In a world where everyone is easily offended and takes themselves too seriously, let’s kick the wasp’s nest. I’m going to try to make fun of every single person who reads this so if you’re easily offended leave now. I’ll wait…(whistling)…are you gone yet? Hurry it up, Grandma and Grandpa. Here we go!
The Completist – Determined to have every issue of a title or comic book publisher for the bragging rights. “I have every Marvel comic book published between June 1961 and July 2006. Did you know that the first two books published by Marvel were Journey into Mystery 69 and Patsy Walker #95? I’m currently working on the Timely issues while trying to impress everyone who isn’t my friend in the real world with my massive collection.” They typically have a climate controlled vault protected by lasers, motion sensors, and chihuahua dogs. Your ankles don’t stand a chance.
Married Collector – Not as in Married or Single but as in married to a specific character or artist. They strive to own every Incredible Hulk comic, action figure, statue and every version of the Hulk hands including the Gamma Grip Fists! They have the gray hulk, green hulk, red hulk, she-hulk, Maestro Hulk and will resort to physical violence if you don’t detest Weapon H. “Hulk doesn’t need claws fanboy.” Secretly working on developing Gamma Ray technology in their basement or garage.
“Look There’s a Squirrel” Collector – Made famous by the dog (his name is Dug not Doug) in the movie UP. This collector is easily distracted by every comic book covers. “ooooohhh, look at that Cho Harley Quinn cover! I don’t think the Suicide Squad Harley was that bad, not good but not bad. Is that Dazzler on that New Mutants Dead Souls cover? What is the first appearance of Dazzler anyway? Did Lady Gaga copy Dazzler for the SuperBowl halftime show? Who’s better Dazzler or Harley?” You get the point. Their collection is an amalgamation of all kinds of comics.
Old Man Collector – We have Old Man Logan, Old Man Hawkeye, and old man collector. Old man collector is the person who will not leave the past. They don’t want to buy any comics from today because the past is better, plus those new-fangled comics cost like $10.00 an issue. “What do these artists and writers want from us? Money or something?” It was a simpler time when stories didn’t have to make sense and more importantly, I was younger.
The Investor – This collector looks at every purchase as an investment to enlarge their portfolio. As the market continues to rise on this 1st appearance of the Black Panther I’ll invest heavy. Wasp has a more developed role in this next movie so I’ll liquidate my Deadpool assets in favor of Wasp. They lurk in the shadow listening to collectors who actually read the books to gain investment advice. This is business.
The Aspiring Artist Collector – Every comic book is an opportunity to work on their craft. They spread out the art teacher’s portfolio (some call it a comic book) and study each shadow and nuance. They notice the pencil work, the colorist gentleness or heavy-handed addition, anatomy, the background, the camera angle. There are even rumors that the Aspiring Artist has read the story before.
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Full disclosure – I’m a Married Collector who occasionally rambles into the “Look There’s a Squirrel” Collector. I collect Batman Comics and comics with Neal Adams, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Cho, and Mike Ploog art. I’m always drawn to a good story.
– Ron C.