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Grading Guide
I try to be a strict grader and since you are not able to examine the comic before hand, I try to undergrade slightly so that you will get a better book than you might expect.

Mint: Perfect. No excuses, no defects, nothing printed off center. An especially bright or visually attractive cover might get a Gem Mint, but I don't think I've ever seen an actual one of those in my 30+ years of collecting. Even new comics sometimes can't be classified as Mint.

Near Mint: A near perfect comic, but it will have a couple of tiny, minor flaws.

Very Fine: A few tiny flaws or wear spots. Visually, Very Fine comics look great but don't stand up to close scrutiny.

Fine: Light wear or several tiny flaws - usually things that are overlooked at first glance or don't really detract from the look of the comic. A small crease might be acceptable, but it would have to be small and not in a prominent spot.

Very Good: General light wear from several readings. A complete solid book. Creases are allowed, but not too many. No large pieces missing, but the corners might be worn and flakes gone along the edges.

Good: Worn, but complete. Lotsa wear and these have been read almost to death. Might have a coupon clipped out and/or some extra artwork added by a reader in the past.  If you just need a reading copy or a filler, get a Good condition comic.

Less than Good: Junk - check the 5 / $1.00 bins at your local comic shop. They are usually filled with junk condition comics. If you have a lot of these, give them out to kids at Halloween.

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DC COMICS
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Title & Issue Number
Comments
Condition
Price
Action #267
1st Chameleon Boy, Colossal Boy, & Invisible Kid - has a few color touch ups
VG/F
$195.00
Teen Titans #1
 1966
VG
$80.00
Teen Titans #2
1966
F
$25.00
Batman #143 
last 10 cent cover price issue
VF
$110.00
Batman #366
1st Jason Todd as Robin - cover colors are slightly faded
NM
$9.00
Batman #492 - Platinum Edition
Knightfall part #1
NM
$11.00
Flash #109
Mirror master - has a light water stain
VG 
$210.00
Flash #114
Has a couple of tiny color 
touch ups  on the cover
VG
$110.00
Green Lantern #1

Front Cover - spine stresses, stress creases, lower left corner slightly rough
Interior - Page 1 (2nd story) lower right corner nicked, several pages have the upper 
right corner nicked
Back Cover - outer edge corner 
creases, spine stresses
F
$1595.00
Aquaman #3
 
VG
$60.00
Aquaman #5
Some staple rust stains
VG+
$70.00
Aquaman #8
A few pages are loose at the lower staple
top staple OK
VG
$35.00
Challengers of the Unknown #19
 
G/VG
$25.00
Challengers of the Unknown #17
 
VG
$80.00
Challengers of the Unknown #16
Has a few color touch ups on the front cover
VG/F
$90.00
Challengers of the Unknown #18
 
VF
$150.00
Challengers of the Unknown #6
 
F/VF
$350.00
Adventure #247

1st appearance of the LSH
Front Cover - stress creases, light spotting, some spine flakes,
brittle paper at the spine, 
slightly rounded corners 
Interior - yellowing at the edges
Back Cover - light chipping at the bottom, light stress creases
VF
$3000.00
Adventure #290
First Appearance & Origin of Sun Boy
(has had a few small color
touch ups on the cover)
VG/F
$80.00
Adventure #272
Aquaman back up story
F/VF
$80.00
Adventure #273
Aquaman Back up story
F
$60.00
Adventure #280
 
VF
$85.00
Adventure #287
Bizarro Jimmy Olsen & Perry White
F+
$55.00
Adventure #270
Congorilla & Aqualad appearances
Light water stain at bottom
VG
$53.00
Adventure #277
 
F
$55.00
Adventure #266
Green Arrow & Aquaman back up stories
F
$55.00
Adventure #237
 
F/VF
$160.00
Brave & The Bold #28

1st appearance of the JLA
Front Cover - crease on right corner, staple stresses, stress creases, rounded 
corners,  folded off center
Interior - page 1: creased corner, upper right corner creased throughout book, some chipping at the staples on some pages
Back Cover - erased writing at the top, multiple stress creases
VG
$1600.00
Brave & The Bold #29

2nd JLA appearance
Front Cover - Lower left corner chipped, staple stresses. upper corner bent 1/4", discolored at the edge. two 1/4" spots, slightly brittle,
yellowing edges on the inside
Interior - 2 pages have 
production creases
Back Cover - discolored edges, dull spot (erasing mark?), mailing date stamped, spine stresses
VG/F
$1000.00
Brave & The Bold #30

3rd appearance of the JLA
Front Cover - spine stresses, a few stress creases. cover stapled 
slightly low on the book
Interior - tan edges, 
production creases
Back Cover - slight stress creases
VF/NM
$1500.00
Brave & The Bold  #73
Aquaman/Atom
Fine+
$19.00
Brave & The Bold  #60
Teen Titans - loose centerfold
Good
$15.00
Brave & The Bold  #56
Flash/Martian Manhunter - rusted staples
Very Good
$16.00
 Brave & The Bold #55
Metal Men/Atom
Fine- 
$21.00 
Brave & The Bold #44
Hawkman 
VG/Fine 
$125.00
Brave & The Bold #42
Hawkman 
Fine 
$165.00 
Brave & The Bold  #35
Hawkman - 2nd SA appearance - minor writing inside
Good- 
$150.00 
Brave & The Bold  #41
Cave Carson Advs. Inside Earth 
VG/Fine 
$70.00 
Brave & The Bold  #50
Green Arrow/Martian Manhunter - light browning at top
Fine 
$85.00 
Brave & The Bold  #25
Suicide Squad (first app) - 1 page has a 1 inch tear
 VG
$125.00
Showcase #22

1st appearance of the
Silver Age Green Lantern
Front Cover - staple stresses, top edge cracks, stress marks, very nice gloss and strong colors
Interior - several pages have small bends on the upper corners, Page 9 has the bottom corner nicked, slight yellowing throughout
Back Cover - lower corner chipped,
upper edge 1/8" tear, 
light crease marks
VG/F
$1995.00
Superman #195
 
F/VF
$30.00
Superman #162
Superman Red & Superman Blue - small water stain 
at top edge
VG
$25.00
Superman #190
 
VG
$15.00
Superman #163
 
VG/F
$18.00
Superman #140
First Bizarro Jr.
VG/F
$75.00
Superman #130
 
VG/Fine
$89.00
Superman #149
Legion of Super Heroes appearance
VG
$40.00
Superman #146
Origin Retold
VG
$45.00
Superboy #86
Legion of Super-Heroes Appearance
light cover crease
VG/F
$60.00
Superboy #98
Origin & 1st appearance of Ultra-boy
subscription crease
G
$25.00
Superboy #103
 
VG/F
$20.00
Superboy #99
Kryptonite Kid
VG+
$20.00
Superboy #104
Made with only one staple 
(no top holes)
F+
$25.00
Superboy #125
Kid Psycho
F
$13.00
Superboy #144
 
G/VG
$5.00
Superboy #176
 
VG
$4.00
Superboy #105
 
F
$16.00
Detective #303
Martian Manhunter story
F
$35.00
Detective #231
Batman Jr. Appearance - has had a little
touch-up restoration performed
VG
$130.00
Detective #310
Martian Manhunter story
F/VF
$40.00
Superman: The Greatest Superman Stories Ever Told
Hardback book - 1987 - Fantastic selection of stories!
VF / NM
$28.50
Metal Men #3
1963 - front cover colors are faded - tight spine, light subsc. crease
VG
$6.00
Metal Men #34
1968 - front cover colors are lightly faded
VG
$5.00
Metal Men #26
1967 - color intensity uneven on front cover - looks great!
F
$6.00
Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #47
1960
VG
$6.00
Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane #35
A couple color scuffs on the front cover
VG-
$4.50

Marvel Comics
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Title &
Issue Number
Comments
Condition
Price
Daredevil #27
Guest star: Spider-Man
Very Fine
$25.00
Daredevil #34
The Beetle shows up to plague Daredevil
Very Good / Fine
$19.00
Daredevil #35
 
Very Good / Fine
$19.00
Journey Into Mystery #97
1st Lava Man - A couple of small tears on the back cover
Good
$35.00
Journey Into Mystery #100
Mr. Hyde appearance
G/VG
$25.00
Journey Into Mystery #117
One small Marvel chip
VG/F
$30.00
Journey Into Mystery #117
 
G/VG
$19.00
Journey Into Mystery #117
 
F-
$35.00
Journey Into Mystery #120
2 vertical creases on the cover
VG
$21.00
Journey Into Mystery #121
Absorbing man
F
$35.00
Journey Into Mystery #123
 
G/VG
$19.00
Journey Into Mystery #123
 
F+
$35.00
Journey Into Mystery #125
Last issue - becomes Thor
VG/F
$25.00
Tales of Suspense #39

1st appearance of Iron Man
Front Cover - stress marks, yellowing edges, 2 small dents, spine stresses, upper corner crease marks, this book appears to have been pressed flat and it looks great!
Interior - spine stresses, 
page 7 has a 1/2" tear
Back Cover - lower edge chipping, stress marks, staple stresses
F
$1995.00
Tales of Suspense #41
3rd appearance of Iron Man
Has a color touch up on the right edge
VG
$225.00
Tales of Suspense #48
Iron Man gets new armor - stapled off center
VG
$125.00
Tales Of Suspense #61
 
G/VG
$22.00
Tales Of Suspense #63
Origin of Captain America told
G
$27.00
Tales Of Suspense #66
Red Skull
VG
$24.00
Tales Of Suspense #74
 
F-
$15.00
Tales Of Suspense #75
 
F-
$15.00
Tales Of Suspense #76
 
F/VF
$24.00
Tales Of Suspense #77
 
VG
$14.00
Tales Of Suspense #78
 
VG/F
$17.00
Tales Of Suspense #82
 
VG/F
$15.00
Tales Of Suspense #83
 
VG
$14.00
Tales of Suspense #84
 
F
$18.00
Tales of Suspense #85
tiny piece out of corner of back cover
F/VF
$20.00
Tales of Suspense #88
 
VG
$13.00
Tales of Suspense #90
Very light crease on back cover
F/VF
$15.00
Tales of Suspense #91
 
VF
$18.00
Tales of Suspense #92
 
VG/F
$14.00
Tales of Suspense #93
 
F/VF
$17.00
Tales of Suspense #94
A couple of dings on the back cover
F
$15.00
Tales of Suspense #96
A few Marvel chips on the back cover
G/VG
$14.00
Tales To Astonish #27

1st Ant Man
(not in costume)
This book has had some professional restoration performed on it (very well done). I would guess that before the restoration that this book would have graded at about a F - F+
Front Cover - small glued tear at the bottom, several small color touch ups, 
large color touch up at the top
Interior - page 1 has an erasing mark at the top, Page 7 has a bent corner, Pages 9 & 10 have small tear repairs, light yellowing throughout
Back Cover - small tear repair, edge repair, some color touch ups, stress marks
VF/NM
$1650.00
Tales To Astonish #35
1st Hank Pym as Ant Man
Small piece (3/8") out of back cover corner
VG
$520.00
Incredible Hulk #2

Front Cover - Light crease on the upper right corner that goes through the entire book, 1/8" tear at top edge, spine stresses, light spotting, 
slightly rounded corners on the spine
Interior - Pages 10 & 15 nick on the edge, Page 12 lower left corner crease, Page 13 lower right corner crease, several pages have production folds/marks, Page 20 upper corner has a
1/4" piece missing, light yellowing throughout
Back Cover - stress marks, edge ripples
VG/F
$1400.00
Incredible Hulk #3
1st Ringmaster & Hulk's Origin retold
VG/F
$800.00
Incredible Hulk #4
1st Mongu
F+
$750.00
Incredible Hulk #5
1st Tyrannus
VG/F
$650.00
Uncanny X-Men #95
Death of Thunderbird
F/VF
$75.00
Strange Tales #110
1st Dr. Strange
F/VF
$550.00
Strange Tales #102
 
F
$135.00
X-Men #1

The very first one!  This is the one that started it all!
A few Marvel chips on the back cover edge.  Page edges are starting to brown.  Strong colors.  It's possible that there have been a couple of tiny repairs made on the cover edges but if so, they have been expertly done and are  really difficult to detect.  "X-men #1" is written in ink at the bottom of page #1.  A great solid book that looks very nice!  Please note: the fuzziness at the bottom of the picture is the backing board behind the comic and not the comic itself.
F
$3100.00

Mad Magazine
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Title & 
Issue Number
Comments
Condition
Price
Mad Follies #2
Includes the 1965 calendar - still attached.
It has a small stain on the front cover and light reading wear overall
VG
$25.00
The Worst From Mad #4
Includes complete full color Sunday comics newspaper insert
VG+
$21.50

Treasury Editions
These are oversize comics - about 10" x 13 1/2"
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Publisher, Title &
Issue Number
Comments
Condition
Price
DC Superman Salutes
The Bicentennial C-47
Great shape - very little wear
Fine+
$6.00
DC Superboy & The
Legion of Super-Heroes C-55
Great shape - very light wear
VG / Fine
$5.00
DC Justice League
of America C-46
Stunning condition!
NM-
$7.00
DC House of Mystery C-23
Light overall reading wear
Back cover diorama is NOT cut up
VG
$5.00
Marvel Star Wars #1
Squarebound spine - great shape
hardly any wear!
VG / Fine
$9.00
DC Shazam C-21
Back cover diorama is NOT cut up
VG
$5.00
DC Shazam C-27
Back cover diorama is NOT cut up
VG+
$5.00
DC Superman C-31
Very cool painted cover
Back cover diorama is NOT cut up
Fine
$7.00
DC Superman II 
(DC Special Series #25)
Not a comic - has dozens of photos from
the film
G / VG
$4.50
Marvel Howard the Duck #12
Reprints #1 and features the Defenders
VG
$5.00

 

Dell
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Title and
Issue Number
Comments
Condition
Price
Four Color #854
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Photo Cover - beautiful shape
Fine
$35.00
Raggedy Ann & Andy #7
1946
Very Good
$25.00

Topps
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Title and
Issue Number
Comments
Condition
Price
Lady Rawhide #1
Signed and numbered (#136/2500) by Don McGregor, Mike Mayhew
and Jimmy Palmiotti with Cetificate of Authenticity
Near Mint
$12.00

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