Random Loiterer: "Hey, I sold you guys a bunch of comics about ten years ago."
RL: "Do you still have them?"
Me: "I have no idea. I wasn't here ten years ago."
RL: "I sold them to get an engagement ring. And it went pffffffffffffffffffffft. So I was wondering if I could get them back for cheap."
Me: "Oh, almost definitely not. If you want to come in on Friday or Saturday, the guy who probably bought them from you will be here. If he remembers you, he might be able to help out somehow, but I'm imagining we've sold most of them by now if it's been a decade."
RL: "Yea. Yea. I figured. Hey, I have a bunch of Spider-Man number ones signed by Stan Lee, are those worth anything?"
Me: "From the 60s?"
RL: "The 90s."
Me: "What issues are they?"
RL: "They're the first twenty issues or so of the 1990s series."
Me: "Signed by Stan Lee?"
RL: "Yea. It's all his art."
Me: "He's a writer."
RL: "Maybe he did the covers."
Me: "As far as I know, he's never been an artist for any book. He was a writer in the 60s, and he was an editor for Marvel almost forever."
RL: "No. He wrote a bunch of issues in the 90s."
I do some Googling and some Wikipediaing
Me: "Nope. He wrote the occasional annual or backup story, but he didn't write a run of Spider-Man comics in the 90s."
RL: "He did. I own them. They're not Amazing Spider-Man. They're just Spider-Man."
Me: "The Todd McFarlane issues?"
RL: "Yea! He wrote those."
Me: "No. He didn't. McFarlane wrote them. Then Erik Larsen, then a few other writers. But not Stan Lee."
RL: "Then why did he sign them?"
Me: "I have no idea."
RL: "Are they worth anything?"
Me: "There were a ton of variant covers for the first issue. A couple of them are valuable. But with someone else's autograph on them? I guess you'd have to find the right collector."
RL: "Why would he have signed books that he didn't write?"
Me: "Because he's a gracious guy and someone handed him some books to sign? He did create Spider-Man originally. I bet people have him sign Spider-Man comics that he didn't write all the time."
RL: "What if McFarlane signed them?"
Me: "Do you have issues signed by McFarlane?"
Me: "I don't really have any way of looking that up. You could go online and ask some people. Who knows, maybe there are people out there looking for Todd McFarlane's Spider-Man signed by Stan Lee."
RL: "Yea, maybe my ex-wife."
RL: "Don't ever get married."