Collector for the sheer passion, as comics have had such an impact on my life. 3rd time around doing so and by far the greatest experience of them all. Lover of Silver Age, but have come around to bronze and dabble in the rest.
The 80's were a fun time. Especially when comic books were only 60 cents a piece! As an 11 year old boy, I never passed up a chance to go grocery shopping with my mother. I always made a B-line for the spinner racks, and she knew where to find me, whenever she was finished.
One day she was going to a different supermarket that we had never been to before. Food Warehouse. "Do they have comics?" I asked. "I really don't know", she replied. The possibility was more than enough for me to make that ride.
I had $2 to spend, once finding the spinning racks, and I wanted to make it count. After going back and forth between probably 20 choices, I narrowed it down to 3 books.
The first was Batman #359. The cover caught my eye, and who the heck was this Killer Croc? I thumbed through the pages, and it looked interesting enough to go for it.
The second was Avengers #231. I didn't have any Avengers books, and after seeing how many different superheroes were in it, it was a shoo in.
The last was something I had never seen before, much less heard of. It was completely different than anything I had ever seen. I ended up squatting along the bottom of the magazine rack and reading about half of the issue before my mother made her way around to find me and check out.
That last great book was the Uncanny X-men #169. I became totally enthralled with all of the characters and stories, and faithfully continued this run until about #214, until I fell off collecting. These (and many other titles) were a part of my first collection that I wish I still had. Of course, the values of some of these books are pretty decent, but the memories of these times that were had are priceless.
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