May 2014
News and Information for People Who Love Comics

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Online video tips help you realize more out of ComicBase

ComicBase has had movies as part of the package for a number of years now. Creator interviews, movie trailers, and more have added to the experience for purchasers of the software. Now, creator Pete Bickford has stepped from behind the camera to take a seat in front of it for what he described as "a new line of videos to help folks to achieve even greater awesomeness when using ComicBase. Even a lot of our old time customers have already written us to let us know that they were able to pick up some tricks which will save them a ton of time, which they didn’t know before."

The first two videos in the series--covering several ways to enter comics into ComicBase and the ins and outs of Sidekick, respectively--are already online or you can click on them below. You can also subscribe to the ComicBase TV channel on YouTube by clicking on the Subscribe button.

Comics Conundrums: Judge Dredd on Comics

The best-known lawman in Mega-City One has run into all sorts of illegal activities on his beat in the future world shown in 2000 A.D. and the various Judge Dredd comics series over the past 35+ years. From random murders to a secret stash of sugar to spitting on the sidewalk, no offense is too minor to escape Dredd's notice.

In Judge Dredd the Early Cases #3 (Apr 86), which reprints the story "The Comic Pusher" from 2000 A.D. #20 (July 9, 1977), Dredd gets a tip on an underground comics trading ring. As he speeds to the ring's hideout, his inner monologue reveals his thoughts on comics:

In case you can't read it, he's thinking "Old comics are worth a fortune. Selling them to kids is one of the lowest forms of crime. After one or two, kids get so they can't give them up. Then the price goes up and up ... If I handle this right I can wipe out the whole comic ring!"

Is it really any surprise that Mr. "I am the Law!" would have this attitude?

Market Trends

With movie news circulating about 100 Bullets, we've seen Near Mint prices on the first several issues start to climb. The series' first issue is now at $10.50 with the next few issues not too far behind.

The events of Amazing Spider-Man 2 should cause some movement on such issues as Amazing Spider-Man #121 and #122 (Jun and Jul 73), but there wasn't enough activity as this newsletter went to press to see a trend. However, the upward trend of Amazing Spider-Man #15 (Aug 64), which features the first appearance of Anna Watson and Kraven the Hunter, as well as the first mention of Mary Jane Watson's name, continues to increase in value, moving from $4,100 to $4,900.

Another downward trend reported this month was on issues of Dell's Outer Limits series. Issues from #10 through #15 are seeing a fair amount of price turbulence. We'll keep an eye on the market and see what happens in the coming weeks.

ComicBase Confidential

Publisher: Pete Bickford • Editor: Brent Frankenhoff