Jaws1965

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Jaws1965's Bio
Hello, CGCers!
Now that I’m almost 60 years old, I’ve been reflecting on my love of comics—first as a reader (like many kids in the early 70’s), then as a collector—over the past 45 years. I hope my stroll down memory lane evokes some fond memories and reflections of your own.

I was a born a military brat, and in 1971-72, we were stationed in Germany. Dad was a buck sergeant in the Air Force, and payday was magical. We'd go to the Ramstein Air Force Base Exchange (BX) bookstore, and I'd get to pick out a handful of comics and one Hardy Boys book. Fifty years later, I can still remember the smell of that bookstore. Early on, I loved Gold Key and Harvey comics such as Turok Son of Stone, Magnus Robot Fighter, Star Trek, Space Family Robinson, Richie Rich, Hot Stuff, Little Dot, Casper, Uncle Scrooge, Boris Karloff, Twilight Zone, Dark Shadows, Gyro Gearloose, Walt Disney Comics and Stories, and so on. My dad liked superhero comics (mostly Marvel), but those stories were beyond me at the time. I just couldn’t wrap my head around serial story arcs. I remember looking at the pictures though…some of those monsters left an indelible impression that endures today. Morbius the Living Vampire, Werewolf by Night, Swamp Thing, and the Man-bat are indelibly etched in my mind. I also remember wrestling with my dad…super-hero style! I was usually the Hulk, and he was always the Silver Surfer.

In the summer of 1973, right after I finished 2nd grade, we moved back stateside, and my dad was assigned to Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas. This summer is my first conscious memory of spending my own money for comics. I'd plop down my allowance or chores money at 7-11, Magic Mart, Weingartens Grocery, or Chambers Drug…back when 50 cents bought two comics and a few pieces of bubble gum. By age 10, I was heading out to buy comics on my own. I remember pedaling my bike through the damp summer heat, sometimes to two or three different stores, emerging with a paper sack of comics tucked under my sweaty arm or even curled tightly around my handlebars (argh!). Sometimes, I'd spend a dime for one of the long, flat Jolly Ranchers (they only came in Fire, Watermelon, and Green Apple flavors…do they even make these anymore?) -- or a quarter for a Guillow’s balsa wood glider. But the comics usually came first.

Family vacations were a great opportunity to pick up more comics. On road trips, we'd stop at Stuckey's, which were ubiquitous in the 1970’s. Stuckey’s sold all kinds of tourist/traveler garbage, but back then, they also sold comics in three-packs! (These were usually the Whitman reprints of Gold Key titles). And even more awesome, these comics didn't come out of my allowance. I'd read happily for hours in the back seat, while my sister played with her etch-a-sketch or colored, and my parents drove and smoked.

Alas, most of my comics from this era are long gone – as my tastes changed, these books became trading fodder for “more mature” comics. More on that later…

By the mid-70’s, I started to become interested in some DC vanilla superhero stuff, such as Superman and Action Comics (Curt Swan era). I distinctly remember buying World of Krypton #1 off the spinner rack at Magic Mart. After Superman, I had a brief foray into The Flash (Cary Bates era).

However, I have to say became a *real* collector (i.e., wanting to collect a complete series) in 1977 when I discovered Marvel's 24-issue Godzilla run (Doug Moench/Herb Trimpe). I was 12 years old when I bought Godzilla #9 (he trashes the Hoover Dam, then moves on to Las Vegas) at my local Quick Shop, and I still have that well-read and beloved copy (probably a 4.0, haha!). Ah, those days...Godzilla, Shogun Warriors, Micronauts, the Human Fly, ROM, and Battlestar Galactica. Godzilla also represents the first time I ever sent off for a back-issue comic (from a J&S comics advertisement in a Marvel comic), ordering issues #1-8, and #10-11.

Marvel superheroes were next, and I started with Amazing Spider-man (right around issue #200) and Fantastic Four (around issue #215). It was also in the 1978-1980 timeframe when I learned the impact of preserving the condition with my books, although I still had a lot to learn. But my world changed when I bought my first X-men comic off the rack. I still remember…it was nighttime, and I purchased issue #136 at Weingartens Grocery store. I had no idea until then that comic art could be so beautiful. I had read a friend's copy of #112 a few years earlier, which I had thought was really scary, but I had forgotten about it (Remember how issue #112 ends…the X-Men are captives of then-still-evil Magneto, and their synapses are scrambled, rendering them as helpless as babies? Brr!)

Starting with that issue #136, I went crazy, collecting avidly for about nine years (1977-1986). I focused primarily on Marvel, with a smattering of DC interests. At the end of the 1970's, I, along with everyone else had absolutely fallen in love with the immortal Claremont/Byrne X-Men. X-men #138 (Exit Cyclops) was the first time I purchased multiple copies of a comic (x2 for #138-142), and then I nuts, buying ten copies of #143. (I still have 9 copies to this day, and my best copy fetched a nice 9.8 WP). I was heartbroken when Byrne left.

I continued to enjoy Spider-man as well during this time, and Fantastic Four rocketed to the top when Byrne took over. I added in the Miller Daredevil run (#186 was my first off-the-rack, and I scrambled to get back issues), as well as the classic Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titans series (I had purchased #1, but none since, then #21, so the same drill to retrieve back issues). I collected hard for the next 5 years, through the end of high school and into college, focusing mainly on new issues, with only an occasional flirtation into back issues.

In early 1986, things shifted again. It was my junior year in college, and a general malaise and burnout had been creeping up on me for a while. The continuing proliferation (by Marvel and DC) of 4-issue mini-series, crossovers, etc. was overwhelming. Secret Wars II was in full swing. I was buying about 2/3 of the Marvel titles, and the cost in terms of time and expense of reading, bagging and inventorying was beginning to outweigh my enjoyment of the content. Despite all that, two specific storylines firmly triggered my departure. I was still a big X-Men fan, and I had always liked Cyclops and Storm (my second and third favorites respectively, behind Wolverine of course). I was already pissed about Storm with a Mohawk and no powers, and I deeply missed the elegant and beautiful Storm of the Byrne era. When a powerless Storm defeated Cyclops in hand-to-hand combat in issue #201, I just couldn’t swallow it. When Jean Grey returned in Fantastic Four #286 and Avengers #263 I was appalled…I didn’t care about the distinction that it wasn’t Phoenix; I felt cheated. So with those pivotal January 1986 issues, I completely quit buying new comics for 26 years.

I still had my collection, meticulously stored in 1 mil gerber mylites within the gray, flip-top acid-free boxes but without boards (I used the acid-free boards only as dividers in those days, so I could see the back cover, and plus they were expensive). My collection sat, dormant and waiting, in the bottom of my mom’s closet in Arkansas, for 26 years.

Nowadays, I'm 58 years old and have been retired from a 23-year career in the U.S. Air Force since 2016. I returned to the hobby in late 2012 after almost 27-years (although I kept all my old books during that time). So, I missed the '90's glut and industry meltdown. Alas, I also missed NM #98 and ASM #300 ...

I've currently got about 5,000 comics (as mentioned above, I didn't shed a single book during the hiatus). 1977-1986 Marvel dominates my collection, with a smattering of early bronze and silver age stuff I picked up in the late 70's and early 80's, as well as the last ten years. I've also picked up quite a few modern books since I returned to the hobby. (I do have a small handful of GA books, but nothing significant or noteworthy.)

For CGC comics, I've almost completed my run of new X-men #94-143 (just missing Annual 4 and GSXM 1), filling in a few gaps in Amazing Spider-man 150-300, pre-1980 Conan books. I also have a complete run, all 9.8 WP, of the 1977-1979 Marvel Godzilla collection (check it out!)

From December 2012 to fall 2020, I visited my local comic shop every Saturday morning. There’s a wide range of customers, but the majority were male Gen-Xer’s with a bit of disposable income like me. From the modern stuff, I've enjoyed Walking Dead, Amazing Spider-man (I even liked Superior Spider-Man), Thief of Thieves, Saga, Alex and Ada, Lazarus, Manifest Destiny, and Uber. I also usually contribute to my LCS business by picking up a few back issues, when I can find something in mid-high grade. Occasionally, I’ve picked up a few gems that have gone straight to CGC! One great pickup was a Conan Annual #1 for $10 that (after a CCS press) graded out as a 9.8 OW/W, and an Avengers #116 for $20 that got a 9.6 WP!

Thanks for reading --- please check out my CGC collection!



    

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Alex + Ada (2013) Image Jaws' Alex + Ada Awesome story. My wife enjoye (...) 12024 2
Alpha Flight (1983) Jaws' Alpha Flight comics! John Byrne, one of my favorite (...) 32480 31
Amazing Adventures #1-#10 (1970) Jaws' Amazing Adventures I bought #1 raw at my LCS for (...) 110158 20
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 1-74 (12 Cent Issues) Jaws' 12-cent Spideys! I wish I had a million dollars (...) 45997 15
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) 1-100 Jaws' Oldest Spideys! Again...to be a multimillionai (...) 762052 319
Amazing Spider-Man #1-#441 Jaws' ASM #1-441 I need to work on fleshing thi (...) 38710416 97
Amazing Spider-Man #101-#200 Jaws' Bronze Age Spideys! I really need to work on this (...) 551398 206
Amazing Spider-Man #201-#300 Jaws' Bronze-Copper Age Spideys! Some good ones here! KEYS!! (...) 19195886 44
Amazing Spider-Man #301-#400 Jaws' ASMs #301-#400 I don't have too many here (...) 66520 65
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) All Variants Jaws' 2014 ASMs! The main reason I created this (...) 21265 45
Amazing Spider-Man (Complete) LEGACY Jaws' Basic ASM set One of my all-time favorite ch (...) 50511171 199
Amazing Spider-Man (Complete with Variants) LEGACY Jaws' Amazing Spider-man Long way to go to finish this (...) 50211171 101
Avengers #1-#250 Jaws' earlier Avengers! Just three comics so far... 41516 158
Avengers #1-#503 Jaws' Avengers! Just one comic so far... 61586 192
Avengers (1996) All Variants Jaws' Avengers v#2 collection The now-infamous Rob Liefeld c (...) 21370 5

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Battlestar Galactica (1979) Jaws' Battlestar Galactica! I bought the 23-issue series o (...) 1496 25
Black Panther (2018) All Variants Jaws BPs It was a gift. 1132 2

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Captain America #100-#200 Jaws' early Caps! Just one book so far... 10267 111
Captain America #100-#454 Jaws' Capt Americas! Just one so far... 10267 188
Captain America (2005) All Variants Jaws' lonely 9.9 CA comic Only one, but hey, it's a (...) 1050 67
Conan the Barbarian #1-#275 Jaws' Conan collection I always loved Conan. 931544 46
Creatures on the Loose Jaws Creatures! Classic early bronze age marve (...) 13176 15
Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) Jaws' Crisis Comics 216208 66

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Daredevil (Complete) LEGACY Jaws' Daredevils complete! DD has always been one of my f (...) 2336051 22
Daredevil (Complete with Variants) LEGACY Jaws' Daredevils Bronze/copper age Daredevils! 2326051 16
Daredevil (1964) 158-191 Miller Run Jaws' DD Miller! Great run from the late bronze (...) 16434490 47
Daredevil: End of Days Jaws' DD End of Days Awesome story (out of main Mar (...) 21064 3
Dawn Mini-Series & One Shots Jaws' Dawn Comics What an incredibly sexy lady.. (...) 22195 13
Devil Dinosaur #1-#9 Jaws' Devil Dinosaurs! There can be only one! 333260 10
Doctor Strange (1974) Jaws' Doctor Strange (1974) incomplete set 2288 57

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Edge of Spider-Verse (2014) All Variants Jaws' Spider-Verse 2! Bought this at my LCS when it (...) 15747 38

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Fantastic Four #232-#292 (Byrne) Jaws' Byrne FF set John Byrne at the zenith of hi (...) 1625764 17
Fantastic Four (Complete) LEGACY Jaws' basic Fantastic Four run 2631909 254
Fantastic Four (Complete with Variants) LEGACY Jaws' Fantastic Four collection! incomplete, but working on it 2621909 64
Fantastic Four Lee-Kirby #1-#102 Jaws' early FF's 32356 291
Flash #105-#350 Jaws' Flash Comics! I bought this on a whim, and d (...) 1090 207
Flying Saucers (Dell) Jaws Flying Saucers I discovered this short, large (...) 51001073 1
Four Color (Gold/Silver Age) Jaws' Four Color 1035 86

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Gene Autry Comics Jaws' Gene Autry Comics 1030 9
Godzilla (1977) Jaws' Godzilla Comics! All WHITE Pages! This was the (...) 241002075 4
Grimm Fairy Tales (Complete with Variants) LEGACY Jaw's Grimms complete. 1044 82
Grimm Fairy Tales Presents Call of Wonderland Jaw's Grimms I bought this in the midst of (...) 1744 4

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Howard the Duck (1976) Jaws' Howard! Just bought the one comic on a (...) 25212 60

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Incredible Hulk (1968) #102-#474 All Variants Jaws' hulks (basic series) Favorite hulk artists: Trimpe (...) 2075 357
Incredible Hulk (Complete with Variants) LEGACY Jaws' hulks complete w/ variants Hulk's never been my favor (...) 2075 54
Infinite Crisis Jaws' Infinite Crisis I bought a graded #1 9.8 WP $2 (...) 1435 33
Iron Fist #1-#15 Jaws' Iron Fist! The Adventures of Daniel Rand, (...) 16150 138
Iron Man #1-#332 Jaws' Iron Man #1-332 My definitive Iron Man artist (...) 51625 159

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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Jack Kirby's Fourth World Jaws' Jack Kirby's 4th Worlds I was drunk when I bought this (...) 1424 2
Judge Dredd (Eagle) You be the Judge! I bought this comic raw, at my (...) 12400 6
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