This Giant Size X-Men exhibited a very rare defect. The paper had bubbled out on both sides of the the paper, causing the paper to separate internally. It is speculated to be caused by a organic solvent splashing onto the surface. Removing this type of defect is difficult, especially in the middle of the cover. Fortunately, with our advanced pressing techniques we were able to completely remove the defects. Speaking of which, one of our clients asked me, Mike, why do you take the pictures in such bright light, and at a low angle. I explained to him that I want everyone to see there is no trace of the defect after pressing, taking pictures in lower light, or from top down steep angle hides slight defects, and misleads readers.
This Amazing Fantasy #15 was a real challenge. Tape removal, large tears, writing on front cover, and bad attempts to remove it. Matching the grey background was especially difficult. For those of you that are unaware, the grey background is made from black dots, and the white paper.
Barely in time for his 75th Anniversary, we have a Captain America #1, with work done only to the cover. This copy was brittle on the right side, which caused the loss of the corners. There also were several pieces of tape on interior of cover holding loose pieces on right edge, half way up. After tape removal, washing, re-attach the loose pieces, leaf-cast, then recreate the missing art on the corner, plus color touch, the book is done.
Well shoot, I cannot believe it is half way through April already. I would have posted sooner, but have been very busy keeping our pressing schedule on time. Today I have a book that has cooled off some, but Avengers #54 is still a common book to press here. This copy got hit very hard down at the corner of the spine, but looks like it cleared up with our advanced pressing techniques.
It’s been a while, very busy summer, I should start calling it pressing of the month, but I am always optimistic. I usually post older books not because I don’t do moderns, or they don’t yield results, but mostly because they don’t have major defects that show well in pictures. This Preacher #1 is a great example of how even moderns can be pressed properly, and removing serious defects. I was praying these creases would come out, and it worked!