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Five For Friday #76—From My Cold Dead Hands
posted May 19, 2006

Five For Friday #76 -- Name The Five Things From Your Comics and Comics-Related Stuff Collection You'd Get Rid Of Last

1. Giant painting of Shelton and Tevye.
2. Original Peanuts.
3. Original Smithonian Comic Strip Collection book.
4. Barnaby hardcovers.
5. Beat-Up first edition of Sick, Sick, Sick I've had since I was in the fifth grade.

This subject is now closed. Thanks to all that participate and if I didn't get yours in even though you sent it, just let me know.

David Jones aka Johnny Bacardi

Hope this one gets through to you, and hope it gets to you in time!

1. I own one page of original comics art: a page from THRILLER #5, by Trevor Von Eeden and Dick Giordano. Wouldn't part with it for anything.
2. While I'm on the subject, my run of Thriller 1-12.
3. My copy of the Marvel Starstruck GN that Mike Kaluta autographed.
4. My run of the 60's Spectre.
5. My run of Bat Lash.

God, that leaves a lot of stuff...


Fred Hembeck

I have a healthy percentage of the very first comics I ever bought still in my possession, so I'd certainly be inclined to hold onto a bunch of those for as long as possible. With that in mind...

1. I'd be tempted to save either Superman Annual #2 or the first regular issue I bought, #146 featuring the big guy's origin, but if I had to pick one DC from that era, it's be Superman #149 with "The Death of Superman," a story that can still move me to this day (yes, I'm a big softie!)

2. First Marvel I ever bought, Fantastic Four #4 remains in my wrinkled and gnarly hands, but I think I'd opt instead for Spider-Man Annual #1, to my way of thinking, the single most perfect comic Marvel ever published, all 72 glorious pages of it!

3. I'd hate to let go of any of my vintage Little Lulu, Little Archie, or Dennis the Menace comics, but I think ultimately I'd have to choose one of the latter's dazzling giant travel specials, and as well regarded as Hawaii is -- and as glitzy as the Hollywood trip was--I'll go with Dennis the Menace in Mexico, which I bought off the stands as a first printing before obtaining the others, and was (sadly enough) the memorable vacation I never had as a kid.

4. Although it wasn't my first exposure to EC Comics -- the mid-sixties Ballantine paperbacks were -- that intelligently assembled, beautifully colored and printed, oversized hard-cover collection from Nostalgia Press from the early seventies has long been my single favorite comics compilation, so that one's definitely a keeper!

5. Steranko's History of the Comics, all volumes (has number three come out yet, by the way?...), for any number of reasons, but those magnificent wrap-around covers simply may well be enough!


Will Pfeifer

1. The sixty-plus (!) issues of FROG COMICS I drew during my misspent childhood/adolesence
2. My four-volume MAD collection (the full-color Russ Cochran set) autographed by Harvey Kurtzman
3. A postcard with a small sketch Dan Clowes once sent me


Craig Fischer

An original sketch that Charles Berberian drew for me at the 2003 San Diego Comicon. It's a picture of Cathy, Jean's girlfriend / wife from the M. JEAN volumes, and Charles signed it "Dupuy-Berberian," which I still find both touching and odd. (Now those guys are TRUE collaborators.)

My copy of THE UNSINKABLE CHARLIE BROWN (1967), given to me in the first grade as a Secret Santa present. Everyone needs a gateway PEANUTS, and UNSINKABLE was mine. I later found out that a girl I adored for eight years was the Secret Santa who gave me UNSINKABLE…Paula Licata, where are you? (And no, she didn't have red hair.)

Two plastic tubs holding all the art made by my kids, Nate (9) and Mercer (5). This counts because my son has been obsessively drawing comics since he was a toddler. (Look for Nate’s strip, MAIN STREET, coming to newspapers in 2026!)

A comics page called "Formula Fun!" drawn by Chris Williams. Chris was a student of mine in a comics class I taught in 2002, and he drew the page for me because I loaned him all my collected volumes of LOVE AND ROCKETS. In "Formula Fun!" Chris stays up all night at the drawing board, hammering back Pabst Blue Ribbon and trying (but failing) to swipe Jaime's style. "She’s only a couple of lines on paper, right? What could be so hard? But then again, those lines are freakin' perfectly drawn..."

My coverless copy of FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #6 (Annihilus! The Borers! The birth of Franklin!), given to me by a neighborhood kid, Gabby Madonia, who eventually passed on all of his comics to me. My gateway Kirby, complete with a psychedelic double-splash of Reed, Ben and Johnny plunging into the Negative Zone.


Jackie Estrada

A tough one! There are many more than five items that I would never part with. But off the top of my head:

1. Various notes, letters, and envelopes from Alex Toth.
2. A hand-drawn, hand-colored birthday greeting to me from Will Eisner.
3. A copy of The Future of Being Human, an anthology of psychology-related short stories that I edited (along with Davey Estrada) back in 1977 that is autographed to me by Theodore Sturgeon and Robert Heinlein on the title page and that has signed drawings by Carl Barks and B. Kliban on the back end papers.
4. An original Katy Keene splash page featuring the Boss Man himself, Bill Woggon.
5. A Shary Flenniken color original featuring Trots and Bonnie at the San Diego Comic-Con and done especially for me.


Matthew Craig

1. Essential Spider-Man Vol. 1
2. Watchmen
3. Transmetropolitan
4. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
5. The Spider-Man hat my friend Liz knitted for me.

(this list assumes that my own comics have survived the cut; if not, all bets are off)


Aaron Dumin

1. Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics Hardcover
2. The Hokusai Sketchbooks: The Manga Slipcase Hardcover
3. Comix 2000 L'Association Hardcover Collection
4. Original 2 volume slipcase edition of The Comic Strip Century
5. Ted McKeever's Eddy Current Hardcover Collection


Gary Esposito

1. Original drawing of Mandrake the Magician autogrphed by Lee Falk.
2. My 3D Spider-Man painting that I built when I was 8 yrs old (In bad condition).
3. My plastic Dr. Zeus 'Planet of the Apes" Bank I received when I was 6 yrs old (Hey, there were comics!).
4. Daredevil "Love and War" Graphic Novel autographed by Miller and Sienkiewicz (Still my favorite).
5. Though it's not comics or comics-related, the one thing I'll never get rid of is the entire run of hardcover Hardy Boys Mysteries from the late 60's and early 70's (with blue spines) that my grandmother bought for me to learn how to read. I'll take those to my grave.


Christopher Duffy

1. Peanuts Treasury -- not technically mine, but my family's. I took it though. I'm so bad.
2. Paintings by my siblings of Bud Man and Spider-Man (the latter was a Christmas present)
3. Origins, Sons of Origins, Bring on the Bad Guys -- my childhood bibles...
4. my portfolio carrier thing stuffed with Sunday newspaper strips
5. A complete Dan DeCarlo Betty and Veronica story (original boards!) from the early 60s.

That list is off the top of my head. If I think about it too much I'd keep EVERYTHING, like Steve Martin grabbing item after item in "The Jerk" saying "all I need..."


Charles Hatfield

1. Kamandi #1-36, especially #1 and #32
2. Fantastic Four #50, autographed by Joe Sinnott
3. Love & Rockets Vol. 1 #1-50
4. A bunch of DC and Marvel treasury-sized reprints from childhood
5. A still-unfilled convention sketchbook


Sean T. Collins

1. The page from Blankets that Craig Thompson gave us (the first he gave to anyone); he drew a portrait of my wife on the back.
2. My autographed copy of Elektra Lives Again.
3.-5. Some combination of my "desert island" books--The Dark Knight Returns, Watchmen, Black Hole, Sin City, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Palomar, Poison River, Eightball #22...

The book I was probably the most sentimental about--the beat-up trade paperback of The Dark Knight Returns with the computer-illustrated Batman on the cover that the one kind who listened to PiL in my sixth-grade class stole from his older brother and gave to me because he knew I liked the Tim Burton Batman movie--I gave away in college to a friend whose friend had been murdered. She loved it. For unrelated reasons, we don't speak anymore.


Andrew J. Mansell

1. Original Terry and the Pirates Sunday from 1942
2. Original Schulz drawing of Snoopy
3. Complete run of Johnny Hazard Sundays in color
4. Comics Revue 1- 240+
5. Complete run of Nemo The Classic comics Library