Welcome to the Certified Comic Shop

Well hello there intrepid visitor, my name is Jason Stum and I am the founder/owner of the Certified Comic Shop.

In 2017 I started chasing my dream of owning an comic shop. Some might call that a mid-life crisis, but I like to call it my last real chance to create something out of nothing (ok, so maybe it is a mid-life crisis…tomato, potato)! In addition to selling graded comics from CGC, CBCS & PGX right here on my website, I also publish blog, video and podcast content geared towards fellow comic-preneurs and comic collectors.

I’m honored that you wanted to learn a little bit more about me and my shop. So who am I and what do I do? As I’m fond of saying, I have three full-time jobs that keep me more than busy.

  • First and foremost, I am a proud husband and father of four amazing children.
  • During the day, I am the Director of Strategy at Chicago area Marketing Agency.
  • On the nights, weekends and early mornings, I tend to all things Certified Comic Shop.

My goal is to eventually move the shop out of my basement and to open up a legit brick and mortar local comic shop. For now though, I’m content to help comic book collectors collect the comics they love via my online comic shop, and create related content to keep you entertained, educated and engaged along the way.



Publishing blogs, pods and vids on a regular basis isn’t easy but I do my best to deliver fresh content on the regular. Here are some of my most popular pieces of content:

Everything You Need To Know About Submitting Comics to CGC [BLOG]

Is CGC Worth It? [BLOG]

Cracking a PGX Slab and Submitting to CGC [VIDEO]

Certified Comic Talk Episode 2: Comic Tom Unleashed [PODCAST]



In addition to selling graded comics and publishing comic related content, I also offer services designed to help people sell their own graded comics, including:

Sell Your Comics on Consignment: Get back your valuable time and let me market and sell your graded comics right here on the Certified Comic Shop.

Should I Grade It?: Interested in having some comics graded, but not sure if it makes financial sense? I can provide you with detailed market reports for your comics that will help you decide if they’re worth having graded or not.

CGC Submission Facilitation: If you’ve never sent comics to CGC for grading and are feeling overwhelmed by the process – then let me help! I’ll facilitate getting your submission order set up with CGC. Once the order is set up, you send your comics directly to CGC for grading, and they’ll send them back to you. Easy as that!

My Mission Is...
To help comic book collectors collect the comics they love.
Why Shop With Me
  1. Free USPS Priority Shipping*

  2. Bulletproof Packaging.

  3. Packages Shipped Daily.

  4. Market Based Pricing.

  5. Always On Customer Service.

*Free shipping in the U.S. is included on all in stock, non-consignment graded comics.

New to the Shop!
Avengers #195 CGC 9.6 NM+ FrontOut Of Stock

Avengers #195 CGC 9.6 NM+


Available for sale is Avengers #195 graded by CGC in 9.6 NM+ condition. This issue features the first cameo appearance of Taskmaster. With Taskmaster making his debut in the MCU in the upcoming Black Widow movie, we’re already starting to see demand (and prices) rise for related key issues such as this one. Grab this bronze age key issue while you can!

Key Facts:
  • 1st Cameo Appearance of Taskmaster

  • George Perez Cover Art

  • White Pages

  • Consignment Item

Ghost Rider #1 CGC 6.0 FN FrontOut Of Stock

Ghost Rider #1 CGC 6.0 FN


Available for sale is Ghost Rider #1 graded in 6.0 FN condition by CGC featuring the first cameo appearance of the Son of Satan. Add his highly collectible comic to your collection today!

Key Facts:
  • 1st Cameo Appearance of the Son of Satan

  • Gil Kane & Joe Sinnott Cover Art

  • White Pages

  • Consignment Item

Amazing Spider-Man #129 CGC 6.0 FN Front

Amazing Spider-Man #129 CGC 6.0 FN


Available for sale is Amazing Spider-Man #129 featuring the first appearance of the Punisher graded by CGC in 6.0 FN condition. This is a must-own key issue for any serious comic book collector, add it to your collection today!

Key Facts:
  • 1st Appearance of the Punisher

  • 1st Appearance Jackal

  • Off-White to White Pages

  • Consignment Item

X-Men (Vol. 2) #53 CGC 9.8 Front

X-Men (Vol. 2) #53 CGC 9.8 NM/M


Available for sale is X-Men (Vol. 2) #53 graded by CGC in 9.8 NM/M condition and featuring the first appearance of Onslaught. Add this high grade key issue to your comic book collection today!

Key Facts:
  • 1st Appearance of Onslaught

  • White Pages

  • Newly Graded

  • Free USPS Priority Shipping

Let's Connect!

One my favorite parts of this little comic book adventure is meeting and talking comics with people just like YOU!

I’m most active on Instagram, and you can occasionally find me lurking on Twitter — feel free to shoot me a DM and say HI! The shop also has a Facebook Page, and you’re more than welcome to like it, just note I don’t post much there because their algorithm is my archenemy.

If you’d prefer to consume my audio and video content, you can subscribe to my YouTube Channel and Certified Comic Talk Podcast.