Beauology 101: Comic Book Time Capsules

Beau Smith “C’mere, Give Us A Big Comic Book Hug!”

Beau Smith “C’mere, Give Us A Big Comic Book Hug!”


by Beau Smith

When I attend a comic book convention or go into a comic book store, it makes me wonder not just what’s new or if I’m going to run into a friend of mine, but more so about the back issue I’m pondering on buying.

 Daredevil #5 Is Beau Smith’s Name On The Inside Of This Comic Book?


Daredevil #5 Is Beau Smith’s Name On The Inside Of This Comic Book?


Let me be a little more clear if that’s even possible. Recently, I was at my local comic book shop, going through the back issues. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, just looking. Every now and then, I like to find a favorite issue from my past that means something special to me, one that might be in a little better shape that the one I have at home in my collection. I don’t do this because I’m a hardcore collector or anal about condition, I do it to capture a little of “The Thrill Of The Hunt” that I used to feel when I would travel from supermarket to drug store trying to find ANY comic book.

Anyway, now and then I will find some oddball comic book that I don’t own, or as mentioned above, one that’s in better condition than the one I already own. Memories will flood through my brain as I look at the issue and remember the first time I bought that comic, or in the case of one that I didn’t have, I ask myself how did I ever miss it?

Back Issue: “Where Have You Traveled?”

Back Issue: “Where Have You Traveled?”


Just that moment alone is worth the time and effort of digging through the long box. With technology as advanced as it is today, I wonder what it would be like to be able to track the purchased life of the comic book I hold in my hands. I wonder what it would be like if it had a chip in the pages or a bar that you could scan and see the personal journey this comic book had been on since it was placed on the shelf, or spinner rack, from its first day on sale.

That data would show up on your computer, your iPad, Smart Phone or device, and you could see the path it took and how long it stayed at each purchase. I guess it would kinda be like a CarFax for vehicles. You could call it a “ComicFacts” (Somebody trademark my idea…Quick!)

Speaking only for myself, I would find this of great interest. Call me weird or whatever, I’m just being honest with you. I’ve always enjoyed comic books, not just the story and art, but they whole process both creative and business.

If you had this information, you’d know if the comic book was a “One Owner” or a “Journeyman” comic that had been passed around a lot. You could see how far a comic book had traveled. For example, it was originally sold new in San Diego, California, in 1967, and now in 2016 it is in a comic book shop in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. I would find that so interesting. It would also add to the comic book’s history. If you collect anything, you know that a lot of times the history or backstory to your item is sometimes the most interesting.

 Future Quest #1 Will YOUR Name Be On The Inside Of This Comic Book?


Future Quest #1 Will YOUR Name Be On The Inside Of This Comic Book?


I’ve mentioned before in some of my columns that as a kid, I used to write my name, the date, and where I bought a comic on the inside page of the comic book. Many decades later, when I’d go through my collection, I’d come across these comics, these “time capsules,” and it sure makes me smile and remember. I’d love for you as a reader to be able to share that same joy with your comics.

Who knows, maybe the next back issue you buy at a convention or comic book store will have my name and purchase data inside. Be honest, after reading this, wouldn’t that make you smile?

Enjoy comic books, my friends.

Beau Smith

The Flying Fist Ranch

www.flyingfistranch.com

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