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(Cleveland Plain Dealer)   Dad remembers his old comic book collection, sells Spider-Man #1 to pay for his daughter's wedding. In other news, physical proof that a Silver Age comic collector has actually gotten laid   (cleveland.com) divider line 114
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2013-09-03 11:35:26 PM  
Or so the mother would have you believe.
 
2013-09-04 12:04:42 AM  
Adoption?
 
2013-09-04 12:39:47 AM  
I wonder what he wants for that Solar #1
 
2013-09-04 12:43:47 AM  
That's cool.  I had the first three issues of some random comic series back in the early 90s, and they may still be in a box back at my parents' house in the attic somewhere, I wonder if they're valuable.  I don't even remember what the series was called, I just remember it was about a group of adolescent superheroes and one of them had the power to manipulate his molecular density, so he could become tiny and super dense or a huge cloud of gas.  Anyone have any idea what series that was?
 
2013-09-04 01:29:58 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: That's cool.  I had the first three issues of some random comic series back in the early 90s, and they may still be in a box back at my parents' house in the attic somewhere, I wonder if they're valuable.  I don't even remember what the series was called, I just remember it was about a group of adolescent superheroes and one of them had the power to manipulate his molecular density, so he could become tiny and super dense or a huge cloud of gas.  Anyone have any idea what series that was?


No but I suspect I might be one of those superheroes, I'm often quite dense and equally often rather gassy...never thought to use it for good instead of evil though.
 
2013-09-04 03:24:09 AM  
He married a desperate single mom. Occam's Razor and all that
 
2013-09-04 06:35:05 AM  

WelldeadLink: Or so the mother would have you believe.


Damn you *shakes tiny fist*
 
2013-09-04 06:37:42 AM  
Wow. $7,000 for that comic? The art sucks!

Here's a Spiderman #1 that I've got. Much better art. I can't wait to list it on eBay!

thumbs3.ebaystatic.com
 
2013-09-04 06:54:57 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Wow. $7,000 for that comic? The art sucks!

Here's a Spiderman #1 that I've got. Much better art. I can't wait to list it on eBay!

[thumbs3.ebaystatic.com image 150x225]


I doubt that's worth squit. The collectable stuff is golden and silver age
 
2013-09-04 06:56:11 AM  
Selling something overpriced and soon forgotten to purchase something overpriced and soon forgotten.
 
2013-09-04 07:02:35 AM  
If that's worth so much then I bet my sealed copies of SPAWN #1 and DEATH OF SUPERMAN are worth millions. It's time to stop into the local comic book shop and ask every week.
 
2013-09-04 07:04:02 AM  
During some financial hardship I had to sell this to pay the mortgage years ago, it made me dead inside to do it:
i63.photobucket.com

That's an actual scan of the book.  No it wasn't in great shape, I realize that.  But it was passed down from my dad, along with a few others.  Amazing #1-5, 14, tons of others, Daredevil #1, Avengers #1, many silver age Detective books along with some of the higher ticket "newer" books like X-Men #1, the original Punisher series and such.  Sold about 2,000 in total and so the bills were paid for the better part of a year, we got on our feet and kept the house, my wife and I both got great jobs and are doing fine now.  So I guess they served their purpose.  Sucks though.
 
2013-09-04 07:05:42 AM  
She will get a divorce in two years and he will have wasted all that money.
 
2013-09-04 07:06:53 AM  
I have the first 24 issues of the rebooted "Phantom" from the 80s in mint condition that I'm convinced aren't worth the paper they're printed on.
static.comicvine.com
/make me an offer.
 
2013-09-04 07:08:27 AM  
I guess I ought take take this old one we've had laying around down to the old Gold and Silver and get it checked out.
 
2013-09-04 07:11:01 AM  
I had about 400 groovy silver-age marvel comics that I collected through the 60s and early 70s. Stored them carefully at my Mom's house when I joined the Army. Came home years later to find that every single key issue was missing...druggie younger brother had taken my collection to a local comics dealer and said "which 20 or so are worth the most money?"

Mom couldn't understand why I was so upset..."you still have lots of comics left!".
 
2013-09-04 07:14:26 AM  

RobDownSouth: I had about 400 groovy silver-age marvel comics that I collected through the 60s and early 70s. Stored them carefully at my Mom's house when I joined the Army. Came home years later to find that every single key issue was missing...druggie younger brother had taken my collection to a local comics dealer and said "which 20 or so are worth the most money?"

Mom couldn't understand why I was so upset..."you still have lots of comics left!".


I'm very sorry to hear of your brothers untimely death.
 
2013-09-04 07:22:05 AM  

buntz: I have the first 24 issues of the rebooted "Phantom" from the 80s in mint condition that I'm convinced aren't worth the paper they're printed on.

/make me an offer.


Trade you for my run of Nth man the ultimate ninja
 
2013-09-04 07:25:52 AM  

TenJed_77: RobDownSouth: I had about 400 groovy silver-age marvel comics that I collected through the 60s and early 70s. Stored them carefully at my Mom's house when I joined the Army. Came home years later to find that every single key issue was missing...druggie younger brother had taken my collection to a local comics dealer and said "which 20 or so are worth the most money?"

Mom couldn't understand why I was so upset..."you still have lots of comics left!".

I'm very sorry to hear of your brothers untimely death.


Now now, he might still be alive.  They never found a body.
 
2013-09-04 07:28:38 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: That's cool.  I had the first three issues of some random comic series back in the early 90s, and they may still be in a box back at my parents' house in the attic somewhere, I wonder if they're valuable.  I don't even remember what the series was called, I just remember it was about a group of adolescent superheroes and one of them had the power to manipulate his molecular density, so he could become tiny and super dense or a huge cloud of gas.  Anyone have any idea what series that was?


images1.wikia.nocookie.net
Could be Gen13.
 
2013-09-04 07:37:53 AM  

RobDownSouth: I had about 400 groovy silver-age marvel comics that I collected through the 60s and early 70s. Stored them carefully at my Mom's house when I joined the Army. Came home years later to find that every single key issue was missing...druggie younger brother had taken my collection to a local comics dealer and said "which 20 or so are worth the most money?"

Mom couldn't understand why I was so upset..."you still have lots of comics left!".


and I bet he didn't get a good price for them either.
I'd spend the rest of my life occasionally removing things from his possession (but I'm a spiteful bstard)
 
2013-09-04 07:41:32 AM  

YodaBlues: TuteTibiImperes: That's cool.  I had the first three issues of some random comic series back in the early 90s, and they may still be in a box back at my parents' house in the attic somewhere, I wonder if they're valuable.  I don't even remember what the series was called, I just remember it was about a group of adolescent superheroes and one of them had the power to manipulate his molecular density, so he could become tiny and super dense or a huge cloud of gas.  Anyone have any idea what series that was?

[images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 600x933]
Could be Gen13.


Me thinks that that comic should be worth something :D

Mmm what do I have - first 40 issues of Hell Blazer, at least 20 of each of the first D&D comic series, handful of early Sandman (parents donated my childhood comics to a hopsital - tons of Richie Rich and Archies, oh and and all my war comics :(
 
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2013-09-04 08:11:33 AM  
Headline: a Silver Age comic collector has actually gotten laid

Article: Ironically, it was Jane's birth in 1981 that triggered Schaen's decision to stop buying and collecting comics, which he had been doing since he was a child.

The comic book collecting phase and the getting some phase of his life were separate.
 
2013-09-04 08:11:46 AM  
just wait until the divorce.

/selling an expensive comic to pay for a wedding was farking stupid.
 
2013-09-04 08:20:46 AM  
So, $7,000 will pay "a large part" of the catering? Yeesh. Hate to see the total bill.

/My entire wedding cost less than $5k
 
2013-09-04 08:24:58 AM  

stratagos: WelldeadLink: Or so the mother would have you believe.

Damn you *shakes tiny fist*


Although it doesn't actually work if you think about it - even if the kid wasn't his, if he thinks it is, that suggests he has gotten laid, even if he actually doesn't have any biological children.
 
2013-09-04 08:25:36 AM  

TenJed_77: RobDownSouth: I had about 400 groovy silver-age marvel comics that I collected through the 60s and early 70s. Stored them carefully at my Mom's house when I joined the Army. Came home years later to find that every single key issue was missing...druggie younger brother had taken my collection to a local comics dealer and said "which 20 or so are worth the most money?"

Mom couldn't understand why I was so upset..."you still have lots of comics left!".

I'm very sorry to hear of your brothers untimely death.


sounds like it was very timely, it a bit late.
 
2013-09-04 08:27:17 AM  
Zenith
RobDownSouth
Mom couldn't understand why I was so upset..."you still have lots of comics left!".

and I bet he didn't get a good price for them either.
I'd spend the rest of my life occasionally removing things from his possession (but I'm a spiteful bstard)

the mom was a enabler and in denial about the druggy son. it sucks for the other people in the family who suffer when this happens. this isn't comic related but my mom could have gotten the 1950's pink lionel train set used from a neighbor in exchange for her doing one hour's worth of hemming on a neighbors dress . dad said us boys can't have a pink train.
 
2013-09-04 08:28:53 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Wow. $7,000 for that comic? The art sucks!

Here's a Spiderman #1 that I've got. Much better art. I can't wait to list it on eBay!

[thumbs3.ebaystatic.com image 150x225]


ug.  Todd McFarlane? He was the cream of a horrendous crop of artists who didn't have a solid grasp on proportion, anatomy, or perspective.  He and Liefeld are largely responsible for me becoming disillusioned with comics.  I suppose I should thank them.
 
2013-09-04 08:34:14 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: That's cool.  I had the first three issues of some random comic series back in the early 90s, and they may still be in a box back at my parents' house in the attic somewhere, I wonder if they're valuable.  I don't even remember what the series was called, I just remember it was about a group of adolescent superheroes and one of them had the power to manipulate his molecular density, so he could become tiny and super dense or a huge cloud of gas.  Anyone have any idea what series that was?


That would be Power Pack. You probably had reprints, so not worth much.
 
2013-09-04 08:40:51 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: Wow. $7,000 for that comic? The art sucks!

Here's a Spiderman #1 that I've got. Much better art. I can't wait to list it on eBay!

[thumbs3.ebaystatic.com image 150x225]


He really should pull down his leotard before pinching a loaf.
 
2013-09-04 08:46:41 AM  

frepnog: selling an expensive comic to pay for a wedding was farking stupid.


I agree.

What father would sell an old comic book so that his daughter could have a nice wedding?

That guy is a chump.
 
2013-09-04 08:49:36 AM  
that guy gave up at $40 a month!  geeze there are some weeks where i spend $40 on that Wednesday.

/only need 4 more issues to have every Thor
//of course one of those is JiM #83 which i could have had for $850 8 years ago
 
2013-09-04 08:50:33 AM  

starlost: my mom could have gotten the 1950's pink lionel train set used from a neighbor in exchange for her doing one hour's worth of hemming on a neighbors dress . dad said us boys can't have a pink train.


Thats... unfortunate.  Boy did you ever get hosed by the collectible fairy in this lifetime didn't you.  Your family really didn't want you to have any fun valuable collectibles did they?
 
2013-09-04 08:56:20 AM  

The Muthaship: frepnog: selling an expensive comic to pay for a wedding was farking stupid.

I agree.

What father would sell an old comic book so that his daughter could have a nice wedding?

That guy is a chump.


I know you are being sarcastic and all, but some things are worth saving, and a nice copy of Spiderman 1 is one of those things, and honestly, yes, spending a ton of money on a wedding DOES make dad a bit of a chump.

He didn't sell the book to get them a nice car, or a good down payment on a nice house, or to pay some medical bill or something.

He sacrificed a rare collectible worth a lot of money for a farking 15 minute ceremony.
 
2013-09-04 08:59:19 AM  

frepnog: He sacrificed a rare collectible worth a lot of money for a farking 15 minute ceremony


It was a 6.5 and apparently worth about $7k to him after expenses.  Trust me, $7k ain't "a ton of money" for a wedding reception, and there are few things a father would rather spend it on.

/I want a nice house for which "a good down payment" is $7k
//direct me to your real estate agent
 
2013-09-04 08:59:25 AM  
I've seen this movie...Mark Hamill, right?
 
2013-09-04 09:02:40 AM  

beefoe: Selling something overpriced and soon forgotten to purchase something overpriced and soon forgotten.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-04 09:02:43 AM  

The Muthaship: Trust me, $7k ain't "a ton of money" for a wedding reception


7k is an INSANE amount of money for a wedding reception and any daughter worth half a crap would absolutely not let her father spend that kind of money on something so frivolous. And the guy was not even INVITED - proving really that the daughter IS not worth half a crap.
 
2013-09-04 09:05:55 AM  

SockMonkeyHolocaust: If that's worth so much then I bet my sealed copies of SPAWN #1 and DEATH OF SUPERMAN are worth millions. It's time to stop into the local comic book shop and ask every week.


Gah!  Are you one of those 30+ people I get that from?!
 
2013-09-04 09:06:52 AM  
Like super heroes, do you? Might we have a word?

web.mit.edu
 
2013-09-04 09:07:40 AM  
Yeah, as The hopeless imp mentioned, it was probably Power Pack you had,Tute TibiImperes . I had the same first few issues, probably.
I liked the series at first, but it just got too stupid after they started switching powers.
Not long after I quit reading them, I also quit collecting comics altogether.
A few years later I went in my mom's walk-in closet to check the boxes they were in and found that most of them had been decimated by mice/rats.
Very sad.
 
2013-09-04 09:13:52 AM  
He got laid because he put the comic books away and ignored them for years.
 
2013-09-04 09:14:22 AM  

The Muthaship: frepnog: He sacrificed a rare collectible worth a lot of money for a farking 15 minute ceremony

It was a 6.5 and apparently worth about $7k to him after expenses.  Trust me, $7k ain't "a ton of money" for a wedding reception, and there are few things a father would rather spend it on.

/I want a nice house for which "a good down payment" is $7k
//direct me to your real estate agent




Down payment on a good divorce attorney?

It doesn't stop at the wedding. Wait until the new husband has to start selling off possessions to buy granite counter tops.
 
2013-09-04 09:23:54 AM  
and that just pays for the catering?  Weddings are so overated...he should have kept the comic book and ordered pizza...
 
2013-09-04 09:25:40 AM  
Hadn't collected in years but my 8 year old daughter got into comics so now hanging out at the comics shop is quality time with the kids. Put together a fairly serious silver age collection for the kids to have someday... honest honey, its for the kids.....

So, in my case getting laid actually helped me build a comic collection.
 
2013-09-04 09:37:10 AM  
Wasn't this an episode of Amazing Stories?  Starring Mark Hamill?
 
2013-09-04 09:37:41 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: That's cool.  I had the first three issues of some random comic series back in the early 90s, and they may still be in a box back at my parents' house in the attic somewhere, I wonder if they're valuable.  I don't even remember what the series was called, I just remember it was about a group of adolescent superheroes and one of them had the power to manipulate his molecular density, so he could become tiny and super dense or a huge cloud of gas.  Anyone have any idea what series that was?


Most comics from the 1990s are pretty much worthless since that was about when the speculator bubble was forming. But, like it was previously mentioned, you're thinking of Power Pack.
 
2013-09-04 09:39:52 AM  
Why spend so much on a wedding to start with?
 
2013-09-04 09:44:39 AM  
to be fair, that comic is going to get any more expensive in his lifetime.  if his kids won't appreciate it then might as well sell it.  of course he could have bought himself a nice vacation
 
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