In this “Special Comic Book Collecting Report,” Walt Jaschek, AKA ComicWalt, writer and comic lover, shows the three (and surprisingly, just three) cover variant editions of Detective #1000 he picked, explains why he picked them, and has some praise for the book — especially one story. What editions did YOU pick? And why? Let Walt know in the comments! Thanks, True Believers. Wait. That’s somebody else’s line.
By Walt Jaschek
I know what you’re thinking; it’s the same as I was thinking. “Who the heck would give THIS UP?”
(It even has the words “Who Watches the Watchmen?” scrawled on the back.
By Walt Jaschek
In 7th grade, I wrote a gushing fan letter to Stan Lee. The letter was subsequently published in its entirety in Captain America #107, November, 1968. A thrill. Here’s the cover, by Jack Kirby (another hero:)
But it got better. Stan deemed the letter worthy of a “No-Prize,” his inside-joke “award” for fans – an envelope with literally nothing inside. So when, a few weeks later, said envelope from Marvel arrived, my 12-year-old head hit the ceiling.
This is my way of saying… RIP Stan, entertainer extraordinaire, wizard of words and worlds, and an outsized influence on many, including me. I’m so happy you lived long enough to see your co-creations explode into every corner of pop culture. Thanks for the ride.
And thanks also for this little envelope: no prize I’ve gotten since surpasses.
“Congratulations,” it says. “This envelope contains a genuine Marvel Comics No-Prize which you have just won. Handle with Care.” I did, through the decades. That’s a pic I shot recently. The outer envelope (from 625 Madison Avenue, New York, 10022) has yellowed. The No-Prize itself… is mint.
Comic Walt Jaschek writes comics! And comedy. And paces around his living room while doing so. Here is a typical COMICWALT writing day, condensed into 44 seconds. Watch for the special cameo from Nearly Naked Popcorn. The official popcorn of COMICWALT.