Tales to Astonish #49 CBCS 5.0 (Slight Restoration) — Ant-Man becomes Giant-Man, 1st App. Living Eraser


November 1963, Marvel Comics. Grader’s note — “Amateur Restoration Includes: Small amount of color touch on cover.”

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CBCS offers impartial grading and certification for comic books. From the moment your books enter into our facility they are handled with the upmost care by our highly trained professional staff. We have taken every precaution to safely house your comic books while in our care. Our facility boasts a heavily fortified, climate controlled vault, and state-of-the-art security cameras that record and save, the actions of every CBCS employee in every room where your treasured comic books will be during the certification process.


  • Before a comic book is graded, it is checked for restoration and conservation by our restoration detection experts. If restoration or conservation is found, CBCS will include a list of all the work detected on the label, classifying it as either conserved or restored.
  • CBCS has one classification level for conservation and five levels for restoration; slight, slight/moderate, moderate, moderate/extensive, and extensive. The more restoration that is detected, the higher the level becomes. Once the book has been checked for conservation and restoration, it enters the grading phase.


  • Each book is checked to make sure they are complete, as each page is counted, checking for missing panels, coupons and pieces. The grader will then take notes of any defects that could affect the books grade or will note any defect that may be hidden or hard to see. The grader will also do another check for restoration and then choose a page quality and a grade from ranging from 0.1 up to 10, with 10 being the highest grade a book can receive.
  • To make sure one grader does not influence another grader, any grade chosen remains hidden from all of the next graders. When the finalizer gets the book, the process is repeated, and compares the chosen grade to the other grades already assigned to the book. If the grades match, or are reasonably close, the book will receive a final grade. If the grades do not match, the book will be passed to another grader (or even other graders) until a consensus of the final grade has been selected.
  • The invoice is then sent to encapsulation.


  • At this point in the label for the book is printed, an encapsulator then makes sure each CBCS label matches the assigned barcode for each book. The CBCS label lists all the information about the book such as title, issue number, publisher, artist information, key comments and more. The label also includes very specific information about the particular copy that was submitted, including the assigned numerical grade as well as pedigree, variant, signatures, tape, missing pages, restoration, and any other pertinent information.
  • The books are then sealed into CBCS’s archival safe inner holder. The inner holder, along with the CBCS label is then inserted and sealed into CBCS’s cutting-edge, tamper evident outer case. Once every book in the invoice is encapsulated the books enter the quality control department.


  • Each label is checked for spelling mistakes or any other problems. Each case is checked to make sure the comic is secure, that the label matches the encapsulated book, as well as being checked for any major scuffs and/or abrasions.
  • Although mistakes will arise, we do our best to make certain that each comic that passes through our QC inspection is properly graded and labeled, and completely meets our high standards before leaving CBCS.


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