This is a pretty significant piece. The Hulk 181 cover would be better, of course, but this is a pretty great panel page. The nice, big teaser image of Wolverine in all his old school costume glory really makes this a great page. There will be some bids placed on this one.
Record Comic Book Sales List Updated- Now With a Chart Plotting $100,000+ Sales Over the Past 20 Years
I've updated the All Time Record Comic Book Sales page with a nice little chart illustrating sales over the past 20 years. It's new, so let me know if you experience any issues. It should work in the latest Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera and IE9+.
Here's a snapshot of the chart. It's not interactive. The real one is.
The chart is interesting in that it shows two separate events that changed the playing field over night. The introduction of CGC in the early 2000s (since
I have incomplete data on those early sales, they actually stack up right at the beginning of 2000) and then the series of record sales in 2010, which immediately changed the range. We used to have a solid ceiling of $350,000. Overnight we went to world where multiple sales in individual auctions would break that barrier.
So, I went ahead and relaunched the $100,000 Club page with a ton of new data and some sorting and filtering/search features. It's still early days in the redesign of the page, but I'd rather get it in front of people sooner rather than later, so there it is.
Once that page is basically stable I'm going to work on some of the other feature pages, getting them up to speed with new data and features. It's slow going, but fun, so I'll keep plugging away.
I'm still also busy adding data (the latest round of auctions, mostly), so there are a few holes. If you see any bugs or have any data to add, you can send me an email, open an issue on Github or leave a comment on the post.
As an aside, if you're a PHP/MySQL genius, and are in the mood to help me out with some enhancements to this portion of the site, let me know.
Cracked case? Check. Why'd-you-grade-it grade for a post-1980 book? Check. Old case so you don't even know if it was damaged in the crack event? Check.
At least the price is less than the GPA average, of course, once you factor in shipping and getting it regraded you're out 30 bucks
These are about as nice as I could realistically expect. They're not 9.8 or anything, but they're still nice, fresh, copies of these nearly 40 year old French comics.
As part of the research for the new $100,000 club list, I've figured out that the book formerly known as the Diamond Run Amazing Fantasy 15 9.4 is now one of the three 9.6s.
Here it is in its former life:
As promised, here's more on the latest Heritage auction. This isn't a full rundown of the auction, but it'll do until I really hit my stride here. I've still got coding tasks for this site so it's going to take me a while until I'm 100% content.
One of my dream books from 20+ years ago. The other is the long-missing White Mountain Daredevil #1. I would like to own this book. There's lots of collecting history wrapped up in it and it's a hell of a copy.
I'm a big proponent of this book, in general. I know that it's not the rarest of the Golden Age keys and that it's available in high grade at a rate unseen in any other Golden Age key other than Marvel Comics #1. I don't care. It's the number one issue of a long-running series featuring one of the five biggest characters in comics and and it includes the first appearances of both Catwoman and the Joker, two of the cornerstones of both the comics and movie Bat-universes. A killer, killer book.
It would take me a month to list all the art I'd rather have for $150,000 than this piece. I mean, I love Frazetta and at some level understand that this is a nice piece with lots to look at… I just can't see spending this much money for it. It's just such an oddball piece. For this much money I would want to start to get into the "iconic" category and this, at least in terms of subject matter and approach, doesn't feel like an iconic Frazetta piece to me. Obviously someone else might feel differently and it might just pop that reserve, but I just don't feel it.
I had no idea this image even existed. What a fool I've been.
I knew this image existed. I'm not sure how many of you did, however
I knew this cover existed. I'm not sure how many of you did.
I'm not sure how much Kirby crackle I can handle. This piece is probably pushing the boundaries of how much Kirby crackle one piece can hold.
This is quite a memorable page for something that doesn't really feature much in the way of action. Having the full roster present and representing a very dramatic turn in the series it hits well above its weight.
I may try to win one or two You should totally not bid on any of them. I have to see how some other things play out, a little earlier in the auction. With Heritage I just bid what I want to pay on select items and then when/if I lost out on those I'll occasionally move down my list to other books. I actually just screwed up and missed these books the first time I went through the catalog and ended up bidding on some other things I'm (slightly) less interested in.
Yes, I'm that dumb.
So what do you think of this auction? Share it in the comments.
Is there any better way to relaunch this site than with a glimpse at what's probably the single greatest piece of comic art ever to come up to auction? Nope. This is the bee's knees. To be honest, there are only a handful of possible pieces that would be more exciting to me than this cover (most of those would be by Jack Kirby, in case you're keeping track.) Why?
- It's one of the most influential comic series of all time.
- This piece is probably the best Frank Miller superhero cover from an art perspective. It's just a perfect example of his signature style. It's also the only really great cover (from an original art perspective) from the whole series. If you're going to own one, this is the one to own.
- We're in the middle of a real mania for this stuff. The Shamus Modern Masterworks collection has obviously focused plenty of attention on 1980s-1990s original art so it's not like anything in this space is going to pass unnoticed. With the McFarlane Amazing Spider-Man #328 cover selling for $600,000+ and the iconic Miller Dark Knight Returns splash selling for $448,000 there's a very strong bottom on the value of a piece like this. This is evidenced by the fact that it's already hit that bottom with 10 more days to go before the live auction.
Also, yes! I'm back. There's a lot to do around here, including much data updating, but with this redesign I'm officially back at the helm of this blog. Hopefully that's good news to some of you I'll be looking at the rest of the upcoming Heritage auction for the next week, so we'll be starting off with some fun content right out of the chute.
I also updated my comics and original art gallery, so you can see some of the things I've been buying during my blogging hiatus.