Comics History

It Came From the Back Room #20

Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items. I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed, this amounts to a two-year project. This week, we’ve finally hit the letter “I,” and the first up is one of Marvel’s longest-running titles, and most popular movie stars: the Invincible Iron Man! Iron Man We can skip over much of Iron Man’s earlier years, since it’s not like there’s much in the way of discount issues available (although we’re now well stocked … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #16

Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items. I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed, this amounts to a two-year project. This week is brought to you by DC, who have the longest-running of all the “J” titles: Justice League of America This series started in 1960 (after a three-issue tryout in DC’s anthology title, The Brave and the Bold). The idea — get all of the company’s big guns into one team-up book — had proven successful with … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #15

Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items. I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed, this amounts to a two-year project. This week is brought to you by the letter “J”: Judge Dredd Joe Dredd, of Mega-City One, is a futuristic cop and a product of Great Britain, having first appeared in the British sf magazine 2000 A.D. in the late ’70s. Imagine a police force made up entirely of Clint Eastwood Dirty Harrys, all with the authority … Continue reading

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It Came From the Back Room #14

Standard recap: I’m slowly going through AABC’s one-million-plus back-issue room, restocking the boxes on the sales floor and pulling stuff to sell as discount/overstock/special items. I’m going through the alphabet backwards (don’t ask), and at my speed (even with school on holiday break right now), this amounts to a two-year project. This week, I’m on the letter “K,” and that means new old stuff from Marvel, DC and indy publishers out on the discount racks: Kull: This is the Marvel series from the ’70s, featuring Robert E. Howard’s other memorable barbarian character, and, like Conan, it benefited from memorable artists: on … Continue reading

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Superman #1, #2, #3 From 1939 For SALE!

Collecting comic books to the true aficionado is a lifetime hobby, but there comes a point in every collector’s life when it’s time to say “so long” to some of your best stuff! Today is one of those days.  For nearly two decades, Marsha and I have owned original copies of Superman #1, #2, and #3 from 1939.  We’ve always viewed these gems as an investment, and these books always have been, but as of today, these books are now up for sale.  This magnificent comic book group of issues #1, #2, and #3 of SUPERMAN from 1939 was purchased from … Continue reading

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