Talkin’ Comics With Newbies

TCWN: MARVEL VALUE STAMPS

What are these stamps: Bronze aged menace? You be the judge. From 1974 to 1976 Marvel began inserting what they called Marvel Value Stamps into their releases. These are best described as small border...

TCWN: “Verified Recalled Comics”

Over the years Marvel, Image and DC comics have had to recall comics after shipping them out due to hidden messages, vulgarities, pages out of sequence, lawsuits and many other reasons. When a book is...

COMIC STORAGE, THE RIGHT WAY

Storage: Now this may be the single most important part of collecting comic books. The proper storage of books, art work and statues. Here, we will concentrate on comic books. But these could also be ...

National Diamond Sales Variant

Last time you were here we began discussing variants, and we discussed the Mark Jewelers Variant. Well, another Variant aimed at our military installations based around the world were the National Dia...

The Mark Jeweler Variant

Mark Jeweler Advertisements:   Today I thought we would begin discussing one of the many variants found in the comic world. There are so many different types, I am going to break it down to a spe...

Man in forground

WHICH PRINT ARE YOU BUYING

  What To Know: When buying comics you always want to know that you are paying the correct price for the correct printing. Nothing like paying for a first printing only to find out later you have...

Pic of barcodes

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions

Newsstand or Direct A question often asked is, what is the difference between Newsstand Editions and Direct Editions and how can you tell them apart. Well there is a long drawn out complicated answer....

TCWNewbies: Raw Comic Books vs. Slabbed Comic Books

Graded or Ungraded: Lets discuss collecting raw (ungraded) vs. slabbed (graded) comic books. A raw comic book is any book not encapsulated by one of the three grading companies: CGC, CBCS and PGX .Thi...

Cable and X-Force

Let us discuss First Appearances

First Appearances The most sought after and collected books besides issue number one, are “The First Appearance” books. The first appearance of a character is just that. The first time we are introduc...

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