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The Tragic tale of a hard-lucked comic book collector.
meemjar at 6:28AM, Feb. 23, 2010
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A friend of mine related this childhood experience to me:

He was helping his mom help a friend empty his attic when he took a load of books out of a cardboard box.
There at the bottom he couldn't believe his eyes.
There lay a copy of…X-MEN #1!!!!!

It was in near mint condition and laminated flat by the weight of the books on top.

He gleefully reached for it…and it crumbled to dust in his hands.

It had been in the attic for so long that it had dehydrated and mummified.
It fell apart like dead leaves.

His mother turned and said: “What's the matter with YOU?”

He was crying like a 10 year old girl.
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Dark Pascual at 6:34AM, Feb. 23, 2010
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Wow…

That has to suck SO BADLY!!!
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ozoneocean at 6:46AM, Feb. 23, 2010
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That does indeed sound tragic. :(

… But it can't have even been that old. I mean, when was that comic made? the mid 60's? I've found old crappy newspapers, magazines and books from the 40's, 30's 20's, pamphlets from the mid 1800's even and none of them ever disintegrate like that. If they're damaged, it's obvious just what is doing it - usually water damage, fungus, mould, rotten glue, eaten by mice or insects etc. If anything, dehydration would preserve the book pretty nicely.

I would guess that your friend may have exaggerated for effect (I'm a cynical spoilsport that way), or the comic could possibly have been damaged severely by a chemical of some sort… maybe? The only thing I can think off that causes that sort of disintegration upon touching when the thing appears sort of ok is occasionally when you BURN a bundle of newspaper or a magazine : the top pages look discoloured but it seems intact until you touch it and see that it was actually damaged by fire afterall…?

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Sorry, I'm a dork for this sort of thing and it has the ring of an urban myth with dodgy logic behind it. This needs investigation. Hmmm…
Not that I disbelieve you man, your friend however…

Then again, it is INDEED possible that it could have happened. Many things are possible, and just because it sounds unlikely to me, that doesn't mean it really is. There's a lot I don't know about the world.
 
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Hawk at 10:16AM, Feb. 23, 2010
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That does wreak of “urban legend” or exaggeration, but I don't think it's impossible. It's just hard for me to imagine something to be “near mint” and yet in a state of mummification.

What do you figure a near mint X-men #1 would have been worth?
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Dark Pascual at 11:36AM, Feb. 23, 2010
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Hawk
What do you figure a near mint X-men #1 would have been worth?

The last time I checked (2004), a X-Men #1 with a 9.6 condition was sold in USD$ 110000.

Probably now cost more.

To be honest with you, if I had US$ 110000 to burn, I would have payed for that…
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meemjar at 11:56PM, Feb. 23, 2010
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Oceanozone,

Maybe this is what happened.
Only the cover looked near-mint because even in those days covers for comics were glossed. That preserved the cover while the interior paper slowly rotted perhaps due to alternating periods of dampness and dryness.

But I believe my friend. He's not the one for tall tales.
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ozoneocean at 2:25AM, Feb. 24, 2010
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meemjar
Maybe this is what happened.
Only the cover looked near-mint because even in those days covers for comics were glossed. That preserved the cover while the interior paper slowly rotted perhaps due to alternating periods of dampness and dryness.
Possibly. But seeing it's not that old (only the 1960s?), that seems pretty accelerated! o_o
 
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Hawk at 9:51AM, Feb. 24, 2010
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Dark Pascual
To be honest with you, if I had US$ 110000 to burn, I would have payed for that…

Would you?

I'm pretty sure if I had X-men #1 I'd sell it the first chance I got. In my paranoid nature I'd be too worried about it getting ruined.
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Dark Pascual at 10:59AM, Feb. 24, 2010
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Dark Pascual
To be honest with you, if I had US$ 110000 to burn, I would have payed for that…

Would you?

I'm pretty sure if I had X-men #1 I'd sell it the first chance I got. In my paranoid nature I'd be too worried about it getting ruined.

Man, I probably would payed the million bucks that the Superman #1 costs now.

Characters like X-men, Superman, Batman are archetypes. You think about doing superhero comics, chances are that those would pop-up immediately in your brain as references.

I honestly would love to have those first issues in my collection, not only because of their obvious monetary value, but also because of their aesthetic and historical value…
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pato at 6:00PM, Feb. 24, 2010
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Better the first Prototype of Homer Simpson!
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Kroatz at 4:03AM, Feb. 25, 2010
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I had a similar experience, I was cleaning out my grandfathers attic and found a complete box full of comics, x-men, spiderman, superman all that crap…
My grandma used to own a shop back in the day and had all kinds of old comics lying about. the thing was that only the ones at the top where in english. the stuff at the bottom was all in dutch. meaning it wasn't worth anything…
In total it was worth maybe 200 euro's. which was a real bummer because I thought I had hit the jackpot.
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meemjar at 9:25AM, Feb. 25, 2010
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Kroatz,

At least you got something out of it instead of total heartbreak!
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