As discussed in recent posts, COVID-19 has overwhelmingly resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 comic convention schedule. Despite these cancellations, there has been an abundance of opportunities for collectors to get books signed by creators, either through CGC or CBCS directly, or through facilitators who work with the companies. In fact, I have 27 books out to be signed through CBCS’ private signings, and plan to be sending a handful of books to CGC for their announced signing with Skottie Young.
Those “official” company signings have all but cleared out my con/signing budget for the year. However, some opportunities are too unique to pass up. One such opportunity is our friend – – CGC Facilitator Rich Henn’s upcoming signing with renowned Bronze & Copper Age artist/writer/cover designer Ed Hannigan. Some of Hannigan’s more prominent work includes a lengthy run penciling Batman at DC, and co-creating Cloak and Dagger for Marvel. Hannigan does not attend conventions as he suffers from multiple sclerosis, and therefore, private signings (such as that being facilitated by Henn) are the only way for enthusiasts to obtain his signature.
As someone who grew up reading Bronze Age comics, this announced signing with Hannigan grabbed my attention. However, Henn’s ability to also add Doug Moench’s signature, as discussed in the Rich Henn Comics Facebook post below, made this a can’t miss opportunity for me to get books signed by this pair of important creators.
When getting comics from that era signed, I generally like to draw from those that I have on hand in my collection, particularly because of their significance as books that I bought from a spinner rack and read in my much younger days. This signing opportunity was no exception. I looked through my collection, with the priority bring books that both Hannigan and Moench worked on, which have the potential to grade out pretty well. I settled on Thor 325 and 326 both written by Moench with covers by Hannigan as books that fit that criteria. I also considered Inhumans 10 that the pair worked on, but my copy is a bit too dinged up to justify the expense of the signings and grading.
As a collector who grew up reading the work of Hannigan and Moench, the opportunity to get their signatures was a “can’t miss”. Following the signings and slabbing, I’ll post some pics of the books and a bit of follow-up discussion, so be sure stop back and check it out.
For those who aren’t aware, Henn maintains an ongoing business relationship with Moench, including facilitating the sale of books from the creator’s personal collection. I was happy to pick up FF46, “From the Collection of Doug Moench”, featuring the first appearance of Black Bolt. Check out the post embedded below to learn more about that collection. Given Henn’s continued work with Moench, I suspect that future private signing opportunities may be possible – I’ll post the info here should that be announced.