Season 4, Episode 15
Jason Mewes drops by the Stash to hang out and play clerk. Walt looks to acquire a mysterious recreation of some iconic comic book art.
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While Jay and the guys are ribbing Ming, a customer walks into the Stash with a 1981 Dark Tower board game. Ming remembers this toy from when he was a kid. He loved it when he was younger. Ming said he would love to have it back, but the customer says there's a catch: part of the game is actually broken. With this in mind, Ming asks the man how much he wants for it. The customer is looking for $175, but since the game is broken, Ming doesn't want to go over $75. When the customer doesn't budge, Ming passes on the game, but says he was happy to see it again.
Later, a customer comes in looking for Silver Surfer #3, the first appearance of Mephisto. Ming brings it down from the rack and the man says he hasn't seen a copy in better condition before. Mike explains to Jay that Mephisto is Marvel's answer to Satan, which couldn't be mentioned in comics under the Comics Code. Walt's asking $250 for the book, which the customer says is a little steep. But since the customer considers this issue the "holy grail," Walt is willing to knock down the price to $200.
Another man comes into the store with some "Spider-Man history" - letters from Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spider-Man. The man calls him "my 88-year old pen pal." He says he heard people sent Steve Ditko letters, so he figured he would too - and was surprised when the co-father of Spider-Man wrote back. At the podcast, Kevin explains that Steve Ditko is a little bit like the J.D. Salinger of comics, and that seeing into his personal life with these letters is very exclusive. At the Stash, Walt disagrees, and he thinks that selling the letters is a little distasteful. The man is looking for $10,000. Walt appreciates that the man brought them in, but it's not something the Stash could carry.
Another customer comes in with artwork of Amazing Fantasy #15 - which currently resides in the Library of Congress. The pages are actually copies, which the man acquired through an online auction, and he doesn't know the original author. Walt says maybe this could be a new mystery: who created the artwork? The pages are exact replicas of the original work, down the the smallest details. Walt calls in Rob Bruce, to see if he'll be able to answer the question of who created the artwork. When Rob Bruce comes in, he says his best guess is that the pages are a forgery, since the original book is one of the only comic books that can sell for a million dollars. The forgeries themselves, though, could probably sell for about $75 a page. Walt says he's still interested in the pages for the Stash and asks how much the customer is looking for. Considering what Rob Bruce said, he'll give up the pages for $1,000. Walt mulls it over, but he can't go over $800. The customer accepts, and Rob Bruce says he can't wait to see the mystery pages framed in the Stash.
At the podcast, Walt wonders if anyone watching at home knows where the artwork came from so they can learn the truth behind the mystery of who slaved over the recreation of the iconic comic. Kevin says now everyone knows they can sell "The Declaration of Independence" to Walt.