Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Avengers #16

Today I received an Avengers #16 that I bought on Ebay.  It's in VG condition I'd say (advertised as VG- in the listing).  This is a key issue as Thor, Iron Man, Giant-Man and Wasp leave the Avengers, and Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch join.

I try to pay 50% or less of Overstreet value for silver age books, I paid about 58% of book on this one including shipping, but based on the other issues sold recently on Ebay, I was happy to get this one at the price I paid.

I also bought a Daredevil #6 today.  I'll post that one when it arrives.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Trip to the Comic Book Store

Today I headed over to Cedar Cliff Collectibles in Eagan (MN).  I was mainly looking for older comics but they also have sports memorabilia, action figures, old Star Wars toys, video games, and you never know what else.

I had a little luck, picking up Secret Wars #8 for $10 in VF or better as well as #1 for $5.  I think this completes the set of 12 for me but I'd have to dig out the box of comics to be sure.

I also picked up a Fantastic Four #42 that I thought would be an upgrade to my current copy, but after getting it home and comparing it, I think I'll keep the copy I already had.

I put up a few of my duplicate comics on Ebay tonight.  You can see them listed in the widget to the right.

Monday, November 19, 2012

X-Men #13 Arrives

As I posted earlier, I bought an upgraded copy of X-Men #13.

It arrived today and looks great.

Here's my existing copy, which I'll probably sell on Ebay soon.  Any offers?

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Amazing Spider-Man #39 and #40

The next two Green Goblin appearances are my favorite covers of any comic.  I think I like #40 a bit more, but they're both really cool.

My copies are in pretty nice shape.  Good enough that I'm not really looking to upgrade them.  F/VF for #39 and VG/F for #40 maybe?

Still no luck buying any comics on Ebay, but I did find one on another site.  X-Men #13, which will be an upgrade to my existing copy.  I'll post a scan when I get it.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Amazing Spider-Man #27

Now that I look at this book, I can't remember if I got this issue or #26 in my trade-in at DreamHaven Books.  Regardless, my copy of #27 is in pretty nice shape.  Fine, probably?

This one has great cover art, but not quite as great as the next two issues with Green Goblin appearances, which I'll post about later.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

More Green Goblin Issues - #23 and #26

My next two Spider-Man issues with Green Goblin appearances are in very nice shape.  F/VF or better I'd say.  These two represent about my only really good investment.

Back in the '90's I bought several (maybe a dozen?) copies of Valiant's first issue of Magnus:Robot Fighter at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis.  This comic got really popular so I decided to trade them in for store credit.  I probably traded in at least 10 of the copies, and in return I was able to get these two issues.

The Valiant book is worth about $2 now so in hindsight, I actually made a really good deal.  I would guess these two Spider-Man books would sell for about $75 - $100 each.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Green Goblin Appearances

I haven't had much luck buying the comics I need on Ebay.  I've bid on a lot but they've been going for way more than I'm willing to pay.  I've mostly been bidding on Amazing Spider-Man #20, but I've been looking out for other key issues such as Hulk #181 (first appearance of Wolverine), X-Men #94 (first appearance of the new X-Men) and other Spider-Man appearances such as Strange Tales annual #2. I'm also trying to fill some holes in my other early Marvel runs, such as X-Men #22.

Anyway, I've been looking through my Spider-Man collection, mostly admiring my early Green Goblin appearances.  He has to be my favorite Spider-Man villain.  A couple years ago I bought #14 (the Goblin's first appearance) at a local comic shop.  I probably paid a little too much, but I liked being able to inspect it in person.

It has a bit of spine roll and a little writing under the issue number on the front cover, but '"d say it's a strong VG.

My copy of #17 (second appearance) is in worse shape.  I don't remember where I got it.  I think I got it as part of a collection I bought from a friend when I was in college.  It's in decent enough shape that it's not high on my list of issues to upgrade, but maybe some day I'll get around to it.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


It was much more work than I thought it would be, but I finally sorted all of my comics.  I had about seven boxes that needed to be sorted into the rest, which were mostly already in alphabetical order.

The hardest part was simply carrying the 45-50 boxes from the basement up the stairs to the living room, and then back down once I was done.

While I was sorting, I watched the Watchmen movie.  I was surprised how closely the movie followed the comics, at least the first few issues that I currently read.  It was pretty violent, but a good story.

I've been watching Ebay for a few more issues of Amazing Spiderman tat I need, mainly #20, but I'm not finding much that I consider a reasonable deal.