Silent Auction Underway
We started a silent auction this week of various things, art pieces and long time fixtures of the Cup. If you would like to own a piece of our history, this is your chance.
Most of the auctions have a minimum amount we are looking for or will sell it for and the auction must meet it for us to let it go.
Stop in and take a look. Pictures are up at our Facebook page.
Here is a list of the below stuff:
- Toy Box – Gene Ha original art framed
- Spider-man print – framed Alex Ross
- Rick Grimes – Original Tony Moore Walking Dead art framed
- five small art pieces – framed art including Dave Johnson and Mike Mignola originals
- the Original Cup o’ K sign – THE original sign
- Mouse Guard – Original Dave Petterson framed art
- In Case of Zombie Gun – the one of a kind safety measure
- Flash – Doug Mahnke original framed art
- Fantastic Four framed print – Alex Ross
- Coffee Shop Neon sign
- Catwoman Print – signed by Adam Hughes
- Batman framed prints
- Batman Neon Sign
- One Shot Wonders – signed by Mike Mignola, Jos Wheadon and Travis Charest
Super Moving Sale Continues
This week we increase the Moving Sale to these levels:
- 50% off all non-marked Trade Paperbacks and Hard Covers
- 70% off the Old Wall books dating before April
- 50% off all Bundles
- 50% off Mugs, T-Shirts, Action Figures, Heroclix
- Formerly Dollar books now 30 cents
- Formerly 50 cent books now 10 cents
This sale will go through Saturday the 19th.
Schedule for Moving the Shop
As we begin to transition down to the Des Moines Social Club, we are had a general schedule for the rest of the month. We expect to be open at the new location on Wednesday April 23rd. The Beaverdale location will be open regular hours through Saturday the 19th. We will be closed in both locals the 20th through the 22nd. (We learned something from the last move and it is to not try and do it over night.)
Drink and Draw this week
We’ll have Drink and Draw at Good Sons in Beaverdale Thursday night at 8:00. You don’t have to be an artist to attend. Everyone is welcome.
Kyle’s Retro Review – Treasury Comics
This week will be another one of those Comics History lessons as opposed to the review or look at a specific story arc or run. So with that, let’s take a look at the world of Treasury Comics, the fantastic giant sized tabloid format that flourished in the 70’s for both Marvel and DC. Marvel and DC were not the only companies to employee this giant format, nor the first, but they certainly did it longer and more successfully than any of the smaller companies that ventured into publishing comics under this format.
What are Treasury Comics? They are literally giant sized – traditionally a whopping 10” x 13” in dimension – comics that usually run from 60 to 100 pages in length.
DC beat Marvel to the Treasury punch so to speak, by releasing their first Treasury around the Christmas holiday season back in 1972, with a giant sized Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer special. Rudolph comics? That’s right, DC actually had a fairly long running Rudolph ongoing comic series in the 1950’s, and as we’ve touched on in the past, in the days of few reprints and no trade paperbacks, DC released these stories reprinted for the first time in the Giant 10 x 13” Treasury Format. In fact Rudolph Treasuries sold so well and were so popular, that he would end up getting 7, that’s right 7, Treasury Comics, while founding members of the Justice League Aquaman, Green Lantern, and the Flash didn’t get a single Treasury Edition devoted to them!
The new marketing of comics in an uncommon size obviously did the trick, as DC would continue to crank these out. This first Treasury Edition had no numbering, but has retroactively been numbered C-20, because the next treasury DC would release would be Shazam! Numbered simply by C-20 and released 6 months later. (Big surprise here, DC has strange numbering in the Bronze Age, we’ve hit on that before.) From there DC would continue to crank out Treasury Edition Comics under the “Limited Collector’s Edition” title. The series served as giant sized reprints of past stories, and usually stuck in some sort of game feature as well, with some DC themed puzzles, connect the dots, and even cut-out masks. They also released full reprints of past Golden Age issue, ads and all, under the “Famous First Edition” banner. Like Limited Collector’s Edition, Famous First Edition reprinted classic stories that weren’t available anywhere else in a format now almost twice as big as how they were originally printed, what a great way to read the first appearances of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel.
It wouldn’t be long before Marvel decided they wanted to wade into the oversized tabloid comic market when they released Marvel Treasury Edition #1 featuring the Spectacular Spider-Man in June of 1974. From there Marvel reprinted a number of classic stories in the Treasury Format, just like DC, including my all-time favorite, Marvel Treasury Edition #2 The Fabulous Fantastic Four, which reprinted the Galactus Saga that originally ran through Fantastic Four #48-50.
For Marvel and DC both, the Treasury format served as strictly a way to reprint past comic stories, until 1975 rolled around and they saw the Treasury Comic as a great way to introduce new stories that were originally intended to be told in this giant storytelling format. The first Treasury to feature new content would also serve as another major milestone, it would also mark the first Marvel & DC crossover and co-publishing endeavor.
In August of 1975, DC and Marvel made history, coming together to co-publish MGM’s Wizard of Oz Treasury Edition. This was such a success that it paved the way for the first Marvel & DC Superhero crossover, the infamous Superman vs. The Amazing Spider-Man treasury that hit stands in January 1976. This featured an amazing story by a cast of DC and Marvel creators alike for this all new full length story starring the two biggest and most popular comic superheroes of the time.
From there DC and Marvel alike would both publish new stories in the Treasury Format. Marvel would publish the new stories under their same Marvel Treasury Edition banner or under the occasional special, such as Captain America’s Bicentennial Battles. DC on the other hand would publish their new stories under the “All New Collector’s Edition” banner but continue the C-## numbering system they previously established for their Limited Collector’s Edition treasury. And of course the companies would continue to crossover in the Treasury Format with such gems as the Batman vs. the Incredible Hulk and second Superman and Spider-Man treasury.
Sadly by the early to mid-80’s the Treasury Comic format had all but gone by the way side by first DC, and then Marvel. However, there is hope that it is making a comeback. The fantastic comic company IDW Publishing has resurrected this publishing format today, and has continued to crank out 5-7 Treasury editions over the past 3 years. They’ve released some fantastic editions, including 3 Danger Girl issues collecting the original Danger Girl series, 2 Rocketeer Treasuries, a GI JOE Real American Hero Treasury and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Treasury Edition. Their most recent is the awesome Judge Dredd Big Drokkin’ Treasury Edition.
If you’d like to learn more about Treasury Editions, check out the most comprehensive site devoted to these fantastic collectibles at the following link: