Rest In Peace Lamont Larson (1927-2020)
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RIP Mr. Larson, you will be dearly missed.  Kudos to Jeff and his beautiful eulogy. It was a great and heartfelt summary about his life, collection and how he has touched comic book fans and collectors around the world.  If there was a Mt. Rushmore of original owner comic book pedigree collectors, Lamont would absolutely be carved in. Also a big thanks to JB for locating Lamont in the 90's and for CGC/Steve Borock for sponsoring the SDCC dinner under his name.

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1 hour ago, lou_fine said:

 

I would most definitely add the name of Tom Reilly to this list of early comic book collectors, with what would eventually become more commonly known as the San Francisco pedigree which was one of the earliest pedigrees to surface way back in the early 70's.  :luhv:

Out of this group of five though, it would appear that the Recil Macon books are the toughest to come across rhough, as they simply don't seem to appear in the marketplace as often as books from the other four collections.  hm  :takeit:

That’s what the catch-all “and others” was for😉

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Great tribute and video Jeff.  RIP Lamont.

I'm curious if there are any other collectors of these original collections still around.  I know we are still lucky to share this space with Marty Mann.  Anyone else?  

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Jeff - 

Thank you for doing this. I've read Jon Berk's article about Lamont, but it was great to hear his story retold and your own personal connection to him and his family.  

 

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10 hours ago, G G ® said:

Without these important collectors in the hobby, The GA particularly would have been lost to a great degree. Whatever his motivations in the first place Lamont Larson and his contemporary hoarders are equally as important in some respects as the actual creators.

He's earned his tribute.

RIP. 

Couldn’t have said it better!

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18 hours ago, G G ® said:

Without these important collectors in the hobby, The GA particularly would have been lost to a great degree. Whatever his motivations in the first place Lamont Larson and his contemporary hoarders are equally as important in some respects as the actual creators.

He's earned his tribute.

RIP. 

Absolutely!  Although I'd be pressed ...no pun intended... to think of Lamont Larson as a hoarder.  That term has such a negative connotation among the masses these days.  In point of fact, Lamont was a collector, he just defined his interest in comics as that of a reader.  The thing that made him a collector was the critical attention he paid to handling books as a kid.  He didn't share his books with others afterwards because reading comics was a very personal hobby for him.  He read his comics and then carefully set them aside.  That's as true a determiner of the character of a collector then as it is today.  

Kids passing around comic books may have been commonplace in the 30's because of depression era frugality, but most of those books didn't survive.  I'm curious whether there has ever been a study conducted of this dualistic behavior between private collecting and communal readers from a historical perspective.  hm

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43 minutes ago, nearmint said:

In 1993, Lamont received a phone call that led to the discovery of the origin of the Larson Comic Book Collction, the third largest collection of Golden Age comic books. In 2005, Lamont was guest of honor at San Diego Comi-Con, meeting with collectors from across the United States.   :golfclap:

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Beautiful eulogy, Jeff. Being a Nebraska boy, I’ve always held Larson books in high regards.  I’ve been fortunate to own a few over the years. I also appreciate you posting the link to his obituary. Turns out he taught at my high school (go Genoa!).  He will be missed, but his legacy will live on. 

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Lovely words and quite touching. 

What was the Sig series book Lamont had signed?

And what was the, ahem, grade?

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