There are few things that could be more dangerous to my bank account or credit card limit than Vintage Stock deciding that the month’s buy-one-get-one back issue theme/franchise is the X-Men. And yet, because for some reason the Vintage Stock staff (at both Joplin locations, in fact) aren’t checked out on how exactly the buy-one-get-one discount gets rung up I finished my run having spent just a smidge over fifty-three bucks between the two locations despite the utterly mad pile of comics I’m about to describe to you. Here’s hoping there isn’t any kind of audit that gets someone written-up or fired; I told the nice girl at the counter at the Rangeline location that the total she gave me seemed awfully low, but she didn’t seem too bothered. Oh well, I tried!
So, as has tended to happen with my efforts over the past decade or so, this is exceedingly late — but I didn’t want to miss one of these and turn this into yet another failed effort to get back on the regular writing train, no-sir. I figure at least getting this knocked out before I’ve had a chance to hit the longboxes again will work, and hopefully this coming Saturday we don’t wind up driving back to town super-late, I don’t buy another daunting stack of books, and I don’t crash early from sheer exhaustion. At least, that’s how I remember the night of the 28th, and I think as we go through the stack here, you’ll see at least one of those points is correct.
Let’s look through some comics.