There is a dark side to eBay filled with con artists trying to fool you into spending thousands on near-worthless items. We at Video Game Auctions would like to send out a warning to the world about one particular auction that has been popping up for over a year now. There is an extremely rare comic based on the Doom video game series that was printed as a hand-out for a convention in 1996. The comic’s absurd dialogue made the comic famous and everyone wanted to read it to see what the big deal was. The comic was very rare because very few were made. This original comic is valued in the thousands! But, there’s another version of the comic which is also rare, but not worth as much.
First, let’s take a look at the auction that is falsly selling the lesser valued version of the comic as though it’s the original (follow the link below):
You need a very sharp eye to catch the give-away here. In the first original print of this comic, the “#1” showing the issue number below the GT Interactive logo was italicised. The number showing on this auction is not. Additionally, there is a warning at the top edge of the comic that reads, “Consider yourself WARNED!! This book contains scenes of graphic violence!”… on the original, this is printed in plain text and on the re-print it’s italicised. Here’s the picture shown for the above mentioned auction:
This is plain fraud and I hope nobody ends up spending that much money for this comic. It’s possible the seller is not aware that this is a fake of course.
Now, where did the second print come from? The second print was included in a limited id Anthology set that contains a history of games from id Software:
Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons
Commander Keen: Goodbye Galaxy
Commander Keen: Aliens ate my Baby Sitter!
Commander Keen: Keen Dreams
Hover Tank, Rescue Rover
Rescue Rover 2
Spear of Destiny
Doom II: Hell on Earth
Master Levels for Doom II
The Ultimate Doom
Doom II: Hell on Earth (Mac)
Final Doom (Mac
The Ultimate Doom (Mac)
Wolfenstein 3D (Mac)
The box set also includes (aside from the comic), a pewter Cyberdemon figure, phone card, dog tags, t-shirt, poster, and a hardcover “Book of id” that hold the discs. This box set was limited to 10,000 which makes the comic inside still kinda rare. But, the re-print comic on it’s own separated from the box set would not be worth more than $50 in my opinion. Luckily, a near complete id Anthology has appeared on eBay!
The set is only missing the t-shirt. It is otherwise in great shape! You can find it here on eBay.
In closing, I would just like to warn our readers to be careful when spending large amounts of money online. Do your research and you wont get stung!