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journal_comics Steve Ditko - The Grey Negotiator - Part 2  

There is a telling story about Steve Ditko where he sent a 6 page letter to writer Steve Skeates who had written a script for a The Question story when both worked at Charlton...

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journal_comics Mr. A- The Best Deal  

"The Best Deal" was published just last month (November 2014) in Mr. A #15 which means he was 86 when he produced these stories. Were there really 14 other Mr. A...

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journal_comics Steve Ditko - The Grey Negotiator  

Let me start by saying I have no axe to grind with Steve Ditko. I consider him one of the most creative and influential artists in comic history. His design of Spiderman's...

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journal_comics The Return of Mr. A  

Tomorrow I will begin a new series of journal's on Mr. A and Steve Ditko so if you liked my previous journal's prepare for more of the same.

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journal_comics Mr. A revisited  

Awhile back I did a series of articles on Steve Ditko's Mr. A that some people seemed to enjoy so I've decided to revisit the character because he's just so darn fascinating. ...

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journal_comics My First Experience with a Digital Comic  

I rarely buy new comic books, sticking exclusively with compilations, but I was interested in the new Multiversity series by Grant Morrison and when the latest issue came out...

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journal_comics Captain Marvel Stuff  

There are a few Captain Marvel (the REAL Captain Marvel) items coming out I thought I might mention for fans.

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journal_comics Checking Out Mile High  

I recently moved to Denver and yesterday got a chance to check out the Mile High Comics shop which is more of a warehouse.

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journal_comics ARGGGHHHHH!!!!!  

Anyone who's seen my collection can easily glean that I am a big Captain Marvel fan so I am excited to see that DC will be producing a Captain Marvel movie, called Shazam! ...

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journal_comics My Biggest Purchase Yet   Image Attached

There were only a handful of highest grade issues available and I let one slip through my fingers so I was determined to try and avoid it happening again. World Wide Comics...

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journal_comics The Dark Side of Collecting  

Back in the late 80's early 90's I got heavily into sports card collecting and if you know anything about the hobby at the time you're probably already letting out a sigh. The...

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journal_comics Could I Win Best Presentation?  

My goal had been to win Golden Age set of the year and it's a very very long term goal but I'm starting to think my chances are better in the Best Presentation category as...

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journal_comics Missing Opportunities  

Creating the best Captain Marvel Adventures set requires striking while the iron is hot so it kills me to miss out on so many opportunities.

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journal_comics Captain Marvel Movie  

There are yet again rumors of a Captain Marvel Movie with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson claiming to be playing the World's Mightiest Mortal. I generally ignore these rumors...

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journal_comics Can I Compete With the Best GA Collections?  

My goal is to one day win Golden Age set of the year and I thoroughly intend to meet that goal even if it takes me a decade or more but the fun is in the journey. So with the...

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journal_comics Successful Trade  

I did my first trade with a CGC member whose anonymity I will respect giving up my issue 45 CGC graded 9.2 for issues 66 graded 9.2 and 76 graded 9.0. From a registry...

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journal_comics Question for the Experts   Image Attached

It's always shocking to me to see a comic almost 70 years remain in a 9.6 condition. The comic below is a beautiful copy but I notice that the cover is slightly...

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journal_comics Must.... Resist....  

Just noticed I've lost my number one spot in All-American Men of War.

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journal_comics Mid Year Assesment   Image Attached

Starting this year I have decided to devote my entire monthly comic budget to Captain Marvel Adventures at the expense of my other sets. Since January I've added four new...

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journal_comics Probably My Aqcuisition of the Year   Image Attached

I went looking on Comic Link and *WHOA* I was stopped dead in my tracks. Issue #50 of Captain Marvel Adventures in NM+ condition. That's a 9.6 Golden Age comic. As a rule I...

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journal_comics Quantity vs Quality  

Like most, if not all people on here, I love to buy and receive a new addition to my collection. However my decision for the rest of the year is to go for quality over...

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journal_comics Would You Have Bought It?   Image Attached

A 9.0 Captain Marvel Adventures #13

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journal_comics Suggestions for CGC Awards  

CGC is already starting to post info about the upcoming yearly awards. I've always felt that a job worth doing is a job worth doing right and as far as I know the CGC...

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journal_comics Question on Storing CGC Comics  

Is there a best position to store them in? In other words laid flat on it's front, on it's back, on the bottom edge, on the side edge, on the top edge etc...

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journal_comics CGC is on FIRE  

I wrote less than a week ago that I managed to make it back into the top 500. A few days later I was bumped out again. Today it would take me over 300 registry points to get...

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journal_comics Gone from the Top 500  

Well, that didn't take long

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journal_comics Back in the Top 500   Image Attached

I have managed to get back into the top 500, at least for the time being, but it took a big 1100 registry point comic to get me there and I'm just hanging on by a thread. My...

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journal_comics Is Tony the Tiger actually Tawky Tawny   Image Attached

You Decide

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journal_comics Boring Journal Entry (You were warned)   Image Attached

It's hard for me to believe that I went from July 1st 2013 to January 30th 2014 between purchases of any issue of Captain Marvel Adventures but I kept having other...

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journal_comics My Personal CGC goals for 2014  

Every year I take a very self-absorbed look at my CGC advances for the previous 12 months and set goals for the next year so I can track my progress.

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journal_comics Latest Addition to my Collection   Image Attached

This is my first purchase since September and it's a modest one. I had intended on finishing off the year big but instead I pick up a wimpy little 7.0 All American Men of War...

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journal_comics An Irresistible Opportunity   Image Attached

Based on my newly created budget I wasn't supposed to buy any CGC comics until later this month or next month but as any Golden Age collector likely knows there are...

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journal_comics Two Months So Far  

Back in July I decided to impose a spending cap and immediately spent into a deep deficit when a couple can't pass up auction items came up for sale. So then I had to hold...

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journal_comics My Thoughts on the Upcoming Flash Movie  

I'll confess I'm a huge DC fan and I don't really share in all the excitement over the flood of Marvel films. I thought Iran Man 1 rocked, Iron Man 2 did not, Captain America...

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journal_comics Thoughts on Superman/Batman Announcement  

It's Comic-con and Disney/Marvel is announcing film after film to support their comic lineup and delight their fans so Warner Brothers/DC counters with the team up of all team...

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journal_comics Can't win 'em all   Image Attached

I've had great success with auctions this year and last night I was all set to win another. It's not that I'm an extravagant spender, it's just that the comics I bid on don't...

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journal_comics Can I Compete With the Best GA Collections  

My goal is to one day win Golden Age set of the year and I thoroughly intend to meet that goal even if it takes me a decade or more but the fun is in the journey. So with the...

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journal_comics What are the gems in your collection?   Image Attached

For me the comics I consider the greatest gems aren't first appearances or super high grades per say or the most desirable or most valuable. They are comics that, at least at...

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journal_comics Would You Purchase?  

A Mile High Comic at 2 to 3 times guide

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journal_comics A Steal of a Deal on EBAY   Image Attached

Latest addition to my collection

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journal_comics Latest Addition to my Collection   Image Attached

Trying to reach number 1 is a pricey task.

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journal_comics Man of Steel Breaks all Sales Records   Image Attached

According to Wikipedia Man of Steel has made $2,555 million dollars.

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journal_comics One Last Posting on Man of Steel  

Man of Steel doesn't need my help and by the end of next weekend will likely pass the half billion dollar mark but I wanted to do one last posting in defense of the film.

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journal_comics What I Disliked About Superman Returns  

When Superman Returns came out in 2006 I went to see it with my wife and I was psyched. It was the first Superman movie in almost 20 years and the reviews were very favorable. ...

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journal_comics What I Liked About Superman Returns  

Superman Returns was a huge disappointment for me but there were some bright spots in the sea of bad. What I liked about Superman Returns

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journal_comics Message Board  

Why Me???

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journal_comics Man of Steel w/Spoilers  

Don't read if you haven't seen the movie and don't want spoilers revealed.

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journal_comics Man of Steel  

My take on the new movie

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journal_comics Mid Year Assesment   Image Attached

As far as my CGC collecting is concerned this year has been almost all Captain Marvel Adventures. I've added six new issues and continued to slowly work my way towards the top...

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journal_comics Video Jack - Conclusion   Image Attached

The Sorry Final Issue

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journal_comics Video Jack - Issue 5   Image Attached

Things are not going well for a series that started with so much promise

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journal_comics Video Jack - Issue 4   Image Attached

Summary of Issue 4

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journal_comics Video Jack - Issue 3   Image Attached

In my intro to Video Jack I wrote that it was a six issue limit series but I don't actually know that to be true. It does last six issues and it does have an ending but they...

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journal_comics Alan Moore talks Mr. A and Steve Ditko  

Here are a pair of great videos

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journal_comics Video Jack   Image Attached

Based on number of journal views it seems like a lot of people are losing (or never had) interest in Mr. A so I'm switching to something else. I'll return to Mr. A...

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journal_comics Mr. A - When is a Man to be Judged   Image Attached

Don't think I dislike Mr. A or these stories. I actually finding them immensely fascinating and highly recommend them. In fact I wish there were more characters like Mr. A in...

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journal_comics Mr. A - Right to Kill   Image Attached

Let me start this journal by saying that comics are generally created for the purpose of entertainment. Mr. A is not about entertainment, Mr. A is about prosthelytizing the...

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journal_comics Mr A - Part 1   Image Attached

I know I've been promising Mr. A for awhile but this is a tough one for me because you can't discuss Mr. A without getting political and CGC is certainly not a political forum...

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journal_comics Blue Beetle (The Question) Last Issue   Image Attached

Continuing The Question

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journal_comics Blue Beetle (The Question)   Image Attached

Part 1 of The Question

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journal_comics Hawk and Dove   Image Attached

This week will be Steve Ditko week. I will start with the tame stuff and work my way up.

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journal_comics Prez   Image Attached

I'm going to be staying on Joe Simon for one more day.

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journal_comics Brother Power the Geek   Image Attached

A lot of people have heard of Brother Power the Geek if only because once you've heard the name it's darn near impossible to forget but how many people have actually...

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journal_comics Big Numbers   Image Attached

I plan on writing some journals spotlighting some really interesting comic series that people may be unaware exist. Today I start with Big Numbers.

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journal_comics New Additions to My CMA Family   Image Attached

Issues 86 and 87

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journal_comics Hard to Look At  

How did I let these slip by???

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journal_comics Advice on Transferring a Registry Number  

Help

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journal_comics Sometimes You Just Get Lucky   Image Attached

A Proud New Addition to my Collection

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journal_comics Admitting You Have a Problem  

Is the first step....

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journal_comics Flipping Comicsi  

Maybe I'm the only one who finds this amusing

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journal_comics Question About Pedigree Certificates  

Are they stored in the CGC case?

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journal_comics Grading Question  

...

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journal_comics CGC Related Goals for 2013  

Going into 2013 will be a lot different than going into 2012 as far as my CGC collection is concerned. In 2012 there were a whole pile of comics that I intended on purchasing...

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journal_comics Interesting Sale  

Looks Very Familiar

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journal_comics Assessing Year 2012 (from a CGC standpoint)  

I set out certain goals for my CGC sets so I wanted to see how they match up with my results.

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journal_comics It's Like Magic  

If you don't like HarveyFanatic's journals you can just ignore them.

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journal_comics HarveyFanatic  

Is aptly named...

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journal_comics Pedigree Comics  

I was wondering if anyone knows what Pedigree's are recognized by CGC.

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journal_comics Finally Reached Number One  

I've finally reached the number one spot on one of my sets, All-American Men of War. I will admit my success is mostly due to a lack of serious competition. Even a nitch set...

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journal_comics An Entirely Unique Collection   Image Attached

Trying to fill in the final piece

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journal_comics Is it a misprint  

Can CGC grading reduce a comics value?

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journal_comics New Popeye Series from IDW  

Better than I had expected

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journal_comics Captain Marvel's City Stories   Image Attached

His Favorite Location

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journal_comics Number Two  

...or am I????

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journal_comics Error While Trying to Add Comic to Set   Image Attached

Here is what I got...

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journal_comics Who's Truly Number One?  

Difficulties of Certification Number Tracking

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journal_comics Has Anyone Ever....  

Been Found to be Cheating?

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journal_comics Pedigree Comics  

For Collectors of Golden and Silver Age Comics

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journal_comics Fun with Auctions   Image Attached

Funny Seller Taglines

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journal_comics Pondering Supply and Demand  

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journal_comics Going for Perfection  

Modern vs Golden Age

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journal_comics Assessing Year 2011 (from a CGC standpoint)  

Silly Mandatory Teaser *tease tease tease*

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journal_comics What was I thinking?   Image Attached

Whose idea was it to make teasers mandatory???

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journal_comics The Most Famous Comic You May Have Never Heard Of   Image Attached

A Feather in AAMoW's Cap

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journal_comics CGC Related Goals for 2012  

Listing my Goals

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journal_comics Fun with Auctions  

There Must be a Million Stories Out There

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journal_comics Shocking Development (at least for me)   Image Attached

Followup to Yesterday's Journal Entry

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journal_comics My Holy Grail(s)   Image Attached

My Two All Time Favorite Covers

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journal_comics Improving EBAY User Experience  

Getting More From Saved Searches

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journal_comics Why I Collect the Comics I Collect  

Why are we forced to include a teaser?

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