Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Request for ACG Comics Lists

As some of you may have gathered from the posts to the group this week, we are making an attempt to get the ball rolling on the ACG Project. Only about 10% of the books from this often overlooked publisher have been scanned so far, so there is a considerable amount of work to be done.

We are looking for a list of your ACG comics that you are willing to scan for the project. Some of us are now breaking open our wallets to purchase ACGs on ebay, but obviously we want to maximize our effectiveness by purchasing the issues that are not in another scanner's collection.

I have the following unscanned ACGs:

Adventures into the Unknown: 135, 137, 139, 140, 143, 161, 164, 170
Forbidden Worlds: 97, 110, 117, 119
Unknown Worlds: 18, 20

Please mention your comics in the comments section.

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Text of Proposed Ad for WDC&S #1

I propose that we sell it with a $300 opening bid, no reserve. We should put it in the featured auction group, which will cost us $20. I would suggest using Paypal, request input on whether we should accept Paypal from credit cards (which I believe will cost us about another $20 at $360). Any other suggestions (like what to put in the header) would be appreciated. I will certainly include a scan of the splash; should we include a scan of the crossword (which was mentioned in one email to the original seller)? I will also make sure to notify the two bidders below us that the comic is back on the market. Here's my proposed wording:

Here's one of the Holy Grails of Dell and Walt Disney collectors, Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories #1, from October 1940. Featuring the artwork of Al Taliaferro on Donald Duck and Floyd Gottfredson on Mickey Mouse.

This comic is in coverless condition. There is a chunk out of page 37/38 that affects three panels on each (out of 12 panels on the page). Aside from that the book is complete with clean, supple pages. The centerfold is there (attached at one staple), and there is no writing in the crossword or anywhere else in the book. It’s a perfect copy for those missing a centerfold, or just wishing to read the classic stories.

But wait, there’s more!

With this comic you will receive full-color copies of the front and back cover.

But wait, there’s more!

You will also receive full-color copies of page 37 and 38 (scanned from a reprint), so your enjoyment of this truly exceptional comic will be complete.

This beauty currently guides for $1,525 in good condition, but coverless it can be had for a substantial discount. The book is absolutely a steal at the starting price, so bid early and bid smart.

Please feel free to critique.

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Dick Ayers Graphic Novel Biography.

Done by Dick himself. There are 3 parts. 1st one is already done and will be heading to stores soon. Dick is working on the 2nd one right now. 3rd to come out when it's finished. I thought some of you Golden/Silver Age lovers might be interested in this.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Not Your Father's Superheroes

This article has been getting some attention.

Comics guru Steve McCredie attributes the adult plotlines to the fact the comic-book crowd is getting older.

Mr McCredie, who co-owns cult Melbourne comic shop Minotaur, said younger readers were ditching comics for computer games and the internet, while males in their 20s and older kept turning the pages.

"During the so-called comics golden age of the 1940s, '50s and '60s, comics were simple and written for kids," he said.

"Older readers might have a nostalgic fondness for the simple stories of the 1960s, but now it won't sustain their pop cultural needs."