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My Comic Collection

My oldest hobby, as I had my first comic read to me when I was 5 days old, and have never stopped. I credit growing up around comics as a major contributor to my lexicon- and also my tendency to end sentences with an exclamation point! One of the only hobbies where I don't think the 1990s is the best decade, unusually. Most of my comics are in deep storage, and I have not seen them for over a decade...eventually I will get them out and scan them. I (finally) created this folder, and all the albums, on 1/11/14. (I've been thinking about creating it for about a year, and finally did it!)

Comic Specialty
Comic related albums- a gallery of special covers, books I've been published in, etc.
albums: 4
All scans are of comics in my collection, and are not for sale.
 
Archie Comics

I was a big fan of Archie for a while...My oldest comic is an Archie book. The relative unpopularity of them makes even Golden Age issues affordable. The problem is, they only have a select number of stories, that they basically just reillustrate every decade or so. When it got to the point that the stories, even in new issues, didn't feel new to me, I stopped getting them. I did think about getting the "what if" storyline where Archie finally made the choice and married Betty or Veronica, but I didn't want to spend the money for another title at the time.

Album was created 3 years 10 months ago and modified 11 months ago
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All scans are of comics in my collection, and are not for sale.
 
Car Comics

No question that I love cars. Car comics? Sign me up! Mostly produced by Charlton, but also Fawcett, Vortex and others.

Album was created 3 years 10 months ago and modified 1 year 1 month ago
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DC Comics 1st Continuity - Golden Age

DC's first continuity ran from 1935-roughly 1955. This was a very creative time in comics, probably the most creative, if not sometimes formulaic. This was the time when the concept of Super Heroes was born- as well as teams. The Justice Society of America is my all time favorite team in comics, and date from this time period. The Golden Age transition to the Silver Age was not a hard transition, but for my purposes, I am going with Showcase #4 as the demarcation line, although I know it's really academic as those comics will always be out of my price range. In fact, I'm not sure I even have any Golden Age books in my collection; I am creating the album now (8/2/2015) mainly so I can write up the caption. I don't think I have any Golden Age books from DC of my own, although it's been more than a decade since I have seen my collection, so my memory may not be correct.

Growing up I had access to an extensive collection of DC Comics that dated from 1940-whatever year it currently was, but I don't anymore, and, as they were not my comics to begin with, would not be put into the album anyway.

For Christmas 2015 I received my first 5 Golden Age Captain Marvel books. (Through reprints, the Golden Age Marvel Family became my all-time favorite super heroes) While these were published by Fawcett, not DC, I am including them here at this time...I may end up breaking out the Fawcett family of books to their own album some day.

Album was created 2 years 3 months ago and modified 6 months ago
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DC Comics 2nd Continuity - Silver Age

I was born at the very tail end of the Silver Age, and although it ended when I was just a year old, I was already having comics read to me.
The Silver Age, generally, ran from 1956's Showcase #4 through the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths, in 1985.

I have read every DC Comic from 1975-2011, and quite a few before that, although, as I state in the Golden Age caption, they are mostly not my books so won't appear here. I do have some Silver Age books- mostly hand-me-downs from when the owner of the collection I had access to would upgrade a copy, or just to give me a nice gift. Album also includes Charlton books that later became part of DC.

Album was created 2 years 3 months ago and modified 2 months ago
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DC Comics 3rd Continuity - My Modern Age

I will likely always call the third continuity the Modern Age, although it is now no longer the current age, and no longer being published. It ran from Crisis on Infinite Earths #11 through August 2011. This is what I grew up with, these are the covers I remember the best, this is what I wish was still being published.

I have read every single continuity, and many books outside of continuity, comic book published by DC Comics in this time frame. I also collected a few series during this time frame, although mostly I didn't get my own copies, just read the collection I had access to.

Even though it has been several years now since this continuity ended (I am writing this in August 2015) this is still primarily what I think about when I think of DC Comics.

The proper name for this continuity is the Bronze Age.

Album was created 2 years 3 months ago and modified 6 months ago
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All scans are of comics in my collection, and are not for sale.
 
DC Comics 4th Continuity - The New 52

My original album for DC, I transitioned it to the New 52 comics on 8/2/15 because I have a higher percentage of them scanned. I decided in 2014 to scan the books when they arrived to me, although I am not always faithful to that.

Beginning in September 2011, DC threw it's entire history out the window, and lost a majority of it's long time fans. I knew within an hour of reading the plans that my time being a faithful reader of every DC title was done. I decided to only continue reading the Green Lantern titles, but I can't say I am enjoying them all that much. I can't bring myself to walk away from them, though, either, although DC is working that way on their own as they have cancelled three of the 5 titles already.

There are also a few scans in the album that are down right now, so I can't move them to their proper albums. Hopefully someday they will come back and I can put them in their proper place.

Album was created 3 years 10 months ago and modified 5 months ago
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DC Comics and Marvel Comics Togther

Intercompany crossovers, and the Amalgam books.

For what it's worth, JLA/Avengers is one of the best comic stories ever!

Album was created 3 years 10 months ago and modified 3 years 10 months ago
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DC Comics Animated Universe

Beginning in the early 1990s, DC Comics started producing a series of cartoons all done in a cohesive style, based on the art of Bruce Timm. Naturally, they also published comics based on them. I got most of the comics. I didn't watch most of the shows. (I rarely watch TV that's not sports) They did build up their own continuity although it was rarely referenced. I eventually stopped getting the comics, but I can't remember now if that is because I lost interest or if they stopped publishing them.

Album was created 2 years 3 months ago and modified 2 years 1 month ago
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DC Comics Other

Books published by DC that are not part of the DC Universe, even tangentially. Licensed books, like the Looney Tunes title I collected for years, will be the majority of the album.

Album was created 2 years 3 months ago and modified 2 years ago
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G.I. Joe

The GI Joe series was the first I read in an actual series, not just random issues. I no longer collect the figures, but I still read the comics. My first time being published in a comic was in one of the Devil's Due comics.

Combines Marvel/Image-Devil's Due/IDW books.

Album was created 3 years 10 months ago and modified 5 months ago
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Independents

Everything that's not part of one of the other albums.

Album was created 3 years 10 months ago and modified 5 months ago
All scans are of comics in my collection, and are not for sale.
 
Marvel Comics

I've never really been a big fan of Marvel, but I do enjoy the movies quite a bit. Almost all of these comics I received as gifts.

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Star Wars

The best movies ever! My love of Star Wars should be pretty well documented by now, considering it appears in almost every section of my Fotki!

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The Simpsons

Best TV Show ever! The past couple of seasons have been failing, and the comic has actually been better than the show. (The current season has been great though!)

Album was created 3 years 10 months ago and modified 5 months ago
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