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Discussion in 'Collecting, along with Metals and Numi's' started by Silver Art, Aug 4, 2017.



  1. Silver Art

    Silver Art Silver Art Bar collector Platinum Bling

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    Well before I heard about and started collecting silver art bars, my main hobby when I was much younger was comic books. When I was in my late teens (will turn 44 years old next month), I started reading/collecting comic books. My favorite comic book character was Spider-Man but I read other comics from the Marvel Universe and DC Universe (such as Superman, X-Men, Batman, Hulk to name a few). I stopped reading/collecting comic books in 1996 because I was working and going to school and I had other personal issues going on at that time. I was out of the comic book hobby for 20+ years. About a month ago, I got back into comic book reading/collecting but I mainly concentrated on Marvel/DC comic books from the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's (up to 1996 when I stopped collecting). I will also buy comics from independent companies from those decades but it depends on the character/storyline. At this point, I do not buy any of the current comic books because I want to concentrate on the older comics from the decades that I mentioned.

    I also buy a few trade paperbacks (if I can find them) if there is a certain storyline that I am interested in instead of finding all of the issues of that particular storyline. When it comes to comics, I am a "reader" instead of a true collector. In other words, I buy comic books with the intention of reading them. I usually buy them for between $1-$2 from flea markets but there are a couple of local comic books stores that I also buy comics from.

    This is my other hobby that I really enjoy and just got back in to the comic book hobby a month ago to satisfy my "inner comic book geek".

    Any comic book readers/collectors out there on GIM?
     
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    Spiderman was my favorite as well.
    I sold my collection to pay for some of my college....that was in the early 80s.
    I did good on it too. Drove to this buyers address with my dad.....he said..." holy cow...this guy lives right on Tampa Bay ! "
    I will be back here to yack about how I got into it.
    Been out of it as well.
    Regards SA,
     
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    Comic books? Not comic books but Graphic Novels. I’ve been collecting them since about 1970, focusing on what was called ‘underground comix’. Authors such as S Clay Wilson, Spain Rodrigues, Vaughn Bode, Richard Corben and the indomitable Robert Crumb. I have a 20 year collection of Heavy Metal magazine starting with issue one from April, 1977.

    Some samples:

    Zap 1.jpg Comix 1.jpg S Clay Wilson.jpg

    I have been thinking of compiling a montage of several artists and starting a thread on them but there is a lot of blood, guts and porno so I’m not sure if it will go over good with the admins. I’ll probably just go ahead and start one up and see if I get spanked.

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    Silver Art Silver Art Bar collector Platinum Bling

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    Yep Spiderman is still my favorite comic superhero. When I restarted buying comics, The following spiderman comics that I bought very recently are a few of the spider man comics that I got my feet wet with after my 20-year hiatus from the hobby:

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    Silver Art Silver Art Bar collector Platinum Bling

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    I have been buying some comic trade paperbacks because there are certain story lines that I like to read and, generally speaking, it is cheaper to get the trade paperback as opposed to getting the individual comics of that storyline since there could be some that might cost $10-$20 or more depending on the characters. However I only have a couple of comic trade paperbacks. These are the only two comic trade paperbacks that I have at the moment:

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    I will concentrate on buying individual comic books that are not part of a big story line and will buy comic trade paper backs if it is a big story line with lots of cross overs (see above pictures for example).
     
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    Put it in the correct forum (safe house) and you should be fine!
     
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    Yes sir, but to a very specialized degree. As a child of the 80s, I am a huge GI Joe fanatic... and everywhere who's a gi joe fan, is a transformers fan. I have both complete original lines of comics for both.
     
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    Yep I remember those comic books especially the Transformers comics. I plan to go back to the local comics shops to find a few of the Transformers comics.

    Actually I had as many as 2500 comics during my earlier collecting years before I sold most of them a long time ago. Most of what I had back then were Spider-Man comics since that was (still is) my favorite super hero. I have about 20 comics from that original 2500 comic collection. During the last month when I started buying old comics again, I bought about 100 comics during that month span plus I bought a bunch of comics (including the ones that I pictured in post # 4 and #5) during the 1st few days of this month.

    I like looking in the $1 comic boxes that the local shops and flea markets might have to see if I can find some good ones that I like to read. I can easily spend hours at a flea market or comic shop looking for comics that I like to read.
     
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    I was always a comic lover, born in 1960.
    Still the era of comics the 60s were.
    My parent had us attending a small Pentecostal church and the parents of some kids there were close friends of my mom and dad.
    The other families dad was a cartoonist for the Jackson, Mississippi newspaper.
    So one day....he allows as to how he had collected comics when going to school to study the art and he wanted to sell them.
    My dad thought it was a bad idea so of course I did not get all of them. I tried though !
    The ones I did not get were the EC Horror comics of which there were many.
    And they were the ones worth the most $.
    And there were some EC War ones etc etc.
    Totally cool.
    I think I did an Ebay sell a number of years ago on the remaining ones I had.

    I had SpiderMan # 2 to near 300 or so as a complete run.
    FantasticFour on another run but not that complete.
    I never was interested so much in the DCs....just Marvels and of course the ECs.
    I noticed a few years ago that prices had gone down and I was tempted to get back into some of the early Marvels.
    But I am a collector ( thread here on GIM ) of antique photos so theres not enough $ to go around.

    Thanks for starting this thread. Brought back some really good memories.
    Speaking of that....So...SA....Gewn or MaryJane...which one was your favorite ?
    :)
    Regards,
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    I also like reading X-Men comics. My favorite X-Men character is Wolverine. My second favorite X-men character is Colossus.

    Earlier today, I came back from another trip to one of the local comic shops and bought some more comic books. Here are some vintage X-men comic books that I bought from today's trip to the comic shop:

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    I could not leave the comic shop without buying some Spider-Man comics:
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    I also bought a couple of Batman trade paper backs:

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    I bought these particular Bateman Trade paperbacks because I like the Knightfall story line which contained many batman cross over comic books. The trade paperbacks made sense to me to buy because it would have been extremely hard (and more expensive) to find every comic of the Knightfall storyline.
     
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    Hystckndle,

    My very first comic that I obtained was a Batman comic book (Detective Comics # 545) which came out in December 1984 (I was 11 years old at that time) That comic book marked my first time into reading/collecting comics. My parents bought a few more comics for me to read during that time but I stopped temporarily since my parents wanted to make sure I was doing well in school which at that time I was not doing well. It was a few years between getting my 1st few comic books in the mid-1980's and 1990 when I started again buying comic books when I was in my late teens and was making better grades in school. From 1990 to 1996 I was reading/collecting comics and I stopped again to concentrate on finishing college and getting (and maintaining) a job and a career. In 1996 I had as many as 2500 comic books but I got rid of (sold) most of them except for about 20 that I wanted to keep and I still have despite 20 years of being away from the comic book hobby. From 1997 until a month ago, I have been away from the comic book hobby for 20+ years and have not bought a comic book during that time until last month when I bought a few comic books from a local flea market vendor that was selling some. From that point up until now, I bought a lot of comic books in which I paid $1-$2 for most of the ones that I bought in the last 4 weeks. That is my short version of my history of myself being into the comic book hobby.

    As for which one was my favorite...............I will say Mary Jane. That was an easy question. LOL!!!!! She looked beautiful in the earlier Spiderman comics. When artist Todd McFarlane took over the artwork for Amazing Spider-Man (starting with Amazing Spider-Man #300??), she looked even more beautiful than before. Gwen was not bad and Liz (in earlier Spider man issues) was not too bad either. As for Betty Leeds (also in earlier Spider-Man issues).............MEH!!!!!!

    Mary Jane, by far, is the best female character of the Spiderman comics IMO.
     
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    And you guys are showing good examples of the difference between a comic book fan and a graphic novels fan. Comic book art follows the story hero and graphic novels art follows the artist.

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    Old comic shop? Nah, you want to get them in the trade paperback form, 4 huge books that have almost every issue from 1984-1987...

    There were a few they couldn't include in the tpb because they had Spider-Man and a few other characters, so I have like three loose issues in addition to those. Hell, at this point I'm willing to sell all 4 of them.
     
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    Thank you for telling me that. The Transformers comics series from 1984 to 1987 is the exact series that I am looking for. I will look for the 4 Transformers tpb. For a series like that, I prefer the tpb form. The 2 comic shops that I went to during this week had some tpb's. When I go back there, I will look for those 4 large books. Thank you again for that information.
     
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    Thank you for explaining the difference. I did not know that. The artist that I really liked is Todd McFarlane who did the artwork for Amazing Spiderman, Spider-Man and Spawn. If I can find a graphic novel of Todd McFarlane art work, then I would buy it. His artwork is awesome IMO. The only Todd McFarlance artwork that I can find is in comic book form (such as Amazing Spiderman) but those comic books with his earlier artwork (mainly Amazing Spider and Spawn titles) are very expensive ($20 - $100 per standard size comic book depending on condition). I do have some Amazing Spider-Man with his artwork but I got them relatively cheap (Between $3 - $3.50 per comic) and it is not his earlier artwork.
     
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    I also wanted to point out some things about the KnightEnd tpb's that I bought today (see post # 10 as reference). I bought the first two volumes today, however there is vol 3 of the knightfall tpb series that I could not find locally. I found it on ebay (between $18 - $20 on the low end) and I plan to buy it on ebay to complete the 3-volume Batman Knightfall tpb series.

    The Knightfall tpb are very large tpb but the first 2 volumes alone contain an equivalent of 52 comic books. I think vol 3 of the series contains an equivalent of 13 comics. The 1st two volumes of the Knightfall tpb cost me $65.74 (includes TN sales tax) which breaksdown to $1.26 per comic book which is cheaper than trying to find all 52 issues.

    Generally speaking, buying the TPB is much cheaper than buying the equivalent individual comic books if a person just wants to buy the storyline and not to have to worry about finding the individual comics to complete the storyline.
     
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    I got back home a few minutes ago from making several visits to 3 comic shops and one local flea market throughout the local area and I bought a total of 27 comic books today. Here are some examples of what I bought:

    Some Spiderman comics that I bought at the local flea market to start my day out with:

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    Spider-Man comics with X-men:
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    I also bought some modern Action Comics (featuring Superman) from various local comic shops:

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    Those above issues are the most recent comics that I have bought and have in my collection at this point. I like the Superman-Doomsday issues (recent and 1990's issues). This fascinates me.

    I also bought Steel which is a spin-off from the Reign of Supermen comic storyline of the 1990's. Here is what that comic looks like:

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    Last and certainly not least, here is an X-Men comic that I bought from one of the local flea markets:

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    I always like X-men especially the earlier x-men comics (mainly mid 1980's to early 1990's issues).

    Today was a very good day comic book shopping. At this point I am going to slow down my comic book buying and start reading some of these.
     
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    Yep. That is a very good find. I did not even know he had this. I might decide to get it down the road. At this point, I have a few of Todd McFarlane Spider-Man comic books from the early 1990's that I bought recently that will satisfy my taste for Todd McFarlane artwork. Thank you for sharing this information.
     
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    I was never a big superhero reader as a kid, I enjoyed the military themed comics like Sgt Rock and GI Combat. I also liked the mystery/thriller/supernatural stuff like House of Mystery, etc...

    Lately, mostly due to successs of many of the marvel movies I have been venturing into X-Men, Wolverine, Punisher books and enjoying them.
     
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    The marvel and dc movies did play a role in slowly getting me back into the comic book hobby. The Spiderman and X-men movies were the best movies IMO. Superman vs. Batman was also a very good movie IMO.

    I like the punisher and he appeared in several spiderman comic books going way back to the earliest appearance was in Amazing Spiderman # 129 (February 1974).

    http://comicspriceguide.com/titles/amazing-spider-man/129/yluqo

    The X-men comic books are also very good, however, the Uncanny X-Men comic run is the best X-Men title of all of the various X-Men comic titles IMO.
     
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    Personally, I'd like to see some more S. Clay Wilson, the Checkered Demon was always one of my favorites.
     
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    Tom, it's been a long time since I've seen your excellent photos of coins. I'm working on a project so I can post some of my favorite artists, and checks will be in there with the worst of 'em. Goldhedge suggested I start off in the correct forum so that's where I'll start it.

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    I am not familiar with the S. Clay Wilson comics. I am mainly a Marvel comic and DC comic person. I will get some independent comics titles that I remember reading/collecting when I was much younger but it will not be many.

    At this point I will concentrate on Spider-Man comics because that is still my favorite character.
     
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    Today, I went did more comic book shopping before I have to go to work later tonight. I went to a couple of comic book shops and a used book store to buy a lot of comics. Most of the comics that I purchased today were Spider-Man but I did buy some other comic book titles that I liked such as:

    Wolverine (my favorite X-Men character):

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    Hardware (from DC/Milestone):

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    The day did not go by without buying Spider-Man comics. Here are 3 of the many Spider-Man comics that I bought today:

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    I did not know how many comics I bought today but I bought a lot. I will have to count them when I get back from work tomorrow morning. Most of them were between $0.75 to $1.50. The spider-man comics cost the most at $2.50 - $3.00 per which was not bad for old spider-man comics IMO. However I did find some good spider-man comics for $1 at one of the 2 comic books shops I went to. Overall it was a good day for me as a comic reader/collector. I will also have to count how many comic books I have overall but I will do that next weekend. I will organize what I have and make a list of particular issues I am looking for. I feel glad that I came back to the comic book hobby. It feels like old times for me.
     
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    Having grown up in that time period, I can say yes, mid 80s to early 90s was simply the best time for comic books.
     
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    I feel the same way on this. I will go further by saying that the best time for comic books IMO was from about 1984 to when Superman was killed by Doomsday in 1993. When I came back to the comic book hobby last month, buying comics from that time span was my 1st priority. Even after a 20-year hiatus from the comic book hobby, I still remember a lot of the comic books that I read when I was much younger. Also the artwork was better on old comic books IMO.
     
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    I'll have to disagree with you here Josey, the art from the old comics was flat, too two dimensional. But I'm looking at 1950 - 1965 era, not from the 80s. It is probably due to my concentration on the intricate artwork found in many graphic novels - often the background details are just astounding.

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    I see your point I regards to the artwork from the 1950-1965 era. I was referring to the artwork from the Marvel and DC comics from the 1980's and early to mid-1990's. I think that a lot of the comic book artwork from the 1980's to mid-1990's looked very good IMO.
     
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    Update: August 11, 2017:

    Another day another wonderful trip to a couple of comic book shops and used book store. I bought a lot of comics today (August 11, 2017) since most of them were between $0.50 to $2.50 each. Here are a select examples of comic books that I bought today:

    Ghost Rider (Vol. 2 issues) and Thor:

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    I usually do not buy Ghost Rider but if the Punisher or Spider-Man are guest stars, then I will buy those comics. I also like certain Thor comics especially if Spider-Man and certain villains are in them.

    Here is an LEO-themed comic that I bought today during today's comic book shopping:

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    I got it for $1 from one of the comic book shops that I went to today. It is something different but apparently it had a limited run since I have only seen 3 others like it.

    Last but certainly not least, I bought several Spiderman comic books. Here are an example of two of them:

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    Actually the comic book title is Marvel Tales. Marvel Tales comic books reprint earlier silver and bronze age Amazing Spider-Man comics. Buying Marvel Tales comics is the best way to buy earlier spiderman comics on the cheap.
     
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    I was into Superman, etc, but the super hero stuff soon got old for me. I started reading Archie comics because all I had were brothers and I wanted to know about girls. Then when I was older I liked Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Anus Clenching Adventure with Harold Hedd.

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    Rand Holmes — he drew primarily Harold Hedd comics. He used Harold to lampoon Canadian political figures. I look at Holms' work as a bit of a crossover from comic book style to the graphic novel arena. I have several books of his work in my collection (including the one pictured above). Here's another one:

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    CrimsonGuardJay,

    I did manage to find two volumes of the Transformers TPB's at a coin shop that I visited yesterday. I bought Vol.1 and Vol.2 yesterday:

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    Transformers Classics Vol. 1 (Reprints of Transformers #'s 1 to # 13) - Paid cover price ($24.99) + TN sales tax for this one.

    Transformers Classics Vol. 2 (Reprints of Transformers #'s 14 to 25) - Paid only $12.50 + TN sales tax for this one because the corner of the front cover was bent.

    I also did some research and found that there are apparently 6 more volumes and I plan to buy the remaining Transformers TPB volumes but I am not in a rush to do so. Thanks for telling me about the Transformers TPB's.
     
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    In addition to the Transformers Classics TPB's that I bought yesterday(see post # 33 of this thread for reference), I bought over 100 comic books (most of them spiderman comics) from various places locally and when I was out of town yesterday (August 12, 2017). Here is a sample of what I bought yesterday:

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    Detective Comics # 545: I managed to find the very 1st comic book that I obtained as a 11-year old kid. I paid more than cover price for it ($2.25) but I bought to bring back memories of my very 1st comic book that I got way back in the 1980's.

    I also bought some Daredevil comics for $0.25 each from a used book store:

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    I like reading select Daredevil issues and that is why I bought some yesterday.

    Of course, most of the comic books that I bought yesterday were Spider-Man comic books. Here is a small sample of the Spider-Man comic books that I bought yesterday from various places:

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    As I mentioned in post #30 of this thread, Marvel Tales comic books reprint older issues of Amazing Spider-Man and other older Spider-Man-related comics. Generally speaking, buying Marvel Tales comic books is a much cheaper way to buy old Spider-Man comic books to read. Trying to find the Silver (and Bronze) age original Spider-Man issues (if you can find them) will be much more expensive. Spider-Man was always my favorite super hero character and that is why I have concentrated on buying Spider-Man comic books.

    Yesterday (8-12-2017), I bought a total of 106 comic books (does not count the two Transformers TPB's that I bought) which is the most number of comic books that I bought in one day.
     
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    Weird thing happened to me a couple months ago. I've never been into comic books, let alone even read one. Not sure where I first saw it, but I noticed there was a new series coming out, "Darth Vader". I grew up in the 70's and 80's, so I have always been a huge Star Wars fan. I decided I was going to pick up this new comic when it was released. Since then, I haven't missed an issue (4 as of now) and I've started two other comic series. Both are indies, I believe, "Pestilence" and "Unholy Grail". I've never been much of a fan of the super hero genre. I've also noticed that several recent shows I've been enjoying were originally comics like "The Walking Dead" and "Preacher". Anyway, I have been thoroughly enjoying my new hobby.

    Also, whilst perusing a couple online comic shops, I saw that there is a new series coming in October called "Taarna". You might remember her as the dino-bird flying vigilante from "Heavy Metal". Can't wait for this one to release.
     
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    Yeah I'd sell you this whole lot for a song... even the originals (they couldn't print the few in there because they have Spider-Man etc...)
     

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    That's ok. I will pass but only because I like the thrill and challenge of hunting for certain comic books. I like hunting for certain comic books the same way I like hunting for '70's silver art bars. Thanks anyway for offering.

    BTW think you for posting the pic of the Transformers Classic TPB's. I have never seen that Transformers Classic TPB version before. I also want to mention that the Transformers Classics Vol. 1 TPB that I posted a picture of in post # 33 does include issue # 3 reprint with Spider-Man in it. I took a look at it and that issue is included in my Transformers TPB. Apparently, the Marvel contract and licensing agreements have been settled before my version of the Transformers Classic Vol 1 TPB with the issue # 3 reprint got published.
     
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    Sometimes that watching a certain TV show or a comic book-based movie is all it takes to get into comic books. That is what happened to me.

    I think that I forgot to mention in my OP of how I got back into the comic book hobby. For me, watching the various comic book movies (Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman vs. Superman, etc) as well as seeing a couple of coin dealers involved in the comic book hobby slowly got me back into the comic book hobby after a 20-year hiatus.
     
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    I forgot to mention that back then in the '80's I did not get the Transformers comics (I probably did not know about them during that time) but I did play with the Transformers toys as well as the Go-Bots toys that came out during that time. I also watched the Transformers cartoon when it came on TV. I think by the time that I realized that the Transformers comic book line existed, it was well into its comic run and I was concentrating on other comic books (such as Spider-Man).

    EDIT: Needless to say, I am planning to catch up on reading the Transformers comic book line by purchasing the Transformers Classics TPB's.
     
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    I'll let you in on a secret... this is one of the best series ever written. GI joe vs transformers (not the 1987 one) but the idw series, I think 2005? I know it's modern, but it's amazing.... a different gi joe and transformers universe (they always existed in the same) but in this one cobra found the ark and took all of them as weapons.
     

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