WHAT'S REKINDLED YOUR COMIC COLLECTING?

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It might be sad but as a 40 year old eBay has a lot to answer for! I started off a couple of years back just buying the odd annual I owned as a small boy - Dandy's Beano's etc. But it's become much more now. I've acquired virtually all Beano, Dandy, Beezer, Topper, Dennis the Menace, Tiger annuals from the 60's & 70's. I've now moved onto the comics (much more expense obviously) and now collecting habits in addition to those already metioned include Warlord, and Roy of the Rovers. In fact basically anything I used to collect as a child except I'm going back much further right back to the mid-60's. My point is ebay seems to be one of the few places on the net (or anywhere) to get comics. I have bought off specialist sites but they are always more costly and you simply don't have the numbers & variety. Does anyone use any other site for their main comic buying? Thanks for listening!

Originally posted by Johnny boy on the old forum on 25/1/2006

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Johnny boy, same as me I blame ebay for my new or bigger interest I have in all or most of UK Comics and Annuals. When moving from a 3 bedroom house to a studio flat in 1989, I'm ashamed to admit I threw 3 years of comics away, full runs of Thunder, then Lion and Thunder, a full run of Jet then Buster and Jet, 3 years of Wizard from N0.1 and the same with Knockout.I could have got them all back by now if I had the money to spend on ebay, I would like to get them all back. I collected over 100 Various Annuals last year, and until ebay I didn't even know there was 3 Thunder Annuals and 1 Jet Annual so I have them,what I hope to do is get all the comics I threw away and get even more I didn't have.(Like summer specials and other years I didn't collect)I have about 800 various comics I've collected in the last couple of years.The only reason I stopped collecting comics is when I was cycling home with my 4 comics I bumped into a mate who said "Arn't you a bit old for comics now, I was 13, I think I stopped a few weeks later, but I'm like a kid in a sweet shop now with ebay.Thanx for listening, keep a little Marc in your heart.

Originally posted by T.Rex on the old forum on 26/1/2006

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Rekindled? You mean there's a point where we should have stopped? ;-)

Originally posted by Lew Stringer on the old forum on 26/1/2006

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I'm with Lew... I've never really stopped. Though interestingly I never had much in the way of TV21s or Lady Penelopes, as they were 'before my time', but I have quite decent runs (maybe two-thirds?) of each now...

I have most of the Countdown/TV Actions, a fair smattering of Look-Ins, and all the Gerry Anderson Fleetway titles

Oh, and the Redan TB title... :oops:

Originally posted by Shaqui on the old forum on 27/1/2006

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Well done Lew-you got the right answer.
This was a trick question.

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I've always collected old comics.....it was http://www.toonhound.com Fleetway street that got me collecting big time again buying the 80's/90's...

Originally posted by Peter Gray on the old forum on 26/1/2006

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I ve always collected and read comics since I was a wee boy - my UK collecting (as oppossed to reading) started about 15 years ago (ooh maybe more time flies) when I saw an ad in the Exchange adn Mart from a guy selling all UK comics , I wrote asking if he had any POW SMASH or Wham and he sent me over 50 comics,with the bill, which totalled about ?15.00 inc postage and packing thats less than 30p a comic - that ws me hooked on collecting these older comics from the 60s - sadly I think the gentlemen died (he must have been in his late 70s then) shortly after as I only managed to buy a few others of him after that.Added to that Glasgow and surrounding areas had/has a few stalls/specialist dealers and marts where older UK comics are regularly on sale has kept my interest going.

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I often feel it's best not to look back on comics you've previously owned. I've bought first issues of Look-In, Jet, Thunder and many others. I have owned virtually all of the first 200 issues of the American Amazing Spider-man (what would that be worth now?) I've got a pretty impressive collection now, of which I'm proud and covers my taste in American and British comics. But just think if I had the ones I'd lost along the way...

Originally posted by Steve on the old forum on 26/1/2006

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Sorry, just looked at my previous entry and realised I must have got carried away on my own train of thought. What rekindled my comic collecting? In 1983, after a few years cold turkey I saw a copy of Amazing Spider-man # 252 in Menzies. The first issue with the black costume. I couldn't resist it. After reading it I went back and bought all the other Marvels on sale. The first Walt Simonson Thor was among my purchases. After this I was more hooked on comics than I had ever been, even going way back in my collecting history by trying to find old British comics from my childhood. And I'm still doing it. Geek, geek, geek...If only people knew how wonderful geekhood really is.

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The TV Cream section on comics sparked a few memories, which lead me on to this site by searching for dedicated comic sites.

Originally posted by Richard Davies on the old forum on 27/1/2006

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I'm with Lew. I never stopped collecting myself either. After my first divorce, I had the painful task of deciding whether to sell my Commando collection or my 2000AD collection. That was painful. Thankfully, Karen helped to kick-start my collecting back into high gear as well as a few choice ebay purchases of large runs of comics for minimal cost. I think that we have spent over 500 (might be more, might be less) on comics since we got together and the enjoyment that we both get out of the comics just can't be counted in terms of money. So whether you collect for money, nostalgia or just plain reading, I am just so glad that we are not the only collectors.

OK, I digressed a bit! But why not, I have been away from my family and collection for over 3 months so I am suffering withdrawal symptoms!

Originally posted by Colcool007 on the old forum on 28/1/2006

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I suppose I have been hording comics since I was five but only started really collecting them since 2000AD came out when I was 13.

I must admit that eBay is a bit of a God-send. Although never stopping entirely collecting comics, it was eBay that has helped to get my hobby back on track.

Apart from 200AD, I also collect Judge Dredd Megazine, Eagle, Valiant, Lion (late 60s to its demise), the Magic (original comic) and I just started getting the Dandy (from 1964 onwards). Alas I did have a lot of Dandys at the time but my dear old mother kept wanting to "tidy up" despite my protests.

I also collect the associated books/annuals/yearbooks for the above.

And I love it... :D
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2000 AD (1977-), Judge Dredd Megazine (1990-), Spaceship Away (2003-), Commando (2013-), Doctor Who: TFTTC (2016-), MAD (2016-), Deadpool Unleashed (2017-), Marvel Legends (2017-), Batman: TOTDK (2020-), The77 (2020-).

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Holy 2 year bump batman

Anyway, in 2004 something made me start buying the Judge Dredd Megazine again after i stopped when they announced the usage of a "mature readers" tag in 1997 (and i had an "attack of the morals", my dad kept trying to buy it... shouldnt that be the other way around? XD). I don't really remember what it was... that also led me into re-reading 2000AD now and again when Savage was in it, but i didnt start re-getting it weekly until a lot later (probably because the only place i knew that sold it was 25 miles and a bus ride through traffic away).

Then sometime in 2005, or maybe late 2004, The Megazine printed an article on Sexton Blake, which coincided with my wanting to produce my attention-seekingly "sick" webcomics in print form. I decided to create a "penny dreadful" and was stuck for a logo, so studied the pictures in the Sexton Blake article and also visited the website about him (sextonblake.co.uk) which had a lot of cover scans. (I was presuming penny dreadful logos to have been a lot more 'gothic' than they actually where. In fact the tabloid comic called Gothic from, er, 2008 is exacty what i was imagining). "The Horrific Picture-Paper" as it was to have been called gradually mutated into "The Red, White & Blue", with a logo like that of the Union Jack of the early 20th century (and the font of the Boy's Friend), but it was still going to have "sick" content.

Later, soon after i started university in 2006, i went hunting for Sexton Blake stories myself, around the town and also on ebay. Not finding any, but buying up other traditional adventure annuals, made me turn to the noble cause of single-handedly ressurecting the traditional British adventure comic (better known as "economic suicide") and ditch all the "sick" content i had made, replacing it with adventure stories and even one of my own Sexton Blake yarns. Gradually my collection of storypapers and adventure annuals grew, i also started buying Commando again and looked towards getting old comics as well as the annuals - though my main interest is still storypapers. You just get more for your money! (in that nobody wants them, and they take longer to read too!).

The sick stuff i had made was eventually released in an 8-page A5 sized comic that cost... 1p! it didn't have a fancy logo though, in fact it was just typed in Arial Black

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I started collecting comics in 1965 and haven't stopped since. The good thing about ebay is it means you can thin out your collection and make some room and earn money at the same time. Deciding what to get rid of is hard but with the advent of the American Essentials and Showcase collections it means I can sell off original Marvel and DC comics. Also stuff that didn't mean much to me in the 60s like Lion and Tiger which I have acquired since then. The first thing I sold was the annuals as they take up the most room and i don't have as much affection for them.

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I stopped collecting comics when I went to university back... let's not say how long ago. I started reading them again when my children arrived. Comics are such a great way to get kids reading. I bought a few for the kids and I was hooked again. Thanks to ebay I'm experimenting with a lot of American comics as well as revisiting some old Brit faves. And I'm lucky, my children both love comics.

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