Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project

Q-Project Details

PRESERVING OUR HISTORY: In 1989 Ernest Gerber wrote, "The worst enemy to comic books is ignorance and procrastination. First we refuse to face established facts; then when the collector finds out about them, he figures that there is no rush to store the comics properly, and eventually he'll get to it. Friends, the clock keeps ticking and cannot be reversedů lives of perishable pulps can be easily extended for many generations--if you want them to be." The Photo-Journal Guide to Comic Books: Volume One, Gerber Publishing Company, Inc., page A-13

Until now there's been nothing that can stop the damage time will do to comic books. Slabbing is currently the best method we have of protecting comic books. But even slabbed comics have trapped oxygen that continues to interact with the acidic paper these comics were printed on. In a few hundred years the contents of those plastic shells will be little more than dust.

How The Q-Collection Comic Books Are Put Together & What's In Each Binder:

The Binders

Once each page is laminated the comic books are placed in custom-made 3-ring wooden binders. The binders are made of 50,000 year old iridescent Kauri wood, 1,200 Alaskan cedar wood and ancient desert-grown ironwood (the hardest wood in the world). All metal parts are gold-plated to prevent the metal from interacting with the wood. The binders open flat to allow the comics to be read and then close up tight to keep the comics away from light.

There are two to three related comic books in each binder.

Laminant

The laminant we use is top-of-the-line 5 mm UV-resistant heat-treated Mylar without adhesive. The laminant is cooked and becomes part of the paper, preserving the pages from further deterioration. A one-quarter inch Mylar margin surrounds each page. Once cooked the Mylar is melted into itself and can no longer be separated.

Binder Contents

Information Page: The Information Page includes information on publishers, publications dates, artists, detailed information on the comic book series that comic is from, information on that particular issue, information on that particular copy (how it was obtained and who sold it to us), the Gerber's Scarcity Index number, the Gerber's Relative Value Index number, the current Overstreet NM value (pegged to the current national minimum wage) and quotes from comic book reference books about that issue, the series, comic book hero, or artist(s).

Scans of Comic Book Covers

Up to 16 small scans of covers from that, or related, comic book series. Bonus: Bonus' can be found laminated between each comic book in the binder.

Marvel Comics Letter

A scan of the 1948 "Letter to Our Readers and Their Parents!" verifying the high standard of comic books that they produce.

National/DC Apology Letter

A scan of a 1961 letter from DC editors apologizing for raising the price of their comics from ten cents to twelve cents.

The Bonuses in Each Binder

Each binder in the collection includes several bonus' that can be found between the comic books. Comic book bonus' may be original comic book covers, bubble gum cards, bubble gum wrappers, comic book ads, paper toys, comic book membership cards, etc.

Hero List

Each binder in the Q-Collection includes a list of our comic book heroes. The information on these heroes includes the date and comic book these heroes first appeared in, their origins, their super powers and their secret identities (which each reader must swear to protect). There are over three hundred heroes we've listed, with about twenty appearing in each binder. This list of heroes is remixed in each binder so that no two binders contain the same Hero List.

Acknowledgment Pages

Four pages listing the nearly 400 individuals and companies who have provided comic books or assisted us along the way.

The Comic Book Grab Bag Page

Each binder contains one page that could include anything comic book-related. Among those items included are definitions of comic book terms. Each page in each binder is different.

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