Hey, BobRo! I just picked up a copy of SUPERMAN’S GIRL FRIEND LOIS LANE #40 for $1.00 (that’s one buck), and it got me to wondering if you know of any website that will tell you what’s the *least* amount of money people are paying for old BTH (that’s “Beat To Heck” for your family-friendly column, a grade that basically means, the comic is all there, but the dealer is tired of keeping it active in his inventory month after month after month)?

Anybody can track down an Overstreet Guide to see what kind of people out there are grossly overpaying for THE HUMAN FLY #1, but I think it’s high time we serious collectors started tracking MINIMUM values of old comics, to reflect the reality of the marketplace (and also help us add to our collections without having to wade through all the GCG nuttiness).
– Dave Blanchard (BlanchardD@aol.com)

Dave, the MINIMUM price for any old comic book would be FREE!

My own attitude towards old comics is “What is the MOST I will pay for a copy?” Back in the early 70s, I paid a buck at a convention for a coverless copy of ALL-FLASH. I didn’t even know what issue it was because the indicia had been on the inside cover. But I was willing to spend a dollar to have an actual copy of a Golden Age book. Today, I might pay $5 for the same book, owing to inflation, but I’d be much more likely to try to find a trade that would benefit both the seller and myself.

Anyway, let’s open the floor to the serious collectors/ fans/ readers. What is the most you would pay for a Golden Age comic in Dave’s BTH condition? A Silver Age book? Bronze Age? Email your answers using the handy question box that appears immediately below, thanks to the able efforts of SBC Big Kahuna, Jason:


Q1. The most I would pay for a Golden Age comic (1936 ~ 1955):

Q2. For a Silver Age comic (1956 ~ 1973):

Q3. For a Bronze Age comic (1974 ~ 1986):

Q4. The one comic book I would most like to own:

By the way, the time-frames I used for the different ages are approximations AND my own choices. Feel free to use your own definitions if it makes you happier.


FEEDBACK DEPARTMENT:
A quick note: as seen in the current series, especially page 16 of issue #3 coming to a store near you, Aquaman is seen as clearly having been born with the leg fins. Sorry, Len.
– Bob Greenberger

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On the Green Lantern of Krypton’s sector, one should also mention “The Man Who Destroyed Krypton” in SUPERMAN #205. This story, published in 1968, showed that Krypton’s internal stresses were actually dying down, but a space criminal named Black Zero re-ignited them.

People have objected to this story since it seemed to depict Jor-El as wrong about his prediction of the destruction of Krypton. However, if one considers the story that states that Tomar-Re attempted to save Krypton by damping down its stresses, one can see that Jor-El was not wrong. Krypton’s explosion would have occurred unimpeded without Tomar-Re’s intervention and did result once Black Zero undid what Tomar-Re had accomplished.

So, you could say that probably Tomar-Re’s original mission, to damp down Krypton’s uranium core with stellarium, was successful and caused Black Zero to have to restart the reaction, as revealed in flashback in issue #205. This would necessitate Tomar-Re’s attempt to get more stellarium to rescue Krypton, as shown on page 5. Since this story takes place over more than three years, this is more probable than thinking a Green Lantern would need all that time to gather enough stellarium to save Krypton only once.

Admittedly, it takes a little bit of work, since most retellings of Superman origin published after these stories did not bother to mention most of the above, but you can get the stories to gel together.
– John McDonagh (docsavage80@yahoo.com)

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I couldn’t agree with you more in regard to your “forecast for the future,” as well as your “assessment of the present.” There are very few comics I enjoy on a regular basis today because they are just so darn confusing. The colors are overwhelming; the art, while perhaps nice as pinups, seldom conveys the story; and the plots are too murky, long, and “hip.” I don’t know what the future holds, but I think it may be an overabundance of “special projects,” at the expense of the monthly.
– Derek W (derekw@detroitmusic.com)

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Not a question, just a thank you for writing SUPERMAN: THE SECRET YEARS. I’ve long since lost those comics and did not know who wrote them.

They were some of my favorites when I was young. I loved the idea of the most powerful man in the world feeling so alone because of the death of his parents and of a roommate. The atmosphere in these comics was so thick!
– vegheadjones (vegheadjones@comcast.net)


THE HOMEWORK CORNER:
I have a project at school: Find out who John Reed is (alias for what super-hero) and to find a web page containing info. Please help. Thank-you
– Charles Bunyea (jnb2173@cs.com)

Well, kemo sabe, it would have been easier for you to find if you had spelled Reid correctly. He’s the Lone Ranger (and uncle to the Green Hornet) and you can find the supporting information at http://www.skypoint.com/members/joycek19/ranger.htm. Tell your teacher I expect an “A” on this project.

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Why do Roy Lichtenstein, Stan Lee, and Jack Kirby draw and paint in a very similar style? Why did Lichtenstein choose the comics for his pop art?
— J-J (j_jay916052000@yahoo.com)

Stan Lee is a writer, not an artist. I don’t know that Lichtenstein ever used a Kirby drawing as the basis for one of his paintings. In any case, you can research Lichtenstein’s work at such sites as http://www.lichtensteinfoundation.org/ (and others you may find by using Google).


AND MORE QUESTIONS DEPARTMENT:
Okay, this is a silly one, perhaps, but is there any chance of seeing ‘Mazing Man collections in my lifetime? Has DC ever (I mean EVER) seemed interested in putting out MM trades? I mean, I’d buy ’em.
– Jonathan Miller (jlmiller@oz.net)

It’s not a silly one at all, Jonathan. I ask Bob Greenberger (DC’s Senior Editor – Collected Editions) about the ‘MAZING MAN ARCHIVES every chance I get. I’ve even suggested the entire series be collected in on big black-and-white TPB. Though Bob is a backer of the idea, no one further up the line has agreed yet.

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Why does it seem that all human Green Lanterns turn out to be mentally disturbed after some time? Hal went crazy and Guy Gardner has tons of different mood changes, just to name a couple.
– Miguel (WooDChiP15869@aol.com)

Being a Green Lantern requires that the ringbearer be fearless. Someone with absolutely no fears at all has to be a little bit “off,” don’t you think?

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Several years ago (in the mid 80s) DC published a Shadow series by Andy Helfer and Kyle Baker that was abruptly ended. At the time, a Shadow Special to tie up the loose ends of the series was solicited (it was mentioned in a “Meanwhile…” column penned by Jenette Kahn) but it never came out. A lot of other titles, of course, have been “orphaned” (such as the famed Jim Lee “All This and Earth 2” conclusion to the Image 1963 series). My question is: How much work was ever completed on these and will they ever see the light of day in some form.
– jtrecker@mindspring.com

I don’t recall any work ever being done on that Shadow conclusion. As for other “orphaned” series, the answer probably varies for each one. Will you ever see them? After all this time, it is highly unlikely.

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I am positive that I once saw a full-page black-and-white ad for a sequel to Alan Moore’s WATCHMEN. The ad was in some comics trade publication, like COMICS JOURNAL. It was a picture of Rorschach, Dr. Manhattan, et al and the title was “Harlequin’s Revenge” or something similar. Whatever happened to that project and what was it intended to be?
– Greg Plantamura (GPlantam@hotmail.com)

I don’t recall any project of this type, nor does my pal Bob Greenberger. Maybe someone else out there remembers the ad or the project?

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Can you tell me if DC comics had characters named Windy, Willy and Muscleman? If so, who were they?
– Julian (lira-b@tstt.net.tt)

Windy and Willy were actually Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebs! They first appeared in their new guise in “The Haunted Hippie” in SHOWCASE #81 (March, 1969). The story, originally titled “The Bewitched Beatnik,” had retouched art and relettered balloons to remove references to the TV tie-in comic THE MANY LOVES OF DOBIE GILLIS #26. They went on to their own title for four issues, all appearing in 1969, and all containing reworked Dobie Gillis stories.

As for Muscle Man, I found a reference to such a character appearing in ALL-FLASH #13. I’m presuming, however, that you are looking for some other character who made an appearance much later than 1943.

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Is there a directory or guide available allowing a person to search for comic books by author or artist? For example, if I wanted just Howard Chaykin or George Perez art or Mark Waid or Bob Rozakis authored stories, is there any place where one can research that information?
– Jason Borlinghaus (moosenlawyer@hotmail.com)

Indeed there is, Jason. Just click on over to the Grand Comics Database (http://www.comics.org) and you can search by artist, writer, magazine title, and more.

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Is there ONE big book covering most if not all of Gasoline Alley? Our newspaper quit printing the strip in the early 90s and I MISS IT! Is there any way I can catch up?
— Ruth Gregory (rgreg4@cox.net)

That would be an incredibly big book, Ruth, since the strip began running back in 1919! You CAN catch up a bit, though, by clicking on http://www.comicspage.com/gasolinealley/.

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When and where can I buy the SMALLVILLE comic book? Thanks
— djones@edutech.org

You can buy it now. Call the Comic Shop Locator Service at 1-888-COMICBOOK, punch in your Zip Code, and you’ll find out where the nearest comic book shops are.

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Where can I buy MYSTIC #29 in Europe? Will I be able to find a copy in London?
— Vivien (vivien_uzzell@raytheon.com)

Well, the Comic Shop Locator Service won’t work for Europe, but my favorite comic shop in London is Forbidden Planet. (71 New Oxford Street, London. WC1A 1DG Tel: 071 497 2150) Check them out – and tell them I said hi.


That will do it for this installment. Join me back here next week and, in the meantime, check your knowledge with my daily Anything Goes Trivia at http://www.worldfamouscomics.com/trivia.


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