Monday, December 31, 2012
I still had some money left in the gift, so the next day, we went to St. Marks Comics on 8th St. where they were having a Xmas/New Years half-price sale. They always have one around a holiday at that store. They were also cleaning out their Copper Age stock for $1 a piece (For non-comic obsessives, Silver Age is 1950s into the early 1970s, Bronze Age extends into the 1980s, we are in the Copper Age now, some call it the Modern Age)
At St. Marks, I bought an additional sixteen $1 comics, mostly Fantastic Fours from the Bronze Age to fill in my FF collection. I get really confused with this iconic series. I have all the collected Ultimate series which consist of bound paperback volumes of black and white reproductions of the first 200 or so books. Then it gets hazy. They collected all of John Byrne's run in full color in bound volumes, with other relevant issues of titles where the story picks up such as the Thing's spin-off, Alpha Flight, Secret Wars, etc. I only have the first two in this series. The comic continue up until about issue #416 or so (Byrne ended his run in the early 300s). After 416 or so, they did a reboot and started all over again. I still haven't figured out the variations through the 1990s, but today Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman have two offspring and have started a school for kids with superpowers. There is a now a spinoff title FF (Future Foundation) on the school drawn by my favorite current artist Mike Allred (IZombie, Madman and the Atomics, X-Statix).
I also bought two Action Comics from the 1970s for $2.50 each. Here's a rundown of the total Christmas haul:
Action 432, 444, 589, 599
Atom 16, 18, 26
Fantastic Four 249, 255, 282, 285, 296, 349, 373, 384, 385, 386, 402, 405, 408, 416, 555
Superboy 28 (from 1953)