The Good Morty Comic Book from Rick and Morty!

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
p. 877-662-6642 | f. 941-360-2558
CGCcomics.com

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collecting High Grade Newsstand Editions for Investing in Comics

Remember when you could go to the grocery store with mom and get a comic book?  Or maybe the pharmacy?  You could even go to these ancient bookstores called Waldenbooks or B. Dalton Booksellers and could buy a comic book off the spinner rack!   That was a long time ago.  If you are a comic book collector now, in 2017, you buy your comic books on ebay, an online retailer, or even at a local comic store. In almost 30 years, this is what happened to newsstand edition comic books:

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Newsstand Editions vs Direct Editions from Comic Retailers

Because of all of this, I would be mindful and watchful for any 1992 or newer newsstand edition comic books that feature a UPC bar code on the covers – especially if they are high grade. Specifically, any comics that are in a grade of 9.4 or higher and newsstand edition are selling for significantly more money than regular market value. Examples include Batman Adventures 12 Newsstand Edition, and any other modern day key issue book:

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

1993 DC Comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #12 Newsstand Ed. CBCS 9.4

For earlier titles, there are exceptions to the rule. Some comics have the bar code on the back, like Marvel Comics Presents #72.   Any books post 2002 would have a UPC barcode on them no matter what now, but the difference is they all state “DIRECT EDITION”. You are looking for 2002 and newer comic books that have UPC Barcodes that do not show the words “DIRECT EDITION” in bold letters above or below the bar code.

Okay I broke down some maths. Let’s look at Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane.

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

1992 Image Comics Spawn #1 by Todd McFarlane

That’s a very publicly well known number having a 1.7 million copy print run in 1992. 15% of comics in 1992 were allegedly newsstand. 225,000 (1/4 million copies) I estimated the newsstand edition to be a 1:1000 ration of rarity. So 1:1000 is not accurate, that was hand grenade accurate. 32 is more accurate. I think it’s even more accurate to say it’s a 3:100. Or, 30 in 1000, if you will. That’s still a very low number. Still rare. But not even a 1:100.

In summary, here’s what you need to know about High Grade Newsstand Collecting for Investing:

  • High grade. 9.4 or higher is ideal. Pressing services for comic books helps greatly!
  • The years for comics in 1972-1990 doesn’t really matter. It was a 50/50 ratio split in distribution of direct editions over newsstand editions.
  • Search for comic books from the years 1990-2001 with UPC bar codes on cover.
  • Search for comics from the years 2002-2017 with bar codes that do not say “DIRECT EDITION”.
  • Newsstand Edition error or recalled books are also wise investments.

You can experiment with this with your own Spawn #1 Newsstand search terms on ebay.  Try it!  This is the new hunt, people!  Have fun! The only place where I can find modern day 2016-2017 newsstand edition comic books is:

  1. Barnes and Nobles bookstores
  2. Books-a-Million bookstores
  3. Wal-mart
  4. Toys R’ Us

Good luck!

Here are some examples of high grade newsstand edition rare covers of J Scott Campbell with his run on Amazing Spider-man. This is some of his earlier work, too:

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 476 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 492 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell

Amazing Spider-man 493 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell-newsie-001

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell Very rare

Amazing Spider-man 601 Newsstand Edition Cover art by J Scott Campbell with rare $3.99 cover price.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

1991 Marvel Comics Marvel Comics Presents #72 High Grade Newsstand Edition, 9.4 1st Weapon X, origin, etc UPC Bar code is on the back of cover, unlike most newsstand editions from 1991.

2016 TMNT Universe #1 Eastman inspired B&W sharpie fan art sketch by KaptainMyke.

2016 TMNT Universe #1 Eastman inspired B&W sharpie fan art sketch by KaptainMyke. I thought it'd make a great cover art piece.

2016 TMNT Universe #1 Eastman inspired B&W sharpie fan art sketch by KaptainMyke.

The 2016 SDCC IDW Mega Bloks #1B TMNT Time Capsule from Kevin Eastman!

I’m about to unleash something to the world FEW have seen. I am excited to share it here with you all, whom I consider colleagues of elite collectibles and highly sought after gems. Sometimes historical pieces are what get me really excited. Most Time Capsules sold at auction by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle co-creator  Kevin Eastman go anywhere from $300-$500 tyically. This one however is for a comic book of a very very small print run for the attendees of this years 2016 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) convention only. Without further ado, here we go…

I received my 2016 IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Bloks #1B Time Capsule today via FEDEX. Let’s take a journey shall we? Here’s what a $960 sheet of paper looks like:

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Bloks #1 Original Cover Art 8 1/2″ x 11″ Sheet of Paper Drawn by Kevin Eastman

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art 8 1/2" x 11" Sheet of Paper Drawn by Kevin Eastman

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art 8 1/2″ x 11″ Sheet of Paper Drawn by Kevin Eastman

Here’s the time capsule package:

Here's the time capsule package:

Here’s the time capsule package:

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2" x 11" Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2" x 11" Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman with Time Capsule containing a gold signed edition of the IDW Comic Book Issue #1, an unsigned copy of the same comic book, signed photos and a Turtle Tracks letter of thanks.

Original 1983 Press Release introducing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Original 1983 Press Release introducing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Original 1983 Press Release introducing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Signed 8 1/2″ x 11″ Photo of Kevin Eastman with David Forman who played Leonardo in the 1990 Jim Henson Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.

Signed 8 1/2" x 11" Photo of Kevin Eastman with David Forman who played Leonardo in the 1990 Jim Henson Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.

Signed 8 1/2″ x 11″ Photo of Kevin Eastman with David Forman who played Leonardo in the 1990 Jim Henson Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT Time Capsule containing a copy of the original drawing of all four turtles together in a group shot for Press Release Packets in 1983.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT Time Capsule containing a copy of the original drawing of all four turtles together in a group shot for Press Release Packets in 1983.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT Time Capsule containing a copy of the original drawing of all four turtles together in a group shot for Press Release Packets in 1983.

Turtle Tracks letter of thanks signed by Kevin Eastman.

Turtle Tracks form letter of thanks signed by Kevin Eastman.

Turtle Tracks form letter of thanks signed by Kevin Eastman.

I got a frame made for it before it arrived. 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman inside custom blue matte with custom white frame.

I got a frame made for it before it arrived. 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2" x 11" Drawn by Kevin Eastman inside custom blue matte with custom white frame.

I got a frame made for it before it arrived. 2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle TMNT SDCC Mega Block #1 Original Cover Art Sheet of Paper 8 1/2″ x 11″ Drawn by Kevin Eastman inside custom blue matte with custom white frame.

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OKAY, so now here’s where it gets REALLLLLY interesting. I mentioned via ebay to Fiona his office assistant that I bought on presale order Heavy Metal #281 which is Kevin Eastman’s first solor cover on his own magazine. I told her I wanted a signed copy but there wasn’t one offered. She said Kevin told her to put one in the capsule via ebay messages. Well, to my astonishment, here’s what I ACTUALLY got:

I didn’t get the magazine. Instead, holy schnikes, I got a 2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN! SUPER MEGA TURBO RARE! (Kevin Eastman’s first solo cover of his own magazine) Courtney is the model by which April O’ Neil was conceived and now the model on the cover of this magazine! (By the way, google her, she is extremely beautiful)

OKAY, so now here's where it gets REALLLLLY interesting. I mentioned via ebay to Fiona his office assistant that I bought on presale order Heavy Metal #281 which is Kevin Eastman's first solor cover on his own magazine. I told her I wanted a signed copy but there wasn't one offered. She said Kevin told her to put one in the capsule via ebay messages. Well, to my astonishment, here's what I ACTUALLY got: I didn't get the magazine. Instead, holy schnikes, I got a 2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" ARTIST'S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN! SUPER MEGA TURBO RARE! (Kevin Eastman's first solo cover of his own magazine) Courtney is the model by which April O' Neil was conceived and now the model on the cover of this magazine! (By the way, google her, she is extremely beautiful)

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" ARTIST'S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" ARTIST'S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

2016 Heavy Metal #281 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed by KEVIN EASTMAN and his wife, COURTNEY EASTMAN!

And LAST BUT NOT LEAST….

The crown jewel, icing on the cake:

2016 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle UNIVERSE #1 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed in gold by KEVIN EASTMAN before the comic book is even released to the public!

And LAST BUT NOT LEAST.... The crown jewel, icing on the cake: 2016 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle UNIVERSE #1 Color 8 1/4" x 11 3/4" ARTIST'S PROOF signed in gold by KEVIN EASTMAN before the comic book is even released to the public!

2016 TMNT Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle UNIVERSE #1 Color 8 1/4″ x 11 3/4″ ARTIST’S PROOF signed in gold by KEVIN EASTMAN

Shh don’t tell anyone I showed you the TMNT Universe #1 Eastman cover yet.

Did Dr Manhattan just…Time Travel in real life and reset the DC Universe?

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A big rumour or theory circulating the ‘net is that a page in Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #4 “reveals” that Dr. Manhattan created the DC Comics New 52 or the DC Comics Rebirth’d Earth. Dr. Manhattan creates the new DC Universe 4 years before the 2016 DC Rebirth event!

(2011) Before Watchmen: Dr Manhattan #4 displays this in glorious blue panels on the interior pages

(2016) end of DC Universe: Rebirth #1

(1986) Watchmen #12: between Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias.

[DROPS THE MIC.]