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  • Spector | Male | 47 years old | LA

"“I don't wear white to hide myself. I wear it so they'll see me coming. So they'll know who it ..."

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.

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462 views • Sep 1, '18 • (2) Comments

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.

  • Sep 3, '18 by CarlM's avatar CarlM
  • LOL the 80's ! I should thank the 80's for gettig me started in collecting. IT was the Punisher Magazine and then Wolverine. Lckily for me this was when Wolverine was just starting. I had really no clue about artists, writters or crossovers. It would eventually be the crossovers that would get me collecting X-Men, Daredevil, Ghost Rider series crossovers. But later on in the 90's I would be attracted to the art work; this would get me to collect Akira and Catwoman. I was surprised how the prices tended to go up ever so slightly each year from when I started till when I stopped in the late 90's. I would like to get back into collecting but it's kind of tlike going to the movies; there aren't too many out there tat are good and the cost.
    • Sep 3, '18 by Spector's avatar Spector
    • I still have the Punisher magazine #1 that I purchased back then haha. Daredevil caught my eye back then too, and remember the 193 Janson axe cover, the 196 wolverine (which I repurchased this past year) and beyond that with bulleye and kingpin etc. Still a favorite and great series that has sustained top writers and artists. As far as the price increase, I feel you on that. It was just a little bump when the 60 cent comics went to 65 cents. (what was that a whole month?). It started to curb my purchasing habits when the books hit 75 cents. NOW...unreal prices for the most part. I went to the local comic shop last week and opted to buying 3 issues of Spawn at $2.99 each. The Marvel books that I wanted were all now $6 a piece. Ouch
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