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Help what is this?.(foxing mold or something else?)20668

Collector TheShocker private msg quote post Address this user
Just got this book and it seems to have some spots
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Collector consumetheliving private msg quote post Address this user
Looks like foxing
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I'm waiting.... (tapping fingers).
Splotches is gettin old!
Nuffsaid111 private msg quote post Address this user
Looks like a mix of foxing and moisture commonly referred to as Mongul-ling. 😉
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If I could, I would. I swear. DrWatson private msg quote post Address this user
Foxing.
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You do know that the new guy brings the donuts, right? DWeeB1967 private msg quote post Address this user
Agreed with the others. Looks like foxing to me.
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Collector TheShocker private msg quote post Address this user
Thank you all. I was thinking and hoping it would be foxing.
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It's a foxy book 🥴
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Collector SpiderTim private msg quote post Address this user
it's both foxing and water damage. Is the book's cover rippled?
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" . " Davethebrave private msg quote post Address this user
Foxing is a catch-all term but not all foxing is created equal (literally).

Some is oxidation of metallic contamination in the paper. You will see this in virtually all old books / documents of certain vintages because of the extent of impurities. Environment plays a role but you can think of it more like an exceptional environment may reduce impact… even a “good” storage environment may result in foxing. Personally, this type of foxing doesn’t bother me at all so long as it doesn’t detract from the aesthetic. Consider it patina. Light “rust” color, reflecting exactly that - oxidation of tiny bits of iron distributed in the paper.

Other “foxing” is mold. Organic matter, often encouraged through combination of excessive moisture and/or other catalysts that promote and enable its growth. That type of foxing is often a different color, less “rust” color and more prone to be darker browns, black, greens. Often accompanied by odor and other signs of direct water damage/staining. This would usually be accompanied with the other more benign foxing (for obvious reasons).

Hard to see from your photos but looks like a newer book, with water damage and some dark spots. There could be mold in addition to the more benign form…
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Originally Posted by SpiderTim
it's both foxing and water damage. Is the book's cover rippled?


I see some water damage too. And some darker spots.

Btw, mold is unlikely to pose an issue so long as current conditions are ideal… you want to halt its ability to spread further.
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Collector GanaSoth private msg quote post Address this user
Maybe someone tried to humidify the comic before pressing and used regular water instead of distilled.
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Collector TheShocker private msg quote post Address this user
@SpiderTim no rippling on Cover both front or back
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@Davethebrave my books are all stored away from sun light and I have a dehumidifier keeping the level at 35-40. I'm hoping to also take it in to my LCS to see what they think and if it's okay to keep. Mind you I got this for a $1 so if it's lost then its lost but I really like it 😆 thank you all for your input.
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It's like the Roach Motel for comic collectors. chester15 private msg quote post Address this user
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Originally Posted by GanaSoth
Maybe someone tried to humidify the comic before pressing and used regular water instead of distilled.
Judging by the many long, white creases, I don't think anyone bothered to invest in pressing. So not a water choice problem. Unless this is an expensive book, but I think not.
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