I really must be living under a rock because I slept through the first six seasons of Comic Trips, and only recently discovered it through a link I saw on Facebook. Comic Trips is the kinder, much friendlier version of Toy Hunter (sorry Jordan!) — it’s a YouTube show that follows New Jersey-based married couple, Paul and Kat on their adventures hunting down nostalgia in all its forms. They are “American Pickers for 80’s babies.” If you’ve been living under the same rock as I have, do yourself a favor and check out their YouTube channel.
Yesterday, I visited a local comic show put on by Shoff Promotions. I’ve been out of the comic book collecting game since the late 80’s, but it’s still fun to pick up random comics when the opportunity presents itself. I’m the worst kind of collector though — my purchasing decisions are based on the cover art alone. These comics are not being bought to read — that’s what trade paperbacks are for — and I’m not really buying them to complete a run or a set. Nope, I just buy the covers that grab my interest and will look good on display. Case in point…
The bargain bins are my friends. You know I’m not going to pass up a comic featuring super heroes AND super gorillas. There were plenty of high-grade, key issues all around the show room, but those comics far exceeded my limited budget, so for me, it’s all about the dollar bins.
There is nothing better than the cover art on an old comic book from the 60’s. Fantastic Four comics are one of the cheaper titles when it comes to old comics, but they have some of the most action-packed covers of the era.
I did bring home one “good” comic for my collection. No, it’s not good because Robin dies, it’s good because it is an awesome looking comic and will look great displayed with the rest of my vintage Batman collection. This one’s not going into a box.
The last thing I came home with was a stack of Batman trading cards. There are already a bunch of these cards in my collection, but I couldn’t remember which ones, so it was just easier to buy the bunch. I really need to start making lists.
Going to a comic show is a rare event for me, but I had a great time this weekend. Next month, there will be another Shoff Promotions show where Neal Adams will be attending, and while I’m not too keen on paying people for their autographs, it would be fun to see the legend in action.
Comic book dealers probably love me for buying comics that have collected dust for years. It’s clear that I’m a terrible collector, but I can’t be alone. What sort of comics do you seek out that might fall just a bit outside of the Overstreet Guide’s heavy hitters?
First appearance of Superman from 1938 sells for $956,000
A rare copy of Action Comics #1 – featuring the first appearance of Superman and considered a cornerstone of pop culture — quickly surpassed its $750,000 estimate to sell for nearly $1 million at a public auction of vintage comic books and comic art Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016, at Heritage Auctions. The 1938 comic book sold for $956,000 to set a new record for a copy of Action Comics #1 at the world’s largest vintage comics auctioneer.
“As the bidding went higher and higher we were grateful bidders recognized this copy as the gem it truly is,” said Lon Allen, Managing Director of Comics & Comic Art at Heritage. “Few copies of this comic survive, let alone come to auction with such a bright cover. It displays beautifully.”
The copy is graded 5.5 by Certified Guaranty Company (CGC) out of a possible 10. Action Comics #1 originally cost just 10 cents when it revolutionized pop culture and superheroes when it debuted on comic racks in June of 1938. About 100 copies of the comic book are known to exist 78 years later.
The edition sold Thursday came from the collection of a serious comic book fan from the east coast of who purchased it from a dealer in the 1990s for $26,000. Allen said the copy likely spurred intense bidding because it is very attractive for the grade.
The clouds parted and that great yellow orb in the sky finally showed itself once again this weekend, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, since several nearby neighborhoods were having their community yard sales. I had bit of success…
I found some fun items at the sales this weekend, including LEGO sets — one still sealed — for a dollar each, an unopened Star Wars figure, and a plush dog from Up!, which just happens to look exactly like our family dog — and that’s just the beginning!
I expect to find plenty of Imaginext toys at the yard sales this summer. I left behind all the play sets, because I just don’t have the space for them, but I scooped up all these figures for a buck. I also got a collection of Marvel and Pixar Cars Squinkies for another dollar.
There’s something very satisfying about holding a teeny tiny world eater in your fingertips.
I’m always looking for a holy grail for my collection, and I actually found one this weekend! Possibly the best 25 cents I’ve spent in a while, though the anatomical brain for another quarter was also a pretty good buy. The Where the Wild Things Are figure is the first Funko Pop! I’ve found at a yard sale, but I think that Pops! will start cropping up soon, and will be yard sale fodder for years to come.
I’m not a big fan of estate sales, but there was a sale in our neighborhood that I decided to check out, and I’m glad I did! The house reeked of dog pee, and most everything was junk, but there was a table covered in comic books. I wasn’t expecting much since each comic was stored in a large sandwich bag, and taped three times, but as I started to dig, a few treasures started to appear. The comics were in amazing shape and their prices were so arbitrary that I couldn’t figure out what was going on — I honestly think the seller went through the stack, randomly marking the comics from $1-$5, thinking that if all the comics sold, the total would be in the right ballpark. I bought a stack of dollar comics, mostly Spider-Man and Hulk comics, I also picked up the three awesome paperback books above, and then there was this…
Yeah, this one wasn’t a dollar, but I got a really, really good deal on it. I am thrilled to add this to my collection, but now I have this nagging thought that someone was there before me and snatched up a Hulk #181. I asked if they had sold a lot of comics before I got there, but apparently, only two comics were sold before I got there. Maybe I should have gone on the first day.
How are the yard sales shaping up in your area? Found any treasures yet?
When I was a kid, I was all about the Uncanny X-Men. This series had me enthralled with its perfect mix of complex characters and universe-spanning adventures, and just looking at these covers brings back fond memories of reading them and dissecting the stories with my friends. I may have had a half dozen long boxes filled with bagged and boarded comics, but the X-Men comics were the ones I would have grabbed if the house ever caught fire.
These comic books are the ones I collected back in the late 80’s, and are pretty much the only comics I kept out of the great purge of 1990, where I stupidly sold off my collection to my local comic shop, receiving mere pennies for boxes and boxes of gold.
I remember being very proud of my X-Men run, having found almost every issue from #95 and up. There were a few issues that eluded me — I’ll have to track them down one of these days — issue #94 was always the holiest of grails, and I would still love to get a copy, because no X-Men collection is complete without it. I always loved issue #109 because it featured Alpha Flight, and of course the whole Jean Grey/Phoenix storyline was so great. My X-Men comics are not in mint condition, because I read and re-read each and every one of them, but I don’t think I would ever feel the need to trade up to nicer copies. It sounds pretty lofty, but these comics really were a big part of my formative years, and being one of the very few items I held onto all this time, I value them way higher than Overstreet ever would.
The Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues! Check back soon to see what I come up with for “V.”