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#550761 - 09/09/04 11:44 AM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: drbanner]
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Are the actual prices of pre-code books coming down, or is it just that the guide has finally caught up with the market, and you no longer have to pay "multiples"?

The only pre-code horror I collect (for now!) are LB Cole covers, and they have come down a bit in cost over the last 5 years, so I'm just wondering if the same is true for EC's, etc.,.




I think it's a little of both, honestly. The Guide is probably "catching up" on some of the more high demand books. I think though the guide has "overpriced" many of the "common" pre-code issues. However, I know of several instances in which books are going for less than guide. In fact, I have made a couple purchases lately that were the same prices I was paying in say 1994 just before things "blew up." I can't tell you how happy I am about that!

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#550762 - 09/09/04 01:38 PM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: precodekeith]
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Well this is just me adding my 2 cents from the peanut gallery. I remember about 2 1/2 years ago there was this seller on eBay from the Tacoma/Seattle Area of Washington that had on original collection of many of the Pre-Code EC books as well as titles like "This Magazine is Haunted" all in awesome strict Fine 6.0 to NM 9.2 grades. They had awesome vibrant covers. Well unfortunately I am a poor college boy and all of my bids got eclipsed. But they were going for fractions of guide. I could'nt believe it. I would have taken a loan out for them if I had the time to do so. *tear*

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#550763 - 09/09/04 01:40 PM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: bounty_coder]
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Here are a couple "Out of Night" books that I have from the ACG group. These are considered "pre-code" correct? I believe that they are 1955 or so. I have very few books from this era.




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#550764 - 09/09/04 02:02 PM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: precodekeith]
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I think L.B. Cole covers typically sell for about guide now, when they were multiples of guide during the pre-code mania a few years ago. Things were out of control during that time for books such as Cole covers and Atlas 50's hero books. The prices were many multiples of guide and people were scrambling for the books. I think the market has cooled a bit for Cole books, or at least back to normal with guide prices reflecting reality, but other pre-code horror books are still undervalued in the guide.
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#550765 - 09/09/04 02:04 PM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: precodekeith]
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Those are some nice ACG books with vibrant colors... definitely pre-code... you don't see that evil white stamp anywhere, do you?
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#550766 - 09/09/04 02:10 PM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: *paull*]
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As far as the icon pre-code books are concerned you're still going to pay well over guide (close to double) for copies in solid VG and above - but not multiples. What has happened is that collectors have noticed that most of these books are not super-scarce, with one or two exceptions (Mister Mystery 12 springs to mind). As for the common pre-code issues / titles, prices are indeed softer than they were.

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#550767 - 09/09/04 02:37 PM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: precodekeith]
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There are some scarce pre-code horror books, but I think it's also easy to confuse "scarcity" with "they are being held in collections". For instance, why can I find almost every issue of Mister Mystery for sale except for #12? Was it under-printed, or are they simply in collections? If that is the case, why isn't someone looking to sell when they know that they can get double guide for it? Are they waiting for guide to catch up?

That book is absolutely difficult to find. My copy (the icon I use in my identity on the boards) is only Good, pretty worn complete with no pieces missing, but it's still going to be hard to upgrade.


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#550768 - 09/09/04 02:53 PM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: *paull*]
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There are some scarce pre-code horror books, but I think it's also easy to confuse "scarcity" with "they are being held in collections". For instance, why can I find almost every issue of Mister Mystery for sale except for #12? Was it under-printed, or are they simply in collections? If that is the case, why isn't someone looking to sell when they know that they can get double guide for it? Are they waiting for guide to catch up?

I had a hellish time finding my favorite MM cover - #13. Took me a couple of years of steady searching and ended up buying a CGC 5.5 Fine- (I have since unslabbed it). I always liked MM13 better than all the others, even though 11 and 12 are definitetly more horrific. Just something about the look in the eyes.


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#550769 - 09/09/04 02:54 PM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: *paull*]
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Those are some nice ACG books with vibrant colors... definitely pre-code... you don't see that evil white stamp anywhere, do you?




What evil white stamp are you referring to my friend? Pardon my Naiveness!

Hey for any of you who hav'nt yet visited the Skywald, Eerie Publications and Stanley Magazine thread in the magazines forum, please visit, that thread contains many over the top covers that mimic many early precode books as well as reprint their stories:

Skywald, Eerie Publications, Stanley Magazines Oh MY! Magazine Thread

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#550770 - 09/09/04 03:09 PM Re: Recent Pre-Code Purchases [Re: bounty_coder]
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What evil white stamp are you referring to my friend? Pardon my Naiveness!

The white stamp at thwe top right on the cover coming out in mid 1955 announcing the comic was approved by the Comics Code Authority (CCA). See pre-code (top) and post-code (bottom) images of Journey Into Mystery.


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