Adhesives Blog

Some Random Friday Trivia

December 12, 2008

Ladies and gentlemen, today’s the day the managing editor of ASI magazine uses his modicum of power to shoehorn some random trivia about comic books into a discussion about adhesives. He offers this warning at the outset as a professional courtesy to those who otherwise would not read of such things. For everyone else, he has these words:

It’s Friday afternoon. Let’s have some fun.

Did you know that adhesives play a fairly large role in what a “proven and respected” grading company deems acceptable comic-book restoration? It’s true. According to Certified Guaranty Co. LLC (CGC) of Sarasota, FL, an adhesive - defined as “cellulose, chemical, or protein-based glues, as well as anything that acts as an adhesive, such as saliva” - may be used to seal tears and split spines on comic books. Adhesives may also be used in concert with so-called “reinforcement papers” to shore up the strength of a weak page or cover. The use of tape, however, is not advised. Like cold water on a burn, tape is the obvious solution to a novice collector and the last possible option for those who know better.

You can read a comic book restoration overview by visiting If that’s not exactly your thing, post your most random adhesive and/or sealant trivia in a comment and we’ll discuss it next week.
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