I took a trip to Megacon in Orlando May 25-28, 2017. There were a few motives for this trip, but one necessary reason: If you have not heard, Stan Lee is doing fewer conventions now. Hey, Stan The Man is 94, and he has canceled a few appearances for health reasons. Still, if you want to get anything signed, this is the year to do so. I had something I needed signed.
If you read my previous post, I am a big Marvel comic book reader, and a huge fan Doctor Strange. Last fall I was able to get my hands on my “white whale”: Strange Tales #110. Within its pages is the first appearance of Doctor Strange in a story called “Doctor Strange, Master of Black Magic.” It’s a valuable comic originally published on July 10, 1963. Even in shoddy condition, the book goes for upwards of $1,500. There was no doubt I was going to get this signed. Hence Megacon.
I got in line on Saturday at 10 am. I had three comics with me: Strange Tales #110, Doctor Strange, Vol. 2, No. 1, and Doctor Strange, Vol. 4, No. 1. I wanted to get all three signed. Then I hear a kid and his mom talking behind me in line. He had actually forgotten to bring a comic book for Stan Lee to sign. He was going to have Stan sign his Megacon Convention program. Without hesitation, I pulled Vol. 4, No. 1 out of my bag, handed it to him, and said, “Here. Have Stan sign this.” “Are you sure?” “Absolutely.” I cannot tell you how wide this youngster’s eyes bulged. (Sometimes you just do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do.)
When I finally got to Stan it was almost four hours later. “Hey this is a good one” he said my books were placed in front of him. Then he asked, “Speculator or Collector?” “Collector,” I replied. “Good. Good.” He smiled and signed my comics. Then it was another 40 minutes in line to place my order for CGC grading – a process I went through with Doctor Strange #169 last year.
Now I wait to see how these comics will be graded and from there an approximate value. It should be a few weeks and I will update you when that happens. I’m satisfied. Like many other comic book collectors, finding your white whale and getting it signed is the pinnacle experience.
There’s more about Megacon, including meeting Felicia Day, Eliza Dushku, Nicholas Brendon, and James Marsters, but that will wait for another post. Coming soon. Promise!