Comic Book Men: Comic Charades
by Ashley Binion
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
The first guy who came into The Stash brought in a 2007 Megatron G-1 reissue. It transforms into a Walther P38, which is a German handgun. It was based off of the pistol seen in the television series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The man’s main selling point on the item was that “You would never be able to buy this toy in America because of laws that you can’t sell a toy gun that looks like a real gun.”
After he said that, the first thing that popped into my mind was they wouldn’t be able to sell it, so why would they even consider buying it? Three seconds later, Brian asked Walt the same thing. But Kevin argued that there is a market for banned toys. The man wanted to sell it for $250, but Walt wouldn’t go any higher than $120. The man couldn’t sell it for that low of a price, so he left. I found the whole exchange pretty sketchy.
The next man who came into the store wanted to sell a Sub-Mariner George Perez sketch. Perez worked on The Avengers and Crisis on Infinite Earths. So, they brought in Anthony Snyder, an art dealer, to price the piece. He priced the sketch at $250 retail, but Walt bought it for $175. The sketch was in great condition, but I would think that since it had the man’s name it, it would detract from the price of the piece. And Walt got another piece for a great price.
A woman came in asking to buy the first appearance of Bat Girl, Detective Comics #359. Bat Girl was created by request of the Batman television show. From 1989 till 2011 she became Oracle, a symbol for the physically-challenged in comics. Walt wanted to sell it for $375, but the woman talked him down to $340.
The last seller who came in was one of Walt’s friends, Monster Bill. He wanted to sell The Bride of Frankenstein Model Kit. It was released in 1935 and again in 1966, but the mold was damaged preventing a reissue in 1969. Monster Bill wanted to sell it for $1,500 but Walt couldn’t buy it for that much. So, instead he took the guys out to his van full of monster stuff.
Walt found a Monsters Frightening four pack in his van. It was a reissue from the sixties and was created as a Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive, which was limited to 5,000 pieces. Walt bought it for $175. I thought it was adorable how jealous Brian was of Monster Bill.
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars