Friday, May 24, 2019

Dave Cockrum Estate Sale

This sale began last year but we ran out of time and helpers. Now it's just me (Cliff) but there's a wee bit more time...so we're back on for ONE MONTH (through the end off April).

All orders must be in by April 30.

Proceeds from the sale of Dave Cockrum's comics benefit various charities including our annual scholarships 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).

Some of these comics did NOT belong to Dave (most did). Feel free to ask if it matters to you, but the important books are indicated.



THIS SHOULD ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS:
"What if I still have a credit?"- If you have a credit from our previous auction, you made a good investment. We can either refund your money immediately via PayPal plus 5%, or use the remaining credit on this sale plus a 10% bonus.
"What's the minimum order?" $50 minimum order plus shipping/insurance.
"Where do you ship?" We ship anywhere in the U.S. If you're outside the U.S., you make the shipping arrangements, but email cliffmeth@aol.com to clear it.
"Shipping and insurance fees?" Add $8 for shipping for up to 10 comics or books, then $1/comic additional fees. The first $50 of insurance is on us, but you must also add $2 per $50 to your order for additional (required) insurance.
"How do I place an order?" Just total the # of books that you are buying and use PayPal. PayPal order must be sent as cash (not "for goods and services") to cliffmeth@aol.com.
If you order improperly, we will not accept the payment. You'd be amazed at how many people will get this wrong and waste their time and ours...

We will be adding more comics and books in the next few days...

While you're here, please consider purchasing one or more of Clifford Meth's books (happy to sign or personalize anything... and DOUBLE YOUR MONEY BACK if you are not delighted with anything I wrote or edited):

COMIC BOOK BABYLON by Clifford Meth (264 pages, trade paperback, with illustrations by Michael Netzer, introduction by STAN LEE) -- Behind the scenes? It doesn't get uglier or more honest. Comic Book Babylon gathers icons like ALAN MOORE, FRANK MILLER, JOE KUBERT, GENE COLAN and NEAL ADAMS (among others) into a conversation where anything goes. Harlan Ellison calls it, "One helluva book!" - $26.95


Marvel Presents: The Invincible Gene Colan [Hardcover] - edited by Clifford Meth

A stunning visual tribute and biography of one of the most brilliant, sublime and influential comic artists in the genre's history. Including observations from Stan Lee, Neil Gaiman, Walter Simonson, and John Romita Sr., it also contains tons of Gene's beautiful, eye-popping art.

(they get $80 for this on Amazon!) -- just $23.95 


The Futurians Return (Dave Cockrum and others... final graphic novel) $18

god's 15 minutes (trade paperback) by Clifford Meth (242 pages) afterwords by Harlan Ellison and Robert Bloch, cover by Michael Kaluta - two dozen stories with illustrations by Dave Cockrum, Marie Severin, Gene Colan, Gray Morrow, Herb Trimpe, Joe Sinnott and others). $23.95

And now for the comics...

ACTION COMICS (DC)
231 (1957) Fair or Fair/Good (cover detached, Dave Cockrum collection) $22
329 (1965) GD $4
448 VF $4
679 NM $1

ADVENTURE COMICS (DC)
327 VG+ (1st Lone Wolf) $16
344 G- (Legion of Superheroes) $3
346 VG+ (1st Karate Kid) $38
352 G/VG (missing 1x2" pc of front cvr ) $4
354 VG+ or VG/FN $6
356 VG+ $15
367 VF/NM or NM- (intro Shadow Lass) $90
379 VG+ $9

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

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
47 G/VG (cvr fold; partial detached) $22
48 FN+ $60
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- $38

ARCHIE'S MADHOUSE (Archie)
23 (1962) VG/FN or FN- $8
45 (1966) FN- $6

ARCHIE'S JOKE BOOK (Archie)
106 (1966) VG+ $3
111 (1967) VG/FN $3

ARCHIE'S PALS 'n' GALS (Archie)
66 (1971, Sabrina cover) FN+ $10

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) (Dave's start after #31)
3 VG (this is Cliff's, not Dave's) $180
9 GD- (1st Wonder Man) $50
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- (1st Hercules full cover) $5
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
100 FN+ Dave Cockrum collection $30
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
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
129 FN/VF  Dave Cockrum collection $14
131 FN/VF $12
132 FN/VF $12
133 FN/VF  Dave Cockrum collection $12
135 FN/VF $18
136 VF- Dave Cockrum collection $14
137 FN+ $10
138 VF Dave Cockrum collection $15
140 VG+ $6
143 VG+ $4
144 VG/FN (1st Hellcat) $15
145 VF-/VF Dave Cockrum collection $8
146 FN/FN+ $6
147 FN Dave Cockrum collection $6
148 VG/FN $5
151 VF- Dave Cockrum collection $12
160 VG/FN signed by Joe Sinnott $20
161 FN/VF (Ultron) Dave Cockrum collection $12
165 VF/NM Dave Cockrum collection $14
166 VF/NM Dave Cockrum collection $18
178 FN/VF $4
181 NM- Dave Cockrum collection - 1st Scott Lang - $110
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
195 NM- (1st Taskmaster cameo) $18
196 FN+ (Dave Cockrum collection) (1st Taskmaster) $20
200 VF+/NM- (Dave Cockrum collection) $14
213 VF-  Dave Cockrum's file copy - Advanced Proof from Marvel (Stamped NOT TO BE SOLD) $8
276 VF $3
277 NM- $4
329 NM $2
355 NM $2
356 NM $2
359 NM $2
365 NM $2
368 NM $2
372 Mint $2
373 NM- $2
Avengers Final NM-/NM signed by Neal Adams $20

BATMAN (DC)
184 FN/VF- $50
243 VG- (Neal Adams) $24
404 VF/NM (1st Frank Miller) $28
420 NM- $8
429 (Death in the Family) VF/NM $15
445 NM $2
465 NM $1

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

BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS (DC)
BOOK ONE (2nd print) VF- $15
BOOK TWO (FIRST PRINT) NM $45
BOOK THREE (FIRST PRINT) NM- $35

BATMAN ODYSSEY (DC)
1 NM signed by Neal Adams $15

Archie's Girls BETTY and VERONICA (Archie)
92 (1963) G/VG $6
103 (1964) FN+ $10
131 (1966) FN- $7
135 (1967) FN+ or FN/VF $8
145 (1968) GD+ $1

BLACK GOLIATH (Marvel)
1 FN+ $12

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

BRAVE and the BOLD (DC)
51 VG/VG+ $36
54 VG++ or VG/FN- (1st Teen Titans) $150
70 FN- $15
75 VG (Neal Adams) $8
109 (Aparo) VG+ $6
110 VF (Aparo, Wildcat) $15
164 FN+ (Aparo art) $1

CAPTAIN AMERICA (Marvel series, started 1968)
100 FN/FN+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $180
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
105 VF- $34
106 VF $34
108 VF $36
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) -- $75 M Woodward...still holding this for you...
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 $15
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 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)
2 VG-/VG $3
2 FN+ $5
3 FN- $3
5 FN-/FN $4
6 G/VG $1
7 FN+ (Cockrum cover) $8
8 FN+ or FN/VF $5
9 VG/FN $3
12 FN $4
13 FN+ $4
15 FN/VF $8
16 FN+ $

(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 VG+ $5
1 VF+ signed by Marv Wolfman $22
1 NM- (not signed) $20

DAREDEVIL (1st Marvel series)
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 $2

DEFENDERS (Marvel)
1 FN+ $45
3 VF- $28
4 (1st Valkrie) VF- $38
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
578 (McFarlane) VF+ $2

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
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 $22

DOOM PATROL (DC)
122 VG $3
123 FN/VF $6

EVERYTHING'S ARCHIE (Archie)
32 (1974) VF- $1

FANTASTIC FOUR  (Marvel)
King-Size Special #5 FN- $32
28 VG+ (vs. X-Men) $100
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
49 FN+ signed by Joe Sinnott  (this was Cliff's copy... he has two and is keeping one) $230
50 VG+ signed by Joe Sinnott  (this was Cliff's copy... he has two and is keeping one) $150
52 (1st Black Panther) FN/FN+ signed by Joe Sinnott  (this was Cliff's copy... he has two and is keeping one) $500
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 -Adam and Joe Kubert $1

GIANT-SIZE DEFENDERS (Marvel)
62 NM $1

GREEN ARROW DC)
Book 1 NM $12

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) -- $18
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
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
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

Archie's Pal JUGHEAD (Archie)
92 (1963) VG $5
107 (1964) VG- $3
121 (1965) VG+ $4
134 (1966) FN-/FN $6
138 (1966) FN+ or FN/VF $8

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

IRON FIST (Marvel)
1 VF/NM $120
2 FN- $12
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
212 NM- $2
281 NM- (1st War Machine cameo) signed by Bob Wiacek $10
290 VF SIGNED by Stan Lee and Gene Colan -- $160

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
230 FN+ $9

(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
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 $160

JEMM Son of Saturn (DC) 
1 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy  $8
2 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy  $5
3 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy  $5
4 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy  $5
5 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy  $4
6 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy - signed by Bob McLeod $12
7 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy - $4
8 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy - signed by Bob McLeod $12
9 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy - signed by Bob McLeod $12
10 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy - signed by Bob McLeod $12
11 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy - signed by Bob McLeod $12

JOSIE (Archie)
17 (1965) FN or FN+ $10

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

KORAK...SON OF TARZAN
56 VF SIGNED by Joe Kubert $30

LAUGH (Archie)
164 (1964) GD+ $3
171 (1965) VG+ $4
176 (1965) FN- $7
177 (1965) FN- $6

LIFE WITH ARCHIE (Archie)
69 (1968) VG+ $2

LITTLE ARCHIE (Archie)
52 (1969) VG+ or VG/FN $1

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 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  $45
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) - $18
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 $25

NIGHT FORCE (DC) 
1 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy SIGNED by Gene Colan $20
4 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy SIGNED by Gene Colan $18
5 NM- Gene Colan's personal file copy SIGNED by Gene Colan $18
7 NM Gene Colan's personal file copy SIGNED by Gene Colan and Marv Wolfman $25
12 NM Gene Colan's personal file copy SIGNED by Gene Colan and Marv Wolfman $25
13 NM Gene Colan's personal file copy SIGNED by Gene Colan $18

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 $50

PEP (Archie)
215 (1968) VG+ or VG/FN $1

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

SEA DEVILS (DC)
17 VG+ or VG/FN $16
20 FN+ $26
23 VG $10
25 VG/FN $14
26 FN $17

SECRET ORIGINS (DC)
2 VG+ $2
2 FN+ DAVE COCKRUM COLLECTION $5

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)
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)
129 FN+ $38
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 $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) $12
34 FN/VF (1st Defenders) $50
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)
124 FN or FN+ $18
142 VG++ $6
170 VG+ or VG/FN $3

SUPERMAN (DC)
163 VG+ $15
188 FN- $18
209 FN $15
246 FN+ $10
266 VG-/VG $4
279 VG/FN (Batgirl) $6
282 FN- $6
650 NM- $2

SUPERMAN 80-page GIANT (DC)

11 G/VG $5

TALES OF THE UNEXPECTED (DC)
91 FN (1st Automan) $18
94 FN/VF (Automan) $25
98 VG/FN $12

TALES OF SUSPENSE (Marvel)
39 (Marvel Milestone Edition) NM- SIGNED by Don Heck and Gene Colan $50
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 -- $20

THOR (Marvel)
126 VG+ (key book, vs. Hercules) $75
130 VG+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $38
131 VG+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $35
132 VG+ (1st Ego; writing on inside and back cvr) -- $20
133 FN-/VF $55
137 FN/VF  $40
140 FN $24
141 FN+ $20
146 (Inhumans origin) VG/FN SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $35
148 (origin Blackbolt) VG/FN SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $40
154 VG/VG+ $10
161 VG+ (penny-size tear on cover) $13
161 VG+/FN- $15
194 VG+ $7
195 VG/FN $9
208 VG+ $5
221 VG+ (vs. Hercules) $6
221 FN (vs. Hercules) $9
222 FN- SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $22
225 (1st Firelord) FN+ SIGNED by Joe Sinnott $40
337 VF/NM SIGNED by Walter Simonson $60
338 NM- SIGNED by Walter Simonson $34
340 NM- SIGNED by Walter Simonson $16
369 NM $2
369 VF/NM SIGNED by Walter Simonson $7
371 VF+ SIGNED by Walter Simonson $7
373 NM $2
373 NM- SIGNED by Walter Simonson $15
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) $25

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

VIGILANTE (DC)
7 Mint - signed by Marv Wolfman $5
11 Mint - signed by Marv Wolfman $5

WATCHMEN (DC)
4 VF+ or VF/NM- $10
5 VF+ or VF/NM- $10
7 VF+ or VF/NM- $10
10 VF+ or VF/NM- $10
11 VF+ or VF/NM- $10
12 NM- $15

WEB OF SPIDER-MAN (Marvel)
2 NM- $7
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 (regular series, Marvel, 1988 series)
1 NM- $50
20 (Byrne art, Tiger Shark) NM $2
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 $1
52 NM $1
53 NM $1
57 NM $1
60 NM $1

X-FORCE (Marvel)
2 NM/M (2nd Deadpool)  $18
15 NM (Deadpool) $1

X-MEN(Marvel)
26 FN-/FN $35
27 FN++ $30
27 FN/VF $65
28 VG+ (1st Banshee) $50
29 VF $90
30 FN/FN+ $37
31 FN/FN+ $29
33 VG+ (chipped cvr) $20
33 FN/FN+ $28
34 FN/VF $50
36 VG/FN or FN- $24
37 VF-  $70
41 VF+  $70
43 VG+ cvr separated $20
44 FN/VF $42
44 VF $70
60 NM (2nd print) signed by Neal Adams $25
61 NM (2nd print) signed by Neal Adams $25
65 G/VG (Neal Adams) $15
142 VF/NM $68
201 FN- $8
206 NM $7
208 FN- $4
211 NM- signed by Bob Wiacek $15
252 VF/NM- (Dave Cockrum collection) $5
252 VF SIGNED by Bill Sienkiewicz $12
274 NM $6
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 $10
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- $2
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
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 #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 $7
Punisher and Captain America: Blood and 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


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 ChargĂ© 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