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Collector CatmanAmerica private msg quote post Address this user
MLJ leads the way! Here's PEP Comics #7 from 1940 featuring The Shield (pre-Dusty). He still has his super powers and original costume here. This is the Billy Wright pedigree copy, CGC graded, 9.2 OW/W)...



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Wild splash from PEP COMICS #59.



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PEP Comics #8 has another wild Irv Novick cover that's a whole new take on product branding. The Shield is having none of it, saying Tut, Tut to the proceedings...



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One of my favorite Irv Novick cover illustrations is PEP #9 which features The Shield saving victims from drowning in a subway tunnel. It may not have the same dramatic edge as knock-down drag-out fights with villains, but it has the heroism creds down pat...



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Here is the last pre-Dusty issue of PEP Comics featuring The Shield (9.2 old label CGC). This issue features a strong Irv Novick cover drawn from an interesting perspective that combines darkly nourish surroundings with vivid color...



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No intricate cover here. Just Oogie taking one for the team.


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No intricate cover here. Just Oogie taking one for the team.




Nice cover.

Just a friendly suggestion, but check your scanner's brightness settings. Maybe it's just my failing eyesight (oh, no!), but that image of Judy looks extremely dark (darker, in fact, than a Graham Ingles horror cover, ...metaphorically speaking of course).

Also, from what can be seen, you're apparently among the "lucky" beneficiaries of CGC's much discussed Newton Rings (the Exxon-Valdez of collector outrage).

None of this takes away from the coolness of your book of course. Technically speaking, the "oil slick" is a mirage, and the darkness should be fixable with a bit of scanner/image tweaking to enhance brightness. At any rate, I'm giving your book positive feedback.
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No intricate cover here. Just Oogie taking one for the team.




Nice cover.

Just a friendly suggestion, but check your scanner's brightness settings. Maybe it's just my failing eyesight (oh, no!), but that image of Judy looks extremely dark (darker, in fact, than a Graham Ingles horror cover, ...metaphorically speaking of course).

Also, from what can be seen, you're apparently among the "lucky" beneficiaries of CGC's much discussed Newton Rings (the Exxon-Valdez of collector outrage).

None of this takes away from the coolness of your book of course. Technically speaking, the "oil slick" is a mirage, and the darkness should be fixable with a bit of scanner/image tweaking to enhance brightness. At any rate, I'm giving your book positive feedback.
there I fixed it for ya...sorta
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The book in hand looks a little dark (maybe soiled) but no so bad. I scanned this book right after Judy #2 so I think my scanner is working right. I am wondering if using a white sheet of paper on top would help to brighten them up during scanning.

I appreciate the input either way gents.


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@earthshaker01 Applause! Well done, earthshaker!

Resuming a post I'd just started: Here's a Schomburg Cap for which I have great fondness. It's an end-of-war issue, as readily indicated by the military theme. The action, cover balance and overall perspective are superb. This copy of Captain America #49 is 9.0 OW/W CGC (older label & slab)...



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The book in hand looks a little dark (maybe soiled) but no so bad. I scanned this book right after Judy #2 so I think my scanner is working right. I am wondering if using a white sheet of paper on top would help to brighten them up during scanning.

I appreciate the input either way gents.




Yeah, that's pretty dark too.

It's likely your scanner settings, but I could be mistaken. One thing you might try is scanning a few books with the lid open. That seems to improve the overall brightness on some images even though it's counterintuitive given the fact that light around the object being scanned escapes.

Keep in mind that without knowledge of what brand of scanner you're using it makes it more difficult giving constructive advice that might remedy your particular situation. Hope this helps!
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Off-topic note about scans and images photographed and uploaded.

Those who use a scanner may use differing editing and storage techniques. I prefer to store images off site using the antiquated and often difficult Photobucket storage and simply link them here.

The reason I still use Photobucket ...even though the site can be brutally frustrating at times... is that it allows editing (when it's working) to tweak brightness and color settings per what I'm seeing even if the scan occasionally doesn't cooperate. That said, my HP Scanjet 8300 rarely let's me down.

Now that I have your undivided attention, here's another rambunctious Schomburg Cap from my collection...




Captain America #51 (CGC 9.2 OW/W), is interesting because it may have been penciled some time prior to the end of WWII and then reconfigured. The reason I'm tossing this idea out is that the shirtless brutes torturing the high ranking military officer look a lot like Nazis without uniforms & helmets.

Also, a closer examination of those directing this violence from the small balcony leave the distinct impression of a unified Nazi and Imperial Japanese command. In fact, the dude wearing the Peaky Blinder's cap, looks suspiciously like Hitler. Of course, other's impressions may vary, but this Timely Cap could be one of the few post war Hitler covers!
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The book in hand looks a little dark (maybe soiled) but no so bad. I scanned this book right after Judy #2 so I think my scanner is working right. I am wondering if using a white sheet of paper on top would help to brighten them up during scanning.

I appreciate the input either way gents.




Yeah, that's pretty dark too.

It's likely your scanner settings, but I could be mistaken. One thing you might try is scanning a few books with the lid open. That seems to improve the overall brightness on some images even though it's counterintuitive given the fact that light around the object being scanned escapes.

Keep in mind that without knowledge of what brand of scanner you're using it makes it more difficult giving constructive advice that might remedy your particular situation. Hope this helps!
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that's the last one lol, here a little brighter
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Loving the books! Superheroes, Teens and Horror, so very eclectic. Here's another one from my 'vault'
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Judy has good reason to be scared. This is what's behind the house...



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@CatmanAmerica She'd have good reason to be..
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@CatmanAmerica She'd have good reason to be..


Thanks Sagii!

Gaines File Copies are scary things indeed!
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I think it's time to dig out another high grade copy of Captain America!
This issue sports an impressive Vince Alascia cover ...



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Most of my ARCHIE COMICS came from the revolving rack at the
Greyhound Bus Station.



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Most of my ARCHIE COMICS came from the revolving rack at the
Greyhound Bus Station.



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It would appear that Veronica is about to levy a heavy tariff on Archie's poor communication skills. I'm just wondering if his confused behavior hasn't been exacerbated by the prolonged use of orange hair dye!

Alas, my collection is virtually Archie-less. I even failed to save any of the comic strips that wrapped individual pieces of Super Bubble bubblegum! Irrespective of my oversight, I still fondly recall Archie & Jughead cornering the bubblegum market back then. Great characters.

The few humorous super hero covers in my collection are pretty much limited to Jack Cole's Plastic Man. Those usually lean more towards the surreal or ironic than knee-slapping funny.
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OTOH, while Timely wasn't known for humorous double-entendres (especially in their super hero lines) this pun playing off the old adage "fat of the land" struck me as rather funny...




Now I'm curious as to who came up with the off-beat story title, ...Stan Lee, perhaps?
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Always loved this issue! Syd Shores created an absolutely spectacular cover for Captain America #60.

To start with, The Human Fly is a bizarre villain with suction-cups, goggled mask and tails and a distressed female kidnap victim under his arm. The elevated angle of the battle with Cap & Bucky from the free swinging water tower ladder is intense. Great stuff from a post-WW II Timely!



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Always loved this issue! Syd Shores created an absolutely spectacular cover for Captain America #60.

To start with, The Human Fly is a bizarre villain with suction-cups, goggled mask and tails and a distressed female kidnap victim under his arm. The elevated angle of the battle with Cap & Bucky from the free swinging water tower ladder is intense. Great stuff from a post-war Timely!



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Does that say "A MARVEL MAGAZINE" in the upper right corner? How much does this predate the the actual name change to Marvel?
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Always loved this issue! Syd Shores created an absolutely spectacular cover for Captain America #60.

To start with, The Human Fly is a bizarre villain with suction-cups, goggled mask and tails and a distressed female kidnap victim under his arm. The elevated angle of the battle with Cap & Bucky from the free swinging water tower ladder is intense. Great stuff from a post-war Timely!



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Does that say "A MARVEL MAGAZINE" in the upper right corner? How much does this predate the the actual name change to Marvel?


Great observation and question! I'm interested in this answer myself.
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The Marvel name was used a lot in 1949.


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Always loved this issue! Syd Shores created an absolutely spectacular cover for Captain America #60.

To start with, The Human Fly is a bizarre villain with suction-cups, goggled mask and tails and a distressed female kidnap victim under his arm. The elevated angle of the battle with Cap & Bucky from the free swinging water tower ladder is intense. Great stuff from a post-war Timely!



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Does that say "A MARVEL MAGAZINE" in the upper right corner? How much does this predate the the actual name change to Marvel?


Great observation and question! I'm interested in this answer myself.


This particular issue probably hit the stands Nov '46 and the publisher name change to Marvel was in '61 just prior to the launch of FF#1
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The indicia in CAPTAIN AMERICA #64 lists the publisher as
COMPLETE PHOTO STORY CORP.

Marty
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One of my all time favorite "One-Shots".



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Judy has good reason to be scared. This is what's behind the house...



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I have this issue as well. The colors on this GA cover are vibrant considering the depiction is a dark, gloomy, eerie, night scene. The artist did a good job with the moon.
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One of my all time favorite "One-Shots".



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dude send me that book and I'll press it for ya
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