Vintage Paper

Vintage Paper is about old comics and more: whether you're interested in the Platinum Age, the Golden Age, the Silver, Bronze, or Copper Ages — or the history behind it all — Bleeding Cool has you covered on that. Featuring articles and research from some of the best experts in the field for comics, pulps, dime novels, and much more.


CGC Grading Comic Books No. 01 with Primary Grader Matt Nelson

CGC Grading Comic Books No. 01 with Primary Grader Matt Nelson

If you've ever visited this site to stare in amazement at a nice high grade copy of Wonder Woman #1 or Superman #2 and wondered how they became known as the best-graded copies, or wondered exactly what the difference was between this particular copy of Action Comics #1 and this other copy of Action Comics #1, you're not alone. Learning how to […]

Flash Comics #104 Heavy Water and Uranium 235

Flash Comics #104, Heavy Water, and Uranium 235

Within a period of a few months between mid-1948 and early 1949, DC Comics updated and expanded the origins of three of its most important characters — Batman, Superman, and the Flash. Batman #47 and Superman #53 expand the original origins of these characters with significant new detail. Both of these comics are highly sought […]

Black Panthers First Appearance CGC 9.0 On Auction At Heritage

Black Panther's First Appearance CGC 9.0 On Auction At Heritage

Black Panther collectors are having a rough go right now. Highly collectible for a few years now since the film released, with the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, many are being priced out of pieces they need for their collections now. That extends to comics, and especially the character's first appearance from Fantastic Four #52. […]

Harley Quinn Jill Thompson Cover Art Up For Auction At Heritage

Harley Quinn Jill Thompson Cover Art Up For Auction At Heritage

Harley Quinn artwork has been burning up the aftermarket for years now, and cover artists have had a field day with her. So many great covers and pieces of art are out there, but the special ones always will command a higher dollar amount. Up for auction right now over at Heritage, part of Dallas […]

Frankenstein Alive Alive #2 Page 1 On Auction At Heritage

Frankenstein Alive, Alive #2 Page 1 On Auction At Heritage

Frankenstein Alive, Alive is one of the best projects to come out in the last few years of comics, done by artist icon Bernie Wrightson. The hyper-detailed art, the grey washes, the deep blacks. All of it made for a compelling read, that is for sure. One of the best horror comics you can pick […]

Awesome Usagi Yojimbo Stan Sakai Art On Auction At Heritage

Awesome Usagi Yojimbo Stan Sakai Art On Auction At Heritage

Usagi Yojimbo is one of the most under-appreciated characters in all of comics. The same goes for artist Stan Sakai, who deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Jack Kirby, John Romita, and others as one of the giants of the industry. Any chance you can get to meet the man, take it—one […]

Batman Fights A Dragon On Iconic Cover On Auction At Heritage

Batman Fights A Dragon On Iconic Cover On Auction At Heritage

Taking bids for only a couple more hours, this key Batman comic from the Silver Age features not only the Caped Crusader taking on a dragon, but it is the first Silver Age appearance of The Penguin, one of his oldest foes. Also soon to be played onscreen by Colin Farrell in The Batman. #155 […]

An Iconic Uncle Scrooge Comic Is On Auction Today At Heritage

An Iconic Uncle Scrooge Comic Is On Auction Today At Heritage

Uncle Scrooge fans are legion, as with all Disney fans, and one of the holy grails in the Disney Comics world is a copy of Four Color #386. This is the first appearance of the rich duck on a comic cover and generally thought to be the start of the Uncle Scrooge comic itself. Increasingly […]

German Amazing Spider-Man #32 Signed By Stan Lee At Heritage

German Amazing Spider-Man #32 Signed By Stan Lee At Heritage

Here is a unique Spider-Man piece for collectors to check out. From 1974, a German edition of Spider-Man #32. This issue of Die Spinne is actually presenting the story from Amazing Spider-Man #31, which is the first appearance of Gwen Stacy. Not only is that awesome, but this particular copy is signed by Stan Lee. […]

Add Star Trek #1 To Your Collection Thanks To ComicConnect

Add Star Trek #1 To Your Collection Thanks To ComicConnect

Star Trek collectors who don't already own the Gold Key #1 will be interested in bidding on this one. A nice CGC copy of the book is up for auction on ComicConnect right now, part of Event Auction #43. They are taking bids on it for a few more hours, where it currently sits at […]

Mad Magazine #1 Up For Auction Today On ComicConnect

Mad Magazine #1 Up For Auction Today On ComicConnect

The one that started it all, ComicConnect has a true grail piece for humor fans and really anyone, as they currently are taking bids for a few more hours on a copy of Mad Magazine #1 from 1952. One of the most important print magazines ever published, this is one that can be confirmed to […]

Green Lantern Enemy Sinestros First Appearance On Auction

Green Lantern Enemy Sinestro's First Appearance On Auction

Green Lantern keys are hopping these days, as they have been since Geoff Johns revamped the character a little over a decade ago. Part of that was putting baddie and former Lantern at the center of the bigger Lantern universe, creating his own corps and becoming one of the most feared villains in the DC […]

First Issue of Famous Monsters Auction Ends Today On ComicConnect

First Issue of Famous Monsters Auction Ends Today On ComicConnect

If you are a Monster Kid like me, owning an issue of Famous Monsters of Filmland fills you with a joy that cannot be duplicated. So, imagine having a shot at the first ever issue of the magazine. You can do just that right now, as ComicConnect, part of Event Auction #43, has a CGC […]

The Batman Villain The Riddlers First Appearance Auction Ending Today

The Batman Villain The Riddler's First Appearance Auction Ending Today

The Batman trailer debuted to much excitement and acclaim over the weekend, and part of that is the teasing of The Riddler being the main antagonist in the film. Look for Riddler stuff to shoot through the roof on the aftermarket, as people begin snatching up copies of anything the villain has been in, especially […]

Creepy #66 Featuring Ken Kelly Beheading Cover At ComicConnect

Creepy #66 Featuring Ken Kelly Beheading Cover At ComicConnect

Creepy fans who do not already have issue #66 are in luck. Featuring one of the all-time best covers by artist Ken Kelly, this issue is highly sought after, and in good shape is a collectors dream.  The cover features a decapitation, in all of its glory. Even if you already have this issue of […]

Comics &#038 Complication: Racial Stereotypes and Golden Legacy Comics

Comics & Complication: Racial Stereotypes and Golden Legacy Comics

Physical exaggerations are nothing new to the comic book medium. Artists and creators utilize art as a way to create a narrative above and beyond the shortened text bubbles and portrayal of their comic book characters. While this gives their medium its life-form, it also leads to a simplified paradigm of what heroes, villains, and […]

A Very Affordable Copy Of Avengers #57 Is On ComicConnect Right Now

A Very Affordable Copy Of Avengers #57 Is On ComicConnect Right Now

One of the key books of the silver age, Avengers#57 features the first appearance of The Vision from that era. Throw in Ultron and Black Widow, along with one of the most iconic of all Avengers covers, and you have yourself a book that no Marvel collection should be without. While higher grades for this […]

Archie Fans: Snag This Original Cover From #255 On ComicConnect

Archie Fans: Snag This Original Cover From #255 On ComicConnect

Archie fans have no shortage of collecting focuses. Ice cream covers, beach covers, Jughead eating hamburgers, car covers. There seems to be no end to all of the cool variations you can narrow it down too, and many collectors choose to do that over just collecting huge runs of the book. One cool subject I […]

Check Out This Bernie Wrightson Batman/Aliens #1 Art On ComicConnect

Check Out This Bernie Wrightson Batman/Aliens #1 Art On ComicConnect

A great art page featuring The Dark Knight himself drawn by iconic artist Bernie Wrightson is up for auction right now on ComicConnect. This is part of Event Auction #43, which is currently running. This particular page is from Batman/Aliens #1 from 1997 and is page #35. This is the preliminary drawing, so a lot […]

Marvel Comics Basil Wolverton and the H-Bomb

Marvel Comics, Basil Wolverton and the H-Bomb

In an industry with a history full of ridiculously creative artists and writers, Basil Wolverton still stands out.  With an output that spans from Spacehawk to Powerhouse Pepper, Brain Bats of Venus to the most infamously weird caricatures ever created, Wolverton's imagination seemed limitless. I like to seek out undiscovered country for these posts, and […]