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    Hulk Collector | Male | Wisconsin

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Had a small collection from my youth, but dove back in head first June 2018. Now going after the entire Hulk legacy run (among others).

July 2024




Continued from part 2...

My decision had been made: I was going to start collecting comics again. The process of looking up and cataloging my old books reignited my passion for it. But where to start? I had been out of the loop for 25 years!

The first chance I got (which was a couple days later, real life you know), I made a trip to my local comics shop. Seemed to be the most logical first step. I walked through the door and was met immeadiatly with a friendly “Hello, can I help you find anything today?” HA! I didn’t have a clue what I was looking for! “Nah, I’ll just look around for a bit” was my answer.

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Continued from Part 1...

So I'm sitting at my computer, and I've found this wonderful site called Comic Book Realm, that is chocked full of all kinds of wonderful information, but it has the one things that piqued my curiosity about my old books in the first place, values!

I started thumbing through my box of old comics, and picked out a few that I thought might be worth some money, starting with my favorite cover of all time: Pitt #1! This has to be worth a truckload of cash, it's the "RIPPIN' 1ST ISSUE!" To my amazement, it wasn't worth much at all. Ok, that last sentence was complete sarcasm, as I was pretty sure it wouldn't be worth much. Still doesn't change the fact that it's my absolute favorite cover. All those teeth! And gums! Some day, I'll show Dale Keown the tattoo I have of his first Pitt cover...It'll be RIPPIN'!

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I don’t remember exactly what my first comic book was. I do know that some of my earliest books were masterpieces like Blue Beetle and Son of Ambush Bug. Not exactly classics, but those books got me hooked on a brand new hobby.

i couldn’t get enough. As soon as I had a couple of bucks in my pocket, I headed to the mall, Paper Tiger usually, and grabbed up whatever I could. This was the mid 80s, and I was in my early teens. My town would eventually get a comic book shop, but that hadn’t happened yet, so off to the bookstore I went. Every time, it felt like there was a new title I should grab, and pretty soon it led to what I can only assume happens to a lot of kids that age...insufficient funds!

I started selling off items to my friends, just to keep up my “habit”. Selling things I never should have sold! G.I. Joe and Transformer toys, and even some of my *gasp* comics! It had become a monster that was consuming its own tail! I couldn’t keep this up! But being a teenager with a self assessed IQ of 752, I knew what was best, and just kept the train rolling. Before I knew it, my collection had been picked over by my friends, and I was left with the scraps. That was a bit disheartening, and my love of comics started to wane.

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