X-Men #2 is mine.
It took a while, and there was a lot of price tracking and auction scanning, as well as a few in person exams at cons, but I finally got a killer deal on X-Men #2.
Most people will remember this issue as the first appearance of the Vanisher. Wait, you don’t remember him? That’s okay. The Vanisher suffers from Cliche Comic Book Villain Syndrome. He has a simple power (in this case, he teleports) and uses it mostly as a high-end burglar. In hindsight, he’s an awful adversary for the X-Men mostly because this is the type of loser that Spider-Man or Daredevil would go after, but in the early days, the mutant teens of Xavier’s
glorified community college School for Gifted Youth needed all the bad guys they could spar with in order to keep the readers coming back.
I don’t like to disclose my prices for items on the blog, but I did get a nice deep discount compared to market price tracking, AND it’s a CGC 5.0 so that saves me the $25-30 to get it graded.
In scanning my X-Men want list, out of issues 1-201, I’m now down to EIGHT missing issues…
#1 (the big one)
#4 (Two words: Scarlet Witch)
#56 (“WHAT IS THE POWER!”)
#77 (Reprint Run)
#78 (Reprint Run)
#101 (1st Phoenix)
#108 (John Byrne art begins)
There’s also Giant Sized X-Men 2 and 2 or 3 annuals, but I’m close. Almost done. Very. Very. Close.
I know I’ve mentioned this in an earlier post (I’m not hotlinking it, so you can troll my archives if you really want to see it) I’m going to be faced very soon with the satisfaction of completion, and the question of “Now what?”