Tag Archives: Comic Book

In the Digital Age, What Is Original Art?

In the Digital Age, What Is Original Art?

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn For collectors of original comic art – and indeed, art of many different media – the digital age seems to have thrown a monkey wrench into the works. Even when traditional elements are part of the process, the existence of one, true original can be in doubt. To go […]

Pop Culture Scores Big at Heritage

Pop Culture Scores Big at Heritage

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Heritage Auctions has continued to find fertile ground in the world of pop culture, as witnessed by their July 28-29, 2018 Movie Poster Auction and their August 2-4 Comics & Comic Art Auction. The company’s Movie Poster Auction totaled over $1.6 million when all was said and done, and […]

Captain America Comics #70: Going Home Again

Captain America Comics #70: Going Home Again

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Collector Jason Versaggi knows both the cold, analytical, logical purchases for his collection on one end of the spectrum, and the nostalgia-laced specter of, as he puts it, “going home.” “My Mom bought me my first two comic books on a train ride to Florida. My Dad took me […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Frank Frazetta comic cover art, $1.79 million, Heritage Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Frank Frazetta comic cover art, $1.79 million, Heritage Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall Original artwork by legendary artist Frank Frazetta titled Death Dealer 6 (1990), first published as the cover for Verotik’s 1996 Death Dealer #2 comic book, sold for $1.79 million at a World Record Comic Book & Art Auction held May 10-12 by Heritage Auctions […]

A Comic Book Market Snapshot

A Comic Book Market Snapshot

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn In keeping with this issue’s special focus on comic books, it seemed like an opportune time to check in with two of the comic book industry’s leading figures, ComicLink’s Josh Nathanson and Metropolis Collectibles’ Vincent Zurzolo. Both operate in the highest ranks of dealers or comic book-centric auction houses, […]

Manga: A Brief History

Manga: A Brief History

A Brief History and its Place in a Collector’s Market By Carrie Wood A significant chunk of the worldwide comics market has long been held by manga. Though it’s entirely likely that your typical western comic book fan would consider manga to be something of a “niche” market, it’s hardly so. Manga is a multibillion-dollar […]

Comic Book Grading

Comic Book Grading

The Overstreet Definitions By Robert M. Overstreet & the Gemstone Publishing Staff (c)2018 Gemstone Publishing. Used by Permission. As with most collectibles, with comic books condition is king. The Overstreet Grading Standards have been developed over decades with input from comic book dealers, collectors, historians and preservation experts. When grading a comic book, common sense […]

Star Wars, Comics Dominate in Hake's Auction

Star Wars, Comics Dominate in Hake's Auction

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn Following up on last month’s column, which saw Hake’s Americana & Collectibles on track to set multiple records for the company with Auction #223, the results surpassed expectations. The auction, which closed from Tuesday – Thursday, March 13-15, 2018, totaled $2,357,183. This marked the first auction to surpass $2 […]

Hake's Sets New Single-Week Record

Hake's Sets New Single-Week Record

Comic Character Collectibles By J.C. Vaughn After setting records with their previous auction, Hake’s Americana & Collectibles looks well on their way to doing it again with Auction #223. The sale, which will close after this issue goes to press, has already been another record-setter for the firm as bids topped the $1 million mark […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Detective Comics #29, $53,675, Weiss Auctions

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Detective Comics #29, $53,675, Weiss Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A copy of Detective Comics #29 (July 1939), bought by the consignor at a tag sale for $20, sold for $53,675 at an auction held Feb. 14-15 by Weiss Auctions in Lynbrook, N.Y. Also, a copy of DC Comics Showcase #4 (Oct. 1956), the […]