It is hard to get away if you’re the president of the United States, at least so I’ve heard. I have no trouble getting away myself. But then, I don’t have an entourage of people following me around everywhere I go, some with firearms.
Hey, what’s this comic worth?
Welcome to a blog I’m calling the Nerdy Speculator (TNS). TNS will be a semi-weekly blog that examines the comic book back issue marketplace. I’ll be talking about trends in the back issue market; what’s hot in both new and old comics, what’s going to be hot, what’s selling and what’s not.
Early action figures depicted popular television western heroes from the 1950s and were produced by Hartland. Louis Marx also included action figures in several of its playsets from the late 1950s. Hassenfield Bros. triggered the modern action figure craze with its introduction of G.I. Joe in 1964. The following year Gilbert produced James Bond 007, The […]
Advertising premiums such as calendars and thermometers arrived on the scene by the 1880s. Die-cut point-of purchase displays, wall clocks and signs were eagerly displayed. The advertising character was developed in the early 1900s. By the 1950s, the star endorser was firmly established. Advertising became a big business as specialized firms, many headquartered in New […]
Many companies created advertising characters as a means of guaranteeing product recognition by the buying public. Consumers are more apt to purchase an item with which they are familiar and advertising characters were a sure fire method of developing familiarity. The early development of advertising characters also enabled immigrants who could not read to identify […]
The Akro Agate Company was founded in Ohio in 1911 primarily to manufacture agate marbles. In 1914 the firm opened a large factory in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Increasing competition in the marble industry in the 1930s prompted Akro Agate to expand. In 1936, following a major fire at the Westite factory, Akro Agate purchased many of […]
The American Bisque Company, founded in Williamstown, West Virginia in 1919, was originally established for the manufacture of china head dolls. The company soon began producing novelties such as cookie jars, ashtrays, serving dishes, and ceramic giftware. B. E. Allen, founder of the Sterling China Company, invested heavily in the company and eventually purchased the remaining […]