I’m joking about the “young man’s game” thing.

§ August 18th, 2010 § Filed under Uncategorized § 11 Comments

Neil the Horse is one of those series I’d been meaning to acquire for a while now, having somehow missed it during its original 1980s run. However, we never had more than a few issues at the shop, and didn’t feel like trying to track down the missing ones because I’m old and tired and back issue hunting is a young man’s game. But when a full run of Neil popped up on the eBay (and pictured above with the image from the actual auction) for an opening bid of ninety-nine cents…well, that was hard to resist. And I ended up winning the lot with that opening bid.

True, the shipping cost is seven and a half bucks, apparently for parcel post, which is…well, I’ll let this old post of mine explain, but even so that’s still a full run of Neil the Horse for under ten bucks, and therefore I won’t gripe too much.

There are other indie series from the early-to-mid ’80s that I missed that the store doesn’t have and I’m seriously thinking about picking up for cheap via the eBay, because clearly I don’t have enough comics already. And I’m still looking for the elusive Yummy Fur #9, which (if I recall correctly) was one of the issues of the series not carried by Diamond, making it a bit of a rare item. Well, sure, I at least have the lead story reprinted in one of the Ed the Happy Clown trade paperbacks, but the knowledge that I have issues #1 through #8 and #10 through #32 weighs upon me in a way that only fellow obsessive-compulsive funnybook readers can understand.

And by the way, I didn’t say anything about it at the time…but as only vaguely implied in that how to ship comics post, I’d bought a run of Minx on eBay, which is an eight issue series, and the seller wanted to charge me twelve bucks to ship ’em. Twelve. Dollars. That’s crazy talk, and I told him so. He eventually saw reason, but I guess that was my fault for not nailing down shipping ahead of my bidding.

11 Responses to “I’m joking about the “young man’s game” thing.”

  • ExistentialMan says:

    Damn, I just sold a complete run of Yummy Fur last year. Most surreal (and best) 80’s indie/underground series ever. The combination of Ed the Happy Clown and Brown’s Gospel of Mark adaptation made for some real freaky reading back in the day.

  • Rich Handley says:

    Hi, Mike. Check your e-mail–I believe I’ve found a copy of Yummy Fur #9 for you. :)

  • g23 says:

    Shipping is always, always, always a bitch on eBay. It’s the most annoying thing about eBay… the lack of standardized shipping procedures. I once got a (relatively) rare record shipped to me in a pizza box- grease stains and all. Horrifying.

  • Add me to the list of people that have recently sold a complete run of Yummy Fur. For that matter, I know a third person that just did that last month.

    Those were some wonderful comics, but I got tired of moving everything every 2 years.

  • Jay V says:

    Neil the Horse was one of those series I never picked up back when I was buying every other B&W comic during the 80’s, but I found some in the 50 cent bin (the fiddy cent bin to you kids) a while back and quite liked them. Ditto with Beanworld. If only I could go back in time and tell the younger me I really didn’t need all those TMNT parodies. Still, badly drawn funny animals kicking each other, I guess I won’t beat myself up over it…

  • JRC says:

    I just discovered Neil the Horse earlier this year, and LOVE IT!
    Everything an indie comic should be and more.
    I’m only missing an issues or 2 to complete my set.

    Also, give this one to clever kids, they’ll “get it”.

    Also, have you looked up Arn Saba’s backstory?
    Pretty interesting, kinda awesome, a little sad.

    There’s a musical! Let me know if you ever find a copy.

  • Leroy Hart says:

    My very first eBay experience, I got a “RARE MOO(range)C GREEDO~!!! L@@K!!!” action figure for like, $3.99 and the shipping was somewhere around $10.

    Being an ignorant teen hell-bent on owning all my favorite Star Wars characters, I went ahead and did it, ending-up paying for a box that could hold the entire line of figures, packed with more foam peanuts than I’d seen in my life. Oh, and the supposed mint packaging was bent and it looked as though someone spilt diet soda on the back. Ah, the early days of eBay…which I guess haven’t changed too much.

  • Cej says:

    $12 for shipping is pretty steep, but I might consider it for Minx. It was truly an under-appreciated series. Religion, alternate personalities, and a space monkey–Milligan was hitting on all cylinders as far as I was concerned. It probably had to be canceled lest it blow my mind, but I always wondered where Milligan planned to take it.

  • C. Elam says:

    Man, I read the very first(?) published Neil the Horse story way, waaaaaay back in Charlton Bullseye #2 and always thought I should try to follow that book. Maybe I’ll go back the way you have one day.

  • sharon says:

    im looking for funny man named leroy hart.A few years ago he took a laughter work shop in melbourne and i hear he resides in brisbane. Any one know .


  • David Fiore says:

    Neil the Horse is awesome–I just ordered the 12 issues I was missing–looking forward to ’em all!