The Slabbed Comic That Wasn’t As Distressed As It Looked

Declaration of interest – comic book graders and slabbers CGC apparently sponsors Bleeding Cool – there’s a logo up top and everything. They were however not, in any way, involved in the following article about their rival service CBCS. I’d have run it whether they were on not because I found it rather amusing.

This is a copy of the comic book The Electric Black #1 from Scout Comics, with a retailer variant cover from Jetpack Comics that’s a homage to the EC Comics of old. And printed as if it had folds, scuffs and the like. As if it were a really old comic. You’re probably ahead of me here and can see where this is going.

A Bleeding Cool reader sent a signed copy off to be slabbed by CBCS. And it came back, lickety-split. Maybe a little too lickety-split.

The signature was authenticated. But the 5.5 grade was as if the folds and scuffs printed on the cover of the comic… were actually folds and scuffs.

The comic was in near mint condition, plus the signature… I’m sure this will be put right once the matter is raised. But it did give me a bit of a giggle… here are the details of the comic in question.

(W) Joseph Schmalke (A) Rich Woodall
The Electric Black is a cursed antique shop, appearing in any time or space, soliciting customers it hungers to corrupt or devour. The mysterious Julius Black is the store’s demonic proprietor and narrator. He, along with his psychopathic employees, regularly manipulates patrons for their own devious purposes. Inside the eerie emporium, all of the forbidden objects have secrets to unlock.  The poor souls that enter never leave without something. Its dark light will shine on macabre mysteries, grisly murders, and other frightful occurrences. Dare you step within its sinister halls?In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99


About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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