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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Jace Pearson the Impact Informer!

Okay that was probably the most forced title I've ever done!
Horror, crime and western themes this time with three great oldies from three companies, two well known, one not at the forefront of peoples minds when they think of bygone comic book publishers.
This will probably be my last post until after the 25th of December, so Seasons Greetings to everyone!

Impact #1 - March / April 1955 - EC
This 5-issue run started and finished in 1955, obviously the title
didn't have as much an impact as EC had hoped!
This is one of the very few EC comics I own!

The Informer #2 - June 1954 - Feature Television Productions
Another 5-issue run, this time during 1954.
I have a couple of issues with this cover. Firstly what kind of bullets
is the bad guy firing if they cause smoke when they hit something?
How come you can still see the white of the nurses eye?
I demand to know!!!

Jace Pearson of the Texas Rangers #3 - August / October 1953 - Dell
The title eventually had 20 issues if you count the ones issued under
the 'Four Color' banner.
I think this might possibly be one of the earliest western comics I have.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Ideal House of Hot Rods!

Charlton, DC and Timely feature in this small selection with themes of sport, suspense and fact. I can't be accused of not having a varied collection!

Hot Rods and Racing Cars #86 - August 1967 - Charlton.
The title lasted nearly 22 years reaching 120 issues.
My earliest 'Hot Rod' comic book!

House of Secrets #71 - March / April 1965 - DC.
Another title that lasted for 22 years, this time reaching issue 154.
My earliest H.o.S. and my earliest Eclipso appearance.

Ideal #3 - November 1948 - Timely.
The title lasted for 5 issues before becoming 'Love Romances' in
one of those very odd title 'revamps'  that happened in the
1940s to 1950s.
My oldest Timely comic, and in pretty good condition too!!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Headline: Hawkman the Happy Ghost!

Yet another mixed bag of goodies with Super-Hero, Crime and Humor comics.

Hawkman #27 - August/September 1968 - DC
Final issue in a run that spanned over 4 years.
Apart from the 'pence stamp' this has to be one of the best
conditioned sixties comics.

Headline Comics #73 - September/October 1955 - Prize Publications.
A 77-issue run that started in early 1943 and lasted to late 1956.
Another low-grade copy for my collection and one of the very few
'Prize' comics I own.

Homer the Happy Ghost #20 - July 1958 - Atlas
Originally a  22-issue run with Atlas, the title was revived by
Marvel for a 4-issue run in late '69 - mid '70.
One of only two Atlas humor comics I've managed to get!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Ha ha, Green Lantern Planet!

Another small, varied selection today with 3 different genres and 3 different publishers. Super-Hero, Sci-Fi and funny animals from DC, ACG and Charlton make up this little lot. Funny animal comics don't rate very highly in my collecting 'wants' list but Golden Age issues I will still happily get. Firstly you can get some good stories and excellent artwork and secondly they can be much cheaper than the other styles. As long as they're pre-1960, that's more than fine with me!

Green Lantern #15 - September 1962 - DC
This was the second series of the character and ran for 89 issues
from mid 1960 to early 1972 before taking a break and re-staring for
another 115 issues finally finishing in 1986. Less than 4 years later
the third series started.
This comic suffers from a UK import price stamp, as do many of my Silver Age comics!

The Green Planet  - 1962 - Charlton.
Another of Charlton's one-shot 'Special Issues' that peppered the
early - mid 1960's.
Unlike Green Lantern above, this had the UK price printed on the cover
in place of the usual cents price.

Ha Ha Comics # 65 - May 1949 - ACG.
The title ran for 99 issues, becoming 'Teepee Tim' from #100.
 #95 even went as far as sporting a 3-D effect cover.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Spider-Man eBay link for December 3rd

My latest eBay auction is now up and running and you can click on this link to see the Amazing Spider-Man comics. Sadly they aren't in great condition but that's how they were when I bought a job lot of a friend of mine years ago. Included in that lot was a fairly rough copy of Amazing Spider-Man 129. Since my main comic collecting priorities are 1930's to 1960's comics I'm quite tempted to put it up for auction. I've thought about it before but always baulked at it because the Punisher is still one of my favorite characters. Who knows, maybe in a year or two I might bite the bullet and sell it. 

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Gene Autry the Ghost Rider from U.N.C.L.E.!!!

If that title didn't get your attention, nothing will!! There are cowboys and spies in this selection from three different comic book publishers. 

Gene Autry Comics #17 - July 1948 - Dell.
The title had a stuttering start with 2 issues before having 6 more under
the 'Four Color' title. Finally getting it's own title again it lasted for 121
issues from mid-1946 to early 1959.
This is my only Gene Autry comic and sadly it's not in great shape!

Ghost Rider #1 - February 1967 - Marvel.
In the days before Ghost Rider (the flame-headed spirit of vengeance),
there was the Ghost Rider, who was later rebranded as 'Night Rider' to
help stop any confusion!
The poor condition of my copy should be readily apparent!!

The Girl from UNCLE # 1 - 1966 - Gold Key.
This spin-ff from the Man from UNCLE had a short 5-issue run with
photo covers of Stefanie Powers and Noel Harrison.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Yet more Amazing Spider-Man for eBay!

My next little batch of Amazing Spider-Mans to go up for auction on eBay are 103, 105 and 109 from the early 1970's. Details on condition are shown below each picture. They will be on the usual 7-day auction and I will post anywhere in the world. 
   I'm in the process of having another sort through of my collection and have found a few more Bronze Age comics that will probably go on eBay after Christmas. (possibly before if I suddenly need the money!!)
   As usual I will post eBay links when they go live.

#103 - December 1971.
Good Minus condition. Lots of little things wrong with this,
the covers are creased and have a few small rips.
There is an ink stamp on the front cover and the pages are
decidedly off-white. Pence cover.

#105 - February 1972,
Good Minus condition. Pretty much the same as #103 above,
but there is some water rippling and some pen scribbles on the
 back cover. Cents cover.

#109 - June 1972.
Good Minus condition. Not quite as bad as the other two but
still has a fair amount of creasing on the covers. There is also
some pen marks inside, but it doesn't affect the story.
Cents cover.  


Monday, 19 November 2012

Gasp! Four Gang Busters!!

A film adaption, crime and horror make up this selection from my collection. I have a few 'Four Color' series comics and the painted cover issues are among my all-time favorite (despite the inaccuracies in relation to the films!) From films to television with Gang Busters. DC had a small batch of TV related comics in the 1950's which must have sold in enough quantities to keep them going for their relatively long runs. I only have a couple of the TV adaptions, Big Town being the other title. 

Four Color #1120 - 1960 - Dell
Comic adaption of the Universal film 'Dinosaurus!'
My copy is in a sad state!

Gang Busters #63 - April 1958 - DC
This TV adaption ran for 67 issues from late 1947 to early 1959.

Gasp! #1 - March 1967 - ACG
The title ran for 4 issues during 1967 when ACG ceased
publication of all their titles.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Forbidden Flash Man!

Seriously, I'm going to carry on with these titles until someone tells me to stop!!
Super-Hero and suspense are the themes this time and includes a 'Mighty Comics Group' comic. This publisher always confused me. The cover says Mighty Comics, the indicia says Radio Comics and the price guide says those two are actually Archie comics.... I suppose it's no more confusing than the 1960's Marvel comics that didn't say Marvel in them!


Flash #150 - February 1965 - DC.
The title was 'Flash Comics' for issues 1 to 104 then became
'Flash' with 105 until the series ended in  1985.
These days issue 150 of almost any title would be a special
all-singing, all-dancing, diamond-encrusted issue with a dozen
variant covers by every new 'hot' artist on the planet.
Not so in the 1960's! 

Fly Man #36 - March 1966 - Mighty Comics.
Fly Man actually only lasted 8 issues from 32 to 39 having
previously been 'Adventures of the Fly' and then becoming
'Mighty Comics' from #40.

Forbidden Worlds #120 - July 1964 - ACG.
One of the more successful titles from 'American Comics Group'.
It ran for 145 issues from mid 1951 to late 1967.
I've always thought that ACG didn't get the recognition
they deserved. They produced a lot of good titles with decent
artwork and stories. Maybe I'm just biased but I think they
knocked the spots off larger companies like Charlton. 

Thursday, 8 November 2012

The FBI Fighting American Marines!!

Heck, that almost sounds like a nightmare news headline!
This little selection contains war, crime and super-heroes. What more could you want?

The F.B.I. #1 - April 1965 - Dell.
This was a one-off  edition telling the story of the FBI's
early years.

Fighting American #1 - October 1966 - Harvey Comics
This was also a one-shot comic with new stories of a
character from the 1950's.
This was a 'giant' comic, as in more pages and squarebound.

Fightin' Marines #26 - August 1958 - Charlton.
The series ran from the early 1950's to, eventually, 1984.
Like quite a few Charlton comics from the 1950's, this was a
100-page giant comic.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Fantastic, Funny Emergency Doctor!!

Ermmmm, 5 out of 10 for the title...

Going through my collection I realise how few comics starting with 'E' I have, 'Emergency Doctor' being the only one! I'll have to remedy that in the future.I don't know what it is about the old Charlton covers, but they always looked a bit bland to me, especially when compared to other companies cover artwork. The level of detail isn't too bad but it's like there's something missing. Maybe it was the in-house artists that Charlton employed. 

Emergency Doctor #1 - Summer 1963 - Charlton
The indicia suggests that this was to be a 4-issue-a-year series
but as it turns out  this was the only issue  published.

Famous Funnies #163 - February 1948 - Famous Funnies Inc.
The series started in 1934 and lasted until the mid 1950's.
Probably the most famous character in it's pages was Buck Rogers.
This is my oldest copy, sadly somebody drew in pencil on the
front cover!!!

Fantastic Four #20 - November 1963 - Marvel.
The long - running title exploded onto the comics scene in
November 1961 and the characters are still popular today.
This is my earliest FF issue, a long while ago I did own
issue #2 but sold it. Damn!!!!!

Friday, 26 October 2012

Dracula's Drag-Strip Dynamo!!!

I embarrass myself with these title sometimes....
Anyhoo, Super-heroes and racing cars fill this little selection, all from the 1960's, all first issues (effectively) and all from different publishers including the fairly hard to find Tower Comics.

Dracula #2 - November 1966 -  Dell.
This issue was actually the first one, # 1 was a Movie
 comic.
This is my only Dell Super-hero comic.

Drag-Strip Hotrodders #1 - Summer 1963 - Charlton.
The series reprinted stories from 'Hot Rods and Racing Cars'
and lasted for 16 issues.
I've found it fairly typical of Charlton that the stories rarely
quite lived up to the front covers!

Dynamo #1 - August 1966 - Tower  Comics.
Like all Tower Comics publications, this only has a short run,
in this case 4 issues.
One of only two Tower comics in my possession!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Amazing Spider-Man

I'm pretty much down to my last bronze age comics now, and they're all Amazing Spider-Man so any fans of the character might be able to pick up a bargain in the next couple of weeks. Sadly none of these are in perfect condition, two in mid-grades, one in low, but they could fill a gap or two. Numbers 110, 111 and 112 from mid/late 1972 described below.

#110 - July 1972
Good Minus condition. Covers are detached from the spine
and in
two pieces, they are a bit grubby and have some creasing.
This one's a gap filler for sure! The main body of the comic isn't
too bad otherwise. Pence cover. 
 
1st appearance of the Gibbon.

#111 - August 1972
Fine Minus condition. This is the best of the bunch, a few small
creases down the spine and some ink staining  on the bottom edge
(Darn those printers!!!) Otherwise a nice copy. Cents cover too!
Kraven appears.

#112 - September 1972
Very Good Minus condition. Covers are a bit ragged and
creased and are starting to get loose on the staples.
Internally it's okay.
Another pence cover.

I'll probably get these on eBay by the end of the week hopefully. As usual I'll ship to anywhere in the world, and I'll post links from here to the listings to make life easier if you feel like bidding. 

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Doctor Dick Strange!!

Oooh, now that's a poor effort at a title!

Having had the 'Captains' not too long ago, it's now the turn of the 'Doctors'. All they needed was a doctor in the military and they could have had a Captain Doctor, or would that have been a Doctor Captain....
This will probably be the only selection I show where all the comic books come from the 1960's!

Dick Tracy #143 - December 1960 - Harvey Comics
Harvey was the 3rd publisher of Dick Tracy's exploits, and
was followed by 4 more!
My one and only comic book featuring the famous character.

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #14 - September 1965 - Gold Key
One of the most popular Gold Key characters. He was revived in 1991 by Valiant.
My favorite Gold Key Super-Hero!

Doctor Strange (1st series) #178 - March 1969 - Marvel
The title was 'Strange Tales' until issue 168 when it became
Doctor Strange ending with # 183.
My first original series Dr. Strange, with the added bonus of the Black Knight.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Giant Devil Detective!!!

I'm going to carry on with these awful titles until somebody actually sends me a message and tells me to stop!
3 more genre-spanning titles this time, war, super-hero and factual, and I love them all! It's just a pity about the general age-related poor quality of the comics.

Dell Giant #27 - Walt Disney's Man in Space - 1959 - Dell
The title ran for 25 issues with funny animal and humor as
it's usual content.
My only Dell Giant comic has seen much better days!

Detective Comics #374 - April 1968 - DC
One of the longest running titles showcasing one of the
earliest super-heroes!
Batman has been my favorite DC character ever since I
dressed up in a Batman costume for charity!

Devil-Dog Dugan #3 - November 1956 - Atlas
This short-run 3-issue series became 'Tales of the
Marines' with #4
My only Atlas war title!

Friday, 12 October 2012

Daring Daredevil Adventures!

I've given up trying to stop myself doing these silly titles....

Daredevil #16 - May 1966 - Marvel
In 1998 Daredevil was, sadly,  another of Marvel's long running
title that they decided to revamp and start at number 1 again.
This issue has the first John Romita artwork on Spider-Man,
a combination that was to become a fan favorite for
years to come.
Daredevil #57 - November 1949 - Lev Gleason
The title lasted for 134 issues between 1941 and 1956 with
the prolific Charles Biro at the helm.
My copy is in a very poor state, sadly.
Daring Adventures #15 - 1964 - Super
Reprint specialists Super and IW  had many titles going in
the 1960s. This title lasted 9 issues reprinting  1940s  comic books.

Sunday, 7 October 2012

eBay links for comics. October 7th.

As promised, here are the ebay links for my listings.  Click here for the Amazing Spider-Man listing and here for the Warlock listing.
If you're thinking of bidding, then good luck and have fun!!

eBay stuff for October 7th.

A bit short notice but I've decided to list some more bronze age comics tonight. Nothing really special, sadly, and I'm running out of comics very quickly! I may have to have another sort through my collection but most of the stuff I've still got I still want......

Amazing Spider-Man 113 and 114 - October / November 1972
113 is in Very Good condition, no major problems.
114 is graded at Good. The middle pages are loose on the top
staple, there is a rolled spine and an uneven finish to the page
profile on the back. Basically just a gap filler.

Warlock #2 - October 1972
In Very Good condition. There is a few small creases down the
spine and the pages are browning at the top but nothing
horrendously bad!
Click on the picture to get a bigger view. As usual they'll be listed for 7 days and have a low start price, and I ship anywhere in the world. I'll add an update when they're active with links to the listings.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Crime Does Not Fight Dan'l Boone!!

A brace of crime comics and a western make up this latest selection.

Crime Does Not Pay #138 - October 1954 - Lev Gleason.
This long running series lasted for 125 issues starting
from #22 in 1942.

Crimefighters #9 - September 1949 - Marvel comics.
Lasting 10 issues the title was resurrected by Atlas for
another 3 issues in the mid 1950's.
Another great photo cover from Marvel before it became Atlas,
 then Marvel again!

Dan'l Boone #2 - October 1955 - Sussex Publishing.
The series ran for 8 issues in the mid 1950's
This is my one and only Sussex Publishing comic book!