The Comic Book Attic (blog)
Podcasts that Celebrate the Back Issue Bin. Also home to Mike's other assorted podcasts
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Category:blog -- posted at: 9:55pm EST

I started taking a rather crappy video that I abandoned after a minute:

Watch this official video instead:

Category:blog -- posted at: 9:00pm EST

my first price guide

For me as a kid, the normal edition of Overstreet's price guide was way out of the scope of my small allowance, so when the first edition of the smaller, cheaper Price Guide Companion came out, I got it as soon as I was able.  It was a revelation to see all the different titles I'd never heard of.  I looked at and studied this guide so much that the spine split into two halves.  I still have it, though.  From there, I graduated to borrowing the normal editions from the library until I was finally able to afford to buy them.  I buy a new Overstreet guide every few years, but it never has the same effect as that first little abridged pocket edition.

Category:blog -- posted at: 12:44am EST

one of my favorite books about comics

The Comic Book Heroes: From the Silver Age to the Present by Will Jabobs and Gerard Jones.  I bought this book when I was a kid and DEVOURED it.  It was the first history of the comic book heroes I ever read, and it was so intensely fascinating, I can't even put in to words how valuable this volume was to my young comic-reading mind.  Its history only began with the Silver Age, but I wasn't complaining; up until this book, the only history I got to experience was issues of Marvel Saga and reprint comics.  Highly recommended then and now.

Category:blog -- posted at: 12:22am EST

another influential book

Collecting Comic Books by Marcia Leiter.  I got this book at a yard sale as a kid, and it helped shape the comic collector in me at an early age.  I learned all the basics of comic collecting, including the terminology, the grading system, and the ways one could hunt down comics (at least 20 years ago). 

Category:blog -- posted at: 12:18am EST

emphasis on the fun and not the profit...

Make Your Own Comics For Fun and Profit was a book I read a lot as a kid.  It was among the books in the library where I went to 6th grade, and I checked it out again and again.  As a youngster, I made my own comics-- hundreds of them.  This book was an inspiration to my young comic-creating mind.  As an adult, I found this book secondhand and bought my own copy. 

Category:blog -- posted at: 12:00am EST

This is a placeholder link to my other podcast/blog page, The Attic of Babel.

Category:blog -- posted at: 4:45pm EST

I plan on adding more comic book themed podcasts to this page.  Some may be segment spin-offs (like maybe a Run With It! podcast), others will be new ideas (like a podcast on Marvel's alternate Earths or a podcast on anthropomorphic animal comics or a podcast paying tribute to deceased comic creators, etc.).  That's all the info I have at this point, and I don't want to announce a bunch of things I never deliver.

I am, however, hoping to deliver at least one new podcast next week (fingers crossed).  This will require me to go into the category listing of all the CBA episodes and change them from "podcasts" to "The Comic Book Attic" so that I can categorize the new ones appropriately.

Category:blog -- posted at: 6:01pm EST

recent buy

It's always fun to discover something I didn't know existed.  Found this 1977 Challengers prose novel at an antique shop for $4 today.

Category:blog -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

From 2009/2010:

1. Action Comics #887

2. Adventure Comics #8

3. Avengers: The Initiative #34

4. Blackest Night: JSA #3

5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #33

6. Captain America #604

7. Dark Avengers #15

8. Dark Reign: Young Avengers #1

9. First Wave #1

10. Flash: Rebirth #6

11. Green Hornet #1

12. Green Lantern #52

13. Guardians of the Galaxy #24

14. Haunted Tank #3

15. Justice League: Cry For Justice #7

16. Justice Society of America #36

17. The Marvels Project #7

18 &19. Mighty Avengers #34, 35

20. New Avengers #63

21. Nova #35

22. Siege #3

23. The Stuff of Legend (Free Comic Book Day issue)

24. Supergirl #51

25 & 26. Superman #697, 698

27. Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton #1

28. The Torch #6

29. Transformers: Bumblebee #4

30. Uncanny X-Men #522

31. Wednesday Comics #2

32. X-Factor #203


The rest:

33. Adam Strange Special (2008) #1

34. Annihilation: Silver Surfer (2006) #2

35. Between the Cracks (2003) #4

36 & 37. Captain Marvel (2000) #9, 11

38. Catwoman: When in Rome (2005) #6

39. Futurama Returns (2007) mini-comic

40. Jonah Hex: Riders of the Worm and Such (1995) #1

41. Justice Society of America (1991) #1

42 & 43. Silver Surfer (vol.3, 1990) #42, 43

44. Silver Surfer: Dangerous Artifacts (1996) #1

45. Stupid (1993) #1

46- 48. Sub-Mariner (2007) #4-6

49-53. Suicide Squad (1988) #21-25

54. Young Avengers (2005) #4


Category:blog -- posted at: 4:14pm EST