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  • Comic Collecting Interests
    Golden Age
    Silver Age
    Bronze Age
  • Occupation
    Textbook Manager, local interest writer, screenwriter
  • Hobbies
    Comics, hiking, tennis, & eating Monte Cristo sandwiches.
  • Location
    Jeff in Newport Beach, CA

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  1. Lou Fine, Alex Schomburg, and Dan Zolnerowich walk into a bar... I feel like a priest and a rabbi should be involved in this somehow.
  2. Hi Joe, I bought 42” Billy bookcases from Ikea and have graphic novels on the shelves and statues displayed on top. For larger or heavier pieces, I bought Gladiator garage shelving from Home Depot. They come in many sizes and can hold 1000 pounds per shelf.
  3. Thanks for the help. I poked around the census a bit, and figured out that there are 175 of these: 135 in 9.8 23 in 9.6 10 in 9.4 4 in 9.2 1 in 9.0 1 in 8.5 1 in 8.0
  4. Sorry. no more Nedors. I do miss those books!
  5. I found a post from 15 years ago, just after the event, where I shared some of my thoughts of the evening... His memory was actually very good. He said that it was the druggist at the store who saw him coming in repeatedly, and offered to hold books for him. I believe Jon Berk wrote in his article that there were two people at the store who wrote Mr. Larson's name on the covers, but Mr. Larson says there were 3, the druggist and two assistants. I told him that that's how most collector's get their books these days, comic shops hold their books for them, and who knows, he might have been the first collector to take advantage of that service. He also was a fan of big little books, and still has those, which I thought was very cool. He eventually lost interest in comics when he got into Agatha Christie and Ellery Queen mystery novels. Today, he reads two newspapers every day, and TV guide every week. He and his wife go to the movies twice a week, occasionally 3. He did have a few questions. For example, he was curious exactly how many comics he'd had. Mark was able to tell him that he had 1,018. I later commented that that number of books made for an initial investment of $101.80, and that probably not one of his books is work less today than he paid for the complete collection. His daughter asked me what was meant by golden age, silver age, bronze age, etc., so I explained the different eras to her. I explained to Mr. Larson that comics sort of grew up with my generation, and that there are now several titles that appeal to adults, not just kids. He thought that was great. Maggie Thompson stopped by the table, and seemed very excited to meet him. She said that fandom often celebrates comics creators, but this was a unique opportunity to celebrate a pioneer collector. That led to a discussion of how unique it is to be able to meet the original owner of an early GA collection, as most of these collections come to market only after the owner has passed away. Maggie took several pictures, so I suspect there might be a blurb about Mr. Larson in a future issue of CBG.
  6. Ok, here’s the straight dope. Many years ago, Jon Berk tracked down Lamont and spoke to him on the phone. Years later, Lamont’s daughter appeared here on the boards and said “hey everyone, Lamont is my dad”. I began corresponding with her, asking questions about her dad and his collection. A few months later, SDCC was approaching and I told LuAnn that CGC holds a dinner at the convention, and it would be awesome if she could come and bring her parents. Her response blew me away. She said, well, my sister lives in San Diego, and we’re actually flying out to visit her that week. I contacted Steve Borock and he offered to have CGC host the Larsons at the dinner. The night of the dinner, I arrived early to find the Larsons had already arrived, and were chatting with Mark Haspel and West Stephan. Lamont wondered how many comics he’d owned and Haspel spit out the exact number(just over 1000). Mark had brought along some affordable Larson books. Lamont enjoyed paging through them. Mark asked him to sign a few, and thinking he might want one of his books back, gave him one to keep. Borock offered to certify it for him as a sig series. To this day, I believe Lamont owns the only sig series signed by Lamont Larson. As the room started to fill, Lamont and his wife asked me to sit with the family. I spent the rest of the night conversing with Lamont, his wife, and daughters, as collectors politely approached the table and told Lamont how much his comics meant to them. It was a truly special evening. At the end of the night, Jon Berk arrived and was able to spend a few minutes talking to Lamont. Sadly, Mrs. Larson passed away a few years ago, but Lamont is thankfully still with us!
  7. Thanks, guys! The colors are really sharp on this one.
  8. One spectacular book tonight. A Jack Burnley classic cover. No returns on certified books. My PayPal ID is Personally checks also happily accepted, and preferred.
  9. Bounty from tonight’s Comiclink auction. I love this book.
  10. Thanks, Dan! That’s very helpful. If anyone has a copy for sale, my friend might be interested.
  11. Hi Guys, a friend of mine is searching high and low for this variant of Batman #1 with the large white bat emblem at the bottom of the cover. He has this photo, but I can’t read the label. Does anyone know which variant this is?
  12. Not interested in this book at this time, but I reserve the right to purchase it in May of 2029.