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Metropolis Collectibles and Koop's Comics are proud to announce the acquisition of a large comic book collection from St. Louis, MO. Highlights from the “St. Louis Hoard”, as it is affectionately referred to, include Captain America #1 VG+ (restored); Showcase #8; and runs of Silver Age titles including Flash, Green Lantern, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, Journey into Mystery, Thor, Daredevil, X-Men, Tales of Suspense, Tales to Astonish, Strange Tales, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, and more! There is also a great group of pre-super-hero Marvels and Atlas Westerns.
Perhaps equally as exciting are the thousands of other items such as: fanzine classics like Witzend, Squa Tront, and Near Mint; copper and modern age low print run magazines like Comic Book Marketplace, American Splendor, Love and Rockets, Warrior, and Epic Illustrated; numerous out of print trades such as the Miracleman trades; graphic novels, art books, undergrounds, and much, much more -- over 11,000 pieces all told. Examples of these are a complete set of the Complete Crumb TPB's and Elfquest TPB's; the first 16 issues of Eflquest; a run of Cerebus from 5-100; a near complete set of Overstreet Price Guides; a run of Warren/Kitchen Sink Sprit mags; strip reprint books like Terry and the Pirates, Prince Valiant, Little Orphan Annie, Secret Agent X-9; six different REH Conan hard covers with dust jackets published by Grant in 1975; and over 30 Frank Frazetta posters printed in the 70's that have never been taped or tacked.
This collection was the lifelong accumulation of a gentleman in St. Louis, Missouri, whose love of comic and sequential art and whose tastes very much mirror my own," said Tim Kupin, owner of Koop's Comics. "It was almost as though I was buying not only my current personal collection of comics but also all the comics I once had in the 1970's."
"The owner loved these comics dearly. His appreciation of the art form, and the artists and writers who were his favorites, were also my favorites. We really bonded while I was going through his collection. His art identification skills were superior. We discussed all of the inkers who inked Fantastic Four. We discussed who we liked and didn't like. In fact, after a long discussion and analysis of the comics, he almost has me convinced that Dick Ayers did not ink FF #s 1 & 2!" added Kupin.
The primary Marvel collection was sequenced chronologically, not alphanumerically. For instance, the first handful may have had Spidey #8, FF #19, JIM #101, and so on. It represented the true chronological sequence in which the books were published. Even the annuals were inserted in this sequence! “This is the first time I have ever seen a collection stored like this,” proclaimed Kupin.
All the books were stored in stacks in the upper level of the house. For a collection stored with no bags and boards they are remarkably well preserved, with grades averaging VG-VF, some higher and some lower, and exceptional page quality. While this is not being presented as a pedigree collection, the seller estimates that approximately 75% of the collection was purchased off the newsstands. Truly a collector’s collection, it is filled with literally tons of interesting and tough to find stuff!
There was also a secondary collection which included thousands of modern comics and graphic novels and all of the duplicate comics which he had upgraded over the years, thus two copies of FF #12, GL/GA #76 and Avengers #4, among others.
“This is truly one of the best collections that I've been privileged to own. I'm very excited to have it and also to be debuting it at the Baltimore Comic Con," Kupin added with a smile on his face!
For more information on the collection, or to purchase any of the titles on offer, contact us at [email protected], or call toll free 800 229 METRO.