Every collector genre has their own holy grail, or grails. Those cards, albums, videogames etc that instantly when you mention them, there is a universal glimmer of recognition. Had an experience like that just last night.
As many of you know, Wednesday is new comic book day. When we the faithful, head in to see what wonders wait in store for us.Waiting until the weekend is insanity to us, weekend warriors be damned. A few of us had converged in the comics section(Both new and back issues) and were buzzing like school girls about the weeks events and what was to come.(Not one of us is under 40, and would look mostly terrible to pigtails….mostly).
Suddenly, the nefarious “Mr. L” who runs our Mecca of Marvels, our Dominion of DC, our Institution of Images, our Zenith of Zenescop—-well you get the idea. Anyway, he beckoned us over to see something on his hi- def 23 inch(maybe?) PC Monitor and there we stood ……our brains slowing wrapping around what we were seeing. Gathered like schoolboys at what was pixelated in front of us.
This was Nirvana. There on the screen before us was Avengers#1 thru 6 (1963), Daredevil #1,(1963), Amazing Spider-man(1963) and Amazing Fantasy #15(1962).These were REALLY nice looking books. You could see the minor chipping(very minor) and a few creases but these books had some of tightest spines I had seen in a long while…….I need a moment.
Okay, I’m back. We looked on in awe for a moment and then the questions began “Are those yours?”…..”Where did they come from?”……”Wow, really?”…..”No, a guy brought them in in a plastic bag”…….Yup folks. These gems showed up at the comic shop of my choice in a simple plastic bag. What followed was a pretty cool story you only hear about once every 5 years or so………
Wait a minute…………………………this is too long to type out l. Make you a deal(A mantra of dealers everywhere). John”Stoney” Burke on I are gonna chat about this on the podcast next Wednesday Mar.2nd(with commentary hopefully from “Mr.L”.) and then I’ll update this post to give an abbreviated version of what went on…. pop back …..or listen in….your call.
Some of the nicest spines…….ever.