A post from my old Marvel blog detailing the end of my Take My Trade experiment where I started with five random junk comics and traded with fans to the point where I acquired a copy of FANTASTIC FOUR #1, all to benefit the Hero Initiative. I don’t still have a copy of the video that’s mentioned.
We interrupt our ongoing Reader Questions thread for this late-breaking announcement!
The Trading Experiment is over! I have acquired FANTASTIC FOUR #1 in trade, from Tradee Eric Sellers!
The whole exchange is captured below on video, and the Trade was executed a week or so back! Thank you to everybody who participated! The Hero Initiative will be getting a nice mountain of swag to auction off in support of comic book artists in need, not only the FF #1, but HULK #2 and #4, SUB-MARINER COMICS #6 from the 1940s, DAREDEVIL #4 and #5, and a couple hundred more.
In total, we executed 84 Trades to get here, and I would estimate that somewhere between 500 and 750 comics changed hands along the way.
In all honesty, I was beginning to lose hope that we’d ever successfully complete this journey, especially after the previous near-misses. And I have to say, the thing that stands out the most for me about this whole Experiment is the vast generosity of Marvel’s fans. Not only did most people offer up better books in Trade than what they were asking for, but a number of guys went even further, out-and-out donating items without getting anything in return outside of the feeling of doing something positive. There’s no question, Marvel’s fans are the best, as this whole experience proves beyond a doubt.