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I'll definitely be buying the series. Then again, I supported Your Pal, Archie as well.
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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.
If you're thinking of Archie Giant Series which ran from 1954-1992 (38 years), it actually produced fewer issues than Pep. It ended with issue #632, but there were two gaps.
It skipped from #35 (Oct 65) to #136 (Dec 65)
and it skipped from #251 (Oct 76) to #452 (Dec 76)
I'm not sure why they skipped these numbers, but it means that there were only 332 issues in the series as opposed to 632.
I find it interesting, though, that Archie Giant Series actually continued a variety of canceled titles, including Pep (5 issues) and other titles such as Josie, Little Archie, Archie's Pals n Gals and Archie and Me.
Sony actually still has the film rights for Spider-Man, but they are sharing them with Marvel as part of their deal, which is what allows Spider-Man to be in the Marvel cinematic universe. The technicalities don't really mean much to the consumers/fans, but it is nice to see the two companies cooperating and the results - Spider-Man Homecoming and Spider-Mans appearance in Civil War - were pretty good.
My understanding is that Sony put up the money for the film and paid Marvel Studios a fee to produce the movie. Sony distributed the movie and kept the profits while Marvel Studios gets to use the Spider-Man character in Avengers, Captain America and other movies that are owned by Marvel. Sony retains the rights which is why they are exploring movies for Venom, Black Cat and others.
I'm familiar with the names of the titles you mentioned, but I just never was interested in reading them. I did read Mazinger by Go Nagai when First published it in English. I've seen the Knights of the Zodiac series plenty of times, but didn't try it out. I don't really watch much in the way of anime outside of Studio Ghibli movies. If you like superhero type stuff, have you watched Moldiver? Tiger and Bunny reminded me a bit of Moldiver which had a 6 episode OVA run back in the early 1990s. I enjoyed the series and it is one of the few anime series that I've watched.
Actually, now that I've taken a peek at it, Platinum End looks like a pretty good superhero-y manga. I haven't read Death Note yet, but would I like Platinum End if I like things like Saint Seiya, Devilman, Guyver, Zetman, Tiger & Bunny?
I haven't read Saint Seiya, Devilman or Zetman and it has been a long time since I read Guyver. I like Tiger & Bunny, but it doesn't really compare to Platinum End too much. I think Platinum End is more serious, though it does have elements of humor at times. God has decided to abdicate so 13 angels each pick a person who has given up on life and give them either wings (so they can fly really fast), red arrows (to make someone love them and follow their suggestions for 33 days) or white arrows (instant death). Higher rank angels can give 2 or 3 of the above. One of these candidates will be chosen to become the new god in 999 days.
At least one of the chosen decides that killing off the other candidates is a good way to become the new god. It isn't really a superhero manga, though a 'superhero' does play a role since one of the candidates sets himself up as one. It isn't as intense as Death Note, but does have some of the same elements. As for Death Note, I loved the first 6.5 volumes, didn't like it that much for a couple of volumes and then it got better again toward the end. I thought the first 6.5 volumes were among the best manga that I've read.
I was kind of indifferent toward Cells at Work after the first two volumes, but I'm enjoying it more now. These two volumes were fun. It isn't one of my favorites or anything like that, but the art is good and the story isn't too bad. The main characters are a red blood cell who gets lost a lot when delivering oxygen and a white blood cell who isn't as mean/rough as some of the other white blood cells.
The art for Ultraman is kind of rough. I've been enjoying the story, though. It isn't nearly on the same level as Pluto which was great, but it isn't bad. I've never watched the original Ultraman, but did read the various short comic series back in the 1990s.
I actually don't read any webcomics at this time, though I'd heard of GPF. I have purchased a few kickstarter collections of webcomics such as The Meek, Sorcery 101 and Widdershins.
I did buy the Batman '66/Legion comic, but haven't read it yet. That will be part of the catch up with comics that have come in over the past couple of weeks. I usually get caught up with comics shortly before going back to school. I also have a ton of manga volumes and graphic novels/trades that I"m way behind on and won't be caught up on any time soon.
Moving on to the rest of the DC titles and then I'll be almost up to date. Just the Free Comic Book Day titles and what has accumulated in the last couple of weeks will be left.
Scooby Doo (several titles)
Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77
The floppy format is my preferred format and one that I've been collecting for 39 years so it does have that weight of history/habit on its side for me. I don't like reading digital comics, though I do not begrudge those that do. I don't really enjoy reading ebooks either, preferring to either listen to an audiobook or to hold an actual book in my hands.
I know a number of people who wait for the trade and I think that is not a bad idea, especially for mini series. It also helps when there are major delays on titles since sometimes there are many months between issues of certain titles. I haven't made the switch to trades, except when I get into a title late occasionally like Outcast from Image, because I still prefer the floppies and not everything gets collected.
It is nice in this day and age that people generally have options in terms of how they want to collect. I hope that digital sales go through the roof since that will help keep titles afloat. I've read a number of predictions in recent years about the imminent death of the floppy, but I just don't see it in the near future. Maybe some day.
I kind of enjoy the binge reading and don't mind the books piling up for a while during the school year. For mini series, I often put them in a box until the series is complete anyway. For Image titles, I often wait until the first arc is completed to read them. Yes, this could be done by buying the trade, but I'm good with my method. I'm fortunate that I have a nice job and can afford to buy the number of comics and other things that I like. It helps that I don't have student loans or a house payment to worry about and that I don't have extravagant tastes.
Back in 2005 when the comic shop I worked at closed, I gave serious consideration to stopping collecting all but a handful of titles. After mulling it over for a while, I decided to continue as before and have been using a mail order store. It has worked out pretty well. I went a different route with paper books. I now only purchase new books from my favorite authors or books in a handful of series. The rest of the books that I read are either ones that I already had or ones that I check out from the library. I make a lot of use of the library. I know a few people who buy a lot of bluray or dvd copies of movies, though that is changing with Netflix and the like. If I don't watch it on tv or see it in the theater, I'll wait until the movie or tv show is available to borrow (for free) from the library or until it is available on cable or Netflix. Maybe I'll make the change with comics eventually, but not any time soon.
With Image, I can often tell by the description, cover and any sample pages whether or not I will like it. I only rarely get one that I don't care for much. Motor Crush is the only recent example I can think of. I used to work on a comic store in addition to teaching and got into the habit of buying all sorts of comics from various publishers, including many from small publishers I often purchase 35-40 comics or more in a given week.
I buy just about every DC comic, though some of these are for a friend of mine that I order for along with my own comics. Right now, I have about 26 Marvel titles on my pull list plus various annuals and one shots. Most of these fall into the Spider-Man family and Star Wars family where I get all of those books. I also get Daredevil, Defenders, Jessica Jones, Ms. Marvel and Icon books such as Powers and Scarlet whenever they actually come out.
I've got 41 Image titles on my pull list, though some of these are miniseries like the recently concluded Green Valley. With Image, though, you never know when they'll be back for another series.
I get all of the Archie comics and digests, but none of the trades, except for the Archie Archives from Dark Horse and occasional stuff like the Sabrina paperback. I did not get the Sonic titles or Black Hood, though.
I've got around 25-30 Dark Horse titles on my pull list, but many of these are miniseries since Dark Horse really seems to like that format. I've got around 20 titles from Dynamite and another 20 from IDW on my list. I also get all of the Valiant titles and all of the Doctor Who titles from Titan plus a handful of other titles from Titan.
I also get titles from Abstract Studios, Action Lab, American Mythology, Boom, Aftershock, Antarctic Press, Blue Juice, Bongo, Cartoon Books, Chapter House, Devil's Due, Hermes Press, Joe Books, Keenspot, Oni, Red 5, Scout Comics and a few others.
I don't usually get very many trades for myself. I'll buy some of the new Omnibus editions from DC if it is not just reprinting stuff from the Archives. I get the Usagi Yojimbo hardcovers. I also get some of the Cinebook reprints of European comics like Valerian and Survivors. i will also buy some original graphic novels and a few strip reprints. I've also been buying the Disney reprints of the classic material from Carl Barks. I don't buy any of the Archie 1000 page books or the like.
Finding time to read all of this is the biggest problem. I may eventually cut back, but figure there will be time to read everything when I retire if necessary.
I've been getting caught up on the comics that have piled up over the last 6 months or so. I caught up with Oni, Action Lab and Joe Books and am now working my way through the various Archie titles.
Archie changed to the circle logo in 1973 and that lasted for a year until they changed it again in 1974. That logo lasted until 1982 when it was changed again. Comic book companies seem to like changing their logos from time to time. DC has done it quite a few times.
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