Tuesday, February 13, 2018

DC comics buyout at Ollie's part 1

A little over a year ago now, a new Ollie's Bargain Outlet opened up in Cookeville (TN), which is about thirty minutes away from me, and even though I've wanted to go since it's opening, it wasn't until two Saturday's ago that I finally did... what can I say? I hate long car rides, and anything over ten minutes is considered by me to be a long car ride.

Before going, I was really curious to see how this Ollie's would compare to the one in Nashville (that experience can be read about here), and after going, I can say that they're pretty similar, although the one in Nashville is quite a bit bigger.

When I arrived on that fateful (too dramatic?) Saturday morning, I headed for the books section first (most people seem to do the same) and couldn't help but notice a giant table with stacks and stacks of what appeared to be mostly trade paperbacks. As I made my over to the table and started looking through every thing, I kept thinking how odd it was that they would have all these (ignorance is not bliss), especially since the Nashville location didn't have anything like this last summer.

Since I was going somewhere (see below) after Ollie's that day, and I was trying to get home by a certain time, I didn't look through everything quite as thoroughly as I should have, that being said, I still found some really great stuff.

It was only later that night, after doing some Googling, that I found out what's what... namely, that Ollie's had bought a huge (19 truckloads, according to their ad) inventory of DC books, which included graphic novels, omnibuses, TPB's, etc. And as per usual, I was probably the last person to find out about this once in a lifetime sale, which at this point has been going on for a little over a month now.

After finding out about the sale, I decided that if everything worked out alright, I would go to the Nashville location, as well as back to Cookeville for a more thorough searching the following Saturday, which I did, and all those goodies will be seen in part two. And if all goes well, I will be going to Knoxville for the first time in a couple of days, and wouldn't cha know it, they just happen to have an Ollie's as well, so I wouldn't rule out a part three.

Since I haven't read any of these books yet, I can't really provide too much commentary, so I'll just go with my standard VHS post format, which is to show the cover, and in case anyone sees something of interest, the synopsis on the back.

I picked up quite a few Batman books, most of which will be in the next post.

People seem to be split on the "Showcase Presents" series, mostly because they were reprinted in black and white. While I do wish they would have been done in their original colors, most of the titles are from the pulp era, which means that most of those original books tend be on the pricey side, so I can forgive the black and white printing if it means that I get a chance to read them. Plus...

... it's pretty darn hard to complain about getting over 500 pages of something like this for $2.99!

I'll have a few more of these in the next post as well.

This one sounded really good, plus it's got a really fantastic cover.

My only complaint about this liquidation sale is that I wish there were more JSA titles.

After reading about some of the other stuff that people were finding at their local Ollie's', I had thought that there was going to be an overabundance of New 52 books, but after thinking back at what I saw during this trip, as well as what was seen during the second outing, I can't say that I really saw too many of The New 52 titles. Although for the record, I don't hate the New 52 stuff as much as some people seem to. Other than this book, which is a hardback by the way, and the "Showcase Presents", everything in this post was $3.99 apiece. I would also find out after my second visit, that a lot of these were the only copies to be had at this particular location.

Since I was already there, I couldn't leave without perusing the toy aisles, and while they weren't very impressive at this Cookeville location, I still managed to find two things that had to come home with me:

I initially thought this Stay Puft was from one of the countless newer toy lines that were paying homage to the original film(s), but instead it's from the recent remake/reimagining, which I haven't seen, and have no intention of ever seeing... but once he's out of the package, I can just pretend that he's from the original. Also, he light's up:

It would have looked better in the dark, and my finger's sort of in the way, but you get the idea.

This guy's from the recent picture as well, and even though I don't know anything about him, he was just too cool looking to leave behind.

And here he is lit up.

After Ollie's, I went to a place called Mountain Top Comics and Collectables, which is also in Cookeville. I only found out about this shop recently, even though I've driven by it every time that I've gone to Nashville, and never had a clue that it was there. Since this post is getting a little long, I will provide a more in-depth review at some later date, but for now I will just show one of my two purchases (the other item is going to be a gift so it will remain unseen):

This shops toy selection was amazing, I could have dropped a thousand dollars in just a couple of minutes, provided of course that I actually had an extra thousand dollars to spend.

As always, I had no idea that McFarlane had done a Grinch line in 2007, if I had, I would have gotten them all at the time. Not surprisingly, these now sell for quite a bit, but I got this "Two Sizes Too Small" figure for considerably cheaper than what it goes for online.

I've mentioned it here on the blog many times, that I am a dedicated package opener, but on this particular figure, I'm actually slightly hesitant to open it. I'm sure it's just because of the price tag that they seem to carry, as I'm not accustomed to opening things that have actual monetary value. I guess just so I don't end up with some kind of opener's remorse, he'll remain in the package for a little longer.

If you liked this post, you might also be in the next one, as it will feature the spoils from my trip to the Nashville Ollie's, as well as another stop at the Cookeville location the following weekend.

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  1. I'm not much of a DC guy, but it's hard to argue with prices like that!

    1. Thankfully I don't have any allegiances, so I just go for what ever looks interesting, and of course when it comes to stuff being this cheap, I'm willing to take a few more chances as well.

  2. If we had an Ollie's I would have raided the showcase books for sure. My first letter in a DC book was in JSA right before they threw them away with the new 52. Thrilled that my first time in DC was in my favorite title!

    1. Since I will be going to the Knoxville location, as well as back to Nashville at least one more time, if there's anything you want me to look for, I will.

      That's cool that you got a letter published in a JSA book. I had a letter published in a magazine once, unfortunately it ended up being a very negative experience... life altering even, and not in a good way.

  3. Great stuff. The House of Mystery and The War that Time Forgot covers are awesome! Nice figure purchases too. I don't have the space for that kind of stuff anymore, but I would have probably grabbed the Grinch and Stay Puft for my classroom.

    1. I don't really have the room for any more toys either, but that's not going to stop me from buying them. Having them all around me is one of the few things that still brings me any joy.

  4. All my comics are from the 70's thru the 90's (stay tuned for future blog posts about them), and I haven't added much to them in years, but I might have to peruse my local Ollies just because they're that cheap!

    1. You really should go see what you're local store has to offer, as it does seem to vary quite a bit from store to store.

      And I am looking forward to your future comic book posts :)

  5. I heard about Ollie's a little too late and there wasn't much left at the Waterbury location, but still got three great books for less than eleven bucks.

    1. It seems like people either found out about the sale right when it started, or like you and I... not until after it had already been going on for a while. I have been rather fortunate though, in that there are a number of locations here in Tennessee, and they all seem to be still relatively well stocked.

      If you don't mind me asking, which books did you get?