Have you ever seen a comic book cover that was so compelling, you'd risk an authority figure's wrath just to touch it?
Well, that's exactly what happened to me way back in elementary school. You see, during that bygone era, kids actually bought and read comics on a regular basis...and my 5th grade pals and I were no exception. In fact, we were so enthusiastic about comics, we spent several of our valuable recess sessions looking at comics instead of terrifying girls...and occasionally buying, selling, or trading them (the comics, not the girls).
However, one afternoon during class, a pal sitting across from me took out a stack of comics and slyly held them up for me to peek at. One by one he displayed them, until he came to Marvel Team-Up #53 (1977)...the comic book I instantly knew I HAD TO OWN!!!
Overcome by the sheer awesomeness of both the rampaging Hulk and Spider-Man (two huge favorites of mine at the time), I involuntarily reached across the isle to examine the issue... despite our teacher Mr. Kadlicek trying to lead the class. As you might have guessed, Mr. K turned around and utterly busted us in mid hand-off...so close, yet so far away from getting my hands on this mindblowing cover!
As it turned out, Mr. K. confiscated my pal's comics until the end of the school day, but then told us he'd allow us to trade comics at the end of the day each Friday....with the understanding that we wouldn't mess with 'em during class. A very reasonable policy, I must say...and a kindness I fondly remember all these years later.
Oh...and I did eventually make a trade for that copy of Marvel Team-Up #53 on...you guessed it...FRIDAY!