Latest News on the Q-Project
April 4, 2012: The NM- values from the current Overstreet Guide #42 have been added next to each comic book in SECTION FOUR of this home page entitled COMICS IN THE COLLECTION. I have added the following disclaimer on those values. The total Overstreet NM- value of the comic books in this list is $4,150,182. However, the preservation process we have used invalidates all values irregardless of condition. This is by definition a reading collection and not a commodity.
When the new Overstreet Guide is released to the public within the next month or so all values will be updated. Not counted in the final total were the covers-only listed, the single page from MARVEL COMICS #1 and the Canadian edition of PLANET COMICS #1. Also not counted were the hundreds of bonuses that are in the collection.
April 2, 2012: The 1941 LOONEY TUNES AND MERRIE MELODIES COMIC No. #1 has been added to the Q-Collection. This was the first appearance of Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig in comics. The 1997 Overstreet Comic Buyer's Guide states that there are only 171 copies of this key comic book known to exist. It has taken the Q-Project more than ten years to find an affordable copy of this treasure.
Professor Waldomiro Vergueiro of Brazil has joined the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Professor Vergueiro is one of the greatest Brazilian comic book authorities. Waldomiro Vergueiro is a professor at the School of Communications and Arts at the University of SÃ£o Paulo, where he coordinates the Centre for Comic books, teaches discipline Publishing Comics and has been head of the Department of Library Science and Documentation.
February 6, 2012: Statements of Support have been provided by our American advisor HARLAN ELLISON and our French advisor CYRIL GRANDIN. The ALL-NEGRO COMIC #1 has been received and added to the Q-Collection. A deal has been struck with Metropolis Collectibles in New York for the 1940 American version of PLANET COMICS #1 and the 1940 BIG-3 COMICS #1 (the 3 being THE FLAME, THE BLUE BEETLE and SAMPSON.) We have had the 1949 Canadian version of PLANET COMICS #1 in the Q-Collection for nearly a decade.
The Q-Collection mini-binders have been very successful and garnered excellent feedback from the Q-Advisory Committee that they have been sent to. Work is being done on mini-binders for our advisors in New Zealand, Russia and the Philippines. This summer we intend to put together promotional boxes that will be sent to the U.S. Library of Congress and potential supporters we will request to have the museum-quality wooden binders built on our behalf. (We will never accept donations of cash nor comic books.) Those promotional boxes will include Q-Collection calendars, coffee mugs and beach towels. Recipients will include foundations and some of the top Hollywood personalities, such as Steven Spielberg.
November 20, 2012: We are very pleased to announce that MIKHAIL ZLATKOVSKY, Russia's top comic book professional, has joined the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Mikhail is the President of the Russian Cartoonists Union and a Knight of Order of Legion of Honor in France. Mikhail has already been mailed his Q-Collection Comic Book Coffee Mug along with details of the Russian article we've asked Mikhail to write on the Q-Project.
November 14, 2012: We are very pleased to announce that the Q-Collection Project has added the extremely rare 1947 ALL-NEGRO COMICS #1 to the collection. This important comic book has been on the Q-Collection WISH LIST since the project was begun in 2001. The 2012 Overstreet Comic Buyers Guide #42 lists this comic in NM- condition at $15,000.
The success of this acquisition was made possible due to an agreement with Vincent Zurzolo - the Chief Operating Officer, co-founder and owner of Metropolis Collectibles, Inc. in Manhattan, New York. Despite the rarity of ALL-NEGRO COMICS #1, Metropolis has two other copies in their inventory. Mr. Zurzolo had a one-word e-mailed assessment of our Q-Collection Project… "Cool!"
Although there is no agreement on the number of copies of the ALL-NEGRO COMICS #1 that exist, the Gerber Photo-Journal has pegged this comic at a "9". That number suggests that there are up to 10 copies known to exist. This comic had a distribution limited to the Philadelphia area in 1947. The price of .15 cents in 1947 sets this comic apart from the average price of .10 cents for mainstream comics of the day. A second copy ALL-NEGRO COMICS #2 was completed, but sadly it was never printed.
Our intention is to pair this comic with the equally rare two issues of the 1947/48 NEGRO HEROES. Preserving this part of African-American culture and history is essential to the Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project. .
July 30, 2012: A great deal has happened since I last posted nearly four months ago. But first I'd like to provide links to both our FACEBOOK and TWITTER home pages. Those pages were set up and are maintained by the Welsh member of our Q-Executive Committee Richard Williams.
Among the many changes that have taken place since my last posting in April is the introduction of the Q-Collection MINI-BINDERS. Q Mini-Binders are standard binders that contain one CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED comic and one CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED JUNIOR comic. Each of these comics are laminated in the same way as all other comic books in the Q-Collection. One mini-binder is being produced for each of our 21 advisory committee members - residing in 15 countries.
The 1/2 inch binders being used were purchased ten years ago to house the Q-Collection comics I was purchasing at the time. All of those comics have been laminated and are now being put into binders that have the same capacity as the museum-quality wooden binders that have not yet been built for us. This has freed up the smaller binders that are now being used as samples for the Q-Project.
Also in each mini-binder are laminated copies of letters from Marvel Comics (1948) and National (DC) Comics (1961). Plus I've added a sample page of OUR HEROES - containing the origin dates, background information and secret identities of a variety of super heroes from the gold and silver eras of comic books. In addition is a two-sided page of photos and biographies of the members of our Q-Advisory Committee.
The Q Mini-Binders give each advisory committee member a true feel of what laminated comic books are like. Plus these samples - like the full-size wooden binders are waterproof and kid proof. If they get stains on them they can easily be wiped clean with a damp cloth. I've sent out seven mini-binders so far and have gotten very favorable responses. More mini-binders will be produced to be used for promotional purposes. They will be going out to museums, libraries and universities.
April 8, 2012: Dr. Sindall purchased a professional laser printer this week for use by the Q-Collection Project.
The primary reason for this purchase is to cut down on the printing costs. In 2011 the cost of just the Q-Collection promotional material was more than $2,000. Those costs can be cut down by half and the waiting time for producing promotional material can be eliminated.
The second and more important reason for having a professional laser printer is the reproduction of missing comic book pages and covers. We will now be able to have a Q-Collection project supporter e-mail a scan of a missing comic book cover or centerfold to Dr. Sindall. John will then be able to adjust the shade of the scan to match the original comic book, print it out double-sided, laminate the page(s) or cover and add it to the comic book. This has been a real concern since the project was begun in 2001. Problem solved!
March 31, 2012: The 1940 comic book RED RAVEN #1 has been added to the Q-Collection. The remarkable cover of RED RAVEN was the first signed comic book artwork by KIRBY. The second issue of RED RAVEN had a name change and became THE HUMAN TORCH #2. There are less than 50 copies of this comic known to exist.
March 17, 2012: The latest addition to the Q-Collection arrived today. It is the rare golden age key WOW COMICS #1 (1940). There are less than 100 copies of this comic known to exist. The WOW COMICS series introduced MARY MARVEL with issue #9. During World War II the WOW COMICS series outsold ACTION COMICS (with Superman) due to the appeal to both boys AND girls of the teenage heroine and her MARVEL FAMILY. Issue #1 included the first mention of GOTHAM CITY in comics. There were several others first in this key comic, including an eye-catching first appearance of the heroic Mr. Scarlet rescuing a damsel in distress.
February 19, 2012: Two new advisors are added to the Q-Advisory Committee. These gentlemen are:
JOHN PHILIP BORGER, Esq. (Minnesota, USA) John Philip Borger is one of Americas finest law experts. John is a life-long comic book collector. His collection of 40,000 comic books (including secondary materials such as action figures and posters of comic book heroes) was donated to the Childrens Literature Research Collections department, University of Minnesota. John Borger has participated in legal cases at all levels of the judicial system, from conciliation court to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Borger is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and the Who's Who in American Law. John has received the First Amendment Award and the Freedom of Information Award.
DAVE REEDER (Dubai, UAE & England, UK) Dave Reeder is a long-term comics fan, still trying to recover from the losses of his silver age DC comics bought on the way home from school and thrown out by his mother when he wasn't looking. He is still waiting for the return of Rainbow Batman! A degree in philosophy and a librarianship diploma did nothing to discourage his love of the medium, solidified when he worked for a couple of years for fellow committee member Dez Skinn, re-launching HALLS OF HORROR and helping out on WARRIOR. He has been a magazine editor and writer ever since, currently working in Dubai, United Arab Emirates ( UAE).
January 27, 2012: A brief article, written by Dr. Sindall, on the Q-Collection Project appears in the U.S. Mensa Bulletin Magazine.
January 23, 2012: DEZ SKINN, our advisor in England, has suggested we approach the VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM about donating the Q-Collection. The V&A Museum have accepted a major donation of comic books recently from a friend of Dez Skinn. Professor Roth (the Museum Director) and Beth McKillop (Associate Director) are sent, and acknowledge, the receipt of the Q-Promotional Booklet, two 2012 Q-Calendars and selections from the upcoming Q-Book. After much debate the donation of the Q-Comics is denied due to the size of the binders. The denial is based strictly upon the limited storage and display space at the V&A Museum.
September 30, 2011: STAN LEE appears at the Baltimore Comic Convention. He is approached by one of the Q-Collection supporters who opens a discussion mentioning DEZ SKINN and his position as Advisor the the Q-Project. Mr. Lee brightens up at the mention of DEZ. Stan is then offered, and accepts, one of the Q-Collection Promotional Booklets.
May 7, 2011: Although John can appeal the Library of Congress denial of the Q-Collection comic books, he decides against it at this time. Instead he sends out an e-mail to all members of the Q Advisory Committee. Several suggestions are made by the Q Advisors, including offering the collection to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and offering the collection to the City of Hong Kong. That last suggestion came from Usman Ali Khan of India. John immediately agrees that Hong Kong with its central Asian location would be the ideal. John begins preparations to contact the very best of the Hong Kong Foundations. The Li Ka-shing Foundation.
May 5, 2011: John was contacted by one of the head of the Library of Congress. The gentleman reviewed the comic books in the Q-Collection and stated that the Library of Congress does not have copies of at least half of these comics. From that positive beginning he then referred to the laminating process as "plasticizing" the comic books. He then stated that the Library of Congress did not have the knowledge of how to preserve and maintain comic books that have been "plasticized". Therefore the donation of the Q-Collection comics was denied. I forwarded that e-mail onto our Q-Collection Advisory Committee and asked for suggestions. Scott Preston responded by pointing out the "arrogance" of that manager and that the best method of maintaining the comics would be to dust the binders once every ten years.
I forwarded that e-mail onto our Q-Collection Advisory Committee and asked for suggestions. Scott Preston responded by pointing out the "arrogance" of the gentleman in question and that the best method of maintaining the comics would be to dust the binders once every ten years.
April 12, 2011: Georgia Higley, a department head at the Library of Congress (LoC), and John have exchanged e-mails and she is enthusiastic about this donation. Ms. Higley has volunteered to assist us with the details. The Library of Congress has more than 100,000 comic books in their collection. Most of those were produced after 1950. The Q-Collection should become the centerpiece of the LoC's comic book collection. This is something that everyone involved in the project can take pride in.
March 31, 2011: John is considering a slight redesign of the binders to ensure (1) museum quality appearance, (2) easier storage on library shelves and (3) easy access. This would lessen wear to the wood over the millennium to come. The backing would still be desert-grown iron wood, the spine and sides would still be 1,200 year old Alaskan cedar wood, but the front would be solid 50,000 year old New Zealand kauri wood (laser engraved). The spine will be laser engraved as directed by the LoC staff for appropriate placing on the library shelves.
March 28, 2011: We have been contacted by the Library of Congress (LoC) concerning the Q Project. They have requested a second copy of our Q-Collection Promotional Booklet. The second booklet was sent by priority mail today. The Library of Congress would be the perfect location for the Q comic books since researchers, historians and the general public will have access to these rare comic books.
March 4, 2011: Harlan Ellison phoned John again today. Harlan has been in the hospital for several days and is now far too ill to participate in either joining the Q-Collection Advisory Committee or to help in promoting the project. Harlan once again encourages John to continue work on the project and eventually expand it to include international comic books.
March 1, 2011: Usman Ali Khan of India has joined the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Mr. Khan is the founder of INDIAN COMICS http://indiacomic.blogspot.com/. This is a wonderful page for reviewing Indian and other International comic books & their creators. Welcome Usman, we are very happy to have you with us. India is the 12th country that members of the Q-Collection Advisory Committee reside in.
February 21, 2011: The Library of Congress has been sent a copy of the Q-Collection Promotional Booklet.
February 14, 2011: Harlan Ellison has received his copy of the Q-Collection Promotional Booklet. Harlan phoned John twice today to discuss, and encourage, work on the Q-Collection. Harlan is mailing John his biography to use on the Dedication Page that is to be devoted to him.
February 1, 2011: Jerry Weist, one of our Q-Collection Advisory Committee members, passed away in January. John waited for a month to pass and yesterday sent a copy of Jerry's Dedication Page to Jerry's wife Dana Hawkes for review and a possible rewrite. Jerry Weist was an invaluable asset to the Q Advisory Committee member.
January 19, 2011: John produced the first 12 copies of the Q Promotional Booklets to send out to members of the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Refinements. corrections and tweaking of the booklet are underway. Since each booklet costs nearly $50.00, John is only able to produce 2 or 3 copies every two weeks. Final drafts of the promotional will be sent to the Geppi Entertainment Center and the publishers of the Overstreet Comic Book Buyer's Guide. Additional copies will be sent to Harlan Ellison and selected foundations.
December 16, 2010: John is working on Q-Collection spiral-bound booklets. These booklets will be about 25 pages and will be sent out to comic book publishers and writers to convince them to write articles on the project. We need at least two published articles to qualify for a spot on Wikipedia. In addition, each member of our Q-Collection Advisory Committee will be sent a copy of the booklet as a souvenir of the project.
December 6, 2010: Marge's Little Lulu #1 (1945) has been added to the Q-Collection with the help of Scott Preston. Although Little Lulu appeared in newspaper strips beginning in 1935, this is the first comic book appearance of Little Lulu. We have added this comic book to the collection due to a suggestion by Trina Robbins. We are now on the lookout for the even rarer Little Dot #1 (1953) - also suggested by Trina Robbins.
December 1, 2010: Robert Beerbohm has joined the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Mr. Beerbohm is an American comic book institution. Bob was involved in his first comic book convention in 1967 at the ripe old age of 14! Robert Beerbohm has been an Overstreet Advisor since 1981 and is an expert in platinum age comic books. Bob has been procuring comic books for the Library of Congress for many years and suggests that it should be the Library of Congress, and not the Smithsonian Institute, where the Q-Collection should go to. We will follow Bob Beerbohms suggestion. We are honored to have Bob as a part of our preservation project.
November 24, 2010: Tim Bollinger of New Zealand has joined the Q-Advisory Committee. We now have Advisory Committee members in ten (10) countries. Tim is a Wellington cartoonist with a thirty-year career drawing and writing comics. He has drawn regular strips for Salient, City Voice and Tearaway magazine, he was comics editor for Pavement magazine, has researched and written about the history of New Zealand comics and has produced more than fifteen of his own self-published comic book titles.
November 20, 2010: Photos of the new impression stamp have been posted on the INTRODUCTION PAGE. The stamping of every page in the collection is now underway. A Q-PROJECT SUBCOMMITTEE has been formed. This committee consists of Scott Preston (USA), Richard Williams (UK) and the project founder John Offerman Sindall (USA). Scott and Rich have been John's co-leaders in eBays largest comic book groups both in the US and the UK. The subcommittee was formed as a means to discuss project-related proposals before presenting them to the rest of the Advisory Committee.
November 18, 2010: The custom-made Q-Collection impression stamp has been delivered. Two photos have been taken of stamped pages and will be added by our webmaster shortly. Each of the 4,000+ laminated comic book pages will be stamped. This will unify the collection and identify the comics in the collection for all time.
November 14, 2010: We are very pleased to announce that STEVE YOUNIS of Sydney, Australia has joined the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Steve took over the international SUPERMAN HOMEPAGE in 1996. Today the site boasts 12,000 visitors DAILY, and continues to grow in size and content. Mr. Younis is our second Australian Advisor and is a very welcome addition to Committee. Welcome Steve Younis!
November 7, 2010: Some key comic books in the Q-Collection are missing covers. Scott Preston, one of our Advisory Committee members, is checking into several sources to find replacement parts for those missing covers. We are seeking two-sided covers as well as front and back covers. As we obtain these missing parts John will laminate each and add them to the comics. We will also be in need of a few missing centerfolds - which may be harder to obtain. If anyone would like to assist please click CONTACT US to your left. Full credit will be provided and your name will be added to the binder going into the Smithsonian Institute.
October 26, 2010: We have ordered a custom-made impression stamp. This will be an oval stamp with "Comic Books" on the top line, "Q-COLLECTION" prominently displayed on the middle line, and "Preservation Project" on the bottom line. The stamp will appear on the inside margin of the laminant between the middle and the bottom punched holes. The impression stamp will not overlap onto the comic book panel artwork. All 4,000 pages will be stamped. This stamp will unify the collection, prevent forgeries if the project is successful and move the collection toward a pedigree status. Stamping should commence within two weeks. Two photographs of the stamped pages will be posted on the Introduction section ahead of the already posted photos of the laminated comic books in the collection.
October 6, 2010: We are very happy to announced that JERRY WEIST has joined the Q-Project Advisory Committee. Mr. Weist is the author of “Bradbury: An Illustrated Life”, “The Comic Art Price Guide”, and “The Art of Frank R. Paul”. From 1990 to 2001 Jerry was a consultant at Sothebys Auction House specializing in popular culture. Jerry Weist is a Senior Advisor to the Overstreet Comic Book Buyers Guide.
September 25, 2010: These last ten days have been the busiest of this very important year for the Q-Project. We have had four new members join our Advisory Committee. These are Toni Masdiono (Indonesia), Andy Mason (South Africa), Professor Fusami Ogi (Japan) and Hugo Yonzon (Philippines). Committee member Igor Prassel (Slovenia) has suggested that once our project reaches it's successful conclusion, that we begin a second Q-Project aimed at collecting rare international comic books for the Smithsonian Institute - to reside side-by-side with the American Q-Collection. This is a suggestion that we are likely to follow.
September 15, 2010: It is a pleasure to announce that Eli Cleveland has completed shooting the PBS woodworking series for 2010 and returned to work on our prototype binder. The first of the PBS series will air in October and is entitled ROUGH CUT. Be on the lookout for Eli. I'm also very pleased to announce that, with the help of our Advisory Committee member Scott, that the Q-Collection has added the elusive RED RYDER #1 (1940). According to the Overstreet Buyer's Guide, Red Ryder #1 is one of the top ten Western Comics of all time - falling in at #7.
September 10, 2010: I am very happy to announce that CHUCK ROZANSKI has joined the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Mr. Rozanski is the President and CEO of MILE HIGH COMICS INC. It was Chuck Rozanski who discovered and brought to the world the pedigree MILE HIGH COLLECTION of comic books. Chuck was awarded the DEFENDER OF LIBERTY AWARD by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund for his long-standing dedication to the protection of free speech. In addition, Mr. Rozanski is a senior advisor to the Overstreet Comic Buyers Guide.
September 6, 2010: Scott, one of our Advisory Committee members, just picked up on my behalf (quoting from the auction) an "original 1991 Prospectus (Offering Plan) issued by Marvel Entertainment when it went public for the first time!! The Prospectus is on 25 pages overflowing with business, financial and historical information about the company. 4 of those pages contain glossy full color images of Marvel Characters!! As a bonus, you will ALSO receive two very rare STOCK CERTIFICATES issued by Marvel Holding Companies". These items will be used as bonuses in the Marvel binder (containing our one page of Marvel Comics #1, along with complete issues of Marvel Mystery Comics #5 and MMC #9 - if we can find a copy). These are important historical documents that enhance the academic aspect of our project. Well Done, Scott!
September 5, 2010: An e-mail is received asking if "I Support the Q-Collection" t-shirts can be purchased. The sender also inquired if any other type of Q-comic items can be purchased. No such item has ever been considered by John or Chris. However, in 2003 John had discussed a Q-Collection book or booklet with photos of each comic in the collection and their histories. This suggestion has been long-forgotten. John dismisses the idea of t-shirts and other souvenirs. However, the idea of an inexpensive booklet when the project draws to a close intrigues him. There would be little to no profit involved, but a copy of the booklet presented to each of those involved in the project would be a wonderful rememberance for each of us.
September 3, 2010: A suggestion was made to change the page entitled OBJECTIONS/QUESTIONS to OBJECTIONS/QUESTIONS/SUPPORT. We are now posting brief quotations from noted supporters of the Q-Project.
August 30, 2010: We are very happy to announce that IGOR PRASSEL has joined the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Mr. Prassel is currently finishing his Masters degree in Media Studies at the Ljubljana Faculty for Graduate Social Sciences Studies. He was a long time co-editor of the only Slovene comics magazine, STRIPBURGER, where he was writing articles and reviews, lecturing on comics history, translating, planning and setting up exhibition. For additional information please click Q Advisory Committee and/or the Links page.
August 30, 2010: We are very happy to announce that Dr. Michael Hill (DR. COMICS) of Australia has joined the Q-Collection Advisory Committee. Dr. Hill is a fellow academic who currently resides in Glebe, a suburb adjacent to the University of Sydney - where our founder John and his wife Teresa used to reside. Dr. Hill's credentials are far too extensive to list here. For additional information please click Q Advisory Committee and/or the Links page. Welcome Dr. Comics!
August 28, 2010: We requested our webmaster to add one page devoted to the Q-Collectons custom-made binder. That page has been added. However, in adding that page the webmaster has wiped out all updates - including the Latest News - made during the last month. Those updates have been summed up below.
Updated news lost here included the July establishment of the Q-Collection Advisory Committee and the list of the new members of that committee (Professor John A. Lent, Trina Robbins and Dez Skinn).
Also deleted was a notation of the e-mails exchanged between the Q-Project founder and Trina Robbins on expanding the female-based key comic books in the collection. The three additional comics we decided to add were LITTLE DOT #1 (the introduction of Richie Rich), LITTLE LULU #1 and NAMORA #1).
August 4, 2010: We have added FLASH #2 (1940) to the collection. This is the 2nd appearance of the Flash. Flash #1 has not, to date, been added to the collection. John has been trying to find an affordable copy of Flash #1 for nine years without success. The comic is extremely rare and John has not been able to find a seller who would accept time payments.
June 26, 2010: A dozen Dick Tracy bonuses are added to the collection.
One of our binders will be devoted to DICK TRACY. The two comics in that binder are POPULAR COMICS #1 (w/Tracy on cover - 1936 – 3rd comic book published) and FOUR COLOR COMICS #1 (1st Four Color series with Dick Tracy cover). Scott, the co-leader in eBay’s LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY COMIC BOOK COLLECTORS, has purchased a number of DICK TRACY items that we'll be using as bonuses in that binder. These items include 1937 Dick Tracy trading cards, five UK Dick Tracy comic book covers from the 1940s and 1950s, three 1944 Dick Tracy newspapers strips sent to a soldier – along with a note from his girlfriend, one 1966 Dick Tracy spark plug ad and two different Dick Tracy trading card wrappers.
May, 2010: Eli, our carpenter binder-builder, has been offered a local summer television internship. He has promised to return to the project in August.
Summer & Fall 2009: John works with five different wood workers trying to find the right person to take on refining the design of the box binders. John gave up on binderies. None had the skills to work with rare woods. By late fall he has hired Eli to build the binders.
During the next six months Eli builds two versions of the binder and provides a third design that seems ideal for the project.
Spring 2009: John designs a wooden binder that closes up like a box and will keep light and polluted air away from the laminated comic books. Rare woods are chosen that will help preserve the contents of the binders. This new design is discussed in detail with the president of the company that manufactures the UV-resistant Mylar laminating pouches. The president states that we should double his original estimate that his pouches would preserve the comic books up to 5,000 years. He now believes the wooden box binders will assist in preserving the Q-Collection up to 10,000 years.
2008: The year is spent working on laminating the thousands of comic book pages, brain-storming with the Project Advisor Chris, and adding very rare comic books to the collection. By the end of the year a majority of the comic books are laminated and now reside in temporary binders.
Fall 2007: Johns family moves from Quincy, Massachusetts to Concord, Massachusetts. The Q in Q-Collection is remains since Quincy is where the Q-Project began. John sets up the family den to accommodate the work that needs to be done on the project. The laminating work begins in earnest.
2006: After five years of helping to develop the Q-Collection, Matt Nelson drops out of the project. This is a severe blow to the project. Without Mr. Nelsons advice and assistance the Q-Collection Project would never have gotten off the ground. Although Matt Nelsons continued input is sorely missed, the costs of Matts services now go directly into obtaining additional key comic books.
January 2006: John begins writing a weekly electronic newsletter for eBay entitled eBAYs THE COMICS AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter. Each week the newsletter is devoted to a different theme or superhero. Editions include SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, STAR TREK, TRANSFORMERS and the FLASH among many others. Circulation reaches 12,000, going to members of 21 eBay groups. Recipients reside in more than 50 countries – the Q-Project now has international exposure.
eBay is delighted with the newsletter and invites John to join a committee of 19 eBay employees and group leaders to develop a newsletter format for all groups. John produces his 86th newsletter and suspends the newsletter until the new eBay newsletter format can be used. A month later eBay decides not to proceed with the newsletter option. Production of the newsletter is permanently halted. Despite this setback the newsletter has resulted in the Q-Project garnering a huge following throughout the world.
Fall 2005: John becomes aware of eBay groups for the first time. He joins the GOLDEN AGE group only to find that the group is dead. The only postings are from sellers trying to sell their comics. John notices that the group was founded in 2003, but that the group leader hasn't visited in more than a year. He e-mails the group leader who immediately offers to transfer leadership from himself to John. John accepts the offer.
John posts information on the Q-Project in the Golden Age group and is surprised to find that eBayers either love or hate the project. Some eBayers cannot see the value of rescuing low-grade comic books to preserve them. They only see that these low-grade comics are being cut up and "destroyed." John becomes a lightening rod of the controversy that results.
April, 2005: The first version of the Q-Projects home page goes on-line. Between 2005 and 2010 the site has more than 8,000 hits. From 2010 to the present the number of hits escalates to nearly 30,000 hits as the interest in the project grows worldwide.
2004: John is offered as much overtime at his job as he can handle. For the next two years he works most Saturdays, during one 52-week period John works 48 Saturdays. A good part of that overtime money, as much as $600 overtime pay per week, goes into the Q-Project. A bulk of the key comic books in the collection are purchased between 2004 and 2006 as a result of this extra work.
2003: John sends SUPERMAN #1 to Matt Nelson to add to the Q-Collection. This comic is in such good shape that Matt strikes up a deal with another collector to exchange the SUPERMAN #1 owned by Dr. Sindall for a lesser conditioned SUPERMAN #1 with $1,000 cash going directly to Metropolis Comics in Manhattan as partial payment for a copy of WHIZ #2 (1st issue of that series). The balance due on Whiz #2 is paid in installments during the next two months by John. This is the most complex transaction in the history of the project. It is also the most successful of all of the wheeling and dealing that the project has had to contend with.
2003: Metropolis Comics in Manhattan strikes a deal with John to take most of his slabbed #1 golden age comics in exchange for paying for two of the most important key comics on his behalf. These comics are SUPERMAN #1 and BATMAN #1.
2002: John purchased a copy of SHIELD-WIZARD #1 for the Q-Collection. The seller was Chris from Canada who was invited to join the project as the Projects primary advisor. Chris has stayed with the project to this day. His guidance and advice has helped push John to complete the project when John had become overwhelmed by the magnitude of this undertaking.
2001: John buys his first coverless comic book. It's a copy of the rare 1939 New York Worlds Fair Comic Book. He finds Matt Nelson, comic book restoration professional, and sends the comic to that pro with instructions to clean up the comic and replace the missing cover.
Matt Nelson receives the Worlds Fair comic and e-mails John about the condition. Matt tells John that the comic is brittle and no restoration is possible. Mr. Nelson says that, "The only thing you can do with this comic is to stick it in a draw and forget about it." John is appalled by this suggestion.
John and Matt begin exchanging e-mails about what is happening to old comic books and if this aging process can be stopped or reversed. John begins to look into what the Smithsonian Institute is doing with old documents to preserve them. He discovers that some fragile documents are being laminated using heated UV-resistant Mylar laminating pouches without adhesive. By cooking each page of a document the company suggests that documents can survive from 1,000 to 5,000 years.
The Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project begins.
2000: Two changes take place in this important year.
The first was that CGC is established and begins slabbing their first comic books. John joins CGC in their second week of operation and begins sending them his comics for grading. Much to Johns surprise some of those comics are returned as restored. Stacks of slabbed comics begin to accumulate, taking up much-needed closet space in their small apartment.
The second important change was that John purchases a cheap computer and searches out the home pages of those comic book sellers he has been buying from during the last five years. He then discovers, and joins, eBay. Impossible-to-find comic books that John has been searching for are easily found on eBay.
1995 to 2000: John collects #1 issue comics as well as comics that include the introduction of key characters. The collection grows and evolves from modern comics to bronze age comics to silver age comics and, finally, to golden age comics. John collects for quality and not for quantity.
Summer 1995: John, now with a Ph.D., was working in administration at Harvard University and became involved in Harvard Universitys "Crime of the Century" - two student suicides and a gruesome student murder. His annual physical found a spike in his blood pressure and a warning from his primary physician that his health was in danger unless he could find a way to take his mind off of the tragedy at his job. The doctor recommends some type of hobby might be beneficial.
Johns wife suggests that he follow the doctors advice and take up a hobby to relieve the stress of the horrible deaths of his students. She suggested that he return to his old hobby of collecting comic books.
The seeds of The Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project are germinating.
Summer 1976: John (the founder of the Q-Project) was struggling with the costs of college, the cost of living in Denver and preparations for beginning graduate school in Hawaii. His wife of one year suggested they begin selling off their meager belongings. John then phoned his parents in Baltimore and instructed them to sell his beloved comic book collection.
Johns father phoned a local comic book shop and asked about selling this large (more than 2,000 comics) collection. Later that day a gentleman by the name of STEVE GEPPI showed up at their home, reviewed the comics and offered Johns dad $2.00 each for the comics ($4,000 for the lot). Johns young nephew told his grandfather that the comics were worth far more than what was being offered. Ignoring his grandson, Johns father accepted a check for $4,000 without further discussion. He then mailed John his personal check for $125 and told John that was all he could get for those old comic books.
Johns father was a deacon of the Presbyterian Church at that time and had never contributed a penny towards Johns education. The comic books in question had been purchased with the money John earned from the part-time jobs he held between the ages of 12-14 (carrying groceries at the local grocery store), ages 14-16 (selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door), and ages 16-18 (as assistant janitor at the family church). Weekly allowances in Johns family stopped at age 12 - if the kids wanted money when they entered junior high school (middle school), then the kids had to earn it.
Johns personal comic book collection (that included near-mint condition copies of Showcase #4, #6, #22, #34, Brave & the Bold #28, #34, Justice League of America #1, Fantastic Four #1, Incredible Hulk #1, AF15, Amazing Spider-Man #1, Daredevil #1, Dr. Strange #169, The Adventures of the Fly #1 and two thousand more) was gone and would take years to re-acquire in very low-grade.
The seeds of The Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project had been planted.