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  • Birthday December 5

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    RETIRED Character Assasin
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    Just shy of Paradise, Nevada

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  1. An auction house in Law Vegas will be auctioning what I think is a one of a kind phone booth. It's an old rotary style and is painted brown except a Superman logo is painted on the sides. It's a real phone booth, over seven feet tall and maybe 30 inches wide. For the Man who has everything. If there is any interest, I'll post the information and website.
  2. In the next couple of years I have three traveling goals. An extended road trip crisscrossing the country An extended vacation of six to nine months in Central America The Path of Saint James. Having an extensive collection hinders those things. That's one reason I'm downsizing.
  3. While Superman titles were losing sales, comics as a whole were losing their slots on the stand. Newsstands depend on volume and a.comic selling for 25-30 cents took up the same space as magazines selling for double or more. DC experimented with its line of giant 50 cent books and it's line of 100 pagers. Someone thought combining the various poor selling Superman related titles into one giant book would produce a decent selling one. Their Dollar Comics line was pretty groundbreaking for its time. I bought Action, but not Superman or any of the other Superman books. I bought about 90% of Marvels line,and 100% of the Atlas books, but was.much more selective with DC. Batman, Detective, Action and JLA, Legion and then their new stuff- Freedom Fighters, Justice,.Stalker and their like. Very occasional Charlton if I had extra money. DC at the time, had a lot of comedy books, as well as an extensive horror line, and a war line, with SciFi books as well. Superheroes didn't dominate like today.
  4. I started buying off newsstands and the two stores I went to were clueless as to what was coming in. There was a new comic coming out, and the ad said to ask your newsstand to order it. Not mine. I think distribution was based on prior sales. If a place was selling X amount of comics per week, they'd get 2X, or some formula.
  5. I think I remember seeing the book in some stores, but my Grandmother lived in Queens so it might have only been distributed in and around the fair.
  6. My cousin Tom and I went to the Worlds Fair early on. He bought an issue of this book but I'd run out of money. I got one as a gift a few weeks later, but it disappeared as most things eight year olds play with. My cousins book ended up in his basement, alongside toys like the phantom freighter and a Bat Masterson board game. As I became a teenager and started collecting comics, I wanted a copy. I was negotiating with my cousin and were close to a deal. I was at a flea market and Richie Muchin was selling comics. I asked him about the book and he had a copy. I think I paid about a quarter for it. Only years later did I notice my new copy was from 1965. I don't remember ever reading the book.Ownership was enough for me.
  7. Superman Annual #11. " For the Man who has everything". I believe this was Allan Moore's first Superman story. DC wanted to give hot British artist Dave Gibbons a push and let him select the writer. He choose Moore and a masterpiece was born. Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and Robin engage in an all out brawl with a creature more powerful than Wonder Woman. Plot twists and unexpected turns unlike any Superman I'd ever read. Moore's two part "Whatever happened to the Man of Tomorrow" is a classic, but this story is often overlooked. It's not the easiest book to find but the story has been reprinted elsewhere.
  8. The Thing #3 Quicksilver is intent on exposing his daughter to the mist that grant Inhumans their abilities. Crystal refuses and flees, seeking the FFs help. Ben is caught up in a struggle with the Inhuman Royal Family and Lockjaw, who we know only as Crystals pet, intercedes on his behalf. In an absolutely stunning development, Lockjaw speaks and we learn Lockjaw is not an oversized dog, but was an Inhuman that was exposed to the mists. Quicksilver realizes what might happen to his daughter and relents. Of course, Marvel later undid everything in the story, but it was a stunner. The only other time I recall feeling such a gut punch was when the original Invisible Kid was resurrected in Legion ten years after being thought dead.
  9. I'm still curious about his background. I'm pretty sure I'm about to block him as well, but I was hoping to learn a bit about him before I decide. I'm guessing he isn't one for taking correction well?
  10. Government workers are sometimes given integrity test. Its not beyond the realm of possibility that someone might give a worker an envelope with $100 in it to see if they take it. If you had a job that paid you $50,000 a year with benefits, why risk it over $25?
  11. Aren't state schools free in NY now?
  12. Perhaps if we knew Two Pieces background, we could make some sense of his unusual beliefs. I know that between Donut, Bookery and myself, we have well over a hundred years of dealing with comics and a tad of experience in determining what books are key. Perhaps Two Piece can tell us his experience and why he thinks his knowledge is superior to ours.
  13. Hard to have a discussion with someone whose only response is you are wrong. Tedious actually.
  14. Assuming they are all in equal shape, Marvel Spotlight 5 , Defenders 1 are big. Spidey 129 is the crown jewel of the books listed. 121 and 122 would complete my five. Hero for Hire 1 would be first alternate.