Yesterday afternoon, I braved a monsoon, flash floods, and falling trees on the Beltway, to make it to Geppi's Entertainment Museum in Baltimore one final time. Last week, it was announced that Steve Geppi, founder of Diamond Comic Distributors, had decided to donate a large portion of his massive pop culture collection to the Library of Congress, and as a result, Geppi's … [Read more...] about A final visit to Geppi’s Entertainment Museum
The current Hake's auction has tons of great stuff, but while browsing through the catalog, I kept being drawn to these amazing custom framed pieces of comic art. Sure, the art itself is incredible, but the frames take it to a whole new level. The collage work done on the frames is the work of artist Dan Makara, who uses clippings of comics along with hand-colored elements and … [Read more...] about Custom collages almost as good as the art they frame
While comic book fans descended on New York City for NYCC this past weekend, we had our own little comic show here in northern Virginia. The Shoff Show comes around every few months, and I've been going to it fairly often lately -- I'm a sucker for the bargain bins. There is one dealer who brings dozens of long boxes with comics priced from 75 cents to five bucks. This is where … [Read more...] about What does the future hold for comic book collecting?
Wow! Three of the highest graded, key Wonder Woman comics are going to be sold at auction this weekend. A CGC-certified 9.4 copy of All Star Comics #8 (Wonder Woman's first appearance), a CGC 9.6 copy of Sensation Comics #1, and a CGC 9.0 copy of Wonder Woman #1. The remarkable condition of these issues is absolutely crazy -- for comparison's sake, the highest graded copies … [Read more...] about Wonder Woman Key Issues up for Bid on eBay
I have been looking for a vintage comic book spinner rack for years -- I have placed bids on eBay auctions only to lose out at the last minute or passed them by entirely due to the massive shipping charges these usually command. Last week, I came across a spinner rack listing on Craigslist that was five days old, so I was already setting myself up for disappointment when I sent … [Read more...] about Check out that rack!
I really must be living under a rock because I slept through the first six seasons of Comic Trips, and only recently discovered it through a link I saw on Facebook. Comic Trips is the kinder, much friendlier version of Toy Hunter (sorry Jordan!) -- it's a YouTube show that follows New Jersey-based married couple, Paul and Kat on their adventures hunting down nostalgia in all … [Read more...] about Comic Trips — my new obsession
Yesterday, I visited a local comic show put on by Shoff Promotions. I've been out of the comic book collecting game since the late 80's, but it's still fun to pick up random comics when the opportunity presents itself. I'm the worst kind of collector though -- my purchasing decisions are based on the cover art alone. These comics are not being bought to read -- that's what … [Read more...] about I suck at collecting comic books
First appearance of Superman from 1938 sells for $956,000 A rare copy of Action Comics #1 – featuring the first appearance of Superman and considered a cornerstone of pop culture — quickly surpassed its $750,000 estimate to sell for nearly $1 million at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Heritage Auctions. The 1938 comic book … [Read more...] about Action Comics #1 sells for nearly $1 million at Heritage