Well, the day that I went to get that issue was new comic book day at my shop. This is a good memory for me. Not because of this book, but because of the experience getting it at the store. It was a cold misty Thursday night that I went there, and it was crammed full of people coming in to get these books. The atmosphere was electric, and this was crazy because it was a comic book store!
People were standing shoulder to shoulder, it was really insane! Obviously people from all walks of life were after this book because it had been all over the TV news.
I remember reserving two copies of Superman #75 two months earlier when the Advance Comics catalog had come out. Unfortunately, my dingbat store manager failed to reserve it for me. When I got there that night, with all the crowds of people scrambling to get a copy, the store had already marked up the copies that were on the rack to $50 a piece! The manager realized he made a mistake, so he managed to grab a copy he had reserved for someone else who couldn't make it in on time. It was in a poly bag with a woman's name written on it and a price of $35. The manager gave it to me for cover price, but I was denied my second copy.
The book came in a black sealed bag which I never opened, so I ended up reading the story in a collected Death of Superman trade paperback that came out some weeks later.
Superman #75 would never actually be worth what that crooked comic book shop charged for it, but comicspriceguide.com has it priced at $20. So, at least it wasn't a loss. It was just crazy that this comic shop was marking a brand new book up to $50 on the day of release. I remember the store price peaking at $75 at some point. It was ridiculous.
That same night another hot book was on sale, Bloodshot #1, the first chromium cover. The shop marked that one up to $10.
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