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The genesis and essence of my comic collecting discovered....and Evolution of my Slab Syndrome

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I was watching this movie called Ratatouille. There is this one particular character who is an older person, a food critic who is miserable and extremely unhappy. At the end of the movie a dish is prepared for him to eat. The smell and taste is oh so familiar. He is immediately intrigued. Something he has not experienced in decades. Like a flurry his memories come back. He is now a child at home in his kitchen. This was the dish his mother used to make for him. It was like a time machine shot him back there.

It was at this moment I realized what a significant sentimental bond I have had with comics over all these years, especially the last decade as i approach my late 40's.  In particular I have such a deep bond with comics from my childhood because seeing them now takes me back to a place where I ache to go..........

 


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On 5/20/2018 at 2:43 AM, oakman29 said:

Word.:idea:

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I vividly remember as a kid playing with Star Wars figures, Transformers, and the like etc. Sundays were my day to hit the 7-11 with my dad and run to the spinner rack to buy a bunch of comics. It literally seemed like time stood still. The days were very long. You could play video games on your blazing atari 2600 for hours on end. The 70s and 80s were an amazing time period. I feel very lucky growing up as a kid in the 70s with my teen years landing in the 80s.

Looking back in hindsight I wish I had more tangible images or videos from these days but it was not really possible. Pictures can be fantastic; don't get me wrong and I do have some, but there is just something about video and reliving a particular moment in time. When YouTube first came out I was very skeptical. But I believe there is most definitely a synergy between living in the moment and enjoying it vs. capturing something for the ages.

As a result I have actually embraced vlogging when it comes to my hobbies or places I travel. Just a quick 10 or 30 second clip at most and sure a pic can go a long way as well. And as I type this, tonight..this whole week is going to be a very special one. Wifie is out of town with her mom traveling. I am home alone for nearly two weeks. And yes I did plan accordingly by buying as many comic books as I could until it hurt. I will share a few random pics of this glorious moment so it will be captured and enjoyed as many times as needed in the future.  As you get older in life it truly can be the smaller things that make a big difference in your happiness.......

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15 hours ago, DC|Marvel said:

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That looks like a major shipment of cool books. Congrats!

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Nice Batman haul! I also enjoyed your first entry, I was born in the early 80s and I have an older brother almost 11 years older than me, so I grew up in awe of your generation, having things like Star Wars, E.T. and Superman The Movie passed on to me, along with some awesome tunes from acts like Van Halen and the Police. Keep 'em comin' man! :headbang:

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1 hour ago, Brando- said:

 along with some awesome tunes from acts like Van Halen and the Police. Keep 'em comin' man! :headbang:

You bring up a great point on that. Another fantastic experience from this time period was walking into a large record store and spending an hour just looking through vinyls or cassette tapes (thumbsu 

Heck even in those days departments stores like K-Mart had massive music departments with tons of records and tapes as well.  I actually remember distinctly in the Summer of 1984 when I finally got Van Halen's 1984 release from earlier in the year on cassette. 

I had saved up some money and purchased it. It was a very hot day. Got home, unwrapped it and press play. Wow completely forgot about this had it not been for your comment. Thanks. 

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22 hours ago, DC|Marvel said:

You bring up a great point on that. Another fantastic experience from this time period was walking into a large record store and spending an hour just looking through vinyls or cassette tapes (thumbsu 

Heck even in those days departments stores like K-Mart had massive music departments with tons of records and tapes as well.  I actually remember distinctly in the Summer of 1984 when I finally got Van Halen's 1984 release from earlier in the year on cassette. 

I had saved up some money and purchased it. It was a very hot day. Got home, unwrapped it and press play. Wow completely forgot about this had it not been for your comment. Thanks. 

Oh man, if I had a dollar for every time my brother reminisced to me about 1984 (both the album and the actual year) I could buy me a mint Hulk #181!

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Ebay bucks 10% promo via app right now going and ends June 3rd midnight PST. I just picked up 4 awesome slabs for my focus runs and they were all best offers. Don't be turned off by high BINs. Never hurts to put out lower offers that are reasonable. 

Also picked up a boat load of Supes slabs just the last few days. Was so excited forgot to take pics of the package that arrived in a gigantic Home Depot movers box. Will post a family pic here shortly when I get them all mounted into Mylars. Cheers.

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On 5/24/2018 at 3:51 AM, DC|Marvel said:

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That looks great. Nothing better for us collectors than a huge pile of unopened parcels and some free time alone to savour the openings. Lovely :cloud9:

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Really excited for this acquisition. Been waiting quite a long time for the right price, new gen slab, and razor sharp corners with good centering to all come together and finally it did.

Seems like yesterday I can recall picking up this comic as a 13 year old kid. It was a super hot summer day and just had hit the slushee machine at K-Mart. For some reason this cover made a lasting impression on me and its one of my all-time favorites. There is something about pure unadulterated nostalgia like this book that still resonates with me. Sure there are a bunch of better covers in SA and GA but the connection is not the same. Not on a personal deep rooting connection or emotional attachment as when I look at this book. 

There was something about this particular summer I also remember distinctly. The days were so long. We would play ghost in the graveyard til late at night. It seemed as if I had all the time in the world. I spent a great deal of that summer in the movie theatre as well for Back to the Future, National Lampoon's Vacation, Weird Science, Ghost Busters, View to a Kill, Goonies, Cocoon, an Arnie movie I forgot the name of, Mad Max, and last but not least, American Ninja. 

I wish I would have journaled in those days. I did actually start writing letters to myself with a specific opening date i.e. 10 years in the future. That sort of the thing. Sometimes to recap a given year or to send a reminder to my future self. 

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