Back Issue of the Week: The Uncensored Mouse #2 (April 1989).

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Discovering that the early Mickey Mouse newspaper strips from the 1930s had fallen into the public domain, Eternity Comics began a reprint project of those strips by legendary Mickey artist Floyd Gottfredson. The “Uncensored” part of the title came from the fact that these early strips presented a Mickey who was a little rougher around the edges than we all were used to, as well as featuring characters and situations that, in modern eyes, could be potentially offensive. The solid black front cover did not mention “Disney” or “Mickey Mouse” at all, and the entire comic was sealed in a plastic bag to prevent anyone from peeking within and witnessing the naughty antics of Mice Gone Wild.

It may come as no surprise that the Walt Disney Company was unamused by this particular publishing effort, and after some legal wrangling, the series was cut short with the second issue, pictured above. You can read more about what happened right here.

These strips were later reprinted in the officially-sanctioned Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse series of hardcover collections from Fantagraphics Books, but Uncensored Mouse remains as an interesting artifact of 1980s comics publishing.

New comics for September 21st, 2016!

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Plenty of new comics are heading to the shelves of Sterling Silver Comics this Wednesday, incluiding the new first issues of Cyborg and Trinty from DC’s Rebirth, the first issue of Valiant’s Britannia, and the long-awaited fifth installment of Civil War II! See what else is due this week just by looking at the handy widget below:


And as always, if there’s anything special you’re looking for, we’ll be happy to order it for you! See you at the shop!

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Back Issue of the Week: Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 (July 1993).

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The early 1990s were a period of excess in terms of the cover enhancements publishers would attach to their various titles in order to attract attention in a crowded marketplace. Die-cut foil fold-out covers that glowed in the dark overwhelmed the racks, and one of the most famous (or perhaps infamous of these was the first issue of Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 (July 1993). This was a relaunch/revamping of a title previously published by Dell Comics/Gold Key from the mid-1950s until the early 1980s. This was a formula its publisher, Valiant Comics, had followed with previous titles, relaunching other Dell/GK properties like Solar Man of the Atom and Magnus Robot Fighter (alongside new titles like Harbinger). Many of Valiant’s back issues had become, in common monthly price guide magazine parlance of the time, “hot.” Early issues of their other titles were in high demand, and commanding hefty prices, which encouraged retailers at the time to place large orders on this new comic.

Well, you can probably guess what happened. Part of the reason those early Valiants were in such high demand was scarcity…orders were relatively low on the earlier issues of their previous titles. Demand far exceeded supply for those comics, but for Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1, where every retailer had stacks and stacks of them available…there was no shortage of these at all. Also happening at this time, and perhaps discouraging sales on this issue, the industry-wide collapse of the comics market was beginning to happen, as overproduction and an overwhelming emphasis on “collectability” and “investment” (as opposed to simply just reading ’em!) began to take its toll. Whether Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 was a symptom or a cause of said collapse can be debated. It’s not that the comic didn’t sell to customers, but it just didn’t sell to the expectations of its initial orders, leaving behind excess stock and the perception that this comic was a sales failure.

Twenty-plus years on, however, and the gimmick-covered comics that once flooded the shelves and were the symbol of the market troubles the industry faced in the 1990s have regained a little of their luster. Now consigned to back issue bins, they’re once again odd and attractive novelties to be discovered, not a wall full of shiny attention-grabbers to be endured. Even poor ol’ Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1, with its bit of overkill in the chromium card glued to an embossed cover, topped with a red foil logo, may be gaining a new appreciation today. It’s a weirdly attractive comic, and a fun read (like many of those old Valiants were), and outside the context of tumultuous market forces, deserves a second look.

New comics for September 14th, 2016!

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More new comics are on their way to Sterling Silver Comics this Wednesday, so get a peek below at what’s coming in!


And as always, special orders are always welcome for anything you can’t find on our shelves! And dont’ forget…Batman Day is this Saturday, the 17th! See you at the shop!

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Batman Day is this Saturday at Sterling Silver Comics!

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Saturday, September 17th is Batman Day at Sterling Silver Comics, where, while supplies last, you can get your Bat-gloves on this free Batman comic:
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Other special Bat-deals will be offered that day as well, so drop on by! We’ll be open from 11 AM to 7 PM for all of your Bat-needs! Be sure to use the modifier “Bat-” in front of all nouns in the spirit of the event! The Bat-spirit, that is!

New comics for September 7th, 2016!

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Ready for some new comics? Because they’ll be ready for you at Sterling Silver Comics this coming Wednesday! Catch a glimpse at what you’ll find via the handy widget below:

And as always, if you’re looking for anything we don’t have in stock, we’ll be happy to special order it for you! See you at the shop!

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New comics for August 31st, 2016!

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Let’s wrap up summer with one last new batch of great comics, coming to the shelves of Sterling Silver Comics this Wednesday! Get a peek at what you can expect below!

And as always, feel free to place any special orders for that certain something you don’t spot! See you at the shop!

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More classic back issues in stock!

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Acquired more ’60s and ’70s comic books in the last week or two, including plenty of titles by Jack Kirby, lots of DC’s horror anthologies, a few DC war books, and many more! A number of them have been priced up and put out for sale already, and I’m workingon the rest, so feel free to come by Sterling Silver Comics and see what sort of swell goodies I’ve got here!

Free Faith #1 from Valiant Comics!

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Starting this Wednesday, and while supplies last, get a free copy of Faith #1 courtesy of Valiant Comics! No catch, no surprises, no salesman will call…just a free comic for you to take home and enjoy! Drop by Sterling Silver Comics and pick one up!