The 4th Tel
Aviv Comics and Sci-Fi Convention
October 16, 2004
By Avi Green
Well, itís been another pleasant month in August and October for
going to visit a convention, both the comics and the sci-fi ones, at
the Tel Aviv Cinematheque. Even the latter of course has what to
offer in the way of comic books, and so itís therefore all the more
worth it to go.
The Comics Convention
This year, they erected a tent at the
entrance to the building for this particular event. And inside, well,
there was plenty to see in the ways of comics and animation. But
most importantly of all, I got what is now my oldest issue of Action Comics, from 1975. Itís
the 448th issue (and the story is called "Don't Get Off on the 13th Floor!", since it deals
with that kind of science-fantasy concept), and also contains a
backup story with the Atom ("Nightmare
in Gold!"). Plus, I got a pretty good buy of an issue of a
miniseries from 1991 starring Black Canary, (New Wings) inked by none other
than the famous Dick Giordano, whoíd done a lot of work on BCís
adventures with Green Arrow and Green Lantern in the years gone by.
And also, and for me, a very good thing, I bought a trade of Formerly Known as the Justice League,
a reunion of the cast from the Giffen/DeMatties era, which was quite
a relief after having to go through the unfortunate circumstances of
coming across the awful and overrated Identity Crisis, which, interestingly enough, did
not seem to be doing well in sales over here, or at the convention,
for that matter.
Iím so glad to own it now.
The Sci-Fi Convention
The Sci-Fi expo at the same place was
just as good an event, and I was so much in joy to get a couple
issues of Heroes for Hire
that I didnít have at home, plus a couple more of the Legion of Superheroes, for just
five shekels each. But best of all, before I got there, I went to a
small store in the Tel Aviv central bus station, and lo and behold,
I got what is now my oldest back issue in my collection to date, and
also my oldest Flash
issue, that being number #222 of volume one, from 1973, with a story
titled ďThe Heart that Attacked
the World!Ē It co-stars Green Lantern in it, and features
Sinestro teaming up with the Weather Wizard to commit a diabolical
crime in the area of Central City.
Arenít I lucky? The rest, obtained at the convention, included even
another issue or two of Green
Arrowís first volume, of the Amazing Spider-Man, and of Captain America. And best of
all, that great issue of the Fantastic
Four with Ben Grimmís Jewish background being officially
revealed, plus at least one other issue of yore from the same
Just like the comics convention, even the sci-fi convention is a
great place to find a lot of comics related material, and Iíll enjoy
attending that too for years to come.
Copyright 2004 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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