Wednesday Open Forum


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 204th edition of the open forum!

Back from vacation and back to work. Ugh. Being away isn’t hard, its coming back to all the things you were away from that makes leaving difficult.

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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47 Responses to Wednesday Open Forum

  1. rush diehard says:

    better comic book website?? go collect or GPA comics??
    i would say go collect…excellent
    SHOUT OUT TO REGIE SIMMONS and his comic book channel on youtube approaching 1000 subscribers….fantastic channel.

  2. Wells says:

    What do you guys think about the xmen 163-164 capn marvel/binary buzz?

  3. rush diehard says:

    5 near mint copies of harbinger #1 (1992) went for $915 american…..all coupons intact. not bad.

  4. Mikey says:

    Picked up Rags for cover and flipped it for over $55.00. Read it. Didn’t care for it. Turned out to be a great pick.

    • D-Rog says:

      Saw one last week in a small comic shop…hoping it’s still there…if so and its still cover will flip as well.

  5. Alana says:

    This weeks pick ups…..

    Mr and Mrs X #3 1:25 1st ProX daughter
    Venom #6
    Venom first host #4 1st Cover for new Symbiote.
    ASM Annual #1 Dell Otto
    Avengers #7 1:50 first solo and origin GhostRider 1000000 BC
    and the free Batman books.

  6. A. King says:

    I sent some books out as Media Mail and had them returned to me by the post office. So, is it not possible to send comics and magazines as Media Mail?

    • Alana says:

      suppose to be I’ve always been able to send comics, magazines, dvd, video games media mail.

    • Anthony says:

      It is not supposed to be. It is only if they open the mail, which they are allowed to do on media. I never ship comics media.

    • helpmefindmykeys says:

      Items shipped in media mail are not allowed to have advertisements. Comics have been exempt from enjoying the media mail privileges. Most post offices don’t ask or check, but media mail is subject to inspection. If they randomly inspect and discover their comics, they’ll ship them back.

      • Anthony says:

        The trick is to not use a return address. Not that I have done that

      • Garrett R says:

        I doubt it will end up working but I’m currently getting passed up the postmaster chain arguing that comics havent had real ads for years. They’ve said it was based on when you could order things from the ads back in the 60’s/70’s. The “ads” now are usually just previews of upcoming books from the same publisher which they’ve said shouldn’t count. The main sticking point is the random cgc ad…

        Wish me luck!

    • Uncle Willie says:

      The Post Office is cracking down on anything Media mail .. due to the Trump Administration investigation into lack of profitability .. Comics have never qualified as Media Mail ..

  7. Rienye says:

    need to slow down on my orders. Since i set tfaw to mail send my stuff once a month i got a $113 bill….dammit

    • Matt C says:

      Ouch…I like being able to pre-order there – Don’t like when they aren’t able to ship one comic in the order and do it at a later date with a nice $5 shipping charge tacked on..You’re right that stuff can be costly

  8. Anthony says:

    Man, that Junior High Horror was nearly impossible to find. Found 2 copies of the A cover, none of the b,c, or d. They are being listed at a good price as a result.

  9. Picking up:
    SIP XXV 6

    $1 bin finds:
    Gen13 Cover #1G (Lin-Gen-rie variant)
    Various Creed issues from Trent Kaniuga

    This weekend in Portland, OR I will have a table at the Frankenstein Comic Swap. If anyone mentions CHU, I will cut him or her a deal.

  10. Brennan says:

    So I have been officially put on notice by my boss (read: wife) that as the birth of our child is approaching, I need to reign in some of my comic/toy/fun stuff spending.

    With that in mind, this week I am getting:

    Avengers #8
    Batman #55 Variant
    Batman:Damned #1
    Crude #6
    Curse Words #16
    Edge of Spider-Geddon #3
    Ice Cream Man #7
    Justice League #8
    Mister Miracle #11
    NIghtwing #49
    Return of Wolverine #1
    Rick and Morty: Sleepy Gary
    Seven to Eternity #11
    Star Wars #54
    Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1
    Renew Your Vows #23
    The Wild Storm #17
    Thor #5
    Venom #6
    Venom First Host #4

    I’m not the greatest listener. If I’m not here next week, you know why! 😉

    • Anthony says:

      Lol. I am starting next week I swear.

      • Brennan says:

        hehehe as long as she’s not in the room when I take them out of the bag she won’t say anything. She’s really good with me like that. I was actually surprised she said anything, but I had to know it was coming when in the last week I’ve got deadpool and chill, lady deadpool, funko bob ross deadpool, funko iron spider and a few other not comic/toy interests of mine.

    • JayClue says:

      Did you tell her to stop spending so much on hair cuts? The street should go both ways, Brennan. 😉

    • D-rog says:

      ok, so that’s about $80 in comics this week. What’s the expectation here? Cut back by 25%….50%….75%? Hard to measure success without first establishing goals.

  11. Eric R says:

    Big week of pick ups this week:
    Edge of Spider-Geddon #3 (variant)
    Star Wars #54 (action figure variant)
    Venom #6
    Batman The Damned (Jim Lee cover)
    Junior Horror High (2 copies of Cover A-Breakfast Club parody)
    Thor #5 (Cosmic Ghost Rider variant)
    Aquaman #40 (Middleton)
    Black Badge #2 (1:15 variant)

    Great week of spec pick ups:
    Avengers #346 (1st Starforce 2 copies at $1 each)
    Hulk #418 (Die cut for $3)
    Elric the White Wolf (variant for cover price)
    Red Hood #25 (variant for cover price)

    Good hunting everyone!

  12. adam wonders the blind comicpimp says:

    preparing for a one day show in wayne new jersey. if your out at this show say hello. if you mention chu I will cut a deal maybe depends but mostlikly I will cut a deal. chu needs shirts torepresent at cons. alana please emailme at might want to buy something off you. just scored three copiesvenom lethal protector #1 for $10.a short box of mostally dollar books 1980s-2000s for $30. had a nice lot of classic x men including #3&s#33-50. variousmarvelt ales and some nice stuff like new kids on the block #1 and two silver surfer #34. picking up venom #6 first host #4,return of wolverine #1and sleep gary #1.still need a juggerduck costume also picking up vintage marvel 7-11 cups from the 1970s. if anyone is selling first wave toontumblers I am buying those frosted ones are tough to find . thanks for being the greatest blessing in my life love you all blind adam out

  13. Andrew C says:

    Well I couldn’t bring myself to get Batman Damned or Return of Wolverine but I did pick up Batman 55 (b), Injustice vs Motu 3, TT 22 (b), Spidergeddon 3, Venom 6 and New Host 4, House of Waxworks, ASM annual (b), both Punisher Tbs, and begrudgingly Mr & Mrs X 3. No luck on Jr. High Horror.

    My back issues for the week for about $40 include Incredible Hulk 419 (full Talos), Swamp Thing Winter Special, TT 20 virgin variant, Cable & Deadpool Annual 1, Daredevil 21 (MJ variant), Deadpool 2 (Klein Variant), Cable & Deadpool 50 (first venompool), Batman Dark Knight III #2 (1:100 Miller Variant). Included in one of those lots is a Cable #1 apparently signed by JRJR but no COA so who knows.

  14. A. King says:

    Only 2 copies of the J L Joker cover, I’m definitely keeping one for the PC.

  15. That One Guy Who Owns A Shop says:

    Batman Damned is now sold out at Diamond.

    The Jim Lee cover sold out around noon Eastern. The main cover sold out around an hour ago (roughly 930pm Eastern). We’ve received at least 40 calls about it today, and we rarely get more than 5 calls about any one specific book. A typical Wednesday is 60-70 calls asking about 30 different titles. Today it’s nonstop Batman Damned. I suspect our local competitors didn’t order enough and folks are now on the hunt.

    I’m frankly surprised. DC sent out advance PDFs to all retailers. I read the whole issue at least a month before FOC just like any other shop owner could have. I’m surprised that a) more shops didn’t go heavy, and b) DC chose not to overprint.

  16. Brian says:

    Picked up an Amazing Spider-Man 121 CGC 7.5 on eBay for a really good price after negotiating with the seller. I’d say I got it below FMV but he seems happy, so I’m happy. Is this a good grade to get it in if I don’t want to break the bank, or should I have held out for higher? Seeing as how an 8.5 is over $200 higher in bidding, I feel like there’s nothing you can do with an 8.5 copy that you can’t with a 7.5.

  17. adam wonders the blind comicpimp says:

    the two things I want tosee at this years n.y.c.c. is 1. the daredevil Netflix panel.i love the Netflix shows and can’t wait for this.2. agent poyo must cost. play as the chicken. I am sure if we all pitch in $1-5 chu can buy poyo the chicken costume . poyo must walk around the n.y.c. strets with maska nd costume that would rock love you all blind adam out

  18. Ken M. says:

    Back at it after a break. Picked up everything on my pull list, but the debut of Batman’s wang was sold out at my LCS. Here’s the list:

    Aquaman #40 (Cover B Joshua Middleton)
    Batman #55 (Cover A Tony S. Daniel)
    Batman #55 (Cover B Francesco Mattina)
    Batman Damned #1 (Of 3)(Cover A Lee Bermejo)
    Batman Damned #1 (Of 3)(Cover B Jim Lee)
    Damage #9
    Harley Quinn #50 (Cover B Frank Cho)
    Injustice 2 #34
    Justice League #8 (Cover B Jim Lee & Scott Williams)
    Mister Miracle #11 (Of 12)(Cover A Nick Derington)
    Mister Miracle #11 (Of 12)(Cover B Mitch Gerads)
    Nightwing #49 (Cover B John Romita Jr. & Danny Miki)
    Death Or Glory #5 (Cover A Bengal)
    Gideon Falls #1 (Director’s Cut)
    Seven To Eternity #11 (Cover A Jerome Opena & Matt Hollingsworth)
    Cemetery Beach #1
    Star Wars #54 (Cover A David Marquez)
    Star Wars Lando Double Or Nothing #5 (Of 5)(Cover A W. Scott Forbes)
    True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Iron Fist By Thomas And Kane #1
    True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Power Man And Iron Fist #1
    True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Punisher By Grant And Zeck #1
    True Believers Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary Punisher The First Appearance #1
    Venom #6 (Cover A Ryan Stegman)
    100-Page Giant Batman #3
    100-Page Giant Justice League of America #3
    100-Page Giant Superman #3
    100-Page Giant Teen Titans #3

  19. That One Guy Who Owns A Shop says:

    Hard to say where things are going, but plenty of live eBay auctions indicating the Lee cover of Batman Damned is around $30 and the regular cover is around $20.

    It still boggles my mind that so many retailers slept on this issue. The mainstream media coverage of the Bat-Wang has certainly driven demand. When a comic book makes the late night talk shows people will come out of the woodwork to buy it. But even without that added demand, it seems like many retailers just didn’t want to deal with a magazine-sized release. I’ve spoken with several dealer friends who ordered just 3 or 4 shelf copies.

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