As I’ve now learned, there are many ways to experience the San Diego Comic-Con: attending panels with giants from the world of comics, lining up to see previews of hot movies and TV shows with A-list stars and filmmakers, or doing what I did: cruising the mammoth exhibition floor for two days to take in the astonishing display of collectibles. (I also ran into old friends, made some new ones, and saw people costumed in ways one could scarcely imagine anywhere else on earth.) The first showcase that caught my eye was a shelf lined with retro rocket ship models from Cool Rockets. I’ve got nothing against modern-day fantasy and science-fiction films but having grown up with Flash Gordon I’ve got a—
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