Whatever happened to Alex Saviuk? Looking at MY WEB OF SPIDER-MAN collection, I remembered that he drew quite a lot of those and then he disappeared. Any idea where to?
— Yossi Konijn (yossik@hotmail.com)

Alex and I collaborated on dozens of stories during the 80s – including adventures of The Atom, Hawkman, Aquaman and Air Wave. What better way to find out what he’s been up to than to ask him directly…

“After WEB OF SPIDER-MAN, I was offered the chance to pencil and ink my work for a new Spider-man book entitled SPIDER-MAN ADVENTURES; the stories were to be a bit outside the current Marvel universe as they were based on the animated Spider-man cartoon series at that time. I only got to ink myself for 2 issues — lots of work for a monthly deadline — but the book continued on for 15 issues and then changed its name to ADVENTURES OF SPIDER-MAN for another 12 issues.

“After being under contract for Marvel for 8 years and loving every minute of it, I “decided” to go freelance again in 1996 (when they cancelled my book and had no other work for me). After unsuccessful attempts at getting work at DC Comics again, I was very happy to get work from TOPPS Comics with my former editors Jim Salicrup and Dwight Zimmerman by penciling THE X-FILES for 12 issues (#s 30-41). When the licensing contract for that book was not renewed, that was the end of my tenure on a monthly comic for the first time in many years.

“In 1997, however, I did have the pleasure of beginning a working relationship with Stan Lee by penciling THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Sunday newspaper strip every week. I continue working on that today and you can see the strip (art on the dailies are by Larry Lieber) and my Sundays on www.kingfeatures.com; just log on and have some fun! Having left mainstream comics, however, I now find myself doing advertising and conceptual art for various agencies and studios.

“My desire to get back into storytelling for comics has never waned — eventually, I feel that I will find myself back on the printed page working magic with my pencil once again. In the meantime, you can also find me doing commissions (contact me at ollie47@bellsouth.com) and selling some original art on Ebay!

“Thanks for asking — I feel the best is yet to come!”
— Alex Saviuk

Thanks for the update, Al.


READER WARNING: The next section will deal with pricing and values of old books. If this bores you to tears (as it does for a number of my readers) feel free to scroll down to the next horizontal line.

I just purchased the 33rd edition of THE OVERSTREET PRICE GUIDE was wondering when the guides are released? I cannot find the release date of the next volume so in pricing comics, I am not certain if I should add to their book value based upon how far into the year this volume is?
I got the feeling that the book comes out in August (or at least that number 33 came out last August) so should I adjust the calculated prices on Spider-Man comics I purchase to reflect an additional 10 months since publication?
— Dr. Graviano (ChiroVette@aol.com)

OVERSTREET arrives in the stores in late April or early May. You can adjust any prices you want to at any time you want to, but the bottom line remains that the books are worth only what someone else will pay you for them.

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Is there an internet pricing guide anywhere if so what is the address?
— Raymond (Raymond.Ellison@macdill.af.mil)

Two of them, Raymond, at http://www.comicspriceguide.com and http://www.nostomania.com/.
And it is to these two sites that I point all those folks whose pricing questions are listed below…

I have an old comic of THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN. It is the 500th issue. I was wondering how much it is worth.
— Chris (Bodyboarder4@aol.com)

My godmother asked me to look for some prices on her old comic books. She said she has some old Archies, Dennis the Menace, and a bunch more. I’m not sure of the dates but she is going to give me a list. Can you give me a list with about how much they would be worth?
— Christina (Teeny8833@msn.com)

I have a March-April #9 issue of SUPERMAN dated 1941. It is in good condition. Could you give me a ballpark figure as to what it is worth?
— Unsigned

I have two comic books, #1 and #2 of CONDORMAN (Whitman 90307-111 and 90307-112). Are they worth anything?
— Alma (aucasp@aol.com)

How much is the SUPERMAN comic 1938 special edition issue # 1 worth? Because I have it! So can you tell me?
— Ryan (belkis28@yahoo.com)

I have some old comic books that I have had for a while and I plan on selling them: SUPERMAN FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND and one SUPERMAN dating back to 1975
— Ashley (cutebug692002@yahoo.com)

I have 11 comic books that were given to me by an old teacher of mine and i have no desire for them. Six of them are SPIDER-MAN, 1 is IRON MAN, 1 is GHOST RIDER, 1 is WOLVERINE, and another IS MARVEL TALES FEATURING SPIDER-MAN. Are any of these worth anything?
— Kenyon S. Fryman (webgear@gcnet.com)

How much would a 1977 Superman comic book be worth?
— Josh (Lilweazyward@aol.com)

I would like to know the prices of some comics I have at home. How can I do that?
— Jon (jflo08@aol.com)

I have a Robocop comic in mint condition and I want to know how much it is worth? It is the THE OFFICIAL ADAPTATION OF THE HIT FILM ROBOCOP #1.
— Tom (ckyalliancepower@hotmail.com)

Could you tell me how much my old comics are worth????
— Rose (ultimate_rose@hotmail.com)

I have the DC Comics LIMITED COLLECTORS EDITION BATMAN # C-51. Any idea how much it’s worth?
— Jamie (jcain3@nc.rr.com)

WALT DISNEY’S ZORRO with Annette Funicello and Zorro on the cover, printed in Australia in 1960. Need price of book
— Ward (nenick@ellijay.com)
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I have inherited approximately 250 mainly 1960s Walt Disney, Harvey, Archie, Roy of the Rovers. Are you able to suggest anyone in New Zealand (I live in Hamilton) who could give me a valuation on these. Thanks.
— Janet Wilkins (wilkins@ihug,co.nz)

Unless our Silver Bullet Big Kahuna (and your fellow New Zealander) Jason wants to jump into this, I’d suggest you use the online price guides mentioned above, Janet.

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I have just bought 5000 comic books, helping a friend out. There are a lot of older issues like BATMAN, DAREDEVIL, SPIDER-MAN, SUPERMAN VS. ALI. Could you refer me to someone who might be interested in buying them? There are a lot of them that are marked $25/$35/$45.
— John (the_sharks_cove2002@yahoo.com)

Anybody want to help John help out his friend?

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BATMAN AND THE BEAST. It is a series of 4. I have seen all four in mint condition. Should I purchase these copies? If so, for how much? — Sean (shickman18@attbi.com)

Plain and simple, Sean – what’s it worth to you to read these books? That’s what you should pay for them.

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Where can I get Stanley Publishing horror comics circa 1970 (titles include SHOCK, STARK TERROR, CHILLING TALES OF HORROR, GHOUL TALES)? I’ve got some from the net but my collection is far from complete. Can I advertise my wants list on your site or others? Thanks.
— Peter (jehannum_2000@hotmail.com)

I think you just DID advertise your wants on my site, Peter.

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I have a Batman comic. It’s the May 1939 #27 issue. It sold for 10 cents at that time. Do you have any idea of it’s worth today?
— Tina Dooley (d.dooley@roadrunner.nf.net)

Tina, I’d be willing to bet what you have is a reprint. But if you really DO have an original DETECTIVE COMICS #27, you can plan on buying yourself a car, boat, and lots of other goodies with the proceeds of the sale.

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I have the 1995 Fleer Ultra X-Men card set 1 thru 150 in mint condition. Could you tell me how much they are worth?
— Mike (miken271@salemnet.com)

How much are the 150 Pokemon cards worth?
— Ashdyn PumpkinBlossom11@aol.com

Still don’t have a card price guide, still don’t know of one online.

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I was wondering how much an O. J. Simpson guilty (1 side has 1 face) not guilty (2 side another
face) slammer for pogs is worth?.
— badkarmanyc@hotmail.com

Do you know of any good sites for finding the worth of pogs? I found a load of them in my closet and am wondering if any of them are worth anything.
— Fredrick M.

What I just said about cards… ditto on pogs!


Apologies to Harry Tzvi Keusch (htkeusch@yahoo.com), whose name I lost in cutting and pasting in last week’s column. Thanks for your comments and info, Harry.

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Not a question, Bob, but more of a statement. You recently published my question. However, it appears it was edited in such a way that my question came off as being sarcastic, indicating you couldn’t answer a Marvel question. I seem to remember commenting in my original note that I was kidding with my question. Anyway, as a result, I’ve been receiving some pretty nasty emails from your very loyal supporters. I understand the need for editing the questions. I just wanted to make you aware of the situation.
— Aaron (todoroff@optonline.net)

Well, Aaron, I thought it was pretty obvious that you were kidding so I edited out the comment about it. I thought your email made a nice opening for the column. So, those of you loyal supporters who are sending the nasty emails – Knock it off!


FEEDBACK DEPARTMENT:
“Norman Osborn Jr.? Wasn’t his name Harry?”
Indeed it was. My mistake. Harry’s son is little Normie. It was suggested that he might develop a hate for Spider-Man around SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #200, so look out for future developments…
— Dan (daniel@fish1000.freeserve.co.uk)

…Regarding the Green Goblin question, around issue #180 of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, the Green Goblin referred to in the question is revealed to be Bart Hamilton, Harry Osborne’s psychiatrist.
— Brian
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It was said: “Frank Miller did introduce the Catholicism in DAREDEVIL. Matt’s Irish, so it makes sense in a vaguely stereotypical way…”
Well, not to take much away from Frank, who did so much more with the concept than I ever did, but the first time we saw any indication of Matt’s religion was in DAREDEVIL #119’s “They’re Tearing Down Fogwell’s Gym.”
I think I know the writer.
— Tony Isabella (tonyisa@ohio.net)

I’d bet you do, Tony.


MORE FROM THE EMAILBOX:
In the 80’s a lot was made of Jim Shooter having fill-in issues ready for just about every comic, going as far as having “Fill-In Showcase” or the like as a comic on the schedule, but not in print. Did DC do it, when did Marvel stop and why don’t publishers do that now to make sure that the monthly books always ship on time?
— lousyratbastard@solitairerose.com

DC also did some fill-in issues, utilizing alternate writing and art teams, and even different editors in some cases. (I wrote a fill-in issue of BLUE DEVIL that eventually saw print as part of a larger story.)

There were editors at DC in the 80s who were vehemently opposed to having fill-in issues, be they new material by an alternate team or reprints. They argued that readers who bought the fill-in issue would become angry and not buy any further issues. I sided with the folks who were in favor of fill-ins, believing that readers would become more angry if there was no issue at all.

Once comics became bogged down in endless continuity, it was virtually impossible to do a fill-in issue and now fans are forced to wait months if a particular “star” writer or artist is unable to meet monthly deadlines.

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What was the deal with those “Whitman” editions of DC Comics that were sold in the plastic bags in the mid-late ’70s?
— Unsigned

They were identical to the DC books on the newsstands, but with a “Whitman” logo in place of the DC one. They were part of a packaging deal DC had to provide books on a non-returnable basis to stores. By changing the logo, they prevented unscrupulous store owners from returning the copies for credit.

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Who owned DC Comics before Warner Bros.?
— elfenheim@earthlink.net

Actually, DC was owned by the company BEFORE it bought Warner Bros. National Periodical Publications was a publicly-traded company that was bought by Kinney Services, a company run by Steve Ross. After buying Warner, Ross changed the name of the company to Warner Communications. The company was purchased by Time, inc. and became Time-Warner and later by AOL to become part of AOL-TW.

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How come you don’t work at DC anymore?
— davisinter@hotmail.com

Because there are more things to do in the world than working in the comic book business.

On that note, I’ll head on out of here, but remind you to check out my daily Anything Goes Trivia at www.worldfamouscomics.com/trivia. And if YOU have a question, send it my way using the handy minty-green box below.

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