6/19/04 - Haven't updated this site lately as I've been swamped with work.  Early this week I should have the project completed and be able to return to regular posting.  Sorry but my day job takes priority and there's only so many hours in the day.....


6/06/04 - I've received a flood of e-mails concerning my offer of an GS X-Men #1 for the FF #60 Newsstand version.  Unfortunately, none of them from people with a copy.  There are a couple of issues I'd like to address from those e-mails to the wider audience so there's no confusion:

"Why do you want it?"

I have a full run of all FF issues from #44 to the present day.  That includes newsstand versions of the Direct Market enhanced covers popular in the mid-90s.  I'd like to keep that run complete so I need the newsstand #60.

"What would you pay in cash for one?"

Not much or at least not the equivalent that an GS X-Men #1 is likely to get.  I personally don't think the variant is worth much now or likely to be worth much in the future.  The FF issue doesn't contain any earthshaking first appearances or have a storyline that would likely make collectors seek it out.  It's only attribute is it's relative scarcity as the newsstand version.  This could appeal to the speculator crowd for a time but like all speculated comics will not last long.  And regardless, I don't play the speculation game.....

"If you aren't willing to pay premium prices for the issue, why trade a GS X-Men #1?  Why not another less valuable issue?"

I have multiple copies of GS X-Men #1 that I paid relatively little for.  I won't miss the issue if this offer is successful.  I did look at offering other issues in place of the X-Men but decided that it was much better to use a highly desirable comic if the offer was going to work.  People are much more likely to at least check if they have the FF if they think they will get the GS X-Men in return versus an Amazing Spider-Man #135 or 136.  If you'd like the ASMs in lieu of the X-Men though, I'd be willing to listen.....

"Don't you think other collectors will hoard any issues based on your offer making it harder for you to find a copy?"

Maybe.  This did cross my mind.  But then again, I either stay quiet and hope an issue pops up or actively go out and find one.  I'm proactive by nature.  I'd like to get an issue and be over with it.  I have much more constructive uses for my time then to continually, without end, search for this issue.....

"Why is 14 July 2004 the cut-off date?"

Well....that's my birthday for one.  And I'm not going to actively seek out this issue for an undetermined time.  I've been looking for the FF for the better part of a year and a half.  If this doesn't work, then it's time to focus my collecting wants elsewhere.  14 July seemed like a good cut-off time as any to me......

So I hope that clarifies matters for those that may have questions or thinks the offer is odd.  So where are the copies.....



OK....it's time to get serious....

Nine Cent Version

NOT THE VERSION I'M LOOKING FOR!

I've solicited the Ad at top in CBG, starting in issue #1593 and set to run an undetermined amount of time, in the hope that some collector is willing to sell me their copy of the elusive Fantastic Four Vol 3 #60 newsstand variant. For those that don't know, the newsstand variant is the one WITHOUT a 9 Cent price logo in the upper left of the cover (9 Cent version shown on right).  I have run out of hope that I'll be able to get the copy locally.  Two weekends past, I looked at buying a FF #50-502 (the title recently reverted to the original numbering) run from a local guy here who bought all his copies from the newsstand.  What was the only issue missing?  FF #60.  The guy said that the issue never made it to the racks at the local Bookmart.  Not unlikely as our local Bookmart is notorious for skipping issues.  Following the recent Hush storyline in Batman was frustrating to say the least when every third issue never made it to our racks.  I have seen the issue in other military Bookmarts though.  I skipped buying a copy when I was attending a school at Ramstein Airbase thinking, wrongly, that I would buy the issue when I returned home.  Big mistake that I'm still pounding my head over.

So if any of you all have a copy that you're willing to sell or know where I can buy one, it would be mighty appreciated.  Contact me via the e-mail address in the Ad or click here

Also, if you by chance have any Gunslinger (formerly Tex Dawson...) #2 or #3 in VF+, let me know.

And finally, yes, I know the Ad has a typo.  CBG Customer Service has been notified and the correction will appear starting next issue.