Earlier this year I discussed the nostalgia that comes from a plain brown paper bag: in that column I mentioned having a stack of promotional shopping bags from my early days and I’ve finally scanned them.

I can’t say why I saved these bags in particular from 1986-1991: I found them folded in the back of an old box. They do represent a time and place for me as a comic collector: my teenage years. When working part time meant having money in my pocket that could be spent on whatever frivolity I chose, which at that point meant comics.

Superman promo bag 1986 front   Superman promo bag 1986back

New Universe promo 1986 bag front   New Universe promo 1986 bag back

Total Eclipse promo bag 1988 front   Total Eclipse promo bag 1988 back

The Action Never Ends promo bag 1989 front   The Action Never Ends promo bag 1989 back

Robin Joker promo bag 1989 front   Robin Joker promo bag 1989 back

Marvel Masterworks Excalibur promo bag 1987 front   Marvel Masterworks Excalibur promo bag 1987 back

Marvel Masterworks Inferno promo bag 1988 front   Marvel Masterworks Inferno promo bag 1988 back

Spider-Man promo bag 1991 front   Spider-Man promo bag 1991 back

Batman promo bag 1989