Category Archives: Comic Book Characters and Collectibles

CGC 8.0 Amazing Fantasy # 15 Tops $260,000

CGC 8.0 Amazing Fantasy # 15 Tops $260,000

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn The approach of Spider-Man: Homecoming and the character’s presence in feature films since 2002’s hit Spider-Man hasn’t done anything to hurt the prices realized for rare, vintage, high grade comics featuring the wallcrawling superhero. A CGC-certified 8.0 copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, has sold […]

In Memoriam: Philip Zolli, Jr.

In Memoriam: Philip Zolli, Jr.

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn For many years, it seemed as if Philip Zolli, Jr.’s site, The Atlas Archives (atlasarchives.com), was the only place for fans of the short-lived Atlas-Seaboard line of comics to find their collecting niche researched, explained, and celebrated. For such collectors, Zolli’s efforts fanned the flames of fandom and gave […]

Superman, Spider-Man Set Records (Again)

Superman, Spider-Man Set Records (Again)

Comic Character Collectibles by J.C. Vaughn Among the more notable prices realized for vintage comic books over the past few months were two transactions at ComicLink. First, the company brokered a CGC-certified 9.2 copy of Amazing Fantasy #15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, for a record price of $460,000. They followed that up by brokering […]

The Return of ROM, the Spaceknight

The Return of ROM, the Spaceknight

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn During the late ’70s and into the early ’80s, Parker Brothers was a dominant force in the board game business. In 1977, when electronic games were in their infancy, the company decided to make the leap into toys as well. The result was ROM. Originally known as Cobol (after […]

In The Works: Free Comic Book Day 2017 is May 6

In The Works: Free Comic Book Day 2017 is May 6

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Each year on the first Saturday in May, participating comic book retailers across North America give away more than 6 million comics at participating locations in celebration of Free Comic Book Day. The offerings, more than 50 different issues, come from a variety of publishers (including Marvel, DC, Dark […]

A Look at 2016 and Wyatt Earp’s Great-Great Granddaughter

A Look at 2016 and Wyatt Earp's Great-Great Granddaughter

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn A Quick Comic Market Recap A CGC-certified 5.5 copy of “Action Comics #1” probably became the most significant comic of the year when it sold for $956,000 at Heritage Auctions on August 4. The price set a new record for a copy in that grade and represents sustained upward […]

Psychedelic and Beyond: Overstreet Looks at Concert Posters

Psychedelic and Beyond: Overstreet Looks at Concert Posters

Comic Book Characters and Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn The four-day event ran from Thursday, October 6 through Sunday October 9, 2016. Industry news site ICv2.com initially reported the 11% increase over last year’s attendance. The growth in attendees was accomplished by selling more single day tickets, particularly for Thursday, quoted ReedPop’s Lance Fensterman, and added […]

New York Comic Con Sets New Records

New York Comic Con Sets New Records

Comic Book Characters and Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Despite the severe physical limitations imposed by having the outdated and undersized Jacob Javits Convention Center as its home base, The New York Comic Con continues to grow at an amazing rate. Long the number two event in the city – it outpaced the New York Marathon […]

Geppi’s Entertainment Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Geppi's Entertainment Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Geppi’s Entertainment Museum (GEM) founder and CEO Steve Geppi conducted a personal of the museum for members, lenders and other special guests to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary. The tour through the pop culture history on display, including GEM’s current special exhibits, took place on Saturday, September 10, 2016. […]

The Overwhelming Comic-Con

The Overwhelming Comic-Con

Comic Character Collectibles By JC Vaughn While our schedule at Gemstone Publishing may change from year to year, we know that one of the fixtures on it will be a trip to Comic-Con International: San Diego. While the New York Comic Con has most likely topped it in attendance, nothing in North America matches the […]