Wednesday, August 14, 2013
MONSTERS ON A SLAB
Years after the last issue came off the printing press, Jim Warren's line of monster magazines remain a persistent presence on the collector's market. Last month, Heritage Auctions listed the titles shown here in one of their weekly sales.
A little irritating for people still interested in actually reading these things is the new normal of "look but don't touch", as they find a lot of higher grade copies are "slabbed" in a clear clam shell case. Conspiracy theorists will delight in the thought that slabbing collectibles is only an excuse to justify extreme prices. "Slabbers" like the CGC will tell you that its the only thing protecting your valuable pulp paper investment from the ravages of time.
In any case, it's nice to see that our favorite monster 'zines are still thought of as something -- at least, to have and to hold -- albeit separated by a thin sheet of plastic.