1952 E.C. Publications VAULT OF HORROR #23
(Before and After)
KaptainMyke cleans and presses comic books, magazines,
and ashcans for a select group of clients in small
intervals which produces better turn around times
for all parties involved.
$10 per book newer
$15 per book older
Dry cleaning and
light stain removal is included
Additional 1% of
book value on books valued greater than $1000
fee for spine roll re-alignment (pre-screening
$30 fully insured
priority mail return service shipping to grading
company or your address
Maximum 10 comic
books per invoice (must create new invoice for
If being sent to
a grading company include a copy of your grading
invoice or email
24-48 hours per
3-5 days for return
service priority mail fully insured shipping
10% discount grading
Insured under Collectibles
Insurance Agency Services LLC
today if you are interested in this service.
Currently submissions for pressing is: BOOKED
IS COMIC BOOK PRESSING?
Comic book pressing is the process of flattening out
a comic book that has been wrinkled or damaged. Comics
can get bent during shipping or have creaselines from
heavy reading. Good news: Comic Books can be pressed
using a t-shirt heatpress machine, a book press, a
stack of short boxes, or anything heavy and flat.
The idea is simple: to smooth out the waves and bumps
on the cover of a comic book. This makes the overall
grade and eye appeal of the book increase considerably.
Comic book pressing is not restoration, more like
comic book conservation. The difference can sometimes
mean thousands of dollars when discussing high dollar
key comic books. Do NOT press a comic book
with an iron.
THIS BOOK NEED TO BE PRESSED?
The first question you
should ask is: Does this book need to be pressed?
Signs the book would benefit from a press or dry cleaning:
DANGERS OF BAD PRESSING
KaptainMyke takes extra caution of any potential problems
or dangers that could result from improper pressing
of books. As mentioned in my guide on how
to press comics, these topics are discussed in
great detail and how to prevent each incident from
a book. Use less heat, less duration.
Set a timer on your phone.
pen and sharpie ink will appear fuzzy or blurry.
Use minimal moisture if possible.
Use a lower temperature for ballpoint pen marks
is fuzzy or blurry. Too much moisture
and too much heat. Lower your humidity duration
time and lower your temperature on press machine.
cover outer corners will lift or curl slightly
upwards (Flaring) Removing book too
soon from press or too much pressure (or both).
appear recessed or sucked in towards spine.
Use less pressure with pressure adjustment
knob. Place a backer board at centerfold to protect
appears crushed. Use less pressure
with pressure adjustment knob.
or waves across front cover that appear as ripples
(cockling). Temperature is set way
to high or there is a malfunction with thermostat
or craters on cover (pebbling). Wipe
each book front to back with a fragrance free,
lotion free kleenex. If you use steel plates be
sure to sand and wipe the plates clean before
and after each use. Using a can of compressed
air helps as well.
tiny line traveling along spine on covers or interior
pages. Too much pressure, backer
board/cardstock/copypaper is not placed right
up against spine as close as possible.
(cover can shrink but rest of book measures out).
Too much heat.
(water stains, moisture stains) . Use
distilled water only. No tap water or bottled
water. The minerals can and will stain your books.
rolls. Books are stacked improperly
over a long period of time or production error.
splits on an otherwise near mint book. Production
error, or using a backer board under covers with
too much pressure.
pages stuck together. Modern glossy
page books require a much lower temperature setting,
such as 145 or 150 degrees.
be seen through the cover from page inks underneath.
Too much moisture followed by too
much pressure and heat. IE., "overdoing it".
prong pin holes on cover. Too much
pressure when improper inspection should have
notated the staple prongs need to be pushed down
using a plastic putty knife or similar tool. Most
common with glued squarebound books such as Silver
Surfer 4 or Giant Size X-Men 1.
Digital Code Insert imprints of 1" square
on last 8 pages of book, including back cover.
Improper preparation for pressing
a book with a digital code. The pressure of the
press imprints the digital code into each page
before and after the code. You must use cardstock
paper or copy paper to cushion each page before
and after. (Up to 4 pages before and after to
is scratched. Make sure you slide
a book with board inside a bag. Do not slide a
book inside a pre-assembled bag and board.
Oxide) or Mold on cover. Rust can
form on the steel plate of press when pressing
damp books from humidity chamber because moisture
seeps through SRP paper if not using a buffer
such as a backer board. You must also change out
all paperstock and SRP paper after 10 minutes
and re-press as normal before leaving overnight.
If your book has a spine roll to it, you should consider
spine realignment as well. Adjusting the spine of
a comic book can be risky. Other damage may occur
from staple movement, spine splits, loose pieces becoming
detached, or spine chipping if the book is brittle.
CODES AND INSERTS
New Marvel Comics modern age comic books have digital
code inserts in the last 4th page of every interior
book. Some books also have Tattooz inserts or other
items, such as Image #0 coupons and Mark Jeweler's
Inserts. These books require a different and careful
approach so the digital code does not press or imprint
a 1" square onto the back cover and adjoining
WHAT DOES COMIC BOOK
PRESSING NOT FIX?
Color breaking creases on covers. Loose or missing
staples. Loose or missing pieces or pages. Staple
indentations. Moisture stains. Color or ink breaking
spine ticks. Scratches. Scratches on black covers.
Books folded in half. Ballpoint pen ink. Marker ink.
Date stamps. Library stamps. Deep indentions along
front spine. Blunted corners. I am not a miracle worker.
Please consider these conditions prior to submitting
a book for pressing.
DEFECTS AND WRITING
Dry cleaning and heat-pressing comic books improves
the overall look and feel of a book. It is not divine
intervention. Things pressing will not fix:
pen, crayon, marker, Sharpie pen
that travel through then entire book on every
Crease lines with
missing ink (color breaks)
CONSIDERED RESTORATION BY GRADING COMPANIES?
No. Pressing is a non-invasive method of restoring
the original flatness of a book as if it were just
printed. Heat and steam are used sometimes to restore
spine placement, and helps move creases and fold flaps
back to original placement. No chemicals or inks or
paints or any similar methods are used on any books.
Grading labels will not state "restored"
on the label once a book has been pressed.
Dry pressing and dry cleaning your book does not use
any chemicals or moisture. Only pencil marks and crayon
is safely removed from dry cleaning. The heatpress
machine and the temperature does not lift sharpie
marker or ballpoint pen. Signed or witnessed signature
series books are completely safe from ink being lifted
during pressing. Paint markers used on signatures
cannot be pressed or graded.
Cleaning and looking over
the book during inspection can take over a few hours.
Cleaning alone can take several hours depending on
what is being cleaned and how cleaning should be approached.
Once your book is actually being pressed, it takes
5-7 min under high heat and an additional 24 hours
or more to cool down using a singular heat/cold exchange
method of pressing by allowing the book to completely
cool back down while still pressed. The process itself
can take 25-30 hours total per book. Some books require
pressing to be left over several days and nights while
still inside the comic book press. Spine roll realignments
can take an additional 2 hours or more, depending
on severity of spine condition.
risk and pre-screening
Pressing a book does have
inherent risks. The spine can split. Centerfolds
can become loose from a top or bottom staple (or both).
Cleaning can rub off surface gloss or ink. If a book
is brittle there is risk of chipping and pieces coming
loose or removed completely. Spine splits can become
worse during a press. You must understand these risks
and make an informed decision before chosing to have
a book pressed. In most cases, the risk is minimal.
These risks are mostly associated with Golden Age
and Silver Age comic books. Pre-screening is important
because sometimes a book is best left in its present
condition if the benefits do not outweigh the risks
due to value or rarity of book. Send me photos of your books to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
There is a dedicated Facebook Group called "KaptainMyke
Comic Book Pressing" for anyone to join and contribute
ideas open for discussion. Ask questions about this
guide or show off your own books! Anyone is welcome
to join. I firmly believe the spread of accurate free
information will help us all keep books preserved
and conserved. You may find the Facebook Group at
this link here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/kaptainmykecomicpressing
Your books are fully protected and insured up to $100,000
under the Consignment Agreement subsection of Collectibles
Insurance Agency Services LLC which covers the following:
storage of books during services provided, limited
transit protection from storage to carrier services,
and limited carrier protection under USPS, FEDEX,
and UPS shipping, this protection covers you in the
event of theft, loss, or damage to your book while
having cleaning and pressing services performed on
your books. This coverage does NOT protect your books
in the event of damage caused by the actual pressing
or cleaning services to your book. There is always
an inherit risk to pressing a book, due to popped
staples, unforeseen spine splits, brittle pages, or
otherwise unknown variables to the pre-existing condition
of your books. In the event your book is damaged due
to pressing or cleaning, your book will be 100% replaced
according to the listed raw grade given on invoice
prior to services performed. For verification of coverage
on policy #UD0002842, please contact: Collectibles
Insurance Agency Services LLC P.O. Box 1146 Bala
Cynwyd, PA 19004 Phone: 336.550.4813 Fax: 410.876.9233