Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Comic Book Cash-In

Happy February!   I thought  this month might bring news of a fund-raising effort to announce,  but it looks like it's a bust unfortunately.   What happened is,  a  few years ago I was helping my mom organize and and throw out some items in boxes.   I ran across a Marvel comic of Pope John Paul II.  I thought it was so unique and well done that I asked her if I could have it.   She said I could borrow it and,  well.... I've had it ever since.  Lol.      Anyway, with adoption expenses mounting  and our need for donations and funds increasing, mom hatched a plan.    A few weeks ago, the exciting announcement was made that Pope John Paul II would be beatified this year, and mom felt this would be a good time to sell the comic book.  She suggested we auction the "rare" edition on eBay,  and use the money for our adoption fund.  Great idea mom!    I have never seen a Pope John Paul II comic before,  and I thought she might be on to something.  Secretly, Jim and I hoped it would be like an episode of Antiques Roadshow when the appraiser reveals the item is worth thousands!   Ha ha.   Well, not so much.  :(   It turns out it's worth anywhere from $3-4.00 (although one copy did sell for a notable $200).    D'oh!  It seems my visions of a bidding war turned out to be as far fetched as winning Powerball. :)   It was fun to dream though.   Here are a few images from the comic, it really is a neat edition!
Marvel Comics Presents The Life of Pope John Paul II, 1982 one-shot. Written by Steven Grant, drawn by John Tartaglione.

   I will admit, the financial part has been the most challenging aspect of the adoption thus far.   We knew it would be though, and tried to prepare as much as possible going in.     There are some days where we don't know how we will do it,  but God has taken us this far and He will get us through.    It's also been comforting to look back and remember how clearly the Lord led us to Poland has guided us to this point.  

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,  "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..."

Jeremiah 29:11

 In the words of Pope John Paul II in the comic book:   "In the name of obedience and in the total confidence of of his mother, the most holy Madonna."  I trust!!   :)


  1. You know I think it will be worth something after his beatification, you should be prepared to sale it, heck auction it off anyway.

  2. Wow, what an interesting comic book. Even if it doesn't end up being worth anything it is interesting to have. Your little one from Poland might enjoy reading it one day. You are so right that God brought you to this point He will get you through it. I know that God is watching over all of our adoptions and blessing every step of the way. He is also watching over our little ones as they wait for us, that is such a comfort to me.

  3. Hi,

    I also live in Ohio and am seriously considering using St. Marys for a Polish adoption. I was wondering if I could email you a few questions?


  4. Hi Kimberly!

    I apologize for not responding sooner, I hope you get this!:) Please feel free to e-mail me anytime. You can reach me at: brooke@955thefish.com. I can tell you though, we are pleased and impressed with St. Mary's and although we still have a long way to go, we are grateful that the Lord led us there. God bless you on your journey Kimberly!