Sunday, May 21, 2017
Comic Haul 5/20: Salem Comic & Toy Expo
From out of nowhere, the inaugural Salem Comic & Toy Expo appeared and it was quite a show! This convention wasn't even on the itinerary for the summer, but I'm glad it was because it was a very successful show. Check out my hauls this week!
The only thing I can really ding the convention for was the lack of toys. I mean, it's right there in the name. None of the vendors seemed to specialize in toys or even have any toy selection to speak of. I think out of the entire show, I saw maybe two vendors who had any toys at all. Also, it was super hot in the convention center, but that's not their fault. As always, the trip was taken with my good friend Dan Brown [Twitter | Blog], owner of over 17,000 comic books and pop culture aficionado. Also joining us for the first time was my new friend Tyler from the comic shop and Dan's friend and co-worker Daniel.
My friend Mike Noe, the owner of my local comic shop Campus Comics had a table there, so it was good to see him and find out how things were going. There were many vendors set up there, though not as many as there were at Cape Con. It was more spaced out than Cape Con was, so maybe that's not entirely accurate. It might have had a comparable amount of vendors.
So what did I get there? Well...
My Comic Shop. Here, however, I managed to snag it for $8. Incredible deal. The two issues along the bottom were $10 each, so I ended up paying more for them than they are online. Oh well. The deal I got on the first Doomsday offsets that a bit.
The comic next to it I did buy online, and it's another Jim Lee X-Men comic. Uncanny X-Men #286 is one I bought online the other day from my wishlist. I'm doing pretty good with this Jim Lee collection. I think I need less than five before I have them all now.
The copy of New Mutants #88 is the same story. Its cover was drawn by Rob Liefeld and inked by Todd McFarlane. It's hard to get more 90s than that duo!
Vondie Curtis-Hall who dared cross the Kingpin! He's also in the 2003 Ben Affleck Daredevil movie played by Joe Pantoliano. This isn't a nobody character. Ben Urich is pretty important in the Marvel universe.
Burg Comics was set up there, operated by the always friendly and knowledgeable Scott Reed. Scott also holds a modest comic convention, the Burg Comics Con, in late August in nearby Harrisburg, IL.
He had several copies of this Harley Quinn Future's End one shot with a lenticular cover that really caught my eye. The purple was very striking, and it just looks cool. It just looks like something I would want, to be honest. I've always liked the look of lenticular images, and I definitely like Harley Quinn, so... no brainer.
I love these comics. You wouldn't think I would love them as much as I do, but I do. I've been into these since I was a kid. These versions are the Gemstone reprints, and as far as I know, they reprinted every single issue of Tales from the Crypt, The Vault of Horror, and The Haunt of Fear. I have to have all of them.
I didn't want this to be the one first appearance of "Carol Danvers as _____" or Ms. Marvel variant, so I think I made a wise decision. The fact that it's in a Spider-Man comic is just a bonus for me. I think now I just need the first appearance of Carol Danvers herself, which... if I thought this was expensive... holy cow. A nice copy of that will run me quite a bit considering it's from 1968. Ouch.
4/29 haul nicely.
And that's what I got this week! Good picks all around, I think. Usually events like cons and Free Comic Book Day make way for more interesting hauls, and this week was no exception. Thanks for reading!