Plattsburgh Man Builds Himself a Sizable Collection of Quality Comics


The Plattsburgh Press-Republican interviewed a guy in New York who’s got quite a comics collection accompanied by memorabilia, and I’m decidedly pleased by what he says was his first personal purchase:



“Pip’s Room,” a man den filled with 15,000 comics and associated memorabilia, was 40 years in the making. As a boy, Scott Rivers picked up the occasional comic book with his parents at a drugstore.


Here’s the part that got my attention:


Scott was fortunate to be able to snag firsthand pick of whatever comics came in.

“Spider-Man was the first one I bought for myself,” he said.

“That was the Amazing Spider-Man #120. It was a battle between Spider-Man and the Hulk.”

Marvel Comics published it May 1, 1973.

“In that title, they had an appearance of the Incredible Hulk in it. They started out in a little bit of a fight, but of course later on, they are on the same side. They are not enemies.”



I think that story took place in Quebec, Canada, and came shortly before Gwen Stacy’s curtain call. And, as I’d said in an earlier post about a store manager who’s a Spider-fan, I’m glad when something that isn’t Batman is cited as a favorite, though again, I’ll still be much happier if and when somebody comes along who can cite Superman as a great pastime to boot. For now, I am pleased that Spidey gets some attention, since Peter Parker’s world doesn’t emphasize what Bruce Wayne’s does to the max, and, Spidey’s world often employed much more sci-fi elements than Batman’s does.


Originally published here

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1