It all started when I was going to get married in 1986.

Back then I really liked a comic strip called Bloom County. One of the characters in that daily newspaper strip was a penguin named Opus. I can’t say just why he struck a chord with me.

So I started cutting out some of the funnier strips and hanging them up around my cubicle at NASA. I may have also purchased one or two other penguiny things and had them laying around as well.

It’s a funny thing about “collecting” all things penguin. Once you get going, lots of people like to help you. I know this is true because I’m working with a lady now who started collecting penguins and she says the same thing has happened to her.

Anytime someone saw a penguin on something, they bought it for me.

And that brings me back to 1986, prior to my wedding.

One of my friends at work collected comic books very seriously. For my wedding present he bought me Samurai Penguin #1 by Slave Labor Graphics.

See what I mean.

Well, we got to talking about it and it sounded interesting. He told me that Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles #1 was fetching around $200.00 and he had just missed picking it up back when it was only costing $20.00.

I went to a comic book shop.

Pretty soon I had a $50.00/week comic book collecting habit.

I really liked Batman, back when the Joker killed Robin. Concrete had just come out and he was fascinating to me.

But I especially kept an eye out for issue #1’s. ANY issue #1. No matter how weird or silly the title.

It wasn’t long before I picked up a Penguin and Pencilguin #1 … and that’s when I knew I had to stop.

Well, my wife had something to do with that too.

My mostly 1980’s comic book collection, consisting of four-and-a-half boxes of ecclectic color filled bagged oddities has been stored and moved and occasionally gotten out and rummaged through so that I could wax nostalgic.

Once I decided to sell them at a garage sale for $1.00/book, no matter what it was. I had one customer. A young man took four of my best books that were worth an estimated $100.00.

Silly me.

To be honest, I usually bought a comic book, not for the story or the characters or even the potential value, but rather because I just loved the art work on the covers.

So I don’t really need the comic books anymore. I’d like to sell them, but I wish I could keep the covers.

That’s when I struck upon the idea of scanning the covers and having them on a web site.

But if I’m going to scan them, what am I going to do with them after that? Why not sell them? Why not sell them online?

So here we are. I’m a web developer. So I’ve developed a web site here where I can scan the covers of my favorite comic books and come back to enjoy them whenever I want.

So can you. Please be my guest to sift through my collection here.

I’m going to sell them too, so go ahead, find the ones you like and buy them from me, if they’re still available.

Every image you see on this site is an actual scan of my personal copy of that comic book. I don’t usually have more than one each.

I’m no longer collecting comic books. But I’ve got this great web site for selling comic books.

— Ken

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