Well I sold a copy of Giant-Size X-Men #1 on eBay today. I had bought one, had it graded by the CGC folks at a 5.0, and then recently got a great deal on a 6.5 so I upgraded and put the 5.0 up for sale.
I got an email from the buyer that said he was buying this for his son’s first birthday and was going to invest in a comic every year to help him build a collection of value. I was moved by the thought of a dad showing a one year old a comic encased in a hard-shell plastic case and saying, “Son, I am the coolest dad in the world. Someday this will help pay for college, or a lot of lap dances at a strip club. I promise to never, ever, buy you a copy of Rom: Space Knight.”
It made me think about what he would/should/could buy next year. Will his son become an X-Fan? Or a Marvel Man? Or maybe he’ll branch into DC comics? Who knows. But I am glad that the tradition carries on. With that, here’s my wish list to Santa:
X-Men #1 (A decent copy. I can buy a beat up one that was used to wrap fish for a low price currently)
The big one for me that started it all. I loved the X-Men from grade school and this is the moment it became a reality.
Green Lama #6
Ahead of his time, the Green Lama was the first globally minded hero in terms of being a friend to all men regardless of race, religion, or dining habits. But he still kicked some Nazi ass.
Suspense Comics #3
This particular copy sold for $47,800 at auction in 2006. Besides one of themost awesome covers ever, its money in the bank as an investment. Iconic.
Marvel Mystery Comics #4
Ahoy! Submariner? Check. First appearance of the original Vision? That’s all I need. Talk about creepy. Aarkus was an alien law enforcement officer long before Martian Manhunter came to DC. And in the Silver Age at Marvel, his origin became intertwined with the Human Torch, the original robotic version that predated the Fantastic Four. I guess there’s something about a creep we all love. I think what I love best about The Vision is that it shows how comics can reinvent themselves and recycle ideas.
Gay Comics #25
Gay Comics is a teen style romantic comedy comic along the lines of Archie. Simpler times back in the Golden Age of Comics… ah. This issue is particularly of interest to me because I lost an eBay auction for it because I was too busy checking fantasy football scores. Final bid? $25.
Twenty. Five. Dollars. F me.
So Santa, if you’re listening, please take note. Otherwise, I’ll keep sacrificing meerkats to Gus the Groundhog from the Pennsylvania Lottery.
Keep on scratching, Gus, keep on scratching.