Comics Grading Guide

Andy Madura's Comics & Paper Collectibles

Andy Madura, 317 Cedar St., South Amboy, NJ 08879

e-mail: am@Oldsundaycomics.com  

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How Do you read this???  What do these codes mean???  A full listing of codes is on the bottom of this page.  Here's two specific examples of Sunday Comics:

Example #1: 

Item # Date-#-size* Condition* Price Notes
0180-0190 1942/03/01 - F VG/G/VG $10.00 w/Maw Green, on reverse BW Mickey Mouse(F)

The first box is the item-number for this lot - please refer to that when ordering.  The second box indicates the date, number of strips, and sizes of strips in this lot (this lot is a single page).  This page is from March 1, 1942 and is F=Full-Size (approximately 22" x 14") and Full-Color(the default).  The conditions: VG/G/VG mean that the overall quality is very good/paper quality is good/print quality is very good.  The notes: w/Maw Green, means there is a small Maw Green trailer strip also on this page.   On reverse BW Mickey Mouse(F), means that the reverse side of this page is a Black and White, Full-size Mickey Mouse page.

Example #2:

Item # Date-#-size* Condition* Price Notes
0180-0307 1954 - 1T, 7H G/VG/G $12.00 on reverse Abbie 'n Slats(4TH)

The first box is the item-number for this lot - please refer to that when ordering.  The second box indicates the date, number of strips, and sizes of strips in this lot (this is a multi-strip lot).  This lot contains 8 strips all from 1954, 1 is T=Tabloid Size(14" x 11"), 7 are H=Half-Page Size(11" x 14").  The conditions: G/VG/G mean that the overall quality is good/paper quality is very good/print quality is good.  The notes: On reverse...means that there are 4 Third-size full-color Abbie 'n Slats strips on the reverse of these.

Here's an example of Dailies:

Example #1:

Item # Title Date-# Size* Condition* Price Notes
D001-0001 Alley Oop 1935/04 - 26 6C G $10..00 by VT Hamlin (1 is Damaged)

The first box is the item-number for this lot - please refer to that when ordering.  The second box indicates the date, number of strips in this lot (this is a lot of 26 strips from April 1935).  The third box indicates the size of the strips, these are 6C (6 - Column).  The notes: (1 is Damaged) means that one of the 26 strips has extraordinary damage.

Glossary of codes:

All Strips are Full-color unless noted otherwise!

Grades quoted as (Overall/Paper Quality/Print Quality) - Lot items grades quoted are averages for the lot.

Grade Paper Quality Grades Print Quality Grades:

EX

Excellent-Outstanding Print and Paper Quality

EX

Excellent-White or Offwhite, creases completely flattened and virtually undetectable. 

EX

Excellent-Super, Vibrant and Clear

VG

Very Good-Highly Collectible, great readability all margins intact.  Readability excellent.

VG

Very Good-Supple Antique White, may have  detectable non-dirty creases and 'invisible' margin-only tears.

VG

Very Good-Moderately Vibrant and Clear

G

Good-Average aging page, wear does not impair readability.

G

Good-Supple, Light Tanning or lightly dirty crease. Can have margin tears or binder holes and a minor 'invisible' tear in centercrease or touching panels.

G

Good-Clear and Readable, Some color Fading is possible.

FR

Fair-Fragile, yet Whole and Readable.

FR

Fair-Tanned, Supple Interior, Margin edges may be Brittle.  May have dirty crease or minor holes.   May have binder holes intruding on panels.

FR

Fair-Readable, but Heavy Fading or Fuzziness

P

Poor-Damaged, Readability Impaired

P

Poor-Browned, Brittle Throughout, or may have major panel portions missing.  Refer to notes.

P

Poor-Readability on some or all panels Impaired
Notations Sundays Sizes (Approx. Height-Width):

TP(*)

Trimmed to Panel (L=left margin, R=right margin, T=top margin, B=bottom margin, A=all margins

F

Full (22"x14")

TH

Thirds (7 1/4"x14")

BW(*) or W(*)

Black & White, or White + (B=blue, R=red, G=green, O=orange, P=pink

H

Half (11"x14")

HT

Half Tab (7"x11")

RAC

Racially unacceptable characterizations.

T

Tabloid (14"x11")

Q

Quarters (11"x7")

PIC

Contains photo of the person indicated in the description.

H+

Half-Plus or 2/3rds (14"x14")

SX

Sixths (7 1/4" x7")
Dailies Sizes (Approx. Height-Width):

4C

4-Column (2"x8")

5C

5-Column (2 1/2" x 10")

6C

6-Column (3" x 12")

7C

7-Column (3" x 14")

#SQ

Square (# of inches Square - For Example: 4SQ is a 4 inch Square)

#x#R

Rectangle (# of inches by # of inches rectangle - For Example: 4x6R is 4 inches by 6 inches Rectangle)

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