Friday, June 7, 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Dave Cockrum Estate Auction

New books added every day... and we're practically giving some of these comics away. Click here.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Dave Cockrum Estate Sale

Everything is on hold...
but we will resume in December, 2019.

We add new comics every day (but sometimes take a few days to price them...)
We have NOT added in most of the sales yet...

In the past, we've held an auction. This year, it's a combined auction and sale.

Proceeds benefit our annual scholarships, including those at the Joe Kubert School for Comic Art. Special thanks to Neal Adams, Bob Layton, Al Milgrom, Tom Palmer,Bill Sienkiewicz, Walt Simonson, Joe Sinnott, Art Thibert, Roy Thomas, Bob Wiacek, Marv Wolfman and Mike Zeck who signed for us to benefit these scholarships. Also thanks to our dear friends, the late Stan Lee Joe Kubert and Gene Colan, who generously supported these scholarships for many years and signed for us in years past (some of their signed books are still available!)

THIS SHOULD ANSWER MOST QUESTIONS:
"What if I still have a credit?"- If you still have a credit from our previous auction, you made a good investment. We can either refund your money immediately via PayPal plus 4%, or you can use the remaining credit on this sale/auction plus 10%.

"What's the minimum order?" - Minimum order from the Cockrum Estate is $45. After an order is received and books are packed, you will be billed additionally for shipping.
"Will there be original art for sale" YES! We will offer original art in a private auction but ONLY TO PEOPLE we have worked with in the past, or who purchase something from this action/sale.
"How do I place an order?" - Just total the # of books that you are buying and either pay by check or PayPal. Note that PayPal orders must be sent as cash (not "for goods and services"). If you order improperly, we will not accept the payment. Our PayPal address is cliffmeth@aol.com.
Prefer checks? Just make it payable to Paty Cockrum and mail it c/o Aardwolf Publishing, 179-15 Route 46 West, Suite 252, Rockaway, NJ 07866.
"How do I bid?" - Email your bids to cliffmeth@aol.com -- make sure to include the full description and condition of each book being bid upon.
"Do I get anything special for shopping here?" - Of course! In addition to helping scholarships at the Kubert School and enabling the next-generation of comics artists...and receiving many books that once belonged personally to Dave Cockrum, you'll also get an extra 10% in comics for every dollar you spend (our choice of books from the Cockrum Estate).

All prices are SALE prices unless highlighted and marked AUCTION.
Regarding SALE items: Please don't email or message the words "I'll take" or "I want" or "Reserve for me..." JUST SEND PAYMENT (see "How do I place an oder" above.)

We will be adding another 500-700 comics in weeks to come, including many KEY BOOKS. But if you see something you want, don't wait to bid because we close bids early and without warning, as we always have. Our auction, our rules. Happy hunting!

ADVENTURE COMICS (DC)
344 G- (Legion of Superheroes) $3

(ADVENTURE INTO) FEAR (Marvel)
11 FN+/VF- (Neal Adams) $12
21 VG+/FN (Morbius) $2

ALPHA FLIGHT (Marvel)
1 NM $9

AMAZING ADVENTURES (Marvel, 1970 series)
3 VG+ (spine roll) $4
6 VG+ signed by Neal Adams  $20
6 VG/FN signed by Neal Adams $28
9 G/VG $3
11 VG/VG+ (1st new Beast) $10
29 FN+ (McGregor) $3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (Marvel)
44 FN- $48
45 VG - SOLD
47 G/VG (cvr fold; partial detached) $22
48 FN+ $60
50 FN+ SOLD
121 FN SOLD
163 G+ or G/VG- (Dave Cockrum / John Romita cover) $2
253 NM (1st Rose) $12
287 NM- signed by Stan Lee $125
288 NM $7
289 NM (1st Hobgoblin) $18
362 NM- $15
365 NM- $15
375 NM- $10
379 NM- $1
382 NM- $1
Annual #23 NM- $3
Annual #25 (Iron Man, Black Panther) NM- $3
Annual #26 NM- $3
Annual #27 Mint (polybagged) $3
Spider-Man House #1 of 5 (Direct edition) NM- $2

AQUAMAN (DC, 1962 series)
18 VG/FN or FN- (wedding issue) AUCTION $35

ATOM (DC, 1962 series)
21 VG+ $12
24 FN/VF $26
33 FN+ or FN/VF $16
36 VG+ or VF/FN $14
38 VG- $5

AVENGERS (Marvel)
2 SOLD
9 GD- (1st Wonder Man) AUCTION $50
10 VG/VG+ (1st Immortus; early Hercules app.) (sm. tear lower left cvr & 1st pg) $50 SOLD-Ankur
16 VG- (new Avengers line-up; Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver join) (cover separated) - AUCTION min. bid $30 SOLD-Ankur
20 VG++ or VG/FN $22
21 FN- $25
21 FN/VF  $50
22 FN $30
23 FN/VF $42
25 FN+ (Dr. Doom) $75
26 VG/VG+ $16
26 FN-/FN $24
29 FN $25
30 FN- $23
31 VG+ $16
32 FN+ or FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $28
35 GD/VG $10
38 GD- $5
57 FN+ SOLD
59 FN/FN+ (1st Yellowjacket) signed by Roy Thomas $35
61 VG signed by Roy Thomas  $20
61 VG/FN $12
66 GD/VG $10
66 VG+ $16
69 VF+ (1st Hyperion, Nighthawk, Dr. Spectrum) $70
70 FN+  (1st full Nighthawk) $25
75 FN or FN+ (sm. writing on cvr) $14
76 FN $14
80 FN  (1st Redwolf) $20
84 GD+ $5
84 VG $8
88 VG+ (Harlan Ellison script) $12
89 FN/VF (beginning of Kree/Skrull War; Dave Cockrum collection) $32
90 FN/VF $22
93 VG-/VG signed by Neal Adams $45
97 VG/VG+ (Dave Cockrum's collection - signed by Tom Palmer)  $20
101 FN- (Dave Cockrum collection, Harlan Ellison scripts) $12
105 VG (Dave Cockrum collection) $5
106 VF $20
107 VF/NM (Dave Cockrum's file copy - early Cockrum art) $38
109 VG/FN (Dave Cockrum collection) $8
113 FN/VF signed by both Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott $25
115 FN/VF $12
116 VG- $5
116 FN+ or FN/VF $22
117 VG/FN $11
117 FN/FN+ $15
118 FN- $12
121 FN+ $10
121 FN/VF $13
122 FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) $10
123 VF-/VF (Mantis origen) $18
124 VF $18
125 VF (Thanos) $38
126 VF/NM or NM- (Dave Cockrum's file copy / Cockrum art) $28
127 FN+ $12
128 FN- $8
161 FN (Ultron) $8
178 FN/VF $4
182 FN/VF $6
186 FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $5
188 FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $5
189 VG-/VG $2
189 FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $5
191 FN+ $5
192 FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $4
196 FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) (1st Taskmaster) $20
Avengers Final NM-/NM signed by Neal Adams $20

BATMAN (DC)
184 FN/VF- $

BATMAN Giant (DC)
DC-14 in VG+ signed by Neal Adams $25

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS (DC)
BOOK 3 (FIRST PRINT) NM- $

BATMAN ODYSSEY (DC)
1 NM signed by Neal Adams AUCTION min. bid $15

BLACK GOLIATH (Marvel)
1 FN+ $12

BLACK PANTHER: PANTHER'S PREY (Marvel)
1 Mint $6

BRAVE and the BOLD (DC)
51 VG/VG+ $36
52 VG+ SOLD
54 VG- (1st Teen Titans) $120 SOLD
70 FN- $15
75 VG (Neal Adams) $8
164 FN+ (Aparo art) $2

CAPTAIN AMERICA (Marvel series, started 1968)
100 FN/FN+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $175
101 FN/VF SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $60
102 VG/FN SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $30
103 FN/VF SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $45
103 FN/VF $32
104 NM SOLD
105 VF- $34
106 VF $34
108 VF $
111 G/VG (art by Steranko/Sinnott) SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $24
112 FN $18
115 VF- $25
122 VF- SIGNED by Gene Colan and Joe Sinnott (2 signatures) -- AUCTION (current bid $75 MWoodward)
125 VF- SIGNED by Gene Colan $35
126 FN SIGNED by Gene Colan $30
140 VG+/FN- $7
144 VF or VF+ $13
159 VG $2
161 VG+ $2
171 FN- (Black Panther) $6
171 VF/NM (Black Panther) $28
176 FN- $4
180 FN+ (1st Nomad) $10
182 FN- $4
199 NM- $
200 FN/FN+ $5
246 FN+ $2
261 NM - SIGNED by Mike Zeck $15
321 FN/NM - SIGNED by Mike Zeck $12
327 FN+ $3
327 FN/VF $2
601 Gene Colan's file copy - SIGNED by Gene Colan $25 
601 B/W Variant - Gene Colan's file copy - SIGNED by Gene Colan $25

CAPTAIN ATOM (Charlton)
Vol. 2 #78 (1965) (Ditko) FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) $18

CAPTAIN MARVEL (1st Marvel series, 1968)
3 VG/FN  SIGNED by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan $38
3 FN+ SIGNED by Gene Colan $32
5 VG/VF or FN- $14
6 FN- $10
7 VF-/VF $22
8 VF $22
9 FN- SIGNED by Gene Colan $30
9 VF- $25
10 VG/FN $10
10 VF+ $25
10 FN- SIGNED by Gene Colan $30
11 FN+ $12
11 FN/VF or VF- $16
12 VG/FN $8
12 VF $15
13 VF-/VF $15
13 VF/NM $26
14 VF/VF+ (vs. Iron Man) $30
15 FN/VF $12
17 VF- (1st New Capt. Marvel) $55

THE CHAMPIONS (Marvel 1978)
1 VF- $25 SOLD
2 VG-/VG $3
2 FN+ $5
3 FN- $3
5 FN-/FN $4
6 G/VG $1
7 FN+ (Cockrum cover) $8 FN+ or FN/VF $5
8 FN+ or FN/VF $5
9 VG/FN $3
12 FN $4
13 FN+ $4
15 FN/VF $8
16 FN+ $6

CLASSIC X-MEN (Marvel)
1 FN signed by Dave Cockrum  $15 - SOLD Ankur

(CLAWS OF) THE CAT (Marvel, 1972)
2 VG+ $6
3 FN (Bill Everette inks) $8
4 FN- (Romita/Starlin) $8

CONAN THE BARBARIAN (Marvel, 1970)
16 FN+ $14
19 VF/NM $50
36 FN+ $5
37 FN SIGNED by Neal Adams  $25

CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS (DC, 1985)
1 VF+ signed by Marv Wolfman $22
1 NM- (not signed) $20

DAREDEVIL (1st Marvel series)
1 G/VG (tape on front cover, sm writing on back cvr) $800 SOLD
8 FN+ $50
93 VG- (spine roll) Colan art $4
162 FN+ or FN/VF (Ditko art) $8
186 FN (Frank Miller) $5
186 VF/NM (Frank Miller) $5
226 NM (Frank Miller) $4
230 FN+ (Frank Miller) $3
232 VF+ (Frank Miller) $3
233 NM- (Frank Miller) $5
236 VF- $3
238 NM (vs. Sabretooth) $4
363 NM- Gene Colan's file copy - SIGNED by Gene Colan $25
-1 (Flashback) VF- Gene Colan's file copy - SIGNED by Gene Colan $20

DEATH The High Cost of Living (DC)
1 NM/M signed by Neil Gaiman and Chris Bachalo -- $45

DEATHLOK (Marvel)
Book Three (of Four) NM $3

DEFENDERS (Marvel)
1 FN+ $42
1 VG- $10
3 VF- $28
4 (1st Valkrie) VF- $38
4 NM SOLD
5 VF+ $30
6 VF-/VF $18
6 VF/NM $30
7 FN+ or FN/VF $10
8 FN/VF $16
9 VF/NM (Avengers vs. Defenders) $40
10 VG/FN (Hulk vs. Thor) $20
11 FN+ $12
11 FN- $10
21 FN/VF $3
21 VF- $4

DETECTIVE (DC)
397 VG/VG+ signed by Neal Adams (Dave Cockrum collection) $38

DOC SAVAGE (Marvel)
1 VG/FN $5
5 VG+ (Dave Cockrum collection) $2

DOCTOR STRANGE (Marvel, 1968)
170 overall VG+ $12
170 overall FN+ $18
174 FN- SIGNED by Gene Colan AND Roy Thomas $40
177 VG+ SIGNED by Gene Colan $34
178 FN+ SIGNED by Gene Colan $30
182 FN+ SIGNED by Gene Colan $30

DOCTOR STRANGE (Marvel, 1974)
1 FN+ (Brunner art) $35
1 VG $10
2 FN- (Brunner art) $10
2 VF- (Defenders x-over) $30
7 FN- $4
19 VF or VF/NM Gene Colan's file copy, SIGNED by Gene Colan $18

DOOM PATROL (DC)
122 VG $3

ETERNALS  (Marvel, 1976 series)
1 VF/NM (Kirby) SOLD

FANTASTIC GIANTS  (Charlton)
Vol. 2 #24 (1966, Steve Ditko) $25

FANTASTIC FOUR  (Marvel)
King-Size Special #5 FN- $32
28 VG+ (vs. X-Men) $100
35 GD $10
37 FN+ $68
39 FN+ or FN/VF (Doom, Daredevil) $68
40 FN+ (Doom, Daredevil) $68
41 VG+ or VG/FN $28
42 FN-/FN $38
98 G/VG SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $15
111 VG+ (writing on cover) (Buscema) $8
113 VG+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $18
141 VF/NM $32
143 FN- $6
143 NM- $40
211 VG/FN (1st Terax) SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $18
220 NM $6
371 NM $1
380 NM $1

GHOST RIDER (1st series, Marvel, 1973)
13 VF+/NM- $16

GHOST RIDER (2nd series, Marvel, 1990)
1 NM $25
2 NM $2
5 NM (vs. Punisher, Jim Lee art) $3
6 NM (vs. Punisher, Jim Lee art) $3
28 Mint/pollybagged $1
29 Mint (vs. Wolverine, Adam and Andy Kubert) $1

GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS (Marvel)
2 VG $2

GREEN ARROW: LONGBOW HUNTERS (DC)
Book 1 NM $12
Book 3 VF/NM $5

GREEN LANTERN (DC, 1960 series)
16 GD+ (1st Silver Age Star Saphire, no back cover) $35

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Marvel, 1990)
Graphic novel by Jim Valentino -- Mint (listed for $34.99 when released) -- $20
Annual #1 NM $2
#1 NM $32
25 NM SIGNED/NUMBERED by Steve Montano (#173/350) w/ COA $8

INCREDIBLE HULK (Marvel)
4 (overall VG+; front cvr tear 2"; back cvr missing small piece; hi-gloss cvr) --  $400
102 FN+  $85-SOLD Ankur
108 VF- (Nick Fury) $40
109 VF+ or VF/NM $45
140 FN+ (Harlan Ellison script, 1st Jarella) $15
168 VG+ $5
175 FN+ (Inhumans) $10
180 FN (1st Wolverine) $90 SOLD - Ankur
202 VF+ $5
216 VF $5
219 VF $5
223 NM $5
225 NM- $5
243 NM- $5
249 NM- $5
330 NM- (early McFarlane) $25
331 NM $25
404 NM $1

INFINITY WATCH (Marvel)
Volume 1 graphic novel Mint (listed for $39.99 when released) $30

INFINITY WAR (AFTERMATH) Marvel
Graphic novel -- SIGNED by Raney -- Mint (listed for $39.99 when released) $30

INVADERS (Marvel, 1975)
1 VG/FN $15
2 FN+ $8
King-Size Annual #1 VG+ $2

JUNGLE ACTION (Marvel)
6 VG+ or better $65

IRON FIST (Marvel)
6 GD $1

IRON MAN (Marvel)
3 FN+ $32
4 FN/VF- $35
5 VF/VF+  $52
9 FN+ or FN/VF mis-stapeled $22
12 FN- $15
16 VF/NM $52
19 VF+ $32
20 VF/VF+ $30
21 VF-/VF $22
22 VF-/VF $22
54 FN+ (vs. Namor) (1st Moondragon) $38
128 FN+ ("Demon in a bottle" classic) signed by Bob Layton -- $30 - SOLD Ankur
281 NM- (1st War Machine cameo) signed by Bob Wiacek $8
290 VF SIGNED by Stan Lee and Gene Colan -- $150

ELEKTRA (Marvel)
1 NM- SIGNED by Bill Sienkiewicz -- $12

FLASH (DC, 1959 series)
163 VG+ $16
163 VG/FN $18
167 VG/FN $18
169 (Giant) GD/VG $10
176 VG $12
179 VG $12
180 VG $12
181 GD+ $5
182 G $3
182 VG $8
183 VG/FN $18
184 VG+ $10
188 VG $8
191 G $2
200 VG+/FN or FN- $12
219 VG/FN or FN- SIGNED by Neal Adams $28

(Luke Cage) Hero for Hire (Marvel, 1972)
4 FN (1st Mace) $12
17 (becomes Power Man) VF+ $30

Howard the Duck HULK (Marvel)
13 FN/VF Gene Colan's file copy; SIGNED by Gene Colan $35

INHUMANS (Marvel, 1975 series)
1 VF $40
1 NM SOLD
6 FN/VF $6
8 FN+ $5
9 FN+ $5
10 FN+ $5
12 FN/VF $5

IRON FIST (Marvel, 1975)
1 VF/NM $120
2 FN- $10
6 GD $1

IRON MAN (Marvel
3 FN+ $30
4 FN/VF- $40
5 VF/VF+ $55
9 FN+ or FN/VF (vs. Hulk) mis-stapled $20
12 FN- $15
16 VF/NM $50
19 FN+ $15
20 VF/VF+ $30
21 VF-/VF $25
54 FN+ (vs. Namor) $36
212 NM- $2
281 NM- (SIGNED by Bob Wiacek) $8
282 VF/NM - (1st War Machine, SIGNED by Bob Wiacek) $50
290 NM $2
290 VF SIGNED by STAN LEE and Gene Colan $125

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY (Marvel)
109 VG-/VG taped; Thor vs. Magneto $80
119 FN+ (1st Hogun, Fandral, Volstag) $75
120 VG/FN $32
123 VG+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $40
124 FN/VF (Thor vs. Hercules) $75
King-Size Annual #1 (1965, 1st appearance of Hercules) VG/VG+ $70

JURASSIC PARK (Topps)
1 NM- (Dave Cockrum cover; Cockrum's file copy) $3

KORAK...SON OF TARZAN
56 VF SIGNED by Joe Kubert AUCTION -- min. bid $20

MACHINE MAN (Marvel, 1978 series)
1 VF/NM (Kirby) $30

MAN-THING (1st series, Marvel, 1974)
3 VG+ or VG/FN (1st Foolkiller) $5

MAN-THING (2nd series, Marvel)
1 NM- $3
21 NM (Spider-Man) $2

MARVEL FEATURE (Marvel)
1 GD/VG (1st Defenders, SIGNED by Neal Adams) $45
2 VG+ (2nd Defenders) $18
4 VG+ (new Ant-Man series starts) $16
5 FN/VF $14
9 FN $8

MARVEL SUPER HEROES SECRET WARS (Marvel, 1984)
1 VF/NM (Zeck art) $22

MOON KNIGHT (1st series, Marvel)
1 NM- SIGNED by Sienkiewicz $60

MOON KNIGHT (2nd series, Marvel)
1 NM- $3
21 NM (Spider-Man x-over) $1

MORBIUS (Marvel)
3 NM- w/ SIGNED Spider-Man vs. Morbius insert (SIGNED by Witherby) NM $3

MS. MARVEL (Marvel, 1977)
1 VG+  $18
1 FN/VF  inquire
18 VF/NM - Dave Cockrum art / Dave Cockrum's file copy (1st full Mystique) $120
20 VG+  Dave Cockrum art / Dave Cockrum's file copy $5
21 NM-  Dave Cockrum art / Dave Cockrum's file copy $20

NEW MUTANTS (Marvel)
86 NM (first brief app. of Cable) - $22
88 NM- (2nd Cable) $10
100 VF/NM (1st X-Force) $15

NICK FURY (Marvel, 1968)
5 VG/VG+ (Steranko) (Dave Cockrum collection) $16 
8 FN (Steranko) (Dave Cockrum collection) $10
10 VG/FN- (Steranko) $8 
12 FN- (Steranko) $10 
13 FN-/FN (Steranko) $10 

NICK FURY (Marvel) 2nd series - 1983
1 NM- (new Steranko cover) $8

NIGHT CRAWLER (Marvel) Ltd. series
1 FN SIGNED by Dave Cockrum and Paty Cockrum $20

NOT BRAND ECHH (Marvel) 
2 VG/FN SIGNED by Roy Thomas $20
3 VG/FN SIGNED by Roy Thomas $20
4 G/VG Gene Colan's file copy - SIGNED by Gene Colan $20

NOVA (1st series, Marvel, 1976)
1 FN/VF or VF- $38
1 NM- $145
1 FN+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $45

PHANTOM STRANGER (DC, 1969 series)
23 FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection, Spawn of Frankenstein by Kaluta begins) $18

THE PUNISHER (Marvel, Limited series, 1986)
2 VG++ (Zeck) $5
5 VF/NM $15

THE PUNISHER (Marvel, regular series, 1987)
1 NM $35

THE PUNISHER WAR JOURNAL (Marvel)
1 (Jim Lee) NM- $10
7 (Jim Lee) NM $3

THE SAVAGE RETURN OF DRACULA (Marvel)
1 VF- Gene Colan's file copy, SIGNED by Gene Colan $25

SECRET ORIGINS (DC)
2 VG+ $2
2 FN+ DAVE COCKRUM COLLECTION $5
4 VG/FN $5
7 FN/VF $10

SGT. FURY (Marvel, first series)
19 VG- $12
41 FN- $8
44 FN/VF $15
45 VG/FN $7
52 VG+ $7
60 VG/FN $7

SHAZAM! (DC, 1973 series)
4  FN+ or FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $8
5  FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) $8
6  FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $6
7  FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) $6
13 (100-page Giant) FN+ or FN/VF- (Dave Cockrum collection) $12
17 (100-page Giant) FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) $12

Sensational She-Hulk (Marvel 1989)
1 Mint $25
54 NM - Dave Cockrum's file copy (Cockrum art) $3

SILVER SURFER (Marvel, 1968 series)
4 overall VG+ (water damage visible on back cvr) $95 SOLD
4 Good $20
7 FN/FN+ or FN+ $38
8 VG/FN or FN- $20
9 G+ or G/VG $10
9 FN- $25
10 VF/NM $130
13 FN++ $30
15 FN/VF SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $60

SILVER SURFER (Marvel, 1987 series)
1 NM- $9
50 NM $2
Annual #5 NM- $2

STRANGE TALES (Marvel)
128 SOLD
129 FN+ $38
139 VG+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $25
140 VG/FN SIGNED by Joe Sinnott (Dave Cockrum collection) $28
141 VG+ or VG/FN $12
142 VG/FN $ or FN- (Dave Cockrum collection) $14
145 VG+/FN $12
151 VG/FN (1st Steranko) $25
151 FN- (1st Steranko) $27
152 FN-/FN $18
152 FN/VF or VF- $32
153 FN- (Dave Cockrum collection - Kirby/Steranko) $18
155 GD $2
155 VG/FN (Steranko) $15
156 VG/FN (Steranko) $15
157 FN+ (Steranko) $24
157 VF (Steranko) $40
160 VG/FN (Steranko w/ Capt. America) $16
160 FN- (Steranko) $18
161 FN (Dave Cockrum collection) (Steranko) $18
162 FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) (Steranko) $30
163 VF- (Dave Cockrum collection) (Steranko) $38
164 FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) (Steranko) $20
165 VF (Dave Cockrum collection) (Steranko) $40
167 FN 170 SIGNED by Joe Sinnott (art by Steranko/Sinnott) $35
178 VF- (Starlin, Adam Warlock) $48
179 VF- (Starlin, Adam Warlock) (1st Pip) $32

SWAMP THING (DC)
50 NM- signed by Rick Veitch $10

SUB-MARINER (Marvel, 1968 series)
4 FN/VF $32
5 FN+ (1st Tiger Shark) $36
6 FN+ $16
7 VG/FN $12
8 FN/FN+ (Namor vs Thing) $30
8 VF- $60
9 VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $32
10 FN $12
10 FN+ SIGNED by Gene Colan $35
11 FN/VF $16
11 FN+ SIGNED by Gene Colan $32
12 FN/VF $18
12 VF/NM $42
13 FN $10
14 VG+ (S.A. appearance and death of Toro) $12
15 VF-/VF $25
16 VF-/VF $18
17 FN/VF $12
18 FN+ or FN/VF $9
19 FN $8
19 FN+ $10
20 VF $18
20 VF/NM (Dave Cockrum collection) $10
21 VF+/NM $22
22 FN/VF (Dr. Strange x-over) $20
24 FN/VF $10
25 FN/VF $10
26 VF/NM $20
27 VF/NM $20
28 VG/FN $5
28 FN/VF $10
29 VG+ $6
29 VF/NM $20
30 VG- $4
31 FN/FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) $12
32 VG+ (Dave Cockrum collection) $6
33 FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $
34 FN/VF (1st Defenders) $
35 VF (1st Defenders vs Avengers classic) $50
36 FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection, Wrightson art) $9
37 VG- $3
37 FN/VF (Dave Cockrum collection) $10
38 FN+ $9
44 VG+ (vs. Human Torch) $4
46 FN+ $4
49 FN+  $6
49 FN/VF $6
52 FN/VF $7
53 FN- $5
57 FN- $5
58 GD/GD-VG $2
59 FN/VF or VF- (first battle with Thor) $18
62 VF- $8
67 VG/FN (new costume) $4
67 FN/VF (new costume) $6
68 FN+ $6
69 VG+/FN- (Namor vs. Spider-Man) $5
69 FN+ (Namor vs. Spider-Man) $6
72 FN+ $6

SUPER-VILLAIN TEAM-UP (Marvel)
1 VG+ (Sub-Mariner vs. Doom) $5
1 VF/NM $45

SUPERBOY (DC)
142 VG++ $6

SUPERMAN 80-page GIANT (DC)
11 G/VG $5

TALES OF SUSPENSE (Marvel)
39 (Marvel Milestone Edition) NM- SIGNED by Don Heck and Gene Colan $50
42 FN/VF $475
47 FN+ $250
58 G/VG or VG- $38
60 VG/VG+ (2nd Hawkeye) $60
62 G/VG $10
65 VG/FN (1st S.A. Red Skull) $70
68 FN+ $30
69 VG++ or VG/FN (1st Titanium Man) $22

TALES TO ASTONISH (Marvel)
36 GD-/GD (3rd Ant Man) (damage near bottom of front & back cover; holes go thru comic; tape inside front cover) $85
52 VG+ (1st Black Knight) $50
54 FN+  $65
55 VG-/VG $32
58 VG+ $35
61 FN- (Marvel UK edition) $32
66 FN+ $40
77 VG- $10
89 FN/VF $22
92 VF/VF+ (1st Silver Surfer x-over) $50
94 FN/VF $20
95 FN+ or FN/VF $20
96 VG $10
99 FN+ or FN/VF $18

TALES OF ASGARD (Marvel)
1 FN- $16

TEEN TITAN DEATHTRAP: GRAPHIC NOVEL (DC)  NM- SIGNED by Marv Wolfman -- Auction mind. bid $20

THOR (Marvel)
126 VG+ (key book, vs. Hercules) $
130 VG+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $
131 VG+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $
132 VG+ (1st Ego; writing on inside and back cvr) -- AUCTION min. bid $18
133 FN-/VF $
137 FN/VF -- AUCTION min. bid $38
140 FN $24
141 FN+ $20
146 VG/FN SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $
148 VG/FN SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $
154 VG/VG+ $10
161 VG+ (penny-size tear on cover) $13
161 VG+/FN- $15
194 VG+ $7
195 VG/FN $
208 VG+ $5
221 VG+ (vs. Hercules) $
221 FN (vs. Hercules) $
222 FN- SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $
225 FN+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $
337 VF/NM SIGNED by Walter Simonson $58 SOLD
338 NM- SIGNED by Walter Simonson $
340 NM- SIGNED by Walter Simonson $
369 NM $2
369 VF/NM SIGNED by Walter Simonson $7
371 VF+ SIGNED by Walter Simonson $7
373 NM $
373 NM- SIGNED by Walter Simonson $
374 FN+ SIGNED by Walter Simonson $12
384 VF $3
429 FN+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $12
435 NM- $1
448 NM- Spiderman $1
459 NM- $1

TOMB OF DRACULA (Marvel)
19 FN/VF  SIGNED by Gene Colan -- $45
38 FN/VF  SIGNED by Gene Colan -- $35
45 FN- SIGNED by Gene Colan -- $25
55 FN+ SIGNED by Gene Colan and Marv Wolfman -- $45
70 VF/VF+ (Dave Cockrum Estate) $

TOMB OF DRACULA (Marvel, German edition)
19 FN/VF Gene Colan's file copy, SIGNED by Gene Colan -- $25

WATCHMEN (DC)
1 VF+ $35

WEB OF SPIDER-MAN (Marvel)
2 NM- $
19 NM- $1

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT (Marvel)
13 FN $4
13 FN+ (DAVE COCKRUM COLLECTION) $8
15 FN/VF (DAVE COCKRUM COLLECTION) $8
17 VF $15

WOLVERINE (Limited series, Marvel)
1 FN (Frank Miller art)  -- AUCTION min. bid $18 SOLD-Ankur

WOLVERINE (regular series, Marvel, 1988 series)
1 NM- AUCTION min. bid $45
20 (Byrne art, Tider Shark) NM $
22 NM $1
25 NM $1
33 NM $1
34 NM $1
36 NM $1
37 NM $1
42 NM $1
43 NM $1
46 NM $1
48 NM $1
49 NM $1
50 NM $
52
53
57
60

WORLD'S FINEST (DC)
108 G/VG $
152 FN+ or FN/VF $
175 VG+ or VG/FN signed by Neal Adams $
199 VG+ or VG/FN signed by Neal Adams $
208 FN/VF signed by Neal Adams $
209 FN+ signed by Neal Adams $
209 FN- (sm writing on back cvr) signed by Neal Adams $
211 FN+ signed by Neal Adams $

X-FACTOR (Marvel)
1 VF/NM $10-SOLD Ankur
2 FN/VF $3

X-FORCE (Marvel)
2 NM/M (2nd Deadpool)  $
15 NM $1

X-MEN(Marvel)
5 VG+/FN- $165
9 VG/FN -- $95
10 VG (1st Silver Age Kazar)
26 FN-/FN $35
27 FN++ $30
27 FN/VF --  AUCTION min. bid $50
28 VG+ (1st Banshee) -- AUCTION min. bid $50
29 VF $
30 FN/FN+ $37
31 FN/FN+ $29
33 VG+ (chipped cvr) $20
33 FN/FN+ $28
34 FN/VF --  AUCTION min. bid $48
36 VG/FN or FN- $24
37 VF-   -- AUCTION min. bid $55
41 VF+  -- AUCTION min. bid $65
43 VG+ cvr separated $20
44 FN/VF $42
44 VF -- AUCTION min. bid $60
60 NM (2nd print) signed by Neal Adams $25
61 NM (2nd print) signed by Neal Adams $25
65 G/VG $
131 FN+ (1st White Queen cover) (Dave Cockrum collection) $15-SOLD Ankur
142 VF/NM $
201 FN- $
206 NM $
208 FN- $
211 NM- signed by Bob Wiacek $15-SOLD Ankur
252 VF/NM- (Dave Cockrum collection) $5
252 VF SIGNED by Bill Sienkiewicz $12
274 NM $
278 NM $5
281 NM $7
282 VF+ (1st Bishop) SIGNED by Art Thibert $25
283 NM- (1st full Bishop) $12
285 NM- $3
288 NM- SIGNED by Andy Kubert $
289 NM- $3
290 NM $3
293 FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) SIGNED by Andy Kubert $7
300 NM $4
300 Mint SIGNED by John Romita Jr. $12
303 NM- $
360 NM $2
Annual #10 VG/VG+ (1st Longshot) $4
Annual #10 FN+ (1st Longshot) $6
Annual #17 FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) SIGNED by Al Milgrom $7

REALLY CHEAP COMICS:
Amazing Spider-Man #102 GD+ $2
Amazing Spider-Man #286 NM- $4
Amazing Spider-Man #287 VF+/NM $3
Amazing Spider-Man #288 VF+/NM (DD, Falcon, Blackcat) $2
Amazing Spider-Man #289 VF+/NM (1st Hobgoblin) $10
Amazing Spider-Man #290 VF/NM $3
Amazing Spider-Man #330 NM- (Punisher x-over, Eric Larsen art) $2
Amazing Spider-Man #355 NM (Punisher/Moon Knight x-over) $1.50
Amazing Spider-Man #362 NM (Venom, Carnage) $2
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #1 NM $1.50
Brigade #1 NM- (Liefeld) $1.50
Catalyst #1 NM- (Lee Weeks) $1
Daredevil #40 GD $1
Deathlok #1 NM- $2
Deathlok #4 NM $1
Fantastic Four #99 GD/VG $2
Fantastic Four #100 GD $2 SOLD
Ghost #1 NM (Lee Weeks) $1
Ghost Rider #15 NM (glow in the dark cover) (Texeira) $2
Hellstorm #1 NM (Michael Bair art) $2
Infinity War #1 (Starlin) NM $5
Lobo's Back #1 NM (Bisley) $1.50
Maxx #10 NM- $1
Moon Knight #20 NM- (Spider-Man x-over) $1
Namor #1 NM (John Byrne) $4
Namor #2 NM (John Byrne) $1.50
Namor #37 NM (Jae Lee) $2
Nightstalkers #1 Mint (polybagged) $1.50
Nomad #1 NM $2
Nomad #2 NM $1
Not Brand Echh #1 VG- $2 SOLD
Not Brand Echh #4 VG $3
Peter Parker the Spectacular Spiderman #116 VF/NM or NM- (Sabretooth) $1.50
Peter Parker the Spectacular Spiderman #119 VF/NM or NM- (Sabretooth) $1.50
Pitt #1 NM (Dale Keown) $1
Punisher Armory #1 NM (Jim Lee) $1.50
Punisher 2099 #1 Mint SIGNED/NUMBERED w/ COA from artist Tom Morgan $6
Punisher & Captain America: Blood & Glory graphic novel #1  NM $6 
Silver Surfer (1987 series) #1 NM $5
Silver Surfer #50 NM $1.50
Silver Surfer #58 (Defenders x-over) NM $1
Silver Surfer #75  NM $2
Spawn #8 NM- (McFarlane) $1.50
Spawn #9 NM- (McFarlane) $1.50
Spider-Man #2 NM (McFarlane) $2.50
Spider-Man #3 NM (McFarlane) $2
Spider-Man #5 NM (McFarlane) $2
Spider-Man #6 NM (McFarlane) $2
Spider-Man #7 NM (McFarlane) $2
Spider-Man #13 NM (McFarlane) $2
Spider-Man #17 NM (Thanks x-over) (Nocenti/Williamson) $2
Spider-Man #25 NM $1.50
Spider-Man #27 NM $1.50
Spirit of Vengeance #1 - MINT - Kubert art - $3
Sub-Mariner #3 G/VG $2
Sub-Mariner #5 G/VG $1
Supreme #1 NM (Liefeld) $2
Thor #152 GD+ $2
Thor #160 GD+ $2
Turok #1 NM $2
Ultimate X-Men #44 Mint SIGNED by Art Thibert $5
Ultimate X-Men #61 Mint $2
Warlock and the Infinity Watch #1 NM $1
Warlock Chronicles #1 NM- (Starlin) $3
Wildcats Sourcebook #1 NM- (Jim Lee, Jae Lee) $1
Wolverine #1 VG $1
X #1 NM (Frank Miller) $1
X-Factor #71 NM $1
X-Factor #79 NM $1
X-Force #1 (2nd print) NM $2
X-Men #1 NM- (Jim Lee art) (Magneto cover) $2.50
X-Men #1 NM- (Jim Lee art) includes print SIGNED/NUMBERED by Dave Cockrum $7
X-Men #5 NM $2
X-Men #11 NM SIGNED by Bob Wiacek $4
X-Men #15 Mint (polybagged)  $3
X-Men #16 Mint (polybagged)  $3
X-Men #18 NM $3
X-Men Annual #2 NM $3
X-Men Alpha #1 NM SIGNED by Tim Townshend $5
X-O Manowar #0 NM (Quesada) $3
Youngblood: Strikeforce #1 NM (Liefeld) $1.50

All prices are SALE prices unless highlighted and marked AUCTION.

Regarding SALE items: Please don't email or message the words "I'll take" or "I want it" or "Reserve for me..." JUST SEND PAYMENT (see "How do I place an oder" above.) 
Remember: We have a $40 minimum order

Monday, February 19, 2018

Help Me Help Others

I started collecting comics in 1966. They were some of the best investments I’ve made. Now a family that I know needs a little help, so I’ve donated some comics, and a few of my books, to raise funds for them. Can you help me help these friends? You don’t have to dig deep—and you’ll be making an investment.

Below are some very inexpensive first issues and first appearances. I have 10 of each. All are new. Don’t know anything about comics? Pick a dollar amount ($20, say) and I’ll select them for you. It’s that easy. Please email me privately at cliffmeth@aol.com

Deathlok #1 (Marvel, 1991) $2
New Mutants 100 (Marvel, 1st X-Force appearance) $9
Pitt #1 (Image) $2
Sabretooth #1 (Marvel) $3
Silver Surfer #1 (Marvel, 1987) $7
Silver Surfer #50 (embossed silver foil cover) $6
Snaked #3 (by Clifford Meth / Rufus Dayglo – SIGNED) $4
Spider-Man #1 (1990 reboot) $2
Spirits of Vengeance #1 (Marvel, 1992) $3
Strangers #1 $1.50
Turok #1 (1993, chromium foil cover) $3
Warlock Chronicles #1 $3 (Marvel, Warlock makes film debut in upcoming Avengers film)
Warriors of Plasm #1 (SIGNED by artist Mike Witherby) $4
X-Force #1 (Marvel, soon to be a major motion picture) $2
X-Force #1 (2nd print, short print) $3
X-O #0  (Valiant) $3
Youngblood #1 (from the creator of Deadpool… and this may become a film, too) $2
Crib Death and Other Bedtime Stories (Clifford Meth’s 1st paperback collection – SIGNED) $7

Again, please email me privately at cliffmeth@aol.com



Friday, June 23, 2017

Dave Cockrum and Rob Liefeld: A View From the Throne

Difficult as this might be to swallow, there was a time when Dave Cockrum couldn't get work as an artist. I'm not talking about when he was just back from the Navy seeking that first soon-to-be-fabled assignment as a professional. That actually didn’t turn out so badly. Armed with a folded letter of introduction from Neal Adams, who saw something in the young Cockrum that the rest of us would soon discover, Dave’s early career was something America’s Got Talent legends are made of.

But two decades later, it was over. Just a single generation after Cockrum’s ground-breaking Giant-Size X-Men #1, which introduced his characters Nightcrawler, Storm, Thunderbird and Colossus to the world, there was a new Pharaoh. And suddenly Dave Cockrum couldn’t catch a cold at Marvel. He was viewed as old hat by the new turks. Stodgy. That’s the word Joe Quesada used for Dave Cockrum’s art.

Leap forward another two decades and Dave’s artwork is selling for stupid money. You can hock one of his original covers, if you have one, and buy a car with the proceeds. Fans have canonized his creations. A sure sign of that is their inability to accept anyone touching the Futurians.

Don’t get me wrong. When the announcement that Rob Liefeld would be taking on the Futurians was made, I didn't exactly expect old fans to wet themselves in anticipation nor trample the halt and the lame on their way out the door to buy a copy. I know how old guys are. I had one staring back at me in the mirror this morning, bleary eyed, slack jawed. It's not a pretty sight. Old guys don't like any manner of change. I get it. Give me the same bran cereal I've always eaten. Give me the same beer. And don’t expect me to segment kitchen garbage into compost piles and "legit" trash. Julie Newmar—now that was a Catwoman. Adam West is the real Batman. I get it.

We all hate change. Change is evil. Nothing new can ever hold a candle to what was. I don’t care when you were born—you know as well as I do it was better back then.

But tell that to young folks just graduating from school this month, or just attempting to break into show business. We don’t want young punks looking for work in the comic book industry. Comics represent the idyllic Golden Age of our fleeting youth—a plane of reality where good is good and bad is bad, and no one ever ages or dies.

Except creators.

It partially explains why the entertainment world seems to contain a finite creative well, a manifesto where 90% of everything is recycled or at least derivative. Is it because there’s so few fresh ideas or just a bludgeoned audience that’s unreceptive to novelty? Perhaps certain things really are worth revisiting? And revisiting. And revisiting.

I'll leave that riddle to you smarter people to solve. The old guy in the mirror doesn’t like to burden himself terribly much with things he has no control over, which is just about everything. But one thing he has some say in is the Futurians.

Years ago, Dave Cockrum took a chance on me and gave me license me to write a Futurians story. Some years after that, Steven Brown, the head of IDT Entertainment, took a chance on me and allowed me to write a Futurians screenplay.

Paty Cockrum—Dave’s widow—took a chance on undiscovered comics creator David Miller and allowed him to develop a comic series out of one of her husband’s Futurians characters. She took a chance on undiscovered comics creator Richard O’Hara and allowed him to pencil the final pages of Dave Cockrum’s last, unfinished, final Futurians.

Forty years earlier, Sol Brodsky and John Verpoorten at Marvel took a chance on Paty.

Sometimes you have to take chances.

The old guy in the mirror laments the abandonment of childhood pleasures that just don’t present themselves anymore. Worse, he misses his pal Dave, who just isn’t around to phone and shoot the shit with, or drive out to visit, or produce terrific new comics and characters. But the physical absence of Dave Cockrum does not mandate the absence of characters he designed and blew life into. You can be certain Marvel won’t let their Dave Cockrum creations die.

It’s up to the Dave Cockrum estate to make certain that intellectual properties Dave conceived continue to delight generations to come. Even if it doesn’t delight old guys who insist that Neal Adams was the only Batman artist or prefer Adam West wearing the cowl.

So maybe Rob Liefeld isn’t your favorite artist. He isn’t mine either. My favorite was Gene Colan. How dare David Mazachelli or Lee Weeks or Tim Sale touch old horn head after Gene had been on the book for a decade!

Rob Liefeld wasn’t selected because Paty Cockrum and I expected a clone of Dave’s artwork and writing style. He was accepted because he loves Dave's work enough to ask for the project. He’s been wanting this for 15 years. And Rob’s own accomplishments are vast. It would be demeaning to enumerate them.

When the announcement was made that Rob was taking on the Futurians, his fans were thrilled. But the old boy’s club held their midnight convention at the Dave Cockrum Appreciation Society on Facebook and I was unprepared for the vitriol that poured out of some of these codgers. One guy compared the announcement to Donald Trump winning the presidency. He didn’t mean it as a compliment. Another individual’s hysterical invective, which seemed to gather hysteria with each subsequent post, demanded a boycott of Liefeld’s Futurians. To be staged at the U.N., no doubt, or at least on the steps of City Hall.

“You could—you know—wait and see,” suggested unreasonably sane author Mark Ellis.

But that would be too easy. When change comes, it's better to rail against it, better to bash one's own head on the wall, to scream at the top of one’s Facebook lungs and proffer a call to arms, and perhaps take out a Senator or Congressman on their way to a baseball game just for good measure. Clearly, one’s level of ire must rise to the degree of the offense. A comic book drawn by someone else?! Heresy!

I thought about that as I stepped away from the old guy in the mirror and took the throne of indignation. And upon further pondering such, I concluded that those who spend so much energy bashing projects before they are even born have likely never struggled to produce anything beyond a good bowel movement. And even that was hard.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Alas, Poor Facebook

If I only had a nickel for all the apologies I’ve made. Or was asked to make. Or a dime for the ones people think they deserve.

To wit: My Facebook activity wanes when life’s other distractions loom larger. But, as many of you know, FB has a nifty feature aimed at dragging you back by reminding you of what you posted a year ago, two years ago, and so forth. “Here’s your memory!” it says. And sometimes it’s appropriate to revisit the post.

I wrote about Chuck Dixon and Tony Isabella and the politics of comics (and the comics of politics) three years ago, prior to the recent presidential election. Post the election, I’ve only written about politics when paid to do so. I won’t explain that. You either get it or you don’t.

You really don’t? Fine, I’ll explain.

Most people mark time by the BIG events we have in common. As in “before Emancipation,” “after the Stock Market crashed,” and so forth. In my short lifetime, it was “after Kennedy was assassinated,” “before the Beatles played Ed Sullivan,” and “after 9-11.”

And, most recently, “Post November.” Some of you call it “Post Trump.” Others, “After Obama.”

Before the Beatles played Ed Sullivan, there was one set of expectations about music. After they played, there was another. Don’t bother arguing with me. On this subject, and few others, everyone is wrong and I’m right.

No need to go into what occurred after 9-11.

But “Post November,” things got ugly. The power shoe was on the other foot. The emotional civil war (which is more dangerous than the ideological civil war) went into overdrive. People really got their hate on.

On Facebook (because all roads lead to Facebook), I watched people banning and “unfriending” each other like it was a bodily function, which was sort of sickening. Most bodily functions are, unless they’re your own. These weren’t my own. Mine smell okay to me.

I decided to stay out of it. No politics on Facebook. I wasn’t stumping for “my side” (who is it? who is it?) or any side, or joining any conversations about the president, the parties, or the various tribes. Unless, of course, someone was paying me to do it. Because that’s what I do—I write about things professionally (as in “for a living”). I’m okay with that: I've maintained my convictions; I don’t write anything that I don’t believe, regardless of who I write for, but neither do I jam my professional writing into my personal social media space. I save Facebook for hobbies and things I enjoy. Comics. Music. Family. Martial arts.

Three years ago—“Pre November”—I wrote about writer Chuck Dixon’s take on Conservatives being banned from comics and writer/editor Tony Isabella’s disagreement with Chuck, and Chuck’s with Tony. That was something I wrote for fun, as in I wasn’t paid to write it. It wasn’t really fun but I was interested because I like Chuck’s comics writing very much and Chuck and I are several degrees more than friendly, and Tony Isabella was very kind to me when I was getting started as a writer (“Post Nixon,” “Pre 9-11”)  and has remained so on-again, off-again for three decades. I'm not sure how Tony feels about me today (is it Wednesday?) but we share a close friend in author Harlan Ellison, a terrific author who was born “After the stock Market crashed” but not very much after.

The piece I wrote about Chuck and Tony and Politics and Comics popped up on its third year Facebook anniversary, lest auld acquaintance be forgot, and I reposted it. And because I reposted it in a “Post November” world, it has already received 500+ comments. The comments come from members of various tribes. People who would, given the opportunity, banish their fellows to another country or even another planet and, failing that, block and “unfriend” each other on Facebook after a liberal (and I use the term as Oxford does, meaning “generous”) dose of criticism, often bile covered, minimally snarky.

I’ve been asked to chime in. I’ve been asked how I feel about a particular comment in a thread of 500+ comments. But I can’t answer that because I haven’t read most of those comments. Comments from people that I don’t know are graffiti to me and if I only learned one thing from Chargé D'affaires Harlan Ellison it is this: avoid the tar pit.

This doesn’t mean I don’t care what people write, or what they write on my Facebook wall, within reason. There’s certain things, I’m certain, that could raise my dander, and those who’ve worked hard to pull my tail over the years undoubtedly have stories to tell. But I won’t be drawn into the milieu of “Post November” tribalism. I don’t feel the need to banish and unfriend people that I don’t even know.

“Don’t even know? Why are you friends?”

We’re not. They “friended” me. The holy word Friend has been re-nuanced and defrocked and made into garbage. Like the words conservative and liberal. Like the word gay, which once meant “light hearted” and trump, which meant “to have superior power over.” People “friend” me for various reasons. Facebook tells me I have 3659 friends.

I only have six or eight Friends. And only three of them are on Facebook.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Paty Cockrum Makes Joe Kubert Blush

Just found this piece from 12 years ago and thought I'd share it. --Cliff

I was privy to a few moments of sunshine last week when I introduced Paty Cockrum to Joe Kubert.
“Thrilled to meet you, sir,” said Paty in a voice I didn’t recognize as hers. Sir? Hell, this is the toughest old gal I’ve ever known, famous for dragging men out of burning buildings and pointing shotguns at strangers. The occasion was the initiation of The Dave and Paty Cockrum Scholarship Fund, which we’ve been planning for a number of months.
“You were one of the first comic artists that I was truly a fan of,” Paty said to the blushing legend. “You and Bill Everett were the only two who signed your work back then, but you were the only one who knew how draw horses. Everyone else bent the horse’s legs the wrong way.”

Joe, who always has an easy smile, had a good laugh from that. “I had great respect for your husband’s work,” he said. “I watched it very carefully.”

“Well, your Hawkman was formative in his design concepts,” said Paty. “He revered you as an inspiration.”

As for Mr. Meth, I’m proud to sit on the committee that will bestow the newly established scholarship. I’m not a big believer in ghosts. Paty is, but I’m not. Either way, I can’t help thinking that ole Dave would be very happy about this if his ether has any sense of happiness. Dave got his big break because Neal Adams had a generous spirit and sent Dave to Jim Warren with a note saying, “Give this boy work.” He spent his whole career paying that forward. I never saw anything other than a generous spirit on my friend?generous with his time, with his meager funds, and with his praise to burgeoning young artists who would come to him for advice.

But let’s not neglect Paty in this equation. As long as I’ve known the lady, she’s been going out of her way for anybody who needs a helping hand, giving away art, giving away art lessons, and now giving away cash.

A $1000.00 grant will be bestowed each year on a second- or third-year students at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Graphic Art, Inc. The school currently has about 120 students and has graduated more than 3,000 since its founding in 1976, including some of today’s leading artists and many of my pals.

The scholarship will be funded by the sale of Dave Cockrum’s personal comics collection, which you can see at my blog.
This article (c) 2004 by Clifford Meth first appeared at comicsbulletin.com

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sponsor a Dave Cockrum Scholarship & Get His Comics

Want comics from Dave Cockrum’s personal collection?

All Dave Cockrum ever wanted was to draw comics. His dream came true and because of it he gave us Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Mystique and so many other characters.

To honor Dave’s memory, the Estate of Dave Cockrum asks you to co-sponsor our annual Dave and Paty Cockrum Scholarship Awards at the Joe Kubert School of Comic and Graphic Art. For your donation of $100, you will receive a box of 50 comics from Dave’s personal collection, including at least one X-Men comic that Dave owned. You will also know that you helped a worthy student at the Kubert School advance their studies and head toward that dream career of becoming a professional comic artist.

To participate, you can use PayPal or send a check. PayPay funds to sales@aardwolfpublishing.com. Checks may be written to Paty Cockrum and mailed to Clifford Meth, 179-15 Rt. 46 West, Rockaway, NJ 07866. Please note that we cannot ship Dave’s books outside of the U.S. or Canada. Your contribution does not include shipping, which will be billed separately.

Questions? Email Cliffmeth@aol.com

Thursday, July 23, 2015

HIKIND’S PERSONAL PURIM



NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind was handcuffed today in front of Senator Charles Schumer’s office. He was arrested for disorderly conduct as he blocked the entrance to the powerful U.S. Senator’s New York City office. The question we need to ask is how in the world will this make any difference or help protect Israelis from the growing threat of Iran?

Let’s be honest: Comparing Barak Obama to Neville Chamberlain, or the threat of Nazi Germany to today’s Iran, is unfair. Obama is by no means as educated as Chamberlain was. Neither can we assume a similar altruism. Chamberlain genuinely believed he had achieved “peace in our time” for the United Kingdom. And when he eventually perceived how his miscalculation had only advanced Hitler’s quest for European dominance,  the former U.K. Prime Minister did an about face and wholeheartedly supported Churchill’s bid for Britain’s war with Nazi Germany.

Further, all bombs are not created equal. Atomic weapons arsenals in the U.S. and Soviet Union in the 1970s became deterrents that relegated a potential military conflict to a benign Cold War. But nuclear weapons in the hands of a State that currently boasts bragging rights to the highest rate of terror-supported activities in the world is another matter. Iran has, among other threatened and often-times successful atrocities, sworn to eliminate the State of Israel.

Comparisons of Iran to Khrushchev’s Soviet government are also misleading. The Soviet’s vantage point progressed from a seemingly virtuous but ultimately failed economic system. Its adherents formed the basis of a naïve worldview based, at least in theory, on uniting world workers. By contrast, the religious fanatics who will hold the keys to an Iranian nuclear arsenal are boisterous evangelists of a death cult. Deals and armistices and non-aggression pacts with such an aggressive player on the world stage hold little promise for peace.

How many times during an armed conflict with Israel did Islamic leaders raise the white flag of surrender or accept a negotiated truce only to fire upon the Israelis immediately after their guard was lowered?

One need not be a prophet nor science-fiction aficionado to anticipate the dark dystopia enabled by a powerful, nuclear-armed and genocidal band of Ayatollahs and their hundred-million legions of fundamentalist cannon fodder. The ability to extrapolate from recent history and sociological norms should make anyone of even semi-intelligence more than alarmed by a deal that gives America’s long-standing enemy, and Israel’s most dangerous and blood-thirsty adversary, the ability to produce a nuclear arsenal over time.

What can one man do?

One man can do plenty if he is Winston Churchill or Menachem Begin—if he is charismatic and capable and attains a position of authority whereby he can make a huge difference. But even the smallest among us are obligated to do our share.

Dov Hikind understands this instinctively. He understands that a N.Y. State Assemblyman may have little sway in the U.S. Senate or Congress. Nevertheless, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to bring attention to the village-is-on-fire seriousness of a nuclear Iran. Those who chained themselves to the White House fence or marched in Selma, Alabama for civil rights understood this, as well: All that’s necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to stand silent.

Of course Hikind’s arrest in front of Senator Schumer’s office was street theatre. But street theatre brought attention and an eventual weakening of American willingness to maintain immoral military actions in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Hikind was cuffed and charged so that others would wake up and also raise their voices.

There was a simple message for Senator Schumer, too—a message which echoed Biblical Mordecai’s plea to Esther the Queen: “Do not imagine that you, in the king's palace, can escape any more than all the Jews… And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?"” (Esther 4:13)

Most of us are not elected officials. Most don’t even have a blog. But all of us possess a vote and a voice and social media and prayers. All of us should be willing to sacrifice now so that countless others will not suffer later.