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Ebay Week Day 1 – Finding Single Issue Bargains

Attention all! Ebay week if (finally) underway! After many false starts, including yesterday (my job started that day and I completely lost track of time), I almost failed uploading tonight as well due to the storm, but I think I have a window of time big enough to get this post up. This week should prove to be fun, I even have a guest post from Mike Haynes of Panels of Awesome, but that’s for later. So, let us begin, how many times have you missed a single issue that isn’t in your pull box, or you have a run of old comics and are missing a few issues? Well, Ebay can be a wondrous source of single issue comics, even if you are not looking for one particular comic, but you’d like to collect some back issues anyway. While the amazing deals are out there, We, as the comic book community are still feeling the effects of the comic speculation bubble, and as a result there are a lot of overpriced comics due to overspeculation, and a lot of general crap floating around. But hopefully with these few tips will help you accurately search out what you are looking for. Before I start however, I have to say that this is merely a bargain hunting strategy, and if you happen to be looking for Ultimate Spiderman #1 Variant, you’re going to have to be prepared to pay top dollar.

Speculation, What is it, and how does it affect me?

Comic prices are very interesting, as there is no simple linear rule to defining the prices (eg, older = more expensive), as the aforementioned speculation. First though, we must address the issue of, what is speculation? Speculation, put simply, and in the context we are viewing it, is the act of speculating or guessing that a particular item, in our case comic books, will one day become valuable, or that it can be resold for more later. Speculation, literally defined means trading with the purpose of making profits, and I’m sure you’ve seen this, such as when Captain America #25 was released, and it was immediately being sold, or attempted to be sold for $25 dollars on Ebay even though my local comic shop was selling them for the standard $2.99. The first printing was fairly limited however, and they probably sold. As much as this is something that does not please me, I don’t believe my hobby should really be belittled by others for profit, it is a viable trade strategy. We saw the same attempts with the Death of Superman, but DC printed an incredibly large number of those issues, and they’re now found in bargain bins pretty much everywhere. So, the most expensive comics will be the old rare ones, followed by more recent comics being sold by people trying to make a quick dollar, but if you’re searching for something a little more obscure (ie, not a hot item), from the 70-90’s, you’re sure to find a great deal.

What should you, as an honest comic collector take from all this? The short story is, if you are hoping to pick up an important issue you may have missed, Ebay is probably not the place. Heck, the internet is probably not the place you want to look. My advice would be to check out other comic book locations in your local area. Chances are one of them heard the issue was going to be big, and ordered some extras, especially if there is a comic book store located in a cit around you, such as midtown comics in NYC, or a very small comic shop, that probably doesn’t get many patrons is also a good candidate; basically anything on either extreme if your first choices aren’t working out.

Finding Single Issue Bargains

Moving on to what Ebay and the internet can do for you, instead of what it can’t. For this installment of Ebay week, I will be giving some examples and pointers of good search methods, some of which can be applied to finding just about anything on Ebay. First off, know what you are looking for, or alternatively, know that you are not looking for anything in particular, and just browsing. If you have never used Ebay before I suggest you do some browsing, and test searches before committing to anything, it can be daunting, and you want to make sure you are getting the best deals. First off, make use of the categories if you are just browsing, but if you are looking for a particular item, it would be best to not limit your categories due to poorly categorized items, a good example of this would be listing an autographed comic under collectibles, or memorabilia. Also, while browsing/searching, be sure to look to the left hand of your screen. The upper section allows you to limit your search to categories and sub-categories, such as only silver-age comics. Below that allows you to limit or expand your search to include Ebay stores as well as those who offer free shipping. Now, onto the specifics, when searching Ebay, instead of just searching “Signed Thor comic” and taking the first thing that pops up, do alternate searches using synonyms, such as autographed, graphic novel, or include the author or illustrator. Doing this requires you to make good use of the watched items feature. Just click “Watch this item,” and come back to all your favorites later. Doing this allows you to really see what the bargains are. I’ve picked up a good number of comics for exceptionally cheap, such as Journey into Mystery #123 for about $12 US, or the occasional bargain for $3-5 US like the last issue I needed my for Official Marvel Handbook series. However, don’t be afraid to be patient, if you’re in a rush you’ll make mistakes. In my hurry to collect and read all the issues of Civil War I had missed, I ended up spending way more than I had to, and then shipping on top of that! Remember to look for deals on shipping, many sellers will offer them.

Addendum: For examples of what I’m talking about, see my other blog “Life of a Welshman” for proof that great bargains DO exist out there! Today’s entry can be found here.

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Comics Shipping for 3/12/08

DARK HORSE COMICS

Abe Sapien the Drowning #2 (of 5)
BPRD #3 (of 5)
Evil Dead #3 (of 4)
Goon #22
Serenity Better Days #1 (of 3)
Star Wars: Legacy #21
Star Wars: Rebellion #12

 

 

DC COMICS

Bat Lash #4 (of 6)
Batman Confidential #14
Batman Strikes #43
Booster Gold #7
Countdown to Final Crisis #7
Countdown to Mystery #6 (of 8)
DMZ #29
GEN 13 #18
Gotham Underground #6 (of 9)
Green Arrow Black Canary #6
Green Lantern Corps #22
JLA Classified #54
Legion of Super Heroes in the 31st Century #12
Salvation Run #5 (of 7)
Scalped #15
Simon Dark #6
Suicide Squad Raise the Flag #7 (of 8)
Superman #647
Superman Confidential #13
Tiny Titans #2
Un-Men #8
Wonder Woman #18

 

 

IMAGE COMICS

Astounding Wolf-Man #5
Cemetery Blues #2
Gutsville #3 (of 6)
Madman Atomic Comics #7
Screamland #1 (of 5)
Walking Dead #47

 

 

MARVEL COMICS

Amazing Spider-Girl #18
Amazing Spider-Man #553
Annihilation Conquest #5 (of 6)
Avengers Fairy Tales #1 (of 4)
Avengers: The Initiative #10
Civil War Chronicles #9
Dead of Night Featuring Man Thing #2 (of 4)
Fantastic Four #555
Iron Man, Enter the Mandarin #6 (of 6)
Last Defenders #1 (of 6)
Marvel Adventures: Hulk #9
Marvel Comics Presents #7
Mighty Avengers #10
New Exiles #3
Nova #11
Punisher #55
Thunderbolts #119
Wolverine #63
X-Factor #29

 

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS

Archie & Friends #117
Archie Digest #242
Badger Saves the World #3 (of 5)
Comic Book Comics #1
Doctor Who #2
Foundation #3 (of 5)
G.I. Joe: America’s Elite #33
Grima Fairy Tales #24
Locke & Key #2
Lone Ranger and Tonto #1
Ninja High School #158
Palooka Ville #19
Sonic the Hedgehog #186
Warhammer 40k: Blood and Thunder #4 (of 4)

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What If…? Civil War Review

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A big issue released this week was “What If? Civil War,” if you are not familiar with the What If? series, then let me explain. Uatu is a watcher, he watches all timelines, but can not interfere. What If? comics give Uatu an outlet to explain how things may have turned out differently given different circumstances. This time, he tells us what would have happened if either Tony Stark had died prior to Civil War, or if Iron Man and Captain America had settled their differences.

 

What was Civil War

In case you’ve been hiding under a DC rock on the moon (of Endor), Marvel Civil War revolved around the Super Human Registration Act, something that has been frequented by Marvel before, even in X-Men: The Animated Series. This time though, the government won; because of the mass murder of civilians by a super villain Nitro, heroes nation wide are required to reveal their secret identities to the government and operate under their jurisdiction. Many superheroes, who had fought their whole lives to protect their secret identities, were less than thrilled by this idea. Two groups of super heroes formed, pro-registration, lead by Iron Man, and anti-registration resistance, lead by, of all people Captain America. It’s a fairly good story, that has annoyed a LOT of people, but to understand just about anything Marvel these days, you’re going to have to read it, and I suggest you do. If you do not want to know the ending, you probably shouldn’t read this or the comic. In the end however, Captain America admits defeat when he realizes how much damage the super hero civil war is causing, this leads to Cap’s assassination.

Plot Synopsis and Evaluation

We open with Tony Stark (Iron Man), mourning the death of his good friend, Steve Rogers (Captain America). Mourning and second guessing; he’s not sure if he did the right thing, because what he believed to be right at the time lead to death of his best friend. He is approached by a strange man with red eyes, offering him a glimpse at the other possibilities, the other potential time lines. This comic essentially comprises two separate stories, and I’m ok with that, because What If? comics are possibly my favorite. In the first story, Tony Stark dies from the extremis injection, and because of this, Captain America manages to convince all the superhumans to fight against the registration act. However, being super heroes, they fought with great restraint, and many of them ended up dying. The man called to lead the anti-registration movement clones Thor, and makes an army of Thor clones, using these, he murders Captain America and leads the country to believe that the ‘criminal’ Captain America is still on the loose and only he can save them. He runs for, and he becomes President of the United States. A rather sour tale for Tony to hear while he was already grieving the loss of his friend.

The second possible timeline, involves a much smaller change. Tony, while at the ambush of the resistance, asks for Rogers’s help. This simple action leads to a discussion, but also an amazing fight scene. Thor’s clone is released, and is about to kill Goliath, as had happened in the main timeline, but Tony Stark gets in the way, and takes the full force of mecha-Thor’s attack. While preparing to deliver the final blow, Captain America steps in and defends, and even fights off this abomination of Thor (to find out how the REAL Thor took it, read the newest series of Thor, especially issue #3). This timeline leads to peace for all humanity, both super and otherwise. Tony Stark realizes that while the Civil War could have gone better, and his friend could still be alive, it can always go much much worse.

Art Critique

The art is broken down into two sections, the same as the writing. This is essentially two different stories, with the current timeline story as well. The ‘present’ Marvel timeline story between Tony Stark and “The Stranger” (I think we know who this stranger is however), is written by Ed Brubaker, and illustrated by Marko Djurdjevic, and acknowledgement to the works of Frank Miller. This is drawn in a very artistic style, reminiscent of Marvels or Silver Surfer: Requiem. It is near colourless, which makes the stranger’s red eyes stand out even more, the washed out look fits the mood that is set by Brubaker. Marko is exceptionally proficient at this kind of art, and it shows.

The story entitled “What if Captain America led all Heroes against Registration” was written by Kevin Grevioux, and penciled by Gustavo. On the first page of Gustavo’s art, I noticed his rendition of Steve Rogers immediately, and I didn’t like it. I can’t point out exactly what it is about these faces that isn’t right, it must be the proportions. Regardless everyone seems to have a very sunken face which is too long for their body. They also look to be perpetually on the verge of tears. All of that wouldn’t be so bad if roughly 60% of the panels weren’t close up views of someone’s face. The patriotic Captain America Iron Man armor also looks cheesy when drawn by Gustavo. I did not enjoy the artwork at all.

“What if Iron Man Lost the Civil War?” is written by Christos Gage, and illustrated by Harvey Tolibao, and wow, it’s something. This is by far my favourite section of the issue, even though the title is a bit misleading. The only complaint I have, and I will get that out of the way first, is that at one or two points, Captain America has an effeminate face. Moving past that however, each character’s emotions is graphically depicted with great skill, including characters in the background. The fight between Cap + Iron Man with mecha-Thor is stunning. Stunning may be something of an understatement, although it is short, it’s exceptionally engaging and even thrilling. The page where the Cap gives the heroic (and very cliché) line “You’ll have to go through me” really hits home, and it probably wouldn’t have done so without the artwork provided. Lastly, in the last few pages of the issue, there is a two page spread of characters including Dr. Strange, Spiderman, Goliath (who’s alive in this timeline thanks to Iron Man), Spiderwoman, the Patriot, Hulkling, The Sentry, and even one or two I can’t name, although I imagine they might be young avengers, I never really took my time to make note of who they were. Tangents aside, this spread is amazing, and while not necessary for the comic, really ties together the storyline as it comes to a close.

Is it Worth Buying?

I would say an unequivocal “absolutely.” It’s well worth your hard earned money to go out and get this issue, even with the somewhat lackluster first story, the second more than makes up for it. Another aspect I like is that the cover, shown above, is the same as the civil war cover types, which I personally enjoyed. Your Comic Relief definitely recommends “What if? Civil War”.

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Wow…. Busy Day

Short update again today, moving houses is a big deal. Went to the comic store today, managed to pick up my back issues of Messiah Complex and Ra’s al Ghul, except for episode 5 of Messiah, which is upsetting, cause I really want to be up to date on the series, perhaps I can find someone who has it, or order it online. Other than that, I picked up the What If…? Civil War, World of Warcraft #2, Star Wars: Dark Times #7, Captain America: The Chosen #5 (variant because I didn’t like the regular cover), Cable & Deadpool #48, and Conan: The Frazetta Cover Series #1. Didn’t get a chance to write that piece on The Dark Knight trailer, but it’ll be up tomorrow, today was just a stressful moving day. Because of finals etc, I have 3-5 weeks of comics to rad as well, which is both awesome and daunting, so I’m gonna get to that, have a good day.

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Tomorrow’s Comics

Comics that are available tomorrow follow:

 

DARK HORSE COMICS:
 
Grendel: Behold the Devil #2
Scream #2
Star Wars: Dark Times #7
Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #4 (of 6)

 

DC COMICS:

Army @ Love #10
Batman and the Outsiders #3
Birds of Prey #113
Catwoman #74
Checkmate #21
Countdown: Arena #3
Countdown Presents the Search for Ray Palmer: Superwoman and Batwoman #1
Countdown Special: The Atom 80-Page Giant #2 (of 2)
Countdown to Final Crisis #19
Detective Comics #839 (Ra’s al Ghul #7 of 7)
Justice League of America #16
Metamorpho: Year One #6 (of 6)
Shadowpact #20
Superman/Batman #44
Superman #671
Scooby Doo #127
World of Warcraft #2

 

 

IMAGE COMICS:

Circle #2
Glister #3
Madame Mirage #4
Special Forces #2 (of 6)

 

MARVEL COMICS:
 
Avengers Classic #7
Cable and Deadpool #48
Captain America: The Chosen #5 (of 6)
Exiles #100
Footkiller #3 (of 5)
Immortal Iron Fist #11
Incredible Hulk #112
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #4 (of 6)
Marvel Adventures: Avengers #19
Marvel Adventures: Fantastic Four #31
Marvel Holiday Special
Might Avengers #6
New X-Men #45
She-Hulk #24
Terror Inc #4 (of 5)
The Order #6
Ultimate X-Men #89
What if: Civil War
Wolverine: Origins #20
World War Hulk: Warbound #1 (of 5)
X-Men: First Class #6

 

OTHER PUBLISHERS: 

Alter Ego #74
Betty & Veronica #240
Doctor Who Classics #1
Archie Digest #240
Fathon Kiani #4
GI Joe: America’s Elite #30
Painkiller Jane #4
Simpson’s Comics #137
Sonic the Hedgehog #183
Primordia #2 (of 3)
Red Sonja #28

 

Happy Reading!

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