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Author Topic: How many comics do you own?  (Read 326 times)

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How many comics do you own?
« on: February 10, 2018, 08:18:38 PM »
I'm very curious to know how my comic book collection compares to all of yours.

As a junior in high school I have at least 1,586 comics (at last count, which was back in August, so I know that I have passed this) Majority are Archie and I think less than 100 aren't. (I have some Marvel, Dc, Image, Dark horse, and Harvey comics, and the only other series' that I buy with every new issue is Snotgirl and Die Kitty Die. I also have been getting the free comic book day comics for the past 3 or 4 years)

I'm not expecting you to know how many you have (The only reason I know is because I re-bagged and boarded each one over the summer, and decided I might as well count my digests as well.)  but I assume you have at least a guess. I've been collecting comics for 7 years now, and I'm curious to see how I compare.

So basically how many comics do you think you own, and how many of those are Archie?

Bonus question what is your favorite or most rare one?

My favorite is Betty and Veronica double digest #186 because it was the 1st Archie comic I've ever read.


Re: How many comics do you own?
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2018, 10:25:24 PM »
I've been collecting since 1977 so I've got a headstart on you.  I also collect many more titles than most collectors with lots of DC, Marvel, Dell, Gold Key, Harvey, Charlton and other companies, including more recent ones like Dark Horse, Image, IDW and so on.

I don't know exactly how many comics I have, but I'd estimate it at around 90,000 with approximately 7000 of them Archies.  The oldest one I have is Superman #6 form 1940.  I started collecting with Richie Rich comics so those are among my favorites.

I'll be reorganizing and making a new inventory of my collection at some point in the next year or so.  I will probably also downsize it a bit and get rid of some of the series I don't care about as much anymore such as X-Men and Aquaman.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: How many comics do you own?
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2018, 06:14:57 PM »
I don't really know. Definitely more than 1586, but (probably) less than 90000. For the last 20 years or so, I've tended to purchase fewer and fewer floppy comics, and more and more large/expensive comics (trade paperbacks & hardcovers). Some of those HC omnibus editions can have several hundred pages. It hardly seems fair to count 1 Archie 1000-Page Comics Digest as being worth the same as 1 floppy Archie comic with 20 pages of story, so as you begin to really accumulate great piles of different types and formats of comics, the whole numbers game becomes a little meaningless. Does a digital comic count the same as a printed comic?

What's probably more relevant than the number of comics you own is how many pages of comics you've read. Whether you own them or not isn't that big a deal. It's nice until you begin running out of space.

Vegan Jughead

Re: How many comics do you own?
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2018, 07:05:50 AM »
I don't really collect.  I consume and pass them along or donate them.  Of course there are some faves that I keep, like some Archie hardcover anthologies and some my favorite trades, like The Best of Archie or The Best of Betty and Veronica. 

I also have most of the World of Archie Double Digests form the period where they were reprinting She's Josie. 

Other than that, I don't have the room or a wife who wants to let me store all of that! 


Re: How many comics do you own?
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2018, 11:16:05 AM »
Lots of them. I have many Archie digests & comics & graphic novels. But not all comics are Archie related.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: How many comics do you own?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2018, 11:45:36 AM »
I don't really collect.  I consume and pass them along or donate them.  Of course there are some faves that I keep, like some Archie hardcover anthologies and some my favorite trades, like The Best of Archie or The Best of Betty and Veronica. 

I think that's the best outlook. The whole "collecting" thing can mean different things to people, but to me, you SAVE a comic book really only for one reason -- because you enjoyed it when you first read it, and might want to enjoy reading it again sometime in the future. Rather than seeing a collection as a physical record of the size of the comics mountain that you've climbed -- as the pile gets larger, you need to hone your critical instincts (as well as your sense of practicality) to weed the best from the worst, because as the pile keeps growing, you're never going to have the time to re-read the worst. That sounds easy to do in practice, but as you go along your interests and appreciation of different types of comics expands (or at least mine did) to become more eclectic, so there are always "new discoveries" (meaning things that were always there, you just failed to look for them -- or AT them), not just "new issues". That's what Archie Comics were for me, since I was far beyond the age where I should have "discovered" a sudden appreciation of them. They were always right there, but I very seldom glanced in their direction, until one day....

Having said that, to quote Alice... "I give very good advice, but I very seldom follow it."


Re: How many comics do you own?
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2018, 04:15:37 PM »
I track my reading on Goodreads. I've read over 800 comics (I include manga, graphic novels, and picture books in that category) since I rediscovered comics in the summer of 2015. They have most comics but not really the old stuff (ie Romance comics from the 60s and 70s). It seems like a lot but I don't read that often. One of my goals this year is to read more than 10 novels (books without pictures).

Re: How many comics do you own?
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2018, 07:14:21 PM »
Interesting to read everyone's guesses as to how many comics they have collected or accumulated. I am fortunate to have somehow hung on to the majority of comics I collected in my younger days. At different times I had different interests, but 90% of  my books are golden and silver age. I've thinned the herd of more recent books in the last decade, but also managed to add others from eras. Recently completed my run of Tarzan from the Dell Four Color books through the Gold Key books. I miss the hunt looking the last few pieces in that collection. Right now my most fun is in Golden Age Archie...great art...wonderful covers and generally entertaining stories. All together I have roughly around 5000 books, but never seem to get around to doing a good inventory. Probably explains why I end up with duplicates every too often.

DeCarlo Rules

Re: How many comics do you own?
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2018, 04:08:02 AM »
I've been pondering the idea of collectors and collecting for a few years now, and what it is that motivates me and other collectors. There seem to be a few different psychological components to the collector mindset, which may differ somewhat among individuals. There's a definite obsessive-compulsive aspect that compels a person to focus their thoughts and energies into collecting, but it seems to start with a emotional component, an attachment to things which is sentimental and/or nostalgic. A person's unique sense of aesthetics and personal identity are a big part of it as well, and the desire to surround ourselves with objects which are representative of our inner selves -- we are what we like or enjoy.

From the publishers' perspective, there's been a growing awareness of the usefulness of using marketing to create or stimulate consumerism to collectors ever since the mid-1960s, and since the late 1980s, that type of consumer, the collector, has become the most important core audience. You see it reflected all the time in things like cover blurbs proclaiming "First Issue Collector's Item!". That's true as well of "chase collectibles" like variant covers (if it's harder to find, it might be worth having). Even the fact that comic books are numbered in a series -- it wasn't always so, and 1940s comics sometimes bear no issue numbers on the cover, but only a volume and issue in the fine print of the indicia on the interior of the book. Like they used to say on the back of trading cards, "One in a series - collect them all!" There's a certain disposition on the part of publishers to invoke a learned Pavlovian response, creating a likelihood of impulse purchasing, and establishing a habit pattern. Mostly what they refer to that as, in general terms, is "branding" -- in the hopes that familiarity will create the hoped-for urge stimulating purchases, that a positive name-association invokes predisposition to purchasing. "Continuity" is another factor which has been used and well-worked to stimulate consumerism, among publishers... the idea that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and that you (the consumer) wouldn't want to miss something vitally important in the scheme of a larger "saga" or story universe. That is often seen in cross-title story events which have a title banner indicating that the comic book is part of a larger arc (which you NEED to have). These started out as the "blockbuster movie" analogs of the comic book world, in order to stimulate sales in a slow season, but now they appear with regularity from the larger publishers on a several-times-a-year basis.

Of course different collectors are oriented differently. My own predilection is toward a strong focus on the graphic storytelling medium, and to a specific aesthetic appreciation of the work of particular writers and/or artists (as opposed to focusing on characters to the exclusion of everything else). This probably explains why I don't get too excited about movies or television shows based on comic book characters. I tend not to connect with those, because when I look at it what I see is "the hand" behind it -- a bunch of actors in costumes. Comics seem purer as a medium because they are the product of fewer hands, and thus less dilute when considering a creator's vision. I like Batman, but am less inclined to be a consumer of "all things Batman" (or of "all things Archie"), and more likely to focus on collecting "Dan Parent" or "Dan De Carlo". The more the work seems to express the personal idiosyncrasies of the creator in question, the better -- those are the creators who stand out as strong individuals because of their styles and preferred themes or characters.


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