Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Dec 19, 2011 5:57 PM

That is a great cover, although I don't think I've seen a shark with gills on the belly before. Seeing all these old covers make me want to put together what I call a "comic rack" collection. That would be one where you buy all the comics that would have been on a comic rack for a particular month. It would give you an idea of the choices a kid back then had to make on where to spend his dime.
I've long thought the same thing...that would be a fun project. A number of collectors have done it, most notably "Scrooge" on the CGC boards... he's put together nearly all of the March 1952 issues (I think there's something like 500 of them and he's only one or two obscure issues short). But if I did it I'd want to pick an 'early GA' month from 1939 or 1940... and the DC and Timely lineups would make that very expensive in a hurry.

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Dec 21, 2011 9:46 PM

Anyhoo, that's it for the Schomburgs. I'll pick up in a few weeks with some cool LB Cole covers.
Happy holidays, all! :cheers:

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby macathro » Dec 22, 2011 4:07 PM

Thanks for the show! I can't wait for the Coles (but I guess I have to :( ).

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Jeffrey Shanks » Dec 28, 2011 8:13 PM

Jon, this is the first time I've had a chance to go through this thread. Your collection is outstanding! Keep 'em coming! :applause:

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Dec 30, 2011 11:07 PM

Jon, this is the first time I've had a chance to go through this thread. Your collection is outstanding! Keep 'em coming! :applause:
Thanks Jeff! :)

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Jan 05, 2012 4:00 PM

Thanks for the show! I can't wait for the Coles (but I guess I have to :( ).
:wave: And awaaay we go with the LB Coles! I have sold some of them off over the years to fund other books, but I did keep a few favorites.

Here's Suspense Comics #10 from 1945. Suspense #3 (Schomburg sacrifice cover) is the issue of this series that gets the most love from collectors, but the whole run is really nice. Cool cover IMO, very dynamic colors & composition.


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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Jan 09, 2012 2:36 PM

Power Comics #4 from 1945. I really like the bold colors and inking in LB Cole's work. Here's a great, if rather obscure, example.


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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Jan 09, 2012 8:08 PM

And here's a horror cover from the early 1950s. LB Cole became the co-owner of a company called Star Comics and assigned himself to draw all the covers, from horror to crime to romance and beyond. As with many of his horror covers, great use of black ink & bold colors make the image really pop...

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Jan 10, 2012 7:24 PM

:wave:

Here's a duo of LB Cole's romance covers from the 1950s. The colors on this one are a bit muted in the scan, but electric in hand... the reds and pinks almost look fluorescent.

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Postby Point Five » Jan 10, 2012 7:25 PM

And here's one of my all-time favorites of his... a sleeper of a romance cover, and a real beauty. Love the 3D effect of the snow! Pretty tough issue to find.

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Jan 13, 2012 5:25 PM

Terrors of the Jungle #20... very cool, underrated cover. Really wild colors and layout.

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby macathro » Jan 13, 2012 5:49 PM

These are great! It looks like he is cutting himself a piece of sushi more than fighting for his life. As for the romance covers, I don't think I would have even guessed Cole for those. I agree with the snow cover, great effect! I also like that the other is signed by a girl. See, girls read comics too!

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Jan 14, 2012 11:56 PM

:righton:

One last one. Thrilling Crime Cases #49, one of his masterpieces. "The Poisoner!" Really neat colors and layout/imagery.

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Jan 23, 2012 3:08 AM

So, here's something totally different. This was an early (1941) experiment in digest-size comics, put out by Harvey Comics (who went on to publish some of the more outrageous horror comics of the 50s). Speed Comics was a regular-size comic from issues #1-13, but became a 100-page "pocket comic" from issues #14-16... here's the first of those issues. Note the cover's war theme, several months before America officially entered the war.

Harvey simultaneously launched a title called "Pocket Comics" which ran 4 issues before folding. The story in some of the earlier Overstreet Guides is that this 'pocket' format flopped because kids found the digests very easy to steal, depriving vendors of their dimes... don't know for sure if that's truth or urban legend, but I find it believable. :)

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Postby Point Five » Jan 31, 2012 6:51 PM

And here's my copy of Pocket Comics #1. I'd like to find the other three issues in the run, but have been looking for five years now for semi-affordable copies with no luck. #3 and #4 in particular are many-multiples-of-Guide books.

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Feb 10, 2012 4:09 AM

OK, let's see if I can bring this thread back to life. :) Going to post up my beloved golden age Detectives. I've just got a handful, but they are pretty damn cool.

Here's my earliest one. It's missing its back cover, but the rest of it is great! I really love these early big-logo DCs.

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby macathro » Feb 10, 2012 2:36 PM

Great shadowing effect on that cover!

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Feb 11, 2012 2:24 PM

Great shadowing effect on that cover!
Indeed! The cover is by Creig Flessel, who did a bunch of beautiful/classic covers and stories for DC in the late 30s... for Detective, Adventure, More Fun etc. (On a side note, he lived to be 96, still continued to draw!, and passed away only a few years ago.)

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Mike Greenwood » Feb 11, 2012 10:38 PM

Creig Flessel was a great artist.

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Feb 13, 2012 5:07 PM

Creig Flessel was a great artist.
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Creig Flessel not only drew the cover of this issue, but the Speed Saunders opening story and an illustrated text spread... here are some scans. (Fans of Flessel covers may appreciate the nice underwater effects on the second page...just add in a shark and you've got an early Adventure or More Fun cover.)

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Feb 13, 2012 5:15 PM

And, on the off-chance there might be fans of early Action Comics here... :dunno: :D Check out these fun pages from the two Siegel and Shuster features, Spy and Slam Bradley. They look exactly like Joe Shuster's earliest Superman stories which were running at the time (and the lead characters are all virtually identical to Superman and Lois).

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Feb 15, 2012 8:06 PM

Detective #21, also pre-Batman, from 1938. Another pretty tough early issue.

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Feb 17, 2012 2:38 PM

Detective #32. Here's one of these 'pre-Robin Tecs' all the cool kids talk about. ;)
6th appearance of The Batman...


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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Feb 19, 2012 4:03 AM

And then there's this ol' thing... :score:


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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Mac Man » Feb 19, 2012 4:28 AM

And then there's this ol' thing... :score:


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I watched the Comic Men premier with Kevin Smith and his comic shop owner buddy quoted a 1.5 universal of this book at only $300. I would drop my entire retirement into buying up books like that for only $300! :doh: Instant cred loss...
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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby macathro » Feb 19, 2012 2:41 PM

I watched the Comic Men premier with Kevin Smith and his comic shop owner buddy quoted a 1.5 universal of this book at only $300. I would drop my entire retirement into buying up books like that for only $300! :doh: Instant cred loss...
I couldn't believe he said that he didn't have a buyer for it in that condition. Even my wife knew that he shouldn't have had any problem moving it. Why he didn't even make an offer is beyond me.

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Point Five » Feb 19, 2012 4:10 PM

Nope, those guys are right, there is just no market for these. I've shopped this one around for $400 but no luck. :notsure:

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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Mac Man » Feb 19, 2012 4:35 PM

My wife came in the room when she overheard me say: "You've got to be f---ing kidding me!?!" When I explained what the book was, she said replied: "Shouldn't that be worth a LOT more?"

See? Even my wife knows better. I have to believe they were simply trying to fleece the guy (though I never saw money change hands, so I can't say for certain whether they did or not). And THEN to claim a sketch (headshots) of Batman and Robin supposedly by Bob Kane was worth more than $10k (especially when there was no way to confirm it was authentic!!!)... those guys are clueless.
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Re: Point Five's Golden Age Nook!

Postby Monkeyman » Feb 19, 2012 8:29 PM

Here is my copy of Tec 35. Notice the piece missing from the front cover that brings down the grade. :lol:

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