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Reboot of an earlier journal....

 

After years of trying to collect every comic I could find, I once owned 100,000 comics (most of them almost worthless).  By selling, trading, and buying; I transformed my collection to just 50 comics.  I previously created a journal picturing those 50 comics.  Late last year I parted with half of my books to buy a childhood grail of mine.  I have slowly been adding comics to get back to 50.  I tried to edit my last journal, but I was unable to change my initial 50 entries.  So, I have decided to start fresh with a new journal.  I will update the list when new comics arrive, as well as explain why I got the book and/or kicked out the old ones.  This serves for a digital library for me to enjoy my books while they sit in safe storage.  It is mostly for my entertainment, but feel free to comment if you wish!

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#1  This is the book I traded half of my collection to obtain. When I started collecting comics in 1974, Daredevil quickly became the title I liked best. By 1980 I had the entire run. My original #1 had a subscription crease and was in GD/VG.  As an adult, I bought a CGC 9.0 copy, but I really wanted a super-high grade copy to be the cornerstone of my collection. In 2021 I pulled the trigger and got this one. 

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#2  I bought this one in May 2017 in a Comiclink auction.  I always wanted a Schomburg war cover, so I overpaid for this. Looking back, it now seems like a bargain. 

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#5 This was the first comic I spent over $3,000 for. It was purchased on eBay in 2005.  I am not sure why the sale doesn't appear on GPA, but I think I paid $7,300 for it. 

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#6  This was relatively inexpensive in 2017!  I am glad I bought it when I did.  

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#7 For a while, I collected multiple copies of Conan #1.  This was the best of them...and is the last of them. 

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#8  

It is important to me to own an Archie Comics issue.  I attempted to buy a Promise Collection "main title" Issue with a sexy girl on it, but failed miserably.  They all sold for a lot of money.  Although it is from a secondary Archie title, I was excited to get this one. 

 

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#9  When building my collection, I wanted to include comics that represent all eras and genres. The search to find a great "Good Girl" comic ended with this purchase. 

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#10A and #10B

On a cold December night in 1973, my mom asked me to fetch my favorite comic for her.  I sifted through my brother's collection and picked out the one with the best cover;  Marvel's Greatest Comics #42.  She tore the cover off right in front of me and handed the remainder.  No big deal....I went back to playing with football cards. 

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Christmas morning came and the reason for the dastardly act of comic destruction was revealed...

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Throughout the years, this cover has remained one of my all time favorites. I couldn't find a super-high grade copy of Marvel's Greatest Comics, so I had to settle for this version. 

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#13 Marvel Premiere #15 was the 1st comic I ever owned!  On a day I was too sick to ride my bike to 7-11 for Slurpees, my brother and friends went without me. Knowing that I was feeling bad for getting left out, my brother purchased a comic and gave it to me.  

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#15  My collection felt incomplete without a Schomburg Captain America cover. This relatively new purchase corrected that. 

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#18 Awesome Matt Baker cover and the Mile High copy!  I would have paid double for this in an auction, but I am glad I didn't have much competition that day. 

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#19 This was the 1st Mile High comic I ever owned.  I really wanted a main-stream superhero title, but I begrudgingly settled for this one.  Since then, it has grown on me and now is one of my favorite comics that I own. 

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#21 When butchering my collection to pay for Daredevil #1, I had to part with the better of my two Golden Age Batman comics.  When I see this comic, it only make me think about the one that got away. 

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#22   I wanted to have Horror comic with a "Classic Cover" in my collection.  I quickly learned that buying one in high grade with nice pages would be met with endless opposition.  I must have placed bids on 30 or more books with no luck in winning one.  This one is lower grade than I wanted, but it is among my favorite covers of the era. 

 

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