November 15, 1987 |
The likenesses of heroes ranging from Spiderman to Hank Aaron will be available for purchase today at a baseball card show at the Landmark Inn in Maple Shade and a comic book convention at the Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill. The baseball card show is sponsored by East Coast Baseball Cards, a Cherry Hill-based company owned by 15-year-old Mark Lomas. About 50 dealers will be displaying and selling "millions" of baseball cards, including single cards and sets, Lomas said. The prices for single baseball cards can range from "a dime up to $30,000" (the most valuable being the 1908 Honus Wagner card)
June 14, 1992 |
Frank Gullo wanted to measure himself against the gurus of comic-book artistry. So the 18-year-old began penciling his own renditions of popular characters, including the Silver Surfer, Batman and one icon named Venom. His favorite: the Wolverine, half man, half wolf, with a dark sense of humor. "He keeps to himself, but is a berserker," Gullo said. "He goes wild. " For the former Upper Moreland High School student who recently moved to southern Italy with his parents, drawing had become an obsession.
February 26, 2014 |
Rob Kelly remembers reading Aquaman in the back seat as his family headed for summer vacations in the Poconos. That was in the 1980s, when Kelly was a comics-crazed, TV-and-movie-mad Cherry Hill kid with a weakness for the environmentally enlightened exploits of the amphibious DC Comics superhero. Imagine how sweet it is for Kelly, now 42, to collect and curate other people's comic book memories and reveries, including those of Aquaman scribe Paul Kupperberg. "I became friends with him through my Aquaman shrine blog," Kelly says.
June 11, 2000 |
John "Loop" Lupo gingerly picks up The Nine Rings of Wutang comic book from a shelf on the back wall of his store as if it is precious. Presenting it like an altar boy holding a communion plate, Lupo places it on a box of densely packed, wrapped comic books for a visitor to see. "When I was a kid, I'd just get in the bed and sleep on them [comics]," said the 47-year-old owner of Stormwatch Comics as he handled the $2.95 comic book. "But to take care of them, you can't just fold them back when you open them because you'll be breaking the spine.
December 4, 1988 |
New from Marvel Comics: Spider-Man meets the Incredible Raider. Spider-Man, you all know. Great climber, avenger of crime, star superhero. The Incredible Raider, with apologies to the Incredible Hulk, is Ronald O. Perelman, Philadelphian now in New York, chairman of Revlon Inc., feared predator on Wall Street. Perelman controls enough spare change to take over several billion-dollar companies tomorrow if he wanted to. So when he announced last month that he was buying Marvel Comics for a mere $82.5 million, it left people wondering whether maybe the savvy investor was on to something.
January 30, 1990 |
OK, so I'm no longer pubescent, but I read comic books. I began, I suppose, like any other normal person: reading the forbidden things in secret. Although over the years, comics have addressed "real life" issues, including, for example, rape, child abuse and substance addiction, with "real life" settings and relationships, there is something serendipitous still about the heroes handsome and heroic, the heroines handsome and heroic, and the abrasive, megalomaniac bad guys. Perhaps the most pervasive reason for reading comics is the most personal.
June 21, 1989 |
Henry Chmielefski is not your stereotypical, lunch money-squandering Batman addict - a 12-year-old boy in sneakers with fantasies of invincible biceps, triceps and pecs. Henry Chmielefski is a grown-up. A man who works for a living. A father. But there he was, hanging around last Saturday at a comic convention in the Woodhaven Howard Johnson's, in a room designed for wedding receptions, as tons of comic books were rolled in on dollies and set up behind clip-on spotlights that displayed rare editions.
November 30, 2002 |
Beginning this weekend with a two-day "quality auction" at the Slosberg Auction Gallery and culminating next weekend in a major art sale at Freeman's, the December auction calendar will offer a solid week of opportunities to bid on everything from works by students at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to collectible comic books. The comic books will be offered at the first session of the Slosberg sale, beginning at 10 a.m. today at the gallery, 2501 E. Ontario St. The 500 lots include specimens from the so-called golden age of the 1940s and '50s, such as Weird Chills and Amazing Adventures, and some from the later "silver age," such as Hawkman and the Fantastic Four.
October 6, 1989 |
Comic Book Confidential compresses 55 years of comic-book history - from Batman to Big Baby, from the Flash to the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers - into a breezy, eye-grabbing 90 minutes of pop-culture commentary. Canadian filmmaker Ron Mann has said that he came to this project knowing next to nothing about the flimsy newsprint picture books, and that's probably just as well. Spawned in the '30s as a newsstand alternative to the Sunday funnies, comics developed into a form that now accommodates everything from sophomoric yuks and straight-arrow superheroics to gripping "graphic novels" about African apartheid and the Holocaust.
August 23, 2011
Invincible. Amazing. Unstoppable. When I was a kid, such larger-than-life language sucked me into the world of comic books. They featured ordinary people for the most part, who through a set of bizarre circumstances acquired powers that made them superheroes. The Avenging Angel. The Diabolical Dr. Doom. And my all-time favorite, the Uncanny X-Men. The combination of great illustrations, over-the-top prose, and riveting story lines kept me spending my 25 cents each week for the next cliff-hanger.