FyndIt’s Mean, Green TMNT Week 1 Finalist!

The first week of FyndIt’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Contest has gotten off to a great start! We have seen a lot of cool and unique contest entries posted as Wants and Finds on our site.

Congratulations to paladin who scored the top score for Week 1 of FyndIt’s Mean, Green TMNT Contest  with the qualifying Want Looking to Find an Album Containing The Mystery Song I Heard at Camp. It looks like this melody has been stuck in his head for over two years and he hasn’t been able to track down the artist or the title of this elusive tune. He is willing to pay a $5.00 bounty to whoever can help him find the song described in his Want.

At FyndIt, we help people find all sorts of stuff from mystery songs to comic book memorabilia to vintage auto parts. If you are looking for something you just can’t seem to find, post it as a Want on FyndIt and our community of Finders will help you track it down. Found something totally awesome that you know someone else can’t live without? Post it as a Find on our website and you could earn some money helping others find stuff!

If you didn’t catch the first week of our TMNT Contest, you still have three more weeks to enter to win a CGC near mint first issue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book signed by creators Eastman and Laird worth $10,000. Post your best Want or Find to try and get your hands on the Grand Prize! Each week the judges will choose a weekly finalist. At the end of the contest, the judges will choose a Grand Prize winner out of the four weekly finalists. You still have a chance to win this awesome comic! Enter the contest here.

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Entering FyndIt’s Mean, Green Comic Contest is easy! Ready the contest rules and click Accept. Create a username and password at FyndIt. Verify your email so that we know you are not a mutant. Create and post your most interesting Want or Find.

There are three more entry weeks that you can STILL participate in! The contest runs till August 16th.  Don’t miss out on the comic book that inspired the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie!

Check out the TMNT Contest FAQs for more information.

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FyndIt’s Mean, Green TMNT Contest

Have you ever wanted to own a signed, near mint copy of the first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but couldn’t get your hands on one because there were only 3,000 of them released? We’ll here’s an opportunity to win this rare and highly sought-after comic!

Enter to win FyndIt’s Mean, Green TMNT Contest,  and if your entry qualifies as the Grand Prize winner, you could take home a CGC 9.6 graded first print TMNT #1 comic book signed by the creators! The certificate of authenticity states that this particular  comic was available only through a special promotion signing at “TURTLEMANIA” run by Metropolis and Robert Wilson in 1986 and is signed and remastered with a head sketch by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

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HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST

1. Read the official contest rules and click Accept.
2. Register a username and create a password.
3. Verify your email so we know that you’re not an evil overlord or mutated animal.
4. Post an interesting Want or Find to enter the contest.

What exactly is FyndIt you ask? We are a community of collectors that help each other find great stuff like comics, memorabilia, toys – you name it! FyndIt members known as Wanters post a WANT – a hard-to-find collectible they’re looking for and offer a bounty reward to whoever can help them locate their item. Finders go out and search for the item online or in a store and post their found item as a FIND. If the Wanter accepts the Find as a match, then the Finder earns some money for their efforts and the location of the item is revealed to the Wanter. The Finder is stoked because they just made money off of helping someone find collectibles, and the Wanter is excited because they were finally able to track down that item they’ve had trouble searching for. It’s a win-win situation!

Now that you have a better understanding of what a Want and a Find are, here’s some information on how your contest entry will be judged should you choose to accept the mission. There will be a total of 100 points possible for each Want or Find. Judges will consider the following criteria for the scores:

COMPLETE (15 Points): How complete is the Want or Find? Make sure to include a clear photo, helpful description,choose a category for your item, list the price and set the bounty reward if it is a Want.

MEANINGFUL TITLE (15 Points): Does your post include a meaningful title? For example, “Comic” is not an especially helpful title. “Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 CGC Near Mint” is a very helpful title. The more meaningful your title is, the higher your entry will score.

AWESOME DESCRIPTION (55 Points): Describe what the item is and what era it comes from. Make sure to include the condition of the item. If you’re posting a Want, it is good to give a back story on the item you are looking for and an explanation of why you want it. If you are posting a Find, you’ll need to describe the item in detail and convince the Wanter that your Find is the best match. The more helpful and interesting your description is, the higher your entry score will be.

UNIQUE OR DIFFICULT TO FIND (15 Points): Is your Want or Find something which could be considered hard for someone to locate? A greater difficulty in locating the Want or Find will result in a higher score.

WHEN TO ENTER

FyndIt’s Mean, Green Contest will run from July 20, 2014 at midnight Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) to August 16th, 2014 at 11:59 pm PDT. There will be four entry weeks July 20-26, July 27 – August 2,  August 3-9 and August 10-16. You can enter as many times as you wish during the Entry Period, but only one entry per day. If you make more than one entry in a given day, only the first entry will be accepted.

We will select the most interesting Want or Find submitted during the Entry Week as the Weekly Finalists.  Weekly Finalists will qualify to receive the Grand Prize. The Grand Prize winner will be announced after August 19th.

Check out the Contest FAQs and tips for posting a Winning Want and a Winning Find.

Good luck and may the best WANT or FIND win FyndIt’s Mean, Green TMNT Contest! Enter the contest here.

FyndIt’s Featured Collector – Malcolm Smith

Malcolm, known around the FyndIt community as UWComics, came across our radar a few weeks ago during the Classic X-Men Comic Contest. He submitted a Want for Sure Fire Comics #2. It was his winning contest entry that grabbed our attention and left us wanting to find out more about his amazing collection of underwater comic covers. We had the opportunity to catch up with Malcolm and ask him about his esoteric comic book collection.

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Do you remember your first comic book? 

The first comics I can remember owning, reading and saving to be more accurate, were Avengers 186-189 which were part of memorable John Byrne run on this title, in addition to The Incredible Hulk Annual #7, also a John Byrne classic! They may or may not have been the first comics I owned, but they were the group that I found in my toy chest when I decided that collecting comics was going to be something I did.

How did you get your start as a comic book collector?

I can clearly remember hearing an NPR radio program as a kid of eight or nine years old in Lansing, Michigan riding in the car with my mom. The segment on the radio was talking about how Michigan State University (My parents’ alma-mater.) had one of the largest library collections of comic books in the country. This would have been around the late 1970’s. The radio program provided statistics and some history about comics that got me really intrigued. I made the decision at THAT moment that when I returned home, I would seek out whatever comics I could find and would start to amass my collection. From that day forward, I brought my comic collection to school with me every day as I could not bear to be apart from them. I was really proud of them and wanted to show them off to my schoolmates. As my comic collection grew to fifty-plus books I would bring them to school in a brown paper bag and set them on my desk. At some point, my teacher had had enough and told me that I was no longer allowed to bring them to school. That’s when I graduated to my first comic book box and the rest is history!

How long have you been collecting comics?

I have been collecting comic books for over thirty years, essentially since 1977 at the age of nine.

How big is your comic book collection? 

My primary collection is nearing 15,000 comics. I have several types of collections of comic books.  There are a couple of special interests that I like to focus on. I love all Golden Age superhero comics published between 1938 and 1949. I also collect Marvel Silver Age comics. I love anything Hulk and have amassed every Hulk issue published and own multiple copies of the early Hulk issues. I have carved out a very special interest in comic covers depicting underwater scenes from the Golden Age. I have indexed more than 325 underwater comic book covers from 1933- 1961, which are loosely defined as Golden Age or at least pre-Silver Age by Marvel standards.  Of the couple hundred underwater comic covers that I have indexed, I have managed to collect about 180 examples.

Do you collect anything else besides comics?

I have a large collection of about 200 litho illustrated and metal lunchboxes.  Pretty much everything from a 1950 Hopalong Cassidy and Tom Corbett litho illustrated boxes to one of the last examples from the metal lunchbox era, which is a 1985 Rambo box

I am a huge Incredible Hulk fan and have  amassed all of his comics and crossover appearances in addition to a lot of memorabilia from 1960 to 1990. There are so many Hulk items that I try to only collect really interesting Hulk memorabilia that is current.

I’m also into collecting rare illustrated children’s books with a special interest in arts and crafts as well as Alice In Wonderland books. Additionally, I also collect Big Little Books and have around 100 of them.

In addition to comics, children’s books and lunchboxes, I also own about 200 academic, hobby and fandom-type reference books on comics.

How do you display your comics? 

I have various ways of presenting the comics in my collection.  I use old store displays with acrylic waterfall style racks, old magazine display racks,   large library book display cabinets in addition to lots and lots of cabinets. I also frame some of my comics.

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Do you have a special room that you store them in?

Yes, all my collections with the exception of the lunchboxes are stored in a single climate controlled room that monitors humidity, temperature and lighting. It also includes two safes.

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Was there one particular underwater comic cover that caught your attention and started your sub collection of underwater comics? 

Yes, most definitely – Whiz Comics #19! It showed Captain Marvel on the sea floor holding a shark in a headlock, a floating woman, interesting sea life and the shark’s tail engaging and obscuring the title masthead in a powerful way really playing with the space. This issue holds all the characteristics that I enjoy about Golden Age comics – early crude superhero artwork and massive bold type font for the title and cover price.  I just love form and structure of Golden Age covers. At the time, the new standard of a spatial divide on the cover included the graphic font in the top third and the “window of action” below. Whiz Comics #19 cemented my desire and was the first comic I purchased when I decided that I was going to collect every Golden Age underwater comic cover.

Do you have an online gallery of photos of your underwater comic covers that you can share with us? 

Not as of yet. I am reticent to advertise to the collecting community that I am seeking many of these items for fear of others jumping in- when the supply of this type of book is odd, rare and particular. Now that being said – I have created and hope to publish a small fanzine style book that is a fully illustrated index of all the underwater comic book covers in alphabetical order – much like the Gerber Guide to comics. I’ll start the fanzine after I have obtained another 50 to 60 of the missing issues from my big list.

Are you going for quantity or quality of underwater comics? How do you determine which ones you want?

I solely look for solid examples of the underwater comics. I do not look for quantity on any particular issue since some of them I am happy to locate just one copy. As to condition, since the cover is the main focus I want that to be mainly be intact, but many times I do compromise if the comic is rare, expensive or falls in my lap so to speak.

I really love my underwater comic cover collection as I am fascinated with covers from 1933-1961. I have comics from every genera during this period including superhero, funny animal, spy, detective, westerns, Archie, romance as well as Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope . How about that!

As to other determining factors, I used to want the entire scenario on the cover to be underwater (This type still holds a special place on the list.), but I have include many partial underwater covers. I am mainly interested in the graphic design of all Golden Age comic books and I feel that the depiction of underwater scenes holds a special quality of visual performance unlike anything else. The weird suspension of the characters in the illusionistic space of the 2-D art is as compelling as the great and unbridled inventiveness of colors and forms used in the cover space.

Since starting my underwater collection, I have since dabbled with the thought of collecting all outer space covers or underground cave covers, but you have to put the brakes on somewhere, right?!

How do you determine the value of your comics? 

Value for resale is through the established collector market and with the Overstreet guide or the old stand-by – what the market will bear. On occasion, I have spent more money that what the Guide states for a low grade comic just so I could have it. On the other hand, I have lucked out finding some long sought after or impossible to find books well below the price listed in the Guide.

Where do you usually track down hard-to-find comics?

I track down hard-to-find comics on eBay, Heritage Auctions, ComicConnect, various online stores, mail order and comic consortium group of collectors and stores owners from across the globe. This is a private group of friends who communicate daily via email and we talk, chat, barter and help each other in our mutual passions. AND, now I use FyndIt too!

How did you come across FyndIt?

One of your Facebook posts popped up in my feed and I went down the rabbit hole!

Do you think FyndIt is a useful service for connecting people who want stuff with the people who know where to find it?

Yes I do! I am still learning the ropes and need to spend more time with the site to see if I can be of assistance to those who are looking for items. I don’t really care about the finder’s fee personally- so if I can help, I will regardless of the bounty reward once I figure out the lay of the land.

What are your thoughts on digital comics? 

I don’t much care for digital comics at this time – I have read a few, but I am enthralled with artifacts when it comes to collecting – something I can touch and smell.

Do you have any advice for people who are new to collecting comics? 

Like it is often said, only collect what you love, want to hold, read or study. If you are in it for the money, that is OK too, but DO your research and learn how to grade. Learn what grading is, how it evolves and learn about the relationship between true rarity, fan or market driven fads/trends and true long term investments. MOST OF ALL HAVE FUN WITH IT- MAKE IT PERSONAL!

Is there anything else that you would like to share with us about your comic book collection? 

The dangerous thing for me about my collections is that I keep finding new reasons to be interested in books; I keep discovering new passions within my passions. As a newbie, I thought it would be possible to obtain every Golden Age comic book, every 10 cent cover of a certain style of graphic (I still want to chase this dream. ), every 10 and 12 cent book of certain style of graphic and so on and so on. I love it – I share my passion with whomever I can and thankfully I have an understanding spouse who has collecting habits of her own. I have given my nine year old the collecting bug too. He has nearly 1,000 comics of his own because his dad gave him so many! If only my dad had had the same passion for comics as I do – think of all of the comic books I could have owned!

If you are a serious collector who would like to show off your collection or you know of someone who deserves some props, give us a shout-out at support@fyndit.com and you could be our next Featured Collector! Check out our collection of Underwater Comic Book Covers on Pinterest.

Long Lost Episodes of General Hospital Wanted on FyndIt

Many die-hard soap opera fans pledge their allegiance to one particular daytime drama. Some viewers are so invested in the dramatic story lines that they watch their daily soap over a period of years and in some cases spanning several decades. General Hospital is the longest-running American soap opera and has been on the air for over fifty-one years. The longevity of the show has amassed thousands of followers.

There is an international group of General Hospital fans who are searching for footage of early GH episodes from the late 1970’s and 1980’s. In particular, they are looking for episodes of the David Hamilton murder trial and other Rick and Lesley Webber story lines.

Early General Hospital episodes from the 60’s to the 80’s are hard to come by. Especially since we didn’t have DVRs, VCRs and on demand television to watch and record at will back in the days of early television. Lost soap episodes are extremely valuable to General Hospital fans and one of them has turned to FyndIt for help in tracking them down.

General Hospital super fan Tricia posted a Want to FyndIt for 1978 – 1980 episodes of General Hospital.  She is looking for footage in any language or format and is willing to pay a $50.00 bounty to whoever can help her find the long-lost GH episodes. If you know where to track down General Hospital episodes from the 70’s – 80’s,  post a Find to our site, and if your footage is accepted as a match, you’ll earn a $50.00 bounty reward in exchange for the item’s location.

Not sure where to score old GH episodes, but still want to try to make a buck or two helping others find unique or collectible items? Browse the Wants posted to FyndIt by people who are looking for stuff and see if you can track down some of the items. You never know, something someone wants could be right under your nose and you could make a pretty penny helping connect them to the very item they just can’t seem to live without.

Is there something you are looking for and can’t seem to find? Let our community of Finders help you track it down. FyndIt saves you time by enlisting the help of others and increases your chances of success finding what you are looking for. You may not be able to find it, but someone out there knows where one is. All you have to do is FyndIt!