Category Archives: Comic Book Characters and Collectibles

The Artistry of Amanda Conner Debuts at GEM

The Artistry of Amanda Conner Debuts at GEM

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn “In the world of hardcore comic book fans, it’s not always an easy thing to get the seasoned veterans and excited newcomers to agree on what’s good, much less what’s great or even spectacular.

Captain Action Meets Ultraman

Captain Action Meets Ultraman

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn When writer-collector James Long documented a previously forgotten bit of Captain Action history, it didn’t seem very likely that he was actually uncovering a bit of the action figure’s future. First, it’s difficult to

Comic Art, Cosplay and Dreams

Comic Character Collectibles BY J.C. Vaughn Perez Justice League Cover Tops $80 K Artist George Pérez’s original 10″x 15″ cover art for Justice League of America #217, originally published in 1983, sold for $80,001 at ComicLink on December 3, 2015.

Cosplay: What is it and Why Does it Need a Guide Book?

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C.Vaughn If you’re around enough pop culture, particularly at conventions, the term “cosplay” keeps popping up with greater frequency, and while the field is actually very inclusive, term itself might need a little explaining. “If I

Big Year for Comics, Comic Art Continues

Big Year for Comics, Comic Art Continues

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn It’s been an exciting year for popular culture, and it’s not showing any signs of letting up just yet. Starting with Hake’s Americana & Collectibles’ first offerings from the Franco Toscanini Superman collection, virtually

At Long Last, Recognition: Atlas-Seaboard Art Soars

At Long Last, Recognition: Atlas-Seaboard Art Soars

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Although it never truly lived up to its potential or even the company’s own hype, Martin Goodman’s ill-fated Atlas line of comic books from Seaboard Periodicals in the mid-1970s has fascinated collectors and historians

GEM Gets The Spirit with Will Eisner Exhibit

GEM Gets The Spirit with Will Eisner Exhibit

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn From June 2, 1940 to October 5, 1952, Will Eisner’s The Spirit appeared in a comic-book-size insert in local newspapers around the country.  Noted for its inventiveness, wry send-ups of the superhero milieu, and

Pop Culture Continues to Shine

Pop Culture Continues to Shine

Pop Culture Continues to Shine Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Many different facets of pop culture continue to shine in the public’s eyes, including original comic book art, game-worn sports apparel, and comic books. GEM Lands Sal Buscema Exhibit

Continue Finding Records

Continue Finding Records

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Just a matter of weeks ago, New York-based ComicConnect.com sold a CGC-certified 4.0 copy of Detective Comics #27 for $475,000. In that grade, the previously recorded high for the issue, which features the first

Pop Culture Meets Reality on Overstreet Cover

Pop Culture Meets Reality on Overstreet Cover

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C.Vaughn The cinematic successes of the X-Men franchise for Twentieth Century Fox, then the Spider-Man franchise from director Sam Raimi for Sony, and the Batman franchise from director Christopher Nolan for Warner Bros. each had a