Get it here!


classic comic books Ric Flair 1980's wrestling DVD GLOW TV Wrestling Land of the lost on DVD Peabody & Sherman cartoons on DVD Jack Kirby DC Comics 1950's Saturday Morning Shows Little Rascals on DVD
/ / / Classic TV Blog / / / TV Shows on DVD / / / 2013 TV Show Reviews / // / TV on BLU-RAY

Phil Seuling interview
Text by Billy Ingram

PART ONE - 13:46 minutes

PART TWO - 3:44 minutes

Phil seuling photoTVparty! presents a rare recording of a radio interview from 1973 with comic book industry pioneer Phil Seuling (seen left). Unfortunately, the sound quality is not so good, coming from a beat up old cassette tape.

Bored as a kid, I would take my father's old crystal radio and tune in far away stations looking for interesting talk shows, almost all of which were local endeavors at that time.

In the summer of 1973, I happened upon Lacey Listens, a weeknight talker on WBT in Charlotte, NC and was hooked - there was something about the young host Bob Lacey's easygoing style and informed interview technique that kept me tuning in.

Because I was a big comic book nut, I wrote to Bob Lacey and suggested some people that might make good interviews. Much to my surprise he had them as guests on the show. Artist Carmine Infantino, then the head of DC Comics, was one I remember - and I recently stumbled upon this recording of an interview with Phil Seuling.

comic collectorThis broadcast occurred right after a fellow named Mitchell Mehdy (right) made national news when he bought Action Comics number one for a little over $1,800. He was the laughing stock of the nation, but today that single comic book sells for hundreds of thousands of dollars!

At the time of this interview, Phil Seuling was building a very successful mail order business selling back issues of comic books - something few people had thought to do before him. He also organized the first New York comic book convention in 1967; this became a yearly event and a smart business move that helped make Seuling a very wealthy man.

The value of classic comics grew by leaps and bounds between 1970 and 1974. On his salary as an English teacher for the NYC public school system, Seuling amassed one of the most valuable collections in the world.

phil seuling convention bookIn Bob Lacey's interview, Phil talks of buying his first batch of old comic books and suddenly realizing the potential market.

Seuling quotes the worth of Big Little Books at five dollars at most - and is astonished when an old lady calls up to say she was offered ten dollars each. But then, Phil made a fortune buying comics for next to nothing and selling them for a mint.

By the 1980s, Seuling headed a thriving comic book distribution network that supplied the newly emerging comic book specialty shops around the country - in the process creating the so-called 'Direct Market' that is the standard distribution method today.

Phil Seuling passed away in the 1980s from Liver Cancer.

Today the interviewer, Bob Lacey, is the co-host of the very popular Bob and Sheri Show, heard in syndication nationally. This is absolutely the best morning show out there - I never thought I'd say this - but I actually listen every weekday to the program and I hate commercial radio. I was listening for several months before I made the connection - this is the same Bob Lacey I listened to as a kid!

- Billy Ingram

TVparty is Classic TV on the internet!


Rat Pack Golddiggers Book
New book produced by TVparty's Billy Ingram!

Beyond Our Wildest Dreams - Facebook

Latest TV on
DVD Reviews

Classic TV Blog

TV Show Reviews

TV Shows on DVD

Kid Shows on DVD

Specials on DVD

TV Shows

Movies on DVD Reviews

DC Comics on DVD
Batman TV Shows on DVD

Local & National TV Kid Shows / Movie Stars on TV / Saturday Morning Shows / Video Vault / TV Goodbyes / Fabulous Fifties / Unseen Scenes / Game Shows / Requested Forgotten TV Shows / The Super Sixties / The New * * Shows / 1980's Wrestling / TV Blog

TVparty! Classic TV
Classic TV on the Internet!

TV's Embarrassing Moments / Action Shows of the Sixties / TVparty Mysteries and Scandals / Variety Shows of the 1970s / The Eighties / The Laugh Track / 1970's Hit Shows / Response to TVparty / Search the Site / Add Your Comments
Superman on DVD / Batman on DVD / The Flash on DVD / Super Friends on DVD / Classic TV Commercials / 1950's TV / 1960's TV / 1970's TV / TV Games / Honey Boo Boo / Lucy Shows / Classic Cars / John Wayne / Gene Roddenberry / Star Wars / KISS / Lancelot Link / Saturday Morning Cartoons / The Magic Garden / Wonder Woman / Classic Comic Books / Andy Griffith / Cher / TV Shows on DVD / Outtakes & Bloopers / 1967 TV Shows / Romper Room / ABC Movie of the Week / The Goldbergs / Daws Butler Commercials / Saturday Morning Commercials / Captain Kangaroo / Chicago Local Kiddie Shows / Boston Local TV / Philly Local TV / NYC Local Kid Shows / Amos 'n' Andy / Electric Company / Bette Davis / Judy Garland / Christmas Specials / Redd Foxx / Good Times / Sitcom Houses / What's Happening! / Winky Dink & You / Sonny & Cher / Classic TVSmothers Brothers / Commercial Icons of the 1960s / Soupy Sales / TV Terrorists / Irwin Allen / The Untouchables / Bette Davis / Judy Garland / Christmas Specials / Redd Foxx / Good Times / Sitcom Houses / What's Happening! / Winky Dink & You / big brotherSonny & Cher / Smothers Brothers / Commercial Icons of the 1960s / Soupy Sales / The Carpenters / Route 66 / Bozo / The Carpenters Christmas Specials / Local Kid Shows / Death of TV's Superman / Wonderama / Sesame Street / Bob Hope Specials / Little Rascals / 1980's Retro Gay T-Shirts / 1980's TV Wrestling / Fess Parker / Howdy Doody / TV Blog / Lost In Space / Pinky Lee / 1980's Punk Rock / Alex Toth Book / TV Terrorists / Irwin Allen / The Untouchables / Carol Burnett Show / Batman TV Show / Green Hornet / Today Show History / Our Gang / Doris Day Show / 1970's Commercials For Women / Bill Cosby in the 1970s / The Golddiggers / Lola Falana / 1970s TV Shows / David Bowie on TV / Hudson Brothers / Jackie Gleason / Hollywood Squares / Match Game / Bob Keeshan / Gumby / Carol Burnett Show / Celebrity Commercials / Rudolph / Movie Posters / DC Comics on DVD & More!
Superman on DVD Jack Kirby DC Comics Route 66 season 1 on DVD

1966 Batman TV show on DVD

Lancelot Link Secret Chimp on DVD

1966 Batman TV show

Green Hornet, Captain Nice, Mr. Terrific

Superman TV Shows on DVD
Batman TV Shows on DVD

DC Comics
on DVD here!
Superman on DVD
Batman on DVD
The Flash on DVD
Super Friends DVD
Superman Doomsday
Smallville on DVD
Looking for classic TV DVDs? See below:
TV Commercials on DVD Wrestling DVDs Classic TV Books
Jim Longworth Christmas Specials Retro T-Shirts

Your Classic TV Blog!

you're looking
for is right here:

Save money!