Mike Ploog, Artist on the early GHOST RIDER and WEREWOLF BY NIGHT Comics Books... Will Be The Featured Artist At....an upcoming LA Comic Book & Sci-Fi Convention, and will be signing autographs 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday February 11th, 2007 at the SHRINE AUDIORIUM EXPO CENTER in Los Angeles, California.

The show address is: 700 West 32nd Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Show hours are: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on February 11th ONLY !!

Admission to this special comics & sci-fi convention is $8.00,  5 years and under are free.

If you are in the Los Angeles area the weekend of February 11th, this would be a great time to meet the original artist of the upcoming movie based on the Ghost Rider comic books!

For those that collect comic books, or are interested in the upcoming movie based on the comic book, we have Ghost Rider comics and Werewolf by Night Comics in our eBay Featured Store, and our eBay Pro Store,

Michael and Tina !

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Stan Lee's Lightspeed was just released earlier this week from the Studio of  Anchor Bay.  (January 9, 2007)

The movie's Run Time is 88 minutes.

The Plot Outline is as follows: After an accident, a government agent gains the ability of super-speed and goes after an old friend turned Nemesis. Sounds like a comic book TV movie... right?!

Credited Cast includes Lee Majors, of The Six-Million Dollar TV show fame.

The movie does feature Jason Connery as the main character, Daniel Leight/Lightspeed.

We have not seen this yet... if you have, you are welcome to post your thoughts on it below. 

Just wanted to make you Stan Lee fans out there aware of this new release. We are big fans of Stan's from the Marvel Comics that he wrote, and the recent TV show 'Who Wants To Be a Super-hero?'.

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Writer and Director MARK STEVEN JOHNSON and actress EVA MENDES, (who portrays Roxanne Simpson) will be appearing on stage at 2:15 PM on Sunday January 14th, 2007 at the SHRINE AUDIORIUM EXPO CENTER in Los Angeles, California.

The show address is: 700 West 32nd Street, Los Angeles, CA.

Show hours are: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on January 14th ONLY !!

There is additional parking on the USC College Campus across the street at Gate 3 & 5 per the flyer mailed to us.

Admission to this special comics & sci-fi convention is $8.00,  5 years and under are free.

If you are in the Los Angeles area this weekend, this would be a great preview of the upcoming movie based on the Ghost Rider comic books!

For those that collect comic books, or are interested in the upcoming movie, we have Ghost Rider comics in our eBay Featured Store, and our eBay Pro Store,

Michael and Tina !

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A New Third Party Grading Company for Comic Books has started, and is being reported by a few comic book related blogs and newsletters.

I was holding off on reporting this until more was known how their third party graded comics were selling on eBay, but I feel that you comic book collectors should be made aware of the new competition to CGC and PGX, before you buy additional third party slabbed comic books.

As collectors and investors know, comic book collecting has been changed greatly in recent years by the advent of third-party outside professional grading services.  This new grading service was pioneered by Comics Guaranty, LLC (aka as CGC).  When looking for comics on eBay you will find thousands of listings for CGC-slabbed books.

CGC has maintained the higher market share of this niche market, but as graded and slabbed books have become more widely accepted among collectors, the graded comic books market niche has seen the rise of the first viable alternative in Professional Grading eXperts (PGX). 

CGC still has the major market share of slabbed graded comic books, even with the advent of PGX entering the market. However, just recently a new company, Accurate Comics Evaluators (ACE), has entered the slabbed comics market with several sales on eBay already completed.

Now that there could be three companies for collectors/investors to submit comics for third party grading, the question is.... whom do you use?

We are a CGC dealer, as we have been impressed by CGC's presence at the SDCC and Wizard World LA shows the past few years. We didn't just jump in when the company first came out, we waited until it had a proven track record.

Additionally, there is a web site that tracks all CGC slabbed comics that were sold at auction, GPAnalyis.com, that the others don't currently have. Perhaps there will be one, or at least a better census of what comics they have slabbed by PGX or ACE. The CGC census is very informative and very easy to use.

I have compared prices on completed auctions on eBay, and found that a CGC 9.4 slabbed comic usually sells for more than a PGX 9.4 slabbed comic of the same issue does. Thus, as a dealer I would of course want to sell the third party graded comic that sells for more.  However, as a buyer, I would also want to buy the third party slabbed comic that keeps its' value and/or goes up in value in the future. Value is in the eyes of the beholder, perception of what is valuable is what keeps the comic book collecting/investing going.

Time will tell if either CGC or  PGX or ACE gives added sustained value to the comics that have been slabbed under their seal.   

You can find more on this new company at: ACE

Michael

 

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The Next Batch of CGC Graded Amazing Spider-Man Comic Books....

Are on their way to us now !

Stay tuned for when the below comics will be posted in our eBay Featured Store .

Title Issue Issue Date Publisher Country Variant Pedigree Category Grade Page Quality Grade Text Art Comments Key Comments
Amazing Spider-Man  157  6/76  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.0  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Len Wein story John Romita cover
Ross Andru & Mike Esposito art  
Doctor Octopus appearance.  
Amazing Spider-Man  175  12/77  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.2  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Len Wein story
Ross Andru & Jim Mooney art
Ross Andru & Frank Giacoia cover  
Punisher appearance.
""Death"" of Hitman.
Statue of Liberty cover.  
Amazing Spider-Man  183  8/78  Marvel Comics        Modern  8.5  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Marv Wolfman story
Ross Andru & Bob McLeod art
Ross Andru & Ernie Chan cover  
Rocket Racer and
Terrible Tinker appearance.
Mary Jane declines marriage proposal.  
Amazing Spider-Man  189  2/79  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.0  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Marv Wolfman story
John Byrne & Jim Mooney art
John Byrne & Bob McLeod cover  
Man-Wolf appearance.  
Amazing Spider-Man  191  4/79  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.4  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Marv Wolfman story
Keith Pollard & Mike Esposito art
Al Milgrom cover  
Spider-Slayer & Professor Smythe
appearance.  
Amazing Spider-Man  244  9/83  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.4  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    Roger Stern story
John Romita Jr. & Klaus Janson art
John Romita Jr. & Bob Wiacek cover  
Hobgoblin cameo.  
Amazing Spider-Man  289  6/87  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.2  WHITE    Peter David story
Alan Kupperberg & Tom Morgan art
Tom Morgan & Tom Palmer cover  
Ned Leeds revealed as Hobgoblin.
1st app. new Hobgoblin (Jack O'Lantern).
Kingpin appearance.  
Amazing Spider-Man  289  6/87  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.8  WHITE    Peter David story
Alan Kupperberg & Tom Morgan art
Tom Morgan & Tom Palmer cover  
Ned Leeds revealed as Hobgoblin.
1st app. new Hobgoblin (Jack O'Lantern).
Kingpin appearance.  
Amazing Spider-Man  325  11/89  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.4  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    David Michelinie story
Todd McFarlane cover & art  
Captain America Silver Sable
and Red Skull appearance.  
Amazing Spider-Man  341  12/90  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.6  WHITE    David Michelinie story
Erik Larsen cover and art  
Doctor Turner (Chameleon) Black Cat
Willy Lumpkin & Tarantula appearance.
Spider-Man loses his powers.  
Amazing Spider-Man  330  3/90  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.6  OFF-WHITE TO WHITE    David Michelinie story
Erik Larsen & Mike Machlan art  
Punisher appearance.  
Amazing Spider-Man  365  8/92  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.8  WHITE    David Michelinie & Tom DeFalco stories
Mark Bagley John Romita Aaron Lopresti
and Rick Leonardi art  
1st appearance Spider-Man 2099.
Venom/Carnage poster by Mark Bagley.
Hologram cover.  
Amazing Spider-Man  375  3/93  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.6  WHITE    David Michelinie story
Mark Bagley & Pat Olliffe art
Mark Bagley & Randy Emberlin cover  
Holo-grafx cover. Story ties in with
Venom: Lethal Protector #1.  
Amazing Spider-Man  375  3/93  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.6  WHITE    David Michelinie story
Mark Bagley & Pat Olliffe art
Mark Bagley & Randy Emberlin cover  
Holo-grafx cover. Story ties in with
Venom: Lethal Protector #1.  
Amazing Spider-Man  378  6/93  Marvel Comics        Modern  9.6  WHITE    J.M. DeMatteis story
Mark Bagley & Randy Emberlin
cover and art  
Carnage Venom Cloak Shriek
Doppelganger and Demogoblin
appearance.  


They will be listed with the rest of our CGC third party graded comic book featuring the Amazing Spider-Man at:


 

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What Makes Packing and Shipping Go Faster.....???

Why, listening to the eBay Radio Ask Griff Show and the eBay Radio Show on the Archives at WSRadio.com while doing that chore!

Thank goodness he is back with new shows after the holiday repeats!!

I just can't make the 'live' broadcast on Sunday afternoons, (3:00PM - 5:00PM PST)  or  on  Tuesday afternoons, (11:00AM - 2:00PM PST), as I don't package or ship at those time, so find it easier to listen to the Archives!

While those shows were on Year-End break, I found other radio archives on comics or comic book 

related items like we sell in our eBay Featured Store,

but I missed hearing the questions from other eBayers or special features by outside vendors recommended by eBay.....

If you find packing and shipping to be one of the hardest of tasks, then I recommend listening to the Archives like I do to make the time go faster and be better informed about all things eBay!

Michael

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I just received postcard notification of the upcoming three comic book conventions that are sponsored by the group that runs each con.

I have not been to the WonderCon since it moved from Oakland to San Francisco.  When it was at Oakland, it reminded me of how the San Diego Comic-Con used to be, small and intimate with the pros.

San Diego Comic-Con International is one not to be missed!  We go each year, although parking is harder and harder to obtain each day of the five days, (we also go to Preview Nite on Wednesday).

APE is like its' name, an Alternative Press Expo. We have not been to this con in the past, as we see a lot of the small press  at the San Diego Con.  Also, it is not financially feasible for us to go to that expo as we basically buy and sell mainstream comics of the Gold to Bronze Age Eras of Comics.

So, if you are in the Bay area already, mark your calendars as you won't want to miss the above comics conventions.

If you want a great vacation or are blessed to already live in Southern California, be sure to mark your calendars for July 26-29 (25th if you buy a 4 day pass and are there already the night before).

Have sum fun this year!

Michael 

Below is a Reposting of why I enjoy going to the SDCC International each year... I have a long history with the Con!

Yesterday my youngest son and I stopped at a LCBS, (Local Comic Book Store), in San Diego to check out back issues of Spider-Man comics for him to read, (his favorite super-hero), and whatever I could find for me .

The retailer had put several comics and comic book related items up for sale as he was doing his New Year clearance of items that hadn't sold the year before.

I was pleased to find several of the SDCC (San Diego Comic Con International) Program Books from previous years up for sale, as I had missed a few years of the Con while working in the Los Angeles area and out of active comic books collecting.

The 1984 Program Book had an article titled:
The San Diego Comic-Con: A Brief History.

It brought back to me several very good memories, of which I am sharing a few in this blog post.

The initial mini-con was a one day affair held March 1970 to raise funds for the upcoming 3-day con.
I did not know of this mini-con and thus did not attend.

The first true SDCC, then called the Golden State Comic-Con was held August 1st-3rd 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.
I heard about this very late from a co-worker who knew I was into comics, and was able to attend on the last day, late in the day, after leaving work early. My memories of this are not totally clear, it was my first realization that there were comics fans like me in the San Diego area. Total approximate account of attendees was 300, yes only 300 !

I had just graduated from High School a few months earlier, was still living at home, and was working full time at the San Diego Zoo for college money, as I was going to be attending college after the summer.

The second SDCC, still called the Golden state Comic-Con, was held in 1971 at Muir College, UCSD Campus in San Diego. I was still working at the Zoo, had completed my first year at college, and either did not hear about the Con, or was too busy working. Additionally 'North' San Diego area where UCSD was not in my normal area of traveling to. I had a more 'provincial' attitude in those days. Heck, North San Diego was considered a long way off from the South Bay where I lived, even though gas was like 25 cents a gallon??? Attendance at the 2nd Con was approximately 800 persons.

The 3rd San Diego's West Coast Comic-Con, (renamed), was held August 18-20th, 1972 at the El Cortez Hotel, (it was a Hotel in those days, not the Condos it is today). I came there the last day of the Con, bought out a dealer's complete stock as he wanted to leave early and sold comics from the table he had been selling from! It was a little impromptu, but I had the cash, and was a business major student in college, so somehow I entered into my first commercial enterprise! And I made a lot of money that day, plus had plenty of comics left over!!

Well I wasn't going to let the 1973 SDCC, now named the San Diego Comic-Con, come and go without me! This time I had the days off of work, yes still at the San Diego Zoo, and I was set up as a dealer for all three days at the Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island, in San Diego. I ran across the original check for the dealer table not too long ago, it is amazing what I paid then for 3 days versus what dealers paid for a booth last year at the San Diego Comic-Con International! Of course its' been 33 years since the photo above!

I set up alone at the SDCC that year in 1973, see picture above, and had the foresight to have my picture taken. Yes, that's me, 33 years ago, a young kid at having turned just 2l years of age the month before.

I was wearing a short-hair wig at the SD Zoo, because the big boss kept coming around us guys to get our haircut all the time, so we opted to wear short haired wigs and really let our hair grow..... and I had moved out of my parents' house, so I could have the length of hair I wanted to have. I have a lot less hair nowadays, and my mustache is a lot lighter in color, as well as my beard! Plus I have never been that skinny since my first marriage in 1975.... too much pasta since then!!

The guy to my left is another dealer, one of a couple of brothers who set up by me, and the comics on the table in front of me were just part of my stock, mostly Marvel comic books, with Captain Marvel, Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Tales of Suspense, and Daredevil pictured. I had almost complete collections of all the Marvel Comics printed by 1973, and these were my duplicates for sale.

I don't believe short boxes for comics had been invented by then...I do remember buying comic bags from Robert Bell to insert the comics into for protection. (I still buy collections that have these old Robert Bell bags from the 1970's!!) I remember doing well selling at this con, even though only approximately 1100 were in attendance! Since I was alone in this commerical venture, I was not able to break away from the table to see the comics pros that came that year. It was the first SDCC to attract real professional interest from the New York Pros. Guests that year were Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino, Sol Harrison, June foray, Ray Bradbury, A. E. Van Vogt, Jack Kirby and others.

Looking back now at this photo from 1973, and at the 1984 SDCC Program Book that tells about the first 15 years of the SDCC, I am pleased that I did jump into selling at the earliest Comic Cons held out here on the West Coast!

It was a much simpler time, and so much fun!

Today, the SDCC International is up to 100,000 attendees and takes up both wings of the SD Convention Center.... and it is a Real Zoo to attend! (Pun intended!)

So to end this, I sign off with phrases from the 1970's.... Make Mine Marvel! ..... Excelsior !

Michael

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Could it be that the start of the new year sees a NEW Fantastic Four?

Looking at the Issue number 544, recently shown as an upcoming comic book due out March 21st, you can see T'Challa, the Black Panther, who seems to be filling in for an absent Reed Richards, (Mister Fantastic).

The Michael Turner cover image is no longer shown on Marvel.com, and the text for the upcoming comics says 'classified information', possibly trying to generate new interest in this flagship title.

I remember when lack of sales on this title prompted the powers that be to form a New FF, which included the Ghost Rider, Hulk, Wolverine, and the Amazing Spider-Man. That was a heck of a sales gimmick, which had additional printings of the comic books made with new covers!

Time will tell if this is a new FF, or just one of several variations that we have seen in the past. Previous short-time members have included She-Hulk, Crystal of the Inhumans, Luke Cage Hero for Hire, Medusa, and even Ant-Man !!

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No doubt about it, Red Sonja from Dynamite comics is hot!

The first time Savage Tales was seen, it was a black and white magazine that featured Conan the Barbarian, and a muck-monster known as the Man-Thing.

There's a new Savage Tales #1 on the way now, from Dynamite Entertainment, and it will feature the new exploits of a much more attractive sword-wielder, Red Sonja!

However, this new Savage Tales explores the darker edges of the barbarian age, so it is not the lighter fare that was shown in the Bronze Age of Comics where the CCA (Comics Code Authority) was used to curb overblown violence.

This new Savage Tales is an anthology comic, and the Red Sonja story is just one of four stories presented. At least two of the four stories are continued in issue #2....

For those interested in sword and sorcery Bronze Age comic books for collectability, please check out Marvel's previous version of Red Sonja and Conan the Barbarian to the right:

 

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While sorting and grading the new magazines purchased over the weekend, I listed to a recent interview with Joe Sinnott.

In the interview he talks about his history on inking the Fantastic Four comics..... inking Jack Kirby, John Buscema, Rich Buckler, and other pencillers during his years on the comic book.

He also talks about the 'lost' Jack Kirby FF story.... inking those pages for 2006 publication... pages from 1970.... over 36 years ago! The comic book is due out for publication, and should be a good read even though it was originally intended for publication in 1970 !

An interesting sidenote about Joe's working on Jack's books. He had never talked to Jack during all those years on the phone while inking his FF, from issue #44 till he took a vacation sometime in the #80's.  That collaboration was West Coast / East Coast in distance, and yet the two produced some outstanding work during that time!

Joe was an artist in his own right, he drew several comic pages for Atlas (pre-Marvel), and was also an inker on the Mighty Thor, and many other Marvel Comics up through the Modern Age of Comics!

I have been fortunate to meet Joe Sinott at the San Diego Comic Con International, get his autograph, and his photo. It is is a thrill for me to meet with all the Silver Age writers, artists, and inkers that attend comic books conventions!

Click on the link below for the interview, and look for the date to listen to it:

Interview of September 6th, 2006

Make Mine Marvel !

Especially the Fantastic Four issues of Jack Kirby and his fabulous inkers including Joe Sinnott !

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Addendum to Trip to Palm Springs / Joshua Tree Area.... LCBS

I had stated that we found only one comic book store in all of the Palm Springs / Coachella Valley, California during our year end trip. We had stopped in at some antique stores, and used book stores additionally looking for comics and or comic book related items.

Among the items purchased yesterday at our LCBS's New Year Clearance Sale, (Local Comic Book Store), was a copy of The Rocket's Blast and The ComicCollector New First Issue edited by James Van Hise.  In the fanzine printed in May 2000, it has an address for his 'Ye Olde Fanzine Shoppe' in Yucca Valley.

Yucca Valley is at the West end of the Joshua Tree National Park, and we had stopped there briefly on the way back to our Indian Wells resort. However I did not know of Jame's shoppe, so am adding an addendum to our eBay Blog, as we had not visited it during our trip.

The shoppe is listed as 57754 Onaga Trail, Yucca Valley, CA 92284.  He lists having several fanzines for sale, as well as the remainder of RBCC fanzine issues which he was the editor/publisher of.  I am not for sure if he has only a mail order business, or if that is a commercial address....his email address is/was: jimvanhise@aol.com

I found the New #1 issue of the New RBCC to be a very well written, and well edited fanzine. Well worth the cost to collectors of Steve Ditko's work, as it had a major feature article on Steve's work in the 1950's at Charlton Comics.  For those that don't realize it, Steve first worked on the super-hero Captain Atom for Charlton before starting the Amazing-Spiderman comic book for Marvel Comics!

Another great article was on the EC Fanzines that were published during and after the great EC Comics line of comics books.

Additionally was an article on whether or not Orson Welles had been a pulp writer as he had mentioned being on the Dinah Shore show in the 1970's.

This Fanzine issue #1 is one that I would recommend for Steve Ditko collectors and fans of EC Comics history!

Michael

 

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You usually see comic books that are being transformed to the Big Screen go up in value prior to the movie being released.

Whether they continue to go up in value depends on the response to the Movie.  We did not see any major movement upwards in price on most Superman Comic Books after the 'Superman Returns' movie was released. Of course there is history to the character dating back to 1938, so there are quite a few comic book since that debut of Superman to collect....

The next major upcoming comic book based movie is Ghost Rider, starring Nicholas Cage as the comic book character.

Ghost Rider started in Marvel Spotlight #5 dated August 1972 as a tryout feature, and he received his own title in September 1973, (shown below).

The #1 comic has been seeing quite a bit of action lately, as seen by the following completed auctions, which has several CGC graded comics sell for over $100.00 but click on the cover below to see what a 'raw' unslabbed comic in Fine Plus recently brought! Maybe its' time to pull your copy out for sale !!  Or send it in to CGC to get it third party graded??!!

We also have Ghost Rider comics in our eBay Featured Store, and our eBay Pro Store, however the #1 issue is long gone!

 

 

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Yesterday my youngest son and I stopped at a LCBS, (Local Comic Book Store), in San Diego to check out back issues of Spider-Man comics for him to read, (his favorite super-hero), and whatever I could find for me .

The retailer had put several comics and comic book related items up for sale as he was doing his New Year clearance of items that hadn't sold the year before.

I was pleased to find several of the SDCC (San Diego Comic Con International) Program Books from previous years up for sale, as I had missed a few years of the Con while working in the Los Angeles area and out of active comic books collecting.

The 1984 Program Book had an article titled:
The San Diego Comic-Con: A Brief History.

It brought back to me several very good memories, of which I am sharing a few in this blog post.

The initial mini-con was a one day affair held March 1970 to raise funds for the upcoming 3-day con.
I did not know of this mini-con and thus did not attend.

The first true SDCC, then called the Golden State Comic-Con was held August 1st-3rd 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.
I heard about this very late from a co-worker who knew I was into comics, and was able to attend on the last day, late in the day, after leaving work early. My memories of this are not totally clear, it was my first realization that there were comics fans like me in the San Diego area. Total approximate account of attendees was 300, yes only 300 !

I had just graduated from High School a few months earlier, was still living at home, and was working full time at the San Diego Zoo for college money, as I was going to be attending college after the summer.

The second SDCC, still called the Golden state Comic-Con, was held in 1971 at Muir College, UCSD Campus in San Diego. I was still working at the Zoo, had completed my first year at college, and either did not hear about the Con, or was too busy working. Additionally 'North' San Diego area where UCSD was not in my normal area of traveling to. I had a more 'provincial' attitude in those days. Heck, North San Diego was considered a long way off from the South Bay where I lived, even though gas was like 25 cents a gallon??? Attendance at the 2nd Con was approximately 800 persons.

The 3rd San Diego's West Coast Comic-Con, (renamed), was held August 18-20th, 1972 at the El Cortez Hotel, (it was a Hotel in those days, not the Condos it is today). I came there the last day of the Con, bought out a dealer's complete stock as he wanted to leave early and sold comics from the table he had been selling from! It was a little impromptu, but I had the cash, and was a business major student in college, so somehow I entered into my first commercial enterprise! And I made a lot of money that day, plus had plenty of comics left over!!

Well I wasn't going to let the 1973 SDCC, now named the San Diego Comic-Con, come and go without me! This time I had the days off of work, yes still at the San Diego Zoo, and I was set up as a dealer for all three days at the Sheraton Hotel, Harbor Island, in San Diego. I ran across the original check for the dealer table not too long ago, it is amazing what I paid then for 3 days versus what dealers paid for a booth last year at the San Diego Comic-Con International! Of course its' been 33 years since the photo above!

I set up alone at the SDCC that year in 1973, see picture above, and had the foresight to have my picture taken. Yes, that's me, 33 years ago, a young kid at having turned just 2l years of age the month before.

I was wearing a short-hair wig at the SD Zoo, because the big boss kept coming around us guys to get our haircut all the time, so we opted to wear short haired wigs and really let our hair grow..... and I had moved out of my parents' house, so I could have the length of hair I wanted to have. I have a lot less hair nowadays, and my mustache is a lot lighter in color, as well as my beard! Plus I have never been that skinny since my first marriage in 1975.... too much pasta since then!!

The guy to my left is another dealer, one of a couple of brothers who set up by me, and the comics on the table in front of me were just part of my stock, mostly Marvel comic books, with Captain Marvel, Amazing Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Tales of Suspense, and Daredevil pictured. I had almost complete collections of all the Marvel Comics printed by 1973, and these were my duplicates for sale.

I don't believe short boxes for comics had been invented by then...I do remember buying comic bags from Robert Bell to insert the comics into for protection. (I still buy collections that have these old Robert Bell bags from the 1970's!!) I remember doing well selling at this con, even though only approximately 1100 were in attendance! Since I was alone in this commerical venture, I was not able to break away from the table to see the comics pros that came that year. It was the first SDCC to attract real professional interest from the New York Pros. Guests that year were Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino, Sol Harrison, June foray, Ray Bradbury, A. E. Van Vogt, Jack Kirby and others.

Looking back now at this photo from 1973, and at the 1984 SDCC Program Book that tells about the first 15 years of the SDCC, I am pleased that I did jump into selling at the earliest Comic Cons held out here on the West Coast!

It was a much simpler time, and so much fun!

Today, the SDCC International is up to 100,000 attendees and takes up both wings of the SD Convention Center.... and it is a Real Zoo to attend! (Pun intended!)

So to end this, I sign off with phrases from the 1970's.... Make Mine Marvel! ..... Excelsior !

Michael

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We just received back a few Science Fiction (Sci-Fi) Comics from CGC, and have listed them in our eBay Featured Store for sale.

These are from the popular TV and/or Movies that the comics are based on.

Star Trek comic books have been published by Gold Key Comics, Marvel Comics Group, DC Comics, and Malibu.

Star Wars comics were first published by Marvel, and have been published by others including Dark Horse Comics.

Battlestar Galactica was first published by Marvel, and have been published by others.

For those that are not familiar with a CGC graded comic book, these are comics that are encapsulated after being graded by a third party independent grading company.  These are sealed inside a plastic holder, and can be opened for reading or inspection, but then the guaranteed grade is no longer valid upon breaking the seal. It is suggested that  when buying CGC graded comics are for collecting and /  or investing, and buying a second unslabbed comic for reading purposes.

We have additional Science Fiction comics in our eBay Pro Store at MakeItSoMarketing.com

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Spider-Man will return to his black costume in the current comic book series in 2007.

Spider-Man 3 the Movie has Spidey wearing the black costume.

Spider-Man wore the black costume back in the 1980's in the following comic books series:

Amazing Spider-Man #252 - 300

Spectacular Spider-Man #90 - 137

Web of Spider-Man #1 - 39

Marvel Team-Up #141 - 146 & Annual 7

For those interested in Spider-Man's black costume, which evolved into Venom, Spidey's enemy, you might want to pick those up before the next Spider-Man Movie is released as prices on back issues have already gone higher!

We have additional Spider-Man comics in our eBay Pro Store at MakeItSoMarketing.com

 

 

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