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‘Crisis’ at 30, Part 3
posted Feb 5, 2015, 8:15 PM by Vu Nguyen
Grumpy Old Fan | ‘Crisis’ at 30, Part 3
by Tom Bondurant | February 5, 2015 @ 3:00 PM
The third issue of Crisis on Infinite Earths, which appeared
in comics shops 30 years ago this week, or thereabouts, is probably the
first to feel all “Crisis-y.” After two table-setting issues
introducing the Multiverse to the characters and situations that would
reshape it, Crisis #3 ramps up the carnage. From the New Teen
Titans to the Haunted Tank, from the Legion of Super-Heroes to Jonah
Hex, and otherwise across time and space, the issue is one giant
Now, I didn’t say the issue itself is a disaster, but some seams may be starting to show in the overall story. This 25-page installment
was written and edited by Marv Wolfman, penciled by George Pérez, inked
by Dick Giordano and Mike DeCarlo, colored by Tony Tollin, and lettered
by John Costanza. Bob Greenberger was the associate editor and Len Wein
was the consulting editor.
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From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1565 (14 Dec 2003)
| November 4, 2003 | CBG's Retroview: Crisis
RETROVIEW: CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS
written by Jim Johnson
published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1565 (14 Dec 2003)
DC editors bestowed four-color godhood
upon Marv Wolfman, when they OK'd his proposal to revamp the company's
incomprehensible 50-year history in the early 1980s. and, like an angry
deity come judgment day, Wolfman waved his hand and wiped countless
redundant universes from existence, making the DC universe a more
accessible place for new readers.
Of course, fandom would have settled for
no one other than George Pérez to illustrate such an epic, and Pérez
superceded all expectations by turning in one of the finest efforts of
Wolfman wastes no time getting started,
beginning the culling of the multiverse on the second page. With the
ironically heroic demise of Earth-3's Crime Syndicate immediately
thereafter, Wolfman also kicks off the first of many emotionally
intense and beautifully constructed death sequences.
It's a bit unfortunate that the
remainder of the issue is little more than exposition for the rest of
the series, but riding along while various heroes and villains from
different Earths and eras are brought together is, nonetheless, a
It's another fairly slow issue,
action-wise. But that's barely noticed amid the excitement generated
from the intermingling of such characters from different Earths and
time periods as Kamandi and Earth-2's Superman, for example.
Amazingly, among the dozen of characters
utilized (so far), Wolfman still manages to squeeze in panel time for
individual characters, like The Flash and Psycho Pirate, who eventually
play important roles. And, as if that weren't enough, he jams a few
intriguing plot developments into an already-packed issue. Astonishing.
It would be easy to criticize the fact
that all Wolfman does here is fill another issue with unlikely, ragtag
alliances plopped into random time periods.
Except it's just too doggone cool not to like, and this is what we all paid 75¢ to see, after all.
This is fun, plain and simple. But it's
obviously none are having as much fun as Wolfman and Pérez themselves,
who are making the most of the limited playtime allotted to them In
comicdom's biggest sandbox.
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| August 15, 2002 |
SCCB: Sachs & Violens
The book is called THE STANDARD CATALOG
OF COMIC BOOKS (ISBN 0-87341-916-2), and is written by the same people
who edits and publishes COMIC BUYERS GUIDE. It is a little expensive at
$34.95, but it's worth it if you're a collector as it is a good price
guide and checklist, and for the fact that it's 1237 pages long.
Although, in most guides, they do tend
to miss certain variant comics and/or just plain inaccurate. I just
checked the 31st Edition to OVERSTREET'S COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE, which
is the latest version, and it still lists DARK HORSE #50 as having a Pérez story (see "Settlements").
Anyway, in addition to a summary of some
titles, SCCB also list, in some cases, Diamond Preorder numbers and
Capital City's order numbers. What I found very interesting is that THE NEW TEEN TITANS: THE JUDAS CONTRACT TP
is quite rare! According to this book, Capital City only received and
shipped 2,500 copies (note this number does not include Diamond
Compare this number to some other, like ACTION COMICS #643 (Capital City: 35,100), BATMAN #400 (Capital City: 27,650), THE NEW TITANS #50 (Capital City: 18,750), PRIME #15 (Capital City: 14,450), CRISIS #3 (Capital City: 42,050),
CRIMSON PLAGUE #2 (Diamond Predorders: 23,680), and
WONDER WOMAN #168 (Diamond Preorders: 27,185).
I am saving the last bit for AVENGERS #1 (vol 3), which they listed the following:
The book was actually designed as
a price guide, but I mostly find the circulation statements more
interesting than the actual list value.
Personally, I always think a value of a comic book is based on the
buyer's wants and needs (not dictated by a book). I disagree with some
of the prices on the catalogue - just like you'd find WIZARD's pricing
AVENGERS #1 (vol 3)
Circulation Statement: 166,903
Diamond Preorders: 194,439
Statement, filed 10/1/97,; avg print run 209,391; avg sales
163,342; avg subs 2,704; avg total paid 166,046; samples 270; office
use 125; max existent 166,441; 21% of run returned
The induction of Comics Guaranty LLC
(CGC) in the price guide, I find a little annoying. I don't believe in
CGC and I find the people buying them at extraordinary prices a little
crazy. For about $600 for a perfect "10"
you can get a pretty cool three figures unique George Pérez artwork, or
heck, get yourself a new digital camera. Basically, the guide lists how
many comics were CGC'ed and what the highest number it got. For
instance, INHUMANS #1
there were 32 sent in to be graded and the best of the lot is a grade
According to this guide, we're supposed to multiply 7 to its worth
(which is valued at $8), so a CGC 9.6 INHUMANS #1 should fetch about
As always, opinions expressed here are strictly my own. Buy this book, it's worth it!