Swamp Thing #8 (1974)

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Fantastic Four #200 (1978)

Fantastic Four #200

I had already decided to stop buying comics late in 1978 when I saw this one on the rack. I remember thinking how this would be a good comic to end on, a one-on-one confrontation between mortal enemies, Dr. Doom and Reed Richards. (About a year later, I sold my entire collection to a friend for a cool $100. More on this transaction later.) This double length, anniversary comic was written by Marv Wolfman with art by Keith Pollard. The cover featured, fittingly, Jack Kirby artwork. Truly, a worthy finale to my initial collection.

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Original collection, Current collection

Tumbleweeds #1 (1968)

How about a break from the superhero stuff?

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I had several Tumbleweeds paperbacks as a boy, including this one. I enjoyed the folks of Grimy Gulch, the Poohawks and even the 6 7/8 Cavalry. Hildegard Hamhocker’s relentless pursuit of Tumbleweeds always made me laugh. While Tumbleweeds rode off into the sunset in 2007, you can still enjoy a few strips here.

 

Original collection, Current collection

All-Star Comics #63 (1976)

All Star #63

In 1976, DC restarted All-Star Comics. The Justice Society of America was back! I liked the retro feel of these comics, especially the artwork of Wally Wood*. I also liked the way All-Star mixed up older Golden Age heroes (The Flash, Green Lantern, Superman) with younger heroes (Power Girl, Star Spangled Kid).

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For me, the story line peaked with issue #63 as the JSA battle the Injustice League and Zanadu, the god of Chaos, while Dr. Midnite and the Star Spangled Kid try to keep Dr. Fate from dying. In true Golden Age style, Fate dies, only to be accidently revived by Zanadu’s magic of Chaos. Superman and Power Girl drop Solomon Grundy into a volcano. Wildcat, enthralled by the Fiddler, attacks Hawkman. Zanadu summons all of his Lemurian power to destroy the Justice Society and …. What a great comic!

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*I know, I know. It is literally impossible for a guy over the age of 10 to think about All-Star Comics without visualizing Wally Wood’s Power Girl. Here you go:

Power Girl's first appearance, All-Star Comics #58

from All-Star Comics #58

 

Original collection