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John Romita Jr World Record Attempt; Transition in Comics ­ Part Three

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    John Romita, Jr. World Record Attempt 12 noon Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2012 John Romita, Jr. Attempts to Break His Guinness World Record of Most
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29, 2012
      John Romita, Jr. World Record Attempt
      12 noon Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2012
      John Romita, Jr. Attempts to Break His Guinness World Record of Most
      Continuous Cartooning
      Las Vegas, Nevada
      To secure Jordan¹s lifetime medical and personal needs and assist other
      children suffering from cancer and life-threatening diseases, John Romita
      Jr. has teamed with the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada
      to raise much needed funds for Jordan and for other children diagnosed with
      cancer. 10 years after he set the original record, John Romita Jr., will
      attempt to break his own world record with 50 hours of continuous

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      During the Bronze Age, comic books began to make the transition from being
      sold at newsstands, convenience stores, and supermarkets to a direct market
      in comic book shops. As people began to stumble upon these stores, they
      would also discover that comics could be worth quite a profit as some books
      could be found selling for thousands of dollars. Word would spread and
      people began seeing comic books as savings bonds, buying and storing them
      like rare collectibles. Unfortunately, they failed to realize that those
      books going for thousands got that way because of managing to survive fifty
      years of being treated as disposable entertainment that was often thrown
      away or burned (with issues that survived generally being horribly mangled).
      Still, the industry took advantage, printing issues with multiple covers,
      sometimes with different cover art, other times with gimmicks like hologram
      stickers, glow-in-the-dark images, 3-D plastic pop-out items, foldout
      covers, and more. People were compelled to form ³complete sets², one book
      notorious for this was Chris Claremont and Jim Lee¹s X-Men #1 (1991) which
      to this day remains the highest grossing single comic of all time making
      nearly seven million dollars and selling over 8.1 million units (and printed
      with five unique covers four of which had different versions such as
      newsstand and direct market editions). The phenomenon was a boon for the
      industry, with new publishers popping up all over the place and comic
      companies in many ways couldn¹t print enough books. However, as with roller
      coasters, this success was bound to crash when the people who became
      collectors realized not only were the conditions not right to make the huge
      payoff for their investment they believed they would get, but with so much
      product overproduced, the books they did buy were virtually useless as a
      collectible because everyone had it. To this day, you can still find comic
      shops with dozens of copies of X-Men #1 they can¹t give away. The comic book
      industry nearly went out of business again roughly four decades after
      Wertham and Congress left it crippled.
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