I’ve been out of the comic book collecting world for almost a decade now, but I’ve recently decided to take the plunge and jump back in with both feet. How’s that for killing a metaphor?
The main character I loved as a kid and a young adult, Spider-Man, continues to be my favorite, but the comics industry has made great strides in the ten years I’ve been away. Instead of the multiple cover variants and collectibility craze of the early 1990’s, now we have an overabundance of titles for franchise heroes. What does that mean for collectors like me? Instead of four covers for McFarlane’s Spider-man #1, I know have to collect 5 monthly titles to stay current. That’s Amazing Spider-man, Spectacular Spider-man, Ultimate Spider-man, Marvel Knights Spider-man and Marvel Age Spider-man for those of you scoring at home. Add to that the limited series Spider-man Unlimited, and Spider-man/Doc Ock and the related/upcoming Spider-Girl and Mary Jane bookds and I could go broke on Spider titles alone.
All these Spidey books are enough to make me want to cry. Thankfully there are fans like Spiderfan and the Marvel Chronology Project to help me keep things straight. There are also great resources like Images Central and Shareaza for filling gaps in your collection when you’re short on cash (God bless CBZ/CBR archives).
In the end, I’m probably going to subscribe to four of the regular titles and work my way up to becoming a complete web-head. I figure one wall-crawling title a week is a pretty good start. What do you think, true believers?