That's not to say that I don't have some books that have a dollar value (though nothing like a colleague--who is a Spider-man fan--who has a valuable and expensive issue of Amazing Fantasy). Most comic books, like baseball cards I suspect, have little value beyond how much each collector treasures them. If the the title is not one I've collected since childhood, like for example Marvel Comics Fantastic Four series, then the "value" I draw from them is in the insight to the times they were produced in offered by the art language and advertisements therein.
As I come across interesting titles, I will periodically share them, along with scans and comment, of your perusal. Up first? Why Young Love of course!
|Young Love, #86, May-June 1971.|
|The story depicted on the cover is the first of three in this issue.|
|You just knew an evil hippie would throw a wrench in the works!|
|As you can see, the selling of a hippie-aesthetic pre-dates the Dave Matthews Band.|
|First she was "impure" and then love made her "pure" again... isn't love grand?|
Note to all fans of literary elements, Greg also uses a bit of allusion in this dandy of a line: "Angel... you're my Earth angel!" (Of course, Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) is a doo-wop classic originally released by The Penguins in 1954.)
Fear not, romance fans, Angel does find love in the form of a jet black maned professional (not the same as the scarf wearing meany-head on the cover) who ultimately finds her pure enough to love "forever."
|As teased on the cover: "Analyze His Handwriting!'... uh-oh, secrets out!|
If you find that you've been bitten by the Young Love bug, just let me know via e-mail and I'll be happy to lend it to you. I you do find out it's worth a gazillion dollars, we'll need to split the profits three ways.