Random Loiterer: "I love the X-Men, do you have any X-men books here?"
Me: "Of course. We have some issues over here, and some collections over--"
RL: "Oh, you have vintage comics! Man, I grew up reading these. I had every issue."
RL: "I think the only one I have left is #84. The first appearance of Silver Surfer. How much is that worth?"
Me: "Um. Well, #84 was a reprint. All the issues between 67 (I think) and 94ish were reprints."
RL: "No. 84 was the first appearance of Silver Surfer."
Google google google.
Me: "So, Silver Surfer's first appearance was Fantastic Four #48. Is that what you were thinking of?"
RL: "No. Look up X-Men #84."
Type type type.
RL: "Can I see the cover? Yea. There. The Silver Surfer."
Me: "That's Iceman actually."
RL: "Why is Iceman in an X-Men comic?"
Me: "Um. Well. He's one of the original X-Men. He was in almost every issue."
RL: "I don't remember him. I'm pretty sure that's The Silver Surfer."
Me: "It's not. They do look similar, but Silver Surfer rode a surfboard. Iceman created an ice slide. See?"
RL: "You're telling me that's not Silver Surfer?"
Me: "I am telling you that's Iceman."
RL: "When did Silver Surfer join the X-Men?"
Me: "As far as I can remember, he never did. I might be wrong. A bunch of characters have been in the X-Men or The Avengers for a couple of issues, but he was never one of the main characters in an X-Men book that I read."
RL: "Are space books valuable right now?"
Me: "There are some books that take in space that are popular right now, sure. Saga. Guardians of The Galaxy. Uhhh--"
RL: "What's bigger space or time travel?"
Me: "Well, space is infinite. We don't know if the same is true of time."
RL: "I mean in comics."
Me: "Space, I think. There are more dimension hopping stories than time travel right now."
RL: "Like" names a movie I've never heard of?
Me: "Maybe? I haven't seen it."
RL: "How do you work in a comic book store and you haven't seen" movie I've never heard of"?"
How did you grow up reading X-Men comics and not know Iceman was in the X-Men?
Me: "Just lucky, I guess."
RL shakes head and leaves.