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Craig Earl
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Posted: 17 September 2023 at 10:41am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Back in the day, my local W.H Smith(newsagent/bookshop) only tended to stock one copy of each monthly Marvel title. A friend of mine happened to be first in picking up AF #12. Long story short, I traded a camera lens (!) for that issue, but not until after my buddy revealed who was going to die.

It was still a seismic moment. 

Looking back at that classic cover, I've often wondered how it would have played out if I hadn't known in advance what was going to happen. Would I have been tempted to sneak a peak?

Were any of you able to avoid spoilers and restrain yourselves until the final reveal? 
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I walked the three miles to my house with multiple books in my bag every
Wednesday. That was one of the only times I sat on the sidewalk and read
the whole thing before going home. My Dad was at the kitchen table when I
arrived. I had to have him read it to make sure I wasnt having a nightmare.
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Posted: 17 September 2023 at 1:37pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I don't like having anything spoiled,  so I didn't peek.
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Craig Earl
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I envy you, Matt. I can only imagine the creeping sense of dread with 3 or 4 pages to go...!
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Brian Miller
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AF 12 was one of the first back issues I ever picked up in a LCS. I already
knew before I bought it.
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Ryan Maxwell
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No, I read #14 and probably a few more before I bought 12. By then, I had known for months that my new favorite hero was ashes. 
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I read it with a dreadful feeling. I can't recall exactly when I knew, but as the issue moved toward its final pages, I began to feel Mac was in real trouble.
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Back @ that point, there was an independent newsagent just outside the
main town bus station (this was the Yorkshire town of Huddersfield).
He got things three months after America, but he got everything - way, way
more than say Rymans, which was the newsagent chain in town that would
get a selection of comics three months after release.
Somehow, I managed to not find out out who died until I read the issue.
As an aside, I still remember going to my first comic shop that received the
comics as imports & being horrified for two reasons.
1) it was the first Daredevil issue after Born Again - with Madcap. & I
couldnt believe that the ongoing story I was reading three months behind
had finished & THIS was the story to follow it?
2) the price seemed astronomical!I was paying cover price on the three
month delayed issues, while the immediate issues had a hefty mark up do to
air freight.

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Craig Earl
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 6:16am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I hear you, James!

Finding a source for my monthly Marvel fix was a chore! Eventually, I asked my local newsagent to order them in for me. Problem solved - apart from the fact that they insisted on scrawling my name in ink over the front covers when sorting out standing orders! 
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Darren Ashmore
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 10:00am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

James, slight thread drift but which comic shop was
it you went to?
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Harry Dounis
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Posted: 18 September 2023 at 1:22pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I didn't want to know and just waited. Suffice to say I was shocked and a bit confused. I was then summarily gutted in issue 23. Having JB leave the title soon after that really left things in limbo for me. I actually might post something about this separately so as not to derail the post.
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Vinny Valenti
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My memory may be hazy about this, but I think I remember one of the kids in school making it to the comic shop before me, and he brought a copy in one day - I remember him spoiling it on me in the school yard during lunch break.
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