Home > Commentary and Features
Five For Friday #39 -- I Still Think of You, My Funnybook
posted July 22, 2005
From Jeff: Name Five Books You Loaned Or Lost And Never Got Back
1. Sick, Sick, Sick
2. Love is Hell
3. Yummy Fur #1-8
4. The Cowboy Wally Show
5. Albuquerque Ben
1. Uncanny X-Men #115-165
2. Will Eisner's The Dreamer (signed edition)
3. Batman: Year One
4: Why I Hate Saturn
5. V for Vendetta #1-12
Alan David Doane
1. ORIGINS OF MARVEL COMICS -- Loaned to the boyfriend of an ex-girlfriend who shared an interest in comics. He moved away and took the book with him. The book was a Christmas gift from my parents in the late 1970s that I read in utter wonderment by the light of the Christmas tree as everyone else slept that morning. There's not much I wouldn't give to have that copy back, although I do have a later printing that I acquired a year or two back. It's not quite the same, though.
2. CEREBUS, near-complete collection -- File this under "lost," when I sold it cheap to my friend Marshall in one of my periodic exoduses (exodii?) from comics. He later lost it, too, and probably regrets it as much as me.
3. FACTOR C -- A hand-drawn and hand-stapled comic book that I created in high school and college, thinly veiled autobio that integrated a fictional local crime ring (headed up by the aforementioned Marshall as "H the Unspeakable") and owed a heavy debt to Frank Miller's Daredevil. I have no idea whatever happened to those.
4. THE COMICS JOURNAL, near-complete collection. When my wife and I moved house in the mid-'90s, some 150 or so TCJs were left in the trunk of my car. I meant to bring them in eventually, but had no idea the trunk wasn't waterproof. One rainstorm later, here's a trunk full of multi-coloured cornflakes.
5. Autograph Book -- In the 1970s, my parents mailed a blank autograph book to the offices of Marvel Comics. It was signed and sketched by Stan Lee, Dave Cockrum, Jim Shooter, and at least a dozen other Marvel stalwarts -- some doing full, pencil-ink-colour finished drawings in it. Later I had Dave Sim draw Cerebus in it (I think at a FantaCon in the '80s in Albany). Again, no idea whatever happened to this book. It was blue and about 4X6 inches, so, if you have it, that's where it came from, whoever you are.
McSweeny's Quarterly Concern #13 signed by Seth and Adrian Tomine
Doom Force Special #1 (that early 90s comic where Grant Morrison and a bunch of artists made fun of Rob Liefeld and X-Men)
Jimmy Corrigan, Smartest Boy on Earth
Hellboy: Wake the Devil
Patrick Lee Dean
1. Corto Maltese Vol. 2 (NBM) - I lent it to a friend who up and moved to Italy all of the sudden.
2. A Cracked Summer Special I left in a Payless Shoe Store while my mom was shopping when I was a kid. I remember it had a Bill Wray cover.
3. A MAD Special I left in a theater that I was reading before seeing Total Recall.
4. Another Mad Super Special from 1984 was missing for awhile until I asked my mom if she'd seen it. She threw it out since she was offended at something gross Al Jaffee drew.
5. 4th Printing of the very first Peanuts collection- It was from 1953 and had the first year or so of the Peanuts strips, having a blue cover with Snoopy's picture being taken and a very pissed Carlie Brown behind him. In college, this girl who loved Snoopy with two Peanuts-related tattoos came over one afternoon to my apartment for some reason, and I showed her this book. I let her borrow it, since I kind of had a crush on her. She said she lost it and later claimed she'd found it, handing me a beat up Peanuts paperback from the 70's. I called bullshit and that was that. I run into her sometimes and she still claims she has no idea where it is. LESSON; Never lend a book out to someone you hardly know who is a fanatic about the book's subject matter. They'll probably keep it.
The kid who got me into reading super-hero comics in the first place, Chucky, used to lend me his to read, and so I lent him mine. Not long into this exchange program, due to my enthusiastically buying most EVERYTHING, things tilted wildly in his favor: he didn't have anything more for me, but I sure had plenty for HIM! I could certainly go far beyond these five, but this'll just give you an idea of the way things went...
1. Amazing Spider-Man #1 (and 2, 7, 9 and 10...)
2. Fanatstic Four #7 ( and 9, 11, 15, 18, and 22)
3. Avengers #1 ( and 2, and 4)
4. X-Men #2
5. Flash #123 (Flash of Two Worlds)
Yeah, not ALL nostalgic memories of comics are warm and fuzzy, that's for sure...
There is but one. The Cowboy Wally Show
, 1st printing, purchased about a month after it was released. I’m not too manly to say reading that book for the first time at age, what, 13.5, 14 maybe, marked the very last time I laughed until I wet my pants. I weep still for the loss.
1. Complete set of Viz Lone Wolf and Cub
2. Complete set of Watchmen
3. Complete set of V for Vendetta
All to the same guy, because he was an aspiring artist. I never loaned out anything after that. I'm not the least bitter, I just learned that there are very few people you can loan irreplaceable things to if you're not willing to lose them; that's just the way people are.
#24 (?) - featured a story called "The Kid Who Collected Comic Books" (or something similar) about a kid who collected so many comic books he became able to duplicate the super-powers of any of his heroes. The sight of the kid surrounded by towering stacks of funnybooks had a very strong effect on my young mind.
2. Amazing Spider-Man
#129 - bought for ten cents while on vacation in Bangor, Maine at a store which had a bunch of old comics in newsstand-fresh condition; later sold (at a considerable profit) for rent money.
3. Amazing Spider-Man Annual
#15 - also sold for rent money.
4. Super Friends
5. The Brave and the Bold