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  • DeCarlo Rules: ...Marvel's earlier JOHN CARTER, WARLORD OF MARS in there, so the DE Tarzan comics need to go in a different box, and SHEENA (also a recent DE title) and DC's RIMA THE JUNGLE GIRL will help fill up that box.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: Interesting. I tend not to group titles by publisher at all, if the characters were not created as work-for-hire (meaning the publisher is legally considered the 'author' of the character). Do they belong to that publisher's "universe" (assuming it has one)? There are some publishers like Dynamite Entertainment where the vast majority of the titles they publish are licensed, and thus were "inherited" from other publishers. Therefore it makes more sense to me to group them together in boxes with similar characters. Flash Gordon, The Phantom, and Mandrake comics (regardless of who the actual publisher was) go together in the same box because they're all classic adventure heroes licensed from Hearst Entertainment (formerly King Features Syndicate). Pulp fiction heroes like The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider (regardless of the fact that the latter did not originate with the same publisher as the first two) also get grouped together. Space considerations allowing, Tarzan (and other Edgar Rice Burroughs adaptations) might share the same box with Sheena and Rima, but NOT with Ka-Zar, because he's a Marvel Universe character.
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  • rusty: I do keep all Star Trek series together in their own section and all Star Wars books together.  I also keep all 2000AD titles together and manga books get their own section.  For titles that have switched publishers, I usually keep them all with the publisher that I identify them with the most.  Tarzan has been published by a variety of publishers, but I keep them with Dell/Gold Key.  Conan is starting to get a bit close with all the success Dark Horse has had, but I still identify Conan more with Marvel.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: Believe it or not, I even have a box labeled "Pseudo-manga" that contains comics published by American companies and created by American creators like Astro Boy & Racer X (Now Comics), Battle of the Planets (Gold Key & Top Cow/Image), Captain Harlock (Malibu), Godzilla (Dark Horse) and Ultraman. I just want to keep those separate from the boxes of real translated manga in floppy comic format.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: Well. the problem is when you get titles with licensed characters that aren't owned by the publisher. So if you collect Star Trek comics, you'd have different series published by Gold Key, Marvel, DC, and IDW (and I probably missed one in there). It doesn't make sense to me to put them in different boxes by publisher, but to each his own. Disney comics would be another example. There are even some instances where if I like a certain artist enough, I will put all his work regardless of publisher or characters into one box, like Paul Gulacy, Steve Rude, or Mike Allred (and file them chronologically from older to newer, rather than alphabetically). Those are examples where my interest in the creator far exceeds my relative interest in whatever characters are involved.
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  • rusty: That makes sense.  There are many ways that people can file books.  What I do is file by company or category and then alphabetically within each section.  My first category is Richie Rich then Archie, then other Harvey titles, then Disney, then other humor/kids books, then by company (unless it is a company where I don't have very many books from them.  Star Trek and Star Wars each get their own section as well.  I will probably revamp a bit when I do my next major sort/merge.  The biggest section by far for me is DC.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: I don't even file my comics alphabetically. I file them according to how closely they're related to other titles, but it's all dependent on the number of issues I have of any given title, and what will fit into a single box. Fpr ACP comics I just put all the short-run series (whether an actual miniseries or just a not particularly successful title) into one box. Even though some of those short run series star Jughead, and I could as easily file those together with the main JUGHEAD title in another box. For longer running ACP titles, "girl" titles are sorted into different boxes than "boy" titles. Eventually when I have enough issues of BETTY (and BETTY AND ME and BETTY'S DIARY) they'll get their own box, and VERONICA will get her own box.
    June 10, 2018, 09:49:06 AM
  • rusty: I file Jughead under J and Reggie under R in all of their incarnations, though I do file the original Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen books under S since that keeps them with the Superman books and also because they kept that title throughout their entire run.  If anyone wants to look up Jughead or Reggie in Overstreet, though, they will have to look under A for the early issues.
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  • BettyReggie: I can't wait to get that Reggie book. It's coming out the day after my 39th Birthday.
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  • DeCarlo Rules: Yeah, I never understood why publishers felt the need to point that out on the covers of a comic book, like maybe someone didn't really know who REGGIE was, and might buy it just because they noticed the words "Archie's Rival" above the big letters that spelled REGGIE? Same with "Archie's Pal" or "Superman's Pal" or "Superman's Girl Friend" -- like some potential buyer wouldn't know who Jughead, Jimmy Olsen, or Lois Lane was, but would know who Archie or Superman was? Just assume you're selling the product to idiots, I guess. Is anyone really filing REGGIE under "A" for Archie's Pal in their collections??
    June 10, 2018, 05:42:02 AM
  • rusty: In it's first incarnation, Reggie was titled ARCHIE'S RIVAL, REGGIE.  It wasn't until after the title was resurrected nearly a decade later that it became REGGIE and then REGGIE AND ME.
    June 09, 2018, 10:23:13 PM
  • Tuxedo Mark: I've never understood why those old titles had "and Me" in them, anyway. Why not just name the titles after the starring characters?
    June 09, 2018, 08:17:45 PM
  • DeCarlo Rules: Funny that the trade paperback collection is entitled REGGIE AND ME Vol. 1, when his floppy comic book series was actually titled just plain REGGIE for the first 18 issues (and going on hiatus for nine years in between issues #14 and 15). Since it's only a 224-page book, that should mean we'll be seeing reprints of stories from the first 9 (or maybe 10) issues. So shouldn't it be titled REGGIE Vol. 1? Unless they actually do plan to start the first volume with issue #19 from 1966 (the first classic Evilheart issue) where the title actually changed to REGGIE AND ME. My theory is that the ME in that title = Evilheart, unlike the prior titles ARCHIE AND ME (where ME = Mr. Weatherbee), or BETTY AND ME (where the ME = Archie).
    June 09, 2018, 12:59:59 PM


Author Topic: How many comics have you read?  (Read 2684 times)

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DeCarlo Rules

How many comics have you read?
« on: July 04, 2016, 01:57:03 AM »
For some reason this was a topic that popped into my head today, and I started to think about how I'd estimate that number, because... well, for me at least, it's a little like someone asking me how many TV programs I've watched in my lifetime, or how many hamburgers or slices of pizza I've eaten in my lifetime. Nobody (or practically nobody) keeps count of these things from the time they first started reading comics. You might know how many comics you OWN, but that's not quite exactly the same thing as how many you've READ. I mean different comics, not reading the same one over again. Then you have to ask, well what is meant by "a comic book"? Does one of those 16-page Halloween ComicFest issues count as "1 comic book" and one Archie 1000 Page Comics Digest count as "1 comic book" also? That doesn't seem right, and I have read comics in about as many different formats as there exist. But really I'm thinking of the standard format floppy comic of approximately 20-25 story pages as "1 comic book" so whatever the equivalent of that is. An Archie 1000 Page Comics Digest would be equal to about 40 or 50 standard comic books, so let's split the difference and say 45 comics. So there's the yardstick I'm going to use.

I then tried to figure out how long I've been reading comics, and how many years, and then how many weeks, that amounted to. Then I tried to estimate on average (conservatively) how many standard-size comics I'd read over that time in a typical week. Of course the average number of comics I read per week might be different now than it was at another time when I was reading more comics or less comics, so I tried to take that into account as well.

Long story short, the number of distinct standard page count comics that I've read over the course of my lifetime after doing the mental guesstimation and the math turned out to be about 40,000 -- or about 1 million pages of comics. That sounds like an exaggeration I'm sure, but after double-checking all my estimates, I feel confident that that's still on the conservative end of an estimation (it might even conceivably be 1.5 times that in actuality, but there's no way for me to be sure).
« Last Edit: July 04, 2016, 02:51:23 AM by DeCarlo Rules »

Re: How many comics have you read?
« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2016, 02:05:21 AM »
For some reason this was a topic that popped into my head today, and I started to think about how I'd estimate that number, because... well, for me at least, it's a little like someone asking me how many TV programs I've watched in my lifetime, or how many hamburgers or slices of pizza I've eaten in my lifetime. Nobody (or practically nobody) keeps count of these things from the time they first started reading comics. You might know how many comics you OWN, but that not quite exactly the same thing as how many you've READ. I mean different comics, not the reading the same one over again. Then you have to ask, well what is meant by "a comic book"? Does one of those 16-page Halloween ComicFest issues count as "1 comic book" and one Archie 1000 Page Comics Digest count as "1 comic book" also? That doesn't seem right, and I have read comics in about as many different formats as there exist. But really I'm thinking of the standard format floppy comic of approximately 20-25 story pages as "1 comic book" so whatever the equivalent of that is. An Archie 1000 Page Comics Digest would be equal to about 40 or 50 standard comic books, so let's split the difference and say 45 comics. So there's the yardstick I'm going to use.

I then tried to figure out how long I've been reading comics, and how many years, and then how many weeks, that amounted to. Then I tried to estimate on average (conservatively) how many standard-size comics I'd read over that time in a typical week. Of course the average number of comics I read per week might be different now than it was at another time when I was reading more comics or less comics, so I tried to take that into account as well.

Long story short, the number of distinct standard page count comics that I've read over the course of my lifetime after doing the mental guesstimation and the math turned out to be about 40,000 -- or about 1 million pages of comics. That sounds like an exaggeration I'm sure, but after double-checking all my estimates, I feel confident that that's still on the conservative end of an estimation (it might even conceivably be 1.5 times that in actuality, but there's no way for me to be sure).

Impressive! I only wish I was able to read the huge amount of EC Comics, current Archie Comics and other material that I keep trying to get to.

Re: How many comics have you read?
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2016, 01:20:42 AM »
at 40 a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks per year, times 10 years...   145k  give or take...

Re: How many comics have you read?
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2016, 03:04:49 AM »
Incalculable.

steveinthecity

Re: How many comics have you read?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2016, 02:30:43 AM »
Incalculable.
Squared.

I can say however, um, with some authority that I haven't read enough.

Considering all the variables, 1,000 at minimum per year doesn't seem unreasonable.
Comics!

Re: How many comics have you read?
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2016, 05:12:55 PM »
Uh, probably over 1000 for sure if its stories..

BettyReggie

Re: How many comics have you read?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2016, 08:14:59 PM »
I have no idea but I also read lots of graphic novels from the library. It's a good idea to save money that way.

rusty

Re: How many comics have you read?
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2016, 09:10:03 PM »
Somewhere north of 100,000.   I have around 80,000 comics in my collection and have sold or borrowed from  the library at least 20,000 others.  It could be even higher than that, but I'd have to sit down and go through the Overstreet and make a list.

 


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