There’s nothing quite like finding a table at a flea market covered in comics from days gone by, and it’s even better when the seller is clearly trying to clear stuff out in handfuls rather than pricing things meticulously from an inflated price guide.
Pictured above and below are acquisitions from a travelling “garage sale” that was in my area last weekend. Not all are in the best condition, but there are some great readers’ copies. A complete Secret Wars II set. More than half of the first Secret Wars series. A complete run of Howard Chaykin’s Shadow limited series from the 1980s. A complete set of the first Robin limited series. Ghost Rider #1 from the 1990s. Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe. Lots of Copper Age campiness.
As much fun as reading (and perhaps flipping some) these comics is, hunting through the loose stacks of books and then haggling was just as much fun. Guy wanted $2 per comic (or three for $5). I got 60 comics for $30. Held firm at my price, telling him I know what these comics are worth (or aren’t worth).
After he capitulated, he looked at me and said, “Did you buy from me in Moncton [a city that’s relatively nearby] a while back?”
It’s nice to be remembered as a fierce haggler.