Miscellaneous Frequently Asked Questions
|What do you
mean by "Golden Age"?
What do you mean by
Many define the term by date,
1938-55 is a commonly accepted timeframe. I prefer to make
the distinction by cover price, I think that comics with a
10-cent cover price merit the label "Golden Age"
(but I'm probably the only person who thinks this way).
My favorite definition of
the "Golden Age of comics" was from someone who said it was
the time "when you were young, reading and enjoying
comics with a sense of wonder".
Where did you get all your
There is no strict rule for
the term on this site. I use it for any comic that is especially popular,
or seems to be an especially nice example of its type. I
can't afford many of the true classics, like Captain America
Comics #1 or Action Comics #1, and you won't find them here for that
I've got an old comic! What's it
I bought 99% of them on eBay.
Some good sites for buying comics are listed on my
Book Price Guide and find out!
contributor to the letters page of Cerebus comics.
Self published independent comic Harlequin in 1989.
Former Heritage Auctions cataloger & consignment director (2002-06).
Member of CFA-APA (Comic & Fantasy Art amateur
Batman #11 cover original comic art by Fred Ray
and Jerry Robinson:
|One of my
"thrilling moments in comics" was the discovery of the original
cover art for Batman #11, Action #45 and Action #51 (and more)
while working for Heritage Auctions.
Here's a photo of me with part of the haul:
The piece eventually sold for
$195,500 in Aug., 2005. Here's a link to the
Heritage press release.
Harold Curtis Collection pedigree:
experience was discovering the Harold Curtis collection, a
fantastic original-owner collection of classic Golden Age comic
Here's a link to
Comics press release.
Update! (Feb. 22, 2008)
I'm pleased to share that the Harold Curtis Collection has been
selected as one of the top 45 Golden Age collections, for
inclusion in the soon-to-be-published book
The Guide To Comic Book Pedigrees, written by Stephen
Ritter, Matt Nelson, Mark Haspel, and West Stephen.
Contributing to this Gallery:
|I'm happy to
accept contributions from other collectors. The only catch is
that you have to provide commentary along with scans, and the
scans need to be at least 700 pixels wide.
I like each comic to be accompanied
info or comments, so don't send scans if you don't provide some
additional text. Interesting (or amusing) comments are the most
important part of contributing; I find writing commentary is
the hardest part of adding new comic covers.