Fantastic Four V1 #3: Mar 1962: The one that got me hooked

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Dan'el

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This issue had a lot to do with my decision to collect FF comics.  As a child my mother would give me a dime so I could walk down to the drug store on the corner and buy a comic book.  I still remember the day I bought this book because the price had changed to twelve cents and I only had that dime.  The dude at the store would not cut me any slack so, instead of using the dime to get another comic, I trudged my way back home and hit mom up for another two cents and then went back to get it.  Only reason I would have done that is if I had already read the first two.  Of course, I trashed or traded away all of that future fortune in comics way back then but I did remember that day so, when the collecting bug hit me later, the FF was it.

Eventually, I will have all FF V1 comics scanned front and back on my website.  What I have so far can be found here: https://dekventures.com/FantasticFour/fantastic-four-v-1-regular-issues

 

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I share a similar memory when you mentioned the increase from 10 cents to 12 cents. I was around when that increase happened but not reading yet. I do recall being steamed when I went to the local drug store and was hit with the 12 cent to 15 cent increase. 

My main source of income then was my paper route which got me $5 to $8 dollars a week. I was used to eight comics for a dollar.  I was upset that a dollar would only get me 6.When you were a kid back then that was a substantial increase.

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30 minutes ago, Rockblazer said:

I share a similar memory when you mentioned the increase from 10 cents to 12 cents. I was around when that increase happened but not reading yet. I do recall being steamed when I went to the local drug store and was hit with the 12 cent to 15 cent increase. 

My main source of income then was my paper route which got me $5 to $8 dollars a week. I was used to eight comics for a dollar.  I was upset that a dollar would only get me 6.When you were a kid back then that was a substantial increase.

That was a different world for sure.   Back then it was not unusual for kids to walk into a local store by themselves and buy some candy or gum or a comic book.  Rare to see that now (for good reason, sadly) but, even if they did, the candy and gum might still be within a child’s budget but new comics have mostly moved out of pocket change range. 

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I had a similar experience when my dad gave me 7 cents to go buy him a newspaper. When I got there, the price had jumped to 10 cents.

It's strange that a comic was only slightly more expensive than a newspaper back then. Now it's 3 or 4 times the price.

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