Well, I’m back from my summer teaching adventures and from the amount of email that piled up, it’s not a moment too soon. Over the next few columns, I’ll sprinkle in some anecdotes about my six weeks in lovely Chestertown, Maryland. [For those of you who don’t know, I teach Writing & Imagination to gifted fifth and sixth graders in the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth program – CTY. This was my tenth year doing so.]
One way you can tell the economy’s been down? Lots of people digging up lots of old comics and comics-related material and asking me what they’re worth. As always, I say that, regardless of what Overstreet or other Price Guides say, these things are worth what someone is willing to pay you…
I am in the midst of cleaning out my classroom and have been sifting through the piles of my predecessors. I came across a pile of Spider-Man comic books, in mint condition, that were created with the American Cancer Society about cigarettes/smoking/etc.
Are these comics worth keeping or are they junk?
— Stephanie Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I have stumbled on a copy of SPIDER-MAN 7 September 1974; is it worth anything?
— Phil (email@example.com)
I have a relative that recently found his old comics and among them was the first issue of SPIDER MAN. I need to know how much it is worth. I have not seen the condition of the comic so if you could give me all the listings it would be helpful.
— NicolasHunt (NicolasHunt@msn.com)
The American Cancer Society promo books catalog at $8.00 in mint condition.
I have no idea which Spidey book is #7 in September, 1974. It doesn’t appear to be any of the ones I checked.
There are so many different first issues of books starring Spidey and this could be any one of them. The jackpot: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 in mint condition catalogs at $28,000.
I’ve got this comic that’s called SUPERBOY and it’s the first edition. I was wondering how much it would be worth.
— ?? (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Like the Spider-Man #1 above, there are a variety of books this could be. The best case scenario, the original SUPERBOY #1 from 1949 weighs in at $9,200 in mint.
I would like to find out what my comic are worth, can you direct me to a site to price my books. I have titles like STRANGE ADVENTURES #9, MEN AGAINST CRIME #7, MR. RISK, BEWARE #12. Can you help
— Mary (email@example.com)
SA #9 features the debut of Captain Comet and catalogs at $153 in good condition; MAC #7 catalogs at $8, Mr. R at $9, and BEWARE at $29 or $35, depending on which publisher’s version it is.
I have an old comic book GREEN GIANT and want to know if it had any worth. Please help. David McKibben (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ho ho ho! If this is the 1940 book, it catalogs at a neat $1000 in good condition.
Are the NASCAR comic books of any value? I have a friend who has about a dozen of them and are in mint condition. They feature drivers like Davey Allison, Richard Petty (older drivers).
— Linda (email@example.com)
Probably to race car enthusiasts.
I own an original strip of Milton Caniff’s “Terri and the Pirates” and I was curious as to what it might be worth? It’s in excellent condition. It belonged to my father, who was the creator and author of the story strip “Gil Thorp.” He actually met Milton Caniff.
— Stephen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It’s a safe bet there are Caniff fans out there who would be interested in it. In fact, if you have some of the “Gil Thorpe” material your father worked on, there are probably folks interested in them too.
I have a Superman record from Australia dated 1975. It is called THE OFFICIAL ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN and features Bob Holiday as Superman. What is this worth?
— ?? (email@example.com)
What POGS are worth money and which ones aren’t?
— ?? (firstname.lastname@example.org)
How much is my shiny Pokemon worth? Also, Rockets Mitmochan shiny mid-condition, my Umbreon perfect condition not shiny, and my Ursing shiny mid condition
— ?? (email@example.com)
I have some DC cards and I’m wondering if they’re worth anything: Silver and Golden Age Wonder Woman. I also have Classic Cover Wonder Woman.
— Jered (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I repeat, they are worth whatever someone is willing to pay you for them!
CTY ANECDOTE #1:
While walking back to our dorms one afternoon after class, one of the female instructors said to one of the male instructors: “When are you going to come and get your laundry from [another female instructor]’s room?”
The male instructor was startled by this, especially when he realized I had overheard it. He glared at the female instructor, who said, “What?! I didn’t SAY it was your underwear!”
FEEDBACK ON PAST COLUMNS:
What date and year did the X-Men’s Danger Room use Shi’ar technology to manifest holographic images and settings?
— ?? (email@example.com)
First Appearance: Uncanny X-Men Vol. 1, No. 97, February 1976
Home Planet: The Aerie
Representatives: Lilandra, Raza, Deathbird
Background Info: The birdlike race known as the Shi’ar have established a powerful empire in the galaxy named after them. Although a civilized and scientifically advanced race, their interstellar conflicts have often spilled over into the Earth’s star system. The Shi’ar Imperial Guard is composed of super heroes from over a hundred worlds.
Secondly, as fan-fiction isn’t sanctioned by any publisher (it’s using copyrighted material without permission, don’cha know) he can either email those people who run his favorite fan-fiction sites and ask them to post his work, or his can post it himself–either option at his own risk, of course.
–Answer Boy (a.k.a Your son Chuck)
1. Ed McGuiness is doing THUNDERCATS for Wildstorm and re-teaming with Jeph Loeb for a Superman/Batman ongoing series next year. Scott McDaniel is taking over Superman next year.
2. With respect to a Zatanna Vertigo series, I have hard Paul Dini rather than Bruce Timm as the writer, with Jill Thompson at one point as the tentative artist. It was supposedly a project Dini was working on in his spare time, so it might be awhile before it materializes, if at all.
Herb Trimpe is developing his new website, check out www.herbtrimpe.com for details. (The “Commissions” link is the only one that’s working at the moment.)
For the person interested in the conclusion of the WHODUNNIT comic, I’d recommend contacting the book’s writer, Mark Evanier, at www.markevanier.com. (According to the Mile High Comics website, three issues were published.)
— Rodrigo Baeza (Rgbaeza@lanchile.cl)
I’ll be surprised if I am not the hundredth nerd to tell you this, .but I recall Bill Mantlo being in a coma resulting from an accident. I believe that that sucks.
— Christopher J. Arndt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Someone asked about the Atomic Skull. It turns out that the Michaels Atomic Skull appeared in TEEN TITANS SPOTLIGHT #s 17-18, with no mention of ever battling Superman.
In answer to “Who is Flash Lightning?”:
Flash Lightning (also known as Lash Lightning) appeared in SURE FIRE COMICS #s1-3 (with 2 #3s), LIGHTNING COMICS Vol. 1 #4-Vol. 3 #1 (really #13, continuing from SURE FIRE), and FOUR FAVORITES #s1-22, all from Ace Comics.
Many of his adventures (including his early ones) were drawn by Jim Mooney, and may or may not have been written/created by Bob Turner who was an in-house freelance writer.
While he was “Flash” Lightning, he had the secret identity of Robert Morgan, and had received his powers from “The Old Man of the Pyramids.” When he became “Lash” Lightning in Vol. 2 #2, any mention of his other identity and the old man were abandoned.
In LIGHTNING COMICS Vol. 3 #1, he was teamed up with Lightning Girl who was really Isobel Blake. They both shared typical electricity-based powers as well as flight and increased strength. They had similar costumes, the only difference being Lightning Girl’s skirt. The two went on to have adventures in FOUR FAVORITES before vanishing into obscurity.
One final side note: I have been told that the name change from “Flash” to “Lash” was to avoid confusion with THE Flash.
I hope that answers your question. I’m sure it’s likely more than you ever wanted to know about such an obscure golden age hero.
Yes, it probably is, but thanks for the effort.
Regarding blood donor stories, my favorite was ACTION #403, “Attack of the Micro-Murderer,” in which hundreds of citizens donated blood to Superman in an effort to wash an intelligent bacterium out of his system.
Peter Parker gave blood to Aunt May in an early Steve Ditko SPIDER-MAN issue. Lois Lane was a blood donor in the notorious early 1970s story, “I Am Curious (Black).” The Golden Age Timely (a.k.a. Marvel) Comics hero, the Whizzer, got his super-speed after a blood transfusion from a mongoose. And in a most peculiar Golden Age Human Torch adventure (reprinted in Jules Feiffer’s book, “The Great Comic Book Heroes,” kid sidekick Toro was the recipient of a “flame transfusion” from the Torch, through asbestos tubes!
— Bob Buethe (email@example.com)
Bob Buethe wrote you saying, “I know that Clark Kent was named for film actors Clark Gable and Kent Taylor. . .” My recollection was that Superman’s alter-ego came from pulp antecedents CLARK “Doc” Savage and KENT (The Shadow) Allard. Given the other bits Siegel and Shuster borrowed from the pulps, mightn’t this make some sense?
— Tony Tower (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I could be wrong, but I always thought that Clark Kent got his name from the pulps, from CLARK “Doc” Savage, Jr. and KENT Allard, the true name of the man who posed as Lamont Cranston, The Shadow. Doc Savage also gave Superman his Fortress of Solitude, and several other elements I can’t think of at the moment. Just a thought.
— Len Wein
I seem to recall Julie Schwartz telling the story about the pulp heroes “roots” for Superman’s alter-ego AS WELL, so we should probably give the story some consideration.
Hmm, end of the column already and there are still a lot of questions to answer. Join me back here next week for more Q&A. And if you like to try to answer MY questions, don’t forget my daily Anything Goes Trivia at www.wfcomics.com/trivia.
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