Marvel Value Stamps 9-24
Return with me now to the ongoing autopsy of my Marvel Value Stamp book.
You don’t think that’s scary, kids?
Count Floyd thinks it’s scary!
All right, pull the sheet off the body, already!
Ugh, the carnage. I didn’t even manage to fill half of these pages. I suppose that is cause for celebration — it means their are fewer Bronze Age cadavers clogging up my longboxes — but it also points to the general futility of this whole enterprise.
(Pause for an existential moment where I ponder the general futility of everything.)
(OK, good to go.)
These pages give us all the barbarians, monsters, and reprinted soldier books that characterized 1970s Marvel. Deathlok would have been a brand-spanking-new character when this book was printed — kind of amazing they got him into the collection. I always liked Deathlok (to be fair, I remembered the book being better than it is), and it seems kind of appropriate to remember him this Halloween. I identified with Deahtlok, maybe because his half-face reminded me of my half-full Marvel Value Stampbook.
Let’s look at the price tag for this particular collection:
- #13 Doctor Strange: Avengers #127- $23
- #16 Shang-Chi: Incredible Hulk #179 – $15 (1st Len Wein)
- #20 Brother Voodoo: Defenders #17 – $14
- #21 Kull: Fantastic Four #151- $15 (1st app of Mahkizmo Nuclear man)
- #23 Sgt. Fury: Doctor Strange #1 – $64 (yes, I cut up a #1)
- #24 Falcon: Conan #42 – $8
That brings the running total to replace my defaced Marvel Value Stamp-era books to … $243. Yay.
Marvel Value Stamps. Striking when you are most vulnerable!
TOMORROW: The Walking Dead!