"BLACK ANGEL" COPIES OF CEREBUS IN HELL? #1
The CEREBUS IN HELL? #1 copies came in while I was adding some comments here earlier this afternoon. We got 100 copies, 50 each for me and Sandeep.
Of those 100 copies There are:
22 BLACK ANGEL COPIES: The strip on page 5 where (spoiler warning) the Angel identifies as Tony Bennett, the images on the the right side of panels 2 and 4 are completely obliterated by black ink. But, oddly enough, the word balloons aren't and the ink is confined to the panels themselves (I've never seen that happen with printing. Solid black misprints usually cover EVERYTHING; in the strip on page 8, the "chicken-wing guy" is smeared with black ink. And "Frank Sinatra" on page 20 has an inverted devil's head (!) on his right shoulder.
31 PARTIAL-BLACK ANGEL COPIES: Same as the BLACK ANGEL COPIES, but on these the angel is only partly obliterated by black ink in panels 2 and 4: You can still tell -- barely -- that it's an angel.
46 are perfect copies: exactly the way they were meant to be. Sean did an amazing job making sure that every teeny tiny line of Gustave Dore's images is right there in immaculate detail.
Sandeep and Fisher and Rollie were getting the CAN6 Portfolios prepped for shipping, so they've wrapped that up and the packages are now on Packaging Too's plate.
Tomorrow, I'll get Sandeep to scan the distinctions between BLACK ANGEL and PARTIAL-BLACK ANGEL copies.
Since we can split them evenly, 11 BLACK ANGELS each and 23 perfect copies each, we'll be auctioning a PARTIAL-BLACK ANGEL on eBay this week, signed by both of us, so we each have 15 copies of those. I definitely want three of each for the Cerebus Archive.
No idea what the split is in the copies that have shipped. There was no pattern to it: a bundle of 20 copies would have 17 good ones, one BLACK ANGEL and 2 PARTIAL BLACK ANGEL. Then there'd be a bundle that was ALL BLACK ANGELS.
Feel free to do a little "shopping" at your LCS if you plan on collecting all 3. I doubt that word is going to spread too quickly about this. :)