Marvel Value Stamps 1-8
Welcome back to the chamber of horrors that is the Marvel Value Stamp book.
Today we crack open the book of doom to regard the first page of this book of woe. Screw your courage to the sticking place!
There you go. I managed to score exactly half of the stamps required to fill out this page. This will be a recurring theme.
And before we go any further, you know those “stamps” weren’t stamps, right? They just had a little stamp graphic around the outside. You cut them out of comics, and they were made of comics newsprint. Did this stop twelve-year-old me from licking the back of one? You know it did not.
Spitting out that taste of ink, I instead folded a little cylinder of Scotch Tape behind each stamp, and lovingly stuck them into my album, where they remain to this day.
A pretty standard selection of Marvel heroes here, but seeing Conan and those monsters lets you know you’re in the seventies. Conan featured on the cover of the album, too — he was big Marvel’s Bronze Age (and is making a comeback — Jason Aaron’s new Conan book is pretty good).
Hang on! That’s too chatty, too optimistic! I’m supposed to be angry and scared about what happened here!
So let’s take a look at where these diabolical “stamps” came from, and what their books of origin might cost today if I didn’t cut them up with a razor!
- #1 Spider-Man: Captain Marvel #35 – $8
- #2 Hulk: Iron Man #70 – $14
- #7 Werewolf: Daredevil #114 – $66 (Romita begins)
- #8 Captain America: Defenders #15 – $16
Looking for those books in VF/8.0 condition, those books together would cost me $104.00 today. Not too terrible a price to pay for a young man’s folly. I shouldn’t take it so hard, I know.
TOMORROW: Reopening The Tomb of Dracula!