Doug: Today's conversation centers on your personal collecting triumphs and tragedies. Quite simply, when have you staged the coup of the century -- purchased or traded for some killer swag without giving up the farm. Or, and maybe this occurred when you were younger and not-so-wise, when did you just get taken? Maybe an older kid did the ol' "I'll give you these 30 (read: current) books for those three (that have the 12c price on the cover)." By the way, the latter happened to me when I was 10. But I sure got a lot of Thors!
Doug: I may have told this story before, but my biggest "victory" was the purchase of a longbox chock full of Batman-related titles -- back in the summer of 1989. Batman, Detective Comics, Batman Family, The Brave and the Bold -- you name it, it was all Batman. I bought it at a flea market for the low, low price of $30. Later, I picked out of the box and made many small sales to a co-worker who was wanting to purchase some vintage stuff to enhance his son's growing collection. I made him the deal that I would grade them, and we'd use a price guide that was three years old, to simulate what we both considered to be a fair market. Over the next few years, I sold off most of that box for literally hundreds of dollars.
Doug: So how about you -- care to share your tales of wow and woe?
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Karen and Doug
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On Sunday, 4/23/17, Martinex1, Doug, and Redartz gathered for a day of fun at C2E2 in Chicago. It was great to finally meet in person after years of online cameraderie.
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Karen and Doug met on the Avengers Assemble! message board back in September 2006. On June 16 2009 they went live with the Bronze Age Babies blog, sharing their love for 1970s and '80s pop culture with readers who happen by each day. You'll find conversations on comics, TV, music, movies, toys, food... just about anything that evokes memories of our beloved pasts!
Doug is a high school social science teacher and department chairman living south of Chicago; he also does contract work for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He is married with two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.
Karen originally hails from California and now works in scientific research/writing in the Phoenix area. She often contributes articles to Back Issue magazine. She is married. She hangs out with Joe Biden occasionally.
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BI #44 is available for digital download and in print. I've read Karen's article on reader reaction to Gerry Conway's ASM #121-122, and it's excellent. This entire magazine was fun! -- Doug
Back Issue #45
As if Karen's work on Spidey in the Bronze Age wasn't awesome enough, she's at it again with a look at the romance of the Vision and the Scarlet Witch in Back Issue's "Odd Couples" issue -- from TwoMorrows!
Karen's talking the Mighty Thor in the Bronze Age!
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