Thursday, September 17, 2009
Unbridled Capitalism: Charlotte Comic Con
This past Sunday I hit I-85 North to meet up with my Green Lantern-obsessed buddy Joe, who had snagged two free passes to Charlotte Comic Con. Once we found the Crown Plaza (mostly because Google Earth gave us directions which involved a road which did not exist), we knew we were in the right location when we saw a TIE Fighter Pilot get out of his Chevy pickup truck. Let the spending begin!
Iron Man -- I'm still hitting that pricing wall with my Iron Man collection, as I get closer and closer to completing the series. I was able to add a trio of Bronze Age books for Shellhead, though, in the form of #127, 153, and 160. Maybe if I end up at HeroesCon next year I can do better.
Hawkman -- Now, the Winged Wonder was much more plentiful! Long have I bemoaned that I cannot find copies of Hawkworld, but I hit the motherlode in the Queen City! I was able to get nearly the entire series, including issues #2-10, 14-21, 23, 25-26, and Annuals 1 and 2. Still have not been able to find the miniseries, but still, that's a huge chunk of the series right there. From the fourth volume, I was able to get a few more of the uncollected issues (#26 and 47), as well as a large chunk of the title after it changed over to Hawkgirl (#50-55, 57, 59-60, 62-63, and 65). At this point I can probably pick up the remaining singles of the Hawkgirl era. Representing the Silver Age, I got The Brave And The Bold #186, and sorta-representing the Silver Age, I found Legend of the Hawkman #1-3, and DC Comics Presents: Hawkman. I still have not found much from Hawkman's backup runs in Detective and World's Finest, but I'm still very happy to find another big pile of Hawkcomics.
Furry Underpants -- Not much in the way of S&S comics, but I was able to add Kull v.3:no.4 and Arak, Son Of Thunder #38.
Outsiders -- Again, not much in the way of Outsiders, but the second volume of Outsiders apparently never sold all that well so it's slow going. I picked up v.2:no.11-12.
Wonder Man -- The Ionic Powerhouse's solo series was pretty well represented, and I added #9, 11-12, 17, and Annuals 1 and 2. A few weeks ago I found Marvel Two-In-One #78, so I will add that one as well.
Other Stuff -- Not much, but a few things. First off, I FINALLY found Avengers/JLA #4, so I can read that dang series now! In similar news I picked up a random issue of Avengers (#358), from an era I don't have much of (that is, the 90s). Finally, I also re-purchased one of my favorite comics from my youth, Spawn #10, writen by Dave Sim and featuring Cerebus. (With a shout-out to the Image Addiction podcast over at The Comic Addiction.)
Left Behind -- A few things, but generally everything was so cheap that I didn't pass on much. There was a few issue of Force Works which I left behind. Part of me wants to get into that book, but part of me wants to just get more Avengers. So we shall see. A few dealers had some pricier issues of Iron Man, Detective, and World's Finest which I had to leave as well.
Overall, a great little show with lots of good dealers, and a lot of fun -- and the cosplayers were a nice touch. Definitely worth the drive!