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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.

Action Comics #1 CGC 8.5 $2,007.500 Comic Connect Sales 6/11/2018

Action Comics #1 CGC 8.5 Sells for $2,052,000 After Bidding Resumes at Comic Connect

Now it's official: an Action Comics #1 CGC 8.5 (white pages) has just sold for $2,052,000 at Comic Connect auction. The closing price for the 1938 comic, featuring the first appearance of Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster,  is the third-highest price ever paid for a comic book, behind the $3,207,852 sale of an Action Comics #1 CGC […]

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IDW to Publish Michael Kalulta's Original Art for James Cameron's The Abyss Adaptation

IDW is to republish the 1989 graphic novel adaptation of James Cameron's The Abyss by Dark Horse VP Randy Stradley and legendary artist Michael Kalulta in their relatively new Artisan Edition format, a smaller more affordable reproduction of original art boards. Now in the one-of-a-kind Artisan Edition format, the comic adaptation of the Academy Award-winning film […]

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Suspense Comics #3 and the Iconography of Fictional Hate

Suspense Comics #3, up for auction at Comic Connect tonight, features an infamous Alex Schomburg cover for this 1944 comic book from a lesser known publisher Continental (it's complicated, but they used numerous other publishing names also) which also published titles such as Captain Aero Comics and Cat-Man Comics, among others. Suspense Comics is a short-lived suspense/horror […]

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The First Children of the Atom and the Lost Marvel Comics of the Atomic Age

I've been revisiting old comics through the lens of world history lately, and the results are often surprising. We tend to think of comics as being influenced by film, books, and other media, and while they have been, it's far less true than one might think. The era of the early 1950s, a time that […]

Batman v Superman Vintage Comics Fight: Place Your Bets

Fans have been having this debate about Batman vs Superman for a long time.  Long before the characters actually met in comics, film, or any other format, in fact. The first record I can find of it is a note that the Superman team had won the school soccer league in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, in May […]

You Will Never See a Jack Kirby Original Art Double-Page Spread This Cheap Ever Again

Rather tantalizingly captioned "For Your Personal Collection" in the upper left corner, this double page spread from Our Fighting Forces #155 by Jack Kirby and inker D. Bruce Berry is an interesting combination of two things that Kirby is well-known for: "Kirby Machines" and World War II.  Our Fighting Forces #155 was published by DC […]

Detective Comics #27 Going up for Auction on February 20th

Detective Comics #27, featuring the first appearance of some character named The Batman, will see a pretty nice copy go up for auction on February 20th. The Hake's Americana & Collectibles auctions will handle the sale, with the auction ending around March 13-15. Yesterday we teased a huge Batman announcement concerning the upcoming Hake's Americana […]

CGC Insider #11 – Indents

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 […]

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Dispute Over Albert Uderzo's Artwork Sees Original Art Removed from Auction House

Parisienne auction house Huberty & Breyne had to withdraw a batch of 68 pieces of original art from the co-creator of Asterix, Albert Uderzo, after a complaint from the 90-year-old artist. A sale intended to take place on the 17th of December listed 68 drawings by a young Albert Uderzo from a private collection called the […]

Walking Around Baltimore Comic-Con – Vintage Comics Edition Part 1

Rich Johnston's "Walking Around" convention posts have become a comic con tradition at Bleeding Cool. A quick way to get an initial impression of a convention and its surroundings — such as Thought Bubble today, or Brighton ICE Comics Expo in June — Rich's walk-arounds are simple and effective. It's almost like you're there… without having […]


The Highlights From This Week's ComicConnect Event Auction

Wow! What a week it has been for comic collectors. ComicConnect has had some real heavy hitters in their auction this week, and there has been something for everyone. I myself won a new Archie #1, finally filling the gaping hole in my cold, dead heart. Over the next few posts we'll highlight some of […]

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Amazing Fantasy #15 Equals Big Money At Recent ComicConnect Auction

Five copies of Amazing Fantasy #15 were for sale, with an array of grades on the lower side, ranging from an ungraded 1.5 to a graded 5.5. Prices were very strong for all of the books: 1.5; $7,699.00 ow/white pages 2.5; $16,000 crm/ow pages 4.0; $27,000 crm/ow pages, small amount of dried glue on cover […]

Third Highest-Graded Batman #121 Sells For $18,200, Along With Other Big Books

DC comics have been popular since before I was born (and likely you, as well, to be fair). Detective Comics #27 and Action Comics #1 are two of the most desirable collector items, and even non-comic book fans want them. Investment-wise, most DC books aren't a bad choice. Below are the results of ComicConnect's most […]

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First Appearance of Archie In Pep Comics #22 Hits $252,100 At ComicConnect Auction

The September ComicConnect Event Auction took place this week, the results are in and there's plenty to talk about. On the MLJ Comics side, prices were strong. MLJ books have become highly sought after recently, due to Riverdale, and people possibly being priced out of the other big books, resulting in a focus on Archie. […]

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100 Jack Kirby Golden Age Covers For #Kirby100

The comic book community and fans and pros everywhere are celebrating the life, creations, and memory of one of its most important creators today. Jack Kirby, born on August 28th, 1917, would have been 100 years old on this day. Kirby died in 1992, but to say that his memory lives on might be the […]

All Star Comics #8 CGC 9.4 First Wonder Woman Sells For Record $936,223.00

An All Star Comics #8 graded CGC 9.4 has just sold on ebay for a record $936,223.00.  The December 1941 comic book contains the origin and first appearance of Wonder Woman by Willam Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter.  This CGC 9.4 copy is the sole highest graded copy of this issue ever graded by CGC, […]