Newsstand Variants News - Awesome Lindsner DAWN Collection Part Two
Three years ago I was in a very testy mood, as I had just finished giving San Diego Comic-Con
a $16,800 check to renew our booth for the following year. I won't today delve into why I was
especially annoyed that day, but suffice it to say that I was not in the mood to take **** from
anyone. It was at this magic moment that a gentleman who makes his living by selling highly
suspect comics pricing information to gullible fans accosted me in the convention foyer, to
loudly voice his opinion that he was still not convinced that newsstand editions of comics were
worth any more than the standard Direct Market versions.
NEW MUTANTS #98 Direct and Newsstand editions
That challenge to my veracity was a big mistake, as for once in my life I let my veneer of
congeniality slip away, and lit into him for being such an unapologetic dumb***. First, I brought
to his attention that he had not the slightest clue as to what he was talking about, as all he did
for a living was to harvest sales data from public sources, and then resell it as "fact." Second,
I reminded him that never in his life had he actually sold any comics to anyone, so he was utterly
clueless about what attributes fans truly value. And, finally, I pointed out that only an idiot
would deny the fundamental reality that comics that have print runs that are but a tiny fraction
of the Direct Market issues would not command some sort of premium. Then, before I got any madder,
I walked away.
Fast-forward 3 years, and this press release was issued yesterday by Steve Borock, President of the
CBCS grading service:
"CBCS is proud to announce that we will now identify the difference between Newsstand and Direct Edition
variants on our label, for comics published from 1977 through 2000. This was a change made in response to
the increasing number of requests that we've received over the past few years from customers and dealers
alike. CBCS recognizes this trend as one of those collecting niches that has been overlooked for a long
time, and we agree that the change is due. Given the growing number of passionate collectors who are starting
to acknowledge and accept Newsstand and Direct Market variants as different copies of the same comic, we
will now start identifying them on the CBCS labels.
We are always looking for ways to improve our product and our hobby, as well as give people what they
want," said Steve Borock, President of CBCS. "This is just one more way for CBCS to help lead comic
collectors into the future of this great hobby."
Suffice it to say, complete and total vindication after years of suffering the slings and arrows of the
ignorant, is so sweet. That having been said, I am completely aware that newsstands are an area of
collecting that does not appeal to everyone, and that for many fans obtaining only Direct Market editions
is just fine. About eight years ago, however, we finally started listening to some of our more dedicated
collectors, who were offering to pay us a premium if we would provide them with the option of ordering
newsstand editions from
This led to us begin what turned into an incredibly expensive venture to create item codes in
for all existing newsstand editions, and to then scan them all individually as proof of their existence.
SPAWN #1 Direct and Newsstand editions
Documenting all of the newsstand editions turned out to be a Herculean undertaking, as we were the pioneers
of this effort, and thus had no other database to draw upon. Publishers were no help, as they were (mostly)
clueless about what had transpired in years past. That left us no option but to sort out newsstands whenever
we could find them, and to then add them into our database one at a time. After eight years, I estimate
that we have expended well over one million dollars in time and product cost on this effort. Blessedly, we
have also been able to cover 100% of those costs by garnering new sales from our newsstand listings,
enough so that our entire newsstand documentation effort actually became cash flow positive in the
third year. In this instance, the marketplace spoke rather eloquently.
HARLEY QUINN #1 (DC Rebirth) Direct and Newsstand editions
So you know, our success as regards newsstand variant editions has been so great that I estimate that our
once-scorned newsstand editions now generate 30% of our total gross revenues. That's a very good thing, as
we are still locating even more newsstands every day, which means that our costs also continue to accrue.
In point of fact, our lead graphics expert, Chris Boyd, struggles to keep up with scanning the covers of
our newest listings, as we are at least 500 issues ahead of him right now. That having been said, we now
have the covers of the vast majority of the more common issues from
available for you on
It took us a while, but our enormous effort has finally borne fruit. Yay!
WOLVERINE (1988) #1 Direct and Newsstand editions
I will try to cover a few more details about what we've learned about the actual scarcity of newsstands
in Monday's newsletter, but for today I want to quickly move on to some different topics. First, all of
this year's Free Comic Book Day sets that we had reserved for our online clients are now ALL committed.
If we have any sets remaining after FCBD, I will offer them to you at that time. Second, both Will and
Pam purchased major collections yesterday, and I am working on an exceptionally large deal this afternoon.
All of these thousands of comics still need to be graded, however, so we will not have scans (or photo arrays)
for you until Monday. Finally, what we do have for you today are many, many scans if the incredible
Michael Linsner collection
that Will Moulton purchased on Monday. All of these
shown are one-of-a-kind, and most have never before been in our stock. If you see something you would like
to own please order immediately, or it may be gone.
President - Mile High Comics, Inc.
April 7, 2017
Dennis Kitchen and Chuck
P.S. I was blessed yesterday by a visit from legendary Underground Comix publisher (and creator...)
I have known Denis for over 30 years, and hold him in the highest esteem. He is now one of the foremost
talent representatives in the entire world of comics.
Some of Linsner Portfolios and Prints
CHURCH OF DAWN PORTFOLIO JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER S&N (1992) #79
CRY FOR DAWN 1990 PRINT DOUBLE SIGNED
CRY FOR DAWN PORTFOLIO SIGNED & NUMBERED (1991) #389
CRY FOR DAWN PORTFOLIO SIGNED & NUMBERED (1991) #827
CRY FOR DAWN SIGNED PRINT (1993
DAME LUCIFER BY JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER S&N PORTFOLIO (1994) #1182
DAME LUCIFER BY JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER S&N PORTFOLIO (1994) #2299
DARK IVORY SIGNED & NUMBERED PRINT (2000)
DAWN 1989-1999 SIGNED PRINT (1999)
DAWN BLACKLIGHT SIGNED & NUMBERED PRINT (1995)
DAWN DESK STANDEE (JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER) (1995)
DAWN IMAGES OF HEAVEN PORTFOLIO (1995)
DAWN JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER PORTFOLIO (1992)
DAWN: BACK IN BLACK PRINT ARTIST PROOF S&N FRAMED (2001)
DAWN: SEVEN DEADLY SINS PORTFOLIO S&N (2009) #769
JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER 3 STORE TOUR FLYER S&N (1999)
JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER DAWN PRINT SIGNED (2001)
JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER VALENTINE'S DAY BIG APPLE PRINT (1998)
JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER VAMPIRELLA PRINT S&N (1997) #1004
LILITH PRINT S&N JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER FRAMED (1996) #75
LINSNER GIRLS PORTFOLIO SIGNED & NUMBERED (2002) #2 437
LINSNER GIRLS PORTFOLIO SIGNED & NUMBERED (2002) #2 1317
LINSNER GIRLS PORTFOLIO SIGNED & NUMBERED (2002) #3 376
LINSNER GIRLS PORTFOLIO SIGNED & NUMBERED (2002) #4 459
METAL ART: DAWN JOSEPH MICHAEL LINSNER (2001)
SIRIUS 1994 PRINT DOUBLE SIGNED (1994)
SIRIUS PREVIEWS FROM SIRIUS PORTFOLIO (1994)
VAMPIRELLA: DANGEROUS GAMES METAL-TEK #1 COVER