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Friday, July 25, 2014

Action Comics #1- The eBay Copy

Nicolas Cage Copy

We continue our "Stories of Action Comics #1" with coverage of an upcoming graded CGC 9.0 that
 will be auctioned on eBay next month. You can view the countdown Here.

The comic is part of a large Pristine Auction consignment with part of the proceeds going to the Christopher Reeves foundation. Christopher Reeves is the actor who played Superman in the late 1970/ early 1980's.

So what does all this mean to us comic hunters? If you sign up to be pre-qualified for the monumental auction and have an extra couple of million bucks sitting around you to can own a mint copy of Superman first appearance in Action Comics #1, the most famous comic ever made.

Experts are predicting that this copy will sell for around $3 million, keep in mind that the Nicolas Cage Copy also a CGC graded 9.0 sold for $2,100,000 in 2012. Since that auction hosted by ComicConnect the Comic market has exploded. Prices being realized for lesser known comics has increased steadily and high graded comics have become long-term investments.

So what are you waiting for sign-up to get Qualified and when you win the Action Comics #1 send us  a picture and we will tell your story, you can Email us. If you have a picture of any key issues send us a picture and we might tell your story.

Read the other "Stories of Action Comics #1" by clicking HERE

Good Luck on your Hunt!
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Detective Comics #27 - The Pinnacle Hill Copy


Over the last couple of weeks we have provided "Stories of Action Comics #1" which focuses on specific copies or reprints of Supermans first appearance. A single copy of Action Comics #1 sold for over $2 million dollars, the highest price for a comic book ever. Right behind the copy of Action Comics #1 is the Pinnacle Hill copy of Detective Comics #27, the first appearance off Batman.  (You can read more about it in our previous post The beauty that is Detective Comics #27)

The Pinnacle Hill copy of Detective Comics #27, which is CGC graded 8.0, sold at auction in February 2010 for $1,075,500. Heritage Auction Galleries sold the copy to anonymous collector.
It is believed that the seller had bought the Batman comic in the late 1960s for $100. That is a pretty good profit. 
Based on the increased auction prices being realized for these higher grade key Golden Age comics we can expect more stories such as this. So keep your eyes pealed for a copy of Detective Comics #27 you really never know where one will turn up,  remember a copy of Actin Comics #1 was found in a wall.

We will be looking at other important copies of Detective Comics #27 in future posts so click follow us on the side panel to,keep up with our reviews.l

Good Luck on Your Hunt!
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Comic Shop Review - Hypnotronic Comics, NY


Sometimes when you walk into a comic shop for the first time everything just looks right. When you first enter Hypnotronic Comics located on Staten Island, NY, you know you're  in one of those rare comic shops. The kind of shop that has old and new comics and toys, rare items along with the stuff you see everyday. The walls are covered in toys from days gone by.


Hypnotronic is the kind of comic shop where you know the owner puts great care into it and it's not hard to tell that they are collectors as well as dealers. If you have been buying comics for any length if time you know what we mean. If you are new check out Hypnotronics and you'll see what we mean.

Some of the items were just really cool to see, like the old Superman squeaky doll.


Or the They Live mask. Still Rowdy Roddy Pipers best work, well except for Wrestlemania 1.



So how is Hypnotronic Comics in way of huntability. You might guess already what we are going to say.

Comics- A nice selection of back issues ranging in price from $2 and up, most of the bins are $4 ans up. The up was some really good deals on key issues on various titles. Picked up two Old Justice League of America issues #121 and 147. They also had a wall full of new issues, all the titles you would want. Plus they have an old spinner rack, rarely seen in comic shops any more.


Toys - The best part of Hypnotronic Comics is their selection of toys, many older action figures and other items. It always impresses us when a toy store has carded toy biz figures from the early 1990's. they also had a box of old wrestling figures. If you collect toys you should take a trip here, it is walking distance from the Staten Island ferry and well worth the trip.


Other stuff - The shop also had a strong focus on horror related collectibles, many masks and statues. You can also get books (comic related), t-shirts, buttons, key chains, cards and almost anything else you would want.

Comic Shop Grade = A


For a small shop they packed a lot of comic and collectible punch. Reminded us of one of the old school comic shops, a mom and pop type store where care goes into everything they sell and do. The inventory was representative of items from all eras of collecting. They had the first tower of Funkos i have ever seen. Basically visit here when you get a chance, you are sure to find something to add to your collection.



Good Luck on Your Hunt!
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Action Comics #1 - Ashcan edition


Okay first off many of you may be asking, what the hell is an Ashcan? Back in Golden Age of Comics, companies would have to create a faux comic in order to get the name of the title licensed with the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). The publisher would create the title logo and place it on a piece of cover art, so they would own the trademark rights to the logo. This cover would be affixed to an existing comic book interior or just random pages. This was accepted as an authentic comic and the title rights were secured. There were a couple of these ashcans created for each title, afterwards they were usually thrown away. 

The Action Comics #1 Ashcan was created in 1938 to garner the rights to the title Action Comics.  Superman does not appear on the cover. if you recall from our   Stories of Action Comics #1, Superman was a last minute throw in.
 The Ashcan cover was a gruesome monster done by artist Craig Flessel. It was rare for Ashcans to use or initial cover art, usually recycled images were used. It is believed that only 3 Action Comics Ashcan copies exist, one is in the permanent archives of DC comics, while the other two are in the hands of private collectors. One recently sold for about $20,000.

Even just seeing an ashcan is a rarity, some come up for sale on occasion but that is rare. Keep on the look out for one as you never know where you might find a copy.

You can purchase a copy of the cover, along with Siegel and Shusters Slam Bradley art for only $35, check it out HERE



Good Luck on Your Hunt.
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The Lost Boys and Batman #14


One of my all-time favorite movies has always been The Lost Boys.
What more could you ask or in a movie, Vampires, Vampire Hunters and Comic Book collectors.
You see Sam from Lost Boys wasn't only a vampire hunter he was also a comic book hunter.
What was he hunting, welllll!

Here is the lines from the movie to help you figure it out

Actually looking for Batman #14.
That's a very serious book, man. only 5 in existence
Four actually.  I'm always looking out for the other three.

We all know there are more then 4 copies of Batman #14 in existence, imagine what the cost would be if there were only 3.
The picture above is of one I came across at Wizard World Philadelphia. Didn't have the cash to buy it, as that is tied up with the Frog brothers. Owe them or a job they did.


Keep your eye out for the other two. And watch the Lost Boys.

Good Luck on Your Hunt.
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Wednesday Whacked Comic Cover - Green Lantern #30


This week our Wednesday Whacked comic cover comes from one of DC's monthly themed variant covers. Each month DC selects a central theme for various titles within their New 52 line. Back in April of this year the theme was Mad magazine.
All the covers in April featured the heros reimagined as Mad character Alfred E. Newman. These covers have become highly sought after regardless of how Whacky they are.

Chose the Green Lantern cover as it was by far the Whackist. You can see why just by looking at it.
Well done DC, well done.

So get on out if bed and when you go buy your new issues this week look for te Mad magazine variants.

Good Luck on your Hunt!
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