Comic Book Terms – Marvel Chipping

What is Marvel Chipping? Marvel Chipping is a bindery (trimming/ cutting) defect that results in a series of chips and tears at the top, bottom, and right edges of the cover, caused when the cutting blade of an industrial paper trimmer becomes dull. The flaw bears the name “Marvel” because it can be seen most frequently on Silver Age Marvel books. Although not restricted to Marvel books the defect also occur with any company’s comic books from the late 1940s through the middle 1960s. Some comic grading experts also blame poor paper quality.

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