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Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #167 No Hero

26 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.

Swamp Thing debuted in House of Secrets #92 and went on to become the most prominent swamp monster in the history of comics. The limited [print run: 2,000] auxiliary variant of No Hero #6 paid homage to this classic.

House of Secrets #92
House of Secrets #92
July 1971
Bernie Wrightson
No Hero #6
No Hero #6 (auxiliary)
May 2009
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Swamp Thing | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Swamp Thing | No Hero

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #166 No Hero

19 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.

Crisis on Infinite Earths was a milestone maxi-series for DC Comics that established the new order of their universe for the modern age. Issue #7 featured the death of Supergirl and told the origin of the Anti-Monitor. The limited [print run: 1,500] auxiliary variant of No Hero #5 paid homage to this classic.

Crisis on Infinite Earths #7
Crisis on Infinite Earths #7
October 1985
George Pérez
No Hero #5
No Hero #5 (auxiliary)
April 2009
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Crisis | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Crisis | No Hero

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #57 May 2015

13 May

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

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 3,243,438 (+15.39% from last month; +25.83% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 78,172 (+2.42%; +298.59%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 2.41% (–11.39%; +216.78%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 121,221 (-26.89%; -29.99%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 3.73% (-36.65%; -44.38%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 38,024
My current eBay feedback (total): 71,467
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.8%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Marvel Comics (15,221 listings)
Second Clearance DC Comics (8,962 listings)
Third Graded Comics (↑) Other Indies (8,130 listings)
Fourth DC Comics (↓) Image Comics (6,022 listings)
Fifth Marvel (Bronze) (↓) Clearance (5,305 listings)

 

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,170,367 (-1.30%; -32.54%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 75,581 (+1.40%; +10.33%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 6.46% (+2.67%; +63.54%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 4.33% (-26.11%; -28.31%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 99,206 (+0.28%; +3.59%)

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #165 No Hero

12 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.

Zap put the underground comix movement on the map with the talents of Robert Crumb. The limited [print run: 2,000] auxiliary variant of No Hero #4 pays tribute to Zap #0.

Zap #0
Zap #0
October 1967
Robert Crumb
No Hero #4
No Hero #4 (auxiliary)
February 2009
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Zap | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Zap | No Hero

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #164 No Hero

05 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.

Alan Moore’s Watchmen set the bar high for comics and ushered in an era of realism in superheroics. Its influence can still be seen in today’s comics. The limited [print run: 2,000] variant of No Hero #3 paid homage to this issue.

Watchmen #1
Watchmen #1
September 1986
Dave Gibbons
No Hero #3
No Hero #3 (auxiliary)
December 2008
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Watchmen | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Watchmen | No Hero

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #163 No Hero

28 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.

X-Men #100 featured a classic cover pitting the original X-Men against the new team. The limited [print run: 2,000] variant of No Hero #2 paid homage to this issue.

X-Men #100
X-Men #100
August 1976
Dave Cockrum
No Hero #2
No Hero #2 (auxiliary)
October 2008
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: X-Men | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: X-Men | No Hero

 

Comic Book Cover Swipes Exposed #162 No Hero

21 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.

Captain America #109 recounted the origin story. The very limited [print run: 2,000] auxiliary variant of No Hero #1 pays homage to this classic cover.

Captain America #109
Captain America #109
January 1969
Jack Kirby
No Hero #1
No Hero #1 (auxiliary)
September 2008
Juan Jose Ryp

On Ebay: Captain America | No Hero
On AtomicAvenue: Captain America | No Hero

 

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%)