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Connecting Covers #46 Sweet Tooth

13 Aug

A fun aspect of comic books is that sometimes their covers combine to make an even larger image. Here’s a look at some connecting covers.

Jeff Lemire brought Sweet Tooth to an end with issue #40. The four issues prior to that utilized a connecting cover design.

Sweet Tooth #36 37 38 39

On Ebay: Sweet Tooth
On AtomicAvenue: Sweet Tooth

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #48 August 2014

06 Aug

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,661,902 (-6.49% from last month; +11.71% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 79,006 (-2.51%; +470.81%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.96803% (+4.25%; +410.97%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 304,711 (-23.10%; +168.37%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 11.45% (-17.76%; +139.98%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 31,068
My current eBay feedback (total): 57,259
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (17,306 listings)
Second Marvel (Bronze) DC Comics (11,541 listings)
Third CGC (↑) Other Indies (8,426 listings)
Fourth DC Comics (↓) Image Comics (5,577 listings)
Fifth Other Indies (↑) Dark Horse (3,262 listings)

 
My CGC store category is showing up in my top five sales categories this month because of a record-breaking sale of Incredible Hulk #271 graded 9.8 by CGC. In fact, it made news at BleedingCool.com.

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,573,277 (-8.82%; +1.195%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 72,155 (-0.20%; +25.53%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 4.58629% (+9.45%; +24.04%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 4.99% (+1.96%; -4.77%)

AtomicAvenue’s sharp decline in listings is very probably a direct reaction to their recent increase in fees of about 50%.

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 96,762 (+0.37%; +4.46%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #154 Superman

05 Aug

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.

The first appearance of Demolitia pays homage to the first appearance of Bloodsport.

Superman vol. II #4
Superman vol. II #4
April 1987
John Byrne
Action Comics #718
Action Comics #718
February 1996
Kieron Dwyer

On Ebay: Superman
On AtomicAvenue: Superman

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #47 July 2014

02 Jul

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,846,534 (+10.14% from last month; +28.04% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 81,040 (+523.91%; +481.81%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.84697% (+466.48%; +354.41%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 396,218 (+89.62%; +258.79%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 13.92% (+72.27%; +180.07%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 30,171
My current eBay feedback (total): 55,376
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (17,723 listings)
Second Marvel (Bronze) DC Comics (11,751 listings)
Third DC Comics Other Indies (8,453 listings)
Fourth Clearance Image Comics (5,641 listings)
Fifth Movie/TV Comics (↑) Clearance (2,734)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,725,446 (+0.49%; +12.88%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 72,302 (+1.26%; +27.45%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 4.19033% (+0.77%; +12.91%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 5.09% (+8.76%; -14.88%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 96,403 (+0.28%; +4.55%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #46 June 2014

04 Jun

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,584,534 (+0.26% from last month; +10.98% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 12,989 (-33.77%; -4.26%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.50257% (-33.94%; -13.73%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 208,951 (+20.67%; +82.04%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 8.08% (+20.31%; +63.99%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 29,547
My current eBay feedback (total): 54,138
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Clearance (2,675)
Second Marvel (Bronze) Other Indies (1,460 listings)
Third DC Comics Marvel Comics (1,322 listings)
Fourth Clearance (↑) TPBs (979 listings)
Fifth Spider-Man (↑) Bad Girls (909 listings)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,717,065 (-1.02%; +12.90%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 71,399 (+4.23%; +25.85%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 4.15820% (+5.30%; +11.47%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 4.68% (-22.52%; -33.14%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 96,133 (+0.38%; +4.60%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #153 Iron Man

27 May

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.

Iron Man #128 famously dealt with Tony Stark’s alcoholism – leave it to Deadpool to poke fun at such a serious issue.

Iron Man #128
Iron Man #128
November 1979
Bob Layton
Deadpool #7
Deadpool #7
June 2013
Kevin Macguire

On Ebay: Iron Man | Deadpool
On AtomicAvenue: Iron Man | Deadpool

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #45 May 2014

07 May

Here’s a look back at the current comics aftermarket.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,577,718 (-0.43% from last month; +11.24% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 19,612 (+48.67%; +51.44%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.76083% (+49.31%; +36.14%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 173,155 (-43.91%; -28.78%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 6.72% (-43.65%; -35.96%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 29,066
My current eBay feedback (total): 53,273
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (7,379 listings)
Second Marvel (Bronze) Clearance (2,789)
Third DC Comics Other Indies (1,489 listings)
Fourth Other Indies TPBs (1,034 listings)
Fifth Clearance Bad Girls (942 listings)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,734,838 (+1.83%; +15.22%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 68,504 (+3.65%; +23.24%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.94873% (+1.78%; +6.96%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 6.04% (+11.85%; +1.85%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 95,768 (+0.47%; +4.80%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #152 Earth 4

06 May

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.

Before making a name for himself on X-Men in the 1970′s, John Byrne illustrated Doomsday +1, which was written by Joe Gill and published by Charlton. This post-Apocalyptic work was Byrne’s first original, color-comics series and it went on for six issues, initially. Actually, the first series ran for 12 issues but issues #7-12 just reprinted the first six issues. Continuity Comics launched Urth 4 in 1989 and, when their comic universe underwent a revival in 1993, it was retitled as Earth 4. The first issue of their new series seemed to pay homage to the last all-new issue of Doomsday +1.

Doomsday +1 #6
Doomsday +1 #6
May 1976
John Byrne
Earth 4 #1
Earth 4 #1
December 1993
 

On Ebay: Doomsday | Earth 4
On AtomicAvenue: Doomsday | Earth 4

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #151 Lady Death

29 Apr

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.

Wow! It’s kind of hard to believe that next year is Lady Death’s 25th anniversary! In the Lady Death: Alive mini-series, she finds herself mortal and in human form. The cover to issue #1 is modeled after the very first issue of Lady Death and provides a nice contrast between her original and human forms.

Lady Death #1
Lady Death #1
January 1994
Steven Hughes
Lady Death: Alive #1
Lady Death: Alive #1
May 2001
Ivan Reis

On Ebay: Lady Death
On AtomicAvenue: Lady Death

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #150 X-Men

15 Apr

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.

Taking a page from Marvel and DC’s marketing book, Skullkickers decided to relaunch their book with a new issue #1 and an enticing title change. Issue #22 was renamed ALL-NEW SKULLKICKERS and the numbering changed to #1. I think the plan worked, and sales increased – even though it was a noticeable swipe at the big two publishers.

X-Men #125
X-Men #125
September 1979
Dave Cockrum
All-New Skullkickers #1
All-New Skullkickers #1
June 2013
Edwin Huang

On Ebay: X-Men | Skullkickers
On AtomicAvenue: X-Men | Skullkickers