Wednesday Open Forum

Wednesday

Wednesday, the best day of the week, new comic book day. It is like your birthday in the middle of each week (well, one where you buy your own presents.)

We open things up to hear from you. A free for all.

The 178th edition of the open forum!

As always we also want to hear about your weekly pickups.
So, What were your pick ups?
What had disappeared off the shelves?
What was sitting on the shelves?
What back issue deals did you grab?

 

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107 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. Brian Springman says:

    HUGE issue, Thanos #17. I won’t spoil it here, but I posted it elsewhere.

    Same with Doctor Strange Damnation #3. Something happens that will get people talking.

  2. Alana says:

    This weeks pickups….

    Iron Man Hong Kong #1 cover b x6 cover c x2
    Thanos #17 Cover a and cover b x3 also have the Homage set
    Renew your vows #17 x2
    Savage Tales #1-6 NM 1st Manthing they were labeled as very good at a rare book store had pictures sent to me all Vf+-NM $150
    Xmen #141 1st Rachel Pyro and Avalanche
    Wolverine Secret Wars toy NM unopened 1st Wolverine Toy
    Living Dead Dolls House Of 1000 corpses Otis and Baby
    Nasty Nick original series 1 Garbage pail kid
    Carnage Spider-Man Animated Series 1st Carnage Toy NM unopened
    Marvel Legends Gwenpool 1st Gwenpool Toy.

    2 Books off my Bronze Age list 5 more to go until I’m done with Bronze Age. Prob have 200-300 of the top 1000 Bronze Age books have all the ones I want majority first appearances, not a big collector of just covers or artists. Had a ton of orders canceled this week for in total 10 Iron Man Hong Kong B covers 2 C covers. Also a cancel on 2 Thanos #17 b covers but happy I got what I did. Really getting into collecting 1st appearance toys the market is starting to take off on some of these doubling and tripling price in a years time.

  3. David Billadeau says:

    I bought a small lot last week that I spent about $300 for. I sold a few Golden Age issues for a total of $219.
    So for about $80 I got Green Lantern #79,81,82,83 (Neal Adams issues), Iron Fist #2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,15 (John Byrne issues), Sub-Mariner #2,3,4,6 (John Buscema issues), Beware the Claws of the Cat #1, The Men in Black #1, Green Hornet #2,3 (Gold Key photo covers)!
    Three of my favorite artists of all time! Adams! Byrne! Buscema!

  4. Kevin verdine says:

    All Thanos and Spider-Man 2nd print. Light week. Opening day Saturday and first game tomorrow. Wish us luck

  5. Alana says:

    A couple Hong Kong heroes and Thanos 17 just hit eBay from mycomicshop at and below cover. If you need em get em!

  6. Aaron says:

    15 percent off ebay coupon minimum of $25. Good for a little while longer (7pm PST) code: PSPRINGTIME

  7. A. King says:

    I got a couple of things online tonight, not sure what I’ll get tomorrow or if I’ll even be able to, supposed to be getting a lot of snow. I already know I’m not working because of it. Maybe I’ll just stay home and make sure I have everything ready for the show I’m doing this weekend, I’ve got about 10 short boxes ready to go.

  8. schweizerdavid says:

    In the mail this week:
    Love & Rockets 1 B&W
    Gilbert Hernandez found a small stash of them last year and is still selling them directly, if you email him, for $215. The slabbed copies dropped about 20% in value when he announced finding them. Now is the time to pick one up if you want a copy. It is a bit of a gamble on grade. My copy looks to be NM, but I know someone who bought 2 copies that ended with color rubs.

    • schweizerdavid says:

      When you buy directly from him, Beto includes a Luba sketch.

    • Picking up this week:
      Monstress 15 both covers

    • Eric R says:

      Just an FYI, got an email from Gilbert and his stash is gone! Good job snagging one!

      • schweizerdavid says:

        I’m glad to have one. CBCS told me today that they still do not grade magazine sized books yet, so it looks like I will have to go the CGC route. The only issue I have with going CGC is that Beto signed the book in pencil inside and I don’t want to have to take the hit for it being unwitnessed. I usually go with CBCS for the verification program. Now I’ll have to decide whether to take the Unqualified label and the grade demotion or try and erase the signature (which I really don’t want to do, but would be OK with since it will be slabbed and the signature is on the inside.)

  9. JayClue says:

    I hit up my local con this weekend with the goal of buying one book. Success. .https://i.imgur.com/el93gG8.jpg

      • JayClue says:

        Thanks. Ive been dying for the Wednesday forum to open so I could share that here. I love it! Completes my early X-23 checklist. BA12 is next on the hit list.

      • JayClue says:

        Paid $600 CND, flat. Thats works out to roughly $460 US. i think I did pretty good.

      • Brennan says:

        You’ve been talking about that book for a few weeks now! Great find!

      • JayClue says:

        Thank you, Brennan. I do tend to get tunnel vision when I have my eyes on something.

      • Brennan says:

        Jay, you say that like it’s a bad thing! I did a quick check of some prices of what’s out there now and you did very well.

      • JayClue says:

        I asked at some local shops in the weeks leading up to the purchase, with the intent of finding a deal at the Con. So, I had some chances at the book locally if I didnt score it at the Con. I went to the con on Sunday and shopped the floor for that specific book for 3 1/2 – 4 hours before settling on one. I had laid the ground work for my purchase by talking to the dealer through out the day and found out he was a hard core traditionalist. So, before I went up to make my offer at the end of the day, I started by talking to him about Kirby and Ditko and Stan Lee, after working him a bit, i asked to see the NYX3 and pulled out my wad of $100s and $50s and made the offer. He hesitated briefly but agreed to it and shook my hand as he said something about Kirby. Wasnt listening at that point. Lol

    • schweizerdavid says:

      I have a NYX 3 at CBCS that just moved into grading status. I think it is a 9.8 candidate. I have a BA12 CBCS 9.6 available if you are interested.

  10. Wells floyd says:

    Finally decided to pick up a Fantastic Four 48. I can only see its value increasing.

    • Alana says:

      Congrats! Mines going off for my next round of grading. Thinking mines a 4.0-5.5

    • JayClue says:

      Whats the significance of that FF book?

      • David Billadeau says:

        Are you just kidding? First appearances of Silver Surfer and Galactus.

      • JayClue says:

        No, i wasnt kidding. Im not a FF, or space guy. But i know now, thanks!

      • David Billadeau says:

        Gotcha! What titles are you in to?

      • JayClue says:

        I read about 25 titles a month. Used to read more indy but im getting back into super heroes. My true passion in comics. I read Spidey, Bats and Detective, XMen Gold, Red, Astonishing, JLA for my Lobo fix, She Hulk, New Wolverine, Old Wolverine, Eleanor and the Egret, Hillbilly, im really enjoying the Animosity universe, and a few others here and there. I like catching up on older classic stories in TPB, too. I was reading Thanos for Lemires run and quite enjoyed it and stayed on for Cates run. And im reading Dr. strange and Avengers for the 1st time ever. How about yourself?

      • Wells Floyd says:

        Yeah I’m a big Galactus fan. Really excited!

      • JayClue says:

        Congrats on the big book. Feels good, dont it?

      • Wells Floyd says:

        It’s my first biiiig book and it feels surreal! I’m thinking of going ahead and picking up 49 and 50 too. The covers are just “fantastic.”

      • JayClue says:

        Womp womp. Lol

      • David Billadeau says:

        I’m a HUGE BATMAN FAN! So I get Batman, Detective, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Thor, Moon Knight, Amazing Spider-Man, Superman, Thanos, Weapon H, Weapon X, Redneck, Wonder Woman and a few others…and some covers that catch my eye!

      • David Billadeau says:

        There are some really cool covers from FF back then, I really like the red cover of issue #75. Very unique!

      • JayClue says:

        I wish more covers today were done like the old books. All actiony and relevant to the story. Instead of pose after pose of the same characters.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Hear hear…. I second that.

  11. Matt C says:

    Sort of a light week…

    Doctor Strange Damnation #3 A&B covers
    Thanos 17A
    Spider-Man Renew Your Vows #17
    Iron Man Hong Kong Heroes #1 Cover C
    Green Lanterns cover B

  12. A. King says:

    My main shop is closed today due to the snow.

  13. Lonzilla says:

    The snow is starting here, LCS is a 10 minute drive. I gotta get moving to grab my Thanos 17!

  14. Brennan says:

    Hello everyone! I’m (sadly) back in the cold from vacation. Went last night and pickup up last weeks books. My LCS is having a sale (which I’ve been requesting for a while now) on older variants that they’ve had un-moving for a while. 50% off sticker price for the above cover priced ones and 50% off cover if regularly priced. I managed to grab a few of the old Villains Month lenticulars I never got a few of the Civil War II Cho boxing poster covers. Will probably pick up the Supergirl Rebirth Foil Variant when I pick up this weeks books on Friday. I also grabbed Curse Words #12 Wraparound Virgin (LOL – sounds so dirty) and the Deadly Class #32 Wraparound Virgin (LOL again).

    This week I am getting:

    Babyteeth #9
    Batman #43
    Cable #155
    Ice Cream Man #3
    Justice League #41
    Ninja K #5
    Outcast #34
    Star Wars #45
    Superman #43
    Thanos #17
    ASM Renew Your Vows #17
    The Avengers #685
    The Mighty Thor #705

  15. Eric R says:

    Thought it was going to be light week, but it never is!
    Pickups:
    Thanos #17 and #17 Ward variant X2 for cover
    Grass Kings
    Wonder Woman (Frison)
    Babyteeth
    Avengers (Brooks)
    Star Wars #45 (action figure variant)
    Kill or Be Killed
    Ice Cream Man #3
    Nick Wilson #3
    Doctor Strange Damnation #3

    Good hunting everyone!

  16. schweizerdavid says:

    Received the email from CBCS that the 11 books I submitted on September 8 have finally moved to grading. I was expecting a long wait since I opt to press everything I get slabbed and some of the books had to go through the signature verification process (Bernie Wrightson, Dan Harmon, and Skottie Young.) Many of the events where I get signatures don’t have witnesses so I don’t mind the red verification label.

    • A. King says:

      Six months !!!!! Really, and how much longer until they finish the grading process. The last time I submitted to them I got my comics back in about 2 months of less . I was going to drop some comics off with them at a con. I’m going to next week, but I don’t want to wait that long for my comics. I’ll probably just do CGC instead.

      • schweizerdavid says:

        If you want, they have fast pass pressing and fast pass grading, but they are two separate charges so it feels like they are double dipping. I don’t use fast pass, myself. Even though it takes longer, I trust CBCS’s grading and slabbing more and truly appreciate the signature verification which CGC does not offer.

      • Alana says:

        Pgx 60 days or so and they usually only charge me for half the books I have pressed not to mention the low prices. I know you all hate PGX but when a book is out of your possession for 6 months you lose the ability to file a usps insurance claim.

      • Wells Floyd says:

        How much does cbcs charge for signature certification? Got a campbell Danger girl signed I woud like to get slabbed.

      • Cody says:

        Just throwing my hat in the ring I offer a pressing service 10$ per book any value and my turnaround time is way quicker than 3 months. More like 2 days per book. Jasoncodydavis@yahoo.com hit me up if you are interested. Can also press and submit to Cgc.

      • Wells floyd says:

        I’ve worked with Cody and can confirm that he’s Great.

  17. Ken M. says:

    Most of the hot books for this week were still available when I went to pick up my pull, the exception being Thanos #17. There was a pretty good pile of Weapon H #1 but I assume that pile will get smaller over the next few days. Here is this week’s pull:

    CAVE CARSON HAS AN INTERSTELLAR EYE #1
    AQUAMAN #34 VAR ED
    BATMAN #43 VAR ED
    BATMAN SINS OF THE FATHER #2 (OF 6)
    BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II #5 (OF 6)
    BATMAN TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II #5 (OF 6) VAR ED
    BATWOMAN #13 VAR ED
    BOMBSHELLS UNITED #14
    BRAVE & THE BOLD BATMAN & WONDER WOMAN #2 (OF 6)
    DAMAGE #3
    HARLEY QUINN #40 VAR ED
    INJUSTICE 2 #22
    JUSTICE LEAGUE #41 VAR ED
    NIGHTWING #41 VAR ED
    SUPER SONS #14 VAR ED
    SUPERMAN #43 VAR ED
    DEADMAN #5 (OF 6)
    DESCENDER #28 CVR A NGUYEN
    EVOLUTION #5
    FURTHER ADV OF NICK WILSON #3 (OF 5) CVR A WOODS (MR)
    ICE CREAM MAN #3 CVR A MORAZZO & OHALLORAN
    MOONSHINE #8 CVR A RISSO
    REGRESSION #8
    RUMBLE #4 CVR A RUBIN
    DISSONANCE #2
    OUTCAST #34
    OBLIVION SONG #1
    DOCTOR STRANGE DAMNATION #3 (OF 4) LEG
    IRON FIST #78 LEG
    WEAPON H #1 LEG
    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #17 LEG
    AVENGERS #685 LEG
    SPIDER-GWEN #30 LEG
    STAR WARS #45
    STAR WARS POE DAMERON #25
    THANOS #17 LEG
    TRUE BELIEVERS VENOM DARK ORIGIN #1
    TRUE BELIEVERS VENOM FLASHPOINT #1
    X-MEN GOLD #24 LEG
    AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #796 2ND PTG

  18. Alana says:

    Got the Frankie’s comics Venomized set best Hulk 181 Homage ever.

  19. Monks says:

    This week:
    Thanos regular and Ward (man that main cover is killer)
    Amazing Spider Man 2nd print (another killer cover should be the main!)
    Hulk
    Batman
    JL
    Super Sons
    GL
    Superman

    In mail today when I got back from LCS:
    New Gods 1 cgc 9.8

  20. schweizerdavid says:

    Found a copy of the Iron Giant promo comic.

  21. David Bitterbaum says:

    Got me some good ol’ “Thanos #17,” And the snazzy cover for, “Green Lanterns.”

  22. Alana says:

    Iron Man Hong Kong Heroes covers B and C look to be ghosts it’s Weds and only two copies up one in auction and one at $10 + shipping. One copy already sold for $10+ shipping.

  23. Matt C says:

    That new Superman #43 issue has the potential with some 1st appearances. There’s an A&B cover available still online at Midtown.

  24. schweizerdavid says:

    Forgot to say that my lcs had a stack of the new Monstress, but only two copies of the wraparound cover variant. Now they only have one copy.

  25. A. King says:

    Stayed in today, and no work tomorrow. Main shop is closed, but in my pullbox…….
    Thanos #17
    Squarriors #3 it’s been so long since the last issue I guess I’ll still get this one .
    Good thing is I’m all ready for the show on Sunday. So anyone around the Va. area stop by Annandale. I’ve got everything priced to go, a lot of Spider-Man/Venom, Infinity Gauntlet/War, Image, some dollar boxes.

  26. Andrew C says:

    New release pickups were:

    ASM Renew your Vows 17
    Thor 705
    Thanos 17 (a &b)
    Doctor Strange Damnation 3
    Weapon H
    Batman 43
    Green Lanterns 43
    Babyteeth 9

    Some online back issue finds:
    Spawn 6-16 & 21-24
    ASM: 67, 85, 89, 140, 151, 154, 156, 346 (always loved this cover), 348, 349, 350
    Avengers King Size Annual 7 (1st appearance of the mind, space, & reality infinity stones for like $12)
    Space Ghost #1

    I have to include my Don Mattingly Rookie Card. I’m a Yankees fan in Alabama and Don was my childhood baseball hero. It was included in a sellers lot who I was purchasing some comics from and for $3.00 I couldn’t pass!

  27. Cody says:

    Getting my walking dead 1 back from Cgc tomorrow. It got a 9.4. 😁

    • David Billadeau says:

      Sweet!

    • Anthony says:

      Nice. Congrats.

    • agentpoyo says:

      Ill give you a hundred bucks for it 😉

      • Cody says:

        Thanks for the offer but ummm yeah not in a million years. Sucker. Lol

      • agentpoyo says:

        Hehe….

      • agentpoyo says:

        Most recent CGC 9.4 I found in sold listings seems to put it around the $1150.00 range. Not bad. Seems 9.8 are hovering around the $2300-$2500 range now… Once were 3k range… I’m waiting patiently for them to drop more to get my #1 9.8 one day.

      • Cody says:

        Most of the junk I got in the lot with that TWD1 has been cromulently sold. I’m actually into it money earned $300 or so.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Very nice.

      • Alana says:

        I’m telling you it won’t drop. I was saying the same thing when the book was $150 it will drop down and I can get it. Then it was $300 pass $600 pass then $900 pass. Never thought I would own it at that point. I had to get real creative to get my copies bought 1-5 all Graded sold 2-5 got most money back the 9.6 Graded #1 Signed by Jon Bernthal cost me about $400 after that. My other copy was just a lazy seller to busy to check the prices 9.6 PGX listed for $800 bought it as soon as it was listed. Eventually going to sell it. To big of a cash cow to stop on tv or in comics anytime soon. I think it will spin off new Comics and television for ages maybe even a film one day to explain the start of the infection. With a 10k print run there is almost enough cast and crew from all seasons of both shows to own all 10000 copies.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Its already dropping though. WD #1 in 9.8 use to command $3000 easily, seems most recent auctions are ending at $2300 to $2500. I think once the show ends, it will drop some more but I dont think it will ever go below $1000. My guess is it settles as a $1500-$2000 book for the long haul. These indie books are different from our hero books that will continue to live on with fresh stories, etc. One day when WD show is done and over, fan base drops as we all start kicking the bucket and unless they’re doing new stuff with the title and such…. I dont see a lot of new fans being created from the original run.

      • agentpoyo says:

        Show numbers already dropping though too from what I’ve read. I don’t see the WD universe going on forever and if it does… Its fan base will be much smaller. I’m even losing interest now in the show. Its run its course I think, need to plan their ending and end on a high note. Dont get me started on Fear, that show sucks.

      • Cody says:

        I hope it goes your way and you get one Poyo. Personally I think it has cemented it’s place as a modern grail. There are many collectors such as yourself waiting for that day.

      • JayClue says:

        Im done with all things TWD, and Kirkman. Done. I listed all my TWD books, full run from issue 90 and up, a month or two ago. There is no way, in five-ten years, anyone cares about these books, imo. The show is so bad. Terrible, terrible writing.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I’m not done yet but come Sunday nights I’m not itching to see what happens like I use to be. Story is just becoming too redundant and too predictable (even if I wasn’t reading the comic, still so easily predictable). And yes, the writing is no longer as it once was, the fresh ideas are gone now.

      • JayClue says:

        I still pick up and read the floppies. I still enjoy the book more or less. I think it was a mistake killing Andrea, but i digress. I gave up on the show after season 3-4. Carl was surprised attacked by zombies quitely, patiently waiting for him to open the door they were hiding behind in order to gain the element of surprise on Carl. You know, like zombies are known for being stealth. 🙄. Pathetic writing to add a ‘surprise’ monent to the episode. Those sly, sneaky zombies. And Fear, i watched 1-3 episodes and i was like ‘nope’, this is garbage. Now, Poyo, the behind scenes talant on FEAR is no doubt too notch, but the product in screen is meh at best.

      • agentpoyo says:

        I can’t comment about FEAR…. Except the fact I dont even watch it.

  28. J. Coleman says:

    Alan Moores Neonomicon #2 Cover E Auxiliary Edition Cover
    Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows Vol 2 #16
    Amazing Spider-Man Vol 4 Annual #42 Cover A Regular Alex Ross Cover
    Animosity Evolution #4
    Archie Vol 2 #28 Cover A Regular Audrey Mok Cover
    Avengers Vol 6 #686 Cover A Regular Mark Brooks Cover (No Surrender Part 12) NEXT WEEK
    Babyteeth #8
    Barbarella #3 Cover B Variant Jorge Fornes Cover
    Black Monday Murders #8
    Bloodshot Salvation #6 Cover C Variant John Bivens Battle Damaged Cover
    Call Of The Suicide Forest #1
    Captain America Vol 8 #698 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Chris Samnee Cover
    Comic Shop News #1606
    Dark Fang #4
    Darth Vader Vol 2 #11 Cover A Regular Giuseppe Camuncoli & Elia Bonetti Cover
    Death Of Love #1
    Despicable Deadpool #294 Cover B Variant Hulk Smash Cover
    Doctor Strange Vol 4 #385 Cover A Regular Mike Del Mundo Cover
    Falcon Vol 2 #5
    Hack Slash vs Vampirella #5 Cover A Regular Chrissie Zullo Cover
    Hard Case Crime Minky Woodcock Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #3 Cover B Variant Fred Harper Cover
    Kick-Ass Vol 4 #1 Cover E Variant Olivier Coipel Cover
    Kill Or Be Killed #16
    Lazarus X Plus 66 #6
    Legion (Marvel) #1 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Javier Rodriguez Cover
    Marvel Previews Vol 4 #9
    Marvel Two-In-One Vol 3 #3 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Jim Cheung Cover
    Mystik U #2
    New Mutants Dead Souls #1 Cover G Regular Ryan Stegman Cover Signed By Matthew Rosenberg NEXT WEEK @ MIDTOWN
    Ninja-K #4 Cover B Variant Adam Pollina Cover
    No 1 With A Bullet #4
    Old Man Hawkeye #2 Cover A 1st Ptg Regular Marco Checchetto Cover
    Old Man Logan Vol 2 #35 Cover A Regular Mike Deodato Jr Cover
    Punisher Vol 10 #221
    Scooby Apocalypse #22 Cover B Variant Howard Chaykin Cover
    Sink #5 NEXT WEEK
    Solar Flare Season 2 #4
    Stellar Pilot Season #1
    Stray Bullets Sunshine And Roses #32
    Weapon X Vol 3 #14
    Wonder Woman Vol 5 #43 Cover B Variant Jenny Frison Cover NEXT WEEK
    Young Monsters In Love #1
    Zombie Tramp Vol 2 #44 Cover C Variant Tony Fleecs Cover

  29. Zeus says:

    Got my scooby apocalpse out of my pull box

    Thanos 17 both covers

    Why not Infinity 8

    Incredible hulk 714 1:25 10$

    Good small week

  30. tim says:

    Renew Your Vows is a useless waste of money!

  31. tim says:

    Hard to find Iron Man Hong Kong Heroes is a great grab! Story could be Hong Kong Avengers! Slick art!

  32. JT says:

    Dust off those Star Wars 8 from the original Marvel series. Rumor has it the Solo movie has a lot to do with the ” eight against a world” storyline.

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