Monday, October 26, 2009

Stan Lee Still Makes Me Smile

I turn 49 in just four short months, but I become a child again when I get a note like this one:

Hey, Cliff,

Even sight unseen-- thanx for your Stan Lee quotes in your Colan book.

I hope it's a best seller and Gene gets a lotta cash and you get a lotta cash and glory!

Excelsior, Mr. Biographer!


The Invincible Gene Colan is scheduled for release from Marvel Entertainment in February, 2010.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Whorehouse Madrigals

Review copies of The Whorehouse Madrigals by Hank Magitz recently went out to selected writers and friends. Then I received this lovely note last night:

We're convinced that Clifford Meth is 1,000 years old at the very least. You step into the world of his fictional creations within the first paragraph of everything he's ever published; and his worlds are never ones we're familiar with...yet we are. It's the humanity, the truth of human nature he observes so keenly as to put Shakespeare on alert. We want to cry, even when the sadness is not overtly expressed, or bust out laughing, even though a moment is bitter. It's impossible to articulate why or how Cliff does this to his audience. It's impossible to know how he, in his one singular life, can so deeply know and express the lives of others... You marvel at his genius at turning a phrase and virtually creating new words by complimenting them and combining them with others, but he never fails to sweep me away and leave us humbled and awed by his talent."
--Gene & Adrienne Colan

Saturday, October 17, 2009

CGC'd Silver Age Comics Added to Cockrum Estate Sale

CGC created the "Dave Cockrum Estate" pedigree specifically for this collection. Take a look here. And please contact me if you want three or more books--we are ready to deal. Paty Cockrum needs the money now. Let's help her.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dave Cockrum's Garage Sale

She'll be annoyed at me for saying anything, but that's what are friends for: Paty Cockrum--Dave's widow and retired Marvel Comics Bullpen colorist and penciller (as Paty Greer)--had an unexpected tax bill courtesy of Uncle Sam that's more than she can handle at the moment. To help offset the burden, I'm lowering the already low prices on Dave Cockrum's personal comics collection, which I sell for the estate (proceeds typically benefit a scholarship at the Joe Kubert School; this time they benefit Paty).

Please click here to see what's for sale, make a list of the books you'd like, and drop me an email at -- I'll make you an offer you can't refuse.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Something for Nothing

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sick Again

If I've been cranky or unresponsive it's a combination of the flu (for days, apparantly) and an inner ear infection that the doctor told me I caught in the nick of time, but may still end up rupturing my eardrum. Just in time for the October Classics.