Monday, February 04, 2013

Heads up Golden Age comic book collectors -- do you own rare Bill Everett?

Fantagraphics Publishing is putting out the call to any comics collectors out there who might own copies of Target Comics Vol. 3 #8 and Silver Streak Comics #1, both of which feature stories by the great Bill Everett.

The stories are needed by the second Everett Archive edited by comics historian Blake Bell.

More info:
That's right - if you can help us find someone with a copy (someone who possesses the original comic book) of Target Comics v1 #8 and Silver Streak Comics #1, we will give you a copy of Heroic Comics: The Bill Everett Archives v2 and Amazing Mysteries: The Bill Everett Archives v1.

These are the last two items we need to complete the Bill Everett Archives v2. Target #8 contains a 6-page "Chameleon" story by Bill. Silver Streak #1 contains a text story with its first page having two illustrations by Bill. If we get these two, we'll have documented all of Bill's Golden Age work (quite an achievement, given the rarity of this 1938-42 material).

Target #8 is a challenge because it contains a Basil Wolverton Spacehawk story. Silver Streak #1 is also tough because of its 1939 date (and the Alan Cross and subsequent reprints left out the text story). I fear that the practice of "slabbing" books has likely led to a number of these key Golden Age books being encased in plastic for all time, hence the challenges we're having in locating them.

That's why we're offering a finder's fee. Of course, the person who owns the comics will get comp. copies of the Archives series, but if you find that person, we'll comp you, and put your name in the latest book too.
 Go here if you can help. Here are the covers of those two rare issues.




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