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Adventure Comics #40

Adventure Comics # 40 is one of the most important classic issues of this long-running series from DC. The issue featured a handful of characters including The Sandman, Barry O’Neill, Jack Woods, Captain Desmo, Don Coyote, Bulldog Martin, Socko Strong, Skip Schuyler, Rusty and Taurus the Bull. The issue featured 11 comic stories along with one text story.

The classic cover of this Golden Age comic issue featured The Sandman in action on its cover. The cover was drawn by Creig Flessel. Comic stories of many genres such as superhero, detective, adventure and sports made this issue a complete package for the comic lovers.

This issue came out in the market in July, 1939. The cover story, entitles “The Tarantula Strikes” featured an adventure of The Sandman while he went into the investigation of famous actress. The story was written and illustrated by Bert Christman. The next story is the 3rd installment of “The Suicide of Major Duval”, an adventure of Barry O’Neill by Ed Winiarski. A detective story about Federal agents entitled “The Tarryville Counterfeiters” comes next. It was penned by Jerry Siegal and drawn by Shuster Shop. Another detective story “Wolf Ruckson’s Trap: Part 2” was the next. Jim Chambers wrote and illustrated this piece. “Captured by Col. Benback: Part 2”, an adventure story of Captain Desmo comes next. This stylish story by Ed Winiarski was printed in only three colors: red, black and white. Part 3 of Fred Schwab’s fantasy adventure “A Playboy in King Arthur’s Court” is claimed to feature the first ever appearance of William Shakespeare in any comics. Another adventure “Slow Motion’s Double” by Bart Tumey came next, featuring Bulldog Martin as the central character. The only text story named “Money Makers” was the next item. Frank Thomas wrote this 2-page long intense adventure piece. “The Flying Dutchman” a sports adventure story by Joseph Sulman appeared next. Then came an adventure story of Skip Schuyler entitled “The Kidnapping of Donna Carnochan”, written and drawn by Tom Hickey. It was followed by a Boby Kane adventure “The Pirate Ship: Conclusion”. Bart Tumey came again with the story “Taurus the Bull” to conclude the issue.

This issue is quite rare to find. As one of the most desired item from the golden age, it is highly expensive as well. The price of an original can be well over $45,000.

The New Mutants #98

The New Mutants # 98 is a breakthrough issue of the series as Deadpool appeared in this issue for the first time ever. A complicated storyline, participation of a number of characters and great artwork made the book a treasure of modern age comic.

Three newly introduced characters were the main focus on the cover. Deadpool, Gideon and Domino- all have a full figure illustration on the cover. Along with these three new characters, a handful of other characters were present in this issue such as Boom Boom, Cable, Canonball, Emmanuel DaCosta, Rictor and Sunspot. Though Domino was introduced as a new character in this issue, it was revealed later the she was actually the Copycat, the shape shifter mutant.

This book was published on February 1991, from Marvel. Fabian Nicieza wrote the story and Rob Liefeld worked as the illustrator. Leifeld was involved in many stages og making this issue- he assisted in writing, he made the artworks inside and the cover as well. Joe Rosen was the letterer for this issue whereas Bob Harras was responsible for editing this issue.

This book is still not very hard to find. For a price around $250, you can buy it from auction sites and comic selling sites. Collect a copy and be a proud owner of the historical comic book that brought Deadpool into Marvel Universe.

Weird Science Fantasy #29

Weird Science Fantasy # 29 was the last issue of this pioneer sci-fi and fantasy comic magazine from EC comics. It came with a classic cover made by Frank Frazetta. Interestingly, he actually made this cover for a Famous Funnies/ Buck Rogers issue. But the cover was considered to be too much violent for that series. Weird Science-Fantasy comic magazine was one of the earliest comic franchises for fantasy and science fiction stories. This very popular magazine was originated from two other bi-monthlies of EC comics, Weird Science and Weird Fantasy. These two magazines were merged together to formulate Weird Science-Fantasy.

This issue came with four science fiction and fantasy stories. The titles of the stories are The Chosen One, Vicious Circle, Genesis and Adam Link in Business. The creators of these four stories were respectively Wally Wood, Al Williamson, Reed Crandall, and Joe Orlando.

Weird Science-Fantasy Magazine started as a quarterly magazine with issue # 23 in March 1954. However, with issue # 27 it became a bi-monthly and ran for seven issues before the ending with issue number 29. As a bi-monthly, this issue of the magazine was for the period of May-June, 1955. Bill Gains was the publisher of the magazine while Al Feldstein was responsible as the editor.

This issue marked the conclusion of a revolutionary comic magazine series. Besides that, the classic artwork was sufficient to create a high value of this issue on its own merit. It is easy to explain why this issue is such highly demanded. The price of these extremely rare classic could be as high as $8000 even. Nonetheless, the issue can be found at a much cheaper rate, depending on the condition of the book.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

The very first printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 featured a cover inspired by Frank Miller’s Ronin comic book series. The first issue had a print run of only 3,000 copies resulting in extreme rarity of the firest appearance of Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The Copper Age series was created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The comic was closer in size to a magazine and featured black and white art on the inside.

Today, the first printing of the first issue is highly sought after and very valuable. Prices range, but you can expect to pay over a thousand dollars for a decent copy. That is, if you can find one.

Daredevil, the Man Without Fear #1

Right in the middle of the Silver Age of comic books, Marvel released Daredevil #1. The subtitle of the book is The Man without Fear. Daredevil was a quick success, playing out Marvel’s formula of a teenage boy, grappling with growing problems, and finding his unique super power. In this case, Matt Murdock loses his sight, but gains his powers from a radioactive canister.

Daredevil’s heightened senses were a big hit in the Silver Age and continues to the current modern age of comics. This issue can easily clear $1000 in mid to high grade and much more for uber high grade condition.

Of course, this issue was written by Stan Lee. Penciled cover artwork was by the King, Jack Kirby. Interior pencils were by Bill Everett. Of note is that Steve Ditko partook of some inking work as well.

Captain America Comics 13, Revenge for Pearl Harbor

Right after the U.S. entered World War II, there was a lot of anger in America, particularly at the Japanese for their surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Needless to say, the event was depicted in many ways during the Golden Age of Comic Books. One of the rare comics is Captain America #13 published by Timely Comics, now known as Marvel Comics.

This issue features both Captain America and Bucky very prominently on the cover. As a matter of fact, both are drawn oversized on the cover with Pearl Harbor below them. On the cover, Captain America is hitting Hirohito with the following quote, “You started it, now we’ll finish it.” The lower left corner of the cover has an emblem that reads Remember Pearl Harbor.

During the Golden Age, war covers were very popular and helped to sell many issues. This issue of Captain America was published in April 1942 with art by Al Avison.

Old Comics for Sale - Golden, Silver and Bronze Age

The Internet has revolutionized the way old comic books are sold. A simple search demonstrates that old comics for sale can be found via auction sites, classifieds and comic book dealer websites.

With the holidays approaching, we wanted to take the time to remind readers that vintage old comics can be searched for via ComicSeeker.com. The most common types of searches are for comics from the Silver Age. Of course, Spider-Man leads the way.

After the Silver Age, comic books from the modern and copper age are highly sought after. The variety is great, though. For example, Spawn is just as popular as The Walking Dead. However, DC and Marvel comics are also popular. Titles such as X-Men and Green Lantern are searched often.

Next, the Bronze Age could be considered Hulk 181 (the first appearance of Wolverine) and Green Lantern 76 and then everyone else.

Finally, the Golden Age of comics is ruled by Superman and Batman. Wonder Woman and Flash trail behind the two big guys when looking for old comics for sale. Also note that Marvel Mystery Comics, published then by Timely, is extremely hot for golden age collectors.

So, when looking for old comic books for sale, whatever it is, just use the search box above and enjoy your hobby.

Giant Size X-Men #1 - First New X-Men Team

During the middle of the Bronze Age, the X-Men were a lagging title for Marvel. However, with the release of Giant Size X-Men #1, that all changed. In this issue, a new team of X-Men was assembled by Professor X to save the original X-Men. From this issue, you get a long list of mutants to call X-Men, they are:

  • Angel
  • Banshee, who joins as a new X-Men
  • Colossus, in his first appearance
  • Cyclops
  • Havok, who joins
  • Iceman
  • Lorna Dane, who joins
  • Marvel Girl
  • Nightcrawler, first appearance
  • Storm (Ororo), first appearance
  • Sunfire, joins team
  • Thunderbird, first appearance
  • Wolverine, joins team

This issue was on the newstand in May, 1975 with a cover price of 50 cents. Today, Giant Size X-Men #1 is valued at several hundred dollars.

This issue was written by Len Wein. Cover art by Gil Kane and interior cover art by Dave Cockrum.

Collectible Rare Comic Books

Often times, a person with vintage comics, or an old comic book collection has no idea of their value. The comic books may have been inherited, or, found in an attic, stored away for many years. What the person really wants to know if whether or not they have collectible rare comic books.

To determine if you have collectible comics, there are three general guidelines. Those are age, desirability and condition.

Old Comic Books

The first rule is to determine how old are the comic books in your collection. Generally, the older your comics, the more collectible the comic book may be. Though not always true, this is a good general guideline. For example, a Golden Age comic book, or a comic from the Silver Age is probably more collectible than a comic from the last 10 years.

There are exceptions. For example, a copy of The Walking Dead #1 is currently more collectible than most Secret Hearts #3 from the late Golden Age.

Desirability

The next rule is how desirable the comic is. Higher means the comic is more collectible and probably has a higher value as well. For example, superhero comic books are currently more desirable western comics. However, there was a period in the 1950’s where western comics were considered more collectible. Detective Comics #27, the very first appearance of Batman, is more collectible than Famous Funnies #1, the first comic book.

Comic Book Condition

The final piece to determine how collectible your old comic book is, is its condition. It is possible for some rare early comic books to be in excellent condition. In that case, it is worth more than the same comic book in a poor condition. In comic book collecting, condition has several levels. A future article will review all those levels.

So, there you have it, the general rules for determining how collectible your rare, and not so rare, comic books are.

Batman #47 - Detailed Origin of Batman

The first detailed origin of Batman was in the Golden Age. The comic was Batman #47 and featured a young Bruce Wayne on the cover mourning the death of his parents. This comic was published in 1948, about 8 years after Batman first appeared in Detective Comics 27.

The origin story was written by Bill Finger, who wrote most of the great golden age Batman stories. The cover and interior pencil art is attributed to Batman’s creator, Bob Kane. Inks by Charles Paris.

Originally priced at 10 cents, Batman 47 now has a value of thousands of dollars in high grade. Even mid-grades of this comic are valuable at well over a couple of thousand dollars.