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This Week’s Comics Haul 4/22/23 & 5/6/23

I started to write this round-up of the as-ever ridiculous pile of comics I walked away from the two Vintage Stock locations with on the Thursday following that weekend run; it was the first time I’d felt clear-headed and wide-awake during an evening all week long. Heaven knows this ain’t ever happening the night after — no, Saturday evenings after a successful outing are spent doing the ritualistic peeling of all the tape and price tags off the comic bags. Maybe if I’m lucky, actually opening one of the action figures I bought. Deeply silly how exhausting peeling a bunch of labels and tape can be, but after the twentieth time a piece of Scotch tape has decided to rip instead of cleanly come off of a poly bag, I’m sure you wouldn’t want to expend a lot of extra effort for the rest of an evening either …

Then the rest of that week and the following week got away from me, and … well, at first I thought wouldn’t it be funny if I pulled this whole thing off on a Saturday evening, like I said I couldn’t? And, reader, I did manage to finish writing up the pile from April 22nd, but I only managed to get this past weekend’s books unstickered and organized before crashing.

Let’s dig into the piles, shall we?

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This Week’s Comics Haul, 4/8/23

And here I thought my last trip to Vintage Stock was dangerous. What a fool I was! Clearly the worst thing for me is the big holiday buy-one-get-one sale — wherein I think, “oh, yeah, I should totally just indulge myself with a bunch of issues of this series and that; when are they ever going to put, say, Thunderbolts in a category sale?”

Y’know, I didn’t even hit both of them this time. My credit card was stinging so badly from hitting the one at the mall that I just told David, “yeah, let’s just hit Target, then these two Walmarts, get dinner and be done with the trip.” And even then, the Walmarts had a bounty I did not foresee …

(And yes, I’m only finally getting this posted the very morning before the next trip out. It’s been a rough couple weeks, I tell ya.)

Anyway, on to the books!

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This Week’s Comics Haul, 3/12/23

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!

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This Week’s Comics Haul, 2/11/23

So, this week I may have overdone things a bit. Funny thing, February’s buy-one-get-one back issue at Vintage Stock is Batman, but did I buy a single Caped Crusader-starring comic? No, actually how they got me this week is that after pal David grabbed all the Grant Morrison Bat-books he could find for himself, he pointed out to me, “hey, this box I found all those Morrison Batman comics in had a whole bunch of …”

Well, let’s just use that to segue into the list.

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That Week’s Comics Haul, 1/28/23

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.