Dry Cleaning Comic Books with a Pencil Eraser

1974 Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129. Heavy surface cleaning for over an hour with just a simple pencil eraser top and periodical cleaning of eraser head with absorene erasure pad. Moisture and humidity exposure for 15 minutes under steam. High heat dry press for 10 minutes. Left in cold press machine for 5 days.

1974 Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129. Heavy surface cleaning for over an hour with just a simple pencil eraser top and periodical cleaning of eraser head with absorene erasure pad. Moisture and humidity exposure for 15 minutes under steam. High heat dry press for 10 minutes. Left in cold press machine for 5 days.  (CLICK TO ZOOM)

Greetings!  Today I want to talk to you about basic cleaning of a brand new modern age comic book, fresh from Diamond off the rack at your local comic book store.  These books get dirty!  Production flaws and rollers can cause dirt and debris to collect on your thin magazine glossy paperstock quality comic books, especially from Marvel.  This method can be used on older books, too!

So this is a pretty big secret, even if you don’t press comics.  You can clean most comic book covers in this manner, regardless if you are pressing the book or not!  You don’t need a press in order to perform this method.  

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

Let’s take a look at this 2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant.  This is a $500 book in 9.8 grade, but thanks to Marvel and Diamond, somebody thought, “Hey, let’s put a black border around the spine and front cover!” to destroy any chances of a 9.8 grade.  This one is likely a 9.4.  You can see all the dirt and roller debris on the white areas of the cover:

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

If you remember in my guide on “How to Press Comic Books with a T-Shirt Heat Press“, I suggested using Number 2 pencils and an Absorense Eraser Pad. It’s always best to start non-invasively so start small with just a clean eraser from a Number 2 pencil.  I also use eraser tops as well.  You will need to clean your pencil eraser often as you lift the dirt and oils from your comic book.  Use the Absorense Eraser Pad.  to clean your pencil eraser like so:

If you remember in my guide on "How to Press Comic Books with a T-Shirt Heat Press", I suggested using Number 2 pencils and an Absorense Eraser Pad. It's always best to start non-invasively so start small with just a clean eraser from a Number 2 pencil.  I also use eraser tops as well.  You will need to clean your pencil eraser often as you lift the dirt and oils from your comic book.  Use the Absorense Eraser Pad.  to clean your pencil eraser like so:

Using Number 2 pencils and an Absorene Eraser Pad. For dry cleaning it’s always best to start non-invasively so start small with just a clean eraser from a Number 2 pencil.  I also use eraser tops as well.  You will need to clean your pencil eraser often as you lift the dirt and oils from your comic book so use the Absorene Eraser Pad to clean the eraser top.

Press very lightly and use the pencil eraser in circular swirls on the white areas only of the comic book cover. I would not risk using the eraser over solid black inks or colors. You really don’t want to lose any of the cover’s glossiness or it can become quite evident. Remember, you are only trying to lightly clean off the surface of the book. Try not to make it obvious someone attempted to clean the cover.

Press very lightly and use the pencil eraser in circular swirls on the white areas only of the comic book cover.

Press very lightly and use the pencil eraser in circular swirls on the white areas only of the comic book cover.

Press very lightly and use the pencil eraser in circular swirls on the white areas only of the comic book cover.

Press very lightly and use the pencil eraser in circular swirls on the white areas only of the comic book cover.

Finally, you will try to use the Absorene Eraser Pad very lightly across the entire surface of the book to remove and lift off any traces of remaining rubber from your eraser top.    You are now ready to press the book.  Be careful as many modern Marvel books like this one have a digital code in the back that can imprint through the rear cover and surrounding pages.  I will discuss this very technique in my next post.

Finally, you will try to use the Absorene Eraser Pad very lightly across the entire surface of the book to remove and lift off any traces of remaining rubber from your eraser top.

Finally, you will try to use the Absorene Eraser Pad very lightly across the entire surface of the book to remove and lift off any traces of remaining rubber from your eraser top.  You are now ready to press the book.  Be careful as many modern Marvel books like this one have a digital code in the back that can imprint through the rear cover and surrounding pages.  I will discuss this very technique in my next post.

When all else fails, you can also use your latex gloves as well for cleaning.  Same prinicple, same concept, just lightly rub over the white or light areas of the book and use the Absorene Eraser Pad to clean your fingers.

When all else fails, you can also use your latex gloves as well for cleaning.  Same prinicple, same concept, just lightly rub over the white or light areas of the book and use the Absorene Eraser Pad to clean your fingers.

When all else fails, you can also use your latex gloves as well for cleaning.  Same prinicple, same concept, just lightly rub over the white or light areas of the book and use the Absorene Eraser Pad to clean your fingers.

Here is the same comic book, after an hour under a normal regular common household pencil eraser. No photoshop filters or edits were made to this image, either. This is in my opinion the best non-evasive way to clean a modern age comic book.

Here is the same comic book, after an hour under a normal regular common household pencil eraser. No photoshop filters or edits were made to this image, either. This is in my opinion the best non-evasive way to clean a modern age comic book.

Here is the same comic book, after an hour under a normal regular common household pencil eraser. No photoshop filters or edits were made to this image, either. This is in my opinion the best non-evasive way to clean a modern age comic book.

Here’s a side by side comparison of a full back cover photo before and after results from cleaning a very valuable book, in this case an Amazing Spider-man #129:

1974 Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129. Heavy surface cleaning for over an hour with just a simple pencil eraser top and periodical cleaning of eraser head with absorene erasure pad. Moisture and humidity exposure for 15 minutes under steam. High heat dry press for 10 minutes. Left in cold press machine for 5 days.

1974 Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #129. Heavy surface cleaning for over an hour with just a simple pencil eraser top and periodical cleaning of eraser head with absorene erasure pad. Moisture and humidity exposure for 15 minutes under steam. High heat dry press for 10 minutes. Left in cold press machine for 5 days.  (CLICK TO ZOOM) 

Pressing Comic Books with Digital Codes or Inserts

All modern age Marvel Comics comic books will feature a digital code sticker for reading your comic book online.

All modern age Marvel Comics comic books will feature a digital code sticker for reading your comic book online.

If you have been studying my guide on “How to Press Comic Books with a T-Shirt Heat Press“, I have mentioned there are some advanced aspects to pressing comic books on your own.  One advanced technique I would like to talk about today is the modern age books from Marvel Comics.  These comic books all have a Marvel Digital Code stamp insert.  You peel the sticker off and unlock the digital code online for your reading enjoyment and for any additional extra content the issue might offer to its reader.  Of course, if the sticker is peeled off one of these comic books you can immediately knock a grade or two off the overall condition with a dreaded “INCOMPLETE” on the label.  Obviously, most collectors (and you included reading this guide) leave the sticker intact and proceed to press the book and have it graded.

You might ask: “But why would I press a brand new book?”.  Brand new comics (variants, store exclusives, limited print runs, virgin covers, etc) worth over $100 should definitely be pressed to smooth out the production and printer bumps/waves. That can make all the difference in the world from a 9.6 to a 9.8 with no spine ticks or splits.

Never giving any thought, if you try to press one of these books, you are in for quite a surprise:  an ugly square shaped imprint glaring at you right in the face on the back cover and the last 4-5 pages as well.  Click to zoom any image in this article for a closer look. 

Look at the back cover of this pressed 2018 Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797 Young Guns Variant by Aaron Kuder. Oops! See the square imprint to the left of the "G" on the Young Guns logo? Look closely at the square white bump. (Click to zoom in for a closer look)

Look at the back cover of this pressed 2018 Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797 Young Guns Variant by Aaron Kuder. Oops! See the square imprint to the left of the “G” on the Young Guns logo? Look closely at the square white bump. (Click to zoom in for a closer look)

Look at the back cover of this pressed 2018 Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797 Young Guns Variant by Aaron Kuder. Oops! See the square imprint to the right of the Young Guns logo? Look closely at the square white bump.

Look at the back cover of this pressed 2018 Marvel Comics AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #797 Young Guns Variant by Aaron Kuder. Oops! See the square imprint to the left of the “G” on the Young Guns logo? Look closely at the square white bump. (Click to zoom in for a closer look)

As an amateur presser, you must take extra steps to prevent this from happening.  I will write a future article on “How to fix Marvel Digital Code Imprints on Back Covers”.

 

These steps will ensure you don’t cause damage to the back cover, or subsequent pages either.  This technique should also be applied with care when considering any comic book that features a Tattooz insert (such as Amazing Spider-man #238), Image #0 Coupons, etc) or poster pullouts.  There are also comics that feature Mark Jeweler’s Inserts but those aren’t a problem at all.

Depending on the thickness of the book, you will use one of two types of fillers for this method to work.  You are going to use either comic book backer boards, or bright white copy paper.  Thick books with over 60 pages should use copy paper.  Thinner books that are less than 40 pages should use comic book backer boards.

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant

Let’s begin with a thinner glossy magazine pages paperstock modern age book.  This is the same book I featured in my blog post entitled, “Dry Cleaning Modern Age Comic Books with a Pencil Eraser“.    The book in question is $500 raw 9.4 copy of 2018 Marvel Comics VENOM #1 Todd McFarlane 1:1000 Incentive Remastered B&W Variant, as seen in this photo:

 

First thing you want to do is clean the book with a common pencil eraser or Absorene Eraser Pad and dust it off with a can of compressed air or a lotion-free tissue.  This is a black spine book, so we must take extra care of the spine and not cause any additional (one spine tick!  Can you believe it?!) spine damage to the book.  There is also a minor spine split at the bottom as well.  You must take absolute care as to not cause the existing spine split to split even more.  That is why we are doing a very light press on this book in this article, just to take out the cover bumps from production.

we are doing a very light press on this book in this article, just to take out the cover bumps from production

We are doing a very light press on this book in this article, just to take out the cover bumps from production and to avoid any damage to spine or cause a bigger spine split at bottom.

Since this is a thinner book, I am choosing to use the comic book backer board method to prevent a digital code imprint transfer during the pressing process phase.  You can use any size of backer board, such as modern age, silver age, or even magazine size.  In the following example I have chosen to use modern age size backer boards for in between the pages.  This book unfortunately already has a tiny spine split at the bottom, as seen in this photo:

Tiny 1/16" spine split at bottom of a spine on a 1:1000 inventive variant valued at $500.

Tiny 1/16″ spine split at bottom of a spine on a 1:1000 incentive variant valued at $500.

Find the centerfold of your book.

Set the black spine down on a sheet of Silicone Release Paper.  Find the centerfold of your book.

Take great care of the spine of your book and set the book down on a sheet of Silicone Release Paper. Find the centerfold of your book.  Place a backer board at the centerfold.  Do not snuggle the magazine size comic book backer board underneath the staples or on top of the staples.  Just up against the staples.

Place a backer board at the centerfold, against the staples. Not above or below the staples. Against the staples.

Place a backer board at the centerfold, against the staples. Not above or below the staples. Against the staples.

Next you will carefully close the book. Flip the book over, back cover side up. Find your digital code page.

Next you will carefully close the book. Flip the book over, back cover side up. Find your digital code page.

Next you will carefully close the book. Flip the book over, back cover side up. Find your digital code page.

Place a magazine size comic book backer board at the page where your digital code sticker page is resided.

Next you will carefully close the book. Flip the book over, back cover side up. Find your digital code page.

Next you will carefully close the book. Flip the book over, back cover side up. Find your digital code page.

Flip to the back cover. Place a magazine size comic book backer board at the last page between where your back cover and last page reside.

Place a backer board at the last page and back cover.

Place a backer board at the last page and back cover.

Be sure to place a third and final magazine size comic book backer board (or copy paper if it’s a thicker book) between the digital code sticker page and the page before it. This makes a total of three backer boards inside this book.

Be sure to place a final and third comic book backer board between the digital code sticker page and the page before it. This makes a total of three backer boards inside this book.

Be sure to place a final and third comic book backer board between the digital code sticker page and the page before it. This makes a total of three backer boards inside this book.

Be sure prior to pressing the book you back off the pressure adjustment screw on your press and lighten the pressure for the book’s thickness. You are pressing lightly so you do not need to worry about a vertical line traveling along the spine from the inconsistent size of the magazine size comic book backer boards against the inside spine of book.

You are pressing lightly so you do not need to worry about a vertical line traveling along the spine from the inconsistent size of the backer boards against the inside spine of book.

You are pressing lightly so you do not need to worry about a vertical line traveling along the spine from the inconsistent size of the backer boards against the inside spine of book.

Place 2 magazine size comic book backer boards on your press mat. Set 1 sheet of Silicone Release Paper on those 2 magazine size comic book backer boards.

Place 2 magazine size backer boards on your press mat. Set 1 sheet of Silicone Release Paper on those 2 magazine size backer boards.

Place 2 magazine size backer boards on your press mat. Set 1 sheet of Silicone Release Paper on those 2 magazine size backer boards.

Set the book down on the press carefully with SRP Paper and Magazine sized comic book backer boards.

Set the book down on the press carefully with SRP Paper and Magazine sized comic book backer boards.

Set the book down carefully and apply light pressure with your fingers to bump the cardstock up against the staples and spine. Place another sheet of Silicone Release Paper down on the book. Set a final pair of two magazine size comic book backer boards down on press.

Set the book down carefully and apply light pressure with your fingers to bump the cardstock up against the staples and spine. Place another sheet of Silicone Release Paper down on the book. Set a final pair of two magazine sized comic book backer boards down on press.

Set the book down carefully and apply light pressure with your fingers to bump the cardstock up against the staples and spine. Place another sheet of Silicone Release Paper down on the book. Set a final pair of two magazine sized comic book backer boards down on press.

Turn the press on and set your temperature to 150 degrees. Set your time to 500 seconds. Turn the pressure adjustment screw down to compensate for the thicker book and to prevent spine split.

Turn the press on and set your temperature to 150 degrees. Set your time to 500 seconds. Turn the pressure adjustment screw down to compensate for the thicker book and to prevent spine split.

Turn the press on and set your temperature to 150 degrees. Set your time to 500 seconds. Turn the pressure adjustment screw down to compensate for the thicker book and to prevent spine split.

After 500 seconds is up, you will flip the book over front side up and repeat the pressing for another 500 seconds. When the 500 seconds is up, turn off the press machine and leave the book inside machine for 24 hours.

After 24 hours, the book has been carefully removed from press to admire our handiwork.

After 24 hours, the book has been carefully removed from press to admire our handiwork.

We then flip through the book and examine the back cover to make sure the digital code has not imprinted onto the back cover or subsequent pages.

We flip through the book to examine each page to make sure the digital code sticker has not imprinted itself onto any pages or back cover of book.

We flip through the book to examine each page to make sure the digital code sticker has not imprinted itself onto any pages or back cover of book.

We flip through the book to examine each page to make sure the digital code sticker has not imprinted itself onto any pages or back cover of book.

We flip through the book to examine each page to make sure the digital code sticker has not imprinted itself onto any pages or back cover of book.

We flip through the book to examine each page to make sure the digital code sticker has not imprinted itself onto any pages or back cover of book.

We flip through the book to examine each page to make sure the digital code sticker has not imprinted itself onto any pages or back cover of book.

We flip through the book to examine each page to make sure the digital code sticker has not imprinted itself onto any pages or back cover of book.

We flip through the book to examine each page to make sure the digital code sticker has not imprinted itself onto any pages or back cover of book.

There will be trial and error through experience and doing more of these books over time, trust me. If you still see bumps, try applying slightly more pressure and try again. Always better to do light pressure and not enough, than to overdo it and ruin a valuable book!

Press on

The Secret to Obtaining Expensive “Low Print Run” Comic Book Variants for CHEAP

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The Secret to Obtaining Low Print Run Expensive Comic Book Variants for CHEAP

by KaptainMyke

This discussion popped up on the CBCS discussion forums today.  Many have asked how to obtain the newest Mattina Metal Virgin Variants and not pay the ridiculous $300 price tag on ebay.

Welcome to the new form of ticketmaster and stubhub!  Instead of concert tickets it’s comic books.  The real secret is to have “liked” their facebook page, and sign up for accounts with:

www.asseenonadultswim.com
The Aspen Store
braintrustcomics.com
The Nerd Store
kevineastmanstudios
Golden Apple Comics

Scorpion Comics
thecomicmint
ComicsExposure
www.7ate9comics.com
Sad Lemon Comics (UK)
Frankie’s Comics

unknowncomics.com
krscomics.com
Jetpack Comics
Midtown Comics
jscottcampbell.com
Marc Ellerby, (UK) (Rick and Morty)
and Tony Moore  websites, etc and so on.

This is just a fraction of what’s out there.  Google your favorite artist or comic book store online.  Sign up for an account and be sure to subscribe to their newsletters or emails.  When you get an email that a pre-sale is happening, hypothetically say, Saturday at 9am EST time zone, you should set your calendar 10 MINUTES EARLY and log into your account.  Go to the page you want to buy the book from, and be sure to sort at the top of results “New to old” and be one of those people hitting refresh every 2 seconds buying that store exclusive 3 pack featuring a B&W Variant, Trade Dress Variant, and Virgin Variant all for just a mere $75 while everyone else is stuck paying $300 for the Virgin variant art and $100 for the trade dress version.

With today’s modern variant trend continuing, it’s also smarter to go ahead and buy the CGC 9.8 prescreened and guaranteed graded slabbed pre-orders.  Any variant over $50 is worth the extra $25 to get a 9.8 guarantee.

 

Investigating The Good Morty Comic Book from Rick and Morty, Determining Fakes

A genuine first printing copy of The Good Morty

A genuine first printing copy of The Good Morty

This is a snippet article written from the full story detailed here at kaptainmyke.com.   I’m here today to talk to you about the Good Morty Comic Book, which is really a mini booklet insert that was packed with season 1 DVD and Blu-ray sets from 2014. The Good Morty is a pamphlet from the Rick and Morty cartoon series featured on Adult Swim.   The comic is briefly shown on the episode “Close Rick-Counters of the Rick Kind”. This small 3×5 inch mini comic book insert was originally placed loosely inside the season 1 DVD and Blu-ray sets released around late 2014, early 2015. The “first printings” only came in these select movie sets.

To reiterate: if you buy a brand new Rick and Morty: Season One DVD or Blu-ray set on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, or at a “big box” store, or any retailer that sells brand new movies, you will not receive this mini comic book. Not unless you have a time machine, of course. The only source now would be an unsuspecting seller on ebay, or a used bookstore like “Half Priced Books”.

I want to educate others out there the differences between a real Good Morty comic book and a fake Good Morty comic book. I’m watching people purchase these fake Good Morty comic books on ebay for $180-$350. As evidenced by the rest of this website, and as a true Rick and Morty fan, a diehard fan, I cannot keep watching this unfold as the weeks go by!   I would like to thank CBCS forum members BigRig, IntoAnother, Scorpion, shrewbeer, jimmylinguini, Waddly, Krazyflipz, and Steve Ricketts for all their efforts in trying to figure this mess out. Thank you!

It was first announced around October 11, 2017 that CGC claims the Good Morty comic is the first appearance of Rick and Morty in comics.  CGC is a third party comic book grading company.  CBCS is also another third party comic book grading company who has placed on the labels of 2015 Oni Press RICK AND MORTY #1 as the “First Appearance of Rick and Morty in Comics” on their graded comics prior to this discovery. It is noteworthy that I have a CGC graded 9. 8 copy of Rick and Morty #1 and it does not state the first appearance on its label.

 

SEARCH EBAY FOR USED COPIES

A real blu-ray case with a real Good Morty.

A real blu-ray case with a real Good Morty. There should be a large recycle logo cutout in the left door of case.

Watch out for fakes and snatch up those low key Blu-ray sets from 2014 with the recycle logo on left door. Your best bet is to find a used bookstore, like Half Priced Books, or even a mom and pop bookstore.

Also look on ebay but use the search string “morty season 1” and buy only from unsuspecting sellers who sell random crap on their “sold” tab under filters for “other items sold”.

 

 

A BOOTLEGGER’S CONSPIRACY AT LARGE?

So now at this point, many questions are raised:

  • Why did bootleggers go through the trouble of including forged first printings of a DVD insert only available in 2015?
  • Why use search terms to single out the very thing collectors would seek out, the same week of announcement?
  • How and why was mine fake, when it was purchased months prior to the revelation of it being the first apperance?
  • Why continue to produce fake inserts for current sales “brand new” on ebay unless there was a deeper conspiracy at hand?
  • Who would the bootleggers target to benefit the most from? The Grading companies or the collectors?

 

HOW TO SPOT A REAL GOOD MORTY

  1. Morty’s face should be very light tint in color regarding skin tone. Think of Irish German Morty?
  2. Morty’s hair is brown.
  3. Book measures exactly 5″ wide. The book can be 2. 90″ inches tall, varying to 3″ inches tall.
  4. The black square on front cover should be a very dark pure shade of black.
  5. One staple, mounted in the exact center of the book, staple legs should be closed tightly.
  6. Inside panels should be evenly spaced from the outside edges of book. I’ve seen the right pages have the panels too close to the edge of book.
  7. The top red square “MORTY PUBLICATIONS USA on back cover should be a bright red pure shade of red.
  8. The lower rectangle below that displays the book creators should be a faint light pink in hue.
  9. The words along bottom of back of book should be crisp, tight, and sharp.
  10. The black lines and border of back of book should be a very dark pure shade of black ink.
  11. Blu-ray discs are silver, with a mirror finish and serial numbers etched on inside.
  12. Blu-ray sets have a recycle logo on the left door of the blue Blu-ray case. I would avoid slipcase DVD sets for now. Every video of unboxing shows the recycle logo on the case left door. My real one was inside one that matches the original unboxing videos online with the recycle logo on left inside door of Blu-ray case. .

 

HOW TO SPOT A FAKE GOOD MORTY

 

  1. Morty’s face has a dark hue or tint in color regarding skin tone. Think of a Mexican Morty?
  2. Morty’s hair is dark brown, almost black!
  3. Book measures 4. 90″ inches wide. The book measures 3″ inches tall. Some would be 2. 90″ tall.
  4. The black square on front cover is a lighter shade of black. Not a pure color of black ink.
  5. One staple or more commonly two staples, mounted in the approximate center of the book, staple legs appear to be closed loosely.
  6. Two staples is a dead giveaway the book is fake.
  7. Inside panels are not centered and spaced from the outside edges of book. Right pages have the panels too close to the edge of book.
  8. The top red square “MORTY PUBLICATIONS USA on back cover is a darker red, a maroon shade of red.
  9. The lower rectangle below that displays the book creators appears light red in hue.
  10. The words along bottom of back of book are dull, slightly out of focus, or just not sharp at all.
  11. The black lines and border of back of book would appear to be a faded out shade of black ink.
  12. Jerry Smith on back of Blu-ray sets can have his feet missing entirely with no ultraviolet hd panel covering the spot at all.
  13. Blu-ray discs are black in color, not silver.

 

5 KNOWN PRINTINGS SO FAR

  1. First printing
  2. First printing signed and stamped (250 copies)
  3. Madman Entertainment Austalian Foreign Edition first printing
  4. Counterfeit Copies containing 2 staples and faded inks
  5. Counterfeit Copies containing 1 staple and faded inks

 

So in light of all of this. . . CGC is a professional third party comic book grading company, the largest in the world, since 2000. A 17 year old company with professional comic graders. . . . and they have to call Adult Swim and Warner Brothers. Are you telling me that a bunch of amatuers with horrible spelling and bad grammar who writes run on sentences like crazy on a competing third party comic book grading company’s forum actually figured this out over a team of professionals at a multi-million dollar company?!

CGC started this entire rabbit hole and now they aren’t even sure how to proceed forward and grade these comic books?

Ok then.

 

Update: 11/11/17

Steve Ricketts, employee of CBCS comic grading services and inhouse presser, released this statement on the CBCS forums:

Steve Ricketts, employee of CBCS comic grading services and inhouse presser, released this statement on the CBCS forums:

On 11/4/2017, Steve Ricketts, employee of CBCS comic grading services and inhouse presser, released this statement on the CBCS forums.

Is one real and one counterfeit, or were they both produced by legitimate sources and included with real DVD/Bluray sets?
This question is impossible to answer.

Would someone counterfeiting a DVD set actually go to the trouble of counterfeiting a throwaway pamphlet?
In my honest opinion, no. They’d have no reason to reproduce the booklet. At the time these came out, the book was worthless and anyone buying the DVD/Blueray wouldn’t question the fact that it was a bootleg based on the fact that this worthless booklet was not included with their set. I suppose it’s possible, but in my opinion, not likely.

If one of these is not an actual counterfeit, would it be easy for a convincing counterfeit to be made?
Yes, and quite convincingly. Knowing what I know about them, and having my experience in the printing industry, I can say that these can be reproduced today, much closer to the original “Copy A” than the current “Copy B” was produced. Even without the original raw data file, it is possible to recreate this booklet with much more accuracy.

Can CBCS certify and encapsulate these?
Due to the fact that these can be so easily, and convincingly counterfeited, no.

 

CGC ISSUES STATEMENT

Update: December 2, 2017

Cynthia Ritchie <critchie@cgccomics.com>

Hello Mike,

Thank you for your recent submission. Upon further processing the following book(s) has been identified as not eligible for grading and encapsulation services.

Line Item 1 – The Good Morty #nn

After much research and discussion, CGC has decided that we will not grade The Good Morty “chick tract” mini comic. We are fully aware of all of the
versions that exist, but are unable to confirm all versions’ origin. Due to DVD’s and Blu Rays packaging and inserts being manufactured all over the world, it’s impossible to identify a particular version as a “fake”, when in actuality if could have just been printed in a different facility.

We will, however, be allowing this book to be submitted under our Signature Series Celebrity/Sketch service for copies that have been signed and witnessed.  This service does not grade the book itself, but will authenticate the signature(s), and will encapsulate the mini comic into our sketch holder for preservation.

All grading charges for this item(s) will be reversed to your account. Thank you and have a great day.

Regards,

Cynthia Ritchie
Customer Service
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This is a good thing, right?

This investigation is now finally concluded.  There will be no grading companies grading this mini booklet dvd insert. We all can breathe a sigh of relief now. The 2015 Oni Press RICK AND MORTY #1 comic books and their incredibly unrealistic high dollar variants should not be effected by this incident.

You can read the full investigation on this Good Morty comic book, including the Madman Entertainment edition at this link: http://www.kaptainmyke.com/comics/goodmorty/goodmorty.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO PROPERLY SUBMIT COMIC BOOKS THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MAIL

HOW TO PROPERLY SUBMIT COMIC BOOKS THROUGH THE U.S. POSTAL SERVICE MAIL

Greetings! I’m here today to help prevent your beloved comic books from getting damaged in the mail. This will also help you to be a better ebay seller, too if you are one of “those” people. These are strict recommendations if you are submitting books to me directly.

This is the exact way I submit books to CBCS or CGC or my convention facilitator.

I will provide links to everything I have purchased on ebay. Always buy your shipping supplies on ebay. It’s the cheapeast and quickest way to ship your books. Trust me.

You will need:

5lb. Weighmax Mail Scale
Clear Shipping Tape Rolls
Shipping Tape Gun
BCW Comic Book Backer Boards
BCW Silver Age Bags
1″ Blue Painter’s tape (skinny roll)
Fragile Shipping Tape
Knife
Sharpie Marker
Computer with a Printer for Printing a USPS Label

You will also need boxes and jiffy mailers. For comics you can use 12x12x4 boxes which are cheaper via USPS because they are under 12″. Graded books should be shipped the same way but inside a 14x14x4 box instead.

Gemini II Comic Book Mailers
12x12x1 Boxes
14x14x4 Boxes
Styrofoam Packing Peanuts

 

Now that you have your supplies and for super cheap on ebay…you’re on your way to buying and selling comic books through the mail. Let’s begin, shall we?

Today we are going to mail SPAWN #9 to myself. The first appearance of Angela, Thor’s sister! Place your comic book carefully inside a mylite2 with fullback (preferred) or use BCW silver age bag and boards.

Fold up the Gemini II comic mailer along the perforated edges for the comic book. You can safely ship up to 10 books this way, alternating spines along the staple line. Be sure to use a yard stick or ruler to pre-fold out your lines or you will damage your spines.

Place the comic book(s) face down. You are going to place strips of blue painters tape along the sides. Do not be a “Jerry Smith” and put blue tape over the scotch tape on top flap.

Place 1 strip of tape on each side as pictured below:

If you are super worried about sharp corners and razor sharp sides (attempting to obtain a 9.8 or higher grade) you should definitely tape the corners at a diagonal was well. See below:

Carefully fold over your flaps, checking slowly that there is no bend to the comic book. See method below as pictured:

3 (Three) peices of tape when it’s all closed up carefully. 2 along the top and bottom flap edges and one for good measure in the centerline. See pictured:

Back of Gemini II Mailer. You can see the top and bottom tape flaps over side.

Print your name clearly in black sharpie. Write your email address. Write your phone number too in case there is a problem. Also you should write out the name of the comic book title(s) and issue #. Write clearly and legibly. You are not a doctor.

Okay now set that aside somewhere. Somewhere safe from children, coffee, mountain dew, or anything else might sprinkle on it. We are going to build a box! Get ready. It’s hard. Let’s make sure that box survives the USPS. Use 3-4 pieces on the bottom outer flaps. Use tape to tape in inside bottom flap too.

On the sides, I’ve seen boxes get blown out from stress or other boxes on top. Use tape on that corner seam that’s merely glued. Tape the inside too. Don’t be lazy. Go beyond what’s necessary. After all, you just bought like 25 rolls of clear packing tape, right? Okay then, tape away!

So now I’m going to show you the inside of the box to re-iterate what I was stressing about the corner seam of these boxes. Tape away with all that extra tape, brah.

Sprinkle some magical fairy dust otherwise known as styrofoam peanuts in the bottom of the box, only enough to where you can’t see the bottom. Shipping peanuts is fun to give, but never to receive. So you have that going for you, right?

Place your books with the writing side up and place some remaining packing peanuts on top of the comic. Only enough to which you still have a half inch to an inch of space between the top of the box and the top of the layer of peanuts. You do not want to crush your books with the box flaps because you overstuffed the box with peanuts!

Now you are ready to seal the box up. Place fragile stickers/tape on the corners and bottom of the box. Print out your USPS shipping label from the USPS website and affix it to the top of the box.

Bottom of box:

You have now packaged a box of comics inside a box to be shipped out. Congrats! See? Wasn’t that easy? I hope this guide helps you as it has helped me over the years. I have been selling on ebay since 2010 and I learned slowly over time all of these tips. I’m here to share them all with you on this page.  I’ve had 2 boxes damaged in 10 years.  Pretty good odds!

Thank you!