It might not come as a surprise to learn that I like the other Thwipping Boys am a bit of a Joss Whedon nut, so when it came to his and John Cassaday’s spectacular run on Astonishing X-Men, I not only broke my cardinal rule and bought single issues, I even bought some twice due to variant covers.
A few years later, realising that this probably was a little excessive, I put all of my second copies on Ebay and was soon disappointed to learn what other comics collectors know all too well - that single issues of popular modern comics aren’t even worth pennies, even with variant covers.
I was having a clear out to free up space, couldn’t justify keeping them, couldn’t sell them and didn’t want to bin them. The upshot is, I had just about decided to find a random child to present the comics to (without getting arrested) as it seemed like the only choice left to me, when I spied my rubbish £12 Argos coffee table in the corner and had a crazy idea.
One pot of PVA, one pair of scissors, one pot of varnish and many, many painstaking hours later:
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