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Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #158 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

24 Mar

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.

New Moon is the second film in the Twilight Saga movie franchise. The cover to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #36 pays homage to the movie poster.

Twilight Saga: New Moon movie poster
Twilight Saga: New Moon
2009
movie poster
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #36
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #36
September 2010
Georges Jeanty

On Ebay: Twilight | Buffy
On AtomicAvenue: Twilight | Buffy

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #157 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

17 Mar

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.

After the events of the Dark Phoenix Saga, wherein Jean Grey is killed off, Cyclops left the team in X-Men #138. The cover of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #35 pays homage to this milestone issue.

Uncanny X-Men #138
X-Men #138
October 1980
John Byrne
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #35
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #35
May 2010
Georges Jeanty

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

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #156 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

10 Mar

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.

These days it’s hard to think of Spider-Man villains without the Green Goblin coming to mind but, there was a time when the Goblin wasn’t very important to the Spidey mythos. The original Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) debuted in Amazing Spider-Man #14 and was killed off in Amazing Spider-Man #122. His son, Harry, adopted the Goblin mantle in Amazing Spider-Man #136 and, in Amazing Spider-Man #176 (cover date: 1978), Harry’s psychiatrist Barton Hamilton became the third Goblin. For the next five years, the Spider-Man books were Goblin-free! That is, until Amazing Spider-Man #238 (cover date: 1983), when the Hobgoblin debuted.

Initially, the identity of this Goblin was unknown and was an important running subplot of the series for the following five years. Finally, Hobgoblin’s identity was revealed in Amazing Spider-Man #289 (cover date: 1987). The cover of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #33 pays homage to this milestone issue.

Amazing Spider-Man #289
Amazing Spider-Man #289
June 1987
Tom Morgan
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #33
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight #33
March 2010
Georges Jeanty

On Ebay: Spider-Man | Buffy
On AtomicAvenue: Spider-Man | Buffy

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #55 March 2015

04 Mar

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

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,815,584 (+4.38% from last month; +5.25% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 79,046 (+4.74%; +9.89%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.81% (+0.27%; +4.41%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 168,705 (-4.14%; +5.36%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 5.99% (-8.10%; +.03%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 36,123
My current eBay feedback (total): 67,630
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (15,155 listings)
Second Clearance (↑) DC Comics (9,184 listings)
Third Marvel (Bronze) (↓) Other Indies (8,259 listings)
Fourth DC Comics Clearance (5,915 listings)
Fifth Other Indies Image Comics (5,884 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,535,603 (-0.49%; -8.63%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 73,985 (-0.05%; +10.80%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 4.82% (+0.37%; +21.26%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 4.63% (-29.31%; -32.70%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 98,629 (+0.26%; +3.79%)

 

Celebrity Cameos #28 Clark Kent & Lois Lane

26 Feb

Some of the best parts of movies like Old School and Zombieland are their unexpected celebrity cameos. The same thing happens in comics, every once in a while. Here’s a look at another Celebrity Cameo!

In Marvel Comics’ Excalibur #8 (cover date: May 1989), two well-known DC Comics characters show up in New York: Clark Kent and Lois Lane. As Captain Britain goes flying by, some onlookers even use the lines: “Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane!” which were made famous from the introduction to the live-action Adventures of Superman television series from the 1950s.

On Ebay: Excalibur | Superman
On AtomicAvenue: Excalibur | Superman

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #54 February 2015

04 Feb

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

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,697,358 (-1.65% from last month; +11.54% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 75,472 (+0.03%; +421.07%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.80% (+1.75%; +367.17%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 175,982 (+4.26%; +1.55%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 6.52% (+6.09%; -9.01%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 35,288
My current eBay feedback (total): 65,974
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (14,205 listings)
Second Marvel (Bronze) DC Comics (8,991 listings)
Third Clearance (↑) Other Indies (7,890 listings)
Fourth DC Comics (↓) Clearance (6,253 listings)
Fifth Other Indies (↓) Image Comics (5,735 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,543,116 (+4.97%; -5.02%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 74,024 (+1.93%; +10.34%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 4.80% (-2.89%; +16.18%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 6.55% (+13.13%; -19.83%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 98,371 (+0.25%; +3.90%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #53 January 2015

08 Jan

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

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,742,554 (-5.19% from last month; +7.04% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 75,451 (-0.57%; +417.32%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.75% (+4.70%; +383.29%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 168,796 (-32.19%; +24.47%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 6.15% (-28.43%; +16.35%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 34,611
My current eBay feedback (total): 64,642
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (14,207 listings)
Second Marvel (Bronze) DC Comics (9,000 listings)
Third DC Comics (↑) Other Indies (7,664 listings)
Fourth Other Indies (↓) Clearance (6,506 listings)
Fifth Image Comics (↑) Image Comics (5,667 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,470,044 (+0.05%; -8.78%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 72,621 (+0.60%; +14.77%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 4.94% (+0.61%; +25.81%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 5.79% (+3.39%; -19.25%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 98,127 (+0.30%; +4.16%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #52 December 2014

03 Dec

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

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,892,750 (+2.30% from last month; +22.55% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 75,886 (-4.22%; +434.56%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.62% (-6.31%; +336.21%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 248,920 (+28.96%; +88.12%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 8.60% (+25.99%; +53.39%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 33,846
My current eBay feedback (total): 63,186
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (14,702 listings)
Second Marvel (Bronze) (↑) DC Comics (9,463 listings)
Third Other Indies (↓) Other Indies (7,813 listings)
Fourth DC Comics (↓) Image Comics (5,782 listings)
Fifth Magazines Dark Horse (3,273 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,469,332 (+8.18%; -9.59%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 72,187 (+.041%; +13.59%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 4.91% (-7.13%; +25.64%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 5.60% (+27.56%; -8.65%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 97,838 (+0.23%; +4.20%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #51 November 2014

05 Nov

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

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,827,745 (+1.43% from last month; +20.68% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 79,231 (+6.99%; +447.70%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.80% (+5.48%; +353.83%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 193,025 (-38.27%; +54.73%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 6.83% (-39.16%; +28.31%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 33,232
My current eBay feedback (total): 61,705
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (15,199 listings)
Second Other Indies (↑) DC Comics (10,087 listings)
Third DC Comics (↑) Other Indies (8,091 listings)
Fourth Marvel (Bronze) (↓) Image Comics (5,689 listings)
Fifth Magazines Dark Horse (3,332 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,358,276 (-3.28%; -18.44%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 71,893 (-0.67%; +16.69%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 5.29% (+2.69%; +43.07%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 4.39% (-10.59%; -37.46%)

The number of comics available on Atomic Avenue continues to plummet. Of course this is in reaction to their rather steep increase in fees of nearly 50%. Atomic Avenue’s total number of available comics hasn’t been this low since May 2011 (over three years ago!).

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 97,613 (+0.25%; +4.33%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #50 October 2014

07 Oct

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

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,787,804 (-3.58% from last month; -24.55% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 74,052 (-5.03%; +440.25%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.65628% (-1.50%; +333.76%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 312,677 (-24.92%; +93.53%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 11.22% (-22.11%; +55.34%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 32,618
My current eBay feedback (total): 60,276
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (14,318 listings)
Second Marvel (Bronze) DC Comics (9,227 listings)
Third CGC Other Indies (7,778 listings)
Fourth DC Comics Image Comics (5,129 listings)
Fifth Magazines (↑) Dark Horse (2,992 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,404,303 (-11.09%; -9.46%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 72,380 (-1.66%; +20.61%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 5.15416% (+10.60%; +33.21%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 4.91% (-2.77%; -42.97%)

The number of comics available on Atomic Avenue continues to plummet. In three months, it has fallen by over 300,000 available comics. That’s more than a 15% drop in one fiscal quarter. Of course this is in reaction to their rather steep increase in fees of nearly 50%. Atomic Avenue’s total number of available comics hasn’t been this low since August 2012 (over two years ago!).

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 97,374 (+0.33%; +4.47%)