Aristocrats of War #7 – Halloween and War?
As Halloween rolls in on us, I am going to feature some War books that cross into the Horror Genre, or maybe it is the other way around. Probably most common in this category would be Weird War Tales that ran through 124 issues. Weird War Tales is deserving of it's own article so I will cover that in a future installment.
For this week, let's take a look at some L.B. Cole books. Leonard Brant (L.B.) Cole, now a Hall of Famer, was largely underappreciated as a cover artist until Gerber released the Photo Journal Guide to Comic Books, which featured many of Cole's works, and catapulted some of his covers. Perhaps best known for his dark or black backgrounds, L.B. Cole was a master with the use of "poster" or primary colors.
L.B. Cole did several covers for Blue Bolt. Bold and striking, Blue Bolt #115 featured a wonderfully dark cover and told the story "Cavern of Death." Blue Bolt #115 is a fairly common book with 38 Blue Labels on the census, ranging from 3.0 to 9.6. The 9.6 is a Spokane Pedigree copy and sold for almost $17,000 in November 2017. On the lower side, a 3.0 went for $900 in June 2018. For a sense of growth, a 3.0 sold in 2009 for $70.00!!
Blue Bolt #116 is actually a less known cover and also has fewer graded copies with 15 Blue Labels, ranging from a couple of copies at 2.0 up to 2 copies at 9.4. The last copy in any grade sold was a 4.0 in 2016 for $100! I think this book is a buyer's market right now.
Keeping with the drive to obscurity, next up we have Startling Terror Tales #6, with 5 Blue Labels ranging from 4.0 to 7.0. Again this lesser known cover suffers from lack of market exposure with the last sale of any copy being in 2012. I would be buying this book if found.
Are these still to common for your blood, well let me serve up The Horrors of War #11, from Star Publications. It features a ghost haunting troops that turns out to be none other than Adolf Hitler. Now we are down to a singular Blue Label copy on the census graded at 5.5. I am not sure why but GPA has a lone sale of an 8.0, also it is a legit Certification Number in CGC database. Not sure what is going on here! This book would also be a great pickup.
Till next time, keep your socks dry and barrels lubed, or vice versa if the situation warrants!