Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Unbridled Capitalism: Greenville Comic Con
Celebrating Halloween weekend, this past Saturday a couple of friends (including Adama from Dispatches To The Arrowcave) and I heaed to the ultra-posh (yeah right) Super Lodge in Mauldin for the Greenville Comic Con! It was... well, a little small. But when admission is a buck you expect that. Still, for a small con in a small hotel, they had plenty of good deals to be found, especially in the very prevalent 50-cent bins. So how much damage did I do? Let's find out!
Iron Man -- As I get closer to finishing up my collection, I end up finding less and less of what I need at the shows, because mostly I need books which are going to be pricier. Anyway, I did manage to add two more issues -- #102 (Sweet! Dreadknight!) and 114 -- to the collection. This leaves me with 35 remaining comics to track down! I also picked up What If? #8, which looks at if Iron Man had lost the Armor Wars, and Soviet Super Soldiers #1, which features IM baddies such as the Crimson Dynamo and Titanium Man.
Hawkman -- As I detailed over at Being Carter Hall, there was some Winged Wonder stuff to be found, including Hawkman v.2:no.1, the 1986 Hawkman Special, Action Comics #588 (featuring a crossover with Superman), Secret Origins #11 (with the origin of the Golden Age Hawkman), Showcase #101 (featuring the Hawks and Adam Strange), and the Rann-Thanagar War TPB.
Power Man and Iron Fist -- Sadly, just one issue this time out, #61.
Batman And The Outsiders -- This seems to be a title that when I find it I tend to find it in bunches. I was able to find a good run of the original series and finish my collection, snagging #20, 22-27, 30 and 32. Now I just need to (somehow) make more headway in the 90s series!
Arak, Son Of Thunder -- See what I said about finding Outsiders in bunches? Same with this series. For 50 cents apiece I found #4, 6, 8-9, 11, 13-14, 16, 19, 26, 29-30, 32, and 34-35. I'm very close to completing what is, believe it or not, DC's second most successful S&S series.
Flash -- A pair of Barry Allen issues (#238 and 293) coupled with a few of Wally West: #7, 9, 51, and Annual 2.
Weird War Tales -- Another single issue, #112, featuring the Creature Commandos!
"Weird" Comics -- Some interesting stuff here, including a pair of issues of House of Mystery (#213, 216), and DC Comics Presents #53, which teams Superman up with the House of Mystery itself!
Random Stuff -- I did manage to find a few odds and ends. First up is Mystery, Incorporated, AKA 1963 #1, the Silver Age homage by Alan Moore. I had this whole series once but ended up having to sell it, so should be fun to read it again. Next was Secret Origins #21, which pairs up Jonah Hex and Black Condor of all people. I also picked up Claw The Unconquered #12, the final issue of the barbarian's first series, and Action Comics #592, which features the infamous story of Big Barda and Superman making a porno! Finally, I also managed to find Justice League of America #260... that's right, where Steel gets blow'd up.
All in all it was a very worthwhile trip. Lots of Outsiders and Arak, and some new Hawkman stuff is always welcome. Sometimes the small cons are a waste, but this was a great way to spend a morning with friends and comics.