Welcome to Cool Comics in My Collection Episode 33, where we take a nostalgic look at seven fun comic books I currently own.
For each of the comic books below, I list the current secondary market value. This is according to the listings at the website www.comicbookrealm.com. They list out the near mint prices, which are on the comic book grading scale of 9.4. If you go to the website to look up any in your collection, you can click on the price and see the value at different grades. Not all of my comics are 9.4. Some are probably better, and some are worse. But to simplify it, that’s the grading price I use here. And remember, a comic book is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
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Cool comics in my collection #211: Mickey Mouse #99, February 1965.
“Robin Mickey and the Sheriff of Blottingham” is the cover story for this Mickey Mouse comic, which contains a total of seven different adventures. Some are just one pagers, but you get a wide variety here, with stories featuring Pluto, Goofy, and Li’l Bad Wolf and the Three Little Pigs. The Robin Mickey story is the longest in this issue, and also features Goofy and Minnie Mouse. I bought all of this episode’s comics recently at Kenmore Komics, in Akron, Ohio. This issue from Gold Key cost me $4. I’d never bought or owned any Mickey Mouse comics as a kid, so I brought out my inner child to enjoy this one. I remember how magical anything Mickey seemed to me during my really young years, so reading this took me back to those long-ago days. The cover price of Mickey Mouse #99 is 12 cents, while the current value is $18.
Cool comics in my collection #212: Chip ‘N’ Dale #8, December 1956.
Chip ‘N’ Day #8, from Dell, has eight different stories in this issue. Much like the Mickey issue above, some are just one pagers, and back in those days they would put them on the inside of the front and back covers. There definitely weren’t as many pages of advertising back then. All of the stories except one feature the fearless chipmunks, with that other adventure focusing on The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. I wasn’t a big fan of most of the Chip ‘N’ Dale stories, but there is one in which they drive around in a toy car, and it’s fun to read. The back cover has an ad for Trix that is pretty funny to see, using line drawings of kids, with pieces of the cereal for their eyes and other features in the ad. This issue cost me $3.50 at Kenmore Komics. The cover price of Chip ‘N’ Dale #8 is 10 cents, while the current value is $80.
Cool comics in my collection #213: Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade #3, January 1964.
“CHRISTMAS ON BEAR MOUNTAIN” is the lead story in this fun Disney Christmas comic. Donald Duck and his nephews, along with Uncle Scrooge McDuck, are featured, and it’s a lot of fun. Huey, Louie, and Dewey are funny and much braver than their Uncle Donald. The second feature is called Santa Claus Land, and Goofy wants more responsibility at the North Pole. His job becomes taking care of the reindeer, and he discovers immediately that one is missing, and Mickey Mouse helps out. Later, they are joined by Dumbo, so fans of the little flying elephant will enjoy this adventure. As in so many of these Disney comics, the inside of the front and back covers have 1 page stories, but neither are Christmas themed. I’m sure many of you have memories of Disney Christmas themed cartoons or other comics, so I hope seeing the cover of this issue took you back to a pleasant place and time. I bought this at Kenmore Komics for $3.50. The cover price of Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade is 12 cents, while the current value is $20.
Cool comics in my collection #214: Covered Wagons, Ho! (Four Color #814), July 1957.
This issue is part of Dell’s Four Color run, and if it seems a bit confusing the way they number and label their comics, it’s because it is. Gold Key also has some strange numbering schemes, but I’m grateful to all those who have done this work and put it on the Internet, making it much easier for the rest of us. Unlike the previous Disney comics in Episode 33, this story actually covers the entire issue. Our heroes are living in the 1840s and attempting to get to the Oregon territory to farm the land and start businesses. Goofy takes the wrong path and trouble occurs with some Native Americans, who want to use Huey, Louie, and Dewey for fishing purposes. It’s a fun adventure story, and once more the little ducklings steal the show. I bought this at Kenmore Komics in Akron, Ohio, for $3.50. The cover price of Cover Wagons, Ho! is 12 cents, while the current value is $75.
Cool comics in my collection #215: Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #224, May 1959.
This anthology Disney comic book from Dell has some pretty good stories in it. We start off with a Donald Duck story, and of course it has his nephews Huey, Louie, and Dewey, along with Daisy. Next up is Scamp, a story from Lady and the Tramp, then hijinks with Chip ‘N’ Dale, and lastly a Mickey Mouse Alaskan Adventure, which was just okay. This is a nice comic for kids who love Disney because of the variety, and each story goes for several pages. The nice thing about all these Disney comics is that I was able to purchase them for good prices out of the back issue boxes, and for parents who want to buy some fun comics for their kids, or for themselves, you may want to consider getting some of these older issues. I bought this issue at Kenmore Komics in Akron, Ohio, for $4. The cover price of Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #224 is 10 cents, while the current value is $35.
Cool comics in my collection #216: Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #280, January 1964.
Five years later we have the same title, but now it’s being published by Gold Key. This issue also starts off with a Donald Duck story that is lots of fun, as he and Uncle Scrooge McDuck disguise themselves as each other to avoid commitments, and it doesn’t work out the way they wanted. Next is Li’l Bad Wolf, and of course the Three Little Pigs make an appearance. Following that are several adventures featuring Brer Rabbit, Daisy Duck and Donald, and Mickey Mouse and Goofy. I paid $3.50 for this issue at Kenmore Komics in Akron, Ohio. If you are a Disney aficionado, this anthology title is something you may want to considering buying. My local comic book store has lots of back issues, and you get to read about characters you don’t really see today. Fun stuff! The cover price of Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #280 is 12 cents, while the current value is $55.
Cool comics in my collection #217: Mickey Mouse #135, April 1972.
“THE AMAZING UNDERSEA OYSTERKINS!” Mickey and Goofy face an undersea adventure that rivals both Namor and Aquaman…okay, that’s a bit of a stretch. But they do battle against forces of evil and triumph in the end. Phew! This story takes up the majority of the issue, followed by Daisy and Donald in “The Misspelled Spell.” This issue also has an ad for Disneykin play characters. Sets A and B each have 16 fun mini Disney figures for just $2.98, and there is a Special offer to get 4 all-time Disney favorites for an additional $1. Don’t you wish you could order them today at 1972 prices? The ads in these older comic books are definitely a large part of the charm. I bought this issue at Kenmore Komics for $4.50. The cover price of Mickey Mouse #135 is 15 cents, while the current value is $10.