Well posting these comics that are currently displayed in my art studio has certainly cemented the idea that I like a lot of black on my covers.
This one, CASPER’S GHOSTLAND #8 has an interesting story; I was at Chicago Comic Con with #2 son and we were flipping through the offerings at a table that had some serious markdowns. I pulled this one out because it was a striking cover. It’s hard to find black covers in nice condition because they show all their flaws— but this one was gem mint— and had the ungodly price of $12 on it. I’m not making that up— it was $12 and I decided to think about it.
If I had a time machine I’d go back and kick myself in the rear.
So not only did I decide to think about spending $12 on a beautiful comic book with a value of about $200 (and value is subjective— how many Casper collector’s are there?) but I left it out on the table— I didn’t put it back in the bin. I don’t know why I did that other than possibly to be able to find it quickly when I came back.
Well I came back and it was gone.
Because I had left it out, someone far smarter than I stumbled on it and couldn’t believe such a great looking book was only $12.
So I spent the better part of a year trying to track down a copy for a reasonable price, I found a copy that wasn’t as nice for about the same money, but I’m still looking for a gem-mint copy at a bargain price.
I love this cover even though I have no idea what they’re doing. Yeah they’re drawing a Jack O Lantern— I get that— but are they drawing it in space? Is this a dark moon? I don’t know, but it’s a great cover.
Learn from my lesson, if something is great and it’s under $20 just buy it.