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I got a nice gift certificate to one of the area comic book stores from the wife and kids for Father's day.

I couldn't figure out what to get at first. I thought about one or another volume of Avengers Masterworks but didn't see any in my quick look through the store's stuff. Plus, seems like those might add up to some $$ if I tried to be too comprehensive. Then I thought about Essentials but I have a few of those and find I miss the colors too much.

So I ended up getting the Many Faces of Henry Pym Trade and the Avengers Defenders War Trade. Haven't read them yet but they look great. Both collect a lot of issues I for some reason haven't read yet.

It made me wonder. How do most of you do your reading of back issues? How comprehensive are you? Do you have a Marvel online subscription? Do you actually collect back issues (I'm a reader but not really a collector). Do you rely on Essentials? Masterworks? Assorted Trades?


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    I got a nice gift certificate to one of the area comic book stores from the wife and kids for Father's day.



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    I couldn't figure out what to get at first. I thought about one or another volume of Avengers Masterworks but didn't see any in my quick look through the store's stuff. Plus, seems like those might add up to some $$ if I tried to be too comprehensive. Then I thought about Essentials but I have a few of those and find I miss the colors too much.



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    So I ended up getting the Many Faces of Henry Pym Trade and the Avengers Defenders War Trade. Haven't read them yet but they look great. Both collect a lot of issues I for some reason haven't read yet.



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    It made me wonder. How do most of you do your reading of back issues? How comprehensive are you? Do you have a Marvel online subscription? Do you actually collect back issues (I'm a reader but not really a collector). Do you rely on Essentials? Masterworks? Assorted Trades?


I used to be more of a collector, I would go on a few days when alot of the extra back issues were a quarter a piece and stock up. Alot of holes but for series or stories I liked I could fill in as I went. It helped with a fair number of books. A few series I collected from start to finish from back issues, and it is sort of fun to try and track things down but it is easier for some books than others, I was going for the Ketch run of Ghost Rider so nothing to insane I think.

I havve some of the Essentials books. I have not tried Marvel online. I tend to buy some collections for stories I really liked. I loved Avengers/Defenders war and have gotten that in addition to certain writters collections like Walt Simonson or specific Avengers arcs. That said generally I just download entire runs if I cannot find them another way. It is frowned upon a but I think but some issues are really hard to find otherwise. I found the entire Avengers run that way and it allowed me to catch up on alot of history without blowing a hole in the pocket. I like to support the industry when I can but at the same time I am not going to spend a fortune all of the time either. I definatly do not get as many back issues as I once did but the reason for that is for the most part I have a large number of the books I would enjoy having. A large number of Silver Surfer, Thor, Avengers, Ghost Rider and so on. The others I am interested in just not willing to track down a few old books for ten bucks a pop.

I am just as happy buying a slightly beaten book that is readible than finding the near mint anyway. With a few exceptions that I have the whole run in good shape I enjoy reading the books. I do not want to just have them sitting out and hoping to sell them someday.




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