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Jesse James: It Took ME…….

Comic Booked Guest Writer 01/16/2011 Reviews
There was a time in your comic book life when you busted your tail off to get a comic to complete a collection. Now it could be major dreck, however it didn’t matter – you had to get it. Finding a Ambush Bug #2 or a NFL Superpro #4 (yes, it made it past #1) sometimes is harder then finding a New Mutants #98. Logic says the seller is going to be putting up his demand items, not his supply items – so a simple eBay search isn’t going to help you.

NFL SuperPro #1

NFL Superpro #1

MOST stores are going to have it in their sale areas and if asked to look for it, well good luck – but you are a determined collector and MUST have it. You might pass up a great comic in a longbox because you have to find that cover springing out of the box at you and you hug and yell in gleam… “I’ve got it!” You rush it home showing all your friends who seem to say the favorite “great“, but you don’t hear the sarcasm in their voice. You get a bag and board because you aren’t going to use the bag it came in or the board because you have to pamper that new comic in your collection. You run to log it into your book, you sharpen your pencil and BANG you mark ‘check!’ Your body fills with joy, you smile ear to ear, years of the search is over. You spread out your collection on a table gleaming over NFL Superpro #1 thru 12. IT’S ALL YOURS. The Holy Grail is found, the crusade is over.

Now as dramatic as it sounds in my twenty-nine years of collecting I have done this over and over. I love the storytelling of how I found it and where, or the trade I did, or the anticipation of the mail man dropping off to me. Now this isn’t about Action #1, but tangible comics that anybody could afford – so next time you see that collector rummaging through a dreck box it just might be someone on a crusade searching for his Holy Grail. When he finds it try not to say “great” but join in his glory for NO ONE likes to celebrate this GRAND moment by themselves.

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  1. Skott of Fables 01/16/2011 at 12:12 pm

    It's funny you should post this type of article now.

    I've been searching for a Death's Head story called The body In Question for years.

    Last night, on Amazon, I found a few Death's Head collections and a little bit of research and cross-referencing showed me the second volume contains the story I've searched high and low for.

    I ordered both, the first volume contains a Doctor Who story I've never seen before as well, and now I just sit back and await their arrival and bask in the joy of a successful search and show my friends something only I can care about, lol!

    You're preachin' to the choir!

  2. Comic Book G 01/16/2011 at 12:51 pm

    I had the very feeling last year with Image United #1. I don't know why I wanted all the covers so badly maybe because it was a few of my favorite artist on the same book. My local comic shops had all ran out of Todd McFarlane's Spawn cover so I had to order online (which is where I got the Jim Lee B&W variant)and I could not wait until it came in. I was way too happy about having all the covers to series that still has not finished its 7 part series. It wasn't very well received by critics (including myself.)But When I finally had all those covers in my possession I was quite happy, while nobody else cared.

  3. Andy Kirby 01/16/2011 at 7:47 pm

    Foolish, I know, but I've been looking for Peter Parker Spider-Man vol 2 1-29 and Amazing Spider-Man vol 2 1-29 fill-ins for ever. They are a little rare (not because they are all that good, mind you) but because the circulation numbers were low for that time. I've been looking for a Mint as I can find….so that obviously makes it harder. haha

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