Today was Free Comic Book Day, a day in the Nerd Calender where comic book stores give out free comic books from publishers. It’s a great day for the industry, a great promotional tool for the stores and an overall excellent day out for nerds, old and aspiring alike.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it out and do anything today. Personal things came up. Which is a shame, but such is life. So a lot of today’s plans have been rescheduled, the Comic Booked Podcast, Temple of Nerd (iTunes), recording sessions have been rebooked and they should be online as soon as we can get the material done.
I’ve had something between 6 and 10 comic book collections since I was 13. And I’ve sold all but one. I still own the most recent single issue collection I update each week. But in the past I’ve had just trades, specific characters, specific publishers and specific types of comics which I have then sold on for a profit; that’s what I do with most things. I’m very business minded so if I’m not trying to turn a profit on something, it’s seen as a waste. So while I was feeling a bit bummed out that I was missing out on the fun of FCBD, I decided that I would start a brand new comic book collection. And these beautiful pieces of art are winging their way to me as I type, to become the first two pieces in my Jack Kirby collection!
I wanted to do this because I wanted to keep and read/look at certain items periodically. So I thought, why not collect the best? Jack Kirby is one of my all time favourite comic book creators, there are very few names I hold above his in the Comic Book world.
I wanted to have Captain America as the first pieces of my collection because he is everything that Jack Kirby is to me: the every day, all American man doing his best for his country and friends. Jack had a great moral compass, and his life was that of an epic movie. I see a lot of Cap in Jack and a lot of Jack in Cap. So the choice was a no brainer really, it seemed the perfect place to start.
There will be no review of the books this week because they haven’t actually arrived yet. But I hope to review the additions to my collection in the coming weeks.
I look forward to receiving these in the mail this coming week, and updating this series as my journey in “Collecting the King” continues!
Next week: Black Panther #7, #8 and #10!