Even before COVID-19 arrived to make local retail a very tough market, the Philadelphia-based Fat Jack’s Comicrypt has known just how hard it is to keep comic book specialty stores in business. But they hope to counter the difficulties in getting books to fans with a special livestream on Facebook later tonight.
The “live sales event” will run from 7-9pm ET on the store’s Facebook page and feature “historic back issues” of various titles, new and backstock paperback and hardcover collections, one-of-a-kind original art, signed limited editions, sketches, statues, and more.
Rare consignment items will also be showcased, like the complete original art from Black Panther (2005) #2 by artist John Romita Jr and inker Klaus Janson. The issue, written by Reggie Hudlin, is the first appearance of T’Challa’s sister Shuri. Another interesting item is the actual copy of Action Comics #8 used as evidence in DC Comics’ decade-long copyright dispute against Fawcett Publications over Captain Marvel. Though the Big Red Cheese would eventually become a DC superhero, the case is a genuinely captivating story in comic book history. The comic is stamped by the court and is CGC Graded. Other items include a CGC Graded copy of Tales to Astonish #13 — first appearance of Groot — various issues of the original Amazing Spider-Man run from #23 to #100, and other Golden Age & Silver Age classics.
More modern work by creators like Dan Jurgens, Frank Miller, Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Mark Waid, Joe Quesada, Adam Kubert and more will also be sold. Here are a few samples of some of the items: