Welcome to "Greg's Grails". One of the questions I get asked all of the time is, what do you collect. I figured it would be neat to share them with everyone. As you will see, it's not a lot but what's there are things I love. When I was a kid collecting in the early 70's, I loved the art/stories but quickly learned how much I enjoyed the eye appeal of a "mint" comic. I was amazed to find a back issue store where I could plow through thousands of books for hours to find the best condition copies available. I wrapped all of my comics in freezer bags and never let me friends touch my books. I wanted them as close to news stand fresh as they could be. Alas, I sold them all in 1978 to buy my first car, a 1970 VW bug. I had a lot of fun with that car but as it turned out, it was the worst financial decision I'd ever make :). Who knew? Flash forward to today and I am still fascinated by bright, vibrant, high grade comic books. I couldn't even dream of the concept of original art back then but just picked up the the first piece for my collection (see below). As it relates to comic books, I especially love the early JLA's. From the classic chessboard cover on #1 to the spinning wheel (#6) to the test tube cover (#11, my favorite) to the heroes encapsulated in spheres (#16). Those books and many others in the run, with all of their color and featuring so many of the characters all on the same page, embody the nostalgia that was my youth. Pinball, Drake fruit pies, Slurpees, high dive at the community pool and so much more. Enjoy!
Justice League Of America #14 CGC 9.6. I've been looking a long time for a high grade copy of this and it has proved very elusive. Like a lot of black background covers (DC's especially), very hard to find without spine stressers.
Original art: Daredevil #158 splash page. I remember my favorite Marvel title sinking fast until Frank Miller took over and rescued this failing franchise. The cover will always be out of reach (even if it comes up for sale) so the next best thing is having the first page he drew on the Daredevil run. Fantastic image of the Black Widow.
I couldn't resist the chance to pick up this classic Joker cover. I love all Joker covers but especially those featuring playing cards. The yellows and reds are blinding! The brightest, most vibrant copy of this issue I've ever laid eyes on.
Detective Comics #118 CGC 9.2 White Pages
Justice League Of America #11 CGC 9.4 OW/WH Pages Savannah Pedigree
Justice League Of America #14 CGC 9.6 White Pages Saginaw Pedigree
Justice League Of America #15 CGC 9.4 White Pages Twin Cities Pedigree
Justice League Of America #17 CGC 9.6 White Pages Twin Cities Pedigree
Justice League Of America #18 CGC 9.8 White Pages Pacific Coast Pedigree
Justice League Of America #22 CGC 9.4 White Pages
Original Art: Daredevil #158, page 1 (1st Frank Miller page on the Daredevil run)
Original Art: Green Lantern #7, page 11 (1st time Green Lantern meets Sinestro)