Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Over the past couple of days I've gotten two more packages from the great people over at Comic Geek Speak. Both are amazing in their own ways.

The first box, from Sean Whelan of Menton, Ohio, included this:

INVINCIBLE is one of my favorite comics, and Robert Kirkman is one of my favorite writers, so this is a great trade to have back.

When I got home today I had a fairly sizeable box waiting for me from Dennis Pu of Austin, Texas. Dennis, I'm going to buy you a beer or three when I'm in Austin for STAPLE! in March. Dennis' box had some great stuff, including a run of early '90s AMAZING SPIDER-MANs:

That run of ASM is kind of cheesy, I know, but I love it. I remember having a subscription through the mail for a few of those. Man, they bring back memories. Dennis must know my tastes pretty well, because I also have an odd love for '70s and 'early '80s Marvel comics. Something about the old, unpretentious style of those comics makes me nostalgic, even though I was born in '78. My dad gave me a bunch of older comics when I was a kid, so maybe that's where it comes from. Anyway, Dennis included some '70s and '80s issues of AVENGERS and DAREDEVIL:

Then the killer came. I CGS people know I'm a Spider-Man freak, but I didn't tell them one of my dreams was to one day fill out a run of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, even if it was through beat up and nearly worthless copies of the early issues. I nearly freaked when I saw these were included in the box:

Yeah, that's ASM #s 39, 41 and 42. Those are probably earlier issues than I had even in my old collection. I absolutely LOVE old comics, and I'd buy dozens and dozens of beat up comics from quarter bins at conventions or wherever I could find them. These are classics, man. Dennis wasn't done, though. He included some apparel as well:

A Justice League denim shirt. It's getting cooler here, Dennis, so I'll be sure to wear it soon.

Again, I can't thank the guys at Comic Geek Speak enough. Their listeners have really given me something to smile about lately. Between getting the magazine back up and running and these awesome gifts, I have to say I have some moments where I'm feeling pretty good about things.
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