Friday, 31 August 2012

All-True Adult Spider-Man!!

I think these titles are running away with me a bit.....
My next batch includes a comic which is in probably the poorest condition of any in my collection, I got it with a batch of other comics which were in much better condition so it didn't bother me too much!

All-True Detective Cases #3 - June / July 1954 - Avon
A short run of 3 issues, starting with #2 and became a western title 'Kit Carson' from #5
One of the very few Avon titles in my collection. Not in great condition but it's not the worst...

Amazing Adult Fantasy #14 - July 1962 - Marvel
Formerly called 'Amazing Adventures' the title started at #7 and finished with #14 when it changed it's name again to Amazing Fantasy with #15 and introduced Spider-Man to the world. This issue has the prototype 'Professor X' of X-Men fame in a very early mutant story called 'The Man in the Sky'.
My copy is in a bit of a mess, but it's not the worst....

Amazing Spider-Man #15 - August 1964 - Marvel
Possibly the greatest character to come out of the early 1960's, still going strong today.
Yep, this is the most knackered comic book I own!! It's also the earliest Spider-Man I own!

Monday, 27 August 2012

All-American Western Crime!!

Not such a good title this time!
All of these comic books start with 'All' !!

All American Men of War #98 - July / August 1963 - DC
A long running title starting in the early 1950s and lasting well
into the middle of the 1960s.
I only have 2 issues from this series, this one being the earliest.

All-Star Western #116 - December  1960 / January 1961 - DC
This is from the first series of this title. It started out as
All Star Comics, becoming All-Star Western with issue 58.
It lasted from the early 1950s to the early 1960s.
The title was resurrected in the early 1970s.
This is the only example of this title I have!

All-True Crime #43 - March 1951 - Atlas Comics
Title started out as 'Official True Crime Cases' then became
All-True Crime with issue 26. The title lasted for nearly five
years until late 1952.
Like most of the older titles, I only have one of them!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Alarming Fly War!

Okay, another slightly misleading title.....
Todays batch is another varied mix of Super-hero, war and  thriller. 

Adventures of the Fly #29 - January 1964 - Radio Comics
The first 6 issues were titled 'The Fly'. The series ran for 30 issues between the late '50s and mid '60s before changing name again to 'Fly Man'.

Air War Stories #3 - March / May 1965 - Dell
The title had a short lived run of 8 issues in the mid 1960s. The early issues had painted covers. My copy is in a sad state of repair!

Alarming Adventures #3 - February 1963 - Harvey
This was a 3-issue run from late '62 to early '63. 

Tuesday, 21 August 2012


Todays little lot all have adventure in the title but all are different genres. Super-Hero, thriller and humour. Most of my comics are not in great condition, but with limited funds it's the only way to get as many as possible without breaking the bank. I also think it gives them a certain feel of age, like they're meant to be a bit knackered!

Adventure Comics #254 - November 1958 - DC
My oldest Adventure Comics issue. In pretty bad shape but  just about
holding together!

Adventures into the Unknown #112 - November 1959 - ACG
My earliest issue  and one of the earliest ACG comics I own. 

Adventures of Bob Hope # 109 - February / March 1968 - DC
The final issue. The only other issue I own is #108. 

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Back to 'A' - More Comic Covers

Having whizzed through the alphabet with the first selections I shall return to 'A' and take a more in-depth tour of my collection. I may accidentally select comics I've already shown, but it would probably be worth it!! I used to own 'Abbott and Costello' #18 (Charlton) - my first comic book alphabetically, but since I've been slowly purging my collection of 1970's stuff it had to go and now my first comic is 'Ace Comics' #67 After that I have a few late 1960's Action Comics so I'm already missing masses of stuff from what would be my ideal collection!

Ace Comics #67 - October 1942 - David McKay Co.
Not usually the type of comic I go for, but with contents including: The Phantom,
Jungle Jim and Tim Tyler, I think it's worth it!

Action Comics #332 - January 1966 - DC
My earliest Action Comics. I aim to get earlier issues before the year is out!

Action Comics #359 - February 1968 - DC
One of my favorite DC covers.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

A few more Golden Age oldies.

This little selection has come into my posession from three different sources, eBay, catalogue and comic mart. Each way have their own pros and cons. eBay has the convenience but you only have the sellers description to go by. At comic marts you get to see exactly what you're buying but you have to physically get there. Catalogues are pretty much like eBay if you can pay online, if not then you have to send the money, wait for them to recieve it and wait again for the comics to arrive and only then see what you've bought. I used to buy a lot by catalogue, but it's so easy online I now prefer that method. I haven't been to a mart for years but I always remember the excitement of not knowing what to find and be able to have it instantly in my posession. I really must go to one again.....

Target Comics Vol 6 #4 - June 1945 - Novelty Press
Probably the comic in the best condition I've ever had from eBay!

Uncanny Tales #44 - June 1956 - Atlas
The type of comic book I always look for in comic marts. I've managed to build
up quite a collection that way (usually expensively!!)

Web of Evil #16 - July 1954 - Comic Magazines
One of the last comics I bought from a catalogue. It took a long time to arrive
and was in quite a poor condition.

Friday, 10 August 2012

Super-Hero Time!

Todays small bunch are all super-hero comic books, all are the earliest appearances of the characters I have.
I would like to make a list of all the characters with their first appearances and the earliest that I own. It's something I'll have to work on!

Strange Tales #107 - Marvel - April 1963
4th Sub-Mariner Silver Age appearance. My earliest appearances for both

Superman #79 - DC - November / December 1952
My earliest Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor!

Tales of Suspense #44 - Marvel - August 1963
I believe this to be the 6th ever appearance of Iron Man from the days when
Marvel writers and editors couldn't spell 'Pharaoh'!!

Monday, 6 August 2012

Old Horror Stamps!!

Don't believe the title, quite!

Today's selection include the oldest comic I own, one of my favorite horror titles and a comic book about stamps!!

Single Series #15 - United Features Syndicate - 1939
My oldest comic. Sadly in very poor condition, it's literally falling apart.

Spellbound #9 - Atlas  - November 1952
These old Atlas comics have some of the best stories and art from the 1950's.
The cover story is one of my all-time favorites!

Stamp Comics #5 - Stamp Comics Inc. - June 1952
Who would have thought you could make a comic book about stamps?
Several stories on the origins of famous stamps. One for the serious completist!

Friday, 3 August 2012

August 3rd 2012 - My collection part 9

Welcome to my next sampling of the pick of my collection.

Some classic Atlas fantasy, my first 1950's comic and the rarest comic I own are in this little lot!

Mystery Tales #26 - Atlas - February 1955 - From the  'golden age'  of Atlas
Comics. This is my favorite genre of comic books.

Out of this World #7 - Charlton - February 1958 - The first 1950's comic book
I owned. I believe this was also my first Steve Ditko cover.

Shadow Comics Volume 2 #2 - Street and Smith - January 1942 - The Overstreet
guide classes this comic as 'rare', Their definition of rare is ' 10 to 20 comics
estimated to exist '  Wow! The thought there might only be me and a couple of
dozen other people in the world with this comic is quite sobering! The
condition is not great but it is still one of my most valuable comic books.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

August 1st 2012 - My collection part 8

Just a few more of my favorite comics from my collection.

Mr District Attorney #67 - DC - January to February 1959
Final issue. In itself this is nothing special but it does serve to illustrate one
of my collecting foibles. I always tend to collect a title from the last issue and
work towards the first. My (possibly mentally suspect) reason is that I find the
earlier issues more interesting and exciting simply because they're closer to the #1.
That means the next issue I buy will be of more interest to me than the last one.
Make sense?

More Fun Comics #109 - DC - April 1946
For a long time this was the oldest comic book I owned. I'm not normally a humor
 title fan but I always make exceptions, especially when they're 1940's or 50's comics!

My Own Romance #68 - Atlas - March 1959
The first romance comic book I ever had. It was also my first Atlas comic,
though I didn't realize that when I bought it. It's strange to see the difference
between the UK and US markets. In the UK most romance comics can be
found cheaply, even the golden age ones,  way below the prices they realize in
the USA. Great for me!