This is a good time to be a comic book fan. Old and new.
First, a little perspective is needed. I’m in my 40s and a pretty fun-loving fella. I’m an entertainment sponge – especially as it relates to television and going to the movies.
I have always read comics, but didn’t really become a serious collector until 1983ish. I can’t specifically remember what drove me to become a collector, but Spiderman had always been my favorite character. In terms of superhero groups, hands down, I was an X-Men fanatic. I immediately connected with the X-Men because I saw a correlation between mutant rights and the Civil Rights Movement. Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, was Martin Luther King Jr. and Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a., Magneto, represented Malcolm X. Now, when Magneto first came on the scene in early X-Men comics, he was a real villain. What I mean by this is that he was a villain in the classic sense of villainy. He was just a bad dude. As time went on, Marvel writers did an excellent job of internalizing what both Magneto and Professor X were pushing for regarding mutant rights. So I was hooked on X-Men comics and began collecting back issues fervently. I’m never going to forget when, in the late 80s, I bought Uncanny X-Men issues 100-103 for $80.00 from a friend who thought he was getting a deal from me. Collectively, those are all worth well over $500.00 now. I think I made out well!
My point is that I became a good student of the comic book game. My collection is pretty big, although I stopped seriously collecting in the early 2000s. I just couldn’t keep up. This is also during the time that the early versions of variant books started to invade the comic book work. You had 17,000 different #1, first print edition comics hitting the shelves. So exclusivity became exhausting to cover. I was used to the old-fashioned way of collecting and I felt that this method eroded the comic book market for some collectors. Well, at least it took collecting to another level.
I’ve spent time discussing Marvel without saying much about DC. Well, what can I say? DC has Superman and Batman. And Wonder Woman. The Justice League. The Flash, Aquaman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, and others were there too, but weren’t legends like Supes and the Dark Knight. I collected DC also; the aforementioned titles were my favorites. DC, in my opinion, during the 80s was still carrying stories from the past 40 years. They were blah. Then it happened…
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