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Chris Bachalo nailed it

Three quick notes on this original art piece, from Generation X #1.

1. Something seems extra cool about this being from an “important” issue of the series. Although you often see great original art, for some reason the pieces from big issues fetch a larger price tag because, well, they were more relevant. More people saw this page than some random shot from Generation X #13. Issue #1 is catching a lot of casual fans, give-it-a-try’s and also had a large chance of becoming the “I love this ______ (artist/book/writer/character)” issue.

2. Page gives you a great sampling of the book’s main characters. Monet, Jubilee, Husk, Banshee. Outside of Emma Frost and/or Chamber, you’ve covered most of your bases.

3. It’s amazing to see how much time and effort it appears that Bachalo sank it to some of these early issues of Generation X. Look at how crisp, smooth, and detailed this page is – ask yourself if you’ve ever seen Bachalo’s work look so crafted. And this isn’t in anyway bashing any of his other work – the looseness of his style explodes on the page and has become his signature. Here he feels like a focused and sharp weapon – all of the energy in his pencils just oozing out of these tightly drawn, precise pages. Within 12 issues his style loosened, and his illustration transformed into Busta Rhymes – extravagant, unique, explosive.Whether enjoyed or not, Bachalo’s art demanded attention like few others, and continues to do just that today.

So in summary, a $645 Buy It Now seems reasonable for this. A little lower and I think I’d have to start thinking about it.

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Top 100 Summer Comics… #94

I had to get in the way-back machine for this one.

And I can’t lie – I’ve never held an original copy of this book in my hands. But I have had the chance to read at least two separate reprints, and it looks just the same. Just without the yellow pages and worn spine. And I bet there’s some of you out there who’ve never read this story…

#94 – Amazing Spider-Man 1

A great story. Legitimately, this is one of the first Spider-Man stories I ever came in contact with, second to only one, and Spidey wasn’t even in that book. Strange. But this story resonates within the pages of every Peter Parker appearance I’ve seen since, and for that matter every Fantastic Four book as well. The characters are perfectly defined in this book, you have the wit and playfulness of Spider-Man meeting the respective intellect, emotion, strength, and sarcasm of Mr. Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Thing and the Human Torch.

It gave me an understanding before understanding was a word I really comprehended of what the human element of a super hero was. The Marvel way of comic books. This is a BIG story for me. So you need to check it out.

Annnnnd since most of you might not have the dough to plunk down for the original above, you can also catch the story collected here (and the next nine issues of Amazing Spider-Man and the first appearance from Amazing Fantasy #15) as well as for a much more affordable sum.

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