Journey Into Mystery 83

Category: Latest Work
Posted: February 29, 2012

Journey Into Mystery 83
Book after restoration.  Gallery pictures depict the book's transformation.  Cover was fragile, not yet brittle thankfully.  Cover float washed to remove acidity and reduct discoloration. Cover pressed flat and then mended and filled with Japanese tissue. Careful attention paid to edges and spine for structural security.  Fills and mends color touched on interior and exterior of cover.  Pictures vary in color due to daylight photography.  Pages slightly tanned and a bit dry but still flexible.  Nice copy to now own and enjoy.

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Amazing Fantasty 15

Category: Latest Work
Posted: February 29, 2012

Amazing Fantasty 15

Cover after Restoration.  Gallery pictures show front cover with pieces missing, detached from spine and general wear and tear.  Cover was dry cleaned with erasure on white areas only.  Cover float washed from the inside to remove any discoloration, then carefully pressed to remove all creases and dents. Pieces filled using Japanese tissue and tears mended.  Color touch using acrylic on mends and fills, interior and exterior of cover.  Attention to detail of lettering, buildings and color matching. Restored cover re-assembled to interior and book pressed intact.



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Boston Comic Con, Spring 2011

Category: Appearances / Shows
Posted: May 5, 2011

Boston Comic Con, Spring 2011

Lots of fun and sales at The Boston Comic Con.  Good to see old friends like Ted Van Liew of Superworld and new friend Jim Mull and his fantastic collection of toys!  
Photo of me and Partner Ken DeTora by John F Willis of thirdeye_studios.
 

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MISSION STATEMENT 2011

Category: Latest News
Posted: April 13, 2011

 

The Restoration Lab celebrates its 25th year of restoring and more importantly, preserving, vintage American comic books.  I, Susan Cicconi, have built a solid reputation as the nation’s premier comic book restorer while maintaining the highest ethics and standards possible. I want to take this time to thank the many customers who have trusted me with their comics over these last 25 years.

Over the last 10 years, the industry has seen significant changes.  I have cherished the opportunity to work on torn and tattered Golden and Silver Age books and, in most cases literally bringing them back to life.  Today, in some cases, those same tattered, taped and torn books with rusted staples and fragile pages are worth more as unrestored books than if they were preserved and conserved.  Unfortunately without correct preservation, these books are going to cease to exist in the not too distant future. This is a sad state ofaffairs for the comic book loving community and future generations.  I can only hope that within the next 10 years, the marketplace will change and more professionally restored books will be valued at prices worthy of their historical significance and preserved state.  Fortunately for me, I still have collectors who are interested in restoring their comics so that they can continue to hold them in their hands and pass them on to their kids.

Today, with a better understanding of the comic book marketplace, I am ready to embark toward a more hands-on appropriate pressing service.  Due to the current economic situation, I am compelled to ethically participate for the greater good of the comic book community.  Since I have been cleaning and pressing books for years as part of my true restoration services, I have acquired a keen knowledge as to how this procedure should be done in order to retain the book’s original, pristine state.

I have diligently studied the criteria for CGC pertaining to their submission qualifications and labeling.  I am aware of the various pitfalls along with significant monetary benefits to the customer for choosing this service.  It needs to be stated and understood that cleaning and pressing, like restoration, is not an exact science. Drawing on my vast years of experience, my expertise in this area is second to none.  Intricately weaving a multitude of factors such as types of books, covers, colors, textures, heat, pressure and humidification can either have a desirable or deleterious effect on a comic book.

For the above reasons, I plan to be very selective which comic book candidates merit my service. All the methods and techniques I use are safe and are within the guidelines of paper conservation.  Our goal is to individually treat each comic book presented as if it were our own personal and treasured possession. For prices and details click Informational Pages at the top of this page and find the link Just Cleaning and Pressing.

Susan Cicconi

The Restoration Lab

 



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Four Color 16 Mickey Mouse The Phantom Blot

Category: Latest Work
Posted: March 31, 2011

Four Color 16 Mickey Mouse The Phantom Blot
A wonderful example of a book that needed structural repair on the cover and once mends and fills were complete, color touch with acrylic and watercolor finishes the detail.

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