CGC, a.k.a. Certified Guaranty Company, started in 2000, is the oldest and largest professional 3rd party comic book grading company. See my Resources page for more info and a link to their site to learn more.
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NOTE: Most all will have some "rainbow effects spots/pools" a.k.a. "Newton's Rings" on the front and/or back, where the different inner and outer plastics may touch and light refracts through them. There's really 2 kinds; easiest to see are the little 'pools' that look like water or oil stains, where the 2 plastic surfaces touch. Second type is when you glint the case and rainbow swirls show up due to light refracting through both types of plastic. This type doesn't usually show much viewed straight on, but can. Snippet from CGC's FAQs: "It's the refractive qualities of the hard outer shell and the inner sheets over the book. There is no liquid present, or anything that can damage your book." So it just looks like an oily film, but is NOT, it's simply a prism effect and there is no harm to the comic. No returns because of this effect, ok? The areas will look better or worse depending on the viewing angle too, so scans and camera pics will likely not accurately reflect the full amount of such areas, but most look fine straight on. I have larger images I can send you too, and can describe them in more detail, but getting better angled camera pics is difficult and time consuming, so before you order you'll have to decide whether this effect will bother you much. You can take it up with CGC if you want any reholdered, but there's no guarantee they'll come back looking any better, and it will cost you a $15 fee plus shipping, and none of mine are worth that to me. The newest ones done June 2017 have little to no pools on the fronts, but have some on the backs. Get FREE raw comics with them too, details below.
Strange Tales #178 8.0 VF, off-white to white pages. Certification #1302027006. 1975. 1st Magus. Warlock story by Jim Starlin. Info/Grading details: Low gloss, looks great in the case though. Colors still nice! Clean smooth cover, a few short spine stresses, has one 3mm stress mark below bottom staple. A little shelf scuffing in upper left, but the spine scuffing near Lil' Warlock and the white dots in the black are enhanced by the scanner, so not NEARLY as noticeable in person, and some of the white dots are dust on the case or scanner; 1/2" non-color breaking bend wrinkle line in lower right corner, with 3mm one at tip, hides well until glinted. Areas of pink transfer stain on lower back cover, fairly common, but they're 20-30% lighter in person than in the scan. This is about the nicest 8.0 you'll see wear and tear wise, looks more like a 9.0-9.2. In fact it has LESS spine and handling defects than my other one that got a 9.2, that I had graded 9.0! (It's been sold.) CGC downgraded this one due to the common factory production pink stains on the back (seen 9.2's with it though) and low gloss mostly. No ugly long printing creases like so many of these have either. Newton Ring free too. Get a free comic off the Clearance page too!...$115 (View larger 273kb 1000px wide scan) (View large 900px wide, 365kb RAW scan) (View smaller back cover scan) (View larger back cover scan)
The 'Nam #1 9.4 NM, 1986. Certification #1227463001. Real Vietnam war stories, by Doug Murray and Michael Golden. Grader notes just mention some light bend on upper back cover, and only thing I can find is maybe a nearly invisible little finger kink in the top margin near middle that would not make it a 9.4 when I expected a 9.8 or 9.6, but possibly what they saw is hidden by all the plastic now. Front is a beautiful 9.6 at least. Newsstand version, with the nicer darker color cover, 'Newton pool' free on front too, but some on the back. With 9.8's going for $70+, get this super looking 9.4 for only...$30 (View)
Uncanny X-Men #281, 2 copies, both 9.8. Certification #'s 1227463008 and 009. Jim Lee and John Bryne writing, Whilce Portacio art. New X-Men Gold Team is formed and first appearance of bad guy Trevor Fitzroy. 'Newton pool' free front too, but some on the back. Yours for a reasonable...$35 each (View 008)
Batman: Sword of Azrael #1-4 set. #1=9.6, #2=9.8, #3=8.5, #4=9.6. Certification #0294317001 to 004 sequentially. First appearance and origin of Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley), now seen on the Gotham TV show. CGC graders and my notes on Sword of Azrael #3: "multiple indents top back cover" are 2-3 super light reading kinks, only 1 is noticeable; "small crease lower back cover" -- only thing I see looking super close is a tiny thumbed wrinkle line at bottom edge, maybe 3-4mm, almost invisible; "small stain top back cover"-- not enough info, and only thing that may be it is a little round faint gray spot in Snipes' forehead hairline on right side, but that may be on inside of the well, impossible to tell. Or the stain may only show enough on the inside cover to find it. They don't mention the 1/4" printing wrinkle beneath Wesley Snipes lower lip, but I will. It LOOKS like a 9.6+ on the outside, but wasn't worth taking the chance to have it reviewed and get charged $15 for reholdering if it got the same grade. So it's free with the set, PLUS Azrael regular series #1 and 2, if available. Reduced! Was $150, now...$130 (View set) (View back of #3) (View close-up #3 printing wrinkle)
Preacher #6, 9.8. Adults only. Certification #0294317005. Part 2 of 'Naked City' by Garth Ennis. Now an AMC TV series. Get my VF/NM raw copy with it for FREE! Reduced! Was $50, now...$40 (View)
Star Trek Next Generation #75 signed by artist Sonia Hillios, 9.8. Certification #0294317006. Has the Green 'Qualified' label, as CGC didn't witness the signature (signed before CGC existed). I guarantee it to be genuine or money back (I had Sonia sign various issues by mail). Only copy graded of this issue so far, so unique, and highest in the census of course. Nice painted cover art with Riker and Borg. And I'll throw in your choice of 1 of the other Hillios signed issues too! (See those on the DC or Star Trek pages.)...$55 (View)
Darkness #1/2 first one, 1996, from Wizard magazine and Image Comics/Top Cow, 9.6. Certification #1227463010. Not many graded or on the market. With 'loose' Wizard certificate, as CGC doesn't encapsulate them. Grader notes mention 'small scuffs center cover', but I didn't see them before submitting and can't find them now, so thought it'd get a 9.8. Slight white printing fade top right edge. Pretty 'Newton pool' free too, but there's a small piece of paper pulp inside the case in the back upper right corner somehow. Not even the kind of paper the comic is made from either. Yours for only...$25 (View)
Maxx #1, Vol. 1 1993, 9.6. Certification #1227463011. Unlike the 9.8 I had, this one is pretty Newton effect free on the front, has some on the back. One noticeable spine stress mark is the main thing, near Maxx's knee...$35 (View)
(John Byrne's) Next Men #1, Vol.1, 1992, from Dark Horse Comics. Certification #1227463012. Cardstock cover with silver foil title. Highest graded, pretty 'Newton pool' free too...$55 (View)
Bloodshot #2, 3, 4, Vol. 1, 1993 series. Certification #'s 02943170012, 0013, 0014. Get a free #3 (4 available) or #5 (1 left) or a comic from the Clearance page with each CGC one. Valiant has movies to come in 2018/19 with "Harbinger Wars" first, Bloodshot will be in it, and then a Bloodshot movie to follow.
#2 = 9.6...$22 View)
#3, #4 = 9.8...$35 each (View #3) (View #4)
Save $10 and buy #2, 3, 4 for $82
Shadowman #16, Vol. 1, 9.6. Certification #1227463013. First appearance of Dr. Mirage, possible CW TV show to come. Has 1 little spine stress about an inch below 'Restaurant' that is very hard to see, but kept it out of 9.8. Also has some Newton ring effect in headlights, across car hood, and in the 'cloud' behind the car. Buy it for a mere...$25 (View)
"Golden Anniversary of Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" magazine by Gladstone, 1987. Certification #'s 1227462001 and 002. These are the only 2 9.8's, and highest graded copies. Only 5 total copies graded, so rare, and if you're a 'top census' collector or just want the best copy, here you go. Due to the size I had to scan the mags and labels separately and stitch the scans together, so that's why the labels don't match up perfectly everywhere and are a different shade. These reprint the original 1937 comic strip, in color. Has a bound-in pack of Panini stickers and a poster of the cover, art by Ron Dias. #001 is slightly better presenting on the front cover, as #002 has 2-3 teeny tiny white flecks here and there (other white flecks you may see are just dust spots or scanner glass stuff), and it has a small Newton pool above the fireplace, while #001 has none. The couple whitish marks between 'Walt' and 'Disney's' are a scratches/gouges on the scanner glass. Both copies have case scuffs near Grumpy's head somehow, same 2 kinds of swipes (Quality Control wasn't so great on this batch). What may look like cracks in the left case margin are just the 'ends' of the spacer thing they add in to keep the mags in place, but very hard to see in the scans. BUT, #001 got a crack in the back case, upper spine side corner, due to it sliding off the scanner lid and hitting the hard chair mat instead of the rug of course, crap. It's mostly behind the label, about 1" long and goes around the edge. Nothing is loose, corner is tight. Also got 1 small crack in front case on the right corner edge. Happened after scanning, so took camera pics of them. It's not worth my time or money to send it in for a reholder, but you can if you want. I see much more common magazines in 9.8 go for a few hundred dollars, but there's no market data for these, and you can't get them in 9.8 anywhere else at the moment, so despite the flaws, I'm going to ask...$200 each, and you get free Disney stuff with each. (View #001) (View #002) (View back) (View cracks)
NOTE: #002 is also on consignment at Comic Link, the link will go direct to my listing (opens in a new window/tab). They will sell/ship to buyers outside the U.S., so that's an option for those people. You pay them, they pay me when you get the mag.