Event Auction Highlight: Flynn's Crypt Collection
ComicConnect is very excited to introduce the Flynn's Crypt Collection. Here are the consignor's own words about their collection -- "I remember the first thing I ever collected. Christmas Day 1978 my uncle Tim sent me a complete box of baseball cards. I opened them all, sorted them by teams, then by number, back to team, and so on. But it was December, and there were no more baseball cards available. I lived on Bitburg Air Force Base in Germany, and there was a small PX and an even smaller toy store where I could buy comics, only a few though. I was able to get the Giant Size Star Wars when it came out after the movie, and the rest were Sgt. Rock and the Unknown Soldier. There really wasn’t much else on an Air Force base at that time.
By 1982 my allowance was three dollars a week, so I could go to the local bookstore and get five 60 cent comics from the spinner rack, and I distinctly remember being so excited to get New Mutants #1 because A) they were my age and B) it was the first X-title I could collect the entire run on. We moved to San Antonio the next year, and I was able to go to a real comic shop that had back issues. I bought what I could afford, Demon, X-Men, the Wolverine 4-shot, Daredevil, and any old beat up Silver Age books by Kirby. Shortly thereafter I picked up skateboarding and soon after that, Punk Rock. I still purchased comics occasionally, but they petered off, and as we moved every 2-3 years in the Air Force, every move came with a purging of all non-essential items. My comics were always given away.
Of course, a collector is always a collector. I’ve collected punk records, I’ve saved my broken skateboards, and I learned to draw by copying Pushead and VCJ all day and night. I started collecting vintage Halloween plastic and bought some Godzilla toys. Over the years, my love of monsters came back full force. I bought all the vintage monster and Halloween toys I could find and opened a deep well into collecting Japanese Kaiju and Tokusatsu figures that eventually led to opening Super7, my retail stores in California. We started setting up at San Diego Comic Con, and I was able to see all the heavy hitter comic books in person for the first time in my life. Eventually, I came back to comics, because I finally saw something I had never seen before— Pre-Code Horror comics. Now mind you, I wasn’t intrigued by what I was supposed to be buying. I didn’t care for the ECs, and I didn’t much care for Atlas. I didn’t want a murder scene cover or a beheading, and I didn’t care if the book was used in SOTI. I wasn’t here for shock value, I was here for the MONSTERS, and the weirder and wackier the better. Comic Media, Fox, Ace, Ajax, Farrell, Youthful, Star, Fawcett, etc. The book that started it all, that I could not resist once I saw it, was Beyond #1 “The Werewolf Strikes Again.” It remains my favorite Pre-Code Horror cover ever, followed immediately by Matt Fox’s Chilling Tales #15 and #13. Once I got in, I was hooked. I wasn’t concerned as much with getting the nicest copy, I just wanted to own the books. Pre-Code Horror bridged my love of Universal Monsters, classic Japanese Kaiju, skulls, and zombies from punk rock record sleeves (shout out to the Misfits and Chamber of Chills #19) and skateboard graphics with my childhood love of comics.
Along the way, I discovered the Canadian and Mexican parallel issues for many of the Pre-Code Horror books. Their reinterpretation of the artwork was more unique, stylized, and interesting. With their uncoated stock and crude printing, books like Brujas Y Vampiros are even more interesting than their original sources —and twenty times more difficult to find. While many of the Harvey books were available as file copies (Cuentos de Brujas, Misterios del Gato Negro), all the other titles like Brujas Y Vampiros, Mundos Fantasticos, and Dalia Negra, only a handful exist in any condition. Try to find them, you can’t. They simply don’t exist, and the act of tracking them down was even more fun. Anyways, I have rambled on for far too long, and that’s not why you are reading this. Let’s check out these MONSTERS instead!"
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