My 40 years with Star Wars.

My first real contact with Star Wars was the Marvel comic book. It was 1976 and there were so many comics to choose from, I thought I’ll just stick to Science Fiction comics, that should be manageable. I was buying stuff like The Eternals by Jack Kirby. Then one day I saw Star Wars #1. I wasn’t thinking, Oh it’s an adaptation of the movie that will change my life. I was thinking, Oh look, it’s a #1 of a new Science Fiction comic.

In the meantime I was an avid reader of Starlin magazine. Starlog was the place to get your SF movie and TV news in the dark ages before the internet. Starlog wasn’t always easy to find, and was a little expensive at $1.00 an issue. I remember having to explain spending a dollar on a magazine at the drug store when the first issue came out. Starlog #1 had a painting of Kirk and Spock on the cover and proclaimed itself as being a Star Trek special edition. There was no way I was not buying this thing of beauty.

This magazine told me about Space:1999, the Six Million Dollar Man and even had some snippets about a project called The Star Wars. I will never forget seeing issue #7 on the newsstand beckoning to me with a dynamic photo of a TIE fighter firing at an X Wing fighter. This must be something amazing. I gobbled the information contained within and then did again for weeks and weeks.

May 1977 rolled around and I was trying to figure out a way to see this movie. I knew all the new movies came to the Ridge Cinema, which was in west Richmond. This was past the due of the earth according to the maps and was not anywhere my Mom or grandparents were likely to take me. I ended up going to see it with my friends who had more adventurous parents than I did. I don’t remember too many details of that screening, but it was love at first sight. I had seen movies more than once before, because SF movies were rare and so I would sit through them for two showings if I could get away with it; movies like Logan’s Run and Damnation Alley. Over the course of 1977, I saw that movie as many times as I could arrange. I remember talking my Dad into seeing it with me even though he said, Haven’t you already seen that?

Over the past 40 years, I’ve lost track of exactly how many times I watched Star Wars. Not Episode 4, not A New Hope. I watched it in the theater, I watched with a fox. I watched them on a box. I saw a private showing at my Uncle Luis’ club in São Paulo Brazil. I rented it on VHS. I owned it on VHS. I owned the special editions on VHS. I owned it on DVD. I own it on Laserdisk. I now own them on Blu Ray. And my favorite lately is the digital copy that nerds with more patience than me edited to look like it did in 1977, but in better quality than we could have dreamed of 40 years ago.

It’s hard to believe that at age 13 I found my favorite movie of all time. I keep watching and waiting for something to knock it of its perch. It may never happen, because frankly it would take a lot for a movie to overwhelm me as an adult the way it did to 13 year old Mike Fonseca.

Collector’s Attic has a booth at Collectible’s Expo this weekend!

Collector’s Attic is setting up at the Collectible’s Expo this Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd. Check out our assortment of Comics, Posters, Non-Sport Cards, Books, DVDs, NASCAR items and Autographed Books. We are bringing a little bit of everything, so join us at the Chesterfield Fairgrounds this weekend.

You can get tickets at:

The Collectible’s Expo Tickets

Join Collector’s Attic at the Collectibles Expo!

Join Collector’s Attic at the Collectibles Expo the weekend of April 22-23 at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds!

We will be selling action figures, non-sport cards, toys, comics and NASCAR collectibles.

You can become a vendor or buy tickets to the show here

 

The Collectibles Expo!

Have you checked out my eBay store?

My eBay store is Collectors Attic of Virginia. My specialty is graded comic books and Aviation books. Most of the comics are graded 9.8 by CGC. Many of the aviation books are autographed or rare or both.

My favorite things to collect are Comic Books, Science Fiction TV and Movie memorabilia, antique radios and televisions and for some unknown reason I love anything from the 1939 World s Fair.

Please check out my store by using this link.

Collectors Attic

Will you be at the Richmond Comicon? We Will!

Please come and see Collectors Attic at our first Comic Convention VA COMICON on Saturday, February 18th. It will be at TORQUE Club at Richmond International Raceway. We’ll have some nice graded books, fancy wall books and plenty of $1.00 comics to browse through!

Collectors Attic at the Va Comicon

Come see Collectors Attic at the Virginia Comicon on February 18th!

Please come and see Collectors Attic at our first Comic Convention VA COMICON on Saturday, February 18th. It will be at TORQUE Club at Richmond International Raceway. We’ll have some nice graded books, fancy wall books and plenty of $1.00 comics to browse through!

Collectors Attic at the Va Comicon

Lee-Davis High School Class of 1981 35th Reunion

Lee-Davis High School Class of 1981 35th Reunion

I want all of my fellow Class of 1981 members to be aware of our Reunion coming up very soon.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2016
4-9 pm
CLUB MIDWAY AT CALABASH SEAFOOD
7514 LEE-DAVIS ROAD
MECHANICSVILLE, VA 23111

We will once again be holding our event at Club Midway, directly across Lee-Davis Road from the school. Please note that the venue will be totally closed to the public during our event and we plan to have door guards to assure only paid attendees are admitted both inside and on the outside deck.

More information is available at:
http://ldhs81reunion.myfreesites.net/

You can email the committee:
ldhs1981@gmail.com

My Friend Dave Luebke

I don’t remember the exact day that I met Dave, but it was sometime in the early 80s. My friend George had told me there was a relatively new thing called Comic Book Shops. I had been getting all my comics from 7-11 or Peoples Drug Store. We started going to Nostalgia Plus on Patterson Avenue. Somewhere along the line he mentioned there was another place down the road called Dave’s Comics in the Village Shopping Center. Dave’s had subscriptions that would allow you to never miss a comic and save 10%! On top of this all his comics came already bagged.

After several visits and conversations I started to become friendly with both Dave and the store manager Marlon Cohen. When Dave decided to move to a larger space a few doors down, he talked to me about his plans. I would visit regularly and check on the progress of his larger, more modern store. This store would have Back issue bins with sliding drawers and neon lights on the walls. This is the space his store currently occupies.

Besides being a regular customer, Dave and I became outside of work friends. There were a couple of breaks for things like college and a short lived experiment of my own Comic Book and Racing collectibles store on the other side of town. Dave and I had more conversations about life, the universe and everything than I can count.

When we were both single, Wednesdays at Innsbrook After Hours became a regular thing for us. We enjoyed the music, but we were both admiring the pretty girls and looking for potential dates. Neither of us met any serious dates there, but eventually we both met ladies we wanted to marry.

Back in July 1990 we spent the day in DC with soon to be ex girlfriends and finished the day at a Paul McCartney concert at RFK stadium. It was a concert we always remembered that was capped off with Fourth of July fireworks.

More significant than old girlfriends, was The lady in his life Sheryl. I remember the day of their wedding like it was yesterday. From that day forward I never thought of Dave without thinking of Sheryl and Dave. It was funny how many times Martha and I ran into Dave and Sheryl on a Saturday at the Bow Tie cinemas on the Boulevard. More often than not we were going to the same movie without having planned a thing.

An important part of a relationship with Dave, and me for that matter was food. Dave introduced me to Vietnamese cuisine at restaurants on Horsepen Road. Innsbrook nights meant dinners at the much-missed Jimmy’s Deli. I don’t remember what restaurant it was, but there was an evening when Dave introduced me to comic book legend Martin Nodell, creator of the Green Lantern. There were also a number of enjoyable afternoons in November at the annual Urbanna Oyster Festival.

In recent years the more common scenario was seeing Dave and Sheryl when I stopped by the shop to get my comics. I’d let Dave know that I would be having lunch next door at Mai Sushi and to come and join me. Dave would come over and we would spend lunchtime talking about our lives and the world of comics.

I am going to miss seeing my old friend. New comic Wednesdays will never be the same, but I am glad to have over 30 years of memories of my kind, intelligent and humorous friend.

What Day Is It?

Mike,  Mike, Mike. What day is it? Yes, its hump day, but more importantly it is Back to the Future Day! Wednesday, October 21, 2015 is the day that arrives in Hill Valley. There have been dozens of faked memes on Facebook showing other dates, but today is the actual date shown in Back to the Future part 2.

Back to the Future part 2 came out waaay back in 1989, so if you don’t remember it you can be forgiven. Maybe you’ve only seen the original from 1985. Here is the trailer to give you a reminder:

 

Back-to-the-Future-Part-2

 

So wear your Nikes, drink a Pepsi, read a USA Today and look desperately for your Mattel Hoverboard. Aside from that, it’s a great day to watch the Back to the Future trilogy  on Blu Ray or in a theater, or at least one of them!