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    exgi20 | Male | 58 years old | Michigan

""Old soldiers never die. They just fade away"."

Retired soldier, having the time of his life ressurrecting a childhood hobby.

February 2023




X-men 122,123,129,134 and Hero for Hire #2

  I am finally beginning to assemble the start of a comic book collection.  The first thing I wanted to share with you all is my dabbling in the "lot", or "bulk" comic market.  I started to dabble in it to add volume to my growing collection. I thought I would get some good starting points from alot of titles to begin making consecutive issue runs with.  My entry into this market, basically was what I thought with a few surprises. Some of the bulk shipments were pure junk. Comics that were the dregs of someones collection, or what they had let get water damaged or stepped on, or whatever.  This I expected.  But I had a couple to where, the books were in great condition, and the promise of bronze/modern book #1's were very well kept.  Not saying they were jaw dropping #1's but were in great shape. So my experience in the bulk market so far is going by the old adage "Let the buyer beware".

I've been shopping online, and bidding on ebay, and to top that off working alot. I have a vacation coming up, and I plan on kicking back and just reading parts of my new collection.  My earlier vacation, my Gf and I went on a Caribbean cruise. So this one is the kickback and do nothing vacation.  I have alot of catching up to do. I had my feelings hurt earlier in the week when I heard Hawkeye was dead, so I definitely have to catch up whats happening in the Marvel world, and learn whats going on in DC's.

 I told you all earlier, that I wasn't a big DC guy growing up.  And I plan on really collecting them this time also. I also stated that I was going after a "big fish". Well that big fish was Green Lantern #76. It was an 8.0 cgc signed by Neal Adams.  So I put in my bid and made a max bid after that.  I saw the time tick down a few days later, as the auction was closing.  And sure enough the sniper was out and clipped me at the end.  But its all good I set a max and that's what I am sticking with.

 I have gotten my feet wet in Cgc comics now.  When I was a youngster one of my favorite heroes was Luke Cage. As a young black man, he was one of the few heroes who looked liked me. The fro (yes, I had one), and that chain belt just looked so smooth. Also, the last comic book convention I went to was I think in 1981 or 1982.  X-men #135 had just come out. I bought what to me is my favorite comic book cover xmen #114.  I had the pleasure of getting it signed by Terry Austin, who was there, and he dropped the bombshell on my friend and I.  That Phoenix would die. I also had Keith Pollard sign a few spidey mags for me.  Ah those were the days for me.  So I have decided on two lofty goals. The first is to get every Byrne X-men  in Cgc 9.0 or better. And I'm taking up the big task of getting every Hero for Hire, Powerman, and Powerman and Iron Fist in Cgc 9.0 or better. I had so much fun doing the chase, during my youthful years, this should be just as fun. And not to mention, I'm still looking for silver age marvels, and dc's.

 My comic total is now at 347 and climbing. I know I have a long way to go until I'm happy with it. And regardless of what I add or don't add it's to me to be happy or content with it.  Until next time. May you get what you are looking for in comics, and in life.

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