Extra Staple Set

January 17, 2011

Extra Staple Set

A set of extra staples, when in the context of a manufacturing defect is when the body of the book is stapled without a cover, with the cover later being stapled separately to the body giving the book a total of four staples.

An extra set of staples is actually a conscious process on part of the Press Master. During every printing there would be a set number of books which were to be printed, as ordered by the publisher. The printing press would be allocated enough materials to print the requested run, and an additional amount with the anticipation of a certain number of books being printed improperly. The improperly printed books would be collected throughout the length of the run, and put aside until the initial printing is complete. If the print run came up short of the requested number, then the improperly printed books that were cast aside earlier would then be sifted through to find any salvageable copies to fill the remainder of the order. The salvaged books would be pieced together one book at a time by hand which includes hand stapling (or stitched, depending on the book) and hand trimming. So, in the end there would be a book which was originally stapled by the staple machine, and would then have a cover added by hand stapling during the salvaging process—which would give a total of four staples.

 

Comic Book Production Process

January 3, 2011

Today, the production of a comic book is quite a bit different then it was during the Golden, Silver and Bronze age of comic creation. With the advancement in computer technology and robotics, much of the methods and steps in the creation process are different or may not even exist anymore. With the help of some authorities in the industry, a detailed and somewhat simplified step by...


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Pacific Coast pedigree

December 7, 2010

Pacific Coast

The Pacific Coast pedigree is arguably the single greatest Silver Age collection ever found. The breadth of the collection spans from 1962 into the 1970’s, and include near full runs from that time period of Marvel, DC, Gold Key, Warren Magazines and Mad ...


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Oakland pedigree

November 19, 2010

It seems to me that given the dates this collection covers, that there would be many collections that could equally qualify as a pedigree collection. 1967 might be a tougher year to find high grade material, but certainly starting in 1968 and onward, there are plenty of high grade books to be found. The collection does consist of 4,000+ books, so maybe its high quantity gives it a l...


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Curator pedigree

November 19, 2010

The Curator pedigree is right up there with Pacific Coast and White Mountain for the best Silver Age material ever discovered. It is a tough decision trying to rank them...

Curator

The Curator pedigree is arguably the first or second best collections in existence when concerning Silver Age books. The books are among the highest and even some of the absolute highest graded books ar...


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Green River pedigree

November 18, 2010

One of my personal favorites is the "Green River" pedigree. The books are great and the story behind the collection is definitely "different". And if you're a "date stamp" kind of person, this collection is for you.


Green River

The Green River pedigree is an interesting pedigree through and through. It contains mostly Marvel and DC books from the early 1960’s to the late 1960’...


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Diamond Run pedigree (collection)

November 16, 2010

The "Diamond Run" collection was revoked of its pedigree status by CGC in 2007. That alone makes this collection interesting.

Diamond Run

 The Diamond Run pedigree is one of the more unknown collections around. What is known is that it is a high grade collection of Golden and Silver Age Marvel and DC books. The collection spans from at least the late-1930's (as a Detective Comics ...


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Circle 8 pedigree

November 16, 2010

The second installment in my information regarding comic book pedigree collections concerns the "Circle 8" pedigree collection. Some people don't consider this to be a true "pedigree" collection; some view it as a warehouse find. Personally, I do consider it a warehouse find as well, but do agree that CGC should consider it as a pedigree collection.


Circle 8

 The Circle 8 collection is an extremely large collection that spans the dates of 1950 to 1975. The collection numbers approximately ...


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River City pedigree

November 15, 2010

A few years ago I began what was essentially a report on comic book pedigrees. Most of the information is collected "second-hand", which is why it is a "report". Here is the first installment; the River City pedigree!

Below is a Marines in Action #12 CGC 9.0 from the River City pedigree; check out the Devil Dog in the background slugging the Red right in the face! YEAH! "Classic l...


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