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The First Mega-Haul of 2017


This past weekend saw my first "mega-haul" of the year, with a combination of Half-Price Books and a trip to the main comic shop, with freshly-stocked bargain-bins!

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At HPB, I snagged the long-outta-print trade-paperback-sized paperback edition of Batman: Knightfall. This is the Barnes and Noble "exclusive," which makes it all the more "rare" with ALSO being "out of print"…yet the thing was priced at a mere $8…HARDLY a "collectible" price for a book in such great condition all these years later! So much for consistency, I guess…their loss, my gain!

I also snagged the Alien: The Illustrated Story because it’s…well, Aliens. I’m a sucker for this stuff, and while I am thinking there’s a more deluxe/hardcover type edition of this available, for the price and being in-hand, I didn’t want to pass this up.

And finally, since I (thankfully) had "inventory" photos of my phone, I was able to determine that I did NOT yet own Dark Victory (It’s Long Halloween and Haunted Knight that I already owned)…and since I’ve intended to complete the "trilogy" for ages now, I figured I’d get that marked off the list.

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At the comic shop, there was a shortbox of TPBs marked 80% off. I was flat-out astonished to find this Superman: Eradication! volume…honestly did a double-take, and checked my ‘inventory’ to make sure I wasn’t crossing this with something else. But sure enough…this truly is the book I’ve been wanting for ages now, and unable to find for a reasonable price anywhere–in person OR online. And then just because it’s Dan Jurgens, Booster Gold, and at 80% off, the price of a single-issue of a current Rebirth DC comic, I also snagged the JLI vol. 1 paperback.

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I also got the latest issue of Spawn (pull list!), which I think puts me at about a full year of having the title on my pull list…a feat the title has never before done!

The TMNT issue I actually picked up at Toys R Us…it was some sort of Mega Bloks promotional issue that I’d been unaware of. Disgustingly, even this has a variant cover (I only saw this "regular" cover available, happily–I’d’ve been highly annoyed to ONLY be ABLE to get the VARIANT). Ridiculously-priced for what it is…but something about it struck me as something that would gnaw away at me if I did not get it, knowing it existed and I could get it FOR the same "cover price" as any other TMNT issue from IDW.

And then we get into the 25-cent bin haul, after the cut…


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The four-part Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite story; minus the Starman tie-in. Not sure if I’ll hunt that down or not…I think I might already own it. There were two copies of Superman #50…I convinced my friend to get the other.

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Got these two (yet again) for the heckuvit. Love these covers, and for 25 cents…I’m a sucker!

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The complete 3-issue mini-series of the movie. I have a few older Transformers comics, not sure if I’d had these…for the price, and the movie being just a bit over 30 years old now, these grabbed my attention.

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Some randomish stuff. Saw quite a few Shazam related things in the mix. I’m pretty sure Id seen the The Life of Captain Marvel before, but couldn’t remember if I had any of the issues or if this was a one-shot; turns out it has a couple issues’ worth of the classic Captain Marvel series…content I’d read just in the last couple years or so.

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I don’t truly know what issues I have and don’t of DC Comics Presents…except that I know I’ll want to collect the entire run, eventually. I’m certain I’ve read the contents of these two issues, assuming I correctly recall their inclusion in the Superman vs. Shazam paperback I found several years ago.

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And then just for the novelty and randomness of them, for the late-’70s/early-’80s, these four issues. Pretty sure I’d paid a "full back-issue pricing" for the DCCP Annual, but hey, an extra copy for 25 cents isn’t bad!

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Along with the DC Comics Presents, I will not be at all surprised if I eventually seek to collect a run of The New Adventures of Superboy, so finding a few issues adds to that subcollection.

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Random Silver Surfer stuff…prime finds (to me) for 25 cents apiece!

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This is the second time in the last couple years that I’ve come across Spider-Man versus Wolverine #1 (a one-shot)…and I think I’ve paid $1.25 total now, combined for the two copies; after 20 years of never finding the thing for a reasonable price. (There’s a paperback out soon that includes the issue, so perhaps that’s tanked its value/"rarity"?) I grabbed the Amazing Spider-Man 258 assuming that’s the issue where Peter splits with the "alien costume," and my friend commented on recalling #259 as being when Spidey got the other costume back, so I added that to the pile, not actually realizing the two were sequential at the time. And the other issue I assume is the "proposal" issue, which would be worth a read.

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Despite being extremely underwhelmed reading #2, I’m still determined to assemble a run of Valor in its entirety (as well as the Eclipso series that also spun out of Eclipso: The Darkness Within).

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Either Déjà vu or I have the What If… issue already…but again, as always…for only 25 cents, if I’m interested, I’ll buy it now. The Classic X-Men grabbed me for the cover.

And Uncanny X-Men #193 is particularly impressive as a double-sized anniversary issue. Here, they were celebrating 100 issues of the All-New, All-Different X-Men…but they didn’t have to plaster any giant #100 on the issue; no fancy cover markings or gimmicks; no renumbering; just a double-sized issue! Sadly, that shows just how ancient the issue is compared to modern Marvel.

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And finally…a couple of "shiny covers," and otherwise stuff that for 25 cents is well worth getting!


And to put these back into perspective… ALL of these 25-cent issues COMBINED cost me what THREE normal, regular non-shiny, non-rare, non-out of print, non-cool, non-interesting, non-relevant, non-nostalgic CURRENT Marvel single issues would cost me.

This haul is EASILY the vastly-SUPERIOR purchase, to me, regardless of duplication of stuff I may or may not already own.

And at this rate, I’m also headed for near-immortality…if we go with the notion that I refuse to die until I’ve read every last comic I own!

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  1. […] Last weekend, I snagged a bunch of comics from bargain bins, including these four Superman issues, the Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite! story. […]

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