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).
In a world where Batman has gone too far, The Joker must save Gotham City.
He’s been called a maniac, a killer and the “Clown Prince of Crime” but “white knight”? Never. Until now…
Set in a world where the Joker is cured of his insanity and homicidal tendencies, The Joker, now known as “Jack,” sets about trying to right his wrongs. First he plans to reconcile with Harley Quinn, and then he’ll try to save the city from the one person who he thinks is truly Gotham City’s greatest villain: Batman!DC Comics
Here is a complete master checklist of all the covers to Batman: White Knight.
Dark Days: Metal 7 One Shot Batmans, "as the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World's Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures?" -DC Comics
Here is a complete cover checklist of the 7 Batman One Shots