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.