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Guidelines for Uploading Cover Scans to CPG

Originally posted by Rocket...

First off, thank you for helping us make CPG the best comic resource on the web. Here are some guidelines to upload comic cover scans to the database. If you don't see your scan approved within a 2 week period it might have not been up to par, please review the items below and make sure the scan meets all requirements.
First off if you are new to scanning comics, take a moment to read a quick step by step to scanning I have here at my website. You can also see some examples of bad scans that will not make it into the database.

Covers must be:
  • 1. Cropped properly. No background showing.
  • 2. No digital camera pictures.
  • 3. No covers with URL, company watermarks or logos.
  • 4. No covers with scanline patterns will be accepted.
  • 5. No covers scans with the comic still in the bag and board.
  • 6. No grainy or blurry scans.
  • 7. Adult covers with nudity must be edited with black boxes.
The only exception to the above rules are Golden Age covers.
We are a little more flexible with these, due to the rarity of getting a cover scan.
If you are scanning in your own covers to upload I recommend a 200 to 300 DPI setting and then resizing the covers to a 350 x 535-pixel size before saving. This is a standard I have used for a few years that makes a good clear scan without being a huge filesize.
Thank you for helping to make CPG the best comic site on the net. smile
edited by ronbatman on 5/17/2019
So You Want to Sell Your Comics?

Our site provides easy communication between collectors.

Through our site your options include:

Marking them as "For Sale" Within your Collection
Pull up a on "view your collection"...mark the box next to the issues you want to on the "sell" and follow the instructions that come up...

Posting a "Classified Ad"
Click on "Classified" in our hotlinks on the front on "your classifieds"...follow the instructions...

Posting a Notice in our Forum Market Section
Click on "Forum" in our hotlinks...separate registration for the forum is required...Go to the forum "Marketplace"...follow the posted rules...let fellow collectors know what you have for sale...

Payment methods and shipping costs are between buyer and seller. All sales are the direct responsibility between buyer and seller. CPG does not monitor, police, nor charge fees or commissions on sales. Buyer Beware! Any information concerning confirmed fraud or misuse will result in members removal.
edited by netstuffers on 12/31/2015
Forum Rules and Guidelines

CPG Message Board Rules and Notes
Update March 30, 2008
  • CPG Message Board General Rules
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The CPG Message Boards are here for the enjoyment of the online comic book community. The CPG Message Boards are a free service, and by using this service you agree to abide by the rules and policies noted below. The CPG Message Board's goal is to offer a friendly, family-safe atmosphere, relatively free of the flame wars that bring so many message boards to a standstill. Because of this goal, you may notice that the CPG Message Board rules and policies are strongly enforced. Please respect the forums and the members when posting on the boards. Most of all, just have fun!
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Guidelines: Please Read Before Posting!

Welcome to the Missing Issues and Errors Forum

When members need us to add books or correct errors in the CPG database this is where you make your request.

General Guidelines

  • 1. We are not adding signed or re-marked books at this time.
  • 2. We do not list publications which contain less than 40% comic strip material
  • 3. The more information you can supply the faster we can add the books.
  • 4. No more than 10 outstanding requests per member please.
  • 5. Please wait at least a week following the release of standard US comics before posting a request for them to be added to the system. These are usually all listed on a release list we get weekly that can take up to a week to get through.


An Example Request

Please supply the following information when asking for comics to be added

Title: Uncanny Space Cowboys
Missing Issues: All
Country: USA
Publisher: Cowboy Books
Publication Years: 2002-Current
Cover Price: $2.25
Variant Cover of #1 (Cover A was by Peter Murfin, B was by Alex Ross)
These books can be seen at the publishers Web Site at


Occasionally some requests can take a few weeks to resolve. These complicated requests may get moved to our research team area while they are being investigated.

Please use the following template when requesting missing titles or issues be added to the database. To use the template simply copy all the information below, paste it into a new message, and fill in the missing data. If title contains more than one issue please repeat fields 5 thru 11.



01. TITLE:
*Note, please use the indicia for correct title information.
*If title already exists in the database please copy and paste the link to the database entry in the space below.

*Note, please use the indicia for correct publisher information.

05. ISSUE #:
07. DATE:
09. PRINT RUN (If Known or Listed):
10. ISBN/ISSN# (If Listed):
11. URL TO COVER SCAN (If Available):
*Note, is a free image hosting website and good place to host your cover scans.
Signed and Remarked Comics

This policy is in regards to the how signed (and etc.) comics will be handled by the CPG database:
1) Dynamic Forces VARIANT COVERS (signed or unsigned), along with all other variant covers, will be included in the regular database. COA's (certificate of authenticity) will not be mentioned because they are not an actual part of the comic and we can place no value on the COA itself (although most collector's do consider a NM signed comic to imply an included COA, this is up to the individual collector).
2) Users will be able to check whether a comic in their collection is signed or not - whether that be a DF Teen Titans #1 bought on the net or an Alf #7 they got signed in McBee South Carolina - and they'll have a notes section to include information about their signed comic (USERS: this will be YOUR PERSONAL information for that comic and will NOT be included in the CPG database of comics).
The CPG Staff
edited by netstuffers on 12/31/2015
Post Pictures of Your Comic Room!

This was a fun thread on the old forums, and we're sad to have lost it. So let's start it up again. Here's a look at the CPG offices!

Admittedly, a lot of the comics are in storage, but we have some of our favorites displayed and plenty of statues. We get visitors from the building who wander in all the time to check out the office.
"Raw" Prices vs. "Graded" Prices

It used to be that getting a book graded almost always meant that you would get above "guide" for it...

Everybody was jumping on the "speculation wagon"...

It's not so true anymore.
If your book grades at 9.6 or better, you're apt to get over guide for it because they really are that rare...Having it professionally graded, in some people's minds, is the "seal of approval" that "Yes, my book really is a 9.6."...

Anything 9.4 or below, is just as likely to get you the same price for a "graded" as you can for a "raw"...All slabbing does is give the buyer a little more comfort that it really is a 4.5...and not just the seller saying it is...

Our graded prices have long been based on a formula created from market data. Since not every issue in every grade has been slabbed and then sold and then obviously is just a "best guess" formula based on common factors.

What is causing some that on some of our titles...after the last upgrade...the "graded" column is pulling from the wrong formula...making it look like the graded are worth less than the raw...
It's not happening on all titles, and we still haven't found the common denominator on the ones that are pulling wrong.

Rule of thumb: Your comic is worth at least "raw" prices...graded or not. If it's graded and a 9.6 or greater, you can probably get over guide for it...

Staff are working to remove the confusion and the price survey team is constantly watching market reports for any changes...

My advice?....Go read a comic and relax Cool
Autographs/Signatures on Comics!

People tend to think having a signature on a comic is going to raise it’s value..Is this right or wrong?

Many people debate this issue on comic forums daily so here is a small guide to help make up your mind before you get an artist to sign your comic.

Ask yourself some simple questions beforehand:

1. Why are you getting the comic book signed?

2. Is the comic going to be just for your personal collection?

3. Should the comic be signed on the cover OR inside of the cover?

If you're getting your comic signed for personal reasons then by all means get it done when you have the chance. The comic itself will hold more personal value to you even if it’s not worth much money wise. Some people get their comics signed on the inside of the comic book (first page) to not wreck the front cover appearance. But again if you have no intentions of selling it get the signature where you want but if you plan to possibly resell in the future think about where the signature is going to be put.

In general people are only going to pay for a signature on a comic book if it’s a key book or they really want to own the book. As Joker states on the CPG forum- “The only time signatures truly increase the value of the book is when it is a key book, signed by a key person in the creative process and CGC Signature Series encapsulation.”

Comics that are signed by well known artists and are dead could possibly raise the price of the comic but again you’ve gotta consider the condition of the book too.

Overall signatures on comics comes down to personal opinion!
Ready to Add a Few UGs to Your Collection?

Originally Posted by oldmilwaukee6er
Over the next few weeks, I will attempt to highlight a few tiers-based on pricing, importance, etc.- of Key Underground (UG) comix for any collecting budget. These posts largely represent my opinions, research, and experiences in actively collecting UG comix for the past 2+ years—a small amount of time to be sure.


So why collect UGs?

They’re dangerous.
Anti-censorship reaction to the Comics Code Authority proved a big influence to UG pioneers. As youngsters, future UG artists were deeply affected, with some watching their parents tear up their comics collections (see back cover to Zap Comix #1). UG Comix are their payback.

They’re forbidden.
They are counterculture-inspired stories dealing with social issues like sex, drugs, rock music and anti-war protest. For this reason, these new comics became known as "comix" to set them apart from mainstream comics and to emphasize the "x" for x-rated.
They’re important…
Comix dealt with burgeoning social issues such as racism, sexism, and anti-war protest. The UG movement contained some of the earliest feminist work in comics.
…and they’re gaining credibility.
Jerry Weist, in his book titled The 100 Greatest Comic Books, rated Zap Comix #1 higher than many ‘straight’ powerhouses such as Detective 27, Showcase 4, X-Men 1, Fantastic Four 1, and ASM 1. Art Spiegelman won a Pulitzer Prize for his work on MAUS, which first appeared in Funny Aminals[sic] a UG published by Apex Novelties. The UG comix phenomenon is now largely recognized as an important avant garde Art movement.

Getting started…
“I want to add some underground (UG) comix to my collection, but don’t know enough about them to buy confidently.”
For UG comix collectors, this sentiment is often heard and easily understood. I started this thread in an attempt to quicken the learning curve for those of you who might like to add a few key titles to your collection.

When I first began collecting I was amazed at the paucity of publicly held knowledge on UGs. After being gifted a few UG reprints, I watched Ebay auctions on Zap Comix and Freak Brothers for the better part of two years and learned one thing… there are so many different printings of these books! Did you know that as of 1982, Zap Comix #1 had gone through an estimated 17 printings, totaling around 300,000 comics? Determining first (or early) printings from later ones remains important to value-minded collectors.

So, I embarked on the old cliché… Educate oneself:

The Official Underground & Newave Comix Price Guide (Kennedy 1982)
Eventually, I gained knowledge of this source. Kennedy’s guide is widely held as the seminal source on UG Comix, and I will not dispute that here. But, d@mn… did you see the price of this book ($147.35 - $251.99)?! Having said that, this book has proven nearly invaluable for determining UG printings or artists contributing to a particular book, and as a buying guide. Trust me, its fun to pick up a nice copy of a UG still priced at around Kennedy Guide!

Hold out for a better price. Copies of this rarity are available and affordable, but it may take some time, research skills, and luck (e.g. check your local library). For example, my wife—akin to the online book merchants—found me a usable copy for about $12. Also, there have been long-held rumors on the publishing of a new guide book (see also ), potentially as early as 2005. It is foreseeable that a new UG Guide would drive down demand/prices for Kennedy (1982) or, less likely, render it quaint.
Sources for the rest of us:
The Comic Art Price Guide (Weist 2000)
Nestled within this guide on comic art is a small section on Underground comix (<1/6th of the book, really), which was probably intended be a market check and supplement to Kennedy (1982).

Bottomline: Neither as extensive nor as informative as “The Guide” (not intended to be), Weist (2000) still represents the minimum one should arm themselves with when hunting for UGs. As it brings UG values out of the Bronze-age, this Guide will also give you a better sense for UG values than Kennedy.

UG Comix Info
However you hunt, DO supplement your searches with the information contained in “A Visual Guide to Underground Comix Reprints” located at the web address above. This site is very useful, both an excellent supplement to Kennedy (1982) and a great tool for bidding on Ebay — this is a labor of love for many friends and collectors of UGs. For newbies such as myself, I can only say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!
Tier One KEYS: The GA of UG Comix.
Generally pre-1969
Generally >$1000/book
The pioneers of the UG movement

CGC 9.4 Zap Comix #1, 1st print (Plymell printing). This is the highest graded copy in CGC’s census—Hot d@mn!
Zap Comix #1, 1st
Zap Comix #1, 2nd (Donahue printing)
Snatch Comics #1
CGC 6.5 Zap Comix #0, 1st print

Others might include 1st prints of the following:
Gothic Blimp Works #1
Feds N Heads
Lenny of Laredo
God Nose
or Adventures of Jesus

Bottomline: These are important books and rarities that were often distributed only to friends. As most were hand-assembled and stapled, folded into jeans pockets, etc., high grade copies are sought after and very expensive. It is downright amazing issues remain in this condition. Perhaps, like me, you’re saddened to learn that you are already priced out of many of THE most influential and seminal comix. But fear not, I believe there are other key books in the UG fold that would compliment any collection.
edited by netstuffers on 12/31/2015
Rules for Want List

This is only for posting issues you want. Once a post has been made with a want, people are free to reply with what they have. CPG sale links are acceptable after a request has been posted

List what books (issues, trades, sets) you want. Hopefully someone out there has that item you are needing to fill that big gap in your collection.

If you find the book or dont want it anymore, please post that its closed.
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