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Connecting Covers #47 Excalibur

15 Apr

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.

The realm known as Limbo was heavily featured in many X-Men comics during the 1980s. However, its name was a bit suspect since another domain called Limbo looked quite a bit different (this realm was associated with the Space Phantom who debuted in Avengers #2). In Excalibur #37-39, the X-Men’s “Limbo” began to be known as Otherplace.

Excalibur #37 38 39

On Ebay: Excalibur
On AtomicAvenue: Excalibur

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #161 No Hero

14 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.

Amazing Spider-Man #129 is one of the biggest key comics of the bronze age. It’s the first appearance of the Punisher - a character based on Don Pendleton’s Mack Bolan the Executioner – who went on to star in hundreds of his comics. It’s also the first appearance of the Jackal - the mastermind behind the infamous Spider-Man Clone saga of the 1990s. The very limited [print run: 1,500] Mid-Ohio variant of No Hero #1 pays homage to this classic cover.

Amazing Spider-Man #129
Amazing Spider-Man #129
February 1974
Gil Kane
No Hero #1
No Hero #1 (Mid-Ohio variant)
November 2008
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Spider-Man | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Spider-Man | No Hero

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #56 April 2015

08 Apr

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

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,810,830 (-0.17% from last month; +8.57% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 76,326 (-3.44%; +478.58%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.72% (-3.37%; +432.90%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 165,807 (-1.72%; -46.29%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 5.90% (-1.52%; -50.51%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 37,194
My current eBay feedback (total): 69,734
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (14,338 listings)
Second Clearance DC Comics (8,836 listings)
Third DC Comics (↑) Other Indies (8,111 listings)
Fourth Marvel (Bronze) (↓) Clearance (5,584 listings)
Fifth Graded Comics (↑) Image Comics (5,584 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,185,730 (-22.78%; -30.40%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 74,539 (+0.75%; +12.78%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 6.29% (+30.42%; +62.03%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 5.86% (+26.57%; +8.52%)

I’m not sure what to attribute this to but the total number of listings on Atomic Avenue has dropped to the lowest I’ve seen it since I started tracking this information in December 2010.

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 98,926 (+0.30%; +3.79%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #160 No Hero

07 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.

The first Scorpio debuted in Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1. Jim Steranko concocted a now-classic cover featuring Nick and his pals with his evil brother, Jake (Scorpio), lurking just around the corner. Forty years later, Juan Jose Ryp paid tribute to it with the auxiliary variant of No Hero.

Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. #1
June 1968
Jim Steranko
No Hero #0
No Hero #0 (Auxiliary)
June 2008
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Nick Fury | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Nick Fury | No Hero

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #159 Buffy the Vampire Slayer

31 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.

Blade the Vampire Slayer debuted in Tomb of Dracula #10. The cover to Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #6 pays homage to that milestone issue.

Tomb of Dracula #10
Tomb of Dracula #10
July 1973
Gene Colan
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #6
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #6
February 2012
Georges Jeanty

On Ebay: Dracula | Buffy
On AtomicAvenue: Dracula | Buffy

 

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