Hero Books from the 1980s! 175+ books! Truman, Chakyin, Baron, Badger, Dixon!
Kochcom Store BOX OF SUPERHERO COMICS FROM THE 1980S! Sure, there's Marvel and DC, pounding out story after story of spandex clan gorillas wrestling with each other, and yes, better comic book stores around the country will have a section dedicated to th ... Read More
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BOX OF SUPERHERO COMICS FROM THE 1980S!
Sure, there's Marvel and DC, pounding out story after story of spandex clan gorillas wrestling with each other, and yes, better comic book stores around the country will have a section dedicated to the work of some of the giants of sequential art, like Crumb and Clowes. Alas, rarely do the superhero fan and indie community find common ground. There was a time when this was not the case: The 1980's, when the direct market created an outlet for countless struggling comic book creators to publish their own work. Humor, War, Horror, and yes, even superheroes were represented by this pool of talent, consisting, in equal parts, of up and comers, pros sick of editorial restraint, and those never to be seen or heard from again. One could argue the creative output from the 1980s has never been equaled.
To celebrate this critically undervalued period of comics history, we have combed through our vaults to present FULL SHORTBOXES, holding an average of 175 comics, offering a survey of books that will surely provide hours upon hours of reading material.
As an antedote to the standard superhero fare, the indy companies like First comics came up with hero titles cut from a different cloth. More adult, more violent and bristling with social commentary, books like Tim Truman's Scout, Howard Chaykin's American Flagg, Mike Grell's Jon Sable and John Ostrander (with Tim Truman)'s Grim Jack featured action, dystopian sci-fi settings and many subtle jibes at Reagan era America. Extremely popular when released, these titles were a corner stone of the direct market, challenging the notion that comics were for kids and anticipating the industry evolution from children's pseudo-literature to a unique, vibrant, limitless and valid medium.
Please look at the photos for exact issues included in this collection and please feel free to email us with any question.
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marks, white pages. Any flaws are HINTS of a flaw. Maybe look very
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there is at least some gloss, good corners, but closer look reveals yet
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creases but no significant tears. Staples still solid. Book still
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larger tear, staples still well attached, but may have stress tears
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still, possibly a piece or two missing from the cover, a staple may be
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its pages. Things may be loose or waiting to get lost, there may be a
piece missing here or there, but the book is there. Still readable. We
do not give incomplete books a grade.
that when a grade appears as (VG-F) or something similar, it means the
book was somewhere in-between the two selected grades. And when a
listing appears as (G+), it means that the book was slightly better
than the grade described, or slightly less in the case of (G-).
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