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Unless the sign meant they were limiting the price to only $2.50.

§ February 4th, 2020 § Filed under found art, retailing § 5 Comments


An artifact of a different time…found this in a collection of comics I acquired the other day. Mixed in with the random volumes of classic comic strip reprints and Lovecraft comics with price tags from my former place of employment (with my writing on them, no less) was the above, clearly a display item from some anonymous comic shop (or otherwise — see below) store.

It’s hard to recall now, in this time of belt-tightening and ordering comics as close to the bone as possible, when such overwrought demand for investible collectibles necessitated 1) placing limits of “copies per customer” and 2) ordering so many copies of a first issue, even from a small indie black and white publisher like this, to anticipate demand so great that you can have enough to go around at five per.

Now there are many possible reasons for this, beyond just keeping the first guy in the door from buying all your copies, leaving none for anyone else. When I posted a pic of this comic on Twitter, I had folks suggest maybe this was being sold in a sports card shop, where demand could be relatively greater (possible, since card shops and everyone else were trying to sell comics for a time there), or maybe this came from a story in Nolan Ryan’s hometown, where folks could be more eager to get this baseball mitts on a funnybook featuring the local-boy-made-good. Or as I suggested, maybe the retailer in question accidentally ordered too many copies and put the “five per” sign on it to attract attention and maybe make it sell more quickly to the sorts of consumers anxious to get in on what would appear to be the new, hot thing.

I don’t recall if there was ever any secondary market demand for this particular book…enough so that anyone saw a significant return on their $2.50 per-unit investment. I know that the copy pictured above, after I took this photo, went straight to the dollar bins.

Well hello.

§ March 30th, 2016 § Filed under found art § 7 Comments

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Don’t ask me, that’s how it showed up in the collection I bought.

§ May 6th, 2015 § Filed under found art § 7 Comments


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

No, it wasn’t me.

§ July 21st, 2014 § Filed under found art § 11 Comments

So here’s something that turned up in a collection recently:


…an ink illustration on a magazine-sized backing board, signed “Michael” and dated 1995:


We’re trying to determine if “Michael” was a comics pro, or if this was a piece of amateur art, or even who the character is, if it’s anyone in particular. (It kind of feels like a ’90s post-Image Comics redesign of an established character, but who knows, really.) If any of you folks out there can help a pal out and give me any clues, I’d appreciate it. And if the answers turn out to be totally obvious…well, I’ve had a long week, cut me some slack.

Speaking of which, I should be back on track, more or less, after this recent break, so posting should be back to whatever passes for my schedule here nowadays.

“NOT LETHAL WHOSE BODY THE BLAST”

§ July 7th, 2014 § Filed under found art § 7 Comments

And then there was the time we found in a collection a yellowing comic bag containing Mr. Fantastic and Giant-Man figures cut out of some interior pages:


When you flip the bag over to the other side, suddenly you have crazy super-monsters straight out of Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol:


Why, that’s not nightmarish in the slightest.

So the question remains…

§ May 17th, 2014 § Filed under conan, found art § 4 Comments


…is our anonymous felt-tip pen commentator referring to Conan or Conan’s lady friend, or is s/he jumping to conclusions based on the admittedly-handsome hands of the green scaly crypt-deity? We may never know.
 
 

Conan the Barbarian #52 (July 1975) – art by John Buscema, Tom Palmer, and John Romita)

I suppose that’s one way to abbreviate “traffic light.”

§ November 10th, 2013 § Filed under found art, watchmen § 1 Comment

Discovered folded and tucked into a beat-up run of Watchmen that was recently dropped on us was this hand-drawn map of a certain location of import to the story:


Click that pic for a larger image.

I also feel like I’ve seen something like this before, like maybe in one of the Watchmen supplements for the DC Role Playing Game. It’s not in the backmatter of the Absolute Edition hardcover.

Man, it’s hard enough finding time to even put my comics into bags…

§ September 29th, 2013 § Filed under found art § 2 Comments

…much less do this:


Though the temptation to scrawl “ROTWORLD” parts one through, oh, 100 on the bags of my issues of New 52 Swamp Thing and Animal Man is strong.

I too have a savage fighting ability and an incredible wit.

§ September 4th, 2013 § Filed under found art, x-men § 8 Comments


Found in that blue X-Men box, this coloring book from 1994.

 
 

The only image in the entire book upon which
a coloring attempt was made.

 
 

That is one stern-looking (or poorly “referenced”) Kitty Pryde.

 
 

We are very disappointed in your sense of mutant duty, Strong Guy.

 
 

Goodbye, Tiny Wolverine…

 
 

…goodbye.

Mint in box.

§ September 1st, 2013 § Filed under found art § 5 Comments

We recently acquired a collection of X-Men comics
that were stored in this handpainted box:


It is ideal for storing your X-Men comics…


…or, you know, whatever.

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