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I began my comic collecting in 1965, convincing my father to buy me a copy of Superman #179 at The Corner Store in Baptistown, New Jersey. I remember the comic laying flat on the bottom of the big magazine rack with the cover showing Superman delivering bags of cash taken from Fort Knox to a mobster at his secret lair. I was hooked. Having grown up in Frenchtown, N.J., a small town of about 1,000, I was very lucky to have Hummers Tobacco Shop. This wonderful, little store carried penny candies, sports cards, magazines and an excellent selection of comic books. Hummers had a free standing, two-sided, wire comics rack. One side held all DC Comics, the other, Marvels. They also stocked a spinner rack of Dell/Gold Keys, a spinner of Archies and a spinner of Classics Illustrated. Hummers carried ALL the titles. Books would arrive Tuesday and Friday afternoons and Mr. Louis, the owner, had them all checked in and displayed that evening. I remember him smoking a pipe, pulling off and counting old issues for return and replacing empty slots on the rack with the new ones. In the beginning, I loved DC Comics. I read Superman, Batman, Detective Comics, Green Lantern, Flash, Atom, Hawkman, Superboy & World's Finest but my absolute favorites were the team books: Justice League of America and Adventure Comics with the Legion of Super-Heroes. My first JLA issue was #36 and Adventure Comics was #336. Gosh, I loved those titles! I bought as many as I (or my parents) could afford. Twelve cents for one comic was a lot of money to an 8-year old kid in 1965! A couple years later I tried the Marvel line with Fantastic Four #64 being the first. I loved the Hulk in Tales to Astonish. Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, the Avengers, Thor, X-Men...WOW! Life as a kid in the 60s was great! In the 70s, high school and college became priority but I spent time with my hobby. I discovered Doc Savage and began tracking down the Bantam paperbacks. Also the Conan paperbacks by Lancer Books with the wonderful Frank Frazetta covers. Great stuff! The Direct Market (vs. newsstand distribution) took off and comic book specialty stores popped up all over the place. I'd regularly travel 40 minutes to Quality Comics, Jersey's first comic store, in Princeton. Owner Alex Koehn carried everything new (with a reserve service!) plus back issues. Now, I'd never miss an issue! Quality Comics eventually moved to Somerville but I followed Alex there as well. Comic shows became common during the decade. I traveled to New York City and Philadelphia to attend the big Creation Conventions. Over the years, I've had the pleasure of meeting Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, George Tuska, Russ Heath, Jim Mooney, Walter Simonson and many others. In 1990, I quit my 13+ year job with New York Life Insurance Company and became co-owner of a couple of comic shops. One in Bethlehem, PA, the other in Easton, PA. My dream of being an owner was finally realized! The first couple of years were a struggle but the business grew quickly in the early 90s. We had a number of successful store signings. Some of our guests were Lee Weeks (Daredevil & Gambit), Gray Morrow (Power Rangers), Mark Schultz (Xenozoic Tales), Mark Bright (Green Lantern), Rick Parker (Beavis & Butt-head), Ed Polgardy (From the Darkness), Jim Balent (Catwoman & From the Darkness), Bob McLeod (Spider-Man) and others. At the end of 1995, I sold my share of the business and moved my family to South Florida where I became the buyer for the BIG Entertainment/Tekno Comix entertainment retail chain. I left Big E in 1997 and took a job outside the comic industry in the Fort Lauderdale area. In 2010, we moved into the Charlotte, NC area. As of this writing (March 2023), I'm reading just about anything by Garth Ennis, Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis, Jeff Lemire, JMS, Ed Brubaker, David Lapham, Charles Burns plus titles such as: Parker Girls, Geiger/Junkyard Joe & Time Before Time. In trade paperback, I pickup The Nice House on the Lake, That Texas Blood & Saga and others. I cannot believe I've been buying, reading and collecting comics for over fifty-five years. 55 YEARS?!?!? As Stan Lee would say...SHEESH! Today, I'm selling back issue comics from my eBay Store. Send over a want list and I'll see if I can help. This is a wonderful hobby with a rich history. Enjoy it! - - - Jim J. updated 3/25/2023


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Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Adventure Comics #32-#503 Adventure Comics 20362 99
Amazing Spider-Man (Complete) LEGACY Amazing Spider-Man (all) 50534855 98
Aquaman (1962) Aquaman 11132 44
Archie's Pal Jughead (1949) Archie's Pal Jughead 10350 3
Atom #1-#45 THE ATOM 12293 51
Avengers #1-#100 Avengers (SA) 774510 127


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Batman (Complete) LEGACY Batman 10194 253
Brave and the Bold #1-#200 Brave & the Bold 317074 26


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Captain America #100-#454 Capt. America (Silver Age) 10287 183
Captain Atom (Charlton) Captain Atom (SA) 1618 15
Captain Marvel Adventures (1941) Captain Marvel Advs, 10360 31
Casper the Friendly Ghost (1st & 2nd Series) Casper the Friendly Ghost 22239 8
Conan the Barbarian #1-#275 Conan the Barbarian (1970 series) 101125 55
Crime Does Not Pay Crime Does Not Pay 752494 4


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Daredevil #1-#310 Daredevil (SA) 202905 70
Daredevil Comics Daredevil Comics / Silver Streak (Golden Age) 604136945 3
Detective Comics #27-#200 Detective Comics GA 21761 62
Doc Savage Comics (Street & Smith) Doc Savage Comics (GA) 2101083 1
Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom (1962) Doctor Solar (1962) 13938 13
Doll Man Quarterly Doll Man Quarterly (GA) 241900 4
Doom Patrol (1964) Doom Patrol (SA) 1220 31


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Fantastic Four (Complete) LEGACY Fantastic Four comics 34416789 81
Flash #105-#350 Flash (SA) 201193 85
Fox and the Crow Fox and the Crow 10246 3


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Ghost Rider (1950) Ghost Rider (GA) 171750 4
Green Lantern (1960) #1-#89 Green Lantern (SA) 331983 67


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Hawkman (1964) Hawkman (SA) 12905 30
House of Mystery #1-#173 House of Mystery 10612 15
House of Secrets #81-#154 House of Secrets 11240 66


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Incredible Hulk (1962) #1-#6 Incredible Hulk (1st) 116287 157
Incredible Hulk (1968) #102-#474 All Variants Hulk 102 & up 408609 76
Iron Man #1-#332 Iron Man (Silver Age) 201004 133


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Journey Into Mystery Journey Into Mystery / Thor 21724 36
Justice League of America (1963) #1-#100 JLA 334250 33


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Lash LaRue Western Lash LaRue Western 11189 4


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Magnus Robot Fighter (1963) Magnus Robot Fighter 1960s 361288 14
Marvel Golden Record Reprints Golden Record Comics 4100935 24
Marvel Premiere #1-#61 Marvel Premiere 11450 76
My Greatest Adventure My Greatest Adventure / Doom Patrol 11175 12
Mystery In Space (1951) Mystery in Space 10400 20


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Rifleman The Rifleman 210116 5
Romance Trail (1949) Romance Trail 11650 1


Set Type NameSet NameDescComic Count% CompletedScoreRank
Showcase #1-#104 Showcase 21400 116
Silver Surfer #1-#18 Silver Surfer 211639 190
Skyman (1941) Skyman 41001396 1
Son of Satan (1975) All Variants Son of Satan 19150 9
Spy Smasher (1941) Fawcett Spy Smasher (G.A.) 191350 4
Strange Tales #1-#188 (1951) Timely Strange Tales comics 213170 29
Sub-Mariner (1968) Sub-Mariner (Silver Age) 11392 127
Superman #1-#423 LEGACY Superman issues 10320 121
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