Another minor collecting milestone as I labor to finish my collection of FANTASTIC FOUR by Jack Kirby. Now that I have this issue, #80, I have all of them from #68 through #102. I only have to pick up five or six issues to complete my run from #21 through #102.
Sometimes when I look at building the collection an issue or two at a time, I am reminded of my days as a comic book dealer when I would buy and sell wonderful rare comics at a rapid clip. In my earlier days as a comics dealer, I would barely notice issues of Fantastic Four over #25. They were that common in my stock of back issues that I didn't consider anything higher than #25 worth a second glance.
Now, as a civilian, things have changed. For one, I get a much bigger kick out of the books now than I ever did when I looked at them mainly as only a commodity to be bought and moved out as quickly as possible for a profit.
How things change.