You bring up an interesting point Romero. I think many people love the idea of something being all shiny and new. The idea of decay and deterioration does not sit well with many people. There are many examples of that throughout history. Such as The Titanic. Most people (even experts) believed the ship to be in a state of suspended animation on the sea bottom. It was thought the lack of life and the depth would preserve it. So people were eventually shocked when they realized this beautiful ship was actually twisted and ripped apart and scattered in several major pieces with the bowels of the ship littered upon the sea floor. Things decaying can remind us of our own mortality. Its like older people who hang around younger people (sometimes a quarter of their own age). They want the reminder of things being young and beautiful and full of life. Not surrounded with older people like themselves who will remind them of their own mortality. Its the same with comic books. When I see a really battered comic book I think geez, wonder what happened to it? And sometimes I feel so sad seeing it in that condition.