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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:14:11 pm 
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Thought it would be interesting to have a thread showing the first comic we each purchased in 2019. Should be a diverse set of books.

I will go first. I purchased Eternal Warrior 1:50 Mack Variant CGC 9.8 in Singapore from board member Alanneous who lives there (and owns the original art to the cover :o which is why he was selling the book).

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:36:40 pm 
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Congrats man! Here's my first of the year. Upgraded my 8.0 before Marvel Studios runs up prices on all the X-Men keys.

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Love that Mack cover. Almost bought the actual cover myself from David Mack at a con. So, so close. However, there were a few others that had my eye at the time.

I haven't had a nice purchase yet that is anywhere near as monumental as these two. However, I did finally buy Dinosaurs for Hire #7, which is a parody of Turok, which I did not have in my collection. But that is my official first delivered comic purchase in 2019.

The first read? Busted out the discount hardcover of 4001 for my first reread.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:01:23 pm 
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Killed some time in a comic shop while my kid was at the dentist ... bought this so I wouldn’t leave empty-handed.

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This is my first buy: Klaus and the Crying Snowman. A one-shot from Grant Morrison that spun out of the 7-part mini he launched two years back, which was his take on the Santa Claus origin story. Since then this is the second one-shot to have been released in December on an apparently yearly schedule. Got my fingers crossed for another next year as I've read the whole bundle at Christmas time each year since it first came out :D

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:39:07 pm 
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Mine was actually the first issue of the new Alien 3 miniseries from Dark Horse, based off of the very first screenplay. So far the story is a bit slow going, but from what I remember about an article I read about the third act, *SQUEE* goes *SQUEE* crazy. Only similarities to the final film are the egg being left behind and aliens coming out of animals.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:54:32 pm 
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Congrats man! Here's my first of the year. Upgraded my 8.0 before Marvel Studios runs up prices on all the X-Men keys.

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Awesome book and great processing on this! I've been thinking the same about the X-Men stuff as well.....


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:03:32 pm 
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Got these 4 issues just the other day, so it’s my first of 2019!

Working on a set of later Tales Of Suspense from 84-99 (these are the issues not included in a Masterworks reprint), got 91 & 92 for 50% off! The two DC horror books were only $2 each :)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 3:18:50 pm 
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:thumb: on those T.O.S. books!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:16:29 pm 
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:31:24 pm 
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grendeljd wrote:
Got these 4 issues just the other day, so it’s my first of 2019!

Working on a set of later Tales Of Suspense from 84-99 (these are the issues not included in a Masterworks reprint), got 91 & 92 for 50% off! The two DC horror books were only $2 each :)

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Love ToS, and these look pretty nice. Tough to get in high grade. I've been working on mine for awhile, and have a full run from 40-99 (minus one issue, I think). I don't think I have a 39 in my future, but I have a few of the earlier ones. They are really hard to find in any condition.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:47:25 am 
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Mine was actually the first issue of the new Alien 3 miniseries from Dark Horse, based off of the very first screenplay. So far the story is a bit slow going, but from what I remember about an article I read about the third act, *SQUEE* goes *SQUEE* crazy. Only similarities to the final film are the egg being left behind and aliens coming out of animals.

What's the title of this comic? I'd like to check it out myself.

I remember watching a 'making of' video on youtube sometime in recent history about the Alien series, and they mentioned on that that the original screenplay of the third film was very different from the 'religious cult on a prison spaceship' premise that ended up making the final shoot, although I can't recall precisely what the original setup was.

Would you mind reminding me? :high-five:

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Savage Dragon #241. This book has been one I've literally been reading since I was 12 years old. It's had a lot of ups and downs and is currently going through a very extreme (pun kind of intended) run that i'm on the fence about. But I appreciate Erik Larsen trying to push his envelope and his readers' comfort zones.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:57:46 pm 
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Savage Dragon #241. This book has been one I've literally been reading since I was 12 years old. It's had a lot of ups and downs and is currently going through a very extreme (pun kind of intended) run that i'm on the fence about. But I appreciate Erik Larsen trying to push his envelope and his readers' comfort zones.


Very cool post. I dropped Dragon after a full run at 175. Sometimes I wish I didn't. It's just that at some point I quit reading it, and I realized that I've got so much stuff to read now that I'd possibly never get back into it. I really believe in that run though. It's everything in many ways I wish modern comics would still do.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:13:30 pm 
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I read this 50 times when I was little. Used to use silly putty to copy the panels inside. In rough shape ... but you always love your first.Image


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2019 10:16:46 pm 
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Lol. Not of 2019...got excited as I just came across it.


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I love those SPIDEY SUPER STORIES comics! I keep meaning to try and put a run together.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:40:10 am 
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grendeljd wrote:
Got these 4 issues just the other day, so it’s my first of 2019!

Working on a set of later Tales Of Suspense from 84-99 (these are the issues not included in a Masterworks reprint), got 91 & 92 for 50% off! The two DC horror books were only $2 each :)

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Love ToS, and these look pretty nice. Tough to get in high grade. I've been working on mine for awhile, and have a full run from 40-99 (minus one issue, I think). I don't think I have a 39 in my future, but I have a few of the earlier ones. They are really hard to find in any condition.


Wow, man - that’s an impressive set! Even without a 39. I doubt I’ll ever collect back that far - I have the softcover editions of the Iron Man Marvel Masterworks containing 39-83, and I’m pretty happy with the quality of those reproductions. Having said that, I will probably go back into the #60-70 range as I’m interested in reading more of the earlier Captain America stories as well.

These two issues did look really sharp for the price of $20 each! I’ll post some pics of them out of the bags if I have a chance.

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:thumb: on those T.O.S. books!
Most underrated run of keys ever!

Yeah man, it’s crazy how many characters got their start in these issues! I’m happy I have a copy of #94 at least (1st MODOK), although mine’s not in high grade shape.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 2:44:21 am 
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Congrats man! Here's my first of the year. Upgraded my 8.0 before Marvel Studios runs up prices on all the X-Men keys.


Awesome book and great processing on this! I've been thinking the same about the X-Men stuff as well.....

+1

Beautiful copy of that sweet sweet issue... I have limited my Xmen collecting to only go as far back as #94 (which I still don’t have a copy of), but I’m down to only 3 issues needed (94,99 & 103), so I am starting to eye the earlier pre-reprint issues now.

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Mine was actually the first issue of the new Alien 3 miniseries from Dark Horse, based off of the very first screenplay. So far the story is a bit slow going, but from what I remember about an article I read about the third act, *SQUEE* goes *SQUEE* crazy. Only similarities to the final film are the egg being left behind and aliens coming out of animals.

What's the title of this comic? I'd like to check it out myself.

I remember watching a 'making of' video on youtube sometime in recent history about the Alien series, and they mentioned on that that the original screenplay of the third film was very different from the 'religious cult on a prison spaceship' premise that ended up making the final shoot, although I can't recall precisely what the original setup was.

Would you mind reminding me? :high-five:


It's William Gibson's Alien 3. Looks to be that it's shaping up to be some kind of intergalactic cold war story. Bishop gets stolen by a group similar to the Soviets while Ripley and crew end up at a space station where scientists begin doing experiments on animals, creating all kinds of wild new aliens.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:41:26 pm 
I have a Quasar collection. And I love it. So there.
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:thumb: on those T.O.S. books!
Most underrated run of keys ever!

Yeah man, it’s crazy how many characters got their start in these issues! I’m happy I have a copy of #94 at least (1st MODOK), although mine’s not in high grade shape.


The cheapest 7.0 on eBay right now is $150 and it looks nice. Send the guy an offer for $125 shipped (which is more than fair, I think). If he agrees, crack the slab and you'll have a solid copy of that one for your set that will be in the Very Fine family of grades for acceptable money. You will overpay a bit at that price based on Overstreet, but it's starting from a slab and it's a solid copy to procure amidst the currently manic speculator's market for first appearances! You could pay less on a raw, but you have a copy already and are expressing desire based on grade, so don't put yourself through the hassle of worrying about potential grade-twisting from an online raw.

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This completes my Chaos Lady Death run up to Lady Death Alive.

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:thumb: on those T.O.S. books!
Most underrated run of keys ever!

Yeah man, it’s crazy how many characters got their start in these issues! I’m happy I have a copy of #94 at least (1st MODOK), although mine’s not in high grade shape.


The cheapest 7.0 on eBay right now is $150 and it looks nice. Send the guy an offer for $125 shipped (which is more than fair, I think). If he agrees, crack the slab and you'll have a solid copy of that one for your set that will be in the Very Fine family of grades for acceptable money. You will overpay a bit at that price based on Overstreet, but it's starting from a slab and it's a solid copy to procure amidst the currently manic speculator's market for first appearances! You could pay less on a raw, but you have a copy already and are expressing desire based on grade, so don't put yourself through the hassle of worrying about potential grade-twisting from an online raw.

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Good advice, and thanks for the heads-up on that listing! I am seriously thinking about it - but even at $125 shipped, the exchange rate in $CAN is really bad right now :(

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Alright, *technically* I bought this in December, but it just showed up this week - so I say it counts as my first comic *art* purchase of 2019...

Paolo Rivera original art, page 16 from The Valiant #2. Super happy to have this page, it has special personal meaning for me as I once drew a piece of fan art based on panel 3 back in 2015 (& I’m pretty sure I won a gold book for it from the official Valiant Twitter #fanartfriday contests back then).

Im especially pleased that the pencils & inks were done separately, I love seeing both side-by-side!

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 5:21:55 pm 
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Tales of Suspense #77 (May-1966) | 1st Ultimo (full) & 1st Peggy Carter
Tales of Suspense #78 (June-1966) | 1st Chemical-Android

Both of these were supposed to be minor raw upgrades. The T.O.S. 77 was sold as VF/VF+, but I'd say it showed up here as 7.5. The T.O.S. #78 was sold as VF-, but I'd say it showed up here as 6.5. The price was right, so no big deal, and I love T.O.S. #77. There's a lot going on with that book, and with the giant monster fandom going on, I think it would be amazing to see Utimo on screen one day.

Both books showed up bagged and boarded. Now they live in golden age mylite 2's, double boarded with half-backs and microchamber paper sheets on pages 9 and 18.


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