Lamont bought comics off the newsstands for a few years until he graduated to pulps. They were left in the family barn, forgotten, until decades later. It wasn't until Berk found him that he learned that his comics, set aside 58 years earlier, had survived, and were famous.
I was interviewed recently about my first contact with the Okajima books which occurred 25 years ago. I struggled to pull the story together because it was not something I ever expected to be quizzed on after such a long time. It was even more extreme with Lamont.