PGX, known as CGG prior to 2002, was founded by Daniel Patterson and Terrance Leder with the mission to “meet the growing demand for impartial, third-party comic grading and continues to be the fastest, most affordable grading service in the industry.” Based in the US, PGX is one of the three major grading companies and claims a grading staff with over 150 years of combined experience.
Action Comics #1 was first released by DC Comics on April 18, 1938 as an anthology of stories and adventures. Superman was the most successful of them, created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, who had been looking for a home for Superman for many years prior to Action Comics. Action Comics is much more than just the first appearance of The Man of Steel however, representing the birth of the “Golden Age” of comic books. Action Comics saw decades of success thanks to some of the greatest editors, creators, and artists of the time: Mort Weisinger, Murray Boltinoff, Cary Bates, Curt Swan, John Byrne, Neil Gaiman, Paul Cornell, Andy Diggle, and Tony Daniel to name a few. With such talent behind it, fans flocked to the series, cementing its popularity in the community throughout its run.
With issue #1000 almost upon us....
Welcome to Part 3 of our series on grading comics. In this installment we will take a look at Comic Book Certification Services (CBCS). The company was founded by Alec Born and Steve Borock, the latter earning a reputation in the community while working many years at CGC, and was recently purchased by Beckett Media.
"The Justice League faces the final extinguishing of our world, invaded on all sides by unimaginable nightmares, fueled on to the edge of oblivion only by the belief that there must be a light in the endless darkness—somewhere. But…what if there’s not?" -DC Comics
Here is a complete master checklist of all the covers to Batman's Dark Nights: Metal #5.
"The Justice League has been broken and scattered to the far corners of the DCU, each member forced to face their worst fears alone…and the fears are winning. When an unlikely ally reveals a glimmer of hope, they must seize their chance, or risk their window of opportunity closing for good!" -DC Comics
Here is a complete master checklist of all the covers to Batman's Dark Nights: Metal #4.
Richard Rivera is the affable sort of guy you want to buy a beer for just to hear him spin a yarn. His engrossing approach to storytelling is evident in his breakout hit Stabbity Bunny, which is flying off the shelves. Despite its recent rise in popularity, Rivera has had to work hard to get to today, self-publishing Stabbity for several years and working directly with his fans through a grueling convention schedule. More recently Rivera has not slowed down his travel schedule, but he does have a strong partner via a publishing deal with indie darling Scout Comics. Amazing variants from up-and-coming studios like The Brain Trust have also helped create buzz for Richard’s work and fans have clearly decided to “make mine Stabbity!”
Justice League of America #1 (1987) was a new take on the classic team up title, and many felt exactly the quirky shot in the arm the series needed to reinvent itself for the second volume. The 113-issue series ran until 1996 and is remembered for its classic storytelling and artwork, comedic undertones, and well written dialog. Standing on the shoulders of this great series is #1's cover, marking itself as an icon in the industry. Created by Kevin Maguire and Terry Austin, it is one of the most recognizable covers in all of comics, its reputation assisted in no small means by the many homages artists have paid it over the years.
Franck Uzan sounds like the superheroes he depicts in his art: the secret identity of a mild-mannered financial IT analyst by day giving way to, as he puts it, “avenging artist by night.”
Franck grew up in France, absorbing and gaining artistic inspiration from French versions of Marvel comics purchased by his brother. “As a child, I used to copy all the cool stuff I had an image to work from. I started with a famous french anime, The Smurfs, and later the serious stuff: comics.” He then graduated from The Smurfs to the highly-detailed Image comics of the 1990s. “Clearly an Image comics teen, my art is heavily 90's influenced, very detailed and dynamic.” Franck identifies the legendary Jim Lee, one of the original Image artists, as his greatest influence.
When you sit down to read a book involving Galactus what do you see? Power? Moral and ethical questions? A funny hat? Well if all you can think of is wow that guy is enormous and I like that then read on, because in Part 2 of our comic grading series we are taking a deeper dive into the rating system of Certified Guaranty Corporation (CGC), the largest of the grading companies.
Imagine you’ve hit the jackpot and found a Hulk #181 in a box in your grandpa’s attic. After your happy dance (don’t fall through the ceiling), what should you do next? Any serious comic collector will immediately have Wolverine’s first appearance graded and slabbed. You want to know what exactly your comic is worth, and keep it that way, right?
Grading and slabbing, as means to assessing and protecting value, is obviously an important part of the collecting experience. Unfortunately, it can also be filled with jargon and nuance that can be intimidating, especially if you are new to collecting. In this series, we will explore this process by first examining what exactly grading and slabbing is in general, and then dig into the specifics of the three primary grading companies: Certified Guaranty Corporation (CGC), Comic Book Certification Service (CBCS), and Professional Grading Experts (PGX).