Dear Valued Collectors,
I recently returned from the San Francisco Wonder Con. I attended the show, strictly as a buyer, Thursday, Friday and part of Saturday. I found the show to be busier (and a bit smaller) than previous years, perhaps due to the venue change. Previously the show was held in Oakland, a much-maligned city but one I enjoyed immensely. Being in San Francisco was a welcome change; the restaurants and tourist attractions were wonderful. I highly recommend a visit to Muir Woods (Redwood Forest) and one of my new favorite restaurants, Millenium.
While at the show I purchased over three dozen CGC graded NM 9.4 or better Silver Age Marvels and DCs along with several hundred raw Timelys, Fox Romance, Esoteric War, 1950s DCs, 1960s DCs and Marvels in varying conditions ranging from NM to VG+. Many of you already on my emailing list have received the list of the books I purchased in San Francisco and can see how many gems I found. As far as I could tell from dealers I spoke to the show was good for selling but not great. Several dealers told me my purchases were the biggest sales of the weekend for them. Obviously when I am buying great stuff from dealers I realize I will be working tight and not getting a great buy but I do it so I have a constant array of new material for my demanding customers.
This past week was the Big Apple Comic Con. Unfortunately this show was scheduled too closely to the last one, the Pittsburgh Comic Con and Wonder Con and was a real snooze fest. I am not trying to disparage my old partner Mike Carbonaro's efforts to make the show a success. There are not many promoters out there who work harder. He had a half dozen employees handing out fliers to the show at the X-Men premiers all over the city throughout the course of the weekend-what more can you ask for? There simply were less people spending less money at this show than at the last few Big Apples I have done.
Sales at the show included an All Star #2 in VG/FN, many high-grade Silver and Bronze Age X-Men comics, two mid grade Spider-Man #50s, a restored Pep #28 and several low-grade early Spider-Man issues.
Several interesting notes from both shows: I was unable to acquire VG/FN to FN/VF copies of Tales of Suspense #39, Incredible Hulk #1 and Journey into Mystery #83. Also impossible to find were copies of Strange Tales #62, 66 and 73 and a decent looking copy of a good Spider-Man #2. In general early Marvel Silver Age keys were tough to come by. I literally walked the entire floor looking for these books at the Wonder Con and nobody had them-in the entire Convention! If you have any of these for sale please email me at [email protected], as I am very interested in buying them.
The new X-Men movie was great! What really impressed me about this sequel was it's keen awareness to detail and the ability of the writers and directors to juggle the large cast of characters in such a proficient and exciting manner. Other than it being a bit long, which is how they were able to focus on so many of the characters, I can not think of anything really bad to say about this film. Now I am praying that the Hulk will be as big a hit but after seeing that cartoon-like CG Hulk I have my doubts.
I strongly suggest anybody interested in Westerns read this month's feature on Marvel Western Characters. Also, I recently added a features archive to the Metropolis Site. For those of you interested in learning more about Golden, Silver and Bronze Age comics, click here.
As I have asked in the past I will do so again, if you are selling your comics please email your list to me at [email protected] I am looking for early Silver Age Marvel keys as well as #1 and first appearance Harveys. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Thank you again for your patronage.
Metropolis Collectibles, Inc.