There was something for each of the more than 800 comic book and sci-fi collectors who wandered around the Creation Convention at the Hyatt-Regency Saturday and yesterday afternoon.
Thirty-five dealers paid between $50 to $100 to set up stalls, to sell and trade vintage comic books, original strip art and magazines.
An original Flash Gordon panel, 1935, was on sale for $2,500, while Lil' Abner strips were going for $75.
Cartoonist Kenneth Morris, who draws the "Savage Sword of Conan" for Marvel Comics, was spending time with young artists who brought in their original work for criticism.
Part-time dealer and full-time construction worker Brian Frazer answered a young collector's query: "No, I do not have Rin Tin Tin."
He looked relaxed with his big collection and said, "Collecting comic books should reamin a hobby. "I have maybe 40-50,000 books. First I took over the attic, then the basement and barn. I have some in my bedroom and finally my parents kicked me out of the house."
A 1948 Brenda Starr, across the aisle, had a price tag of $25. She looked sexy on the cover with a torn dress, her wrists tied to a radiator while she tapped out an S.O.S.
Michael Hernandez, a local artist, said, "I wish I were a professional, it's the one true American art form."
Hernandez studied at the Corcoran and said, "It took me a long time to figure out the difference between a job and a career, and mine will be in comic books."
An August 1964 Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover was selling for $25, while the price of a comic book called "Fantastic Four" was $1,000.
There was an art contest for would-be cartoonists with a category for 13-year-olds and under, and one for adults.