Final thoughts: What do you do when you finish a run like this?
After 15 years spent chasing essentially one title, with 90% of your comic money tied up in it, where do you go next? I tried to envision new comic collections, new runs to chase, and tried a few: golden age Sensations, silver age Marvel keys, bronze master of Kung Fu, copper series I loved as a kid. Nothing really did it for me. I got halfway into a Sensation run, but once I'd acquired all the key issues I wanted, filling the rest in seemed more like work than fun. I did get a bunch of low-grade Marvel keys like Avengers 1, Spider-Man, X-men first issues, and those are cool, but really easy to get, so not as exciting. I am a good portion into a complete MOFK run, but it's just taking up room to be honest.
Then there's the money. I could afford to do this at the time because I was young, had time, and had disposable income. But the world changes. I'm getting long in the tooth. My daughter is nearly college age, and I'll have added bills to pay. Past all of that, I just don't want more of my money tied up into comics. I could break up the set and sell all but my favorites to fund a different run, of course, but to what end? So as for collecting comic books, this is probably the end for me.
I do still have a great love of original comic art, and can afford to continue that aspect of it, especially with great dealers such as Felix making great new art readily available. I've been converting all the old floppies of stories I love into a collection of hardcover books to sit on my bookshelf. And I have other hobbies to keep me interested, from painting toy soldiers, to writing, to reading, to playing tabletop games.
Looking back, the chase was absolutely worthwhile. I had a lot of fun digging around, collecting and enjoying these. There's nothing else quite like flipping through an unbroken run of books.
I'll have some more pictures to share, including a massive group shot. For now, I can unveil a minisite I'd kept private for a while, showing the entire collection, plus a few more.
Until next time: Up, up and away! https://matt3934.wixsite.com/itsabird