Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Cash for Cerebus

Hi, Everybody!

Ya don't want GREEN WARTS do you?


So instead of posting the links to all the Comiclink auctions, I'm going to just post a link to a post that lists all that stuff.

This post.

Comiclink!

STUDIO COMIX PRESS T-SHIRT PROTOTYPE

SWOON AND SNUFF SANDMAN PARODY DRAWING

SWOON SANDMAN PARODY DRAWING

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION VOL. 2 (SIGNED DAVE SIM CONTRIBUTOR COPY) #NO NUMBER, 9.4 NM

CEREBUS VOLUME 10 MINDS REMASTERED EDITION #NO NUMBER, 9.4 NM

And if you're looking for Dave's Stuff, search for "Cerebus Archive.

And here's Gerhard's "Moments of Cerebus" art auction.

Then there's Ger's Hunchback of Notre Dame prints.

And Greg Hyland's "The Monster Atlas" Kickstarter has reached the stretch goal, so Ger's art is in it now. (It ends on June 30th).

Reader Tim P. is selling off his Cerebus/Dave Sim stuff Including a copy of issue #1 (May be a  counterfeit, Margaret can tell you if it is or not. ) (Looking close, I'm 90% sure it's real, Mags? Hon? Could you verify? Please? If you read the comments, she did. It's not. Once again, I don't know what I'm talking about...)

And George Gatsis has all sorts of fun stuff for sale over at CerebusDownloads.com

Buy! Buy! Buy!

Bye,

Next Time: Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Benjamin Hobbs stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished... He woke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Cerebus, an obnoxious aardvark from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Ben can see and hear. And so Benjamin Hobbs finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home. 

14 comments:

David Birdsong said...

Cerebus #1 (THE REAL ONE) is larger than the average modern comic. It only fits in a Golden Age comic bag. The outside front and back covers are glossy on the outside and not glossy (or matte in the vernacular) on the inside. There is something about the reds too, but it's late and I ain't looking it up.

Sean R said...

Sorry, Tim P., that's a counterfeit. Still worth something, but not an authentic #1. The off-register red on the red man is the tell-tale giveaway, even on blurry Ebay photos!

Jeff said...

That's DEFINITELY a counterfeit #1. The Overstreet Guide used to list the counterfeit #1 as being worth exactly $0.00. Now, as of the 2017 issue, it just lists a brief description. Regardless, I think it is a crime that Tim should make any part of the (current) bid of £149 from selling it. Furthermore, Tim most certainly could (and should) have done his due diligence and discovered for himself that his copy is counterfeit. That he did not speaks volumes about him as a seller. He should strongly consider removing the listing, if that is possible.

Mouse Skull Entertainment said...

Sean,

The link to the CerebusFanGirl site lists all the differences.

The tone on the hilt of the sword looks like a real #1.

Not doubting you about the red, just saying I can't see it. (I do have a recorded color deficiency.)

Margaret? I know you have both. Any help?

Matt
(It's why I like a black and white comic series...)

Margaret said...

Showing the inside front cover - glossy black (fake) vs matte black (real) - is typically the easiest way to tell the difference. Dave can tell just by looking at the front.

From my website's page on how to spot a counterfeit: "Front Cover Dot tone: The front cover is usually all you can see on an eBay auction, but it is also the quickest way to tell the difference - Dave doesn't need to open up the fake to tell it is a fake, he can tell by looking at the cover - for the coloring quality. Look at the barbarian in the lower right hand corner, see how it has red tone dots? The real one is just red tone dots, the fake has the red from the cover as an outline of sorts". Take a look at those pictures to get a better idea of what I was trying to describe.

Looking at the center picture of the auction, and zooming in on that barbarian's arm, it appears as if the red is misregistered and over the barbarian's arm, making it a fake. So like Sean says, the red on the barbarian's arm is the way to tell just by the cover.

Sorry Matt. . .

Margaret said...

What I meant to say in my comment above is there are pictures of a real and fake on the website I link to above. Take a look at those pictures and compare them to the center picture in the auction, zooming in on that one barbarian's arm.

David Birdsong said...

It has sold now. I don't think Dave would be upset about the sale. It was Tim P's property and if someone wants to buy it and they are ok with buying a counterfeit copy then it's no one else's business. The buyers were warned it might be a fake. It's up to the a buyer to also do their homework. I was sure it was fake and to be completely honest I made an offer on it, but people started bidding and my offer was automatically canceled by eBay. The fake Cerebus #1s, physical and online, are curiosities at this point and they have become collector's items over time. I would always advise anyone to be aware of what you are buying online and know that the original is still the best (except for maybe some of the remastered work now being done by Sean R).

Tony Dunlop said...

"the original is still the best (except for maybe some of the remastered work now being done by Sean R)..."

Yes, in fact it's the remastering that is finally going to get me to buy, for the first time, a collected edition of High Society and C&S I (and, probably, Going Home - some of those outdoor scenes are just breathtaking). Of course I'll keep the original issues, too.

Mouse Skull Entertainment said...

Hey Jeff,

How's the weather up there on your high horse?

Matt
(Tim DID say he didn't know if it was legit or not, and I had three people compare it to the photos on Margaret's website, and WE all thought it was real...)

Jeff said...

Sorry you think that about me, Matt, but there IS a reason why the Overstreet Price Guide doesn't list any values for the counterfeit #1.

Steve said...


The Overstreet Comic Book Moral Compass

And of course Overstreet has been behind the curve on 'comic book values' ever since eBay and other online venues became the marketplace of choice for the vast majority of collectors.

Steve

Tim P said...

Hi all. Thanks for all your messages, even Jeff’s. Nothing underhand was intended. Just for clarity, going with the consensus on AMOC, fake #1 was sold with the buyer fully informed. By the way, if anyone is interested, I’m listing a lot more over the next few days - newsletters, sketches, prelim work, cerebus readers in crisis, following cerebus, companion, complete runs, the phone books, collected letters, signed comics, and lots more.

Sean R said...

Very excited to see the rest of the auctions, Tim! Especially interested in seeing any of your prelims--always interesting. Good luck with the rest of your sale!

Anyone who is reading this actually holding a Cerebus #1 in their hands and who wants to know for sure if it's counterfeit--the very easiest way to tell is the dragon/wizard splash page. The Cerebus figure on the bottom of the page is pretty filled in on the original printing--like a 50 or 60 percent tone--but it's still visible tone. The counterfeit has completely filled in, leaving the Cerebus figure on that page black.

That and the interior front cover gloss previously mentioned by Margaret are the really obvious places to look!

Sean R said...

(There are other obvious differences, but they all involve having an authentic #1 on hand for comparison. For instance, the cover spot color is orangier on the counterfeit, and the blacks on the counterfeit are flecked with white--they shot their innards from a print copy and had to juice the camera exposure to prevent additional fill-in on the tone and line work, which left the blacks flecked/speckled)