1/28/07 - The Comiclink Focused auction in which I've been spotlighting various manipulated comics over the last month has finally started.  And right before its start more comics were added that weren't available for the preview.  I've looked at a couple of these new additions and, as was the case before, found some more great examples of the reslab after manipulation game...

This has to be one of best I've seen to date.  Detective Comics #38.  First CGC graded 1.8 copy with "Slightly Brittle" pages sold on Heritage on 5/13/06 for $2390.00.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed in a PGX holder as a 4.0 with an associated page bump to Tan-Off White pages!  That's just laughable in my opinion and PGX should be ashamed.  It's clear from the image that the cover of this comic is separated almost halfway down the comic.  It no way near a 4.0 and amazingly the pages aren't brittle anymore.  This just reinforces the notion that PGX either can't accurately grade lower grade comics or this is another gift grade for one of their friends...

Amazing Spider-Man #3.  First 9.2 copy, annotated as being "From The Collection of Joe and Nadia Mannarino", sold on Heritage on 8/10/05 for $6325.00.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed, sans notation, with a grade bump to 9.4.

Amazing Spider-Man #7.  First 8.5 copy with OW-W pages sold on Heritage on 8/9/06 (there's August again) for $1015.75.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 9.0 but a page drop to OW pages.  Makes you wonder yet again based on other comics we've seen with associated page drops what is happening to these comics to cause this?

Exciting Comics #65.  First 9.4 Okajima pedigree copy sold on Heritage on 2/8/04 for $805.00.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 9.6.  I'll say it again, it takes bigger balls than I to resubmit a 9.4 copy in the hopes of an upgrade...

And finally for this round, Fight Comics #43.  First 9.0 copy with OW pages sold on Heritage on 8/9/06 (noticed an August pattern yet?) for $262.90.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 9.4 and a page bump to OW-W pages.

Some addendums on the comics I've posted previously:

- The Amazing Spider-Man #13 has been deleted from the auction and isn't available anymore.

- Others who have looked at the Action Comics #67 scans seem to agree that two things have occurred.  One, the comic has most certainly been disassembled at some point between the scans and, two, there is probable scan manipulation going on to make the edges look better than they actually are.  As if just worrying about the comics themselves wasn't bad enough, now we have to question the pictures we see also...

So that it for now, I'll look around and see if I can find others if time allows.  I already have additional scans of comics that were cleaned and pressed but didn't get a bump during resub.  May try to get these loaded for your amusement...


1/7/07 - Three more "interesting" comics to share that are previewed in the upcoming Comiclink Focused Auction.  Two reslabs and a very interesting raw to slab copy that's received some pretty careful tender loving care before being shipped to CGC...

First the reslabs...

Daredevil #1.  First 7.5 copy sold on Heritage on 8/9/06 (August yet again!) for $1314.50.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 8.0.

Nickel Comics #1.  First 7.5 copy sold on Heritage on 8/9/06 (Boy...it sure was the month of the reslab flipper) for $1553.50.  Now appears on Comiclink reslabbed with a grade bump to 8.5.

Now finally is Action Comics #67.  This isn't a straight resub.  A raw copy advertised as VG 4.0 was sold on Heritage on 8/21/05 for $161.00.  The copy now appears on Comiclink CGC slabbed as a 6.0 with White Pages.

And boy did it get some refinements before being submitted.  It's clear the copy was cleaned and pressed at a minimum.  Also, major damage to the top left corner was repaired.  I'd love an explanation on how whoever performed the work made the cover and inside pages line up square and even with the top...

I have others to show but don't have the time now to post them.  Will try to get some more up tomorrow.  Hopefully by then someone will explain the Action Comics top edge to me...but I'm not holding my breath...


1/4/07 - Well I finally grabbed a copy of Onslaught Reborn #1 at the local comics store and let me say it didn't disappoint.  First, a little history.  I liked the original Onslaught saga that involved all Marvel comics released in late-1996.  It wasn't the best crossover Marvel's done but it was far better than most.  It held my attention and the whole heroes going against a villain putting a kid in distress worked for me.  Especially the final Fantastic Four issues leading up to the conclusion.  I did not like the aftermath though.  Heroes Reborn was a complete mess with Rob Liefeld's contribution being some of the worst, if not THE worse, comics released in the 90s.  I've always felt the crossover itself was unfairly lumped in with comicdom's venom against those comics.

So with that said, how was the comic?  Pretty bad unfortunately.  But I don't blame it on Liefeld in this case.  When he takes his time, his art isn't bad.  Sure his anatomy is mangled and his panels have a tendency to not make sense from page to page but in this comic both are at a minimum.  There are far worse artists working in comics today that get none of the vitriol directed at Liefeld.

The problem with the comic is Jeph Loeb's writing.  It is among the laziest writing I've seen this year.  Pretty much the beginning is a quick re-emergence of Onslaught without a clear explanation of how and the rest of the issue being one big fight scene.  An example of the lazy writing is clearly seen where the Thing meets up with Reed Richards and says they need to stop Onslaught.  The only problem is the villain has never revealed himself to Ben at that point.  He doesn't know who he's up against.  It's a throwaway line that makes no sense.

But anyway...I wasn't expecting Shakespeare.  I was really looking forward in seeing Liefeld's art and searching for any continuity errors in which the artist excels.  And I wasn't disappointed.  Note the changes in Blastaar's costume from one panel to the next...

For this alone, I'll be back for Issue #2...