Vintage Paper

Vintage Paper is about old comics and more: whether you’re interested in the Platinum Age, the Golden Age, the Silver, Bronze, or Copper Ages — or the history behind it all — Bleeding Cool has you covered on that. Featuring articles and research from some of the best experts in the field for comics, pulps, dime novels, and much more.



The Surprising Trans-Themed Story in Space Adventures #7 from 1953

The Surprising Trans-Themed Story in Space Adventures #7 from 1953

Even in an industry that has produced a seemingly endless number of eccentric characters among the ranks of its publishers, Charlton Comics stands out.  The Connecticut company was started by two men who had met in jail, after all.  Despite that unlikely origin story, the publisher managed to attract an impressive roster of talented staffers […]

Flash Comics #86 and #92: The Rare and Elusive Black Canary

Flash Comics #86 and #92: The Rare and Elusive Black Canary

Let’s call this one the Canary Effect: Sometimes when researching the possible inspirations for comic book characters, the historical connections can be complicated and hard to decipher. Like chasing down the butterfly whose flapping wings eventually lead to something greater, and trying to make sense of it.  Other times, even the smallest inspiration can be […]

DogStars:  The Strange, Secret Origin of the Dogs Who Replaced Green Lantern

DogStars: The Strange, Secret Origin of the Dogs Who Replaced Green Lantern

Never take a fictional dog’s origin story at face value.  Dogs really do have secret lives, it seems, and every time I’m tempted to forget about the scattered notes I’ve taken over the years regarding fictional and sometimes forgotten dog stars of long ago, I think about how many billions of dollars that the concept […]

Did Captain America's Weirdest Tale Help Inspire Avengers: Infinity War?

Did Captain America’s Weirdest Tale Help Inspire Avengers: Infinity War?

One of the best things about watching the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Extended Universe movies is figuring out where it all came from.  These cinematic continuities have always been a thing somewhat apart from their comic book origins out of necessity, but even when they seem to radically depart from comic book continuity, you’ll […]

Black Cat Comics #50 and the High Cost of Uranium

Black Cat Comics #50 and the High Cost of Uranium

“Why did they write this story at this moment in time?” has become my favorite question to ask when it comes to comics history.  The answer is often just as entertaining as the comics themselves, and is always way more specific than you might guess.  I think I’ve learned more about American history than I […]

The Kid Who Became A Comic Book Hero in 1946 -- and Hated It

The Kid Who Became A Comic Book Hero in 1946 — and Hated It

On June 28, 1945 a B-25D Mitchell medium bomber collided with the Empire State Building.  Lt. Col. William Smith was piloting a routine transport mission from Bedford, Massachusetts to Newark, New Jersey.  It was an extremely foggy morning, and Smith received a warning from Laguardia Airport (then called NY Municipal Airport), “We’re unable to see […]

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When Frank Cho Got to Hold Jonathan Ross’s Frank Frazetta Original Art

Frank Cho is in London this week, with friends, for a variety of Sherlock Homes-related events. He’s just signed a bunch of his work at Forbidden Planet, but he’s finding all sorts of distractions. Such as palling with Britain’s Head Geek, broadcaster, comedian and host Jonathan Ross, and his eye-watering gallery of original comic book […]

CGC Announces a New Pedigree Label and Newly Recognized Collections

Certified Guaranty Company® (CGC®) has released a new Pedigree Certification Label. This new black and white label is a way to differentiate exceptional comic book collections known as pedigrees, and will display “CGC Universal Pedigree” in place of “CGC Universal Grade”. Only pedigrees that qualify for a Universal grade will receive the new label. These new labels will be […]

Did a UK Publisher Make Us Believe Superman Could Fly in 1939?

Did a UK Publisher Make Us Believe Superman Could Fly in 1939?

Superman as created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster is without doubt one of the most popular and successful fictional characters of all time. People around the world recognize the iconic costume, know about his super powers and weakness to Kryptonite, and have seen or read his now-familiar origin story.  He is the prototypical superhero, […]

Futurama Fans: Here's a Rare Shot at the Bender Prototype

Futurama Fans: Here’s a Rare Shot at the Bender Prototype

Startling Comics #49 is an example of something I love about the vintage comic book market: no matter how long you’ve been collecting them, vintage comics will still surprise you. There’s always that special cover tucked away in the middle of some forgotten title run that you haven’t noticed before, that fresh connection to some […]

Man-Bat, Detective Comics #400, and What Really Ended The Silver Age

Man-Bat, Detective Comics #400, and What Really Ended The Silver Age

Collectors like boundaries. We like to know when things start, and when they stop.  Knowing such things is an important requirement, because otherwise… well, you can’t just collect all the comic books, can you? Because even monetary demands aside, then pretty soon you’d have to have a warehouse to put all that vintage paper in […]

The Flash, Green Lantern, and the Art of the Vintage Reboot

The Flash, Green Lantern, and the Art of the Vintage Reboot

A tale of the Multiverse: it’s pretty impossible to remember this in the era of always-on superhero content, but there was once a world where major superheroes vanished without a trace. No warning, no explanation, you just went to the newsstand one week and instead of a new issue of The Flash or Green Lantern, there […]

Will Justice League Beat The Avengers... Again?

Will Justice League Beat The Avengers… Again?

Confession: I finally got around to watching the Justice League film recently and… absolutely loved it.  I think I liked it way more than most people because I’m a comics history nerd, and like all of Zack Snyder‘s DC Comics films, Justice League is filled to the brim with comics history easter eggs. I haven’t […]

Spider-Man 1st Appearance Amazing Fantasy 15 CGC 9.2 Hits $598,000

Spider-Man 1st Appearance Amazing Fantasy #15 CGC 9.2 Hits $598,000

We’ve covered a lot of chart-busting sales of the first appearance of Spider-Man in Amazing Fantasy #15 during the first decade of Bleeding Cool.  It is perhaps the most liquid single vintage comic issue across the entire range of grades in all of the comic book collecting hobby. Spider-Man himself is seemingly immune to the […]

Thor: Ragnarok Art, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Having Lunch with the Thing

Thor: Ragnarok Art, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Having Lunch with the Thing

As a collector of vintage comics, other old paper, and original art myself, I’ve often said that there’s a lot that even a very good scan can’t tell you about the historical paper object in question.  The quality and nature of the ink, the texture of the paper, and often even the smell of the […]

First Tintin Cover Art by Hergé Bidding Passes $1 Million at Auction

First Tintin Cover Art by Hergé Bidding Passes $1 Million at Auction

After making original comic art auction history just last month with the $5.4 million sale of Frank Frazetta‘s cover painting for Eerie #23, the famous “Egyptian Queen” painting, Heritage Auctions has one heck of a follow-up on their hands with this week’s European Comic Art Signature Auction. The headline piece of the auction, Hergé‘s very […]

Finding Doomsday Clock Original Art in a Paris Comic Shop

You can see me come across a couple of pages of Gary Frank‘s original art for Doomsday Clock in Pulp Comics in this video, as I wandered through Rue Dante in Paris earlier this week. I confess I was a little surprised. I popped back in for a better look the following day. It wasn’t […]

A Look at Erica Henderson’s Gallery of Original Art at Orbital Comics, London

Erica Henderson went on a very British holiday. And ended up at Orbital Comics in London to launch a gallery of her original work, over the weekend. I’M AT ORBITAL COMICS FOR THE START OF MY ART SHOW- THEN AND NOW: AN ERICA HENDERSON EXHIBITION! pic.twitter.com/qSqhY5sXK9 — Erica Henderson (@EricaFails) January 5, 2019 Massive thanks to […]