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Mr. Bronze Age's Great Finds In Collecting - Issue #7

Written by  Published February 1, 2017 05:49
It is those (sometimes few and far between) times in every collectors life when things happen just right. It does not matter what you collect or what you are looking for. Finding that great item or items for your collection is a fantastic feeling! The feeling is universal! And here for the seventh time is a "great finds" column!

Firestorm v.1 05I begin with a prequel story. A few years ago, my parents and I went to a neighboring town to attend my cousin's birthday party. Since it was still a little over an hour before we were to meet the family at the restaurant, we decided to go to a comic shop that I knew of in the town. I had never been to this particular store, even though I frequent the same store in my hometown at least once a week. It took a while to get there, so I only had about thirty minutes to check out the shop (I know that most of my readers realize how short a time that is in which to check out a new shop) I had to hustle to check out as much as I could. That turned out to be all of the dollar boxes but one on one side of the shelves.

Oh, I found some good books. I found a copy of Firestorm (the original series) #5! I have not had that issue since I bought it brand new back in the day! But I wanted to go back when we had more time and check all of the store's comics section. That chance FINALLY came a couple of months later. The store was having a sale and all comics were "Buy 1: Get 1 Free". So, we made plans to go up there and check the rest of the boxes. After a good breakfast and a few Krispy Kreme donuts, I went quickly to the store.

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Since it had been a while, I started over and RE-checked the dollar boxes that I had went through a few months before. I found a few more books but not too much. Then, I went to the other side of the shelves. The dollar boxes were on the bottom shelf. The first few boxes really did not contain much of anything. That much is normal. It was in the box in the middle part of the shelf that I saw them. The long box was filled with Bronze Age Marvel Comics! They were not in mint condition but they were in really good shape and all for a dollar each! There were stacks of Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man and Captain America comics! Of course I grabbed them all and I was glad that the store was having a half off sale!

Some, I re-bagged and re-boarded. A very few I just used as "reading copies" I also found some old MAD and CARTOON Magazines there. They were not even bagged or IN the boxes. They were just tossed onto the top of the  box. So I took those as well. Why not? I knew that it was going to be quite a while before I got back up to that store again. Besides, they were all half off due to the sale. In the few years since then, I have been back to that store two or three times since then but have never made such a find since.

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Recently, I went to one of my local comic book stores. As I always do, I checked the dollar boxes. I was surprised to see some of the comics that they had placed in the boxes. I decided to not even wait for the sale; I just did not want to take the chance that someone else could and would grab those books before the next sale.

My criterion? If I saw a comic book and my initial reaction was: "what is THIS doing in the DOLLAR BOXES?!?!" it went directly into my "to buy now" stack. The rest, I would wait for the sale to purchase them! I found mint condition copies of such fun books as The Savage She-Hulk # 1, Logan's Run #1, Marvel Features #1 & 2 and a good sized stack of Wonder Woman comics, including issue #300!!

I hope my readership has enjoyed these stories ! I also hope that you all find many "great finds" in your lives!

Bryan Frazier

Bryan W. Frazier has been reading and collecting comic books for the past forty years! He has a love and fondness for the Vintage Comic Books, Comic Strips, Magazines, Books, Toys, TV Shows and Movies, and even radio shows  of the past (paying particular loving attention to the Pop Culture of the 70’s and 80’s! His personal “glory days”). He has two little poochies named Leyna and Layla, and an as yet unfinished novel  that he hope to turn into a series someday. His column is "Old School" and so is he!! He is Bryan W. Frazier -- Mr. Bronze Age!

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