Ok, this post isn't completely about classic comments.. but my first quetion definitely is. What do you guys consider "classic"? I'm sure it's been discussed here before, so I don't want to start posting something that's way out of line. But here's my story.
I recently came across a Near Mint copy of Ultimate Spider-Man #1 for a very low price. I've always known that this is a valuable comic(maybe not ALWAYS, but at least since I got back into comics last February). The first thing anyone said to me about the issue was that it was actually "one of the most valuable modern comics".. Since that day I've become a really big fan of the later parts of the series, including the newest UCSM series with young Miles Morales. I also collected several other complete series like Waid's Daredevil vol. 3(because my first issue was 9.. finding the old ones took quite a few trips to random new comic shops.. and I realized that I really loved the hunt.
I collected all of the relaunched title and the current title because I really loved them.. but I never gave much thought to trying to collect volume 1 because it was way too expensive just to get the first issue.. so after I had collected all of the issues in first print of a whole bunch of different series and some classic runs like Daredevil Born Again, I was suddenly really disappointed because I couldn't think of a series that I could set out on a hunt for.. Ultimate Spider-Man, Chew, and Invincible were all options but I was put off by the crazy high prices for their first issues. I couldn't justify the price. To me, dropping a big load of money on something I want completely removes the entire portion of collecting I love the most: the hunt. I want an excuse to take road trips out to tons of far away comic shops and dig through long boxes, always hoping today will be the day that I find something really spectacular that's been carelessly priced far too low. It's a really rare event, and the chances of that one rare issue being a part of a series I'm collecting is slim.. but somehow it happened. I found a Near Mint Ultimate Spider-Man #1 that was under priced by about $300.. so I bought it. $100 is a lot, but for such a special and valuable issue, $100 is almost too low to even believe. I asked the employee there every question in the book, and he was really knowledgable, So the seemingly unbreakable wall that was preventing me from even trying to start collecting USM was broken. I have something to collect.. and an excuse to go on comic adventures all over the place.. I could travel the whole earth and still end up missing a few issues.. and I love that.
So I guess I figured the classic comics guys would be interested in my story. USM #1 might still be considered "modern", but I'm only 28, I was in 10th grade when this came out, and I didn't get into comic books until earlier this year.. so this "modern comic" is kind of a adventure begins. Another guy on the forum was suggesting that I just find someone trying to get rid of their full run of the series and throw down the $500 to $1000 dollars and call it a day..
I figured if anyone would understand why I would rather track them down one by one, they'd be here in the classic comics section. I'm sure most of you have had some experience digging through bins and finding something sweet.
So I decided to post about it here because to me, USM is my current classic comic hunt.
I'm gonna do it the old fashioned way.. and I refuse to pay anything more than 0.50 over the cover price unless it's one of the first 15 issues or so.
While I'm here.. anyone wanta help me come up with a few other runs to collect? I wouldn't mind adding a few challenges to my list.. and furthermore, I really am interested in hearing what you all consider classic.
And if you're interested in reading a great story that's just begun recently, check out my blog: trallis.blogspot.com. There's also a link in my sig
I'm gonna use it to document my adventure. There will be posts any time I buy an issue, and I'll tell you were it was and what I pa id. When I set out to buy comics and come home empty handed, I'll post about that too. That will give me a place to vent my frustration and complain about how terrible the comic book shop is at X location.
I hope some of you read it...I'm gonna make it entertaining. Anyone who has worked to track down a series the old fasioned way will appreciate this stuff. There is absolutely no point, in my opinion, to just plunk down a stack of cash and get a pile of comics that someone else spent a decade collecting, and I have no emotional attachment to. That's what buying the trades is for. I want to travel far and wide, pay much less per issue, buy issues that I see the condition of first hand, and most importantly, appreciate each one when I take it home, sometimes reading it, and sometimes setting it aside to be read when I get the rest of the arc. I'll also be posting about other cool things I find on my adventures..because thats what its all about. Keep in my mind this is the issue that lead me to start this adventure, along with the blog ;was found on an out of town comic shop trip.