvel-UK Classic Graphic Novels & Digests, Mexican Junior series, Pendulum, Pocket Classics, Power Records, Tele-Guide (Graphic Novels), World illustrated & all others.

The Moby Books (Big Little Book format #4501-4536) series was especially popular this year (Most at; VF=$15; FN=$10; VG=$7; G=$5);

COMIC DIGESTS;

All Comic digests were in demand. Most 1975 & older issues are getting harder to restock all the time. The older issues are too thick to fit the CGC cases,

thus almost no copies are graded. This makes finding high grade copies especially difficult. I located some high grade early Gold Key & Archie issues & sold

them raw in the 150-200%+ of Guide range.

The Gold Key Comic Digests (Golden, Mystery & Walt Disney) & the rare Story digests (Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Ripleys, Tarzan) sell consistently

at 130%-150% Guide for average G-FN range copies.

All Harvey Digests sold well . High Grade copies are scarce & in demand. The 1977-1985 Digest brought 115-125% guide; The issues from 1986-1990 harder to find than the earlier group. The Harvey Digests from the 1991-1993 era had the LOWEST print runs, (except for issue #1's), especially the highest numbers, which are often found only in lower grades. (Low numbers at 120-135% guide; High numbers at 150-200% Guide). The 1991-1993 era digests were printed with THIN cover stock & too much glue, thus the entire Print Run now has Wrinkled covers, & almost none would grade higher than VF. The One-Shots are in big demand, as they are easy to collect (Baby Huey, Felix the Cat, Tom & Jerry, Woody Woodpecker); The NON Casper/Richie Titles are in shorter supply & thus sell faster (Hot Stuff, Harvey Wiseguys, Spooky, Wendy); >>> SHOCKING TALES DIGEST #1(Powell, KIRBY & Nostrand) is a consistent bestseller. >>> The SCARCEST issues (almost always sold out at 200% Guide) include; CASPER Digest Magazine (Vol-1 #11-18)(Vol-2; 1991/94; #8-14); CASPER Enchanted Tales Digest #7-10; (Richie Rich) MILLION Dollar Digest (11/1986-11/1994; #11-34); Richie Rich Digest Magazine (10/1986-10/1994; #11-25=Scarce; #26-42=Very Scarce), Richie Rich Digest Stories #11-17; Richie Rich Digest Winners #11-16; Richie Rich Gold Nuggets #1-4, Dennis the Menace Pocket Full of Fun #1-50, and Dennis & His Friends #38-46 Digests are in HIGH demand in all grades (at 150-200% Guide); Even sharp FN copies are getting difficult to find. Pocket Full of Fun #1 (1969) in VF would easily bring $100+; The Marvel Dennis the Menace digests with DC symbols on the cover continue to garner interest & sell well.

All DC Digests sold well in all grades at 120-135% Guide. We sold more VG-FN copies than other grades. We are getting more requests for VF/NM or better "Investment" grade copies. ** Their Output included; Adventure 491-503, Best of DC #1-71(with 41-71 low print), DC Special Blue Ribbon #20-24, DC Special Series #18,19,23,24, Jonah Hex & other Western Tales 1-3, Tarzan Digest #1; The ATARI Game giveaway Booklets are in high demand, with these issues being scarce;

Atari Force #3-5, Centipede #1, Swordquest (Perez-a) #2,3 (selling at $10+ each in VG or better); Many of the Masters of the Universe/He-Man giveaway Comic Booklets that came with the action figures are DC Comics related, & vary from Uncommon to scrace & rare (VG-FN copies bring from $5 to $15 each);

"Disney Adventures" (11/1990-2002+) is one of the longest running digests, but is often ignored, as most of it is non-comic content. Still, it's longevity should make

it quite a decent collectible of the future. It is loaded with tons of hidden & overlooked great Cartoon Comic, TV, Movie, characters & Star contents. The Gladstone digest will surely be more collectible in high grades in the future. The scarce "Wonderful World of Disney" comics digest from 1978 is unknown to most collectors.

The 1973-1975 Archie Digests remain Scarce & in high demand, bringing 150% to 200% of Guide in any grade. All Archie Digest #1-10's from all era's are in high demand, but especially in VF or better. Since most were never placed in plastic bags, rubbing wear is very common & makes high grade collecting quite a challenge.

Many Katy Keene digests have paper dolls & other pages cut out &/or missing, so check your copies if bought used. Many Archie Activity Digest & Archie Story & Game Digests are marked up inside, with puzzles & game done, thus can be hard to find in nice un-marked condition. In greater demand are also; all Betty & Veronica titles, Jokebook & Madhouse digests. The ARCHIE'S SUPER HERO SPECIAL Digests #1, 2 from 1978 are top sellers, but especially requested in high grades,

thus a good long term bet. Archie Digests are among the biggest of all modern Newsstand distribution sellers, as they are also commonly available at grocery supermarket checkouts. More people from the non-collecting general public read Archie Digests, than they do almost anything superhero related. Most collectors underestimate how widely known the Archie Gang is. These will be widely collected for several generations to come.

The Rare Charlton Comic Digests (with Xerox, Now Age Books, Ottenheimer & Pendulum), are usually found only in FA to VG, with FN or better being quite scarce.

A very tough set to complete, these 1971-1976 Digests bring 200-400% Guide in ANY grade; Barney & Betty, Bugs Bunny, Flinstones, Jetsons, Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm (Teen-Age), Road Runner, Scooby Doo, Woody Woodpecker & Yogi Bear; Apparently these were related to some type of Children's book club & might have had only regional distribution, or were perhaps sold mainly by mail order. SPACE; 1999 Comic Digest (1976; 100 pages) also exists & should grow fast in demand,

once it's rarity is more widely known, but it will be very tough to locate in any grade (we sold a FA/G copy for $15). Most dealers & collectors have never seen a single issue in the series.

The Marvel digests (Alf, Dennis, GI Joe, Haunt of Horror, Spider-Man, Star & Transformers) are in steady demand. The Scarce issues due to lower

print runs included; GI Joe 11-13, Spider-Man, 11-13 Star 11-13, and Transformers 8-10. The Haunt of Horror series are in demand with Marvel Horror

completionists. These sold mainly to General Public & NON-Collectors, plus most were never stored in plastic bags, thus most are in G-FN, with High

Grade copies being scarce. There has been some interest in 9.0 & better copies, but they were hard to find.

Among the rarest of all comic digests are the 1979 one-shot Skylark Titles (they bring around 200% Guide in any grade); Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze #15406-0 and STORIES FROM THE TWILIGHT ZONE #15405-2;

CONDITION & CGC;

I had more positive feedback on my grading comment in last years guide than anything. YES, i do realize that condition is not that important to people who buy comics to read them. But even in this arena, if you order a NM copy of a cheap book for the VF price & receive a FN copy, you need to realize that you did not get a bargain. You are often better off buying a strictly graded FN near guide from a Professional dealer. It is a common widespread practice for dealers to automatically grade

all (especially) 1985-1995 comics as NM without even looking closely at them, when in fact many of these have many stress marks, dings & small flaws, thus more like FN/VF to VF+ average grades. It is also common practice for larger dealers to store large quantities of comics in Long Boxes, flipping thru the same boxes over & over 100's of times, the spines buckle a little more each time this is done, leaving countless stress lines in the spine & at the corners of the books. Many with large quantiles of comics, do not bags them, thus constant handling causes rubbing wear to covers, gathering of dirt to covers & lower grades. Many dealer stocks have comics in bags with bags scotch taped closed, but after 10-15+ years or so this scotch tape turns sticky & thus gets stuck to the next comic (if the next book is in a bag, they need to be peeled apart & thus causes stress; If next book not in bag, it gets stuck directly to the cover & destroyers the book); Less dealers store large quantities of comics, individually bagged, with flaps NOT taped down, but even handling these often will downgrade them, especially as the boxes begin to empty. Storing then upright in long boxes with untaped plastic bags & with heavy backing boards is a better approach, but can be expensive on cheaper comics, thus usually not done. Even this approach has flaws, because flipping thru the box still leaves stress to the spines & causes buckling.

I learned all the above the hard way, slowly damaging most of my inventory over the years, including 100's of 1000's of comics bought new & stored. About 20 years ago i decided NOT to store comics in boxes, for the above reasons. All my comics inventory are stored flat on shelves in one foot high piles, i have rolling tables to place the piles onto & then turn the piles as i go thru them to fill orders. This puts much less stress on the spines & keeps them in better shape. 75% of my 1985 up comics are not in bags, but i have started to bag higher grade copies. I have also started to group higher grade copies of chap comics in packs of 10 in a mag bag. Most of my Pre-1975 comics are in untaped bags. Most of my original warehouse copies from the 1970's that were bought new, are now VG/FN to FN/VF. Most of my original warehouse copies from the 1980-1995 that were bought new, are now FN/VF to VF+ (about VF average).

With the huge price spreads between GD and NM-, it is extremely important to understand the current very strict grading standards. [With CGC standards as a benchmark]; Probably 75-90% of Collectors (and many dealers) do not yet understand the new strict standards. Many collectors think if they bought it new, it must be "Mint". (When in fact their 1975-1990 comics are in fact more likely to be FN/VF thru VF+ grades); About 95% of 1980-1989 comics no longer would grade a Strict VF/NM, 9.0, with perhaps about 1% being in NM 9.4 or better (even if you bought them brand new & stored them bagged & unread on day of release); This is because most collectors did not go thru every possible copy available to pick the best possible copy. Those who did pick them this carefully, were more likely to buy a copy with fewer or no factory flaws, in a day when tiny stress marks were not considered too important. By todays standards, copies with NO stress anywhere on the book, & perfect razor sharp corners, are much more prized, than copies lacking factory flaws.

The value of comics is determined by supply & demand. Comics that are scarce in ANY grade gain value, because even small demand is often not satisfied.

Because many collectors much prefer to buy up all their favorite mainstream Marvel & DC superhero comics, a way to make these "common" comics scarcer

needed to be found & that way turned out to be condition. Bronze age is the most popular because they are still affordable & they are possible to find in 9.0 or higher grades. The price spreads between GD to NM- should continue to wider for mainstream Marvel & DC superhero comics. But although scarcer in high grade,

will not widen as much on other Genre's & other publishers, as there are less high grade collectors for these grades. (The exception seems to be HORROR comics, which have been consistency Hot & Scarce in 9.0 & better). Grading should always be done under a strong light focused directly on the book being examined. Proper grading cannot be done in poor or dull light, as many tiny flaws are missed. Many of my competitors do not grade 1980's comics STRICTLY & they regularly sell comics as NM but ship FN/VF to VF copies. Thus i do not normally have to worry about having any competition in the selling of strictly graded 9.0 to 9.6 comics from the 1980's.

My FN/VF to VF copies are typically lower in price than others overgraded NM copies that are in same grade. YES, i to can & do offer great SALE prices on common

FN/VF-VF copies. But i rarely discount Pre-1990 comics in strict 9.0 or better & in fact usually ask & get guide & higher. If you think 1980's comics are common in 9.4,

just attempt the very difficult task of putting together a complete set like GI Joe, Transformers or Micronauts in STRICT 9.4 or better (in grades that WILL hold up, if submitted to CGC);

We again sold a lot of 9.0 & better Raw (Non CGC graded) comics, mags, & treasuries from the 50,000+ Book "Manitoba" collection, most from 1975-1985. (VF/NM raw copies sell at 9.2 prices; 9.2 copies bring 150% Guide; 9.4 raw copies bring 200% Guide); If trends continue, as we expect they will, 1980-1985 comics should gain a lot of value in STRICT 9.0 & better in the next decade, as more & more people come to understand the the new strict standards & scarcity in these grades. Now is still the time to buy, while these books are still cheap & before they all disappear in high grades. All other sized & Odd Format items (Magazines, Paperbacks, Digests,

Books, Treasury's, Fanzines, Posters, Trade Paperbacks, Calendars, Portfolios, etc) were much less likely to be placed in a plastic bag, as often bags were not available, thus they can be quite scarce in high grades. These should be watched carefully, as they are probable great future investments in higher grades.

DC COMICS; Almost everything from the Bronze Age & 1970-1985 Era was selling. 1960's & older titles were a bit slower this year, except for the "Top" titles with Superman,Batman, JLA & Wonder Woman, which are always strong sellers. Every Horror title was again strong this year, but they are all getting tough to restock in high grades.

Unlike Marvel collectors, those after High Grade DC are not quite as demanding, because with small supply they would never find anything. 1960's DC comics in VF are now in stronger demand, with high grade collectors now buying 1971-1975 in VF+, and with 1976-1985 in VF/NM or better; They are hard to find in these STRICT grades,

but they are obtainable with legwork, thus these seem to be about the average goals for many buyers. [This is especially true for the eager & very hungry buyers of High Grade DC HORROR titles];

DC Horror comics of the 1968-1983 Era were still among our top sellers of the year. The higher the grade the faster they sell. Investors still want the 1968-1975 issues in high grades (9.4 up) but are having a hard time even finding 9.0 copies, thus are now settling for STRICT VF copies, if they really want them. Guide should raise the 1968-1975 issues by about 25% (regular issues) to 50% (Better artist, early & key issues), with a most increase to the G-FN copies, to more realistically reflect demand. Not many copies are CGC graded, thus buyers need to buy them raw. Key issues, Giants & better artist issues will continue to rise in price, until price again meets demand, but that might take quite a while. All Adams & Wrightson issues need to see a 20-40% jump in guide to come closer to current demand. The 1976-1983 era DC Horror comics are also in big demand & we have seen more completionists than ever before. Many fans are also buying G-FN copies, but there are adequate supplies to meet demand in these grades, although we need to charge about 115-130% guide to keep replenishing supplies of all the related titles. Weird War #64 (Frank Miller's 1st work at DC), 68 (2nd Frank Miller), are extremely Hot & very undervalued (strict High grade copies would bring about 300% of Guide)

All harder to find Oddball material sold well in the more ordinary G-FN grades, with most at 120-135% guide, including; Amazing World of DC, Cartoon, Digests, Fanzines, Fireside Books, Funny Animal, Giveaways, Humor, Magazines, Paperbacks, Parody, Romance, Teenage, Treasuries, TV, War, & Western.

All DC WAR titles were great sellers in all grades, with Low Grade reading copies most popular, followed by nice looking mid-grade copies, but also with

growing demand for 1975-1990 issues in VF/NM or better "Investment" grades. These were NOT saved in high grades, as were superhero comics, thus a strict high grade set of even 1980's issues is tougher than one might think. Sgt Rock is considered by many to be the best war comic of all-time, thus is virtually always the best seller. But Haunted Tank, Unknown Soldier & Enemy Ace also have very strong followings.

From the High Grade "MANITOBA collection", we sold a lot of 9.0 to 9.8 range DC's of the 1975-1984 era. LATE Bronze in STRICT 9.0 or better are much less common than previously thought, especially the Non-Superhero titles. This is the time to buy them, while still available RAW in High Grades & at reasonable prices. Once these "catch on" it will be too late, with higher prices & more competition. The 1981-1985 Pre-CRISIS DC Superhero books were non "Hot" years for all the major

DC heroes & dealer inventory levels are much lower than one would think. I have have to start restocking more & more of these titles lately. Digests & Treasury's, which are rarely found in 9.0 or better, but we had a nice selection & they moved well.

Wonder Woman #271-321 had a Huntress long running backup series, forgotten by most, but starting to be more collected. Wonder Woman is perhaps the greatest Superherone in all of comics history, & is thus gaining more & more attention these days. Other Key issues picking up in demand & worth buying include;

#199-200(Jones-c), 201-202(Catwoman-c/s), 211(100 Page), 212(JLA), 213(Flash), 214(100 Page), 215(Aquaman), 216(Black Canary), 217(68 Page; Green Arrow), 218(Phantom Stranger & Red Tornado), 219(Elongated Man), 220(ADAMS art assist; ATOM), 267-268(Animal Man), 272-273(Solomon Grundy), 274-276(Power Girl), 276-278(Kobra), 280-283(Demon), 281-283(Joker), 284-285(Robin of Earth-2), 287(New Teen Titans), 291-293(1982; 3-Part Epic with Supergirl, Power Girl, Batgirl, Huntress, & Black Canary), 298(Miller-c), 300(Giant), 321-329(Low Print Runs);

The most requested DC CGC issues were, All Star #58(1st Power Girl), Batman #189, 197, 222, 227, 232, Detective #359, 369, 370, 400, 411(1st Talia),

JLA #166-168 , New Teen Titans #2 & Tomahawk #116, all still quite undervalued in guide.

The MOST requested DC Comics of the year included; all DC Horror titles (most #1-10, Key issues, Giants, better artist issues & all 1968-1972), Adventure 381,397-400; All Star Comics 58-74(especially #58 for 1st Power Girl), BATMAN, Brave & Bold & DETECTIVE (all issues with; Original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon Batgirl, Batwoman, Catman, Catwoman, early Man-Bat, Neal Adams Covers & art, Ras al Ghul, Scarecrow); Batman Family 11-20; DC Special #29; DC Special Series 1-16, DC Superstars #17(Huntress); Flash (1959) #130; Freedom Fighters; Infinity Inc #1 (Power Girl begins); JLA #166-168 (Identity Crisis related; JLA vs Secret Society of Super Villains); JLA (all JSA appearance issues & 183 -185); New Teen Titans #2 (1st Deathstroke); Power Girl (1988 Mini series); Secret Society of Super Villains; Showcase #97-99(Power Girl); Superboy 197-220; Supergirl (1970's series); Supergirl (1960's appearances); Swamp Thing #37; Tales of the New Teen Titans #42-44 (Judas Contract; 44=Origin Deathstroke; Dick Grayson becomes Nightwing & joins Titans); V for Vendetta (ALAN MOORE; Movie due in theater's 3/2006), Weird War, Wonder Woman #171-220, 267-329,

DELL; As always, Dell was one of our steady reliable sellers. It is interesting to note that Overseas buyers in particular are buying more & more of them, especially Western comics. Perhaps they are getting more old TV shows in reruns? Old B&W TV seem to be getting less common on North American TV, except on cable channels. The exciting advent of more entire TV Seasons in DVD sets might stir up some interest in these old TV shows. The best thing about Dell, is they were loaded with popular culture characters, & are widely underestimated & overlooked by many collectors. YES, the older generation that grew up on old Western TV shows is aging, but the steady demand does not seem to decrease. With move overseas buyers, & more younger collectors looking for "cool" older affordable comics, Dell remains one of the staple sellers of our hobby. Low to mid grade remained the best sellers. Most investors steered clear of the Higher Grade copies, preferring instead to buy superhero or Marvel comics. Many sellers think the Cartoon titles do not sell, but this is mainly because they simply do not have the selection. Four Color comics were again in higher demand. This year for the first time in about a decade, Movie Classics showed a large gain in demand, especially those with photo covers. On my website i started to add notes of who starred in the Movie, plus Photo vs Painted cover info & this helped add to the demand. For example; (Listing that Lloyd Bridges & David McCallum, appeared in "Around the world under the sea" and that MAYA has a Clint Walker & Jay North Photo-c, doubles the availability of those titles); The Vincent Price movies, Jules Verne, SF/Horror, & Harryhausen films are well up in demand, especially the Universal Pictures Monster comics. Early Universal Monster Movie Posters are among the most valuable posters, bringing as much as $200,000+, yet the uncommon early 1960's One-Shot Movie Classics can be had for under $100 in nice condition. All comics with JOHN WAYNE were in almost double the demand, then we saw in the last few years. Four Color's & even other Dell comics with good artists like Manning & Toth, also saw increased demand. Kurtzman's Mad Monster Party is always in demand & in short supply in ANY grade. Most titles that survived for 50 or more issues, continue to sell well. Even though these comics are in the 40-60 years old range, most of the characters remain well known, unlike many comics from other publishers.

ERROR Comics;

Many fans like Comics that were printed incorrectly by publishers. The most common type are those with Double Covers (plus triple & multiple covers). Comics with 2 covers are not highly valuable, but are valued by the higher grade of the 2 covers (usually the inside cover), with a small 25-50% range premium for the extra cover(s).

When graded by CGC, the higher grade cover is the grade they assign. Occasionally a very strange double cover will surface & might bring a high price on eBay,

but this is not the rule. A few collectors who have collected them for 10 or more year, have 100 or more examples. Other ERRORS are less collected, but often much scarcer (many buyers now consider them scarce VARIANTS); For Example; many copies of Total Eclipse #4 have pages 7-14 upside down. Kazar the Savage #12

comes with & without the extra panel. Some FIGHTIN' MARINES (Charlton Pub) #??? (7/1957?; are Misbound with Billy Kid inside; and with BLANK inside front & back cover); SHERIFF OF TOMBSTONE, (Charlton Pub); #?? (JULY issue; 1959-1961; Misbound with Fightin' Navy inside; BLANK inside front & back covers);

I had a; Incredible Hulk #246(Bizarre Printing error; Cover Printed inside out, backwards, twisted & horribly cut, one of the worst printing errors i've ever seen);

Basically Strange #1(Pages out of sequence); Dennis the Menace Digests (Marvel Pub with DC logos); ACTION COMICS #495[Normal printings have the "DC" in the LOGO as the same color GREEN as the Circle in the Logo;** This VARIANT printings has the "DC" in the LOGO as the same color BLUE as the letters in the comic TITLE); Marvel Spotlight #1(1979; some printed without #1 on cover); Most of these books are affordable & they can be fun to collect.

FANZINES & Misc Comic Magazines; Those who like Oddball & Scarce collectibles, should look again at the huge variety of related Magazines & Fanzines. 1960's Fanzines are still high in demand,

but almost non existent in supply. An early set of RBCC changed hands twice in the last few years, at record prices each time. How long will it be before everyone catches onto the true rarity of the important 1960's Fanzines? Some of Marvel's earliest & rarest fanzines (like Yancy Street Journal & Gazette) barely sell for the

value of mid 1970's FOOM mags. Fandom was built on what happened in the mags of these early mags. Most buyers do not worry much about condition & are just happy to find them at all. Comic Reader in the 1970's was perhaps the most important magazine to those buying new comics, as all the news releases & upcoming

info of the perid is recorded in those pages. [a treasure trove of info for Researchers]; Many magazines & fanzines for monetary value, but for the contents.

The interview, study & discussion mags (Amazing Heroes, Comics Journal, Comics feature) have Art, Articles, & interviews of almost every important Creator in comics, from the Golden Age up until the time of release. Other mags are very tough to find for completionists trying to find one of each of everything by Popular Creators (Adams, Alan Moore, Byrne, Frazetta, Kirby, Perez, Starlin, Steranko, Wrightson, etc); Mags (like Comics Revue) with highly collected Comic Strips (Modesty Blaise, Red Ryder, etc) are always in demand. General market mags like Comics Buyers Guide & RBCC are in demand for period articles, cover & interior art & research purposes. The related KIDS mags (Bananas, Dynamite, Electric Company, Hot Dog etc) are in higher demand for their Comic Related contents (along with TV, Movie, Music & other stars & characters); Convention books are highly prized items, as most have a few very collectible Guest Stars inside.

Although not valuable, the Asterix & Tin-Tin graphic novels are eternal good sellers. These Graphic Novels are uncommon to scarce & even Rare (in English Language), they are in high demand, & are growing fast in price; Lucky Luke, Moebius, Ompa-Pa (by Goscinny) & Iznogoud (by Goscinny);

Hear are a few samples of Scarcer Oddball Item Sales; ASTRAL COMICS #1 (Magazine; Tom Sciacca Pub. 1977; VF $25); BADTIME STORIES (Wrightson 1972; VF+ $75); BATFINK & RUBIN (1966 Jewish Batman & Robin - Cartoon Comic Parody by Jack Gerber; VF $18); BOMBSHELL (1967; with Gene Simmons of KISS writing as Gene Klein; VG+ $50); BREEZY RIDER (Coloney Pub.; 1971; #3 FN/VF $20); CAZCO (Magazine;, Phil Yeh, 1976; #1 FN $10);

Peterson's CYCLEtoons (#1; 2/1968; VG $36); (#3; 6/68; VG+ $24); (#4; 8/1968; Mike Ploog art; VG $20); (#10; 6/1969; FN $22); (2/1973; Stout art; VG $10); (6/1973(Stout art; Horror story; 1st Pig Iron by Bob Taylor; Evil Willie story by Bob Taylor; VG $12); KOSHER COMICS, (Parallax Pub., 1966; B&W #1 Jewish Parodies/Spoof of; Superman, Lone Ranger, Dick Tracy & Tarzan; VG=US$25; G=US$15); UP YOUR NOSE and out your Ear (Klevart Ent; #2; 6/1972; VG $12);

YARROWSTALKS (#2; Large Newspaper/Tabloid Underground with ROBERT CRUMB; VG $99);

This overlooked & forgotten title, sells well when pointed out to customers; International Insanity (7/1976-5/1977; Phi Pub; Mature Humor/Parody Mag; National Lampoon imatator); #1 [Neal Adams-a; FN$18]; #2 [1st app of {super-heroine} Singlewoman comics, with Mike Nasser/Rubinstein-a; 1st app Panascopic Man comics = Neal Adams-a; FN$18]; #3 [JFK parody; FN$12]; #4 (2nd app of {super-heroine} Singlewoman 4pgs color comics, vs the Bionic Housewife; FN$12]; #5 (Mark Wheatley-a; FN$12]; #6 (Deborah Harry/Blondie Easter Bunny Photo-c; 3rd app & ORIGIN of {super-heroine} Singlewoman 4pgs comics; FN$12];

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GOLD KEY;

Gold Key took the reins from Dell & produced comics for many of the most popular Licensed TV, Movie & Cartoon characters of the period. They are nostalgic to many people who are not normally comic collectors & have worldwide appeal, Most of these syndicated shows are still running somewhere & interest will continue for

generations to come. Most people who collect them, buy them in standard GD thru FN grades. All the Horror titles continued to be among the bestsellers of the year, in all grades, with more & more requests for VF or better. Twilight Zone #84 (1st FRANK MILLER pro work) is in HUGE demand at 300-400% Guide & #85(2nd Miller) is Hot too, both are very hard to find, at current Low Guide levels.

The titles that interest investors the most (in VF or better) include; Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Dr Solar, Magnus Robot Fighter, Mars Patrol, Mighty Samson, Phantom, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Scooby Doo, Space Family Robinson, Tarzan, Turok & Twilight Zone. Strict VFNM or better copies remain Scarce & these are

due for future price increases. The Rare Photo Back Cover Variants are not much more requested & selling in any grade; Avengers(TV) #1, Star Trek 1-3, & Wild Wild West 1-2 (at 120-135% Guide); About 50% of ALL the Gold Key Comics & Digests published from 11/1971 thru 3/1980, exist in Whitman Variant Editions, all are scarce & some are Rare, (at 150-250% of GK issue values, with horror titles the bestsellers); These are 1968 Canadian Newstand Variant cover price issues that are still selling to Completionists & Variant collectors (at 110-125% Guide);

The Hanna-Barbera Cartoon comics have quite a following & usually outsell Walt Disney titles by 3 to 1. [Disney Movies are something we only occasionally saw as kids, whereas as TV cartoons were on weekly & even more with reruns. That is why many still have great nostalgic memories of TV Cartoons]; All other TV Cartoons all have a good following. Jay Ward title are strong sellers (Bullwinkle, George of Jungle); Many people like the many Gold Key one-shots & Movie Classics. Most of the TV Show titles move consistently well, especially if they have Photo covers. The Western Titles still sell steadlily, with many going to overseas buyers. Some of the greatest cartoons that many of us grew up with, are all the Warner Bros Looney Tunes character titles, yet they remain below average sellers & have lower values, in spite of being tough sets to complete. Strangely enough, the Walter Lantz titles are slower sellers, even though Woody Woodpecker was always popular, yet may issues are also scarcer (perhaps because of low guide prices); We helped 2 different Completionists almost complete an entire set each, of all existing Gold Key's published, quite the task. In both cases, many of the scarcest issues where traditionally non collected cartoon title issues, mainly low value items, but just plain tough to find.

HARVEY;

It was another booming year for Harvey sales. Rare early issues & CGC Graded copies set record prices, often even in VF range grades. There simply are not a lot of high grade early or key issues on the market. There is suddenly a lot of requests for High Grade copies of the 32 or so Assorted Richie Richie Comic & Digests #1-5's of the 1972-1982 Era. CGC Graded copies in 9.2 to 9.6 are bringing record prices & they are are also up in demand in raw FN thru VF grades too. All 1960's Richie Rich titles are also in big demand & we have a hard time keeping Poor Little Rich Boy 1-50 and all Squarebound Giants in stock. Hot Stuff, Devil Kids & all the related titles are also in huge demand in any condition & from all ages. (at 125-175% Guide); These were also in High Demand; Baby Huey, Harvey Hits, Little Dot, Playful Little Audrey, Sad Sack (all), Spooky, Tuff Ghosts, & Stumbo & Wendy. The 1970's Casper titles are up in demand, as is are most 1950's issues & all the 1960's Squarebound Giants. Most of the popular Harvey Characters have now been around for 45-55 Years & i only see interest climbing for quite some time, as demand far outstrips supply on almost 50% of their Cartoon output. There were never a lot of big Harvey collections out there, so they should be great long term investments.

Besides at that, they are also a lot of fun, just as comics should be.

IW & SUPER Reprints;

These 40-50 Year old comics are among the lowest priced comics of the period & are full of great stories, art & Genres, thus they have a wide appeal to many fans.

If you like reading copies, most can be had in the $5 & under range, with most higher grade copies in only the $15-30 range. (My minimum prices are; G$4; VG$7; FN$10; VF$18); About 250-300 different exist & there are now many completionists. One you get up to about 50% of them, you will swiftly find the the rest will be much more difficult to find. LOW guide price, mean that many uncommon to scarce issues are always sold out with all major dealers. It is possible that a few listed in guide, might not even exist. Many contain Pre-Code Reprints, as none carried the Comic Code, in a period where all the major published were obligated to do so. It would be interesting if collectors would email me with their opinions on the 20 Rarest issues, in order of rarity. (If enough people respond, i will share the list next year);

This publisher keeps the FUN in collecting, as they are affordable, challenging & interesting.

LOVE & ROMANCE;

People often ask me why grown men would buy Love Comics. I thought it was obvious; Love comics have GIRLS, GIRLS & more GIRLS. Many have GGA {Good Girl Art}, plus Popular artists, & yes there is BAD girl art (poorly drawn) too, but they are all fun to collect. One of the biggest attractions is LOW print runs & LOW survaival rates. This is naturally because most Romance comics which purchased but NON-Collecting females, many read to death & most were eventually thrown out. Thus they are often also hard to find in even FN or better. Most buyers are not too concerned with condition & are more worried about filling in missing issue numbers. Most 1950's issues in the $5 to $25 are decent steady sellers. Higher priced issues sell fast if the have Matt Baker, Kirby or other GGA, if early or Key issues. Older DC and Atlas/Marvel titles almost all sell in all grades. Photo covers & GGA covers naturally sell better. Gothic Tales of Love #1-3 & Gothic Romances again very rare, with the handful that surfaced on eBay, bringing 200-400% Guide in ANY grade. Skywald's Tender Love (squarebound giants) & Warren's Teen Love Stories (Magazines from 1969/70) sold steady to Completionists. There have been more & more collectors of the Charlton titles of late, i suppose because they are quite affordable & a fun challenge to collect. The Canadian titles by Superior have been moving to fans curious about them, many for the Kamen-like art. The main issues requested in higher grades are the Bronze Age Marvel & DC titles.

MARVEL;

It seems that everyone wanted the same books all year long, (all brought 25% to 75% range Premiums over guide in ANY grade, but especially in high grades) including; Amazing Adv #11, Amazing Spider-Man #121,122,129, 194, Conan #275, Fear #20, Ghost Rider #1-20, GI Joe #155, Gothic Tales of Love #1-3, Hero For Hire #1, Incredible Hulk #140,141,161,162; Marvel Spotlight #2,5-12,32, Marvel Team-Up #12, 15, Ms Marvel #18, Pussycat #1, Savage Tales #1, Savage Sword #235, Tomb of Dracula #1-10, Werewolf by Night #1-10,32,33, X-Men #101; Guide is too low on all these books & prices need to be corrected.

From the "Manitoba" Collection, we sold a lot of Raw 1976-1984 Era High Grade 9.0 to 9.6 Marvel Comics, Treasuries & Magazines at 125-200%+ Guide. The Treasuries, Mass Market paperbacks & Digests, were typically not placed in plastic bags, as they were rarely available in the 1970's & 1980's, thus due to handling & rubbing wear, they are normally quite scarce in strict VF/NM or better, thus the 9.0 & better copies we located sold quite well. Most of the Marvel Horror mags, still have low quantities graded by CGC & thus look to be good long term investments. We also sold lots of Late Bronze Age Marvels (1981-1985) because of our great selection of Manitoba copies in 9.0 to 9.6 grades. The early Bronze Age Marvel's are among our most consistent better sellers, with 1970-1975 issues selling 50% better than

the issues from 1976-1980 issues. Almost all the Superhero comics of this era are great sellers, as they are still affordable, when compared to 1960's Silver Age issues.

Thus many buyers now begin their collections with circa 1970 issues. 1961-1965 Superhero books are good sellers, but are expensive, thus do not get near the same numbers are Bronze issues. 1966-1968 Era Marvel's in average grade are slow sellers, as much higher priced tahn early 1970's, but 9.0 & better copies tend to move faster.

. Once again, all the Marvel Horror Comics & Mags were Hot, in all grades. Strict 9.0 and better copies were in short supply, but we managed to keep a decent selection. We had enough copies in G-FN to fill orders in these grades. My supplies of the Atlas Horror Reprint titles is dwindling at the fastest rate & i am now sold out an almost 10% of the issues. [ Beware, Chamber of Chills, Dead of Night, Journey into Mystery (1972), Monsters on Prowl, Supernatural Thrillers 1-4, 6, Uncanny Tales, Vault of Evil, Where Creatures Roam & Where Monsters Dwell = are all UP in demand & getting more difficult to restock]; All issues of all the Anti-Hero Titles are now among our bestsellers, in ANY grade; [Dead of Night #11 with Scarcecrow, Frankenstein, Giant Size titles, Man-Thing, Marvel Chillers 3-7, Marvel Premeire #27, 28, Marvel Spotlight #2-4,26, Supernatural Thrillers 5,7-15, Tomb of Dracula, War is Hell 9-15, & Werewolf by Night, & all the Horror Magazine titles];

Oddball Titles are normally found only in G-FN, but luckily those who collect them know this & usually will buy these grades. They sold steady but not hot for most of the year at 120%-135% Guide; Cartoon/humor titles, Fanzines, Giveaway/Promo items, Memorabilia, Movie, Reprint titles, Romance, Teenage, Toy Related, TV, War, Western, etc;

Modern Marvel's from 1996-2005 continue to sell well, due to lower print runs. The Onslaught crossovers seem to be in short supply & still in demand.

Also in low supply & seeing increased demand are; Amazing Spider-Man #401-441, Avengers #375-402, Daredevil #350-380, Fantastic Four #381-416, Incredible Hulk #444-474, Iron Man #301-332, Punisher #75-104, Thor #475-502, Uncanny X-Men #375-394, Venom (all 1997-2004 titles);

. Low Grade copies of 1960's & 1970's comics continue to move well, to the Reading Copy buyers. The readers are still out there, but often get overshadowed by the higher priced & higher profile items. Strangely enough, those who clear out their Low Grade Silver Age Collections on eBay, usually get a better percentage of guide than those selling VG/FN to VF copies. Many people do not trust middle grades on ebay, but do not worry about lower grades & there are still quite a few readers that want

affordable copies.

I always do well selling items other Dealers do not bother to carry. Some overlooked, forgotten, but highly collectible Marvel related Magazines, Fanzines & Kids Books include; AD LIB (2/1962) #1; A-TEAM STORYBOOK (TPB, 1983), AVENGERS ANNIVERSARY MAGAZINE (11/93) #1; BEST CARTOONS FROM THE EDITORS OF MALE & STAG (1972-1974); BROTHER BILLY, THE PAIN FROM PLAINS (1979) #1; CARTOON CAPERS - (1966-1974); CARTOONS AND GAGS (1958-1974); CASPER AND FRIENDS MAGAZINE (1997); COLORING BOOKS (Bullwinkle, FF, G.I. JOE, Heathcliff, Hulk, Sectaurs, Spider-Man & many others); COMIC BOOK, SPUMCO (1995) #1; Comic FILES Magazines (Many on; FF, GI Joe, Spider-Man, X-Men & others); COMIX BOOK (1974) #1-3(marvel), 4-5(Krupp); Creem 4/1973 (Spider-Man on Cover by John Romita); DRAW THE MARVEL COMICS SUPER HEROES (1995; Spiral Bound); Film International 1-4 (1975; Slick Magazine; Photo's & Articles; Nudity; All Scarce) FUN HOUSE (1979-1980); Heritage Pub. Trade Paperback.Graphic Novels (Hulk, FF, Spider-Man) KEEPSAKE Collections (Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, etc); IDEALS Pub; Color Graphic Novels (FF, Hulk, Spider-Man); Poster Books (Ghost Rider, Hellraiser, Spider-Man, Wolverine, X-Men); LAUGH PARADE (1961-1975); MAD WORLD OF MARVEL (Becomes Marvel Mirror October/ 1967 Volume 1 #1; Fanzine); MARVEL ART REVIEW (Marvelous Art Comics; 1976; Fanzine); MARVEL COMICS INDEX (G&T Enterprises Pub., 1976; George Olshevsky; #1 Amazing Spider-man #2 Iron Man;#3 Avengers; #4 Fantastic Four; #5 Thor; #6 Heroes from Strange Tales; #7A Heroes from Tales to Astonish; #7B Sub-Mariner, Etc.; #8A Captain America; - #8B Iron Man; - #9A X-Men; #9B Daredevil); MARVEL COMIC POSTCARD BOOK (1978); MARVEL COMICS PREVIEW (Distributor Ashcan Promos); MARVEL-CON '76! (Digest, Vince Colletta Pub., 1976); MARVEL ILLUSTRATED (1991) #1; MARVELMANIA CATALOG; MARVELMANIA MAGAZINE (1969-1970); MARVEL MONTHLY CATALOG (1998-99); MARVEL POSTER BOOK; MARVEL POSTER MAGAZINE; MARVEL POWER GAME (SPIDER-MAN, VENOM, X-MEN, etc); MARVEL SUPER HEROES RPG - ROLE PLAYING GAMES and MODULES (MANY from TSR. Inc Pub; 1984-1990 & up); MARVEL SUPER HEROES SUPER ACTIVITY BOOK (1983); Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars Sticker Album (PANINI pub; 1986); MARVEL SWIMSUIT SPECIAL (1992) #1-4; Marvel Times #1-3 (circa 1972; scarce fanzine; SFCA); MARVEL, THE YEAR IN REVIEW (1989-1992); MEGA MARVEL (Consumer Edition Order Catalogue for Marvel Products); MIGHTY MARVEL COMIC CONVENTION (1975) #NN; MONSTER MADNESS (1972) #1-3; MONSTERS OF THE MOVIES (6/74) #1-8, Annual #1; MONSTERS TO LAUGH WITH (1964) #1-3; NFL PRO ACTION; NOSTALGIA ILLUSTRATED (1974-1975); OFFICIAL MARVEL COMICS SUPER HERO STAMP ALBUM (1976); OFFICIAL MARVEL UNIVERSE STICKER ALBUM (1986); ORIGINAL CROSSWORD PUZZLES mag (1970's); PHOTO NEWS FEATURE (10/74) #1,2; PIZZAZZ 1-16 (1977-1979); POPULAR CARTOONS (1979-1980); PRO ACTION (Marvel/ NFL Pub.; 1994) ; PUSSYCAT#1 [10/1968]; ROLLING STONE Magazine #91 (Sept.16/1971; HULK Cover by Trimpe & Marvel article); SALES TO ASTONISH; SPIDER-MAN; Assorted titles including; ( Book of Colors and Days of the Week, Hide, Seek and Destroy, Lizard's Deadly Trap, Pop-up Book, Long Arms of Dr. Octopus, Look and Find, Magic Eye, Meet the Characters, Movie Storybook, Panini Sticker Album, Whitman Sticker Fun, Fleer/ Skybox Stickerbook; TOMMY THE MOVIE (1977) #1; TOR (6/93) #1-3; TRANSFORMERS Assorted titles including; (Autobots Secret Weapon, Battle for Earth, Big book of coloring fun, Bumblebees Dangerous Mission, Deception Hijack, Message From Outer Space Coloring Book, Sticker Adventure Book: Return to Cybertron); WOLVERINE POSTER MAGAZINE (1995) – #1; X-MEN: Assorted titles including; [Ambush Picture back Flap Book, Anniversary Magazine (1993), Battle of the Sentinels; Beauty and the Beast; Companion I, II (Fantagraphics 1982); Fleer/ Skybox Deluxe Sticker Activity Book; Enter the X-Men; Experiment on Muir Island; Look and Find X-Men; Masquerade; Pop-Up Book (1994); Repo Man; Slaves of Genosha; Spellbound; Sticker Activity Album; History of the X-Men: Sticker Series II; Santuary Sticker Album, Sticker Books (Landoll); villains; The Wedding Album (Marvel Pub., 1994); Wedding of Jean and Cyclops]; YOU DON'T SAY (#1) & MORE, YOU DON'T SAY (#2) (1963; both written by Stan Lee)

Marvel Promotional Comics & mags are in demand by the fans who love scarcer & oddball items, including these titles; Marvel Age, Marvel Comics Preview (Distributor Ashcan Promo), Marvel Monthly Catalog, Marvel Quarterly Report, Marvel Requirer, Marvel Spotlight (Retailer Promo Giveaway from Marvel, on Slick Paper), Marvel Spotlight (Retailer Promo Giveaway on Newsprint), Mega Marvel & SALES TO ASTONISH;


MINI COMICS from action figures; These Promotional color 4" x 5-1/4" Mini Comics have been in very high demand for many years. They appeared from 1981-1986. Many variations exist.

Most where avaliable in one-sided all English copies. In Canada, flip copies with French on one side & English on the other exist. Multi Language editions also exist.

Not all titles are known, but below is a base list of the main titles (without mentioning Variants) to start from. Earlier issues are typically more common, & later issues scarcer. Prices vary from $6-16 for VF, or $2-$8 for VG, depending on Rarity;

HE-MAN, MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE; (A-1) (1981) = He-Man and the Power Sword [#1 in Series ?; DC Comics Pub Related] (A-2) MOTU (1981) = NO TITLE [same as A-1 above, but without title] (B-1) (1981) = King of Castle Grayskull (#2 in Series ? ; DC Comics Pub Related); (B-2) (1981) = NO TITLE (same as B-1 above, but without title) (C) Battle in the Clouds! (1981; #3 in Series ? ; DC Comics Pub Related); (D) The Battle of Roboto! (1984); (E) Escape from the Slime Pit! (1985);

(F) Eye of the Storm! (G) The Fastest draw in the Universe! (1985) (H) Grizzlor - The Legend comes Alive! (1984); (I) He-Man meets Ram-Man! (1982; DC Comics Pub);

(J) Hordak - the Ruthless leaders Revenge! (1984) (K) The Magic Stealer! (#6 in series on cover; 1982; DC Comics Pub); (L) Mantenna and the Menace of the Evil Horde! (M) Masks of Power! (N)"The Menace Of Trap Jaw! (1983, Series 2; DC Pub Related); (O) The Obelisk! (1984) (P)"The Ordeal Of Man-E-Faces!" (DC Pub;1983);

(Q) The Power of...Point Dread! (1982; #6 in series; DC Pub); (R) Rock People to the Rescue! (1985); (S) the Secret Liquid of Life! It's He-Man vs Geldor! (1983);

(T) Spikor Strikes! (1984); (U) The Stench of Evil! (1984); (V) The Tale of Teela! (#5 on cover; DC Pub); (W) Temple of Darkness; He-Man vs Skeletor in... (1983);

(X) The Terror Claws Strike! (1985; He-Man vs Skeletor on cover); (Y) "The Terror Of Tri-Klops!"(1983, DC Comics Pub) (Z) The Vengeance of Skeletor! (1981; #4 in Series ?; DC Pub Related); SHE-RA PRINCESS OF POWER ; (A) Across the Crystal Barrier! (1985) (B) Adventure of the Blue Diamond! (1984) (C) A Born Champion!(1985) (D) Disappearing Treasures! (1984) (E) A Fishy Business! (1986) (F) The Hidden Symbols Mystery! (1984) (G) Journey to Mizar! (1984) (H) A Most Unpleasent Present! (1986) (I) The Story of She-Ra! (#1 in series?) (1984) With 6 page appearance of HE-MAN (J) Where hope has gone! (1986)


National Lampoon;

National Lampoon continues to be a good seller. In it's "golden age" in the 1970's, it was perhaps the greatest humor mag on the planet. It is amazing they are not worth a lot more. It is too bad they are not listed in Overstreet, as they are loaded with great stories & art of major interest to Comics fans. They carried NO comics code, & were sold mainly to Adults, thus Creators, had a lot of creative freedom; The issues in higest demand are; #1-30, the better Comic Parody stories & issues with art by; Adams, Bode, Frazetta, Jeff Jones, Kaluta, Morrow, Romita, Arnold Roth, Barry Windsor-Smith, Gahan Wilson, & Berni Wrightson. So far only about a dozen have been graded by CGC & it is becoming obvious that High Grade copies are quite scarce. Most of what we sell are in G-FN. We have a nice batch of High Grade 1970's issues that came from the "Manitoba" collection & sold a bunch at nice premiums. There are about 40 different Squarebound Special's, most are now uncommon, with many now scarce to rare. The stiff cardboard covers on the specials make them scarce in VF or better. Our Minimum Price on the specials is now G=$5; VG=$9; FN=$14; VF=$20; (Scarce & Rare issues bring 50-150% More); We sell a lot of copies to non-collecting readers who have fond memories of their favorites covers or stories. They seemed to have lost most of their flare & fans thru the 1980's. In the 1980's print runs dropped, & by the early 1990's many issues are scarce. National Lampoon expanded into Movies with Animal House & with about 15 more movies (Vacation, Loaded Weapon, etc) thru the 1980's.

7-11 PLASTIC "COMIC CUPS"; (1973-1975);

These Plastic Cups are now 30+ years old, & are very nostalgic to 1000's of fans. Many have long forgotten them. These seemed to be everywhere in the 1970's, but as time marched on, more & more have been damaged, throw out & destroyed. They are now rarely seen at comic shows, comic shops or even on eBay. For those starting from scratch, you will find perhaps 35-50% of them in a shorter period of time, but completing either or both sets can be very difficult. Many buyers have told me they gave up completing their sets many years ago. Strangely enough, we sold more this year (over $1000 worth) than in the last decade, which is why i mention & list them here. They are 5-1/4" Tall Plastic White Cups, with Full Color Character illustrations; Condition grading partly relates to if the illustrations have no wear, minor wear, moderate, or heavy wear, plus if clean/soiled, discolored, cracked etc; [Average Cup; VF=$16; VG=$8]; [Most Popular characters & Scarcer Cups; VF=$24; VG=$12]

DC Comics "COMIC CUPS"; (1973); (1)Alfred (2)Aqualad (3)Aquaman (4)Atom (5)Batgirl (6)Batman (7)Brainiac (8)Brainiac 5 (9)Bruce Wayne (10)Capt. Boomerang (11)Capt. Cold (12) Captain Marvel (13) Captain Marvel Jr. (14)Catwoman (15)Chameleon Boy (16) Clark Kent (17) Commissioner Gordon (18) Cosmic Boy (19)Dick Grayson (20) Dr. Fate (21) Elongated Man (22)Flash (23)Green Arrow (24)Green Lantern (25)Hawkman (26)Heat Wave (27)Hourman (28)Jane Clayton (Tarzan's companion) (29) Jimmy Olsen (30) Joker (31)Jonathan Kent (32)Kid Flash (33)Lana Lang (34) Lara & Jor-El (35)Lex Luthor (36) Lightning Lad (37)Lois Lane (38)Martha Kent (39)Mary Marvel (40)Metamorpho (41)Mirror Master (42)Mon-El (43)Mr. Mxyzptlk (44)Mr Tawky Tawny (45)Penguin (46)Perry White (47) Riddler (48)Robin (49)Saturn Girl (50)Sgt. Rock (51)Speedy (52)Star Man (53)Superboy (54)Supergirl (55)Superman (56)Tarzan (57)Vigilante (58)Wildcat (59)Wonder Girl (60)Wonder Woman;

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MARVEL Comics "COMIC CUPS"; (1975); (1) Amazing Spiderman (2) ANGEL (3) BEAST (4) BLACK BOLT (5) BLACK PANTHER (6) BLACK KNIGHT (7) BLACK WIDOW (8) CAPTAIN AMERICA (9) CAPTAIN MARVEL [Starlin-a] (10) CLEA (11) CONAN [Barry Smith-a]; (12) CRYSTAL [Kirby-a] (13) CYCLOPS (14) DAREDEVIL (15) DOC SAVAGE (16) DOCTOR STRANGE (17) DRACULA (18) FALCON (19) HAWKEYE (20) HERCULES (21) HULK#1 [both hands, clenched as fist] (22) HULK #2 [right hand as fist, & left hand open in front] (23) HULK #3 [both hands open/behind his back] (24) HUMAN TORCH (25) INVISIBLE GIRL #1 [5 1/4" tall]; (26) INVISIBLE GIRL #2 [same as #24, but variation = under 5" tall, wider at top]; (27) IRON FIST (28) KA-ZAR (29) KILLRAVEN [Craig Russell-a] (30) LUKE CAGE POWER-MAN (31) MEDUSA (32) MISTER FANTASTIC [Kirby-a] (33) NIGHTHAWK (34) ODIN (35) QUICK-SILVER (36) SCARLET WITCH (37) SHANG CHI, Master of Kung Fu (38) SILVER SURFER (39) SUPER-STAN [Stan Lee in Spidy costume] (40) THING #1 [Two fists above head] (41) THING #2 [Two fists, near waist] (42) THING #3 [left fist above head, right fist near waist] (43) THOR (44) THUNDRA (45) TRITON [Neal Adams-a] (46) VISION (47) WARLOCK (48) WATCHER [Kirby-a?] (49) YELLOWJACKET;

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TREASURY Editions;

Treasury Edition Oversized Comics were great sellers this year. By far the greatest number of copies were in the G-FN ranges, as collectors fill in gaps in the collections. But many collectors just buy all the issues with their favorite Characters & artists. The New Material titles sell about 25% better than the reprint titles.

These are now old enough at 25-33 Year Old, that many collectors have never seen one & do not realize how large they actually are. Many are delighted to see these comics with glorious big covers & interior art panels. The reprint issues are like early Trade Paperback anthology's in a strange format. The DC titles usually outsell the Marvel titles, perhaps due to more new material & because the DC titles are scarcer. Almost one one put these in plasic bags when they originally bought them, plus the awkward size made storing & handling them difficult. Thus most copies on the market are in the GD to FN range. Most are uncommon in VF or better & Scarce in

VF/NM or better. We were very happy to get in more High Grade 9.0-9.6 range copies from the Manitoba collection & we sold a decent selection at 120-200%+ guide.

>> Some WHITMAN VARIANT editions exist (ALL-NEW Collectors Edition #C-56; Buck Rogers; FAMOUS FIRST EDITION #C-61; Marvel Treasury #18; Star Wars #1-3) that bring a small premium over guide; >> Close Encounters of the Third Kind = Marvel Comics Super Special #3 was Printed by WHITMAN ONLY in Treasury Format, & the Marvel printing was only in the Magazine format; Battlestar Galactica (Marvel Comics Super Special) #8; has a Scarce MODERN PUB. Variant Edition;

*** These Marvel Tiles had smaller Print Runs (and bring 150% Guide); Annie, G.I. Joe, Star Wars Empire Strikes Back, Smurfs; *** Funtastic World of Hanna Barbera #1-3 are uncommon (selling at 120% Guide); Rudolph C-20 implied (1972) and Archie Special Edition: Christmas and Archie #1(1975) are both RARE & sell fast at 200% Guide; Golden Picture Story Book (1961) #ST-1 thru ST-4 are RARE and are the first comics to appear in Treasury format. Also scarce are the Modern Promotions 1972/73 B&W issues with Newspaper Strip-r (Beetle Baily, Flash Gordon, Katzenjammer Kids, Mandrake the Magician; They sell for; FN=$22; VG=$15; G=$10); The 6 issue Walt Disney Paint Book series (circa 1975) are still mistaken by people as 1930's items, as they carry no modern copyright dates, they are scarce & we sell VF copies for about $29 each. DC Special Series #25-27 still confuse fans, as the series has Giant Comics, Digests & Treasuries, but the set is thus popular,

since it is so unusal.

TOWER comics;

Dynamo, Fight the Enemy, Noman, Thunder Agents, & Undersea Agents are loaded with great art by Wood, Ditko, Crandall & others. These always sell slow & steady, but never seem to get hot. We sold a bunch of G ot VG range copies to people who just finish their sets. We also found some unusual high grade copies that brought 115-130% Guide range. Go-Go & Animal, plus Tippy Teen, continue to sell steady, mainly in lower grades to the Reading Copy crowd.

Variants & Premium Editions; The Marvel's 30 & 35 cent Variants showed Strong demand all. Current guide prices are at way below wholesale prices. The 30 cent Variants are about 50-200 Times

Scarcer than standard printings & should guide at a minimum of Triple the standard printings prices. The 35 cent Variants are about 200-1000 Times Scarcer than standard printings & should guide at a minimum of Five Times the standard printings prices. Spider-Man, Better character & Key issue Variants are worth primiums over those multiples. The Western, War, Horror & Reprint title issues turn out to be some of the scarcest, with LOW Grade Unslabbed copies sometimes selling 50-100 Times Guide on eBay. Minimum Price on these 30 cent Variants should be; G$8; FN$25; 9.2=$50; (Minimum for 35 cent variants should be G$15; FN$45; 9.2=$90);

UK British Pence Cover Price Variants (printed in USA) are gaining some interest among Variant collectors (see British comics); Canadian Newsstand Cover Price Variants with higher cover prices were more popular than usual. Many American's have never seen one & often mistake them for much Rarer variants. (see our Canadian comics). Early Direct Distribution copies were mistaken for Whitman editions again this year (see Whitman below).

Walt Disney;

After many years of being among our slower sellers, Pre-1985 Disney comics are back in demand. The Cartoon titles in particular did not sell too well in the

last 5+ years, but this year they were mainly the best sellers. For some reason, Mickey Mouse was the most requested titles of the year & we sold over 300 of them, we are now sold out on about 25 issues. Second most requested was Super Goof, with many of the middle numbers being scacer & selling out. The Next Stong sellers included; Chip N' Dale, Beagle Boys, Donald Duck, Scamp, Moby Duck, Winnie the Pooh; All Golden Age 1950 & Older issues were way up in demand, in all grades,

but we mostly had & sold lower grade copies. Most of the Over Reprinted Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge, WDC&S, and Donald Duck, remained slower sellers, but did pick up significantly over the previous few years sales. The exceptions were Four Color issues & almost everything 1950 & Older. I even sold a bunch of Cheeios & Wheaties giveaways. DONALD IN MATHMAGIC LAND and MICKEY MOUSE IN MAGIC LAND are much requested items & getting harder to find. Other Good sellers included; BLACK HOLE, CALGARY EYE OPENER mags (non disney, but 1929-31 BARKS GGA), GOOFY, GYRO GEARLOOSE, HUEY, DEWEY AND LOUIE JUNIOR WOODCHUCK, SPIN AND MARTY, TINKER BELL, WALT DISNEY SHOWCASE & ZORRO; In addition, all the Live Action TV Series comics were in demand, especially if the had Photo covers; This year the Scarecrow of Romney Marsh was request many times & we sold out (at 120-130% Guide); Finally, the Movie Classics were all in demand (except if Nature or Science types), especially if Photo Cover, or with good artists (Toth, Manning, Buscema, etc); All the Walt Disney's Adventures in Color, by Carl Barks Series Titles (Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, WDC&S) are in big demand, but we are now almost sold out & market values are climbing fast.

Yet the older 1987-1991 Gladstone & Disney Albums remain in very low demand. All the scarce 8-12/1980 and 1983/84 Whitmans are in high demand & a lot of copies are now being CGC graded. [See Whitman section in this market report];

Warren, Skywald, Eerie/Stanley & other Horror Comic Mags; Warren & Skywald were selling well all year long. High grade was very popular, but we also sold a lot in G-FN to people who wanted to fill in holes in their collections. It seems more & more people want to complete their sets. High grade sold well in Raw copies, but strangely enough Warren's were harder to sell if CGC graded. I guess many buyers do not feel that most $10-$30 range mags are worth the extra $25.00 slab fees, except perhaps in the 9.6-9.8 range. Weak CGC prices on 9.0 thru 9.4 copies, is going to make them not worth slabbing for sellers. Vampirella seems to be the exception to the rule, but mainly for issues under #60. Fortunately,

we have a lot of buyers for raw copies we got in from the "Manitoba Collection" in the VF+, VF/NM & 9.2 ranges. Warren mags do not seem to exist in consistent quantities. This is surely attributed to the fact that a great deal of the copies on the marketplace came from the Warren Warehouse when they closed in 2/1983.

Some issues were sold out in the Warren warehouse, with some in low quantities, some in moderate quantities & some in large quantities. Although most were absorbed into the market in the 1980's, a few still remain more common even today. We are seeing more & more people needing the same scarcer issues numbers. At this time Blazing Combat #1 still has only one CGC 9.4 & only one in 9.0, with other VF+ down, thus is rare in high grade & still very elusive in ANY condition. It always sells way over guide on ewBay, & should guide at $500+ and perhaps a few more copies would surface & would be much closer to current values. At this time Eerie #17 (which had a bad interior cutting factory flaw on most copies) still has only graded four CGC 9.0 copies, with none higher. It continues to sells for 200-300% Guide on eBay in ANY grade. I sold a raw 9.0 copy for $500. Eerie #17 should at least double in guide, to be even close to market value. >>> Warrens that are on most want lists & bringing Good Premiums, or at 150-200% Guide or more; After Hours #1(1st Warren mag; Betty Page), 2,3, 4(Ackerman; Monster article, pre-FM), Blazing Combat #1 & Anthology, Comix International #1, CREEPY #146, Creepy Paperback, Dracula (TPB), Dracula (UK New English Library mag editions 1-12); Eerie #17, 23, 135, Famous Monsters #1, Convention Books& Paperbacks, Flintstones at New York World's Fair 1964, Help #1-5,9, 13,15,21-26; Heidi Saha (500 Printed? Very RARE & near impossible to find; Higher Grades $1000+ ?); Odd World of Richard Corben, Spirit Special (Approx ONLY 1500 printed), VAMPIRELLA Special #1(HC),

UK mags 1-4, Paperbacks by Ron Goulart (USA 1-6 & UK 1-3 with different painted covers), Warren Presents #13, 14, Wildest Westerns/Favorite Westerns of Filmland 1-6; [Many issues not listed in Overstreet, are listed in the Jerry Weist guide]; >>> Other MOST requested issues bringing 120-150% Guide; Blazing Combat #2, CREEPY #9,10,14,17-19,29,32,39,50,70,71,76,78,91,113,132-145, Eerie #5, 8, 18, 24,25,28,38-41,45,60,81,94,95,98,108,125,128, 130-134,136-139, Edgar Allan Poe's Fall of the House of Usher HC, Famous Monsters #2-32, & Paperbacks, Famous Monsters #200-237(Dynacomm), Help Paperbacks, Lord of the Rings, LUANA paperback (Frazetta-c), MONSTERLAND (New Media Pub. Inc; #4 up = Forrest J. Ackerman's Monsterland; 1984-1987) #1-17; ON THE SCENE PRESENTS FREAK-OUT, USA #NN (#1; Fall 1967); Screen Thrills (1962-1965) #1-4, 10; Spacemen #1-3 & Annual, Teen Love Stories 1-3, Tiny Tim(1968 One-shot), VAMPIRELLA #1-8,12,16,19,33,36,41,45,46,48,52,61,63,64,77,78,89,100-113, Annual #1, Special #1(solftcover), VAMPIRELLA UK mags 1-4, Wildest Westerns/Favorite Westerns of Filmland 1-6;

Castle of Frankenstein (Gothic Castle Pub; 1961/62-1975) Was similar to Famous Monsters, but they are far less common than FM #23 up. These are always solid

sellers, with VF copies usually selling in the $20-$50 each price range. A few Notable key issues include; #1(Cover dated 1-2/1962; Actually released in 11/1961; Frankenstein-c); #9(11/1966; Cesar Romero as JOKER photo-c; Batman, Karloff); #11(Nimoy as SPOCK photo-c; Men behind MARVEL comics); #12(SPOCK speaks; Stan Lee interview; Frank Brunner-a; ABC-TV's Spider-Man; Christopher Lee interview; Planet of the Apes); #14(SPOCK & KIRK of Star Trek Photo-c; Ray Bradbury); #15(Brunner-a); #16(Barnabas Collins-c; 10 pages of comics with Early art by WRIGHTSON); #17(Brunner Painted-c); #18(Frankenstein painted-c, by Kelly; Cameo art by; Wood, Krenkel, STERANKO, ADAMS); Annual/Fearbook (#1; SCARCER; 1967);

Nightmare, Psycho & Scream exist in much smaller quantities than Warren's, & are getting very difficult to restock, even in G-FN, much less in High Grades.

We sold almost every VF or better Skywald we got into stock, at 120-135% Guide. VF is now considered "High Grade" by many collector's & sets are tough to complete even in these grades. We managed to get in quite a few G-FN issues, buy paying 65-85% Guide & quickly resold than at 140-150% Guide. We we are now typically sold out of about 20% of the issues numbers at any one point in time, the lowest inventory levels we have had on these in over 20+ years. Hell-Rider #1 and Crime Machine #1 remain in short supply; KING magazine (Adult Mens exploitation) #1(3/71; Boris-a), 2(7/71; Boris-a?) are both RARE & sell fast, if you can find them.

The MISC Horror mags by Eerie Pub, Globe, Hamilton, Major, Modern Day, Stanley, Tempest Pub, & World Famous, have a growing number of fans. They feature delightfully grotesque colorful covers & interiors which include; Bondage, Torture, Decapitations, severed limbs, vampires, werewolfs, skeletons, blood & gore, stake thru the heart & more. Stanley pub mags have a good amount of Pre-Code horror reprints. The 1966-1970 issues and the Low Print 1980-1983 issues are the Scarcest & are in constant demand in ANY grade. All first issues now have much bigger demand & they will proably climb in value over the next few years. These sell best in G-FN, as most people just want to own them & they prefer affordable grades. [Although we have sold a decent number of VF+ or better copies at 110-120% Guide]; The main titles from these publishers (bringing 120-150% in G-FN grades) include; ADVENTURES IN HORROR, CHILLING MONSTER TALES, CHILLING TALES OF HORROR, DREAD OF NIGHT, GHOUL TALES, GRAVE TALES, HORROR STORIES, HORROR TALES, MAGGOTS, MONSTERS ATTACK, SHOCK, STRANGE GALAXY, STRANGE UNKNOWN, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, TALES FROM THE TOMB, TALES OF THE KILLERS, TALES OF VOODOO, TERROR TALES, TERRORS OF DRACULA, WEB OF HORROR, WEIRD (Eerie Pub), WEIRD VAMPIRE TALES WEIRD WORLDS, & WITCHES TALES;

WEBSITE; When customers go to our Website, they are always amazed by the Giant Selection of Non Comic Collectibles we have in stock. Because we have just so much material, we have a hard enough time just getting everything listed, & then maintaining all the new additions & deleting all the sold items. We just do not have time to properly grade & price our 2 Million+ items, thus we choose to catalogue them all, so customers can at least find them & ask for full details if interested; Our system works well for us & we not be changing it the foreseeable future. When we have the occasional slow period in comics, it is time for me to work on our many many other items. The current internet value of these items often comes as a surprise to those that do not collect them. Many of the items are much scarcer than most comics from the last 50 years. Some of our Good sellers include; ACE DOUBLES; Adult CARTOON DIGEST Magazines; ADULT Mags; Ballantine Adult Fantasy; BIOGRAPHY Paperbacks; Children's COLORING Books; Children's Magazines (DYNAMITE, Bananas, Hot Dog, Sesame Street); Collins WHITE CIRCLE; 1942-1952 Vintage Canadian Paperbacks; COMIC STRIPS; GENERAL FICTION (20,000 1940's - 1990's Paperbacks); GOLF Magazines; HISTORICAL FICTION Paperbacks (10,000); MARTIAL ARTS Magazines; MEN'S ADVENTURE & Exploitation Magazines (3000); MEN'S Style, Fashion, Lifestyle & Culture Mags (Details, Esquire, FH, GQ, Maxim, Stuff, etc.); MOTORCYCLE / BIKER magazines (Biker, Chopper, Custom, Cycle, Easyriders, In the Wind, Iron Horse, Outlaw, Rider, Supercycle); MOVIE POSTERS - Inventory (ONE-SHEET Original Movie Theatre Posters, Original Movie Theatre Half-Sheets, Video Store Posters); MUSCLE, FITNESS & HEALTH Magazines; MUSIC and ROCK Magazines(5000+); MYSTERY & CRIME Paperbacks (75,000 from 1950's thru 1990's); NEWS & Current Events Magazines - 1940's thru 2000+ (Maclean's, LIFE, Newsweek, New Yorker, Time); OCCULT paperbacks; PEOPLE weekly Magazine & " US " Magazine Weekly (1974-2002); [ PLAYBOY (1954-2004) and PENTHOUSE (1966-2004) - Magazines, VHS Videos & Related Items ]; PORTFOLIO'S and CALENDAR'S (Comics, Science Fiction, Music, Character, Advertising Promo items, and Misc. General items); PULP Magazines [1920's-1950's PULPS; Adventure, Air Aces/Aviation, Anthology, Argosy, Atlantic, Blue Book, Golden Book, Love/Romance, Mystery, Railroad, Science Fiction, Sports, Western's, etc]; 100,000 RECORDS ( Most standard issue LP's frm 1970-1990 in stock, good selection 1950-1969, Most in the $5.00 thru $20.00 Price Range); Saturday Evening POST Magazine; SCANDAL - MINI News & Exploitation - 1950's (TV & Movie Stars, Personalities etc.Mini Pocket Size Magazines & Digests); Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror 1950's-1990's Magazines & Fanzines (Fiction, & TV - Movie Related); Science Fiction, Fantasy & HORROR Mass Market PAPERBACKS and DIGESTS - (50,000+ Vintage 1940's-1990's); TENNIS Magazines (1970's thru 1990's); TRUE DETECTIVE, Police & Crime Magazines (1940's-1990's); TV GUIDE (National Weekly Digest Magazine, Canadian & USA Editions; 1953-2004); TV, and MOVIE magazines (Radio, Soap Opera, ET Weekly, Hollywood, Gossip, Marquee, Photoplay, Premiere, Screen, Tribute, Regional TV Guide Supplements & Related - 1940's-2000 Magazines); TV/Television & Related Mass Market Paperbacks (1950's-1990's); UNDERGROUND Comix (1970's & 1980's); VHS Movies; Video Cassette Tapes (2000 x Uncommon, Scarce, Rare, Obscure, Oddball & lesser known titles) & VHS Movies; (8000 more Popular, Top Hits & Mainstream Titles); Video Disc's (RCA SelectaVision CED Video; 1980's); VIDEO GAME & Computer Magazines Vintage (1970's-1990's); WAR and MILITARY Mass Market Paperbacks (Fiction & Non-Fiction; Vintage 1940's-1990's); WESTERN - Mass Market Paperbacks (10,000 Vintage 1940's-1990's); WHITMAN Hardcover Books - Inventory (TV-Television, Western, Character's, Movie, Comic Character, Celebrity, Boys & Girls Juvenile/Children/Kids Series, Classics, Sports, Walt Disney, etc); WOMEN'S FASHION, Lifestyle & STYLE Magazines ; WRESTLING and BOXING magazines (Vintage 1950's-1990's); >>> Some modern items started small & grew

fast, thus MAXIM #1 (1997) brings $100+ in VF; Cult Favorites Easyriders #1 and High Times #1 are worth aboyt $100 each in VG/FN; Early 1980's Video Game mags are scarce if they have good features on Atari, Coleco & Intellivision. Mens Adventure Mags from the 1960's with Nazi, Bondage & Torture covers are hot in the $20-$50 range. VF/NM Playboy #1's (Marilyn Monroe) are worth about $10,000; Many Comic & SF related Calendars are rare & worth $20-$50+ each (Dune is $100+);

All Fashion mags of the 1975-1985 Era are HOT, & one of my bestsellers, as they are full of the early Supermodels.(Older issues scarcer, but with less known models, are in demand too); Anything vintage with Gia Carangi (Late 70's to early 80's, Cosmopolitan, Vogue, etc) sells for $20-$40 in FN; Wrestling mags from 1960-1976

are all among my Bestsellers & sell about 3 times faster than we can restock them (at $8-$25 each for VG-VF copies); Collectible Paperbacks at are an all-time high, with many tradtional Popular authors & Titles dropping in value & many scarce to rare obscure titles climbing in value daily (There are over 100 Million Books listed on over 10 major Booksellers sites, with over 20,000 sellers listing items); If you want something different to collect, consider some of the above. With the ever expanding worldwide internet, some of the great future collectibles will be found among them.

WHITMAN (former Gold Key) comics;

The Whitman comics 8-12/1980 issues continue to bring well over guide prices, consistently one of the highest over guide group of books in the hobby. The 1983/1984 issues are easier to find, but still quite uncommon, especially in high grade. The 8-12/1980 issues sell in ANY condition, with only a small number of each being CGC graded. Higher prices have brought some RARE issues into the Marketplace, & thus some of last years crazy multiples have cooled. Some of the secondary ignored issues have now become the toughest issues on the CURRENT Marketplace & Least contained within major collections. LOW Values in Guide for 8-12/1980 issues prevent the TRUE value & Scarcity from being known, as most collectors & dealers do not consider slabbing comics that guide under $50.00. Those that list HIGHER in guide are now becoming easier to locate. HIGH PRICES make Winnie the Pooh #22, Uncle Scrooge 179, Little Lulu 260, Donald 222, WDCS 480 & others, show up more & look MORE common than they actually are. [If these 5 books still listed at $25 each, they would be at the top of the Rarity chart]; When ALL the 8-12/1980 Whitman's guide at a $60.00 MINIMUM (as they should) the REAL RARITY will become more apparent and STABLE. The 1983/1984 issues should actually guide in around $30.00 minimum each too.

CURRENT Top-20 RAREST 8-12/1980 issues (Alphabetical order); (Lowest CGC Quantity; Rare in High Grade Condition; Most difficult to find issues; Estimated that 25-50 copies each exist in the current marketplace & some of the rarest comics printed in the last 50 years); In approximate order of Rarity (beginning with the current VERY RAREST); Woody Woodpecker #191, Bugs Bunny #221, Popeye #158, Beep Beep Roadrunner #92, Looney Tunes #35, Tom & Jerry #332, Super Goof #61, Daffy Duck #130, Little Lulu #260, Super Goof #62, Huey Dewey Louie #66, Tom & Jerry #331, Yosemite Sam #68, Black Hole (Beyond the...) # 4, Winnie the Pooh #20, Tweety & Slyvester #105, Mickey Mouse #208, Beep Beep Roadrunner #93, Winnie the Pooh #22, Battle of the Planets #7;

Next 22 RAREST 8-12/1980 issues; (Low CGC Quantity; Estimated that 51-75 copies each exist in the current marketplace); Beep Beep Roadrunner #91; Chip N Dale #69; Daffy Duck #131; Daisy & Donald #47; Donald Duck #222; Huey Dewey Louie #65; Little Lulu 261; Looney Tunes #34; Mickey Mouse #209; Pink Panther #76; Popeye #159; Super Goof #60; Tom & Jerry #330; Tweety & Slyvester #106, 107; Uncle Scrooge #179,180; Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #480; Winnie the Pooh #21; Yosemite Sam #69, 70; Woody Woodpecker #190;

Next 15 Scarcest 8-12/1980 issues (Alphabetical order); (Scarce issues; Estimated that 76-100 copies each exist in the current marketplace);

Battle of the Planets #9, Beep Beep Roadrunner #93; Bugs Bunny #222; Chip N Dale #67,68; Daisy & Donald #46; Donald Duck #224; Looney Tunes #33;

Mickey Mouse #207; Pink Panther #75,77; Porky Pig #97,98; Uncle Scrooge #181; Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #482;

Scarcest 1983/84 NO date, NO date Code Whitmans; (beginning with the scarcest; Estimated that 100-300 copies each exist in the current marketplace); Chip and Dale 78, Popeye 168, Tweety and slyvester 118, Chip and Dale 79, 83, Woody Woodpecker 199, 198, Huey,Dewey and Louie 75, Daisy and Donald 55, Pink Panther 84, Winnie the Pooh 30; ** Canadian Newsstand Variant Editions exist for most or all the 1983/1984 issues, all with a 75 cent cover price, rather than the standard 60 cent cover price. These variants are currently highly sought & scarce in ANY condition. ** a Variant Edition of Bugs Bunny #222 exists, having 50 cent cover price, rather than 40 cent. 1/1981 Whitmans can have either 40 or 50 cent cover prices & thus are so far not identified as variants.

Whitman Variant's of Gold Key's 11/1971 thru 2/1980 are possible, with an estimated 50% existing as variants. They sell to completionists & Variant Collectors for 150-250% of GK issue values, with horror titles the most sought. These apparently had widely varied sizes of print runs, as some are just uncommon, with some being quite rare. It is far to early to tell, but it is estimated that the print runs can vary from 2% to 25% the numbered printed for the regular Gold Key editions.

WHITMAN Variants of DC comics; These were highly collected this year & we sold about 75% of all issues we could find in ANY grade. HIGH GRADE begins at VF for these variants, with 9.0 or better being quite rare. LOW guide prices on these issues have prevented them from turning up in larger quantities. Small numbers of still sealed bags have appeared on eBay, once opened averaging in about the VF+ condition range. Print run quantities seem to vary widely, with most later issues

being scarcer. June/1980 issues seem to be the scarcest of them all. Our minimum prices on them were; VF=$12; FN=$8; VG=$5; G=$3 and most at a fast pace.

Rumored to Exist, but NOT verified are; Action #506, Brave & Bold #143, Superfriends #17 (probably do not exist); After many many people searching, it looks like we are close to the final list of all existing Variants.

The current list of all known WHITMAN VARIANT issues includes; ACTION COMICS #481-483,485-492, 495-499,501-505,507,508; ALL-NEW Collectors Edition #C-56; BATMAN #306-308,311-320,323,324,326; BRAVE AND THE BOLD #145-147,150-159,165; DC COMICS PRESENTS #1-4,9-12,14,-16,19,21,22; FAMOUS FIRST EDITION #C-61; FLASH #268,273-276,278,283,286; GREEN LANTERN #116-119,121; JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #158,160-162,166-169,171-173,176-179,181; LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #261,263,264,266; NEW ADVENTURES OF SUPERBOY #1,2,5,6,8; SGT ROCK #329; SUPERBOY #244-248,251-258; SUPER FRIENDS #13-16, 20-23,25,32; SUPERMAN #321-323,325-327,329-332,335-345,348,350; WARLORD #22; WONDER WOMAN #250-252,255-264;

The current Rarest issues includes (begining with the rarest & in approx order); Warlord 22, Flash 286, DC Comics Presents 22, Justice League of America

#177, 178, 179, New Adv Superboy 6, Legion 264, Superman 348, Action 508, 505, DC Comics Presents 9, & Superfriends 32;

WHITMAN Variants of MARVEL comics ??; One of the most controversial areas in the hobby. For the last 2-3 years i have seen many eBay sellers claiming that WHITMAN Variant's of Marvel comics exist. Some assume (incorrectly) that the early DIRECT variants with Black Diamond's, (No UPC box, slash thru UPC box, etc), must be "Whitman variants". The Newsstand copies are easy to identify (They have the full UPC CODE, plus they have the letters "cc" for Curtis Circulation always on the cover); YES, there were "Whitman" PLASTIC BAGS from 2/1977-1979 that had Black Diamond copies inside the bag. But these Black Diamond copies were widely sold to Comic Stops nationwide as "DIRECT" only NON-Returnable comics. They might have been originally specially produced for whitman by Marvel,

but very early on, were simultaneously sold to Seagate. Seagate incorperated in 11/1977, but they seem to have sold DIRECT books before that time. DIRECT copies are still made today. ONCE OUT OF THE "Whitman" BAG, these copies are IDENTICAL to Seagate DIRECT copies and one cannot them them apart. In fact today's DIRECT market copies well outnumber the Newsstand copy print runs on almost everything. Marvel simply made NON-Returnable editions, which they sold to Whitman to put in their plastic bags. These NON-Returnable editions were also sold to the comics shop market thru Phil Seuling of Seagate. To make it more clear; ONLY THE PLASTIC BAG is a WHITMAN product. Marvel simply used Whitman as another venue to sell their comics, as they did with Seagate. They are more correctly termed "Early DIRECT Market" copies. Apparently the WHITMAN bag experiment lasted from 2/1977 thru 1979 & ended abruptly. The DIRECT Non-Returnable editions kept getting distributed to the comic shop market, as several competitors to Seagate entered the market. The 2-12/1977 "Early DIRECT Market" VARIANTS had small

print runs, estimated at 2-10% of the total Print Run & in fact remain quite collectible (i sell them at a +30-50% Premium); I also estimate that the 1978 & 1979 "DIRECT Market" VARIANTS had small print runs, estimated at 10-20% of the total Print Run (i sell them at a +15-30% Premium); Thus the 1977-1979 VARIANTS are the main collectible ones & should gain value as time goes on & awareness sinks in. For 1980-1985 the "DIRECT Market" Print Runs soared & thus are less collectible as Variants. Although Newsstand copies might have still outnumbered the 1980-1985 DIRECT Market copies, the SURVIVAL Rates differ widely. Perhaps 90% of the DIRECT Market copies exist in Dealer Inventories or Private Collections. Whereas perhaps only 20-50% of the Newsstand copies sold mailny to non-collectors, still exist today. Researcher extraordinary Jon McClure will soon publish an article proving WHITMAN did NOT publish any Marvel comics, (as they did for DC & Gold Key), other than a few Treasury's. There was a few months where Marvel seemed to have FORGET to mark the differences, (July/1978, March/1979 & April/1979) as they were experimenting HOW to mark NON-Returnable comics. These months exist only in standard Newsstand copies.

A few "Reprints" also exist in "WHITMAN" Polybags, but these too were sold to the DIRECT market. (But sold better in the Pre-Pack market, than in the Direct market, as reprints were not deemed collectible) The REPRINTS seem to be confined to a small number of LICENCED Popular Products of the Period, mostly brought on by the Huge Success of STAR WARS. Marvel was careful to mark REPRINT on the small number of issues that they did reprint. Overstreet has INCORRECTLY listed Shogun Warriors #1-3 and Micronauts #1-3 for many years as "Reprints" because of the blank UPC boxes. But if you check all the other "Direct" market marvels of the same months, you will see in fact that they have the identical markings & are in fact NOT reprints. Actually, most of these Reprints are quite a bit SCARCER than the Original Newsstand editions & should be MORE valuable, rather than LESS valuable, to Variant collectors.

The EMPTY "WHITMAN" bags were available in the early 1980's. The Newsstand Distributor in our area had them available. They might have also been available in the DIRECT Market. [Any sealed factory bags of the 1977-1979 period with books from the same month, were certainly NOT the EMPTY jobber leftover bag variety].

I have seen a few 1980's books in sealed Whitman Polybags with mixed contents. These bags are typically filled with 1980's leftovers & slow sellers, by dealers who wanted to clear out overstock & then heat sealed. They can contain comics from different months, different years & different publishers. Occasioanally even Direct & Newsstand in the same bag. I have seen sealed packs for example with Arak & Kazar in the same bag. These JOBBER Clearance packs are of LOW value,

& bring only mild curiosity premiums. The practice of filling empty bags & then heat sealing them, continued until the early 1990's with NON Whitman bags.

These books were typically dumped to the chain stores. The practice stopped when a few alternate adult & mature comics started surfacing in the bags, subjecting the stores to fierce compalints by parents & even the media.




MARKET REPORT for Overstreet #35 Annual Comic Book Price Guide for 2005 by Douglas W. Sulipa (Published on pages 94-109) (UN-EDITED & Complete Original Version)





I am Douglas W. Sulipa, an Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide SENIOR ADVISOR for 34 years {since Guide #2 way back in 1972; See Overstreet #32-36 on pages 9 & 10 to confirm}; >> Read my MARKET REPORTS; (in the New Overstreet 2006 Annual #36, pages 108 thru 125, and see our AD on page 180); And MY REPORTS in; (Overstreet 2005 Annual #35, pages 94-109) (Overstreet 2004 Annual #34, pages 89-100)(Overstreet 2003 Annual #33, pages 86-95)(Overstreet 2002 Annual #32, pages 72-81)(Overstreet 2001 Annual #31 on pages 64-75); (c) Overstreet;


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ACG Comics;

All the Horror/Mystery (Adv into Unknown, Forbidden Worlds, Unknown Worlds) titles from all years were way up in demand, with VG to FN+ copies selling fastest, at 110-120% Guide. Our Pre-Code issues in low affordable grades, have sold out. Requests have doubled for; Gasp, Herbie, Magic Agent Midnight Mystery, bringing 120-135% Guide. There was resistance to the VF & better copies. We had some FA/G thru VG/FN nice runs of the humor Titles; Cookie, Funny Films, Giggle, Ha Ha, Kilroys, & sold about 90% of our stock, at 120-150% Guide. The demand was not huge, but the collectors trying to complete their sets, jumped at the opportunity to get large groups in one place. The 1960's Superhero titles are in moderate steady demand & were the most requested in VF or better. The Romance titles sold steady, especiallly those price at under $15.00 each. This year, as i identified them, the HERBIE one page Original material (all different?) Comic strips & Cartoon AD's where RED HOT (Forbidden World's #125, 126, Unknown World's #20, 31-39, etc) at 120-135% Guide.

ALTERNATIVE Comics;

Many consider the Alternates of 1975-1990 the unexplored "Last Frontier" in Scarce comics. Small print runs under 10,000 abound, with hidden treasures everywhere. No one is sure what will be the hot titles in 5-10 years, but some are buying up some of the better known & popular titles. Many of the scarcer titles, you cannot be fussy about condition & should just grab them when you see them, if reasonably priced. Record prices were set thru the year for Cerebus #1 and TMNT #1's, as investors see them as the best known & safest alternates. That is understandable, but it might turn out to be a better buy to grab the many scarce issues that are still available at much smaller multiples of guide. ALBEDO Anthropomorphics, with #2 (1st Usagi Yojimbo) is still hot & very hard to find even in middle grades. An unread set of the very rare ELFLORD #1-15 (Nightwind Productions; Barry Blair; 6/1980-1982) surfaced this year, but is not yet for sale. (#1 easily worth $200 in VF, with others at $50 & Up); Barry Blair has a strong fan following & many underestimate the long term potential. Blair also did the popular Leather & Lace series. Blood of Dracula #4,16-19 with Wrightson are red hot & hard to keep in stock.

*** Popular Titles & titles to examine & consider include; Adventurers (Aircel), Albedo #1-10(Hot), Alien Encounters, Aliens (1988 mini), Alien Worlds, all Alan Moore tites, Armour, Army of Darkness (red hot), Authotity, Berni Wrightson Master of Macabre, Big Apple, Black Kiss, Blackthorne 3-D Series (esp, GI Joe, Star Wars, Transformers), Blood of Dracula(Hot), Blazing Combat (apple), Bone, Boris the Bear (Transformers, & many other parodies app), Caliber Presents #1, Captain Alcohol (Scarce), Cerebus #1-30, Cody Starbuck, many 1980's Continuity Comics(Adams, etc), Cobalt Blue(1977), Crow #1-3, Critters #1-5, 41-50 (48-50=Scarce), Crow(1st series), Crusaders #1(Southern Knights), Dark Horse Insider, Deadworld, Dick Tracy (Blackthorne) #91-99, Dick Tracy Ruben Award series, Dirty Pair, Echo of Futurepast, Eddie Campbell's Bacchus, Eightball, Elflord (Nightwind; 1980/82) #1-15, Elfquest (1st Prints) #1-10(in VFNM or better), Fantasy Quarterly #1, Faust & all other Tim Vigil titles, Femforce, Fish Police, Flaming Carrot #1-16, Galaxia, Gasm, Gobbledygook (1984), Gore Shreik, Green Hornet (Now) # V2#31-40(low print), Grendel, Groo, Hate, Hobbit, Hot Stuf (Sal Q), How to Draw series (esp, Teansformers & GI Joe), H.P.Lovecraft titles, Imagine(Star Reach), John Byrn'e Next Men #21, Judge Dredd, Justice Machine (Noble) #1-3 & Annual #1, Leather & Lace, Love & Rockets #1-20, Macross #1(1984), Mage (1984) #1-7, Mangazine #1-4, Mechanics, Megalith, Megaton, Mr. A series (Ditko), Miracleman #11-24 (red hot), Mr Monster, Mr X, Ms Mystic, Nexus (Capital) #1-3, Ninja High School (1986/87), Nucleus, Oktoberfest, Omaha Cat Dancer, Omen (Vigil), ORB , all Paragon Pub (Pre-1982 titles, Femzine etc), Phantacea, Planet of the Apes (Adventure), Poison Elves, Power Comics(1970's), Primer (Comico), Pudge the Girl Blimp, Quadrant, Quack(Star Reach), Red Fox, Robert E. Howard titles, Rock Comics (Adams-a), Samuree, Sherlock Holmes titles, Skateman, Spicy Tales, Star Reach, Tales of Terror, Tank Girl, Tick, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1st prints) #1-10, Thund'da tales, Tick, Toyboy, Transit, Twisted Tales, Untamed Love, Uncensored Mouse, Usagi Yojimbo, VALIANT titles (see below), Vietnam Journal & other Apple pub WAR titles, Voltron (Modern; 1985), Vortex, Wally Wood's Thunder Agents, Weird Romance, World of Wood, World's Worst Comic Awards, Xenozoic Tales, Yummy Fur & Zen (1987), Zero Patrol, Zot, etc;

ARCHIE comics;

All in all, 2004 was our best year ever for old Archie's. We sold 700 Pre-1971 issues to one retail customer alone. Many dealers think Archie's do not sell, but our 30,000 copy selection is the key to drawing many buyers. All issues of Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica remained our bestsellers thru the entire year, with #1-30 and #300 up remaining very elusive. B&V #1 is very undervalued & could easily rise 50% in Guide. All identified 1982-1993 appearances of Cheryl Blossom (pre "Love Showdown") remain in big demand & are not very difficult to keep in stock. Everything with Dan DeCarlo sells well, with some completionists even now collecting the original material DeCarlo cover's on the 1980/90's Digests. All 1941-1950 Archie's are in big demand, mainly because so few different issues exist (mainly just Archie, Laugh & Pep), thus causing excess demand. Typically the FA to VG copies sold best, but this year we had many request for VF or better copies (which we could not supply). Demand for Archie #1, Jackpot #4 and Pep #22 is huge, among the hottest of all GA, commanding 150%+ guide, if you can find them in ANY grade. Even the 1950's issues where not numerous, thus demand often exceed supply. The Laugh & Pep issues in particular were had to find. The 1950's issues sell extremely well in FA, GD & VG grades, because the current price/condition spreads make the low grade copies, far too cheap. "Ordinary" Non-Key, Non-Hot titles, from the 1950's in VF or better, had resistance. But the HOT 1950's titles sold very well in FN/VF to VF+ grades.

In the 1982-1984 Era, there was an Archie implosion, with titles cancelled & others dropping from monthly to Bi-Monthly & quarterly. Many of these issues are in short supply (especilally Cheryl Blossom & LAST issues). This is likely the era when the DIGESTS started to sell as well & even better than the regular comics. Since 1990, the standard comics must have mainly been produced, as a future source of material for their bestselling digests, as the comics have low print runs & short supply. A complete set of 1990-2004 would probably be more difficult to complete than a 1950-1960 set. ARCHIE GIANT SERIES #26 and #32(for the DeCarlo pinups), plus the Circa 1960 ARCHIE titles with the SF/Horror covers were RED HOT at 125-150% Guide. Josie & Sabrina remain in demand, with the last 10 issues of each in very low supply. The 1960's MLJ Revival Superhero appearances in Laugh & Pep are in very high demand at 150% Guide, if you can find them at all. The regular 1960's Non-Teen superhero issues (Mighty Comics, Fly, Jaguar etc) were slower, but we had some demand for VF or better copies. The Red Circle & Archie Adventure titles on the other hand, sold quite well. The Horror issues (Sorcery, Madhouse) were HOT, especially in higher grades. The superhero issues sold well, with the later Archie Adventure issues in short supply. Many are just now realizing there are issues with art by; Steranko, Morrow, Wood, Toth, Kaluta, Wrightson, Chaykin, etc. The Archie Gang as Superheroes, while not hot, were good & steady sellers. Some of the later TMNT titles are quite scarce.

Bestsellers (bringing 120-150%) Guide, included; All 1980 & newer (Low Print) SPIRE titles, Archie #1-30, 61-127, Archie & Me 1-10, Archie at Riverdale #1-5,89-113, Archie Giant Series #1-35, 136-200,600 up, Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica 1-347, Archie's Madhouse #1-30,95-97, Archie's Pal Jughead 1-20,77-101, Archie's Pals N Gals #1-54,224, Archie's TV Laughout 1-23,91-106, Betty & Me 1-16, Cosmo 1-6, Ginger 1-10, Josie 1-20,45-75, 100-106, Laugh 20-144,381-400, Life with Archie 1-66, Little Archie 1-60, Chilling Adv./Red Circle Sorcery 1-11, Sabrina 1-17,71-77, Scooby Doo 1-21, Sonic #1-40, That Wilkin Boy 1-26,50-52, Veronica 1-20, Wilbur 1-10, 71-90.

ATLAS/Marvel;

The Pre-Hero Horror/SF issues slowed this year, but we did sell most of our lowest graded Reader copies. Strange Tales #97 is cheap at double current guide & very hard to locate. The Teenager titles were the bestselling this time around. Cindy, Frankie, Georgie, Hedy, Jeannie, Millie the Model, Miss America, My Friend Irma, Nellie, Patsy, Rusty, Wendy poarker & all others were in solid demand, especially anything with Dan DeCarlo, Paper Dolls & Pinups. Romance, War & Western titles sold steady. Crime, Sports, Spy & Funny Animal titles, were still slower. Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid, Ringo Kid & Two-Gun Kid were the good sellers. Humor & Parody titles were in short supply & sold fast. Most remain quite affordable in lower grades, especially when compared to the more common early 1960's Marvel hero comics.

ATLAS/Seaboard;

Never hot, but always good solid & very affordable sellers. Many buyers want a set of all issues, but Gothic Romances #1 remains rare with VF copies easily bringing $200+. Vicki #3 and #4 are next scarcest, bringing around 200% guide or more. . DEVILINA, MOVIE MONSTERS, THRILLING ADVENTURE & WEIRD TALES OF THE MACABRE sold better than usual, with #1's being more common, but not in VF or better. All the Mag #2's are around in less than half the supply of #1's. This was the first year, that we got a lot of requests for "investment quality" VF/NM or better copies, of the regular color comic issues. Collector's are realizing they are about to reach 30 years old & are a real bargain in true high grades. There are low quantities of CGC copies in 9.4 or better. Those issues with Art by Neal Adams, Chaykin, Ditko, Toth, Wood, & Wrightson, are due for large price increases to high grade examples, in the next few years.

BIG LITTLE BOOKS;

I managed to pick up 2 small collections of pre-1960 BLB's in G-FN average. We had a few requests for pre-1960 issues in VF or better, but could not supply them.

The new listing in the guide has raised awareness & we sold about double what we do in a normal year. The most requested was Smokey Stiver & we sold out swiftly.

The well known characters brought 125-150% Guide, while the less popular character issues sold for 100-120% guide.

The 1977 Modern Promotion Pub. BLB's (4xFlintstones titles, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, etc) had smaller print runs, are not yet listed in guide & are

scarcer, we sold a bunch in the VG $10 each range. The Whitman 2000 hardcover Series Books from #2001 thru #2036 were our best sellers, with our minmum prices set at; (G$6; VG$10; FN$16; VF$24), with better titles at 25-50% Premiums; The bestselling 2000 hardcover Series Books were; Aquaman, Batman, Dick Tracy, Fantastic Four, Frankenstein Jr, Lone Ranger, Tarzan, Hanna-Barbera's Shazan & Space Ghost. The 1972-1980 softcover BLB "5700" Series issues were decent sellers, due to lower prices, with our minmum prices set at; (G$2; VG$4; FN$6; VF$9), with better titles about 1/3 higher; The bestselling 5700's were; Batman, Donald Duck, Fantastic Four, Grimm's Ghost, Pink Panther, Popeye, Spider-Man; Merrigold Press has several scarce new material issues (Superman, Hulk, etc) which bring 50% more than "5700" Series issues. Most of the Merrigold Press are Reprint titles, scracer than the earlier printings (for Variuant collectors), but they simply bring the same as the "5700" Series editions. We sold several of 1958 larger size TV "1600" series books in the (G$12; VG$18; FN$26) price range.

There are at least 20 titles in the Golden Star Library BLB 1965 Hardcover "6000" Series of 1966-1970, & they are not yet listed in the guide.

Golden Star Library BLB's are scarcer, especially in high grades, selling in the (G$8; VG$12; FN $18) range; Better titles include; Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, Let's go to the Moon, Peter Pan (Disney), Pinnochio (Disney), Richard Scarry's Mother Goose, Robinson Crusoe, Sleepng Beauty & Cincerella (Disney),

Snow Queen by by Hans Christian Andersen, Sprintime Tales (Richard Scarry art), Treasure Island;

The softcover "illustrated Classics Editions" "4500" Series by Moby Books, #4501-4536 (1977/83) Sold well in the (VF=$14; FN=$10; VG=$7; G=$5) price range, especially to Classic illustrted collectors. Best sellers included; Wizard of Oz, Sherlock Holmes, Tales of Mystery and Terror by Poe, War of the Worlds, Time Machine, Ben-Hur, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde & Great Expectations.

BRITISH-UK Items;

Two of the all time most important original material UK titles are; WARRIOR and 2000 AD. WARRIOR (1982/85) includes; Bolland, Bolton, Alan Davis, Dillon, Dave Gibbons Alan Moore script in 1-26, Grant Morrison, Parkhouse scripts, Marvelman (later Miracleman) by Alan Moore, Laser Eraser and Pressbutton, Madman by Paul Neary & More, most in the $10-$20 range; 2000 AD spawned most of the top UK talent & is probably their most important titles, with #2(1977) introducing JUDGE DREDD. #2 typically sells in the $100-$200 range, but high grade copies with the rare vionic stickers bonus, have sold for in excess of $1000 at action. 2000 AD also contains; Garnt, Wagner, Dan Dare, Gibbons, Bolland, Robo-Hunter, Stronyium Dog, Stainless Steel Rat, Leach, McMahon, Alan Moore, Dillon, Alan Davis, Bryan Talbot, Nemesis, Rogue Trooper, Slaine, Fabry, Bisley, Ridgway, & much more; Most issues from #100-1000 sell for $3-$6 each range.

We have a bigger selection of UK comics, than most British dealers, thus UK collectors are now ordering from us. Marvel UK editions are the most collected, ranging from early 1960's thru to date, with the bulk of the Vintage material being from 1968-1983. The appear in differents format from weekly, monthly, comics, mags, digests, B&W, color, oblong, thick & thin, to the great hardcover Annuals. US collectors like the reprints of their favorite characters, & thei favorite artists like Adams, Miller, Byrne, Kirby, Perez, Smith & others. There are (unfortunately unidentified) 1960's early new materil covers by Barry Windsor-Smith. There are early 1970's

unidentified covers & art by Starlin. Hidden treasures include; Original UK Comic Stories of Hulk, Spider-Man, Antman, Capt Britain, Nightraven & others. Alan Moore stories in Dr Who & other issues. There is lots of New Front & Back Cover & Pin-Up Art by UK artists. New art & Pinups by USA Artists like Terry Austin. New material Text stories, Games/Puzzles, articles & more. Then there is a lot of added new material to these extensive titles; G.I. Joe(Action Force), Dr. Who, Spider-Man, Hulk, Planet of the Apes, Transformers & others. Most of the 1974-1985 era issues run only in the $3-$6 price range. We sold some nice larger runs, sets & near sets, to several US buyers who enjoy oddball items & to UK completionists.

The Horror issues of Alan Class, Miller & other B&W Squarebound giant (60-100 pages) reprints sold better than usual. Alan Class (1950's-1980's) in the $7-$12 price range (early issues higher). While Miller Pub issues (1960's) sold in the $12-$30, as they had less titles/issues, are scarcer & had more Pre-code reprints.

They are a great way to buy cheaper reprints of MANY issues NOT reprinted in the USA. They are loaded with 1950's & 1960's USA Horror & SF titles from; Atlas/Marvel, Archie, ACG, DC, Charlton, & others; Miller

The original material UK War comic digests (Battle Picture Library, Commando, & War Picture Library, etc) are in demand & still rising in value. Most 1970-1980's issues sell in the $2-$6 range, with 1950's/60's issues in the $6-$20 range; WAR Comics fans try them, they find great stories & Good art, amazingly, virtually all never seen in USA. War fans like them, as they contain many realistic stories, of various wars, battles, campaigns, regiments, etc.

The UK Hardcover Annuals of 1950's thru 1990's, were typically published in December meant as Xmas gifts. Most saw little or no USA distribution. They are packed with Great covers, Comics, Art, Text stories, photo's, puzzles & Games, much is new material not seen in USA. The most sold in the the $12-$25 Price Range, (with 1950/60's at $20-$50); This years best sellers included; Avengers (TV), Avengers (Marvel), Batman, Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels,

Cheyenne, Dr. Who, Dukes of Hazard, Fantastic Annual, Fantastic Four, Flintstones, Funky Phantom, Huckleberry Hound, Incredible Hulk, Laurel and Hardy, Lone Ranger, Marvel Annuals, Mighty World of Marvel, Planet of the Apes, Pow, Roy Rogers, Scooby Doo, Six Million Dollar Man, Space 1999, Spider-Man, Star Trek, Star Wars, Superadventure (DC characters), Superman & Batman, Tarzan, Thundercats,Transformers. 2000 A.D., Wagon Train, X-Men & Yogi Bear. UK Annual beginners, should buy the price guide by Paul Green & Laura Taylor ($24); Many of these beautiful Annuals, sell for less the similar vintage 36 page comics.

CANADIAN Comics;

Golden Age "Canadian Whites" were still hot, but very difficult to restock this year. Many less appeared on eBay. Demand is probably about 400% Bigger than Supply, trhus the high current prices levels, for low grade copies. Many have settled into permanent collections. The Pre-1947 Canadian Whites of Fawcett hero titles, with USA comics re-drawn be Canadian artists, sold very well. But the most sought was the Original Material Canadian story & art titles. (FA-VG sold for $35-$100 each; FN-VF copies were very Scarce, bringing $75-$250 each); Humor titles brought less than hero titles. The better #1's, key issues & one-shots brount $300-$1000 each in VG-FN/VF;

The Canadian Editions that are vintage variants of US comics are bringing 60-100% of their USA equivalents, depending on page count, rarity & condition.

These GA Canadian Variant issues survive in quantites of 1-20 copies each, & are generally 10-50 Times Scarcer than the USA editions. Canadian Variant's included these Publishers; Archie, Atlas, Avon, Classics, DC, Dell, EC, Fawcett, Fiction House, Lev Gleason, Quality, Timely, Toby, & others. The Timely issues tend to bring higher percentages. The EC reprints bring lower percentages, as they had the worst printing quality. The exception is Weird Suspenstories, with a nice middle grade set of #1-3 in the $6000 range.

Our Canadian French Language comics of Archie, DC & Marvel from the late 1960's thru 1990, again sold well to completionist collectors, who like somewithing different. These had very small print runs for newstand comics, probanly in the 2000-10,000 each range, with small survival rates, of perhaps only 10-35% still existing on pre-1980 issues. There was perhaps 10 times the output of MARVEL comics, as opposed to DC, thus the Marvel issues always sell best, as more to choose from.

One buyer bought over 200 different reading copy DC issues. Most exist in G-FN, selling in the $3-$7 each range. (Pre-1974 & Key issues a bit higher);

The New material French language Comic Digests from the 1950's-1970's, with; Western, War, Adventure, Jungle & Love themes brought $3-$7+ each.

We sold still more Canadian Cover Price Newstand edition variants to Completionists & Variant collectors at 150%+ of USA copy prices. Spider-Man was most popular, but we also had buyers for; Avengers, Batman, Conan, Daredevil, Incredible Hulk, JLA, Jonah Hex, Vampirella, X-Men, etc. For the record; Known Canadian Cover Price Variants Era's include; ARCHIE Comics Digests (1/1984-12/1997), CHARLTON (2/1983-8/1984), DC(10/1982-9/1988), DELL(random 1960-1962), GOLD KEY(5-8/1968, and 4/72-4/73), MAD (some 1964 & 7/1978-7/1979), MARVEL (All Newstand Comics, Magazines & Digests 10/1982-8/1986), WARREN (3/1977-3/1983), WHITMAN (4/1980-1984);

The Canadian Archives has some Original Art for Golden Age Canadian Comics, otherwise Art is very rare on the market. In Mid-2004, from the estate of one of the creators, about 30+ pages appeared that will be sold on the market. This includes some splash pages & covers. As there is no yardstick for prices, it will be interesting to see what these sell for.

CAPTAIN CANUCK;

Captain Canuck "Unholy War" was released & sold out fast in most Canadian Cities. They had a small print run (under 5000 copies each??). February/2004 saw the release of "The New Original Captain Canuck Limited Edition" #1-A and #1-B (each limited to only 30 Signed & Serially numbered Ashcan copies; A & B feature 2 different Endings in the story, featured the return of Thomas Evans, the original Captain Canuck); But our single hottest comic of the entire year was; CAPTAIN CANUCK #15 (8/2004), finally printing the legendary complete UNPUBLISHED issue #15, originally due to be published back in 1981, with art by Freeman & St. Aubin, story by Comely. It will be a limited edition of 150 Signed and serially Numbered copies, of whcih we bought & sold 50% of the Print Run in a 2 month period. The original series #1-14 & Special #1 (1975-1981) & remain rather plentiful, very affordable & among the cheapest of all Mid to Late 1970's Superhero comics.

#1 is among the oldest comics to carry a CGC 10.0 Grade, with the owner asking a lofty $5000; Captain Canuck is about to become 30 years old & is now very nostalgic for many Canadian Fans. These new limited editions, along with the first printing of the original oversized #4 (2/1977) should make good long term investments. According to Richard Comely; Captain Canuck Re-Born (1993/1994) had these print Runs for the English Editions; #0 (100,000 Copies), #1(60,000), #2(30,000), #3(8,000 Copies), with much smaller print runs in FRENCH language. Thus #3's are hard to keep in stock at US$10 each; We have stocked up on all of these, plus many related scarcer material such as; memorabilia, portfolio's, Kids books by Comely, T-Shirts, Promo items, Autograph's, Canuck issue of TIME, & original Artwork items. This was our best year for Captain Canuck sales, in over 2 decades.

All the cover & story Original art to #1-14 & special (1975-1981) was donated to the Canadian Archives. Small quantitles of the NON Capt Canuck pages, Ad pages, etc. remain on the market. But in general, almost no Pre-1982 Art is available to the market. Comely has done paintings, sketches & will do commisions, but these are all of the 1983-2004 era. George Freeman went on to do Marvel, DC, First, Pacific & comics for other publishers, with Marvel Fanfare #7 & Jack of Hearts mini as his first Non-Comely titles.


CARTOON & COMICS Paperbacks;

. The Mass Market Paperback format ceased to exist for Cartoon & Comic paperbacks in the early 1990's, now replaced by the higher priced Trade Paperback, especially the oblong type as the new format of choice. Most were sold to the general public & not collectors, thus many are scarce in even FN or better. Luckily, most buyers want affordable reading copies. On most characters with over 10 titles, once you get 1/2 the set, & the remaining titles (especially the newer/last titles, most with just one printing) often get scarcer to rare. The once fairly common 1966-1985 Era Marvel & DC paperbacks are now out of stock from most dealers, & given that many were bought by collectors, you would thing they would be easier to find in higher grades. But as they were read, noyt bagged & handled too often, most are only in VG-FN range. VF/NM or better Marvel & DC paperbacks will likely become a hot commodity one day. But the most collected titles, remain to be the Newspaper Strip reprint titles. The ultra popular long lasting titles like Peanuts,Dennis the Menace, Mad, tend to have lower values in the $2-$5 range (Scarcer at $7-$15+) as more common. The popular, but less common titles like Beetle Bailey, Broomhilda, Hagar, & Tumbleweeds, are bringing $4-$9 range (Scarcer at $10-$25+); Older titles, tend to have more multiple printings, thus more common & lower values. Short Lived Newspaper strips & characters with only 1-5 titles, can often be quite scarce, & can command $10-$25+ prices. We sold a few complete & near complete runs, saving these buyers months to years of hunting.

CHARLTON;

This was our best year ever for Charlton, with most titles selling quite well, in all grades but mostly in G-FN, as not a lot of High Grades are normally available.

But we did manage to locate a few nicer collections of Horror/SF issues, due to persistant customer demand. I thought we sold a lot of Charlton Horror & SF titles comics in 2003, but we nore than doubled those sales in 2004. Horror/SF titles were selling in all grades, but the demand for VF or better copies has almost tripled, especially for VF/NM or better copies. We got in a lot of nice copies in the "Manitoba" collection & found many anxious buyers paying 120-200% or more for 9.0 to 9.4 & higher copies.While the 1950-1965 titles had decent sales, the real demand has been for the issues from 1966-1986 Era. The 1966-1972 era issues are hard to find in even in strict FN/VF or better. These issues had huge demand at 130-175% guide in all grades (but especially for strict FN-VF/NM range examples); Ghostly Tales #55-120, Ghostly Haunts #20-40, Ghost Manor (1968/71) 1-19 & (1971/84) #1-40, Haunted 1-30, Many Ghosts of Dr Graves 1-50. Also hot at 115-135% guide were; All remaining issues of above titles and, Creepy Things, Doomsday+1, Fantastic Giants 24, Gorgo, Haunted Love, Konga, Midnight Tales, Monster Hunters, Out of This World, Outer Space, Professor Coffin, Reptisaurus, Scary Tales, Space Adventures, Space War, Strange Suspense Stories. The 1984-1986 Era Charlton's all had small print runs, which is the main reason buyers go beyond the 1980 mark. The Late Silver & all Bronze issues are fast gaining demand. Especially popular are those issues with; Ditko, Sutton, Newton, Zeck, Wayne Howard; Also popular are; Aparo, Boyette, Giordano, Sanho Kim, Larson, Lopez, Morisi, Staton, etc. Haunted #21 up (the Baron Weirwulf issues) are fast growing in demand. Haunted #37 is the FIENDISH FEMALES issue, a cool oddball item. The All-Ditko specials are top sellers. One of the most under appreciated artists in comics, is Tom Sutton & he did much of his best work in Bronze age Charlton's. As buyers gather Charlton's, more & more are appreciating Sutton. CHARLTON BULLSEYE (the Color comics series) had Unpublished new material scheduled for #11 up, that ended up being published in Scary Tales #37 up. Many Ghosts of Dr Graves #54 has a early BYRNE cover from 12/1975 & is one of his scarcest early issues.

Also popular & still undervalued titles which brought 120-130% guide included; Pre-1970 WAR & Western tiles, Abbott & Costello, Beetle Bailey, Bionic Woman, Blondie, Blue Beetle, Bobby Sherman, Bugaloos, Capt Atom, Charlton Bullseye (mag), Cheyenne Kid, David Cassidy, Dudley Do-Right, E-Man, Emergency, Flash Gordon, Go-Go, Great Gazoo, Gunfighters, Hanna Barbera Parade, Hercules, Hong Hong Phooey, Jetsons, Judo Master, Jungle Jim, Jungle Tales of Tarzan, Kid Montana, Mysterious Suspense, Outlaws of the West, Partridge Family, Phantom, Ponytail, Popeye, Ronald McDonald, Sarge Steel, Scooby Doo, Six Million Dollar Man, Soap Opera Love/Romances, Space 1999, Speed Buggy, Static, Thane, Thunderbolt, Underdog, Wheelie & Chopper Bunch.

CHRISTIAN & RELIGION;

Religious & Christian comics continue to be good sellers. SPIRE is the most collected series. >>> The toughest issues to keep in stock (at 150-200% Guide) include; Barney Bear Out of the Woods, Barney Bear Swamp Gang, Barney Bear Toyland, HANSI, Hello I'm Johnny Cash, In his Steps, Live it Up, Noah's Ark, On the road with Andre Crouch, Prodigal Son, Tom Landy & Dallas Cowboys, ARCHIE (& Big Ethyl, & Mr Weatherbee, Circus, Date Book, Festival, Roller Coaster, Sports Scene, Christmas with Archie);

There was a warehouse find on Gods Heroes in America, thus they sell near guide. Otherwise all other Catechetcal Guild titles are scarce & bring 125-150% Guide. We sold over 50% of Sunday Pix (David C Cook) stock, with 1957-63 issues in $4-12 each range. We almost sold out of Dennis the Menace & the Bible Kids #1-6, (at G$4; VG$6; FN$9) and were unable to find any copies of the scarce #7-9(VF $50 value range) & rare issue #10(VF $100 value range). All the Marvel & DC Christian titles sold steady; The Bestsellers were; Francis, Limited Collectors Edition C-36 (BIBLE), Mother Theresa & Pope Paul. We sold a lot of Crusaders (over the top, Fire & Brimstone comics, by Jack Chick) at VF $8.00 each, theese are actually well drawn & well worth collecting. We sold a good amount of the other assorted publisher Religious & Christian comics, but once sold, are finding them getting more difficult to restock

We bought a few collections & now have a huge inventory of Treasure Chest comics, most in G-FN. This title had about 450+ issues, making in one of the biggest ever series of the Golden to Silver Age. One day, the contents need to be better listed, as there is a lot on ionteresting contents in these comics. Our current large selection, has made this one of out best ever years for sales on this title, as many buyers happily filled in their runs.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED & Related; For most of the last decade G and VG copies were the best sellers. But for 2 years now, we have had more & more requests for FN or better copies. Also, we typically sell 10 times the number of Reprints, as opposed to Originals. This year, we had a great increase in demand for Originals & acually sold several 100 of them.

Also, demand for Line Drawn cover & earlier reprint issues is up. In other words, there is a current wave of Collectors, rather than just the usual Readers, buying these little gems up. I think in part, because the Golden Age issues are relatively cheap, when compared to other desirable comics of the same vintages. The 1st appearance of New Art, or first New cover issues, are a new type of Original & also in big demand, with many being harder to collect than originals due to modest prices. Classics collectors now want to have the Line Drawn Versions & Painted cover versions, as both usually also have different interior story/art. Those with only 1-2 printings of certain cover or art variations, are getting to be in shorter & shorter supply, this may result in future price increases on those issues. Many buyers now have their cheaper copy Painted Cover sets & now need the earlier versions. As usual these scarcer issues had endless demand (at 120-135% Guide); #8,14,20,21,33,

40,43,44,53,66,71,73,74,84,110, 113-118,129,161-169 . Canadian Variant Edition Classics exist on most issues 1-74, most are quite scarce & most contain illustrated Text stories on the inside cover, not see in any USA editions, thus demand is good & we sold most of our selection.

World Around Us & Classics Special Series, were consistent & steady sellers, as per usual. We sold a bunch of MISC Classics related items, including; Berkley/First, UK/British, Moby Books - Big Little Books, Famous Authors, Golden Picture Classics, King Classics, Marvel Classics, Marcel-UK Classic Digests, Pendulum, Pocket Classics, Power Records, & all others. [Once sold, many are difficult to restock];

Classic Junior's were stong sellers. Most buyers did not care about which printing & instead had prefered condition ranges. We did have a few buyers that did want better Originals. About 20 of the 77 issues are common, especially due to the plentiful HRN #576 printings. About another 24 issues are uncommon. There are about 33 issues had fewer printings and/or no HRN #576 printings, thus are in very short supply. Some of the toughest Classics Junior's include; #506, 514, 525-529,532-534,537,540,542,543,547,553,555, 556,558-565,568,571-573,575-577 (selling at; FA-VG at 200-300% Guide; FN-VF at 150-200% Guide);

COMIC DIGESTS;

Gold Key digests were solid sellers, but are getting much harder to restock once gone. Golden, Mystery & Walt Disney Comics Digests, along with the Story digest, brought 135-150 Guide for G-FN copies, with 120-135% Guide for FN/VF to VF/NM copies. Normally these digest collections are rarely found in better than FN. But we located some 9.4 range copies & sold them in the 200% Guide range.

. All Harvey Digests sold well with all isues scarce in High Grades. The 1977-1985 Digest brought 115-125% guide; The Harvey Digests from the 1986-1993 era had LOW print runs, especially the higest numbers, whcih are often found only in lower grades. (Low numbers at 120-135% guide; High numbers at 150-200% Guide)

Dennis the Menace Pocket Full of Fun #1-50, and Dennis & His Friends #38-46 Digests are disappearing from the market, in all grades, with the eraly issues especially scarce. VF or better copies are near impossible to locate. Pocket Full of Fun #1 is from 1969 & would be a bargain at double current guide prices, if you can find it at all, in any grade.

The 1976 Archie Digests are fast disappearing from the market & are difficult to replace Archie Comics Digest #1-20 & JUGHEAD WITH ARCHIE #1-10 bring 150% to 200% Guide, & are usually only found in FA/G to VG+ grades. Pre-1980 issues in even nice FN or better are getting Scarcer, with VF/NM or better copies nearly non-existant. We now have 10,000 Archie Digests in stock & sell many many middle grade issues to, to those who just want to complete their runs. We do get fairly frequent request for assorted #1-10 issues, usually wanting FN or better copiers. Katy Keene, Jokebook & Madhouse Comics Digests are getting difficult to resock.

Be sure to count the pages on Katy Keene digests, they are loaded with pinups, often cut out of used copies.

These Rare Comic Digests published by Charlton, (also variously by Xerox, Now Age Books, Ottenheimer & Pendulum Pub., but are obviously all related & in the same format, with 60 to 75 cent original cover prices) are now known to exist; Barney & Betty, Bugs Bunny(1971), Flinstones, Jetsons (1973), Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm (Teen-Age; Charlton; 1973), Road Runner(1971) #63-2970, Scooby Doo (1976), Woody Woodpecker (1971) #63-3020, & Yogi Bear; They are mostly around 100 pages, in B&W and contain short one page gag comics. All appear to be new material. They are Scarce to Rare, with most having eluded guide listing all these years. I have been selling G to FN/VF copies in the $15 to $50 price ranges, as i am able to locate them.

All DC Digest sold extremely well this year, most in the VG to VF ranges, at 120-135% Guide. ** The set includes; Adventure 491-503, Best of DC #1-71(with 41-71 low print), DC Special Blue Ribbon #20-24, DC Special Series #18,19,23,24, Jonah Hex & other Western Tales 1-3, Tarzan Digest #1; It is still possible to get higher grade copies in the VF/NM range, but getting more difficult. These should be good long term items, if you can locate investment grade copies. They are like small Trade Paperbacks, most with 100 pages and 6-10 stories each. This is a great way to get GA & SA classic reprints, at affordable prices.

Low Grade copies all all titles, by all publishers sold well, as many buyers just want to read them. Most digests sold to the General Public & not to collectors, so strict VF or better Pre-1980 issues are Scarce, with strict NM copies being Rare.

CONDITION & CGC;

MOST collectors & dealers still grade by 1980's & early 1990's standards. When CGC came along, this has all changed. Comics are now need to be graded by the current MUCH stricter standards. Prices in the guide are based on the new STRICT standards & NOT on the old 1980's standards. Thus MOST collectors, even 20-40 year veterans, are often mis-informed about the grades of items they hold in their collections. MANY people buy off eBay & assume the low standards are the current standards, as bad grading is so widespread on eBay. The best way to get a grasp of the current strict standards is to dabble in a least a few CGC graded books,

examine them closely & compare them to books in your collection. (I suggest 2 copies each in; G, VG, FN, VF, VF/NM and NM); Even well meaning dealers are often mistaken about the current Overstreet & CGC standards, many getting an unwelcome suprise when they submit their first few items to CGC. Grading should always be done under a stong light focused directly on the book being examined. Proper grading cannot be done in poor or dull light, as many tiny flaws are missed.

Many buyers are paying 9.2 prices for overgraded VF's, as they just do not know better. Every time someone asks for NM to NM/MT copies, i have to explain to the that 9.4 to 9.8 copies carry huge premiums. After explaining, we have found that many of them actually just wanted nice srictly graded VF range books, which are much more reasonably priced than actual 9.2 copies. Many have lowered their expectations to the strictly graded & beautiful VF range copies & this was our best years for selling unslabbed VF to VF/NM comics, in over a decade.

All year long, i ran into collectors with their Original Owner Collection copies, many assumed they automatically held NM to NM/MT copies. MOST collectors who bought comics NEW from 1970-1985 and read them once, then bagged & stored them, have in their possession comics in VF to VF/NM average. The main reasons for this include; (1) It was assumed reading once would not lower the grade of the comic. Each comic was NOT treated as if it were a NM Action #1; (2) Strong & very stiff White backing boards were not in common use until the 1990's; Thinner & Gray Backing boards that only supplied minimal support & often stained the book & bags, were used by perhaps under 25% of dealers & collectors in the 1980's; (3) Most collectors did NOT hand pick the absolute best copy available on day of release, before handling by too many others. Many stores held the new copies for their customers for them, to pick up at a later date. Thus they received random copies often handled several times before they even bought them. (4) Even IF one did manage to HAND PICK their own copies, on day of release, they usually did NOT have enough copies to select from, thus one often had for example 10 copies in VF thru NM- to pick from. Sometimes none of the 10 copies were above VF when new at the location the collectors bought them. (5) In the 1970's & 1980's the FUSSY collectors avoided Factory Flaws if possible. Plus many selected copies that were as aligned as best possible at the spine. Copies with no factory flaws were what was considered the highest graded copies. This selection often meant picking copies with corner dings, hairline stress maks in the spine & copies without razor sharp corners. Unfortunately the opposite in now true in the current high grade market. Factory flawed Copies with NO stress & razor sharp corners are now much more prized & valuable, than copies with minor stress but no Factory Flaws.

We sold a large number of high grade Raw (Non CGC graded) comics, mags, & treasuries from the Manitoba collection. Most of these were in the 1975-1984 era & had book values under $20, thus most were not worth slabbing. But there is a large group of collectors that want these comics in TRUE strict High Grade 9.0 thru 9.6 or better copies, while they are still affordable, & we sold most at 125-200% or more of guide. The biggest difference between the CGC & RAW market; CGC buyers mostly prefer mainstream Marvel Superheroes while the RAW high grade market likes the same, but especially all the other Genre's not commonly found in CGC copies (especially Horror). Selling the RAW, cuts the cost per book by $15-$25 or more, saving CGC costs & leaving it up to the buyers if they want them graded. We sold a lot of high grade Charlton, Warren, Gold Key, Skywald, superhero Marvel/DC & non-superhero Marvel/DC. Most of the Pre-1974 High Grade Manitoba copies are sold, but the ones we still had did well. Many buyers are trying to complete large 50-100 book or more (esp 1975-1985) runs in 9.2 or better grades, like; Avengers, Conan, Hulk, Jonah Hex, Weird War, etc. CGC has set the standard & both collectors & dealers that want to suvive & thrive, need to try to attain those standards. The CGC

Magazine grading has so far been quite a sucess, with many amazing record prices. It can already be seen, that in general, less copies of mags exist in top grades, the same vintage standard comics. A lot of mags remain very undervalued.

DC COMICS; All the Super-Hero, SF, Horror & good artist Comics were in demand, with Bronze(1970-1985) selling best, followed by Silver Age (especially 1960's). This was the first year in over a decade, that VF or better copies were the most requested. Collectors now realize that putting together a large runs of 9.0 to 9.4 & better copies, is an near impossible task. Thus, those who like high grade & actually want to finish runs, bought VF 8.0 thru VF/NM 9.0 copies, along with any better we could find, at a fast & furious pace. Low grade Reading copies of ALL DC's sold well throughout the year, but higher grades sold best, for the first time in quite some time.

Because we came across the "MANITOBA collection", we got in a lot of 9.0 to 9.8 range DC's of the 1975-1984 era. The LATE Bronze (1981-1985 Pre-CRISIS) are now 20-25 years old & with still have very low $2-$10 each guide values, they sold especially well in RAW High Grades. Contrary to popular belief, these issues are quite uncommon in STRICT 9.0 or better (copies that would stand the test of CGC grading). Because of the low guide values, not many CGC graded copies are on the market, but High Grade collectors still want these books. The "MANITOBA collection" contains 1000's of these High Grade books & many found very happy homes at good multiples of guide, for RAW unslabbed examples. This even included Digests & Treasury's, which are rarely found in 9.0 or better. *** Currently, my most requested High Grade books of the 1980-1985 era include; Action, Adventure #467-503, All-Star Squadron #1-67, Batman, Brave & Bold, DC Comics Presents, Detective, Flash #300-350, GI Combat #200-220, Green Lantern #116-150, all DC Horror, Jonah Hex #81-92, Justice League of America #180-261, Legion of Super-Heroes, New Teen Titans #1-20, Sgt Rock 302-320, Superman 400-423, Swamp Thing #20-64 (Alan Moore), Weird Western, Wonder Woman #290-329, World's Finest #300-323;

For most of 2004, i saw the highest demand for DC Horror comics of the 1968-1983 Era ever. For the last 10 years, they have always sold steadily in the normal

G thru FN ranges, but not in the "HOT" catagory. This year they reached the status as the single hottest group of comics for us. The biggest change is that the investors are buying them up in higher grades. There are not many found in CGC graded copies, & there is a very short supply of STRICT high grade copies.

Thus buyers have are not getting all they can (before the expected big price increases) of; (1968-1972 in VF or better), (1973-1976 in VF+ or better) & (1977-1983 in VF/NM or better). I have bought & sold a lot of nice copies in these ranges this year & find them extremely difficult to restock in grade. Some of the 1968-1972 Era issues might explode in price by late 2005. House of Secrets #81 and House of Mystery #174 are now viewed as major Key issues, yet list at less than 1/3 the price of Weird War #1. All these DC Horror are quite scarce in strict high grades & will not surface on the market, at current low guide values. Due for big price 150% or more price increases are; Ghosts 1-10, House of Mystery #175-200, House of Secrets #82-100, Phantom Stranger 1-30, Unexpected 105-136, Weird War 5-20, 64, 68, 93-124, Witching Hour #1-20; (Especially those with covers & art by Adams, Wrightson, Toth & others); All the DC horror from any year with Wrightson Covers, stories & even single splash pages, as well as ADAMS cover or Art, are by far the most requested issues. Very unusual is the sudden huge demand for 1977-1983 issues in the very difficult to find VF/NM or better copies. Many buyers have told me their local shops do not even have mid grade copies of 1977-1983 issues any more, as they are too low in guide. Anything in VF/NM or better in the $8-$12 range flys out the door by the stack. LAST issues, GIANT issues, #1-10, 100's & Any KEY issues are hottest, which tells us investors are buying these books. We sold literally many 100's of RAW (Non-CGC graded) at good multiples of 120-200% or more of guide.

Most earlier Horror issues in CGC 9.4 would bring 300-600% Guide, if you could find them. All issues from all DC Horror titles are hot, (including the later issues of the above) & also including; Black Magic, Doorway to Nightmare, Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion, From Beyond the Unknown, Madame Xanadu, Secrets of Haunted House, Secrets of Sinister House, Strange Adventures #217-244, Tales of Ghost Castle, Time Warp, Weird Mystery, Witching Hour, etc. GHOSTS #97-99 have a SPECTRE story in each & a very fast sellers. WEIRD WAR has been the fastest growing in demand on the later issues, especially these issues, which can now be considered hot & are still very undervalued; #64 (Frank Miller's 1st work at DC), 68 (2nd Frank Miller), 93(1st app & Origin Creature Commandos), 94(1st Return of "War that Time Forgot"-c/s, with Dinosaurs) 100(Creature Commandos invade the War that Time Forgot), 101(1st app & Origin G.I. Robot-c/s, by Kanigher), 124(LAST issue; 6/1983);

Many collectors are trying to complete their DC Special Series sets, as they like the odd combination of Giants, Digests & Treasuries. All oddball material sold well to those filling in runs, usually in G-FN grades, with most at 120-135% guide, including; Amazing World of DC, Cartoon, Digests, Fanzines, Fireside Books, Funny Animal, Giveaways, Humor, Magazines, Paperbacks, Parody, Romance, Teenage, Treasuries, TV, War, & Western still sell well & we filled in many runs for buyers.

After Horror & Superhero, DC Big-5 WAR titles sold a strong third, in all grades, with Sgt Rock issues of Our Army at War by far the strongest in demand. The DC "Dollar" comic Giants of the 1979-1980 era, are roundbound, rather than squarebound, causing excess stress at staples, thus many are now getting scarcer in strict VF/NM or better. Demand for Fox & Crow and Real Screen was strong this year & i sold 90% of our stock in all grades.

All Pre-1975 ADAMS & Wrightson (Cover and/or art), were in big demand. Many now have their interior art issue sets & now look to buy up the cover & splash pages issues they still lack. For example, we have a hard time keeping the ADAMS cover Tomahawk's in stock in any grade, much less in the often asked for high grades. All 1960's appearances of BATGIRL, Catwoman & Supergirl showed very strong demand, with even Black Canary & Zatanna appearances showing life. The 1960's Batgirl issues are especially hot & due for a 50% Price Increase. Minor Key issues, plus issues with popular villains sold 50%-100% better than regular issues in many titles. >>>> The Hot Silver & Bronze issues that we got asked for all year long & due for price increases include; Action #347, 360, 373(Giants), 377-392(Legion), Adventure 381,397-400, All New Collectors Edition C-54-56,58, All Star Comics 58-74, Aquaman #50-52, Batman #155,164,169,171,179,181,183,189, 190,197,203,210,217, 219-222,224-227,229,230,232,234,236-241,243-246,251,255, Batman Family 11-20, Beautiful Stories For Ugly Children 21-30, Brave & Bold #51-100(esp. Adams), Challengers 74, DC Special #2-4,6,11,28,29, DC Special Series 1-16, Detective #355,359,363,364,369-372,385,387, 389,391,392,394-422, Fox & Crow, Freedom Fighters, GI Combat #66-68,83,87-138, Girls Love, Girls Romances, Green Lantern #76-89, Heart Throbs, Hot Wheels, Justice League of America #91-117,183-185, Limited Collectors Edition C#23-25,32-34,37,39,41,43-46,48-52,57, Men of War (esp. Enemy Ace issues), Our Army at War #83-301, Our Fighting Forces 123-162, Plop 1-5 (in VF/NM or better), Secret Society of Super villains, Shazam #8,12-17, 25,27-35, Showcase #55,57,60,61,64,70,79-81,83,84, Spectre 1-5, 9, Strange Adv #205-216, Star Spangled War #84-163, Superboy 197-220, Super DC Giant #S-13 thru S-26, Super Friends 1-10, Supergirl (1972) 1-10, Superman 233-300, Tarzan 207-258, Tarzan Family, Wonder Woman #51-200, World's Finest #169,173-177. >>> The most requested DC CGC issues (bringing 200% 9.2 Guide in 9.0; 500+% in 9.4; Sky High prices in 9.6) were, Batman #232, Detective #400, & Green Lantern #76, all could double in raw grades in the guide & still be a bit undervalued.

DELL; We sold a lot of ordinary G-FN range comics to 100's of buyers, most just attempting to complete their sets. Lowest available grade & cheapest copies were the most popular quantity-wise this year. But we also sold a lot of nice clean VG to FN/VF range books. There was resistance to the VF range copies we did have. We did not have the 9.4 copies that several buyers wanted. [I found most will not pay the premiums needed to locate them in 9.4. Mostly only tough Key Issues are requested] Four Color comics continue to be in higher demand. Western comics were the bestsellers, with Lone Ranger & Red Ryder the most requested. The Red Ryder comics below #70 are getting harder & harder to locate. The Harman #118 down issues far outsell the later Painted Cover issues. Lone ranger 1-30 & 112 up were the bestsellers. Smokey Stover was impossible to keep in stock. Tarzan #1-30, 80-131 were top sellers & are still undervalued.

>>>> The Bestsellers at 115-135% guide (for FA to FN copies) included; Air war, Alvin, Andy Griffith, Beetle Bailey, Ben Bowie, Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Big Valley, Brain Boy, Bugs Bunny(esp. FC's), Cheyenne, Chilly Willy, Cisco Kid, Colt 45, Combat, Creature, Dracula, Felix the Cat, Flintstones, Flying Nun, Flying Saucers, Frankenstein, Fritzi Ritz (with Peanuts), F-Troop, Gene Autry, Get Smart, Ghost Stories, Have Gun will Travel, Howdy Doody, Huckleberry Hound, Indian Cheif, Jetsons, John Wayne, Jungle Jim, King of Royal Mounted, Kona, Little Beaver, Little Lulu, Lone Ranger, Looney Tunes, Maverick, Melvin Monster, Monkees, Mummy, Neutro, Nukla, Our Gang, Peanuts, Ponytail, Popeye, Rat Patrol, Rawhide, Red Ryder, Rifleman, Roy Rogers, Sgt Preston, Smokey Stover, Tarzan, Thirteen, Toka, Tonto, Turok, Twilight Zone, Voyage to Bottom of Sea, Western Roundup, Yak Yak, Yogi Bear, Zane Grey & Zorro.

FANZINES & Misc Comic Magazines; The Pre-1970 Ditto/Mimeograph early Fanzines had print runs of 100-500 copies or less, with perhaps 50-75% of those copies destroyed over the years, leaving tiny survival rates. These Ditto Zines are garnering a lot of interest of late, with most fetching $15-$50 each & some at up to $100 or more. Some of the better issues include; Biljo White, Raymond Miller, SFCA publications, RBCC, Bill Black, Stalin (& Gemini pseudonym), Marvel & DC parodies, famous Creator art & interviews, Saunders, Foss, Seuling, Love, Overstreet, Gene Klein (Gene Simmons of Kiss), Fagan, Newton, Fantucchio & many more.

Now that CGC is grading magazines, it will be interesting to see how many of the older Mags & fanzines surface in high grades. Typically, most older comics mags are found in mid to lower grades. There is no definitive price guide (although Jerry Weist made a good attempt at some), thus the market is quite erratic. Many 1960's & 1970's Fanzines had small print runs of 100-2000 copies & contain early, obscure & scarce works of most of the greatest creators of the period.

Many Fanzines from the 1960's thru 1990's are loaded with great articles & art, many are great sellers in the most $5-$20 each price range. (Scarcer in the $25-75 range) >>> Titles to watch & some better selling titles include; Assorted Neal Adams fanzines, Alan Moore (Big Numbers, Shocking Futures, Twisted Times, Warrior, & anything else), Ariel book of fantasy(Frazetta, Jones, Smith, Corben, etc), Alter Ego, Amazing Heroes, Apple Pie, Art of Neal Adams, Asterix, Bananas, Barbarella, Basically Strange, Batfink & Rubin, Berford Seaman's Flabby Thighs & Butter, Blast, Buried Treasure, Capt George's Comic World, CFA-APA limited Fanzines(Sterakno, Byrne, Perez, etc), Collector's Dream (Olsevski), Comic Book Artist, Comic Book Marketplace, Comics Buyers Guide, assorted COMICS Calendars, Comics Feature, Comics Interview, Comics Journal, Comics Revue, Comic Reader, Comic Shop News, Comixscene, Convention Programs(Seuling NY, Creation, etc), CPL, Cracked, Crazy, Diamond Previews, Doctor Weird (Starlin), Dragon Lady Press Mags, Dynamite, Electric Company mag (Spidey Super Stories comic strips in most), ERBdom, Assorted FRAZETTA fanzines, FLASHBACK (Alan Light), Fuddle Duddle, Fun comics (Paragon), Golden Age, Graphic Story, Harpoon (Adams, Chaykin, Stalin, Simonson, etc), Hot Dog, Hot Stuf (Sal Q), Humbug, International Insanity (Adams, Heath, etc), Kosher Comics, Laugh-In, Le Beaver, Look-In, Lucky Luke, MAD, Masters of Universe mag, Mediascene, Menomonee Falls Gazette & Guardian, Monster Times, Myth Adventures, Neat Stuff, NEMO, Nostalgia Journal (#32 up = Comics Journal), Omniverse, Overstreet Advanced Collector (combines with CBM at #22 up), Peterson's Mags (CARtoons, CYCLEtoons, SURFtoons, etc), Phantacea, RBCC, Sick, Sojourn (1977), Spa Fon, Squa Tront, Star Studded Comics (Starlin, etc), Steve Canyon mag, Taboo, Tandra, Thimk, Tintin, Trump, Wacko, Weirdo, Witzend, Wizard, Assorted WRIGHTSON fanzines, Zany, Zippy, etc,

GOLD KEY;

Gold Key horror titles have started to sell quite well, (mostly in G-FN) including; Boris Karloff, Grimm's Ghost, Occult Files of Dr Spector, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Spine Tingling Tales, & Twilight Zone. We got in some nice high grade VF/NM up copies, most sold in short order & we could sell more if we could find them. Black Hole (Disney) #4 is a scarce & undervalued Pre-Pack only LOW Print run Whitman. . TWILIGHT ZONE (Gold Key) #83 & 84 are 52 page Giants, with Lower Print Run & in high demand. All the 52 page Giants in Late 1970's Gold Key, had LOW print runs & are getting a lot Scarcer as more buyers try to complete their sets. Twilight Zone #84 is the 1st FRANK MILLER pro work in Comics & is ready to explode in price, (currently brings 300% Guide), with #85 being very overlooked as the 2nd Pro Frank Miller art.

The KEY Titles from Gold Key in the 1960's, were very strong this year, especially in strict FN or better; Boris Karloff, Dark Shadows, Dr Solar, Magnus Robot Fighter, Mars Patrol, Mighty Samson, Phantom, Ripley's Believe it or Not, Scooby Doo, Space Family Robinson, Tarzan, Turok & Twilight Zone. These at cheap, when compared to similar vintage Marvel & DC counterparts. Very few CGC 9.2 or better issues of these titles ever hit the market. Most well know, long running established characters seemed "safe" to buyers & enjoyed increased demand.

Whitman Variant Editions are possible for ALL Gold Key Comics & Digests published from 11/1971 thru 3/1980, but only exist on about 50% of all titles, with many of these variants being quite rare. These are 1968 Canadian Newstand Variant cover price issues that are still selling to Completionists & Variant collectors, at small premiums.

Other Top selling Titles at 120-135% Guide, included; Addams Family, Amazing Chan, Avengers(TV), Banana Splits, Battle of the Planets, Beetle Bailey #39-53, Beneath Planet of Apes, Bugs Bunny 86-120, Bullwinkle, Dagar, Doc Savage, Fat Albert, Flash Gordon, Fun-In, Funky Phantom, Gomer Pyle, Green Hornet, Happy Days, Inspector, Jetsons, Korak, Kroft Supershow, Lancelot Link, Land of Giants, Little Monsters, Lone Ranger, Looney Tunes, Magnus, Mighty Mouse 156-172 (esp. Mighty Heroes issues), Munsters, Nancy & Sluggo (for the Peanuts strip), Peanuts, Phantom, Pink Panther, Popeye 66-80, Space Ghost, Star Trek 1-9, Super TV Heroes, Three Stooges, UFO Flying Saucers, Underdog, Wacky Races, Wacky Witch, Wild Wild West & Zody the Mod Rob.

HARVEY;

We had difficulty in re-stocking many titles, especially the Hot Titles & Key issues. But we still managed to get a few small collections & enjoyed great sales of Harvey comics again this year. Much of our stock is getting more depleted from all years, yet we still have one of the biggest selections around anywhere.

Selection is what makes them sell. I noted that High grade pre-1960 Key issues where in very short supply & those that did appear got CGC graded and auctioned

at High multiples, even on some under 9.0. By far the most requested included; Devil Kids, Harvey Hits Key issues, Hot Stuff 1-100, Richie Rich Poor Little Rich Boy 1-50, Wendy, most pre-1975 #1-10, Key issues & Giants; Others in Big Demand included; Baby Huey, Harvey Hits, Little Dot, Playful Little Audrey, Richie Rich Millions & Success, 1970's Richie Rich titles, Sad Sack (all), Spooky, & Stumbo. The Low print run Comics & Digests of the 1988-1993 era, plus the Alfred Harvey Titles, circa 1990, are all consistent sellers, at 150% guide, with only the issue #'1 being relatively common. Less requested, but still good sellers include; Blondie, Bunny, Casper, Dagwood, Dick Tracy. Felix the Cat, Hanna-Barbera Titles, Joe Palooka, Li'l Abner, Little Max, Mutt & Jeff, Scooby Doo. & were slower. This year we had many requests for VF or beter copies, from many who wish to avoid the high CGC multiples, but were only able to find a few. Most of what we sold for buyers filling gaps in sets, who would take any grade available, with middle Grades the most popular. We cleared out a lot of our lowest grade reading copies. NOTE; the Standard size Harvey's should be 36 pages including covers, but many many copies on the market are missing the AD page centerfolds. >>> The 1970's Harvey #1's are a bit more findable & most of the sets that began in the 1970's can be completed, with some legwork, thus this is attracting some new buyers. We have managed to find & sell some nice VF range issues from these titles. >>> The most popular of these 1970's titles are; CASPER (& GHOSTLY TRIO #1-10; IN SPACE; SPACE SHIP; & SPOOKY; STRANGE GHOST STORIES & WENDY), HARVEY COLLECTORS COMICS #1-16, HOT STUFF CREEPY CAVES #1-7, JACKIE JOKERS, RICHIE RICH (& CASPER; & GLORIA; RR BANK BOOK; RR CASH; RR DIAMONDS; RR FORTUNES; RR GEMS; RR INVENTIONS; RR MONEY WORLD; RR PROFITS #1-47; RR VAULT OF MYSTERY; RR ZILLIONZ); SAD SACK (NAVY GODS 'N' GALS, with SARGE & SADIE, U.S.A), SPOOKY HAUNTED HOUSE, SUPER RICHIE #1-18;

And Finally, some of the near forgotten Harvey related titles have showed some signs of life, including; DOTTY DRIPPLE, FLAT-TOP, HORACE AND DOTTY DRIPPLE, MAZIE , MORTIE, NUTTY COMICS, RAGS RABBIT, & STEVIE, plus the assorted 1950's War & Romance titles too.

IW & SUPER Reprints;

IW & Super reprints are undervalued, as they are 40-50 Years old & still have issues listed under $20 in guide in high grade & most under $10 in middle grades.

We sell quite a few of these & my minimum price is now set at (G$4; VG$7; FN$10; VF$18); There are quite a number of completionists. About 20% of the 250-300 different issues are scarce to rare, & if identified can easliy vring 200% guide. They published without comics codes & many contain Pre-Code Reprints.

Some of the better selling titles included; Avenger, Black Knight, Blazing Six-Guns, Brain (hot, for the DeCarlo-a), Daring Adv, Dogface Dooley, Dream of Love, Dr Fu Manchu, Fantastic Adv, Firehair(GGA), Foxhole, Jungle Adv, Malu, Master Detective, Meet Merton, Red Mask, Sheena, Strange Planets, US Paratroops, Westerner.

MARVEL;

This is the first year, in which high grade marvel mags outsold low grade. There are still many readers buying them up, but investors are now getting in on a good thing. We had some top grade 9.0-9.6 copies from the Manitoba Collection, with Marvel Comics, Treasuries & Magazines in VF/NM thru NM, selling briskly at 125-200% Guide or more. Tales of the Zombie #1 had only one copy in CGC 9.2 or better, at time of writing. (Vampire Tales #1 & Dracula Lives had only 2 each in CGC 9.2 or better); Rampaging Hulk #1 (10 in CGC 9.2 or better); Spectacular Spider-Man mag #2 (108 copies in CGC 9.2 or better); But Savage Sword of Conan #1 registered 50 copies in 9.2 or better, with CGC 9.6 copies selling at $500+ and 9.8 copies at $1000+; All CGC 9.2 up copies brought good premiums. The horror titles remain quite undervalued in guide, especially in higher 9.0 or better grades. **** The most of the Marvel Magazines are selling well, in the 120-150% Guide range, especially; Bizarre Adv #25-28, 31, Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #1,14,17,28, Doc Savage mag #1 & 8, Dracula Lives #1-13 & Annual, Epic 31-34, Foom 1-11, 22, Haunt of Horror (mag #1-5, digest 1,2), Hulk 10-18, Marvel Preview #3,7,8,12, Marvel Treasury #1-20, Monsters Unleashed 1-11, Planet of the Apes (Mag) #1,21-29, Rampaging Hulk 1-9, Tales of the Zombie 1-10 & Annual, Unknown Worlds of SF 1-6 & Annual, Vampire Tales 1-11 & Annual; Pussycat #1 remains very Scarce & sells instantly at 150%+ Guide. Savage Tales #1 is in high demand, especially in VF or better. Gothic Tales of Love #1-3 (yes, there is a #3) are by far the Scarcest Marvel's with Raw overgraded VF copies always selling at $200+ on eBay. (CGC 9.4 copies would easily sell over $1000 each); The Marvel ADULT Cartoon mags & Digests (Cartoons & Gags, Cartoon Capers/Laughs/Parade, etc) sell fast, especially with the Pussycat strip, or Bill Ward art. It is not common knowlege, but Magazine Management (MARVEL) & it's many pseudonym's produced 100's of Men's Adventure Adult Mags like; Action for Men, For Men Only, Ken for Men, Male, Men, Stag, True Action, etc; Most have nice to superb Painted Covers, plus many illustrations & photo's inside. Many of these mags have interior art by comic artists. Many have great exploitive painted covers with Nazi's, Torture, Whipping, GGA, etc. Early James Bama art appears in circa 1960 issues. Later issues turned to Skin mags, with more photo's & less illustartions.

For the most of the year, all Conan & Robert E. Howard comics have had much increased demand, probably due to the new Dark Horse series. In biggest demand are; Conan the Barbarian #25-100, 250-275, Conan Graphic Novels (all), Creatuees on Loose #10, Kull #1-5, Kull & the Barbarians 1-3, Monsters on Prowl #16, Savage Sword of Conan #1-50,200-235, Conan Saga #80-97, Conan the King #50-55, Marvel Comics Super Special #2, 9, Marvel Feature & the Red Sonja titles, Savage Tales 1-5, & the 1994-1998 Conan revival titles. Savage Sword #200-235 all had small print runs, especially #231-235 (which are near impossible to keep in stock at 200-300% Guide); Many collects quit at #100, many more quit at #200, with few staying until #235. Savage Sword #235's in VF/NM bring $30+ each, and CGCG 9.4's at worth over $100; Although there are the High Grade investors, they are not the main buyers. Those who seek them out, are mainly those fans trying to complete their sets. There are a few High Grade collectors beginning to look for the REH titles, before the prices start to rise. Many fans never got to the earlier issues, just as many quit & never finished their sets, most did not wander into the related REH titles.

*** We had many high grade copies from 1975-1983, from the Manitoba collection. There was growwing demand & we sold a lot of LATE BRONZE (1981-1985 Pre-Secret Wars Era) & beyond in STRICT grade 9.0 to 9.6 copies, at 120-200% & more of guide, including; Amazing Spider-Man #190-252, Avengers #180-230, Capt America #230-282, Conan the Barbarian, Daredevil #182-233, Defenders #91-152, Fantastic Four #181-232, Incredible Hulk #201-300, Iron Man #118-200, Man-Thing (2nd series; 1979-1981) #1-11, Red Sonja, Spectacular Spider-Man #50-90, Thor #300-350, Uncanny X-Men #143-200, etc; The 1981-1985 (now 20-25 years old) era comics, list on average at 25-35% of 1975-1977 era comics, thus are quite a bargain. They are much tougher in strict 9.0 & Better than one would think.

The MARVEL VALUE STAMP BOOKS (1974; 1st Series) & later 2nd series, have caused 10's of 1000's of Bronze comics to be incomplete, as fans nationwide clipped the stamps out of the actual comics, to complete the 100 stamp collections. Most completed books were sent in, for apparently lame prizes. Completed books, evne in lower grades, ususlly sell for $75 & up. This includes the notorious Stamp #54 Shanna the She-Devil, which is SCARCE, because you could ONLY cut it out of HULK #181. Most completed copies are badly warped, with heavy WAVES thru the book, due to owners using too much glue. But even low grade copies are in high demand, as many particpated in the original stamp hunt & completed books are now scarce.

The MOST requested comics & those that came bring high premium's for high grade copies include; Amazing Adventures #11, Amazing Spider-Man #121,122,129, Daredevil #131,158, 168, Defenders #1,10, Fear, Ghost Rider #1-10, Hero For Hire #1-5, Incredible Hulk #122,126,140,141, 161,162,180, 181, Iron Man #47-55, Marvel Spotlight #2,5-11, Marvel Teamup 1-4, Sub-Mariner #34, 35, Tomb of Dracula #1-10, Werewolf by Night #1-10, 32; These are Red Hot & even on eBay, with even any unslabbed copies bringing over guide & with CGC copies regularily bringing high multiples.

. The Marvel Horror Mags were Hot (see above). All the color comics in G-FN copies selling excellent as per usual, but there was also sharp rise up in demand for any & all in VF or better, especially in 9.0 or better. All issues, of all these Horror titles showed unusually strong demand; Beware, Chamber of Chills, Dead of Night, Frankenstein, all Horror Giant Size titles, Journey into Mystery (1972), Man-Thing, Marvel Chillers 3-7, Monsters on Prowl, Supernatural Thrillers, Tomb of Dracula (comic & mag), Uncanny Tales, Vault of Evil, War is Hell 9-15, Werewolf by Night, Where Creatures Roam & Where Monsters Dwell.

Oddball Titles are still top sellers, but are too difficult to find in high grades, thus investors steer clear. Most copies are found & sell in G-FN, with not a lot of requests for high grade copies. These brought 120%-135% Guide; Cartoon, Digests, Fanzines, Giveaway/Promo items, Magazines, Memorabilia, Paperbacks, Reprint titles, Romance, Teenage, Treasuries, TV/Movie, War, Western, etc; The Mass Market paperbacks saw increased demand, with the 1966/67 Era Lancers being scarce in FN or better, and the 1977 Era Color Paperbacks thru the Mid-1980's B&W papeprbacks, all scarce in VF+ or better. With all the up & coming Marvel Comic related movies,

it may be too much of a good thing & prices may not jump as anticipted, every time a new movie hits the theatres . Low Grade Reading copies were again in big demand, for both readers & those on modest budgets, who just love comics. [Gotta love those Fans that like the comic itself, more than condition]; Due to Small Print Runs, many Marvel's from 1996-2000 sell well, with many titles from the 2000-2004 being Hot. Due to very few dealers stocking up on anything in the last few years, many issues are sold out by most sellers, with many issues selling at 200-400% and more of Cover Prices. Many of these modern comics have less existing copies, than still existing copies of most Bronze Age era Marvels.

All Super-Hero titles were in large demand, as everyone wanted to complete everything from 1961-1985, in all grades, but especially for STRICT 9.0 & higher graded copies. The 1961-1964 Era Marvel's are again hard to restock & selling fast. (Likely in part to all the Hollywood movies); >>> ALL this issues were in Heavy Demand, & bringing 110%-135% Guide; Amazing Adv #1-17, Amazing Spider-man 1-30,39,40,50 91-200, Astonishing Tales 1-10, Avengers 1-11, 50-200, Capt America #109-113,117,121-200, Capt Marvel #1,14,21,25-35, Daredevil #1-7, 16-18,43,50-181, Defenders 1-20, Dr Strange #1-5, 14, 58-62, 81, Fantastic Four #1-30,51-60, 100-200, Fireside books, most Giant Size titles, G.I.Joe 1-27, 93-120, 141-155, Gunslinger 1-3, Hero For Hire, Human Torch (1974/75), Incredible Hulk 1-6, 111-250, Invaders 1-20,31-33, Iron Fist, Iron Man #1,31-100, Journey into Mystery 83-112, Jungle Action 1-10, Kid Colt #91-156, Marvel Feature (1st series) #1-12, Marvel Fun & Games, Marvel Premiere 3-28, M.Tales 1-10, M.Superheroes 12-20, Marvel Teamup #1-50 M, Two-in-One #1-30, Ann.2, Masters of the Universe, Master of Kung Fu 15-50, Mighty Marvel Western 1-15, all Millie the Model, Ms Marvel #1,4,16-18, My Love, Nick Fury 1-15, Night Nurse, Not Brand Echh, Night Rider 1, Nova 1,12, Our Love Story, Powerman 17-20, 48-50,57,66,78, Punisher (1986 Mini), Rawhide Kid #1-50, Red Wolf, Savage She-Hulk #1,6,8,25, Scooby Doo, Shanna, Silver Surfer 14, Spectacular Spider-Man #26-28,64,81-83, Spider-Woman #6,19,32,50, Spidy Super Stories 1-20, Strange Tales #101-135, 150-167 & Annuals, Sub-Mariner 1,8,21-50, Tales of Suspense #39-60, Tales To Astonish #40-60, Thor #150-230,332,333,337, Transformers #61-80, Western Gunfighters, Western Team-Up #1, What If (1st series) 1-31, Wyatt Earp 30-34, X-Men #1-15,50-66, 94-121 & GS#1;

National Lampoon;

We sold a lot of National Lampoon this year, with about 75% in G-FN, but with now some growing demand for FN/VF to NM range copies. The regular Pre-1980 copies issues are roundbound, & have glossy stock covers, thus tend to cause spine to split & fray easily, with many coming detatched at the staples. Thus examples in better than VF are getting tough to find. This is one of the most important titles in comics histry, yet remains unlisted in the guide, thus overlooked by most collectors.

All were published with NO Comics-Code. Artists nclude; Adams, Bode, Frazetta, J.Jones, Kaluta, Morrow, Orlando, Rodrigues, Romita, A.Roth, Springer, Barry Windsor-Smith, G.Wilson, Wrightson, & More. Many nostalgic fans recall certain hilarious parodies, gags & stories & want to get those issues back. They are loaded with great color comic strip parodies on many subjects. #1-10 bring $40 & up, with #11-30 in the $10-$30 range, and #31-100 & up at $4-$12 range. The 1986-1993 issues had low print runs & are difficult to restock, thus our minimu, praices are now (VF$9; FN$6; VG$4);

The 1964 High School Yearbook Parody has been reprinted, thus slow demand on the originals. But collectors still want 1st printings. Many people are now collecting all the Squarebound Special's. Most were well read & typically show up in FA, G and VG, wiith FN copies being uncommon & VF or better being scarce. The stiff cardboard covers on the specials show creases easlily, especially if read from cover-to-cover even once. Our Minimum Price on the spcials is now (G$5; VG$9; FN$14; VF$20);

ROMANCE comics; Collectors like these as they are scarcer than most other genre's, especially in higher grades. They are filled with unintentional funny stories. Many have great artwork, & suprise suprise, they are filled with GIRLS, which appeals to a lot of guys. The Pre-1960 assorted publisher issues are in low supply on the market, whcih means they have been selling. The better sellers at 115-135% guide are titles by; Atlas, Avon, Fox, Prize, St John's, Superior, & Ziff-Davis. The Matt Baker, Kirby. Photo-Cover, Minor-Key's, GGA & exploitive issues are in highest demand.

We got in some nice collections of both DC & Marvel 1950's thru 1970's Love comics, most in G-FN. We sold a lot of all titles. There are a lot of collectors, that search all the major dealers, trying to fill in holes in their collections. There are a suprising number of completionists for the DC & Marvel titles. Only a few have attempted to collect these in high grades, as it is rather futile. High grade collectors mostly want just the key issues. Gothic Tales of Love #1-3 & Gothic Romances were impossible to find, often bringing 200-500% guide at eBay auction, on the rare occasions when they appeared. (These would be still undervalued at double current guide levels). Skywald's Tender Love & Warren's Teen Love Stories (1969/70) sold well to Completionists of those publishers. We sold a lot of Charlton love as well, with G-FN the most popular grades, & with resistance to VF or better copies.

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TREASURY Editions;

Treasury Edition Oversized Comics sold better than usual this year. We actually sold out most of our lowest graded copies under VG, as they are too cheap in guide in those grades. This year we finally turned up some high grade 9.0 to 9.6 copies from the Manitoba collection, & this sold swiftly at 120-200%+ guide.

These are normally quite scarce in better than strict VF.

. >>> The Hottest issues, bringing 115%-135% Guide are; All-New Collectors edition C#53-56,58, Annie(scarce), Captain Amercia's BiCentennial Battles, Christmas with Archie(rare), DC Special Series #27, Famous First Edition F-4 to F-8, Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera 1-3, GI Joe(scarce), Golden Picture Storybook 1-4 (rare), Jungle Book, King Kong, Limited Collectors Edition C#21,23-25,32-34,37-39,41-52, Marvel Special Edition (Spectacular Spider-Man) #1 (1975), Marvel Treasury 1-28, Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man #1 & Walt Disney Paint Book series.

In addition, we sold several of the scarce unlisted Modern Promotions 1972 B&W issues with Newspaper Strip-r (Beetle Baily, Flash Gorden, Katzenjammer Kids, Mandrake the Magician, etc), at (G$9; VG$15; FN$22);

TOWER comics;

This year we saw increased demand for most titles. All grades sold well, but we got more requests than usual for FN or better copies. Dynamo, Fight the Enemy, Noman, Thunder Agents, & Undersea Agents are loaded with great art by Wood, Ditko, Crandall & others, & these great titles are due for a price increase. We had one high grade run of Thunder Agents, & most sold swiftly at about 120% guide. The Tippy Teen titles still sell well, but more to readers, who prefer low grade cheaper copies.

Valiant / Acclaim;

The Scarcer Valiant titles are still gaining momentum, especially the hard to find premium editions. The low print regular editions from 1991-1992 are geting scarcer in strict VF/NM or better; Many of the later & last issues, & they already regularly sell well over guide. Most variants we were not able to stock, but had multiple customer requests. I tried to win some, usually without success & followed many eBay prices. (Prices for VF/NM or better). The Key issue's to grab while you still can include; Most VALIANT Gold editions at $20 to $35+ each (CGC copies much higher), Most Valiant Signature Series issues at $50 to $75+ each (CGC copies much higher); Bloodshot #50,51($10+); Chaos Effect Alpha (RED cover $200+), Harbinger #0(pink sendaway $70), #1($40+), #2-10($6-$15 each), #41($10+); Hard Corps #30($7); Magnus #0(with Card $50+), #1($12) #2-10($6-10), 12($25), 64($12); Ninjak #26($7); Predator vs Magnus #1(Platinum $12); Rai #0($12), 1-2($12ea), 3-4($24ea), 5($10), 33($10); Dr Mirage #18($6); Shadowman #1($10), 43($12); Solar #1-9($8-12 ea); #10($20+), 58-59($7 ea), 60($14); Solar Alpha & Omega # 0(HC $60);

Turok #47($15); Unity #0(Red variant $90); Unity Trade Paperback (Diamond Distributors $120); Valiant Voice #11-19 ($10-$20 each & up); X-O Manowar #68($15); CGC copies can often bring much higher multiples, if you can find them. We have a hard time keeping the regular issues in stock, much less the premium issues. Plus many of the Acclaim revival issues had even smaller print runs of 5000 or less & should also be watched;

Variants & Premium Editions; The Marvel's 30 & 35 cent Variants showed Strong demand all. I had a hard time stock anything of note. The guide prices are perhaps more off on these than almost anything. Spider-Man is still the most requested. The Western, War, Horror & Reprint title issues turn out to be some of the scarcest, with Mid Grade Unslabbed copies sometimes selling at over $200 on eBay. The Marvel 30 cents price variants, brought 300%-1000%+ regular issue prices in grade. Our minimum Price on these 30 cent Variants; G$10; VG$15; FN$22; VF$35; NM$50; (Minimum for 35 cent variants begins at double these prices);

. Canadian Variants with higher cover prices, were again Popular, but often mistaken by American's as Rare variants. (see our Canadian comics section in this report). Newer Variants like Gold, Platinum, Signed & Numbered, Cover Variants, etc, are normally fast sellers when new & become slow later. The exception seems to be long proven characters like Vampirella. The Valiant premium edition are now hot, see above. As some of these premium editions get older, if the character remains popular, can begin to rise again in price. It will be interesting to see what they sell for in 10-20 years.

Early Direct Distribution copies were mistaken for Whitman editions all year (see Whitman below).

Warren, Skywald, Eerie/Stanley & other Horror Comic Mags; Horror mags were top sellers again this year. We had some top grade 9.0-9.6 copies from the Manitoba Collection, with Skywald & Warren in VF/NM thru NM, selling briskly at 125-200% Guide or more. We also have solid demand for low graded Reader copies too, selling several large 100-300 copy lots to eager buyers. The mags from Eerie the Publisher, Modern Day & Stanley still sold better to Readers, but garnered a few higher grade collectors recently too, especially Pre-1971 & the Low Print 1979-1982 issues. Creepy & Eerie have less than 5 CGC graded copies for most issues above #10 & not a lot for those under #10, there goes the theory that they are common in high grades. Most Higher Grade Warren & Skywald mags only grade in the VF and VF+ ranges, with a big shortage of Strict VF/NM or better copies. Nightmare, Psycho & Scream exist in much smaller quantities than Warren's, while demand grows stronger each year. Thus Skywald's should (on average) & often do bring 150-200% the price of the average Warren. We sold almost every VF or better Skywald i could get my hands on & also sold out on many issues in ANY grade. ** Eerie #17 & Blazing Combat #1 easily brings 200% of Guide in any grade. Eerie #17 had a bad interior cutting factory flaw, thus the highest CGC graded copy to date is a FN 6.0. If a CGC 9.4 Eerie #17 ever surfaces, it will bring in the $2000-$4000 range. We sold a good number of DRACULA (Magazine, New English Library Pub.; 1971; Full Color; Estaban Maroto art) #1-12, at $5-$1 each in VG to VF+, as part of this run was reprinted to make the DRACULA Trade Paperback for Warren. HELP (Warren's classic HARVEY KURTZMAN Humor magazine) badly needs to be listed in the guide, as one of the most important comics related humor mags in history. CGC is grading Famous Monsters, with the current highest grade at 9.0. If one ever surfaces in 9.4, it would likely break the $10,000 barrier. MOST requested issues bringing 120-150% Guide or more; Blazing Combat #1,2, & Anthology, Comix International #1, CREEPY #9,10,14,17-19,29,32,50,71,76,78,113,132-146, Eerie #5, 8, 17,18, 23-25,28,38-40,45,60,81,94,95,98,108,125,128, 130-139, EDGAR ALLAN POE's Fall of the House of Usher HC, Famous Monsters #1-32, & Paperbacks, Ghoul Tales, Nightmare 1-10, 20-23, Odd World of Richard Corben, Psycho #1-10, 20-24, Scream 1-3, 8-11, Shock, Spacemen(Warren), Spirit Special, Teen Love Stories 1-3, Terrors of Dracula, VAMPIRELLA #1-8,12,16,19,33,36,41,45,46,48,52,61,63,64,77,78,100-113, Annual #1, Special #1, UK mags 1-4, Paperbacks (UK & USA) 1-6, Web of Horror #1-3, Weird Vampire Tales, Wildest Westerns/Favorite Westerns of Filmland 1-6; WEBSITE vs eBay; We did not sell much on eBay, because prices were low on many unslabbed comics. But with large scans & being a known dealer, we did do some decent sales, when we liquidated some Silver Age collections for clients. I did not buy much off eBay this year, due to grading problems. I instead paid more, but saved time & received properly graded comics, by restocking from reliable well known dealers. We ran into problems restocking many non Marvel & Non DC items, especially Charlton, Harvey, Archie & 1966-1980 era Horror comics, as most dealers were sold out of the issues we required.

Our Website [ www.dougcomicworld.com ] contains about 100 Catagories (Many NON comic related) too choose from, with 10 to 150 pages of items listed in each Catagory. [And we have only listed 70% our inventory]; If printed out, these listings would be about 5000 Printed Pages. MANY of these catagories have the Biggest slection on the entire internet. Many buyers do not like our website, as they expect to see a shopping basket, with everything graded & priced. They do not comprehend that we do NOT have a small 100,000 item inventory. We have perhaps 3 Million items in stock, thus properly grading & pricing everything would take 10 or more years. By the time 25% were done, the first 10% would be obsolete. It has taken us 4 Years to lit the items currently listed on our website. We add 1000's of items each month to the lists. We make 1000's of updates each month for items sold. All this on top of answering emails, phone calls & letters. Then pulling, grading, pricing, processing, wrapping & shipping 100's of oders per month. All this is well well under control by our current methods. Many buyers now PREFER not to have to order single items one at a time in those annoying shopping baskets. A quick email or phone call with most wanted lists, is all that we need to go into action. The result; Buyers often make orders for 50, 100, 300 & even 1000 items in a single order. I strongly feel that having most of my items catalogued for what is actually in stock, is far better than having 10% of the items graded & priced in shopping baskets. We are extremely busy with returning customers, plus many new buyers that find those few things they need thru search engines, with our 3rd greatest customer source being referals from happy buyers & even from other dealers. Some buyers expect us to compete with the lowest eBay prices, which we cannot do. Most of our buyers actually place a value on their time & appeciated the efforts we go to to maintain our inventory levels, with so many hard to find items. Most uncommon items under $10 are simply not worth the time, effort, expenses, aggrivation & shipping charges, to be worth bargain hunting. We excel at filling in gaps in collections, at reasonable costs. Our custmers preferred to buy many well graded items, all at once from one seller, at reasoanble market value prices, over buying single items via auctions.

WAR & WESTERN Comics (Misc Pre-1960);

There are many fans of both these genre's. Rather than collecting certain character's, these fans collect by Genre. When they grow weary or jaded by Marvel, DC,

Dell, Charlton, Fawcett & the other major publishers, they look for something different. The Fawcett westerns are rather high priced, thus some major resistance in grades above FN, but G & VG copies are affordable & selling well. There are a lot less WAR comics, than Western, in the pre-1960 era, thus almost anything tends to sell well, if in the $5-$35 price range. The EC War comics are beginning to sell again & remain some of the best comics ever, War comics from Ace, Farrell, Standard & Toby, tend to sell faster than those by the more "collectible" publishers like Avon & Ziff-Davis, mainly because they are cheaper. The Pre-Charlton St.John's are in double the demand, as Charlton collectors extend their sets back to the early issues. G.I. Joe & Joe Yank are extremely popular, especially those issues with Dan DeCarlo art. We got in & sold a good number of WINGS comics from Fiction House, they have exceptional art & good stories.

In the oddball Western Comics; the Good Artist, Photo cover & known character issues sell first. The better selling publishers included; Hillman, ME, St John's, & Toby. There was resistance to issues in better than FN, & those priced over $50. Bestselling titles were; Billy the Kid, Black Diamond Western, Bobby Benson, Bulls-Eye, Dead-Eye Western, Indians, Jesse James, John Wayne, Masked Ranger, Prize, Red Mask, Straight Arrow, & Tom Holt.

WHITMAN comics;

The Pre-Pack Only Whitman comics of the August thru December 1980 era are still hot. After years of looking & thru many collectors, we have determined that Porky Pig #99 was never printed & needs to be removed from the guide. At least 10 copies each exist of all the other 8-12/1980 Whitman's; This leaves Super Goof #61 as the rarest Whitman; eBay & other sales (NOT our sales) include; Battle of the Planets #7(CGC FN 6.0 $90); Daffy Duck #131(CGC 6.5 = $150); Daisy & Donald #47(CGG 9.0 122.50); Little Lulu #260(CGC 9.2=$1535.00; CGC 3.0=$690; CGC 9.8 = $1827); Super Goof #61(RARE; VG $399.04), Uncle Scrooge 179(CGG 9.2 $800); Winnie the Pooh #22(CGC 6.0=$400; CGC 7.5 = $500); WDC&S #480 (CGC 9.2 $400); Like it or not, the 8-12/1980 Whitman's have proven for over 3 years on eBay, to be among the rarest comics on the last 50 years, & continue to bring record prices, often for unslabbed copies. Super Goof #61 & Winnie the Pooh #22 are currently bring $400 range prices for mid-grade copies, between a small number of buyers/sellers. (These, along with Daisy #47, Mickey 208 & BOP #7, should all list at perhaps $120 each range in the guide. But are unlikely to reach $400 in the guide in the next decade); Once the rarity of 8-12/1980 Whitman's becomes more common knowledge & guide price continue to rise (they should list at $50 minimum for the more available issues & up to $100 for the Scarcer issues),

i expect more copies will surface & prices will settle into more realistic levels. Lulu 260, Scrooge 179 remain the big two & should list in the $700+ range, as those prices are now proven. Donald Duck #222 has cooled, but still needs to rise to $300+ in guide. WDC&S #480 should also list about 50% Higher.

(Rarity List provided by top whitman collector, Andrew Rathbun); The rarest 8-12/1980 Pre-Pack only whitman list (Ranging from rarest to lesser Scarcity issues; 10-50 copies of each issue currently known to exist); (1) Super Goof 61, (2) Little Lulu 260, (3) Tom and Jerry #332, (4) Looney Tunes 34, (5) Daffy Duck #130, (6) Winnie the Pooh #22, (7) Looney Tunes #35, (8) Popeye #158, (9 & 10) Woody Woodpecker #190, 191, (11) Yosemite Sam #70, (12) Chip and Dale #69, (13) Beep Beep Road Runner #93, (14 & 15) Pink Panther 76, 77, (16) Tweety and Sylvester 107, (17) Beep Beep Road Runner #92, (18) Daisy and Donald #47, (19) Mickey Mouse #208, (20) Walt Disneys Comics and Stories #480, (21) Battle of the Planets #7, (22) Donald Duck #222, (23) Uncle Scrooge #179; >>> The Rarest 1983-1984 No-Dates, No Date-Codes issues; (Ranging from rarest to lesser Scarcity issues; 50-200 copies of each issue currently known to exist); Tweety and Slyvester 118, Woody Woodpecker 199, 198, Tweety and Slyvester 117, Popeye 168, Tweety and Slyvester 119, Beep Beep Road Runner 103, 104, 102, Popeye 171, Winnie the Pooh 30, 31, 32, 29,33; These 1983-1984 issues should guide for a minimum of $25, with Top Titles (Disney Duck, Lulu, etc) & Rarest Titles closer to $50 each. Whitman Variant's of Gold Key's 11/1971 thru 2/1980 are possible & they sell to completionists for 150-300% of GK issue values. Collector Byron Glass, has followed these for years & has determined that about 50% of all the possible issues, do in fact exist as Whitman's, with many of the variant's being quite rare.

There are now about 170 Known DC WHITMAN Variants in 16 titles, all are scrace in VF or better, completionists & Variant collectors regularily pay in the $6-$15 range for VG-VF copies. The Treasury Variants (C-56 & C-61) are especially scarce & sell at 200-300% the regular edition prices.

This year we saw many sellers trying to pass off WHITMAN Variant's of Marvel comics. Some assume (incorrectly) that the early DIRECT variants with Black Diamond's & NO UPC codes, must be Whitman variants. Take Note; Distributor's were able to buy empty whitman plastic bags & they could fill them with random leftover comics & then heat seal them. This does NOT make them Whitman edition's, it makes them regular editions in whitman bags & they carry no premium value,

except when sold to uniformed buyers. True Whitman Variants MUST have the Whitman Logo printed on the comic itself.






MARKET REPORT for Overstreet Annual Comic Book Price Guide #34(due in Spring/2004), (c) by Douglas W. Sulipa; (UN-EDITED & Complete Original Version)


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ACG Comics;

All 10 cent cover price issues are in demand, especially Horror titles. The 1960's Superhero titles are in demand.

The most consistant best seller is still Herbie & his early appearances in Forbidden World's. This year all the Love,

& Humor titles sold well too. The 3-D Effect Titles sold as fast as we found them.

ALTERNATIVE Comics;

From nowhere, demand has skyrocketed for almost all Pre-1990 Alternate Comics thought to be Scarce, or undervalued.

By far the most undervalued is ALBEDO Anthropomorphics, with #2 (1st Usagi Yojimbo) in VG/FN Regularily bringing

$200+, and NM copies at the $1000+ range, for the last 1-2 years. The Various printings of #0 bring 300-500% of

Guide #33 prices, the Yellow 50 Copy Version would bring $1000+ in NM, if you could find one! Dark Red #1 Brings

$70-$120, and Bright Red Brings $20-$40 range. CEREBUS the Aardvark #1 (1st), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

#1(1st), & Gobbledygook #1,2 (1984) are in huge demand, with Guide #33 prices being below Wholesale. Unslabbed

VF copies bring $400-$600, and CGC NM's would be an easy $1000-$1500 each. Cerebus #2-30 are all hot, bringing

150-200% Guide #33 in any grade. TMNT #2-10 & many of the 80's One-Shot's are up in demand & undervalued.

The Ultra-Rare self-published B&W ELFLORD #1 6/1980 by Nightwynd Pub, with Barry Blair-s-c/a, are unfindable &

an easy sale at $200+ in VF. Fantasy Quarterly #1 is suddenly in big demand & we expect high grade copies to break the $100 level in near future. Grendel (1983/84 Comico series) are hard to come by & bring 150%+ Guide. The Scarcer Valiant

titles that once had high value, are back in demand & almost gone, with very few noticing. Still great reading

& again due for Price increases are; Magnus #0,1-12, Harbinger #0,1-10, Rai #1-10, Solar #1-10, etc.

*** Other Hot & under-valued titles to watch include; Caliber Presents #1, Cody Starbuck, Crow #1-3, Crusaders

#1(Southern Knights), Flaming Carrot #1-16, Galaxia, Gasm, Imagine, Justice Machine (Noble) #1-3 & Annual #1,

Love & Rockets #1-20, Macross #1(1984), Mage #1-7, Mangazine #1-4, Megaton, Nexus (Capital) #1-3, Ninja High

School (1986/87), Nucleus, Oktoberfest, Omen (Vigil), Orb, Phantacea, Primer (Comico), Quadrant, Rock Comics

(Adams-a), Star Reach, Tick, Uncensored Mouse, & Zen (1987), etc;

ARCHIE;

We got in several Archie collections & this has been our best year ever for selling back issues. The single most requested Archie title this year has consistantly been Archie's Girls Betty & Veronica right from 1950 thru 1987 & also the Current series. Issues #310-347are the Most requested, hard to find & due for a big increase. This is right in the low print run era, that spawned Cheryl Blossom. B&V #3-5 have Betty with a Ponytail and 4-6 have Art that looks like Dan DeCarlo, thus i think the guide listing might be incorrect. All 1940's/50's Archie Gang teen character title issues are very fast sellers & are NOT possible for dealers to restock on eBay, as Overgraded copies typically sell well over guide, in FN or Lower grades. We have had to restock the hard way, by buying from other dealers & paying high guide percentages. Katy Keene is again selling well. In fact, Many who have completed their Katy Keene sets, now want the backup stories in; B&V, Laugh, Wilbur, Archie & Pep. Everything with Dan DeCarlo art sells well, Archie or not. Most buyers of Pre-1980 issues prefer G to FN range copies. But we have have many recent requests for

1960's-1980's issues in VF or better, no easy task on most pre-1980 issues, as most were well read by the general public & not in the hands of collectors thru all these years. ARCHIE GIANT SERIES MAGAZINE #26 (6/64) and #32 (6/65) are Hot, as both are ALL PIN-UP Issue Betty & Veronica Spectaculars, with Classic Dan DeCarlo-c/a; Circa 1960 ARCHIE titles with the SF/Horror covers are HOT, & in short supply, as are all issue #1-10's and All Giants. 1984-2002 Comics all had low print runs & can be quite difficult runs to complete, if issues were missed. Digest issues of the 1984-2002 period are more plentiful & are highly collected, often by otherwise NON comic colletors, thus price is often more important than condition. All early appearances of Cheryl Blossom from 1982-1990 are in demand & many are undervalued. B&V #320 & Jughead #325 easily bring 200-300% Guide. Josie & Sabrina in Archie Giant mag are in demand. Red Circle & Archie Adventure series Superhero & Horror titles of the 1970's-80's in steady demand, with Archie Adventure series having Low print Runs & being scarcer. The 1960's Superhero appearances in

Laugh & Pep are in very high demand at 150% Guide, if you can find them at all.

ATLAS/Marvel;

Pre-Hero Horror/SF, especially if they had Kirby, or Prototypes, were the top sellers this year. Many grew up on the 1970's

Reprints of these & remember them fondly, now wanting to sample Originals. Millie the Model, Patsy, & Teen titles were in demand, especially with Paper Doll & Pinups. Love titles & Western titles sold well, due to still low prices. Crime, Sports, Spy

& Funny Animal titles, were slower. Parody titles sold as fast as we could find them & are full of nice characters & art. We had a hard time stocking & keeping the under-valued WAR titles in stock. Kid Colt, Rawhide Kid, Ringo Kid & Two-Gun Kid were the best sellers this year, as many fans stetched their Marvel runs back to the Atlas years & discovered some truely wonderful comics.

Compared to 1960's Marvel's, these are infinitely scarcer, especially in nice condition & a definite "must try" for fans.

ATLAS/Seaboard;

All titles sold well, as many still want to complete all product from this publisher. The biggest Obstacle is always the rare Gothic Romances #1 which sells instantly in the 200% Guide range. Blazing Battle #1, Savage Combat #1-3, Vicki #1, 2 & Western Action #1 are in lower supplies. DEVILINA, THRILLING ADVENTURE & WEIRD TALES OF THE MACABRE #2's all remain Scarcer

& bring 25-50% over guide. MOVIE MONSTERS #1 is around, but #2-4 are Scarce, bringing $20+ in VF.

BIG LITTLE BOOKS;

BLB's Have picked up in demand of late. I think, because they remain a relative bargain when compared to their

Comic counterparts. Supplies from all era's are depleted in most dealer stocks. Pre 1960 BLB's are quite scarce

in VF or better, & typically found in G or VG. Most are full of Original material, many of highly collectible characters,

usually never reprinted & not found anywhere else. Even most of the prized GA issues, quite rare in high grade,

are very undervalued & selling for less than a NM Silver Age Marvel comic. The Taller 1950's TV Western's sold well

for us this year, at $25-$50 each in Mid Grades. But i speicalize in the Post-1960 issues. The 1960's Whitman color

Hardcover issues are in high demand, (at $15-$25 each in VG-FN), due to the finite quantity of issues in the Numbered

series (36 different?); The most from 60's requested were; Aquaman, Batman, Fantastic Four, Frankenstein Jr, Lone

Ranger, Tarzan, Hanna-Barbera's Shazan & Space Ghost. Many were later reprinted in the 70's Whitman softcover editions,

which also contained much new material, including Grimm's Ghost, & Spider-Man. They sold well at $6-12 each for FN-VF

copies; The Marigold Press reprints of 1980 up, are scarcer than the 70's editions & had several scarce new material

issues. The Gold Star Library Hardcover Series of 1966-1970, contained Fairy Tales (many with Early Richard Scarry art),

Classics, & Walt Disney (Pinocchio, Peter Pan). The Gold Star remain scarce, & sold steady at $7-$15 each in G-VG.

The illustrated Classics Editions by Moby Books, #4501-4536 (1977/83) Sold well in VG-FN copies at $4-$9 each,

with the most requested being; Wizard of Oz, Sherlock Holmes (2 diff), War of the Worlds & Time Machine.

The Hanna-Barbera softcover titles published by Modern circa 1977, had low print runs & all are scarce, with VG

copies bringing $9-$12 range. The Young Reader's Christian Library & Zaanan series are highly collected by Christian comic

collectors at $5-$12 each. The Chronicle Books series from the 1990's has suprizingly disappeared swiftly,

with NM copies bringing $10-$15, Xena was Most requested, followed by; Legendary Journeys of Hercules, Star Wars

& Zorro. The wise buyer would look again at BLB's, as we do not anticipate the low price levels to remain much longer.

BRITISH-UK Items;
We now likely have the biggest selection of UK comic this side of the Big Pond. Marvel-UK comics are the most collected

in North America. The strange formats, B&W in mag & digest sizes, oblong, thick & thin, tend to fascinate buyers.

Many "hidden" Gems are there to be found, including; Original UK Comic Stories of Hulk & others, Alan Moore stories,

New Front & Back Cover & Pin-Up Art by UK artists, New art by USA Artists like Austin, Text stories, Games/Puzzles,

articles & more. Then there is; Action Force the UK Version of G.I. Joe, 300+ issues of Dr. Who, 666 issues of Spider-Man

weekly with loads of cool covers & contents, 122 issues of Planet of the Apes with with loads of cool covers & contents,

330+ issues of Transformers & 180+ Marvel Digests. These are loaded with the artists collectors love; Kirby, Starlin,

Byrne, Perez & more. Alan Class, Miller & other 1950's-1980's B&W squarebound giant reprints sell great, as they

are an inexpensive alternative to buying the 1950's & 60's USA Horror & SF titles they reprint, including; Atlas, Archie,

ACG, DC, Charlton, etc; Rosnock, Spencer, Strato, & Top Seller Pub. reprints of USA Western, TV, Cartoon, War, Love,

& Crime titles sold well, but were harder to find. The original material UK War comic digests like Commando, & War Picture Library, are in demand & still rising in value, as WAR Comics fans discover Superb stories & art not seen in USA, at still low

prices. Warrior, 2000 AD & other titles, with Alan Moore, Miracleman, Talbot, Bolland, were Hot. The UK Starblazer digest

was in good demand. The 1970's UK full color Vampirella mags #1-4, & UK paperbacks #1-6 with different painted covers, were in high demand at $20-$50 each in FN to VF. The original UK Classic Illustrated titles #143,146-150,156,157,159,161-163 sold

out at $75-$125+ each in FN-VF, with #158A (Dr No) impossible to find & worth about $400+ in VF. The UK Hardcover Annuals of

1950's thru 1990's, were Hot sellers in North American & supplies are dwindling in UK. They are packed with Great covers, Comics, Art, Text stories, photo's, puzzles & Games, much is new material not seen in USA. The most requested in the $15-$35 Price Range, included; A-Team, Avengers (TV), Avengers (Marvel), Batman, Battlestar Galactica, Bionic Woman, Charlie's Angels, Danger Man, Dr. Who, Hanna-Barbera titles, Hulk, Knight Rider, Lone Ranger, Madonna, Marvel Annuals, Planet of the Apes,

Roy Rogers, Scooby Doo, Six Million Dollar Man, Space 1999, Spider-Man, Superman, Tarzan, Thunderbirds, Transformers.

X-Men & Zoids. In the 1960's & 1970's there were UK Cover Priced VARIANTS of USA Marvel Comics. These were Printed at the same time as the Original USA edition, thus these are also Scarce VARIANT Original's & should NOT be considered reprints; These were certain NOT for all issues. Amazing Spider-Man #1 for example; Bottom inside front cover states "Sole Distributors in United Kingdom - Thorpe & Porter Ltd" & Printed in USA; UK publishers instead chose instead to print 90% of all UK Marvel's in Magazine sized B&W Comics, often with stories serialized in weekly issues & often with new UK cover art.

CANADIAN Comics;

Golden Age "Canadian Whites" saw perhaps their biggest demand & higest price increases ever this year.

The Pre-1947 Canadian Whites of Fawcett hero titles, including; Captain Marvel, Bulletman, Golden Arrow & others, with USA comics re-drawn be Canadian artists. All Original Material Canadian story & art titles, were in even greater Demand. "Canadian Whites" were typically found in Fair to VG & sold for $40-$100 each. FN copies were Scarce & sold for $75-$150 each, & finally VF copies are usually the best you can hope for, bringing $100-$250 each. Early numbers on all bringing 200-300% or more of above. The Most Valuable #1 issues which would bring $300-$1000 in VG-VF include; Active, Better, Bing Bang, Canadian Heroes, Capt Commando, Collosal, Commando, Dime, Freelance, Grand Slam, Joke, Lightning, Lucky, Nelvana, Red Rover,

Robin Hood, Rocket/Name-It, Slam-Bang, Space Nomad, Speed Savage, Spy Smasher, Super Funnies, Three Aces, Triumph,

Whiz, Wow, & Zor the Mighty. Nelvana of the Northern Lights & her appearances in Triumph & other comics are in Huge demand, with VG copies starting at $100 & up. Weird SuspenStories #1-3 (Superior; 1951; Color; Canadian Variant editions of EC's Crime SuspenStories #1-3; By Law, "Crime" was not allowed in Title of Canadian Comics; No copies known in FN or better; Very Rare; Less than 5 copies of each known) = These are selling in the $750-$1500 each price range for VG-FN copies, if you can find them.

The Rare Canadian Timely 132 page Annual's Marvel Mystery Variant with MM #41 contents sold for US$3000.00 in Fair & will be Pro Restored as i write this. The Canadian Editions that are vintage variants of US comics are bringing higher percentages of their USA equivalents. Canada has 10% of the Population of USA, thus Canadian Editions had 5-10% of the Print Runs & Survival Rates of their US counterparts. Variant Collectors have started to dabble in the more desirable titles. These GA Canadian Variant issues survive in quantites of 1-20 copies each. Publishers included are; Archie, Atlas, Avon, Classics, DC, Dell, EC, Fawcett, Fiction House, Lev Gleason, Quality, Timely, Toby, & others. USA Collector awareness of their scarcity, CGC graded copies & good prices at Major Auction houses, has made these rare items, yet more collectible. The Timely Canadian Variants were printed circa 1946 thru the 1950's Atlas issues, the Timely Superhero issues remain among the Scarcest & most valuable, with Titles like Captain America & Marvel Mystery near impossible to find. It is likely that a Canadian Run of 1946 up Timely would be impossible to assemble, at any price. Fuddle Duddle (B&W Comics Humor magazine) #4 & 5 features CAPTAIN CANADA = 1st app?; Canadian Cover Price Newstand edition variants are still in high demand, especially with Completionists & Variant collectors at 150%-300% USA copy prices. Especially Popular Variants are; Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil, Batman, JLA, Byrne-a &

Perez-a, etc; Known Canadian Cover Price Variants Era's include; ARCHIE Comics Digests (1/1984-12/1997), CHARLTON (2/1983-8/1984), DC(10/1982-9/1988), DELL(random 1960-1962), GOLD KEY(5-8/1968, and 4/72-4/73), MAD (some 1964 & 7/1978-7/1979), MARVEL (All Newstand Comics, Magazines & Digests 10/1982-8/1986), WARREN (3/1977-3/1983), WHITMAN (4/1980-1984); We bought & sold several collections of Canadian French Language comics out of Quebec, on Archie, DC & Marvel from the late 1960's thru 1990. These had very small print runs for newstand comics, as they were mainly distibuted only in one province. They had a bizarre mix of Contents & are cool variant items for fans of characters like; Archie, Avengers, Batman, Conan, Flash, Hulk, Spider-Man, Superman, X-Men etc. The many Rare large softcover Giants, containing Rebound French comics, with new outer covers are getting scarcer & sell rather fast. Finally there are a vast quantity Low Valued $3-$6 range of New material French language Comic Digests from the 1950's-1970's, with; Westerm, War, Adventure, Jungle & Love themes = all are Scarce & may be lost to history, if more collectors do not snap up the dwindling supplies, being lost daily to non-collectors. The 1970's Horror Digest issues sell best at $6-$15 each, as they have amazing Sex & Violence, Covers, stories & art = not seen in North American comics.


CARTOON & COMICS PAPERBACKS;

This remains one of the fastest growing area's on the internet, yet one of the most overlooked by comic collectors. The Mass Market Paperback format virtually ceased to exist for Cartoon & Comic paperbacks in the early 1990's. The format was very popular from 1950-1980, but slowed & died by 1990. Instead publishers went to the new & higher priced Trade Paperback, especially the oblong type (like the Garfield books), as the new format of choice. Most were sold to the general public & not collectors, most would be suprised to see how many of these are now scarce to ever rare. Peanuts paperbacks remain common & low valued, but the titles first issued in 1985-1990 era had low print runs & often retail between $8-$20 each; Already Scarce & getting Expensive in High Grades is the PEANUTS PARADE (1970's to late 1980's) Trade Paperback series #1-29 with VF Copies starting at $35 range for #1-10, and #11-20 at $40-$50 each, with #21-27 at $60 & up; The Rare #28, and #29 sell at well over $100 each in High Grade, if you can find them at all; Once one gets to ABOUT 50% of the Known Existing titles of a larger Series, the remaining titles get scarcer & Scarcer, to downright rare. *** These are Mass Market Paperback Series that many fans are now trying to complete (many with appox # of different titles known); Addams Family, Andy Capp (50+ Different titles), Archie, B.C. (33+ Titles), Beetle Bailey (70+ Different titles), BERENSTAINS (Pre-Bears; 20+), Blondie, Broomhilda (21+), Casper, Dennis the Menace (50+), DOONESBURY(35+), Family Circus (43+), Flash Gordon, Flintstones & Pebbles (19+), Hagar (47+), HEATHCLIFF(29+), HI AND LOIS(27+), MAD (220+), Marmaduke (14+), Peanuts, Pocket Classics (70 diff), Richie Rich, Tiger, Tumbleweeds (16+), Tiger, Vampirella (6 each USA & UK), Wizard of ID(24+), Ziggy(14+), & many more; Count the books in your collection to see how many you are missing! There is a general rule of thumb; Older issues had higher print runs, are common & often only sell for $3-$10 in the VG-FN range. Later & last issues in the various series, often have small print runs, are scarce & often bring $12-$25+ in FN or better; Playboy & other vintage Adult Cartoon paperbacks are very low in supply, highly collected & gaining value fast, with most in the $10-$20 each range for VG-FN copies. Noteable Scarcer Titles of value; Autumn People, BARNABY, CHRISTOPHER LEE'S TREASURY OF TERROR, Cracked, Creepy, Eggbert, Harvey Kurtzman titles, HIGH CAMP SUPERHEROES, Jimmy Hatlo, Luann, MODESTY BLAISE, Nellie the Nurse, Sick, Tales from Crypt, Thunder Agents, U.S. ACRES by Jim Davis; Hatlo's Inferno is Rare & brings $50+ in Higher Grades. All the Marvel & DC superhero titles are in high demand (1960's=$20-$50 each; 1975-1985= $8-$20 each) & are Scarce in VF or better.

CGC;
CGC graded comics are how all higher grade & valuable comics will be sold in our market for the forseeable future.

But Lower priced items, 1975-UP items & items with too many copies graded, have lost steam & many are dead sellers

& money losers for their sellers. On these items, we have found collectors still want them, but do not want to pay the $15+

premium for the slab, plus high per item shipping costs. I have found it more profitible to keep cheaper items in regular

inventory & sell unslabbed. We sold 100's of properly graded 1975-1984 comics, in 9.0 thru 9.6 unslabbed Comics from the "Manitoba" collection in the 150-300% Guide price ranges, to very happy buyers. [Over 50% of them under the $15 minimum

slab cost]; CGC buyers seem to want mainly Marvel & mostly the big mainstream titles. We experimented with Gold Key,

Charlton, Dell & DC War CGC comics with poor results. These buyers prefer them Unslabbed. But we did find many

buyers for all High Grade Harvey comics, with all preforming well. Superhero books is where most of the CGC big multiples

are acheived. We had a few good large batches of High Grade Marvel & DC 1965-1974 superhero comics & were able to sell over 50% of them off-line to ready Buyers at good multiples, we eventually sold the remaining issues on ebay, also at good multiples.

Buyers are still trying to find the highest graded copies, & they are getting harder to locate. We had a few buyers who are

trying to complete runs of Comics that Guide under $10 in 9.8 or better, but will not touch 9.6's. The CGC CENSUS has both helped & hurt sales, as what exists is now in front of you. Many collectors no longer understand how strict NM 9.4 is in the current market & constantly ask for unslabbled copies in NM, of items that regualrily bring 300-500% Guide, such as Marvel Spotlight #5.

It is now a process of explaining the strict grading & finding if they truely need "NM" copies, or if what they really want are reasonably price VF's. Many have lowered their expectations to the strictly graded & beautiful VF range copies. This has become one of our best years for selling unslabbed VF to VF/NM comics. CGC has just begun slabbing Magazines as i write this

& it is too early to judge results. It has caused a lot of demand for Marvel, Skywald & Warren mags in high grades. Once slabbed

copies become more common, these undervalued mags should be driven up in value by the CGC copies.

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CHARLTON;

All types of Charlton titles sold well, in all grades, as few other sellers have a decent selection. This time Horror titles were the most requested, with many many buyers trying to complete runs. We had many requests for higher grade issues, & this usually means VF copies from this publisher, as VF/NM & up copies are quite scarce due to distibution & printing problems. Also popular were War, Hanna-Barbera, Western & TV Cartoon, John Byrne art & Western titles. The Best sellers & still undervalued titles

include, which brought 20-35% over guide; Beetle Bailey, Bionic Woman, Bobby Sherman, Cheyenne Kid, Creepy Things, David Cassidy, Dudley Do-Right, E-Man, Go-Go, Great Gazoo, Gunfighters, Haunted, Haunted Love, Hot Rod comics, Kid Montana, Love comics, Many Ghosts of Dr Graves, Midnight Tales, Outlaws of the West, Partridge Family, Phantom, Scary Tales, Underdog, Wyatt Earp. Hot titles which brought 35-60% over guide; Blondie, Bugaloos, Hong Hong Phooey, Jungle Tales of Tarzan, Ponytail, Popeye, Ronald McDonald, Scooby Doo, Speed Buggy, Wheelie & Chopper Bunch. Charlton Bullseye, Emergency, Six Million Dollar Man, & Space 1999 are selling faster in both Comic & Magazine Formats. Buyers still need many of the low distribution 1984-86 era issues to finish runs.

CHRISTIAN & RELIGION;

Religious & Christian related comics are consistant good sellers. SPIRE is the most collected series with about 37 Regular comic titles & about 19 Archie related titles. Those titles with a single printing in the 1980's are scarce & command about double the earlier issues. The hottest spire is; Hansi, the Girl who Loved the Swastika, with Strict NM copies starting to break the $100.00 barrier! Sunday Pix of 1957-63 vintage by David C Cook were hot in the $5-10 each range. The 1949-1954 issues are very tough to find & sport good competition on ebay when they appear. Sunday Pix was preceded by; What to Do, Boys World & Girls Companion, from 12/1943-2/1949, they all carried the very popular “Tullus” feature, later to Continue in Sunday Pix; The “Tullus” feature is the most collected part of Sunday Pix, thus 1943-1945 era appearances are very desirable, but near impossible to find.

Dennis the Menace & the Bible Kids werein huge demand, with the regionally distributed only #7-10 remaining very scarce.

All the Marvel & DC Christian titles sold steady, with Francis & Pope Paul the best sellers. Now highly collected are the Jack Chick Tracks - (3"x5"; B&W; Oblong Mini comics). [Chick is best known in fandom, for his over-the-top Fire & Brimstone "Crusaders" comic series]; There are about 80 "common" Tracks still in print that sell for about $1.00 each, but earlier

Pre-1985 Printing bring $3-$10 each. There are many Pre-1985 Tracks that are Long Out-of-Print & are in big demand to completionists, commanding $20-$35 each. All issues of Topix sold extremely well this year & are hard to restock.

All these Religious Comics sold well at 135-200% Guide; Bible Tales, Bible Visualized, Catechetical Guild, Cosmics, Crusaders(#16,17 = rare), Dan Red Eagle, Logos Pub, Open Door, Oral Roberts, Picture Stories from the Bible, Tales from the Great Book, United Bible, Young Reader's Christian Library & Zaanan BLB's, etc; All Pre-1955 Treasure Chest are scarce & in low supply, with newer issues selling steady. We also bought & sold a nice batch of circa 1980 Amar Chitra Katha Comics (INDIA related, English Language, Religion, History, Mythology & Legend) in the $10 each range for VG-FN copies; We sold a many issues of Adventures of Mendy and the Golem (Jewish related Kosher comics) of the 1982-1985 era at $5-10 each. MARX, LENIN, MAO & CHRIST" #NN (1977; One Shot; Superb Redondo studio Art; Scarce) is a beautiful comic & sells as fast as we find them in the VF $25 each range.

CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED & Related;
Classics collectors seemed to want Line-Drawn Cover issues more than ever this year & they remain a bargain for comics of their vintage, with most still under $10 in low grades. Since the story adaptions & art are different in the Painted vs Line-Drawn cover versions, more & more buyers now want both versions. Low grade copies still sell best. We did see a notable increased demand for nicer FN or better copies. These issues are always in biggest demand; #8,14,20,21,33,40,43,44,53,66,71,73,74,84,110,

113-118,129,161-169 & bring premiums of 25-35% over guide. The 1st appearance of New Art, or 1st New cover issues, are a different type of Original & remain top sellers. Once collectors complete their main runs, they look to complete World Around Us & Classics Special Series, with #162A War Between The States in low supply & big demand. Once we listed them all on our website, we found many new homes for the various MISC Classics, including; Berkley/First, Big Little Books, Catechetical Guild, Famous Authors, Foreign, Golden Picture Classics, King Classics, Marvel Classics, Pendulum, Pocket Classics, Power Records, UK Marvel Classics Digests & all others. Classic Junior's sold about twice as fast as in previous years, with about 50% of the issues being common, 25% Uncommon & 25% are Scarcer, it is not as easy a series to complete, as the low guide prices would indicate. Among the toughest issues to keep in stock (& bringing 50-100% Over Guide), are; #514, 525, 527, 528, 531, 537, 542, 543, 547, 552, 555,558,559,564,565,568,571,572,575,576; Canadian Variant Edition Classics are quite scarce & most contain illustrated Text stories on the inside cover, not see in any USA editions. When we listed these facts on our website, it immeditely caused almost double the sales on these issues.

COMIC DIGESTS;

Gold Key digests were especially hot, with Mystery Comics Digest still the best seller. But this years we had more requests

for High Grade Copies, of & all Pre 1980 Digests, than ever before. Most pre-1975 issues are Scarce in strict FN or better,

but we managed to find an Original Owner collection of VF thru NM copies of Gold Key digests, & sold them at 150-200% Guide.

Most Gold Key Digests #1-10's are hard to keep in stock, in any grade. All Harvey Digests sold better than any previous year,

with 1970's issues scarce in High Grades. All the Harvey Digests from the 1986-1993 era had LOW print runs & are easily the scarcest issues & most difficult runs to complete. Harvey Digests from about 1990 up are Non-Existant in strict NM, as they had thing cover stock, & too much glue, causing wrinkling to amost all covers printed. Dennis the Menace Pocket Full of Fun #1-20,

Archie Comics Digest #1-20 & JUGHEAD WITH ARCHIE #1-10 are becoming scarce in ANY condition & are impossible to keep in stock at 150-200% Guide. The Marvel Dennis The Menace digests with DC logos are steady sellers. Best of DC #41-71 & Blue Ribbon #20-24 remain in short supply & brought 135-150% guide; The Rare Skylark digests (Doc Savage & Twilight Zone)

& Charlton digests (Barney & Betty, Flinstones, Jetsons, Scooby Doo, Space-1999, Yogi Bear) were near impossible to find in any grade, & are a bargain at 200% current guide levels. Most digests were originally sold to non collectors, so strict VF or better Pre-1980 issues are Scarce, with strict NM copies being Rare. Katy Keene, Jokebook & Madhouse Comics Digests were all in higher demand & lower supply. , Low Grade copies all all titles, by all publishers sold well, as many buyers just want to read them.

DC COMICS;
All Super-Hero books were in high demand, but in less supply than Marvel's. The 1970-1974 Era issues are getting harder to keep in stock, especially in VF or better. Wonder Woman #50-170 were impossible to keep in stock, and #171-220 were also hot. Everything from 1960 thru the 1985/86 Crisis Era sold well. 1987-1995 issues were slower. 1998-2003 issues are low in most dealer stocks & most can be sold for over guide. All issues with Neal Adams & Wrightson Cover & Art were in high demand, especially in VF or better. All oddball material sold well as usual, most at 20-35% over guide, including; Amazing World of DC, Digests, Fanzines, Fireside Books, Giveaways, Magazines, Paperbacks, & Treasuries. Horror & SF were especialyy popular this year. Cartoon, Humor/Parody, Romance, Teen, TV, War, & Western still sell well & we filled in many runs for buyers. The Romance

titles were hardest to keep in stock. All Artist issue Love comics were in very high demand at about 35-50% over guide.

Bestselling were 1970's, followed by 1980's, then 1960's & 1950's issues, probably because Bronze Age titles fits most budgets.

*** Our Most requested issues included; Action #300-420, Adventure #300-440,491-503, (Supergirl issues most requested & in lower supply; Spectre issues were hot), All issues of Adv of Bob Hope & Jerry Lewis, All New Collectors Edition (scarce in VF+ or better; Hot=C-54-56,58), All Star #58-74(Hot=58,69), Amazing World of DC (Hot=1-4,9,14-17), Aquaman #50-52, Authority, Batgirl(2000up), Batman #150-350(Hot=250-300), Batman Family, Bat Lash, Best of DC Digest (Scarce=41-71), Birds of Prey, Brave & Bold #59-120(esp. Adams), DC Special, DC Special series, Detective #330-500, Flash #200-300, 341-350, FLEX MENTALLO, Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion, Forever People #1-9, Fox & Crow, Freedom Fighters, Ghosts, GI Combat, Green Lantern #76-125 (#76 Red Hot in VF & better), Hot Wheels (Hot at 25-35% over guide), House of Mystery #174-259, 291-300(Hot=Wrightson), House of Secrets #81-140, (Hot=Wrightson), Inferior Five, Jonah Hex #1-20, 81-92 (Hot= #90-92 at 50% over guide), Justice League #71-160,183-185,200,260,261 (#71-120 in LOW supply; Hot=JSA X-Over's), Leave it to Binky, Limited Collectors Edition (Hot= C#23-25,32-34,37,39,41,43-46,48-52,57; Scarce in VF+ or better), Mr Miracle 1-9, New Gods #1-9, Our Army at War #83-250, Phantom Stranger #1-20, Planetary, Scooby Doo, Secret Society of Super Villians, Sinister House, Spectre 1-5, 9, Star Spangled war #90-163, Strange Adv #205-236, Superboy 197-245, Supergirl (all), Super Friends, Superman 150-300,

Lois Lane #79-137, Jimmy Olsen 100-150, Superman Family 164-180, Swamp Thing (1982) 20-40, Tomahawk 100-125(Adams-c are hot), Unexpected 105-162, Weird Mystery #1-10, Weird War 1-50, Weird Western 12-39, Witching Hour #1-40, Wonder Woman (old) #51-220, 300-329, Worlds Finest #200-230, 244-282,300,323, Young Love & Romance. These sold in all grades, often bought by buyers in the condition that matches their existing collection, as they fill in runs.

DELL;
Dell is always a steady seller, as they remain affordable & have loads of popular characters. Westerns & most Four Color's were especially popular this time, with almost all requested in G-FN. Tarzan & Turok are way up in demand, with a very low supply of early issues. We tried a few high grade CGC Dells & found they did not perform well, as high grade buyers want only major key's & only in 9.4 or better & were not willing to pay the premiums required to stock them at a profit. We will gladly stick to good selling G-FN copies. >>>> The Bestsellers at 20-35% over guide included; Air war, Andy Griffith, Animal Comics, Beep Beep, Beetle Bailey, Ben Bowie, Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Bugs Bunny, Cheyenne, Chilly Willy, Cisco Kid, Combat, Dracula, Flintstones, Flying Saucers, Frankenstein, F-Troop, Gene Autry & Champion, Get Smart, Ghost Stories, Hogans Heroes, Howdy Doody, Huckleberry Hound, Indian Cheif, all John Wayne, Jungle Jim, King of Royal Mounted, Kookie, Lassie 39-58, Little Lulu, Lone Ranger, Looney Tunes, Melvin Monster, Mighty Heroes, Monkees, Peanuts, Pogo, Ponytail, Popeye, Raggedy Ann, Red Ryder, Roy Rogers, Sgt Preston, Smokey Stover, Tarzan, Thirteen, Tonto, Top Cat, Turok, Western Roundup, Yogi Bear & Zorro. Huck & Yogi Jamboree, and Flinstone On the Rocks, remain among the rarest items for both Hanna-Barbera & Dell collectors, bringing 200-400% over current low guide prices.

DENNIS THE MENACE;
Dennis was great seller, with 1950's issues & all giants are still top sellers & at 25-50% over guide. All issues are scarce in VF or better. Pocketful of Fun #1-20 are getting scarce in any grade & sold at 200% guide. The Marvel Comics & Digests also sold well.

Buyers are now trying to complete their mass market paperback series of 50+ Different, with about 15+ titles having only one printing & being scarcer. The Scarcer Dennis #143 (3/76; Olympic issue) was hard to find. We found no copies of Bible Kids

#7-10 at reasonable prices fro resale, but had many requests. #7-9 in FN-VF bring $25-$50 each, with #10 bringing $50-$100

if you can find it at all.


FANZINES;
Scarce fanzines are on many want lists & can be very difficult to locate, in any grade. We finally got in a couple nice Fanzine collections & many issues sold fast. Some of the better titles sold included; ART of NEAL ADAMS (VF+ $35 ea), ALTER EGO (1962-69; $25-$50), BACK FOR MORE (VF$60), BADTIME STORIES(VF$75), BERNI WRIGHTSON TREASURY(VFNM$60),

CARTOONISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS PORTFOLIO #1-3 (VF $35 ea), CHRONICLE #3 (1973; BYRNE-a; FN $75),

COLOUR YOUR DREAMS (1972; VF-$30), COMIC ART CONVENTION Program Book (New York; Phil Seuling;

1971=VF$60; 1972-1977=VF$30-$40), Richard Corben's FUNNY BOOK (1976; HC; VF+$125), CPL #7,8,12 (all Byrne $25-$40 ea), DOCTOR WEIRD #1 (1970; Starlin; FN/VF $49), EAGLE #1(1971; Starlin; VF $59), FANTASY ILLUSTRATED #5 (1966; ERB, CRANDALL , Jeff Jones art; VF =US$125); FOCUS ON JOHN BYRNE (TPB; VF/NM $25), FOCUS ON GEORGE PEREZ (Trade TPB; VF $25), INFINITY #2 (WRIGHTSON, Frazetta, FN/VF $59), Illustrated HARVEY KURTZMAN Index 1939-1975; (TPB; VF+ = $149.00), RBCC 114 (WRIGHTSON-c; FN $22), Star Studded Comics #6-16 (1965-69; Starlin issues=$50; others=$30) ; Many Fanzines from the 1970's thru 1990's are loaded with great articles & art, many are great sellers in the $5-$15 each price range. Some Great Selling Titles include; Amazing Heroes, Comics Feature, Comics Interview, Comics Journal, Comics Revue, DRAGON LADY PRESS Mags, FLASHBACK (Series by ALAN LIGHT from 1970's; LOW Print Runs), Monster Times, Nostalgia Journal (#32 up = becomes THE COMICS JOURNAL), (Diamond) Previews, RBCC, etc,

FOREIGN LANGUAGE;
We bought a huge collection of French Language comics from the 1960's thru 1980's, including many original material

digests. The Marvel & DC superhero reprint books of the 1970's are the best sellers, to completionaists of Spider-Man,

Hulk, Batman, Byrne, Starlin, Kirby, Perez, etc. We also moved a few batches of the Adventure, Jungle, War, Western

& Love digests. We are getting lower in stock on the 1970's French/France GORE Horror Comic Digests, with Sex,

Bondage, Nudity, & Violence. The European Disney digests, (Donald Duck & Uncle Scrooge, & also Mickey Mouse & others) sold steady & in several good size batches, to fans who have grown to appreciate them. We got in some large collections of the Belgium / French PHANTOM & Mandrake digests of the 1960's & 1970's, selling many in the $5-$10 each range.


GIVEAWAYS;
This was a strange year for Giveaways. The bestsellers turned out to be a few buyers who picked up a lot of issues, that are

not yet listed in the guide. We also had buyers who wanted any issues published in Canada, as is a very unknown territory.

March of Comics, Kite Fun, Comics Reading Library, Whitman Mini Comics & Dan Curtis titles were in demand from people with favorite characters, but most Pre-1970 issues were hard to find anywhere.All the DC Mini-Comics like Swordquest, Centipede, & Atari Force #4,5 sold well. All Power records, Record & Comic sold well, especially Marvel & DC titles. We also sold a bunch

of Classics titles. The Superhero records without comics are also up in demand, but low in supply. But the biggest increase in demand was for Non-Comic Promotional items; Advance news items, Catalogues, Ephemera, Distributor-Only items, Publisher & Reatailer Displays, Flyers, Handouts, Posters, Calanders, Publisher Shareholder items, Dark Horse Insider, Marvel Age(newsprint), Marvel Requirer, Marvel Spotlight, Comic Shop News, Previews, DC Currents, etc. Many completionists seem to grab these items FIRST, as they judge that they may never see them again.

GOLD KEY;

SCOOBY DOO (GK) #1 remains at the top of many want lists & easily brings 200-300% guide, especially in the elusive high grades. All issues of Tarzan & Turok, sold iin all grades. Tarzan by Manning & those with Ron Ely photo covers were the best sellers. Turok #100-130 seem to have less than 1/2 the supply than #71-99, and sell quite fast. Notable good & still undervalued sellers; Whitman Variant Editions are possible for ALL Gold Key Comics & Digests published from 11/1971 thru 3/1980, but

might only exist on 30-50% of all titles. These & the 1968 Canadian Newstand Variant cover price issues, sold mostly to Completionists. >>>> The Top selling Titles at 120-135% Guide, included; Addams Family, Amazing Chan, Banana Splits, Battle of the Planets, Boris Karloff 1-50, 80-86, Bugs Bunny 86-110, Bullwinkle, Dagar, Dark Shadows 1-20, Doc Savage, Dr Solar, Fat Albert, Flash Gordon, Fun-In, Funky Phantom, Grimm's Ghost, Happy Days, Land of Giants, Kroft Supershow, Looney Tunes, Magnus, Mighty Mouse 156-172 (esp. Mighty Heroes issues), Mighty Samson, Mars Patrol, Munsters, Nancy & Sluggo (for the Peanuts strip), Occult Files of Dr Spector, Most #1's, Phantom 1-10, Popeye 66-80, Ripley's 1-30, Space Family Robinson 1-20, Space Ghost, Star Trek 1-9, Super TV Heroes, Tarzan 132-206, Turok 30-50, 101-130, Twilight Zone 1-30, 83,84, UFO Flying Saucers, Underdog, Wacky Witch, Wild Wild West & Zody the Mod Rob. >>>> These undervalued & low supply titles sold well, at 135-150% Guide, included; Beetle Bailey #39-53, Golden Comics Digest, Inspector, Lancelot Link, Little Monsters, Lone Ranger, Mystery Comics Digest, Peanuts, Phantom, Pink Panther, Scooby Doo, Smokey Bear, & Wacky Races.

HARVEY;

Demand went thru the roof for almost all Cartoon Harvey titles this year, from all eras, but especially those from 1950-1970.

We sold more this year than in the previous 6-7 years combined. The greatest difficulty is re-stocking, which cannot be done on ebay, as prices go to high, for non strict graded copies. Even most of our 1970's & 1980's titles are greatly delpleted this year.

For the first half year Hot Stuff was by far the most requested, but in the 3rd quarter all Pre-1976 Richie Rich titles tripled

in Demand & became the new bestselling Harvey's once again. When compared to the much more common Marvel's,

everything from Harvey seems quite the bargain. Especially for very popular Characters that 2 Generations of Fans grew up on, 7 still get media exposure to this day. The few existing CGC 9.4 early & key issues that exist, can bring 300-800% Guide. A new trend is, buyers who having completed their favorite characters, hunting down back-up stories in other titles, of same characters. [Especially Richie Rich, who for example appears in Mutt & Jeff #116-131]; These are the approx order of most requested titles; Hot Stuff, Wendy, Devil Kids, Richie Rich Poor Little Rich Boy, all squarebound giants, Hot Stuff Sizzlers, all #1's, Baby Huey, Stumbo, Richie Rich Millions & Success, Harvey Hits, Sad Sack, Playful Little Audrey, Spooky, Little Dot, 1970's Richie Rich titles, Blondie, Casper, Scooby Doo, Dagwood, Felix the Cat, Hanna-Barbera Titles, Bunny, Little max, Mutt & Jeff, Joe Palooka. Li'l Abner & Dick Tracy were slower. Many buyers were filling in sets & would take any grade available, with VG-FN range the most requested. Those looking for pre-1970 strict NM copies were pretty much out of luck, as very few exist, with even most file copies being in the VF thru VF/NM condition range. The Low print run Comics & Digests from 1988-1993, plus the Alfred Harvey Titles, circa 19909, are all consistant sellers, at 150% guide.

HUMOR & PARODY Comics & Magazines;
Mad, Crazy, Sick & Cracked are not around in big supplies like a decade back. Cover & contents affects value & salability.

Most buyers preferred cheaper G or VG range copies. Sick & Cracked #1-100 are hard to re-stock & are fast sellers at

125-150% guide. We encountered a few Cracked completionists, who are having a hard time with un-numbered specials,

series that did not begin at #1, and series where the last issue number is not known. Ther are also various Digests, Paperbacks,

Specials & other items on the above. At 220+ different titles, the MAD Mass Market Paperback series just might be more

difficult to complete than the complete comic &a