|From: RRoy Report|
“Comic book collector and industry legend Maggie Thompson of Wisconsin has decided to put some 500 pieces of her personal collection up for auction over the next few months. Nearly 90 issues went on the block Thursday, including the first issue of 'The Avengers,' ''Journey Into Mystery' No. 83, which features the first appearance of Thor, and the first issue of 'The Incredible Hulk.'
Thompson, 70, has been collecting comic books since she was a girl in the 1940s. She married another comic book collector, Don Thompson, in 1962. Twenty years later they left Ohio, where Don Thompson had worked as a reporter, for Wisconsin to take over editing duties for an industry magazine, Comics Buyer's Guide.
They spent years working on the magazine. It grew into a paper-and-ink equivalent of a Facebook page, connecting comic fans, distributors, writers and artists across the country.
Don Thompson died in 1994, and CBG folded in January. But Maggie Thompson is still as sharp as Wolverine's claws. She blogs about industry happenings and can talk for hours about how comics have evolved from something parents abhorred to a part of mainstream culture.
‘Everybody knows, “With great power comes great responsibility." They (even) have opinions on Loki!’ she said, referring to Spider-Man's catch-phrase philosophy and Thor's evil adopted brother, who has grown into one of the most popular comics villains after he was featured in the ‘Thor’ and ‘Avengers’ movies.
She doesn't know exactly how many comic books she has but estimates it's tens of thousands. She used money from selling ‘Amazing Fantasy’ No. 15, the first appearance of Spider-Man, and the first 100 issues of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ to build a vault-like storage addition on her home east of Stevens Point [Wisconsin].”
— Todd Richmond, Huffington Post