It's a new year now, so what better time to kick off the return of my comic hauls? If you're the kind of person that cares to read anything and everything I write, that is. Are you?
None of these entries are in any particular order, and this isn't everything I have acquired since mid-July, it's just the stuff I know I bought since then that was readily available to take pictures of. Not that I need to go through and list everything. That would be excessive and this is already long enough as it is.
You don't have to read this next part if you don't want to or if you already know what Marvel Legacy is. It will be relevant in a minute, though.
So, to begin, Marvel Legacy. How do I explain this to people who don't know much about comics? Of course, if you're not into comics I don't know why you'd be reading this, but whatever. Anyway, we'll use Amazing Spider-Man as an example.
Amazing Spider-Man launched in 1963 with its first issue. This series went on for many years until it ended in 1998 with issue #441. Almost immediately, Amazing Spider-Man relaunched with a new #1 in 1999. This series went on for a while until Marvel realized that had they not rebooted the series, they would be hitting a landmark issue #500, so when that issue was released, they reverted back to the old numbering and did so until issue #700 in 2013. This is the point I got out of reading it because I thought #700 was a good stopping point and I was not on board at all with what was happening in the book.
After issue #700, the series was again rebooted as Superior Spider-Man with a new issue #1. This went on for 33 issues until the story was resolved and when it was, you guessed it, it was rebooted yet again with a new issue #1. This series went on for a meager 20 issues until... well... reboot. With a new issue #1. Now, what Marvel Legacy is doing is acting like these series were never rebooted, and if you add up all the issue numbers together from every volume, that's the what the current Legacy number would be. Currently Amazing Spider-Man is on issue #793. So that's Marvel Legacy.Okay...
My Comic Shop. I have to admit, I was completely wrong about this book. I actually really enjoyed the story. None of the issues were expensive, either. I managed to put the entire set together relatively cheap.
Silk) but even that didn't cost too much. I finished reading all these the other night, and I really enjoyed this as well. The Spider-Verse stuff was fantastic. My only gripe with it is the way Black Cat is written now. I understand why after what happened in Superior Spider-Man, but still. I like Black Cat a lot and she seemed pretty ruthless.
Campus Comics. The one in the center is the first appearance of Kingpin, and it wasn't cheap. Fortunately the owner Mike allowed me to make payments on all of them because there's no way I could swing them all at once. Let's just say that first Kingpin is far and away the most expensive comic book I've ever purchased.
last comic haul article I showed an awesome Catwoman poster I picked up. Then in my statuesque statues article I showed a beautiful statue I had bought based off of that same art. Then I thought I should pick up the actual comic the art comes from, so I found it online for super cheap and snapped it up.
Chun-Li fan. I picked up these issues online for cheap because I liked the covers. Especially the one with Captain Marvel on it. It's like it was designed for me. The swimsuit issue I picked up because it has a piece in it from an artist I like a lot named Rob Porter. Speaking of which...
Mile High Comics. I also bought a Spider-Gwen comic from them which I completely forgot about until I typed Mile High Comics just now. Anyway, I bought a few things from them as a test to see what they're all about since I'm a regular My Comic Shop customer. I was put off by their website as it looks like some unreputable site from the early days of the internet. They did have a few things My Comic Shop didn't (and never has as long as they've been on my wishlist) so I figured I'd give them a try. They clearly arrived, but I think I'll stick with My Comic Shop if at all possible.
Cape Con I saw a guy walking around with a comic collection he was trying to sell and this issue of Hulk was in it. I caught up with him after he had left a vendor and offered him $80 for it and he wouldn't take it. Looks like patience was rewarded.
The History of Image Comics (So Much Damage). Definitely give it a watch. In it they talk about the Image founders, so I decided I would try to get the first issues of comics by the Image founders that I didn't have. Then I went a step beyond that and bought the first issues of some other important Image books. It's a nice little collection to have, I think.
Jae Lee! Definitely a cool gift and definitely something I was not expecting.
Frank Cho variant covers from the current Harley Series. I'm only missing a few of them at the moment. I really like the way Frank Cho draws, so these covers are a must for me.
ATA-BOY makes great magnets, and most of the ones I have are from that company. I'm still surprised I found a Ms. Marvel magnet. You don't see much Ms. Marvel merchandise.
I apparently had the shakes when I took this picture because every picture I took of them was blurry.
I would get every Power Girl statue since there aren't many of them, but I'd hit a wall pretty quickly when it came time to get the Sideshow premium format statue. I'd love to have it, but... I don't make that kind of money.
And that will do for now. I know I have neglected doing these for a while now, but I hope to start them back up again. It all just depends on whether or not I buy anything that week. Comic convention season kicks off in mid April, so I wanted to get this up and going again before that time.
Until next time, friends.