Thursday, January 17, 2008

87th Post - Up Early Tomorrow

Short post tonight. I have to go to bed early as I am up early, almost as if it were a usual day of work, because I foolishly agreed to a car oil change to be done at 7 o'clock on my day off!

My parents have arrived in New Brunswick. My sister and her husband have more-or-less talked them into staying longer than just a few days. They have enough medications to last them for a few weeks, and probably enough clothes, too. The sisters will check out the house on a regular basis.

I may check it out, too, even though this weekend is turning out to be one where I'll be largely busy. Oil change and Patricia stuff on Friday. Toastmasters Leadership Institute on Saturday afternoon, in friggin' Cole Harbour. End of the world, it may as well be. If I ever run another one of these TLI's, I'll move it to this side of the harbour, where God wants it to be.

On Sunday, a couple of guys may be coming to my house to sift through my comics. Most of the real collectable stuff is gone, having been sold to other collectors a few years ago. One guy bought virtually every Spider-Man comic I had, for an amount of money that in retrospect was pretty insulting. But he wouldn't budge. He would pay, what he would pay. Take it or leave it. I took it, but it still hurts, 3 years later. You live and learn.

I am not sure what these new guys want. One of them is heavily into DareDevil. The other one sent me his want list, and I know I have some of those books.

True story: When I was a wee slip of a lad, I bought issue #181 of the Incredible Hulk. This book, today, is highly sought after by fans to this day because it features the first appearance of Wolverine. If you are thinking Hugh Jackman and the X-Men movies, you are on the right track. Pretty sure the issue was written by Len Wein, and it was pencilled by Herb Trimpe, an artist who's long since fallen out of favour with fans, and who even in the mid 1970's wasn't consider to be a "sexy" artist. But because this character became so popular later on, in the hands of writers like Chris Claremont and artists like John Byrne, his initial appearance is wanted by fans who will probably be disappointed if they ever get their hands on a copy. Wolvie only appears at the very end of that issue, folks, and spends much of the next issue fighting the Hulk, which he has done several times over the ensuing years.

Anyway, I bought that issue of the Hulk, because that is what I did back then. That, and Giant-Size X-Men #1, the first appearance of the new X-Men (think of the X-Men movies, and you're on the right track). Both of those comics, and a bunch of others, were "donated" by my parents to a literacy program up North. These comics were shipped up there, cut down to the individual panels, and used as a teaching tool for children. Sweet.

I did get my revenge. Many years later, I showed my parents a copy of the Overstreet Price Guide, and showed them what those two comics were worth back then, the late 1990's, I think. Upon learning what they were worth, they apologized to me.

So, these guys may be showing up on Sunday. I do have some neat things left, like the third volume of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Black Dossier). This book was only meant for the United States. Not available in Canada for some reason. I still got a copy, so phooey to you, Alan Moore! If you saw the film, the one with Sean Connery, you can be forgiven for thinking that this series is a piece of... junk. But the books are incredible inventive and entertaining. Alan Moore's knowledge of the popular culture of the late 1800's is unparalleled. In the Black Dossier, which I haven't read yet, the action shifts to the 1950's. I am guessing that the allusions to that period will be accurate and more than plentiful and will joyfully sail over my head. Jess Nevins already has an online annotation to this book, and I will be buying the book once Nevins publishes it, as I did his annotations for the first two books in the series.

10:30. Time for bed. I'll try to blog from the car place tomorrow.


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