Fat Jack’s comic book store launches first live sale tonight with some gems

Fat Jack’s Comicrypt of Philadelphia is one of the East Coast’s most venerable comic book stores, with nearly 45 years of continuous operation. And to stay in business, they adapt over time, launching their first Facebook Live auction later today, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST.

FB Live auctions have become a staple of post-COVID comic book store life and have been a surprisingly profitable outlet for sales.

Fat Jack’s joins the fray with a few choice collectibles, including a copy of Action Comics # 8, which has literally been used as evidence in historic litigation; the complete art of Black Panther # 2 (2005) by Reggie Hudlin, John Romita JR and Klaus Janson; and more articles from Mark Brooks, Dan Jurgens, Frank Miller, original art by Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Mark Waid, Joe Quesada, Adam Kubert, Benjamin Percy, Brian Michael Bendis and limited edition covers by Momoko fishing, CGC Graded Books on key issues and more.

You can read full details below and catch the live stream at 7 p.m. EDT tonight.

In light of the current state of the world due to Covid-19 and the inability of some customers to make it to stores, Fat Jack’s is excited to launch this promotional effort to adapt, innovate and connect with customers. Offerings will include historic collectible ‘back issues’ of comic book titles, new collections of paperback and bound books, unique original artwork, signed limited editions, sketches, statues and more. Rare objects consigned by collectors will also be presented in the show.

Fat Jack’s celebrates nearly 45 years of continuous activity, as one of the world’s oldest comic book stores and Philadelphia’s first entirely dedicated to the hobby. Mike Ferrero grew up reading and collecting comics, even buying duplicates to keep crisp copies and for commercial use. On June 26, 1976, its first outlet opened at 20 th and Walnut Street. Over the years, Fat Jack’s has grown, moved and even acted as a sub-distributor for other retailers, with a height of five locations in the area. Today, their two storefronts are in Rittenhouse Square and Oaklyn, New Jersey. The store has been frequented by many industry professionals over the years, including Matt Wagner (Grendel, Batman), Bill Willingham (Fables), Michael Avon Oeming (Powers) and others.

Of particular note in the initial live sale is the complete original art of Black Panther (2005) # 2 with art by artist John Romita Jr, inker Klaus Janson and written by Reggie Hudlin. This key historical story features the very first appearance of Shuri, Black Panther’s younger sister who became a fan favorite around the world in the 2018 blockbuster film, one of the universe’s most popular heroines. Marvel cinematic, brilliantly performed by Letitia Wright. With speculation that his character might play a bigger role or even the title Black Panther later on, his early stories gained in value. The full story of the first previous issue will also be available, with the pair sold as a single lot. This opportunity will not arise again as the sender has stated that it is only offering it on this show, and not again in the foreseeable future if it does not sell.

Also on offer is the actual copy of Action Comics # 8, used as evidence in the long 1940s legal battle between DC Comics and Fawcett Publications over allegations that Captain Marvel (Shazam) was an offense against Superman. The comic is court stamped and is CGC rated. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a real piece of comic book history, and Fat Jack’s thanks JHV Associates for recording this article. JHV also sent a CGC Graded Tales to Astonish # 13 with Groot’s very first appearance and the original Amazing Spider-Man series numbers from # 23 to # 100! Additional comics from the Golden Age and the Silver Age will be on sale.

There will also be a nice X-Men series featuring numbers from the classic years of Byrne and Claremont!
And for more modern fans and limited edition collectors, we’ll be featuring items from Mark Brooks, Dan Jurgens, Frank Miller, Alex Ross original art, Gail Simone, Mark Waid, Joe Quesada, Adam Kubert, Benjamin Percy, Brian Michael Bendis and limited edition covers from Peach Momoko, CGC Graded Books on key issues and more.
Fans and collectors are welcome to attend the presentation event, as they may just find the items needed to fulfill their wishlist, or a perfect Grail piece. Items sold will be shipped or available for pickup at retail locations. If there are any items you’re looking for that we don’t have on the show, just message us and ask, and we’ll see if we can get them for you. And we look forward to your comments on our show.

Fat Jack‘s Comicrypt is the oldest and best specialty comic book store in Philadelphia. It is located in downtown Philadelphia at 2006 Sansom Street and 521 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn NJ 08107 (856) 858-3877. For more information, visit www.comicrypt.com.

Daniel K. Denny