Comic Book Men: Stash-teroids
by Ashley Binion
After last week’s sandwich episode, The Secret Stash bestowed viewers with more Star Wars and Spiderman.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
Something that never happened before on the show started off the episode. A man came in wanting to sell the’70’s arcade game, Asteroids. It was made by Atari (oh, how you are missed) in 1979 and they sold 70,000 cabinets. He wanted $1,100 for the machine, but Walt argued he could pay ninety-nine cents for the app on his phone. But you can’t replicate the experience of playing an original arcade game.
After a bidding war, the two couldn’t agree on a price. So, insert random man who wanted to buy it. Walt agreed to let him sell it in The Stash, but wanted five percent of the sale. He ended up selling the machine to the random man for $800, while Walt got $50 off the top. To me, it seemed hokey. Usually, the series does a pretty good job at convincing me that at least some of it is real, but this seemed so staged.
The next man came in the shop with a stack of eleven Amazing Spiderman comics. The Amazing Spider-man was created in 1963 by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Walt was only interested in a few, but they were key issues. The comics he was interested in were: #101, the first appearance of Morbius, the living vampire; #121, the death of Gwen Stacey; #129 the first appearance of The Punisher; #300 first appearance of Venom; and the commemorative 9/11 issue. Surprisingly, all of the issues were in pretty good condition. Walt ended up buying the lot for $450. To me, that seemed a little low considering he had so many key issues in great shape.
G.I. Joe action figures and the Cobra Night Raven were the next items that came into the store. The action figures were first made, in 1982, to be 3 ¾ inches and were sold at that size until 1994. Each G.I. Joe had their own specific file card. The Cobra Night Raven was released in 1986 and was modeled after the SR-71 “Blackbird” recon jet. Walt ended up buying the Night Raven for $100.
The last man who came into the store wanted to sell his collection of Star Wars battleships. He came in with an Imperial Shuttle from Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, a Millennium Falcon, and a Naboo Royal Starship from Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Ming priced the Millennium Falcon at around $95, the Imperial Shuttle at $200, and the Naboo Royal Starship at $200. After some negotiation, he sold the three battleships to The Stash for $500.
Mike wasn’t in much of the episode. I only saw him a couple times, so that was disappointing. I like how they didn’t have any wacky adventures. They give some great laughs, but sometimes they can overpower the episode.
Don’t forget, you can download the free companion podcast, “Comic Book Men” on iTunes.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars