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May 31, 2016

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #172 normalman

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 8:12 pm

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

In a twist on the Superman mythos, the title character in Jim Valentino’s normalman (stylized in all lower-case letters) is shipped off into space by his father when he concludes that the planet they inhabit will explode. The child arrives on a planet inhabited completely by super-powered beings – they dub him normalman, because he’s the only one there without powers.

The character debuted in Cerebus the Aardvark #56 and was soon given his own ongoing series. That title served as a vehicle for creator, Jim Valentino, to spoof and parody other comics, a perfect opportunity (if ever there was one) to introduce cover swipes that parody the source material.

It looks as if normalman #2 is paying homage to this classic issue of Fantastic Four (guest-starring Daredevil) but the logo is actually honoring the long-standing Spider-Man logo design that debuted on the cover of Amazing Spider-Man #2 and dressed the covers of that series up through issue #394.

Fantastic Four #39
Fantastic Four #39
June 1965
Jack Kirby
normalman #2
normalman #2
April 1984
Jim Valentino

On Ebay: normalman | Fantastic Four
On Amazon: normalman | Fantastic Four
On AtomicAvenue: normalman | Fantastic Four






May 24, 2016

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #171 normalman

Filed under: Swiped: Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed! — Doorman @ 10:00 am

After looking at hundreds of comic book covers, it becomes quickly apparent that not every cover is 100% original. Whether done intentionally or even underhandedly, there’s something about uncovering these “swipes” that adds a new element of fun to reading and collecting comics.

In a twist on the Superman mythos, the title character in Jim Valentino’s normalman (stylized in all lower-case letters) is shipped off into space by his father when he concludes that the planet they inhabit will explode. The child arrives on a planet inhabited completely by super-powered beings – they dub him normalman, because he’s the only one there without powers.

The character debuted in Cerebus the Aardvark #56 and was soon given his own ongoing series. That title served as a vehicle for creator, Jim Valentino, to spoof and parody other comics, a perfect opportunity (if ever there was one) to introduce cover swipes that parody the source material.

Superman #146
Superman #146
July 1961
Curt Swan, Sheldon Moldoff
normalman #1
normalman #1
January 1984
Jim Valentino

On Ebay: normalman | Superman
On Amazon: normalman | Superman
On AtomicAvenue: normalman | Superman






May 4, 2016

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #69 May 2016

Filed under: Cyberspace Comics Market Report — Doorman @ 8:59 pm

I started selling comics full-time in 2010 and wanted to track my progress against the online back issue markets. Here’s a look at the current comics aftermarket and my progress in achieving my goal of becoming a prominent back issue dealer.

one month change one year change five year change
Listings in eBay’s comics section 3,030,350 -2.24% -6.57% +96.82%
Cyberspace Comics listings 92,492 -0.15% +18.32% +1,2220.37%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay 3.05% +2.08% +26.65% +570.87%
Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions 149,496 -4.43% +15.08% +66.30%
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction 4.93% +4.67% +32.17% -9.54%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section (90 days) 1,121,401 +5.83%
Number of listings sold in eBay’s comics section divided by current listings 37.01% +8.27%


Total number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section

My current eBay feedback (unique): 45,628
My current eBay feedback (total): 88,006
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Here’s a look at the top five categories in my eBay store from the past 90 days.

Position Dollar Sales (eBay) # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (19,537 listings)
Second DC Comics DC Comics (14,062 listings)
Third Image Comics (↑) Other Indies (8,615 listings)
Fourth Graded Comics (CGC) (↓) Image Comics (7,144 listings)
Fifth Wholesale (↑) Dark Horse (4,029 listings)
one month change one year change five year change
Listings on Atomic Avenue 1,214,507 +0.66% +3.77% -9.45%
Listings in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue 89,252 +0.76% +18.09% +201.27%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue 7.35% +0.12% +13.76% +232.72%
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders 8.69% -18.86% +100.69% +28.74%
Number of unique issues on Atomic Avenue 224,120 +0.85% +9.51%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of unique issues on AtomicAvenue 39.82% -0.09% +7.83%


Total number of comics listed on Atomic Avenue
one month change one year change five year change
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive 123,058 +0.61% +24.04%
Number of items for sale on ComicCollectorLive 1,661,622
Number of items sold on ComicCollectorLive 2,070,029
Number of stores open on ComicCollectorLive 101
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Amazon’s Entertainment Collectibles – Comic Book section 165,205 +3.72%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics Amazon store 87,560 +1.65%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on Amazon 53.00% -1.94%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in HipComic’s Comic Books section 171,997 +18.45%
Number of those listings that are in the Cyberspace Comics HipComic store: 92,487 -0.44%
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on HipComic 53.77% -15.93%
one month change one year change five year change
Number of listings in Bonanza’s Comics section 133,573 +9.14%

 
 

From October 2015 to February 2016, eBay was giving away 10,000 free listings to sellers with store accounts. Despite the elimination of this promotion, the number of listings have dipped but not dropped off sharply.

Atomic Avenue‘s total listings are continuing their slow climb out of their most recent 5-year low brought on by a combination of increased selling fees and stricter selling metrics that removed some members (other members left proactively). This month, that slow climb took a slight hit. However, more importantly, their number of unique issues continues to rise consistently – and has done so since I began tracking this data.

Comic Collector Live continues to see consistent growth in their user base.

Amazon‘s collectibles marketplace is too new to draw any conclusions – as is the recently-launched HipComic, which debuted in January 2016.

Bonanza continues to see consistent growth in the number of listings since I started tracking that data.

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