The first one I ever went to was around 75 or 76 in Wichita Kansas. I was 11 or 12 at the time. My mom dropped me and my brother off and said she would be back in a couple hours to pick us up. I am not sure the name of it but I know it was at a Holiday Inn on highway 54.
I was really into the Fantastic Four and would buy any book with the FF in it. I remember looking thru some boxes when I come across a Strange Tales 114 , Captain America vs the Human Torch. It was so cool I had never seen this book before. I bought it for the outrageous price of $3.00. I few minutes later a man came up to me and ask if I had just bought a Strange Tales 114 . I said yes and he ask if he could see it. He had gone to that show to look for that specific book. He had a brief case with him and opens it up to pull out his copy. Which wasn’t as nice as the copy I bought. He then pulled out a copy of Strange Tales 118 and said I will trade you these 2 books plus a $1.50 for yours. I ended up doing the deal but never really felt good about it. He was a guy about 10 years older than me and felt intimidated. The guy was Roger Hill. I ran into him about 20 years ago and reminded him about our trade. He then looks at me and says that’s the nicest copy he had ever seen and still had it. Anyway sorry about the long post. Here are the 2 books from the trade and a third I picked up while I was there.