Hmm, thought I, these might be nifty things to pick up... Still, trying to be a responsible shopper, I poked around the internet to see if any other copies were for sale and if real money was being asked for them. The answers were Yes and Definitely yes. I approached the auction with a bit of trepidation, though. That is, the first few bids were lowish, tantalizingly suggestive of a possible bargain. In an auction, however, it's easy to see something that starts out as a deal rapidly become a hole into which you suddenly realize you threw, ahem, maybe a little too much money. This is doubly the case when it's not a single item you're after but two or even three related ones...any single one of which rather falls flat when purchased alone. What happens if you get #1 for a decent price, after all, but someone else really wants #2 and the price on that one doubles or even triples...?
The opening of the final stage of the auction was nerve-wracking, but bidding was not too bad, and I was able to get these three magazines for a sum I thought was at least halfway tolerable. I mean, I wouldn't want to spend that much on books every week, but sometimes you have to splurge a little on a really nice piece of literary history, don't you? Don't you...?
In any event, I received these three great pieces of Bradbury history, and now the apropos artwork is scanned to the "Pulp Magazines" page of my "Other SF Art" archives.