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Krypton's Grading Information

It is an unfortunate truth that the established back issue grading system is misleading to new comers. Both GOOD & FAIR are low grades. For this reason we have provided the chart below. If you are unsure what to expect from grades like VFN+ and G-, just refer to the chart. All you need to remember is that 100% is brand new while 5% has been through the washing machine. Everything else comes in steps between.

The best way to use this chart is to think of it as TOP MIDDLE and BOTTOM. This enables even a layman to visualise the condition of the comic.

TOP
MINT
(100%) (Mint) Perfect item. Ultimate grade comic.
NM
(95%) (Near Mint) Virtually as new. High grade comic.
NM-
(90%) (Near Mint minus) Almost as new. High grade comic.
VFN+
(80%) (Very Fine Plus) Almost as new. High grade comic appearing Near mint at first glance but with one or two minor flaws upon closer inspection.
VFN
(75%) (Very Fine) High to Mid grade comic. Appearing almost Near Mint at first glance but with two to three minor flaws upon closer inspection.
VFN-
(70%) (Very Fine Minus) High to Mid grade comic. Nice condition comic with slight signs of very minor wear.
MIDDLE
FN+
(65%) (Fine Plus) Mid grade comic. Several signs of wear and age apparent at first glance. May include slight spine wear or minor creases, but still retains good eye appeal.
FN
(60%) (Fine) Mid grade comic. Several signs of wear and age apparent at first glance. May include slight spine wear or minor creases, but still retains good eye appeal. Sound mid grade book.
FN-
(50%) (Fine Minus) Mid grade comic. Some age and wear apparent at first glance including minor creases, small nicks or evidence of label removal.
VG+
(40%) (Very Good Plus) Mid to Lower grade comic showing showing some evidence of having been used without much care. Defects apparent include spine wear and fairly minor creases. Still sound.
VG
(35%) (Very Good) Mid to Low grade comic exhibiting quite a few defects, though still complete and sound.
BOTTOM
VG-
(30%) (Very Good Minus) Mid to Low grade comic. Various defects apparent including tears, nicks, loose staples or creases.
G+
(25%) (Good Plus) Low grade comic. Various defects apparent including tears, nicks, loose staples or creases.
G
(20%) (Good) Low grade comic. Various defects apparent including tears, nicks, loose staples creases or small pieces missing.
G-
(15%) (Good Minus) Low grade comic. Heavily worn comic.
FAIR
(10%) (Fair) Worn and battered comic. Heavily worn comic.
POOR
(5%) (Poor) Worn and battered comic. Very heavliy worn comic.