Here’s a collector’s frustration that, for me, is partly hypothetical, partly (mildly) experienced.
Two of my favourite series as an early collector were Alpha Flight and The New Warriors. With both of these series, when I started reading them I obsessively collected every appearance I could of each of the characters.
So, here’s where trouble steps in for a collector like me:
there’s a Firestar story in Marvel Comics Presents #82-84, so obviously I’ll want it, right?
Only, Marvel Comics Presents #82-84 are part of Weapon X.
Suddenly, their value on the collector’s market has shot way up – but not for the reason I wanted them for in the first place.
The other problem is, those issues are some of the few Marvel Comics Presents stories that get reprinted – but only the Weapon X part. So, what if I want the Firestar story?
I get frustration! The actual issues are too expensive, and the reprints don’t have the part I want. All because of something completely unrelated to what I want to read!
It’s not fair, I tells ya!
(By the way: I collected the Weapon X issues of Marvel Comics Presents as they came out, for Weapon X, so that one didn’t affect me.)
Here’s a realer version, and it’s what reminded me to write this:
We’ve mentioned Infinity, Inc recently.
I started collecting the series a couple of years ago when I found a decent run at a charity sale. I’ve been doing an okay job of filling in the run, but now I’ve discovered that I can’t get issue 14. I have #13, and #15, but not #14.
However, it has early Todd MacFarlane art – possibly his first for DC – which makes it near unattainable for me. I don’t care about Todd MacFarlane; don’t hate him, don’t love him, just think he’s okay. So now I’ve got a gap in my run because of an artist I’m just not that into.
(After a bit of research, I found it’s been reprinted in a trade called DC Through the 80’s #2: The Experiments, and there’s a piece of paper right behind me saying it’s on its way as a belated Christmas Present. So that’s also solved.)
Those are the two most obvious examples for me, and they’ve been solved, but I have to think there are others – a back-up story in a key issue of Detective Comics, maybe. Somebody else who wants a different story in the Weapon X run from Marvel Comics Presents. You all must’ve run into this.
So, what’s your bugbear ‘I can’t get this for the wrong reasons’ issue?