Young Avengers 1 and 2

Young Avengers 1 and 2

Young Avengers are back with two issues already published, more popular and with more hype even before issue 1 came out. You could say this is due to the creative team that consists of writer Kieron Gillen, artists Jamie McKelvie & Mike Norton, colorist Matthew Wilson and letterer Clayton Cowles. This group of creators is well acquainted and has worked together before so we can assume they can work and produce a very good comic. Which is true as we already have seen in the first two issues! But yet again this comic book has won its place and it is considered among one of the favorite superhero teams from its very first run almost a decade ago for many comic fans. So yes its popularity is a result of this too!

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As the creators are a group of friends with their individual personalities and interests which work together perfectly to make a comic, just the same Young Avengers is a group of young heroes with their own personalities and interests in life. Once they were a team and now are called together once again to deal with a new threat! Both groups real and fictional work together in the best way because they do what they love most: the creators comics and the characters super heroics! So from the combination of two great teams who already have proved to us comic fans that they can produce something awesome we get to read a comic which deserves all its hype and popularity!

YNGAVN2013001004scol-610x471In issue 1 we are reintroduced to six members three old and three new who yet haven’t been formed in a team! These six are Kate Bishop, Hulking and Wiccan and new recruits Marvel Boy, Miss America and Kid Loki. These six though are not by far the full roster as it has been revealed through the internet by issue six Speedy and Prodigy will join the team and many more will be featured in future stories! In this issue we get a glimpse of what the original members are up to and how in a remarkable and smart way the new kids interlock and become a part of their lives. All members are in their late teens and a couple a bit older but still young enough to be a part of the team! They have matured but not yet considered grown-ups and Wiccan’s action proves how young and inexperienced they are! By the end of the issue in an attempt to make Hulking feel better Wiccan uses his powers to bring back from the dead the only family he ever had: his mother! That is a big mistake and creates a whole new threat which only Kid Loki realizes and trys to stop with no success as Miss America interferes! In issue 2 the threat is revealed to both Wiccan and Hulking and both are trapped! In a brilliant visual way the artists show us how Kid Loki releases and saves them from their capturer. But they get in more trouble as Wiccan and Hulking try to force the way Kid Loki will help them solve and face the threat! So issue 2 ends yet in another great cliffhanger!


Kieron Gillen succeeds to create wonderful dialogues making the characters all the more 3-dimensional and not at all tumblr_mh4a3xh6xZ1raikxso1_500paper cut copies! He shows aspects of the way they think and act and what they like making them individuals and all the more interesting plus there are action scenes in every two pages! You cannot ask more from a comic which has more than enough character interaction and fighting scenes in only 22 pages. It’s purely entertaining! To top it all artists McKelvie, Norton and Williams capture the story and deliver it with smart visual concepts and brilliant story telling both in spread pages and not! The art is clean with clear and understandable facial expressions and detailed pop culture references in the backgrounds!

Overall it’s a comic based in the now about kids who are living in our present and influenced by pop culture which happen to love being superheroes! If you haven’t read it yet do so! You will find it more than entertaining, it will give you a thrill you haven’t felt for superhero comics in years!


Con Barbatsis for eCharta

eCharta State of Art Security

When you register on eCharta, you enter some personal and sensitive information. In order to become a seller on eCharta platform you have to save a Credit Card on file. This is MORE sensitive information!  How eCharta uses this information you could see it on eCharta User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

But how eCharta handles this information regarding security reasons? 

DigicertWe know that online shopping is about trust. So we got the Extended Validation EV SSL certificates from Digicert because we believe that this is one of the most effective ways to build trust with our clients. This is the reason when you navigate eCharta website ALWAYS the browser address bar will turn green. For more info go here

Digicert as a WebTrust-Certified Certificate Authority and an active member of the CA/Browser Forum, Online Trust Alliance, Anti-Phishing Working Group, and the W3C Consortium, they are committed to the ongoing goal of safe Internet browsing. eCharta is completely aligned with them!

Only organizations who pass an independent audit as part of Digicert review may offer EV, and all organizations globally must follow the same detailed issuance requirements!


So eCharta has been verified as authentic and not a known scam or phishing site. This sets our business apart, giving our customers peace of mind when submitting private data.

When we ask you to place your Credit Card on file in order to become a seller, at that moment where do you REALLY stripestore your Credit Card number?

You store it in STRIPE! Not on eCharta servers.


Because Stripe has been audited by a PCI-certified auditor, and is certified to PCI Service Provider Level 1. This is the most stringent level of certification available. Stripe forces HTTPS for all services, including our public website. All card numbers are encrypted on disk with AES-256. Decryption keys are stored on separate machines. None of Stripe’s internal servers and daemons are able to obtain plaintext card numbers! Stripe’s infrastructure for storing, decrypting, and transmitting card numbers runs in a separate datacenter, and doesn’t share any credentials with Stripe’s primary services (API, website, etc.).

This is the reason that WE DO NOT KEEP ANY OF YOUR CREDIT CARD INFO ON OUR SERVERS! The only thing we have to know from your Card is your last four digits of your card and the expiration date. That’s all! All the rest of your Credit Card info are handled by stripe! So we don’t really get involved again for SECURITY REASONS. We trust them and we fully cooperate with them!

You can use PayPal to pay eCharta at any time. It’s not necessary to use your card to pay off your monthly eCharta invoice. In case you use your card, the charge procedure it’s AGAIN through STRIPE!

So why do we need your credit card information?

Because we have decided to verify the seller’s name and address through the Credit Card procedure. This is very important for us and for the Community. So, the sellers if they wish to sell their stuff in an online marketplace, they want to be secure and protected from any other annoying passers that might come in just for a while to damage the market. Also buyers want to be safe and assured about the seller they are buying from. It’s just a safety valve for our system and the whole community!

We do it because we care!

eCharta Team

FREE LIFE-TIME Listing OFFER for Comics and Stamps!

eCharta is launching a Promotional OFFER for all the fellows that they want to list items in two of its categories:  Comics & Stamps! They can list and sell their items FREE FOR EVER. 

The offer expires on 30 April, 2013. 

eCharta offers this for 1000 people in each category!


We’re talking about colorists, inkers, pencilers, cartoonists, story board artists, illustrators, writers and any comic artist, collector, publisher, trader and aficionados of comic books, cartoons or graphic novels!


And at the same time about traditional, thematic, postal history or any kind of philatelists and stamp dealers, auction houses, single sellers and any stamp aficionados!

This offer has life-time FREE listing in BuyOut auction style on eCharta! ECharta regularly charges $0.20 for listings of BuyOut Auction style (check out our other fees here)!

Register on eCharta (if you’re not already registered) and then communicate with us at: in order to take advantage of this unique offer!!! Please write your user name and the appropriate code for your category. We immediately grand you the promotion package! That’s it! That simple!

(comics code: CMX4-13  ||   stamps code STM4-13)
(e.g. bestcomicsCMX4-13    ||   mystampsSTM4-13)

Do not forget: the offer expires on 30 April, 2013.

We try to create a nice and a strong trading community. This isn’t exclusively up to us! It’s up to you too mates! You can sell your comic books, your comic art, your stamps and your postal history letters or any paper comic related item on eCharta.

You could try it. You have nothing to lose anyway…

So, would you join eCharta family?


eCharta Team

Wolverine – the way I see it!

Wolverine gains one more monthly comic book; this one is volume 5 of the original series! Most comic fans are not pleased with the appearance of Wolverine! In so many comics as he gets more of the spotlight than he deserves he may be popular but not the only hero in the Marvel Universe! This new title though is considered the core book with just a new numbering and with a great creative team: Paul Cornell as a writer and Alan Davis is the artist. This is the reason I read  it!


Alan Davis teams up yet again with inker Mike Farmer and colorist Matt Holingsworth giving a stunning visual delight! Alan Davis has a unique and “trademarked” style that is recognizable wherever you see it and the inks and colors compliment his art giving Wolverine a more superhero flair! Wolverine is part of the Avengers and not a popular outsider so the “glossy” art for a new comic and a new beginning suits this book!

The story now is part 1 of a story-line named “Hunting Season” a perfect title for a Wolverine1-Davis2Wolverine comic but from the first page it seems Wolverine is being hunted and cornered! Thanks to Paul Cornell in just one issue we have more than one twist and turns that thicken the plot and amps up the mystery of what new threat Wolverine will have to deal! Paul Corner gives Wolverine the chance to use his Avenger membership to state that he is here to help; this is refreshing because after a point it gets boring to see a misunderstood Wolvie growl and attack authority figures! Witty comments and a sense of humor are also seen in the dialogues which is a skill that Cornell knows how to use in a clever way! Finally we might also see a new supporting cast as we are introduced to a new female character NYPD Detective Tomomatsu which already knows Wolverine! Let’s hope she survives because she seems a cool addition!


Overall it might be one more Wolverine comic but it is refreshing it moves the character to a new level, making him more of a hero placing him in the real world and not burden with X-Men and Avenger continuity. It’s a Wolverine comic with no out of the blue team ups; it has beautiful art and an intriguing story! Give it a chance! You will enjoy it!

Con Barbatsis for eCharta

Bad Memories on Paper we Have to Remember – Holocaust Part I

Many findings of postal or just of paper history are worth mentioning. A huge label is the WWII and the terrible actions that took place during this dark world period. We believe that the Holocaust is an extermination period of Jews but also of other groups such as the Communists, the Gypsies and the handicapped who were persecuted by the Nazis both in Germany and in Europe. We want to try to demonstrate showing pieces of that period in a sequence of posts not only the depth and range of the Nazi persecution but also the resourceful imagination of the inmates as tortured human beings in their desperate agony to communicate with the outside world. “Enjoy” a run of posts, a sequence of bad memories on paper that we certainly have to remember… 

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The back side of the letter-card

From the earliest days of Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship, the Gestapo had the power to impose “protective custody” on anyone, to prevent “undesirable” political activities, to monitor the activities of suspects and to wiretap their conversations, without accountability to any court or other government authority, but regular police retained their traditional role subject to law as regulated by courts. Reich Leader Heinrich Himmler of the elite Nazi SS had taken control of the Gestapo and all the concentration camps in 1934. In June 1936, he became chief of all the German police, thus subordinating all state power to the Nazi apparatus and to the party’s political imperatives.


This form letter-card front is a summons to an interrogation.

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Three values of Hindenburg Medallion definitive stamps with POL perfins, plus one Nazi Swastika Official stamp, correctly paid the 46-pfennigs rate (40 pfennigs for legal service of a document through the post plus 6 pfennigs local letter postage in that combination). This piece belongs to Spungen Family Foundation.

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Helheim #1 – a real review

Helheim is a new comic which its first issue circulated about a week ago by Oni Press. Its creative team consists of writer Cullen Bunn, Joelle Jones who does the pencils and the colorist Nick Filardi. Helheim was pitched as a story by Cullen Bunn and what a great idea he had!

Previous to its release I didn’t know much about Helheim except that it was something new by Cullen Bunn mentioned here and there on the internet. I read Cullen’s Venom & Fearless Defenders which I like very much so I decided to give Helheim a chance! After all writers tend to let their talent free on comics which aren’t burden with decades of continuity and I was in for a big surprise!


A trap in Viking village!

I always go through the pages of a comic just to get a thrill and level up the anticipation of reading it. So first impression was OK! Yet another comic nicely drawn placed in Scandinavian territory with its warriors and battles! Actually it was a lot more. As I was reading it, each time when I thought that the story was at the end it kept going on in an unpredictable way; this happened three times and gave me such a thrill especially because it was the number one issue of a new comic! Protagonist, cast, background and villain were all delivered in this issue but not revealing all elements and aspects leaving you the need for more!

An impressive cover front!

An impressive cover front!

Cullen Bunn has succeeded in creating a small part of a Viking world, combining a warrior’s need to fight and self-sacrifice, love and how it can twist you, loyalty and how far you will go to keep it and magic used in all the wrong ways or maybe not! Visually Joelle Jones captures you with her storytelling, without being extravagant but keeping it simple and focusing nicely on the characters expressions something that I love in an artist’s work! Even the coloring by Nick Filardiand the lettering by Ed Brisson tie in beautifully with the rest of the artwork giving a wholesome sense of a well done comic!

I could go on and on about Helheim but I would be giving out spoilers. So for those who haven’t read it yet just go and get it and you will be truly entertained …and don’t forget this is the #1 issue of a much promising new comic book!

Con Barbatsis for eCharta

The rarest stamp of the world!

There were at least two unsuccessful attempts by the English on the conquest of the land, which will later be called British Guiana. Efforts were made in the 17th century when the Dutch had already colonized the region in two points: the Essequibo, which in commanding by the Dutch West India Company and Demerara, which was under the command of West India Company (fig.1).


Fig. 1: Map of British Guiana dated 1690

In 1796, during the French Revolutionary Wars, the English managed command and control, since then the Dutch were under the domination of French and English with the French were at war. An English expeditionary force, initiated from its own colony of Barbados for the conquest of territories that they were under the French domination, the so-called Batavian Republic. The settlers retreated without resistance and English, to meet the existing situation and policy have not changed the long existing laws in the colony. In 1802 the colony was returned to the Batavian Republic under the terms of the Treaty of Amiens, but the UK sized the colonies again less than one year later upon the resumption of hostilities with France in Napoleonic Wars in 1803. The colonies officially ceded to the United Kingdom, with the Anglo-Dutch Treaty of 1814. The British continued to have a separate administration in the colonies, when finally in 1831 were combined together and became a united colony known as British Guiana, with its capital Georgetown (Demerara). Guyana went on to become independent of the United Kingdom on 26 May 1966.


Nobody thought then that this British colony will issue the rarest stamp in the world today: the black on magenta 1 cent of British Guiana.

In 1856, the Postmaster of the British colony of Guyana, E T E Dalton, literally got frustrated when he heard that a cargo which included the British colonial stamps, failed to arrive in Georgetown! Because he believed that he could not leave the people of the colony without this much-needed and still relatively new, service facility, via a local printer, who edited and the local newspaper, the Royal Gazette, ordered the immediate production of stamps. The print was in black ink in various colors of paper depending on the denomination. These prints, which are quite rare, are known as “ cotton-reels”, because of the printing press used. Once the three types of stamps printed (a 4 cents in blue paper, a 4 cents in magenta paper and 1 cent in magenta for posting local newspapers) (fig.2), Dalton found that the printer did not fulfill the simple requirements that he had suggested and tried to put on print creative contribution, putting a ship emblem. Dalton did not like the design and ultimately used it as an urgent and necessary need. The stamps were without perforation with the colonial motto “Damus Petimus Que Vicissim” (We give and expect in return). He also ordered at all the post office clerks to sign the stamp to avoid phenomena of counterfeiting or other fraud. He would be astonished to hear that today his name is still mentioned as a result of these provisional stamps.

Fig. 5: The two provisional stamps of 4 cents, one in magenta and one in blue, printed at the same time with the rare one-cent stamp

Fig. 2: The two provisional stamps of 4 cents, one in magenta and one in blue, printed at the same time with the rare one-cent stamp

Vaughan Vernon, a Scottish student, discovered a stamp of 1 cent in magenta paper (fig.3), cut into an octagon shape, in one of his uncle’s letters in Georgetown (Demerara), the capital of British Guiana in 1873. The stamp bears a heavy postmark of the local post office and the initials of the postal clerk E D Wright, who implemented the policy of Dalton. This was the beginning of the great tour that was made by the rarest stamp in the world.

Fig. 6: The famous stamp of 1-cent in magenta of British Guiana

Fig. 3: The famous stamp of 1-cent in magenta of British Guiana

Vernon sold it a few weeks later, a few shillings, about $1.50 in today’s match, at a local collector, N R McKinnon, as his stamp catalog had not a reference for it. Despite the dismal situation, the stamp is the only unique piece existed. The price begins to climb, passing through the hands of small and large collectors and dealers. But as a huge and rare philatelic item, attracted the large solitary collector of that time, Philippe Ferrary! Around 1880, Ferrary buys it for $750. During the 14 auctions of the sale of Ferrary’s collection from the French Government in 1922, Arthur Hind buys the stamps for more than $36,000 and after his death his widow disposed it for $40,000 to an engineer from Florida, USA. In 1970, a syndicate of investors from Pennsylvania, headed by Irwin Weinberg, bought the stamp for $280,000 and spent much of the decade, presenting it in a world tour. The athlete, philatelist and ornithologist John E. du Pont bought it for $935,000 in 1980. In 1997, John E. du Pont, convicted for the murder of his friend, Olympic wrestler David Schulz (fig.4). The court, after du Pont had no rational motive to kill his friend, decided that he suffers from schizophrenia. Today, as the owner is serving a sentence of 30 years, the stamp is guarded in a bank deposit. Experts estimate that the stamp is worth more than $7,000,000. For now it is hidden from the world.

Fig. 7: John E. du Pont while he was arrested

Fig. 4: John E. du Pont while he was arrested

The line between fantasy and reality is often confused around this rare stamp. Sometimes there were allegations that the rare stamp of 1 cent was a four-cent counterfeit stamp in magenta paper, since they are very similar to each other. These claims were denied. Around 1920, a reputation was developed about a second copy that was discovered. The owner of the “unique” stamp known, Arthur Hind, bought it quietly and completely destroy it, making his first stamp unique again! Neither this reputation is established.
In 1999, a copy was discovered in Bremen, Germany. The stamp was found by Peter Winter, who is widely known for his production of many counterfeit copies on classic philatelic items, that he printed them on modern paper. Two European experts, Rolf Roeder and David Feldman, said that the stamp is genuine. The Royal Philatelic Society of London, having considered the stamp twice, concluded that this copy is a counterfeit 4-cent stamp!

The 1 cent magenta of British Guyana is so famous, that they brought it into play in cinema!
“The Saint in Palm Springs” is the name of a thriller movie screened in early 1941 (fig.5). It’s the film that inspired the well-known series “The Saint” with Simon Templar. The stamp was used as a plot device in the project and its value in the film was $65,000.

Fig. 8: Poster from the movie “The Saint in Palm Springs”

Fig. 5: Poster from the movie “The Saint in Palm Springs”

The stamp appeared along with the long known hero of Walt Disney, Donald Duck. In the comics of Carl Barks “the gilded man”, Donald, a philatelist, says in its story that the stamp “worth more than fifty thousand dollars!” (fig.6)
Certainly, all philatelists, but also all the collectors-investors, which they financially withstand to buy such a rare object, waiting anxiously the day when a famous auction house will announce the sale of the 1-cent in magenta paper of British Guiana.

Fig. 9: A page from Carl Barks comic

Fig. 6: A page from Carl Barks comic

I wish them good luck!

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Bibliography – Websites:

1. Carlton, R. Scott (1997). The International Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Philatelics. Iola, WI: Krause. p. 36. ISBN 0873414489.
2. Rachlin, Harvey (1996). Lucy’s Bones, Sacred Stones, and Einstein’s Brain: The Remarkable Stories Behind the Great Artifacts of History, From Antiquity to the Modern Era. Henry Holt and Company. ISBN 0-8050-6406-0.
3. W.A. Townsend and F.G. Howe, Postage Stamps and Postal History of British Guiana, London, Royal Philatelic Society (August 1970) ISBN 0900631015
4. Proud, Ted. The Postal History of British Guiana. Proud-Bailey Co. Ltd., 2000. ISBN 1872465269
5. Sheryll Oswald, “Peter Winter and the modern German forgeries on eBay” (28 July, 2001)
6. “British Guiana 1c, 1856: Weltrarität oder Fälschung?” Bund Deutscher Philatelisten (BDPh) e.V. (in German)
7. “Is the British Guiana 1c unique?” Stamp Online
8. “The Saint in Palm Springs”, IMDb
9. “Donald Duck: The Gilded Man” COA
10. Website of Wikipedia