This also includes an uninterrupted run of almost 200 issues (about 16 years straight). If you're a collector (or know one) and are a fan of Thor, and you weren't around during the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s, I can think of no better way to essentially end all searching for these issues than right here. Now, let's get to the books themselves.
1 The large table-top photos do not have every book pictured -- there simply wasn't room even after I added the additional leaf to my dining room table. I laid out as many as would safely fit before starting to snap pictures.The top-most row of the table is all the Journey Into Mystery issues from 86-125, as you might be able to tell. 2 I accidentally included one book on the table that wasn't intended to be part of the set, so if you see a funky-looking black- or white-out in the photo, that's the reason -- sorry about that. I was not going to lay them all out again! 3 Some of the books have some store markings on them in black ink. Some are larger marks than others. I've noted the ones below with the text "(mark)" and also included a photo that shows a few of them so you have an idea of what that looks like. Since most of them are either the number "12" or "13" I can only assume that the store received books on the 12th or 13th of the month. You do have to wonder what these store owners were thinking back then -- wow.
4 All of the comics will be inside of a bag but not all of them will have a bag to themselves. The earliest issues (through roughly 260) and some of the key issues also have backing boards. You'll be wanting to switch it all around anyway after you get them, so there's little point in me doing it. I've stored comics for decades much like this, and they've been fine.
5 While I'm hoping my math skills are up to scratch by counting 426 total issues from the table below, I could easily be off by one or two, so please don't hold me strictly to that number. I'll count them again before posting this, but with this many, I could get it wrong. My primary concern is that I actually lay eyes on every book in that table, not how many that actually is.
Not trying to hide anything here -- I want you to know what you're paying for. As for the listed conditions, here's the info you need to know. I bought most of the earliest issues 20 years ago as part of a large collection and opened up each one of them at the time to examine them and to give it a spot grade. I decided it was only fair to pick a random sampling of those now to open up again and see if I still agreed (20 years later) with the condition I had written down. I tried to pick one from roughly all the main grades to see if they were about what I thought they should be.I was happy to see that I had done a decent job with them. They were all roughly what I had thought at the time. But my point is that, for that reason, I did not re-open up all of them, going with my written grade for those. I did at least open up all the Journey Into Mystery books and eyeball them again.
I must at least do a decent job. But of course, for any particular issue, I could have missed the mark on either the high or low side, so treat my grading more as getting a relative sense of what shape the book is in and instead categorize them in your head as low-, mid- or high-grade. In other words, don't get hung up on the difference between FVF and VF-, for example -- instead, think of it as an upper-mid-grade book.
As for the vast majority i. The ones that were not in that collection, I flipped through every single book with a 25 cent cover price (those awful Marvel Value Stamp years), and found 3 or 4 that were indeed missing the MVS (all noted in the table below). After the books hit 35 cents, there was no point in me flipping through them anymore because I personally bought those when they came out, and I've never cut anything out of a comic book, so they should be fine. What I'm trying to say is that I made a good faith effort to prepare these books and evaluate their overall condition, but I might have missed something.
I did handle them all of course to take the large table top photos, so I did see every book, but with that many books, something might have slipped my notice. It took me hours to get this lot prepared for this sale, and I tried to do the best I could. So please don't shoot me if I overlooked something. There was no intent to deceive.
On the contrary, I'm hoping to provide more information than you probably want - heh. So here's the good stuff -- the long list of the issues actually included... But there's more below, so make sure you look below the table. To spare your sanity while scanning through that long list, here are the numbers of the 23 issues that are not there between 86 and 516 (in case that helps): 87, 88, 89, 91, 93, 94, 95, 97, 105, 114, 115, 119, 123, 124, 145, 196, 199, 202, 399, 428, 478, 483, 504. 86 - GD- (November, 1962).90 - FN (for a book this old, looks really nice, pretty smooth). 92 - GD+ (ragged but not ripped - name "Beth" on cover). 96 - FR+ (very ragged copy but seemingly complete). 98 - FR (another ragged copy - "Ricardo Olia" written on cover). 217 - VF (very nice shiny copy).
99 - VG+ (a nicer-looking reader). 218 - FN (back cover has 3/4 inch tear).100 - GD (tape repair on spine). 102 - FVF (front nice enough to be VF but back not quite there). 103 - VGF (nice copy in that 5.0 realm).
104 - GD (a spot of water damage, some light writing on front). 106 - GD (ragged but fairly smooth with no gloss remaining). 107 - GD+ 1st Grey Gargoyle. 225 - VG- (lots of cover wear, reader copy).
226 - VG (good copy, but missing MVS). 230 - VG (shiny but creases on cover). 113 - GD (small chunk missing from "Into" on cover). 231 - VG- (missing MVS).
118 - FR+ (rip on cover). 238 - VG (missing MVS). 239 - VG (lots of cover creases). 129 - VG (small number "10" written on cover).130 - GD (has a bunch of circular impressions on cover, spine split). 133 - VG (small number "10" written on cover). 248 - VG (many wrinkles on back cover). 144 - VG (light mark). 261 - from this point on, the books are virtually. 262 - all VF or better, with the vast majority.
149 - VG (decent but some water damage on back). 263 - being NM or at least NM. 150 - FN (very nice gloss). 264 - many of these, I was struck at how well. 265 - they had been preserved, so I'm not going.
152 - VGF (mark, nice gloss for lower-mid-grade). 266 - to list out every single number from here. 267 - to the end of the continuous run, but. 268 - rather skip forward.. 155 - VGF (nice gloss for lower-mid-grade).
156 - VF- (mark, wow, nice shiny flat copy). End 196 issue uninterrupted run. 159 - VF (mark, beautiful copy).
400 - and from this point forward, assume they're. 161 - VG- (some water damage). 401 - pretty much brand-new-like unless otherwise.
162 - GD (decent copy but part of back cover missing). 168 - VF- (good looking copy). 503 - the rest of these are still in the.
505 - subscription bags they originally came in. 506 - (most of which include a backing board). 507 - so I did not remove them.508 - sealed, having never been removed. 509 - that unless the mailman jammed them into the. 510 - mailbox, they're okay for the most part. 511 - I had subscriptions for years, and they. 512 - arrived mostly in great shape. 178 - VG (small writing on cover, small corner of back cover missing). 180 - VG+ (nice shine, white pages, but wrinkly with tiny tear on back). 181 - FR (someone took a hole punch to this one, VG- otherwise). 182 - VG+ (pretty decent looking copy but rough spot on top staple). 1 - (also in subscription bag). 183 - GD+ (sticky spot on Thor logo).
Special Marvel Edition 1 (1971) - VG+. Giant-Size 1 (1974) - VG. Annual 3 - FN+ (mark) "King Size Special". Annual 4 - FN "King Size Special". Annual 6 - VG (my first ever Thor comic).193 - VF- (square-bound books always have those lumpy staples). 194 - VF+ (by far the nicest one to this point).
197 - FN- (a bit of discoloration). 203 - VGF begin 196 issue uninterrupted run... Marvel Spectacular 1 - VF (Thor reprint). Thor e I Vendicatori 217 - VF (Italian comic). 208 - FN+ (very shiny, but back has a warp).That contains Avengers 165, a Captain. America Story, X-Men 109 it looks like.
And some other story I can't identify. Okay, enough of the cheesy sales talk - heh - but this really is a serious collection, and they don't come'round all that often.
And I have a proven track record, so the choice is yours. The item "Journey Into Mystery/Thor 86-516+Anls (lot of 426, 1962-1996) INSTANT COLLECTION" is in sale since Friday, November 22, 2019. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Comics\Silver Age (1956-69)\Superhero\Thor". The seller is "jwpedneau" and is located in Olney, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States.