Got my hands on a copy of Giant Size X-Men #1... haven't owned one since trading it away for some '76-era FF's in grade school.
Smuggling comics into school borders was tough and I was the kingpin of the network. Once of my favorite methods was to wrap several layers of comics around both shin/calf areas and pull my long gym socks over them. You could get 24 issues in if you really tried! I was really into the Fantastic Four at that time and traded my Giant Size X-Men #1 to The Johns (John M. and John D. - two of my fellow comic book mules) for some FF issues. There was no value on any of the issues and they were just something we enjoyed... the collectible after market was a long way off.
Once after getting busted by my elementary teacher, I told her that 'comics were the only thing that I saved and spent my own money to buy... they made me want to read more.' I feel like I almost had her convinced but she don't go for it so my criminal career continued.
It's really good to see this issue in person again... a true landmark issue!