The Captain's Veranda by Joe Sarno


Don Glut tells wonderful stories about his adventures on Clark Street. The one I enjoy the most is about how he and fellow collector Dick Anderson were waiting in front of ACME for the store to open one day.

Don and Dick leaned a little bit toward films, but their first love was comic books. Don had a number of 8mm and 16mm films in the early 1960's starring Dick Anderson and other neighborhood kids in home made movies featuring Captain America and Spy Smasher. They enjoyed the old comics, but they enjoyed the old serials just as much.

While waiting in front of ACME they noticed an envelope on the floor of the store of the store from a film exchange company in Kentucky. Don and Dick figured that this might be the source for all the wonderful old serial posters that ACME had on display, and copied down the address. That evening they went home and put a L-O-N-G list of movie posters they were interested i. This list included just about every serial and monser movie they could think of. They waited breathlessly for a reply and were they surprised when lo and behold they received a huge package from the film exchange company containing hundreds of serial and monster movie posters with and invoice. The money they owed was certainly a lot more than young kids could afford, but they brought in a third party, Bob Greenburg who enjoyed monster movies, to pick out a number of monster posters while Don and Dick picked out as many Serial posters as they could afford. They sent the lions share back with a check for the posters they kept. The film excahnge company was not happy with them--I guessthey thought they ahd made a HUGE sale! But even today our intrepid friends could cry at the posters that they had to return (in todays market, probably a million dollars worth).

Don alsotells the story about the time he visited Bill Ostfeldt's store and told him he was looking to buy a copy of Superman#1. Bill told Don that he'd have to dig them out of his often referred to (and legendary) vault or warehouse. The next week Don went to the store and Bill had not one but three copies of Superman #1. One in so-so condition was priced at $15, one in a solid VG was $35, and the best copy was priced at $50. As it turned out Don had just seen one at ACME in better condition than the $50 book for just $35, and opted to buy that book. But can you imagine seeing four copies of Superman #1 in one day!

By the way our friend Ron Massengil remembers that Bill Ostfeldt indeed had three copies of Superman #1 back in the early 1960's, and Rick Vetone is fairly certain Bill got those copies from A.B.C..


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Originally published in the C.B. WEEKLY (Comic Book Collectors Bulletin) Vol 3 #49 December 06, 2000 copyright Joe Sarno and respective copyright holders 2003.