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From cradle to slab: a mini-comics story.4964

Collector BabaLament private msg quote post Address this user
Hello all!

On impulse, I've decided to slab a set of Dark Horse Aliens mini-comics from the 1993 Kenner Toys. I've never seen them graded; rarely seen them at all truth be told, so I figure it will be a neat thing to put on display as a conversation piece.

I've decided to document the journey, as much as I'm able. Toy collectors might take a hit to the feels, but the comics are free! I asked ahead in the pressing thread & CBCS doesn't think there will be any issues; after twenty-five years of being trapped in retail packaging, they're pretty much a case study for "needs to be pressed".

So this is it; they'll be boxed & mailed tomorrow (waiting for Snake Alien & Drake to arrive w/ the mail).





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Collector thelastbard private msg quote post Address this user
On the plus side, most of the comics look to be in good shape based one the pic... better than the packaging of the toys. This will be a fun experiment!
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Collector BabaLament private msg quote post Address this user
The comics are clean; not surprising since they've been in packaging for over twenty years. The Rhino Alien comic (#12) had the least amount of clearance, and it shows. I'm hoping that pressing can straighten that out. Overall I'm pretty happy with the first step in this evolution; and as a bonus I have a bunch of Aliens toys to display.

I have such a massive amount of space in my PC chassis that I might even be able to have a little fun with them:

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Collector thelastbard private msg quote post Address this user
@BabaLament Oh my god, that's crazy! Love the tower... I've always had boring towers - your is next level awesome.
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Collector BabaLament private msg quote post Address this user
LoL! That's not mine; that belongs to Ron Lee Christianson of Blue Horse Studios. Its pretty much the definition of "Epic Case Mod". My rig is far more modest:
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Collector BigRedOne1944 private msg quote post Address this user
Cool Stuff! I love the Alien Franchise.

Any chance you could just roll them out and press them at home?

I can't wait to see the end results with the Mini comics.

Good Luck!
John
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Collector comic_book_man private msg quote post Address this user
@BabaLament I love Aliens, even better than Alien. Don't get me wrong I'm a big Ian Holm fan(LotR, Fifth Element, Alien) - but James Cameron rocked Aliens with the one-liners and sci-fi epicness!!



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Collector thelastbard private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by BabaLament
LoL! That's not mine; that belongs to Ron Lee Christianson of Blue Horse Studios. Its pretty much the definition of "Epic Case Mod". My rig is far more modest:

Well, still better than my "out of the box" rig. :P
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Collector BabaLament private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by BigRedOne1944
Cool Stuff! I love the Alien Franchise.

Any chance you could just roll them out and press them at home?

I can't wait to see the end results with the Mini comics.

Good Luck!
John


I could probably do it at home, I have enough hardcover books to make a serious effort at imitating a press; but I'm sending it in to have it done properly. Its like I tell my customers: "You can have the work done right, fast, or cheap. Please pick the option that best suits your needs."
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Collector BabaLament private msg quote post Address this user
Ok, so they're unrolled, bagged, boarded, and boxed up for shipping Its up to CBCS at this point; I can't wait to see how they turn out!












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Collector JustABitEvil private msg quote post Address this user
God, I had all of those, stupid kid I took them out and played with them. I think I saw the scorpion Alien comic in a box a while back.
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Collector BabaLament private msg quote post Address this user
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God, I had all of those, stupid kid I took them out and played with them. I think I saw the scorpion Alien comic in a box a while back.


I had them as a kid too. I was unpacking moving boxes & came across a bunch of old toys. When I saw these I remembered the comics, and thought "huh, I haven't seen these since..." I did a little digging (called CBCS, CGC, Midtown, Mile High, Meltdown, Chicago, The Secret Stash, & Lone Star) & even though a couple of places knew about them, the only people who'd ever had them in stock was Mile High. Neither grading house has slabbed these before, so I'm going to have a unique set for however long it takes for someone else to go, "hey, that's a good idea!"

Unfortunately like most kids, I managed to lose all of the small pieces and comics. However, now equipped with Super-Adulting Powers (aka: credit card & eBay account) I was able to find a set of the toys MOC. Over the cries of anguish from toy collectors, I pulled the comics from the packaging & sent them to CBCS for pressing & grading.

My timing was darn good. If the Disney/20th Century Fox buyout goes down, I'm guessing Dark Horse Comics is going to lose the Aliens license. Since these comics were produced between DHC & Kenner Toys, and have not been reproduced to-date, I'm pretty sure once Disney/Marvel takes ownership, the chances or these ever getting a reprint will drop to somewhere around zero.
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Collector BigRedOne1944 private msg quote post Address this user
The Aliens books look outstanding! I think they may press out very nicely.

Im a big fan of the Alien Franchise as I stated earlier.

Im still missing 2 of the Original Mark Verheiden/Mark Nelson Books from 1988





Of coarse I was all over the Full color Mark Verheiden/Den Bearvais Series! The Painted covers alone are worth the price of admission.





What are the Copyright dates of the mini comics?

Are they full color or B/W?

Is the Cover and Interior Art by Mark Nelson?
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Collector BabaLament private msg quote post Address this user
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Im still missing 2 of the Original Mark Verheiden/Mark Nelson Books from 1998


Which ones are you missing? I have three sets, all of which are presentable, but I'm not experienced/confident enough to give them a score guesstimate. I can take lots of pictures though.

The pictures you linked are of two different runs. The top photo is from the first series 1988 run, which was a six-issue run. The second photo is from the second series, four issue 1989 run.

My Dad & I used to go see movies at the local mall, which (at the time) had two amazing things right outside the movie theater: a huge coin-op arcade (many quarters gave their lives for this information...), and a comic shop. I was seven or eight when the comic shop opened, and I still remember the first time we went in; obviously a pivotal moment in life.

The first set of comics I ever bought was the Aliens Predator: Deadliest of the Species run. Still have 'em too; though now I'm trying to finish the set by grabbing a Platinum #1, and the four Ashcans (Red/Gold/Silver/Chicago Comic-Con Exclusive).

Anyhow; here is the information on the mini-comics. I'll be passing this along to CPG too, so they can update their database:

Aliens: Desert Storm (#1):
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - Norman Felchle
Inked by - Mark McKenna
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Operation Rescue (#2)
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - Denis Rodier
Inked by - Denis Rodier
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Mark A. Nelson
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Hive War (#3):
Written by -Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - Joe Phillips
Inked by - John Dell
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Jungle Attack (#4):
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - Tony Harris
Inked by - Tony Harris
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Mark A. Nelson
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Meltdown (#5):
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - Rick Hoberg
Inked by - Ian Akin
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Showdown (#6):
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - Brandon McKinney
Inked by - Karl Kesel
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Stampede (#7)
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - William Knapp
Inked by - Robert Campanella
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Mark A. Nelson
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992/1993

Aliens: Fireball (#8)
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - David Johnson
Inked by - David Johnson
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Night Strike (#9)
Written By - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - John Nadeau
Inked by - Steve Moncuse
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Swarm (#10)
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - John Nadeau
Inked by - Steve Moncuse
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Terrordome (#11)
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - John Nadeau
Inked by - Billy Ray Marimon
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens: Ice Storm (#12)
Written by - Dan Jolley
Illustrated by - John Nadeau
Inked by - John Nadeau
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Dan Thorsland
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992

Aliens vs. Predator: The Ultimate Battle (#13)
Written by - Dan Thorsland
Illustrated by - Brandon McKinney
Inked by - Karl Kesel
Lettered by - Dan Nakrosis
Cover(s) by - Joe Phillips
Edited by - Barbara Kesel
Publisher - Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) - 1992
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Collector BigRedOne1944 private msg quote post Address this user
Opps Sorry about the Typo


Yes Im aware of the first two Series.

Im missing #1 and #3 of the original 1988 Series. I do have #2 but it is a 2nd print and I would like to have all 1st prints. Im a condition freak so Im looking for 9.4 NM high quality books.


Outstanding Info on your Mini comics! Thanks!

Was the interior artwork B/W or Color?

How did you go about submitting the books for pressing? Did you just write a submission on a piece of paper and send it to CBCS? There is currently no Pressing info on the CBCS submission page.

Happy Holidays
John
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Im missing #1 and #3 of the original 1988 Series. I do have #2 but it is a 2nd print and I would like to have all 1st prints. Im a condition freak so Im looking for 9.4 NM high quality books.


I have two sets of the first & second series, all first printing. Both sets are in excellent shape, but I'm not experienced/confident enough to assign a numerical grade to them. I'll be off on Wednesday, and I will take a bunch of photos & post them here. If they meet your acceptance criteria, I'm sure we can work something out.

The interior artwork on the mini's is in color. I'm impressed at the amount of detail/work that went into those lil' guys. The licensing on that run had to be a pain in the butt; a deal between Kenner Toys & 20th Century Fox for the Aliens license, then splitting hairs further to include the Dark Horse Comic...whomever put that deal together was on-point. Not surprising they have never been reprinted.

I submitted the order via the online submission form, and typed up a pressing request that I printed & stapled to the invoice on the submission. I also called customer service & they were extremely helpful. They added the pressing charges to the invoice & I was able to get everything submitted easily.

Now its the waiting game...and trying to get my hands on the rest of the Dark Horse Comics Aliens sets before Disney rolls the license to Marvel and we lose the iconic Dark Horse art style.
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