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.