The first comics I can remember getting were the Star Wars 3 pack that came out soon after the movie. I had seen it in the theater with my grandma the night before. Throughout my childhood my stepdad would buy me comics on road trips, or bring some home for me after he went to the store. Back then, I mostly read Sgt. Rock and G.I. Combat.
One day everything changed, and I decided I wanted to buy comics to collect, not just to read. The first comic I bought as a collectible was Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld #1. It was the only #1 issue on the rack.
You should have seen the look on my stepfather's face.
As a reader, I still preferred war comics and bought them occasionally. The first superhero comics I can remember buying were Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #1-6. My gradeschool mind had decided that limited series were where the investment potential was. Eventually I ended up getting some of my dad's comics from when he was a kid, the only one I remember is Submariner. Then I got my stepdad's (war comics) and my uncle's (Disney comics). My growing collection was stored in the bottom drawer of my dresser, so I had to jam all my clothes in the other three.
Eventually a friend of mine and I decided to pool our resources so we could have more capital for trades with others. He gave me his comics to add to mine, mostly consisting of X-Men (including 141, I remember). After reading that, I sent away for some comics from Mile High (X-Men 186-202).
During junior high I spent my lunch money on comics. A kid in my homeroom class would sell me Amazing Spiderman 12 cent issues. Then he brought in the big daddy. I had to spend two weeks lunch money to get Daredevil #158. Going hungry was worth it!
One year for my birthday I got $40. It was the most money I had ever had. I went to the little comic store in the South Kitsap Mall, in Port Orchard. There were 3 comics that were $40 I could buy: Fish Police #1, G.I. Joe #2 and Amazing Spiderman 129. Being a kid, I made the worst possible choice. Fish Police was hot, and I was caught up in hype.
Fast forward to adulthood. I opened my first local comic store in small town Washington way back in 1990 and have been working in comics since. My first article for the Overstreet Price Guide appeared in 2001, and I served as Advisor from 2001-2004. At Golden Age Comics Northwest we deal in comics from all ages, Platinum to Modern, and buy and sell collections of all sizes, 1 comic or 10,000! Located near downtown Seattle, we can buy and sell in person (including travel) or via the internet.
Comics Northwest also operates out of Wizard's Keep Games in Renton. Come see us at 17148 116th Ave SE, or visit the website at www.wizardskeepgames.com.
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