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Monday, 15 May 2017

Comic Collecting Conundrum...


When is too many enough? I've been reading comics for as long as I can remember, and collecting them since my late teens, and can't see this obsession going away any time soon.

Like all collectors I have a pull-list, which is under constant review as tastes change, new titles are announced, runs end etc

However, these days another serious factor has entered the equation: finances. With the cost of single issues rocketing to silly levels (thanks Brexit for the crash in the value of the pound), I'm really having to tighten the belt and take a deep look at my regular orders.

Going through the stack by my bed I realised this week, I was SIX MONTHS behind on the two Green Lantern titles (Green Lanterns and Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps).

These are both double-dippers as well, i.e. a reduced cover price but published twice a month, so that's 12 issues of each I'm behind.

And the thing is I love these titles, the sci-fi of Hal Jordan and what Green Lanterns has had to say about Lantern Jessica Cruz's anxiety (a situation I know only too well... although I'm not a Green Lantern!).

Part of the problem stems from the period last year when a combination of fatigue, from a change in medication, and eye strain meant a couple of months went by (maybe even longer) where I didn't read anything.

This meant an accumulation of unread comics by the bed, that I have now begun to work my way through. But the new issues that I read first every time I get a new delivery tend to be the ones that I'm keeping on top of, while those I'm not are forming a sediment at the bottom of the "read pile".

With DC producing many titles every fortnight, it doesn't take long for the unread layer to build up.

As well as the Green Lanterns, there's also at least six months of Amazing Spider-Man down there. I haven't even started the Dead No More: Clone Conspiracy yet!

And, again, I have big love for Spider-Man. He was one of the first wave of characters that caught my eye as a kid, and I've followed his exploits (admittedly on-and-off) since then.

I suspect my early 2000s affair with Marvel (on the comics front, anyway) might be coming to an end soon. Their titles are just about hanging in there on the list (Spider-Man, Dr Strange, and Iron Fist).

There are strong indications that the company's next "event" will usher in the return of the Fantastic Four. My team. The guys I owe everything to.

And there was a time when this would have been an automatic addition to the list. But now I'm waiting for the naming of the all-important writer - because if it's Bendis (as was mooted at one point) then, sadly, I'll have to pass.

Finally, throw in the additional financial impact on my collecting hobby of my new-found love of Valiant, and I have to wonder if this is a sign that I should drop some of these older titles that I'm so behind on, making way for comics I actually read as soon as they arrive?

6 comments:

  1. How have you written this whole post without mentioning the space they take up?!

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    1. That's a whole different post ;-)

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  2. Ah, I see you haven't told Rachel about your plans to transform the bedroom into a floor-to-ceiling comic library yet...

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    1. Oh, she knows that given free rein I would turn the entire house into a comic book library (except for the wall for the TV, of course!)

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  3. I've always wanted a bookcase so long and so high you need one of those ladders on wheels to zip back n forth. I might put one on my Amazon wishlist.

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    1. I need a step-stool to get to the top shelf of the bookcase in the hall, does that count?

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